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Galápagos Land & Sea — Central Islands aboard the Xavier III
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2017 Until Dec 17 From Jan 18

Encounter the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor off its shores. Begin with a night spent on San Cristbal, then take four days to explore the incredible wildlife of the Galpagos archipelago in the company of an expert Naturalist Guide. Giant tortoises, sea lions, and island birds are in abundance here, and youll have the chance to spot them all in visits to Santiago Island, North Seymour, and Mosquera Islands, and many more fascinating locales. In the evenings, return to the Xavier III to reflect on the days adventure under a canopy of stars.

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  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Average
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: SEVL07MA.A/203873
  • Starts: Quito, Ecuador
  • Finishes: Quito, Ecuador
You will Visit
  • Quito
  • Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
  • Isla Lobos
  • North Seymour
  • Mosquera Island
  • Santiago Island
  • Bartolomé Island
  • Puerto Ayora

Itinerary

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Day 1: Quito

Arrive at any time.

A G Adventures representative will greet you at the hotel and brief you on the various aspects of the tour.

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Day 2: Quito/Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Early morning flight to San Cristóbal. Meet the CEO and transfer to the hotel for the first night's stay in the Galápagos Islands. Following lunch, begin the exploration of San Cristóbal visiting Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado to see the giant tortoises followed by a visit to the Interpretation Centre.

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Day 3: Puerto Baquerizo Moreno/Isla Lobos

Before transferring to the boat, enjoy a morning snorkel excursion at Kicker Rock and visit a nearby beach. In the afternoon, transfer to the boat and head to Isla Lobos to visit a sea lion colony.
During the snorkelling excursion a mask and fins will be provided, opt to rent a wetsuit.

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Day 4: North Seymour/Mosquera Island

Explore two tiny islands that are big on wildlife. North Seymour offers great views of nesting seabirds, including frigatebirds and Mosquera is home to large colonies of sea lions.

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Day 5: Santiago Island/Bartolomé Island

Visit Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island to witness the giant lava formations contrasting the white-coral sand beach. Continue to Bartolomé Island for a guided tour to see the dramatic volcanic features before hiking to a panoramic viewpoint.

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Day 6: Puerto Ayora/Quito

Disembark in Puerto Ayora and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to see the giant Galápagos tortoises. Fly back to Quito.
In the morning, arrive in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station.

Then transfer to the airport on Baltra Island for a flight to Quito. Transfer to the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Enjoy one last night in historic Quito.

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Day 7: Quito

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Cruise the Galápagos Islands aboard the Xavier (3 nts)
    • All meals aboard the Xavier
    • Certified Galápagos National Park Service Guide
    • Overnight on San Cristóbal Island
    • Visit to a wildlife interpretation centre (San Cristóbal Island)
    • Hike to the Bartolomé Island viewpoint overlooking the famous Pinnacle Rock
    • Snorkelling at Kicker Rock and Sullivan Bay
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Internal flights
    • Snorkelling equipment and wetsuits while aboard Xavier
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (3 nts), aboard the Xavier in twin-share cabins (3 nts)
    • 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
    Transport
    • Motorized yacht (Xavier), plane, private vehicle, panga
    Group Leader
    • CEO/Naturalist Guide while in the Galápagos Islands (certified by the Galápagos National Park Authority), local G Adventures Rep in Quito
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Tour Highlights:
  • One night in San Cristbal with included visit to see the giant tortoises
  • Three nights cruising through the Galpagos National Park aboard the Xavier
  • Snorkeling excursions searching for sea turtles and rays
  • Hiking through the lava fields of Bartolom to get an amazing view
  • Learning more about the ecology of the Galpagos with a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station