Cruising the Galapagos: M/C Archipel II
- 4-8 Days
- 4 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 2,745
Explore the world’s greatest natural playground on this journey through the Galapagos Islands aboard Archipel II. Enjoy 5-star accommodations aboard the cruise vessel and explore the biodiverse islands, hiking across the volcanic landscape and seeing the incredible animals that call it home.
The M/C Archipel II offers several comprehensive Galapagos Islands cruises, ranging from 4 to 8 days, which take you to a variety of islands showcasing the amazing wildlife and volcanic landscapes that have made this archipelago famous. Explore the world’s greatest natural playground aboard the M/C Archipel II.
Departing from either San Cristobal or Baltra Island, these itineraries offer excellent service and maximum comfort aboard the 5-star vessel. The itineraries are as follows:
4-Day Itinerary A
San Cristobal – South Plaza – Santa Fe – Floreana – Santa Cruz
Start on San Cristobal, home to some of the oldest settlements in the islands, where you’ll head to the Cerro Colorado Tortoises Protection and Growing Center to see the famous Giant Tortoises. On South Plaza, hike through a landscape of prickly pear cactus to spot Galapagos land iguanas and sea lion colonies. Continue to Santa Fe to see giant prickly pear cactuses and hike across the remnants of an ancient volcano. On Floreana, spot Galapagos penguins and blue-footed boobies as well as dolphins off Champion Islet, then explore the cave and freshwater spring of Loberia and Asylum of Peace. Close out on Santa Cruz to visit Charles Darwin Station and learn about the history of the islands, as well as once again see the spectacular tortoises that define them.
4-Day Itinerary B
North Seymour – Genovesa – Bartolome – Santa Cruz
Begin on North Seymour, where you’ll explore a bird lover’s paradise of seabirds, frigate birds, and Nazca boobies. On Genovesa, hike up El Barranco and gaze out over Darwin Bay to take in the volcanic landscape. On Bartolome, enjoy the spectacular sight of Pinnacle Rock before exploring the moon-like landscape populated by Galapagos Penguins. You may even spot some green sea turtles in the water. Close out like Itinerary A on Santa Cruz, where you’ll visit Charles Darwin Station.
Santa Cruz – Floreana – Espanola – San Cristobal
Start on Santa Cruz, where you’ll venture through the highlands and begin your journey through Galapagos National Park. Connect to Floreana to see the sea lion colony of Cormorant Point, as well as waters filled with stingrays and parrotfish. Head over to Post Office Bay to see the Post Office Barrel that’s been used as a mailbox since the 18th century. You’ll also spot some Galapagos Penguins on a dinghy cruise. On Espanola, see the green sea turtles of Gardner Bay before heading to Punta Suarez, breeding site for almost all of the world’s waved albatross. End your cruise on San Cristobal. Stroll along the green sand beach at Pitt Point, walk in the footsteps of Charles Darwin at Cerro Brujo, and see the sea lions of Isla Lobos before passing by Kicker Rock, which triumphantly juts out of the water, to close out your exploration.
San Cristobal – South Plaza – Santa Fe – Floreana – Santa Cruz – Isabela – Fernandina
The first four days of this itinerary are identical to 4-Day Itinerary A. From Santa Cruz, head to Isabela to see the white-tip reef sharks of Las Tintoreras. Continue to Punta Moreno to hike along a lava river on the island’s north coast. Then swing over to Elizabeth Bay to spot sea turtles before ending up at Tagus Cove to see the volcanic crater of Darwin Lake. On Fernandina, you’ll see animals that have never had contact with other species, such as the rare flightless cormorants. Close out back on Santa Cruz, where you’ll spot flamingos and enjoy the beaches of Turtle Cove. You’ll also spot remnants of the American military presence from World War II.
- 4-8 Days
- 4 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 2,745
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Arrival at Baltra Airport - North Seymour
AM: Arrival at Baltra Airport
Upon arrival at Seymour Ecological Airport, a check-up is carried out first, to ensure that no foreign plant or animal species are introduced on the islands. Furthermore, your TCC (Transit Control Card) is stamped; this must be kept safe during your trip, as it has to be presented again on your return flight. In addition, entrance to the Galapagos National Park is due for entry ($100USD), if this has not yet been paid. Your guide will meet you at the airport, assist you with the luggage and accompany you on the short bus ride to the harbour of Puerto Ayora. Here you will climb aboard the yacht Archipel II. After greeting the crew and the captain, your cabins will be assigned to you and then you will enjoy your first lunch on-board.
PM: North Seymour
The tabletop islet of North Seymour is an uplifted part of the seabed. Between the dry shrubs you might perceive a Galapagos land iguana.
You can spot lots of seabirds, such as brown pelicans, red-billed tropic birds, endemic swallow-tailed gulls and seasonally even Nazca boobies. But the main attraction are the archipelago's most extensive breeding colonies of blue-footed boobies and frigate birds. At the start of the breeding season adult frigate bird - males blow up their vivid red pouches to impressive football-sized balloons.
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M/C Archipel II
M/C Archipel II
Archipel II is a comfortable Galapagos catamaran accommodating 16 passengers in private twin and matrimonial cabins. The catamaran build provides stability for a safe and comfortable Galapagos cruise. Passengers can relax in the spacious common areas or enjoy cocktails from the boat's well-supplied bar. A …
Archipel II is a comfortable Galapagos catamaran accommodating 16 passengers in private twin and matrimonial cabins. The catamaran build provides stability for a safe and comfortable Galapagos cruise. Passengers can relax in the spacious common areas or enjoy cocktails from the boat's well-supplied bar. A conference area with television, DVD player, projector, library and table games gives passengers a way to wind-down in between excursions.
- Conference Room
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Genovesa: Prince Philip's Steps - Darwin Bay
AM: Prince Philip's Steps (Genovesa)
At breakfast time we will sail to nearby Prince Philip's Steps, close to the entrance of the broken caldera. Sometimes a Galapagos fur seal might be resting on one of the shaded ledges. Here you can snorkel once again, and then follow the guided trail through clifftop seabird colonies. At the seaside of the rim, the bushes open up and you can enjoy wide views and the strong sea breeze. Following the exposed rim you will first pass a colony of Nazca boobies and finally reach the extensive storm petrel nesting places, where if you are lucky you can see how the well-camouflaged short-eared owl hunts for them on foot!
PM: Darwin Bay (Genovesa)
Inside the submerged caldera of Genovesa lies Darwin Bay. The small-scaled area will surprise you as find yourself walking along a coral sand beach, crossing barren lava formations and creeks, passing tidal pools, shrubs and further ahead following the top of some cliffs. Every single species has occupied its own ecological niche. Whimbrels and wandering tattlers forage actively along the surf, next to resting Galapagos sea lions. Impressive frigate birds and red-footed boobies nest in the mangroves, where you can also see vocalists such as the yellow warbler, Darwin's finches and the Galapagos mockingbird. Uniquely, two sub-populations of the same species of large cactus finch differ in their singing.
|Meal Plan||Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner|
Bartolome - Sullivan Bay
The island of Bartolome rises 114m above Sullivan Bay. Climb the steps of the Bartolome Peak Trail and you will be rewarded with panoramic views over volcanic peaks, lunar craters and lava fields. Afterwards you can refresh yourself at the foot of the famous "Pinnacle Rock" and explore the underwater world in the shallow water while snorkeling. Although there is little vegetation on this island, it has two breathtaking beaches, where sea turtles live. At the foot of the mountain you can also discover a small colony of Galapagos penguins.
PM: Sullivan Bay (Santiago)
The arrival in Sullivan Bay is like a moon landing. The desolate, sprawling fields seem to be mostly lifeless, but this island, which is particularly popular among photographers, still offers a lot to see. There is even some life! Green sea turtles burrow in the small white sand beach, where you can also find crabs, blue herons and oyster catchers.
|Meal Plan||Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner|
Charles Darwin Station - Transfer to San Cristobal Airport
AM: Charles Darwin Station (Santa Cruz)
Our dinghies will bring you to the touristic pier of Puerto Ayora, from where you will be brought to the Charles Darwin Research Station. This is where biological research and indispensable conservation management of this unique archipelago are carried out. The complex houses interpretation and information centers about the National Park and the Galapagos Marine Reserve. The most memorable part of your visit will probably be the successful breeding center and the enclosures with Galapagos giant tortoises. Afterwards, you will have some free time to stroll around.
PM: Transfer to Baltra Airport
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- All on-board accommodation
- Return flights from Quito to the Galapagos
- Park fee and tourist ticket
- All meals
- Regular soft drinks and juices
- Island sightseeing
- Galapagos National Park bilingual Guide
- Use of wet suits and snorkeling gear
- Travel insurance
- International airfare & airfare taxes
- Visa fees if applicable
- Meals and beverages not mentioned
- Alcoholic beverages
- Items of a personal nature
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.
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.
5 Oct 2020