Galapagos at a Glance: Southern Islands (Grand Daphne)

Galapagos at a Glance: Southern Islands (Grand Daphne)

6 Days
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$3091

Galapagos at a Glance: Southern Islands (Grand Daphne)

6 Days Starting and ending in Quito

Visiting:

Quito

,

Baltra Island

,

Santa Cruz

,

Floreana Island

,

Española Island

,

San Cristóbal Island

Tour operator:

Intrepid Travel

Physical rating:

Medium

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

GMDB

Group size:

1 - 16

Age range:

15-80 years

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Recommended For:

From:

$4080

$3091 (USD)

Operator discount: $792

tourhub discount: $197


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  • Free Date Changes
  • Balance due 56 days before departure
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Tour Overview

Welcome to the Galapagos Islands, guaranteed to fill even the most well-travelled adventurers with a sense of awe and wonder. Be enchanted by pink flamingos in the lagoons of Isla Floreana, sunbathe with sea lions along Gardner Beach, hike along the spectacular green shoreline of Punta Cormorant and snorkel, well, everywhere. This active 6-day tour is a short and sweet introduction to the famed archipelago, the perfect addition to any South American adventure.

Highlights

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    Pink flamingos, red-throated frigates and blue-footed boobies will have you craning your neck, snapping photos and contemplating a career in ornithology.

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    Snorkel through the underwater wonderland of Devil’s Crown, the formerly volcanic crater that is now home to turtles, rays and sharks.

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    Have an up-close encounter with the lumbering gentle giant that is the Galapagos tortoise, both captive and in the wild.

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    This 6-day tour is a short and sweet introduction to the famed archipelago, the perfect addition to any South American adventure.

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    An itinerary that strikes the perfect balance between active adventure on land and relaxing evening on Le Grande Daphne, our brand-new motor yacht.

Places You'll See

Galapagos at a Glance: Southern Islands (Grand Daphne)

Galapagos at a Glance: Southern Islands (Grand Daphne)

Galapagos at a Glance: Southern Islands (Grand Daphne)

Quito

Baltra Island

Floreana Island

Española Island

San Cristóbal Island

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Quito

Location:

  Quito


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Hotel La Cartuja, Quito


Meals Included:

  No Meals


The adventure gets under way in Quito, Ecuador’s sprawling but refined capital city. A welcome meeting will be held this evening at either 5 pm or 6 pm, but aside from that you are free to check out the city on your own today. If you arrive with time to spare, perhaps head to Quito’s Old Town and pick one (or more) of the 30 churches to explore.

icon Day 2 : Isla Baltra/Santa Cruz Highlands

Location:

  Baltra Island, Santa Cruz


Accommodation:

  M/Y Daphne


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Rise and shine! An early start is necessary this morning to make it to the Galapagos with time to play today. This could mean leaving as early as 4.30 am, and an Intrepid representative will confirm the exact departure time during the welcome meeting on day 1. Transfer to Mariscal Sucre International Airport (aka Quito Airport), enjoying a boxed breakfast en route. On arrival in the Galapagos, collect your luggage and meet your naturalist guide in the arrival hall. The action starts straight away with a journey into the highlands of Isla Santa Cruz, into the misty forests filled with unique scalesia. If you’re lucky, this could be your first sighting of giant tortoises in the wild, different species of Darwin finches and the world-famous woodpecker and warbler finches. Enjoy lunch in the highlands, then travel to Puerto Ayora and transfer to your boat – Le Grande Daphne. Settle into your assigned cabin, meet the crew and listen to a safety briefing. With the formalities out of the way, maybe head up to the deck with some of your fellow travellers and get to know each other over a drink or two.

Included Activities:
-Isla Santa Cruz - Highlands Visit (3 hours) - Dry Landing

icon Day 3 : Isla Floreana

Location:

  Floreana Island


Accommodation:

  M/Y Daphne


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Discover the quirky maritime history of Post Office Bay, home of the oldest postal system in the Americas. There’s a post box here that was first built by 18th-century whalers and is still in use today. Perhaps leave a letter to be collected by another traveller, or have a look for one that you can deliver. Snorkelling and a Zodiac ride are also included in this outing. Afterwards, head ashore at Punta Cormorant where the sand is made up of fine olivine crystal, a glassy volcanic mineral that gives the beach an olive-green colour. Sea lions can usually be seen lounging and socialising along the shore. Explore a little more of the island on a 1-kilometre walk, passing waterbird-filled lagoons and finishing at an Eastern Pacific green turtle nesting site. Later you’ll have the opportunity to snorkel in famous Devil’s Crown. This eroded volcanic cone is a popular roosting site for seabirds such as boobies, pelicans and frigates. Red-billed tropicbirds can also be seen nesting in the rocky crevices. Those who snorkel here might see rays, sharks, sea lions and turtles.

Sail overnight to Isla Espanola.

Estimated travel time/distance:
Puerto Ayora to Isla Floreana: 4 hours (32 nautical miles)
Punta Comorant (Isla Floreana) to Punta Suarez: 6.5 hours (52 nautical miles)

Included Activities:
-Isla Floreana - Post Office Bay - Walk (1.5 hours) - Wet Landing
-Isla Floreana - Post Office Bay snorkelling (45 mins)
-Isla Floreana - Punta Cormorant walk (1.5 hours) - Wet Landing
-Isla Floreana - Devil's Crown snorkelling (1 hour)

icon Day 4 : Isla Espanola

Location:

  Española Island


Accommodation:

  M/Y Daphne


Meals Included:

  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Land at Punta Suarez on Isla Espanola, one of the most attractive locations in the Galapagos, home to a large and varied wildlife population. A hike along rocky trails (approximately 3 km) takes you to a clifftop viewpoint that affords magical panoramas. Boobies line the rocky shoreline below, while frigate birds can be seen overhead. Enormous male sea lions lounge nearby, and albatross use the cliffs as their ‘runway’, getting airborne on the southeast winds. If you’re lucky you might spot the elaborate courtship rituals performed by albatrosses before the female chooses her lifelong mate. Next, head to Bahia Gardner, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Galapagos Islands. It’s full of sea lions and hood mockingbirds. Enjoy a short walk (approximately 1 km) along the beach, then snorkel up and explore off shore. Reef sharks, turtles and many species of tropical fish (such as surgeon and angelfish) make their home along the islands shore. Small white-tipped reef sharks are also often spotted resting under the rocks.

Estimated travel time/distance:
Punta Suarez to Bahia Gardener: 45 minutes (5 nautical miles)
Bahia Gardener to Leon Dormido: 5 hours (8 nautical miles)

Included Activities:
-Isla Espanola - Bahia Gardener - Snorkel (1 hour)
-Isla Espanola - Bahia Gardener - Walk (1.5 hours) - Wet Landing
-Isla Espanola - Punta Suarez - Walk (3 hours) - Dry Landing

icon Day 5 : Isla San Cristobal

Location:

  San Cristóbal Island


Accommodation:

  Hotel


Accommodation Name:

  Hotel La Cartuja, Quito


Meals Included:

  Breakfast


Rise and shine! A very early start is necessary in order to make the most of this morning in the Galapagos. Head to Leon Dormido (Kicker Rock), the magnificent basalt remains of a crater in the middle of the sea. The rock rises 150 metres above the surface and is divided into two parts by a narrow channel. Cruise through the channel as nesting seabirds flank the boat, tropicbirds soar overhead, marine iguanas swim about and sea lions lounge on the water. Climb into the Zodiac for the snorkelling adventure of a lifetime, giving you the chance to see Galapagos sharks, sea turtles and an incredible biodiversity of invertebrates in the crater. You might even spot a hammerhead shark. Head to the airport on Isla San Cristobal for your flight back to Quito. The flight will stop in Guayaquil to drop off and/or pick up passengers en route. Arrive at Quito Airport at approximately 4 pm and take a transfer to your hotel. An Intrepid local representative may stop by your hotel this evening to get some feedback on your Galapagos experience.

Included Activities:
-Isla San Cristobal - Kicker Rock - Snorkelling (45 minutes)

icon Day 6 : Quito

Location:

  Quito


Meals Included:

  Breakfast


Buenos dias! There are no activities planned for today after breakfast. If you plan to stay on in Quito, why not join a local guide for an Urban Adventure? Discover the city’s stories through the streets, the markets or the bakeries. Find out more at urbanadventures.com/destination/Quito-tours.

What's Included

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    Isla San Cristobal - Kicker Rock - Snorkelling (45 minutes)

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    Isla Floreana - Post Office Bay - Walk (1.5 hours) - Wet Landing

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    Isla Santa Cruz - Highlands Visit (3 hours) - Dry Landing

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    Isla Floreana - Punta Cormorant walk (1.5 hours) - Wet Landing

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    Isla Floreana - Post Office Bay snorkelling (45 mins)

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    Isla Floreana - Devil's Crown snorkelling (1 hour)

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    Isla Espanola - Bahia Gardener - Walk (1.5 hours) - Wet Landing

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    Isla Espanola - Bahia Gardener - Snorkel (1 hour)

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    Isla Espanola - Punta Suarez - Walk (3 hours) - Dry Landing

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    Meals

    5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

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What's Not Included

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    International Travel

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    Tipping and Gratuities

Included Activities

  • Isla Santa Cruz - Highlands Visit (3 hours) - Dry Landing
  • Isla Floreana - Post Office Bay - Walk (1.5 hours) - Wet Landing
  • Isla Floreana - Post Office Bay snorkelling (45 mins)
  • Isla Floreana - Punta Cormorant walk (1.5 hours) - Wet Landing
  • Isla Floreana - Devil's Crown snorkelling (1 hour)
  • Isla Espanola - Bahia Gardener - Snorkel (1 hour)
  • Isla Espanola - Bahia Gardener - Walk (1.5 hours) - Wet Landing
  • Isla Espanola - Punta Suarez - Walk (3 hours) - Dry Landing
  • Isla San Cristobal - Kicker Rock - Snorkelling (45 minutes)

Transport

  • Boat , Plane , Bus , Zodiac (Panga)

Accommodation

  • Hotel (2 nights) Overnight boat (3 nights)

Check out our Q&As

Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

Yes

Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

Yes if aged 15+ and accompanied by an adult

Are internal flights included in this tour?

Yes, Quito to Isla Baltra and Isla San Cristobal to Quito

Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

No

Are airport transfers included in this tour?

No

    Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    No

    Are internal flights included in this tour?

    Yes, Quito to Isla Baltra and

    Are internal flights included in this tour?

    Yes, Quito to

    How long has the tour company been trading?

    Intrepid Travel has been taking travellers around the world for over 30 years

    What are the Flexible booking conditions in place for Covid-19?

    Lock your trip in with a deposit, then you just need to pay in full by 21 days prior to departure. If you cancel your trip up to 21 days before departure, you can transfer your deposit to another available trip or hold your deposit on file indefinitely (excluding Polar). We are an accredited member of ATOL, AFTA, ABTA, TICO, USTOA and the US Travel Association, so your booking is protected.

    What are the Safety Policies in place for Covid-19?

    We have reviewed all our health and safety policies and are implementing new minimum standards that emphasise increased hygiene and sanitation. These are in line with recommendations from the World Health Organisation and following the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safe Travel protocols for tour operators, for which we have received a 'Safe Travels Stamp'

    Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Over 50% of traveller travel solo with Intrepid. You can choose to share a room with another solo travelle of the same sex for no additional charge, or choose to pay a single supplement if you’d like your own room. Please request this when booking, and we will secure you a single supplement wherever possible. Please note, if you are booking a last-minute trip, it may be harder for us to secure a single room

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Galapagos at a Glance: Southern Islands (Grand Daphne)

6 Days Starting and ending in Quito

Visiting:

Quito

,

Baltra Island

,

Santa Cruz

,

Floreana Island

,

Española Island

,

San Cristóbal Island

Tour operator:

Intrepid Travel

Physical rating:

Medium

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Trip Styles:

Activities:

Tour code:

GMDB

Group size:

1 - 16

Age range:

15-80 years

Tour operated in:

English

Interests:

Recommended For:

From:

$4080

$3091 (USD)

Operator discount: $792

tourhub discount: $197


  • 100% Guaranteed Refunds
  • Free Amendments/Cancellation
  • Free Date Changes
  • Balance due 56 days before departure
See local operators tour description
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   Call Us On: 0333 567 1628

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