Galápagos — Central Islands aboard the Xavier III

Spend four nights exploring the incredible wildlife of the Galápagos archipelago


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Encounter the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor off its shores. Spend four nights exploring the incredible wildlife of the Galápagos archipelago in the company of an expert Naturalist Guide. In the evenings, return to the Xavier to reflect on the day’s ad...

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This tour is operated by

G Adventures


Day 1Quito
Arrive at any time. A G Adventures representative will greet everyone at the hotel and brief the group on the various aspects of the tour.
Day 2Quito/Puerto Ayora
Transfer early to the airport for the flight to the Galápagos Islands. Upon arrival meet the Naturalist Guide, who will assist with the transfer to the Xavier, located in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. Visit the Santa Cruz highlands and get up close and personal with giant tortoises. Flights from Quito to Baltra depart between 6:40am and 9:40am depending on the day of the week. These will arrive into the Galápagos between 9:30am and 12:30pm with a short refuelling stop in Guayaquil (you will not disembark the plane). You will generally arrive at the boat in time for lunch before the afternoon activity.
Day 3Chinese Hat/Black Turtle Cove
Visit Chinese Hat for snorkelling opportunities and to observe the birds and sea lions before taking an excursion to Black Turtle Cove to see the marine life. Spot Galápagos penguins and explore marine life that is fantastic for snorkelling. There is also a large sea lion colony at Chinese Hat as well as many marine iguanas that can be seen on the guided walk. Hike among the volcanic scenery, with good views to the cone of the island's volcano. In the afternoon, take an excursion by "panga" to Black Turtle Cove to witness the extensive mangrove system and interesting waterway canals. Sea turtles and different species of rays can often be seen in this cove, offering a peaceful and fascinating glimpse into the diversity of the area.
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Hotels (2 nts), aboard the Xavier in twin-share cabins (4 nts)

What's Included

Cruise the Galápagos Islands aboard the Xavier (4 nts). Certified Galápagos National Park Service Guide. Highlands and wild tortoise excursion (Santa Cruz Island). Snorkelling at Chinese Hat. Land iguana excursions on Santa Fé and South Plaza Islands. Visit to a wildlife interpretation centre (San C...
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Meals Included

6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners

What to Take

We recommend the use of a duffel bag or backpack (whichever you find easiest to carry). A good size daypack is also essential. If you don't wish to take all of your luggage with you to Galapagos, please ensure you have an extra bag you can leave behind at hotel storage and pickup on your return. ...
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Galápagos — Central Islands aboard the Xavier III