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Galapagos Cruise-North & Central Islands

From €2499pp
Depart From
Quito, Ecuador
Departure Date
Regular departures throughout the year
Duration
7 Days
Destination
Galapagos Islands
Price
From €2499pp
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See nature documentaries and animal biology textbooks come to life on this seven-day sailing around the Galápagos' north and central islands. On this unique territory, you'll spot some of the rarest, most treasured animal species on the globe. See red-footed boobies at El Barranco (one of two locations to spot the bird), snorkel around underwater craters to witness incredible underwater life, and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to spot giant Galápagos tortoises. The Eden is equipped with amenities that have your comfort and exploratory spirit in mind.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Spot Sally Lightfoot crabs on Bachas Beach
  • Marvel at birds gathering along Darwin Bay
  • Snorkel alongside schools of tropical fish
  • Visit El Barranco (one of two locations to see red-footed boobies)
  • Walk along volcanic formations on Bartolomé Island
  • See giant Galápagos tortoises at the Charles Darwin Research Station

The Eden

The Eden may be the newest vessel to join G Adventure's fleet, but that doesn’t mean she won’t know her way around paradise. Climb aboard to find room for 16 passengers, an expert CEO Naturalist Guide, and two top-deck lounge areas — perfect for relaxing after a day of exploring the Galápagos.

SOUTH & EAST ISLANDS & WEST & CENTRAL ISLANDS ITINERARIES ALSO AVAILABLE ABOARD THE EDEN - ASK US FOR DETAILS

Day 1 - Quito

The adventure begins today. Feel free to explore, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. Your G Representative will review the details of your tour.

Day 2 - Quito/Baltra Island

Take an early flight to the Galápagos Islands. Head to Bachas Beach to see Sally Lightfoot crabs, flamingos and sea lions.

Bachas Beach - 2h-3h in afternoon

Head to Bachas Beach where the sand is made of decomposed coral, making it soft and white, and a favourite site for nesting sea turtles. Spot abundant Sally Lightfoot crabs on the lava rocks along the water's edge -- these crabs will eat anything they can get their claws on! Trek to see a wide range of wildlife, including flamingos, hermit crabs, black necked stilts, and sea lions. 

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 3 - Genovesa Island

Visit Darwin Bay and marvel at the sheer number of birds along the many trails. Head to El Barranco in the afternoon to see the many types of boobies, including red-footed boobies. Snorkelling (Darwin Bay)

Genovesa Island - 45m-1h

Visit this sunken caldera for a great snorkelling opportunity. See large schools of tropical fish swarming near the vertical walls, and, if lucky, see a manta ray or hammerhead.

Darwin Bay Visit

Walk along the white coral sands of Darwin Bay surrounded by bustling sea birds. Follow the trail and see nesting frigatebirds, gulls, and boobies. Be sure to bring your camera to take some snaps of your new feathered friends.

El Barranco Visit

Visit "El Barranco" aka Prince Phillip's Steps located on the southern tip of the island for an amazing wildlife watching opportunity. Hike up the steps to see a sea bird colony that is full of life including the breeding grounds for red-footed boobies and masked boobies.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4 - Bartolomé Island/Sullivan Bay

Visit Bartolomé for a guided tour to see the island's dramatic volcanic features. Continue to Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island to witness the giant lava formations contrasting the white-coral-sand beach.

Bartolomé Island Landing

Hike to Bartolomé's summit for a stronger perspective of the islands' not-too-distant volcanic origins, and enjoy a panoramic view – it’s one of the best among the islands! See other Galápagos Islands in the distance as well as Pinnacle Rock, the island’s famous towering landmark.

Snorkelling (Bartolomé Island) Bartolomé Island 45m-1h

Take the opportunity to swim and snorkel around Pinnacle Rock, one of the most iconic volcanic rock formations on the islands. Home to Galápagos penguins, friendly sea lions, sea turtles, and a huge variety of fish, Bartolomé and its surrounding waters are a fantastic place to explore the natural wonders of the Galápagos.

Sullivan Bay Visit

Visit Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island to see one of its star natural attractions – striking and fascinating giant lava formations. Very few plants have managed to survive on this island due to its harsh environment and relatively new lava flow. Enjoy a walk along the lava formations before coming to a white-coral sand beach, where abundant Sally Lightfoot crabs and sea lions gather on shore.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5 Black Turtle Cove/Cerro Dragón

Search for marine life in the mangroves at Black Turtle Cove by panga, after, spot a variety of birdlife at Cerro Dragón.

Black Turtle Cove Excursion

Explore the mangroves by panga to find rich marine wildlife between the fresh and salt waters. Keep any eye out for manta rays and sea turtles in this tranquil ecosystem. Whitetip reef sharks can also be seen gliding by.

Cerro Dragón Visit

Visit Cerro Dragón (Dragon Hill) for some prime birdwatching. Take a short walk from the beach to a hypersalinic (saltier than the ocean) lagoon frequented by pink flamingos, common stilts, pintail ducks, and other species of birds. Pass through a Scalesia tree forest; endemic to the area, there are only 400 specimens of Scalesia trees left in the world.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6 Santa Cruz Island/Quito

Disembark in Puerto Ayora and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to see the giant Galápagos tortoises. Fly back to Quito.

Charles Darwin Research Station Visit - Puerto Ayora 45m

Visit Fausto Llerena Breeding Center a great place to observe many species of tortoises and land iguanas in captivity. Brought back from the brink of extinction, see the famous Galápagos tortoise up close – a corral houses adult tortoises, and a nursery cares for the young until around age three when their shells have hardened.

This area also houses the Charles Darwin Research Station, a scientific organization initiated in 1964, which works to preserve the Galápagos' ecosystem through the conservation efforts of scientists, researchers, and volunteers. While the offices themselves are not open to visitors, the research station provides a study location for international scientists and environmental education for the local community.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7 - Quito

Depart at any time.

Meals included: Breakfast

Price is based on 2 adults sharing and includes:

  • All meals aboard the Eden
  • Certified Galápagos National Park Service Guide
  • Excursion to see red-footed boobies (Genovesa Island)
  • Hike to the Bartolomé Island viewpoint overlooking the famous Pinnacle Rock
  • Snorkelling at Darwin Bay and Sullivan Bay
  • Onboard snorkelling equipment and wetsuits
  • Internal flights - from Quito to Galapagos
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Accommodations:Hotels (2 nts), aboard the Eden in twin-share (bunks), twin-share (lower berths), or double cabins (4 nts).
  • Meals: 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners. Allow USD80-105 for meals not included.
  • Transportation: Plane, motorized yacht (Eden), van, panga, private bus.
  • Staff & experts: CEO/Naturalist Guide while in the Galápagos Islands (certified by the Galápagos National Park Authority), local G Adventures Rep in Quito.

Please ask us about adding great value:

  • Tours, transfers, accommodation in Ecuador
  • International flights to South America
  • Combinations with Peru
  • Travel insurance

Payable locally:

  • Transit Control Card USD 20.00 (subject to change)
  • National Park Entrance Fee USD 100.00 (subject to change)
Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

For more information please call us on 021 427 7094, email us at info@shandontravel.ie, request a call back using the red button or submit an enquiry through the form below.

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