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Galapagos Express


Galapagos Express

7 days - Designed on Request - Land Only
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First declared a World Heritage Site in 1979, the Galapagos Islands were the inspiration for Charles Darwin's Theory of Evolution.

It is also a "bucket list" favorite because of the amazing species that can only be found here in the Galapagos Islands. This short trip is truly an "express journey" through this fascinating place, where wildlife is undisturbed by your presence and allows you to get so incredibly close.

The three-night cruise on the luxurious 90-passenger M/V Galapagos Legend takes you island to island in comfort. Cruise schedules rotate on a 14-day schedule, so the island stops vary based on your departure date.

It is easy to extend the cruise up to a 14-night cruise and cabin upgrades are also available.

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Day 1  Arrive Quito
Upon arrival in Quito today, you will be met and transferred to your hotel, where the remainder of the day is at leisure.
Hotel Quito

Day 2  Quito | Meals: B
Today colonial Quito comes to life during your tour of the city. Quito displays the largest colonial town of the Americas and is the first Unesco's World Heritage Site. You will visit parks like El Ejido and Alameda, the monument of Simon Bolivar, the gothic Basilica of the Heart of Jesús, Independence Square and the Metropolitan Cathedral with excellent samples of the Spanish renaissance. Walk along the so called street of the seven crosses and pass by the Jesuit convent, once headquarters of the first university in the country. You will see El Sagrario church with a unique orthodox cross lay out dating back to the seventeenth century. Finally you will explore the jewel of the crown, the Jesuit temple of La Compańía de Jesús, perhaps the most important monument of the baroque art in Quito. From there, continue to the plaza of San Francisco. The largest temple and convent of the former Spanish colonies in the Americas display a rich sample of artistic and cultural heritage.
Hotel Quito

Day 3 - 5  Embark M/V Galapagos Legend | Meals: BLD
This morning, a 2 ˝ hour flight takes you to Baltra, where you will be met and transferred the short distance to the pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend.
Spend the next three nights sailing in the Galapagos archipelago. The islands you visit will depend on your departure date. Along the way you will see prehistoric iguanas, giant tortoises, exotic birds, lava cones and beautiful landscapes of volcanoes. You will have opportunities to snorkel in the warm clear water and get closer to sea lions and other marine wildlife than you ever thought possible!
M/V Legend

Day 6  Mon Highlands (Santa Cruz)-Disembark-Quito | Meals: B
Dry landing. A 45-minute bus ride will take us to the Santa Cruz highlands, located to the northwest of Puerto Ayora, where we will find a natural reserve with giant tortoises. These enormous and slow-moving reptiles are responsible for the island's name and therefore approaching them in their humid and forested abode is always an inspiring adventure. They can weigh between 250 and 300 kg and can live up to 150-200 years. (The drive is about 45 minutes, and the walk through the reserve takes about 1 ˝ hours on flat, sometimes muddy terrain.)
After the visit, you will be transferred to Baltra airport for the return flight to Quito. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Hotel Quito

Day 7  Quito-Depart | Meals: B
This morning, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.

  • Galapagos Interlude
    Visiting: Quito, Santa Cruz Island, Rabida Island, Santiago Island, Fernandina Island, Bartolome Island

  • Galapagos Discovery
    Visiting: Santa Cruz Island, Seymour Island, Sante Fe Island
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  • Quito
  • 3 Night Galapagos Cruise

This Tour Includes

  • 3-night Galapagos cruise aboard the M/V Legend
  • Breakfast daily, 3 lunches and 3 dinners (BLD)
  • Arrival and departure transfers in Quito
  • Sightseeing in Quito with English speaking guide
  • UTG document booklet and Take Me With You Kit
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