Galápagos — South & Central Islands

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Highlights

• Come face-to-face with large colonies blue-footed boobies • Encounter flamingos and galapagos penguins • Gain a deeper understanding of the ecology of the Galápagos at the Charles Darwin Research Station • Choose to hike along or simple relax on the white-sand beaches of Española • Hike over the dramatic volcanic flows to a viewpoint on Bartolomé

Capacity: 16, Type: Small Ship Cruise
10 days from

£3039

* Current p/p indicative rate.

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Galápagos — South & Central 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.

Galápagos — South & Central Islands Highlights

• Come face-to-face with large colonies blue-footed boobies • Encounter flamingos and galapagos penguins • Gain a deeper understanding of the ecology of the Galápagos at the Charles Darwin Research Station • Choose to hike along or simple relax on the white-sand beaches of Española • Hike over the dramatic volcanic flows to a viewpoint on Bartolomé

Galápagos — South & Central Islands Dates & Prices

01 February, 2020 to 10 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
£ 3100 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £92 GBP pp)
Lower Deck Twin
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
Upper Deck Twin
£ 3294 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £92 GBP pp)
Upper Deck Twin
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
15 February, 2020 to 24 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
£ 3100 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £92 GBP pp)
Lower Deck Twin
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
Upper Deck Twin
£ 3294 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £92 GBP pp)
Upper Deck Twin
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
29 February, 2020 to 09 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
£ 3100 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £92 GBP pp)
Lower Deck Twin
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
Upper Deck Twin
£ 3294 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £92 GBP pp)
Upper Deck Twin
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
14 March, 2020 to 23 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.

Upper Deck Twin
£ 3232 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £92 GBP pp)
Upper Deck Twin
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
Lower Deck Twin
£ 3039 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £92 GBP pp)
Lower Deck Twin
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
28 March, 2020 to 06 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
£ 3100 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £92 GBP pp)
Lower Deck Twin
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
Upper Deck Twin
£ 3294 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £92 GBP pp)
Upper Deck Twin
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
11 April, 2020 to 20 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.

Upper Deck Twin
£ 3365 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £92 GBP pp)
Upper Deck Twin
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
Lower Deck Twin
£ 3161 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £92 GBP pp)
Lower Deck Twin
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
25 April, 2020 to 04 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
£ 3100 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £92 GBP pp)
Lower Deck Twin
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
Upper Deck Twin
£ 3294 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £92 GBP pp)
Upper Deck Twin
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
09 May, 2020 to 18 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
£ 3161 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £92 GBP pp)
Lower Deck Twin
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
Upper Deck Twin
£ 3365 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £92 GBP pp)
Upper Deck Twin
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
23 May, 2020 to 01 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.

Lower Deck Twin
£ 3161 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £92 GBP pp)
Lower Deck Twin
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
Upper Deck Twin
£ 3365 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £92 GBP pp)
Upper Deck Twin
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
01 August, 2020 to 10 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
£ 3100 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £92 GBP pp)
Lower Deck Twin
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
Upper Deck Twin
£ 3294 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £92 GBP pp)
Upper Deck Twin
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
15 August, 2020 to 24 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
£ 3039 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £92 GBP pp)
Lower Deck Twin
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
Upper Deck Twin
£ 3232 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £92 GBP pp)
Upper Deck Twin
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
29 August, 2020 to 07 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.

Upper Deck Twin
£ 3232 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £92 GBP pp)
Upper Deck Twin
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
Lower Deck Twin
£ 3039 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £92 GBP pp)
Lower Deck Twin
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
12 September, 2020 to 21 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
£ 3039 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £92 GBP pp)
Lower Deck Twin
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
Upper Deck Twin
£ 3232 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £92 GBP pp)
Upper Deck Twin
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
26 September, 2020 to 05 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.

Upper Deck Twin
£ 3232 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £92 GBP pp)
Upper Deck Twin
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
Lower Deck Twin
£ 3039 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £92 GBP pp)
Lower Deck Twin
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
10 October, 2020 to 19 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
£ 3039 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £92 GBP pp)
Lower Deck Twin
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
Upper Deck Twin
£ 3232 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £92 GBP pp)
Upper Deck Twin
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
24 October, 2020 to 02 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
£ 3039 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £92 GBP pp)
Lower Deck Twin
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
Upper Deck Twin
£ 3232 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £92 GBP pp)
Upper Deck Twin
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
07 November, 2020 to 16 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.

Upper Deck Twin
£ 3294 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £92 GBP pp)
Upper Deck Twin
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
Lower Deck Twin
£ 3100 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £92 GBP pp)
Lower Deck Twin
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
21 November, 2020 to 30 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.

Upper Deck Twin
£ 3294 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £92 GBP pp)
Upper Deck Twin
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
Lower Deck Twin
£ 3100 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £92 GBP pp)
Lower Deck Twin
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
05 December, 2020 to 14 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.

Upper Deck Twin
£ 3294 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £92 GBP pp)
Upper Deck Twin
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
Lower Deck Twin
£ 3100 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £92 GBP pp)
Lower Deck Twin
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
19 December, 2020 to 28 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.

Upper Deck Twin
£ 3365 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £92 GBP pp)
Upper Deck Twin
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
Lower Deck Twin
£ 3161 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card £92 GBP pp)
Lower Deck Twin
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.

Galápagos — South & Central Islands Itinerary

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Day 1 Quito
Arrive at any time. There are no planned activities, so check into the hotel and enjoy the city. Please look for notices in the hotel lobby for a time and location of the welcome meeting.
Day 2 Quito/Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
Fly to San Cristóbal Island. Meet the guide and transfer to the boat. Visit Isla Lobos in the afternoon. In the afternoon, transfer to the boat. Continue to Lobos Island and be welcomed by frolicking sea lions. While snorkelling in the calm clear waters, keep an eye out for a chance to see swimming sea lions underwater. 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. Please note: 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 North Seymour/Mosquera Island
Explore two tiny islands that are big on wildlife. North Seymour offers great views of nesting seabirds, including frigatebirds and Mosquera is home to large colonies of sea lions.
Day 4 Isla Santiago/Isla Bartolomé
Visit Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island to witness the giant lava formations contrasting the white-coral sand beach. Continue to Bartolomé Island for a guided tour to see the dramatic volcanic features before hiking to a panoramic viewpoint.
Day 5 Puerto Ayora
Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to see the giant Galápagos tortoises and go on an excursion to the Santa Cruz Highlands. Free time for shopping or exploration of Puerto Ayora. In the morning, arrive in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. Santa Cruz is the second biggest island in the Galápagos, and has the largest population. Puerto Ayora is its main town. In the afternoon, there may be the opportunity to visit the highlands and see giant land tortoises in the wild.
Day 6 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 7 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 excusion at the Corona del Diablo. 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. Despite the protection from the open sea provided by the "crown," 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 8 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 9 Puerto Baquerizo Moreno/Quito
Visit the Interpretation Centre on San Cristóbal Island before flying back to Quito. Reach San Cristóbal in the morning. Disembark after breakfast then visit the Interpretation Centre, and transfer to the airport for the flight to Quito. Transfer to the group hotel upon arrival, and enjoy one last night on the town. Flights from San Cristobal to Quito depart between 11:30am and 1:30pm depending on the day of the week. These will arrive into Quito between 4:00pm and 5:40pm 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 at 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 — South & Central Islands Map

Galápagos — South & Central Islands Ship

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

Galápagos — South & Central Islands What's Included

Galápagos — South & Central Islands Optional Extras

Quito City Tour

$50.00
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Overview
Highlights
Dates & Prices
Itinerary
Map
Ship
Optional Extras
10 days from

£3039

* Current p/p indicative rate.

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