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Cruising Galapagos 6 Days (M/Y Galapagos Sea Star)

Duration
6 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,469
  • Double Berth
  • Suite Cabin
  • Jacuzzi
  • Al Fresco Dining
  • Sea Star

Enjoy luxury, privacy and comfort with six days aboard the Galapagos Sea Star. Explore the highlights of the Galapagos Islands including stunning beaches, amazing wildlife and much more.


Nowhere embodies the spirit of eco-travel like the Galapagos Islands. They have inspired nature lovers all the way back to Charles Darwin, and today draw visitors from all parts of the globe. As the world’s second largest marine reserve after the Great Barrier Reef, the Islands are perhaps best experienced on a guided cruise. See Blue-footed Boobies, sea lions, and the famed Galapagos Tortoise. Then relax after each day’s discoveries aboard your dedicated luxury vessel. The Galapagos Sea Star sleeps just 16 guests ensuring an exclusive Galapagos experience.

Start your 6 day adventure by learning about the work being done at Cerro Colorado Tortoises Protection and Growing Center, before observing the results of their efforts first hand. Go swimming or snorkelling at Gardner Bay on Hood Island, keeping a lookout for nearby sea lions.

Your next stop, Punta Cormorant hosts the Galapagos’ most impressive Flamingo lagoon. Visit the unique ‘Green Beach’ before learning about the human side of Galapagos history at Post Office Bay. Go on to nearby Santa Fe Island. Thought to be the oldest island in the Galapagos, this is home to many endemic species of bird, iguana and the Galapagos snake. You can even go snorkeling with tropical fish.

Blue-footed Boobies bring their own colour (and colourful behaviour!) to North Seymour Island. You’ll then explore the coral sands west of Turtle Cove. This beach’s soft composition makes it an ideal nesting site for sea turtles, while the nearby lagoon attracts flamingos and coastal birds.

Your visit ends at Mosquera Islet, home to a large population of sea lions and various shorebirds. You’ll have another chance to snorkel or swim before you depart.

Click here for the Galapagos Nature Calendar. A complete listing of which species is doing what and when in the Galapagos!


 

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Duration
6 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,469

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Day 1

Mainland to Galapagos Islands

NOTE: The itinerary listed below is to be used as a guide only. Actual itineraries are set closer to departure.

An early rise sees you headed to the airport for your flight to the Galapagos Islands. Upon arrival at San Cristobal Airport, travelers pass through an airport inspection point to insure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands, as well as to pay the park entrance fee of $100 (unless it has been prepaid). A guide will meet you, help you collect your luggage, and escort you on a short bus ride to the harbor.

In the afternoon, visit to Cerro Colorado Tortoises Protection and Growing Center, located at 40 minutes aprox by bus to the south east of the island. This center was built to improve the status of the population of the island tortoises. The center includes a large corral, a Visitors center, breeding center and an interpretative trail. Along this trail is possible to see different species of native and endemic plants as well birds as the San Cristobal Mockingbird, Yellow Warblers, and many species of finches and the Galapagos flycatcher.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration5 Nights
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M/Y Galapagos Sea Star

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    M/Y Galapagos Sea Star



    The Galapagos Sea Star Journey offers you a real depth experience of this unique World Heritage site, in the most exclusive and personalized way. The best way to live a vivid trip in your Galapagos vacation is to cruise around the archipelago and experience the ...

    The Galapagos Sea Star Journey offers you a real depth experience of this unique
    World Heritage site, in the most exclusive and personalized way. The best way to
    live a vivid trip in your Galapagos vacation is to cruise around the archipelago and
    experience the huge diversity between the varieties of islands.

    Well planned excursions at distinct sites allow you to encounter the natural wonders of
    these enchanted Islands and to fully understand its continuing evolution. You will learn
    of Galapagos land and marine Wildlife, flora, geology and history. The excursions include
    visits to peculiar landmarks, wildlife trails, mangrove forests, tortoise breeding farms,
    research centers, marine sites, and more.

    Some of the activities you can enjoy are: volcano-hiking, kayaking, and snorkeling.

    Facilities

    • Bar/Lounge
    • Dining Room
    • Jacuzzi
    • Sundeck

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Day 2

Galapagos Island

AM: Espanola Island, Punta Suarez
This rocky land spot sustains one of the most impressive and varied colonies of sea birds in the Galapagos. Along its southern shore, high cliffs rise up from the sea affording the visitor spectacular views of soaring birds and of the blow whole where water spouts up to 50-75 feet into the air according to the intensity of the surf.

PM: Espanola Island, Gardner Bay
Located on the north-eastern coast of Hood, Gardner Bay provides an excellent beach for relaxing, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and the opportunity to observe sea lions. Here you can also observe sharks in the crystal clear ocean waters.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Galapagos Island

AM: Punta Cormorant, Floreana
This site offers probably the best Flamingo lagoon in the Galapagos; it is also one of the largest in the islands. It's situated between two tuff lava cones that give the area a special atmosphere. There are various species of shorebirds to observe besides flamingos; the most frequent are common stilts, white-checked pintail ducks and other migratory birds. It is very interesting to see the two distinct beaches: "The Green Beach" (due to its high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand) and the "Flour Sand Beach" which is made up of coral.

PM: Post office bay & Baroness Lookout, Floreana
Historically, this site is the location of a wooden barrel that was placed in the 18th century by the crew of a whaling ship. It has been used since this time by mariners and tourists as a post office. The idea is to carry letters or postcards to their destination by hand. Apart from being the Post Office Barrel, this site was the landing area for some of the first colonists. You will continue to the north of the island and will ascent to an elevated slope to enjoy a beautiful vista at the Baroness Lookout. It is said that Baroness Eloisa von Wagner loved this place and spent several hours watching the horizon. Within walking distance (30m) are the ruins of what is known as her House. From this lookout, the landscape covers the coastline from the Enderby islet to Post Office Bay, as well as Cerro Pajas, the pool of flamingos and wide forest of Palo Santo.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Galapagos Island

AM : Santa Fe
Located in the southeastern part of the Galapagos, this island was formed from an uplift instead than a volcanic origin, this is why is mostly flat. There are some theories which assure this could be the oldest island in the Archipielago. Santa Fe is the home of a number of endemic species like the Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos snake, Galapagos mockingbird, rice rats and one of the two species of lands Iguanas of the islands. After disembarkation in the beautiful and clear waters you will be in contact with one of the many sea lion colonies. Along the trail many salt bushes can be seen as well giant Pickly pear cactus, gigantism is a characteristic of oceanic islands. There are great possibilities of snorkeling with playful sea lions and tropical fishes.

PM: Plazas
Plazas is located at the east of Santa Cruz Island, and forms part of two islands known as Islas Plazas. Despite its small size, some of the most interesting and outstanding species of the Galapagos are found here. The Plazas land iguanas are smaller than its relatives found at other islands. Throughout the island are several hybrid iguanas, a result of crossing a male marine iguana and a female land iguana, they are unique, recognizable at first glance by their black/gray color, with a land iguana's crest, but face and tail of the marine iguana. The big population of iguanas is due to the presence of tunas, their favorite food. Swallow Tailed Gulls nesting in the rugged cliffs are seen along with other sea bids as: Audubon shearwaters, red-billed tropicbirds, frigate birds and brown pelicans.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Galapagos Island

AM: North Seymour Island
Seymour is an uplifted (as opposed to volcanic) island and so is generally flat and strewn with boulders. There are good nesting sites here for a large population of magnificent frigate birds. Blue-footed boobies perform their courtship dance in the more open areas and swallow-tailed gulls perch on the cliff edges. Despite the tremendous surf that can pound the outer shore, sea lions haul out onto the beach and can be found bodysurfing.

Watch your step, as the boobies don't worry much about where they nest, and you might just step on one. The trees are dotted with male frigate birds trying to attract the attention of the ladies by inflating their bright red skin flaps. They sometimes fly in the air to call more attention to themselves. There's a circular path that takes you through the island to a beautiful, rocky shore where the waves crash a silvery-blue.

PM: Bachas Beach, Santa Cruz Island
These two small beaches are found to the West of Turtle Cove. Their sand is made of decomposed coral, which makes it white and soft, making it a favorite nesting site for sea turtles. Behind one of the beaches there is a small brackish water lagoon, where occasionally is possible to observe flamingos and other coastal birds, such as black-necked stilts and whimbrels. The other beach is longer, but it has two old barges that were abandoned during the Second World War, when the USA used Baltra Island as a strategically point to protect the Panama Channel.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Galapagos Islands to Mainland

AM: Mosquera Islet
Mosquera Islet is located between Baltra and North Seymour. This is a small islet formed by a geological uplift, with a reef of rocks and coral and a great white sand beach, where lie a big population of sea lions. You can also observe several species of shorebirds. This site offers great snorkeling and swimming. Along the rocks are commonly running Red Lava crabs or Sally light-foot crabs

Then transfer to the airport at Baltra Island for flight back to mainland Ecuador.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

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DEPARTURES: 

Select Tuesdays & Thursdays*

*Thursday itinerary varies slighly from itinerary displayed

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Nightly onboard accommodation
  • All meals as indicated in itinerary
  • Local Guides
  • Activities as per itinerary
  • Galapagos Domestic Air
  • Galapagos Park entrance fee
  • Visitors ticket
  • Free internet access on ship's computers

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • International airfare & taxes
  • Gratuities unless otherwise stated
  • Items of a personal nature,
  • Optional excursions
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Pre and PostaAccommodation in Quito
  • Quito Transfers
  • Vaccination Costs
  • Personal Spending Money
  • Meals where not listed
  • Drinks
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport departure taxes, border taxes or fees

OTHER INFORMATION:

NOTE: The domestic flights Quito - Galapagos - Quito (approx. $550 USD), Galapagos Park entrance fee of $100 USD and visitors ticket of $20 USD are included in the trip price. (Subject to change).

Itineraries: Due to government regulations designed to control and protect the impact of tourism, each vessel, based on length of cruise has its own distinct itinerary.  The itineraries are designed to allow visitors to visit all regions of the islands and we suggest you request the advice of Goway's Latin specialists as to which itinerary would suit you best.

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

Prices are “from” per person and based on twin share based on current exchange rates and subject to change. Single rates available on request. Subject to availability, limited seats available, seasonal surcharges may apply.

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