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Galapagos - Central South & East Islands Aboard The Monserrat

10 Days, Quito to Quito
Galapagos - Central South & East Islands Aboard The Monserrat

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There's simply no better place to appreciate the magic of this precious little blue planet of ours than the Galapagos Islands. Join us aboard the roomy Monserrat read more...

IS THIS Marine TRIP FOR ME ? YES ! IF YOU...
    • Want to visit the world's greatest aquatic destinations aboard intimate and unique ships and yachts
    • Are eager to discover remote islands and isolated ports
    • Have experiences like communing with thousands of Gentoo Penguins in Antarctica
    • Wish to foster meaningful connections with local people and culture
What's Included
  • Arrival transfer on Day 1
  • 7 nts in the Galapagos Islands aboard the Monserrat
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Local flight, Monserrat motorized yacht, van, Zodiac.)
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  • 9 Breakfasts, 7 Lunch, 7 Dinner.
  • 09 nights accommodation with breakfast (Hotel (2 nts), aboard the Monserrat in twin-share or double cabins (7 nts)).
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • Flights to and from the Galapagos Islands
  • 2 Certified Galapagos National Park Service guides
  • All landings, excursions, and transportation
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Visit to a wildlife interpretation centre
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour.
VERY IMPORTANT
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes

We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 75-100 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.


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Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Quito
Day 2 Quito/Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
Day 3 Cerro Brujo/Kicker Rock
Day 4 Bahia Gardner/Punta Suarez
Day 5 Punta Cormorant/Floreana Island
Day 6 Puerto Ayora
Day 7 Sullivan Bay/Isla Bartolome
Day 8 Bachas Beach/Cerro Dragon
Day 9 Black Turtle Cove/Quito
Day 10 Depart Quito
Departures
  • Start
  • Finish
TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • Quito
  • On Board The Cruise
  • DAY 1 Arrive Quito

    Arrive at any time.

    An arrival transfer is included in the trip.

    Private Vehicle
    Mariscal Sucre International Airport - Quito
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    18:00
    Tonight, the adventure begins. Feel free to explore - but make sure you're back in time to meet your group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your trip. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Quito/Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

    Explore the capital of the Galapagos, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Spend the afternoon at the Interpretation Centre, a tortoise breeding centre, and visit a colony of sea lions at a nearby beach.

    Private Vehicle
    Quito - Mariscal Sucre International Airport 30m-1h
    Early morning transfer to the airport to catch the flight to the Galapagos.

    Plane
    Mariscal Sucre International Airport - San Cristobal Airport
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

    Jacinto Gordillo Breeding Center
    Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
    Visit the giant tortoise breeding centre and see all of the difference species of tortoises up close. See newborns as well as full-grown adult tortoises that can live well over 100 years. Learn how these gentle giants can grow so big!

    La Loberia Beach Visit
    Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
    Visit La Loberia beach and be greeted by a colony of sea lions. Keep your eyes open for marine iguanas on the black rocks and sea turtles in the shallow bay.

    Monserrat
    Puerto Baquerizo Moreno - Cerro Brujo
    With plenty of room to move about, and the best passenger-to-guide ratio in our fleet, the Monserrat is value incarnate. Comfortable cabins and common areas, roomy outdoor spaces, and a naturalist guide for every ten travellers make for a top-notch blend of comfort, service, and (on the top deck) sun worship. (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)

  • DAY 3 Cerro Brujo/Kicker Rock

    Starting on the north coast of San Cristobal, land at Cerro Brujo to observe the sea lions, marine iguanas, and seabirds along the beach. Continue to the dramatic Kicker Rock in the afternoon to witness the steep vertical stone walls rising from the ocean and the marine life below.

    Cerro Brujo Visit
    Cerro Brujo Morning
    Visit Cerro Brujo to explore its coastline, and look for wildlife on the beach, in the water, and in the air. Learn about the human and natural history of the area from the Galapagos CEO. Take a refreshing dip in the turquoise water, and head out on a short walk to a freshwater lagoon - a great place to see flamingos.

    Monserrat
    Cerro Brujo - Kicker Rock
    With plenty of room to move about, and the best passenger-to-guide ratio in our fleet, the Monserrat is value incarnate. Comfortable cabins and common areas, roomy outdoor spaces, and a naturalist guide for every ten travellers make for a top-notch blend of comfort, service, and (on the top deck) sun worship.

    Snorkelling at Leon Dormido
    Kicker Rock Afternoon
    Snorkel at one of the most iconic wildlife locations in the Galapagos: Leon Dormido or Kicker Rock. See a wide range of marine wildlife, which surrounds visitors at this rocky outcrop.

    Monserrat
    Kicker Rock - Bahia Gardner
    With plenty of room to move about, and the best passenger-to-guide ratio in our fleet, the Monserrat is value incarnate. Comfortable cabins and common areas, roomy outdoor spaces, and a naturalist guide for every ten travellers make for a top-notch blend of comfort, service, and (on the top deck) sun worship. (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 4 Bahia Gardner/Punta Suarez

    Enjoy the day on Espanola Island, one of the oldest in the archipelago. Visit the white sandy beach of Bahia Gardner and the bird colonies of Punta Suarez.

    Arriving at Bahia Gardner in the morning, spend the day exploring on shore and snorkelling at Isla Gardner in the bay. After lunch, sail to the western side of the islands to Punta Suarez, known for its amazing bird colonies and home to the waved albatross (April and December).

    Gardner Bay Visit
    Bahia Gardner
    Visit Gardner Bay's magnificent white sandy beach, home to sea lions and sea birds. Be sure to explore the beautiful turquoise water and its incredible sea life. Spot young sea lions and large schools of surprisingly big tropical fish, including yellow-tailed surgeonfish, king angelfish, and bump-head parrot fish.

    Snorkelling
    Bahia Gardner
    Head to Tortuga Rock and Gardner Island for a spectacular snorkelling experience. Spot playful young sea lions and large schools of tropical fish, including yellow-tailed surgeonfish, king angelfish, and bump-head parrot fish. Look for white-tipped reef sharks napping on the bottom.

    Monserrat
    Bahia Gardner - Punta Suarez
    With plenty of room to move about, and the best passenger-to-guide ratio in our fleet, the Monserrat is value incarnate. Comfortable cabins and common areas, roomy outdoor spaces, and a naturalist guide for every ten travellers make for a top-notch blend of comfort, service, and (on the top deck) sun worship.

    Punta Suarez Visit
    Punta Suarez
    Visit Punta Suarez, one of most rich wildlife landing sites in the Galapagos. Be greeted by surfing young sea lions on arrival. Head to the trail to find many species of nesting sea birds, and, if lucky, see the waved albatross. Follow the path up to a cliff for great views over the ocean, and watch sea birds gliding in the wind.

    Monserrat
    Punta Suarez - Punta Cormorant
    With plenty of room to move about, and the best passenger-to-guide ratio in our fleet, the Monserrat is value incarnate. Comfortable cabins and common areas, roomy outdoor spaces, and a naturalist guide for every ten travellers make for a top-notch blend of comfort, service, and (on the top deck) sun worship. (Dinner,Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 5 Punta Cormorant/Floreana Island

    Land at Punta Cormorant on Floreana. Guided walks to observe the bird and wildlife and learn about the natural history. Visit Post Office Bay. Snorkelling excursion at the Corona del Diablo.

    Punta Cormorant Visit
    Floreana Island
    Visit Punta Cormorant, the only landing site on Floreana Island, and discover two amazingly different beaches: one with green sand, coloured by olivine crystals, and another with white sand particles known as 'Flour Beach'. Spend the afternoon observing flamingos and other shore birds feeding in the lagoon. Spot penguins and marine iguanas at the water's edge, and explore the lava tubes with the Galapagos CEO.

    Post Office Bay Visit
    Floreana Island
    Visit Post Office Bay and learn about its unique history. In the late 18th century, English whaling vessels placed a barrel here to be used as a post office. Today, the box is used mainly by tourists, who may drop off and pick up unstamped letters to be carried to far destinations. Continue the tradition - leave a letter and take one to deliver (be sure it makes it to the correct location)!

    Corona del Diablo Snorkelling
    Punta Cormorant
    Enjoy an amazing snorkeling experience at the 'Devil's Crown', an old underwater volcanic cone just north of the Punta Cormorant. Spot large schools of tropical fish, rays, reef sharks, and sea turtles that make their home among the coral reef. Be sure you're a strong swimmer; the currents can be intense.

    Monserrat
    Floreana Island - Puerto Ayora
    With plenty of room to move about, and the best passenger-to-guide ratio in our fleet, the Monserrat is value incarnate. Comfortable cabins and common areas, roomy outdoor spaces, and a naturalist guide for every ten travellers make for a top-notch blend of comfort, service, and (on the top deck) sun worship. (Lunch,Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 6 Puerto Ayora

    Spend the day exploring the island of Santa Cruz. Visit the Fasto Illerena Breeding Centre and take an afternoon excursion to the highlands to see giant tortoises in the wild and learn about the volcanic formations of the islands.

    Charles Darwin Research Station Visit
    Puerto Ayora
    Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, a science organization initiated in 1964, which works to preserve the Galapagos' ecosystem through the conservation efforts of scientists, researchers, and volunteers. It also provides a study location for international scientists and training for naturalist guides. Tour the exhibition centre to see photo displays of recent volcanic eruptions, charts outlining geological formations, and drawings of the evolutionary development of endemic species.

    The station is also a great place to observe many species of tortoises and land iguanas in captivity, brought back from the brink of extinction. See the famous Galapagos tortoise up close - a corral houses adult tortoises, and a nursery cares for the young until around age three when their shells have hardened.

    Free Time
    Puerto Ayora
    Spend some time walking around the small town of Puerto Ayora. Visit a local fish market or buy some souvenirs and discover how people live in the Galapagos.

    Santa Cruz Highlands Excursion
    Santa Cruz Afternoon
    Visit the highlands of Santa Cruz and see the Galapagos giant tortoise in its natural surroundings. Explore the area and its incredible underground lava tunnels - some are more than 1km (.6 mi) long! Wander along the volcanic tubes and keep an eye out for the (mainly) nocturnal barn owls that sometimes roost here.

    Monserrat
    Puerto Ayora - Sullivan Bay
    Passage from Puerto Ayora to Sullivan Bay (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)

  • DAY 7 Sullivan Bay/Isla Bartolome

    Visit Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island to see giant lava formations contrasting the white-coral sand beach. Continue to Bartolome for a guided tour to see the dramatic volcanic features before hiking to a panoramic viewpoint.

    Sullivan Bay Visit
    Sullivan Bay
    Visit Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island to see one of its star natural attractions - striking and fascinating giant lava formations. Very few plants have managed to survive on this island due to its harsh environment and relatively new lava flow. Enjoy a walk along the lava formations before coming to a white-coral sand beach, where abundant Sally Lightfoot crabs and sea lions gather on shore.

    Snorkelling (Sullivan Bay)
    Sullivan Bay
    Enjoy a cool dip after exploring Sullivan Bay on foot. Grab a snorkel and discover many species of fish and other marine life in the shallow waters. Keep an eye out for turtles, rays, and large schools of fish!

    Monserrat
    Sullivan Bay - Isla Bartolome
    With plenty of room to move about, and the best passenger-to-guide ratio in our fleet, the Monserrat is value incarnate. Comfortable cabins and common areas, roomy outdoor spaces, and a naturalist guide for every ten travellers make for a top-notch blend of comfort, service, and (on the top deck) sun worship.

    Bartolome Island Landing
    Isla Bartolome
    Hike to Bartolome's summit for a stronger perspective of the islands' not-too-distant volcanic origins, and enjoy a panoramic view - it's one of the best among the islands! See other Galapagos Islands in the distance as well as Pinnacle Rock, the island's famous towering landmark. Spot Galapagos penguins - the only species of penguin found north of the Equator - walking precariously along narrow volcanic ledges at the base.

    Bartolome Island Snorkelling
    Isla Bartolome
    Take the opportunity to swim and snorkel around Pinnacle Rock, one of the most iconic volcanic rock formations on the islands. Home to Galapagos penguins, friendly sea lions, sea turtles, and a huge variety of fish, Bartolome and its surrounding waters are a fantastic place to explore the natural wonders of the Galapagos.

    Monserrat
    Isla Bartolome - Bachas Beach
    With plenty of room to move about, and the best passenger-to-guide ratio in our fleet, the Monserrat is value incarnate. Comfortable cabins and common areas, roomy outdoor spaces, and a naturalist guide for every ten travellers make for a top-notch blend of comfort, service, and (on the top deck) sun worship. (Lunch,Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 8 Bachas Beach/Cerro Dragon

    Visit the beach on Las Bachas and relax or swim in the crystal waters. Continue to Cerro Dragon on the west coast of Santa Cruz to see land iguanas and a saltwater lagoon frequented by flamingos and other species of birds.

    Visit Bachas Beach in the morning, located on the northeastern tip of Santa Cruz Island. A great beach to stroll on with crystalline waters perfect for swimming, Bachas Beach also gives visitors the opportunity to see frigatebirds, blue-footed boobies, and sea lions.

    In the afternoon, visit Cerro Dragon, on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island. See land iguanas as well as a saltwater lagoon frequented by flamingos and various species of birds.

    Bachas Beach Landing
    Bachas Beach
    Head to Bachas Beach where the sand is made of decomposed coral, making it soft and white, and a favourite site for nesting sea turtles. Spot abundant Sally Lightfoot crabs on the lava rocks along the water's edge -- these crabs will eat anything they can get their claws on! Trek to see a wide range of wildlife, including flamingos, hermit crabs, black necked stilts, and sea lions.

    Snorkelling (Bachas Beach)
    Go snorkelling or swimming right off the white sand beach of Las Bachas. Spot all sorts of marine wildlife in its shallow waters and tidal pools. Bachas is also one of the most important beaches for the green turtle as a nesting site.

    Monserrat
    Bachas Beach - Cerro Dragon
    With plenty of room to move about, and the best passenger-to-guide ratio in our fleet, the Monserrat is value incarnate. Comfortable cabins and common areas, roomy outdoor spaces, and a naturalist guide for every ten travellers make for a top-notch blend of comfort, service, and (on the top deck) sun worship.

    Cerro Dragon Visit
    Cerro Dragon 1-2km
    Visit Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill) for some prime birdwatching. Take a short walk from the beach to a hypersalinic (saltier than the ocean) lagoon frequented by pink flamingos, common stilts, pintail ducks, and other species of birds. Pass through a Scalesia tree forest; endemic to the area, there are only 400 specimens of Scalesia trees left in the world.

    Monserrat
    Cerro Dragon - Black Turtle Cove
    With plenty of room to move about, and the best passenger-to-guide ratio in our fleet, the Monserrat is value incarnate. Comfortable cabins and common areas, roomy outdoor spaces, and a naturalist guide for every ten travellers make for a top-notch blend of comfort, service, and (on the top deck) sun worship. (Lunch,Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 9 Black Turtle Cove/Quito

    Take a morning panga ride and look for marine life in Black Turtle Cove. Disembark at Baltra and fly back to Quito.

    Black Turtle Cove Excursion
    Black Turtle Cove
    Explore the mangroves by panga to find rich marine wildlife between the fresh and salt waters. Keep any eye out for manta rays and sea turtles in this tranquil ecosystem. White-tip reef sharks can also be seen gliding by.

    Monserrat
    Black Turtle Cove - Baltra Island
    With plenty of room to move about, and the best passenger-to-guide ratio in our fleet, the Monserrat is value incarnate. Comfortable cabins and common areas, roomy outdoor spaces, and a naturalist guide for every ten travellers make for a top-notch blend of comfort, service, and (on the top deck) sun worship.

    Local bus
    Baltra Island - Seymour Airport
    Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.

    Plane
    Seymour Airport - Mariscal Sucre International Airport 2h
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

    Private Vehicle
    Mariscal Sucre International Airport - Quito 30m-1h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 10 Depart Quito

    Depart at any time.

    Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

  • TRIP DETAILS

    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 75-100 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.


  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 20 passengers, at an average there are 14 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt. of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  9. G Adventures requires your passport number, full name and date of birth at the time of booking. Please make sure you give this information to your travel agent.

  10. Once you have confirmed your booking please give us your international flight details and advise us if you have any important issues such as allergies, special diets, etc.

  11. The Ecuadorian government currently levies a Galapagos Islands Park entry fee of $100 USD per person. This is payable at the airport upon arrival in the park. It is not included in the cost of the tour, and must be paid in CASH. This fee funds Park maintenance and supervision in Galapagos, as well as ecological study, conservation and infrastructure development in Ecuador's other National Parks. Entry fees and the funds they generate for the National Park System are among measures taken by the Ecuadorian government to protect its natural heritage.

  12. The Galapagos National Park authorities have implemented a system of Transit Control Cards at a fee of $20 USD per person. This card is to be purchased in CASH at a counter in the Quito airport before boarding the flight to the Galapagos. Please retain this card along with your passport as you will be required to present this upon arrival to the Galapagos Islands. Please note that this applies to all tourists entering the Galapagos Islands and is a supplement to the existing entry fee to the National Park and is not controlled by tour operators or travel agencies. It is the first of a number of initiatives to track, control and maintain the sustainable tourism targets set out by the Galapagos National Park and the Ecuadorian government in an attempt to preserve the fragile environment of the archipelago.

  13. Please note that the rooming on our Galapagos yachts is done on a first-come, first-serve basis, and we are not able to guarantee the specific cabin you will receive on board. The cabins are comfortable and clean, all with private bathrooms. Due to the specific location of the cabins on board, the window sizes vary as well as the noise at times when the boat is navigating, given the proximity of the cabin to the engine room. Our friendly and competent crew will ensure the smooth and comfortable journey for the duration of your tour.

  14. Please note that this trip is a combination of multiple G Adventures tours. As such, the staff may change between tour segments. You may also expect some group members to join or leave the tour, between tour segments. There may be a few hours between segments of the trip, where you will get to stretch your legs on land, and explore independently while your crew prepares the vessel for any passengers who will be joining the tour.

  15. All travellers are required to pay the tax on domestic flights in Ecuador. Foreign travellers are exempt from this, and proving you are indeed a foreign traveller can be done by providing us with your international ticket number (ITN). Travellers who do not submit international ticket numbers at least 30 days prior to Day 1 of their tour will be required to pay the domestic tax on all included flights.


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