GTAM – 161 – GALAPAGOS ISLANDS M/Y Aida Maria – Tourist Superior Category Galapagos Cruise Itinerary “C” Sunday – Thursday





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GTAM – 161 – GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
M/Y Aida Maria – Tourist Superior Category
Galapagos Cruise Itinerary “C”
Sunday – Thursday

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 – 161 – GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
M/Y Aida Maria – Tourist Superior Category
Galapagos Cruise Itinerary “C”
Sunday – Thursday

Five Days / Four Nights

HIGHLIGHTS:

Las Bachas Beach, Darwin Bay, El Barranco, Sullivan Bay, Black Turtle Cove/ Cerro Dragon, Charles Darwin Research Station

ITINERARY

DAY 1: Sunday – Quito or Guayaquil to Galapagos Islands

AM: Arrival in Baltra Airport
PM: Bachas
Meals: Lunch, dinner

DAY 2: Monday – Galapagos Islands

Genovesa Island
AM: Darwin Bay
PM: Barranco
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 3: Tuesday – Galapagos Islands

AM: Bartolome Island
PM: Sullivan Bay
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 4: Wednesday – Galapagos Islands

AM: Black Turtle Cove
PM: Cerro Dragon
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 5: Thursday – Galapagos Islands

Santa Cruz Island
AM: Visit Charles Darwin Station
AM: Transfer to airport for flight to Quito or Guayaquil and your next destination
Meals: Breakfast

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

GTAM-161 – GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CRUISE 4D/3N 8D/7N
M/Y Aida Maria – Category: Tourist Superior $ 1,594 $ 3,431

GTAM – 161 – GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
M/Y Aida Maria – Tourist Superior Category
Galapagos Cruise Itinerary “C”
Sunday – Thursday

Five Days / Four Nights

DETAILED ITINERARY

DAY 1: Sunday – Arrival in Galapagos Islands

Baltra Island, Las Bachas Beach (wet landing)
Fly from the Ecuadorian mainland to the islands on an early morning 90-minute flight. As you prepare to land in Baltra, look out the window. The landscape below will seem otherworldly – you’ll truly be landing in a place like no other. The Galapagos Islands are completely unique and you’re about to see why. Your bilingual naturalist guide will greet you at the airport and meet you after customs. During lunch he/she will introduce you to the islands, specifically the flora and fauna that you will encounter at our first destination, Las Bachas Beach.

On the sandy white beaches of Las Bachas you will get a close look at a sea turtle nesting area as well as a lake frequented by pink flamingos and other migratory birds. Afterwards, you’ll cool off with a dip in the beautiful, blue Pacific Ocean. As this is the first evening together, the crew will invite everyone to a pre-dinner cocktail on the yacht before the welcome dinner. If the night is clear, as it usually is, the stars above will sparkle; look for the Southern Cross, the Big Dipper (turned up-side down!) and Orion.
Meals: Lunch, dinner

DAY 2: Monday, Galapagos Islands

Genovesa Island Darwin Bay (wet landing)/ El Barranco (dry landing)
Early in the morning you’ll have breakfast and then you’ll disembark at Genovesa “Tower” Island, which is located in the northeastern part of the Galapagos (less than half a degree north of the equator).

At “Tower” Island you’ll anchor at Darwin Bay, which is located on the southern part of the island, and is actually the caldera of an extinct, partially eroded volcano, with the surrounding cliffs forming the inner lining of the rim. While the origin of the name “Tower” is not known, one can imagine it had something to do with these towering cliffs. The tour will be a long, fairly-easy walk, but it is usually hot and dry here, so you may want to carry some water. After a wet landing on a coral beach the trail begins in an area where there are several swallow-tailed gulls. As you walk back from the beach, you’ll see a variety of Opuntia cactus and mangroves

Tower is an outpost for many sea birds (as Española is in the south). Interestingly, there are almost no land reptiles on Tower, only very small marine iguanas. This is attributed to the direction of the ocean currents, which wouldn’t have carried the terrestrial animals here. Visit El Barranco during the afternoon then return to the boat for dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 3: Tuesday – Galapagos Islands

Bartolome / Sullivan Bay
Bartolome Island, which at its highest point is 114 meters, is one of the most photographed vistas in the archipelago. This island is quite young and quite volcanic, therefore, it’s relatively unpopulated; only a small handful of die-hard plant and animal species have survived long enough to call this lava-land home.

After the visit to Bartolome Island you’ll visit nearby Sullivan Bay. At the turn of the century a huge lava flow spilled right down to the sea and today you can stroll across this black volcanic expanse, admiring its time-frozen ripples, bubbles and ropes.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 4: Wednesday – Galapagos Islands

Black Turtle Cove/ Cerro Dragon
Black Turtle Cove is a red mangrove lagoon on Santa Cruz and is a nursery for many sharks and rays. It’s also a great location to observe mating turtles around this time of year. You might see a large group of resting White-Tip Reef Sharks, schools of Golden Rays and Spotted Eagle Rays, and a few juvenile Scalloped Hammerhead Sharks and Black-Tip Sharks. The water very calm so we often used paddles instead of the loud panga engines to move around the area.

After this visit you’ll navigate for a couple of hours to Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill), where you’ll make a dry landing on lava rocks. Cerro Dragon is a small bay on the west coast of Santa Cruz and got its name from the many land iguanas that live in the area. Land iguanas are endemic to the Galapagos Islands where they have found good mating and nesting areas.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

DAY 5: Thursday – Galapagos Islands

Santa Cruz Island (dry landing) – Charles Darwin Station & Baltra Airport
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.

After visiting the Charles Darwin Station, transfer to Baltra Airport for your flight to Quito or Guayaquil and your next destination.
Meals: Breakfast

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

GTAM-161 – GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CRUISE 4D/3N 8D/7N
M/Y Aida Maria – Category: Tourist Superior $ 1,594 $ 3,431
MOTOR YACHT AIDA MARIA
FIVE DAYS / FOUR NIGHTS ITINERARY “C”
CRUISE DATES 2019 CRUISE DATES 2020
START DATES END DATES START DATES END DATES
7/14/19 7/18/19 1/12/20 1/16/20
7/28/19 8/1/19 1/26/20 1/30/20
8/11/19 8/15/19 2/9/20 2/13/20
8/25/19 8/29/19 2/23/20 2/27/20
9/8/19 9/12/19 3/8/20 3/12/20
9/22/19 9/26/19 3/22/20 3/26/20
10/6/19 10/10/19 4/5/20 4/9/20
10/20/19 10/24/19 4/19/20 4/23/20
11/3/19 11/7/19 5/3/20 5/7/20
11/17/19 11/21/19 5/17/20 5/21/20
12/1/19 12/5/19 5/31/20 6/4/20
12/15/19 12/19/19 6/14/20 6/18/20
6/28/20 7/2/20
7/12/20 7/16/20
7/26/20 7/30/20
8/9/20 8/13/20
8/23/20 8/27/20
9/6/20 9/10/20
9/20/20 9/24/20
10/4/20 10/8/20
10/18/20 10/22/20
11/1/20 11/5/20
11/15/20 11/19/20
11/29/20 12/3/20
12/13/20 12/17/20

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

GTAM-161 – GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CRUISE 4D/3N 8D/7N
M/Y Aida Maria – Category: Tourist Superior $ 1,594 $ 3,431
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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
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GTGE – 25A – QUITO
Quito City Tour & Museum
or Equator Line
Three Days / Two Nights – Private Services
Daily
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GTGE – 25B – QUITO
Quito City Tour & Museum
or Equator Line
Three Days / Two Nights – Private Services
Daily
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GTGE – 25C – QUITO
Quito City Tour & Museum
or Equator Line
Three Days / Two Nights – Private Services
Daily
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GTGE – 26 – QUITO
Quito, Otavalo &
Cuicocha Lagoon
Four Days / Three Nights – Private Services
Daily
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GTLT-30 – QUITO
Flavors, Aromas, Nature & Traditions
Quito, Otavalo & Mindo
Five Days / Four Nights – Private Services
Daily
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GTGE – 35 – QUITO & CLOUD FLOREST
Quito & Mindo
Traditions, Culture & Nature
Four Days/ Three Nights – Private
Daily
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GTGE –42 - QUITO, OTAVALO & COTOPAXI
Andean Gastronomy, Traditions and Nature
Six Days / Five Nights – Private Services
Daily
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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
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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

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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