Galapagos - Central, South & East Islands aboard the Queen
Encounter the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor off its shores. Spend a week exploring the incredible wildlife of the Galapagos archipelago in the company of an expert naturalist guide. In the evenings, return to the spacious and comfortable Queen of Galapagos to reflect on the day's adventure under a canopy of stars. Retire to air-conditioned cabins with exclusive lower berths and private bathrooms.
Seven nights cruising and exploring the Gala¡pagos National Park aboard the Archipell I, multiple opportunities to snorkel with sea lions and sea turtles, explore the less-visited islands of Isabela and Fernandina, come face-to-face with 100-year-old giant tortoises, learn the differences between marine and land iguanas from your Naturalist Guide
Motorized catamaran (the Archipell I), plane, private vehicle, panga.
Upgraded hotel (2 nts), aboard the Archipell I in twin-share or double cabins (7 nts).
Cruise the Gala¡pagos Islands aboard the Archipell I (7 nts). Arrival transfer. All meals aboard the Archipell I. Certified Gala¡pagos National Park Service Guide. Snorkelling at Champion Islet and Bachas Beach. Visit to la Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado (San Crista³bal Island). Guided walks on South Plaza and Santa Fa© Islands. Visit to Asilo de la Paz (Pirate's Cave) and La Loberia (Floreana Island). Charles Darwin Research Station Visit (Santa Cruz Island). Excursion to see giant tortoises in the wild. Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre (Isabela Island). Flamingo Lagoon and Tintoreras visit. Excursion to Punta Moreno and Tagus Cove. Elizabeth Bay panga ride. Visit to Punta Espinoza (Fernandina Island). All landings and excursions. Onboard snorkelling equipment and wetsuits. Internal flights. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Day 2 Quito/San Cristobal Island (1B, 1L, 1D)
Early flight to San Cristobal Island. Meet the guide and transfer to the ship. Afternoon visit to La Galapaguera to see giant tortoises.
Day 3 South Plaza/Santa Fe Island (1B, 1L, 1D)
Morning landing at South Plaza, enjoy sea bird spotting opportunities and a walk through the cactus forest, home to one of the largest populations of land iguanas in the islands. In the afternoon visit Santa Fe, one of the smallest islands packed with sea lions, a prickly pear forest, and land iguanas.
Day 4 Floreana Island (1B, 1L, 1D)
Visit Champion Islet for a morning snorkel excursion. In the afternoon, enjoy guided walks to observe seabirds, wildlife, and learn about the history of settlers on Floreana Island.
Day 1 Quito
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
Day 5 Puerto Ayora (1B, 1L, 1D)
Spend the day on Santa Cruz Island. In the morning, visit the Charles Darwin Research Center and spend some time wandering through town. In the afternoon, there may be the opportunity to visit the highlands and see giant land tortoises in the wild.
Day 5 Puerto Ayora (1B, 1L, 1D)
Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the highlands of Santa Cruz to try to see giant land tortoises in the wild, then enjoy free time to explore Puerto Ayora.