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Cruising the Galapagos: M/V Natural Paradise

Duration
4-8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,315

Head on an unforgettable eco-tour with this cruise through the Galapagos Islands. Traversing the islands aboard a brand-new yacht, the M/V Natural Paradise, you'll cross volcanic caldera, spot giant tortoises and blue-footed boobies, and snorkel beneath the waves to experience the biodiverse bounty of the islands' warm waters.


This 4 to 8-day Galapagos Cruise takes you across the incredible Galapagos Islands aboard the newest yacht in the region, the M/V Natural Paradise.

With multiple itineraries stretching from 4 to 8 days, your Ecuador vacation allows you to choose how to explore the Galapagos Islands, the most biologically-diverse set of islands 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 most incredible eco-tourism locations in the world. You'll cruise the Galapagos Islands aboard the M/V Natural Paradise, a comfortable yacht that's the newest in the Galapagos. The vessel accommodates a maximum of 16 passengers, ensuring you experience the islands in a private group with personalized attention from the crew. When you're not heading on island excursions, you can take advantage of the Jacuzzi on the teak sundeck, enjoy gourmet meals in the al fresco dining area, or savour a drink in the main lounge.

Aboard the M/V Natural Paradise, you'll explore these incredible islands. Visit the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center at Charles Darwin Station to see the giant tortoises that fascinated the biologist over a hundred years ago. Climb the Prince Phillip Steps on Genovesa Island to enjoy stunning views of Darwin Bay and spot the red-footed boobies, herons, and whimbrels that call the bay home. On North Seymour Island, traverse a dried lava landscape to see over 2,500 land iguanas as well as the biggest colony of Magnificent Frigate birds in the islands. On Fernandina Island, spot lava flows and new volcanic cones at Darwin Volcano, one of the few active volcanoes in the region. Later, stroll along Dragon Hill on Santa Cruz Island to see flamingos, pintail ducks, and countless other exotic birds as well as enjoy spectacular views of the water. During your free time, take advantage of the yacht's on-board equipment to snorkel through the waters and witness the world beneath the waves.

An 8-day itinerary combines all of these island excursions into one unforgettable adventure. An alternative 8-day itinerary takes you to other popular spots like the Sierra Negra Volcano, which has one of the three largest volcanic craters in the world, as well as Floreana Island, where you can stroll along Green Beach, which glows a bright green due to the olivine crystals in the sand.

No matter which itinerary you choose, you'll experience one of the world's greatest natural environments.


 

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Duration
4-8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,315

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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.

This afternoon you will visit the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center - Charles Darwin Station. We visit the Station where the Galapagos giant tortoise breeding program takes place as part of our efforts to preserve the fragile Galapagos environment and where the famous Lonesome George (the last surviving specimen of his specie) lived for decades. Admire a prickly-pear cactus forest and variety Darwin's finches and other land birds. The Darwin Station also works providing environmental education to communities and schools within the islands, and to tourists visiting the Galapagos Islands. You will also have some free time to visit the town and shop for souvenirs.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
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Natural Paradise

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    Natural Paradise



    Elegant and comfortable, the Natural Paradise is the newest yacht in Galapagos. Her social areas include a beautiful teak sundeck with Jacuzzi and a cozy al fresco dining. On the main deck you will find a spacious lounge and dining room. Her social areas include ...

    Elegant and comfortable, the Natural Paradise is the newest yacht in Galapagos. Her social areas include a beautiful teak sundeck with Jacuzzi and a cozy al fresco dining. On the main deck you will find a spacious lounge and dining room.

    Her social areas include a beautiful teak sundeck with Jacuzzi and a cozy al fresco dining. On the main deck you will find a spacious lounge and dining room. Snorkelling equipment, wetsuits and sea kayaks are available on board.

    Facilities

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

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Day 2

Galapagos

This morning you will visit Prince Phillip Steps, Genovesa. El Barranco is located at the southern part of Darwin Bay and it is also known as Prince Philip's Steps. Passengers will climb to a plateau that is part of the stretch of land that surrounds Darwin Bay on its eastern side. There is a big population of Masked boobies and Red-Footed boobies in the trees; Storm petrels and Short-eared Owls have found the ideal place for nesting in the lava flows.

This afternoon excursion takes you to Darwin Bay, Genovesa. This bay has origin when the crater of this island collapsed below sea level. The wet landing is on a beautiful white coral sandy beach. This is a favorite island for birdwatchers: red footed-boobies, masked boobies, wandering tattlers, lava gulls, whimbrels Yellow-crowned, black-crowned and lava herons, and yellow warblers can be seen in the area. Continuing on the trail, visitors climb gradually to the edge of the cliff seeing Red-Foots nesting in the Mangrove trees below. Bird watching includes sightings of Sharp-Beaked Finches, Large Cactus and Ground Finches, Galapagos Doves and Swallow-Tailed Gulls. Reaching the end, the trail at the cliff's edge offers an incredible view of the island and the many birds living there.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Galapagos

This morning you will visit Espumilla Beach, Buccaneer Cove, Santiago. Espumilla beach is located at the northern coast of Santiago Island in James Bay. During the last presence of the "El Nino phenomenon", one of the two lagoons of this site underwent a process of sedimentation, thus causing the disappearance of a representative colony of flamingos. The main attraction is the palo santo forest. The beach is an important site for nesting marine turtles. At the nearby Buccaneers Cove we have a great snorkeling opportunity.

During the afternoon, you will visit Santiago Island - Egas Port, also known as James Bay. It is home to quick footed Galapagos lava lizards, Galapagos fur seals along the grottos and tide pools and is a great snorkeling site.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Depart Galapagos

This morning you will visit Las Bachas, Santa Cruz. These two small beaches are found to the West of Black 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 it 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.

Then you will be transferred to your scheduled departure from Baltra Airport to mainland Ecuador.

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DEPARTURES:

2018:
4 Day Cruise: Jan 6, 20; Feb 3, 17; Mar 3, 31; Apr 28; Jun 9, 23; Jul 7, 21; Aug 4, 18; Sep 1; Oct 13, 27; Nov 10, 24; Dec 8, 22
5 Day Cruise: Jan 2, 16, 30; Feb 13, 27; Mar 28; Apr 24; Jun 5, 19; Jul 3, 17, 31; Aug 14, 28; Oct 9, 23; Nov 6, 20; Dec 4, 18
8 Day (A) Cruise: Jan 2, 16, 30; Feb 13, 27; Mar 27; Apr 24; Jun 5, 19; Jul 3, 17, 31; Aug 14, 28; Oct 9, 23; Nov 6, 20; Dec 4, 18
8 Day (B) Cruise: Jan 23; Feb 6, 20; Mar 6, 20; Apr 17; May 1, 15; Jun 26; Jul 10, 24; Aug 7, 21; Oct 2, 16, 30; Nov 13, 27; Dec 11, 25

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 3, 4 or 7 nights' on-board accommodation
  • Island transfers and water tours
  • Local guides
  • Meals as indicated
  • Domestic airfare
  • National Park entrance fee
  • Tourist ticket

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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25 Nov 2017
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