Cruising The Galapagos On The Galapagos Sea Star Journey

Day 1 - Arrive in Quito, Ecuador. Arrive in Quito, where you will be met by your Local Host.
Day 2 - Quito. Your included private city TOUR showcases the rich legacy left by the Incas and the Spaniards. See Independence Square, dominated by its formidable cathedral, San Francisco Plaza Church, and the BASILICA with its marvelous stained-glass windows. (B)
Day 3 - Quito - Baltra (Embarkation) - Cruising: Santa Cruz Island. Fly to the Galapagos and visit the CHARLES DARWIN RESEARCH STATION, where you will learn about conservation in the archipelago and see the tortoise breeding center. The Charles Darwin Research Station is home to tortoises ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long. Sub-species of tortoises interact with one another and many of the older tortoises are accustomed to humans visiting and looking for great photo opportunities. Board the Galapagos Sea Star Journey later this afternoon. (B,L,D)
Day 4 - Cruising: Isabela Island. A panga ride brings you to TINTORERAS, small islands named after the white-tipped reef sharks found in the crystal-clear waters. White-tipped reef sharks are fairly common in the archipelago. Their name in Spanish is tintorera, thus the name of this site as they are always found here resting in the shallow waters. You may also see the Galapagos penguin, rays, marine iguanas, sea turtles, and sea lions. Isabela Island is the largest and one of the youngest islands in the Galapagos archipelago. This afternoon, we land in Puerto Villamil and head up to the highlands of Isabela to see SIERRA NEGRA volcano. Learn about the seismic evolution of the archipelago as you veer into Sierra Negra's crater, the second-widest one in the world. From this viewpoint, you'll enjoy fantastic sights and the option to hike to Chico Volcano to watch the striking lava formations, examples of the geological occurrences that have created the Galapagos Islands. (B,L,D)
Day 5 - Cruising: Isabela Island. At PUNTA MORENO, walk a lava flow formed into a complex of lagoons that hosts a wide variety of life, including flamingos, paint-billed crakes, white-cheeked pintails, and common gallinules. This afternoon at ELIZABETH BAY, see the largest penguin colony in the Galapagos on a scenic zodiac ride. The excursion continues into a cove that is surrounded by red mangroves where you can admire their red roots and green leafs. Here, you are able to observe sea turtles, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays, brown pelicans and sea lions. Frequently visitors have been able to see Galapagos Hawks soaring overhead while schools of Pompano and Dorado fish swim below. (B,L,D)
Day 6 - Cruising: Fernandina & Isabela Islands. A walk on Fernandina Island's PUNTA ESPINOZA reveals a large colony of marine iguanas as well as the flightless cormorant, a bird that swims the ocean for its food and no longer flies. This bird, due to the lack of predators, has adjusted its way of survival and improved its skills of finding food in the ocean. Their wings, tails and feet progressively adapted for swim¬ming. To see these birds, is to witness evolution happening right in front of you. Other wildlife includes penguins, sea lions, Sally Lightfoot crabs, Galapagos hawks, and land iguanas. Back on Isabela, visit TAGUS COVE to see the Galapagos penguin, flightless cormorant, and other sea birds. Tour along the cliffs in a zodiac for a good chance to see these fascinating species and enjoy a short hike along a trail to the top of the cliff. From the cliffs you can view Darwin Lake, an uplifted ultra-saline lake, saltier than the sea, as well as volcanos. Look carefully at the graffiti on the surrounding cliffs of the cove, it has been written by pirates, whalers and buccaneers in past centuries. (B,L,D)
Day 7 - Cruising: Santiago Island. A short panga ride to Espumilla Beach on SANTIAGO ISLAND reveals a mangrove forest and common nesting area for sea turtles. Learn how the last presence the El Niño phenomenon caused one of the two lagoons in this site to undergo a process of sedimentation, causing the disappearance of a representative colony of flamingos. Keep an eye out for Galapagos finches, marine iguanas, and sea lions, as well as flamingos and pintail ducks in the nearby lagoons. Land at PUERTO EGAS, known for its black-sand beach and landscape of lava flows. This is a great opportunity to see land and marine birds as well as a colony of fur sea lions and marine iguanas. You have the chance to snorkel or swim from the beach. (B,L,D)
Day 8 - Cruising: San Cristobal Island (Disembarkation) - Guayaquil. Depart for ISLA LOBOS, home to sea birds like blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, herons, frigate birds, and various shore birds. Explore the island by a trail leading across a dry vegetation zone, volcanic rocks and sandy areas. Also watch for the Chatham mockingbird and Chatham lava lizard seen nowhere else in the Galapagos. Head to the airport for your flight to Guayaquil. (B)
Day 9 - Guayaquil. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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  Tour Name   Cruising The Galapagos On The Galapagos Sea Star Journey
  Tour Code  
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  Tour Duration    9 Days
  Start City:   Quito
  End City:   Guayaquil
  Price From   USD $5,579.00   See in Cart
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2017-03-28 USD $5,579.00 See in Cart
2017-04-11 USD $5,579.00 See in Cart
2017-05-09 USD $5,579.00 See in Cart
2017-07-18 USD $5,579.00 See in Cart
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2018-01-16 USD $5,979.00 See in Cart
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    Dates & Prices do not include air travel.
    Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Monograms, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $533. Required intra-vacation air segments are Quito/Galapagos; Galapagos/Guayaquil. Air prices were effective on July 15, 2015, and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your vacation, air prices may be higher.

    Cruise pricing is based on Galapagos Suites on the Sea Star Journey. Cabin upgrades are available.

    Galapagos package includes Galapagos National Park entrance fee and transit card ($120 value).

    2017 departures are subject to itinerary and price modifications. Details will be available in July 2016.
 

Features

  • City Highlights
  • Sightseeing with a Local Guide, inside visits, and special features are shown in UPPERCASE
  • Guides
  • In Quito; Naturalist in the Galapagos
  • Key Differences
  • Visit Isabela Island, the youngest and largest island in the Galapagos archipelago, during your 5-night cruise on this vacation. Spend time at various visitor sites on Isabela Island, including the highlands where you will find the active volcano, Sierra Negra. Here you can peer into the second-widest volcano crater in the world and learn about the importance of geological forces that shaped this part of the world.
  • Launch Date
  • 07/14/15 8:00pm
  • Location Summary
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  • Meals
    • Buffet breakfast daily
    • 5 lunches
    • 5 three-course dinners
  • Title
  • Cruising the Galapagos on the Galapagos Sea Star Journey
  • Transportation
  • As outlined in the day-by-day itinerary and private airport transfers to/from intra-vacation flights; intra-vacation flights not included
 
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