Galápagos — South Islands aboard the Xavier III Ecuador

Galápagos — South Islands aboard the Xavier III

Ecuador

Snorkeling
7 days
⚡️ Only one seat left for this date.2019

Tue, Oct 15

Mon, Oct 21

€2,579

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Overview

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 adventures. Retire to air-conditioned cabins with exclusive lower berths and private bathrooms. As one of the region’s largest operators, we understand the importance of controlling the onboard experience – that’s why you won’t be sold onto someone else's ship.

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Itinerary

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
Early flight to Baltra. Meet the guide and transfer across Santa Cruz Island to Puerto Ayora to board the boat. 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, which is moored in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island. Visit a tortoise ranch in the Santa Cruz highlands and get up close and personal with these ancient creatures.
Day 3Rábida Island/Bachas Beach
Land at Rábida Island for a visit to a saltwater lagoon and sea lion colony. Afternoon excursion to Bachas Beach for walks to observe the bird and wildlife as well as free time for swimming and snorkelling. In the morning, go on an excursion to Rábida Island, and land on a red sand beach. Afternoon excursion to Bachas Beach to see the sea lions and plentiful bird life.
Day 4Floreana Island
Land at Punta Cormorant on Floreana Island. Guided walks to observe the bird and wildlife and learn about the natural history. Visit Post Office Bay in the afternoon. Snorkelling excursion at Champion Islet. Morning visit to Punta Cormorant on the northern part of Floreana. This is a perfect spot to go snorkelling, as the waters are home to a multitude of colourful fish and sea lions. Please be sure you are a comfortable swimmer, the water here can be rough and the currents are strong. In the afternoon, visit Post Office Bay, which has an older and less mysterious history. A short hike up past the post barrel takes you to an interesting lava cave.
Day 5Punta Suárez/Bahía Gardner
Visit Punta Suárez and Gardner Bay on Española Island. Enjoy guided walks to observe wildlife and free time for swimming or snorkelling.
Day 6Puerto Baquerizo Moreno/Quito
Visit the Interpretation Centre on San Cristóbal Island before flying back to Quito. Reach San Cristóbal in the morning. Disembark after breakfast then visit the Interpretation Centre, and transfer to the airport for the flight to Quito. Transfer to the group hotel upon arrival, and enjoy one last night on the town.
Day 7Quito
Depart at any time.

Accommodation

Hotels (2 nts), aboard the Xavier in twin-share cabins (4 nts)

What's Included

Cruise the Galápagos Islands aboard the Xavier (4 nts). All meals aboard the Xavier. Certified Galápagos National Park Service Guide. Snorkelling at Champion Islet. Visit to Post Office Bay (Floreana Island). Visit to a wildlife interpretation centre (San Cristóbal Island). Excursion to see giant tortoises in the wild (Santa Cruz Island). All transport between destinations and to/from included activities. Internal flights. Onboard snorkelling equipment and wetsuits.

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. Please note that Galapagos is a protected National Park so your luggage will be checked before arrival and departure to and from the islands. Don’t bring any food, seeds or other organic material that could affect the delicate ecosystem of the islands. Porters are not often available, so be prepared to carry your own bags. Please remember that you can leave unnecessary articles in your joining hotel storage room. . Please do not bring any alcoholic beverages aboard, as your boat has a bar offering a variety of alcoholic drinks and prices are reasonable. LUGGAGE ALLOWANCE ON THE BOAT: Please note that the amount of luggage you can bring on the boat is LIMITED due to small cabin size. We recommend travellers use soft sided duffel bags of 40-50 litres in capacity. We will accept luggage types onboard, however if you are a single traveller sharing with another traveller, it´s especially important to keep in mind that cabins are small in size and it´s best to pack light. Luggage storage facilities are available at the start hotel for anything you don´t need while you are exploring the Galapagos. Please note that the electric outlets on this boat are 110v and will have 2 flat prongs. If necessary, please bring an adaptor with you for your electric devices, ie, battery chargers.

Map

Itinerary

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
Early flight to Baltra. Meet the guide and transfer across Santa Cruz Island to Puerto Ayora to board the boat. 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, which is moored in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island. Visit a tortoise ranch in the Santa Cruz highlands and get up close and personal with these ancient creatures.
Day 3Rábida Island/Bachas Beach
Land at Rábida Island for a visit to a saltwater lagoon and sea lion colony. Afternoon excursion to Bachas Beach for walks to observe the bird and wildlife as well as free time for swimming and snorkelling. In the morning, go on an excursion to Rábida Island, and land on a red sand beach. Afternoon excursion to Bachas Beach to see the sea lions and plentiful bird life.
Day 4Floreana Island
Land at Punta Cormorant on Floreana Island. Guided walks to observe the bird and wildlife and learn about the natural history. Visit Post Office Bay in the afternoon. Snorkelling excursion at Champion Islet. Morning visit to Punta Cormorant on the northern part of Floreana. This is a perfect spot to go snorkelling, as the waters are home to a multitude of colourful fish and sea lions. Please be sure you are a comfortable swimmer, the water here can be rough and the currents are strong. In the afternoon, visit Post Office Bay, which has an older and less mysterious history. A short hike up past the post barrel takes you to an interesting lava cave.
Day 5Punta Suárez/Bahía Gardner
Visit Punta Suárez and Gardner Bay on Española Island. Enjoy guided walks to observe wildlife and free time for swimming or snorkelling.
Day 6Puerto Baquerizo Moreno/Quito
Visit the Interpretation Centre on San Cristóbal Island before flying back to Quito. Reach San Cristóbal in the morning. Disembark after breakfast then visit the Interpretation Centre, and transfer to the airport for the flight to Quito. Transfer to the group hotel upon arrival, and enjoy one last night on the town.
Day 7Quito
Depart at any time.

Accommodation

Hotels (2 nts), aboard the Xavier in twin-share cabins (4 nts)

What's Included

Cruise the Galápagos Islands aboard the Xavier (4 nts). All meals aboard the Xavier. Certified Galápagos National Park Service Guide. Snorkelling at Champion Islet. Visit to Post Office Bay (Floreana Island). Visit to a wildlife interpretation centre (San Cristóbal Island). Excursion to see giant tortoises in the wild (Santa Cruz Island). All transport between destinations and to/from included activities. Internal flights. Onboard snorkelling equipment and wetsuits.

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. Please note that Galapagos is a protected National Park so your luggage will be checked before arrival and departure to and from the islands. Don’t bring any food, seeds or other organic material that could affect the delicate ecosystem of the islands. Porters are not often available, so be prepared to carry your own bags. Please remember that you can leave unnecessary articles in your joining hotel storage room. . Please do not bring any alcoholic beverages aboard, as your boat has a bar offering a variety of alcoholic drinks and prices are reasonable. LUGGAGE ALLOWANCE ON THE BOAT: Please note that the amount of luggage you can bring on the boat is LIMITED due to small cabin size. We recommend travellers use soft sided duffel bags of 40-50 litres in capacity. We will accept luggage types onboard, however if you are a single traveller sharing with another traveller, it´s especially important to keep in mind that cabins are small in size and it´s best to pack light. Luggage storage facilities are available at the start hotel for anything you don´t need while you are exploring the Galapagos. Please note that the electric outlets on this boat are 110v and will have 2 flat prongs. If necessary, please bring an adaptor with you for your electric devices, ie, battery chargers.
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⚡️ Only one seat left for this date.2019

Tue, Oct 15

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