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Galapagos — Central, East & South Islands aboard the Xavier III
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Encounter the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor off its shores. Spend seven 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'll never end up on another operator's ship.

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  • Duration: 10 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Average
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: SEV10MC/143601
  • Starts: Quito, Ecuador
  • Finishes: Quito, Ecuador
  • Age requirement: 12 +
You will Visit
  • Quito
  • Puerto Ayora
  • Rábida Island
  • Bachas Beach
  • Floreana Island
  • Punta Suárez
  • Bahía Gardner
  • Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
  • Punta Pitt
  • Kicker Rock
  • Santiago Island

Itinerary

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Day 1: Quito

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.

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Day 2: Quito/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.

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Day 3: Rábida 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.

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Day 4: Floreana 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.


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Day 5: Punta 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.

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Day 6: Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Visit the Interpretation Centre on San Cristóbal Island and enjoy free time to explore the port town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Afternoon excursion to El Junco lagoon and the tortoise breeding centre.

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Day 7: Punta Pitt/Kicker Rock

Visit Punta Pitt and look for three types of boobies as well as frigatebirds. After, visit Cerro Brujo on San Cristóbal Island to observe sea lions, marine iguanas, and seabirds along the beach. Continue to the dramatic Kicker Rock in the afternoon for a snorkelling excursion.

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Day 8: Santiago Island

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 Buccaneer Cove to witness the towering cliff wall rock formations before going to Puerto Egas to see a dark-sand beach and tidal pools.

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Day 9: Puerto Ayora/Quito

Disembark in Puerto Ayora and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to see the giant Galápagos tortoises. Fly back to Quito.
Transfer to the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Enjoy one last night in historic Quito.

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Day 10: Quito

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Cruise the Galápagos Islands aboard the Xavier (7 nts)
    • All meals aboard the Xavier
    • Certified Galápagos National Park Service Guide
    • Highlands and wild tortoise excursion (Santa Cruz Island)
    • Visit to Post Office Bay (Floreana Island)
    • Snorkelling at Champion Islet and Kicker Rock
    • Visit to a wildlife interpretation centre (San Cristóbal Island)
    • Visit to giant tortoise breeding centre (San Cristóbal Island)
    • Visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)
    • All landings and excursions
    • Onboard snorkelling equipment and wetsuits
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (2 nts), aboard the Xavier in twin-share cabins (7 nts)
    • 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
    Transport
    • Motorized yacht (Xavier), plane, private vehicle, panga
    Group Leader
    • CEO/Naturalist Guide while in the Galápagos Islands (certified by the Galápagos National Park Authority), local G Adventures Rep in Quito
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Tour Highlights:
  • Seven nights cruising through the Galápagos National Park aboard Xavier
  • Coming face-to-face with 200-year-old giant tortoises
  • Exploring large colonies of blue-footed boobies and marine iguanas on the volcanic rocks
  • Discovering three species of boobies and two species of frigatebirds nesting together at Punta Pitt
  • Sending a post card at Post Office Bay and bringing one home