M/V SANTA CRUZ II

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY:

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

PRE & POST CRUISE TOURS

Tours in Quito and surroundings to be offered in combination with this cruise. Or we can tailor tours to adjust to your clients’ interests.

CRUISE DEPARTURES 2021
MONTH DATES MONTH DATES
JULY 23 OCTOBER 1, 15 & 29
AUGUST 6 & 20 NOVEMBER 12 & 26
SEPTEMBER 3 & 17 DECEMBER 10 & 24
CRUISE DEPARTURES 2022
MONTH DATES MONTH DATES
JANUARY 7 & 21 JULY 8 & 22
FEBRUARY 4 & 18 AUGUST 5 & 19
MARCH 4 & 18 SEPTEMBER 2, 16 & 30
APRIL 1, 15 & 29 OCTOBER 14 & 28
MAY DRY DOCK NOVEMBER 11 & 25
JUNE 10 & 24 DECEMBER 9 & 23

 

PER PERSON GROSS CRUISE RATES 2021-2022
CABIN CATEGORY 2021 2022
HORIZON D. EXPLORER FAMILY $5,514 $5,735
HORIZON D. EXPLORER $5,868 $6,103
HORIZON D. VOYAGER $6,768 $7,039
EXPEDITION D. EXPLORER $6,096 $6,340
PANORAMA D. EXPLORER $6,282 $6,533
PANORAMA D. DARWIN SUITE $7,122 $7,407

CRUISE RATES INCLUDE:

  • Seven days/ six nights cruise based on double occupancy on the reserved cabin category.
  • Daily fully escorted visits to the islands included in the itinerary by professional naturalist English speaking guides. Daily briefings by
  • Galapagos National Park Naturalist guides.
  • Medical attention on board (excludes cost of medication)
  • All meals during the cruise as indicated in itinerary. Limited Internet
  • Roundtrip transfers between the airports in Galapagos and the cruise. Taxes.

NOT INCLUDED:

  • International air and local roundtrip air between Quito or Guayaquil and Galapagos Islands.
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fees – $100.00 per person and subject to change.
  • Galapagos tourist card – INGALA – $ 20.00 per person and subject to change.
  • Land services, tours and services not indicated in itinerary. Expenses of personal nature

NOTE: The entrance and transit card fees are under the jurisdiction of the Galapagos National Park and are subject to change without further notice.

BOOKING INCENTIVES / CRUISE DISCOUNTS

PLEASE CHECK WITH US FOR SPECIAL CRUISE & TOUR RATES

  • For cruise bookings 30 days or less prior to departure
  • For cruise bookings between 30 and 60 days prior to departure

Pre-Cruise tours featuring the first-class Boutique Hotel Ikala in Quito. Private services for transfers and land tours.

Hotel Boutique Deluxe Casa Gangotena

Casa Gangotena occupies a pivotal spot in Quito’s Old Town: the southwest corner of San Francisco Plaza, the history of which dates all the way back to the time of the Incas.

Casa Gangotena believes in being ambassadors of Ecuadorian hospitality and providing guests with an intimate space to experience the hotel in their own, unique way. Intuitive and world-class service are at the ready to make this a reality. And what better place to experience this level of hospitality than amid Casa Gangotena’s Boutique Hotel neoclassical and Art Deco architecture? Trust us when we say you’ll feel completely at ease whenever you take a moment to relax and admire the hotel’s contemporary interior design, antiques, fine furnishings and quintessential comforts.

GTEG-108 – GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CRUISE
M/V SANTA CRUZ II – EASTERN ISLANDS ITINERARY
SEVEN DAYS / SIX NIGHTS –FRIDAY TO THURSDAY

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1: Friday – Arrival in Galapagos Islands

Baltra Island
We arrive by plane at Baltra Island and transfer to the dock to board the Santa Cruz II where we receive our welcome introductory briefing and lunch.

Mosquera Islet
After lunch and your introductory briefing on board, Santa Cruz II will relocate only four nautical miles from Baltra, next to Mosquera Islet, a small volcanic uplift between Baltra and North Seymour. The island is a long and narrow sand bank surrounded by lava reefs. Our groups will approach the island from its western shore, a long shallow reef, the perfect rookery for young sea lions. After a wet landing, our guides will lead you past the sea lion colonies, where you will learn more about the fragile marine and terrestrial ecosystems of Galapagos. The walk is easy as it is restricted to a few hundred meters of flat sandy dunes. This will also be a great opportunity for an introduction tosnorkeling.
Meals: Lunch, dinner

DAY 2: Saturday – Galapagos Islands

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (San Cristobal Island)
After breakfast, we disembark (dry landing) at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the island’s capital, and drive 40 minutes to the island’s southern shore. At Cerro Colorado, we visit the breeding center for highly endangered giant tortoises in the midst of a fantastic deciduous forest, home to dozens of bird species, including the San Cristobal mockingbird, and the San Cristobal lava lizard, both island endemics.

Punta Pitt (San Cristobal Island)
In the afternoon, we disembark (wet landing) on the eastern tip of the island at Punta Pitt, an eroded tuff cone, whose trail provides spectacular views of the shoreline. This is the only site in the Galapagos where the three species of boobies can be found together. We can walk or enjoy a panga ride along the coast. Opportunity for snorkeling, swimming and kayaking.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 3: Sunday – Galapagos Islands

Santa Fe Island
After breakfast, we take the dinghy over to this idyllic sandy-white beach populated by many sea lions (wet landing). The endemic land iguana, unique to this island, may be spotted during the morning walk amid the giant prickly pear cactus. Snorkeling and swimming from the panga rounds off our rewarding experience, or if guests prefer, the glass bottom boat is available for non-snorkelers. Opportunity for kayaking.

South Plaza Island
Following lunch and a rest, we disembark (dry landing) in this channel, whose turquoise waters contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline. Beyond, a carpet of scarlet sesuvium succulents serves as groundcover for a grove of luminescent green prickly-pear cactus. Yellow-grey land iguanas sit beneath these, waiting patiently for pears to drop. Along the coastline one finds sea lion colonies, while frigates, swallow-tailed gulls and shearwaters glide, playing with the thermals.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 4: Monday – Galapagos Islands

Puerto Ayora and the Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)
In the morning, we disembark (dry landing) for our visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station’s giant tortoise Breeding Centre within an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest home to many land birds. These are the headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation and the National Park administration. Following our visit, we board our transport to enjoy lunch in the cooler highlands of Santa Cruz Island, a completely different ecosystem.

Santa Cruz Island
We have several options available for the afternoon, which can be discussed in advance with your Expedition Leader. At the end of the afternoon’s activities, we return to Puerto Ayora and embark on the Santa Cruz II.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 5: Tuesday – Galapagos Islands

Punta Suarez (Española Island)
(Dry landing) – An exciting walk awaits at this site, where we enjoy its unique sea bird colonies, including Galapagos albatross (April-December), Nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls as well as a view of the Galapagos’ famous “blow-hole”. Also, look out for red-green-black marine iguanas. Back on board for lunch.

Gardner Bay – Osborn Islet (Española Island)
(Wet landing) In the afternoon, the picture-postcard white coral beach of Gardner Bay and the nearby islet of Osborn provides a beautiful setting for observing sea lions, mockingbirds, and finches as we relax. We can expect great snorkeling in this area. Opportunity for swimming and kayaking as well.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 6: Wednesday – Galapagos Islands

Eden Islet (Santa Cruz Island)
After breakfast, a panga ride takes us to Eden Islet, a small islet located off the coast of Santa Cruz, where we can observe blue-footed boobies diving into the water, reef sharks and frigates. There’s a chance to snorkel and, if weather condition permits, ride in the glass-bottom boat and kayak.

North Seymour Island
North Seymour was lifted from the ocean floor by a volcanic event, and its origins as a seabed give the island its low, flat profile. A tiny forest of silver-grey Palo Santo trees stands just above the landing (dry landing), usually without leaves, waiting for the rains to burst into bloom. This is a great introductory site to the islands and their wildlife, full of bird colonies of blue footed boobies, two species of frigate birds, swallow-tailed gulls, as well as sea lions and marine iguanas.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 7: Thursday – Depart Galapagos Islands

Baltra Island
On our last day, we disembark at Baltra Island and transfer to the airport to take the flight back to Quito or Guayaquil and to your next destination.
Meals: Breakfast

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GTGE – 24 – QUITO
Ideal for Galapagos
or Amazon Programs
Two Days / One Night – Private Services
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GTGE – 25 – QUITO
Quito City Tour & Museum
or Equator Line
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Quito City Tour & Museum
or Equator Line
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Quito City Tour & Museum
or Equator Line
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Quito City Tour & Museum
or Equator Line
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GTGE – 26 – QUITO
Quito, Otavalo &
Cuicocha Lagoon
Four Days / Three Nights – Private Services
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Flavors, Aromas, Nature & Traditions
Quito, Otavalo & Mindo
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GTGE – 35 – QUITO & CLOUD FLOREST
Quito & Mindo
Traditions, Culture & Nature
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GTGE –42 - QUITO, OTAVALO & COTOPAXI
Andean Gastronomy, Traditions and Nature
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GTGE – 50 - CULTURAL INTERACTIONS
Quito, Otavalo, Cotopaxi, Riobamba & Cuenca
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GTGE – 54 – ECUADOR ANDES EXPERIENCES
Quito, Cotopaxi, Baños, Riobamba, Alausi,
Devil’s Nose Train, Ingapirca, Cuenca
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Miami, Florida 33176

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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