Expect five-star service,
wonderful food and a very nice cabin. This is truly a quality cruise
(you will be very comfortable!) with a "lighter" natural
history program. All-inclusive package program.
Experience a truly intimate
encounter with the Galapagos. Operated by the only major cruise
line sailing these waters, she offers touches of the familiar, such
as complimentary plush bathrobes, hot tub, sauna, and fitness room.
This cruise is all-inclusive - from hotel accommodations to transfers,
to round-trip Galapagos airfare, to Park fees and drinks. Excursions
range between high, medium and low intensity so you can explore
the islands at your own pace. Additionally, strict environmental
guidelines and regulations are followed, and the naturalist guides
are certified by the Galapagos National Park and they also follow
their own conservation program onboard.
Trips start and end at the same place, but on alternate weeks
cruise a southeasterly or southwesterly route.
The first and last three days are the
same for each cruise
Day 1 - SE & SW: Quito, Ecuador
On the first day of your journey, you'll be greeted at the airport
and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy free time to relax and settle
Day 2 - SE & SW: Quito, Ecuador
During a guided
tour of the capital of Ecuador, situated at an altitude of 9,350
feet, you'll stand on the equatorial line at the Half of the World
Park and Museum, and marvel at the monasteries of San Francisco
and Santo Domingo. Your tour director will escort you throughout
your Quito stay and serve as your personal concierge. Lunch with
a spectacular view of the city, and enjoy a welcome dinner at a
local gourmet restaurant.
Day 3 - SE & SW: Baltra Island / Daphne Island
During World War II, Baltra served as a U.S. military base protecting
the Panama Canal from enemy attack. Now the cactus-strewn landscapes
of Baltra are home to the region's main airport and where you will
meet the ship. After just a short bus and Zodiac ride you will be
aboard. Your luggage will be delivered straight to your stateroom,
giving you the opportunity to explore the Xpedition, a 296-foot
mega-yacht and your home for the week.
Daphne is a satellite
volcanic cone located north of Santa Cruz Island. The crater floor
is an important breeding site for the blue-footed boobies. This
island is famous for the scientific investigation led by Peter and
Rosemary Grant on the finches' population, one of the most important
studies on the field that support Charles Darwin's theory. The cliff
shore of the island is home for sea lions, pelicans, blue-footed
boobies, and tropic birds. In addition, large schools of fish can
be observed from the Zodiac rides.
Cruise - 11 days
1: Quito, Ecuador
2: Quito, Ecuador
3: Baltra Island / Daphne Island
4: Santiago Island / Rabida Island
5: Isabela Island / Fernandina Island
6: Santiago Island / Bartolome Island
7: Santa Cruz Island / North Seymour Island
8: San Cristobal Island
9: Santa Cruz Island
10: Baltra Island
11: Quito, Ecuador
Day 4 - SE: Santiago Island / Rabida Island
With its sandy beach, black rocks, and blue-water grottos, this
stop at Egas Port on Santiago Island, offers a taste of geology,
great snorkeling, and an opportunity to see shorebirds and Galapagos
fur seals. Excursion options include a long walk along the shore
to the grottos to see fur seals, followed by optional swimming and
snorkeling or a shorter coastal walk, and optional swimming and
island south of Santiago, Rabida is best known for its red sand
and eroded volcanic landscape. A nesting colony of pelicans makes
its home here, along with sea lions and some seabirds. Excursion
options include a Zodiac ride and short walk, swimming and snorkeling
from the beach, and a deep water snorkel for more experienced snorkelers.
Day 5 - SE: Isabela Island / Fernandina
Historically an anchorage for
pirates and whalers, Tagus Cove offers a breathtaking view of Isabela,
its volcanoes, and a saltwater lagoon. Along the shore, seabirds,
penguins, sea lions, sea turtles, and nesting flightless cormorants
can often be found. Excursion options include a scenic Zodiac ride
for wildlife viewing, a long, faster-paced walk, and optional snorkeling.
Mangle Point is
a small inlet on Fernandina's coast where sea lions, penguins, and
flightless cormorants reside. The excursion here is a Zodiac ride
to view wildlife and enjoy the beauty of the coastline. If conditions
allow, enter the inlet for closer viewing.
Day 6 - SE: Santiago Island / Bartolome
During a volcanic eruption
in the early 1900's, Sullivan Bay was covered with flowing lava.
Today, the hardened fields of black rock create a geological wonderland.
Take advantage of the cool of the early morning for a walk at this
Island hosts one of the region's most photographed views and a spectacular
geological setting. Its barren moon-like volcanic landscapes, spatter
cones, and pinnacle rock make for a unique stop. It is also home
to the endemic Galapagos penguin and provides an excellent opportunity
for snorkeling. Excursion options include a hike up some 360 stairs
"to the top" of the volcano, a Zodiac ride, and an optional beach
swim or snorkel.
Day 7 - SE: Santa Cruz Island / North Seymour
Las Bachas is one of the most
beautiful white sand beaches in all of the Galapagos, and behind
it are two small ponds that often have flamingos feeding in the
shallows. It is also one of the largest nesting areas for the Pacific
green sea turtle. Excursion options include a short beach walk to
look for flamingos, followed by an optional opportunity to swim,
snorkel, or just relax on the shore. It is also possible to simply
go to the beach to swim, snorkel, and relax.
North Seymour is
a small island just north of Baltra. It is home to the largest colony
of frigate birds in the Galapagos. While keeping an eye out for
male frigates trying to impress potential mates with an inflated
red neck pouch, you may also see blue-footed boobies dancing in
a timeless courtship ritual. Sea lions and large land iguanas also
roam about this rocky terrain. Excursion options include a guided
long, rocky walk, Zodiac ride and short, easy walk, or simply just
a scenic Zodiac tour along the coast to view wildlife and the geology
of the area. Experienced snorkelers will also have an option to
do a deep water snorkel.
Day 8 - SE: San Cristobal Island
This morning you have the opportunity to visit the small waterfront
town of Puerto Baquerizo, the administrative capital of the islands.
Excursion options include a tour of the local interpretation center
and time for shopping or a fast-paced long walk to scenic vistas,
followed by a visit to the interpretation center.
In the afternoon,
visit Warlock Hill (Cerro Brujo) and Kicker Rock. White sand juxtaposed
with black volcanic rocks makes the beach here one of the Galapagos'
most spectacular. Along the shore, there are seabirds and sea lions.
Excursion options include a Zodiac ride and beach walk with optional
swimming. Afterwards, just in time for a sunset cocktail, the ship
will navigate the steep, richly colored walls of Kicker Rock, the
spectacular remains of a satellite volcanic cone.
Day 9 - SE & SW: Santa Cruz Island
is the main population center of the islands, home to the National
Park Tortoise Breeding Center and the Charles Darwin Research Station.
Visit the Tortoise Breeding Center, and hopefully say hello to one
of the island's most famous residents, Lonesome George, as well
as walk through the Charles Darwin Station. You will also have the
opportunity to take a bus ride to the highlands to observe giant
tortoises in the wild and walk through a lava tunnel. There will
also be free time available for shopping.
Day 10 - SE & SW: Baltra Island
Return to Baltra
Island and say farewell to the enchanted islands. A representative
will greet you at the airport for your flight to your post-cruise
Quito experience. Your luggage will be transferred from the ship
directly to the plane. Your flight departs the Galapagos giving
you one last glimpse of the world's most treasured archipelago.
Day 11 - SE & SW: Quito, Ecuador
Upon your arrival
to Quito, a representative will escort you to your hotel. Enjoy
an optional afternoon excursion to the local craft market, time
permitting. Dinner is served at your hotel. The following morning,
after a continental breakfast, your representative will once again
escort you to the airport for your return flight home.
*The above rates are per person based on double
occupancy and serve as a guideline only. Fares increase
by cabin category and as the sailing date approaches.
Please contact ExpeditionTrips for exact rates.
Single Rate: 2 times the regular cabin
category double occupancy rate.
Triple Rate: Triple occupancy cabins are
available upon request and rates will vary depending on the sail
Fuel surcharge may apply
Price includes Galapagos airfare, 3 nights hotel and
Voyage aboard Xpedition; meals
and select beverages onboard; room service; onboard programs and
lectures; complimentary snorkeling equipment, mini wetsuits,
binoculars, and walking sticks; gratuities while onboard for
crew, lecturers, and guides; Galapagos National Park fee;
Galapagos tourist card fee; pre-cruise transfer from Quito
Airport to hotel and back; two nights in shared double occupancy
hotel room in Quito before flight to Baltra; meals during land
portion of itinerary; a guided full-day tour of Quito;
round-trip air transportation from Quito to Baltra; transfers
from Baltra Airport to Xpedition; gratuities for hotel staff and
Quito tour guides; post-cruise transfers from Xpedition to
Baltra Airport; one post-cruise night at hotel with dinner and
breakfast; transfer from hotel to Quito Airport. Subject to
change without notice.
Air transportation between
home city and Quito; any food or beverages obtained off of
Celebrity Xpedition (except as noted); purchases of souvenirs,
gifts and other personal items on board; personal services such
as spa, laundry, Internet, and telecommunication charges;
baggage, travel/cancellation and personal insurance; optional
pre/post packages; certain premium beverages; fuel surcharge may