GALAPAGOS ESSENTIALS 7 DAYS

Multi-day & Extended Tours, Dann CarltonTraveler pickup is offered to Returns to original departure point

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Experience the Galapagos Islands from the comfort of a land-based expedition! The islands offer endless opportunities to explore a unique abundance of life in a setting unlike any other on earth. The Galapagos form a natural sanctuary that preserves species, allowing them to evolve since countless millennia. This is one of the few places on earth that allows such insight with so much wildlife. This holiday also provides flexible time to spend on your own and discover them with the sand beaches well-signed trails in the Galapagos forest, and the lots of wildlife. Enjoy real time encounter with the most amazing wildlife up your finger tips and discover the power nature with the evolutionary changes of such a unique animals. Snorkel through lava formations with sea turtles, penguins, sea horses, sea lions and sharks at Lava Tunnels.
ItineraryDay 1: Arrival in Quito CityStop At: Quito Old Town, Quito, Pichincha ProvinceWelcome to Quito! The biggest, best-preserved colonial city of America was declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. The city is considered the Cultural Capital of South America and the second most important city of the old Inca Empire. Depending on arrival time, you can spend your day exploring the old town of Quito and the surrounding area. Adventure Journeys can help you to organize a day trip. In the evening, one of our trip leaders will meet you at the hotel for a welcome briefing and there will be plenty of time to discuss details and answer any questions you may have regarding the adventure. Our first day is an informational and acclimation day. Duration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Dann Carlton Hotel or SimilarDay 2: Travel day to GalapagosStop At: Reserva El Chato, Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, Galapagos IslandsToday you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to the Island of Baltra in the Galapagos Islands. On arrival you will be picked up and transferred to Santa Cruz a nearby island, crossing the narrow Itabaca channel by ferry and then continuing by car. Your first stop will be at the highlands of Santa Cruz. The Highlands home of the iconic giant Galapagos tortoises. Here you will visit a private ranch where you will enjoy lunch before heading out for a walk in search of the giant tortoises. During this visit, you will also visit some lava tubes, which are formed when the surface of a lava stream solidifies, After this tour, you will continue by private transport to your hotel. Here you will have a meet and greet with a local guide who will explain the following days itinerary to you. Enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure to explore this beautiful Island.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Hotel Fiesta or SimilarDay 3: Bay Tour ExplorationStop At: Santa Cruz Island, Santa Cruz, Galapagos IslandsToday after breakfast you will enjoy a half-day tour of Academy Bay. Be sure to pack everything you need for this trip. Optional snorkel equipment will be provided free of charge to anyone who wishes to use it. During the tour, you will take a boat to Academy Bay where you can swim and snorkel with sea lions and all kinds of colourful fish. Here you can see the blue-footed boobies. etc. Afterwards, climb to a nearby viewpoint and if you are lucky, you can see white-tipped reef sharks swimming in the ocean below. Afterwards, take a walk to ‘Playa de los Perros’ where many sea iguanas are found resting in the sun. The enormous cacti, the red colour of the rocks and the turquoise colour of the ocean make for great photo opportunities.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Hotel Fiesta or SimilarDay 4: Free time and travel to San Cristobal IslandStop At: San Cristobal Interpretation Center, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal, Galapagos IslandsEnjoy a morning at leisure or explore the beautiful island Santa Cruz on your own. In the afternoon you will be met and transferred from your hotel to the dock of Santa Cruz from where you will take a boat (approx. 2 1/2 hours) to the island of San Cristobal. Upon arrival at the dock in San Cristobal. Here you will have a meet and greet with another local guide who will explain the rest of your itinerary to you. The remainder of the evening is yours to enjoy at leisure on this stunning island. Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Hotel Blue Marlin or SimilarDay 5: Isla Lobos TourStop At: Isla Lobos, San Cristobal, Galapagos IslandsThis morning, after breakfast, you will be met and transferred to a dock where you will take a quick boat ride to the nearby Isla Lobos. During this boat trip, you will observe a lot of sea life before even setting foot on the island. Upon arrival, enjoy a guided tour where you will have the chance to observe frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, manta, sea lions and sometimes sharks that all inhabit the island. The white coral beaches of San Cristobal are great to walk around, relax and swim in the shallow waters before you came back to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Hotel Blue Marlin or SimilarDay 6: Travel to QuitoStop At: Quito Old Town, Quito, Pichincha ProvinceEnjoy some more free time this morning before transferring to the airport of San Cristobal. From here, you will take a flight back to Ecuador's mainland. Upon arrival in Quito, you will be collected from the airport and transferred to your hotel for one more evening at leisure before saying goodbye.Duration: 8 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Dann Carlton Hotel or SimilarDay 7: End of ServicesPass By: Quito Old Town, Quito, Pichincha ProvinceEnd of ServicesMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

What’s included

  • 6x Breakfast
  • 3x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 6 nights
  • Transportation: Airport transfers (national flights), sea transportation Santa Cruz - Isabela islands round trip, comfortable land transportation
  • Accommodations based in double occupancy: First Class hotel in Quito, 4-star hotels in Galapagos
  • Activities: Hiking in Santa Cruz highlands, Snorkelling, Isla Lobos, Academy bay day tour
  • Meals Included: 6 breakfasts and 3 lunches
  • Gear: Snorkeling mask and fins, life vest
  • Trip Leader: Certified EPL expert English-speaking adventure Trip Leader (minimum 4 people for this service) and naturalist local guides in Galapagos National Park
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Entry/Admission - Reserva El Chato
  • Entry/Admission - Santa Cruz Island
  • Entry/Admission - San Cristobal Interpretation Center
  • Entry/Admission - Isla Lobos
  • Entry/Admission - Quito Old Town

What’s not included

  • My Own Room supplement: USD $850
  • International flights
  • Airfare Quito - Galapagos - Quito round trip
  • Airport transfer (international flights)
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Meals not described in the itinerary - estimated budget USD $180 USD
  • INGALA transit card: USD $20 per person, cash only (subject to change)
  • Galapagos National Park fee: USD $100 per person, cash only (subject to change)
  • Snorkeling gear (mask and fins) for optional activities: USD $8 per day per person
  • Wetsuit for rent: USD $10
  • Tips for guides and drivers

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Quito City Stop At: Quito Old Town, Quito, Pichincha Province Welcome to Quito! The biggest, best-preserved colonial city of America was declared an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. The city is considered the Cultural Capital of South America and the second most important city of the old Inca Empire. Depending on arrival time, you can spend your day exploring the old town of Quito and the surrounding area. Adventure Journeys can help you to organize a day trip. In the evening, one of our trip leaders will meet you at the hotel for a welcome briefing and there will be plenty of time to discuss details and answer any questions you may have regarding the adventure. Our first day is an informational and acclimation day. Duration: 1 hour No meals included on this day. Accommodation included: Dann Carlton Hotel or Similar
Day 2: Travel day to Galapagos Stop At: Reserva El Chato, Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to the Island of Baltra in the Galapagos Islands. On arrival you will be picked up and transferred to Santa Cruz a nearby island, crossing the narrow Itabaca channel by ferry and then continuing by car. Your first stop will be at the highlands of Santa Cruz. The Highlands home of the iconic giant Galapagos tortoises. Here you will visit a private ranch where you will enjoy lunch before heading out for a walk in search of the giant tortoises. During this visit, you will also visit some lava tubes, which are formed when the surface of a lava stream solidifies, After this tour, you will continue by private transport to your hotel. Here you will have a meet and greet with a local guide who will explain the following days itinerary to you. Enjoy the rest of the evening at leisure to explore this beautiful Island. Duration: 8 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch Accommodation included: Hotel Fiesta or Similar
Day 3: Bay Tour Exploration Stop At: Santa Cruz Island, Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands Today after breakfast you will enjoy a half-day tour of Academy Bay. Be sure to pack everything you need for this trip. Optional snorkel equipment will be provided free of charge to anyone who wishes to use it. During the tour, you will take a boat to Academy Bay where you can swim and snorkel with sea lions and all kinds of colourful fish. Here you can see the blue-footed boobies. etc. Afterwards, climb to a nearby viewpoint and if you are lucky, you can see white-tipped reef sharks swimming in the ocean below. Afterwards, take a walk to ‘Playa de los Perros’ where many sea iguanas are found resting in the sun. The enormous cacti, the red colour of the rocks and the turquoise colour of the ocean make for great photo opportunities. Duration: 8 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch Accommodation included: Hotel Fiesta or Similar
Day 4: Free time and travel to San Cristobal Island Stop At: San Cristobal Interpretation Center, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands Enjoy a morning at leisure or explore the beautiful island Santa Cruz on your own. In the afternoon you will be met and transferred from your hotel to the dock of Santa Cruz from where you will take a boat (approx. 2 1/2 hours) to the island of San Cristobal. Upon arrival at the dock in San Cristobal. Here you will have a meet and greet with another local guide who will explain the rest of your itinerary to you. The remainder of the evening is yours to enjoy at leisure on this stunning island. Duration: 8 hours Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Hotel Blue Marlin or Similar
Day 5: Isla Lobos Tour Stop At: Isla Lobos, San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands This morning, after breakfast, you will be met and transferred to a dock where you will take a quick boat ride to the nearby Isla Lobos. During this boat trip, you will observe a lot of sea life before even setting foot on the island. Upon arrival, enjoy a guided tour where you will have the chance to observe frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, manta, sea lions and sometimes sharks that all inhabit the island. The white coral beaches of San Cristobal are great to walk around, relax and swim in the shallow waters before you came back to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Duration: 8 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch Accommodation included: Hotel Blue Marlin or Similar
Day 6: Travel to Quito Stop At: Quito Old Town, Quito, Pichincha Province Enjoy some more free time this morning before transferring to the airport of San Cristobal. From here, you will take a flight back to Ecuador's mainland. Upon arrival in Quito, you will be collected from the airport and transferred to your hotel for one more evening at leisure before saying goodbye. Duration: 8 hours Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Dann Carlton Hotel or Similar
Day 7: End of Services Pass By: Quito Old Town, Quito, Pichincha Province End of Services Meals included: • Breakfast No accommodation included on this day.
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