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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. 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. To finish off enjoy a night on Santa Cruz island to explore beaches and visit giant tortoises in their natural habitat.

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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.B/203874
  • Starts: Quito, Ecuador
  • Finishes: Quito, Ecuador
You will Visit
  • Quito
  • Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
  • North Seymour
  • Mosquera Island
  • Santiago Island
  • Bartolomé Island
  • Puerto Ayora

Itinerary

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Day 1: Quito

Arrive at any time.
There are no planned activities, so check into the hotel and enjoy the city. Please look for notices in the hotel lobby for a time and location of the welcome meeting.

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Day 2: Quito/Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Fly to San Cristóbal Island. Meet the guide and transfer to the boat. Visit Isla Lobos in the afternoon to spot blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas and sea lions.
In the afternoon, transfer to the boat. Continue to Isla Lobos, a small island home a friendly population of sea lions. While snorkelling in the calm clear waters watch as the curious pups blow bubbles, swim in circles and frolic in the waves.

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Day 3: 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 4: 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 5: Puerto Ayora

Disembark in Puerto Ayora and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to see the giant Galápagos tortoises. In the afternoon, explore Academy Bay on a boat tour. Snorkel with sea lions and walk over a volcanic path to a crystal clear salt water lagoon.

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Day 6: Puerto Ayora/Quito

Visit the highlands of Santa Cruz to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Fly back to Quito for a final night in the city.

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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 Santa Cruz
    • Visit to North Seymour to see nesting seabirds
    • Hike to the Bartolomé Island viewpoint overlooking the famous Pinnacle Rock
    • Snorkelling at Isla Lobos, Kicker Rock and Sullivan Bay
    • Visit the Charles Darwin Foundation (Santa Cruz)
    • Excursion to see giant tortoises in the wild
    • 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 Santa Cruz with included visit to see the giant tortoises
  • Three nights cruising through the Galpagos National Park aboard the Xavier
  • Snorkelling excursions searching for sea turtles and rays
  • Hiking through the lava fields of Bartolom to get an amazing view
  • Learn more about the ecology of the Galpagos with a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station