Cruising Ecuador's Galápagos Islands 2019
 8 Days • 16 Meals
See Mother Nature frozen in time, in a place unlike any other on Earth. Join us on an unforgettable trip to the Galápagos Islands, a place so unique it changed the way we think about our world.

 Highlights
  • 16 Meals (7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners)
  • Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours
  • Accompanied by Mayflower expert staff
  • Pre-cruise hotel stay and touring in Quito
  • Local English-speaking guides in Quito and Guayaquil
  • Four-night cruise aboard the MY Coral I yacht
  • Two excursions per day during the cruise
  • English-speaking Naturalist Guide aboard the yacht
  • Complimentary snorkel gear aboard the yacht
  • All meals included onboard the yacht
  • Post-cruise hotel stay and touring in Guayaquil
  • $40 in Mayflower Money

 Itinerary
Day 1  Depart the USA
Depart the USA on a flight to Quito, Ecuador. Enjoy a free evening to experience this amazing city on your own.
Day 2  Quito, Capital City of Ecuador
After breakfast, enjoy a guided tour of Quito. The first city to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978, Quito boasts a historic center and centuries-old landmarks, dating back 500 years. Visit ‘Mitad del Mundo’ and the Equator Monument, which stands at 0 degrees, and feel what it’s like to be standing in the middle of the world. During the included city tour, see a bull fighting ring and the gilded Spanish colonial church. This evening, enjoy the city on your own. Meals: B, L
Day 3  MY Coral I
After breakfast, board your flight to Baltra. Upon arrival, embark the MY Coral I for a four-night cruise. Set sail for Santa Cruz Island and after a dry landing, Sea lion suns himself in style onboard the yacht! Listen for the call of the Red-footed booby journey by coach from the coast to the dense humid forest of the mountains and the Highlands Tortoise Reserve. A variety of birds - tree and ground finches, vermillion flycatchers, paint-billed crakes, yellow warblers and cattle egrets (usually standing on the tortoises’ shell!) make this their home, while the Galápagos giant tortoises are also seen meandering through pastures in their natural habitat. Meals: B, L, D
Day 4  Vicente Roca Point and Espinosa Point / Isabela and Fernandina Island
This morning, visit Vicente Roca Point. This is a marine-only visitor site with great opportunities for deep-water snorkeling. See plenty of red-lipped batfish, sea horses, frogfish, nudibranchs and octopi in these waters. There are whale watching opportunities while navigating from Vicente Roca Point to Espinosa Point. In the afternoon, visit Espinosa Point on Fernandina Island, one of the most well-preserved of the Galápagos Islands. Discover one of the world’s most pristine island ecosystems as you hike through a thick canopy of mangroves. Observe hundreds of prehistoric marine iguanas sunbathing on black lava rocks. All around are Galápagos penguins, pelicans, sea lions and fur seals, ready to pose for pictures. Quiet now as you encounter flightless cormorants on their nesting site, the only place in the world to find this species. These birds once flew, but over time, adapted to their environment and lost their ability to fly. Be on the lookout for the major predator on the island, the Galápagos hawk. Meals: B, L, D
Day 5  Urbina Bay and Tagus Cove / Isabela Island
Start your day with a wet landing on the volcanic black beach at Urbina Bay. In 1954, a volcano uplifted the coral reef, leaving marine skeletons that tell of its ancient past. Look for Darwin’s finches, land iguanas and the Galápagos cotton flower in bloom. Outstanding snorkeling awaits in the crystal clear waters, showcasing fascinating marine life. Amazing views of the Alcedo Volcano, which spewed an unusual combination of rhyolite and basalt lava, stands as a powerful backdrop and reminder of nature’s power. This afternoon, visit Tagus Cove and learn about the eruption of the five volcanoes that created the largest island. Admire the red and white mangroves, Flightless cormorants and Galápagos penguins. Great blue herons, pelicans and brown noddies come to roost, looking for food. Watch as the sea turtles lay their eggs and nest. Meals: B, L, D
Day 6  Egas Port and Sullivan Bay/ Santiago Island
Today, visit the fourth largest island in the Galápagos, Santiago Island. It provides spectacular views of powerful volcanic activity. A wet landing brings you to Egas Port, a black volcanic sand beach, visited by Darwin in 1835. The unique, truly striking layered terrain of the Santiago shore is home to a variety of animals including the bizarre yellow-crowned night heron and marine wildlife including lobster, starfish and marine iguanas grazing on algae beds alongside Sally light-foot crabs. You may also see colonies of endemic fur seals swimming in cool-water volcanic rock pools. This afternoons’ adventure is on the southeastern portion of the island where more than a hundred years ago, a volcanic eruption created the dramatic landscape in Sullivan Bay. Leaving its geological footprint, the steep cliffs, black lava and tuff cones showcase the impact of volcanic activity in this barren terrain. Meals: B, L, D
Day 7  Bachas Beach/ Santa Cruz Island
This morning, visit Bachas Beach, one of the main sea turtle nesting sites in the Galápagos. Behind the beach lies two small flamingo ponds inhabited by sunbathing iguanas and coastal birds, Darwin finches, mockingbirds, and gulls. The site also houses the remains of barges that sank when the U.S. Navy operated a base here during World War II. As your cruise comes to an end, you’ll be filled with wonder at the sights and sounds of this natural paradise. This afternoon, fly to Guayaquil and enjoy a city tour with a local guide. The evening is free for independent exploration. Meal: B
Day 8  Guayaquil / USA
Bid a fond farewell to Ecuador and its Galápagos Islands and return home filled with so many fond memories of the life enriching experiences of your small ship adventure. Meal: B

 Accommodations
Days 1 & 2  Swissôtel, Quito, Ecuador
Days 3-6  MY Coral I – Cruising the Galápagos Islands
Days 7  Oro Verde, Guayaquil, Ecuador
 

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 Dates and Rates
Departure Dates Stageroom Category Per Person twin Single Room
May 13, 2019 Standard Cabin $4,349 Add $2,099
Junior Cabin $4,839 N/A
September 2, 2019 Standard Cabin $4,349 Add $2,099
Junior Cabin $4,839 N/A
September 16, 2019 Standard Cabin $4,349 Add $2,099
Junior Cabin $4,839 N/A
October 14, 2019 Standard Cabin $4,349 Add $2,099
Junior Cabin $4,839 N/A
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