Marine: Galapagos - South & East Islands aboard the Monserrat (SEV07NB)
Countries Visited: Ecuador Great value, reasonable prices, quality experiences Comfortable and varied tourist-class accommodations chosen for location and character Mix of public and private transport for the best overall experience All the top highlights included, plus plenty of time to explore on your own
Trip Style: Marine - Small-ship adventures on the world's great seas and rivers The poles of the Earth, the wonders of the Galapagos, the mysteries of the Amazon, out-of-the-way Greek Islands and other great places are best (and sometimes only) accessed by boat. Marine trips get you there aboard small ships, exclusive yachts and catamarans.
Service Level: Standard
Physical Demands Rating: 1 - You'll have to walk around on your own, climb some stairs and carry your own bag. Easy does it.
Group Size: Max 20, avg 14
Meals Included: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
Accommodations: Not Availaible
Four nights cruising the Galapagos National Park aboard the Monserrat, gain a deeper understanding of the ecology of the Galapagos at the Charles Darwin Foundation, choose to hike along or simply relax on the white-sand beaches of EspaNola Island, come face-to-face with 100-year-old giant tortoises.
Have you always dreamed about exploring the Galapagos, but never found the times Make some. Let the Monserrat show you how comfortable a whirlwind trip through the exotic landscapes of the islands can be. On this adventure, you'll experience the beautiful white-sand beaches of EspaNola, encounter giant sea turtles and other wildlife, and gain a fuller understanding of it all at the Charles Darwin Foundation. Get a fresh perspective by getting out on the water!
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|Offer valid through 3/31/2018|
|Day 1||Quito||Day 1 Quito|
Arrive at any time. Additional Notes: Booking pre- or post-trip accommodation is highly recommended to fully experience the city and take advantage of the optional activities available. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Puerto Baquerizo Moreno||Day 2 Quito/Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Catch an early flight to San Cristobal Island. In the afternoon, visit Isla Lobos and be greeted by sea lions frolicking in the waves. Additional Notes: Flights from Quito to San Cristobal depart between 8:10am and 10:10am depending on the day of the week. These will arrive into the Galapagos between 10:40am and 12:40pm with a refuelling stop in Guayaquil (you will not disembark the plane). You will generally arrive onto the boat in time for lunch on Day 2 before the afternoon activity. The National Park charges a visitor fee of USD100, payable on arrival, which funds park maintenance and supervision in the Galapagos as well as ecological study, conservation, and infrastructure development in Ecuadors other National Parks. Entry fees and the funds they generate for the National Park System are among measures taken by the Ecuadorian government to protect its natural heritage. Included Activities: Isla Lobos Visit Snorkelling (Isla Lobos) Transport: Plane Monserrat
|Day 3||Cerro Brujo||Day 3 Cerro Brujo (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Starting on the north coast of San Cristobal, land at Cerro Brujo to observe the sea lions, marine iguanas, and seabirds along the beach. Spend the afternoon visiting the tortoise breeding area in the highlands rich with endemic flora. Included Activities: Cerro Brujo Visit Jacinto Gordillo Breeding Center Transport: Monserrat
|Day 4||Punta Suarez||Day 4 Bahia Gardner/Punta Suarez (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Arriving at Gardner Bays in the morning, spend the day exploring on shore and snorkelling at Gardner Island in the bay. After lunch, sail to the western side of the islands to Punta Suarez, known for its amazing bird colonies and home to the waved albatross (April and December). Included Activities: Gardner Bay Visit Snorkelling (Gardner Bay) Punta Suarez Visit Transport: Monserrat
|Day 5||Floreana Island||Day 5 Punta Cormorant/Floreana Island (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Land at Punta Cormorant on Floreana. Guided walks to observe the bird and wildlife and learn about the natural history. Snorkelling excursion at Champion Islet. Visit Post Office Bay. Included Activities: Punta Cormorant Visit Snorkelling (Champion Islet) Post Office Bay Visit Transport: Monserrat
|Day 6||Quito||Day 6 Puerto Ayora/Quito (1B)|
In the morning, arrive in Puerta Ayora on Santa Cruz Island and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. Transfer to the airport on Baltra Island for the flight to Quito. Flights from Baltra to Quito depart between 10:00am and 1:00pm depending on the day of the week. These will arrive into Quito between 2:30pm and 5:30pm with a refuelling stop in Guayaquil (you will not disembark the plane). You will arrive back at the hotel in the early evening in time for dinner. Included Activities: Charles Darwin Research Station Visit Transport: Plane
|Day 7||Quito||Day 7 Quito (1B)|
Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
Local Flights: All local flights to and from the Galapagos are included in the cost of your tour. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
Flights to either of the airports in the Galapagos leave early in the morning on Day 2 and get you into the islands in the early afternoon. Flights back to the mainland depart between 10:00am and 1:30pm arriving in the early evening.
Please note that all flights to and from the Galapagos make a 1 hour refuelling stop in Guayaquil.
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Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.