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Cruising the Galapagos: M/V Galaven

Duration
4-8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,834

Embark on an exciting adventure to the heart of the Galapagos Islands aboard the M/V Galaven. As you explore the island chain aboard this expedition yacht, you’ll traverse volcanic landscapes, spot incredible animals like iguanas and albatrosses, and walk in the footsteps of scientific pioneers like Charles Darwin.


This 4 to 8 day Galapagos cruise takes you across the Galapagos Islands aboard the M/V Galaven.

With multiple itineraries stretching from 4 to 8 days, your Ecuador vacation allows you to explore much of the Galapagos Islands, the most biologically diverse archipelago on the planet. The Galapagos have long fascinated nature lovers and scientists alike; in the past, they helped Charles Darwin formulate his groundbreaking theories, while today, they remain one of the best locations for eco-tourism the world over. You’ll explore the Galapagos Islands aboard the M/V Galaven, an expedition yacht purpose-built for sustainable adventure. The 11 double cabins of the M/V Galaven offer comfortable accommodations for up to 20 passengers along with private bathrooms, air-conditioning, and ocean views. When you’re not exploring the islands, enjoy the sunny views from the outdoor seat area or curl up with a book in the library.

Aboard the M/V Galaven, you’ll pass through the fascinating and distinctive islands of the Galapagos. On Santa Cruz Island, you can hike up Dragon Hill to see an iguana nesting site or head to Bachas Beach to see remnants of an American settlement in World War II. In Sullivan Bay on Santiago, explore lava flows or snorkel through volcanic waters off Rabida Island. You’ll also be able to visit the giant tortoises that fascinated Charles Darwin and see the island chain’s oldest mailbox in the form of a barrel at Post Office Bay. Longer itineraries expand your exploration of the Galapagos, taking you to Fernandina Island to see flightless cormorants and Bartolome Island where you can see Pinnacle Rock and visit Galapagos penguins.

This adventure aboard the M/V Galaven takes you through volcanic landscapes to see incredible animals and explore some of the most diverse environments on the planet.


 

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Duration
4-8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,834

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Day 1

Arrive Galapagos

Fly to the Galapagos. Assistance will be provided upon your arrival by a representative after passing through immigration and baggage claim. When ready, you will be transferred to the yacht. You will then be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before the welcome briefing and lunch.

Afterwards you will enjoy the El Chato reserve, which is divided into two areas: Caseta and Chato. The trail begins at Santa Rosa (13.7 miles / 22 km) from Puerto Ayora, with the Caseta route being the most challenging. The reserve allows visitors to observe giant tortoises in the wild during the dry season and is also a good place to spot short-eared owls, Darwin's finches, yellow warblers, Galapagos rails and paint-billed crakes.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration4 Nights
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M/V Galaven

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    M/V Galaven



    Adventure in Style is the Galaven Expedition Yacht. A purpose-built expedition vessel for 20 passengers accommodated in 11 double cabins, all with private bathrooms, air-conditioning and ocean views, the Galaven offers spacious outdoor seating areas with sun chairs, large interior dining room and a library.

    Adventure in Style is the Galaven Expedition Yacht. A purpose-built expedition vessel for 20 passengers accommodated in 11 double cabins, all with private bathrooms, air-conditioning and ocean views, the Galaven offers spacious outdoor seating areas with sun chairs, large interior dining room and a library.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar/Lounge
    • Dining Room
    • Library
    • Sundeck

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Day 2

Santa Cruz

In the morning you will visit Dragon Hill on Santa Cruz. The visitors' site at Dragon Hill is located in northwestern Santa Cruz Island and consists of a trail that runs through three different environments at just 1,600 m long. The beach is very rocky. At high tide it's a nice place for snorkeling. At this visiting site you can find vegetation of the typical intertidal zone and dry zone.

The afternoon visit, Bachas Beach, located on the north shore of Santa Cruz, is a swimming beach. One of the few remnants of the U.S. World War II presence in the Galapagos, a floating pier, can be seen here. You may see flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, blacknecked stilts, and whimbrels. Sea turtles also nest on the beach.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Floreana

There are two visiting sites on Floreana Island. In the morning you will visit the famous Post Office Bay. You will land on the beach and head to a spot where 18th century whalers placed a wooden barrel for use as an unofficial mail box. The custom continues to this day with Galapagos visitors. So do not forget your postcards, and do not be surprised if the post card arrives to its destination before you even get home!

In the afternoon, you will head to Cormorant Point. Here you will enjoy a hike to a salt-water lagoon which is home to flamingos. You will also get to swim in the crystal clear waters of the Devil's Crown. This extinct volcano peaks out of the waters just off of Floreana's coast and offers a magnificent snorkeling experience.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Espanola

Espanola Island is the southernmost island of the Galapagos and is the breeding site of nearly all of the waved albatrosses in the entire world. Espanola is densely populated with mockingbirds, blue-footed and Nazca boobies, Darwin finches, Galapagos doves, hawks, red and green marine iguanas, and colonies of sea lions.

The morning trip will start with Suarez Point and a trail where you will have the chance to see blue-footed boobies, albatrosses and Nazca boobies. It is the breeding site of nearly all of the world's 12,000 pairs of Waved Albatrosses. You will also visit a beautiful site on the ocean front where there is a cliff that the large albatrosses use as a launching pad! The landscape is great for photography and you will also have the chance to see the famous blowhole.

In the afternoon, you will visit the spectacular Gardner Bay. After landing, you can walk across a lovely white-sand beach amongst a busy sea lion colony or dive into the water to swim with sea lion pups. You can also see curious mockingbirds on the beach.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

San Cristobal - Depart Galapagos

In the morning you will visit The Interpretation Center which was opened in 1998 as a phase of the project "Interpretation and Environment Education Project". Visitors enjoy exhibitions on natural history, human history, and conservation. The conservation efforts represent the movement to protect the wildlife and natural environment through means of population and tourist control. The Interpretation Center has an outdoor stadium, audio-visual equipment, and meeting rooms.

Then you will be transferred to the airport for your scheduled flight back to mainland Ecuador.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

2018:
4 Day Cruise: Feb 6, 20; Mar 6; Apr 3, 17; May 1, 15, 29; Jun 12, 26; Jul 10, 24; Aug 7, 21
5 Day Cruise: Feb 9, 23; Mar 9, 23; Apr 6, 20; May 4, 18; Jun 1, 15, 29; Jul 13, 27; Aug 10, 24
8 Day (A) Cruise: Feb 6, 20; Mar 6, Apr 3, 17; May 1, 15, 29; Jun 12, 26; Jul 10, 24; Aug 7, 21
8 Day (B) Cruise: Jan 2, 30; Feb 13, 27; Mar 13,27; Apr 10, 24; May 8, 22; Jun 5, 19; Jul 3, 17, 31; Aug 14, 28

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 3, 4 or 7 nights' on-board accommodation
  • All meals
  • Island transfers
  • Excursions as described in itinerary
  • Bilingual National Park guide
  • Use of snorkelling equipment
  • Airport assistance
  • Galapagos domestic airfare
  • Transit Control Card
  • Park entry fee

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare and airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • 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.

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9 Feb 2018
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