Uncover the Galapagos Islands on an exciting sailing adventure

Experience the serenity of the Galapagos Islands as you drift across the Pacific Ocean on this relaxing 10-day sailing trip. The natural beauty and wildlife of these magnificent Ecuadorian isles are something to behold and, aboard your plush sailing vessel, soaking up the scenery is unavoidable. Retrace the 180-year-old voyage of Charles Darwin by sea, get shell-shocked by giant tortoises and go birdwatching for boobies on the shores surrounding the stunning Galapagos Islands. As far as Galapagos adventures go, this trip is nothing but smooth sailing.

Start
Quito, Ecuador
Finish
Quito, Ecuador
Countries
Ecuador
Themes
Sailing, Wildlife
Code
GLKA
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip


Highlights


Itinerary

Spend the day exploring the streets and people watching in the vibrant, historical town of Quito. In the evening, perhaps get acquainted with the rest of your group over a traditional meal.
Set sail on your home for the next week – the luxurious Queen Beatriz. Go snorkelling in the beautiful coves of Punta Carrion.
Set out for Las Tintoreras, a small peninsula at Isabela Island’s port. On arrival, meander along the walkway to see white-tipped reef sharks, sea lions, blue-footed boobies, penguins, marine iguanas and turtles. Also witness lava flow and perhaps don a snorkel to see all this beauty from underwater.
Get down to some ornithology on the olive-green sands of this bird-watching hotspot. It's also a great place to see lots of sea lions.
Encounter iguanas parading past gift shops on Santa Cruz, and stop in at the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn more about the wildlife of the Galapagos. Spend the afternoon in the stunning highlands of Santa Cruz.
Swim with sea lions or snorkel with shoals of fluorescent aquatic life.
Head to the southernmost island of the Galapagos – a breeding ground for many of the islands’ bird species. Relax on the deserted white sands of Bahia Gardner – except for the sea lions and hood mocking birds that is!
Cruise past the impressive Leon Dormido, a huge rock that juts steeply out of the ocean.
Visit the interpretation centre, where the history and geography of the archipelago comes to life, before flying back to Quito.
Enjoy a final breakfast in Quito before saying 'adios' to this awesome Galapagos adventure.
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Inclusions

Meals
9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
Transport
Motorised catamaran
Included activities
  • Arnoldo Tupiza Tortoise breeding center
  • Bahia Gardner
  • Charles Darwin Research Station
  • Isla Lobos
  • Isla Santa Fe
  • Kicker Rock - Snorkelling
  • Las Tintoreras visit
  • Plaza Sur
  • Post Office Bay
  • Punta Cormorant and Devil's Crown
  • Punta Pitt
  • Punta Suarez
  • San Cristobal Interpretation Centre
  • Santa Cruz Highlands
  • Snorkelling Punta Carrion

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Important notes

1. Price includes Quito - Galapagos return flights.
2. Compulsory Galapagos park entry fee US$100 and Transit control card fee US$10 (subject to change) are payable locally to the relevant government authorities. Effective 01 March 2015, the Transit control card fee will be US$20.
3. Prices for this trip vary depending on cabin type - please select your preferred cabin type for exact trip price.
4. Dietary requirements need to be advised at least 10 days prior to departure so that any included meals can be properly catered for.
5. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking.

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