MOTOR CATAMARAN ARCHIPELL I

HIGHLIGHTS

A snapshot of islands to be visited and the highlights and iconic fauna and flora species of each island.

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY:

Detailed information on activities and visits to each island and applicable cruise rates

CRUISE DATES:

A complete listing of all of the dates that the Eastern Islands cruise itinerary will be operating.

PRE-CRUISE TOURS:

A sample of tours offered in Quito and surroundings o be offered in combination with this cruise. In addition, we can tailor additional Pre and Post cruise tours to adjust to your clients’ interests

GTEG-126 – M/C ARCHIPELL I CRUISE ITINERARIES
EIGHT DAYS / SEVEN NIGHTS (ITINERARY “B” & “A”)
MONDAY TO MONDAY

ISLANDS:

Explore Baltra, North Seymour, Genovesa, Bartolome, Santiago, Isabela and Fernandina & Santa Cruz

SITES

Prince Philip’s Steps, Darwin Bay, Pinnacle Bay, Sullivan Bay, Charles Darwin Research Station
Highlands, Tintoreras Islet, Tortoise Breeding Centre, Moreno Point, Elizabeth Bay, Tagus Cove, Espinoza Point, Bachas Beach

ICONIC SPECIES

Sea lion, killer whale, whimbrel, wandering tattler, great and magnificent frigate bird, blue- and red-footed booby, yellow warbler, Darwin’s finch, Galapagos mockingbird, large cactus finch, tropicbird, Nazca booby, storm petrel, lava- and swallow-tailed gull, fur seal, short-eared owl, land iguana, marine iguana, shearwater, brown noddy, red-billed tropicbird, Galapagos hawk, reef fish, octopus, scalloped hammerhead shark, Pacific green turtle, spotted eagle ray, barracuda, manta ray, Giant tortoise, Galapagos penguin, sea lion, white-tipped reef shark, greater flamingo, sea turtle, flightless cormorant, spotted eagle ray, golden ray, brown pelican, Galapagos Hawk, Pompano fish, dorado fish, marine iguana, black-necked stilt, whimbrel.

ITINERARY

DAY 1: Monday – Arrival Galapagos Islands

Arrival in Baltra Airport & North Seymour Island
Morning flight from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Airport. Meeting, assistance and transfer to the harbor and the M/C Archipell I.
Afternoon visit to North Seymour Island.
Meals: Lunch, dinner

DAY 2: Tuesday – Galapagos Islands

Genovesa Island
AM; Prince Philipp’s Steps
PM: Darwin Bay
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 3: Wednesday – Galapagos Islands

Bartolome Island & Santiago Island
AM: Bartolome Island
PM: Sullivan Bay (Santiago)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 4: Thursday – Galapagos Islands

Santa Cruz Island
Charles Darwin Research Station and Highlands
Today we will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station in Puerto Ayora and explore he island’s highlands.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 5: Friday Galapagos Islands

Isabela Island
AM: Tintoreras Islet
PM: Tortoise breeding center and wetlands
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY6: Saturday – Galapagos Islands

Isabela Island
AM: Moreno Pint
PM: Elizabeth Bay
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 7: Sunday – Galapagos Islands

Isabela Island & Fernandina Island
AM: Tagus Cove (Isabela)
PM: Espinoza Point (Fernandina)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 8: Monday – Depart Galapagos Islands

Santa Cruz /Island
AM: Bachas Beach. Transfer to airport and check in assistance for flight to Quito or Guayaquil.
Meals: Breakfast.

2019 GROSS RATES PER PERSON BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY VALID THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2019

MOTOR CATAMARAN ARCHIPELL I ITINERARY “B”
MON-THU
4D-3N
ITINERARY “A”
THU-MON
5D-4N
Ocean View Cabin
Main Deck (8)
$1,950 $2,750

GTEG-126 – M/C ARCHIPELL I CRUISE ITINERARIES
EIGHT DAYS / SEVEN NIGHTS (ITINERARY “B”)
MONDAY TO THURSDAY

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1: Monday – Arrival Galapagos Islands

Arrival in Baltra Airport & North Seymour Island
AM: Morning flight from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Airport. Meeting, assistance and transfer to the harbor and the M/C Archipell I.

PM: North Seymour Island
This islet is one of most visited sites, and it is teeming with birdlife. An easy circular path takes you through the archipelago’s most extensive colonies of blue-footed boobies and frigate birds. At the beginning of the breeding season, adult frigate bird males blow up their vivid red pouches to impressive football-sized balloons. This is one of the few spots where you can compare the magnificent and the great frigate birds breeding next to each other.
Meals: Lunch, dinner

DAY 2: Tuesday – Galapagos Islands

Genovesa Island
Prince Philip’s Steps & Darwin Bay
AM: Prince Philip’s Steps
Before landing, you will take a dinghy-ride along the eastern arm of the caldera. As we approach, the soaring 80 foot high walls become overwhelming. You might sight a Galapagos fur seal resting or a seabird nesting on one of the ledges at the base.
You will then hike the steep stairs from the landing dock to a bush of Palo Santo shrubs on top. Red-footed boobies gratefully use these scarce nesting places instead of nesting on the rocky ground. Upon arriving at the edge of the rim, the bushes open up and you can enjoy panoramic views, a strong sea breeze and the amazing flying skills of countless seabirds. Following the exposed rim, you will encounter Nazca boobies and the extensive storm petrel nesting places. Here, if you are lucky, you can spot the well-camouflaged short-eared owl hunting for them on foot!

PM – Darwin Bay
Inside the submerged caldera of Genovesa lies Darwin Bay, with a diameter of more than 1 mile and 650 feet deep. Walking along a coral sand beach, crossing barren lava formations and creeks, passing tidal pools, shrubs and further ahead following the top of some cliffs will be un unforgettable experience. With this peaceful surrounding, every single species has occupied its own ecological niche (or habitat) without disturbing others.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 3: Wednesday – Galapagos Islands

Bartolome Island & Santiago Island
AM: Bartolomé
The beautiful volcano islet of Bartolomé is among the youngest of the islands. Although at first sight lifeless, Bartolomé offers some of the wildest landscapes and best panoramic views of the entire archipelago. To enjoy the postcard view of the idyllic ‘Pinnacle Bay’ you need to climb the steps to the viewpoint on top of the island (375 feet). Here you will encounter a dramatic world of threatening (though extinguished) nearby spatter cones, craters, and lightweight lava droplets that have been spewed out by fiery fountains. The Summit Trail is also ideal for witnessing how scanty pioneer vegetation such as lava cactus struggles to take root in the bare virgin lava fields.

PM: Sullivan Bay (Santiago)
Setting foot at the lava stream covering Sullivan Bay is like landing on the moon. The desolate, stretched-out fields seem mostly lifeless, but there is plenty to see on this highly popular site amongst photographers. Pacific green turtles seasonally bury eggs in the tiny white sand beach, where you might also encounter crabs, a strayed blue heron or an oystercatcher. On the lava flow, only sparse pioneer vegetation such as lava cacti and carpetweed are able to grow. You might encounter a lava lizard, locusts or a small snake-species (Galapagos racer).
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 4: Thursday – Galapagos Islands

Charles Darwin Research Station and Highlands
AM: Charles Darwin Research Station
Although the great majority of Galapagos visitors come here to observe and appreciate natural wonders, it is also interesting to learn how the protection and conservation of the islands are carried out. The main attractions are the National Park information center, the Van Staelen Exhibition Hall, the Breeding and Rearing Centre for young tortoises, and adult Galapagos tortoises in captivity.

PM – Highlands (Santa Cruz)
The road to the Highlands leaves from Bellavista, a small village located a 15-minute drive from Puerto Ayora, and passes through the agricultural zone, near the National Park boundary, the Miconia Zone, before going to the Fern and Sedge zone. With clear weather, this area offers beautiful scenes of rolling hills and extinct volcanic cones covered with grass and lush greenery all year round. Here you will visit the Twin Craters, which are two pit craters, as well as a local ranch where we can observe the giant Tortoise of Santa Cruz Island in its natural habitat.
Meals: Lunch, dinner

DAY 5: Friday – Galapagos Islands

Isabela Island
AM – Tintoreras Islets
“Tintoreras” are small islands in front of the Puerto Villamil coast. There are herons on the lookout on mangrove branches, as well as Galapagos penguins and sea lions that often pop out on the shore. White-tipped reef sharks (in Spanish: Tintoreras) are common in the archipelago and are very commonly found resting in this shallow waters.

PM – Tortoise breeding center & Wetlands
Isabela Island is the largest and one of the youngest islands in the Galapagos archipelago. We land in Puerto Villamil, which has the second smallest population in the Galapagos with approximately 3.000 habitants. First, we will visit the Flamingos Lagoon; the largest coastal lagoon found in the Galapagos and one of the main reproductive sites for the great flamingos.
On the visit to Colorado Hill, you will discover the amazing and emblematic giant Galapagos tortoises in the tortoise breeding center. In addition, you will get to see how much hard work is put into saving the last local giant tortoises.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 6: Saturday – Galapagos Islands

Isabela Island
AM: Moreno Point
Moreno Point is located on the north coast of Isabela Island between the Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul volcanoes. The trail runs along a solidified lava flow called “Pahohoe”, into a complex of coastal lagoons. Its main attraction are several species of birds, which are found around the lakes and mangroves.

PM – Elizabeth Bay (Isabela)
This is a marine visitor site, so the excursion has no landing place. Your zodiac ride starts with a visit to the Marielas islets where the largest and most important penguin colony reside in the Galapagos Islands. The excursion continues into the cove that is surrounded by red mangroves where you can admire their red roots and green leafs. Here, you are able to observe sea turtles, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays, brown pelicans and sea lions. Frequent visitors have been able to see Galapagos Hawks soaring overhead whilst schools of Pompano and Dorado fish swimming down below.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 7: Sunday – Galapagos Islands

Isabela Island & Fernandina Island
AM: Tagus Cove (Isabela)
A tour along the cliffs will give the visitors a good chance to see the Galapagos penguin, the flightless cormorant and other seabirds. From the landing dock, we will take a 30minute hike along the trail and up to the top of the cliff from where you can view Darwin Lake, an uplifted lake saltier than the sea. You can also see several volcanoes from this location. Look carefully at the graffiti on the surrounding cliffs of the cove, done by pirates, whalers and buccaneers in past centuries!

PM – Espinoza Point (Fernandina)
Fernandina is the third largest island in the archipelago and has a single visitor site: Punta Espinoza, located at the northeastern tip of the island. Here, marine iguanas conglomerate in larger groups than in any other island. They bask around in the sand, swim near the shore and sometimes block the way at the landing dock. Among the unique species found here – the flightless cormorant.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 8: Depart Galapagos Islands

Santa Cruz Island and Baltra Airport
AM – Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz)
These two small beaches are found to the west of Turtle Cove. Their sand is made of decomposed coral, which makes it white and soft, and a favorite nesting site for sea turtles. Behind one of the beaches there is a small blackish water lagoon, where it is occasionally possible to observe flamingos and other coastal birds, such as black-necked stilts and whimbrels. The other beach is longer and it has two old barges that were abandoned during World War II, when USA used Baltra Island as a strategic point to protect the Panama Canal.

Transfer out to Baltra Airport
Assisted by the naturalist guide and some crewmembers, the dinghy will bring you and your luggage to the Seymour Ecological Airport (Baltra) and will assist you with your check in for your fight to Quito or Guayaquil. Meals: Breakfast

2019 GROSS RATES PER PERSON BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY VALID THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2019

MOTOR CATAMARAN ARCHIPELL I ITINERARY “B”
MON-THU
4D-3N
ITINERARY “A”
THU-MON
5D-4N
Ocean View Cabin
Main Deck (8)
$1,950 $2,750

2019 GROSS RATES PER PERSON BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY VALID THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2019

MOTOR CATAMARAN ARCHIPELL I ITINERARY “B”
MON-THU
4D-3N
ITINERARY “A”
THU-MON
5D-4N
Ocean View Cabin
Main Deck (8)
$1,950 $2,750

GT-05A – QUITO SERIES

Two Days / One Night

DAY 1: Arrival in Quito

Assistance and private transfer airport to hotel
Overnight accommodations at selected hotel

DAY 2: Transfer out

Private transfer hotel to airport for flight to Galapagos
Meals: Breakfast

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GT-05B – QUITO SERIES

Three Days / Two Nights

DAY 1: Arrival in Quito

Assistance and private transfer airport to hotel
Overnight accommodations at selected hotel

DAY 2: Quito

Private fully escorted combined tour of city and Middle of the World
English speaking guide
Overnight accommodations at selected hotel
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3: Transfer out

Private transfer hotel to airport for flight to Galapagos
Meals: Breakfast

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GT-05C – QUITO SERIES

Four Days / Three Nights

DAY 1: Arrival in Quito

Assistance and private transfer airport to hotel
Overnight accommodations at selected hotel

DAY 2: Quito

Private fully escorted combined tour of city and Middle of the World
English speaking guide
Overnight accommodations at selected hotel
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3: Otavalo and surroundings

Full day Otavalo tour based on private or semi-private basis with lunch
Overnight accommodations at selected hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4: Transfer out

Private transfer hotel to airport for flight to Galapagos
Meals: Breakfast

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