Galápagos Wildlife Adventure

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Travel Style: Array Relaxed
Physical Level: All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. 3- Moderate
Lodging Level: The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury (5*)
10 days
From: $ 8,245 $ 825 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Cruise for seven nights aboard 'Xperience' - an expedition vessel that blends stability, comfort and flexibility - in the Galápagos Islands
  • Experience some of the most intimate and up-close wildlife encounters in the world, both on land and in the water
  • Discover the Galápagos Islands on twice-daily shore excursions that include nature walks limited to 12 guests for more interaction with your naturalist guide
  • Choose from kayaking or snorkeling, depending on the location, or simply relax on deck or on shore
  • Observe giant tortoises up close, in their natural habitats
  • Enjoy a wide range of onboard activities, including stargazing and dolphin watching

Short Description

Cruise for seven nights aboard a small expedition ship to the Galápagos, where you stroll pristine beaches among giant tortoises, marine iguanas and blue-footed boobies, and snorkel and kayak with sea lions and fish.

Style Small ship cruise
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
Lodging Level Luxury (5*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions All internal ground transport
Start City Guayaquil
End City Guayaquil

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Guayaquil, Ecuador

Accommodation: Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil

Arrive in Guayaquil to begin your Galápagos adventure. Transfer to your hotel where you have the remainder of the day to settle in and relax

Day 2: Guayaquil/The Galápagos | On Board ‘Xperience’

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Xperience

After a private welcome breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to the Galápagos. Upon arrival, you are met by your naturalist guide and escorted to ‘Xperience,’ your home for a seven-night cruise. Nimble enough to access the Galápagos Islands, yet large and stable enough for safety, ‘Xperience’ is built for adventure, offering a stylish and relaxed atmosphere. ‘Xperience’ is ecologically sound as well, and has been awarded the “Smart Voyager” seal of approval by the Rainforest Alliance, certifying it as an eco-friendly and socially responsible ship. After settling in, attend an introductory briefing and a fitting for your wetsuit and snorkeling gear.

Days 3-8: The Galápagos | Spectacularly Diverse Wildlife

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Xperience

Lying 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, the Galápagos Islands are a haven for some of the world’s most varied wildlife. It was this diversity that first led naturalist Charles Darwin to propose that species evolved in response to their environment. Darwin’s work also helped to alert the world to the need — urgent even in his own day — to preserve these islands from degradation by humans. Today, tourism to the Galápagos is closely managed, protecting the wildlife while allowing you to experience the environment much as Darwin did. Because weather, water and wildlife conditions are subject to constant change, your cruise itinerary is not fixed, but two daily excursions are planned to the main sites and islands. Explore landmarks such as Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island, El Barranco on Genovesa Island, Pinnacle Rock on Bartolome Island and the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island. Each cruise day begins with an early breakfast. You then board a sturdy rubber raft called a panga for the morning shore excursion. As soon as your feet touch terra firma, expect to spot flora and fauna (differing species, depending on the island), take photographs and confer with your naturalist guide. See sunbathing sea lions; skittering Sally Lightfoot crabs; tangles of marine iguanas; penguins, finches, terns and blue-footed boobies; even a century-old tortoise diligently trudging over the sand. Return to ‘Xperience’ for a refreshing lunch, perhaps taken al fresco on deck, followed by time at leisure to nap or socialize. Keep your binoculars close by for possible sightings of dolphins or seabirds. In the afternoon, return to the pangas for the second excursion of the day, perhaps with an opportunity to swim, kayak or snorkel. You may well come face to face with a water-dwelling inhabitant, such as a curious sea lion stopping by to inspect those visiting its equatorial home. Back on board ‘Xperience,’ enjoy time to shower and relax before gathering in the dining room for another wonderful meal. Each evening, your time is your own: Attend a lecture on board by one of your affable guides, who recaps the day and gives a sneak peek at tomorrow’s itinerary; explore the mysteries of the night sky with a fascinating astronomy lecture on deck; peruse the ship’s excellent library to gain further insight into a species you encountered; or gather for cocktails in the lounge to cap a day of extraordinary discoveries. Drift asleep in your air-conditioned cabin to the rise and fall of gentle ocean swells. 

Day 9: Guayaquil | Disembark and Enjoy a Farewell Dinner

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil  

Disembark today and fly back to Guayaquil. Relax at your hotel before gathering for a farewell dinner at your hotel’s restaurant. Share the highlights of your inspiring Galápagos experience with your fellow guests.

Day 10: Depart Guayaquil

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board your homebound flight or set out for Lima, Peru, to begin the delightful Machu Picchu Post-Tour Extension.

 

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Price Per Day: $ 825 per day
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Overpriced, too much crammed into each day, and important aspects of the trip dropped....with no advance notice

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Wings over Mediterranean Sept 2022. Other than the intra-city flights which were first class private jet, the rest was......average. Tour buses with windows too small to see any passing points of interest. A 250 sq ft "luxury" hotel room---thought I was in a Motel 8. Museum tours led by local experts who over-talked so long that they cut into anything that was planned for the remainder of that day. Restaurants....3 in particular very small, crowded, and not even remotely above average. Written itinerary says "and then return to your host city and enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure." No way...we usually got back to the hotel around 5:30 after already passing up at least one planned exhibit. We had no special tour group privileges...we were just part of the pack and were overrun by tourists at every stop. $40,000 per person....a big huge "ouch"
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We took the A & K Small Group Tour to Rome, Florence & Venice. The experience exceeded expectations! Wonderful itinerary (with the ability to flex to the group's unique needs & requests!). Our guide (Emmanuela) was exceptional! Fun, extremely organized, considerate of all group members & always making sure that we had a 5-Star experience. Highly recommend this company (& this tour) - we will travel with A & K again!
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THIS COMPANY HELD ME FINACIALLY HOSTAGE FOR A AFRICAN MAY 2021 SAFARI. I HAD TO CANCELL THE SEPTEMBER 2021 TRIP BECAUSE THEY BASCIALLY STEALLING MONEY FROM ME. DO NOT BOOK WITH THEM.
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We are just returning from our African safari and it was amazing!

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We are just returning from our African safari and it was amazing! It exceeded our every expectation. The best part was spending time with our excellent A&K guides Ngochi and Ngige. We learned so much from them and they were excellent spotters. I loved seeing their excitement when we spotted something new. It is obvious they love what they do even after 20 years in the business.
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Covid threw us a few curves (mandatory Covid tests, masks, etc) but it is a great time to travel. We felt completely safe and were on our own private safari!
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Ship Name

Xperience

Ship Description

At the heart of your Galápagos experience is a vessel built for adventure, ‘Xperience.’ Cruise the islands and discover the wonders of this incredible region, returning each afternoon for leisurely lunches and each night to your comfortable, spacious cabin.

 

Ship Details at a Glance

  • Four Elite Ocean View Staterooms with picture windows on the Boat Deck
  • Eight Premium Ocean View Staterooms with picture windows on the Boat Deck
  • 12 Deluxe Ocean View Staterooms with portholes on the Main Deck
  • Premium bedding and a pillow menu
  • Menus designed by a Michelin-starred chef and complimentary beverages, including select wines and spirits
All Deck & Cabin Plans (affiliate link)

Flight & Transport Inclusions

All internal ground transport

Group Size

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 18

Limited to 18 guests

Cancellation policy

Cancellation fees per person

Luxury Small Group Journeys, Marco Polo Journeys, Connections Land Journeys, and related Group Pre- and Post-Tour Extensions

  • If 91 days prior to departure or more cancellation fee is $500
  • Is 90-61 days prior to departure cancellation fee is 20% of program price
  • If 60-31 days prior to departure cancellation fee is 50% of program price
  • If 30 days prior to departure or less cancellation fee is 100% of the program price

Age Notes :

Min. Age: 10

Additional Information

  • Extend Your Journey | Enhance your journey with a pre-tour extension to Quito & Otavalo (4 days, priced from $1,395) and a post-tour extension to Machu Picchu (5 days, from $3,695)

Pre-Tour Extension: Quito & Otavalo, Days: 4 | From: $1,395

Internal air is included

Available to add to select departure dates. See Dates & Prices tab for details.

Day 1

Accommodation: Hotel Plaza Grande

Arrive in Quito, Ecuador.

Days 2-3

Meals: Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on Day 2

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch on Day 3

Accommodation: Hotel Plaza Grande

Tour Colonial Quito and La Ronda Street. Enjoy tastings of chocolate and ice cream. Spend the afternoon at leisure before a welcome dinner. The next day, explore the Cochasqui pre-Inca ruins. See the Quitsato Sun Dial on the equator en route to Otavalo, where you visit the Peguche waterfalls.

Day 4

Fly via Guayaquil to Baltra to board ‘Eclipse,’ joining your main journey on Day 2.

 

 

Post-Tour Extension: Machu Picchu, Days: 5 | From: $3,695

Internal air priced from $925 (Guayaquil/Lima/Cusco/Lima)

Available to add to select departure dates. See Dates & Prices tab for details.

Days 1-2

Meals: Breakfast on Day 2

Accommodation: Belmond Hotel Monasterio

Arrive in Lima, Peru, connect to Cusco. Relax and acclimatize at your hotel. The next day, explore Cusco and tour Sacsayhuaman.

Day 3

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel

Travel to Machu Picchu by train to roam its intriguing ruins.

Day 4

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Belmond Hotel

Hike to Inti Punku or Huayna Picchu. Return to Cusco for your farewell dinner.

Day 5

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Belmond Miraflores Park (dayroom)

Fly to Lima. Tour the city’s highlights. Depart. 


  • Family Departure | This itinerary is also available as a family adventure, with child pricing and child-friendly programming and activities.
  • Customize This Journey | If you would like to customize this itinerary and create a Tailor Made Journey just for you and your companions, click here to inquire, or speak to your travel professional.
  • NOTE: 'Xperience' is an adventure vessel and while it is ideal for small-group exploration in the Galápagos, it is not a luxury ship. Shore excursions are shared with other passengers.
  • All small-group journeys are guaranteed to operate with just two guests, and if the price goes down after you book, we'll refund the difference


Trip ID#:

GalAdvAbe

What's excluded

  • International Flights
  • Passport and Visa Charges
  • Personal Expenses

Meals Included

9 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches and 8 Dinners

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