Itinerary 5 Days

Itinerary 5 Days

Day by day

Day 1 : Arrival to Baltra Island & Santa Cruz Island: Highlands

A US$20 per person transit card is payable on departure at Quito Airport and a US$100 per person national park entry fee is payable on arrival on the islands. Please have cash on hand for these transactions as credit cards can be time consuming.

You are met in the arrival’s hall by the cruise guide, and then transferred to our boat, the Grand Daphne, anchored a short distance away. Once on board you will be assigned your cabins, meet the crew members and get to know your naturalist guide and fellow travelers over a delicious lunch.

Then you visit the San Cristobal Interpretation Centre. The center brings the history and geography of the archipelago to life, from its volcanic origins to the present day. The human history exhibit offers an insight into the discovery and colonization of the Galapagos and all the problems the islands face today is also explored. This is a great place to get a complete overview of the Galapagos.

Day 2 : Santa Fe Island & South Plazas Island

Santa Fe is home to one of the biggest colonies of sea lions, and these ones are very eager for swimming partners! It’s a lovely place to take a dip, as it offers a dense concentration of wildlife, and it is a fantastic place to see many of the Galapagos residents in one relatively small area. Expect to see Galapagos hawks, land iguanas, a variety of finches, Galapagos mockingbirds, sea lions, marine turtles, frigate birds, Galapagos doves and lava lizards. It’s a naturally beautiful island as well with one of the most attractive coves in the archipelago and the jade-green waters are ideal for snorkeling. Our trail follows the coast into the opuntia forest, where we see Santa Fe's trees - the largest in the Galapagos.

Hiking into the island you can see a forest of giant cacti and Palo Santo trees. Once back at the beach we have free time to snorkel in the jade green water. Playful sea lion pups and fluorescent fish make for fascinating company.

In the afternoon, after lunch, you sail towards a small island, Plaza Sur (or South Plaza) is nonetheless a place of great beauty where we get close to sea lions and on to trails past one of the Galapagos’ largest land iguana populations, resting amid cacti and volcanic landscapes colored bright red and green by sea-purslanes. The island’s rugged southern cliffs are excellent places to spot tropicbirds and swallow-tailed gulls, as well as ‘the Gentlemen’s Club’ - a gathering of male sea lions either too young or too old to be ‘beach masters’!

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Includes

Lodging on board in a cabin with private facilities;
All meals, water, coffee and tea;
All excursions as mentioned in the itinerary (itinerary subject to change) with English speaking naturalist guide;
All transfers in Galapagos (airport-yacht-airport transfers are only guaranteed if the flight has been booked through us);
Snorkeling gear (ONLY flippers).
Lobito Bus and Ferry

Does not include

Roundtrip flight to Galapagos Islands;
Galapagos National Park entrance fee (USD 100 pp, subject to change);
If your voyage visits Isabela Island, there is also a US$10 fee to be paid on arrival at the island, Transit Control Card (USD 20 pp, subject to change);
Airport transfers in Galapagos (only included if the Galapagos flight has been booked through us on the scheduled cruise dates.
* If your arrival/departure is different than our scheduled cruise flights, the shuttle service is not included);
Wetsuit rental;
Soft and alcoholic drinks;
Tips and Travel insurance and other items of personal nature.
Grand Daphne
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From $3,689.00 per person

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