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Galapagos — Central, South & East Islands aboard the Queen of Galapagos
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Encounter the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor off its shores. Spend a week exploring the incredible wildlife of the Galpagos archipelago in the company of an expert naturalist guide. In the evenings, return to the spacious and comfortable Queen to reflect on the days adventure under a canopy of stars. Retire to air-conditioned cabins with exclusive lower berths and private bathrooms.

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Duration: 10 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Physical rating: Average
Accommodation standard:   Moderate% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 132350
Starts: Quito, Ecuador Finishes: Quito, Ecuador
You will Visit
  • Quito

Itinerary

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Day 1: Quito

A G Adventures representative will greet you at the hotel and brief everyone on the various aspects of the tour.

Additional Notes:
If you are not able to attend the welcome meeting, a representative will leave all important information at the hotel's reception indicating what time to be ready on Day 2 of the trip. If there is any confusion on arrival, please do not hesitate to call the contact number listed in this dossier.

Booking pre- or post-trip accommodation is highly recommended to fully experience the city and take advantage of the many optional activities available.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting with G Representative

Transport:
Private Vehicle

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Day 2: Quito/Isla Lobos (1B, 1L, 1D)

Upon arrival in San Cristóbal, meet the Naturalist Guide, who will assist with the transfer to the Queen. After an orientation and lunch, sail to Isla Lobos home to a large sea lion colony and abundant marine life.

Additional Notes:
Flights from Quito to San Cristobal depart between 8:10am and 10:10am depending on the day of the week. These will arrive into the Galápagos between 10:40am and 12:40pm with a refuelling stop in Guayaquil (you will not disembark the plane). You will generally arrive onto the boat in time for lunch before the afternoon activity.

The National Park charges a visitor fee of USD100, payable on arrival, which funds park maintenance and supervision in the Galápagos, as well as ecological study, conservation and infrastructure development in Ecuador's other National Parks. Entry fees and the funds they generate for the National Park System are among measures taken by the Ecuadorian government to protect its natural heritage.

Included Activities:
Snorkelling (Isla Lobos)
Isla Lobos Visit

Transport:
Plane
Queen of Galápagos

03

Day 3: South Plaza/North Seymour (1B, 1L, 1D)

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.

Included Activities:
South Plaza Island Visit
Seymour Island Visit

Transport:
Queen of Galápagos

04

Day 4: Chinese Hat/Bachas Beach (1B, 1L, 1D)

In the morning, the boat arrives to a small little island off the southern tip of Santiago called Chinese Hat, named for its unique shape. Visit Bachas Beach in the afternoon, located on the northeastern tip of Santa Cruz Island.

Included Activities:
Chinese Hat Visit
Bachas Beach Landing

Transport:
Queen of Galápagos

05

Day 5: Puerto Ayora (1B, 1L, 1D)

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.

Included Activities:
Charles Darwin Research Station Visit
Highlands Giant Tortoises Visit

Transport:
Queen of Galápagos

06

Day 6: Floreana Island (1B, 1L, 1D)

In the morning, head towards Punta Cormorant on the northern part of Floreana. This is a perfect spot to go snorkelling from the boat as the waters are home to a multitude of colourful fish and sea lions.

In the afternoon, visit Post Office Bay, which has an older and less mysterious history.



Included Activities:
Punta Cormorant Visit
Post Office Bay Visit
Snorkelling (Champion Islet)

Transport:
Queen of Galápagos

07

Day 7: Punta Suárez/Bahía Gardner (1B, 1L, 1D)

Head to Punta Suarez on Española Island. The southernmost island in the Galápagos archipelago is home to several wildlife species, including masked and blue-footed boobies. A hike to the top of the cliff makes for spectacular photo opportunities.

Punta Suarez on the western side of Española Island (also called Hood) is spectacular.

Follow the trail through a rookery and learn the geological history of the island from the Naturalist, including its dramatic volcanic features, climate, flora, and fauna. Sail in the afternoon to Gardner Bay, an excellent swimming and snorkelling site.

Included Activities:
Punta Suarez Excursion
Gardner Bay Visit

Transport:
Queen of Galápagos

08

Day 8: Cerro Brujo/Kicker Rock (1B, 1L, 1D)

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.

Included Activities:
Cerro Brujo Visit
Snorkelling (Kicker Rock)

Transport:
Queen of Galápagos

09

Day 9: Puerto Baquerizo Moreno/Quito (1B)

Reach San Cristóbal in the morning.

Disembark after breakfast then visit the Interpretation Centre. Transfer to the airport for the flight to Quito. Transfer to the group hotel upon arrival, and enjoy one last night on the town.

Included Activities:
San Cristóbal Interpretation Center Visit

Transport:
Plane

10

Day 10: Quito (1B)

Depart at any time.

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Cruise the Galápagos Islands aboard the Queen (7 nts)
    • Arrival transfer
    • All meals aboard the Queen
    • Certified Galápagos National Park Service Guide
    • Snorkelling at Kicker Rock, Isla Lobos and Champion Islet
    • Visit to Post Office Bay (Floreana Island)
    • Excursion to see giant tortoises in the wild (Santa Cruz Island)
    • Visit to a wildlife interpretation centre (San Cristóbal Island)
    • All landings and excursions
    • Onboard snorkelling equipment and wetsuits
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Upgraded hotel (2 nts), aboard the Queen in twin-share, double cabins, or suite (7 nts)
    • 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
    Transport
    • Motorized catamaran (the Queen), plane, private vehicle, panga
    Group Leader
    • Galápagos National Park Service guide while in the islands. Local G Adventures representative in Quito
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Tour Highlights:
  • Seven nights cruising and exploring the Galpagos National Park aboard the Queen
  • Multiple opportunities to snorkel with sea lions and sea turtles
  • Explore the marine wonderland of Kicker Rock one of the most famous sites in the Galpagos
  • Come face-to-face with 100-year-old giant tortoises
  • Learn the differences between marine and land iguanas from your Naturalist Guide