GT-105A – QUITO AND THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

GT-105A

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Galapagos Islands Cruise aboard the first class motor catamaran Archipell I
Seven Days / Six Nights
Minimum Two persons

Departures from USA: May 24, July 19, October 18, November 15, 2015

ITINERARY

Day 1: Sunday – Arrival in Quito

Meeting, assistance and private transfer from airport to hotel for overnight.
Overnight accommodations Hotel Boutique Anahi – Double Room

Day 2: Monday – Quito / Galapagos Islands

Baltra Airport / North Seymour Island (B/L/D)
Motor Catamaran Archipell I – Five Day Cruise – Itinerary B1

Breakfast at the hotel. Private transfer from hotel to airport for your flight to Baltra Airport. Upon arrival our guide will be waiting for you at Baltra Airport and once the group is completed he/she will accompany you to the Archipell I Catamaran which is anchored in Baltra harbor. After arrival on board, we will check in and give you general information. Lunch will be provided. Afterwards, you will start with your first excursion to North Seymour. It is located slightly to the north of Baltra. It is a low, flat island, formed as a result of submarine lava formation uplift. Covered with low vegetation, it contains the largest colony of magnificent frigate birds in the Galapagos. There is also a large population of blue-footed boobies that perform an amusing courtship dance when nesting conditions are right. It really is one of the highlights of this island. (L, D)

Day 3: Tuesday – Genovesa / El Barranco / Darwin Bay (B/L/D)

El Barranco (Prince Philip’s Steps) is a staircase carved out of stone. This will lead you to a wide plateau, where you can observe large colonies of masked boobies, frigate birds, storm petrels and bahama ducks. During this easy stroll you will cross a little Scalesia woodland, in which you can observe the short-eared owl. The same path will lead you back to your catamaran. Darwin Bay is the only sandy beach found in the crater of Genovesa Island. Colonies of great frigates are found along the beach. The males exhibit their red balloon pouch to females in hope of a match. Red-footed boobies nest in the trees in contrast to the other two booby species which nest in the ground.

Day 4: Wednesday – Bartolomé / Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay (B/L/D)

At Bartolomé Island you will ascend to admire the spectacular panorama of Sullivan Bay and the famous Pinnacle Rock. The beaches at the foot of Pinnacle Rock are excellent for snorkeling and for discovering the marvelous Galapagos underwater world. In the afternoon, you will visit Sullivan Bay on the east coast of Santiago Island. We land on a white coral sand beach and begin our walk over lava that flowed less than 100 years ago. This is the perfect place to see and feel the volcanic origin of the Galapagos.

Day 5: Thursday – Santa Cruz Island / Highlands / The Charles Darwin Research Station & Tortuga Bay (B/L/D)

The Highlands of Santa Cruz have incredible zones of vegetation. There you will visit the private farm “Las Primicias”. This reserve offers you one of the best possibilities to see the giant turtles of Santa Cruz Island in their natural habitat. You can observe them from a very close distance. Charles Darwin Research Station features an information center, a museum, a library and a tortoise breeding station. In the tortoise breeding station you can encounter tortoises of different subspecies, which get prepared for reintroduction to their natural habitats. This was the home of the famous Lonesome George turtle. (If your cruise takes only 4 days after this visit you will fly back to mainland Ecuador). Tortuga Bay is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Galapagos. The sunsets here are just stunning. It is also a favorite place for sea turtles (which gave the name to the beach), sea lions, marine iguanas, pelicans, flamingos and lava gulls which are endemic to the Islands. Last night at the charming Hotel Fernandina in Puerto Ayora

Day 6: Friday – Santa Cruz Island / Twins / Baltra Airport (B)

On our last day, we will visit “Los Gemelos” (The Twins), two enormous collapsed lava chambers, inspiring visual reminder of the power of nature. The short, easy hike to each of the twins is teeming with endemic flora and fauna, including the remaining Scalesia Forest draped in liverwort. After this visit you will be transferred to the Baltra airport for your flight back to Quito. Upon arrival there, transfer to hotel for overnight
Overnight accommodations Hotel Boutique Anahi – Double Room

Day 7: Saturday – Depart Quito (B)

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer on time to the airport for your flight to the USA or your next destination.

RATE PER PERSON BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY: $2,946.00

RATE INCLUDES:

Round trip air Quito/Galapagos/Quito ($512.00) including all taxes and fuel surcharges. Five day Galapagos program includes four day/three nights aboard the First Class Motor Catamaran Archipell and one night at First Class Hotel Fernandina based on double occupancy. Fully escorted daily excursions by English speaking naturalist guides. Daily briefings. Two nights at the Hotel Boutique Anahi in Quito based on double occupancy. Daily breakfast. All private transfers in Quito. All transfers in Galapagos. All hotel taxes and service fees.

NOT INCLUDED:

International air to be quoted separately on request. Please check with us on our special add-on roundtrip air fare from Miami or from over 50 cities in the USA. Galapagos National Park entrance fees $120 per person. Land services, tours not indicated in itinerary. Meals not indicated in itinerary. Gratuities and tips to guides.

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13494 NW 7th Street
Plantation, Florida 33325

Miami, Florida 
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Toll Free USA & Canada:
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(305 436 0843

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G T TOURS OFFICES:

Plantation, Florida  
13494 NW 7th Street
Plantation, Florida 33325

Miami, Florida 
9930 SW 142 Street
Miami, Florida 33176

Toll Free USA & Canada:
(800) 666 8687
Local Number: 
(305) 436 0933 
Fax:     
(305 436 0843

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G T TOURS OFFICES:

Plantation, Florida  
13494 NW 7th Street
Plantation, Florida 33325

Miami, Florida 
9930 SW 142 Street
Miami, Florida 33176

Toll Free USA & Canada:
(800) 666 8687
Local Number: 
(305) 436 0933 
Fax:     
(305 436 0843

Send us a Message

ENQUIRE NOW

We will be happy to answer your questions or comments.

G T TOURS OFFICES:

Plantation, Florida  
13494 NW 7th Street
Plantation, Florida 33325

Miami, Florida 
9930 SW 142 Street
Miami, Florida 33176

Toll Free USA & Canada:
(800) 666 8687
Local Number: 
(305) 436 0933 
Fax:     
(305 436 0843