Luxury Small Group Journeys – Galapagos Wildlife Adventure 2017

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Ecuador & Galápagos, Ecuador, Galápagos

Best time to go: March to November

9 Nights | from £7,365pp

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Holiday type: Group departure

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Travel on our group departure Galapagos Wildlife Adventure on the following departures 8th, 22nd September, 13th, 27th October and 10th November to receive the discount. Must be booked by the 31st August 2017. Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply


Galapagos Wildlife Adventure, Luxury Small Group Journeys with A&K

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Experience some of the most intimate and up-close wildlife encounters in the world, both on land and in the water
  • Discover the Galápagos Islands on twice-daily shore excursions that include nature walks limited to 12 guests for more interaction with your naturalist guide
  • Choose from kayaking or snorkeling, depending on the location, or simply relax on deck or on shore
  • Observe giant tortoises up close, in their natural habitats
  • Enjoy a wide range of onboard activities, including stargazing and dolphin watching

Galapagos Wildlife Adventure 2017: Download PDF itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Guayaquil, Ecuador
Arrive in Guayaquil to begin your Galápagos adventure. Settle into your hotel and relax.
Hilton Colón Guayaquil

Day 2 Guayaquil / The Galápagos | On Board ‘Eclipse’
After a private welcome breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to the Galápagos. Upon arrival, you are met by your naturalist guide and escorted to ‘Eclipse,’ your home for a seven-night cruise. Nimble enough to access the Galápagos Islands, yet large and stable enough for safety, ‘Eclipse’ is built for adventure, offering a stylish and relaxed atmosphere. ‘Eclipse’ is ecologically sound as well, and has been awarded the “Smart Voyager” seal of approval by the Rainforest Alliance, certifying it as an eco-friendly and socially responsible ship. After settling in, attend an introductory briefing and a fitting for your wetsuit and snorkelling gear.
Eclipse | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Days 3 - 8 The Galápagos | Spectacularly Diverse Wildlife
Lying 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, the Galápagos Islands are a haven for some of the world’s most varied wildlife. It was this diversity that first led naturalist Charles Darwin to propose that species evolved in response to their environment. Darwin’s work also helped to alert the world to the need — urgent even in his own day — to preserve these islands from degradation by humans. Today, tourism to the Galápagos is closely managed, protecting the wildlife while allowing you to experience the environment much as Darwin did. Because weather, water and wildlife conditions are subject to constant change, your cruise itinerary is not fixed, but two daily trips are planned to the main sites and islands.

Explore landmarks such as Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island, El Barranco on Genovesa Island, Pinnacle Rock on Bartolome Island and the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island. Each cruise day begins with an early breakfast. You then board a sturdy rubber raft called a panga for the morning shore excursion. As soon as your feet touch terra firma, expect to spot flora and fauna (differing species, depending on the island), take photographs and confer with your naturalist guide. See sunbathing sea lions; skittering Sally Lightfoot crabs; tangles of marine iguanas; penguins, finches, terns and blue-footed boobies; even a century-old tortoise diligently trudging over the sand. Return to ‘Eclipse’ for a refreshing lunch, perhaps taken al fresco on deck, followed by time at leisure to nap or socialise. Keep your binoculars close by for possible sightings of dolphins or seabirds. In the afternoon, return to the pangas for the second excursion of the day, perhaps with an opportunity to swim, kayak or snorkel. You may well come face to face with a water-dwelling inhabitant, such as a curious sea lion stopping by to inspect those visiting its equatorial home. Back on board ‘Eclipse,’ enjoy time to shower and relax before gathering in the dining room for another wonderful meal.

Each evening, your time is your own: Attend a lecture on board by one of your affable guides, who recaps the day and gives a sneak peek at tomorrow’s itinerary; explore the mysteries of the night sky with a fascinating astronomy lecture on deck; peruse the ship’s excellent library to gain further insight into a species you encountered; or gather for cocktails in the lounge to cap a day of extraordinary discoveries. Drift asleep in your air conditioned cabin to the rise and fall of gentle ocean swells.
Eclipse | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9 Guayaquil | Disembark and Enjoy a Farewell Dinner
Disembark today and fly back to Guayaquil. Relax at your hotel before gathering for a farewell dinner at your hotel’s restaurant. Share the highlights of your inspiring Galápagos experience with your fellow guests.
Hilton Colón Guayaquil | Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 10 Depart Guayaquil
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board your homebound flight or set out for Lima, Peru, to begin the delightful Machu Picchu Post-Tour Extension.
Meals: Breakfast

Back to Ecuador


Accommodation

Departure Dates & Pricing

Departure Dates Per Person from
24th Mar, 21st, 28th Apr, 19th May £7,515Book now
8th, 22nd Sep, 13th, 27th Oct, 10th Nov £7,365Book now
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

The above prices include all accommodation, guiding and meals as specified. Based on a Stateroom on board the Eclipse, other cabins are available at a supplement. Subject to availability. Excludes international flights. Single Supplement on request
This journey contains some active elements.
Minimum age is 10 years.
Quito & Otavalo Pre-Tour Extension 4 days from £1,075pp. Available on the 24th Mar, 28th Apr, 19th May, 22nd Sep, 13th and 27th Oct departures.
Machu Picchu Post-Tour Extension 5 days from £3,555pp. Available on the 24th Mar, 21st, 28th Apr, 19th May, 22nd Sep, 13th Oct, 10th Nov departures.

 


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Useful info

Best time to be there

The Galapagos are best from April to August - not too warm and plenty of animals in their breeding seasons.

Fly to

Quito - LAN Airlines, daily via Madrid flying time 13 hours

time difference

GMT -5 hours

Visas

Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an infected area
 


Best time to be there

June to September is the best time to enjoy the Andes whilst the Galapagos are best from April to August - not too warm and plenty of animals in their breeding seasons.

Fly to

Quito - LAN Airlines, daily via Madrid

flying time

13 hours

time difference

GMT -5 hours

Visas

Not required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow fever certificate required if arriving from an infected area


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