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Highlights
  • Seven nights cruising and exploring the galápagos national park aboard the archipell i
  • Snorkel with sea lions and sea turtles
  • Find colonies of frigatebirds and boobies on the cliffs of genovesa
  • Gain deeper insight from your galápagos national park guide into the ecology of the galápagos islands

Encounter the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor off its shores. Spend seven days exploring the incredible wildlife of the Galápagos archipelago in the company of an expert Naturalist Guide. In the evenings, return to the spacious and comfortable Archipell I to reflect on the day’s adventure under a canopy of stars. Retire to air-conditioned cabins with exclusive lower berths and private bathrooms.

Trip Description
Galápagos — North and Central Islands aboard the Queen
 
Travel Theme
Countries
Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport

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G Adventures Travel Reviews & Ratings
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Value
4.8 Guide
4.8 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.8 Transportation
4.8 Meals
4.8
Galápagos — North, Central & South Islands aboard the Archipell I/II

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I got see all of the animals that I wanted to see, I felt the itinerary was perfect, the staff was great November 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
It was a fabulous trip. I wish it was a longer trip, but I know that Ecuador limits the number of days.

Operator G Adventures

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The overall trip was awesome and I thought G Adventures did a great job. I think someone would need to know it was truly an "adventure" and not to expect all the creature comforts of home. The experience far outweighed some inconveniences for me. November 2015

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
It was a wonderful trip. The crew was professional, accommodations very satisfactory, the food excellent, and the daily activities totally diverse. The CEO was so knowledgeable, and I can't believe how much we were able to see and learn. I would take the trip again in a heartbeat!
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We had a great time...wonderful adventure October 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Outstanding....crew, food, guide, itinerary, However, you need to know that there was no AC in the main saloon the entire trip. So, meals and briefings were very uncomfortable. Also, you need to have one crew member trained in first aid. We had a major injury and fortunately a doctor from another ship took care of the injured
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We were looked after very well, no delays flights etc. we were met at airport promptly, rep at hotel good, looked after on internal flights very well, boat experience was amazing, staff 1st class. October 2015

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
My husband and I both celebrated our birthdays whilst on the trip (same day 22nd Jan) the boat crew gave us a party, cake balloons, music streamers. Wonderful ! The best birthday I have EVER had.

Operator G Adventures

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Had a great trip all was of first class quality ! October 2015

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Trip of a lifetime - the wildlife was totally undisturbed by our being there and so great photos could be taken. The snorkelling was fantastic - the guide and crew had great local knowledge to get the best spots ! Don't wait for retirement before taking this trip as it does require some fitness to get the best from it !
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Operator G Adventures

Itinerary

Day 1 Quito

A G Adventures representative will greet you at the hotel and brief everyone on the various aspects of the tour. Additional Notes: If you are not able to attend the welcome meeting, a representative will leave all important information at the hotel’s reception indicating what time to be ready on Day 2 of the trip. If there is any confusion on arrival, please do not hesitate to call the contact number listed in this dossier. Booking pre- or post-trip accommodation is highly recommended to fully experience the city and take advantage of the many optional activities available. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting with G Representative Transport: Private Vehicle

Day 2 Quito/Santa Cruz Island (1B, 1L, 1D)

Early flight to Santa Cruz Island. Meet the guide and transfer to the ship. Visit North Seymour and enjoy the first taste of the diversity of wildlife in these enchanted islands. Enjoy great views of nesting seabirds, including frigatebirds and vast sea lion colonies. Additional Notes: Flights from Quito to Santa Cruz depart between 8:10am and 10:10am depending on the day of the week. The flights will arrive into the Galápagos between 10:40am and 12:40pm with a refuelling stop in Guayaquil (you will not disembark the plane). You will generally arrive onto the boat in time for lunch before the afternoon activity. The National Park charges a visitor fee of USD100, payable on arrival, which funds park maintenance and supervision in the Galápagos as well as ecological study, conservation, and infrastructure development in Ecuador's other National Parks. Entry fees and the funds they generate for the National Park System are among measures taken by the Ecuadorian government to protect its natural heritage. Included Activities: North Seymour Island Visit Transport: Archipell I Plane

Day 3 Genovesa Island (1B, 1L, 1D)

Head to Genovesa Island, known for its diversity and density of seabirds. Visit El Barranco and marvel at the sheer number of birds along the cliffs. Continue on to Darwin Bay in the afternoon to see the many types of boobies, including the rare red-footed boobies. Included Activities: El Barranco Visit Darwin Bay Visit Snorkelling (Darwin Bay) Transport: Archipell I

Day 4 Bartolomé Island/Santiago Island (1B, 1L, 1D)

Visit Bartolomé for a guided tour to see dramatic volcanic features before hiking to the famous panoramic viewpoint overlooking Pinnacle Rock. Continue on to Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island to see giant lava formations contrasting the white-coral sand beach. Included Activities: Sullivan Bay Visit Bartolomé Island Landing Transport: Archipell I

Day 5 Santa Cruz Island (1B, 1L, 1D)

Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and take an afternoon excursion to the highlands to see giant tortoises in the wild and learn about the volcanic formations of the islands. Included Activities: Charles Darwin Research Station Visit Santa Cruz Highlands Excursion Transport: Archipell I

Day 6 Floreana Island (1B, 1L, 1D)

Visit Punta Cormorant to see its multi-coloured sandy beaches and flamingos. Send a postcard from Post Office Bay and snorkel nearby in the turquoise waters packed with marine-life. In the afternoon, head up to Mirador de la Baronesa and learn about its mysterious history. Included Activities: Punta Cormorant Visit Post Office Bay Visit Transport: Archipell I

Day 7 Española Island (1B, 1L, 1D)

Sail in to Gardner Bay, an excellent swimming and snorkelling site. Head to Punta Suarez on Española Island. The southernmost island in the Galápagos archipelago is home to several wildlife species, including masked and blue-footed boobies. A hike to the top of the cliff makes for spectacular photo opportunities. Included Activities: Gardner Bay Visit Snorkelling (Gardner Bay) Punta Suarez Excursion Transport: Archipell I

Day 8 San Cristóbal Island (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a morning visit to Punta Pitt, the only site in the Galápagos where it is possible to see the three species of boobies as well as frigatebirds, all nesting in the same area. Walk up to the colonies along the lava flows of this volcanic island. In the afternoon, visit the beautiful white powdery sand beaches of Cerro Brujo. Included Activities: Punta Pitt Visit Cerro Brujo Visit Transport: Archipell I

Day 9 Puerto Baquerizo Moreno/Quito (1B)

Visit Isla Lobos and its frolicking sea lions before flying back to Quito. Included Activities: Isla Lobos Visit Transport: Plane

Day 10 Quito (1B)

Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 4,499

Price Per Day:

$ 450 per person
 
Details
Trip Includes
  • Cruise the Galápagos Islands aboard the Archipell I (7 nts)
  • Arrival transfer
  • All meals aboard the Archipell I
  • Certified Galápagos National Park Service Guide
  • Snorkelling at Darwin Bay and Gardner Bay
  • North Seymour visit
  • Excursion to see red-footed boobies (Genovesa Island)
  • Hike to the Bartolomé Island viewpoint overlooking the famous Pinnacle Rock
  • Walk along lava formations (Santiago Island)
  • Visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)
  • Highlands and wild tortoise excursion
  • Visit to Post Office Bay (Floreana Island)
  • Visits to Gardner Bay and Punta Suarez (Española Island)
  • Wildlife encounters at Cerro Brujo and Punta Pitt (San Cristóbal Island)
  • All landings
  • excursions
  • and transportation
  • Onboard snorkelling equipment and wetsuits
Meals Included: 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
Flights & Transport
Only ground transportMotorized catamaran (the Archipell I), plane, private vehicle, panga.
Local Flights All local flights to and from the Galapagos aare included in the cost of your tour. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure. Flights to either of the airports in the Galapagos leave early in the morning on Day 2 and get you into the islands in the early afternoon. Flights back to the mainland depart between 10:00am and 1:30pm arriving in the early evening. Please note that all flights to and from the Galapagos make a 1 hour refuelling stop in Guayaquil.
Group Size:
Small Group - 24 max
Maximum Number of People in Group: 16
Max 16, avg 12

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Accomodations
Upgraded hotel (2 nts), aboard the Archipell I in twin-share or double cabins (7 nts).
Start City
Quito
End City
Quito
Guides Galápagos National Park Service guide while in the islands. Local G Adventures representative in Quito.

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

1. G Adventures requires your passport number, full name and date of birth at the time of booking. Please make sure you give this information to your travel agent. 2. Once you have confirmed your booking please give us your international flight details and advise us if you have any important issues such as allergies, special diets, etc. 3. The Ecuadorian government currently levies a Galapagos Islands Park entry fee of $100 USD per person. This is payable at the airport upon arrival in the park. It is not included in the cost of the tour, and must be paid in CASH. This fee funds Park maintenance and supervision in Galapagos, as well as ecological study, conservation and infrastructure development in Ecuador's other National Parks. Entry fees and the funds they generate for the National Park System are among measures taken by the Ecuadorian government to protect its natural heritage. 4. The Consejo de Gobierno (local government council) have implemented a system of Transit Control Cards at a fee of $20 USD per person. This card is to be purchased in CASH at a counter in the Quito airport before boarding the flight to the Galapagos. Please retain this card along with your passport as you will be required to present this upon arrival to the Galapagos Islands. Please note that this applies to all tourists entering the Galapagos Islands and is a supplement to the existing entry fee to the National Park and is not controlled by tour operators or travel agencies. It is the first of a number of initiatives to track, control and maintain the sustainable tourism targets set out by the Galapagos National Park and the Ecuadorian government in an attempt to preserve the fragile environment of the archipelago. 5. Please note that the rooming on our Galapagos yachts is done on a first-come, first-serve basis, and we are not able to guarantee the specific cabin you will receive on board. The cabins are comfortable and clean, all with private bathrooms and air conditioning. All cabins are on the upper decks with windows looking out to the ocean. Our friendly and competent crew will ensure the smooth and comfortable journey for the duration of your tour. 6. Please note that this trip is a combination of multiple G Adventures tours. As such, the staff may change between tour segments. You may also expect some group members to join or leave the tour, between tour segments. There may be a few hours between segments of the trip, where you will get to stretch your legs on land, and explore independently while your crew prepares the vessel for any passengers who will be joining the tour. 7. All travellers are required to pay the tax on domestic flights in Ecuador. Foreign travellers are exempt form this, and proving you are indeed a foreign traveller can be done by providing us with your international ticket number (ITN). Travellers who do not submit international ticket numbers at least 30 days prior to Day 1 of their tour will be required to pay the domestic tax on all included flights.

Meals

Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. On our Galapagos yachts, food is included, plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients. Dining is casual, tables are unassigned and the dining room is capable of seating the entire passenger compliment at one time. There is always a selection of different meals available, and vegetarians will find plenty of options. Special dietary requirements can be accommodated with advance notice, please advise us at time of confirmation. Coffee, tea and water are all provided free of charge. All other beverages, alcoholic and non-alcoholic are not included and can be purchased at the bar.

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Physical Requirements Our small group adventures bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility' is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travellers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our CEOs work hard to ensure that all our travellers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings in this Trip Details document for more information. The medical questionnaire can be found online at: www.gadventures.com/medical-form.
Rules & Other Requirements Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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