In 1535, the Galapagos Islands were discovered by a Dominican friar. Now, YOU can discover these islands too, on an unforgettable vacation. Mingle with species of unique birds only found here, swim with sea lions, observe the land and marine iguanas, and if you're lucky, spot a Green Pacific sea turtle! We take care of the hassles for you, from your hotel and cruise accommodations, to sightseeing and most meals. We even set you up with a Local Host and Naturalist to help meet your needs during your stay, so that all you have to do is remember to pack your snorkel!Your vacation begins in Quito, where your Local Host will greet you and help acquaint you with the city. The next morning, after an included breakfast, you will head out on a private tour to explore the city, rich with history and marked by the legacy that the Incas and Spaniards left behind. See Independence Square, the cathedral, and San Francisco Plaza Church. Enjoy an afternoon of leisure before packing your bags and heading off to the Galapagos the next morning.You will embark on a 4-night cruise around the gorgeous and one-of-a-kind Galapagos Islands. For this leg of your adventure, all meals are included. You will visit San Cristobal Island, where you will visit a tortoise reserve to learn about the giant tortoises native to these islands. You will also have the chance to snorkel with sea lions and admire the many species of migratory birds and all three types of boobies: blue-footed, red-footed, and Nazca! Then, it's off to Espanola Island, where you'll explore ancient volcanic formations, hike to the nesting grounds of Nazca and blue-footed boobies, and see the world's largest colony of waved albatross. On Floreana Island, cruise around by dinghy in search of penguins, turtles, dolphins, and sharks! And don't miss a second chance to snorkel with the unique sea life of the Galapagos Islands.So grab your swimsuit and say 'adios' to the stresses of planning your own vacation. With Monograms, your trip to the Galapagos Islands is as stress free and fabulous as you dreamed it would be!
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- Tour Operator
- Offer valid through 12/31/2017
- 8 Days
- Escorted - No
|Day 1||Quito||Arrive in Quito, where you will be met by your Local Host.|
|Day 2||Quito||Your included PRIVATE CITY TOUR showcases the rich legacy left by the Incas and Spaniards. See Independence Square, the cathedral, San Francisco Plaza Church, and the basilica with its marvelous stained-glass windows. (B)|
|Day 3||San Cristobal||Upon arrival, transfer to the CERRO COLORADO TORTOISE RESERVE and learn about the island's giant tortoise population and measures taken to help preserve and breed these endangered species. The center includes a large corral, breeding center, and interpretative trail, where it is possible to see different species of native and endemic plants, as well as birds such as the San Cristobal mockingbird, yellow warblers, many species of finch, and the Galapagos flycatcher. Next, embark your ship for your 4-night cruise. (B,L,D)|
|Day 4||Cruising: San Cristobal Island||Wake up at CERRO BRUJO, offering beautiful views of Kicker Rock and famous for being the first place Charles Darwin visited in the archipelago. Visit a lagoon, home to many migratory bird species such as black-necked stilts, ruddy turnstones, whimbrels, and white-cheeked pintails. Also, enjoy snorkeling with the sea lions and other marine life. This afternoon, hike up PUNTA PITT for spectacular views and the opportunity to see all three types of boobies: blue-footed, red-footed, and Nazca! (B,L,D)|
|Day 5||Cruising: Espanola Island||Disembark at SUAREZ POINT on Espanola Island, one of the oldest and most isolated islands in the Galapagos. Explore volcanic formations and large colonies of seabirds, including Espanola mockingbirds, Nazca boobies, and the spectacular red-billed tropicbirds. Hike to the nesting grounds of Nazca and blue-footed boobies as well as the world's largest colony of waved albatross. Also, see the famous blowhole that shoots water 75 feet into the air. After lunch, land at GARDNER BAY on a beautiful white coral sand beach, where you are welcomed by a colony of sea lions. You may also spot Galapagos hawks, Galapagos doves, hood mockingbirds, marine iguanas, and three species of Darwin finches. Swimming and snorkeling here offers a great variety of Galapagos marine wildlife as well. (B,L,D)|
|Day 6||Cruising: Floreana Island||Take a dinghy ride along CHAMPION ISLET off Floreana Island in search of Galapagos penguins, sea lions, turtles, sharks, and dolphins. Arrive at CORMORANT POINT and see a brackish lagoon, which usually holds one of the largest flamingo populations in the Galapagos. The trail continues to a beautiful white-sand beach, one of the most important nesting sites of Green Pacific sea turtles. Enjoy a chance to snorkel among sea turtles, reef fish, sea lions, and even white-tipped reef sharks. This afternoon, visit POST OFFICE BAY, named for the wooden barrel that served as an informal post office for sailors passing through. Here, you may also encounter Darwin finches, yellow warblers, and lava lizards, and take advantage of another chance for great snorkeling. (B,L,D)|
|Day 7||Guayaquil||Disembark on Santa Cruz Island and travel to the highlands to visit a private FARM and natural tortoise reserve, EL CHATO, where giant tortoises are found in their natural habitat. Continue to Baltra for your flight to Guayaquil. (B)|
|Day 8||Guayaquil||Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)|
- US$ Price Details
Dates & Prices do not include air travel. Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Monograms, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $563. Required intra-vacation air segments: Quito/Galapagos; Galapagos Guayaquil. Air prices were effective on July 12, 2017 and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your vacation, air prices may be higher.Cruise pricing is based on a Standard Plus cabin on the Coral I or Coral II. Cabin upgrades are available.Galapagos package includes Galapagos National Park entrance fee, transit card and ship's fuel surcharge ($170 value).2019 departures are subject to itinerary and price modifications. Details will be available in July 2018.