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Galapagos Discovery

 

Galapagos Discovery

7 days from $3,695
Departing Daily on Request

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If you have always wanted to visit the Galapagos Islands, but did not want to spend the time on a small ship, this tour is perfect for you. The island's stunningly beautiful Royal Palm Hotel is your base by night. By day, select which island excursion you would like to take, or simply relax poolside and take in a local activity. The Royal Palm private estate is a secluded hideaway in the lush highlands of Santa Cruz Island and everything is designed to blend into the environment. There is a great sense of space at Royal Palm and if you look closely, you might even see a Darwin Short Beak Finch or Egret who also live on the estate. Island excursions go out on small motor-cruisers, making your adventures intimate and fun. We've suggested a day by day itinerary, but it is easy to modify as you like. This is a must-do land based Galapagos island journey!

Please note that the Galapagos National Park authority controls the number of visitors to each destination per day, so the timetable or excursions may change without notice. Excursions are also available to Plazas and Santa Fe. Final excursion schedule will be confirmed upon arrival.

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Day 1  Arrive Guayaquil
Upon arrival in Guayaquil today, take the short complimentary transfer from the airport to the nearby Oro Verde Hotel, where you will spend the evening.
Oro Verde Hotel

Day 2  Guayaquil-Royal Palm Hotel (Santa Cruz) | Meals: BLD
Your flight takes you to Baltra today, where you will be met and assisted to the VIP Lounge at the airport. Relax while your host assists with getting your bags and settles your park entry fees. A short,private transfer by boat takes you from Baltra to Santa Cruz island and then on to the luxury Royal Palm Hotel for the next five nights.

The Royal Palm is located in the lush Miconia Highland Forest adjacent to the Galapagos National Park on Santa Cruz island. Surrounded by the lush grounds of the 150-hectare private estate, the Royal Palm provides an escape from everything - the hustle and bustle is left behind and here you can relax and hear the silence, enjoy the flora and fauna around you and simply enjoy your vacation.

Settle into your spacious Casita (with indoor jacuzzi) and private verandah overlooking the gardens.

Royal Palm Hotel

The Royal Palm is a unique secluded hide-a-way nestled in the lush highlands of Santa Cruz Island in the heart of the Galapagos. Designed and crafted to complement our natural environment, the Royal Palm offers a spacious and exclusive paradise.

The hotel and its landscaped gardens, fountain, pool and outdoor Jacuzzis are surrounded by the natural beauty of the hotel’s 150 hectare private estate adjoining the Galapagos National Park. The largest accessible lava tunnel on the Island is also found here.

At the Royal Palm you can enjoy a great sense of space and far reaching, beautiful views over the Highlands to the sea beyond. The native ferns and flora create an enchanting environment of contrast and color and if you look closely, you may see some of the owls, Darwin Short Beak Finches, Garrapatero birds and Egrets that live here too.

The hotel is located a short 20 minute drive from the bustling port town of Puerto Ayora with its local shops, restaurants and fish market. A “must visit” in the Port is the Charles Darwin Research Station.

All the rooms are well appointed with custom-made furnishings and floors of mahogany wood with super-comfortable beds and the finest linens. Our rooms have everything you would expect a property of this distinction to offer including free Wi-Fi, desk, LCD flat screen TVs with 15 satellite channels, minibar, tea & coffee making facilities, safe, air-conditioning, iron and board, hairdryer.

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Day 3  Royal Palm Hotel Santa Cruz - Bartolome Island Excursion | Meals: BLD
There is so much to see and do at Royal Palm, it will be tough to decide what to do. The next few days reflect our recommended itinerary, but you can easily modify the activities as you like.

After breakfast today, board one of the hotel's chartered yachts for an excursion to nearby Bartolome Island. This full day tour provides spectacular volcanic landscapes and lots of opportunities for spotting dolphins (and possibly whales) on the two hour journey. The launch stops at Daphne Island, a volcanic tuff cone formation to see the sea lions and sea birds. Bartolome Island is probably most famous for Pinnacle Rock. Climb up a long wooden staircase of about 360 steps to a viewpoint that has commanding views of nearly every island in the archipelago. A must see! After lunch, there is time for snorkeling before returning back to the hotel later this afternoon.

Royal Palm Hotel

The Royal Palm is a unique secluded hide-a-way nestled in the lush highlands of Santa Cruz Island in the heart of the Galapagos. Designed and crafted to complement our natural environment, the Royal Palm offers a spacious and exclusive paradise.

The hotel and its landscaped gardens, fountain, pool and outdoor Jacuzzis are surrounded by the natural beauty of the hotel’s 150 hectare private estate adjoining the Galapagos National Park. The largest accessible lava tunnel on the Island is also found here.

At the Royal Palm you can enjoy a great sense of space and far reaching, beautiful views over the Highlands to the sea beyond. The native ferns and flora create an enchanting environment of contrast and color and if you look closely, you may see some of the owls, Darwin Short Beak Finches, Garrapatero birds and Egrets that live here too.

The hotel is located a short 20 minute drive from the bustling port town of Puerto Ayora with its local shops, restaurants and fish market. A “must visit” in the Port is the Charles Darwin Research Station.

All the rooms are well appointed with custom-made furnishings and floors of mahogany wood with super-comfortable beds and the finest linens. Our rooms have everything you would expect a property of this distinction to offer including free Wi-Fi, desk, LCD flat screen TVs with 15 satellite channels, minibar, tea & coffee making facilities, safe, air-conditioning, iron and board, hairdryer.

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Day 4  Royal Palm - Santa Cruz - Local Activity | Meals: BLD
This morning, you might like to relax at the pool, or perhaps pamper yourself with a spa treatment. We recommend a visit to the Lava Tunnel today. The tunnel is over 400 yards long and your guide knows every crevice of the tunnel. A visit to the Giant Tortoise is also a must see. They roam freely throughout the highlands. You'll donn high rubber boots for your walk. It won't take long to encounter one of these imposing creatures. They aren't fazed by your presence and a walk among them is certainly a highlight.

Royal Palm Hotel

The Royal Palm is a unique secluded hide-a-way nestled in the lush highlands of Santa Cruz Island in the heart of the Galapagos. Designed and crafted to complement our natural environment, the Royal Palm offers a spacious and exclusive paradise.

The hotel and its landscaped gardens, fountain, pool and outdoor Jacuzzis are surrounded by the natural beauty of the hotel’s 150 hectare private estate adjoining the Galapagos National Park. The largest accessible lava tunnel on the Island is also found here.

At the Royal Palm you can enjoy a great sense of space and far reaching, beautiful views over the Highlands to the sea beyond. The native ferns and flora create an enchanting environment of contrast and color and if you look closely, you may see some of the owls, Darwin Short Beak Finches, Garrapatero birds and Egrets that live here too.

The hotel is located a short 20 minute drive from the bustling port town of Puerto Ayora with its local shops, restaurants and fish market. A “must visit” in the Port is the Charles Darwin Research Station.

All the rooms are well appointed with custom-made furnishings and floors of mahogany wood with super-comfortable beds and the finest linens. Our rooms have everything you would expect a property of this distinction to offer including free Wi-Fi, desk, LCD flat screen TVs with 15 satellite channels, minibar, tea & coffee making facilities, safe, air-conditioning, iron and board, hairdryer.

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Day 5  North Seymour Island Excursion | Meals: BLD
On tap for today is a short boat ride to North Seymour Island for a full day of exploration. This picturesque island offers an opportunity to get up close with many marine birds, including the Dancing Blue Footed Booby and magnificent Frigate bird. North Seymour is a low, flat island covered with bush vegetation and home to the largest colony of magnificent Frigate birds in the Galapagos. If conditions are right, you may also see the Blue Footed Boobies perform their amazing courtship dance! Your launch will anchor in calm water for lunch and time for snorkeling and swimming.

Royal Palm Hotel

The Royal Palm is a unique secluded hide-a-way nestled in the lush highlands of Santa Cruz Island in the heart of the Galapagos. Designed and crafted to complement our natural environment, the Royal Palm offers a spacious and exclusive paradise.

The hotel and its landscaped gardens, fountain, pool and outdoor Jacuzzis are surrounded by the natural beauty of the hotel’s 150 hectare private estate adjoining the Galapagos National Park. The largest accessible lava tunnel on the Island is also found here.

At the Royal Palm you can enjoy a great sense of space and far reaching, beautiful views over the Highlands to the sea beyond. The native ferns and flora create an enchanting environment of contrast and color and if you look closely, you may see some of the owls, Darwin Short Beak Finches, Garrapatero birds and Egrets that live here too.

The hotel is located a short 20 minute drive from the bustling port town of Puerto Ayora with its local shops, restaurants and fish market. A “must visit” in the Port is the Charles Darwin Research Station.

All the rooms are well appointed with custom-made furnishings and floors of mahogany wood with super-comfortable beds and the finest linens. Our rooms have everything you would expect a property of this distinction to offer including free Wi-Fi, desk, LCD flat screen TVs with 15 satellite channels, minibar, tea & coffee making facilities, safe, air-conditioning, iron and board, hairdryer.

×

Day 6  Santa Cruz Local Activity | Meals: BLD
Spend your last day relaxing or perhaps taking a hike.

Royal Palm Hotel

The Royal Palm is a unique secluded hide-a-way nestled in the lush highlands of Santa Cruz Island in the heart of the Galapagos. Designed and crafted to complement our natural environment, the Royal Palm offers a spacious and exclusive paradise.

The hotel and its landscaped gardens, fountain, pool and outdoor Jacuzzis are surrounded by the natural beauty of the hotel’s 150 hectare private estate adjoining the Galapagos National Park. The largest accessible lava tunnel on the Island is also found here.

At the Royal Palm you can enjoy a great sense of space and far reaching, beautiful views over the Highlands to the sea beyond. The native ferns and flora create an enchanting environment of contrast and color and if you look closely, you may see some of the owls, Darwin Short Beak Finches, Garrapatero birds and Egrets that live here too.

The hotel is located a short 20 minute drive from the bustling port town of Puerto Ayora with its local shops, restaurants and fish market. A “must visit” in the Port is the Charles Darwin Research Station.

All the rooms are well appointed with custom-made furnishings and floors of mahogany wood with super-comfortable beds and the finest linens. Our rooms have everything you would expect a property of this distinction to offer including free Wi-Fi, desk, LCD flat screen TVs with 15 satellite channels, minibar, tea & coffee making facilities, safe, air-conditioning, iron and board, hairdryer.

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Day 7  Guayaquil-Depart | Meals: B
All too soon, this amazing journey comes to an end. A private boat transfer will take you back to Baltra where you begin your journey home.

Land Only Per Person Prices in US Dollars
Departs Daily on Request
  Per Person Sharing a Twin Bedded Room Per Person in a Single Bedded Room
01 DEC 14 - 20 DEC 14$3,795$5,995
21 DEC 14 - 04 JAN 15$3,995$6,295
05 JAN 15 - 28 MAR 15$3,795$5,995
29 MAR 15 - 12 APR 15$3,995$6,295
13 APR 15 - 31 AUG 15$3,795$5,995
01 SEP 15 - 31 OCT 15$3,695$4,695
Airfare between Guayaquil and Balta is not included in the tour price.
All prices are based on a minimum of 2 persons traveling together.
The Galapagos National Park Fee of $100 per person and the Transit Control Card of $10 per person is not included in the above tour prices and are paid locally.
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Discovery

Visiting

  • Santa Cruz Island
  • Seymour Island
  • Sante Fe Island

This Tour Includes

  • Luxury accommodations in a New Casita with private facilities
  • Full breakfast, lunch and dinner daily (BLD)
  • VIP Arrival Assistance in Baltra
  • Private roundtrip boat transfers between Baltra and Santa Cruz
  • Two island excursions and a wide selection of local activities while at Royal Palm
  • UTG Take Me With You Kit and personalized itinerary booklet
  • UTG Safari Delay Protection Plan
Talk to a Destination Specialist
800-223-6486

If you have always wanted to visit the Galapagos Islands, but did not want to spend the time on a small ship, this tour is perfect for you. The island's stunningly beautiful Royal Palm Hotel is your base by night. By day, select which island excursion you would like to take, or simply relax poolside and take in a local activity. The Royal Palm private estate is a secluded hideaway in the lush highlands of Santa Cruz Island and everything is designed to blend into the environment. There is a great sense of space at Royal Palm and if you look closely, you might even see a Darwin Short Beak Finch or Egret who also live on the estate. Island excursions go out on small motor-cruisers, making your adventures intimate and fun. We've suggested a day by day itinerary, but it is easy to modify as you like. This is a must-do land based Galapagos island journey!

Please note that the Galapagos National Park authority controls the number of visitors to each destination per day, so the timetable or excursions may change without notice. Excursions are also available to Plazas and Santa Fe. Final excursion schedule will be confirmed upon arrival.

Discovery

Visiting

  • Santa Cruz Island
  • Seymour Island
  • Sante Fe Island

This Tour Includes

  • Luxury accommodations in a New Casita with private facilities
  • Full breakfast, lunch and dinner daily (BLD)
  • VIP Arrival Assistance in Baltra
  • Private roundtrip boat transfers between Baltra and Santa Cruz
  • Two island excursions and a wide selection of local activities while at Royal Palm
  • UTG Take Me With You Kit and personalized itinerary booklet
  • UTG Safari Delay Protection Plan
Day 1  Arrive Guayaquil
Upon arrival in Guayaquil today, take the short complimentary transfer from the airport to the nearby Oro Verde Hotel, where you will spend the evening.
Oro Verde Hotel

Day 2  Guayaquil-Royal Palm Hotel (Santa Cruz) | Meals: BLD
Your flight takes you to Baltra today, where you will be met and assisted to the VIP Lounge at the airport. Relax while your host assists with getting your bags and settles your park entry fees. A short,private transfer by boat takes you from Baltra to Santa Cruz island and then on to the luxury Royal Palm Hotel for the next five nights.

The Royal Palm is located in the lush Miconia Highland Forest adjacent to the Galapagos National Park on Santa Cruz island. Surrounded by the lush grounds of the 150-hectare private estate, the Royal Palm provides an escape from everything - the hustle and bustle is left behind and here you can relax and hear the silence, enjoy the flora and fauna around you and simply enjoy your vacation.

Settle into your spacious Casita (with indoor jacuzzi) and private verandah overlooking the gardens.
Royal Palm Hotel

Royal Palm Hotel

The Royal Palm is a unique secluded hide-a-way nestled in the lush highlands of Santa Cruz Island in the heart of the Galapagos. Designed and crafted to complement our natural environment, the Royal Palm offers a spacious and exclusive paradise.

The hotel and its landscaped gardens, fountain, pool and outdoor Jacuzzis are surrounded by the natural beauty of the hotel’s 150 hectare private estate adjoining the Galapagos National Park. The largest accessible lava tunnel on the Island is also found here.

At the Royal Palm you can enjoy a great sense of space and far reaching, beautiful views over the Highlands to the sea beyond. The native ferns and flora create an enchanting environment of contrast and color and if you look closely, you may see some of the owls, Darwin Short Beak Finches, Garrapatero birds and Egrets that live here too.

The hotel is located a short 20 minute drive from the bustling port town of Puerto Ayora with its local shops, restaurants and fish market. A “must visit” in the Port is the Charles Darwin Research Station.

All the rooms are well appointed with custom-made furnishings and floors of mahogany wood with super-comfortable beds and the finest linens. Our rooms have everything you would expect a property of this distinction to offer including free Wi-Fi, desk, LCD flat screen TVs with 15 satellite channels, minibar, tea & coffee making facilities, safe, air-conditioning, iron and board, hairdryer.

×

Day 3  Royal Palm Hotel Santa Cruz - Bartolome Island Excursion | Meals: BLD
There is so much to see and do at Royal Palm, it will be tough to decide what to do. The next few days reflect our recommended itinerary, but you can easily modify the activities as you like.

After breakfast today, board one of the hotel's chartered yachts for an excursion to nearby Bartolome Island. This full day tour provides spectacular volcanic landscapes and lots of opportunities for spotting dolphins (and possibly whales) on the two hour journey. The launch stops at Daphne Island, a volcanic tuff cone formation to see the sea lions and sea birds. Bartolome Island is probably most famous for Pinnacle Rock. Climb up a long wooden staircase of about 360 steps to a viewpoint that has commanding views of nearly every island in the archipelago. A must see! After lunch, there is time for snorkeling before returning back to the hotel later this afternoon.
Royal Palm Hotel

Royal Palm Hotel

The Royal Palm is a unique secluded hide-a-way nestled in the lush highlands of Santa Cruz Island in the heart of the Galapagos. Designed and crafted to complement our natural environment, the Royal Palm offers a spacious and exclusive paradise.

The hotel and its landscaped gardens, fountain, pool and outdoor Jacuzzis are surrounded by the natural beauty of the hotel’s 150 hectare private estate adjoining the Galapagos National Park. The largest accessible lava tunnel on the Island is also found here.

At the Royal Palm you can enjoy a great sense of space and far reaching, beautiful views over the Highlands to the sea beyond. The native ferns and flora create an enchanting environment of contrast and color and if you look closely, you may see some of the owls, Darwin Short Beak Finches, Garrapatero birds and Egrets that live here too.

The hotel is located a short 20 minute drive from the bustling port town of Puerto Ayora with its local shops, restaurants and fish market. A “must visit” in the Port is the Charles Darwin Research Station.

All the rooms are well appointed with custom-made furnishings and floors of mahogany wood with super-comfortable beds and the finest linens. Our rooms have everything you would expect a property of this distinction to offer including free Wi-Fi, desk, LCD flat screen TVs with 15 satellite channels, minibar, tea & coffee making facilities, safe, air-conditioning, iron and board, hairdryer.

×

Day 4  Royal Palm - Santa Cruz - Local Activity | Meals: BLD
This morning, you might like to relax at the pool, or perhaps pamper yourself with a spa treatment. We recommend a visit to the Lava Tunnel today. The tunnel is over 400 yards long and your guide knows every crevice of the tunnel. A visit to the Giant Tortoise is also a must see. They roam freely throughout the highlands. You'll donn high rubber boots for your walk. It won't take long to encounter one of these imposing creatures. They aren't fazed by your presence and a walk among them is certainly a highlight.
Royal Palm Hotel

Royal Palm Hotel

The Royal Palm is a unique secluded hide-a-way nestled in the lush highlands of Santa Cruz Island in the heart of the Galapagos. Designed and crafted to complement our natural environment, the Royal Palm offers a spacious and exclusive paradise.

The hotel and its landscaped gardens, fountain, pool and outdoor Jacuzzis are surrounded by the natural beauty of the hotel’s 150 hectare private estate adjoining the Galapagos National Park. The largest accessible lava tunnel on the Island is also found here.

At the Royal Palm you can enjoy a great sense of space and far reaching, beautiful views over the Highlands to the sea beyond. The native ferns and flora create an enchanting environment of contrast and color and if you look closely, you may see some of the owls, Darwin Short Beak Finches, Garrapatero birds and Egrets that live here too.

The hotel is located a short 20 minute drive from the bustling port town of Puerto Ayora with its local shops, restaurants and fish market. A “must visit” in the Port is the Charles Darwin Research Station.

All the rooms are well appointed with custom-made furnishings and floors of mahogany wood with super-comfortable beds and the finest linens. Our rooms have everything you would expect a property of this distinction to offer including free Wi-Fi, desk, LCD flat screen TVs with 15 satellite channels, minibar, tea & coffee making facilities, safe, air-conditioning, iron and board, hairdryer.

×

Day 5  North Seymour Island Excursion | Meals: BLD
On tap for today is a short boat ride to North Seymour Island for a full day of exploration. This picturesque island offers an opportunity to get up close with many marine birds, including the Dancing Blue Footed Booby and magnificent Frigate bird. North Seymour is a low, flat island covered with bush vegetation and home to the largest colony of magnificent Frigate birds in the Galapagos. If conditions are right, you may also see the Blue Footed Boobies perform their amazing courtship dance! Your launch will anchor in calm water for lunch and time for snorkeling and swimming.
Royal Palm Hotel

Royal Palm Hotel

The Royal Palm is a unique secluded hide-a-way nestled in the lush highlands of Santa Cruz Island in the heart of the Galapagos. Designed and crafted to complement our natural environment, the Royal Palm offers a spacious and exclusive paradise.

The hotel and its landscaped gardens, fountain, pool and outdoor Jacuzzis are surrounded by the natural beauty of the hotel’s 150 hectare private estate adjoining the Galapagos National Park. The largest accessible lava tunnel on the Island is also found here.

At the Royal Palm you can enjoy a great sense of space and far reaching, beautiful views over the Highlands to the sea beyond. The native ferns and flora create an enchanting environment of contrast and color and if you look closely, you may see some of the owls, Darwin Short Beak Finches, Garrapatero birds and Egrets that live here too.

The hotel is located a short 20 minute drive from the bustling port town of Puerto Ayora with its local shops, restaurants and fish market. A “must visit” in the Port is the Charles Darwin Research Station.

All the rooms are well appointed with custom-made furnishings and floors of mahogany wood with super-comfortable beds and the finest linens. Our rooms have everything you would expect a property of this distinction to offer including free Wi-Fi, desk, LCD flat screen TVs with 15 satellite channels, minibar, tea & coffee making facilities, safe, air-conditioning, iron and board, hairdryer.

×

Day 6  Santa Cruz Local Activity | Meals: BLD
Spend your last day relaxing or perhaps taking a hike.
Royal Palm Hotel

Royal Palm Hotel

The Royal Palm is a unique secluded hide-a-way nestled in the lush highlands of Santa Cruz Island in the heart of the Galapagos. Designed and crafted to complement our natural environment, the Royal Palm offers a spacious and exclusive paradise.

The hotel and its landscaped gardens, fountain, pool and outdoor Jacuzzis are surrounded by the natural beauty of the hotel’s 150 hectare private estate adjoining the Galapagos National Park. The largest accessible lava tunnel on the Island is also found here.

At the Royal Palm you can enjoy a great sense of space and far reaching, beautiful views over the Highlands to the sea beyond. The native ferns and flora create an enchanting environment of contrast and color and if you look closely, you may see some of the owls, Darwin Short Beak Finches, Garrapatero birds and Egrets that live here too.

The hotel is located a short 20 minute drive from the bustling port town of Puerto Ayora with its local shops, restaurants and fish market. A “must visit” in the Port is the Charles Darwin Research Station.

All the rooms are well appointed with custom-made furnishings and floors of mahogany wood with super-comfortable beds and the finest linens. Our rooms have everything you would expect a property of this distinction to offer including free Wi-Fi, desk, LCD flat screen TVs with 15 satellite channels, minibar, tea & coffee making facilities, safe, air-conditioning, iron and board, hairdryer.

×

Day 7  Guayaquil-Depart | Meals: B
All too soon, this amazing journey comes to an end. A private boat transfer will take you back to Baltra where you begin your journey home.

Land Only Per Person Prices in US Dollars
Departs Daily on Request
  Per Person Sharing a Twin Bedded Room Per Person in a Single Bedded Room
01 DEC 14 - 20 DEC 14$3,795$5,995
21 DEC 14 - 04 JAN 15$3,995$6,295
05 JAN 15 - 28 MAR 15$3,795$5,995
29 MAR 15 - 12 APR 15$3,995$6,295
13 APR 15 - 31 AUG 15$3,795$5,995
01 SEP 15 - 31 OCT 15$3,695$4,695
Airfare between Guayaquil and Balta is not included in the tour price.
All prices are based on a minimum of 2 persons traveling together.
The Galapagos National Park Fee of $100 per person and the Transit Control Card of $10 per person is not included in the above tour prices and are paid locally.
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