Galapagos Islands: South & East

from £2239
including flights
6 nights Year round

Overview

Come face to face with giant turtles, snorkel with sea lions and explore pristine islands fringed by white sand beaches on this introduction to the southern and eastern islands of the Galapagos.

Highlights

  • Spend four nights cruising the islands of the Galápagos
  • Snorkel with sea lions, turtles and tropical fish
  • Visit the Charles Darwin Foundation
  • Marvel at blue-footed boobies, flamingos, frigate birds and other species
  • Enjoy the white sand beaches of Española Island
  • Come face-to-face with 100-year-old giant tortoises

What's Included

  • Return flights from Quito to the Galapagos
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts in Quito
  • Shipboard accommodation in the Galapagos
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board the ship
  • Shore landings and panga cruises
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Visits to Jacinto Gordillo Breeding Centre and Charles Darwin Research Station
  • Experienced guides on board
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Financial protection

Full description

This taster of the beautiful Galapagos Islands sails from San Cristóbal to Santa Cruz, via the islands of Española and Floreana. Snorkelling and hiking amongst a wealth of wildlife, you may spot giant turtles, penguins, blue-footed boobies, sea lions, marine iguanas, frigate birds, waved albatross, flamingos and much, much more besides. A visit to the Charles Darwin Foundation will provide a greater understanding of the archipelago’s unique ecosystems and wildlife.

Throughout your small ship cruise you will be accompanied by a naturalist guide who will provide explanations for the habits and habitats of the many species you encounter.

Authentic holidays for passionate travellers

Prices & Dates

Prices are per person, based on a Lower Deck twin cabin

Departure Duration Vessel Prices from (pp)
11 Jan 2020 7 days Monserrat £2,299
25 Jan 2020 7 days Monserrat £2,299
08 Feb 2020 7 days Monserrat £2,299
22 Feb 2020 7 days Monserrat £2,299
07 Mar 2020 7 days Monserrat £2,239
21 Mar 2020 7 days Monserrat £2,299
04 Apr 2020 7 days Monserrat £2,359
18 Apr 2020 7 days Monserrat £2,299
02 May 2020 7 days Monserrat £2,359
16 May 2020 7 days Monserrat £2,359
30 May 2020 7 days Monserrat £2,359
13 Jun 2020 7 days Monserrat £2,239
27 Jun 2020 7 days Monserrat £2,299
03 Oct 2020 7 days Monserrat £2,299
17 Oct 2020 7 days Monserrat £2,299
31 Oct 2020 7 days Monserrat £2,299
14 Nov 2020 7 days Monserrat £2,399
28 Nov 2020 7 days Monserrat £2,399
12 Dec 2020 7 days Monserrat £2,399
26 Dec 2020 7 days Monserrat £2,459

What's Included

  • Return flights from Quito to the Galapagos
  • Return airport-ship transfers
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts in Quito pre- and post-cruise
  • Shipboard accommodation in the Galapagos
  • All breakfasts, lunches & dinners on board the ship
  • Shore landings and panga cruises
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Visits to Jacinto Gordillo Breeding Centre and Charles Darwin Research Station
  • Experienced guides on board
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection »

What's Not Included

  • Galapagos Islands Park entry fee of $100 USD per person, payable in cash at the airport upon arrival in the park.
  • Transit Control Card fee of $20 USD per person, payable in cash at Quito airport before boarding the flight to the Galapagos.

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: Quito, Ecuador

Arrive in Quito today and make your own way to your hotel. This evening a Welcome Meeting provides the chance to get to know your guide and follow travellers, and finalise arrangements for your adventure ahead. Overnight in a Quito hotel.

Day 2: Quito-San Cristóbal Island & embarkation

This morning you will transfer to the airport for an early morning flight to the Galapagos Islands. Here you will board the Monserrat, your home for the next few days. After lunch head to Isla Lobos, a tiny off-shore island which is home to a small colony of blue-footed boobies as well as two species of sea lions. Explore on foot or try snorkeling the crystal clear waters in the company of inquisitive sea lion pups.

Day 3: Cerro Brujo

Head ashore at Cerro Brujo (Witch Hill) on San Cristóbal’s north coast, where you may find sea lions, marine iguanas and seabirds in abundance. Continue inland into the highlands to visit a giant tortoise breeding centre. See newborns as well as full-grown adult tortoises, which can live well over 100 years.

Day 4: Bahia Gardner & Punta Suárez, Española Island

Enjoy the day on Española Island, one of the oldest in the archipelago. Visit the white sandy beach of Gardner Bay and snorkel amongst large tropical fish, including yellow-tailed surgeonfish, king angelfish, bump-head parrot fish and white-tipped reef sharks. Later head to Punta Suárez on the western tip of Española, where you may encounter surfing young sea lions and countless nesting sea birds, including the waved albatross. Follow the path up to the cliff-top for great views over the ocean, and watch sea birds gliding in the wind.

Day 5: Punta Cormorant, Floreana Island

Cruising on to Floreana Island, your day starts with a landing at Punta Cormorant. Discover two striking beaches: one with green sand, coloured by olivine crystals, and another with white sand particles known as 'Flour Beach'. Spend time observing flamingos and other shore birds feeding in the lagoon and spot penguins and marine iguanas at the water’s edge. Later head out to tiny Champion Islet, where you can snorkel with a playful sea lion colony as well as sea turtle, rays and tropical fish. Continuing to Post Office Bay you will learn about the island’s unique history, when English whaling vessels used a barrel in this location as a post office. Today this is used by visitors who can drop off and pick up unstamped letters to be delivered to destinations worldwide!

Day 6: Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island-Baltra-Quito

Your cruise ends on the island of Santa Cruz, with disembarkation this morning in Puerto Ayora. Today you will visit the renowned Charles Darwin Research Station to see the giant Galápagos tortoises, which have been brought back from the brink of extinction thanks to the excellent conservation work carried out here. Later you will be transferred to the airport on Baltra Island for your flight back to Quito. Overnight in a hotel in Quito tonight.

Day 7: Quito

Your adventure ends today after breakfast as you bid farewell to the rest of the group.

Notes

All voyage itineraries are intended as a guideline only - embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy of expedition travel. Actual routes and landings may be dependent on wildlife sightings and weather/sea conditions. A degree of flexibility is essential!

An extended 10-day version of this itinerary is also available, please contact us for details.

Monserrat

Grade: Simple

Type: Expedition Ship

The Monserrat is ideal for those wanting an affordable and sociable small ship cruise in the Galapagos.

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