Galapagos Explorer: Central Islands (Grand Queen Beatriz)

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Take a seven-day exploration deep in the Galapagos to a land of untouched islands and incredible wildlife. Flying from Quito, find yourself in a totally different world as you board the mighty M/Y Grand Queen Beatriz and follow in the footsteps of past explorers, cruising to the central islands of Isla Santa Cruz, North Seymour, Baltra and Santiago. See Tortu...
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Overview

Trip type
Small Group Tour
Lodging level
Standard - 3 star
Physical level
Moderate
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

    • Follow in the footsteps of past explorers and cruise the marvellous galapagos on board your comfortable vessel, the m/y grand queen beatriz.
    • Explore the central islands from your upper decks, on foot and perhaps in the water on a snorkelling experience, keeping your eyes peeled for the next wildlife sighting.
    • Have the chance to learn about the lives and conservation efforts of the giant tortoise on a group excursion to the charles darwin research station.
    • Galapagos penguins, land and marine iguanas, sally lightfoot crabs, pintail ducks, sea lions – you'll be spotting this and so much more on your cruising expeditions.
    • With a trained and licensed galapagos guide joining you each step of this adventure, learn all about the flora and fauna of this incredible ecosystem.

What's this trip about?

    Take a seven-day exploration deep in the Galapagos to a land of untouched islands and incredible wildlife. Flying from Quito, find yourself in a totally different world as you board the mighty M/Y Grand Queen Beatriz and follow in the footsteps of past explorers, cruising to the central islands of Isla Santa Cruz, North Seymour, Baltra and Santiago. See Tortuga Negra, Sombrero Chino and Cerro Dragon teeming with wildlife, and understand the conservation efforts of the giant tortoise at the Charles Darwin Research Station. With an expert licensed Galapagos guide joining you for the whole adventure, journey to the Galapagos Islands for a wildlife adventure like no other.

Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeSmall Group - max of 16 people
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityOperator does not provide
End CityOperator does not provide

Travel Themes

  • Cultural
  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife

Destinations

  • South America
  • Ecuador

Attractions

  • Charles Darwin Research Station
  • Darwin
  • Galapagos
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Guayaquil
  • Isla Baltra
  • Quito
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Cruz Island
  • Santiago

Activities

  • Culture
  • Wildlife viewing

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Itinerary

Travel Map

Day 1 Quito

On arrival at Quito's Mariscal Sucre International Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day will be at your leisure. A welcome meeting will be held in the evening at either 5 pm or 6 pm when you meet others travelling with you on...

Day 2 Baltra – Charles Darwin Research Station

This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to the Galapagos Islands. Please note the pick-up time will usually be as early as 4.30 am, as the airport is a 1-hour drive away and you must allow for delays and check-in times. Your tour leader will confirm this...

Day 3 North Seymour – Isla Mosquera

This morning, take an excursion to North Seymour which is one of the most visited islands in the Galapagos. The trail on North Seymour crosses inland through the island and then explores the rocky coast. Along the way the trail passes colonies of blue-footed boobies a...

Day 4 Black Turtle Cove – Cerro Dragon

Today, take a morning excursion on a Zodiac to Caleta Tortuga Negra (Black Turtle Cove) – a red mangrove wetland on the north shore of Isla Santa Cruz. You will paddle among the cove’s peaceful waters, for your first taste of the underwater riches of this region – it’...

Day 5 Isla Rabida – Sombrero Chino

Sombrero Chino is a small islet located near the south-east coast of Santiago. It's geologically fascinating, with many lava tubes leading from the cone to the coast. Approach Sombrero Chino via a beautiful crescent-shaped, sandy beach that is home to sea lions and Sa...

Day 6 Las Bachas – Baltra – Quito

As flights to the mainland from Galapagos depart mid morning, it is an early start for your last morning on the islands. Depending on the time of the flight, our time spent on this final excursion could be limited. Today you will take an early morning excursion to Las...

Day 7 Quito

Your Galapagos adventure will come to an end today after breakfast. There are no activities planned for the final day so you are able to depart the accommodation at any time. There are many fascinating things to do in and around Quito, so please speak to our customer ...

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Price per day$1,036
Last Updated: 2/20/2024

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It’s been more than 36 years since our first small group set out to discover Nepal. It’s this heritage and our reputation that keeps travellers coming back time and time again.

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Almost 20 years ago, Peregrine led an industry revolution by solely employing locally born leaders. This innovative approach gives our travellers a deeper insight into the countries they visit. Doorways are opened and a true understanding of the place is fostered.

At Peregrine, we travel in intimate groups and take the time to get under the skin of a destination. Of course we all want to see the Taj Mahal in India. But imagine then heading to a remote Rajasthani village and learning about rural life while in the company of locals. Seeing the famous sites is a must, but it’s often the memory of wandering through a small village or sharing dinner with a local family that will leave a lasting impact.

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Logistics

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nights),Overnight boat (4 nights),

Transportation & Flights

Minibus,Boat,Plane,Zodiac,

Transportation & flights

Minibus,Boat,Plane,Zodiac
Guides
On our Galapagos trips you will be meet on arrival by our experienced local representatives. They will conduct the group briefing on the evening of day 1 of the trip and also transfer with you to the airport on day 2 for your flight to the Galapagos. On arrival in the Galapagos you will be met your Guide. Our Guides are registered and trained in conservation and natural sciences by the Charles Darwin Foundation and licensed by the Galapagos National Park Service. The Guide will be on board with you for the duration of the trip and will accompany you on all excursions. Our boats are also staffed by highly experienced shipboard staff and crew.
Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is compulsory on all our trips for those travelling internationally. We require that at a minimum you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. If you are travelling within your home country or region please confirm before travel that you are entitled to access the public medical system easily should an accident occur. We strongly recommend all travellers have a policy that also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage or personal effects. For international trips, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24-hour emergency contact number has been sighted by your leader. If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number, and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and your credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country. Travellers who reside within the European Union or Switzerland receive basic international health insurance, so travel insurance is not mandatory under European Union Law. However, as this does not cover situations such as emergency rescues, private health care, or repatriation to their home country, comprehensive travel insurance is strongly recommended. European Union or Swiss travellers who decline travel insurance when travelling outside of their home region must sign a Travel Insurance Waiver Form at the Group Meeting. For assistance with travel insurance or other services, please visit the link below: The Ecuadorian government has declared that travel insurance is compulsory for all travellers entering Ecuador. Proof of insurance may be requested at upon entering the country by immigration officials.
Visa requirements
Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay. We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from other countries must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent. ECUADOR VISA Australians, New Zealanders, Americans, Canadians and British do not currently require a visa for Ecuador. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your travel agent. COVID-19 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS For the latest update of what is required in order to enter Ecuador, including special conditions for Galapagos, please check your government's foreign travel advisory. If you are travelling with children, please note that the entry requirements may differ and contact your closest embassy for the latest update. Visa requirements for Galapagos Islands are the same as Ecuador.
Age Requirements
No age restrictions
Additional Information
Finish point Hotel Le Parc República de El Salvador N34-349 & Irlanda Quito ECUADOR Phone: +593 22276800
Trip ID
peregrine-PSGQF

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