8 DAYS DELUXE VACATION PACKAGE FROM TUESDAY TO TUESDAY WITH UPGRADED HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS AND LOCAL AIRFARE INCLUDED
A Legend in Darwin’s wake, the philosophy is based on an environment without any formalisms or strict etiquette as in other luxury vessels but maintaining some important aspects like excellence in quality services. Panoramic windows not only allow you to observe your destination but also to be part of it. In its ample social areas you will be able to do countless activities. With only one hundred people on board you will enjoy exclusivity and a personalized attention. Enjoy the landscapes and view on any of the outer decks. Your Galapagos MV Legend Western Islands Holiday Adventure on board of the M/V Legend will start with 2-nights in mainland Ecuador (either in Quito or Guayaquil) followed by a 4 cruise-nights and return to Guayaquil or Quito for an overnight stay.
AVAILABLE FOR TUESDAY ARRIVALS IN QUITO OR GUAYAQUIL UNTIL DEC 13, 2016
- 3-Night accommodations in mainland Ecuador with sightseeing excursions
- 4-Night cruising and exploring the Galapagos Western Islands with Naturalist Guides
- Round-trip airfare Mainland Ecuador – Galapagos Islands
- English-speaking local hosts and guides
- All Transfers and Sightseeing in Mainland in A/C vehicles
- Personalized service of our Ecuador-based partners
DAY 1 | TUESDAY | Welcome to Ecuador!
On arrival in Quito or Guayaquil, meet and greet service and transfer to the Hotel Swissotel in Quito or the Hilton Colon Hotel in Guayaquil for a two-night stay with breakfast.
DAY 2 | WEDNESDAY | Excursion in Quito or Guayaquil | B.
Quito City Tour. Visit the old Spanish Colonial District of Quito with its beautiful plazas and unique churches. The Spanish architecture converts Quito in a very special place. After the visit of the old town, we will take you to the south side for a magnificent view of the city from El Panecillo lookout point.
Guayaquil City Tour. This tour includes the most important tourist attractions of the Port of Guayaquil: The heart of the commercial zone of the city, Parque Centenario, Palacio Municipal, the Moroccan Clock Tower, Sucre’s monument, Bolívar Park (This park is also known as “Iguanas Park”), and to its side, the city’s neo-gothic Metropolitan Cathedral. The end of the tour leads toward the Crystal Palace, Integration Square, the Square of the Flags and Olmedo Plaza, and the waterfront promenade known as Malecon 2000.
DAY 3 | THURSDAY | Mainland to the Galapagos Islands to begin Cruise | B.L.D.
Transfer to the airport for a local flight to the Galapagos Islands (airfare is included). Upon arrival in Baltra, passengers are picked up at the airport by our naturalist guides and taken on a ten minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend for a 4-night cruise with daily explorations of the Western Islands: Black Turtle Cove, Sullivan Bay, Rabida, Urbina Bay, Tagus Cove, Espinosa Point, Vicente Roca, and Highlands.
Once on board the M/V Legend the Standard Plus Class cabins will be assigned, followed by an introductory briefing and lunch.
Afternoon: Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz Island). On the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, accessible only by sea where four species of mangrove crowd from the shore out into the lagoon, turtle enjoy swimming in the calm waters, peak their heads above the surface while fish, rays and small sharks circle below. White-tipped reef sharks can be seen beneath the boat, sea birds, including pelicans, herons and egrets, all feed in the cove. This cove has been declared as a “Turtle Sanctuary”.
Highlights: Four species of mangrove, declared as a “Turtle Sanctuary” • Landing: none • Type of terrain: water • Difficulty level: easy • Duration: 1 hour • Activity: dinghy ride.
DAY 4 | FRIDAY | B.L.D.
Morning: Sullivan Bay (Santiago Island). This visitor site located at the southeastern portion of Santiago Island, and of important geologic interest, features extensive lava flows believed to have been formed during the last quarter of the 19th century.
Highlights: Walk on lava flows • Great geological place • Penguins • Landing: wet • Type of terrain: flat and lava •Difficulty level: difficult • Duration: 1 hour walk / 1 hour snorkeling / swimming • Activities: hike, snorkel.
Afternoon: Rabida Island. Dark-red sand covers these unique beaches with incredible landscape; Rabida is considered the epicenter of the Galapagos Islands due to the diversity of its volcanic geology. Nesting Brown Pelicans are found from July through September and nine species of the famous Darwin’s finches can be seen. We will also take a dinghy ride along cliffs to observe nesting seabirds, and snorkel off the coast, where marine life is particularly active.
Highlights: Incredible landscape • Snorkeling • Brown Pelicans • Nesting spot of seabirds • Red Beach • Landing: wet • Type of terrain: sandy • Difficulty level: easy • Duration: 1:30 hour walk / 1 hour snorkeling / 1 hour dinghy ride • Activities: hike, dinghy ride, snorkel, kayak.
DAY 5 | SATURDAY | B.L.D.
Morning: Urbina Bay (Isabela Island). After breakfast, we land on a volcanic “black” beach. Depending on the season, we may find giant tortoises, land iguanas and the unusual Flightless Cormorant. After a short walk inland, snorkeling time is allotted, giving you yet another chance to swim with sea turtles, sea lions and countless tropical fish. Urbina Bay features a wide variety of plant life that changes depending on the season. We can observe the beautiful colors of plants that attract different insects, birds and reptiles. We will explore the uplifted coral reef that resulted from 1954 volcanic activity, with a spectacular view of Alcedo Volcano.
Highlights: Land iguanas • Giant tortoises • Sea birds • Two trails for hike • Landing: wet • Type of terrain: flat • Difficulty level: easy • Duration: 1:30 hour walk / 1 hour snorkeling • Activities: hike, snorkel.
Afternoon: Tagus Cove (Isabela Island). In the afternoon, dry landing on Galapagos’ largest island where we will learn about the eruption of the five volcanoes that form it. The trail leads to Darwin’s salt-water crater Lake and excellent views of lava fields and volcanic formations. We will return by the same path for a dinghy ride along a shoreline full of marine wildlife, where we will admire a variety of seabirds, such as Blue-footed Booby, Brown Noddy, terns, Flightless Cormorant and depending on the season, a large number of Galapagos Penguins which are only 35 cm. tall; the only penguin species in the world to extend its range into the northern hemisphere along the equator. They are monogamous and lay their eggs in small cracks of lava, on the lower parts of the island near the shoreline not reached by the ocean waves. The population of penguins on the islands is about 2,000 individuals, most of which live on this western portion of Isabela; others are scattered further south on the island. We will have an opportunity to snorkel in deep water. Graffiti believed to have been left by19th-century pirates is a curious reminder of an intriguing past.
Highlights: Snorkeling • Kayak • Dinghy ride • Calm water • Lots of seabirds: Blue-Footed Boobies, Brown Noddy Terns, Flightless Cormorant • Galapagos Penguins depending on season • Marine Iguanas • Pirates History • Landing: dry • Type of terrain: steep and lava • Difficulty level: moderate • Duration: 2 hours walk / 40 minutes dinghy ride / deep water snorkeling 1 hour • Activities: hike, dinghy ride, snorkel, kayak.
DAY 6 | SUNDAY | B.L.D.
Morning: Espinosa Point (Fernandina Island). Espinosa Point is the only spot that we visit on Fernandina, and from it we can see the island of Isabela across the Bolivar Channel, an area that boasts some of the highest diversity of endemic sea fauna in the Galapagos. The largest, most primitive-looking race of marine iguanas are found mingling with sea lions and Sally Lightfoot Crabs; a wonderful opportunity to encounter Flightless Cormorants at their nesting sites, Galapagos Penguins and the “King” of predators on the Islands, the Galapagos Hawk. “Pa-hoe-hoe” and “AA” lava formations cover the majority of the terrain. Vegetation is thus scarce inland, but we encounter Brachycereus cacti and extensive mangrove beds lining the shores.
Highlights: Pristine Island • Largest Marine Iguana Colony • Whales seasonal (feeding area) • Pahoehoe • AA lava formations • Unique lava cactus • Landing: dry • Type of terrain: rocky and lava • Difficulty level: moderate • Duration: 2 hours walk / 1 hour snorkeling • Activities: hike, snorkel, kayak.
Afternoon: Vicente Roca Point (Isabela Island). Great deep-water snorkeling at one of the richest marine havens on Earth: Bolívar Channel. We take a dinghy ride along the coast to observe a great diversity of sea and coastal birds; Nazca and blue-footed boobies, noddies, brown pelicans, penguins, flightless cormorants. The upwelling of cold water currents in this part of the Galapagos gives rise to an abundance of marine life.
Highlights: Snorkeling and dinghy ride at one of the richest marine havens • Marine Birds • Blue-Footed Boobies • Frigate birds • Cormorants • Ocean Sunfish • Rays • Marine Turtles • Noddies • Landing: none • Type of terrain: water • Difficulty level: easy • Duration: 1 hour snorkeling / 1 hour dinghy ride • Activities: snorkel, dinghy ride.
DAY 7 | MONDAY | B.L.D.
Morning: Highlands (Santa Cruz Island) / Baltra Airport / Guayaquil or Quito. Have a dry landing. A 45-minute bus ride will take us to the Santa Cruz highlands, located to the northwest of Puerto Ayora, where we will find a natural reserve with giant tortoises. These enormous and slow-moving reptiles are responsible for the island’s name and therefore approaching them in their humid and forested abode is always an inspiring adventure. They can weigh between 250 and 300 kg and can live up to 150-200 years.
Highlights: Giant tortoises • Lava tubes • Scalesia forest • Landing: dry • Type of terrain: flat and muddy • Difficulty level: easy • Duration: 45 minute drive / 1:30 hour walk • Activities: hike.
Baltra Airport. After the visit passengers will be transferred to Baltra airport for return flight to Guayaquil or Quito. On arrival, transfer to the Hotel Swissotel in Quito or the Hilton Colon Hotel in Guayaquil for an overnight stay with breakfast.
DAY 8 | TUESDAY | Guayaquil or Quito / Home | B.
Take breakfast at the hotel. At the appropriate time, transfer to the airport, on time for your onward flight.
PRICES PER PERSON IN US$ – NO MINIMUM GUESTS REQUIRED
AVAILABLE FOR TUESDAY ARRIVALS IN QUITO OR GUAYAQUIL UNTIL DEC 13, 2016
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¹ Triple Occupancy share existing beds.
² Child rate applies to one child up to 12 years old, sharing accommodations with two adults and using existing beds.
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In Guayaquil: Hilton Colon: Elegance, comfort, security and personalized service are just some of the characteristics that make Hilton Colon Guayaquil, a real five-star city resort hotel. The splendid building is located only five minutes away from Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport and dominates the city’s new booming commercial and financial zone in Ecuador. Our hotel is surrounded by the main shopping centers and offers easy access to the downtown district area. All the rooms and suites count with all the necessary details to provide the most relaxing and satisfying stay for the business and leisure traveler. There is a wide variety of room types, with options of smoking or non-smoking floors with king, double, twin size beds or in connected rooms for families. Each one of the rooms and suites have A/C with individual control, plasma TVs with cable system, modern work area with three phone sets, answer machine, broadband and wireless internet, hair dryer, mini bar, safety boxes, soundproof windows, sprinklers, smoke detectors, electronic locks, among other benefits.
In Quito: Swissotel: Is one of the city’s top five-star luxury hotel, conveniently located in the Floresta neighbourhood of Quito – both a commercial and residential area, and only 45 minutes from the new Mitad del Mundo International Airport. Each of Swissotel Quito’s 232 elegant guest rooms are air-conditioned and feature modern design. Luxurious amenities include state-of-the-art technology and a free internet connection. Five excellent restaurants offer a wide variety of international cuisine: Japanese, Swiss, Mediterranean and Ecuadorian: a menu to suit every palate. A sumptuous breakfast buffet offers a wide range of choices to energise your day. Swissotel Quito’s central location means that guests are never far from great shopping, fascinating museums and the architectural & cultural gems of the city.
In Galapagos Islands: M/V Galapagos Legend: You can enjoy this paradise, navigating in a 100 passenger, deluxe, fully air conditioned Galapagos cruise ship. The Galapagos Legend has all the amenities of a cruise liner yet it’s small enough for that intimate experience with nature that brings you to the Galapagos Islands. Guests can benefit from the added comfort of extra space in our fully carpeted luxurious cabins. All with ocean views (except inside cabins), wardrobes, and private facilities offering hot and cold water, hair dryer, safe deposit boxes and other amenities. Other facilities include an auditorium for conferences, spacious social areas, culinary delights at the dining room, 24 hour coffee bar, swimming pool with broad sun decks and observation platforms. At night guests can enjoy live music at the piano lounge, cocktail bars, or keep in touch with family and friends using our long distance call center.
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