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11 Day Quito & Galapagos Northern Loop 2020 (Celebrity Xpedition)

11 days with Celebrity Galapagos Cruises   Rating: Deluxe

Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 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 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 vie w of the city, and enjoy a welcome dinner at a local gourmet restaurant. 

Day 3 Quito to Baltra Embarkation - Baltra Island(Galapagos) - Black Turtle Cove, Santa Cruz Island
You will be transferred to the Quito, Ecuador airport to board the flight to Baltra, Galapagos, where naturalist guides will be waiting to transfer you to the ship.

Baltra Island(Galapagos)
Departs 3:00PM
 
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.
 
Black Turtle Cove, Santa Cruz Island
Tendered 4:00PM to 6:00PM
 
A zodiac ride into Black Turtle Cove brings you up close to the quiet wonders of the Galapagos. Once inside the cove, we’ll quietly explore the area looking for seaturtles, several species of rays, and sharks.

Day 4 Rabida Island - Egas Port, Santiago Island
Rabida Island
Tendered 7:00AM to 11:00AM

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 sea birds.
 
Egas Port, Santiago Island
Tendered 3:00PM to 6:00PM
 
With its black sand beach, coastal tide pools, andblue-water grottoes, this stop offers a wonderful tasteof the Galapagos and the opportunity to see shore birds,Galapagos Hawks, sea lions, marine iguanas, andGalapagos fur seals. Sea lions, colorful tropical fish,and sea turtles are often seen while snorkeling.

Day 5 Tagus Cove, Isabela Island - Espinoza Point, Fernandina Island
Tagus Cove, Isabela Island
Tendered 7:00AM to 11:00AM

Historically an anchorage for pirates and whalers, this site offers a breathtaking view of Isabela, its volcanoes and spectacular Darwin Lake. Along the shore, seabirds, penguins, sea lions, sea turtles, and nesting flightless cormorants can often be found.
 
Espinoza Point, Fernandina Island
Tendered 2:00PM to 6:00PM
 
Fernandina is the youngest island in the Galapagos and,as Darwin wrote, it is “covered with immense delugesof black naked lava.” Along with its extraordinary blacklava rocks, this point of land hosts the largest colony ofmarine iguanas in the Archipelago, along with sea lionsand a nesting site for flightless cormorants.

Day 6 Urvina Bay, Isabela Island - Vicente Roca Point, Isabela Island
Urvina Bay, Isabela Island
Tendered 7:00AM to 10:30AM

Composed of five coalesced volcanoes, Isabela is thelargest island in the Galapagos and the most recentlyactive, the latest eruption having occurred in 2015. Herewe will see large land iguanas, finches, and if lucky, agiant tortoise or two. In 1954, the intrusion of magmabelow one of the island’s volcanoes caused part of thebay to be uplifted some 6 meters, and today we canwalk through the remains of what was once a thriving underwater reef.
 
Vicente Roca Point, Isabela Island
Tendered 2:30PM to 5:30PM
 
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 toremember as we search for sea turtles, penguins, furseals, the flightless cormorant, marine iguanas, marine mammals, and the oddly shaped form of the elusive sunfish.

Day 7 Bartolome Island - Las Bachas, Santa Cruz Island - Daphne Major
Bartolome Island
Tendered 7:00AM to 11:30AM

Bartolome Island hosts one of the region's most often-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.
 
Las Bachas, Santa Cruz Island
Tendered 2:30PM to 5:00PM
 
A beautiful white sand beach on the northern coast of Santa Cruz Island. The name “Las Bachas” comes from the mispronunciation of the word "barges" by the local population during the 1950s when WWII barges broke their moorings and ran aground on the beach. This is also one of the largest nesting areas of the Pacific Green Sea Turtle in the Galapagos. A short beach walk brings you to a pond to look for flamingos and other  shorebirds. Afterwards, this is a fantastic beach to relax, go for a walk, swim, and maybe practice snorkeling.
 
Daphne Major
Tendered 6:00PM to 7:00PM
 
Daphne is a satellite volcanic cone located north of Santa Cruz Island. The crater floor is an important breeding site for blue-footed boobies. The cliff shore of the island is home for sea lions, pelicans, blue-footed boobies, and tropical birds which can be observed during the circumnavigation of the island.

Day 8 El Barranco (Genovesa Island) - Darwin Bay (Genovesa)
El Barranco (Genovesa Island)
Tendered 7:00AM to 11:45AM

El Barranco, also known as Prince Philip's Steps after the prince who visited in 1965 and again in 1981, is asteep stairway that leads up through a seabird colony fullof Nazca and red-footed boobies. Once visitors reach the plateau, the trail continues inland and passes more nesting booby colonies in the thin Palo Santo forest.
 
Darwin Bay (Genovesa)
Tendered 2:30PM to 6:00PM
 
Darwin Bay's soft white sand is only the beginning of a spectacular excursion. A trail from the beach takes you into lush mangroves where red-footed boobies nest. Other local wildlife includes sea lions, swallow-tailed gulls, frigate birds, and more. Snorkeling is a must here, as the nutrient-rich water attracts all types of marine life, including sharks, sea lions, sea turtles, and the occasional manta ray. Excursion options: Walk, swim, snorkel and kayak.

Day 9 Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island
Tendered 8:00AM to 6:00PM

This is the main population center of the islands, andhome to the National Park Service tortoise-breedingcenter and the Charles Darwin Research Station. Youwill be able to visit the tortoise-breeding center andwalk through the Charles Darwin Research Station.

Day 10 Baltra Island(Galapagos) - Baltra - Quito Disembarkation
Baltra Island(Galapagos)
Arrival: 8:00AM

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.
 
 Baltra - Quito Disembarkation
You will be transferred to the airport in Baltra for your flight to Quito. Upon your arrival in Quito, a Celebrity Cruises® representative will escort you to the JW Marriott hotel. Enjoy an optional afternoon excursion to the local craft market, time permitting. Dinner is served at the hotel.

Day 11 Departure
Your Celebrity Cruises representative will once again escort you to the airport for your return. Breakfast is included.

All This Included
  • Pre- and post cruise hotel stays in Quito
  • Exclusive non-stop, roundtrip flights to and from Galapagos from Quito
  • Expertly escorted transfers, tours and meals with a local groumet approach during the pre and post stays
  • All beverages, inlcuding bottled water, wine, beer and spirits, as well as coffee and tea service, including espresso and cappuccino
  • All shore excursions, with choices of activity levels and locations
    All gratuities
    Park entrance fees and Galapagos Tourist Card fees
  • All meals, including room service and in-stateroom dining during meal hours
  • All snorkeling equipment, including masks, snorkels, fins, wet suits and snorkeling vests
  • All onboard briefings and lectures led by our expert naturalists and guest lecturers
  • Onboard Internet access
Accommodations
Quito: to be determined
Cabin onboard Celebrity Xpedition
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

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