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Galapagos Islands Legend Cruise

Explore the Galapagos Islands aboard the Galapagos Legend

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4 Days / 3 Nights

Itinerary A

The Galapagos Legend cruise ship allows you to venture around the archipelago aboard one of the most comfortable ships available. There are balcony suites, junior suites, and standard cabins, all well-equipped with modern amenities. With Itinerary A, the ship circumnavigates Santiago Island, Bartolome, and see interesting highlights on Santa Cruz such as Dragon's Hill and Bachas Beach.
With the new renovations on the ship, you can now cruise in style. Grab a drink at the Panorama Lounge Bar and observe the horizons through the floor to ceiling windows, or opt for some stargazing in the Open Lounge on the moon deck. The Galapagos Legend offers the largest social areas of any vessel in the Galapagos; meet some of your fellow cruisers as you discover one of the most untouched areas on the planet.

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This tour includes:

  • Accommodations aboard the Legend
  • All meals on the Legend
  • Snorkeling and hiking opportunities
  • Highlights:

    • Santa Cruz highland
    • Pit Craters (Santa Cruz)
    • Egas Port (Santiago Island)
    • Bartolome
    • Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz)
    • North Seymour
    • Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz)

    The Legend Boat sailing nearby the Galapagos Islands

    Arrive in Galapagos Islands

    Day 1 - Monday

    Depart mainland Ecuador to Baltra (2.5 hour flight). Passengers are greeted at the airport and transferred to the pier in order to board the M/V Galapagos Legend.

    In the afternoon, a dry landing on Santa Cruz Island and short bus ride brings guests to the highlands to view the giant tortoise natural reserve. Travelers may also walk inside lava tubes and visit the Pit Craters.

    Pack of Marine Iguanas in the Galapagos

    Egas Port - Bartolome

    Day 2 - Tuesday

    In the morning, a wet landing on a volcanic black sand beach just as Darwin did in 1835. The group sets out on a trail of volcanic ash and basaltic rock to discover the migrant birds and marine wildlife of Santiago Island.

    In the afternoon, travel to Bartolome Island to explore the moonscape of volcanic cones, lava bombs and cinder cones. Hike to the summit for the best view of Pinnacle Rock. Enjoy some of the best snorkeling in the island chain and be on the lookout for penguins and reef sharks.

    Red Frigate in the Galapagos Islands

    Dragon Hill - North Seymour

    Day 3 - Wednesday

    In the morning, a dry landing on Santa Cruz Island for a lagoon walk. Keep an eye out for feeding flamingoes. The trail leads to Dragon Hill for a look at land iguanas as well as excellent views of the surrounding islands.

    In the afternoon, a dry landing on North Seymour for the chance to see a wide variety of marine wildlife including migratory birds, sea lions and iguanas.

    Swimming with sea creatures in Ecuador

    Bachas Beach on Santa Cruz

    Day 4 - Thursday

    In the morning, a wet landing on Santa Cruz island near flamingo ponds that include iguanas, coastal birds, native vegetation and much more. The beach is home to sea turtle nests. Visitors can also view the remains of old military barges that sank after World War II. In the afternoon, depart the vessel en route to your next South American destination.

    5 Days / 4 Nights

    Itinerary B

    The Galapagos Legend cruise ship allows you to venture around the archipelago aboard one of the most comfortable ships available. There are balcony suites, junior suites, and standard cabins, all well-equipped with modern amenities. During cruise Itinerary B, the ship circumnavigates Santiago Island, Isabela, Fernandina and see interesting highlights on Santa Cruz such as Black Turtle Cove and Urbina Bay.

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    Per Person Pricing Options

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    This tour includes:

  • Daily excursions
  • Accommodations aboard the Legend
  • All meals aboard the Legend
  • Snorkeling and hiking opportunities
  • Highlights:

    • Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz)
    • Sullivan Bay (Santiago)
    • Rabida
    • Urbina Bay (Isabela)
    • Tagus Cove (Isabela)
    • Espinosa Point (Fernandina)
    • Vicente Roca Point (Isabela)
    • Santa Cruz highlands

    Galapagos Tortoise Portrait

    Board the Legend and depart for Santa Cruz Island

    Day 1 - Thursday

    Depart mainland Ecuador to Baltra (2.5 hour flight). Passengers are greeted at the airport and transferred to the pier in order to board the M/V Galapagos Legend.

    In the afternoon, travel to the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, accessible by water only, where turtles swim in the calm waters of the lagoon. Small sharks, rays and fish swim beneath the boat and many sea birds can be observed. The cove is considered to be a ?Turtle Sanctuary?.

    Blue Footed Boobies perched on rock

    Sullivan Bay and Rabida

    Day 2 - Friday

    In the morning, a wet landing in Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island to view the extensive lava flows and other geologic phenomena.

    In the afternoon, a wet landing on the dark-red sand beaches of Rabida. Considered the epicenter of the Galapagos, the island features incredible landscapes. Look for Brown Pelicans and other nesting seabirds. Snorkel off the coast in this area that is known for particularly active marine life.

    Clear views of sea creatures in the Galapagos

    Urbina Bay and Tagus Cove

    Day 3 - Saturday

    In the morning, a wet landing on the volcanic black sand beach of Urbina Bay on Isabela Island, the largest island in the chain. Here you will have the chance to find giant tortoises and land iguanas. Snorkel for the chance to swim with turtles, sea lions and a wide array of tropical fish.

    In the afternoon, a dry landing in Tagus Cove to learn about the eruption of the five volcanoes that formed the island. Then, a dinghy ride along the coastline to look for a variety of seabirds and Galapagos penguins, of which there are more than 2,000 on the island. Finally, snorkeling in the deep water of the cove.

    Galapagos Frigate Birds

    Espinosa Point and Vicente Roca Point

    Day 4 - Sunday

    In the morning, a dry landing at Espinosa Point on Fernandina Island. From here you can look across the Bolivar Chanel at Isabela Island. Search for the largest and most primitive-looking marine iguanas and view the 'Pa-hoe-hoe' and 'AA' lava formations.

    In the afternoon, go snorkeling in the deep waters of Vicente Roca Point to enjoy some of the richest marine havens on the planet. Take a dinghy ride along the coast to view the great diversity of coastal and sea birds

    Galapagos Island baby sea lion portrait

    Highlands of Santa Cruz and departure

    Day 5 - Monday

    In the morning, a dry landing on Santa Cruz Island and 45-minute bus ride to Puerto Ayora to visit the natural reserve for giant tortoises. These incredible creatures can way up to 500 or 600 pounds and will live for up to 150-200 years.

    In the afternoon, passengers are transferred to Baltra airport to continue on to their next South American destination.

    4 Days / 3 Nights

    Itinerary C

    The Galapagos Legend cruise ship allows you to venture around the archipelago aboard one of the most comfortable ships available. There are balcony suites, junior suites, and standard cabins, all well-equipped with modern amenities. During cruise Itinerary C, the ship circumnavigates Plazas Island and San Cristobal, and visits interesting highlights including Mosquera Islet, Santa Fe and the Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve.

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    $ 1662
    Per Person Pricing Options

    We include what others call optional

    This tour includes:

  • <ul>
  • <li>&nbsp;Accommodations aboard the Legend</li>
  • <li>&nbsp;All meals on the Legend</li>
  • <li>&nbsp;Snorkeling and hiking opportunities</li>
  • </ul>
  • Highlights:

    • Mosquera Islet
    • South Plaza (Plazas Island)
    • Santa Fe
    • Pitt Point & Pitt Islet (San Cristobal)
    • Cerro Brujo (San Cristobal)
    • Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve (San Cristobal)

    Legend Ship in the Galapagos

    Arrive at Baltra Airport

    Day 1 - Monday

    Depart mainland Ecuador to Baltra. Passengers are picked up at the airport by our naturalist guides and taken on a short trip to the pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend.

    In the afternoon, experience a wet landing in Mosquera Islet, located between North Seymour and Baltra Islands. This flat, sandy island has a large colony of sea lions. It is also an excellent site for observing shorebirds such as herons and Lava Gulls. There is no trail on Mosquera Island, so any visitor can enjoy an open area. Most of the islet is covered with sand and barren lava rock. Very little sesuvium portulacastrum grows on the sand.

    Clear views of sea creatures in the Galapagos

    South Plaza and Santa Fe

    Day 2 - Tuesday

    In the morning, experience a dry landing on the northern part of the Islet. The walk begins with an impressive cactus forest surrounded by land and marine iguanas. As we reach its highest point, be on the lookout for tropicbirds such as the Nazca, blue-footed boobies and swallow-tailed gulls. In the South Plaza there is a large colony of the smaller sized land iguanas, numbering approximately 300. They feed on all kinds of vegetation, but during the dry season survive on the fruits and flowers of Opuntia cacti. Due to their proximity with marine iguanas, this is the only place on Earth where we will find the Galapagos hybrid iguana.

    In the afternoon, a wet landing on a white sand beach surrounded by a sea lion colony as we continue walking through an endemic cactus forest in search of the endemic Santa Fe land iguana, the largest in the islands. This island is home to a number of endemic species including the Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos Snake, a variety of finches and one of the four species of Galapagos mockingbirds. An hour of deep-water snorkeling is another attractive option here.

    Blue Footed Boobies perched on rock

    Highlights of San Cristobal

    Day 3 - Wednesday

    In the morning, a wet landing followed by a high intensity hike on rocky terrain. The trail includes a 90 meter long beach and a path that climbs to the top of a volcanic tuff, through several magnificent viewpoints. This is probably the only site where the three booby species of the Galapagos can be seen together, as well as two species of frigate birds and a sea lion colony; it is also excellent for dinghy rides and snorkeling, where a good range of sea birds can be observed.

    In the afternoon, a wet landing on Cerro Brujo, an eroding tuff cone that is composed of AA lava formations and a beautiful white sand beach, great for snorkeling and sunbathing. We visit a lagoon where migratory bird species can be seen: Black-necked Stilts, Ruddy Turnstones, Whimbrels, other sandpiper species and White-cheeked Pintails. Cerro Brujo offers beautiful views of Kicker Rock, the southern part of San Cristobal and the adjacent coast.

    Galapagos Tortoise Portrait

    Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve

    Day 4 - Thursday

    In the morning, a dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Guests will visit the San Cristóbal Giant Tortoise Breeding Center to learn about the conservation programs put forth by the National Parks. Enjoy a beautiful landscape on the way to the Reserve. Passengers will also have the opportunity to visit the port village, have a drink or shop for arts and crafts and other souvenirs.

    In the afternoon, prepare to disembark the vessel and transfer to the airport for the return flight to mainland Ecuador.

    5 Days / 4 Nights

    Itinerary D

    The Galapagos Legend cruise ship allows you to venture around the archipelago aboard one of the most comfortable ships available. There are balcony suites, junior suites, and standard cabins, all well-equipped with modern amenities. During cruise Itinerary D, the ship circumnavigates Española and Floreana Islands and San Cristobal, and visits interesting highlights including Devil's Crown and Cormorant Point, the Santa Cruz highlands and Charles Darwin Station.

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    From
    $ 2215
    Per Person Pricing Options

    We include what others call optional

    This tour includes:

  • <ul>
  • <li>&nbsp;Accommodations aboard the Legend</li>
  • <li>&nbsp;All meals on the Legend</li>
  • <li>&nbsp;Snorkeling and hiking opportunities</li>
  • </ul>
  • Highlights:

    • Interpretation Center (San Cristobal)
    • Tijeretas Hill (San Cristobal)
    • Gardner Bay (Española)
    • Gardner & Osborn islets (Española)
    • Suarez Point (Española)
    • Post Office (Floreana)
    • Cormorant Point (Floreana)
    • Devil's Crown (Floreana)
    • Champion (Floreana)
    • Santa Cruz highlands
    • Fausto Llerena Breeding Center (Santa Cruz)
    • Charles Darwin Station (Santa Cruz)
    • Daphne islet

    San Cristobal Harbor in the Galapagos

    Board the Legend and depart for San Cristobal Island

    Day 1 - Thursday

    Depart mainland Ecuador for San Cristobal. Passengers are picked up at the airport by our naturalist guides and taken on a short ride to the pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend.

    In the afternoon, a dry landing in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, capital of the Galapagos Islands. Guests visit the Interpretation Center, an excellent place to learn about natural history in the Galapagos. The Museum of Natural History displays information on the volcanic origins of the islands, their remoteness from the continent, ocean currents, climate, the arrival of the different species and their colonization, among other points of interest. The human history is also showcased, chronologically narrating the most significant events related to the discovery and colonization of the islands. Tijeretas Hill involves a high intensity walk amidst beautiful landscapes and a magnificent view at the foot of a frigate bird nesting colony.

    Darwin Finch in the Galapagos Islands

    Highlights of Española Island

    Day 2 - Friday

    In the morning, a wet landing on a beautiful white coral sand beach guarded by a colony of sea lions. There are no trails, so we stay along the shore where we can spot Galapagos hawks, American Oystercatchers, Galapagos Ground Doves, Hood mockingbirds, Yellow Warblers, lava lizards, marine iguanas, and three species of Darwin finches: a subspecies (Geospiza fuliginosa) of the Large Cactus Finch, which is similar to the large ground finch, the Small Ground Finch (Geospiza fuliginosa) and the Warbler Finch (Certhidea Olivacea), another endemic subspecies. Swimming and snorkeling offer a great variety of Galapagos marine wildlife: king angelfish, creole fish, damsel fish, parrotfish, manta rays, and white-tipped reef sharks.

    In the afternoon, a dry landing that will appeal to those with geological interest. We explore volcanic formations and riveting wildlife. Large sea lion colonies and seabirds including the Española mockingbird, Nazca Boobies and the spectacular Red-billed Tropicbird. You will also encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards, and the colorful Sally Lightfoot Crabs. A somewhat lengthy hike will bring you among Nazca and Blue-footed Boobies, right up to nesting grounds that sometimes overlap the trail. Other birding favorites include the Galapagos Dove, Galapagos Hawk, Swallow-tailed Gulls and the world's largest colony of Waved Albatross, an unequivocal highlight during mating season (May-December). Admire the island's dramatic backdrop, featuring the famous Soplador, a seaward blowhole that shoots water some 23 m. (75 ft.) in the air.

    Blue Footed Boobies perched on rock

    Floreana Island Sightseeing

    Day 3 - Saturday

    In the morning, a wet landing on the north side of Floreana. The bay is so-named because in 1793 Captain James Colnett installed a wooden barrel which served as an informal post office for sailors passing through, who would take letters with them to their destinations. Today, our visitors continue the tradition by placing unstamped postcards inside the barrel that should reach their destinations for free. It can take weeks, months, even years, may not arrive at all, or even arrive before you!
    We may also encounter Darwin finches, the Yellow Warbler and lava lizards. Great snorkeling opportunities exist here with Green Pacific Sea Turtles. This island is best known for its endemic vegetation: Scalesia villosa, Lecocarpus pinnatifidus, and Galapagos milkwort. Snorkelers can practice on the main beach among playful sea lions.

    Wet landing, on an olivine green sand beach. We hike from the black mangrove beds to a brackish lagoon, which usually holds one of the largest flamingo populations in the Galapagos. This island features some endemic plants such as Scalesia villosa, white and black mangrove, and holy stick. The trail continues to a beautiful white-sand beach, one of the most important nesting sites of Green Pacific Sea Turtles. It is important to avoid walking in the water due to the Sting Rays that may be hiding in the sand, which can be dangerous if accidentally stepped on. From the beach you can spot sea turtles, Blue-footed Boobies plunging into the water, and small reef sharks floating along the shoreline in search of food. This coral-sand beach marks the end of our trail, and we head back to the olivine beach to swim or snorkel amongst sea turtles, reef fish, sea lions and, on a good day, white-tipped reef sharks. A small colony of penguins resides on Floreana and can sometimes be observed as well.

    Galapagos Tortoise Portrait

    Santa Cruz highlands

    Day 4 - Sunday

    In the morning, a dry landing and short 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. Additionally, travelers can walk inside surprising lava tubes.

    In the afternoon, a dry landing to visit the place where the Galapagos giant tortoise breeding program takes place as part of our efforts to preserve the fragile Galapagos environment, and where the famous Lonesome George (the last surviving specimen of his specie) lived for decades. Admire a prickly-pear cactus forest and wide variety of Darwin finches and other land birds. The Darwin Station also provides environmental education to communities and schools within the islands, and to tourists visiting the Galapagos Islands. You will also have some free time to visit the town and shop for souvenirs.

    Galapagos Island baby sea lion portrait

    Daphne Islet

    Day 5 - Monday

    We circumnavigate the islet of Daphne, an eroded tuff cone formation that was created by successive volcanic activity, for an opportunity to see Darwin finches, Blue-footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies, Red-billed Tropicbirds, Swallow-tailed Gulls, Brown Noddies. Afterwards, you will transfer to the airport for return flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

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