Galapagos Legend 3 nights and Basic Ecuador

Galapagos Islands

The included 4 day Galapagos adventure offers a wonderful insight into this unique archipelago. 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

  • Great-value package including Quito or Guayaquil with city tour to learn about the historic importance of these cities
  • Luxury Galapagos Islands 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.

Customize your Galapagos Cruise:

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

Fantastic value add-on packages also available in Ecuador - Contact us for details.

Stewart's Take

Cruise the Galapagos in Style!

Overview

The included 4 day Galapagos adventure offers a wonderful insight into this unique archipelago. 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.
Day 1: Quito or Guayaquil Arrival any day – transfer to the hotel. Overnight with breakfast. Day 2: Quito Colonial City Tour & Middle of the World: bustling streets and squares of the largest historical old town in the Americas, a multi-ethnic, artistic and cultural heritage destination. Visit the “Middle of the world” situated at 0º0’0” latitude. Overnight with breakfast. or Guayaquil Visit Ecuador´s largest city port, the romantic Las Peñas neighborhood, the glorious Guayas River and Malecón 2000. Overnight with breakfast. Day 3-6: All-Inclusive Galapagos Cruise aboard M/V Galapagos Legend Domestic flight to Galapagos (not included). All-inclusive 3-night* top quality cruise. Only a special few have the chance to travel through this paradise, sailing on a charming ship, with nautical interior decoration of wood and brass, featuring ample outer decks, sea-view cabins and suites, jacuzzi, pool, bars and more. See prehistoric iguanas, giant tortoises, exotic birds, plants, beautiful landscapes of volcanoes, lava cones and magma flows. Swim and snorkel at any time of the year in the warm clear waters among tropical fish, manta rays, sea lions, swordfish, sea turtles and other marine wildlife. Multilingual naturalist guides lead shore excursions twice a day to a place unlike any other full of wildlife that has no fear of man. Lectures explaining the geology, history, evolution, flora and fauna of the islands are provided in several languages. A fine selection of meals will delight you, from buffet breakfast to gourmet dinners, ice cream festivals, and evening barbecues. Back to Quito or Guayaquil. Overnight with breakfast. Day 7: Quito or Guayaquil Transfer out. End of services. *YOUR GALAPAGOS ITINERARY IN DETAIL: The Galapagos Legend ship offers combinable weekly departures allowing you to experience 3-, 4-, 7-, and up to 14 –nights tours including: full board, two daily guided excursions with optional activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, dinghy rides and daily diving tours for license-holding divers. Following are the two alternate Monday-Thursday routes with three nights on board. Contact us to confirm which itinerary your cruise date will take - and also to if you wish to combine with one of the other itineraries to extend your cruise experience without repeating any visits. ITINERARY A: North-Central Islands 3 nights / 4 days 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 Tortoise Reserve (Santa Cruz Island) Dry landing. In the central highlands of Santa Cruz Island we have our best opportunity to interact at close quarters with totally wild, Galapagos giant tortoises. A short walk among these huge, 600lb, reptiles will also offer the chance for more highland species, especially several species of the famed finches. Difficulty level: easy; Type of terrain: flat & sometimes muddy; Duration: 45-minute drive / 1 ½-hour walk. - OR (For Extended Cruises only) PM - Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz Island) Here, we can find four species of mangrove in the extensive tidal lagoon system that stretches for almost a mile inland. During our panga ride through the labyrinth we will spot many turtles, herons of several species, sharks and rays. The experience is otherworldly and seems to transport us back to the beginning of time. Difficulty level: easy; Type of terrain: water; Duration: 1-hour panga ride. Day 2: Tuesday - AM – El Barranco, Prince Philip’s Steps (Genovesa Island) Riding our pangas to the far side of the caldera, red-billed tropicbirds display vociferously overhead while Galapagos fur seals can be seen on the shoreline. Once at the top of the rocky stairway we are immediately met by Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, mockingbirds and finches that line our way through a palo santo forest until we arrive at an expansive open lava field. Wedge-rumped storm petrels swarm above the lava where we keep our eyes peeled for short-eared owls. Difficulty level: Moderate; Type of terrain: rocky – lava; Duration: 45-minute walk. - PM – Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island) From within the flooded caldera of Tower Island we set foot onto a sandy beach to be greeted by swallow-tailed gulls often said to be the most beautiful gull in the world. Our short, flat, trail leads us past stands of mangroves and saltbush on which we have our best possible looks at nesting red-footed boobies and great frigatebirds. At the tidal lagoon we may also see the rarest gull in the world, our very own, endemic lava gull. Difficulty level: Moderate; Type of terrain: Sand & Lava; Duration: 2 ½-hour walk aprox. Day 3: Wednesday - AM – Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz) Dry landing. Arriving to a small lava dock our first encounters are with marine iguanas that blend-in perfectly to the dark rock. As we walk past large prickly pear cacti we arrive to one end of a long, sickle-shaped, beach with Dragon Hill standing in the distance. Our walk takes us on a circular path, past a shallow lake where flamingoes frequently come to feed. Waders such as stilts, turnstones and sandpipers work the muddy edges frenetically looking for food as we continue inland to a dry, forested habitat where land iguanas nest and burrow. Difficulty level: moderate; Type of terrain: rocky; Duration: 2-hour walk. - PM – Santa Fe Island Wet landing. After a fabulous snorkel in the turquoise waters of the protected bay we may have enjoyed time with sea lions, turtles, reef sharks and spotted eagle rays. Landing onto a sandy beach we are immediately distracted by the abundant sea lions there with us. We begin a walk past a forest of island-endemic giant Opuntia cacti. Here we search for another island-endemic the Santa Fe land iguana, paler than its cousins on other islands. Galapagos hawks and even endemic rice rats are also things to look out for. Difficulty level: moderate; Type of terrain: rocky; Duration: 1 ½-hour walk / 1-hour deep water snorkeling Day 4: Thursday - AM – Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz) Wet landing. Named for some wrecked World War II barges whose ribs are still visible in the sand this visitor site offers great swimming, a lovely walk along the shore and a visit to a lagoon behind the high tide line with wading birds, marine iguanas and sometimes even flamingoes. The two beaches are also favorite nesting sites for green turtles which often leave tractor-like tracks in the sand. Difficulty level: easy; Type of terrain: sandy; Duration: 1-hour walk. - AM- Baltra Airport After the visit, passengers will be transferred to the airport for their return flight to Guayaquil or Quito. ITINERARY C: Central-East Islands 3 nights / 4 days 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 – Bartolome Dry or wet landing. Considered the most iconic landscape of the entire archipelago the view from the top of Bartolome Island, overlooking the famous Pinnacle Rock and the austere Santiago Island beyond, is well worth the climb up the wooden boardwalk. This volcanic scene has often been likened to a lunar landscape. Our subsequent snorkel here might put us face to face with Galapagos penguins, white-tipped reef sharks and playful sea lions. Difficulty level: moderate; Type of terrain: trail made of 372 steps; Duration: 1 ½-hour walk / 1-hour snorkeling. Day 2: Tuesday - AM – South Plaza Islet Dry landing. Sea lions, swallow-tailed gulls and land iguanas are all present at the landing site. The small island is covered with a carpet of a red succulent studded with Opuntia cacti. At the cliff edge, we spend time watching birds fly past at eye level in the up draught. These include, frigatebirds, flocks of Galapagos shearwaters and of particular note, flights of displaying red-billed tropicbirds. Back at sea level, we once again encounter land iguanas, some of which have hybridized with their resident marine cousins. Difficulty level: moderate; Type of terrain: rocky; Duration: 2-hour walk. - PM –North Seymour Island Dry landing. This flat, uplifted, island is an important spot to see both magnificent and great frigatebird males courting the females by clicking, bill-clapping, shuddering and flapping their wings, all while showing off their grossly inflated, bright red, gular pouch. We will also likely see courting blue-footed boobies displaying their unique feet while ‘dancing’ to a prospective mate. Sea lions, swallow-tailed gulls, crashing surf and distant views of the Daphne Islands top off a great visit. Difficulty level: intermediate; Type of terrain: rocky; Duration: 2-hour walk, 30 minutes snorkeling. Day 3: Wednesday - AM – Pitt Point & Islet (San Cristobal Island) Wet landing. Sea lions will greet us as we land on the beach and prepare for our climb to a high point on the steep eroded tuff cone. This is the only place in the islands where we will enjoy the chance to see all three of the booby species in the same place. The red-foots will be perched on the Cordia lutea and small trees, the Nazca’s on the ground near the cliff edge while the blue-foots will be a little further inland. Frigatebirds will be all around and the views are breathtaking. Difficulty level:demanding; Type of terrain: rocky; Duration: 2½-hour walk/ 40-minute snorkeling or kayaking. - PM – Cerro Brujo (San Cristobal) Wet landing. From our pangas, as we head to shore, we are first humbled by the immensity of the stunning cliffs of “Sorcerer’s Hill.” We can enjoy simply sharing the beach with sea lions, snorkeling from shore or take a walk to a hidden lagoon where we might spot black-necked stilts, ruddy turnstones, whimbrels and white-cheeked pintails. 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 the moist highlands of San Cristobal we will visit the giant tortoise breeding center ìLa Galapagueraî to witness the most iconic creature of the archipelago in its various life stages. The tortoises wander in a semi-natural habitat which lends itself to good photographic opportunities. The aim of the reserve is to help restore populations of the threatened San Cristobal tortoise back into the wild. In town, there are shops to purchase local handicrafts and souvenirs. Difficulty level: moderate; Type of Terrain: sandy; Duration: 40-minute bus drive to the Reserve / 1-hour visit San Cristobal airport After the visit you will go straight to the airport for your return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

Expedition Vessel: M/V Galapagos Legend

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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Included
  • Galapagos cruise with sea view Standard Plus cabins with air-conditioning and private facilities – all inclusive – full board.
  • Hotel & visit Quito or Guayaquil.
  • Transfers, meals (3B)
  • Accommodation in air-conditioned cabins with private bathroom.
  • 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 Net per person in US$ subject to change:
  • Air ticket from Quito / Guayaquil to Galapagos: $449 per adult, $315 per child under 12 years of age, issued in connection with cruise schedules, prearranging and assuring logistics, luggage and passengers transfers from airports to port - ship and back, documentation. If any other flight to / from Galapagos is used, an operational non-refundable fee of $90 net per person must be charged, above services will not be provided except for dinghy ride to / from the ship. We are not responsible for passengers who miss their cruise or other services due to independent arrangements delays.
  • Entrance fee to Galapagos National Park: $100 adult, $50 children under 12 years of age.
  • Fuel surcharge: $50 x 3/4 nights, $100 x 7 nights, $150 x 10/11 nights and $200 x 14 nights cruise.
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Any meal, air ticket or service not specified.
  • Medical Services & travel insurance.
  • Tips & personal expenses. Tipping suggestion per day per person, $20 for crew & $10 for a naturalist guide.
Optional on board (taxes not included):
  • Scuba diving option during GO cruises: $326, half day tour. More information upon request.
  • Wet suits rental: $25 for 3/4 night cruises, $50 x 7, 10, 11 nights, $75 x 14 night cruises.
  • Kayak rental: each use per person $30.
  • Internet plans available upon request starting at 100MB or unlimited WhatsApp.
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 30 days of departure require full payment. Final Payments Balances are due 30 days prior to departure. Cancellations All requests for cancellation must be received in writing to Expeditions Online. If cancellation occurs within 30 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.
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