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Evolution Eastern Northern

Footsteps Back In Time

from $4,620
8 days

Ship Name

M/V Evolution

Trip Type

Sea

When To Go

Year Round

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Trip Summary

Venture forth into some of the most remote areas of the Galapagos. This 8 Day voyage features some of the best and most fascinating islands in the Galapagos, from remote and wild Tower Island to the wildlife rich and scenic North Seymour. Opportunities to explore by dinghy, kayak or snorekelling abound and a low guest to guide ratio enhances this trip, along with one of the longest running best Galapagos cruise operators at the helm.

Activities
Snorkeling
Birding
Hiking
Zodiac Tours
Kayaking
Child Friendly

Itinerary Day By Day

Day 1

San Cristobal & Kicker Rock

Today we fly to San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos in the morning. Flight time is approximately 1½ hours. Upon arrival we board M/V Evolution where you will have lunch and a quick briefing en route to our first visitor sites: Kicker Rock.

We end our day at Kicker Rock, a spectacular rock formation that rises 152 meters (500 feet) out of the Pacific. It takes the form of a sleeping lion, but from another angle you can see that the rock is split, forming a colossal tablet and, piercing the sea, a great chisel ready for etching. After this visit you have time for a shower as we get ready for our welcome cocktail and our first formal briefing before dinner.

Day 2

South Plaza & Daphne Island

In the morning we visit South Plaza Island and its land iguanas wandering through bright red carpet weed. We will see swallow tailed gulls nesting around the overhang tops and red-billed tropicbirds, frigatebirds and shearwaters flying with dancing displays. bies and blue footed boobies nesting along the cliff's edge, as well as the famous waved albatross.

Early afternoon snorkeling at Punta Carrion followed by a visit to Daphne Island. The geology of this island is extremely interesting as it is essentially one large tuff cone – a giant pile of compressed volcanic ash shaped like a cone.

 

Day 3

Chinese Hat & James Bay

Morning visit to Chinese Hat Islet, a fairly recent volcanic cone; it has the shape of a down-facing Chinese hat. On the rocky shoreline of nearby Santiago, Galapagos penguins are often seen. There is a small sea lion cove on the north shore, where boats anchor and land at the visitor site. Late morning snorkeling with sea lions and penguins and swimming opportunities in the cove.

Afternoon visit to James Bay, where we land on a black beach with intriguing eroded rock formations. A trail leads to a series of crystal-clear grottos formed of broken lava tubes, which are home to sea lions, fur seals, marine igauanas and tropical fish.

Day 4

Genovesa (Tower) Island

Tower Island could serve as a film set for a secret submarine base! The southwestern part of the island is an ocean-filled caldera ringed by the outer edges of a sizeable and mostly submerged volcano. The island sits to the northwest, slightly removed from the Galapagos archipelago. It is also known as "Bird Island," a name it lives up to in a spectacular way! 

Day 5

North Seymour & Santa Fe Islands

Morning visit to North Seymour Island which is teaming with wildlife! Cliffs only a few meters high form the shoreline are home to swallow-tailed gulls. A tiny forest of silver-grey Palo Santo trees stands just above the landing, where a trail will take us to see sea lions, marine iguanas, blue footed boobies, pelicans, magnificent frigatebirds and land iguanas.

Afternoon visit to Santa Fe Island, home to one of the most beautiful and sheltered bays of the archipelago, and to some of the best snorkeling - with its crystal clear waters. Certainly one of the best locations to see sea turtles, swim with sea lions and glimpse of the Galapagos White-tipped Shark. After a wet landing you will walk up to a nearby cliff to see the land iguanas through an area of Opuntia Cactus.

Day 6

Floreana Island

Floreana has had a colorful history: Pirates, whalers, convicts, and a small band of somewhat peculiar colonists—a Baroness among them—who chose a Robinson Crusoe existence that ended in mystery and death. We visit Post Office Bay, where in 1793 British whalers set up a barrel as the island's Post Office, to send letters home on passing ships. The tradition continues to this day, simply by dropping a post card into the barrel without a stamp.e rocks with sea lions and tropical fish.

Afternoon visit to Punta Cormorant which offers two highly contrasting beaches; a green-olivine beach and an iron-red beach. Between the two beaches is a salt lagoon frequented by flamingoes, pintails, stilts and other wading birds. Late afternoon snorkeling at Devil's Crown, which is home to a myriad of marine species including a variety of corals, pencil sea urchin, wrasses, angelfish and amberjacks - making for some of the best snorkeling in the Galapagos.

Day 7

Santa Fe Island

Morning visit to the Highlands, where the dry coastal vegetation transitions to lush wet fields and forests overgrown with moss and lichens. Our destination is the Tortoise Reserve, where we will have chances see these animals in the wild.

Santa Cruz is the second largest island in the Galapagos and its capital, Puerto Ayora, is the economic center of the Islands. In the afternoon we visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to visit the Giant Tortoise and Land Iguana Breeding and Rearing Program. Here we used to find Lonesome George (now deceased), the last of his particular race of tortoise. 

Day 8

Black Turtle Cove & Santa Cruz

Today our Galapagos cruise comes to an end, but before we bid farewell to the Evolution and her crew we pay a visit to Black Turtle Cove, a beautiful mangrove estuary where we quietly drift in our panga to see spotted eagle rays, diamond shaped mustard rays, white-tipped reef sharks, pacific green sea turtles and a large variety of shore birds. Next we head to Baltra Island airport for the flight back to the Ecuadorian mainland. 

Dates & Rates

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Departure DateDeluxe StateroomPremium StateroomSuiteMaster Suite
 Mar 11 - Mar 185780 6140 6650 7120
 Mar 25 - Apr 15780 6140 6650 7120
 Apr 8 - Apr 155780 6140 6650 7120
 Apr 22 - Apr 295780 6140 6650 7120
 May 6 - May 135780 6140 6650 7120
 May 20 - May 275780 6140 6650 7120
 Jun 3 - Jun 105780 6140 6650 7120
 Jun 17 - Jun 245780 6140 6650 7120
 Jul 1 - Jul 85780 6140 6650 7120
 Jul 15 - Jul 225780 6140 6650 7120
 Jul 29 - Aug 55780 6140 6650 7120
 Aug 12 - Aug 195780 6140 6650 7120
 Oct 21 - Oct 284620 4910 5320 5700
 Nov 4 - Nov 114620 4910 5320 5700
 Nov 18 - Nov 244620 4910 5320 5700
 Dec 2 - Dec 84620 4910 5320 5700
 Dec 16 - Dec 235780 6140 6650 7120
 Dec 30 - Jan 65780 6140 6650 7120

View Rate Notes

The above rates are per person, based on double occupancy and in US dollars unless indicated otherwise.

Deposit: 25% of fare per person, higher for Peak Season / Holiday Sailings. Deposits may be paid by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express).

Final Payment: Due 90 days prior to departure.  For Peak Season / Holiday Sailings due 120 days prior to departure.  Final payment is payable by check or wire only.

Additional Costs:

  • Single: Twin staterooms booked as a single incur a 50% supplement, suites a 75% supplement.
  • Triples available, inquire for rate.
  • Christmas &  New Year's surcharges: $500 per person / 100% Single Supplement
  • Child Discount: Children under 15 are 15% off when sharing with 2 full paying adults, maximum of 3 child discounts per family, Fall, Christmas & New Year departures are excluded
  • Galapagos National Park Fee of $100 per adult | $50 per child 11 and under
  • Transit Control Card: $20 per person
  • Airfare to the Galapagos: $530 - $550 per adult / Child rate available.
  • Pre and Post Hotels and Transfers: Package rates available

Child Policy: Children accepted, infants on request. Children under 15 sharing a cabin with their parents or guardians are 15% off with two full fare-paying guests, limit 3 child discounts per family.  Fall, Christmas & New Years departures are excluded from child discounts.

Dry Dock: Vessel is in dry dock from August 26 - October 21, 2017

Included: Accommodations on board, all meals, all non-alcoholic beverages, island sightseeing, naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish, snorkeling gear including wet suits, luggage handling and shuttle transfers within the islands

Not Included: Air to the galapagos, Galapagos National Park Fee ($100 adult / $50 child), Transit Control Card $20, alchoholic beverages, internet / wifi, international air, hotels in Quito or Guayaquil pre and post cruise, transfers (other than indicated above)

Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations must be received in writing. All deposits are refundable up to 120 days, less a per person operator fee (varies by operator) ranging from $250 - $500 per person. Reservations cancelled after final payment due date will lose the full cruise fare.

Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly advised.

ExploringCircle Insurance Provider: TravelEx

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Ship Information

M/V Evolution - 32 Passengers

The Evolution is a large traditionally styled motor yacht carrying 32 passengers in 3 suites, 8 premium staterooms and 5 deluxe stateroom. There are 2 naturalist guides aboard and 3 pangas for daily excursions. There is a large common interior lounge for relaxing as well as lectures, presentations and movies.  The sky lounge on the Albatross deck features another bar and views for miles. An outside sun deck contains deck chairs and a hot tub. There are both interior and al fresco dining areas. 

Accommodations

Trip Policy

Included: Accommodations on board, all meals, all non-alcoholic beverages, island sightseeing, naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish, snorkeling gear including wet suits, luggage handling and shuttle transfers within the islands

Not Included: Air to the galapagos, Galapagos National Park Fee ($100 adult / $50 child), Transit Control Card $20, alchoholic beverages, internet / wifi, international air, hotels in Quito or Guayaquil pre and post cruise, transfers (other than indicated above)

Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations must be received in writing. All deposits are refundable up to 120 days, less a per person operator fee (varies by operator) ranging from $250 - $500 per person. Reservations cancelled after final payment due date will lose the full cruise fare.

Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly advised.

ExploringCircle Insurance Provider: TravelEx

ExploringCircle Terms and Conditions

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