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2021 Galapagos Private Cruise

The ultimate South America small-group holiday experiencing many of the highlight locations, natural beauty and spectacles of Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Brazil

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2021 GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CRUISE TOUR OVERVIEW

Packed full of highlights, this private cruise showcases the diversity of natural wonders through the spectacular and bucket-list destination of the stunning Galapagos Islands .

Our NEW 2021 “Galapagos Islands Private Cruise” is the ultimate, bucket-list trip for those wanting to experience the natural beauty and spectacles of  some of the main highlights these stunning remote islands.

We spend a night firstly in Ecuador’s capitol, Quito before our included airport transfer to the airport for our flight to the Galapagos where we spend 7 nights on the brand new, fully-appointed launch for 2020, the MS Grand Daphne. With all meals and shore excursions included, an expert local marine biologist/naturalist as our Tour Leader, this trip is limited to a maximum of just 15 guests on board!  Each day we cruise to another section of the islands with our own private craft for shore-excursions. With just 15 guests on board plus your Quo Vadis Holidays Host, your local Tour Leader will be showing us all the amazing sights of this spectacular part of the world.

Included return flight to Quito and hotel accommodation for Day 9 before we finish in the morning of Day 10.

Well-appointed cabins, each with private ensuites, sun deck with bar to watch the islands drift past, indoor dining room and bar and alfresco lounge. All over three decks for just 15 guests with 8 crew!

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HIGHLIGHTS (10 days Quito to Quito)

  • Quito welcome Drinks and Meeting and Day 1 and Day 9 Accommodation
  • Transfers to Quito airport and flights from there to/from Galapagos Islands
  • 7-nights on board M/Y Grand Daphne with three meals per day and all shore excursions as per listed itinerary

Other Inclusions

  • Welcome drink in Lima
  • Individual Arrival and Departure airport transfers in Quito
  • Hotel porterage (on departure from each hotel)
  • Local Tour Director/Marine Biologist/Naturalist on private cruise
  • Quo Vadis Holidays Tour Host on board
  • All tips to Tour Directors, Tour Drivers, local guides and included restaurants

Galapagos Islands Tour Pace

An incredibly relaxing 10-day trip including 7 days aboard NEW 2020 launch MS Grand Daphne with all shore excursions in our Galapagos islands cruise included.

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CRUISE QUICK FACTS

DURATION

10 Days

COUNTRIES

Ecuador (2 nights in Quito, 7 nights aboard M/Y Grand Daphne in Galapagos Islands)

DEPARTURES

Tuesday 23rd March to Thursday 1st April, 2021

 

PRICING

AU$8,900pp Twin/Double Share Standard Cabin

AU$9,500pp Twin/Double Share Upper Junior Suite

AU$9,900pp Twin/Double Share Deluxe Upper Cabin

Single: i) Single Cabin (one of): AU$8,900pp

ii) Standard Cabin Double as Single Share (upon availability): AU$10,050

AVAILIBILITY

As at April 2020:  Tour Filling, HURRY!.

i) Standard Cabin Twin/Double Share: 3 Available

ii) Standard Cabin Single Share: 1 Avaialble

iii) Deluxe Upper Cabin: 2 Available

Please contact us for waiting-list or to enquire for 2022

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CRUISE TOUR MAP

Galapagos Islands Cruise 2021

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 / Tues March 23 2021 START QUITO

Welcome to Quito!

Upon arrival at Quito International Airport, your driver awaits to transfer you to the hotel. Settle in and rest up, then meet your QVH Host and tour leader for a welcome briefing and drink before a free evening to settle into Quito

ACCOMMODATION: Quito 1 Night – tea

Day 2 /  Wed 24th March 2021 M/Y Grand Daphne – Arrive Baltra and Santa Cruz

On arrival in the Galapagos, you collect your luggage and meet the cruise guide at the arrival’s hall. First you need to take the bus from the airport to the dock. Our guide will provide you the ticket for this. On arrival to the dock you will then take the Ferry to cross the Itabaca Channel and get from Baltra to Santa Cruz Island. We then head to the Highlands of Santa Cruz for our first Galapagos adventure.

Beginning at the coast in the northern part of the island, we travel across Santa Cruz through the agricultural region and into the misty forests where we can see the unique Scalesia cloud forest, dome-shaped giant tortoises in the wild, different species of Darwin finches and possibly the world famous woodpecker and warbler finches, as well as vermillion flycatchers. Today we will enjoy lunch in the highlands.

This afternoon we travel to Puerto Ayora, where we are then transferred to our boat, the Grand Daphne. Once on board for our Galapagos Islands cruise, you will be assigned your cabin, meet the crew members and get to know better our guide and the group.      (BB,L,D)

Day 3 /  Thurs 25th March 2021 – M/Y Grand Daphne- Floreana Island

Discover the quirky maritime history of Post Office Bay, which has the oldest postal system in the Americas. Steeped in history, in 1793 a post office barrel was erected for mariners to post their mail and assist in delivery of mail to the United States and Europe.

It was simple, a sailor leaves a letter with its destination and to whom it goes and take a letter from another sailor if he is going to that letter´s destination. This custom continues today with Galapagos visitors leaving letters and postcards to be collected by the next passing boat. Send one of your own and check if there are any you can deliver back home. Snorkeling and enjoying a panga ride are activities also included in this outing.

We go ashore at Punta Cormorant where the sand is made up of fine olivine crystals, a glassy volcanic mineral, giving the beach an olive-green color. It is the best place to see Galapagos sea lions. Today is also one of our finest opportunities to see pink flamingos and other water birds wading in the lagoons, including pintails and stilts. The walk continues to a white flour sandy beach to an Eastern Pacific green turtle nesting site. Young diamond stingrays are commonly found in the shoreline and enjoy the view of the turquoise crystalline ocean.

Just offshore, the famous Devil’s Crown is an old eroded volcanic cone and a popular roosting site for seabirds such as boobies, pelicans and frigates. Red-billed tropicbirds can also be seen nesting in the rocky crevices. The center of the cone is an outstanding snorkeling spot and many people find this one of the best snorkeling experiences of their trip. We might see rays, sharks, sea lions and turtles.  (BB,L,D)

Day 4 / Fri 26th March 2021 – M/Y Grand Daphne – Espanola Island

Wake up and take a hike on Isla Espanola, the southernmost island of the Galapagos. It is the breeding site for almost all of the estimated 24,000 waved albatrosses on earth. If you’re lucky (and the timing is right), you might spot the elaborate courtship rituals performed by albatrosses before the female chooses her lifelong mate during your walk. Hike through booby colonies to the rocky trails of beautiful Punta Suarez. This 3-km hike culminates at a clifftop viewpoint. Gaze out over views of rugged cliffs framed by swooping frigate birds, watching while albatross use the cliffs as their ‘runway’, getting airborne on the southeast winds.

Next, head to Bahia Gardner for a walk along the beach. Dodge lounging sea lions on this 1-kilometre walk, then cool off with a spot of snorkelling. The rocks off the coast are rich with reef sharks, turtles and many species of tropical fish (such as surgeon and angelfish). Small white-tipped reef sharks can also be spotted resting under the rocks.  (BB,L,D)

Day 5 /  Sat 27th March 2021 M/Y Grand Daphne – San Cristobal Island

Shake off any early morning doziness with a trip to Leon Dormido (Kicker Rock). This basalt crater rises 150 metres above the water and is divided into two parts by a narrow channel. Cruise through the channel as nesting seabirds flank the boat, tropicbirds soar overhead, marine iguanas swim about and sea lions lounge on the water. Snorkelling here gives you the chance to see Galapagos sharks, sea turtles and an incredible biodiversity of invertebrates living in the rock.

Later, sail to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on the island of San Cristobal. You will hav some free time to explore the town of San Cristobal. In the afternoon you will visit the San Cristobal Interpretation Centre, which brings the history and geography of the archipelago to life, from its volcanic origins to the present day. If there’s time, your guide may be able to organise an optional visit to the highlands of San Cristobal, for a chance to see giant tortoises in the wild. The price of this optional activity depends on the number of passengers attending. Relaxing on the beach is a great option for those who don’t wish to partake in this excursion.   (BB,L,D)

Day 6 /  Sun 28th March 2021 – M/Y Grand Daphne – Santa Fe and South Plaza Islands

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’! (BB, L, D)

Day 7 /  Mon 29th March 2021 – M/Y Grand Daphne – Genovesa Island

It takes us an overnight sail to reach Genovesa Island, the archipelago’s north-eastern outpost, but it is undeniably worth the voyage. Dolphins are often spotted in the waters around Genovesa while the island itself is one of abundant beauty, with varying landscapes and wonderful wildlife. It is also a paradise for all bird lovers, with all three kinds of boobies, including the rare red-footed booby, and of course the blue footed booby and Nazca booby, as well as numerous other species such as tropicbirds and frigate birds.

Walking the steep path known as Prince Philip’s Steps get us into the heart of the seabird rookeries, with birds overhead and nesting among the cliffs. On the island’s rocky plains we look out for storm petrels. Genovesa is the only place in the world where they can be seen flying during the day. Afterwards, cool off with a snorkel!

Darwin Beach is another superb site with large breeding colonies of seabirds and frigates and other birds such as lava herons, swallow-tailed gulls, mockingbirds and, hopefully, vampire finches. During the walk we will pass by tide pools with playful sea lions and diamond stingrays. The island’s magnificent marine life also makes for spectacular snorkeling and with the chance of encountering manta rays, sharks, turtles and moray eels along with many types of fishes. (BB, L, D)

Day 8 /  Tues 30th March 2021 – M/Y Grand Daphne – Santiago Island

Sailing back to the center of the Archipelago, you reach the eastern part of Santiago Island’s also known as James Island. You will visit Sullivan Bay, where we take a walk on Pahoehoe lava that was created by an eruption that occurred in 1897 and witness the plants that have grown on the site since that last eruption. Hopefully we may see some marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs, sea lions, finches, turtles, sharks and penguins. On our walk here, our guide will recount to us the geological history of the islands.

After lunch you head to Rabida Island, which is famously is known for its gorgeous red sandy beach (due to the rusting of iron) and is one of the most striking islands in the entire archipelago. From the shore, the trail leads through to what is one of the finest lagoons in the Galapagos for viewing flamingos. Rabida is also a wonderful place to spot nesting pelicans. Elsewhere, pintail ducks, marine iguanas and sea lions are all present. Here we will find great opuntia cactus forest which suggests previous existence of land iguanas as well as possibly Galapagos hawks, mockingbirds, doves, finches and lava lizards. There is also an opportunity for snorkeling in a place where sea stars, damsels, gobbies and surgeon fish are numerous.   (BB, L, D)

Day 9 /  Wed 31st March 2021 M/Y Grand Daphne – Santa Cruz Island

As flights to the mainland from Galapagos depart mid-morning, it is an early start for our last morning on the islands. Depending on the time of our flight, our time spent on this final excursion could be limited.

The boat will be anchored near Itabaca Channel, from where we take a panga ride to explore Caleta Tortuga Negra (Black Turtle Cove) – a red mangrove wetland on the north shore of Isla Santa Cruz. We paddle among the cove’s peaceful waters to experience the underwater riches of these waters. It’s a breeding area for green turtles, so it is not uncommon to see them mating. There is also abundant bird life, such as the yellow warbler and lava heron. It is also a nursery for golden cow-nose rays, eagle rays and Galapagos sharks.

Sadly, all good things must come to an end and we say farewell to the Galapagos Islands. We head to the airport for our mid-morning flight back to Quito.  (BB, L, D)

ACCOMMODATION: Quito 1 night – tea

Day 10 /  Thurs April 1st 2021  END Quito

Sadly, our trip comes to an end this morning.

Perhaps join us for an optional Quito day-trip exploring all the sights and sounds this lovely capitol has to offer.

(BB)

Galapagos Private Cruise (with our Tour Operator: Peregrine Adventures)

DEPARTURES

Tuesday March 23rd – April 1st, 2021

PRICING

From AU$8,900 per person twin share (Standard Cabin)

AU$1,150 Single Supplement (One of only – Standard Cabin)

HOW TO BOOK

Please contact us directly at info@quovadisholidays.com or 1 800 722 311 (within Australia) or +61 1 800 722 311 to request a Booking Form or more details