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Galapagos - North & Central Islands Aboard The Queen

10 Days, Quito to Quito
Galapagos - North & Central Islands Aboard The Queen

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Encounter the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor off its shores. Spend seven days exploring the incredible wildlife of the Galapa 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
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 09 nights accommodation with breakfast (Deluxe hotel (2 nts) in Quito; aboard the Queen of Galapagos motorized catamaran in twin-share or double cabins, or suite (7 nts).
  • 9 breakfasts, 7 lunch,7 dinner.
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  • Local flight.
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Local flight, Queen of Galapagos motorized catamaran, van, Zodiac, private bus).
  • Arrival transfer on Day 1.
  • All landings, excursions, and transportation.
  • Snorkelling equipment.
  • Visit to a wildlife interpretation centre.
  • Galapagos National Park Service guide while in the islands. Local G Adventures representative in Quito.
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 120-160 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
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Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Quito
Day 2 Quito/San Cristobal Island
Day 3 Isla Santa Fe/Black Turtle Cove
Day 4 Playa Espumilla/Puerto Egas
Day 5 Isla Genovesa
Day 6 Isla Bartolom /Sullivan Bay
Day 7 Isla Rabida/Puerto Ayora
Day 8 Puerto Ayora
Day 9 Puerto Baquerizo Moreno/Quito
Day 10 Depart Quito
Departures
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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 Catamaran
  • DAY 1 Arrive Quito

    Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

    A G Adventures representative will greet you at the hotel and brief everyone on the various aspects of the tour.

    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/San Cristobal Island

    Fly to San Cristobal. Meet your guide and transfer to the ship. Visit a tortoise breeding centre in the afternoon.

    Early flight to San Cristobal in the Galapagos Islands. Upon arrival, meet the naturalist guide who will assist with the transfer to the catamaran. Visit the Galapaguera Cerro Colorado in the afternoon to see a piece of land that has been reserved for the repopulation of giant turtles, and also visit a small breeding centre.

    Plane
    Quito - San Cristobal Island 3h
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

    Galapagos Tortoise Breed Centre
    San Cristobal Island
    Learn all about the natural history and life cycle of San Cristobal's giant tortoises on this excursion to a breeding centre at Galapguera de Cerro Colordao. Located in the highlands of San Cristobal, Galapguera de Cerro Colordao was created by the Natural Park Service to re-establish San Cristobal's population of giant tortoises, which was threatened by animals introduced to the island. (Lunch,Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 3 Isla Santa Fe/Black Turtle Cove

    Land on the tiny island of Santa Fe and take a guided walk through the prickly pear forest searching for land iguanas. After navigating to Santa Cruz island, take a panga ride through the mangroves to look for bird and marine life.

    Santa Fe Island Visit
    Isla Santa Fe Morning
    Visit Santa Fe for amazing wildlife watching opportunities. Hike towards the cliffs along the island's northern shore to view the forest of giant prickly pear cactus (Opuntia), which is home to endemic land iguanas. It is also one of the best locations to see sea turtles, swim with sea lions, and get a glimpse of the Galapagos white-tipped shark.

    Queen of Galapagos
    Isla Santa Fe - Black Turtle Cove
    Passage from Santa Fe to Black Turtle Cove.

    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.

    Queen of Galapagos
    Black Turtle Cove - Playa Espumilla
    Black Turtle Cove to Espumilla Beach on Santiago Island (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 4 Playa Espumilla/Puerto Egas

    Morning excursion to Playa Espumilla, one of the most idyllic beaches in the Galapagos Islands and home to thick mangroves and flamingo and sea turtle nesting sites. Continue to Puerto Egas to see the salt crater as well as a dark-sand beach and tidal pools.

    Playa Espumilla Excursion
    Playa Espumilla Morning
    Head to Playa Espumilla, one of the most idyllic beaches in the Galapagos Islands, which has thick mangroves and sea turtle nesting sites.

    Queen of Galapagos
    Playa Espumilla - Puerto Egas 1h-1h 30m
    Passage from Espumilla Beach to Puerto Egas

    Puerto Egas Visit
    Puerto Egas Afternoon
    Explore the spectacular shoreline of Puerto Egas, also known as James Bay. Spot a great number of shore birds and reptiles - the beach area is home to a plethora of wildlife.

    Queen of Galapagos
    Puerto Egas - Isla Genovesa
    Passage from Puerto Egas to Genovesa (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)

  • DAY 5 Isla Genovesa

    Land at Genovesa, an old imploded volcano, to observe the massive colonies of frigatebirds, boobies, and other seabirds as well as striking volcanic cliffs rising from the ocean. Visit the sites of Darwin Bay and El Barranco.

    Darwin Bay Visit
    Isla Genovesa
    Walk along the white coral sands of Darwin Bay surrounded by bustling sea birds. Follow the trail and see nesting frigatebirds, gulls, and boobies. Be sure to bring your camera to take some snaps of your new feathered friends.

    El Barranco Visit
    Isla Genovesa
    Visit "El Barranco" aka Prince Phillip's Steps located on the southern tip of the island for an amazing wildlife watching opportunity. Hike up the steps to see a sea bird colony that is full of life including the breeding grounds for red-footed boobies and masked boobies.

    Darwin Bay Snorkelling
    Isla Genovesa
    Visit this sunken caldera for a great snorkeling opportunity. See large schools of tropical fish swarming near the vertical walls, and, if lucky, see a manta ray or hammer head.

    Queen of Galapagos
    Isla Genovesa - Isla Bartolome
    Be careful stepping aboard our stylish 16-passenger catamaran; you may not want to ever get off again. Sleek, roomy and blessed with loads of massive windows for top-flight panoramas, plenty of outside space, and a world-class naturalist guide on hand to explain everything, the Queen really does feel like a comfortable hotel that floats. (Lunch,Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 6 Isla Bartolom /Sullivan Bay

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

    Bartolome Island Hike
    Isla Bartolome Morning
    Trek to the summit of the island for a clearer perspective of the islands' not-too-distant volcanic origins, and enjoy a view that is one of the best among the Galapagos. Spectacular vistas await, so bring your camera and snap away at the amazing panoramas.

    Bartolome Island Snorkelling
    Isla Bartolome Morning
    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.

    Queen of Galapagos
    Isla Bartolome - Sullivan Bay
    Passage from Bartolome to Sullivan Bay (10 mins)

    Sullivan Bay Visit
    Sullivan Bay Afternoon
    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.

    Queen of Galapagos
    Sullivan Bay - Isla Rabida
    Passage from Sullivan Bay to Rabida (Dinner,Breakfast,Lunch)

  • DAY 7 Isla Rabida/Puerto Ayora

    Take a morning excursion to the red sand beaches of Rabida to see a lagoon and sea lion colony. Continue to Cerro Dragon on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island to observe land iguanas and a saltwater lagoon frequented by flamingos and other species of birds.

    Rabida Island Excursion
    Isla Rabida Morning
    Arrive at a red sand beach at Rabida to explore its trails. A short trail leads to a saltwater lagoon; another trail goes past the lagoon to the interior, where the revered palo santo trees grow. (When burned, the branches of this tree give off a pleasing aroma and ward off mosquitoes.) Head back to the beach to see prehistoric-looking pelicans nesting among low-lying bushes - it's a rare treat to watch parent pelicans return with gullets full of fish for the squawking youngsters.

    Queen of Galapagos
    Isla Rabida - Puerto Ayora
    Passage from Rabida to Cerro Dragon (1.5 hrs)

    Cerro Dragon Visit
    Cerro Dragon Afternoon 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.

    Queen of Galapagos
    Puerto Ayora
    Passage from Cerro Dragon to Puerto Ayora (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 8 Puerto Ayora

    Spend the day on Santa Cruz Island. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and take an excursion to the Santa Cruz highlands to see the giant tortoises in the wild. Free time for shopping or exploring the town of Puerto Ayora.

    Charles Darwin Research Station Visit
    Puerto Ayora Morning
    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.

    Highlands Giant Tortoises Visit
    Santa Cruz Afternoon
    Head to Santa Cruz's verdant highlands and the El Chato Reserve, a perfect place to see giant tortoises in their natural environment. Explore the reserve's lagoon and lava tunnels, keeping an eye out for owls that often roost in the tunnels' entrances.

    Queen of Galapagos
    Puerto Ayora - Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
    Be careful stepping aboard our stylish 16-passenger catamaran; you may not want to ever get off again. Sleek, roomy and blessed with loads of massive windows for top-flight panoramas, plenty of outside space, and a world-class naturalist guide on hand to explain everything, the Queen really does feel like a comfortable hotel that floats.

    Free Time
    Puerto Ayora Morning
    Take some time this morning to explore the town. Visit a local fish market, do a little shopping or have a coffee at a restaurant. (Lunch,Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 9 Puerto Baquerizo Moreno/Quito

    Visit the San Cristobal Interpretation Centre on the island before flying back to Quito.

    Interpretation Center Visit
    San Cristobal Island Morning
    Learn about the history of the Galapagos Islands from the very beginning of their volcanic origins through to today's conservation efforts. Tour the Human History exhibit to learn about the islands' discovery and colonization, and discover the natural history and variety of flora and fauna that make the Galapagos so fascinating.

    Private Vehicle
    Puerto Baquerizo Moreno - San Cristobal Airport
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Plane
    San Cristobal Island - Mariscal Sucre International Airport
    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
    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 120-160 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 16 passengers, at an average there are 12 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 and air conditioning. All cabins are on the upper decks with windows looking out to the ocean. 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 form 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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