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

11 days with Celebrity Galapagos Cruises   Rating: Deluxe

Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices 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 monastery of San Francisco and La Compañia Church. Your Tour Director will escort you throughout your Quito stay and serve as your personal concierge. Lunch with a spectacular view of the city, and enjoy a welcome dinner at a local gourmet restaurant.

Day 3 - Sunday Morning - FLIGHT TO BALTRA AND CRUISE EMBARKATION
During World War II, Baltra served as a U.S. military base protecting the Panama Canal from enemy attack. Now the cactus-strewn landscapes of Baltra are home to the region’s main airport and where you will meet the ship. After just a short bus and Zodiac ride you will be aboard. Your luggage will be delivered straight to your stateroom, giving you the opportunity to explore the Celebrity Xpedition, a 296-foot mega-yacht and 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 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 supports Charles Darwin’s theory. The cliff shore of the island is home for sea lions, pelicans, blue-footed boobies and tropical birds. In addition, large schools of fish can be observed from the Zodiac rides.

Day 4 - Monday Morning - GARDNER BAY, ESPANOLA ISLAND
A long white sand beach and clear blue waters make this an ideal spot for swimming, snorkeling or just relaxing on the beach. In the water, sea turtles, rays, colorful tropical fish, and maybe even a white-tip reef shark may be seen. It is also home to a colony of sea lions. Excursion options include beach walking, swimming or a deepwater snorkel for experienced snorkelers.

Monday Afternoon - PUNTA SUÁREZ, ESPANOLA ISLAND
Española is the oldest island in the Galapagos and is home to an abundance of wildlife. At this site, visitors can expect to see sea lions, Galapagos hawks, marine iguanas, and both blue-footed and Nazca boobies. And between late March to the following January, the waved albatross come here to mate and raise their young. Excursion options include a long, rocky walk to look for albatross and observe an impressive blowhole that spews water like a towering geyser.

Day 5 - Tuesday Morning - CORMORANT POINT, FLOREANA ISLAND
Floreana was the first capital of the Galapagos and where Charles Darwin met the islands’ governor. Its small brackish lagoon is often home to flamingos, stilts, and whitecheeked pintail ducks, and one of its beaches is a highly used nesting site for sea turtles. Check out the green-hued sand where you land. Excursion options include a relatively short walk to the lagoon and sea turtle-nesting beach, and optional snorkeling and swimming at the landing beach. In addition, for experienced snorkelers only, we offer a deep water snorkel at nearby Champion Island.

Tuesday Afternoon - POST OFFICE BAY, FLOREANA ISLAND
Rich in history, this site is home to the post office barrel established in about 1793 where whalers and others could leave their mail to be picked up by outbound ships. Continue the tradition and, during our short visit, post your own letter or post-cards at this early mail stop.

Day 6 - Wednesday Morning - MORENO POINT,  ISABELA ISLAND
Along this beautiful rocky shore, a field of hardened black lava flows is pockmarked by shallow pools, which are home to shorebirds and flamingos. The mangrove-lined shore also provides a chance to see marine iguanas, sea turtles, stingrays, sharks, penguins, and the flightless cormorant. Excursion options include a long walk and zodiac ride, or an extended zodiac ride.

Wednesday Afternoon - URVINA BAY - ISABELA ISLAND
Composed of five coalesced volcanoes, this is the largest island in the Galapagos and the most recently active. The latest eruption occurred in 2009. Here we will see large land iguanas, finches, and if lucky, a giant tortoise or two. In 1954, the intrusion of magma below one of the island’s volcanoes caused part of the bay to be uplifted some 6 meters. Today, we can walk through the remains of what was once a thriving underwater reef. Excursion options include a long, faster-paced hike with some rock climbing required, followed by an optional snorkel (if conditions allow), or a short walk and optional snorkel.

Day 7 - Thursday Morning - VICENTE ROCA POINT, ISABELA ISLAND
The half-collapsed remains of an ancient volcano make for a spectacular setting at this site. Awe-inspiring cliffs, blue waters, and wildlife create a zodiac ride to remember as we search for sea turtles, penguins, fur seals, the flightless cormorant, marine iguanas, marine mammals, and the oddly-shaped form of the elusive sunfish.

Thursday Afternoon - Espinoza Point, FERNANDINA ISLAND
Fernandina is the youngest island in the Galapagos and as Darwin wrote, it is “covered with immense deluges of black naked lava.” With its extraordinary black lava rocks, this point of land hosts the largest colony of marine iguanas in the Archipelago, along with sea lions and a nesting site for flightless cormorants. Excursion options include a long walk, a zodiac ride and short walk, as well as a deepwater snorkel for experienced snorkelers.

Day 8 - Friday Morning - SOUTH PLAZA, SANTA CRUZ ISLAND
One of two twin islands off Santa Cruz, South Plaza was born of upheaval, uplifted during a geologic event. The rocky island is strewn with prickly pear cactus and home to land iguanas, marine iguanas, and a colony of sea lions. Our excursion here is a short walk to view wildlife, flora, and geology.

Friday Afternoon - DRAGON HILL, SANTA CRUZ ISLAND
Dragon Hill, or "Cerro Dragon," is named after its population of land iguanas. The site offers a beautiful view of the landscape and two small brackish lagoons where flamingos and other shore birds occasionally feed. Along the trail, we'll cross a beautiful "white forest" of Palo Santo (incense) trees and Galapagos cotton plants. Options for this visit include a long walk and a short walk.

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 - ISLA 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 optional afternoon excursion to the local craft market, time permitting. Dinner is served at the hotel. On Monday, 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
  • 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.