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Cruising the Galapagos: M/V Galaven

Duration
4-8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,758

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$ 2,758

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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.

In the afternoon you will visit the Black Turtle Cove in the northern part of Santa Cruz. This inlet is surrounded by mangroves and is only accessible by dinghy. The shallow cove is a haven for young marine life. Black-tip and white-tip reef sharks, sea turtles, and a variety of rays are often spotted here.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration3 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

Genovesa

Genovesa Island is located at the inner part of Darwin Bay. This area contains an abundance of frigatebirds and other interesting seabirds. Behind the small beach filled with nesting areas for frigates, red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls are a number of tide pools. At high tide it is likely that the trail will be covered with water.

Your morning visit is to El Barranco which is also known as Prince Phillip's Steps, El Barranco's steep and rocky path leads up to a high cliff-face. A marvelous view can be appreciated from here. This site is also home to palo santo vegetation as well as red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, Galapagos swallows, and Galapagos doves.

In the afternoon, you will head to Darwin Bay. This white-sand coral beach heads a half mile trail (0.5 miles / 0.75km) that winds through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls can be spotted here. Further down the path are tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully and at the end there is a spectacular view off the cliff.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Santiago

The morning visit heads to Santiago Island - Sullivan Bay located on the southeast part of Santiago. This place is interesting for its geology because the area is covered by lava flows. This place has elevations in form of small volcanoes, formed by the lava flows.

In the afternoon you will visit Rabida Island (or Jervis) which is one of the most colorful and volcanically varied islands in the archipelago as well as a great snorkeling site. You will start on Rabida's famous maroon sandy beach and after an easy hike you will arrive to a stunning lookout to enjoy the amazing landscapes.

The island is a birdwatcher's delight. Some of the rarest species are in abundance such as nine varieties of finches, large-billed flycatchers, Galapagos hawks and brown pelicans.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Depart Galapagos

Today you will visit The Charles Darwin Research Station. This is home to tortoises ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long. Subspecies of tortoises interact with one another and many of the older tortoises are accustomed to humans, stretching out their heads for a photo opportunity. The babies are kept here until they are about four years-old and strong enough to survive on their own.

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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21 Aug 2018
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