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Galapagos 3 nights: Galapagos Legend

This 4 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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Combine 3 and 4 night cruises in any order to make 7, 10, 11 or 14 night itineraries - Contact us for details!

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ITINERARY A: North-Central Islands (Mon – Thu) – 4 days / 3 nights Day 1: Monday - 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 – Highlands – Pit Craters (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*; we also visit Pit Craters created from the collapse of surface materials into chamber fissures underground. It’s a great place to spot Vermilion Flycatcher as we walk inside an endemic Scalesia forest. Difficulty level: easy. Type of terrain: flat & muddy sometimes (depending on season) Duration: 45 minutes drive / 1h30 walk Day 2: Tuesday - AM – Egas Port (Santiago) Wet landing on a beach of black volcanic sand, visited by Darwin in 1835. The first section of the trail is comprised of volcanic ash (eroded tuff) and the other half of partially uneven terrain is comprised of volcanic basaltic rock lounging the shoreline. The unique, truly striking layered terrain of Santiago’s shores is home to a variety of resident and migrant birds, including the bizarre Yellow-crowned Night Heron and astounding array of marine wildlife including lobster, starfish and marine iguanas grazing on algae beds alongside Sally Light-foot Crabs. Colonies of endemic fur seals swimming in cool water pools formed by volcanic rocks are also a highlight. Difficulty level: intermediate. Type of terrain: the first part flat and then semi rocky. Duration: 1h30 walk / 1 hour snorkeling - PM – Bartolome Dry or wet landing. We discover a fascinating moonscape* formed by different volcanic parasitic cones —lava bombs, spatter, cinder cones —as we hike to the summit for impressive views of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone Pinnacle Rock*. We also encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards and blue- footed boobies*. Beach time is a great opportunity to snorkel and see (perhaps swim with) Galapagos Penguins, sea turtles and White-tipped Reef Sharks among a great variety of colorful fish. For many visitors, this may turn out to be the best of snorkeling experiences*; the water here is generally clear, without too much surf and full of marine life. Due to its geographical location, the lack of vegetation is immediately noticeable. Pioneer plants are observed, so called because they are the first to establish roots on new ground. They include Tiquilia nesiotica (which is endemic to the island) and Chamaesyce (known as sand mat or spurge in English), lava cactus, and Scalesia bushes. Behind the beach we have dunes covered by mangroves. Difficulty level: intermediate. Type of terrain: trail made of steps (372 steps) Duration: 1h30 walk / 1 hour snorkeling Day 3: Wednesday - AM – Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz) Dry landing. We walk by a brackish lagoon where feeding flamingoes can be occasionally found. The trail leads across typical dry zone vegetation* up to Dragon Hill, an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas*, offering lovely views of the anchorage and neighboring islands. The forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin’s finches, Yellow Warblers and Galapagos Doves. Difficulty level: intermediate Type of terrain: rocky Duration: 2 hours walk - PM – North Seymour Dry landing. This is perhaps one of the busiest tourist destinations on the archipelago. Off of Baltra Island (where the airport is located) and not far from Santa Cruz, North Seymour is the most accessible for day trips out of Santa Cruz’s main port, Puerto Ayora. An approximately two hour walk amidst large nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies*, magnificent and great frigatebirds*, and swallow-tailed gulls for an in depth encounter with sea bird breeding cycles and as well as sea lions. You will also encounter sea lions, land iguanas, and on a lucky day, you might even come across a Galapagos Snake. Difficulty level: intermediate. Type of terrain: rocky. Duration: 2 hours walk, 30 minute snorkeling Day 4: Thursday - AM – Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz) Wet landing on the north side of Santa Cruz; behind the beach lie two small flamingo ponds with iguanas, coastal birds, Darwin finches, mockingbirds, and gulls, as well as interesting native and endemic vegetation, red and black mangroves, salt bushes, and much more. This beach is one of the main nesting sites of sea turtles* in the Galapagos. A female can lay eggs 3 or 4 times with an average of 70 eggs each, but then spend 3 or 5 years without breeding. At this paradisiacal site we will also find the remains of barges that sank long ago, once property of the United States Navy when they operated an airbase on Baltra Island during World War II. That is why the beach is called “Bachas” because the word “barges” in English was hard to pronounce for the local people. Difficulty level: easy. Type of terrain: sandy. Duration: 1 hour walk / 1 hour snorkeling/swimming - Baltra airport Transfer to the airport for return flight to Guayaquil or Quito. ITINERARY C: Central-East Islands (Mon – Thu) – 4 days / 3 nights Day 1: Monday - 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 – Mosquera Islet Wet Landing, Mosquera Islet is located between North Seymour and Baltra Islands, this flat, sandy island has a large colony of sea lions. It is also an excellent site for observing shorebirds such as herons and Lava Gulls. There is no trail on Mosquera Island, so any visitor can enjoy an open are. Most of the islet is covered with sand and barren lava rock. Very little sesuvium portulacastrum grows on the sand. Difficulty level: easy. Type of terrain: sandy Duration: 1h30 walk & snorkeling Day 2: Tuesday - AM – South Plaza (Plazas Island) Dry landing on the northern part of the Islet. The walk begins with an impressive cactus forest* surrounded by land and marine iguanas*; as we reach its highest point, be on the lookout for tropicbirds, a Nazca and blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls*. In South Plaza there is a large colony of the smaller sized land iguanas. The population is approximately 300 individuals. They feed on all kinds of vegetation, but during the dry season survive on the fruits and flowers of Opuntia cacti. Due to their proximity with marine iguanas, this is the only place on Earth where we will find the Galapagos hybrid iguana*. Difficulty level: intermediate. Type of terrain: rocky Duration: 2 hours walk - PM – Santa Fe Wet landing on a white sand beach surrounded by a sea lion colony; we continue walking through an endemic cactus forest as we search for the endemic Santa Fe land iguana*, the largest in the islands and distinctively paler. This island is home to a number of endemic species including Galapagos Hawk*, Galapagos Snake, a variety of finches and one of the four species of Galapagos mockingbirds*. Deep-water snorkeling. Difficulty level: intermediate. Type of terrain: rocky. Duration: 1h30 walk / 1 hour deep-water snorkeling Day 3: Wednesday - AM – Pitt Point / Pitt Islet (San Cristobal) Wet landing followed by a high intensity hike on rocky terrain. The trail includes an olivine beach of 90 meters long and a path that climbs to the top of a volcanic tuff, through several magnificent viewpoints*. This is probably the only site where the three booby species* of the Galapagos can be seen together, as well as two species of frigatebirds* and a sea lion colony; it is also excellent for dinghy rides and snorkeling, where a good range of sea birds can be observed. Difficulty level: difficult Type of terrain: rocky Duration: 2h30 walk - PM – Cerro Brujo (San Cristobal) Wet landing. Cerro Brujo is an eroding tuff cone* that at several locations is composed of AA lava formations, and a beautiful white sand beach*, great for snorkeling and sunbathing. We visit a lagoon where migratory bird* species can be seen: Black-necked Stilts, Ruddy Turnstones, Whimbrels, other sandpiper species and White-cheeked Pintails. Cerro Brujo offers beautiful views of Kicker Rock, the southern part of San Cristobal and the adjacent coast. Difficulty level: easy. Type of terrain: sandy. Duration: 1 hour walk / 1 hour snorkeling Day 4: Thursday - AM – Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve (San Cristobal) Dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Passengers visit the San Cristóbal giant tortoise* Breeding Center to learn about the National Park’s conservation programs. Enjoy a beautiful landscape on the way to the Reserve*. Passengers will also have the opportunity to visit the port village, have a drink or shop for arts and crafts and other souvenirs. Difficulty level: intermediate. Duration: 40 minutes bus drive to the Reserve / 1 hour visit. San Cristobal airport After the visit 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: 23rd Oct 2017


Adult (1) US$1662
Sub total US$1662

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.