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Quito and Galapagos (MV Galapagos Legend - 3 nights Cruise)
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This 6 night sample itinerary includes:
  Flight in and out of Quito
  Private transfer Airport to Hotel in Quito
  2 nights in Quito
  Private transfer Hotel to Airport in Quito
  Flight Quito to Galapagos
  3-night cruise through Galapagos Islands aboard MV Galapagos Legend including all meals and activities throughout the cruise, Bilingual national park guide and Water and 24 hour coffee station.
  You can choose between two cruise itineraries: 'A' to the North-Central Islands or 'C' to the Central-East Islands depending on the departure day you select as arrival date for the entire package:

To take Itinerary 'A' to the North-Central Islands please select any date listed below as arrival date:
  2017:Jan: 7th, 21st. Feb: 4th, 18th. Mar: 4th, 18th. Apr: 1st, 15th, 29th. May: 13th, 27th. Jun: 10th, 24th. Jul: 8th, 22nd. Aug: 5th,19th. Sep: 2nd, 16th, 30th Oct: 14th, 28th. Nov: 11th, 25th. Dec: 9th, 23rd.
  3 nights Cruise Itinerary 'A' - North-Central Islands.
Monday: Arrival in Baltra airport and transfer to the boat. Santa Cruz Island: visit Highlands Tortoise Reserve. Hiking.
Tuesday: Genovesa Island: visit El Barranco, and Prince Phillip's Steps. Also Darwin Bay. Hiking.
Wednesday: Santa Cruz Island: visit Dragon Hill. Hiking. Santa Fe Island. Snorkeling.
Thursday: Mosquera Islet. Hiking and Snorkeling. Transfer to the Baltra Airport.

To take Itinerary 'C' to the Central-East Islands please select any date listed below as arrival date:
  2017: Jan: 14th, 28th. Feb: 11th, 25th. Mar: 11th, 25th. Apr: 8th, 22nd. May: 6th, 20th. Jun: 3rd, 17th. Jul: 1st, 15th, 29th. Aug: 12th, 26th. Sep: 9th, 23rd. Oct: 7th, 21st. Nov: 4th, 18th. Dec: 2nd, 16th.
  3 nights Cruise Itinerary 'C' -Central-East Islands.
Monday: Arrival in Baltra Airport and transfer to the boat. Bartolome Island - Hiking, and Snorkeling.
Tuesday: South Plaza Island - Hiking. North Seymour Island- Hiking, Dinghy Ride, and Snorkeling.
Wednesday: San Cristobal Island: visit Pitt Point and Islet - Hiking, Dinghy Ride, Snorkeling or Kayaking. Visit Witch Hill - Hiking, Dinghy Ride, Snorkeling.
Thursday: San Crsitobal island: visit Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve. Hiking. Transfer to the San Cristobal Airport.
  Flight Galapagos to Quito
  Private transfer Airport to Hotel in Quito
  1 night in Quito
  Private transfer Hotel to Airport in Quito
  Breakfast daily (most hotels)
  Hotel Taxes
  Package departure day: Saturday
  Ship Overview
  M/V Galapagos Legend Deck Plan
  M/V Galapagos Legend Itinerary 'A' Map
  M/V Galapagos Legend Itinerary 'C' Map
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Price history for this itinerary (past 7 days):

From Atlanta, GA for 6 nights
$3,465 * incl.tax
From Boston Logan Intl, MA for 6 nights
$3,268 * incl.tax
From Fort Lauderdale, FL for 6 nights
$3,070 * incl.tax
From Miami, FL for 6 nights
$3,160 * incl.tax
From San Francisco, CA for 6 nights
$3,675 * incl.tax
From Tampa, FL for 6 nights
$3,254 * incl.tax
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Ecuador and Galapagos (67)  Galapagos Islands (61)  Quito (37)  

Ecuador visitors favorite! Enjoy history, colonial sites and cultural heritage in Quito, the country's capital and gateway for an unforgettable 3-night Galapagos Cruise on-board the M/V Galapagos Legend designed specifically for cruising the Galapagos Islands, it offers all the amenities of a larger cruise liner yet still has the intimate feel of family-style cruising. This fantastic cruise will take you to many islands where you will the opportunity to dive among its reefs and underwater caves, swim with sea lions, float with a penguin, stand next to a blue-footed booby, watch the famous Galapagos giant tortoises and try to dodge the land iguanas scurrying over the lava! Finish this journey with a night in Quito before heading back home.

Saturday 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 has wonderful spring-like climate. It is in a valley flanked by majestic mountains and on a clear day, several snow-capped volcanoes are visible from the capital. Is rich in history and much of the old colonial town is well preserved, the buildings are unchanged and to walk down colonial Quito's streets late at night is to step into bygone eras. Quito nestles a rich treasury of religious and decorative architecture and arts.
3 nights - MV Galapagos Legend Cruise - Dep Monday
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 has wonderful spring-like climate. It is in a valley flanked by majestic mountains and on a clear day, several snow-capped volcanoes are visible from the capital. Is rich in history and much of the old colonial town is well preserved, the buildings are unchanged and to walk down colonial Quito's streets late at night is to step into bygone eras. Quito nestles a rich treasury of religious and decorative architecture and arts.

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Quito
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Arrive to Quito
Private Car Airport to Hotel in Quito
Overnight in Quito    32 hotels offered
Optional   17 Things to do
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Overnight in Quito    32 hotels offered
Optional   17 Things to do
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Departing from Quito
Transportation to next city by: Flight to Galapagos for Coral or Legend Cruises (origin and return: Quito or Guayaquil)
3 nights - MV Galapagos Legend Cruise - Dep Monday
Day 3 to Day 6

Your 3-night cruise includes:

  • Roundtrip transfer from hotel in Quito/Guayaquil to airport on the day the cruise starts, and transfer from airport to hotel in Quito/Guayaquil on the day the cruise ends.
  • Accommodation aboard the M/V Galapagos Legend.
  • English/Spanish speaking guides.
  • All meals scheduled on board.
  • 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 Fee

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 US$ 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.

Aboard the M/V Galapagos Legend, you'll discover a volcanic island paradise situated directly on the equator 500 miles west of the Ecuadorian coast. Enjoy up-close interaction with indigenous wildlife, marine animals, flora and fauna with a focus on natural history throughout the Galapagos Legend boat trip.
Enjoy interiors with marine details and original pieces of art that talk about the nature of the Islands, bathe under the sun at the sky deck by the pool; enjoy an exotic cocktail from the Fisherman's Bar; spot dolphins and whales as they smoothly navigate the rich Galapagos water from the observation decks and take pleasure in romantic meal under the sun or the moon and the stars.

The M/V Galapagos Legend was inaugurated in 2001 for expedition cruising. This intimate, 110 passenger vessel is 300 ft. long and fully air-conditioned. It cruises at 17 m.p.h, with a maximum speed of 22 m.p.h. It has broad outdoor decks with areas for dolphin and whale viewing, an elegant restaurant, two lounges, swimming pool, jogging track, library with Galapagos books and videos, e-mail access, on-board medical facility with a 24-hour doctor, conference rooms, Complementary use of wet suits, snorkeling gear, Kids corner and children's menu, Chocolate mania and ice cream parlor, a glass bottom boat, and a crew of 60 plus a Physician.

Island visits are in small groups of 16 or less. Each group has a certified Galapagos National Park guide. During the evenings the guides conduct briefings on Galapagos history, geology, and the flora and fauna of the islands.

Choose between Cruise A or Cruise C departures:

Cruise A - Monday Departures 2016: Jan 11th, Jan 25th, Feb 8th, Feb 22nd, Mar 7th, Mar 21st, Apr 4th, Apr 18th, May 2nd, May 16th, May 30th, Jun 13th, Jun 27th, Jul 11th, Jul 25th, Aug 8th, Aug 22nd, Sep 5th, Sep 19th, Oct 3rd, Oct 17th, Oct 31st, Nov 14th, Nov 28th, Dec 12th, Dec 26th

Cruise C - Monday Departures 2016: Jan 4h ,Jan 18th, Feb 1st, Feb 15th, Feb 29th, Mar 14th, Mar 28th, Apr 11th, Apr 25th, May 9th, May 23rd, Jun 6th, Jun 20th, Jul 4th, Jul 18th, Aug 1st, Aug 15h, Aug 29th, Sep 12th, Sep 26th, Oct 10th, Oct 24th, Nov 7th, Nov 21st, Dec 5th, Dec 19th

Cruise A - Monday Departures 2017: Jan-09, Jan-12, Jan-23, Feb-06, Feb-20, Mar-06, Mar-20, Apr-03, Apr-17, May-01, May-15, May-29, Jun-12, Jun-26, Jul-10, Jul-24, Aug-07, Aug-21, Sep-04, Sep-18, Oct-02, Oct-16, Oct-30, Nov-13, Nov-27, Dec-11, Dec-25

Cruise C - Monday Departures 2017: Jan-02, Jan-16, Jan-30, Feb-13, Feb-27, Mar-13, Mar-27, Apr-10, Apr-24, May-08, May-22, Jun-05, Jun-19, Jul-03, Jul-17, Jul-31, Aug-14, Aug-28, Sep-11, Sep-25, Oct-09, Oct-23, Nov-06, Nov-20, Dec-04, Dec-18

CRUISE A - 4 days / 3 nights

Monday - Baltra airport/Santa Cruz:
Arrival at Baltra airport. Welcome by naturalist guides and transportation on a ten minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend. Afternoon arrival at Santa Cruz island. Dry landing and 45-minute bus ride to Santa Cruz highlands, located to the northwest of Puerto Ayora, where you will find a natural reserve with giant tortoises. These enormous and slow-moving reptiles are responsible for the island's name and therefore approaching them in their humid and forested abode is always an inspiring adventure. They can weigh between 250 and 300 kg and can live up to 150-200 years. Additionally, travelers can walk inside surprising lava tubes; we also visit Pit Craters created from the collapse of surface materials into chamber fissures underground. It's a great place to spot Vermilion Flycatcher as you walk inside an endemic Scalesia forest.
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: flat and muddy sometimes (depending on season)
Duration: 45 minutes drive / 1h30m walk

Tuesday - El Barranco/Prince Phillip's Steps (Genovesa):
Be marveled at the variety of sea life that uses the crevices of the lava cliffs for shelter. Red-billed Tropicbirds fly overhead, and a small colony of fur seals may be found near the landing site. You will be dropped off at a steep stairway that begins on rocks at the foot of a path that leads through a seabird colony full of Nazca and Red-footed Boobies. At the plateau, the trail continues inland allowing you to see more nesting booby colonies in the thin Palo Santo forest.
Difficulty level: imoderate
Type of terrain: rocky-lava.
Duration: 45m walk
PM - Darwin Bay
Disembark onto a small sand and coral beach. A short trail heads west along a tidal lagoon and then up a rocky hill that leads to a point overlooking the cliffs and Darwin Bay. Along the trail near the tidal lagoon, visitors will see pairs of Swallow-tailed Gulls, Lava Gulls, Yellow-crowned and Lava Herons. The trail continues through Palo Santo trees, Opuntia cacti, and Saltbushes inhabited by Great Frigate birds and Red-footed Boobies.This is one of the few places in the islands where visitors are guaranteed to see Red-footed Boobies. It is estimated that more than 200,000 Red-footed Boobies live in the trees and bushes of Genovesa.
Difficulty level: moderate.
Type of terrain: Sand and Lava
Duration: 2h30 walk approx..

Wednesday - Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz):
Dry landing. Walk by a brackish lagoon where feeding flamingos can be occasionally found. The trail leads across typical dry zone vegetation up to Dragon Hill, an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas, offering lovely views of the anchorage and neighboring islands. The forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin's finches, Yellow Warblers and Galapagos Doves.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: rocky
Duration: 2 hours walk
PM - Santa Fe
Wet landing. Santa Fe shows white sand beaches surrounded by sea lion colonies; through the island path, an endemic cactus forest is passed, home the Santa Fe land iguanas (the largest in the islands). This island is the habitat for a number of species, including the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snakes, rice rats (one of the few endemic Galapagos rodents), a variety of finches and one of the four mockingbird species of the archipelago.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: rocky
Duration: 1h30 hours walk/1h deep-water snorkeling

Thursday - Mosquera Islet
Wet Landing, Mosquera Islet is located between North Seymour and Baltra Island. This flat, sandy island has a large colony of sea lions. It is also an excellent site to observe shorebirds such as herons and lava gulls. There is no trail on the islet, the visitor can enjoy the open area. Most of the islet is covered with sand and barren lava rock. Very little sesuvium portulacastrum plants grow on the sand.
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: sandy
Duration: 1h30 hours walk and snorkeling

Baltra airport:
Transportation to Baltra Airport for departure.

CRUISE C - 4 days / 3 nights

Monday - Baltra Airport/Bartolome Island
Arrival at Baltra airport. Welcome by naturalist guides and transportation on a ten minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend. Afternoon arrival at Bartolome island. Dry or wet landing. We discover a fascinating landscape formed by different volcanic parasitic cones -lava bombs, spatter, cinder cones- that resembles the moon. Going up to the summit there will be an impressive views of the surrounding islands, we also encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards, and blue-footed boobies. Beach time is a great opportunity to do snorkeling and see the famous Galapagos Penguins, sea turtles and White-tipped Reef Sharks among a great variety of colorful fish. For many visitors, this may turn out to be the best snorkeling experience. Crystal clear water is the perfect spot to appreciate the incredible marine life it has to offer.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: trail made of 372 steps
Duration: 1h30 walk / 1 hour snorkeling/swimming

Tuesday - South Plaza (Plazas Island):
Dry landing on the northern part of the Islet. The walk begins with an impressive cactus forest surrounded by land and marine iguanas; as you reach its highest point, be on the lookout for tropicbirds and a bachelor sea lion colony. In South Plaza there is a large colony of the smaller sized land iguanas. The population is approximately 300 individuals. They feed on all kinds of vegetation, but during the dry season survive on the fruits and flowers of Opuntia cacti. Due to their proximity with marine iguanas, this is the only place on Earth where we will find the Galapagos hybrid iguana.
Difficulty level: intermediate.
Type of terrain: rocky
Duration: 2 hours walk
PM - North Seymour
Dry landing. Off of Baltra Island and not far from Santa Cruz, North Seymour is located. This landmass was formed by a series of underwater volcanic eruptions, which deposited layers of lava on the ocean floor. An approximately two-hour walk amidst large nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies, magnificent and great frigate birds, and swallow-tailed gulls for an in depth encounter with sea bird breeding cycles and sea lions. You will also encounter land iguanas, and on a lucky day, you might even come across the endemic Galapagos Snake.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Type of terrain: rocky
Duration: 2h walk/30 min snorkeling

Wednesday - Pitt Point/Pitt Islet (San Cristobal):
Wet landing followed by a high intensity hike on rocky terrain. The trail includes an olivine beach of 90 meters long and a path that climbs to the top of a volcanic tuff, through several magnificent viewpoints. This is probably the only site where the three booby species of the Galapagos can be seen together: Nazca, Blue-footed, and Red-footed; as well as two species of frigatebirds and a sea lion colony; it is also excellent for dinghy rides and snorkeling, where a good range of sea birds can be observed.
Difficulty level: difficult
Type of terrain: rocky
Duration: 2h30 walk
PM - Cerro Brujo (San Cristobal)
Wet landing. Cerro Brujo is an eroding tuff cone that at several locations is composed of AA lava formations, and a beautiful white sand beach, great for snorkeling and sunbathing. Visit a lagoon where migratory bird species can be seen: Black-necked Stilts, Ruddy Turnstones, Whimbrels, other sandpiper species and White-cheeked Pintails. Cerro Brujo offers beautiful views of Kicker Rock, the southern part of San Cristobal and the adjacent coast.
Difficulty level: easy
Type of terrain: sandy
Duration: 1 hour walk / 1 hour snorkeling.

Thursday - Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve (San Cristobal):
Dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Visit the San Cristobal giant tortoise Breeding Center to learn about the National Park's conservation programs. Opportunity to visit the port village, have a drink or shop for arts and crafts and other souvenirs. After the visit, transportation to San Cristobal airport.
Difficulty level: intermediate
Duration: 40 minutes bus drive to the Reserve / 1 hour visit / transportation to airport.

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    29 hotels offered
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Overnight in Galapagos Islands    29 hotels offered
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Overnight in Galapagos Islands    29 hotels offered
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Departing from Galapagos Islands
Transportation to next city by: Regional Air
Quito
Day 6
Arrive to Quito
Overnight in Quito    32 hotels offered
Optional   17 Things to do
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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 has wonderful spring-like climate. It is in a valley flanked by majestic mountains and on a clear day, several snow-capped volcanoes are visible from the capital. Is rich in history and much of the old colonial town is well preserved, the buildings are unchanged and to walk down colonial Quito's streets late at night is to step into bygone eras. Quito nestles a rich treasury of religious and decorative architecture and arts.
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 has wonderful spring-like climate. It is in a valley flanked by majestic mountains and on a clear day, several snow-capped volcanoes are visible from the capital. Is rich in history and much of the old colonial town is well preserved, the buildings are unchanged and to walk down colonial Quito's streets late at night is to step into bygone eras. Quito nestles a rich treasury of religious and decorative architecture and arts.
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