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5-DAY FIRST CLASS VACATION ON BOARD THE M/V SANTA CRUZ II – FROM $3,604

CRUISE SAILS ON MONDAY FROM BALTRA UNTIL DEC 11, 2017

    This 5-day Santa Cruz II Galapagos Cruise North Islands vacation package on board the First Class M/V Santa Cruz II takes you to Santa Cruz Island, Santiago Island, Rabida Island, Bartolome Island, Genovesa Island, and San Cristobal Island.

    The Expedition style Santa Cruz II boasts five spacious decks, with modern interiors designed by renowned ship designer, Richard Nilsson. Created with the ethos of stylish simplicity at its heart, the boat ensures sumptuous surroundings from which to take in the magnificent vistas of the enchanted islands. She sleeps ninety guests in fifty cabins decorated in contemporary design spanning three decks. Guests can choose from luxuriously appointed single, double and quad cabins, or opt for one of the three even more exclusive Darwin Suites, an exceptional standard of accommodation on the Panorama Deck, where guests will receive elevated service and carefully refined extras such as a take-home Galápagos coffee table book, a tablet loan for each cabin, complimentary drinks and VIP lounge access at the Galápagos Islands airport.

     
    • 5-Day/4-Night Cruise Program with morning and afternoon explorations of the Galapagos Northern Islands
    • Services of Certified Naturalist Guides
    • All Meals on board

    • Snorkeling Opportunities and Glass Bottom Boat Rides
    • English-speaking local hosts and guides
    • Personalized service of our Ecuador-based partners

    Day by Day Itinerary: Santa Cruz II Galapagos Cruise North Islands

    DAY 1 | MONDAY | Welcome to Baltra | L.D.


    Following the morning arrival at Baltra Airport, we will board the M/V Santa Cruz II for a 4-night cruise in the cabin of your choice: Horizon Deck Explorer or Expedition Deck Explorer Cabin with daily explorations of the northern islands: Las Bachas in Santa Cruz Island, Buccaneer Cove and Puerto Egas in Santiago Island, Red Beach in Rabida Island, Bartolome Island, Prince Phillip Steps and Darwin Bay in Genovesa Island, and the Tortoise Breeding Center in San Cristobal Island.

    Once on board the M/V Santa Cruz II the cabins will be assigned, followed by an introductory briefing and lunch.

    Las Bachas (Santa Cruz Island) This beautiful visitor site is located on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, a glorious white beach with several brackish lagoons only a few steps away from the sea. These lagoons are the feeding grounds of various wading birds, from stilts to flamingos. This is a great opportunity to get acquainted with snorkeling gear and techniques. Welcome cocktail, expedition plan for Tuesday and dinner.

    DAY 2 | TUESDAY | B.L.D.


    Buccaneer Cove (Santiago Island): After breakfast, we explore the coastline along the impressive cliffs of Buccaneer Cove, learning about the area’s distant and recent history. The cove is home to a large number of marine birds, sea lions, and inter-tidal organisms. Enjoy fantastic natural formations such as the Elephant Rock, The Bishop, and an impressive natural cave. This is a great site for snorkeling or panga ride.

    Puerto Egas (Santiago Island): Once we disembark at the beach, we can enjoy a swim or snorkel amid a rocky shoreline, usually in the company of marine turtles. From here, we head off to our walk, a great opportunity to see land and marine birds amid landscape of tuff-stone layers and lava flows.  At low tide, marine iguanas graze upon the algae beds and we can also observe a colony of fur-sea lions.  Non-snorkelers can enjoy a longer walk.

    DAY 3 | WEDNESDAY | B.L.D.


    Rabida Island: After breakfast, we land on Rabida Island’s red-colored beach, caused by the unusually high content of iron in the volcanic material. Our walk brings us close to a large colony of sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin’s finches. Very close to the beach, a salt pond hosts migrating greater flamingos at certain times of year. This is a great place to snorkel from the beach, both for beginners as well as for experienced snorkelers, due to the unique combination of underwater species and submarine landscapes. Non-snorkelers will enjoy a ride on the glass bottom boat or a panga ride. During navigation to our next island, dolphins are often spotted!

    Bartolome Island: We land at Bartolome for a hike to the summit of this diminutive island that boasts fantastic views of the archipelago. This is a moderately steep climb aided by a wooden staircase, resting platforms and handrails – the view from the top is worth the effort! Following our walk, we take to the pangas and the glass bottom boat for a ride around the colossal Pinnacle Rock, and then land at the beach to enjoy some swimming, snorkeling or just relaxing (possibly with Galápagos penguins in attendance).

    DAY 4 | THURSDAY | B.L.D.


    Prince Philip Steps (Genovesa Island): The morning starts with a panga ride along the cliffs of this dramatic island, followed by landing with a steep climb (90 feet) up some stairs to reach a flat plateau. Along our walk, we can observe large colonies of Nazca boobies, red footed boobies, great frigate birds and storm petrels. Those not wishing to disembark can enjoy a longer panga ride along the cliffs (depending on weather conditions). After the walk, we can snorkel along the dramatic cliffs where there are chances of spotting lots of fish, including hammerhead sharks.

    Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island): In the afternoon, we land at this beautiful beach to enjoy some swimming and/or snorkeling.  Following our dip, we take an easy stroll to observe hundreds of birds, mainly frigate birds, red footed and Nazca boobies, gulls, herons, finches and mockingbirds. There’s an optional walk over sharp lava and uneven terrain for dramatic views, or else we can return to the beach or enjoy a panga ride.

    DAY 5 | FRIDAY | San Cristobal | Home / Next Destination | B.


    Puerto Baquerizo Moreno & Tortoise Breeding Centre (San Cristobal Island) After breakfast, there’s an optional visit to see the breeding program of giant tortoises at Cerro Colorado. Here, we learn about this endangered species and its promising recovery. Following the visit, we return to town and transfer to the airport.


    PRICES PER PERSON IN US$ – NO MINIMUM GUESTS REQUIRED

    CRUISE SAILS ON MONDAY FROM BALTRA UNTIL DEC 11, 2017

    CATEGORY DOUBLE TRIPLE1 QUAD (2 BDR) CHILD2 SINGLE (SUPPLEMENT)
    Horizon Deck $3,604.00 $3,388.00 $3,604.00 $2,703.00 $541.00
    Expedition Deck $3,748.00 N/A $3,748.00 $2,811.00 $562.00
    ² Child rate applies to one child up to 12 years old, sharing accommodations with two adults and using existing beds.
    VALID FOR ARRIVALS IN BALTRA ON THE FOLLOWING DATES:

    JAN 2017
    9 | 23

    FEB 2017
    6 | 20

    MAR 2017
    6 | 20

    APR 2017
    3 | 17

    MAY 2017
    29

    JUN 2017
    12 | 26

    JUL 2017
    10 | 24

    AUG 2017
    7 | 21

    SEP 2017
    4 | 18

    OCT 2017
    2 | 16 | 30

    NOV 2017
    13 | 27

    DEC 2017
    11


    INCLUDES

    • Assistance at the Quito Airport by the staff of the Wyndham Quito Airport Hotel

    • One Night at the Wyndham Quito Airport Hotel with breakfast and tax

    • Assistance at the Quito Airport by the staff of the Santa Cruz II to receive delivery of cruise documentation

     PRICES PER PERSON IN US$ – NO MINIMUM GUESTS REQUIRED – UNTIL DEC 11, 2017

    DOUBLE TRIPLE1 QUAD (2 BDR) CHILD SINGLE(SUPPLEMENT)
    $88.00 $79.00 $88.00 $62.00 $62.00


    INCLUDES

    • Assistance at the Quito Airport by the staff of the Wyndham Quito Airport Hotel

    • Two Nights at the Wyndham Quito Airport Hotel with breakfast and tax (One on arrival date, and one upon return from the cruise)

    • Assistance at the Quito Airport by the staff of the Santa Cruz II to receive delivery of cruise documentation

     PRICES PER PERSON IN US$ – NO MINIMUM GUESTS REQUIRED – UNTIL DEC 11, 2017

    DOUBLE TRIPLE1 QUAD (2 BDR) CHILD SINGLE(SUPPLEMENT)
    $176.00 $158.00 $176.00 $124.00 $124.00


    INCLUDES

    • Meet & greet service at the Quito Airport

    • Private Transfer Quito Airport/ Hotel

    • Shared Transfer Quito Hotel/ Airport

    • Two Nights in Quito at the first class Dann Carlton Hotel with breakfast &  tax

    • Guided Quito City Tour & Middle of the World Monument

    • English-speaking Guide Service during tours and excursions

    • On-site logistical support services of our corresponding in-country offices to quickly address any unforeseen situation and provide the necessary assistance as the case may require


    DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

    DAY 1 | Welcome to Quito, Ecuador!

    Meet and greet service upon arrival to the Quito Airport by your local host for your private transfer to the first class Dann Carlton Hotel for a two-night stay with breakfast and taxes included.


    DAY 2 | Quito City Tour & Middle of the World Monument | B

    Following an early morning breakfast, we head out to Quito’s old town, or Centro Histórico, declared a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site since 1978. We begin with one of Quito’s highlights: its breathtaking views. At Alameda Park and the Basilica, we will admire the staggering hills on which the city was founded followed by a walk along one of Quito’s oldest streets, García Moreno (also known as the Street of the Seven Crosses), which dates back to pre-Columbian times. As we reach Quito’s main square, Independence Plaza, we take a peek inside the Presidential Palace, the main Cathedral, La Compañía Church (considered one of the continent’s most spectacular monumental buildings), San Francisco Church (the oldest in Quito and the largest religious complex in South America), and its spectacular cobblestone square. Around midday, we head north to the Equator to visit the ‘Mitad Del Mundo’ (Middle of the World) monument. You may choose to visit the Ethnographic or Inti-ñan Museums, both located near the monument site, which highlights the particularities of being situated right at the meeting point of two hemispheres, straddling the Equator. Upon completion of the tour, head back to Quito and your hotel.


    DAY 3 | Quito Hotel / Quito Airport to begin Galapagos Cruise | B

    At the appropriate time, your local host will provide you with a shared transfer to the Quito Airport to board your flight to the Galapagos (airfare is NOT included). Upon arrival at the Galapagos airport you will be met by your local host and transferred to the ship to begin your cruise.

    NOTE: Tour stops may be different than those listed

     PRICES PER PERSON IN US$ – NO MINIMUM GUESTS REQUIRED – UNTIL DEC 11, 2017

    DOUBLE TRIPLE1 QUAD (2 BDR) CHILD SINGLE(SUPPLEMENT)
    $366.00 $335.00 $318.00 $235.00 $233.00


    INCLUDES

    • Meet & greet service at the Quito Airport

    • Private Transfer Quito Airport/ Hotel

    • Shared Transfer Quito Hotel/ Airport

    • Three Nights in Quito at the first class Dann Carlton with breakfast &  tax

    • Guided Quito City Tour & Middle of the World Monument

    • Guided Excursion to the Otavalo Market with lunch

    • English-speaking Guide Service during tours and excursions

    • On-site logistical support services of our corresponding in-country offices to quickly address any unforeseen situation and provide the necessary assistance as the case may require


    DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

    DAY 1 | Welcome to Quito, Ecuador!

    Meet and greet service upon arrival to the Quito Airport by your local host for your private transfer to the first class Dann Carlton Hotel for a three-night stay with breakfast and taxes included.


    DAY 2 | Quito City Tour & Middle of the World Monument | B

    Following an early morning breakfast, we head out to Quito’s old town, or Centro Histórico, declared a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site since 1978. We begin with one of Quito’s highlights: its breathtaking views. At Alameda Park and the Basilica, we will admire the staggering hills on which the city was founded followed by a walk along one of Quito’s oldest streets, García Moreno (also known as the Street of the Seven Crosses), which dates back to pre-Columbian times. As we reach Quito’s main square, Independence Plaza, we take a peek inside the Presidential Palace, the main Cathedral, La Compañía Church (considered one of the continent’s most spectacular monumental buildings), San Francisco Church (the oldest in Quito and the largest religious complex in South America), and its spectacular cobblestone square. Around midday, we head north to the Equator to visit the ‘Mitad Del Mundo’ (Middle of the World) monument. You may choose to visit the Ethnographic or Inti-ñan Museums, both located near the monument site, which highlights the particularities of being situated right at the meeting point of two hemispheres, straddling the Equator. Upon completion of the tour, head back to Quito and your hotel.


    DAY 3 | Otavalo Market Excursion | B.L.

    We begin our travels north of Quito, towards Otavalo, visiting the small village of Calderon, known for its unique and colorful ornamental ‘baked-bread’ dolls (figuras de masapán). We then continue along the Pan-American Highway to Guayllabamba to taste one of Ecuador’s endemic fruits (the chirimoya), stopping en route to admire the region’s beautiful landscape and snow-capped mountains, making a short stop at San Pablo Lake before arriving at Otavalo. Here we visit the busy textile market located at ‘Poncho Plaza’, famous as one of the largest open-air markets in South America. Find all kinds of handcrafts including tapestries made on old-Spanish weaving looms, and even older pre-Columbian back strap looms. Stop for Lunch at a Hacienda. Enjoy some free time to shop (and haggle) with the friendly Otavaleños. In the early afternoon we visit a colonial hacienda for lunch. We then head to the small artisan village of Cotacachi and return to Quito in the late afternoon/early evening.


    DAY 4 | Quito Hotel / Quito Airport to begin Galapagos Cruise | B. 

    At the appropriate time, your local host will provide you with a shared transfer to the Quito Airport to board your flight to the Galapagos (airfare is NOT included). Upon arrival at the Galapagos airport you will be met by your local host and transferred to the ship to begin your cruise.

    NOTE: Tour stops may be different than those listed

     PRICES PER PERSON IN US$ – NO MINIMUM GUESTS REQUIRED – UNTIL DEC 11, 2017

    DOUBLE TRIPLE1 QUAD (2 BDR) CHILD SINGLE(SUPPLEMENT)
    $612.00 $581.00 $563.00 $325.00 $303.00


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    In Galapagos Islands: M/V Santa Cruz II: The new boat will sleep 90 guests in 50 contemporary designed cabins across three decks. Guests can choose from luxuriously appointed single, double and triple cabins, or opt for one of the three even more exclusive Darwin Suites, an exceptional standard of accommodation on the Panorama Deck, where guests will receive elevated service and carefully refined extras such as a take-home Galápagos coffee table book, a tablet loan for each cabin.

    While aboard the new Santa Cruz II, guests can relax in the beautifully designed communal areas and viewing platforms, including indoor and outdoor dining options, two lounge bars, a well-stocked library, two indulgent ocean view hot tubs and a state of the art gym.

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    • Deposit: A $900.00 per person deposit is required to activate the booking process. Due to the popularity of the destination and the high demand for space, early reservations are strongly encouraged. Additional deposits may be required by suppliers, if so you will be notified.
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    • The price does not include: personal expenses, additional activities, international and local airfares as well as airports departure taxes (unless otherwise indicated), gratuities to guides, drivers, porters, bell and wait staff, and any other service not listed. The Galapagos National Park Fee ($100.00 per person) and the Galapagos Immigration Card ($20.00 per person), as well as Fuel Surcharges (if any) are not included.
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    • Meal Codes: B = Breakfast. L = Lunch. D = Dinner.
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    In Quito, Ecuador: Wyndham Quito Airport. Experience the warmest of welcomes when you visit the newly built Wyndham Quito Airport hotel. We are a top choice of Quito hotels, with a prime location at the Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO). Embrace the spirit of the Ecuadorian capital, with our hotel as a supremely comfortable and convenient home base, and spend your days exploring Quito’s many fascinating museums and breathtaking sites. Our hotel is also ideal for guests connecting with local and international flights.

    Each of our 150 non-smoking guest rooms are well-appointed with everyday necessities including free high-speed WiFi and special extras such as an iPod docking station, ergonomic work space and digital safe. Pet-friendly accommodations are easily reserved for a nominal fee.

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    In Quito: Dann Carlton Hotel. With an elegant and understated decor throughout the hotel, the 212 rooms and suites include air conditioning, satellite television, safety box, radio alarm with CD player, mini bar and refrigerator. The rooms are also equipped with a desk, wireless broadband internet, and telephone with voice mail. All the areas of the hotel are covered by our complimentary broadband Wi-Fi service. For those travelling without their laptops, we offer personal computers for the exclusive use of our guest. At the Park 20 Restaurant the friendly staff awaits you with a very fine selection of Ecuadorian and International dishes.

    The Hotel Dann Carlton Quito is located near the main shopping centers of the city, opposite the park La Carolina and Exhibition Center Quito. This privileged location makes it a unique hotel in the financial and commercial center of Quito.

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