GTEG-114 – M/C TREASURE OF GALAPAGOS CRUISE ITINERARIES SEVEN DAYS / SIX NIGHTS (ITINERARY “C”) – SATURDAY TO FRIDAY

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS FIRST CLASS CRUISE TOURS

GTEG-114 – M/C TREASURE OF GALAPAGOS CRUISE ITINERARIES
SEVEN DAYS / SIX NIGHTS (ITINERARY “C”) – SATURDAY TO FRIDAY

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-114 – M/C TREASURE OF GALAPAGOS CRUISE ITINERARIES
SEVEN DAYS / SIX NIGHTS (ITINERARY “C”) – SATURDAY TO FRIDAY

ISLANDS:

Explore Baltra, Santa Cruz, Isabela Island, Fernandina

SITES

Charles Darwin Station, Eden Islet, Dragon Hill, Whitetip reef Shark Canal, Sierra Negra Volcano, Wetlands & Wall of tears, Moreno Point, Urbina Bay, Espinoza Point, Tagus Cove, Puerto Egas, Rabida, Bachas Beach

ICONIC SPECIES

Galapagos giant tortoise, Great & magnificent frigatebird, American Flamingos, Darwin’s finches, Lava (striated) heron, Pacific Green turtle, Galapagos sea lion, Land Iguana, Flighless Cormorant, White-tip reef sharks, rays, Galapagos hawk, Lava gull, Galapagos Penguins, Marine iguana

ITINERARY

DAY 1: Saturday – Arrival Galapagos Islands

Baltra Airport & Santa Cruz Island & Charles Darwin Research Station
AM: Arrival in Baltra Airport from Quito or Guayaquil.
Your cruise guide will meet you and escort you on a short bus ride to the harbor and the M/C Treasure of Galapagos.
PM: Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)
Meals: Lunch, dinner

DAY 2: Sunday – Galapagos Islands

Santa Cruz Island
Whale Bay & Dragon Hill
AM: Whale Bay
PM: Dragon Hill
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 3: Monday – Galapagos Islands

Isabela Island
AM: Whitetip Reef Shark Channel
PM: Wetlands
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 4: Tuesday – Galapagos Islands

Isabela Island
AM: Moreno Point
PM: Urbina Bay
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 5: Wednesday – Galapagos Islands

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

DAY 6: Thursday – Galapagos Islands

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

DAY 7: Friday – Depart Galapagos Islands

Santa Cruz Island & Baltra Airport
AM: Las Bachas & Baltra Airport
Meals: Breakfast

GROSS RATES PER PERSON BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY
VALID THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2018

M/C TREASURE OF GALAPAGOS ITINERARY “A”
FRI-TUE
5D/4N
ITINERARY “B”
TUE-SAT
5D/4N
Balcony Stateroom
Main Deck/Upper Deck
$3,195 $3,195
Master Suite – Main Deck (1) $3,994 $3,994

GTEG-114 – M/C TREASURE OF GALAPAGOS CRUISE ITINERARIES
SEVEN DAYS / SIX NIGHTS (ITINERARY “C”) – SATURDAY TO FRIDAY
DETAILED ITINERARY

DAY 1: Saturday – Arrival in Galapagos Islands

Baltra Airport and Santa Cruz Island
AM: Arrival in Baltra Airport from Quito or Guayaquil.
Your cruise guide will meet you upon arrival at the airport and escort you on a short bus ride to the harbor and the M/C Treasure of Galapagos.

PM – Charles Darwin Station (Santa Cruz)
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 Center for young tortoises, and adult Galapagos tortoises in captivity.
Meals: Lunch, dinner

DAY 2: Sunday – Galapagos Islands

Santa Cruz Island
AM – Whale Bay (Santa Cruz)
The visitor site of Whale Bay is a cove of green sand at the base of Dragon Hill on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island. The beach contains a large amount of olivine crystals, the same that originate from volcanic materials. The crystals were formed when the magma was still underground.
Near the beach there are ceramic relics, which reflect the same antiques of human settlements that were close to the beach in 1846. According to the accounts of the French captain Genie, a path originated from this site to the top of the island, which was used to collect fresh water. It is thought that in this place lived a group of people who were dedicated to the collection of lichen, used for tinting.

PM – Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz)
The visitor site at Dragon Hill has been open for visits since 1993. This site is located in northwestern Santa Cruz Island and consists of a trail that lead to a hyper-saline lagoon behind the beach, frequented by flamingos, pintail ducks and other species of birds. This site has been re populated with land iguanas from Seymour, Isabela and Santa Cruz islands. There is a short walk to the Hill, which offers a beautiful view of the bay.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 3: Monday – Galapagos Islands

Isabela Island
Las Tintoreras & Wetlands
AM – Las Tintoreras
A delightful place to be reached by a nice zodiac ride. “Tintoreras” are small islands in front of Puerto Villamil coast. There is the Heron lava on the lookout on mangrove branches, and Galapagos Penguin and sea lion often pop out on shore. White-tipped reef sharks are fairly common in the archipelago. Their name in Spanish is Tintorera, thus the name of this site as they are always found here resting in the shallow waters.

PM – Wetlands (Isabela)
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 Galapagos with approximately 3.000 inhabitants. First we will visit the Flamingos Lagoon; this place is the largest coastal lagoon found in Galapagos and is one of the main reproductive sites for the greater Flamingos. Afterwards we will follow a trail to the “The Wall of Tears”. Isabela was designated a penal colony by the Ecuadorian government from 1946 to 1959. Prisoners had to build a wall with enormous blocks of lava. Due to the arduous labor and harsh conditions in which the prisoners lived, this site is known as “El Muro de las Lagrimas” (Wall of years). There are a number of interesting sites along this route, such as the Cerro Orchilla, El Estero, Poza Escondida, Playa del Amor and Pozas Verdes.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 4: Tuesday – Galapagos Islands

Isabela Island
Punta Moreno & Urbina Bay
AM – Punta Moreno (Isabela)
Punta Moreno is located on the north coast of Isabela Island between the volcano Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul volcano. The trail runs along a lava flow Pahohoe (solidified lava in a corrugated form or accordion) into a complex of coastal lagoons. The main attraction are several species of birds which can be found around these lakes and mangroves.

PM – Urbina Bay (Isabela)
Urbina Bay is located along the west coast of Isabela, between Elizabeth Bay and Tagus Cove. It is close to the base of the Alcedo Volcano. The coastline had a major uplift in 1954, which caused the shore to expand three quarters of a mile out. Here you will be able to find corals, shells, and many other calcareous organisms exposed above water. Urbina Bay is home to large and colorful land iguanas and giant tortoises of the Alcedo Volcano population. A lot of Darwin finches can be seen as well.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 5: Wednesday – Galapagos Islands

Fernandina Island & Isabela Island
AM – Punta Espinoza (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. Marine iguanas conglomerate in larger groups than in any other island. They bask around in the sand, swim near the shore and sometime block the way at the landing dock. Among the unique species found here, is the Flightless Cormorant. This bird had to adjust its way of survival and the way of finding food in the ocean. Their wings, tails and feet progressively adapted for swimming. To see these birds, is to witness evolution happening right in front of you.

PM – Tagus Cove (Isabela)
Tagus Cove, a tour along the cliffs in a zodiac will give the visitors a good chance to see the Galapagos penguin, the flightless cormorant and other sea birds. From the landing dock it is about a 30 minute hike along the trail up to the top of the cliff from where you can view Darwin Lake, an uplifted ultra-saline 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, it has been written by pirates, whalers and buccaneers in past centuries.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 6: Thursday – Galapagos Islands

Santiago Island & Rabida Island
AM – Puerto Egas (Santiago)
Puerto Egas is a black beach located at the west side of Santiago Island. Volcanic tuff deposits have favored the formation of this special black sand beach and this is the main attraction of the Island. This site is called Puerto Egas, because there was an attempt of a company owned by Hector Egas to start salt exploitation of salt but it failed because of pricing of the salt in the continent.

PM – Rabida Island
Rábida is unique because the red color of its rocks and sand. The volcanic material in this island is very porous and external factors such as rain, salt water and sea breeze have acted as an oxidizing agent. A short walk along a trail lead us to a coastal lagoon behind the beach frequented by a colony of flamingos and from here observe a variety of land birds as finches, doves, yellow warblers and mocking birds.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 7: Friday – Depart Galapagos Islands

Santa Cruz Island and Baltra Airport
AM: Las Bachas (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, making it a favorite nesting site for sea turtles. Behind one of the beaches there is a small brackish water lagoon, where occasionally is possible to observe flamingos and other coastal birds, such as black-necked stilts and whimbrels. The other beach is longer and still has two old barges that were abandoned during the Second World War, when the USA used Baltra Island as a strategic base to protect the Panama Canal. After this visit, your guide will assist you in tour transfer to Baltra Airport and check in for your flight to Quito, Guayaquil or your next destination.
Meals: Breakfast

GROSS RATES PER PERSON BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY
VALID THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2018

M/C TREASURE OF GALAPAGOS ITINERARY “A”
FRI-TUE
5D/4N
ITINERARY “B”
TUE-SAT
5D/4N
Balcony Stateroom
Main Deck/Upper Deck
$3,195 $3,195
Master Suite – Main Deck (1) $3,994 $3,994

GROSS RATES PER PERSON BASED ON DOUBLE OCCUPANCY
VALID THROUGH DECEMBER 31, 2018

M/C TREASURE OF GALAPAGOS ITINERARY “A”
FRI-TUE
5D/4N
ITINERARY “B”
TUE-SAT
5D/4N
Balcony Stateroom
Main Deck/Upper Deck
$3,195 $3,195
Master Suite – Main Deck (1) $3,994 $3,994

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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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