ALL-INCLUSIVE GALAPAGOS EXPERIENCE
This is a fabulous opportunity to tour the Galapagos Islands, one of the world’s last pristine environments. On this 10-night ALL-INCLUSIVE tour, you’ll be on the Celebrity Xpedition, a 296 mega-yacht. While touring the islands, visit a giant tortoise reserve where the animals roam free in their natural habitat. View a sea lion colony, look for pups playing in shallow water pools or search for marine iguanas. You can expect to see sea lions, Galapagos hawks, marine iguanas, and both blue-footed and Nazca boobies. Take advantage of some wonderful photo opportunities. Snorkelers will be able to enjoy the variety of marine life including sharks, rays, and tropical fish
- Guided tour of Quito, the capital of Ecuador
- Baltra Island
- Daphne Island
- Gardner Bay, Española Island
- Suarez Point, Española Island
- Cormorant Point, Floreana Island
- Post Office Bay, Floreana Island
- Morenopoint, Isabela Island
- Urvina Bay, Isabela Island
- Espinoza Point, Fernandina Island
- Vicente Roca Point, Isabela Island
- South Plaza, Santa Cruz Island
- Dragon Hill, Santa Cruz Island
- Puertoayora, Santa Cruz Island
FRIDAY BOSTON to QUITO, ECUADOR Cruises Flight Boston to Quito on Copa Air transfer to your hotel with time to relax and settle in.
SATURDAY •QUITO,ECUADOR During a guided tour of the capital of Ecuador, situated at an altitude of 9,350 feet, you will stand on the equatorial line at the Middle 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. Guests lunch with a spectacular view of the city, and enjoy a welcome dinner at a local gourmet restaurant.
SUNDAY AM ARRIVE BALTRA ISLAND, GALAPAGOS The flight from mainland Ecuador lands on the island of Baltra. Park guides and staff from the Celebrity will be waiting to greet you and to transfer you to the ship.
CELEBRITY XPEDITION OUTER LOOP CRUISE BEGINS SUNDAY AM • BALTRA ISLAND-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. After just a short bus and Zodiac ride you will be aboard the ship. Your luggage will be delivered straight to your stateroom, giving you the opportunity to explore Celebrity Xpedition, a 296-foot mega-yacht and your home for the week.
SUNDAY PM • 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 to sea lions, pelicans, blue-footed boobies, and tropical birds. In addition, large schools of fish can be observed from the Zodiac rides.
MONDAY AM •GARDNER BAY, ESPAÑOLA ISLAND A long white sand beach and clear blue waters make this an ideal spot for swimming, snorkeling, or just relaxing on the beach. It is also home to a colony of sea lions. Excursion options include beach walking, swimming, or a deepwater snorkel for experienced snorkelers.
MONDAY PM • SUAREZ POINT, ESPAÑOLA ISLAND Española is the oldest island in the Galapagos and 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. Between late March and the following January, the waved albatrosses come here to mate and raise their young. Excursion options include a long ,rocky walk to look for albatrosses and observe an impressive blowhole that spews water like a towering geyser.
TUESDAY AM • CORMORANT POINT, FLOREANA ISLAND Floreana was the first capital and where Charles Darwin met the islands’ governor. Its small brackish lagoon is often home to flamingos, stilts, and white cheeked pintail ducks, and one of its beaches is a highly used nesting site for sea turtles. Guests can check out the green hued sand where they 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 deepwater snorkel at nearby Champion Island.
TUESDAY PM • POST OFFICE BAY, FLOREANA ISLAND Rich in history the Post office Barrel was established about, 1793 where whalers and others could leave their mail to be picked up by outbound ships. Guests can continue the tradition and during our short visit post their own letter or postcards at this early mail stop
WEDNESDAY AM • MORENOPOINT, ISABELA ISLAND Along this beautiful rocky shore afield of hardened black lava flows is pot marked by shallow pools home to flamingoes and shore birds. The mangrove-lined shore also provides a chance to see marine iguanas; options include a long walk and Zodiac ride, or an extended Zodiac ride.
WEDNESDAY PM • URVINA BAY, ISABELA ISLAND Isabla Island is the largest island in the Galapagos and home to five active volcanos – the most recent eruption was in 2015. In 1954, the intrusion of magma below one of the island’s volcanoes caused part of the bay to be uplifted some 19 feet, and today visitors 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.
THURSDAY AM • 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.” Along 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 walk, as well as a deepwater snorkel for experienced snorkelers.
THURSDAY PM • 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 guests search for sea turtles, penguins, fur seals,
FRIDAY AM • 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.
FRIDAY PM • DRAGON HILL, SANTA CRUZ ISLAND Dragon Hill, or “Cerro Dragon,” ,and 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, visitors will 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.
SATURDAY ALL DAY • PUERTOAYORA, SANTA CRUZ ISLAND This is the main population center of the islands and home to the National Park Service tortoise-breeding center and the Charles Darwin Research Station. You will be able to visit the tortoise-breeding center and walk through the Charles Darwin Research Station and 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.
CRUISE DEBARKATION SUNDAY AM • BALTRA ISLAND Return to Baltra to say farewell to these enchanted islands. A Celebrity Cruises representative will meet you at the airport for your post cruise Quito experience. Your luggage will be transferred from the ship directly to the world’s most treasured archipelago.
POST-CRUISEQUITO SUNDAY PM &MONDAY • QUITO, ECUADOR Upon 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, a Celebrity Cruises representative will once again escort you to the airport for your return flight home.
- 2-night pre-cruise and 1 -night post-cruise hotel accommodations at the JW Marriott.
- 7-night Celebrity Xpedition
- Air from Boston on Copa Air (other cities available at different price.)
- 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 equatorial 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 a local gourmet restaurant.
- Luggage service, including compliance with mandatory Galapagos agricultural inspection of all luggage at the hotel distribution of boarding passes at the hotel. Luggage is delivered directly to guests’ stateroom from the hotel in Quito.
- Round-trip airfare Quito-Baltra-Quito. Exclusive to Celebrity Xpedition guests.
- 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 Galapagos Cruise.
- Upon return to Quito on Sunday, optional shopping tour to local craft market (time permitting) and farewell dinner at the JW Marriott.
- All gratuities.
Air from Boston on Copa Air (other cities available at different price.). Air is subject to change until tickets are issued.
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