Galápagos — Central, East & South Islands aboard the Xavier III
10 days from Quito to Quito
From $ 4949
Duration10 days

Encounter the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor off its shores. Spend seven nights exploring the incredible wildlife of the Galápagos archipelago in the company of an expert Naturalist Guide. In the evenings, return to the Xavier to reflect on the day’s adventures. Retire to air-conditioned cabins with exclusive lower berths and private bathrooms. As one of the region’s largest operators, we understand the importance of controlling the onboard experience – that’s why you'll never end up on another operator's ship.

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  • Duration: 10 days
    Service level: Standard
  • Starts in: Quito
    Physical Grading: Average
  • Ends in: Quito
    Ages: 12+
Galápagos — Central, East & South Islands aboard the Xavier III - Tour Map

Itinerary

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Day 1: Quito

Start place: Quito

A G Adventures representative will greet everyone at the hotel and brief the group on the various aspects of the tour.
Arrive at any time. If you are not able to attend the welcome meeting, a representative will leave all important information at the hotel’s reception indicating what time to be ready on day 2 of the trip. If there is any confusion on arrival, please do not hesitate to call the contact number listed in this dossier.

We recommend booking pre nights in Quito for time to take advantage of the optional activities listed below.

Opt to pre-book the "Quito City Tour & Equator Line" activity on the checkout page ahead of time to include this optional on your tour.

End place: Quito

Day 2: Quito/Puerto Ayora

Start place: Quito

Transfer early to the airport for the flight to the Galápagos Islands. Upon arrival meet the Naturalist Guide, who will assist with the transfer to the Xavier, which is moored in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island. Visit a tortoise ranch in the Santa Cruz highlands and get up close and personal with these ancient creatures.
Early flight to Baltra. Meet the guide and transfer across Santa Cruz Island to Puerto Ayora to board the boat. Flights from Quito to Baltra depart between 6:40am and 9:40am depending on the day of the week. These will arrive into the Galápagos between 9:30am and 12:30pm with a short refuelling stop in Guayaquil (you will not disembark the plane).

The National Park charges a visitor fee of USD100, payable on arrival, which funds park maintenance and supervision in the Galápagos as well as ecological study, conservation, and infrastructure development in Ecuador's other National Parks. Entry fees and the funds they generate for the National Park System are among measures taken by the Ecuadorian government to protect its natural heritage.

End place: Puerto Ayora

Meals: B, L, D
Day 3: Rábida Island/Bachas Beach
In the morning, go on an excursion to Rábida Island, and land on a red sand beach.

Afternoon excursion to Bachas Beach to see the sea lions and plentiful bird life.
Land at Rábida Island for a visit to a saltwater lagoon and sea lion colony. Afternoon excursion to Bachas Beach for walks to observe the bird and wildlife as well as free time for swimming and snorkelling.
Meals: B, L, D
Day 4: Floreana Island

Start place: Floreana Island

Morning visit to Punta Cormorant on the northern part of Floreana. This is a perfect spot to go snorkelling, as the waters are home to a multitude of colourful fish and sea lions. Please be sure you are a comfortable swimmer, the water here can be rough and the currents are strong.

In the afternoon, visit Post Office Bay, which has an older and less mysterious history. A short hike up past the post barrel takes you to an interesting lava cave.

Land at Punta Cormorant on Floreana Island. Guided walks to observe the bird and wildlife and learn about the natural history. Visit Post Office Bay in the afternoon. Snorkelling excursion at Champion Islet.

End place: Floreana Island

Meals: B, L, D
Day 5: Punta Suárez/Bahía Gardner

Start place: Punta Suarez

Visit Punta Suárez and Gardner Bay on Española Island. Enjoy guided walks to observe wildlife and free time for swimming or snorkelling.

End place: Bahia Gardner

Meals: B, L, D
Day 6: Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Start place: Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Visit the Interpretation Centre on San Cristóbal Island and enjoy free time to explore the port town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Afternoon excursion to El Junco lagoon and the tortoise breeding centre.

End place: Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Meals: B, L, D
Day 7: Punta Pitt/Kicker Rock

Start place: Punta Pitt

Visit Punta Pitt and look for three types of boobies as well as frigatebirds. After, visit Cerro Brujo on San Cristóbal Island to observe sea lions, marine iguanas, and seabirds along the beach. Continue to the dramatic Kicker Rock in the afternoon for a snorkelling excursion.
Meals: B, L, D
Day 8: Santiago Island

Start place: Isla San Salvador

Morning excursion to Playa Espumilla, one of the most idyllic beaches in the Galápagos Islands and home to thick mangroves and flamingo and sea turtle nesting sites. Continue to Buccaneer Cove to witness the towering cliff wall rock formations before going to Puerto Egas to see a dark-sand beach and tidal pools.

End place: Isla San Salvador

Meals: B, L, D
Day 9: Puerto Ayora/Quito

Start place: Puerto Ayora

Transfer to the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Enjoy one last night in historic Quito.
Disembark in Puerto Ayora and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to see the giant Galápagos tortoises. Fly back to Quito. Flights from Baltra to Quito depart between 10:00am and 1:00pm depending on the day of the week. These will arrive into Quito between 2:30pm and 5:30pm with a refuelling stop in Guayaquil (you will not disembark the plane). You will arrive back at the hotel in the early evening in time for dinner.

End place: Quito

Meals: B
Day 10: Quito

Start place: Quito

Depart at any time.

End place: Quito

Meals: B

Inclusions

Included

  • Cruise the Galápagos Islands aboard the Xavier (7 nts)
  • All meals aboard the Xavier
  • Certified Galápagos National Park Service Guide
  • Highlands and wild tortoise excursion (Santa Cruz Island)
  • Visit to Post Office Bay (Floreana Island)
  • Snorkelling at Champion Islet and Kicker Rock
  • Visit to a wildlife interpretation centre (San Cristóbal Island)
  • Visit to giant tortoise breeding centre (San Cristóbal Island)
  • Visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)
  • All landings and excursions
  • Onboard snorkelling equipment and wetsuits
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Transport

    Motorized yacht (Xavier), Plane, Private vehicle, Panga
  • Accommodation

    Hotels (2 nts), Aboard the Xavier in twin-share cabins (7 nts)

Dates & availability: Galápagos — Central, East & South Islands aboard the Xavier III

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Departing Tue, 12/08/2020 Finishing Thu, 12/17/2020 Catalog Price $ 4849 Sale Price $ 4849 16 Book
Departing Tue, 12/22/2020 Finishing Thu, 12/31/2020 Catalog Price $ 4949 Sale Price $ 4949 15 Book

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