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Galápagos — Central Islands aboard the Xavier III

10 days, Quito to Quito

Underwater photo of a turtle in the Galapagos
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Encounter the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor off its shores. Spend seven nights exploring the incredible wildlife of the Galápagos archipelago in the company of an expert Naturalist Guide. In the evenings, return to the Xavier to reflect on the day’s adventures. Retire to air-conditioned cabins with exclusive lower berths and private bathrooms – that’s why you'll never end up on another operator's ship.

10 days

Quito to Quito

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There are no departure dates currently available for the rest of this season. Some tours only run during parts of the year.

Trip Code: SEV10MD

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Encounter the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor off its shores. Spend seven nights exploring the incredible wildlife of the Galápagos archipelago in the company of an expert Naturalist Guide. In the evenings, return to the Xavier to reflect on the day’s adventures. Retire to air-conditioned cabins with exclusive lower berths and private bathrooms – that’s why you'll never end up on another operator's ship.

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: Marine

Small-ship adventures on the world’s great seas, rivers, and other places only accessible by boat.

Service Level: Standard

Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.

Physical Rating: 3 - Average

Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 12

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Visa Requirements

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10 days

Quito to Quito

Sold Out

There are no departure dates currently available for the rest of this season. Some tours only run during parts of the year.

Trip Code: SEV10MD

Need a flight? We can help.

Call us to book your flights! We'll find you the best option!

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Itinerary Notes

Please Note: From January 8, 2019 to February 8, 2019, as per the Galapagos National Park Directorate and Galapagos Conservancy, North Seymour and Mosquera Island will be closed to visitors. The goal of this closure is to carry out a planned eradication of introduced species to safeguard the ecological integrity of the unique ecosystems and biodiversity of these islands. For all departures that fall during that time period, and a short panga ride along the North Seymour and Mosquera coast and a trip along the coast of Daphne to spot wildlife will be substituted, however travellers will not be able to disembark.

Itinerary

Day 1Quito

Arrive at any time.

Day 2Quito/Puerto Ayora

Transfer early to the airport for the flight to the Galápagos Islands. Upon arrival meet the Naturalist Guide, who will assist with the transfer to the Xavier, located in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. Visit the Santa Cruz highlands and get up close and personal with giant tortoises.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 3Chinese Hat/Black Turtle Cove

Visit Chinese Hat for snorkelling opportunities and to observe the birds and sea lions before taking an excursion to Black Turtle Cove to see the marine life.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4Cerro Dragón/Islas Daphne

Visit Cerro Dragón on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island to see land iguanas and a salt water lagoon frequented by flamingos and other species of birds. Continue to Daphne Island in the afternoon to spot birds and wildlife.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5Islas Plaza/Santa Fé Island

Land at South Plaza in the morning for wildlife spotting opportunities. Afternoon visit to Santa Fé Island for guided walks to observe the wildlife and plentiful marine iguanas. Opportunities for swimming and snorkelling with the sea lions.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Visit the Interpretation Center on San Cristóbal Island and enjoy free time to explore the port town of Baquerizo Moreno. Visit Isla Lobos in the afternoon to spot blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas and sea lions.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 7North Seymour/Mosquera Islet

Explore two tiny islands that are big on wildlife. North Seymour offers great views of nesting seabirds, including frigatebirds and Mosquera is home to large colonies of sea lions.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 8Santiago Island/Bartolomé Island

Visit Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island to witness the giant lava formations contrasting the white-coral sand beach. Continue to Bartolomé Island for a guided tour to see the dramatic volcanic features before hiking to a panoramic viewpoint.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 9Puerto Ayora/Quito

Disembark in Puerto Ayora and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to see the giant Galápagos tortoises. Fly back to Quito.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 10Quito

Depart at any time.

Meals included:

Breakfast
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What's Included

  • Cruise the Galápagos Islands aboard the Xavier (7 nts)
  • All meals aboard the Xavier
  • Certified Galápagos National Park Service Guide
  • Highlands and wild tortoise excursion (Santa Cruz Island)
  • Snorkelling at Chinese Hat, Isla Lobos, North Seymour and Sullivan Bay
  • Visit to a wildlife interpretation centre (San Cristóbal Island)
  • Hike to the Bartolomé Island viewpoint overlooking the famous Pinnacle Rock
  • Visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)
  • All landings and excursions
  • Onboard snorkelling equipment and wetsuits
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels (2 nts), aboard the Xavier in twin-share cabins (7 nts).

Meals

9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
Allow USD80-105 for meals not included. Drinks and tips on board not included.

Transportation

Motorized yacht (Xavier), plane, private vehicle, panga.

Staff & experts

CEO (Chief Experience Officer)/Naturalist Guide while in the Galápagos Islands (certified by the Galápagos National Park Authority), local G Adventures Rep in Quito.

Departures

There are no departure dates currently available for the rest of this season. Some tours only run during parts of the year.

Please Contact Us to inquire about dates for next season, or to discuss other tour options.

Galápagos — Central Islands aboard the Xavier III

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