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Galapagos Land & Sea-Central Islands Aboard The Queen

7 Days, Quito to Quito
Galapagos Land &  Sea-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 five 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).
  • Flights to and from the Galapagos Islands (Local flight)
  • 6 nights accommodation with breakfast (Deluxe hotel (2 nts) in Quito, Deluxe hotel in San Cristobal (1 nt), aboard the Queen of Galapagos motorized catamaran in twin-share or double cabins or suite (3 nts)).
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  • All meals aboard the Queen of Galapagos and breakfast daily (6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners )
  • 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
  • Services of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour.
  • Certified Galapagos National Park Service guide
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 100-150 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 Puerto Baquerizo Moreno/Isla Lobos
Day 4 South Plaza/North Seymour
Day 5 Chinese Hat/Bachas Beach
Day 6 Puerto Ayora/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
  • Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
  • On Board The Catamaran
  • 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 Baquerizo Moreno

    Early morning, fly to San Cristobal. Meet the CEO and transfer to the hotel for a first night's stay in the Galapagos Islands. Following lunch, begin exploring San Cristobal visiting Laguna El Junco, the only freshwater lake in the islands. Also visit Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado to see the giant tortoises followed by a visit to the Interpretation Centre.

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

    Laguna El Junco Visit
    San Cristobal Island Apres-midi
    Keep an eye out for birdlife on this visit to Laguna El Junco. Located in the San Cristobal highland, it is the only freshwater lake in the Galapagos and home to many species of endemic birds. Explore the area and its thick vegetation, and enjoy the fresh air at the slightly higher altitude.

    Jacinto Gordillo Breeding Center
    Puerto Baquerizo Moreno Apres-midi
    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!

    Interpretation Center Visit
    San Cristobal Island
    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. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 3 Puerto Baquerizo Moreno/Isla Lobos

    Enjoy a morning snorkel excursion at Kicker Rock and visit a nearby beach. In the afternoon, transfer to the boat and head to Isla Lobos to visit a sea lion colony.

    Kicker Rock Snorkelling Trip
    Kicker Rock
    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
    Puerto Baquerizo Moreno - Isla Lobos
    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.

    Isla Lobos Snorkelling Trip
    Isla Lobos
    Snorkel right off the beach at peaceful Isla Lobos, amid the families of sea lions and their inquisitive pups looking to play. Spot nesting frigatebirds and the famous blue-footed boobies resting on the shore. Be sure to bring your camera to catch some snaps at this prime wildlife watching haven.

    Queen of Galapagos
    Isla Lobos - South Plaza
    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 4 South Plaza/North Seymour

    Morning landing at South Plaza, home to the largest population of land iguanas, for wildlife spotting opportunities and a walk through the cactus forest. In the afternoon, visit North Seymour for guided walks to observe birds and wildlife, including vast sea lion colonies.

    South Plaza Island Visit
    South Plaza Matin

    Visit South Plaza, one of the smallest islands in the Galapagos, which has one of the largest populations of land iguanas. Walk along a path through a cactus forest and view a combination of dry and coastal vegetation on this lively island, home to a wide range of fauna, including incredible birdlife. Spot red-billed tropicbirds and indigenous swallow-tailed gulls resting on the cliffs, and sea lions playing in the waters.

    Queen of Galapagos
    South Plaza - North Seymour 1h 30m-2h 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.

    Seymour Island Visit
    North Seymour Apres-midi

    Get your camera ready for this visit to Seymour Island. Home to sea lions, marine iguanas, swallow-tailed gulls, magnificent frigatebirds, blue-footed boobies, and more, it's probably one of the most exciting islands to photograph! Hike the trail for exciting wildlife watching opportunities - you may even find nesting pairs and young chicks!

    Queen of Galapagos
    North Seymour - Chinese Hat

    Passage from North Seymour to Chinese Hat (Lunch,Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 5 Chinese Hat/Bachas Beach

    Visit Chinese Hat for snorkelling opportunities and to observe the birds and sea lions before taking an excursion to the beach on Las Bachas. In the afternoon, relax on the beach or swim in the crystal waters.

    In the morning, the boat arrives to a small little island off the southern tip of Santiago called Chinese Hat, named for its unique shape. Visit Bachas Beach in the afternoon, located on the northeastern tip of Santa Cruz Island.

    Chinese Hat Visit
    Chinese HatMatin 1-2km

    Explore Chinese Hat's beautiful landscape and spectacular white-coral sand beach followed by snorkelling with sea lions and penguins and swimming opportunities in the cove.

    Queen of Galapagos
    Chinese Hat - Bachas Beach 2h 30m-3h 30m

    Passage from Chinese Hat to Bachas Beach

    Bachas Beach Landing
    Bachas Beach Apres-midi

    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.

    Queen of Galapagos
    Bachas Beach - Puerto Ayora

    Passage from Bachas Beach to Puerto Ayora (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)

  • DAY 6 Puerto Ayora/Quito

    Visit the Charles Darwin Foundation to see the giant Galapagos tortoises before the flight back to Quito.

    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.

    Private Vehicle
    Puerto Ayora - Baltra Ferry Terminal

    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Local bus
    Baltra Ferry Terminal - 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

    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 7 Depart Quito

    End of tour.

    A departure transfer is not included, but the CEO will help you with local arrangements back to the Baltra airport.

    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 100-150 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 Minimum Group size is 10 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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