Visions of Paradise aboard Treasures of the Galapagos


Learn what makes most beautiful islands in the world truly spectacular. Spend five days sailing through the Galapagos on board a luxurious yacht, dropping anchor and visiting some of the greatest spots that this tropical paradise has to offer. Hear all about the impressive history of the Galapagos and learn about conservation efforts underway as you visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the Interpretation Center on San Cristobal Island. Lounge on the white-sand beaches of Cerro Brujo and take in the spectacular views from atop Bartolome Island. Meet some of the world's most exotic wildlife up close, from white-tipped sharks to blue-footed boobies to sea lions, giant tortoises, and more. Stop wondering what makes the Galapagos Islands so special: Come and find out for yourself!

Highlights:

  • Walk along Sullivan Bay and observe what happens when volcanic flows reach the beautiful shores!
  • Enjoy a tropical safari for such diverse species as frigate birds, Galapagos penguins, land and marine iguanas, and many more!
  • Swim, snorkel, or stretch out on the sands of the Galapagos' countless beaches!
Treasures of Galapagos
Treasures of Galapagos Ship

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.

PM: Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin 

Lunch at noon. Dry landing, hiking, educational visit to the Charles Darwin Station (giant tortoises, Opuntia cactus, etc.).

Difficulty: easy

Duration: 2h

Dinner at night.


Cities Covered Santiago Island ,  Bartolome Island

AM: Sullivan Bay:

Breakfast in the morning.This site is of great geological interest is located south-east of Santiago Island, landing it can be done both on the rocky shore (dry landing) or the white sandy beach (wet landing).  The length of the trail is 1.5 km approximately.  
The area is covered by lava flows Pahohoe type (solidified lava in a wavy or accordion). It was very active in the past 25 years of the nineteenth century. The Sullivan lava was formed in 1897.  Flow is very young geologically.  The magma formed is flat, but the underground lava movement, rapid cooling and other eruptions led to the break in many places.

Difficulty: Moderate

Duration: 1h 30min

Lunch at noon. 
 
PM: Bartolome Island

Wet Landing, After lunch visit to the Pinnacle Rock beach for swimming and snorkeling.  In the afternoon dry landing to reach the viewpoint of Bartolome. On this island, you can see interesting formations of lava and cinder cones. After a 30 to 40 minutes climbing, a wooden staircase leads to the top of the island where there are beautiful views of the nearby beaches. This island is one of the most visited and photographed because of Pinnacle Rock.

Difficulty: Moderate

Duration: 1h 30min

Dinner in the evening.  


Cities Covered North Seymour Island

AM: North Seymour Island:

Breakfast in the morning. Dry landing. On this island you can see bluefooted boobies, colonies of frigates, fork-tailed gulls, terns, sea lions, lava lizards and land iguanas. Palo Santo trees can also be observed.

Difficulty: Moderate

Duration: 2h

Lunch at noon. 


PM: Mosquera Islet:

Wet Landing. The Islet is Located between the islands of Baltra and North Seymour. It is a reef of rocks and coral (the result of an uprising) and a great white sand beach.In most of its perimeter there is basis of lava rocks, as evidence of the wash uprising, except in the southwest side where the landing occurs. This island has one of the largest Populations of sea lions.You can also observe several species of shorebirds. There have been occasional reports at this site of Orcas (Orcinus orca).

Difficulty: easy

Duration: 1h

Dinner in the evening. 


Cities Covered South Plaza Island ,  San Cristóbal Island

AM: South Plazas Islands:

Breakfast in the morning. Dry landing. This island is full of life. There are colonies of sea lions and land iguanas. While you walk on the banks it is possible to see a great number of birds such as nesting tropic birds and fork-tailed seagulls, but most of all enjoying the beautiful view from the top the steep banks or strolling along the base of the cliff is an extremely pleasurable experience. The Opuntiacactus grow here too and the vegetation changes color according to the season of the year.  

Paths: easy

Duration: 2 Hours.

Lunch at noon. 
 
PM: Cerro Brujo:

Wet Landing is a beautiful beach of white coral where you can swim and watch birds and sea lions, plus you can snorkel. Located on the north coast of the San Cristobal Island. In the vicinity of the beach you can see seabirds like blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, herons, frigate birds and shore birds.

Degree of difficulty: easy

Duration approximately 2 hours

Dinner in the evening.


Cities Covered San Cristóbal Island

AM: Interpretation Center-San Cristobal:

Breakfast in the morning.Dry Landing. This site is educational information about the evolution of the Galapagos Islands and animal life in the islands.

Difficulty: easy 

Duration: 1h 30min

Transfer out to San Cristobal’s Airport. 



Departure Dates and Rates

If you have any questions about prices, please feel free to submit a request online via the link above or to give us a call at 1-888-LUX RAIL (589-7245).This is a perfect extension tour for any Tren Crucero journeys.

 

INCLUSIONS:

  • All transfers to and from the airport as well as to and from the cruise vessel to excursions
  • Accommodations on board the cruise vessel for the duration of your tour
  • All meals on board, as described in the itinerary
  • Complimentary water, coffee, and tea
  • Excursions and activities, as described in the itinerary as well as the services of an English-speaking guide
  • Snorkeling equipment.

EXCLUSIONS:

  • Airfare (Domestic or international) to and from Ecuador as well as to and from the Galapagos Islands; visa fees
  • Travel insurance fees
  • Beverages, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic
  • Gratuities
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee $100 per person (Payable in cash upon the time of arrival in the Galapagos Islands);
  • Transit Control Card $20 per person (Payable in cash upon the time of arrival in the Galapagos Islands)
  • Wetsuits: available for rent for $55 on 7-day cruises and $45 on 5-day cruises)
  • Any items or services of a personal nature, such as souvenirs
  • Any items not specifically described in the tour itinerary.
  • Unless specifically mentioned, any pre- or post-tour accommodations, transfers to and from hotels at the beginning and end of the tour, tour extensions, or airfare are not included in the price of your journey, but can be arranged for an additional fee.
  • All Ecuadorian citizens participating in this excursion must pay an additional tax equivalent to 12% of their total tour price.
Terms and Conditions

PAYMENT TERMS:

25% of total tour cost due at the time of booking

80% or balance no later than 65 days prior to tour departure date

CANCELLATION FEES:

i) 20% of the trip price if it is cancelled between 89 and 60 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.

We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance to cover the losses incurred in case of cancellation. For information on available plans or to purchase travel insurance, please visit www.palacetours.com/insurance.

 






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