M/V Galapagos Legend Cruise East (Route C)


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:

  • Snorkel and swim with sea lions at one of their largest colonies in all of the Galapagos at Mosquera Islet!
  • Relax on the white sand beaches of Cerro Brujo!
  • Meet giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, iguanas, and many more exotic creatures! 

 

Itinerary


Cities Covered Baltra Island ,  Bartolome Island

AM – Baltra Island Airport

Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra (2½-hour hour flight). In Baltra, passengers are picked up at the airport by our naturalist guides and taken on a ten-minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend.

PM – Bartolome Island

Dry or wet landing. We discover a fascinating landscape formed by different volcanic parasitic cones —lava bombs, spatter, cinder cones — that resembles the moon.  Going up to the summit there will be an impressive view of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone Pinnacle Rock. We also encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards, and blue-footed boobies.

Beach time is a great opportunity to do snorkeling and see the famous Galapagos Penguins, sea turtles and White-tipped Reef Sharks among a great variety of colorful fish. For many visitors, this may turn out to be the best snorkeling experience. Crystal clear water is the perfect spot to appreciate the incredible marine life it has to offer.

Due to its geographical location, the lack of vegetation is immediately noticeable however, there are pioneer plants including the endemic Tiquilia nesiotica and Chamaesyce (known as sand mat or spurge in English), lava cactus, and Scalesia bushes.

-Difficulty level: intermediate

-Type of terrain: trail made of 372 steps.

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

Cities Covered South Plaza Island ,  North Seymour Island

AM – South Plaza Islet

Dry landing. There are two Plaza Islets (north and south) located east of Santa Cruz Island. On the northern part of the Islet, visitors begin the journey along an impressive cactus forest were colorful yellow and red land iguanas live, the population number is around 300 animals; during the dry season they survive on fruits and flowers of the opuntia cacti. A peculiar thing to see in South Plaza is the hybrid iguana (sea and land). When reaching the highest point, tropicbirds can be seen. During the dry season (June – January) the usually greenish and yellowish vegetation change of color creating a bright red landscape (sesuviumedmonstonei plant).

-Difficulty level: intermediate

-Type of terrain: rocky

-Duration: 2-hour walk

PM – North Seymour Island

Dry landing. Off of Baltra Island and not far from Santa Cruz, North Seymour is located.

This landmass was formed by a series of underwater volcanic eruptions, which deposited layers of lava on the ocean floor. An approximately two-hour walk amidst large nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies, magnificent and great frigate birds, and swallow-tailed gulls for an in depth encounter with sea bird breeding cycles and sea lions. You will also encounter land iguanas, and on a lucky day, you might even come across the endemic Galapagos Snake.

-Difficulty level: intermediate

-Type of terrain: rocky

-Duration: 2-hour walk, 30-minute snorkeling

Cities Covered San Cristóbal Island

AM – Pitt Point & Islet (San Cristobal Island)

Wet landing followed by a high-intensity hike on rocky terrain. The trail includes 90 meters long, olivine beach and a path that climbs to the top of a volcanic tuff, through several magnificent viewpoints.  This is probably the only site where the three booby species of the Galapagos can be seen together, as well as, two species of frigate birds and a sea lion colony. It is also excellent for dinghy rides and snorkeling, where a good range of sea birds can be observed.

-Difficulty level: difficult

-Type of terrain: rocky

-Duration: 2½-hour walk/ 40-minute snorkeling - kayaking

PM – Cerro Brujo (San Cristobal Island)

Wet landing. Cerro Brujo is an eroding tuff cone that at several locations is composed of AA lava formations and a beautiful white sandy beach, great for snorkeling and sunbathing. There is a lagoon visit where migratory bird species can be seen: Black-necked Stilts, Ruddy Turnstones, Whimbrels, other sandpiper species and White-cheeked Pintails. Cerro Brujo offers beautiful views of Kicker Rock, the southern part of San Cristobal and the adjacent coast.

-Difficulty level: easy

-Type of terrain: sandy

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

Cities Covered San Cristóbal Island

AM – Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve (San Cristobal Island)

Dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Passengers visit the San Cristobal Giant Tortoise Breeding Center to learn about the National Park’s conservation programs. Enjoy a beautiful landscape on the way to the Reserve. Passengers will also have the opportunity to visit the village’s port, have a drink or shop for arts and crafts and other souvenirs.

-Difficulty level: intermediate

-Type of Terrain: sandy

-Duration: 40-minute bus drive to the Reserve / 1-hour visit

Baltra Airport

After the visit you will go to San Cristobal Airport for their return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

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


Departure Dates and Rates

Departures
Dec 201817, 31Jan 201914, 28Feb 201911, 25
Mar 201911, 25Apr 20198, 22May 20196, 20
Jun 20193, 17Jul 20191, 15, 29Aug 201912, 26
Sep 20199, 23Oct 20197, 21Nov 20194, 18
Dec 20192, 16, 30

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

ClassDatesSingle RateDouble RateTriple Rate
Balcony Suite Plus
For departure December 17,2018 US$ 4,897 US$ 2,798 US$ 2,565
For departure December 31,2018 US$ 5,142 US$ 2,938 US$ 2,694
For departures January 14,2019 through March 25,2019 US$ 4,897 US$ 2,798 US$ 2,565
For departures April 8,2019 through May 20,2019 US$ 5,142 US$ 2,938 US$ 2,694
For departures June 3,2019 through July 1,2019 US$ 4,897 US$ 2,798 US$ 2,565
For departures July 15,2019 through August 26,2019 US$ 5,142 US$ 2,938 US$ 2,694
For departures September 9,2019 through September 23,2019 US$ 4,897 US$ 2,798 US$ 2,565
For departures October 7,2019 through November 18,2019 US$ 5,142 US$ 2,938 US$ 2,694
For departures December 2,2019 through December 16,2019 US$ 4,897 US$ 2,798 US$ 2,565
For departure December 30,2019 US$ 5,142 US$ 2,938 US$ 2,694
Junior Suite
For departures December 17,2018 through December 30,2019 US$ 4,106 US$ 2,346 US$ 2,151
Legend Suite
For departure December 17,2018 US$ 6,825 US$ 3,900 US$ 3,575
For departure December 31,2018 US$ 7,167 US$ 4,095 US$ 3,754
For departures January 14,2019 through March 25,2019 US$ 6,825 US$ 3,900 US$ 3,575
For departures April 8,2019 through May 20,2019 US$ 7,167 US$ 4,095 US$ 3,754
For departures June 3,2019 through July 1,2019 US$ 6,825 US$ 3,900 US$ 3,575
For departures July 15,2019 through August 26,2019 US$ 7,167 US$ 4,095 US$ 3,754
For departures September 9,2019 through September 23,2019 US$ 6,825 US$ 3,900 US$ 3,575
For departures October 7,2019 through November 18,2019 US$ 7,167 US$ 4,095 US$ 3,754
For departures December 2,2019 through December 16,2019 US$ 6,825 US$ 3,900 US$ 3,575
For departure December 30,2019 US$ 7,167 US$ 4,095 US$ 3,754
Standard Interior
For departure December 17,2018 US$ 2,910 US$ 1,662 US$ 1,525
For departure December 31,2018 US$ 3,056 US$ 1,745 US$ 1,602
For departures January 14,2019 through March 25,2019 US$ 2,910 US$ 1,662 US$ 1,525
For departures April 8,2019 through May 20,2019 US$ 3,056 US$ 1,745 US$ 1,602
For departures June 3,2019 through July 1,2019 US$ 2,910 US$ 1,662 US$ 1,525
For departures July 15,2019 through August 26,2019 US$ 3,056 US$ 1,745 US$ 1,602
For departures September 9,2019 through September 23,2019 US$ 2,910 US$ 1,662 US$ 1,525
For departures October 7,2019 through November 18,2019 US$ 3,056 US$ 1,745 US$ 1,602
For departures December 2,2019 through December 16,2019 US$ 2,910 US$ 1,662 US$ 1,525
For departure December 30,2019 US$ 3,056 US$ 1,745 US$ 1,602
Standard Plus
For departure December 17,2018 US$ 3,602 US$ 2,058 US$ 1,887
For departure December 31,2018 US$ 3,782 US$ 2,161 US$ 1,982
For departures January 14,2019 through March 25,2019 US$ 3,602 US$ 2,058 US$ 1,887
For departures April 8,2019 through May 20,2019 US$ 3,782 US$ 2,161 US$ 1,982
For departures June 3,2019 through July 1,2019 US$ 3,602 US$ 2,058 US$ 1,887
For departures July 15,2019 through August 26,2019 US$ 3,782 US$ 2,161 US$ 1,982
For departures September 9,2019 through September 23,2019 US$ 3,602 US$ 2,058 US$ 1,887
For departures October 7,2019 through November 18,2019 US$ 3,782 US$ 2,161 US$ 1,982
For departures December 2,2019 through December 16,2019 US$ 3,602 US$ 2,058 US$ 1,887
For departure December 30,2019 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 65 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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