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Galapagos Evolution with Quito - West & Central Islands

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Galapagos Evolution with Quito - West & Central Islands
Aboard the splendid Evolution, set sail for an adventure to the less-visited western and central islands. Check out Fernandina’s massive marine iguana colonies, meet giant tortoises that are over 100 years old, get a deeper understanding of ecology at the Charles Darwin Foundation and snorkel amidst cavorting sea lions off the shores of Española. Best of all, you’ll have a pair of e xpert naturalist guides at your disposal to put it all into perspective.

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read more Aboard the splendid Evolution, set sail for an adventure to the less-visited western and central islands. Check out Fernandina’s massive marine iguana colonies, meet giant tortoises that are over 100 years old, get a deeper understanding of ecology at the Charles Darwin Foundation and snorkel amidst cavorting sea lions off the shores of Española. Best of all, you’ll have a pair of expert naturalist guides at your disposal to put it all into perspective.

West & Central Islands itinerary details are listed on this page. Click on the following links to view details of the other Galpagos Evolution with Quito itinerary or return to the main Evolution with Quito page.

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Day 1 - FRI - Quito

Day 2 - SAT - Baltra & Santa Cruz

Day 3 - SUN - Isabela & Fernandina

Day 4 - MON - Isabela

Day 5 - TUES - Bartolomé & Sullivan Bay

Day 6 - WED - Bachas Beach & Cerro Dragon

Day 7 - THU - Santa Cruz

Day 8 - FRI - Española

Day 9 - SAT - San Cristóbal & Quito

Day 10 - SUN - Quito


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Day 1 - FRI - Quito

Arrive in Quito at any time. There are no planned activities, so check into your hotel and enjoy the city. A vessel representative will greet you at the hotel and brief you on the various aspects of the tour. Located at 9,348 feet above sea level, the Ecuadorian capital of Quito enjoys a wonderful spring-like climate, despite the fact that it is only 14 miles south of the Equator. Nestled in a valley flanked by mountains, on a clear day several snow-capped volcanoes, including nearby Pichincha, are visible from the city center. Add to its beautiful location a rich history and well-preserved colonial district, and you begin to understand Quito’s appeal to thousands of tourists every year.

In 1978 UNESCO declared Quito a World Heritage site, and any new development in Quito's old town is now strictly controlled. Life in Quito tends to be peaceful, though the drivers are fond of using their car horns! There are approximately 2,000,000 inhabitants in the metropolitan area, but the pace is relaxed and the residents hospitable.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Hotel Hilton Colon
MEALS:
n/a

Day 2 - SAT - Baltra & Santa Cruz

Transfer early to the airport for your flight to the Galapagos Islands. Upon arrival meet the naturalist guide, who will assist with the transfer to the Evolution, moored in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island. The Galapagos Islands are located about 620 miles (1000km) off the Pacific coast of South America. The archipelago is comprised of 13 major islands and scores of islets that served as a living laboratory for Charles Darwin, the renowned evolution theorist.

Long before Darwin arrived in the Galapagos, seafarers knew these isolated islands as home to some of the strangest and most wonderful wildlife imaginable, including birds that could swim but no longer fly, aquatic iguanas, dragon-like lizards left over from prehistoric times, and the giant Galapagos tortoises for which the islands were named.

Covering nearly 3100 square miles (5000 square km), the Galapagos Islands are now a National Park. The Galapagos National Park is the institution that controls the preservation of this environment, assisted by the Charles Darwin Research Station. Inaugurated in 1964 and based in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island, the Charles Darwin Research Station is the one place where visitors can easily see the famous Galapagos Tortoises, which may live up to two hundred years. This is also the training center for naturalist guides who accompany all visitors landing at more than 40 approved sites on the islands, and members of the international scientific community often come to study at the station.

The National Park charges a visitor fee of $100 USD, payable on arrival, which funds Park maintenance and supervision in the Galapagos, as well as ecological study, conservation and infrastructure development in Ecuador's other National Parks. Entry fees and the funds they generate for the National Park System are among measures taken by the Ecuadorian government to protect its natural heritage.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Evolution
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 - SUN - Isabela & Fernandina

In the morning, head to Isabela and visit Punta Vicente Roca, located at the "mouth" of the head of the sea horse shape of the island. Here, see the remnants of an ancient volcano which form two turquoise coves and a bay that is well protected from the ocean swells. From this spot you have the opportunity to a take panga rides along the volcano's cliff wall or explore a partially sunken cave at the water’s edge. Masked and blue-footed boobies sit perched along the point and the sheer cliffs, while flightless cormorants inhabit the shoreline. This site offers excellent snorkeling opportunities.

Afternoon landing at Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island, the youngest in the Galapagos Islands, witness the largest colony of marine iguanas and a variety of bird life. Fernandina Island is the youngest in the Galapagos Islands (approximately 700,000 years old) and is also one of the most volcanically active. A fascinating mix of mangroves, rocky shores, black sand beaches, and wildlife that have had relatively little human contact, Fernandina boasts some of the most diverse marine, wildlife and vegetation in the Galapagos.The Island has erupted several times in the last 30 years, which has resulted in dramatic changes to the geographical landscape, even shifting the lake in the caldera from one side of the crater to the other.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Evolution
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 - MON - Isabela

Distinctively shaped like a sea horse, Isabela is the largest island in the Galapagos archipelago at around 1,790 miles (4640 sq km) that is lined with a chain of active volcanos, with the highest peak (Wolf Volcano) standing at 5,600 feet. Not many tourists visit this Island, even though it has the largest colony of Galapagos tortoises and the beach is beautifully set with coconut palms. The main town in Isabela is Puerto Villamil.

Isabela is relatively young island (approximately 1 million years old), and boasts fascinating geological evidence of the island's volcanic past that left it as we see it today. There is also fantastic flora and fauna, particularly on some of the island's volcanoes, which support completely different ecological zones than other islands in the archipelago. Many wild tortoises roam the highlands of Isabela, more so than any other island, and the rich waters surrounding the island provide plenty of nutrients for vast marine life, which allows for fantastic snorkeling opportunities.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Evolution
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 - TUES - Bartolomé & Sullivan Bay

Bartolomé Island (also called Bartholomew) has two main areas of interest. A hike to the summit of the island provides a clearer perspective of the islands' not-too-distant volcanic origins, and the panoramic view is one of the best among the islands. From here are visible the double-sided beach of Bartolomé directly below, the volcanic tower rising out of the water next to it, and Santiago in the distance. After the summit hike, stop at the beach to relax in semi-tropical tranquility. There is great snorkeling among the submerged volcanic rock and around the base of the tower. A short hike to the beach on the opposite side is worth the minimal effort. It is not unusual to see sharks in these shallow waters, and marine turtles nest here from January through March.

Visit Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island in the afternoon to witness the striking and fascinating giant lava formations. Very few plants have managed to survive on this island due to the harsh environment and relatively new lava flow. Enjoy a walk along the lava formations before coming to a white coral sand beach, where plentiful Sally Lightfoot crabs and sea lions can be seen.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Evolution
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 - WED - Bachas Beach & Cerro Dragon

Visit to Las Bachas where the sand is made of decomposed coral, which makes it white and soft, and a favorite site for nesting sea turtles. The Sally Lightfoot crabs are abundant on the lava rocks along the water's edge. These crabs will eat anything they can get their claws on. On this hike, see flamingoes, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black necked stilts, and whimbrels.

Visit to Dragon Hill, one of the newest visitor's sites on Santa Cruz Island. Named for the large number of land iguanas that frequent the area, Dragon Hill has become an important nesting site for iguanas reintroduced there by the Charles Darwin Research Center.

Visitors will take a short walk from the beach to a hypersalinic (saltier than the ocean) lagoon that is frequented by pink flamingos, common stilts, pintail ducks and other species of birds. From here, they will pass through a Scalesia tree forest. Endemic to the Galapagos, there are only 400 specimens of the Scalesia tree left in the world. Past the forest, hike up Dragon Hill itself for impressive views of the bay.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Evolution
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7 - THU - Santa Cruz

In the morning we arrive in Puerto Ayora, on Santa Cruz Island. Santa Cruz is the second largest in the island group, and has the largest population, with Puerto Ayora as its main town. It also boasts the most varied of the islands’ vegetation zones: coastal, transition, scalesia, miconia and pampa. The Charles Darwin Research Station is a 10 minute walk from the center of the town. Here, an exhibition center displays photos of recent volcanic eruptions, charts outlining geological formations and drawings of the evolutionary development of endemic species. A corral houses adult Galapagos Tortoises, and a nursery cares for young tortoises until they are about three years old, when their shells have hardened enough to resist attack from feral dogs. In the afternoon you may have the opportunity to visit the highlands and see giant land tortoises in the wild.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Evolution
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8 - FRI - Española

Head to Punta Suarez on Española Island. The southernmost island in the Galapagos archipelago is home to several wildlife species, including masked and blue-footed boobies. A hike to the top of the cliff makes for spectacular photo opportunities.

Punta Suarez on the western side of Española Island (also called Hood) is spectacular: gargantuan waves break on jagged cliffs and large bird colonies thickly populate the interior of the island; there is a distinct feel of desolate wilderness here. The Waved Albatross is seen here from April to December during its mating/nesting season. This bird leaves land between January and March each year to make its annual odyssey far out to sea. Amazingly, Española is the nesting site to virtually the entire world population of this species, with more than 12000 pairs residing here. Large numbers of Masked and Blue-footed Boobies are also found here, Red-billed Tropic Birds dash madly through the air, and both Marine Iguanas and sea lions are common. A huge blowhole, where the surf is forced through a natural rock formation spouting seawater 49 – 66 feet into the air, adds to the island’s impression of untamed beauty.

Follow the trail through a rookery and learn the geological history of the island from our naturalist, including its dramatic volcanic features, climate, flora and fauna. Sail in the afternoon to Garner Bay, an excellent swimming and snorkeling site.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Evolution
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9 - SAT - San Cristóbal & Quito

Reach San Cristóbal in the morning and visit El Junco Lagoon to see the diverse vegetation surrounding the largest freshwater lagoon in the Galapagos Islands. Disembark after breakfast, visit the interpretation center and transfer to the airport for your flight to Quito. Transfer to the group hotel upon arrival, and enjoy one last night on the town.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Hotel Hilton Colon
MEALS:
breakfast

Day 10 - SUN - Quito

Depart Quito at your leisure.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
n/a
MEALS:
breakfast

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itinerary may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain's discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of Galapagos cruising unique.

Arrival & Departure

Arrive and depart at your leisure in and out of Quito. Please note that Day 1 and Day 10 are an arrival and departure day and no activities have been planned other then the welcome meeting which takes place in the late afternoon/early evening on Day 1.

Internal Flights

Flights to either of the airports in the Galapagos leave early in the morning on Day 2 and get you into the islands in the early afternoon. Flights back to the mainland depart between 10:00am and 1:30pm arriving in the early evening. Please note that all flights to and from the Galapagos make a 1 hour refueling stop in Guayaquil.

Activities

Daily hikes/walks range from 45 minutes to 2.5 hours, over sometimes rocky or muddy terrain (depending on season). There are numerous opportunities to swim and snorkel. The underwater experience is an integral part of any Galapagos cruise. Snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins, floating vest and net bag) and wet suits are provided for the duration of the cruise. Wet suits are recommended from June to December.
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1       Jan 02 - Jan 11, 2015Evolution$5999 - $7399View Details

Category 2 - $5999

Category 2 cabins 202,203,204,205 on the Darwin Deck and cabin 201 on the Cormorant Deck offer private facilities and porthole views. Cabin 204 has twin beds and is 172 square feet. Cabin 205 has a double bed and is 172 square feet. Cabin 203 can have two twin beds or one double bed and is 200 square feet. Cabin 201 on the Cormorant Deck has double beds and is 145 square feet.
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Category 3 - $6399

Category 3 staterooms 301,302,303,304,305,306,307,308 on the Cormorant Deck have private facilities and portholes views. Cabin 308 has a double bed and is 194 square feet. Cabins 305 & 307 can have two twin beds or one double bed and are 185 square feet. Cabin 303 has a double bed and is 145 square feet. Cabins 301 and 304 can have two twin beds or one double bed and are 165 square feet. Cabin 302 can have two twin beds or one double bed and is 188 square feet. Cabin 306 has one double bed and is 198 square feet.
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Category 4 - $6899

Category 4 suites 401 and 402 are located on the Albatross Deck and features private facilities and view windows. Suite 401 can have two twin beds or a double bed and is 194 square feet. Suite 402 has a double bed and is 202 square feet.
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Category 5 - $7399

Category 5 master suite 501 is located on the Albatross Deck. The master suite features a double bed, private facilities and view windows, and is 263 square feet.
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2       Feb 27 - Mar 08, 2015Evolution$5999 - $7399View Details

Category 2 - $5999

Category 2 cabins 202,203,204,205 on the Darwin Deck and cabin 201 on the Cormorant Deck offer private facilities and porthole views. Cabin 204 has twin beds and is 172 square feet. Cabin 205 has a double bed and is 172 square feet. Cabin 203 can have two twin beds or one double bed and is 200 square feet. Cabin 201 on the Cormorant Deck has double beds and is 145 square feet.
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Category 3 - $6399

Category 3 staterooms 301,302,303,304,305,306,307,308 on the Cormorant Deck have private facilities and portholes views. Cabin 308 has a double bed and is 194 square feet. Cabins 305 & 307 can have two twin beds or one double bed and are 185 square feet. Cabin 303 has a double bed and is 145 square feet. Cabins 301 and 304 can have two twin beds or one double bed and are 165 square feet. Cabin 302 can have two twin beds or one double bed and is 188 square feet. Cabin 306 has one double bed and is 198 square feet.
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Category 4 - $6899

Category 4 suites 401 and 402 are located on the Albatross Deck and features private facilities and view windows. Suite 401 can have two twin beds or a double bed and is 194 square feet. Suite 402 has a double bed and is 202 square feet.
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Category 5 - $7399

Category 5 master suite 501 is located on the Albatross Deck. The master suite features a double bed, private facilities and view windows, and is 263 square feet.
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3       Mar 13 - Mar 22, 2015Evolution$5999 - $7399View Details

Category 2 - $5999

Category 2 cabins 202,203,204,205 on the Darwin Deck and cabin 201 on the Cormorant Deck offer private facilities and porthole views. Cabin 204 has twin beds and is 172 square feet. Cabin 205 has a double bed and is 172 square feet. Cabin 203 can have two twin beds or one double bed and is 200 square feet. Cabin 201 on the Cormorant Deck has double beds and is 145 square feet.
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Category 3 - $6399

Category 3 staterooms 301,302,303,304,305,306,307,308 on the Cormorant Deck have private facilities and portholes views. Cabin 308 has a double bed and is 194 square feet. Cabins 305 & 307 can have two twin beds or one double bed and are 185 square feet. Cabin 303 has a double bed and is 145 square feet. Cabins 301 and 304 can have two twin beds or one double bed and are 165 square feet. Cabin 302 can have two twin beds or one double bed and is 188 square feet. Cabin 306 has one double bed and is 198 square feet.
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Category 4 - $6899

Category 4 suites 401 and 402 are located on the Albatross Deck and features private facilities and view windows. Suite 401 can have two twin beds or a double bed and is 194 square feet. Suite 402 has a double bed and is 202 square feet.
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Category 5 - $7399

Category 5 master suite 501 is located on the Albatross Deck. The master suite features a double bed, private facilities and view windows, and is 263 square feet.
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4       Jun 05 - Jun 14, 2015Evolution$5999 - $7399View Details

Category 2 - $5999

Category 2 cabins 202,203,204,205 on the Darwin Deck and cabin 201 on the Cormorant Deck offer private facilities and porthole views. Cabin 204 has twin beds and is 172 square feet. Cabin 205 has a double bed and is 172 square feet. Cabin 203 can have two twin beds or one double bed and is 200 square feet. Cabin 201 on the Cormorant Deck has double beds and is 145 square feet.
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Category 3 - $6399

Category 3 staterooms 301,302,303,304,305,306,307,308 on the Cormorant Deck have private facilities and portholes views. Cabin 308 has a double bed and is 194 square feet. Cabins 305 & 307 can have two twin beds or one double bed and are 185 square feet. Cabin 303 has a double bed and is 145 square feet. Cabins 301 and 304 can have two twin beds or one double bed and are 165 square feet. Cabin 302 can have two twin beds or one double bed and is 188 square feet. Cabin 306 has one double bed and is 198 square feet.
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Category 4 - $6899

Category 4 suites 401 and 402 are located on the Albatross Deck and features private facilities and view windows. Suite 401 can have two twin beds or a double bed and is 194 square feet. Suite 402 has a double bed and is 202 square feet.
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Category 5 - $7399

Category 5 master suite 501 is located on the Albatross Deck. The master suite features a double bed, private facilities and view windows, and is 263 square feet.
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5       Jul 17 - Jul 26, 2015Evolution$5999 - $7399View Details

Category 2 - $5999

Category 2 cabins 202,203,204,205 on the Darwin Deck and cabin 201 on the Cormorant Deck offer private facilities and porthole views. Cabin 204 has twin beds and is 172 square feet. Cabin 205 has a double bed and is 172 square feet. Cabin 203 can have two twin beds or one double bed and is 200 square feet. Cabin 201 on the Cormorant Deck has double beds and is 145 square feet.
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Category 3 - $6399

Category 3 staterooms 301,302,303,304,305,306,307,308 on the Cormorant Deck have private facilities and portholes views. Cabin 308 has a double bed and is 194 square feet. Cabins 305 & 307 can have two twin beds or one double bed and are 185 square feet. Cabin 303 has a double bed and is 145 square feet. Cabins 301 and 304 can have two twin beds or one double bed and are 165 square feet. Cabin 302 can have two twin beds or one double bed and is 188 square feet. Cabin 306 has one double bed and is 198 square feet.
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Category 4 - $6899

Category 4 suites 401 and 402 are located on the Albatross Deck and features private facilities and view windows. Suite 401 can have two twin beds or a double bed and is 194 square feet. Suite 402 has a double bed and is 202 square feet.
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Category 5 - $7399

Category 5 master suite 501 is located on the Albatross Deck. The master suite features a double bed, private facilities and view windows, and is 263 square feet.
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6       Jul 31 - Aug 09, 2015Evolution$5999 - $7399View Details

Category 2 - $5999

Category 2 cabins 202,203,204,205 on the Darwin Deck and cabin 201 on the Cormorant Deck offer private facilities and porthole views. Cabin 204 has twin beds and is 172 square feet. Cabin 205 has a double bed and is 172 square feet. Cabin 203 can have two twin beds or one double bed and is 200 square feet. Cabin 201 on the Cormorant Deck has double beds and is 145 square feet.
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Category 3 - $6399

Category 3 staterooms 301,302,303,304,305,306,307,308 on the Cormorant Deck have private facilities and portholes views. Cabin 308 has a double bed and is 194 square feet. Cabins 305 & 307 can have two twin beds or one double bed and are 185 square feet. Cabin 303 has a double bed and is 145 square feet. Cabins 301 and 304 can have two twin beds or one double bed and are 165 square feet. Cabin 302 can have two twin beds or one double bed and is 188 square feet. Cabin 306 has one double bed and is 198 square feet.
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Category 4 - $6899

Category 4 suites 401 and 402 are located on the Albatross Deck and features private facilities and view windows. Suite 401 can have two twin beds or a double bed and is 194 square feet. Suite 402 has a double bed and is 202 square feet.
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Category 5 - $7399

Category 5 master suite 501 is located on the Albatross Deck. The master suite features a double bed, private facilities and view windows, and is 263 square feet.
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7       Sep 11 - Sep 20, 2015Evolution$5999 - $7399View Details

Category 2 - $5999

Category 2 cabins 202,203,204,205 on the Darwin Deck and cabin 201 on the Cormorant Deck offer private facilities and porthole views. Cabin 204 has twin beds and is 172 square feet. Cabin 205 has a double bed and is 172 square feet. Cabin 203 can have two twin beds or one double bed and is 200 square feet. Cabin 201 on the Cormorant Deck has double beds and is 145 square feet.
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Category 3 - $6399

Category 3 staterooms 301,302,303,304,305,306,307,308 on the Cormorant Deck have private facilities and portholes views. Cabin 308 has a double bed and is 194 square feet. Cabins 305 & 307 can have two twin beds or one double bed and are 185 square feet. Cabin 303 has a double bed and is 145 square feet. Cabins 301 and 304 can have two twin beds or one double bed and are 165 square feet. Cabin 302 can have two twin beds or one double bed and is 188 square feet. Cabin 306 has one double bed and is 198 square feet.
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Category 4 - $6899

Category 4 suites 401 and 402 are located on the Albatross Deck and features private facilities and view windows. Suite 401 can have two twin beds or a double bed and is 194 square feet. Suite 402 has a double bed and is 202 square feet.
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Category 5 - $7399

Category 5 master suite 501 is located on the Albatross Deck. The master suite features a double bed, private facilities and view windows, and is 263 square feet.
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8       Dec 18 - Dec 27, 2015Evolution$5999 - $7399View Details

Category 2 - $5999

Category 2 cabins 202,203,204,205 on the Darwin Deck and cabin 201 on the Cormorant Deck offer private facilities and porthole views. Cabin 204 has twin beds and is 172 square feet. Cabin 205 has a double bed and is 172 square feet. Cabin 203 can have two twin beds or one double bed and is 200 square feet. Cabin 201 on the Cormorant Deck has double beds and is 145 square feet.
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Category 3 - $6399

Category 3 staterooms 301,302,303,304,305,306,307,308 on the Cormorant Deck have private facilities and portholes views. Cabin 308 has a double bed and is 194 square feet. Cabins 305 & 307 can have two twin beds or one double bed and are 185 square feet. Cabin 303 has a double bed and is 145 square feet. Cabins 301 and 304 can have two twin beds or one double bed and are 165 square feet. Cabin 302 can have two twin beds or one double bed and is 188 square feet. Cabin 306 has one double bed and is 198 square feet.
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Category 4 - $6899

Category 4 suites 401 and 402 are located on the Albatross Deck and features private facilities and view windows. Suite 401 can have two twin beds or a double bed and is 194 square feet. Suite 402 has a double bed and is 202 square feet.
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Category 5 - $7399

Category 5 master suite 501 is located on the Albatross Deck. The master suite features a double bed, private facilities and view windows, and is 263 square feet.
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Included

Two nights deluxe hotel in Quito, seven nights in the Galápagos Islands aboard the Evolution; arrival transfer on Day 1 from airport to hotel; Day 2 transfer from hotel to airport; airport to hotel transfer on Day 9; flights to and from the Galápagos Islands; all meals aboard the Evolution (9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners); two certified Galápagos National Park Service guides, cruise director and local vessel representative in Quito; all landings, excursions, and transportation; snorkeling equipment and sea kayaks; visit to a wildlife interpretation center; local flight; zodiac.

Exclusions

Airfare to Quito, Ecuador; drinks and tips while on the yacht; $10 Transit Control Card fee at the Quito airport; $100 (cash) Galápagos park entry fee immediately upon arrival to the Islands (subject to increase); departure transfer from Quito hotel to airport on Day 10; activities other than welcome meeting while in Quito.

Room Configuration

Single travellers who are willing to share accommodation will not be charged a single supplement rate. Some of the independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price. Please inquire with an AdventureSmith Explorations Specialist for more details.

Families & Children

Due to the expeditionary nature of this cruise, there is a minimum age requirement of 10 years old. Several departures for this itinerary have family-friendly departures; please enquire with an AdventureSmith Explorations Specialist for more details.

Payment & Cancellation

A nonrefundable cruise deposit of $750 per person is required at the time of booking. A Reservation Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. For cancellations received 60 days or less prior to departure, the full trip price will be applied as the cancellation penalty. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply; contact AdventureSmith for details.

Terms & Conditions

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