GTAM – 165A – GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

GALAPAGOS TOUR PROGRAMS ABOARD THE M/Y AIDA MARIA

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

GTAM – 165A – GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
Quito & Galapagos Islands
Two days Quito – Eight day Galapagos cruise
M/Y Aida Maria – Tourist Superior Category
Galapagos Cruise Itinerary “B” – Sunday – Sunday
Nine Days / Eight Nights

HIGHLIGHTS:

San Cristobal Island, Interpretation Center, Santa Fe, Plazas, Charles Darwin Research Station & Highlands, Sierra Negra Volcano, Humedades, Punta Moreno, Elizabeth Bay, Punta Espinoza, Punta Vicente Roca, Puerto Egas, Rabida, Seymour North & Baltra

ITINERARY

DAY 1: Saturday – Arrival in Quito

Meeting at airport and private transfer to hotel for the night
Overnight accommodations at selected hotel

DAY 2: Sunday – Quito / Galapagos Islands

AM: Arrival in San Cristobal Airport – PM: Interpretation Center
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 3: Monday – Galapagos Islands

AM: Santa Fe Island – PM: Plazas
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 4: Tuesday – Galapagos Islands

Santa Cruz Island –
AM: Charles Darwin Station – PM: Highlands Santa Cruz
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 5: Wednesday – Galapagos Islands

Isabela Island
AM: Sierra Negra Volcano – PM: Humedales
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 6: Thursday – Galapagos Islands

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

DAY 7: Friday – Galapagos Islands

Fernandina Island & Isabela Island
AM: Punta Espinoza – PM: Punta Vicente Roca
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 8: Saturday – Galapagos Islands

Santiago Island & Rabida
AM: Puerto Egas – PM: Rabida
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 9: Sunday – Galapagos Islands

AM: Seymour North
AM: Transfer to Baltra Airport for flight to Quito or Guayaquil and your next destination
Meals: Breakfast

GROSS RATES PER PERSON BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY
VALID THRU DECEMBER 32, 2019

GTAM-165A (GE -24) QUITO & GALAPAGOS RATES
With Hotel Wyndham Airport (First Class) $ 3,636
With Hotel Casona de la Ronda $ 3,643
With Hotel Patio Andaluz $ 3,651
M/V Aida Maria Eight Day/Seven Night Cruise only $ 3,431

TOUR RATES INCLUDE

QUITO
Roundtrip private transfer between airport / hotel / airport
One night accommodations at selected hotel including 22% taxes and service fees.
Daily breakfast

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
Eight day cruise aboard the M/Y Aida Maria (Tourist superior) based on double occupancy
Daily fully escorted tours to islands indicated in itinerary by English speaking naturalist guides
Round trip transfers between Baltra airport and motor yacht
All meals during the cruise

NOT INCLUDED

International air between the USA and Quito or Guayaquil
Roundtrip air between Quito or Guayaquil & Galapagos
Galapagos National Park entrance fees total $120 per person and subject to change
Gratuities and tips to guides and crew
Land services, meals and tours not indicated in the itinerary
Expenses of personal nature
Travel insurance (Highly recommended)

GTAM – 165A – GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
Quito & Galapagos Islands
Two days Quito – Eight day Galapagos cruise
M/Y Aida Maria – Tourist Superior Category
Galapagos Cruise Itinerary “B” – Sunday – Sunday
Nine Days / Eight Nights

DETAILED ITINERARY

DAY 1: Sunday – Arrival in Galapagos Islands

Upon your arrival at San Cristobal airport meeting and assistance and transfer to the M/Y Aida Maria. Then you will continue to visit Cerro Tijeretas located at 2 km from Puerto Ayora. It is the only one site that you can see 2 different kind of Fragatas living in the same colony. Return to the boat.
Meals: Lunch, dinner

DAY 2: Monday – Galapagos Islands

Santa Fe Island & Plazas Island
After breakfast on the yacht, you’ll continue to Santa Fe Island. Upon arrival to the island, you’ll be treated to a noisy welcome from the local Sea Lion colony. Following your naturalist guide on the island paths you’ll reach Santa Fe’s main attraction, a towering forest of giant cacti. Scattered around the cacti trees you’ll see a number of the island’s indigenous sun-seekers: marine and land iguanas, the rainbow-streaked lava lizards and, if you’re lucky, land tortoises – the namesakes of the islands. After the walk you’ll dive into the salty sea and snorkel in the company of Sea Lions, Lion Fish and Sea Turtles. Finally, you’ll return to the yacht for lunch.
After lunch we’ll navigate to Plazas Island, where a large colony of Sea Lions lounge daily in the equatorial sun. Plaza also boasts excellent examples of typical Galapagos native flora such as the towering cacti “trees” that form the principal diet for both the Land Iguanas and the Cactus Finch. Other birds that may flutter by include Lava Gulls, Yellow Warblers and Red-Billed Tropicbirds.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 3: Tuesday – Galapagos Islands

Santa Cruz Island
Charles Darwin Center & Highlands Santa Cruz
After breakfast you’ll sail to Santa Cruz Island, where you’ll visit the world-famous Charles Darwin Station, a non-profit institution that dedicates itself to studying and protecting the flora and fauna of the Galapagos. This is one of the best places to see land tortoises, including Lonesome George museum. Then you’ll visit the station’s Tortoise Rearing Center. Here you can find baby, hand-sized tortoises, between the ages of one and five, and marvel at how they achieve such large sizes as adults (500 lbs. or more!). Galapagos tortoises are believed to have a lifespan of over 100 years, so the young ones have a long life ahead of them as long as they receive the protection they need.

Aside from the Station headquarters, Santa Cruz Island is home to the largest town and economic center of the Galapagos, Puerto Ayora. In this portside town you can buy souvenirs (postcards, t-shirts, books, etc.) of the islands. Check out the unique Galapagos ceramic shop near the entrance of the Charles Darwin Station. After shopping in Puerto Ayora and lunch on the boat (guests may dine in town if they desire), you’ll explore the highlands or “parte alta” of the island, which is a moisture-rich area with fertile volcanic soils.

You’ll learn about the vegetation and animal life of this zone, often strikingly different than that found at lower elevations and our best opportunity to find the famous giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Darwin’s Finches, Yellow Warblers, and other land birds will fly in and out of the moss-covered trees. From this high vantage point you’ll be treated to beautiful views of the island. In the late afternoon you’ll return to town. For those who wish to check out the nightlife, this is your chance; the boat will be docked in port most of the night. Return to the boat. Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 4: Wednesday – Galapagos Islands

Isabela Island
Sierra Negra Volcano & Humedales
Your first visit in the morning will take place to Volcan Sierra Negra , will be a walk around 30 minutes to the lap of this famous volcano at Isabela Island. Volcan Sierra Negra is a large shield volcano at the South eastern end of Isabela Island in the Galapagos that rises to an altitude of 1124m. Also is considered one of the oldest Volcano at the Islands. In the afternoon after lunch, you will go to visit the Humedales, which is a mangrove area with small brackish water lagoons that create the perfect environment for a small type of shrimp that serves as the food for the island’s flamingos. Back on board and night navigation to your next site.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 5: Thursday – Galapagos Islands

Punta Moreno / Elizabeth Bay
After night navigation you’ll arrive to Punta Moreno on the west coast of Isabela, a dry landing on a lava field. The vegetation found in this area is sparse and concentrated mainly in the mangrove area and around the lakes. It should be noted that the three kinds of cacti are found here.

The main attractions at Punta Moreno are the coastal lagoons amid black lava flows where there are several species of birds. Here you’ll have a panoramic view of three of the most active volcanoes in the Galapagos, which are Sierra Negra, Cerro Azul of Isabela Island and La Cumbre of Fernandina Island.
After lunch on board you’ll continue on your way to Elizabeth bay, located on Isabela Island`s west shore, which is an excellent spot for observing marine life. You’ll motor past a few islands where you can usually see Galapagos Penguins; this is one of the best areas to take their photos. A colony of these magnificent birds inhabit a rocky islet at the entrance to Elizabeth Bay.

We’ll let our boat drift through a small passage lined with mangroves and eventually emerge into an enclosed cove. We’ll turn the motor off and look in the sheltered waters for Marine Turtles, Rays, Flightless Cormorants, Sea Lions, and, circling overhead, Galapagos Hawks.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 6: Friday – Galapagos Islands

Fernandina: Punta Espinoza / Isabela Island: Caleta Tagus
Punta Espinoza is a narrow ledge of lava and sand that extends from the base of the volcano to the sea. There is a vivid description from Captain Benjamin Morrell who witnessed and recorded and eruption of Fernandina in the 1820’s that probably gave rise to the Point. In 1975, there was an uprising, about 90 cm, which is why the pier built for landing can only be used during high tide. Punta Espinoza is a place famous for its large colonies of Marine Iguanas as well as being the habitat of unique species like the Flightless Cormorant, the Galapagos Penguin, the Galapagos Hawk, and the Galapagos Snake, among others. It’s an ideal place to observe the lava cactus (Brachycerus Nesioticus), which grow on young lava and survive with little water.

Back on board for lunch and a short navigation to Punta Vicente Roca. During lunch time, we will start to navigate to Punta Vicente Roca on the northern tip of Isabela island, after a couple of hours we will arrive to this visitors place, the activity for the afternoon is snorkeling, Punta Vicente Roca is home to sea lions, fur seals , penguins, turtles, flightless cormorants, so there is the opportunity to find any of these animals in the water. The snorkel takes place along a wall of volcanic ash called tuff stone featuring amazing underwater volcanic formations including a small cave where in season it is possible to see sea turtles.After snorkeling we will come back on board and continue on our way to James island.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 7: Saturday – Galapagos Islands

Puerto Egas / Rabida Island
James Bay is a black sand beach located on the west side of James Bay and northwest of Santiago Island. South of the beach is Sugarloaf Volcano, which has deposits of volcanic tuff, the same that helped the formation of the black sand beach. El Cráter is just north of this site; it has a saltwater lagoon, which during the summer dry season becomes a salt mine. Between 1928 and 1930 was the first exploitation of salt; but the efforts did not last long. Then again in 1964 a new attempt was made that lasted for some time.

After lunch on board we’ll navigate to our next destination. Rabida Island consists of a red sand beach, a coastal lagoon behind the beach, and a loop trail. The approximate distance of the trail is 1.1 kilometers. The color of the rocks and sand on the beach is due to the very porous volcanic material, which with the help of environmental factors (rain, salt water and sea breeze), has acted as an oxidizing agent. The main attraction of this spot is the red sand beach and scenery, aside from the vegetation of the arid zone and the presence of native and endemic species.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 8: Sunday – Galapagos Islands

North Seymour Island (dry landing) / Baltra Airport
After an early breakfast you’ll disembark at North Seymour Island. Here you will see Frigate Birds, the clownish Blue-Footed Booby, and of course the ubiquitous Sea Lions. With luck you’ll witness the striking courtship display of the male Frigate Bird, in which he inflates a red balloon-like sac below his throat and struts his stuff for all of the young females. Seymour North, Plaza Sur, Plaza Norte, Baltra, Northeastern Santa Cruz, Santa Fe and part of Española, were all formed by uprisings of underwater volcanic lavas. They were part of a volcanic lava table deposited in sheet form along cracks located on the ocean floor. The uprisings occurred sporadically and lasted more than a million years to reach its current level.

All marine fossils found in the archipelago are found in these islands and the best example is the North Channel side of Baltra. The fossils date from the Pleistocene, and specifically in the case of Baltra, one can say that these volcanic tables were close to the surface about a million years ago. Return to the boat & sail to Baltra Island for your flight to Quito or Guayaquil and your next destination.

GROSS RATES PER PERSON BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY
VALID THRU DECEMBER 32, 2019

GTAM-165A (GE -24) QUITO & GALAPAGOS RATES
With Hotel Wyndham Airport (First Class) $ 3,636
With Hotel Casona de la Ronda $ 3,643
With Hotel Patio Andaluz $ 3,651
M/V Aida Maria Eight Day/Seven Night Cruise only $ 3,431

TOUR RATES INCLUDE

QUITO
Roundtrip private transfer between airport / hotel / airport
One night accommodations at selected hotel including 22% taxes and service fees.
Daily breakfast

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
Eight day cruise aboard the M/Y Aida Maria (Tourist superior) based on double occupancy
Daily fully escorted tours to islands indicated in itinerary by English speaking naturalist guides
Round trip transfers between Baltra airport and motor yacht
All meals during the cruise

NOT INCLUDED

International air between the USA and Quito or Guayaquil
Roundtrip air between Quito or Guayaquil & Galapagos
Galapagos National Park entrance fees total $120 per person and subject to change
Gratuities and tips to guides and crew
Land services, meals and tours not indicated in the itinerary
Expenses of personal nature
Travel insurance (Highly recommended)

MOTOR YACHT AIDA MARIA
EIGHT DAYS / SEVEN NIGHTS ITINERARY “B”
CRUISE DATES 2019 CRUISE DATES 2020
START DATES END DATES START DATES END DATES
8/4/20 8/11/20 1/19/20 1/26/20
8/18/20 8/25/20 2/2/20 2/9/20
9/1/20 9/8/20 2/16/20 2/23/20
9/15/20 9/22/20 3/1/20 3/8/20
9/29/20 10/6/20 3/15/20 3/22/20
10/13/20 10/20/20 3/29/20 4/5/20
10/27/20 11/3/20 4/12/20 4/19/20
11/10/20 11/17/20 4/26/20 5/3/20
11/24/20 12/1/20 5/10/20 5/17/20
12/8/20 12/15/20 5/24/20 5/31/20
12/22/20 12/29/20 6/7/20 6/14/20
6/21/20 6/28/20
7/5/20 7/12/20
7/19/20 7/26/20
8/2/20 8/9/20
8/16/20 8/23/20
8/30/20 9/6/20
9/13/20 9/20/20
9/27/20 10/4/20
10/11/20 10/18/20
10/25/20 11/1/20
11/8/20 11/15/20
11/22/20 11/29/20
12/6/20 12/13/20
12/20/20 12/27/20

GROSS RATES PER PERSON BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY
VALID THRU DECEMBER 32, 2019

GTAM-165A (GE -24) QUITO & GALAPAGOS RATES
With Hotel Wyndham Airport (First Class) $ 3,636
With Hotel Casona de la Ronda $ 3,643
With Hotel Patio Andaluz $ 3,651
M/V Aida Maria Eight Day/Seven Night Cruise only $ 3,431

This Galapagos cruise is also available with pre-Galapagos tours of 3 and 4 days programs. Please check with us for details.

IMPORTANT: Since this cruise depart Galapagos on Thursdays on the dates indicated in the CRUISE DATE SECTION you need to plan to arrive a day before Wednesday in Quito. And Tuesday for a 3 day stay in Quito; Monday for a 4 day pre-cruise tour.

TOUR RATES INCLUDE

QUITO
Roundtrip private transfer between airport / hotel / airport
One night accommodations at selected hotel including 22% taxes and service fees.
Daily breakfast

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
Eight day cruise aboard the M/Y Aida Maria (Tourist superior) based on double occupancy
Daily fully escorted tours to islands indicated in itinerary by English speaking naturalist guides
Round trip transfers between Baltra airport and motor yacht
All meals during the cruise

NOT INCLUDED

International air between the USA and Quito or Guayaquil
Roundtrip air between Quito or Guayaquil & Galapagos
Galapagos National Park entrance fees total $120 per person and subject to change
Gratuities and tips to guides and crew
Land services, meals and tours not indicated in the itinerary
Expenses of personal nature
Travel insurance (Highly recommended)

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GTGE – 24 – QUITO
Ideal for Galapagos
or Amazon Programs
Two Days / One Night – Private Services
Daily
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GTGE – 25 – QUITO
Quito City Tour & Museum
or Equator Line
Three Days / Two Nights – Private Services
Daily
GO TO TOUR DETAILS
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GTGE – 25A – QUITO
Quito City Tour & Museum
or Equator Line
Three Days / Two Nights – Private Services
Daily
GO TO TOUR DETAILS
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GTGE – 25B – QUITO
Quito City Tour & Museum
or Equator Line
Three Days / Two Nights – Private Services
Daily
GO TO TOUR DETAILS
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GTGE – 25C – QUITO
Quito City Tour & Museum
or Equator Line
Three Days / Two Nights – Private Services
Daily
GO TO TOUR DETAILS
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GTGE – 26 – QUITO
Quito, Otavalo &
Cuicocha Lagoon
Four Days / Three Nights – Private Services
Daily
GO TO TOUR DETAILS
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GTLT-30 – QUITO
Flavors, Aromas, Nature & Traditions
Quito, Otavalo & Mindo
Five Days / Four Nights – Private Services
Daily
GO TO TOUR DETAILS
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GTGE – 35 – QUITO & CLOUD FLOREST
Quito & Mindo
Traditions, Culture & Nature
Four Days/ Three Nights – Private
Daily
GO TO TOUR DETAILS
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GTGE –42 - QUITO, OTAVALO & COTOPAXI
Andean Gastronomy, Traditions and Nature
Six Days / Five Nights – Private Services
Daily
GO TO TOUR DETAILS
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GTGE – 50 - CULTURAL INTERACTIONS
Quito, Otavalo, Cotopaxi, Riobamba & Cuenca
Seven Days / Six Nights – Private Services
Daily
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GTGE – 54 – ECUADOR ANDES EXPERIENCES
Quito, Cotopaxi, Baños, Riobamba, Alausi,
Devil’s Nose Train, Ingapirca, Cuenca
Eight Days / Seven Nights – Private
Daily
GO TO TOUR DETAILS

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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