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  • Meet the legendary giant tortoise!
    Meet the legendary giant tortoise!
  • Waved albatross courtship
    Waved albatross courtship
  • See remarkable and diverse Galapagos birdlife
    See remarkable and diverse Galapagos birdlife
  • Share pristine beaches with sea lions!
    Share pristine beaches with sea lions!
  • The flightless cormorant
    The flightless cormorant
  • Galapagos Marine iguanas
    Galapagos Marine iguanas
  • Optional kayaking activities
    Optional kayaking activities
  • Wonderful snorkelling opportunities
    Wonderful snorkelling opportunities
  • Stunning Tropic bird
    Stunning Tropic bird

Galapagos 4 nights: Galapagos Legend

This 5 day Galapagos adventure exploring the archipelago offers a wonderful insight into these unique islands. There are two visits per day in the morning and afternoon. Expert naturalist guides take you directly to the most fantastic and emblematic locations on each island and introduce you to the mysterious and wonderful secrets of its flora fauna and geology, with walks and hikes of various levels and snorkeling or kayaking. Your Deluxe vessel features exquisite gastronomy and spacious outdoor decks, BBQ terrace, Jacuzzi and pool.
  • San Cristóbal, Española, Floreana, Santa Cruz and Daphne Islands
  • Luxury expedition cruise with just 100 passengers
  • Group sizes 16 passengers each group with expert naturalist guide
  • Great ship to take the whole family
  • Amazing encounters with Galapagos wildlife
  • Snorkelling opportunities
  • Look for Blue-footed Boobies, Darwin’s finches, Giant tortoises, marine iguanas and other Galapagos icons.

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ITINERARY B: WESTERN ISLANDS (Thu – Mon) - 5 days / 4 nights Day 1: Thursday - AM – Baltra airport Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra (2 1⁄2 hours flight). 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 – Black Turtle Cove On the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, accessible only by sea where four species of mangrove crowd from the shore out into the lagoon, turtle enjoy swimming in the calm waters, peaking their heads above the surface while fish, rays and small sharks circle below. White-tipped reef sharks can be seen beneath the boat, sea birds, including pelicans, herons and egrets, all feed in the cove. This cove has been declared as a “Turtle Sanctuary”. Difficulty level: easy Duration: 1h00 Day 2: Friday - AM – Sullivan Bay (Santiago) Wet landing. This visitor site located at the southeastern portion of Santiago Island, and of important geologic interest, features extensive lava flows believed to have been formed during the last quarter of the 19th century. Difficulty level: difficult, 1.5 km path. Type of terrain: flat volcanic lava. Duration: 1h30 walk / 1 hour snorkeling/swimming - PM – Rabida Wet landing. Dark-red sand covers these unique beaches with incredible landscape; Rabida is considered the epicenter of the Galapagos Islands due to the diversity of its volcanic geology. Nesting Brown Pelicans are found from July through September and nine species of the famous Darwin’s finches can be seen. We will also take a dinghy ride along cliffs to observe nesting seabirds, and snorkel off the coast, where marine life is particularly active. Difficulty level: easy. Type of terrain: sandy. Duration: 1h30 walk / 1 hour snorkeling / 1 hour dinghy ride Day 3: Saturday - AM – Urbina Bay (Isabela) Wet landing on a volcanic “black” beach. Depending on the season, we may find giant tortoises*, land iguanas* and the unusual Flightless Cormorant. After a short walk inland, snorkeling time is allotted, giving you yet another chance to swim with sea turtles, sea lions and countless tropical fish. Urbina Bay features a wide variety of plant life that changes depending on the season. We can observe the beautiful colors of plants that attract different insects, birds and reptiles. We will explore the uplifted coral reef that resulted from 1954 volcanic activity, with a spectacular view of Alcedo Volcano. Difficulty level: intermediate. Type of terrain: flat. Duration: 1h30 walk / 1 hour snorkeling - PM – Tagus Cove (Isabela) Dry landing on Galapagos’ largest island where we will learn about the eruption of the five volcanoes that form it. The trail leads to Darwin’s salt-water crater Lake and excellent views of lava fields and volcanic formations. We will return by the same path for a dinghy ride along a shoreline full of marine wildlife, where we will admire a variety of seabirds*, such as Blue-footed Booby, Brown Noddy, terns, Flightless Cormorant and depending on the season, a large number of Galapagos Penguins* which are only 35 cm. tall; the only penguin species in the world to extend its range into the northern hemisphere along the equator. They are monogamous and lay their eggs in small cracks of lava, on the lower parts of the island near the shoreline not reached by the ocean waves. The population of penguins on the islands is about 2,000 individuals, most of which live on this western portion of Isabela; others are scattered further south on the island. We will have an opportunity to snorkel in deep water. Graffiti believed to have been left by19th-century pirates is a curious reminder of an intriguing past. Difficulty level: intermediate. Type of terrain: steep. Duration: 2 hour walk / 40 minutes dinghy ride / deep water snorkeling 1 hour Day 4: Sunday - AM – Espinosa Point (Fernandina) Dry landing. Espinosa Point is the only spot that we visit on Fernandina, and from it we can see the island of Isabela across the Bolívar Channel, an area that boasts some of the highest diversity of endemic sea fauna in the Galapagos. The largest, most primitive-looking race of marine iguanas* are found mingling with sea lions and Sally Lightfoot Crabs; a wonderful opportunity to encounter Flightless Cormorants at their nesting sites, Galapagos Penguins and the “King” of predators on the Islands, the Galapagos Hawk. “Pa-hoe-hoe” and “AA” lava formations* cover the majority of the terrain. Vegetation is thus scarce inland, but we encounter Brachycereus cacti and extensive mangrove beds lining the shores. Difficulty level: intermediate Type of terrain: rocky. Duration: 2 hours walk / 1hour snorkeling - PM – Vicente Roca Point (Isabela) Great deep-water* snorkeling at one of the richest marine havens on Earth (Bolívar Channel). We take a dinghy ride along the coast to observe a great diversity of sea and coastal birds*; Nazca and blue-footed boobies, noddies, brown pelicans, penguins, flightless cormorants. The upwelling of coldwater currents in this part of the Galapagos gives rise to an abundance of marine life. Duration: 1 hour snorkeling / 1 hour dinghy ride Day 5: Monday - AM – Highlands (Santa Cruz) Dry landing. A 45-minute bus ride will take us to the Santa Cruz highlands, located to the northwest of Puerto Ayora, where we will find a natural reserve with giant tortoises. These enormous and slow-moving reptiles are responsible for the island’s name and therefore approaching them in their humid and forested abode is always an inspiring adventure. They can weigh between 250 and 300 kg and can live up to 150- 200 years. Difficulty level: easy. Type of terrain: flat & muddy sometimes (depending on season) Duration: 45 minutes drive / 1h30 walk After the visit passengers will be transferred to Baltra airport for return flight to Guayaquil or Quito. ITINERARY D: SOUTH-EAST ISLANDS (Thu – Mon) - 5 days / 4 nights Day 1: Thursday - AM – San Cristobal airport Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to San Cristobal (2 1⁄2 hours flight). 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 – Interpretation Center & Tijeretas Hill (San Cristóbal) Dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, capital of the Galapagos Islands. Passengers visit the Interpretation Center, an excellent place to learn about Natural History in the Galapagos*. The Museum of Natural History displays information on the volcanic origins of the islands, their remoteness from the continent, ocean currents, climate, the arrival of the different species and their colonization, among other points of interest. The human history is also showcased, chronologically narrating the most significant events related to the discovery and colonization of the islands. Difficulty level: easy Duration: 1 hour visit. Tijeretas Hill involves a high intensity walk amidst beautiful landscapes and a magnificent view at the foot of a frigatebird nesting colony*. Difficulty level: high Duration: 1 hour visit Day 2: Friday - AM – Gardner Bay, Gardner & Osborn islets (Española) Wet landing on a beautiful white coral sand beach guarded by a colony of sea lions. There are no trails, so we stay along the shore where we can spot Galapagos hawks, American Oystercatchers, Galapagos Ground Doves, Hood mockingbirds*, Yellow Warblers, lava lizards, marine iguanas, and three species of Darwin’s finches: a subspecies (Geospiza fuliginosa) of the Large Cactus Finch, which is similar to the large ground finch, the Small Ground Finch (Geospiza fuliginosa) and the Warbler Finch (Certhidea Olivacea), another endemic subspecies. Swimming and snorkeling* offer a great variety of Galapagos marine wildlife: king angelfish, Creole fish, damsel fish, parrotfish, manta rays, and white-tipped reef sharks. Difficulty level: easy. Type of terrain: sandy. Duration: 1 hour walk / 1hour snorkeling. - PM - Suarez Point (Española) Dry landing. An island of geological interest, we explore volcanic formations and a riveting wildlife: large sea lion colonies and seabirds including Española mockingbird, Nazca Boobies and the spectacular Red-billed Tropicbird. You will also encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards, and the colorful Sally Lightfoot Crabs. A somewhat lengthy hike will bring you among Nazca and Blue-footed Boobies*, right up to nesting grounds that sometimes overlap the trail. Other birding favorites include Galapagos Dove, Galapagos Hawk, Swallow-tailed Gulls and the world’s largest colony of Waved Albatross*, an unequivocal highlight during mating season (May-December). Admire the island’s dramatic backdrop, featuring the famous Soplador, a seaward blowhole that shoots water some 23 m. (75 ft.) in the air. Difficulty level: difficult Type of terrain: rocky Duration: 2h30 walk Day 3: Saturday - AM – Post Office (Floreana) Wet landing. Located on the north side of Floreana, the bay is so-named because in 1793 Captain James Colnett installed a wooden barrel which served as an informal post office for sailors passing through, who would take letters with them to their destinations. Today, our visitors continue the tradition by placing unstamped postcards inside the barrel that should reach their destinations for free. It can take weeks, months, even years, not arrive at all, or even arrive before you! We may also encounter Darwin’s finches*, Yellow Warbler and lava lizards. Great snorkeling opportunities with Green Pacific Sea Turtles* as well, this island is best known for its endemic vegetation: Scalesia villosa, Lecocarpus pinnatifidus, and Galapagos milkwort. Snorkelers can practice on the main beach among playful sea lions. Difficulty level: easy. Type of terrain: sandy. Duration: 30 minutes walk / 1 hour snorkeling - PM - Cormorant Point / Devil’s Crown / Champion (Floreana) Wet landing, on an olivine green sand beach. We hike from the black mangrove beds to a brackish lagoon, which usually holds one of the largest flamingo populations in the Galapagos. This island features some endemic plants such as Scalesia villosa, white and black mangrove, and holy stick. The trail continues to a beautiful white-sand beach, one of the most important nesting sites of Green Pacific Sea Turtles. It is important to avoid walking in the water due to the Sting Rays that may be hiding in the sand, which can be dangerous if accidentally stepped on. From the beach one can spot sea turtles, Blue-footed Boobies plunging into the water, and small reef sharks floating along the shoreline in search of food. This coral-sand beach marks the end of our trail, and we head back to the olivine beach we landed on to swim or snorkel amongst sea turtles, reef fish, sea lions and, on a good day, white-tipped reef sharks. A small colony of penguins resides on Floreana and can sometimes be observed as well. Difficulty level: easy. Type of terrain: sandy and walk on a flat terrain Duration: 1 hour walk / 1 hour snorkeling Day 4: Sunday - AM – Highlands (Santa Cruz) Dry landing. A 45-minute bus ride will take us to the Santa Cruz highlands, located to the northwest of Puerto Ayora, where we will find a natural reserve with giant tortoises*. These enormous and slow-moving reptiles are responsible for the island’s name and therefore approaching them in their humid and forested abode is always an inspiring adventure. They can weigh between 250 and 300 kg and can live up to 150- 200 years. Additionally, travelers can walk inside surprising lava tubes. Difficulty level: easy. Type of terrain: flat & muddy sometimes (depending on season) Duration: 45 minutes drive / 1h30 walk - PM – Fausto Llerena Breeding Center - Charles Darwin Station(Santa Cruz) Dry landing. We visit the Station where the Galapagos giant tortoise breeding program takes place as part of our efforts to preserve the fragile Galapagos environment and where the famous Lonesome George (the last surviving specimen of his specie) lived for decades. Admire a prickly-pear cactus forest and variety Darwin’s finches and other land birds. The Darwin Station also works providing environmental education to communities and schools within the islands, and to tourists visiting the Galapagos Islands. You will also have some free time to visit the town and shop for souvenirs. Difficulty level: intermediate Type of terrain: flat Duration: 1h30 visit Day 5: Monday - AM – Daphne We circumnavigate the islet of Daphne, an eroded tuff cone formation* that was created by successive volcanic activity, for an opportunity to see Darwin’s finches, Blue-footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies, Red-billed Tropicbirds, Swallow-tailed Gulls, Brown Noddies. Afterwards, you will go straight to the airport for return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

Expedition Vessel: M/V Galapagos Legend

Designed specifically for cruising the Galapagos Islands, the Galapagos Legend offers all the amenities of a larger cruise liner yet still has the intimate feel of family-style cruising. She offers unique expeditions allowing visitors from around the world to enjoy the magic of the archipelago Darwin made famous.

M/V Galapagos Legend is without formality but maintains excellence in quality services. Panoramic windows, ample social areas and with only one hundred people on board you will enjoy exclusivity and a personalized attention. The charming and elegant cabins and suites range in size from 11 to 23 square metres, fully carpeted with ocean views, closets, their own private bathrooms, hot and cold water, hair dryers, safe deposit boxes, air-conditioning and Video system with LCD TV, music, activities, itineraries and consumption on board.

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Date Selected: 26th Oct 2017


Adult (1) US$2215
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Essential Information

Deposits Reservations require a non-refundable deposit of 20% at the time you receive a booking confirmation from Expeditions Online. A payment link will be sent to you and this may be paid by major credit card. Bookings within 60 days of departure require full payment. Final Payments Balances are due 60 days prior to departure. Cancellations All requests for cancellation must be received in writing to Expeditions Online. If cancellation occurs within 60 of departure the cancellation 100 % of the total price. We strongly recommend that you obtain adequate trip cancellation insurance. Exclusions Please refer to the exclusions carefully. Flights from mainland Ecuador are not included nor is the Galapagos National Park Tax and other fees. Possible fuel surcharges may also apply. Booking Terms - Please read carefully the General Booking Conditions for Expeditions Online. This voyage is operated by Klein Tours Galapagos Cruises and you additionally travel under their terms and conditions as the operator as well as of the Shipping Company/transport carrier. Details will be forwarded to you at the time of booking.

Included

  • Accommodation in air-conditioned cabins with private bathroom.
  • Meals scheduled on board.
  • Daily visits to the islands with English/Spanish-speaking guide.
  • Snorkeling opportunities.
  • Briefings and lectures on board.
  • Transfers to/from the Islands from/to the ship.

Excluded

(Prices of exclusions below are subject to change)
  • Air tickets to/from Galapagos: US$ 449.00 applying special reduced airfare all year round. This figure will be invoiced and ticket will be issued to guarantee the space.
  • Galapagos National Park Tax: US$ 100.00. This tax can be paid directly by the passengers (cash only) or can be invoiced and prepaid on request.
  • Galapagos National Institute Migration Control Card: US$ 20.00. This figure will be invoiced and card will be handled by the cruise operator.
  • Fuel Surcharge: 3 or 4 night cruises US$ 50.00, 7 night cruise US$ 100.00. This figure will be invoiced and prepaid by the cruise operator.
  • Single supplement: 50%; on holiday season dates: 75% *2). Limited space. To guarantee a specific type of cabin in High Occupancy Departures 75%.
  • Snorkeling equipment (optional): US$ 20.00 per short cruise.
  • Wet suits (optional): US$ 25.00 per short cruise.
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Medical Services, travel insurance and other not specified.
  • Tips & personal expenses.