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Dec 2017 - Dec 2017
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9 Day Cruising the Galápagos Islands

Tauck Small Ship Cruise starting in Guayaquil and finishing in Guayaquil

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Tauck's 9 Day Cruising the Galápagos Islands. Earth Journeys, created by Tauck and BBC Earth take you up-close to amazing wildlife such as blue-footed boobies, sea lions, iguanas, penguins and more as you explore the remote Galápagos Islands with expert naturalists on a 9-day t...read more

Overview

Operator: Tauck
Type: Small Ship Cruise (Premium)
Duration: 9 Days
From: Guayaquil to Guayaquil
Tour Code: ED
Reviews: Not Yet Reviewed
Visits: Ecuador, Galapagos Islands
Our Price From:
$ 8,610
Per Person ($AU)

Day By Day

1

Arrive Guayaquil

Tour begins: Oro Verde Guayaquil. A transfer is included from José de Olmedo International Airport to Oro Verde Guayaquil, located in the city's dynamic business district. Most flights arrive late in the day. Stay: Oro Verde Guayaquil
2

San Cristobal

Fly to San Cristóbal Island to board Isabela II. In your orientation briefing, you'll learn more about the exciting cruise* ahead: transfers ashore by panga (Zodiac-style rafts), wet landings that may require wading ashore in shallow water, and dry landings on rocky surfaces. Your first panga ride takes you to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno for a bus ride to Cerro Colorado, where work is under way to save the endangered giant tortoise. Back on ship, join us for a welcome cocktail and a relaxing dinner. Stay Six Nights: Aboard Isabela II (B/L/D)
3

Genovesa Island

A morning panga* ride along the cliffs of Genovesa (Tower) Island stops for a dry landing on the rocks of Prince Philip's Steps. It's your choice: continue exploring by panga or join us for a climb of about 90 ft. up rock-hewn steps. Once at the top, a walk across flat land brings remarkable views. Among the bird colonies that live here are Nazca and red-footed boobies, great frigate birds, storm petrels, lava-and-swallow-tailed gulls, herons, finches and mockingbirds. Snorkeling* or kayaking* are available. After lunch, a wet landing on the island leads to an easy stroll. You can continue walking with our naturalist over sharp lava and uneven terrain for the reward of dramatic views, or if you prefer, return to the beach for swimming or snorkeling. (B/L/D)
4

Santiago Island

Climb aboard a panga this morning to explore Buccaneers' Cove on Santiago Island; back in the 17th and 18th centuries, the cove was known as favored stashing grounds for pirated gold and other treasures. When you visit Buccaneers' Cove on your Galápagos cruise today, however, the treasures you'll find are the natural kind: marine birds, anemones, barnacles and sea stars, marine iguanas and fur seals. This afternoon, join us for a wet landing at Puerto Egas, where a walk along the coastline lets you experience the porous texture of tuff stone and rocky lava flows, formed long ago by volcanic activity. Afterward, enjoy a refreshing swim. (B/L/D)
5

Fernandina Island / Isabela Island

Today Isabela II makes her way to Isabela and Fernandina, the youngest of the Galápagos Islands (they're only about 5 to 10 million years old). On Fernandina, a walk from Punta Espinoza leads you through exotic lava flows. Look for blue-footed boobies, flightless cormorants, penguins and more. Go snorkeling off pristine Fernandina Island, surrounded by the richest waters of the archipelago. Back on Isabela, hike from secluded Tagus Cove to view Darwin Lake; sail past volcanic cliffs by panga. (B/L/D)
6

Isabela Island

On a visit to Urbina Bay, hike with a naturalist through remains of sea life left high and dry in 1954 when volcanic activity lifted the land below by 15 ft., then head to Punta Vicente Roca. Here geological formations provide a gorgeous backdrop for plentiful nesting birds including blue-footed and Nazca boobies, gulls and Brown Noddy Terns. And conditions permitting, take time for snorkeling within sight of a colony of fur seals. (B/L/D)
7

Rabida Island / Santa Cruz Island

Today, the beaches of Rábida Island fascinate with views of sea lions, marine iguanas and yellow warblers; snorkeling or a glass-bottom boat ride are special pleasures here. Later follow the trails at Cerro Dragón, named after the land iguanas on northern Santa Cruz Island; keeping an eye out for stilts, pintail ducks, sandpipers and other shore birds around saltwater lagoons. A farewell cocktail awaits back on ship. (B/L/D)
8

Baltra / Guayaquil

Disembark Isabela II in Baltra for your return flight to Guayaquil for another night at Oro Verde Guayaquil; spend time enjoying your hotel or take a stroll along El Malecón, a boardwalk along the Guayas River including monuments and recreation areas. Tonight, join us for a farewell cocktail party and dinner. Stay: Oro Verde Guayaquil (B/D)
9

Depart Guayaquil

Tour ends: Guayaquil. A transfer from Hilton Colón Guayaquil to José de Olmedo International Airport is included. Please allow at least 3 hours for flight check-in. (B)

Day By Day

1

Arrive Guayaquil

Tour begins: Oro Verde Guayaquil. A transfer is included from José de Olmedo International Airport to Oro Verde Guayaquil, located in the city's dynamic business district. Most flights arrive late in the day. Stay: Oro Verde Guayaquil
2

San Cristobal

Fly to San Cristóbal Island to board Isabela II. In your orientation briefing, you'll learn more about the exciting cruise* ahead: transfers ashore by panga (Zodiac-style rafts), wet landings that may require wading ashore in shallow water, and dry landings on rocky surfaces. Your first panga ride takes you to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno for a bus ride to Cerro Colorado, where work is under way to save the endangered giant tortoise. Back on ship, join us for a welcome cocktail and a relaxing dinner. Stay Six Nights: Aboard Isabela II (B/L/D)
3

Genovesa Island

A morning panga* ride along the cliffs of Genovesa (Tower) Island stops for a dry landing on the rocks of Prince Philip's Steps. It's your choice: continue exploring by panga or join us for a climb of about 90 ft. up rock-hewn steps. Once at the top, a walk across flat land brings remarkable views. Among the bird colonies that live here are Nazca and red-footed boobies, great frigate birds, storm petrels, lava-and-swallow-tailed gulls, herons, finches and mockingbirds. Snorkeling* or kayaking* are available. After lunch, a wet landing on the island leads to an easy stroll. You can continue walking with our naturalist over sharp lava and uneven terrain for the reward of dramatic views, or if you prefer, return to the beach for swimming or snorkeling. (B/L/D)
4

Santiago Island

Climb aboard a panga this morning to explore Buccaneers' Cove on Santiago Island; back in the 17th and 18th centuries, the cove was known as favored stashing grounds for pirated gold and other treasures. When you visit Buccaneers' Cove on your Galápagos cruise today, however, the treasures you'll find are the natural kind: marine birds, anemones, barnacles and sea stars, marine iguanas and fur seals. This afternoon, join us for a wet landing at Puerto Egas, where a walk along the coastline lets you experience the porous texture of tuff stone and rocky lava flows, formed long ago by volcanic activity. Afterward, enjoy a refreshing swim. (B/L/D)
5

Fernandina Island / Isabela Island

Today Isabela II makes her way to Isabela and Fernandina, the youngest of the Galápagos Islands (they're only about 5 to 10 million years old). On Fernandina, a walk from Punta Espinoza leads you through exotic lava flows. Look for blue-footed boobies, flightless cormorants, penguins and more. Go snorkeling off pristine Fernandina Island, surrounded by the richest waters of the archipelago. Back on Isabela, hike from secluded Tagus Cove to view Darwin Lake; sail past volcanic cliffs by panga. (B/L/D)
6

Isabela Island

On a visit to Urbina Bay, hike with a naturalist through remains of sea life left high and dry in 1954 when volcanic activity lifted the land below by 15 ft., then head to Punta Vicente Roca. Here geological formations provide a gorgeous backdrop for plentiful nesting birds including blue-footed and Nazca boobies, gulls and Brown Noddy Terns. And conditions permitting, take time for snorkeling within sight of a colony of fur seals. (B/L/D)
7

Rabida Island / Santa Cruz Island

Today, the beaches of Rábida Island fascinate with views of sea lions, marine iguanas and yellow warblers; snorkeling or a glass-bottom boat ride are special pleasures here. Later follow the trails at Cerro Dragón, named after the land iguanas on northern Santa Cruz Island; keeping an eye out for stilts, pintail ducks, sandpipers and other shore birds around saltwater lagoons. A farewell cocktail awaits back on ship. (B/L/D)
8

Baltra / Guayaquil

Disembark Isabela II in Baltra for your return flight to Guayaquil and another night at Oro Verde Guayaquil; spend some free time at your hotel or perhaps take a stroll along the city's waterfront promenade, El Malecón. Tonight, we invite you to share favorite experiences from your Galápagos cruise with your fellow travelers at our farewell cocktail party and dinner. Stay: Oro Verde Guayaquil (B/D)
9

Depart Guayaquil

Tour ends: Guayaquil. A transfer from Oro Verde Guayaquil to José de Olmedo International Airport is included. Please allow at least 3 hours for flight check-in. (B)

Trip Inclusions

Travelling Well Includes...

  • On-tour film vignettes custom-made for Tauck by BBC Earth natural history experts
  • Field equipment may include FLIR® thermal imaging cameras and shotgun microphones
  • Exclusive 6-night Galápagos Cruise aboard the expedition ship, Isabela II – with no more than 40 Tauck guests
  • Private Tauck Shore Excursions in the Galápagos Islands with expert naturalist guides – averaging two daily – for an up-close experience with some of the most unusual and intriguing species of the world
  • Two nights at Hilton Colón Guayaquil, gateway to the Galápagos Islands

Tauck Inclusions

  • Tauck's private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions
  • Your tour is conducted by a professional, fully trained Tauck Director who remains with the group throughout the tour.
  • Complimentary internet service and WIFI are available for your use while travelling on board the cruise ship.
  • Air conditioned cruise ship and motor coaches for your comfort.
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted in the itinerary.
  • Service charges, taxes, porterage, and applicable fuel surcharges.
  • All gratuities to Tauck Directors, local guides and ship staff.

Tauck Dining

  • Complimentary soft drinks, coffee and tea service are available throughout the day. A complimentary cocktail hour with open bar is provided before dinner each night. Complimentary wine and beer is offered with dinner.
  • 21 meals (8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners)

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • Price is for land, cruise and specified internal flights. International flights not included.

Trip Inclusions

Travelling Well Includes...

  • Exclusive 6-night Galápagos cruise aboard Isabela II – designed for Galápagos exploring
  • Daily Galápagos island excursions with expert naturalists, featuring wet and dry landings via Zodiac-style panga
  • Hikes and walks led by expert naturalist guides snorkelling, swimming, and kayaking
  • Two nights in Guayaquil

Tauck Inclusions

  • On-tour film vignettes custom-made for Tauck by BBC Earth natural history experts plus other select BBC Earth touches
  • Gratuities to Tauck Director, naturalists and ship staff
  • Service charges, applicable fuel surcharges, admission fees
  • Entrance fees to Galápagos National Park and porterage
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted in the day descriptions

Tauck Dining

  • Daily cocktail hour, all-day soft drinks, wine and beer with dinner aboard your ship
  • A total of 21 included meals over the course of your tour

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Price is for land, cruise and specified internal flights. International flights not included.

Operator Details

Tauck Reviews: (1)
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Tour Accommodation: Premium
Tour Average Age: 60+ years
Types: Land Journeys, River Cruises & Small Ship Cruises
Budget: Premium
Destinations: Asia, Canada & Alaska, Europe, South & Central America, UK & Ireland, USA
2017 SEASON
Dec 2017 - Dec 2017
2018 SEASON
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Main Deck (Category A) $ 340

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