Cruising The Galapagos On Board The La Pinta

Day 1 - Arrive in Quito, Ecuador. Arrive in Quito, where you will be met by your Local Host.
Day 2 - Quito. Your private city TOUR showcases the rich legacy left by the Incas and, later, 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) - Galapagos Cruising: Santa Cruz Island. Take a morning flight to Baltra, one of the remote Galapagos Islands. Upon arrival, travel with your expert Naturalist through the highlands of SANTA CRUZ ISLAND, where you will learn about the unique ecosystems of the archipelago. After lunch, travel to EL CHATO RESERVE to see and learn about the Galapagos Giant Tortoises living in the wild. Head to Puerto Ayora, where you will board the luxury La Pinta, your home for the next four nights. (B,L,D)
Day 4 - Cruising: Santa Cruz Island. After breakfast, disembark on the green-colored beaches of Whale Bay on SANTA CRUZ ISLAND. Walk along a trail that leads to an old watering hole once used by former settlers and keep an eye out for boobies, land birds, and marine iguanas. This afternoon, explore the tiny island of SOMBRERO CHINO, which gets its name from its appearance: a Chinese hat. This islet, only formed fairly recently, makes for a beautiful visit as you explore the wildlife along its quarter-mile-long trail, which begins at a crescent-shaped, white sandy beach. The cove offers excellent swimming and snorkeling opportunities with white-tipped reef sharks and Galapagos penguins. (B,L,D)
Day 5 - Cruising: Bartolome & Santiago Islands. Disembark at BARTOLOMÉ ISLAND and hike to the summit for a stunning view of two beautiful bays and fascinating formations of lava flows and spatter cones, including iconic Pinnacle Rock. You will also have the chance to snorkel and possibly see Galapagos penguins in tropical waters and even some sharks! This afternoon on SANTIAGO ISLAND, land at Sullivan Bay, an area covered in extensive lava fields formed about 100 years ago. The white-sand beach is great for swimming and snorkeling and is also where you can spot Galapagos penguins, sea lions, Sally Lightfoot crabs, blue-footed boobies, and maybe even a Galapagos hawk. (B,L,D)
Day 6 - Cruising: Genovesa Island. This morning, disembark at Darwin Bay on GENOVESA ISLAND to observe thousands of birds"mainly frigatebirds, red-footed and masked boobies, gulls, herons, finches, and mockingbirds. Return to the beach for swimming and snorkeling in this beautiful natural harbor. Later today, visit Prince Philip's Steps, beginning with a scenic panga ride along the cliffs to see the large number of shorebirds and seabirds nesting in the cliffs' ledges. Disembark at the base of Prince Philip's Steps and climb up the stairs to a trail where birdlife abounds. A walk with your Naturalist reveals large colonies of masked boobies, blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, storm petrels, and even short-eared owls. (B,L,D)
Day 7 - Cruising: Baltra (Disembarkation) - Guayaquil. After breakfast, disembark your ship in Baltra and head to the airport for your flight to Guayaquil. (B)
Day 8 - Guayaquil. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)


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  Tour Name   Cruising The Galapagos On Board The La Pinta
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  Tour Duration    8 Days
  Start City:   Quito
  End City:   Guayaquil
  Price From   USD $4,789.00   See in Cart
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2017-02-04 USD $4,789.00 See in Cart
2017-03-04 USD $4,789.00 See in Cart
2017-03-18 USD $4,789.00 See in Cart
2017-04-29 USD $4,789.00 See in Cart
2017-05-27 USD $4,789.00 See in Cart
2017-06-10 USD $4,789.00 See in Cart
2017-06-24 USD $4,789.00 See in Cart
2017-07-22 USD $4,789.00 See in Cart
2017-08-19 USD $4,789.00 See in Cart
2017-09-02 USD $4,789.00 See in Cart
    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 $547. Required intra-vacation air segments: 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 standard cabins on La Pinta. All cabins on the La Pinta are the same standard, therefore, no 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.


  • 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
  • On this vacation, you'll cruise aboard the La Pinta, a luxurious ship by Galapagos standards with some of the largest cabins of the ships in the archipelago. Enjoy the floor-to-ceiling windows perfect for relaxing and cruising.
  • Launch Date
  • 07/14/15 8:00pm
  • Location Summary
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  • Meals
    • Buffet breakfast daily
    • 4 lunches
    • 4 three-course dinners
  • Title
  • Cruising the Galapagos on board the La Pinta
  • 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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