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SEV17GA - Complete Galápagos - Queen of Galápagos

This itinerary's got 15 days for you to get up close and personal with the amazingly welcoming creatures of the Galápagos Islands. (That's what happens when you evolve away from humans.) From South Plaza, home to the world's largest population of land iguanas, to an afternoon at Chinese Hat to see the birds and sea lions, to mind-blowing Genovesa, an imploded volcano that hosts millions of boobies and seabirds. Sun, sea lions, beaches, and birds mean it's time to get ready for the Galápagos.

Inclusions

Cruise the Galápagos Islands aboard the Queen (14 nts)
Arrival transfer
All meals aboard the Queen
Certified Galápagos National Park Service Guide
Snorkelling at Darwin Bay, Bartolomé Island, Isla Lobos, Kicker Rock, and Champion Islet
Hike to the Bartolomé Island viewpoint overlooking the famous Pinnacle Rock
Post Office Bay Visit (Floreana Island)
Excursion to see red-footed boobies (Genovesa Island)
Wild tortoise excursions on Santa Cruz and San Cristóbal Islands
Visit to a wildlife interpretation centre (San Cristóbal)
All landings, excursions, and transportation
Onboard snorkelling equipment and wetsuits
Tour Provider G Adventures
Number of Days
17
Price From
AUD $10,029
Start Location
Quito, Ecuador
End Location
Quito, Ecuador
Age Range
Avg. 100+
Group Size
1 to 16
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Small Marine/Cruise
Physical Rating
Moderate
ItineraryExpand
Day 1 - Quito
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
Day 2 - Quito/Isla Lobos
Early flight to San Cristóbal Island. Meet the guide and transfer to the ship. Afternoon visit to Isla Lobos to see a sea lion colony.
Day 3 - South Plaza/North Seymour
Morning landing at South Plaza, home to the largest population of land iguanas, for wildlife spotting opportunities and a walk through the cactus forest. In the afternoon, visit North Seymour for guided walks to observe birds and wildlife, including vast sea lion colonies.
Day 4 - Chinese Hat/Bachas Beach
Visit Chinese Hat for snorkelling opportunities and to observe the birds and sea lions before taking an excursion to the beach on Las Bachas. In the afternoon, relax on the beach or swim in the crystal waters.
Day 5 - Puerto Ayora
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 shop and explore Puerto Ayora.
Day 6 - Floreana Island
Land at Punta Cormorant on Floreana. Guided walks to observe the birds and wildlife and learn about the natural history. Visit Post Office Bay in the afternoon. Later, go snorkelling at Champion Islet.
Day 7 - Punta Suárez/Bahía Gardner
Visit Punta Suárez and Gardner Bay on Española. Guided walks to observe wildlife and free time for swimming or snorkelling.
Day 8 - Cerro Brujo/Kicker Rock
Morning landing at Cerro Brujo on San Cristóbal to observe sea lions, marine iguanas, and seabirds along the beach. Continue to the dramatic Kicker Rock in the afternoon to witness the steep vertical stone walls rising from the ocean.
Day 15 - Puerto Ayora
Spend the day on Santa Cruz Island. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and take an excursion to the Santa Cruz highlands to see the giant tortoises in the wild. Free time for shopping or exploring the town of Puerto Ayora.
Day 14 - Rábida Island/Puerto Ayora
Take a morning excursion to the red sand beaches of Rábida to see a lagoon and sea lion colony. Continue to Cerro Dragón on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island to observe land iguanas and a saltwater lagoon frequented by flamingos and other species of birds.
Day 13 - Isla Bartolomé/Sullivan Bay
Visit Bartolomé for a guided tour to see the island's dramatic volcanic features before hiking to a panoramic viewpoint. Continue to Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island to witness the giant lava formations contrasting the white-coral-sand beach.
Day 9 - Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
Learn about the history of the Islands at the San Cristóbal Interpretation Centre. In the afternoon, visit a small breeding centre for giant tortoises.
Day 11 - Playa Espumilla/Puerto Egas
Morning excursion to Playa Espumilla, one of the most idyllic beaches in the Galápagos Islands and home to thick mangroves and flamingo and sea turtle nesting sites. Continue to Puerto Egas to see the salt crater as well as a dark-sand beach and tidal pools.
Day 10 - Santa Fé Island/Black Turtle Cove
Land on the tiny island of Santa Fé and take a guided walk through the prickly pear forest searching for land iguanas. After navigating to Santa Cruz island, take a panga ride through the mangroves to look for bird and marine life.
Day 16 - Puerto Baquerizo Moreno/Quito
Visit the San Cristóbal Interpretation Centre on the island before flying back to Quito.
Day 12 - Genovesa Island
Land at Genovesa, an old imploded volcano, to observe the massive colonies of frigatebirds, boobies, and other seabirds as well as striking volcanic cliffs rising from the ocean. Visit the sites of Darwin Bay and El Barranco.
Day 17 - Quito
Depart at any time.