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Galapagos — South Islands aboard the Xavier III
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Encounter the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor off its shores. Spend four 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. As one of the region’s largest operators, we understand the importance of controlling the onboard experience – that’s why you won’t be sold onto someone else's ship.

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  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Average
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: SEV07MA/143597
  • Starts: Quito, Ecuador
  • Finishes: Quito, Ecuador
You will Visit
  • Quito
  • Puerto Ayora
  • Rábida Island
  • Bachas Beach
  • Floreana Island
  • Punta Suárez
  • Bahía Gardner
  • Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

Itinerary

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Day 1: Quito

Arrive at any time.
A G Adventures representative will greet everyone at the hotel and brief the group on the various aspects of the tour.

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Day 2: Quito/Puerto Ayora

Early flight to Baltra. Meet the guide and transfer across Santa Cruz Island to Puerto Ayora to board the boat.
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, which is moored in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island. Visit a tortoise ranch in the Santa Cruz highlands and get up close and personal with these ancient creatures.

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Day 3: Rábida Island/Bachas Beach

Land at Rábida Island for a visit to a saltwater lagoon and sea lion colony. Afternoon excursion to Bachas Beach for walks to observe the bird and wildlife as well as free time for swimming and snorkelling.
In the morning, go on an excursion to Rábida Island, and land on a red sand beach.

Afternoon excursion to Bachas Beach to see the sea lions and plentiful bird life.

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Day 4: Floreana Island

Land at Punta Cormorant on Floreana Island. Guided walks to observe the bird and wildlife and learn about the natural history. Visit Post Office Bay in the afternoon. Snorkelling excursion at Champion Islet.
Morning visit to Punta Cormorant on the northern part of Floreana. This is a perfect spot to go snorkelling, as the waters are home to a multitude of colourful fish and sea lions. Please be sure you are a comfortable swimmer, the water here can be rough and the currents are strong.

In the afternoon, visit Post Office Bay, which has an older and less mysterious history. A short hike up past the post barrel takes you to an interesting lava cave.


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Day 5: Punta Suárez/Bahía Gardner

Visit Punta Suárez and Gardner Bay on Española Island. Enjoy guided walks to observe wildlife and free time for swimming or snorkelling.

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Day 6: Puerto Baquerizo Moreno/Quito

Visit the Interpretation Centre on San Cristóbal Island before flying back to Quito.
Reach San Cristóbal in the morning. Disembark after breakfast then visit the Interpretation Centre, and transfer to the airport for the flight to Quito. Transfer to the group hotel upon arrival, and enjoy one last night on the town.

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Day 7: Quito

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Cruise the Galápagos Islands aboard the Xavier (4 nts)
    • All meals aboard the Xavier
    • Certified Galápagos National Park Service Guide
    • Snorkelling at Champion Islet
    • Visit to Post Office Bay (Floreana Island)
    • Visit to a wildlife interpretation centre (San Cristóbal Island)
    • Excursion to see giant tortoises in the wild (Santa Cruz Island)
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Internal flights
    • Onboard snorkelling equipment and wetsuits
    Accommodation
    • Hotels (2 nts), aboard the Xavier in twin-share cabins (4 nts)
    • 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
    Transport
    • Motorized yacht (Xavier), plane, private vehicle, panga
    Group Leader
    • CEO/Naturalist Guide while in the Galápagos Islands (certified by the Galápagos National Park Authority), local G Adventures Rep in Quito
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Tour Highlights:
  • Four nights cruising through Galápagos National Park aboard Xavier
  • Encounter bright-pink flamingos feeding in hidden lagoons
  • Snorkel along colourful reefs searching for sea turtles and playful sea lions
  • See marine iguanas sunning themselves on the rocks and playing in the surf