Galapagos cruise on board Petrel | 6 days

From Baltra Island to Baltra Island
  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Cruising
  • Wildlife
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Tour Description

Visit the Galapagos and discover a land where time stands still. The geography has been shaped by sea and volcanic activity and the native animals have thrived, unchanged for eons. Embark on a fantastic 6-day Galapagos cruise aboard the motorized catamaran, Petrel. Birders rejoice at the impressive selection of bird life to be seen around the Galapagos archipelago from soaring Galapagos Hawks, to Blue Footed Boobies bobbing at sea or among rocky outcrops, to nesting Flightless Cormorants. Scores of other unique wildlife share your Galapagos Islands vacation with you and throughout your cruise, you will have opportunities to swim and snorkel with rays, tropical fish and marine iguanas; kayak between playful sea lions and fur seals and hike among Sally Lightfoot Crabs and lava lizards. Your Galapagos cruise also takes you to the Isabela Breeding Center and Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about conservation efforts in the Galapagos National Park and to meet the famous Giant Tortoises.  

The newly built and elegant Petrel is the ultimate in luxury small ship cruising. Spot seabirds and sea lions, even whales if you're lucky, from your private balcony and relax on the sundeck with a cocktail at the end of the day. Make use of the ship's kayaks and snorkeling gear for close encounters with the Galapagos locals. Our expert National Park guide is on board to inform you of all the wonders of the Galapagos Islands. A world of natural marvels is waiting for you on this Galapagos Islands vacation.

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Baltra Island North Seymour Island

*EXAMPLE ITINERARY – 4-15 DAY ITINERARIES AVAILABLE. ITINERARY MAY VARY DEPENDING ON DEPARTURE. PLEASE CONTACT US FOR MORE DETAILS**

Fly from Quito to or Guayaquil to Baltra (return flights are not included & will be added at the time of booking).

Arriving in Galapagos, passengers are picked up at the airport by our naturalist guides and taken to the pier to board the Petrel

Afternoon: North Seymour Island
Galapagos Sea Lions, Blue-footed Boobies and Magnificent Frigate birds are abundant on North Seymour Island. The island was formed by a series of submarine lavas containing layers of sediment that were uplifted by tectonic activity. The island is characterized by its arid vegetation zone.

Dinner is included today

Day 2
Vicente Roca Point and Espinosa Point

Morning: Vicente Roca Point
Isabela Island is the largest in the archipelago. This seahorse-shaped island is also one of the youngest and most volcanically active. The morning visit is to Vicente Roca Point. Comprised of two separate coves, this site is a large bay with spectacular sea life. Keep an eye out for seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola-mola (sunfish).

Afternoon: Espinosa Point
Crossing the Bolivar Channel that divides Isabela and Fernandina Islands, we will land at Espinosa Point. After walking past a colony of marine iguanas and a group of sea lions, we'll reach the island's highlight: the Flightless cormorant nesting site. This area also provides a great opportunity to see the Galapagos Hawk.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner is included today

Day 3
Isabela Island: Tegus Cove and Urbina Bay

Morning: Tegus Cove
Tagus Cove is located across from Fernandina Island, near the Bolivar Channel dividing the two islands. This spot has been frequented by ships since the 1800s, using the area as an anchorage site. Trails winding by Lake Darwin up to a ridge display wonderful views. Punta Tortuga, just north of Tagus Cove, is another lovely beach surrounded by mangroves.

Afternoon: Urbina Bay
Urbina Bay is located at the base of Alcedo Volcano on the west coast, between Tagus Cove and Elizabeth Bay. This area experienced a major uplift in 1954, causing the land to rise over 16 feet. The coast expanded half a mile out, leaving marine life stranded on the new shore. This area is also a great place for snorkeling.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner is included today

Day 4
Isabela Island: Elizabeth Bay and Moreno Point

Morning: Elizabeth Bay
Elizabeth Bay is located on the east coast of Isabela Island. The bay contains many islets, which can be visited by dinghy. Penguins and Blue-footed Boobies can be spotted on the rocky islets. With an abundance of marine life and clear water, the area is perfect for snorkeling and viewing schools of colorful fish, sea lions, and perhaps even sharks.

Afternoon: Moreno Point
Moreno Point is located near Elizabeth Bay on the west coast of Isabela Island. The plethora of birds seen during a dinghy ride along the striking rocky shores or a hike along path through lava rock leading to tide pools and mangroves create a birdwatcher’s delight. In the tide pools green sea turtles or white-tip sharks can be spotted.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner is included today

Day 5
Isabela Island: Sierra Negra Volcano, Wetlands and Breeding Centre

Morning: Sierra Negra Volcano
The Sierra Negra Volcano boasts the largest basaltic caldera in Galapagos at 9 x 10km. The site offers impressive views and the opportunity to observe up to 7 species of finch and a rich display of vegetation. The north side of the caldera provides evidence of its most recent volcanic activity in 2005.

Afternoon: Wetlands and Breeding Centre
The Wetlands of Isabela Island are located just outside of Puerto Villamil. The Wetlands consist of lagoons, swamps, and mangroves and are home to a variety of unique bird species such as Common Stilts, Whimbrels, White-Cheeked Pintails, and Gallinules. The Wetlands can be visited on foot via a path that winds through the swamps.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner is included today

Day 6
Charles Darwin Station Depart Baltra Airport

Morning: Charles Darwin Station
The Charles Darwin Research Station is home to turtles ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long. Sub-species of turtles interact with one another and many of the older turtles are accustomed to humans, stretching out their heads for a pet. The babies are kept until they are about four years old and strong enough to survive on their own

After this visit, we will make our way to the Baltra airport for the flight to Quito

Breakfast is included today.

*Although the flight is not included in the price, this will be added & included to your booking

What’s Included

Accommodation
  • Included Copy 20 Standard Cabin
  • Included Copy 31 Cabin upgrades available
Food
  • Included Copy 20 All meals during the cruise
  • Included Copy 20 Regular soft drinks and juices
  • Included Copy 20 Champagne reception
  • Included Copy 7 Alcoholic beverages
  • Included Copy 7 Plastic bottled beverages
Fees & Services
  • Included Copy 20 All visitor site excursions
  • Included Copy 20 Galapagos National Park bilingual guide
  • Included Copy 20 Use of snorkeling gear, wetsuits and kayaks
  • Included Copy 7 Galapagos Islands National Park Entrance Fee USD$100 (Payable locally)
  • Included Copy 7 Ingala Tourist Card USD$20 (Payable locally)
  • Included Copy 7 Return flights Quito / Galapagos Islands / Quito approx. USD$550
  • Included Copy 7 Tips and personal expenses
  • Included Copy 7 Medical and cancellation insurance
  • Included Copy 20 Carbon Offset for your Cruise
Transportation
Petrel | Galapagos Cruise Ship

16 Passengers

Activities

  • Included Snorkeling
  • Included Hiking
  • Included Bird watching
  • Included Panga ride
  • Included Kayaking
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Duration

6 days

Price from

$5,510 USD

Per person, twin share

Departure dates available on request