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Quito and East Galapagos (MY Coral I or II - 3 nights Cruise)
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This 6 night sample itinerary includes:
  Flight into and out of Quito
  2 nights in Quito
  Flight Quito to Santa Cruz Island
  3-night expedition in the Galapagos aboard MY Coral I or II w/ meals and tours visiting: Santa Cruz Island, Mosquera Islet, North Seymour Island, Santa Fe Island, South Plaza Islet, San Cristobal Island.
  Flight San Cristobal Island to Quito
  1 night in Quito
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  Friday departures
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Related Cities:
Quito(20)   Galapagos Islands(17)  

Discover Galapagos! Enjoy history, colonial sites and cultural heritage in Quito, the country's capital and base of operations for an unforgettable 3-night Galapagos Cruise on board the M/Y Coral I or II; perfect yacht for the close-encounter experience. See prehistoric iguanas, giant tortoises, exotic birds, plants and beautiful landscapes of volcanoes, lava cones and magma flows. Swim and snorkel any time of the year in warm clear waters among tropical fish, manta rays, sea lions, swordfish, sea turtles and other marine wildlife. Finish this journey with a night in Quito before heading back home

Friday departures from anywhere in the USA or Canada. Tours and meals aboard your cruise are included. Book your Vacation in Ecuador now!
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2 nights in Quito

The Capital City of Ecuador, Quito is nestled in a long, narrow valley in the Ecuadorian Andes boasting a spectacular natural setting. The fantastic city offers an impressive selection of museums, stunning churches and picturesque plazas with a blend of colonial charm and modern architectural treasures. Explore the crown jewel of the city `Old Town` with its vibrant streets lined with restaurants and bars boasting delicious cuisine and a fantastic nightlife.


Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights
Plaza de la Independencia, La Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, Cathedral of Quito, Museo de la Ciudad, La Ronda, El Panecillo, Teleferiquo, Guayasamin Museum and much more.
3 nights - MY Coral I or II Cruise - East Islands
departing from Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos are located six hundred miles west of the Ecuadorian coastline. Its wonders span from the most varied and incredible geological formations: lava flows, blowholes, spatter cones, lava tunnels, to beaches of olive, black, or white sand and the most diverse species of animal and plant life. The most surprising sight for visitors however, is perhaps the varied species of animals, which inspired Charles Darwin on his visit in 1835.
1 nights in Quito

The Capital City of Ecuador, Quito is nestled in a long, narrow valley in the Ecuadorian Andes boasting a spectacular natural setting. The fantastic city offers an impressive selection of museums, stunning churches and picturesque plazas with a blend of colonial charm and modern architectural treasures. Explore the crown jewel of the city `Old Town` with its vibrant streets lined with restaurants and bars boasting delicious cuisine and a fantastic nightlife.


Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights
Plaza de la Independencia, La Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, Cathedral of Quito, Museo de la Ciudad, La Ronda, El Panecillo, Teleferiquo, Guayasamin Museum and much more.

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Flexible Itinerary
Quito
Day 1
Arrive to Quito
Overnight in Quito   52 hotels offered
Optional  247 Things to do
Day 2
Overnight in Quito   52 hotels offered
Optional  247 Things to do
Day 3
Departing from Quito
Transportation to next city by: Flight to Galapagos for Coral or Legend Cruises (origin and return: Quito or Guayaquil)
3 nights - MY Coral I or II Cruise - East Islands
Day 3 to Day 6
MY Coral I or II Cruise – 3 nights – Departs Sunday.

MY Coral I or II Cruise – 3 nights – East Islands

Cruising the Galapagos Islands is a very special and unique experience. You can hike the trails as you spot blue footed boobies and giant tortoises. Admire mysterious creatures like the armies of marine iguanas, flightless cormorant birds that have lost their ability to fly and penguins at the equator line and other species that are endemic to this paradise. The rich marine life is fascinating for those who like to practice snorkeling. A world as wonderful as the one above surface, colorful fish in schools, manta rays, sea turtles, hammer head sharks, whale sharks, and magnificent reefs. The MY Coral I is a spacious motor yacht designed with teakwood and modern decorum to give a unique Galapagos tour an exclusive touch. Equipped with all the standards you would expect from a high class yacht, the Coral is a modern ship in a timeless realm. The dining room and lounge demonstrate a refined taste and the yacht has three sun decks, one half-shaded, 2 separate social areas with a well equipped bar, TV and VCR, stereo, library, a well stocked bar, large picture windows, and best of all expansive observation decks with sun shade areas, where during the day is the perfect spot for relaxation, at night the perfect place for meetings and barbecue. The size and agility of the operations, allow the Coral I to dock in close, even at the narrowest havens and shallow beaches, offering the most intimate experience with Galapagos wilderness.

As MY Coral I and MY Coral II sail together, there may be a chance of being confirmed on either one of these ships, considering both share the same departure dates and itineraries

North Central Islands.

Day 1

AM - Baltra Airport

Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Island (approx. 2 1 / 2 - hour flight). Arriving in the Galapagos, passengers are picked up at the airport by our naturist guides and taken on a ten-minute bus drive to the pier to board the MY Coral I or MY Coral II.

PM - Charles Darwin Research Station and Fausto Llerena Breeding Center (Santa Cruz Island)

Dry landing. Once home to the famous Lonesome George, the last tortoise of the Pinta race, the breeding and relocation center is named in honor of his long-time guardian. The center is set in the Galapagos National Park Service where various interpretative buildings are available to visit. The grounds, with large stands of native vegetation, are one of the better places to spot some of the seldom seen Darwin’s finches such as the woodpecker, cactus and vegetarian finches.

Difficulty level: easy

Type of terrain: flat

Duration: 1 1/2 - hour visit.

Day 2

AM - Mosquera Islet

Wet Landing. This tiny, low lying islet, covered in coral sand, is set between North and South Seymour Islands. It is home to a group of sea lions that come to laze on the soft white sand. It is a good spot to observe shorebirds as well as herons, lava gulls, and boobies. Snorkeling or diving here one can often see sharks, rays, and barracudas.

Difficulty level: easy

Type of terrain: sandy

Duration: 1 1/2-hour walk and snorkeling

PM - North Seymour Island

Dry landing. This flat, uplifted, island is an important spot to see both magnificent and great frigatebird males courting the females by clicking, bill clapping, shuddering and flapping their wings, all while showing off their grossly inflated, bright red, gular pouch. We will also likely see courting blue footed boobies displaying their unique feet while dancing to a prospective mate. Sea lions, swallow tailed gulls, crashing surf and distant views of the Daphne Islands top off a great visit.

Difficulty level: moderate

Type of terrain: trail made of 372 steps.

Duration: 2 - hour walk 30 - minute snorkeling

Day 3

AM - Santa Fe Island

Wet landing. After a fabulous snorkel in the turquoise waters of the protected bay, we may have enjoyed time with sea lions, turtles, reef sharks and spotted eagle rays. Landing onto a sandy beach we are immediately distracted by the abundant sea lions there with us. We begin a walk past a forest of island endemic giant Opuntia cacti. Here we search for another island endemic the Santa Fe land iguana, paler than its cousins on other islands. Galapagos hawks and even endemic rice rats are also things to look out for.

Difficulty level: moderate

Type of terrain: rocky

Duration: 1 1/2 - hour walk 1 hour deep water snorkeling

PM - South Plaza Islet

Dry landing. Sea lions, swallow-tailed gulls, and land iguanas are all present at the landing site. The small island is covered with a carpet of a red succulent studded with Opuntia cacti. At the cliff edge, we spend time watching birds fly past at eye level in the updraught. These include frigatebirds, flocks of Galapagos shearwaters and of particular note, flights of displaying red-billed tropicbirds. Back at sea level, we once again encounter land iguanas, some of which have hybridized with their resident marine cousins.

Difficulty level: moderate

Type of terrain: rocky

Duration: 2 - hour walk

Day 4

AM - Kicker Rock Circumnavigation and Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve (San Cristobal Island)

Kicker Rock can be seen directly from the vessel. In the sea northeast of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is this ancient and eroded volcanic tuff lava named Leon Dormido or Kicker Rock it is formed by two rocks approximately 148 m, named for its resemblance of a sleeping lion. It serves as home to many of the typical Galapagos sea animals, such as birds, sea lions, blue and Nazca boobies and frigate. With rare sightings of swallow turtle gulls, tropic birds, and pelicans.

Difficulty level: easy

Type of terrain: water

Duration: 1 - hour circumnavigation

Dry landing. In the moist highlands of San Cristobal, we will visit the giant tortoise breeding center La Galapaguera to witness the most iconic creature of the archipelago in its various life stages. The tortoises wander in a semi natural habitat which lends itself to good photographic opportunities. The aim of the reserve is to help restore populations of the threatened San Cristobal tortoise back into the wild. In town, there are shops to purchase local handicrafts and souvenirs.

Difficulty level: moderate

Type of terrain: sandy

Duration: 40 minute bus drive to the Reserve 1 hour visit

San Cristobal Airport

After the visit, passengers will be transferred to the airport to their return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

Your 3 nights cruise includes:

- Roundtrip transfer from hotel to airport on the day the cruise starts, and airport to hotel in Quito/Guayaquil on the day the cruise ends.

- Accommodation aboard the M/Y Coral I or II.

- English/Spanish speaking guides.

- All meals scheduled on board.

- Briefing and Lecture services.

- 2 Daily visits to the islands conducted by multilingual naturalist guides, sightseeing, snorkeling opportunities, and transfers in the islands.

- Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee, Migration Control Card.

Not included:

- Flights to from Galapagos Island, Alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages, tax, gratuities, travel insurance, use of snorkeling equipment.

- If any other ticket to from Galapagos is used, an operational non-refundable fee of USD 90.00 net per person must be charged. The company is not responsible if passengers miss the cruise or other services due to independent arrangements delays.

Please note:

- Your itinerary is subject to change in the event of weather conditions, seasonal changes, and safety concerns, rerouting of the ship or Galapagos National Park policies

Day 3
Arrive to Galapagos Islands
Overnight in Galapagos Islands   18 hotels offered
Optional  27 Things to do
Day 4
Overnight in Galapagos Islands   18 hotels offered
Optional  27 Things to do
Day 5
Overnight in Galapagos Islands   18 hotels offered
Optional  27 Things to do
Day 6
Departing from Galapagos Islands
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Quito
Day 6
Arrive to Quito
Overnight in Quito   52 hotels offered
Optional  247 Things to do
Day 7
Departing from Quito

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The smallest country in the rugged Andean highlands, Ecuador is among the most rewarding travel destinations in South America. With its array of vibrant indigenous cultures, well preserved colonial architecture, picturesque volcanic landscapes and the dense Amazon Rain Forest, it packs its perimeters with more points of interest than many countries twice its size. All of this no more than a day drive from its picture perfect colonial capital of Quito.

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Quito
The Capital City of Ecuador, Quito is nestled in a long, narrow valley in the Ecuadorian Andes boasting a spectacular natural setting. The fantastic city offers an impressive selection of museums, stunning churches and picturesque plazas with a blend of colonial charm and modern architectural treasures. Explore the crown jewel of the city `Old Town` with its vibrant streets lined with restaurants and bars boasting delicious cuisine and a fantastic nightlife.


Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights
Plaza de la Independencia, La Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, Cathedral of Quito, Museo de la Ciudad, La Ronda, El Panecillo, Teleferiquo, Guayasamin Museum and much more.
Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos are located six hundred miles west of the Ecuadorian coastline. Its wonders span from the most varied and incredible geological formations: lava flows, blowholes, spatter cones, lava tunnels, to beaches of olive, black, or white sand and the most diverse species of animal and plant life. The most surprising sight for visitors however, is perhaps the varied species of animals, which inspired Charles Darwin on his visit in 1835.
Quito
The Capital City of Ecuador, Quito is nestled in a long, narrow valley in the Ecuadorian Andes boasting a spectacular natural setting. The fantastic city offers an impressive selection of museums, stunning churches and picturesque plazas with a blend of colonial charm and modern architectural treasures. Explore the crown jewel of the city `Old Town` with its vibrant streets lined with restaurants and bars boasting delicious cuisine and a fantastic nightlife.


Recommended Stay: At least 2 nights
Plaza de la Independencia, La Iglesia de la Compania de Jesus, Cathedral of Quito, Museo de la Ciudad, La Ronda, El Panecillo, Teleferiquo, Guayasamin Museum and much more.

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