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Galapagos Land & Sea-North & Central Aboard Estrella

7 Days, Quito to Quito
Galapagos Land & Sea-North & Central Aboard Estrella

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Climb aboard the comfortable Estrella Del Mar and explore the northern and central islands of the Galapagos archipelago. Enjoy included snorkelling gear and the presence 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).
  • 6 nights' accommodation with breakfast (Hotel (2 nts), hotel in Puerto Ayora (1 nt) aboard the Estrella Del Mar in twin-share cabins (3 nts)).
  • 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners.
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  • Local flight
  • Flights to and from the Galapagos Islands.
  • Estrella Del Mar motorized yacht, van, Zodiac, private bus.
  • apagos Islands aboard the Estrella Del Mar
  • Flights to and from the Galapagos Islands
  • Certified Galaapagos National Park Service guide.
  • All landings, excursions, and transportation.
  • Snorkelling equipment.
  • Services of Galapagos National Park Service guide while in the islands. Local G Adventures representative in Quito and G Adventures CEO in Puerto Ayora.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 105-140 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 Puerto Ayora/Isla Bartolome
Day 4 Isla Genovesa/Bachas Beach
Day 5 Bachas Beach/Isla Santa Fe
Day 6 Puerto Ayora/Quito
Day 7 Depart Quito
Departures
  • Nov
    2017
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    2017
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    2018
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    2018
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    2018
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    2018
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  • Start
  • Finish
  • Wed, 01 Nov '17
  • Tue, 07 Nov '17
  • Wed, 15 Nov '17
  • Tue, 21 Nov '17
  • Wed, 29 Nov '17
  • Tue, 05 Dec '17
  • Wed, 13 Dec '17
  • Tue, 19 Dec '17
  • Wed, 10 Jan '18
  • Tue, 16 Jan '18
  • Wed, 24 Jan '18
  • Tue, 30 Jan '18
  • Wed, 07 Feb '18
  • Tue, 13 Feb '18
  • Wed, 21 Feb '18
  • Tue, 27 Feb '18
  • Wed, 07 Mar '18
  • Tue, 13 Mar '18
  • Wed, 21 Mar '18
  • Tue, 27 Mar '18
  • Wed, 04 Apr '18
  • Tue, 10 Apr '18
  • Wed, 18 Apr '18
  • Tue, 24 Apr '18
  • Wed, 02 May '18
  • Tue, 08 May '18
  • Wed, 16 May '18
  • Tue, 22 May '18
  • Wed, 30 May '18
  • Tue, 05 Jun '18
  • Wed, 13 Jun '18
  • Tue, 19 Jun '18
  • Wed, 27 Jun '18
  • Tue, 03 Jul '18
  • Wed, 11 Jul '18
  • Tue, 17 Jul '18
  • Wed, 25 Jul '18
  • Tue, 31 Jul '18
  • Wed, 08 Aug '18
  • Tue, 14 Aug '18
  • Wed, 22 Aug '18
  • Tue, 28 Aug '18
  • Wed, 05 Sep '18
  • Tue, 11 Sep '18
  • Wed, 19 Sep '18
  • Tue, 25 Sep '18
  • Wed, 03 Oct '18
  • Tue, 09 Oct '18
  • Wed, 17 Oct '18
  • Tue, 23 Oct '18
  • Wed, 31 Oct '18
  • Tue, 06 Nov '18
  • Wed, 14 Nov '18
  • Tue, 20 Nov '18
  • Wed, 28 Nov '18
  • Tue, 04 Dec '18
  • Wed, 12 Dec '18
  • Tue, 18 Dec '18
  • Wed, 26 Dec '18
  • Tue, 01 Jan '19
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 Ayora
  • On Board The Cruise
  • DAY 1 Arrive Quito

    Arrive at any time.

    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 CEO and transfer to Puerto Ayora. Check into the hotel followed by lunch. Enjoy an afternoon hike to Tortuga Bay along with a kayak ride.

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

    Plane
    Mariscal Sucre International Airport - Seymour Airport
    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.

    Tortuga Bay Hike
    Santa Cruz
    Enjoy a short walk to the beautiful white beach of Tortuga Bay. Relax on the beach, walk along the mangroves looking for marine iguanas and birdlife, or rent a kayak and explore this marine wonderland. Look for Tintoreras sharks, sea turtles, and manta rays in the water's shallow areas.

    Tortuga Bay Kayaking
    Isla Santa Cruz
    Grab a life jacket and go for a kayak adventure in the mangroves of Tortuga Bay. Keep an eye out for a wide variety of marine life, including colorful reef fish, rays, and sea turtles, as you paddle the blue waters. Relax after on a beautiful fine white sand beach, and soak up some sun - you may spot some iguanas also trying to catch some rays on the shore. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 3 Puerto Ayora/Isla Bartolome

    Before boarding the vessel have a quick morning visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station. In the afternoon, hike up to the pinnacle of Bartolome Island, and see one of the most famous views of the Galapagos. Cool off with a swim off the soft sandy beach.

    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.

    Estrella Del Mar
    Baltra Island - Isla Bartolome
    The Estrella del Mar is as beautiful as her name. With room for 16 travellers and a naturalist guide inside her modest-yet-surprisingly-roomy confines, the Estrella is everything you could want in a ship at a price you won't believe.

    Bartolome Island Hike
    Isla Bartolome
    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.

    Estrella Del Mar
    Isla Bartolome - Isla Genovesa
    The Estrella del Mar is as beautiful as her name. With room for 16 travellers and a naturalist guide inside her modest-yet-surprisingly-roomy confines, the Estrella is everything you could want in a ship at a price you won't believe. (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 4 Isla Genovesa/Bachas Beach

    Take a morning walk up the caldera to see red-footed boobies and other birds before searching for marine life in the protected Bahia Darwin. Enjoy an afternoon hike to the Prince Philip steps to get an amazing view of the island.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Estrella Del Mar
    Isla Genovesa - Bachas Beach
    Passage from Genovesa to Bachas Beach. (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 5 Bachas Beach/Isla Santa Fe

    Enjoy a morning walk along the glorious Bachas Beach looking out for flamingos before taking to the water to search for sea turtles. Later, explore Santa Fe keeping a close eye out for land iguanas in the unique cactus forest.

    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.

    Estrella Del Mar
    Bachas Beach - Isla Santa Fe
    The Estrella del Mar is as beautiful as her name. With room for 16 travellers and a naturalist guide inside her modest-yet-surprisingly-roomy confines, the Estrella is everything you could want in a ship at a price you won't believe.

    Santa Fe Island Visit
    Isla Santa Fe
    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.

    Estrella Del Mar
    Isla Santa Fe - Puerto Ayora
    The Estrella del Mar is as beautiful as her name. With room for 16 travellers and a naturalist guide inside her modest-yet-surprisingly-roomy confines, the Estrella is everything you could want in a ship at a price you won't believe.

    Optional Activities
    Snorkelling

    Isla Santa Fe
    Enjoy some amazing snorkelling right off the beach in Santa Fe. Swim with playful sea lions, and search for sea turtles, rays, and reef sharks while getting great views of large schools of brightly coloured tropical fish. (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 6 Puerto Ayora/Quito

    Early morning visit to see the giant tortoises and lava tunnels in the highlands before heading to the airport and flying back to Quito.
    Disembark in Baltra. Transfer to the airport for the flight back to Quito.

    Highlands Giant Tortoises Visit
    Santa CruzMatinCruz Morning
    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.

    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
    Baltra Island - Quito 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

    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 105-140 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 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. 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. 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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