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Galapagos: Wildlife Wonderland

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 Trip Length
8 Days
 Trip Starts
Quito
 Trip Finishes
Guayaquil
8 Day Galapagos: Wildlife Wonderland Itinerary (Tauck)
Countries Explored: Ecuador Galapagos
Trip Operator:
Budget
Premium
Ship Type
Expedition Cruise Ship
Trip Style
Cruise
Trip Code
YG

Overview

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Tauck's 8 Day Galapagos: Wildlife Wonderland. Discover wildlife found nowhere else in the world... designed for families, tour the wondrous islands of the Galapagos featuring a four-night cruise aboard the expeditionary yacht Santa Cruz II.

Itinerary

Tour begins: Swissôtel Quito. A transfer is included from Mariscal Sucre International Airport to the Swissôtel Quito, where you'll enjoy an Executive Level room. Stay Two Nights: Swissôtel Quito

Quito is not only 9,200 feet above “seal” level, it’s also on the Equator... the "middle of the world." Take the opportunity to stand on both the northern and southern hemispheres at the same time, and learn more about Quito's unique geography at the Inti Ñan Museum before enjoying an Ecuadorian lunch near a volcanic crater. Explore centuries-old Colonial Quito on a guided tour. Join us tonight for our welcome reception and dinner at your hotel, then get a good night’s sleep so you’ll be rested and ready for your family's unforgettable Galápagos experience tomorrow. (B/L)

Your family's Galápagos tour and cruise* commences today when you fly from Quito to the volcanic island of Baltra and board your new expedition ship, Santa Cruz II. Your first shore excursion features a ride ashore on a panga to the island of Santa Cruz, and a wet landing on Las Bachas Beach (named for the US military barges, referred to as "bachas," that were beached and abandoned there after WWII) – an important nesting area for the green sea turtle. On a guided hike around a saltwater lagoon today, look for flamingos, pintail ducks, sandpipers and stilts; join our expert naturalists for an informative briefing back aboard ship this evening, prior to the Captain's welcome reception followed by dinner. Stay Four Nights: Santa Cruz II (B/L/D)

Start the day with a morning boat ride off Buccaneer’s Cove on Santiago (James) Island – once a favorite haunt of pirates and whalers – to observe seabirds like frigates, pelicans and boobies, and go snorkeling off the panga. After lunch aboard ship, a wet landing at Puerto Egas on Santiago provides even more opportunities to see seabirds, along with a colony of sea lions and marine iguanas; enjoy a swim and a snorkel from the beach before returning to the ship. Weather permitting, enjoy star gazing on the top deck this evening. (B/L/D)

Meet Darwin's finches and other rare birds today after a wet landing on Rabida (Jervis) Island, with its red-colored beaches. Experience both wet and dry landings on your excursion to Bartolomé Island; hike up to the summit and drink in amazing vistas of its volcanic features and the neighboring islands. Ride a panga around Pinnacle Rock, and view sea lions, sea turtles and tiny tropical Galápagos penguins in a panorama of life found only here. Tonight you'll find out more about the Galápagos Islands with our shipboard naturalists. (B/L/D)

Explore Genovesa (Tower) Island by panga and a dry landing; climb up Prince Philip’s steps for a hike across the island, where you'll see masked boobies, frigate birds, storm petrels and more. An afternoon cruise and a wet landing at Darwin Bay offers more amazing views of thousands of rare birds, including red-footed boobies, gulls, mockingbirds, herons and finches, as well as an optional walk across volcanic terrain. Back aboard the ship, celebrate the end of your cruise – and your family's most unforgettable Galápagos tour – at our Captain’s farewell dinner. (B/L/D)

Disembark Santa Cruz II on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, and visit a tortoise reserve to observe in the wild one of the rarest forms of wildlife that continue to thrive here on the Galápagos Islands – the giant tortoise – and efforts being made by the Ecuadorian National Park Service to preserve and protect life on the islands for future generations. Late morning, travel to the airport for your flight to Guayaquil on the mainland, and an overnight at the Wyndham Guayaquil. Join us this evening for a poolside farewell party at your hotel as your family's Ecuador and Galápagos tour comes to a close. Stay: Wyndham Guayaquil (B/D)

Tour ends: Guayaquil. A transfer from the Wyndham Guayaquil to José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport is included. You should allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in. (B)

Trip Inclusions

  • 4 nights aboard the 90-guest Santa Cruz II, designed especially for Galápagos Islands cruising; dry and wet landings
  • Explore the lagoons on Baltra Island that have a variety of birds within its ecosystem including pintail ducks, flamingos and stilts.
  • Snorkel in Santiago Island in Buccaneer Cove where local sea lions may sneak up alongside you and surprise you.
  • Hike up Bartolomé Island accompanied by incredible views at the summit.
  • Licensed Naturalist Guides of Galápagos National Park accompany shore excursions and hold briefings aboard ship, offering hands-on natural history lessons

  • Private Tauck Shore Excursions with experts, averaging two daily, for wildlife sightings and exciting activities
  • On-Tour Air included (2 flights)
  • Accompanied by one Tauck Director for approximately every 40 Tauck guests
  • All gratuities to Tauck Directors, local guides, drivers, naturalists, and ship staff
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • Service charges, most taxes and porterage

  • 18 meals (7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches & 6 Dinners)
  • Aboard ship – daily cocktail hour; all day soft drinks; wine and beer with dinner

  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Price is for land, cruise and specified internal flights. International flights not included.
  • Your cruise may be a shared ship experience with non-Tauck guests onboard as well
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Horizon Deck (Level 2)
Expedition Deck (Level 3)
Panorama Deck (Level 4)
Sky Deck

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