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2019 – 2020 Galapagos Tour

5 Days / 4 Nights Northern Galapagos Itinerary, Monday to Friday.

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Northern Islands Galapagos Tours

Our itinerary together begins at Baltra airport, from where we’ll sail to the glorious white beach of Las Bachas with a pair of brackish water lagoons only a few steps from the sea. These lagoons serve as feeding grounds for various wading birds, including stilts, pintail ducks and flamingos. As we continue our voyage, we explore two fascinating visitor sites on Santiago Island: Buccaneer Cove, home to a large number of marine birds, sea lions, and inter-tidal organisms, and Puerto Egas, with its great walk-along pools full of life and good snorkelling and swimming possibilities. The next day we visit the red-sand beach of Rabida Island, a lovely trail around some cliffs and a popular spot for aquatic activities, with some of the best snorkeling in Galapagos! In the afternoon, we round out the day with a stop at Bartolome Island, which offers a volcanic viewpoint with room for hiking, swimming, and exploring the beach and the coast. This is our only chance to see Galapagos penguins. What a full and rich day! From here we sail northeast, crossing the equatorial line, to the sunken crater of Genovesa Island, home to thousands of marine birds. It feels like a world a million miles from our own. We finish with an incredible encounter with nature in which we respectfully sharing a wild habitat with giant Galapagos tortoises at a private reserve up in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island and then make our way to the airport at Baltra.

Northern Galapagos Islands

  • Baltra
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santiago
  • Rabida
  • Bartolome
  • Genovesa
  • Baltra

Highlight Sites

  • Buccaneer Cove
  • Genovesa Island
  • Pinnacle Rock

Iconic Species

  • Blue-Footed Boobies (BIG15)
  • Nazca Boobies (BIG15)
  • Red-Footed Boobies (BIG15)
  • American Flamingos (BIG15)
  • Great & Magnificent Frigatebirds (BIG15)
  • Galapagos Hawks (BIG15)
  • Marine Iguanas (BIG15)
  • Galapagos Penguins (BIG15)
  • Galapagos Sea Lion (BIG15)
  • Galapagos Fur Seal (BIG15)
  • Galapagos Giant Tortoises (BIG15)
  • Galapagos Doves
  • Galapagos Mockingbirds
  • San Cristobal Mockingbirds
  • Darwin Finches
  • Short-eared Owls
  • Brown Pelicans
  • Swallow-tailed Gulls
  • Lava Gulls
  • Lava (striated) Heron

Important Note: The Santa Cruz II operates on a 15-day cycle (to cover each separate region of the archipelago), meaning that not all Mondays of the year will serve as departure dates for this specific itinerary. Please refer to our Dates tab for exact departure dates for Mondays of the year.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Monday

Baltra Island

We land at Baltra Island by plane in the morning and transfer to the dock to board the Santa Cruz II, where we receive a welcome introductory briefing, boat drill and lunch.

Las Bachas (Santa Cruz Island)

This beautiful visitor site is located on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, a glorious white beach with a couple of brackish lagoons only a few steps away from the sea. These lagoons are the feeding grounds of various wading birds, from stilts to flamingos. You may enjoy swimming and or snorkeling at this beach too. Welcome cocktail, expedition plan for Tuesday and dinner.

Day 2: Tuesday

Buccaneer Cove (Santiago Island)

After breakfast, we explore the coastline along the impressive cliffs of Buccaneer Cove, learning about the area’s distant and recent history. The cove is home to a large number of marine birds, sea lions, and inter-tidal organisms. Enjoy fantastic natural formations such as the “Elephant Rock”, “The Bishop” and an impressive natural cave. Opportunity for snorkeling, and a ride on the panga or glass-bottom boat.

Puerto Egas (Santiago Island)

Once we disembark at the beach, we can enjoy a swim or snorkel amid a rocky shoreline, usually in the company of marine turtles. From here, we head off to our walk, a great opportunity to see land and marine birds amid landscape of tuff-stone layers and lava flows. At low tide, marine iguanas graze upon the algae beds and we can also observe a colony of fur-sea lions. After the visit, we had some time for swimming and snorkeling.

Day 3: Wednesday

Red Beach (Rabida Island)

Some groups will go for a fascinating panga ride along the shores while others will disembark on Rabida Island’s red-coloured beach, caused by the unusually high content of iron in the volcanic material. Our walk brings us close to a colony of sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin’s finches. Very close to the beach, a salt pond occasionally hosts American flamingos. This is a great place to snorkel from the beach, both for beginners as well as for experienced snorkelers, due to the unique combination of underwater species and submarine landscapes. During navigation to our next island, we can sometimes spot dolphins!

Bartolome Island

Today’s afternoon activities begin with a wet landing on the golden beach of this famous island, dominated by the imposing Pinnacle Rock. There’s great snorkeling and swimming from the beach plus the chance to ride the glass bottom boat. After returning to the ship, we split into two group: the first lands for a hike to the summit of this diminutive island that boasts fantastic views of the archipelago. This is a moderately steep climb aided by a wooden staircase, resting platforms and handrails – the view from the top is worth the effort! The second takes to the pangas to explore the rugged and volcanic shoreline. The groups then swap so that each one experiences the full beauty of this island.

Day 4: Thursday

Prince Philip’s Steps (Genovesa Island)

The morning starts with a steep climb (only 90 feet) up some stairs to reach a flat rocky plateau. Along our walk, we can observe large colonies of Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, great frigate birds and storm petrels. Those not wishing to disembark can enjoy a longer panga ride along the cliffs (depending on weather conditions). Kayaking is optional.

Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island)

In the afternoon, we land at this beautiful beach to enjoy some swimming and/or snorkeling. Following our dip, we take an easy stroll to observe hundreds of birds, mainly frigate birds, red-footed and Nazca boobies, gulls, herons, finches and mockingbirds. Opportunity for snorkeling, kayaking and swimming.

Day 5: Friday

Tortoise Reserve & Baltra Island

We start our last morning at the north shore of Santa Cruz Island. After breakfast, your luggage will be taken to the airport, while you visit the Tortoise Reserve. A dry landing at a passenger’s wharf and a bus ride to the loftier region of the island will provide the last highlight of the cruise: giant tortoises in the wild. The windward slopes of the island are home to two species of giant tortoises. These lush highlands include dense forests of Galapagos daisies, orchids and bromeliads, and several endemic land birds. After this visit we will transfer directly to Baltra airport. Farewell to Galapagos.

Northern Galapagos 5-Day Itinerary Map

Itinerary Highlights

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*This itinerary departs every second Monday. If a Monday does not appear in the list below, it is either because we are fully booked for that Monday departure period or simply because we do not operate this specific itinerary on that Monday departure period due to our 15-day sailing cycle (to cover each separate region of the archipelago).

Northern - 5 Days
From $3,910
person

Monday to Friday*

2019 Dates

Jan 21 to 25
Feb 04 to 08
Feb 18 to 22
Mar 04 to 08
Mar 18 to 22
Abr 01 to 05
Abr 15 to 19
Abr 29 to May 03
May 13 to 17
May 27 to 31
Jun 10 to 14
Jun 24 to 28
Jul 08 to 12
Jul 22 to 26
Aug 05 to 09
Aug 19 to 23
Sep 02 to 06
Sep 16 to 20
Sep 30 to Oct 04
Oct 14 to 18
Oct 28 to Nov 01
Nov 11 to 15
Nov 25 to 29
Dec 09 to 13

Northern - 5 Days
From $4,066
person

Monday to Friday*

2020 Dates

Jan 06 to 10
Jan 20 to 24
Feb 03 to 07
Mar 02 to 06
Mar 16 to 20
Mar 30 to Apr 03
Abr 13 to 17
Abr 27 to May 01
May 11 to 15
May 25 to 29
Jun 08 to 12
Jun 22 to 26
Jul 06 to 10
Aug 03 to 07
Aug 17 to 21
Aug 31 to Sep 04
Sep 14 to 18
Sep 28 to Oct 02
Oct 12 to 16
Oct 26 to 30
Nov 09 to 13

Prices 2019 – 2020 (per person)

Cabin20192020
Horizon Deck Explorer Family (Triple) (2)$ 3,678$ 3,822
Horizon Deck Explorer (Twin/Double) (23)$ 3,910$ 4.066
Horizon Deck Voyager (Single) (2) *$ 4,510$ 4.690
Expedition Deck Explorer (Twin/Double) (17)$ 4,070$ 4,230
Panorama Deck Explorer (Twin/Double) (3)$ 4,186$ 4,350
Panorama Deck Darwin Suite (Twin/Double) (3)$ 4,742$ 4,930

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* Only 5 cabins are available for single use.

* During Peak Season, Christmas and New Years, an extra fee per person applies and discounts do not apply.

Important Notes:
1) During Peak Season dates, Metropolitan Touring reserves the right to prioritize reservations taking into account factors such as payment and confirmation dates.
2) Metropolitan Touring reserves the right to limit the number of twin/double cabins for single use dependent on availability.
3) Twin / Double Cabins for single use have a surcharge of 15%.
4) Triple cabins (2) for twin/double use incur a 50% surcharge per person.
5) Regardless the number of cabins occupied, the ship’s authorized maximum operating capacity cannot exceed 90 guests.
* () number of cabins per category

Validity: January 01, 2019 through December 31, 2020 (except Peak Season)
All rates are subject to change. In case of increase in fuel, prices fuel surcharge will apply.

Packing List

  • 1 small backpack
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sneakers with rubber soles
  • Shorts
  • Long pants
  • T-shirts
  • Long and short sleeved shirts
  • Wind breaker
  • Bathing suit or a wetsuit for snorkelling in cold months
  • Hat or cap
  • Sunblock and repellent
  • Sunglasses
  • Binoculars
  • Camera & video recorder
  • Any medicine you may be taking
  • Book/Notebook

Our itineraries include:

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Island sightseeing
  • Naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish (guiding in other languages – French, Italian – is available upon request for groups larger than 10 guests and for German groups is a minimum of 4 guests)
  • Snorkelling gear
  • Luggage handling
  • Medical care on board (not including the cost of medication)
  • Taxes
  • Transfers in the islands
  • Shared transfers from main hotels in Quito (Casa Gangotena, Hilton Colon, Sheraton, Marriott, Dann Carlton) and in Guayaquil (Hilton Colon, Oro Verde, Wyndham, Sheraton, Unipark) to airport for flights to/from Galapagos are included in these rates. To coordinate these transfers, we must have guests’ hotel contact information.

Do not include:

  • Wet Suits: Available for rent, NET rate US$ 15 + VAT per guest for 5- or 6-day expeditions
  • Air transportation to / from Galapagos and airport taxes (subject to change without previous notice)
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee (US$ 100 subject to change without previous notice)**
  • Migration Control Card (US$ 20 subject to change without previous notice)**
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Alcoholic ***- and non alcoholic beverage
  • Internet / Wi-Fi ****
  • Gratuities
  • Gifts and additional items
  • Travel insurance

Special Notes

**At your request, we can include the Galapagos National Park entrance fee of US$ 100 and Migration Control Card Fee of US$ 20 (subject to change). However, please note that, due to administrative and operational reasons, these fees can only be included when guests travel on the operation departure date. This service does not apply for guests who travel before a departure date (even if the departure is with us).

*** Please note, we charge guests who wish to bring bottles of wine and/or spirits aboard our vessels a corkage fee of US$ 25+taxes.

**** Internet connections onboard consist in computer stations and wifi in the vessel’s social areas; due to the Galapagos’ remote location, internet connections are intermittent and low-bandwidth.

Important Notes

  • Our company guarantees air space space for all Galapagos products
  • Galapagos itineraries are subject to change due to weather, logistical, Galapagos Park regulations or operational reasons
  • All rates are subject to change. If fuel prices increase, additional charges may apply
  • During peak season dates, our company reserves the right to prioritise reservations taking into account factors such as payment and confirmation dates
  • Our company reserves the right to limit the number of Explorer and Voyager cabins (twin/double) for single use dependent on availability
  • Explorer and Voyager cabins (twin/double) for single use incur a 15% surcharge. Only 7 cabins are available for single use
  • Regardless the number of cabins occupied, the ship’s authorized maximum operating capacity cannot exceed 90 guests
  • There’s no laundry service on-board but there are two domestic dryers for your use

 

Baggage important notes:

  • Airlines are strict with baggage limitations. The current limits are 23 kg (50.6 pounds) for checked items, 8 kg (17 pounds) for hand luggage and 1 personal item (handbag, camera bag, laptop, etc.)
  • All baggage must be securely packed, properly and clearly labeled. Liquid, fragile, perishable and other articles not suitably packed are transported at guests’ own risk.
  • Our company is not responsible for loss or damage to baggage or any other personal item during air travel. Baggage and personal belongings will be taken off the ship upon guest disembarkation. Under no circumstances will baggage be stored on board without the owner of such baggage being on the vessel.
  • Our company is not responsible for baggage stored in shoreside facilities.
  • Under no circumstances may dangerous items (including but not limited to: explosives, firearms, combustible or illegal substances) be taken aboard the ship. We recommend that you hand-carry travel documents (passport, visa, cruise tickets), medications and valuables. These items are the full responsibility of the guest at all times. Our company shall not be responsible for the loss of, or damage to, such personal items.
  • Our company reserves the right to charge for the return of personal items left on board or lost and subsequently found.

 

Restricted Baggage in the Galapagos

Local authorities manage the quarantine system of the Galapagos National Park in order to reduce the possibility of foreign species invading the archipelago. All cargo and luggage that arrives to Galapagos National Park or that is transferred from one island to another must be inspected. All aircrafts are disinfected with Permethrin before landing. To preserve the human health and the native species of the Galapagos Islands, the following products may not be transferred to Galapagos: fresh vegetables and fruits, animal products and or their derivatives, dairy products. Other live animals, pathological samples, dry coffee beans, genetically modified organisms, forest species or their disseminative parts, grass and its disseminative parts, fresh flowers, medicinal plants and their disseminative parts, banana tree leaves, micro-organisms (fungi, bacteria, etc.) soil and sand, and animal vaccines.

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