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11 Day Galapagos Experience Cruise (Celebrity Xpedition, Itinerary B)

11 days with Celebrity Galapagos Cruises   Rating: Deluxe

Itinerary
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Day 1 - Friday - QUITO, ECUADOR
On the first day of your journey, you’ll be greeted at the airport by a Celebrity Cruises representative and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy free time to relax and settle in.

Day 2 - Saturday - QUITO, ECUADOR
During a guided tour of the capital of Ecuador, situated at an altitude of 9,350 feet, you’ll stand on the equatorial line at the Half of the World Park and Museum, and marvel at the monasteries of San Francisco and Santo Domingo. Your tour director will escort you throughout your Quito stay and serve as your personal concierge. Lunch with a spectacular view of the Andes, and enjoy a welcome dinner at a local gourmet restaurant.

Day 3 - Sunday Morning - FLIGHT TO BALTRA AND CRUISE EMBARKATION
Your Celebrity Cruises representative will escort you from the Quito airport all the way to Baltra Island in the Galapagos. During World War II, the island’s airport served as a U.S. military base protecting the Panama Canal from enemy attack. Now, surrounding the airport are land iguanas indigenous to the island. Your luggage will be delivered straight to your stateroom aboard Celebrity Xpedition, so you can unpack and enjoy exploring the 296-foot megayacht, your home for the week. 

Sunday Afternoon - DAPHNE ISLAND
Daphne is a satellite volcanic cone located north of Santa Cruz island. The crater floor is an important breeding site for the blue-footed boobies. This island is famous for the scientific investigation led by Peter and Rosemary Grant on the finches’ population, one of the most important studies on the field that support Charles Darwin’s theory. The cliff shore of the island is home for sea lions, pelicans, blue-footed boobies and tropic birds. In addition, large schools of fish can be observed from the zodiac rides.

Day 4 - Monday Morning - EGAS PORT, SANTIAGO ISLAND
With its sandy beach, black rocks, and blue-water grottos, this stop offers a taste of Galapagos geology, great snorkeling, and an opportunity to see shorebirds and Galapagos fur seals. Excursion options include a long walk along the shore to the grottos to see fur seals, followed by optional swimming and snorkeling or a shorter coastal walk, and optional swimming and snorkeling.

Monday Afternoon - RABIDA ISLAND
A small island south of Santiago, Rabida is best known for its red sand and eroded volcanic landscape. A nesting colony of pelicans makes its home here, along with sea lions and some seabirds. Excursion options include a zodiac ride and short walk, swimming and snorkeling from the beach, and a deepwater snorkel for more experienced snorkelers.

Day 5 - Tuesday Morning - ELIZABETH BAY, ISABELA ISLAND

Elizabeth Bay is one of the western most points in the Galapagos. A scenic Zodiac ride along this sheltered inlet offers viewing of wide variety of wildlife and a wonderful mangrove ecosystem.

Tuesday Afternoon - TAGUS COVE, ISABELA ISLAND
Historically an anchorage for pirates and whalers, this site offers a breathtaking view of Isabela, its volcanoes, and a saltwater lagoon. Along the shore seabirds, penguins, sea lions, sea turtles and nesting flightless cormorants can often be found. Excursion options include a scenic zodiac ride for wildlife viewing, a long, faster-paced walk, and optional snorkeling. 

Day 6 - Wednesday Morning - SULLIVAN BAY, SANTIAGO ISLAND
During a volcanic eruption in the early 1900s, this area of Santiago was covered with flowing lava. Today, the hardened fields of black rock create a geologic wonderland. We will take advantage of the cool of the early morning for a walk at this amazing site. 

Wednesday Afternoon - BARTOLOME ISLAND
Bartolome Island hosts one of the region’s most photographed views and a spectacular geologic setting. Its barren moon-like volcanic landscapes, spatter cones,and pinnacle rock make for a unique stop. It is also home to the endemic Galapagos penguin and provides an excellent opportunity for snorkeling. Excursion options include a hike up some 360 stairs “To the Top” of the volcano, a zodiac ride, and an optional beach swim or snorkel.

Day 7 - Thursday Morning - LAS BACHAS, SANTA CRUZ ISLAND
This is one of the most beautiful white sand beaches in all of the Galapagos, and behind it are two small ponds that often have flamingos feeding in the shallows. It is also one of the largest nesting areas for the Pacific green sea turtle. Excursion options include a short beach walk to look for flamingos, followed by an optional opportunity to swim, snorkel, or just relax on the shore. It is also possible to simply go to the beach to swim, snorkel, and relax.

Thursday Afternoon - NORTH SEYMOUR ISLAND
North Seymour is a small island just north of Baltra. It is home to the largest colony of frigate birds in the Galapagos. While keeping an eye out for male frigates trying to impress potential mates with an inflated red neck pouch, you may also see blue-footed boobies dancing in a timeless courtship ritual. Sea lions and large land iguanas also roam about this rocky terrain. Excursion options include a guided long, rocky walk, zodiac ride and short easy walk, or simply just a scenic zodiac tour along the coast to view wildlife and the geology of the area. Experienced snorkelers will also have an option to do a deep water snorkel at this site.

Day 8 - Friday Morning - PUERTO BAQUERIZO MORENO, SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND
Here we have the opportunity to visit the small waterfront town of Puerto Baquerizo, the administrative capital of the islands. Excursion options include a tour of a local interpretation center and time for shopping or a fast-paced long walk to scenic vistas, followed by a visit to the interpretation center.

Friday Afternoon - WARLOCK HILL (CERRO BRUJO), AND KICKER ROCK, SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND
White sand juxtaposed with black volcanic rocks makes this beach another of the Galapagos's most spectacular. Along the shore are seabirds and sea lions. Excursion options include a Zodiac ride and beach walk with optional swimming. Afterwards, just in time for a sunset cocktail, the ship will navigate the steep, richly colored walls of Kicker Rock, the spectacular remnants of a satellite volcanic cone. 

Days 9 - Saturday - PUERTO AYORA, SANTA CRUZ ISLAND
This is the main population center of the islands, home to the National Park Tortoise Breeding Center and the CharleS Darwin Research Station. You will visit the Tortoise Breeding Center, and hopefully say hello to one of the island’s most famous residents, Lonesome George, as well as walk through the Charles Darwin Station. You will also have the opportunity to take a bus ride to the Highlands to observe giant tortoises in the wild and walk through a lava tunnel. There will also be free time available for shopping.

Day 10 Sunday Morning - BALTRA - Cruise Debarkation
You will return to Baltra to say farewell to the enchanted islands. A Celebrity Cruises® representative will greet you at the airport for your flight to your post-cruise Quito experience. Your luggage will be transferred from the ship directly to the plane. Your flight departs the Galapagos giving you one last glimpse of the world’s most treasured archipelago.

Days 10-11 - Sunday Afternoon & Monday - QUITO, ECUADOR
Upon your arrival in Quito, a Celebrity Cruises representative will escort you to your hotel. Enjoy an afternoon excursion to the local craft market, time permitting. Dinner is served at the hotel.

On Monday (or Tuesday with the 11 night option), after a Continental breakfast, your Celebrity Cruises representative will once again escort you to the airport for your return flight home.

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All This Included
  • Meet and greet services at the Quito airport for all airport transfers and tours
  • 2-night pre-cruise and 1-night post-cruise hotel accommodations at the JW Marriott
  • VIP check-in and check-out at the hotel
  • Full-day guided tour of historical Quito, including a visit to the Equator Line at the Middle of the World Park and Museum
  • Meals and beverages while on tour and at the hotel, including a welcome dinner at the famous Resturante del Theatrum
  • Luggage service, including compliance with mandatory Galapagos agricultural inspection of all luggage at the hotel before departure and flight check-in with distribution of boarding passes at the hotel. Luggage is delivered directly to your stateroom from the hotel in Quito
  • Round-trip airfare Quito-Baltra-Quito
  • Park entrance fee and Galapagos Tourist Card fee
  • Airport meet and greet service by Celebrity Xpedition Naturalists
  • Transfers to and from pier to board Celebrity Xpedition Zodiacs
  • 7-night all inclusive Celebrity Xpedition Cruise
  • Upon return to Quito on Sunday, shopping tour to local craft market and farewell dinner at the JW Marriott
  • All gratuities
Accommodations
Quito: JW Marriott
Cabin onboard Celebrity Xpedition
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Celebrity Cruises reserves the right to impose a fuel supplement of up to $10 per guest per day on all guests if the price of West Texas Intermediate fuel exceeds $65.00 per barrel.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.