M/V Galapagos Legend Cruise North (Route A)


A legend is an experience that must be seen to be believed. A legend is something that can't be found anywhere else. And that's exactly what a tour aboard M/V Galapagos Legend offers: Nowhere in the world will you find a place with such tremendous natural beauty as the Galapagos Islands, nor an excursion that presents this paradise to you in such luxury. With capacity for up to 100 passengers in any number of spacious, elegant, and fully-furnished cabins, M/V Galapagos Legend has all the amenities of a cruise liner while still small enough for you to enjoy an intimate experience on the beaches and highlands of these pristine islands. Like a true legend, this tour will be totally unforgettable.

Highlights:

  • Go snorkeling beneath the waters of Pinnacle Rock alongside sea lions, rays, tropical fish, and other sea creatures!
  • Meet colonies of iguanas, blue-footed boobies, sea lions, and other exotic wildlife on trips across the islands!
  • Relax on the beautiful white-sand beaches throughout the Galapagos!

Itinerary


Cities Covered Baltra Island ,  Santa Cruz Island

PLEASE NOTE: All itineraries are approximate and subject to change based on availability and conditions at the destination.

AM –  Baltra Airport

Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Island (2 1/2-hour flight). Arriving in the Galapagos, passengers are picked up at the airport by our natural guides and taken to a ten-minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend.

PM – Highlands Tortoise Reserve (Santa Cruz Island)

Dry landing. In the mountains of Galapagos is possible to admire different kinds of birds, such as tree and ground finches, vermillion flycatchers, paint-billed crakes, yellow warblers, and cattle egrets (usually standing on the tortoises’ shell). The journey to the reserve offers great opportunities to see the contrasts that the island offers in reference to the variety of ecosystems. The road goes from the coast through the agricultural zone and straight up to the dense humid forests. Often, Galapagos Giant Tortoises are also seen on the way, wandering through pastures in the paddocks. This spot is a bird watchers’ haven since almost every land bird present on the island lives or migrates here.

-Difficulty level: easy

-Type of terrain: flat & muddy sometimes (seasonal conditions)

-Duration: 45-minute drive / 1 ½-hour walk

 

Cities Covered Genovesa Island

AM –  El Barranco, Prince Philip’s Steps (Genovesa Island)

Be marveled at the variety of sea life that uses the crevices of the lava cliffs for shelter. Red-billed Tropic birds fly overhead, switching between their nests and the bay, and a small colony of fur seals may be found near the landing site. You will be dropped off at a steep stairway that begins on rocks at the foot of a path that leads through a seabird colony full of Nazca and Red-footed Boobies. At the plateau, the trail continues inland allowing you to see more nesting booby colonies in the thin Palo Santo forest. Near the end of the trail, over a rocky lava plain, Wedge-rumpled Storm-Petrels can be observed flying in all directions. If you are lucky, you may catch a glimpse of a Short-eared Owl.

-Difficulty level: Moderate

-Type of terrain: rocky – lava

-Duration: 45-minute walk

PM – Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island)

Disembark onto a small sand and coral beach. A short trail heads west along a tidal lagoon and then up a rocky hill that leads to a point overlooking the cliffs and Darwin Bay. Along the trail near the tidal lagoon, visitors will see pairs of Swallow-tailed Gulls, Lava Gulls, Yellow-crowned and Lava Herons. The trail continues through Palo Santo trees, Opuntia cacti, and Saltbushes inhabited by Great Frigate birds and Red-footed Boobies. This is one of the few places in the islands where visitors are guaranteed to see Red-footed Boobies. It is estimated that more than 200,000 Red-footed Boobies live in the trees and bushes of Genovesa.

-Difficulty level: Moderate

-Type of terrain: Sand & Lava

-Duration: 2 ½-hour walk approx.

 

Cities Covered Santa Cruz Island ,  Santa Fe Island

AM –  Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz Island)

Dry landing. Walk by a brackish lagoon to see flamingos. The trail leads across typical dry zone vegetation. Keeping up until Dragon Hill, see an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas, offering lovely views of the anchored boats and neighboring islands. The forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, and Galapagos doves.

-Difficulty level: intermediate

-Type of terrain: rocky

-Duration: 2-hour walk

PM – Santa Fe Island

Wet landing. Santa Fe shows white sand beaches surrounded by sea lion colonies; through the island path, an endemic cactus forest is passed, home the Santa Fe land iguanas (the largest in the islands). This island is the habitat for a number of species, including the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snakes, rice rats (one of the few endemic Galapagos rodents), a variety of finches and one of the four mockingbird species of the archipelago.

-Difficulty level: intermediate

-Type of terrain: rocky

-Duration: 1 ½-hour walk / 1-hour deep-water snorkeling

 

Cities Covered Santa Cruz Island ,  Baltra Island

AM – Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz Island)

Wet landing. On the north side of Santa Cruz; behind the beach lies two small flamingo ponds were iguanas sunbathe, see coastal birds, Darwin finches, mockingbirds, and gulls, as well as interesting native vegetation like red and black mangrove, salt bushes. This beach is one of the main sea turtles nesting sites in the Galapagos. A turtle can lay eggs 3 or 4 times per season with an average of 70 eggs each time. At this paradisiacal site, we will also find the remains of barges that sank a long time ago, when the United States Navy operated a base during World War II on Baltra Island. Local people modified the word barges to “Bachas”.

-Difficulty level: easy

-Type of terrain: sandy

-Duration: 1-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling/beach time

Baltra Airport

After the visit, passengers will be transferred to the airport for their return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.


Departure Dates and Rates

Departures
Dec 201824Jan 20197, 21Feb 20194, 18
Mar 20194, 18Apr 20191, 15, 29May 201913, 27
Jun 201910, 24Jul 20198, 22Aug 20195, 19
Sep 20192, 16, 30Oct 201914, 28Nov 201911, 25
Dec 20199, 23

All Rates in US$ per person including ALL taxes and surcharges

ClassDatesSingle RateDouble RateTriple Rate
Balcony Suite
For departure December 24,2018 US$ 5,142 US$ 2,938 US$ 2,694
For departures January 7,2019 through April 1,2019 US$ 4,897 US$ 2,798 US$ 2,565
For departures April 15,2019 through May 13,2019 US$ 5,142 US$ 2,938 US$ 2,694
For departures May 27,2019 through June 24,2019 US$ 4,897 US$ 2,798 US$ 2,565
For departures July 8,2019 through August 19,2019 US$ 5,142 US$ 2,938 US$ 2,694
For departures September 2,2019 through September 30,2019 US$ 4,897 US$ 2,798 US$ 2,565
For departures October 14,2019 through November 11,2019 US$ 5,142 US$ 2,938 US$ 2,694
For departures November 25,2019 through December 9,2019 US$ 4,897 US$ 2,798 US$ 2,565
For departure December 23,2019 US$ 5,142 US$ 2,938 US$ 2,694
Junior Suite
For departure December 24,2018 US$ 4,312 US$ 2,464 US$ 2,259
For departures January 7,2019 through April 1,2019 US$ 4,106 US$ 2,346 US$ 2,151
For departures April 15,2019 through May 13,2019 US$ 4,312 US$ 2,464 US$ 2,259
For departures May 27,2019 through June 24,2019 US$ 4,106 US$ 2,346 US$ 2,151
For departures July 8,2019 through August 19,2019 US$ 4,312 US$ 2,464 US$ 2,259
For departures September 2,2019 through September 30,2019 US$ 4,106 US$ 2,346 US$ 2,151
For departures October 14,2019 through November 11,2019 US$ 4,312 US$ 2,464 US$ 2,259
For departures November 25,2019 through December 9,2019 US$ 4,106 US$ 2,346 US$ 2,151
For departure December 23,2019 US$ 4,312 US$ 2,464 US$ 2,259
Legend Suite
For departure December 24,2018 US$ 7,167 US$ 4,095 US$ 3,754
For departures January 7,2019 through April 1,2019 US$ 6,825 US$ 3,900 US$ 3,575
For departures April 15,2019 through May 13,2019 US$ 7,167 US$ 4,095 US$ 3,754
For departures May 27,2019 through June 24,2019 US$ 6,825 US$ 3,900 US$ 3,575
For departures July 8,2019 through August 19,2019 US$ 7,167 US$ 4,095 US$ 3,754
For departures September 2,2019 through September 30,2019 US$ 6,825 US$ 3,900 US$ 3,575
For departures October 14,2019 through November 11,2019 US$ 7,167 US$ 4,095 US$ 3,754
For departures November 25,2019 through December 9,2019 US$ 6,825 US$ 3,900 US$ 3,575
For departure December 23,2019 US$ 7,167 US$ 4,095 US$ 3,754
Standard Interior
For departure December 24,2018 US$ 3,056 US$ 1,745 US$ 1,602
For departures January 7,2019 through April 1,2019 US$ 2,910 US$ 1,662 US$ 1,525
For departures April 15,2019 through May 13,2019 US$ 3,056 US$ 1,745 US$ 1,602
For departures May 27,2019 through June 24,2019 US$ 2,910 US$ 1,662 US$ 1,525
For departures July 8,2019 through August 19,2019 US$ 3,056 US$ 1,745 US$ 1,602
For departures September 2,2019 through September 30,2019 US$ 2,910 US$ 1,662 US$ 1,525
For departures October 14,2019 through November 11,2019 US$ 3,056 US$ 1,745 US$ 1,602
For departures November 25,2019 through December 9,2019 US$ 2,910 US$ 1,662 US$ 1,525
For departure December 23,2019 US$ 3,056 US$ 1,745 US$ 1,602
Standard Plus
For departure December 24,2018 US$ 3,782 US$ 2,161 US$ 1,982
For departures January 7,2019 through April 1,2019 US$ 3,602 US$ 2,058 US$ 1,887
For departures April 15,2019 through May 13,2019 US$ 3,782 US$ 2,161 US$ 1,982
For departures May 27,2019 through June 24,2019 US$ 3,602 US$ 2,058 US$ 1,887
For departures July 8,2019 through August 19,2019 US$ 3,782 US$ 2,161 US$ 1,982
For departures September 2,2019 through September 30,2019 US$ 3,602 US$ 2,058 US$ 1,887
For departures October 14,2019 through November 11,2019 US$ 3,782 US$ 2,161 US$ 1,982
For departures November 25,2019 through December 9,2019 US$ 3,602 US$ 2,058 US$ 1,887
For departure December 23,2019 US$ 3,782 US$ 2,161 US$ 1,982

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation for the duration of your tour in all-inclusive sea view cabins
  • Two daily excursions to the islands
  • Briefings, lectures, and activities on board
  • All meals for the duration of your tour, as described in the itinerary
  • BBQ
  • Welcome and farewell cocktails
  • Complimentary coffee and tea
  • The services of multilingual certified, naturalist guides
  • Baggage handling, transfers, and dinghy rides from Galapagos ports to the cruise vessel (So long as airfare is arranged by Palace Tours*).

 

Exclusions:

  • Airfare (Domestic or international) to or from Ecuador
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance fees
  • Any meals not specifically listed as part of the tour itinerary
  • Beverages, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic
  • Gratuities
  • $20 Galapagos Migration Card (payable in cash at the time of arrival in the Galapagos Islands)
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee: $ 100 adult, $ 50 children under 12 (payable in cash at the time of arrival in the Galapagos Islands)
  • Fuel surcharges ($ 50 for 3 or 4 night cruises, $ 100 x 7 nights.)
  • Medical fees, as applicable
  • Any items or services of a personal nature, such as souvenirs
  • Any items not specifically described in the tour itinerary.
  • Unless specifically mentioned, any flights, transfers to or from the airport, pre- or post-tour accommodations, or tour extensions are not included in the price of your journey, but can be arranged for an additional fee.
  • All Ecuadorian citizens participating on this journey must pay an additional tax equivalent to 12% of their total tour price.

*Please note that while airfare from Quito or Guayaquil to the Galapagos Islands is not included in the price of your journey listed above, all guests are required to arrange airfare, at an extra fee, through Palace Tours: $490 per adult and $350 per child under 12 (These rates are subject to change). This fee also includes transfers for both passengers and luggage to and from the ship at the beginning and end of the tour. Any passengers who do not arrange their airfare through Palace Tours will be charged a flat fee of $90 per person and will be responsible for their own transfers to and from the airport to the dock. Palace Tours is not responsible if passengers miss their cruise because of delays resulting from independent airfare or transfer arrangements. 
 

Optional services onboard (net per person in US$ subject to change)

  • Scuba Diving during cruises: $ 326 half day tour with 1-2 immersions and equipment included.
  • Wet suits rental: $ 25 for 3 or 4 night cruises, $ 50 x 7-10-11 nights, $ 75 x 14 night cruises.
  • Kayak rental: $ 30 each use per person.
  • WI-FI Internet aboard M/V Galapagos Legend ( Social Areas) from $40 per device
  • Alcoholic / non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Tips: Suggested per day per person $ 15 for crew / $ 10 for guide.
Terms and Conditions

Payment Terms:

  • 25% of the total tour cost is due at the time of booking
  • 75% is due no later than 68 days prior to the tour's departure date.

If a customer wishes to change their tour dates and their original departure date between 125 and 65 days away, then they will be charged a $200 fee per person. 
If a customer wishes to change their tour dates and their original departure date is less than 65 days away, then relevant cancellation fees will apply.

Cancellation Policy:

i) 20% of the trip price if it is cancelled between 89 and 65 days before the departure.

ii) 50% of the trip price, if it occurs from 59 to 30 days prior to the departure.

iii) 100% of the trip price, if it occurs within 29 to 0 hours prior to the departure.

 

The above times are based on local time of the destination where the tour is provided. In order to provide enough time for processing cancellation, guests need to add 3 business days to the above timeframes. An administration fees of 15% on any monies to be refunded to the client will be charged prior to refund.

Itineraries:
All itineraries are approximate and subject to change based on availability and conditions at the destination.

Travel Insurance:
We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance to cover the losses incurred in case of cancellation. For more information on travel insurance, please visit www.palacetours.com/insurance.






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