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Tip Top IV - Central Galapagos Cruise 5 day/4 night

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Tip Top IV - Central Galapagos Cruise 5 day/4 night
The 5-day Tip Top IV Central Galapagos Cruise sails to Santa Cruz, Chinese Hat, Rabida, Santiago, Bartolome, Santa Fe and South Plaza islands. Short distances between islands makes for less sailing time and more time off ship. Your explorations will be active, with hiking, kayaking, swimming and snorkeling available aboard Tip Top IV.

The Tip Top IV Central itinerary is a short
ened version of Tip Top's South-Central 8-day route, ecompassing its final 5 days. View the Central route's details on this page, or click the following links to see details of Tip Top IV's other itinerary options.

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read more The 5-day Tip Top IV Central Galapagos Cruise sails to Santa Cruz, Chinese Hat, Rabida, Santiago, Bartolome, Santa Fe and South Plaza islands. Short distances between islands makes for less sailing time and more time off ship. Your explorations will be active, with hiking, kayaking, swimming and snorkeling available aboard Tip Top IV.

The Tip Top IV Central itinerary is a shortened version of Tip Top's South-Central 8-day route, ecompassing its final 5 days. View the Central route's details on this page, or click the following links to see details of Tip Top IV's other itinerary options.

Tip Top IV - Northwest Galapagos Cruise 8 day/7 night
Tip Top IV - South-Central Galapagos Cruise 8 day/7 night
Tip Top IV - Eastern Galapagos Cruise 4 day/3 night
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Day 1 - MON - Baltra to Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz)

Day 2 - TUE - Chinese Hat & Rábida

Day 3 - WED - Sullivan Bay (Santiago) & Bartolome

Day 4 - THU - Santa Fe & South Plaza

Day 5 - FRI - Las Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz) & Disembark Baltra


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Day 1 - MON - Baltra to Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz)

Fly from mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) to Baltra, with AEROGAL Airlines (flight included in cruise rate). A guide meets you and accompanies you on a bus to the Itabaca Channel, where you'll cross by barge and then we continue to Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island by bus. Board the Tip Top IV yacht, and the crew greets you with a light snack and an orientation. In the afternoon, take pangas out to Black Turtle Cove, a series of mangrove-surrounded coves and islets where you can observe white-tipped sharks, marine turtles, spotted eagle rays and yellow cow-nosed rays. Board the yacht for dinner and the first of your nightly orientations.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Tip Top IV
MEALS:
dinner

Day 2 - TUE - Chinese Hat & Rábida

After breakfast, make a wet landing on Chinese Hat (Sombrero Chino), a small island off the coast of Santiago Island. Here on the rocky shoreline look for Galapagos penguins, eagle rays, sea lions and marine iguanas. This is an excellent snorkeling site. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel and/ or kayak. Return to the yacht for lunch, then make a wet landing on Rábida in the afternoon. This small island affords the opportunity to walk and observe marine iguanas and sea lions, pelicans, blue-footed boobies, masked boobies and brown pelicans. Hike to a small saltwater lagoon to see pink flamingos. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel and/ or kayak. Return to the yacht for dinner and the nightly orientation.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Tip Top IV
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 - WED - Sullivan Bay (Santiago) & Bartolome

Enjoy breakfast on board then make a wet landing on Sullivan Bay, a perfect place to get a feel for the volcanic origin of the islands. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/or snorkel. Return to the boat for a delicious lunch. In the afternoon, make a dry landing on Bartholome Island, to hike to the summit; during the hike observe colonies of marine iguanas and lava lizards. On the summit take in the impressive view of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone of Pinnacle Rock. Return to the yacht for dinner and the nightly orientation.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Tip Top IV
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 - THU - Santa Fe & South Plaza

After breakfast make a wet landing on Santa Fe Island to visit the cactus forest and a colony of land iguanas native from Santa Fe. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel and/or kayak. Return to the yacht for lunch and then sail to South Plaza for a dry landing on the pier of the island. Here you can enjoy the antics of the sea lions. A walk through a cactus forest lets you observe land iguanas and a great many species of tropical birds. At the end of the afternoon, return to Tip Top IV for dinner and the nightly orientation.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Tip Top IV
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 - FRI - Las Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz) & Disembark Baltra

After breakfast disembark early on Las Bachas Beach, home to a flamingo lagoon. During all walks, your guide will explain details about the lives of the birds and animals. Return to the yacht for a final disembarkation on the pier at 9am. Your guide accompanies you on the bus ride directly to the airport.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
n/a
MEALS:
breakfast

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries 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 small ship cruising unique.

Activities

Snorkeling and kayaking are available while on the Tip Top IV cruise, with masks, snorkels and fins (sizes 3-5 to 11-13) included in the cruise price. Each passenger will receive a bag to store and transport the equipment for the duration of the cruise. There are two kayaks on board to use without additional cost.
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Start/End DateShipPrice per Person
1       Oct 20 - Oct 24, 2014Tip Top IV$2753 - $3071View Details

Lower Deck - $2753

6 cabins (#1-6) with two single lower berths are located on the Lower Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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Upper Deck - $3071

4 cabins (#7-10) with two single lower berths are located on the Upper Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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2       Nov 03 - Nov 07, 2014Tip Top IV$2753 - $3071View Details

Lower Deck - $2753

6 cabins (#1-6) with two single lower berths are located on the Lower Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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Upper Deck - $3071

4 cabins (#7-10) with two single lower berths are located on the Upper Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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3       Dec 01 - Dec 05, 2014Tip Top IV$2753 - $3071View Details

Lower Deck - $2753

6 cabins (#1-6) with two single lower berths are located on the Lower Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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Upper Deck - $3071

4 cabins (#7-10) with two single lower berths are located on the Upper Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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4       Dec 15 - Dec 19, 2014Tip Top IV$2753 - $3071View Details

Lower Deck - $2753

6 cabins (#1-6) with two single lower berths are located on the Lower Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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Upper Deck - $3071

4 cabins (#7-10) with two single lower berths are located on the Upper Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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5       Dec 29 - Jan 02, 2015Tip Top IV$2753 - $3071View Details

Lower Deck - $2753

6 cabins (#1-6) with two single lower berths are located on the Lower Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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Upper Deck - $3071

4 cabins (#7-10) with two single lower berths are located on the Upper Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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6       Jan 12 - Jan 16, 2015Tip Top IV$2900 - $3230View Details

Lower Deck - $2900

6 cabins (#1-6) with two single lower berths are located on the Lower Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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Upper Deck - $3230

4 cabins (#7-10) with two single lower berths are located on the Upper Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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7       Jan 26 - Jan 30, 2015Tip Top IV$2900 - $3230View Details

Lower Deck - $2900

6 cabins (#1-6) with two single lower berths are located on the Lower Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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Upper Deck - $3230

4 cabins (#7-10) with two single lower berths are located on the Upper Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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8       Feb 09 - Feb 13, 2015Tip Top IV$2900 - $3230View Details

Lower Deck - $2900

6 cabins (#1-6) with two single lower berths are located on the Lower Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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Upper Deck - $3230

4 cabins (#7-10) with two single lower berths are located on the Upper Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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9       Mar 09 - Mar 13, 2015Tip Top IV$2900 - $3230View Details

Lower Deck - $2900

6 cabins (#1-6) with two single lower berths are located on the Lower Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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Upper Deck - $3230

4 cabins (#7-10) with two single lower berths are located on the Upper Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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10       Mar 23 - Mar 27, 2015Tip Top IV$2900 - $3230View Details

Lower Deck - $2900

6 cabins (#1-6) with two single lower berths are located on the Lower Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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Upper Deck - $3230

4 cabins (#7-10) with two single lower berths are located on the Upper Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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11       Apr 06 - Apr 10, 2015Tip Top IV$2900 - $3230View Details

Lower Deck - $2900

6 cabins (#1-6) with two single lower berths are located on the Lower Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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Upper Deck - $3230

4 cabins (#7-10) with two single lower berths are located on the Upper Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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12       Apr 20 - Apr 24, 2015Tip Top IV$2900 - $3230View Details

Lower Deck - $2900

6 cabins (#1-6) with two single lower berths are located on the Lower Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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Upper Deck - $3230

4 cabins (#7-10) with two single lower berths are located on the Upper Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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13       May 04 - May 08, 2015Tip Top IV$2900 - $3230View Details

Lower Deck - $2900

6 cabins (#1-6) with two single lower berths are located on the Lower Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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Upper Deck - $3230

4 cabins (#7-10) with two single lower berths are located on the Upper Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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14       May 18 - May 22, 2015Tip Top IV$2900 - $3230View Details

Lower Deck - $2900

6 cabins (#1-6) with two single lower berths are located on the Lower Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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Upper Deck - $3230

4 cabins (#7-10) with two single lower berths are located on the Upper Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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15       Jun 01 - Jun 05, 2015Tip Top IV$2900 - $3230View Details

Lower Deck - $2900

6 cabins (#1-6) with two single lower berths are located on the Lower Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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Upper Deck - $3230

4 cabins (#7-10) with two single lower berths are located on the Upper Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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16       Jun 15 - Jun 19, 2015Tip Top IV$2900 - $3230View Details

Lower Deck - $2900

6 cabins (#1-6) with two single lower berths are located on the Lower Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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Upper Deck - $3230

4 cabins (#7-10) with two single lower berths are located on the Upper Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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17       Jun 29 - Jul 03, 2015Tip Top IV$2900 - $3230View Details

Lower Deck - $2900

6 cabins (#1-6) with two single lower berths are located on the Lower Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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Upper Deck - $3230

4 cabins (#7-10) with two single lower berths are located on the Upper Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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18       Jul 13 - Jul 17, 2015Tip Top IV$2900 - $3230View Details

Lower Deck - $2900

6 cabins (#1-6) with two single lower berths are located on the Lower Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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Upper Deck - $3230

4 cabins (#7-10) with two single lower berths are located on the Upper Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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19       Jul 27 - Jul 31, 2015Tip Top IV$2900 - $3230View Details

Lower Deck - $2900

6 cabins (#1-6) with two single lower berths are located on the Lower Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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Upper Deck - $3230

4 cabins (#7-10) with two single lower berths are located on the Upper Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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20       Nov 02 - Nov 06, 2015Tip Top IV$2900 - $3230View Details

Lower Deck - $2900

6 cabins (#1-6) with two single lower berths are located on the Lower Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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Upper Deck - $3230

4 cabins (#7-10) with two single lower berths are located on the Upper Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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21       Nov 16 - Nov 20, 2015Tip Top IV$2900 - $3230View Details

Lower Deck - $2900

6 cabins (#1-6) with two single lower berths are located on the Lower Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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Upper Deck - $3230

4 cabins (#7-10) with two single lower berths are located on the Upper Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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22       Nov 30 - Dec 04, 2015Tip Top IV$2900 - $3230View Details

Lower Deck - $2900

6 cabins (#1-6) with two single lower berths are located on the Lower Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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Upper Deck - $3230

4 cabins (#7-10) with two single lower berths are located on the Upper Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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23       Dec 14 - Dec 18, 2015Tip Top IV$2900 - $3230View Details

Lower Deck - $2900

6 cabins (#1-6) with two single lower berths are located on the Lower Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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Upper Deck - $3230

4 cabins (#7-10) with two single lower berths are located on the Upper Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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24       Dec 28 - Jan 01, 2016Tip Top IV$2900 - $3230View Details

Lower Deck - $2900

6 cabins (#1-6) with two single lower berths are located on the Lower Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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Upper Deck - $3230

4 cabins (#7-10) with two single lower berths are located on the Upper Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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Included

Air ticket from Quito/Guayaquil to Galapagos (roundtrip), accommodation on board (double or single occupancy), transfers between Baltra Airport and the yacht in the Galapagos, full pension (3 meals a day and 2 snacks), excursions on the islands with a bilingual naturalist guide, snorkeling equipment and use of kayaks.

Exclusions

Galapagos National Park Entrance ($100), Transit Control Card ($10), alcoholic drinks, tips, personal expenses. Wetsuits are available to rent upon request; it's necessary to notify AdventureSmith at least one month prior to the cruise. A fuel surcharge is in effect for all 2014 and 2015 departures. Per person fuel surcharge varies by trip length: 4 day $33, 5 day $39, 8 day $78, 11 day $111, 15 day $156.

Room Configuration

Rooms may be booked for single occupancy with a single supplement; contact AdventureSmith Explorations for pricing. Rooms cannot accommodate triple occupancy.

Families & Children

For every two adults that book, one child that is 11 years or younger receives a 10% discount. Not applicable/combinable with other special offers.

Payment & Cancellation

A nonrefundable cruise deposit of $1,000 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

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information is sent upon confirmation.

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Extended Itinerary Pricing

11- and 15-day Galapagos Tip Top IV itineraries are available by combining the ship's shorter routes. For pricing, visit the main Tip Top IV Galapagos Cruises rate page.
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