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Galápagos — Central, East & South Islands

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 III 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.

29 October, 2019 to 07 November, 2019 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central, East & South Islands, departing on 29 October, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 3219 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3425 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
12 November, 2019 to 21 November, 2019 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central, East & South Islands, departing on 12 November, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 3285 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3489 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
26 November, 2019 to 05 December, 2019 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central, East & South Islands, departing on 26 November, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 3285 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3489 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
10 December, 2019 to 19 December, 2019 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central, East & South Islands, departing on 10 December, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 3285 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3489 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
24 December, 2019 to 02 January, 2020 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central, East & South Islands, departing on 24 December, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 3349 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3565 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
07 January, 2020 to 16 January, 2020 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central, East & South Islands, departing on 07 January, 2020

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 3285 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3489 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
21 January, 2020 to 30 January, 2020 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central, East & South Islands, departing on 21 January, 2020

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 3285 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3489 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
04 February, 2020 to 13 February, 2020 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central, East & South Islands, departing on 04 February, 2020

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 3285 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3489 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
18 February, 2020 to 27 February, 2020 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central, East & South Islands, departing on 18 February, 2020

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 3285 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3489 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
03 March, 2020 to 12 March, 2020 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central, East & South Islands, departing on 03 March, 2020

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 3219 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3425 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
17 March, 2020 to 26 March, 2020 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central, East & South Islands, departing on 17 March, 2020

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 3285 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3489 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
31 March, 2020 to 09 April, 2020 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central, East & South Islands, departing on 31 March, 2020

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 3285 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3489 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
14 April, 2020 to 23 April, 2020 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central, East & South Islands, departing on 14 April, 2020

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 3349 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3565 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
28 April, 2020 to 07 May, 2020 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central, East & South Islands, departing on 28 April, 2020

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 3285 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3489 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
12 May, 2020 to 21 May, 2020 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central, East & South Islands, departing on 12 May, 2020

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 3349 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3565 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
04 August, 2020 to 13 August, 2020 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central, East & South Islands, departing on 04 August, 2020

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 3285 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3489 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
18 August, 2020 to 27 August, 2020 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central, East & South Islands, departing on 18 August, 2020

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 3219 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3425 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
01 September, 2020 to 10 September, 2020 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central, East & South Islands, departing on 01 September, 2020

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 3219 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3425 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
15 September, 2020 to 24 September, 2020 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central, East & South Islands, departing on 15 September, 2020

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 3219 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3425 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
29 September, 2020 to 08 October, 2020 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central, East & South Islands, departing on 29 September, 2020

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 3219 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3425 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
13 October, 2020 to 22 October, 2020 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central, East & South Islands, departing on 13 October, 2020

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 3219 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3425 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
27 October, 2020 to 05 November, 2020 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central, East & South Islands, departing on 27 October, 2020

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 3219 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3425 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
10 November, 2020 to 19 November, 2020 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central, East & South Islands, departing on 10 November, 2020

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 3285 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3489 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
24 November, 2020 to 03 December, 2020 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central, East & South Islands, departing on 24 November, 2020

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 3285 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3489 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
08 December, 2020 to 17 December, 2020 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central, East & South Islands, departing on 08 December, 2020

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 3285 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3489 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
22 December, 2020 to 31 December, 2020 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central, East & South Islands, departing on 22 December, 2020

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 3349 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3565 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo

Galápagos — Central, East & South Islands itinerary:

show reverse itinerary
Day 1 Quito
Arrive at any time. Our representative will greet everyone at the hotel and brief the group on the various aspects of the tour. 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.
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. Flights from Quito to Baltra depart between 6:40am and 9:40am depending on the day of the week. These will arrive into the Galápagos between 9:30am and 12:30pm with a short refuelling stop in Guayaquil (you will not disembark the plane). You will generally arrive onto the boat in time for lunch on Day 2 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.
Day 3 Isla Rábida/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.
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 from the boat, 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.
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.
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.
Day 7 Punta Pitt/Kicker Rock
Morning landing at Punta Pitt and Islet Pitt. After, visit Cerro Brujo on San Cristóbal Island to observe the sea lions, marine iguanas, and seabirds along the beach. Continue to the dramatic Kicker Rock in the afternoon.
Day 8 Isla Santiago
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 the salt crater as well as a dark-sand beach and tidal pools.
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. Flights from Baltra to Quito depart between 10:00am and 1:00pm depending on the day of the week. These will arrive into Quito between 2:30pm and 5:30pm with a refuelling stop in Guayaquil (you will not disembark the plane). You will arrive back at the hotel in the early evening in time for dinner.
Day 10 Quito
Depart any time.
Please Note:
While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable.

Galápagos — Central, East & South Islands reverse itinerary:

show main itinerary
While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable.
Depart any time.
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. Flights from Baltra to Quito depart between 10:00am and 1:00pm depending on the day of the week. These will arrive into Quito between 2:30pm and 5:30pm with a refuelling stop in Guayaquil (you will not disembark the plane). You will arrive back at the hotel in the early evening in time for dinner.
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 the salt crater as well as a dark-sand beach and tidal pools.
Morning landing at Punta Pitt and Islet Pitt. After, visit Cerro Brujo on San Cristóbal Island to observe the sea lions, marine iguanas, and seabirds along the beach. Continue to the dramatic Kicker Rock in the afternoon.
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.
Visit Punta Suárez and Gardner Bay on Española Island. Enjoy guided walks to observe wildlife and free time for swimming or snorkelling.
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 from the boat, 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.
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.
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. Flights from Quito to Baltra depart between 6:40am and 9:40am depending on the day of the week. These will arrive into the Galápagos between 9:30am and 12:30pm with a short refuelling stop in Guayaquil (you will not disembark the plane). You will generally arrive onto the boat in time for lunch on Day 2 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.
Arrive at any time. Our representative will greet everyone at the hotel and brief the group on the various aspects of the tour. 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.
* = Indicative
Map for Galápagos — Central, East & South Islands
Xavier III, the ship servicing Galápagos — Central, East & South Islands

Xavier III

Vessel Type: Expedition Cruising

Length: 25.5m

Passenger Capacity: 16

Built/Refurbished: 1998

 

When it comes to our stellar fleet of Galápagos vessels, the Xavier III is made for both great value and great service. Imagine all the luxury of fresh gourmet food, daily excursions to explore the islands, and picturesque views of the area from the top deck – all this with an unbelievable price to boot.

Capacity: 16 passengers.

Cabins: Eight twin-occupancy cabins with private bathrooms and A/C. All cabins feature side by side berths located on the upper or lower deck.

Boat layout: Main deck features the lounge, bar and dining room with coffee station. A deck above is the Sundeck and Upper deck cabins. Interior lounge on main deck with TV & DVD player for daily briefings and presentations.

Cabin layout for Xavier III
• Come face-to-face with 200-year-old giant tortoises

• Explore large colonies of blue-footed boobies and marine iguanas on the volcanic rocks

• Discover three species of boobies and two species of frigatebirds nesting together at Punta Pitt

• Send a post card at Post Office Bay and bringing one home
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Optional extras & upgrades

Quito City Tour (50.00 USD)
This tour of Quito is perfect for seeing fascinating panoramas, churches, and historical architecture of Quito. Learn about colonial art, culture, legends, and traditions. The trip takes about 3.5 hours including the visit to the lookout point of El Panecillo. Trip includes English speaking guide/driver and private transportation. Entrance fees for the churches and Panecillo are not included in the price and are approx $9 USD pp.

Quito City Tour + Equator Line (60.00 USD)
Combination of City tour and Middle of the World Tour. This trip takes about 5 hours in total and includes English speaking guide/driver and private transportation. Entrances fees for City Tour : $6 USD (Churches), Equator line fees : $6 USD (Museums).

The Middle of the World (50.00 USD)
Driving 25 Kms. north of Quito, marks the exact Middle of the World, latitude 0º. Here you can stand with a foot on each hemisphere. We will visit the Inti ñan site museum (pathway of the sun), later we head up to Pululahua crater view point. Trip includes English speaking guide/driver and private transportation). Entrance fees for the Museums are not included in the price and are approx $9 USD pp.

Mindo Cloud Forest – Full Day (100.00 USD)
Mindo is a tiny town set amidst some of the most beautiful and peaceful countryside in the entire country. It is a centre for both nature and adventure activities. Go walking through the cloud forest and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the different waterfalls, take time to ride up the cable car with amazing views. Time for lunch in a local restaurant (not included) and visit a butterfly farm where you will be able to see an array of colorful humming birds for which Mindo is renowned. In the afternoon there is also the option of an organic chocolate tour. This trip takes about 9 hours and can depart everyday at 07h00 am (trip includes English speaking guide/driver and private transportation). Allow: $10 USD for lunch and $20 USD for entrance fees.

Otavalo Market (100.00 USD)
The Otavalo market is considered one the biggest and best native markets in South America. Here you can find an extremely wide variety of handicrafts made in Ecuador. On the way we visit the village of Calderon to see the bread figures and Cayambe to taste the typical ‘biscochos’ (local biscuits). After you have explored the Otavalo market, we go to the leather market at Cotacachi or Peguche the weaving town. This trip takes about 8 hours and can depart everyday at 08h00 am (trip includes English speaking guide/driver and private transportation)

Cotopaxi Volcano (100.00 USD)
Cotopaxi Volcano National Park is the highest active volcano in the world (5897 m). We visit a museum in the park and hike around a lagoon at the bottom of the volcano. We then continue by car up the volcano to the parking lot, at over 4500m. Then we walk approximately 1.5hrs to the refuge at 4800m, and after a short break, continue to the glacier (if the weather holds out). This trip takes about 8 hours and can depart everyday at 07h00 am (trip includes guide/driver in English and private transportation)

Papallacta Hot Springs (100.00 USD)
Two hours drive to the east are the Termas de Papallacta. Things to do:
 a) Hot springs pools with different temperatures and sizes with views of the Antisana volcano 5750m. b) Trekking up the river
 on marked path c) Horseback rides
 - extra cost d) Relax in the new spa recently inaugurated (spa services not Included in entrance fee cost.) Important Note: - Lunch not included - Return to Quito in the afternoon. - This tour provides transport service only - Full day tour