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Galapagos - South & East Islands Aboard The Queen

7 Days, Quito to Quito
Galapagos - South & East 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 four days exploring the incredible wildlife of the Galapag 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).
  • 07 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 (4 nts)).
  • Local Flight
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  • 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners.
  • 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.
  • Certified Galapagos National Park Service guide.
  • 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/Puerto Ayora
Day 3 Floreana Island
Day 4 Punta Suarez/Bahia Gardner
Day 5 Cerro Brujo/Kicker Rock
Day 6 Puerto Baquerizo Moreno/Quito
Day 7 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 Catamaran
  • On Board The Cruise
  • DAY 1 Arrive Quito

    Arrive at any time (arrival transfer included).

    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
    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 Ayora

    Fly to Baltra. Meet the guide and transfer across Santa Cruz to Puerto Ayora to board the ship. In the afternoon, have the opportunity to visit the highlands and see giant land tortoises in the wild as well as free time to do some shopping and exploring.

    Private Vehicle
    Quito - Mariscal Sucre International Airport
    Early transfer to the airport for the flight to the Galapagos.

    Plane
    Quito - Isla Santa Cruz 2h
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

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

    Private Vehicle
    Baltra Ferry Terminal - Puerto Ayora
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Highlands Giant Tortoises Visit
    Santa Cruz
    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 - Floreana Island
    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. (Dinner,Lunch,Breakfast)

  • DAY 3 Floreana Island

    Land at Punta Cormorant on Floreana. Guided walks to observe the birds and wildlife and learn about the natural history. Visit Post Office Bay in the afternoon. Later, go snorkelling at the Corona del Diablo.

    In the morning, head towards Punta Cormorant on the northern part of Floreana. This is a perfect spot to go snorkelling from the boat as the waters are home to a multitude of colourful fish and sea lions. Please make sure you are a comfortable swimmer. Despite the protection from the open sea provided by the "crown," the water here can be rough and the currents strong.

    In the afternoon, visit Post Office Bay, which has an older and less mysterious history. A short hike up past the post barrel takes you to an interesting lava cave.

    Punta Cormorant Visit
    Floreana Island Morning
    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 Afternoon
    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)!

    Lava Cave Excursion
    Floreana Island
    Discover Floreana's lava tubes, just a short walk away from the Post Office. Bring a flashlight and descend about 80m (262 ft) to the point where the sea enters the cave. Explore the dark tunnels of solidified lava - a very interesting experience!

    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.

    Queen of Galapagos
    Floreana Island - Punta Suarez
    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.

    Optional Activities
    Swimming

    Floreana Island
    Grab your swimsuit and head out for a refreshing swim. After a busy day exploring, what better way to unwind? Ask the CEO to point out the best spots to take a dip! (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 4 Punta Suarez/Bahia Gardner

    Visit Punta Suarez and Gardner Bay on Espanola. Guided walks to observe wildlife and free time for swimming or snorkelling.

    Head to Punta Suarez on Espanola Island. The southernmost island in the Galapagos archipelago is home to several wildlife species, including masked and blue-footed boobies. A hike to the top of the cliff makes for spectacular photo opportunities.

    Punta Suarez on the western side of Espanola Island (also called Hood) is spectacular.

    Follow the trail through a rookery and learn the geological history of the island from the naturalist, including its dramatic volcanic features, climate, flora, and fauna. Sail in the afternoon to Garner Bay, an excellent swimming and snorkelling site.

    Punta Suarez Excursion
    Punta Suarez
    Head to Punta Suarez on Espanola Island, the southernmost island in the Galapagos archipelago and home to several wildlife species. Hike to the top of the cliff for spectacular photo opportunities, and explore the island's untamed natural beauty.

    Queen of Galapagos
    Punta Suarez - Bahia Gardner 1h-1h 30m
    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.

    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.

    Queen of Galapagos
    Bahia Gardner - Cerro Brujo
    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.

    Optional Activities
    Swimming

    Isla Espanola
    Go for a refreshing dip after a busy day exploring. Ask the CEO for the best spots to take a swim in the island's clear blue water. Perhaps, head out to Tortuga Rock to see schools of large colorful tropical fish, including yellow-tailed surgeon fish, king angelfish and bump-head parrot fish along with the occasional manta ray and white-tipped sharks (they like to nap on the bottom).

    Snorkelling
    Isla Espanola 45m-1h
    Enjoy fantastic snorkelling at Gardner Bay. Further out towards Tortuga Rock and Gardner Island, see schools of large colourful tropical fish. Spot an occasional manta ray gliding by as well as white-tipped sharks napping on the bottom. Also, get the chance to swim with the sea lions - it's an opportunity not to be missed! (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 5 Cerro Brujo/Kicker Rock

    Morning landing at Cerro Brujo on San Cristobal to observe 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.

    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.

    Kicker Rock Snorkelling Trip
    Kicker Rock Afternoon
    Embark on a snorkelling adventure at Kicker Rock, one of the most stunning landmarks in the Galapagos Islands that's home to an incredibly diverse range of marine life that inhabits the nutrient-rich water. Explore the rock which rises 150m (492 ft) above the ocean's surface, and is divided into two parts by a narrow channel navigable by small vessels. See an array of sharks and fish that are drawn to the rock and provide for an exhilarating unique snorkelling experience.

    Queen of Galapagos
    Cerro Brujo - Kicker Rock
    Passage from Kicker Rock to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 6 Puerto Baquerizo Moreno/Quito

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

    Reach San Cristobal in the morning.

    Disembark after breakfast then visit the Interpretation Centre. Transfer to the airport for the flight to Quito. Transfer to the group hotel upon arrival, and enjoy one last night on the town.

    San Cristobal Interpretation Center Visit
    San Cristobal Island
    Pay a visit to the Interpretation Centre to learn everything you wanted to know about the Galapagos from the islands' natural history to their ecosystems and flora and fauna.

    Private Vehicle
    Puerto Baquerizo Moreno - San Cristobal Airport
    Quick transfer from the port to the airport

    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 7 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. 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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