Cruising The Galapagos On Board The Santa Cruz Ii

Day 1 - Arrive 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. Fly to Baltra in the Galapagos. Upon arrival, transfer to Santa Cruz Island, where you will embark the Santa Cruz II and enjoy five days of cruising among various Galapagos Islands. Visit Las Bachas on SANTA CRUZ ISLAND, where abandoned WWII military barges can be found. Today, it is an important nesting area for the East Pacific Green Sea Turtle. You will also see brackish lagoons just steps away from the sea and the white-sand beach, a feeding ground for various wading birds"from stilts to flamingos. This evening, a lecture led by your onboard Naturalist will prepare you for tomorrow's adventure. (B,L,D)
Day 4 - Cruising: Santiago Island. After breakfast, join your Naturalist for a short panga ride to Espumilla beach on SANTIAGO ISLAND. In the nearby mangrove forest, watch where you step, as this is common nesting area for sea turtles. Also keep an eye out for Galapagos finches, marine iguanas, and sea lions, as well as flamingos and pintail ducks in the nearby lagoons. This afternoon, land at Puerto Egas, known for its black-sand beach and landscape of tuff-stone layers and 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, or ride on the glass-bottom boat. (B,L,D)
Day 5 - Cruising: Rabida & Bartolome Islands. Disembark at RÁBIDA ISLAND on a red-colored beach, formed from the unusually high content of iron in the volcanic material. Here, your Naturalist points out large colonies of sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers, and several species of Darwin's finches. This is a wonderful place to snorkel from the beach, due to the unique combination of underwater species and submarine landscapes. At BARTOLOMÉ ISLAND, 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! (B,L,D)
Day 6 - Cruising: Genovesa Island. Upon arrival at GENOVESA ISLAND, your visit to Prince Philip's Steps begins with a scenic panga ride along the cliffs to see the large number of shore 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. In the afternoon, disembark at Darwin Bay to observe thousands of birds"mainly, frigatebirds, redfooted and masked boobies, gulls, herons, finches, and mockingbirds. Return to the beach for swimming and snorkeling in this beautiful natural harbor. (B,L,D)
Day 7 - Cruising: San Cristobal (Disembarkation) - Guayaquil. After breakfast, depart for Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, where Charles Darwin first set foot in the Galapagos back in 1835. This island is home to seabirds like blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, herons, frigatebirds, and various shore birds. Also watch for the Chatham mockingbird and Chatham lava lizard"both species are endemic to this island and seen nowhere else in the Galapagos. 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 Santa Cruz Ii
  Tour Code  
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  Tour Duration    8 Days
  Start City:   Quito
  End City:   Guayaquil
  Price From   USD $4,139.00   See in Cart
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2017-01-07 USD $4,139.00 See in Cart
2017-01-21 USD $4,139.00 See in Cart
2017-02-18 USD $4,139.00 See in Cart
2017-03-04 USD $4,139.00 See in Cart
2017-03-18 USD $4,139.00 See in Cart
2017-04-01 USD $4,139.00 See in Cart
2017-05-27 USD $4,139.00 See in Cart
2017-08-05 USD $4,139.00 See in Cart
2017-08-19 USD $4,139.00 See in Cart
2017-09-16 USD $4,139.00 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 a Horizon Deck Explorer cabin on the Santa Cruz II. 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
  • On this vacation, you'll cruise aboard the Santa Cruz II, renowned for its amenities, excellent service, and onboard Naturalists. When you're not on the islands, enjoy the ship's bar, Jacuzzi, observation platform for dolphin and whale watching, and well-stocked library.
  • 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 Santa Cruz II
  • Transportation
  • As outlined in the day-by-day itinerary and private airport transfers to/from intra-vacation flights; intravacation flights not included
 
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