Galapagos: Wildlife Wonderland

Discover wildlife found nowhere else in the world... designed for families, tour the wondrous islands of the Galapagos featuring a four-night cruise aboard the expeditionary yacht Santa Cruz II.



Mysteries of the 'enchanted islands' that time forgot, a virtual wildlife wonderland... but how did the birds, reptiles and small mammals, found nowhere else on Earth, first make their way here... what is the real story behind the disappearance of the Galapagos Tortoise... how did naturalist Charles Darwin miss the pink iguana - discovered 150 years after his visit but millions of years old... Get ready to sleuth!

This eight-day family adventure takes guests to the exotic Galapagos Islands, a region rich with a variety of local wildlife, flourishing flora and on-island excursions. Sailing through the four-island system by panga and by expedition ship, Santa Cruz II, as you and your family take in the beautiful views on both land and sea. Across this island society; explore the lagoons on Baltra Island that have a variety of birds within its ecosystem including pintail ducks, flamingos and stilts. Snorkel in Santiago Island in Buccaneer Cove where local sea lions may sneak up alongside you and surprise you. Hike up Bartolome Island accompanied by incredible views at the summit. See the intricacies of the island firsthand! From the red sand of Jervis Island to the marine iquanas who forage for food in the sea, even the crabs are different here, with their bright red and yellow shells that provide quite a contrast to the black-lava rocks of these volcanic islands. Learn from Galapagos naturalists who travel with you... take walks on lave terrains... travel ashore via pangas... swim and snorkel... And much more!



Mysteries of the 'enchanted islands' that time forgot, a virtual wildlife wonderland... but how did the birds, reptiles and small mammals, found nowhere else on Earth, first make their way here... what is the real story behind the disappearance of the Galapagos Tortoise... how did naturalist Charles Darwin miss the pink iguana - discovered 150 years after his visit but millions of years old... Get ready to sleuth!

This eight-day family adventure takes guests to the exotic Galapagos Islands, a region rich with a variety of local wildlife, flourishing flora and on-island excursions. Sailing through the four-island system by panga and by expedition ship, Santa Cruz II, as you and your family take in the beautiful views on both land and sea. Across this island society; explore the lagoons on Baltra Island that have a variety of birds within its ecosystem including pintail ducks, flamingos and stilts. Snorkel in Santiago Island in Buccaneer Cove where local sea lions may sneak up alongside you and surprise you. Hike up Bartolome Island accompanied by incredible views at the summit. See the intricacies of the island firsthand! From the red sand of Jervis Island to the marine iquanas who forage for food in the sea, even the crabs are different here, with their bright red and yellow shells that provide quite a contrast to the black-lava rocks of these volcanic islands. Learn from Galapagos naturalists who travel with you... take walks on lave terrains... travel ashore via pangas... swim and snorkel... And much more!



Traveling Well Includes:
  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE - On-tour film vignettes custom-made for Tauck by BBC Earth natural history experts plus other select BBC Earth touches
  • All gratuities to Tauck Directors, local guides, drivers, naturalists, and ship staff
  • On-Tour Air included (2 flights)
  • 4 nights aboard the new 90-guest Santa Cruz II, designed especially for Galapagos Islands cruising; dry and wet landings
  • Your cruise may be a shared ship experience with non-Tauck guests onboard as well; all Tauck guests will be accompanied by one Tauck Director for approximately every 40 Tauck guests, and your itinerary will always be highlighted by exclusive, private Tauck shore excursions

  • Call (888) 825-2779 for more information or to book today! Mention code 14631304

    Tour Operator
    Tauck Tours
    Offer
    Offer valid through 12/31/2019
    Duration
    8 Days
    DayDestinationDescription
    Day 1QuitoArrive Quito, Ecuador

    Tour begins: Swissôtel Quito. A transfer is included from Mariscal Sucre International Airport to the Swissôtel Quito, where you'll enjoy an Executive Level room. Join us for a special reception with local entertainment before our welcome dinner at the hotel. Then get a good night's sleep so you'll be rested and ready for your family's unforgettable Galapagos experience.



    Lodging:Swissotel Quito

    Meals: D
    Day 2QuitoVisit the Equator and explore Quito

    Quito is not only 9,200 feet above 'seal' level, it's also on the Equator... the middle of the world. Take the opportunity to stand on both the northern and southern hemispheres at the same time, and learn more about Quito's unique geography at the Inti Ñan Museum before enjoying an Ecuadorian lunch near a volcanic crater. Explore centuries-old Colonial Quito on a guided tour. Then spend the rest of the day and evening at leisure as you get set for tomorrow... when your Galapagos cruise gets underway!



    Lodging:Swissotel Quito

    Meals: B, L
    Day 3QuitoCruise to islands time forgot

    Your family's Galapagos tour and cruise* commences today when you fly from Quito to the volcanic island of Baltra and board your new expedition ship, Santa Cruz II. Your first shore excursion features a ride ashore on a panga to the island of Santa Cruz, and a wet landing on Las Bachas Beach (named for the US military barges, referred to as bachas, that were beached and abandoned there after WWII) - an important nesting area for the green sea turtle. On a guided hike around a saltwater lagoon today, look for flamingos, pintail ducks, sandpipers and stilts; join our expert naturalists for an informative briefing back aboard ship this evening, prior to the Captain's welcome reception followed by dinner.

    Lodging:Santa Cruz II

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 4Puerto EgasMeet the locals on Santiago Island

    Start the day with a morning boat ride off Buccaneer's Cove on Santiago (James) Island - once a favorite haunt of pirates and whalers - to observe seabirds like frigates, pelicans and boobies, and go snorkeling off the panga. After lunch aboard ship, a wet landing at Puerto Egas on Santiago provides even more opportunities to see seabirds, along with a colony of sea lions and marine iguanas; enjoy a swim and a snorkel from the beach before returning to the ship.



    Lodging:Santa Cruz II

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 5Bartolome IslandExplore Rabida & Hike on Bartolome

    Meet Darwin's finches and other rare birds today after a wet landing on Rabida (Jervis) Island, with its red-colored beaches. Experience both wet and dry landings on your excursion to Bartolome Island; hike up to the summit and drink in amazing vistas of its volcanic features and the neighboring islands. Ride a panga around Pinnacle Rock, and view sea lions, sea turtles and tiny tropical Galapagos penguins in a panorama of life found only here. Tonight you'll find out more about the Galapagos Islands with our shipboard naturalists.



    Lodging:Santa Cruz II

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 6Darwin BayTowering sights & birds at Darwin Bay

    Explore Genovesa (Tower) Island by panga and a dry landing; climb up Prince Philip's steps for a hike across the island, where you'll see masked boobies, frigate birds, storm petrels and more. An afternoon cruise and a wet landing at Darwin Bay offers more amazing views of thousands of rare birds, including red-footed boobies, gulls, mockingbirds, herons and finches, as well as an optional walk across volcanic terrain. Back aboard the ship, celebrate the end of your cruise - and your family's most unforgettable Galapagos tour - at our Captain's farewell dinner.



    Lodging:Santa Cruz II

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 7GuayaquilDisembark on Santa Cruz & fly to Guayaquil

    Disembark Santa Cruz II on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, and visit a tortoise reserve to observe in the wild one of the rarest forms of wildlife that continue to thrive here on the Galapagos Islands - the giant tortoise - and efforts being made by the Ecuadorian National Park Service to preserve and protect life on the islands for future generations. Late morning, travel to the airport for your flight to Guayaquil on the mainland, and an overnight at the Wyndham Guayaquil. Join us this evening for a poolside farewell party at your hotel as your family's Ecuador and Galapagos tour comes to a close.



    Lodging:Wyndham Guayaquil

    Meals: B, D
    Day 8GuayaquilHomeward bound

    Tour ends: Guayaquil. A transfer from the Wyndham Guayaquil to Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport is included. You should allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in.



    Lodging:

    Meals: B
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    * All prices are per person in U.S. dollars, based on double occupancy.

    Itinerary Changes - Although not expected, Tauck reserves the right to alter the sequence of ports or omit or substitute scheduled ports or attractions at any time without prior notice.

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      Discover wildlife found nowhere else in the world... designed for families, tour the wondrous islands of the Galapagos featuring a four-night cruise aboard the expeditionary yacht Santa Cruz II.

     
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