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Galapagos Travel

Legend Western Islands

Itinerary B

from $2,215
5 days

Ship Name

M/V Galapagos Legend

Trip Type

Sea

When To Go

Year-Round

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We had a wonderful time and enjoyed every minute. Kristy was very nice and helpful in arranging our trip. I would recommend her to everyone. Everything was enjoyable, people were great, our guides were great. Now it seems like a dream.

Achinta & Jay B.
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Trip Summary

This 5 day trip brings the best of the Western Islands on a stable comfortable boutique expedition vessel. You'll enjoy guided walks on land with naturalists, chances to snorkel, kayak, swim or relax on a beach.  You'll marvel at the red sand beaches, Scalesia forest, lava flows and a host of animal species including blue-footed boobies, sea lions, penguins and land iguanas.

Activities
Kayaking
Zodiac Tours
Snorkeling
Birding
Child Friendly

Itinerary Day By Day

Day 1

Baltra & Black Turtle Cove

Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra (2 ½ hours flight). 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 ship.  In the afternoon visit 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, peaking 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.”

Day 2

Sullivan Bay & Rabida

In the morning you have a wet landing onto Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island.  This visitor site is located at the southeastern portion of the island, and is of important geologic interest, featuring extensive lava flows believed to have been formed during the last quarter of the 19th century. After lunch a wet landing onto the unique dark-red sand covers these beaches creating an memorable 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.

Day 3

Urbina Bay & Tagus Cove - Isabela

A wet landing this morning 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 in land, 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. In the afternoon, a true highlight of the archipelago,Tagus Cove.  Here, 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- the only penguin species in the world to extend its range into the northern hemisphere along the equator.  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.

Day 4

Fernandina & Isabela Islands

Espinosa Point is the only spot that we visit on Fernandina, and from it we can see the island of Isabela across the Bolívar 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. After lunch aboard, enjoy some 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 coldwater currents in this part of the Galapagos gives rise to an abundance of marine life.

Day 5

Santa Cruz Highlands

After 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 200 years.

After the visit passengers will be transferred to Baltra airport for return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

Dates & Rates

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Departure DateStandard InteriorStandard Plus Junior SuiteBalcony SuiteLegend Balcony Suite
 Feb 9 - Feb 132215 2743 3128 3697 4270
 Feb 23 - Feb 272215 2743 3128 3697 4270
 Mar 9 - Mar 132215 2743 3128 3697 4270
 Mar 23 - Mar 272215 2743 3128 3697 4270
 Apr 6 - Apr 102215 2743 3128 3697 4270
 Apr 20 - Apr 242215 2743 3128 3697 4270
 May 4 - May 82215 2743 3128 3697 4270
 May 18 - May 222215 2743 3128 3697 4270
 Jun 1 - Jun 52215 2743 3128 3697 4270
 Jun 15 - Jun 192215 2743 3128 3697 4270
 Jun 29 - Jul 32215 2743 3128 3697 4270
 Jul 13 - Jul 172215 2743 3128 3697 4270
 Jul 27 - Jul 312215 2743 3128 3697 4270
 Aug 10 - Aug 142215 2743 3128 3697 4270
 Aug 24 - Aug 282215 2743 3128 3697 4270
 Sep 7 - Sep 112215 2743 3128 3697 4270
 Sep 21 - Sep 252215 2743 3128 3697 4270
 Oct 5 - Oct 92215 2743 3128 3697 4270
 Oct 19 - Oct 232215 2743 3128 3697 4270
 Nov 2 - Nov 62215 2743 3128 3697 4270
 Nov 16 - Nov 202215 2743 3128 3697 4270
 Nov 30 - Dec 42215 2743 3128 3697 4270
 Dec 14 - Dec 182215 2743 3128 3697 4270
 Dec 28 - Jan 12215 2743 3128 3697 4270
 Jan 4 - Jan 82215 2743 3128 3697 4270
 Jan 18 - Jan 222215 2743 3128 3697 4270
 Feb 1 - Feb 52215 2743 3128 3697 4270
 Feb 15 - Feb 192215 2743 3128 3697 4270
 Mar 1 - Mar 52215 2743 3128 3697 4270
 Mar 15 - Mar 192215 2743 3128 3697 4270
 Mar 29 - Apr 22215 2743 3128 3697 4270
 Apr 12 - Apr 162215 2743 3128 3697 4270
 Apr 26 - Apr 302215 2743 3128 3697 4270
 May 10 - May 142215 2743 3128 3697 4270
 May 24 - May 282215 2743 3128 3697 4270
 Jun 7 - Jun 112215 2743 3128 3697 4270
 Jun 21 - Jun 252215 2743 3128 3697 4270
 Jul 5 - Jul 92215 2743 3128 3697 4270
 Jul 19 - Jul 232215 2743 3128 3697 4270
 Aug 2 - Aug 62215 2743 3128 3697 4270
 Aug 16 - Aug 202215 2743 3128 3697 4270
 Aug 30 - Sep 32215 2743 3128 3697 4270
 Sep 13 - Sep 172215 2743 3128 3697 4270
 Sep 27 - Oct 12215 2743 3128 3697 4270
 Oct 11 - Oct 152215 2743 3128 3697 4270
 Oct 25 - Oct 292215 2743 3128 3697 4270
 Nov 8 - Nov 122215 2743 3128 3697 4270
 Nov 22 - Nov 262215 2743 3128 3697 4270
 Dec 6 - Dec 102215 2743 3128 3697 4270
 Dec 20 - Dec 242215 2743 3128 3697 4270

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 / Double Cabins for single use have a surcharge of 50% (Holiday sailings 75%)
  • Triples: 25% discount for the third person sharing cabin with two full-fare paying guests
  • Quadruples: Junior Suites only, 25% discount for 3rd & 4th guests sharing cabin with 2 full fare-paying guests, or child discount (see below) applies.
  • Peak season / Holiday surcharge: 5% over cabin rate per person
  • Galapagos National Park Fee of $100 per adult | $50 per child 11 and under
  • Transit Control Card: $20 per person
  • Fuel Surcharge: $50 per person
  • Airfare to the Galapagos: $449 per adult | $315 per child 11 and under
  • Gear Rentals: Kayaks $30 per use per person / Wet suits $25 per person
  • Optional Half-Day Diving Package: $360 per person (includes all gear). Inquire for details.
  • Pre and Post Hotels and Transfers: Package rates available

Peak Season / Holiday Dates: Jan 1 -5, April 5 - May 25, July 3 - Aug 26, Oct 2 - Nov 22, Dec 18 - 31, 2017

Child Policy: Children accepted, infants on request. Children under 12 sharing a cabin with their parents or guardians are 50% off with two full fare-paying guests (25% off on holiday sailings). 

Included: Accommodations on board, all meals, welcome & farewell cocktails, island sightseeing, naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish (French, German, Italian upon request), snorkeling gear, luggage handling, medical care on board (but not the cost of medication), taxes and shuttle transfers in the islands.  

Not Included: Wet suits (available to rent $25 per person per departure), Kayaks ($30 per use per person), air to the galapagos, Galapagos National Park Fee ($100 adult / $50 child), Transit Control Card $20, Fuel Surcharge $50, alchoholic beverages, internet / wifi, international air, hotels in Quito or Guayaquil pre and post cruise, transfers (other than indicated above),Optional Diving Package

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.

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Ship Information

M/V Galapagos Legend - 100 Passengers

This boutique expedition vessel carries 100 guests with all the charm of The Enchanted Islands; swift and stable, it is still small enough for a more intimate experience with friends and family. With her three different decks, the Galapagos Legend offers a great variety of comfortable and spacious social areas without losing its sense of intimacy. Its fantastic open observation decks allow you to admire the islands’ flora and fauna, enjoy a BBQ at night, take some sun at the pool lounge or laze about in hammocks in the open air. The Open Lounge on the Moon Deck allows for stargazing in total comfort. Recent renovations have added new floor to ceilings in the Panorama Lounge Bar which offer sweeping views, a new grill on the Moon Deck, a new and well-equipped presentation room, a revitalized fitness center and hot tub and an updated Kid's Corner.  A newly added glass bottom boat helps guests to appreciate the spectacular marine environment of the Galapagos without getting wet.  Legend cabins and balcony suites are comparatively spacious and are dispersed over 3 decks and nearly all are outside with sea views.

Accommodations

Trip Policy

Included: Accommodations on board, all meals, welcome & farewell cocktails, island sightseeing, naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish (French, German, Italian upon request), snorkeling gear, luggage handling, medical care on board (but not the cost of medication), taxes and shuttle transfers in the islands.  

Not Included: Wet suits (available to rent $25 per person per departure), Kayaks ($30 per use per person), air to the galapagos, Galapagos National Park Fee ($100 adult / $50 child), Transit Control Card $20, Fuel Surcharge $50,, alchoholic beverages, internet / wifi, international air, hotels in Quito or Guayaquil pre and post cruise, transfers (other than indicated above), Optional Diving Package

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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