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Galapagos Cruise A (Solaris)

This exclusive 7-night itinerary primarily explores the remote western islands of Isabela and pristine Fernandina, which are both just recently born out of fire. After navigating clockwise around Isabela we will return to the heart of the archipelago to visit several sites on Santiago and its satellite islets, before finishing on and around Santa Cruz and North Seymour. This cruise itinerary includes two nights of quiet rest at fairly calm anchorage-sites.

07 January, 2020 to 14 January, 2020 Make a booking request for Galapagos Cruise A (Solaris), 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.

Cabin £ 4975 GBP pp (+ Galapagos National Park entrance fee + Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
11 cabins - 5 cabins with a single bed. 4 cabins with a queen bed + single. 2 cabins with a queen bed + one double sofa bed.
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21 January, 2020 to 28 January, 2020 Make a booking request for Galapagos Cruise A (Solaris), 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.

Cabin £ 4975 GBP pp (+ Galapagos National Park entrance fee + Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
11 cabins - 5 cabins with a single bed. 4 cabins with a queen bed + single. 2 cabins with a queen bed + one double sofa bed.
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04 February, 2020 to 11 February, 2020 Make a booking request for Galapagos Cruise A (Solaris), 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.

Cabin £ 4975 GBP pp (+ Galapagos National Park entrance fee + Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
11 cabins - 5 cabins with a single bed. 4 cabins with a queen bed + single. 2 cabins with a queen bed + one double sofa bed.
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18 February, 2020 to 25 February, 2020 Make a booking request for Galapagos Cruise A (Solaris), 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.

Cabin £ 4975 GBP pp (+ Galapagos National Park entrance fee + Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
11 cabins - 5 cabins with a single bed. 4 cabins with a queen bed + single. 2 cabins with a queen bed + one double sofa bed.
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03 March, 2020 to 10 March, 2020 Make a booking request for Galapagos Cruise A (Solaris), 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.

Cabin £ 4975 GBP pp (+ Galapagos National Park entrance fee + Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
11 cabins - 5 cabins with a single bed. 4 cabins with a queen bed + single. 2 cabins with a queen bed + one double sofa bed.
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17 March, 2020 to 24 March, 2020 Make a booking request for Galapagos Cruise A (Solaris), 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.

Cabin £ 4975 GBP pp (+ Galapagos National Park entrance fee + Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
11 cabins - 5 cabins with a single bed. 4 cabins with a queen bed + single. 2 cabins with a queen bed + one double sofa bed.
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31 March, 2020 to 07 April, 2020 Make a booking request for Galapagos Cruise A (Solaris), 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.

Cabin £ 4975 GBP pp (+ Galapagos National Park entrance fee + Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
11 cabins - 5 cabins with a single bed. 4 cabins with a queen bed + single. 2 cabins with a queen bed + one double sofa bed.
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28 April, 2020 to 05 May, 2020 Make a booking request for Galapagos Cruise A (Solaris), 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.

Cabin £ 4975 GBP pp (+ Galapagos National Park entrance fee + Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
11 cabins - 5 cabins with a single bed. 4 cabins with a queen bed + single. 2 cabins with a queen bed + one double sofa bed.
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12 May, 2020 to 19 May, 2020 Make a booking request for Galapagos Cruise A (Solaris), 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.

Cabin £ 4975 GBP pp (+ Galapagos National Park entrance fee + Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
11 cabins - 5 cabins with a single bed. 4 cabins with a queen bed + single. 2 cabins with a queen bed + one double sofa bed.
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09 June, 2020 to 16 June, 2020 Make a booking request for Galapagos Cruise A (Solaris), departing on 09 June, 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.

Cabin £ 4975 GBP pp (+ Galapagos National Park entrance fee + Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
11 cabins - 5 cabins with a single bed. 4 cabins with a queen bed + single. 2 cabins with a queen bed + one double sofa bed.
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23 June, 2020 to 30 June, 2020 Make a booking request for Galapagos Cruise A (Solaris), departing on 23 June, 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.

Cabin £ 4975 GBP pp (+ Galapagos National Park entrance fee + Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
11 cabins - 5 cabins with a single bed. 4 cabins with a queen bed + single. 2 cabins with a queen bed + one double sofa bed.
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07 July, 2020 to 14 July, 2020 Make a booking request for Galapagos Cruise A (Solaris), departing on 07 July, 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.

Cabin £ 4975 GBP pp (+ Galapagos National Park entrance fee + Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
11 cabins - 5 cabins with a single bed. 4 cabins with a queen bed + single. 2 cabins with a queen bed + one double sofa bed.
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21 July, 2020 to 28 July, 2020 Make a booking request for Galapagos Cruise A (Solaris), departing on 21 July, 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.

Cabin £ 4975 GBP pp (+ Galapagos National Park entrance fee + Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
11 cabins - 5 cabins with a single bed. 4 cabins with a queen bed + single. 2 cabins with a queen bed + one double sofa bed.
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04 August, 2020 to 11 August, 2020 Make a booking request for Galapagos Cruise A (Solaris), 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.

Cabin £ 4975 GBP pp (+ Galapagos National Park entrance fee + Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
11 cabins - 5 cabins with a single bed. 4 cabins with a queen bed + single. 2 cabins with a queen bed + one double sofa bed.
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18 August, 2020 to 25 August, 2020 Make a booking request for Galapagos Cruise A (Solaris), 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.

Cabin £ 4975 GBP pp (+ Galapagos National Park entrance fee + Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
11 cabins - 5 cabins with a single bed. 4 cabins with a queen bed + single. 2 cabins with a queen bed + one double sofa bed.
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01 September, 2020 to 08 September, 2020 Make a booking request for Galapagos Cruise A (Solaris), 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.

Cabin £ 4975 GBP pp (+ Galapagos National Park entrance fee + Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
11 cabins - 5 cabins with a single bed. 4 cabins with a queen bed + single. 2 cabins with a queen bed + one double sofa bed.
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15 September, 2020 to 22 September, 2020 Make a booking request for Galapagos Cruise A (Solaris), 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.

Cabin £ 4975 GBP pp (+ Galapagos National Park entrance fee + Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
11 cabins - 5 cabins with a single bed. 4 cabins with a queen bed + single. 2 cabins with a queen bed + one double sofa bed.
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29 September, 2020 to 06 October, 2020 Make a booking request for Galapagos Cruise A (Solaris), 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.

Cabin £ 4975 GBP pp (+ Galapagos National Park entrance fee + Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
11 cabins - 5 cabins with a single bed. 4 cabins with a queen bed + single. 2 cabins with a queen bed + one double sofa bed.
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13 October, 2020 to 20 October, 2020 Make a booking request for Galapagos Cruise A (Solaris), 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.

Cabin £ 4975 GBP pp (+ Galapagos National Park entrance fee + Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
11 cabins - 5 cabins with a single bed. 4 cabins with a queen bed + single. 2 cabins with a queen bed + one double sofa bed.
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27 October, 2020 to 03 November, 2020 Make a booking request for Galapagos Cruise A (Solaris), 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.

Cabin £ 4975 GBP pp (+ Galapagos National Park entrance fee + Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
11 cabins - 5 cabins with a single bed. 4 cabins with a queen bed + single. 2 cabins with a queen bed + one double sofa bed.
view cabin photo
10 November, 2020 to 17 November, 2020 Make a booking request for Galapagos Cruise A (Solaris), 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.

Cabin £ 4975 GBP pp (+ Galapagos National Park entrance fee + Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
11 cabins - 5 cabins with a single bed. 4 cabins with a queen bed + single. 2 cabins with a queen bed + one double sofa bed.
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24 November, 2020 to 01 December, 2020 Make a booking request for Galapagos Cruise A (Solaris), 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.

Cabin £ 4975 GBP pp (+ Galapagos National Park entrance fee + Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
11 cabins - 5 cabins with a single bed. 4 cabins with a queen bed + single. 2 cabins with a queen bed + one double sofa bed.
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08 December, 2020 to 15 December, 2020 Make a booking request for Galapagos Cruise A (Solaris), 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.

Cabin £ 4975 GBP pp (+ Galapagos National Park entrance fee + Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
11 cabins - 5 cabins with a single bed. 4 cabins with a queen bed + single. 2 cabins with a queen bed + one double sofa bed.
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22 December, 2020 to 29 December, 2020 Make a booking request for Galapagos Cruise A (Solaris), 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.

Cabin £ 5307 GBP pp (+ Galapagos National Park entrance fee + Transit Control Card £100 GBP pp)
11 cabins - 5 cabins with a single bed. 4 cabins with a queen bed + single. 2 cabins with a queen bed + one double sofa bed.
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Galapagos Cruise A (Solaris) itinerary:

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Day 1 – Tuesday AM – Arrival at Baltra Airport PM – Bachas (Santa Cruz)
AM – Arrival at Baltra Airport Upon arrival at Seymour Ecological Airport, a check-up is carried out rst, to ensure that no foreign plant or animal species are introduced on the islands. Furthermore, your TCC (Transit Control Card) is stamped; this must be kept safe during your trip, as it has to be presented again on your return ight. In addition, entrance to the Galapagos National Park is due for entry (US $ 100), if this has not yet been paid. Your guide will meet you at the airport, assist you with the luggage and accompany you on the short bus ride to the harbour of Puerto Ayora. Here you will climb aboard the yacht San Jose. After greeting the crew and the captain, your cabins will be assigned to you and then you will enjoy your rst lunch on-board. PM – Bachas (Santa Cruz) These two small beaches are located in the west of the Turtle Cove on Santa Cruz. Their sand consists of decomposed corals, which makes it white and soft. This makes it the favorite nesting site for sea turtles. Behind one of the beaches there are small water lagoons, where amingos and other coastal birds, such as black-necked stilt birds and rainbows, can occasionally be spotted. On the second beach, which is the wider one, you can explore the remains of two abandoned warships. In the Second World War these were left by the US, as the island of Baltra was used as a strategic point for the protection of the Panama Canal. After this excursion, you will be escorted to the airport for your ight to Quito or Guayaquil.
Day 2 – Wednesday AM – Whitetip reef shark channel (Isabela) PM – Wetlands, Wall of tears, Tortoise breeding centre (Isabela)
AM – Whitetip reef shark channel (Isabela) Just outside the harbour of Puerto Villamil a group of islets protrude just above the ocean. The jagged black formations, dotted with mangrove and candelabra cactus, are the remnants of a lava stream that has ended up in the ocean. Marine life gets trapped, including spectacular whitetip reef sharks (called “tintoreras” in Spanish, as is the site’s ofcial name). This species of shark is fairly common in the archipelago, and generally spotted on the seabed when snorkelling, while they rest from their nocturnal hunts. At this unique location you can observe them comfortably from the bank in the crystal-clear turquoise waters. Sometimes turtles and elegant white-spotted eagle rays or golden rays glide back and forth through this calm channel, as well as smaller sh and Galapagos sea lions. Also, this is where the largest species of marine iguanas reproduce. The rocky shoreline with its intertidal life also attracts sally lightfoot crabs, lava herons and Galapagos penguins, which reside on the other (western) side of Isabela. PM – Wetlands, Wall of tears, Tortoise breeding centre (Isabela) After lunch aboard you will visit the local tortoise breeding centre, where you can see hundreds of giant Galapagos tortoises of all sizes. The vulnerable hatchlings are not gigantic at all, even smaller than the size of your hand! This project just outside Puerto Villamil was created to rescue the endangered populations of Isabela’s both southernmost volcanoes. In Puerto Villamil and the surrounding wetlands there is the historical ‘Wall of tears’ (national cultural heritage), where prisoners were punished and forced to build this long wall of lava clocks. Also, you might have the chance to see American amingos. At the end of the afternoon you will have some free time to explore the village and/or its beach.
Day 3 – Thursday AM – Moreno Point (Isabela) PM – Mangle Point (Fernandina) & Tagus Cove (Isabela)
AM – Moreno Point (Isabela) Punta Moreno is located between the volcanoes Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul, on the north coast of Isabela Island. The trail leads along the lava river Pahoehoe to a complex of several coastal lagoons. The main attraction are various bird species which can be found in lakes and mangrove forests. PM – Mangle Point (Fernandina) & Tagus Cove (Isabela) We will enter the Bolivar Channel to Tagus Cove (navigation time: 3h). Meanwhile you can enjoy the delicious lunch buffet before snorkelling and visiting Tagus Cove. Explosive eruptions have blown out a part of the outer rims of both tuff cones, and created their characteristic horseshoe shapes and Tagus Cove. The inner crater rim contains Darwin Lake. Traditionally sailors started to write the names of their vessels on the eastern cliffs of Tagus cove. During the hike along the inner crater ridge of Darwin Lake you can continue to a great viewpoint on the outer caldera rim, with views to the outstretched lava slopes of Darwin Volcano. This arid inland zone is overgrown with characteristic tropical dry forest vegetation including a special variety of palo santo, Galapagos cotton and yellow cordia (muyuyu). During the hike you can spot different Darwin’s nches, ycatchers and Galapagos hawks.
Day 4 - Friday AM - Espinoza Point (Fernandina) PM - Vicente Roca Point (Isabela)
AM - Espinoza Point (Fernandina) Espinoza Point is Fernandina’s only terrestrial visitors site, and one of the few locations where you will nd some bizarre outgrowths of natural selection. The gurehead is the emblematic ightless cormorant that lives exclusively in the remote west of Galapagos, and could be considered as the ‘holy grail of evolution’. You will also love the almost unworldly views with the dominating cone of Volcán La Cumbre as a spectacular backdrop. The narrow headland that you walk along is the end of a lava tongue that has reached the coast and solidied upon contact with the cold seawater. PM - Vicente Roca Point (Isabela) Whilst having lunch we will cross the Bolivar Channel for the last time to Vicente Roca Point, just at the mouth of Isabela’s seahorse-shape. While entering a dark cave below a spectacular arch, roaring echoes of the waves will accompany you. Just around the corner the collapsed amphitheatre of Volcan Ecuador offers another impressive view. The calmer waters of the coves are well-protected against the ocean swell and are a fairly cold, but great place for snorkelling amongst various species of shark, penguins, puffer sh and even seahorses!
Day 5 - Saturday AM - Espumilla Beach, Buccaneer Cove (Santiago) PM - Puerto Egas (Santiago)
AM: Espumilla Beach, Buccaneer Cove (Santiago) Espumilla Beach is a visitor’s site at the northern end of James Bay, on the western coast of Santiago. This beach has been revived as an important breeding site for turtles, as it is no longer suffering from digging wild pigs. The turtles return year after year to bury their eggs into the cinnamon coloured sand dunes.The beach ridge hides a mangle with two picturesque lagoons. The colony of American amingos and aquatic birds used to be its main attraction, but after the climate phenomenon of El Niño, strong sedimentation altered the brackish water environment, and it no longer contains their food. During the climb of a hill you will be rewarded with a beautiful overview of the transitions from sea into beach into mangrove into dry palo santo forest. PM: Puerto Egas (Santiago) At lunchtime we will navigate south to Puerto Egas with its famous fur seal grottos, where you will enjoy another, very different guided walk along the coastline. Its masterly sculptured coastline of black basalts and polished multi-coloured ash-layers forms a photogenic scene with collapsed lava tunnels, natural arches, caves and blowholes such as ‘Darwin’s toilet’. In a grotto directly below a spectacular rock arch at the end of the beach, a colony of sea lions occupies the shade. Hundreds of sally lightfoot crabs seem even brighter orange against the black rocks.
Day 6 - Sunday AM - Rabida PM - Chinese Hat
AM: Rabida After lunch and a ‘wet landing’ on the remarkable red beach of Rabida, there are two short guided hikes. Oxidised iron particles give the rocks and sand their rusty colour. The beach wall holds a shallow green-fringed lagoon; this oasis is the most fertile place on the otherwise arid islet, which is overgrown with leaf-dropping palo santo trees. The salty pool attracts all kind of aquatic birds, like pintails and sometimes American amingos. Between the evergreen foliage of the surrounding mangrove bushes many species of songbirds hide and breed. One of the most outstanding attractions is the major breeding colony of brown pelicans, the only ones in the world that plunge-dive. On return you will be picked up by the inatable dinghies, to get ready for snorkelling. PM: Chinese Hat Chinese Hat is a 52m/170ft high volcanic cone, forming another islet off the rocky coast of Santiago, where a small colony of Galapagos penguins has settled. Because its primordial re has been extinguished recently, this is an excellent place to learn more about volcanism, lava bombs and lava tunnels. On the beach you can also nd curious pillow-type lavas with coral heads on top! These spheres have a submarine origin before being lifted above sea level. Beaches of white coral sand grow, and holes in the eroding lava elds are lled up with lava sand, which enables rooting. Galapagos sea lions and countless marine iguanas contribute to fertilsation. This all together creates more favourable options for newcomers, like saltbush and the discolouring sesuvium carpet. Colonisation of Chinese Hat can occur in a much higher pace than elsewhere, hence Santiago is just a stone’s throw away
Day 7 – Monday AM - Charles Darwin Station (Santa Cruz) PM - Highlands (Santa Cruz)
AM: Charles Darwin Station (Santa Cruz) Our dinghies will bring you to the touristic pier of Puerto Ayora, from where you will be brought to the Charles Darwin Research Station. This is where biological research and indispensable conservation management of this unique archipelago are carried out. The complex houses interpretation and information centres about the National Park and the Galapagos Marine Reserve. The most memorable part of your visit will probably be the successful breeding centre and the enclosures with Galapagos giant tortoises. Afterwards you usually can spend some free time in the cozy town, before having lunch aboard. PM: Highlands (Santa Cruz) Because wild Galapagos giant tortoises don’t stop at ofcial National Park boundaries, dozens of them also roam on the adjacent woodlands in the populated agricultural zone of Santa Cruz. Thanks to their concentration around their favourite muddy pools, these semi-open pastures and moist scalesia-woodlands are the best place for a quick visit.
Day 8 - Tuesday AM - North Seymour Transfer to Baltra Airport
AM: North Seymour The tabletop islet of North Seymour is an uplifted part of the seabed. Between the dry shrubs you might perceive a Galapagos land iguana. You can spot lots of seabirds, such as brown pelicans, red-billed tropicbirds, endemic swallow-tailed gulls and seasonally even Nazca boobies. But the main attraction are the archipelago’s most extensive breeding colonies of blue-footed boobies and frigatebirds. At the start of the breeding season adult frigatebird-males blow up their vivid red pouches to impressive football-sized balloons. After this tour, the dinghy will bring you and your luggage to Baltra, where we take the airport shuttle. Transfer to Baltra Airport
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Itineraries are subject to change.

Galapagos Cruise A (Solaris) reverse itinerary:

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Itineraries are subject to change.
AM: North Seymour The tabletop islet of North Seymour is an uplifted part of the seabed. Between the dry shrubs you might perceive a Galapagos land iguana. You can spot lots of seabirds, such as brown pelicans, red-billed tropicbirds, endemic swallow-tailed gulls and seasonally even Nazca boobies. But the main attraction are the archipelago’s most extensive breeding colonies of blue-footed boobies and frigatebirds. At the start of the breeding season adult frigatebird-males blow up their vivid red pouches to impressive football-sized balloons. After this tour, the dinghy will bring you and your luggage to Baltra, where we take the airport shuttle. Transfer to Baltra Airport
AM: Charles Darwin Station (Santa Cruz) Our dinghies will bring you to the touristic pier of Puerto Ayora, from where you will be brought to the Charles Darwin Research Station. This is where biological research and indispensable conservation management of this unique archipelago are carried out. The complex houses interpretation and information centres about the National Park and the Galapagos Marine Reserve. The most memorable part of your visit will probably be the successful breeding centre and the enclosures with Galapagos giant tortoises. Afterwards you usually can spend some free time in the cozy town, before having lunch aboard. PM: Highlands (Santa Cruz) Because wild Galapagos giant tortoises don’t stop at ofcial National Park boundaries, dozens of them also roam on the adjacent woodlands in the populated agricultural zone of Santa Cruz. Thanks to their concentration around their favourite muddy pools, these semi-open pastures and moist scalesia-woodlands are the best place for a quick visit.
AM: Rabida After lunch and a ‘wet landing’ on the remarkable red beach of Rabida, there are two short guided hikes. Oxidised iron particles give the rocks and sand their rusty colour. The beach wall holds a shallow green-fringed lagoon; this oasis is the most fertile place on the otherwise arid islet, which is overgrown with leaf-dropping palo santo trees. The salty pool attracts all kind of aquatic birds, like pintails and sometimes American amingos. Between the evergreen foliage of the surrounding mangrove bushes many species of songbirds hide and breed. One of the most outstanding attractions is the major breeding colony of brown pelicans, the only ones in the world that plunge-dive. On return you will be picked up by the inatable dinghies, to get ready for snorkelling. PM: Chinese Hat Chinese Hat is a 52m/170ft high volcanic cone, forming another islet off the rocky coast of Santiago, where a small colony of Galapagos penguins has settled. Because its primordial re has been extinguished recently, this is an excellent place to learn more about volcanism, lava bombs and lava tunnels. On the beach you can also nd curious pillow-type lavas with coral heads on top! These spheres have a submarine origin before being lifted above sea level. Beaches of white coral sand grow, and holes in the eroding lava elds are lled up with lava sand, which enables rooting. Galapagos sea lions and countless marine iguanas contribute to fertilsation. This all together creates more favourable options for newcomers, like saltbush and the discolouring sesuvium carpet. Colonisation of Chinese Hat can occur in a much higher pace than elsewhere, hence Santiago is just a stone’s throw away
AM: Espumilla Beach, Buccaneer Cove (Santiago) Espumilla Beach is a visitor’s site at the northern end of James Bay, on the western coast of Santiago. This beach has been revived as an important breeding site for turtles, as it is no longer suffering from digging wild pigs. The turtles return year after year to bury their eggs into the cinnamon coloured sand dunes.The beach ridge hides a mangle with two picturesque lagoons. The colony of American amingos and aquatic birds used to be its main attraction, but after the climate phenomenon of El Niño, strong sedimentation altered the brackish water environment, and it no longer contains their food. During the climb of a hill you will be rewarded with a beautiful overview of the transitions from sea into beach into mangrove into dry palo santo forest. PM: Puerto Egas (Santiago) At lunchtime we will navigate south to Puerto Egas with its famous fur seal grottos, where you will enjoy another, very different guided walk along the coastline. Its masterly sculptured coastline of black basalts and polished multi-coloured ash-layers forms a photogenic scene with collapsed lava tunnels, natural arches, caves and blowholes such as ‘Darwin’s toilet’. In a grotto directly below a spectacular rock arch at the end of the beach, a colony of sea lions occupies the shade. Hundreds of sally lightfoot crabs seem even brighter orange against the black rocks.
AM - Espinoza Point (Fernandina) Espinoza Point is Fernandina’s only terrestrial visitors site, and one of the few locations where you will nd some bizarre outgrowths of natural selection. The gurehead is the emblematic ightless cormorant that lives exclusively in the remote west of Galapagos, and could be considered as the ‘holy grail of evolution’. You will also love the almost unworldly views with the dominating cone of Volcán La Cumbre as a spectacular backdrop. The narrow headland that you walk along is the end of a lava tongue that has reached the coast and solidied upon contact with the cold seawater. PM - Vicente Roca Point (Isabela) Whilst having lunch we will cross the Bolivar Channel for the last time to Vicente Roca Point, just at the mouth of Isabela’s seahorse-shape. While entering a dark cave below a spectacular arch, roaring echoes of the waves will accompany you. Just around the corner the collapsed amphitheatre of Volcan Ecuador offers another impressive view. The calmer waters of the coves are well-protected against the ocean swell and are a fairly cold, but great place for snorkelling amongst various species of shark, penguins, puffer sh and even seahorses!
AM – Moreno Point (Isabela) Punta Moreno is located between the volcanoes Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul, on the north coast of Isabela Island. The trail leads along the lava river Pahoehoe to a complex of several coastal lagoons. The main attraction are various bird species which can be found in lakes and mangrove forests. PM – Mangle Point (Fernandina) & Tagus Cove (Isabela) We will enter the Bolivar Channel to Tagus Cove (navigation time: 3h). Meanwhile you can enjoy the delicious lunch buffet before snorkelling and visiting Tagus Cove. Explosive eruptions have blown out a part of the outer rims of both tuff cones, and created their characteristic horseshoe shapes and Tagus Cove. The inner crater rim contains Darwin Lake. Traditionally sailors started to write the names of their vessels on the eastern cliffs of Tagus cove. During the hike along the inner crater ridge of Darwin Lake you can continue to a great viewpoint on the outer caldera rim, with views to the outstretched lava slopes of Darwin Volcano. This arid inland zone is overgrown with characteristic tropical dry forest vegetation including a special variety of palo santo, Galapagos cotton and yellow cordia (muyuyu). During the hike you can spot different Darwin’s nches, ycatchers and Galapagos hawks.
AM – Whitetip reef shark channel (Isabela) Just outside the harbour of Puerto Villamil a group of islets protrude just above the ocean. The jagged black formations, dotted with mangrove and candelabra cactus, are the remnants of a lava stream that has ended up in the ocean. Marine life gets trapped, including spectacular whitetip reef sharks (called “tintoreras” in Spanish, as is the site’s ofcial name). This species of shark is fairly common in the archipelago, and generally spotted on the seabed when snorkelling, while they rest from their nocturnal hunts. At this unique location you can observe them comfortably from the bank in the crystal-clear turquoise waters. Sometimes turtles and elegant white-spotted eagle rays or golden rays glide back and forth through this calm channel, as well as smaller sh and Galapagos sea lions. Also, this is where the largest species of marine iguanas reproduce. The rocky shoreline with its intertidal life also attracts sally lightfoot crabs, lava herons and Galapagos penguins, which reside on the other (western) side of Isabela. PM – Wetlands, Wall of tears, Tortoise breeding centre (Isabela) After lunch aboard you will visit the local tortoise breeding centre, where you can see hundreds of giant Galapagos tortoises of all sizes. The vulnerable hatchlings are not gigantic at all, even smaller than the size of your hand! This project just outside Puerto Villamil was created to rescue the endangered populations of Isabela’s both southernmost volcanoes. In Puerto Villamil and the surrounding wetlands there is the historical ‘Wall of tears’ (national cultural heritage), where prisoners were punished and forced to build this long wall of lava clocks. Also, you might have the chance to see American amingos. At the end of the afternoon you will have some free time to explore the village and/or its beach.
AM – Arrival at Baltra Airport Upon arrival at Seymour Ecological Airport, a check-up is carried out rst, to ensure that no foreign plant or animal species are introduced on the islands. Furthermore, your TCC (Transit Control Card) is stamped; this must be kept safe during your trip, as it has to be presented again on your return ight. In addition, entrance to the Galapagos National Park is due for entry (US $ 100), if this has not yet been paid. Your guide will meet you at the airport, assist you with the luggage and accompany you on the short bus ride to the harbour of Puerto Ayora. Here you will climb aboard the yacht San Jose. After greeting the crew and the captain, your cabins will be assigned to you and then you will enjoy your rst lunch on-board. PM – Bachas (Santa Cruz) These two small beaches are located in the west of the Turtle Cove on Santa Cruz. Their sand consists of decomposed corals, which makes it white and soft. This makes it the favorite nesting site for sea turtles. Behind one of the beaches there are small water lagoons, where amingos and other coastal birds, such as black-necked stilt birds and rainbows, can occasionally be spotted. On the second beach, which is the wider one, you can explore the remains of two abandoned warships. In the Second World War these were left by the US, as the island of Baltra was used as a strategic point for the protection of the Panama Canal. After this excursion, you will be escorted to the airport for your ight to Quito or Guayaquil.
* = Indicative
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Solaris

Vessel Type: Motor Yacht

Passenger Capacity: 16

Lenght: 36 m

Built: 2019

Welcome aboard Motor Yacht Solaris! This beautiful and modern yacht comprises comfort and relaxation into one. There’s a special and unique feature that can’t be underestimated - this Galapagos cruise is 100% solo traveller friendly! You can forget about single supplement headaches and join one of our 5 main deck cabins! Furthermore, our trained crew & cruise director, assisted by our naturalist guide, will be ready to serve your every need, making your stay as comfortable as possible.

• Great & American Frigatebird

• Galapagos Penguin

• Green Sea Turtle

• Whitetip reef Shark

• Booby colonies

• Galapagos Sea Lion

• Galapagos giant tortoise

• Marine Iguana

• Flightless Cormorant
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