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Tip Top IV - South-Central Galapagos Cruise 8 day/7 night

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Tip Top IV - South-Central Galapagos Cruise 8 day/7 night
Tip Top IV-South-Central 8 day/7night will not be operating in 2015

The Tip Top IV South-Central Galapagos Cruise tours Santa Cruz, Espanola and San Cristobal Islands over the course of 4 days. Departing round-trip from Baltra, this short Galapagos cruise provides an introduction to the Galapagos flora, fauna, history and conservation, with a stop at the Charles Darwin St
ation. Your explorations will be active, with hiking, kayaking, swimming and snorkeling available aboard Tip Top IV.

The Tip Top IV South-Central itinerary is one of the ship's main 8-day routes; combine it with Tip Top IV's Northwest itinerary for a comprehensive 15-day Galapagos cruise. View the South-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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The Tip Top IV South-Central Galapagos Cruise tours Santa Cruz, Espanola and San Cristobal Islands over the course of 4 days. Departing round-trip from Baltra, this short Galapagos cruise provides an introduction to the Galapagos flora, fauna, history and conservation, with a stop at the Charles Darwin Station. Your explorations will be active, with hiking, kayaking, swimming and snorkeling available aboard Tip Top IV.

The Tip Top IV South-Central itinerary is one of the ship's main 8-day routes; combine it with Tip Top IV's Northwest itinerary for a comprehensive 15-day Galapagos cruise. View the South-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 - FRI - Baltra to Charles Darwin Station (Santa Cruz)

Day 2 - SAT - Punta Suarez & Gardner Bay (Espanola)

Day 3 - SUN - Punta Pitt, Kicker Rock & Cerro Brujo (San Cristobal)

Day 4 - MON - Mosquera & Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz)

Day 5 - TUE - Chinese Hat & Rábida

Day 6 - WED - Sullivan Bay (Santiago) & Bartolome

Day 7 - THU - Santa Fe & South Plaza

Day 8 - FRI - Las Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz) & Disembark Baltra


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Day 1 - FRI - Baltra to Charles Darwin Station (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, land at the Puerto Ayora pier to visit the Charles Darwin Station and its Interpretive Center. Return to the port for a walk through town to appreciate various handicrafts. Back on board, enjoy a welcome cocktail with the entire crew, and dinner.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Tip Top IV
MEALS:
dinner

Day 2 - SAT - Punta Suarez & Gardner Bay (Espanola)

After breakfast, make an early dry landing on Punta Suarez to walk along lava beds looking for unique colonies of marine birds, including albatross (May-December). Return to the yacht for lunch. In the afternoon, make a wet landing in Gardner Bay for a walk on the beach and to observe a colony of sea lions, which inhabit the beach in great quantity during the breeding season; this is also an important nesting area for sea turtles. Then take a panga ride around Osborn Islet and the islets of Gardner. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/or snorkel. Return to the yacht for dinner and the nightly orientation.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Tip Top IV
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 - SUN - Punta Pitt, Kicker Rock & Cerro Brujo (San Cristobal)

Enjoy breakfast on board then make a wet landing on Punta Pitt in San Cristobal Island; the trail includes an olivine beach approximately 300 feet long and a trail that ascends to the top of a volcanic tuff hill passing through several natural viewpoints. Punta Pitt is composed of volcanic tuff substrate, and high winds present here have led to natural erosion. This is the only site in the Galapagos Islands, where you can watch the three species of boobies and two species of frigates nesting in the same area. Go back aboard for a delicious lunch. Later in the afternoon, Tip Top IV's experienced Captain sails easily around Kicker Rock (León Dormido), a massive tuff-rock that juts abruptly almost 500 feet straight from the ocean. Kicker Rock serves as nesting place for many sea birds. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/ or snorkel. Then make a wet landing on Cerro Brujo to walk on a white sand beach and observe sea lions, brown pelicans, marine iguanas and blue-footed boobies. 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 4 - MON - Mosquera & Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz)

After breakfast, make an early wet landing on Mosquera Island, a reef of rocks and coral (the result of an uprising) and a great white-sand beach and tide pools. Observe colonies of sea lions, brown pelicans, blue-footed boobies and sally light-foot crabs, whose bright-red tops and blue bottoms contrast beautifully with the black lava. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/or snorkel. Come back aboard for a delicious lunch. In the afternoon, take a panga ride to Black Turtle Cove, a series of mangrove-surrounded coves and islets home to white-tipped sharks, marine turtles, spotted eagle rays and yellow cow-nosed rays. Return to the yacht for dinner and orientation.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Tip Top IV
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 - 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 6 - 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:

MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7 - 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 8 - 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       Nov 28 - Dec 05, 2014Tip Top IV$4014 - $4521View Details

Lower Deck - $4014

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 - $4521

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.

Travel Insurance

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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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Galapagos Cruise Package

Galapagos Cruise Package

Most Galapagos cruise travelers will require pre- and post-cruise accommodations in Quito or Guayaquil, Ecuador. We have created this Galapagos Cruise Package to give travelers an easy, cost-effective way to book the most popular land package we offer.
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