Experience Guayaquil with your private guide before you fly and embark to the enchanted Galapagos Islands on your cruise.Situated about 1000 km (625 miles) west of the Ecuadorian mainland, the islands are bleak, barren and rocky. Made famous by Charles Darwin’s scientific voyage in the ‘Beagle’ during the 19th century, the islands’ unique wildlife – which includes giant tortoises, lizards and iguanas – remains the most interesting feature for the modern-day visitor. Some 50 per cent of the islands’ species are found nowhere else in the world. In 1978, UNESCO declared the Galápagos to be ‘the universal natural heritage of humanity’.
Cruise departures every Saturday, year-round.
Guayaquil airport transfer with private vehicle and driver.
Discover what everyday life is like in a tropical hacienda; explore local fruits and produce including sugarcane, bananas, coffee, cocoa and more. You will also be able to discover Ecuadorian cattle ranching and enjoy a first-rate meal amidst the colorful gardens. Horseback riding is offered. Return to Guayaquil. Lunch included.
Enjoy a private transfer from your hotel in Guayaquil to the airport.
Fly from Guayaquil to Galapagos on a direct flight. The flight duration is approximately 2 hours. Please note that flight rates are subject to change without prior notice.
Upon arrival to Baltra, a group transfer awaits, for your transportation to the ship.
Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom, and to explore the ship. Your expedition begins shortly.
Your mandatory Galapagos National Park entrance fee and tourist card are included in your itinerary pricing.
Please note: the itinerary is a guideline only - the route and program vary according to National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety precautions and wildlife encounters.
North Seymour is a perfect introduction to the Galapagos Islands. Fauna abounds and you will soon find yourself surrounded by sea lions, blue footed boobies, marine iguanas, frigatebirds and more.
South Plaza Island is home to a large Opuntia cacti forest, land iguanas and one of the largest sea lion colonies in the central region of the archipelago. You will also be able to see Nazca boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, and other kinds of sea birds, as well as different types of finches.During your hike at Sante Fe, you will see some of the island's endemic species, including the Galapagos hawk, the Galapagos snake, various finches, and the Galapagos mockingbird. Playful sea lions usually join swimmers and kayakers during beach time.
Pitt Point is located on the eastern tip of San Cristobal Island. You will hike up to a plateau where the views are so spectacular that it is definitely worth the effort. At Pitt Point there will also be an opportunity to kayak, snorkel, or go on a dinghy ride.
In addition to magnificent scenery, there is wonderful swimming and a dinghy ride at the Cerro Brujo site. It's spectacular beach is home to a large number of sea lions, and it is the first place in the archipelago that Charles Darwin visited.
Floreana is one of the Galapagos most famous islands due to many strange stories about past settlers. Post Office Bay is home to a unique "post office" inspired by the 18th century pirates and buccaneers who used a wooden barrel as an unofficial mail box. The tradition continues today as visitors leave addressed postcards in the barrel and sort through the left mail to deliver at home. Floreana is also a magnificent site for swimming.
Later, after magnificent snorkeling at Champion Islet, you will visit Cormorant Point where there is a wonderful lagoon, home to flamingos, stilts and pintail ducks. A great site for birdwatching.
Elizabeth Bay is one of the furthest points of the Galapagos that you'll visit on your cruise. You'll enter a sheltered cove - a wonderful mangrove system that is a true refuge for sea turtles, rays and herons.
Moreno Point, which is southwest of Elizabeth Bay, is famous for its large population of sea birds. You'll be able to get close to them on a dingy ride along the cliffs of the island, or on a hike through lava rock that leads to tide pools and mangroves teeming with life. You will also have time for snorkeling.
On your visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, you will gain insight into the great preservation efforts being made by scientists, guides, and rangers. You will see the famous Galapagos tortoises that are the islands' namesake. After the visit, you drive up to the lush highlands of Santa Cruz, where you will search for giant tortoises in their natural surroundings. In the afternoon you will have free time for shopping and mingling with the locals, or you can simply relax on board.
Gardner Bay offers the chance to enjoy a wonderful white sandy beach. In addition to being a nesting site for sea turtles, it is home to the most important colonies of sea lions in the archipelago. Activities include swimming, snorkeling and kayaking.At Punta Suarez, the area is home to a large population of Nazca & blue-footed boobies, as well as the beautiful waved albatross (seasonally). The 10,000 to 12,000 pairs of albatrosses on Espanola represent the entire population of this species on the planet. They perform the most spectacular courtship rituals of the animal world.
The tiny Mosquera Islet is home to a huge population of sea lions, as well as many shorebirds. Keep your eyes peeled, since there are occasional reports of dolphins and orca around Mosquera.
This morning you'll disembark from your ship and bid farewell to the crew.
A coach awaits to transfer you to the airport for your outbound flight.
Fly from Galapagos to Quito via Guayaquil. The flight duration is approximately 4 hours.
Enjoy a private airport transfer in Quito with a professional driver.
Enjoy breakfast (included in tour cost).
Explore the bustling streets and squares of the largest historical centre in the Americas; visit some of its most important churches such as the majestic La Compañía and iconic San Francisco, guardians of a stunning multi-ethnic artistic and cultural heritage. Drive through the traditional neighborhood of San Juan. Finish the morning at the "Panecillo" hillside with its breathtaking views of the old and modern city. At a distance of approximately 11miles (18 km) north of Quito is the "Middle of the World City" complex. Visit the monument of the equatorial line or parallel 0, latitude 0° 0’0”. Afterwards enjoy a delicious lunch (Included) in a typical restaurant where flavors from across the country can be savoured.
A departure tax must be paid upon departing Ecuador through the Quito airport. The payment must be made in cash and the cost is of USD$44.30 per person. Subject to change without notice.
Mansion del Rio, is a boutique hotel that give you a sense of travelling in time to the early 20th century of Guayaquil. The hotel offers a unique atmosphere of comfort and exquisite details not found anywhere else. The privileged position by the Guayas River and landmark location in the heart of the oldest district in Guayaquil, Barrio Las Peñas, lies Mansion del Rio as a symbol of resilience like the city. This Boutique Hotel offers an elegant and relaxing atmosphere putting their characteristic personalized service at the disposal of their guests. The rooms offer a sense of being in another time with the technological advances needed.
The M/V Eclipse is Galapagos comfort at its finest. With a length of 210ft (64m), a width of 41ft (12.5m) and accommodations for only 48 passengers, the M/V Eclipse offers the amplitude and amenities of a medium sized vessel as well as all of the advantages of a small, exclusive yacht. Enjoy the M/V Eclipse’s spacious cabins, delicious Ecuadorian and International cuisine, personalized attention, small excursion groups (no more than 12 guests per guide), and ample exterior areas including a large Sun Deck complete with soothing Hot Tub and wide, wonderful views. Share the day’s experiences with your shipmates, guides and with Jonathan at our comfortable indoor dining room or in our spacious al fresco dining area during meals.
Blending in with the old city of Quito, the Plaza Grande Hotel fits right into this historically charmed area of town, with a first class view of the central square, Plaza de la Independencia. Considered one of the finest hotels in the capital, the 15 suites have received exceptional care and individual fine-tuning to ensure a plush, old world experience accented by rich fabrics and incomparable ambiance. Dine at any of the restaurants, where gourmet cuisine is served using flavorful, daring spices and techniques. Plan a horse carriage ride around the city of Quito, which has been deemed one of the most well-preserved and least altered historic venues in the world, and its rich history is available for guests to discover. Hotel facilities include a spa.
Christina Adams ,
April 21, 2014
"I know it's silly to give all 10's, obviously every trip has it's ups and downs, but if it hadn't been for our Kensington Tours planning, guides and drivers we would have been lost! It was wonderful to be out in a strange new environment yet know we had a safety net and a friendly face. The places we visited were awesome but I think we'll remember most the people that we met. Thank you and I'll send photos soon! Sincerely, Christina Adams"
Frank Manna ,
April 21, 2014
"Our guided transfers were exceptionally accommodating even though our flights were considerably delayed. The Annavillanas Jungle Lodge was spectacular for location, accommodations and food. The Rio Carnival experience was unique and unforgettable and our seats were wonderful. Loved the location of our hotel in Rio.......right on the street of Copacabana Beach.......fantastic. "
Vivian Jennings ,
April 21, 2014
"Very pleased with organization. Not having to worry about connections or arrangements is wonderful. Great selection with hotels, Coral 1 and Napo Wildlife. Kensington puts all the details together to ensure a wonderful trip. Highly recommend the Galapagos and Amazon. "
Daniel More ,
April 21, 2014
"All was great. Guides were knowledgeable, personable, friendly... that's what really made the trip."
Marlin Barad ,
April 21, 2014
"Sofia, thank you for putting together a great trip. We certainly enjoyed ourselves very much. The planning and care was excellent. We hope we can do another trip with you all soon. Marlin Barad"
Laura Iyer ,
January 10, 2014
"We just returned last night from our Patagonia adventure and we had the time of our lives! Everything turned out perfectly. Guides were fun, on time and informative. The excursions were great for an active family and, of course, amazing. I thought after the glacier trek it can't get any better - but it kept surprising me and amazing me. My personal favorite was the horseback riding. I thought afterwards after everything we have seen the bike tour would have to be a let down - NOPE - it also was so exciting and our guide was a hoot! Meals were amazing and after so many active excursions no guilt in pigging out. I am so happy we took a little risk and went out of the way with our vacation this year. We will have this with us for a life time.
Catherine Dudley ,
January 10, 2014
"GREAT trip! We were very pleased with every aspect that Brandi set up for us including the tour of Quito and environs. Our guide spoke excellent English, the driver was courteous and we felt safe and well-informed throughout the day. We're still going through the 500+ photos that I took and the 1700+ photos that my son took. Galapagos was a fabulous trip and the Eclipse was a terrific way to navigate the islands.
Mark Dornfeld ,
November 11, 2013
"My wife and I had a wonderful trip, we really enjoyed ourselves. All the accommodations that you booked for us were exceptional and our drivers and guides were lovely. We had great weather the whole trip and only lost one activity due to high winds. As you know this is a beautiful part of the world so my camera was snapping all the time. We would definitely use your services in the future for this type of travel. Thanks for all you help and expertise........be well.....m.d."
Jack Gregory ,
November 11, 2013
I wanted to give you a little feedback on our recent trip to Peru.
In a word – EXCELLENT – especially the high quality people you work with in Peru. We have taken tours all over the world, S. Africa, France, England, Vietnam, China to name just a few, and the service we received in Peru was far beyond and of the other experiences we have had. The attention to detail was very much appreciated, picking us up at the airport, taking us back to the airport and complete, hassle free, handling of all our details truly made this a stress free experience.
Special thanks to:
-The entire reservation system and the people I came in contact with that process...every detail accounted for
-The people that looked after us in Lima
-Andre, the young man in Cusco who faithfully phoned every night just to make sure the day went well, my wife was well and that we knew what we had to do the next day.
-The Sumaq hotel in Aquas Calientes...you can tell the level of service by the details...I watched a waitress hold a high stool for a lady to prevent her from tipping backwards as she got on the stool, the lady didn’t even know the waitress did it....that’s client care.
-Especially Mariela, the tour guide in Cusco...highly knowledgeable, passionate, personable and shows great care for the people she guides.
Hainsworth Sherry ,
November 05, 2013
Clients were very impressed. Guides were amazing and accommodation was beyond expectations. They will definitely travel with you again and they have highly recommended Kensington Tours.
Hope I can work with you again the in the near future.
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