Galapagos North Central Islands in Luxury 10 days
Ecuador, Galapagos

Galapagos North Central Islands in Luxury

Galapagos North Central Islands in Luxury 10 days aboard Silver Galapagos

A comprehensive itinerary taking in a selection of islands where you will have maximum opportunities to view and enjoy the amazing wildlife that is the hallmark of these very special and unique islands. And, what better way to do it, than on board our luxury expedition ship.

Note: this itinerary is only operative until March 2017

Highlights

  • Spectacular land, marine and avian wildlife
  • Expert guides
  • Amazing scenery
  • Luxury expedition ship

What's Included

  • All meals and accommodation on board ship
  • Butler service and 24 hour room service
  • Inclusive alcoholic beverages
  • Programme of lectures by expert guides
  • Guided Zodiac and shore excursions
  • On-board gratuities
  • Two nights pre cruise hotel in Quito
  • Evening tour of historic Quito
  • Flights from and to mainland
  • National park Ingala transit card and porterage fees
9 nights November-March
From Only £4,550pp
Gillian Landells
Gillian Landells
Ecuador, Galapagos Specialist

Speak to someone who’s been to Ecuador, Galapagos. Start planning your tailor-made trip by calling one of our friendly destination specialists on 0800 195 3385 or 44 1625 581143 for outside the UK.

ITINERARY

9 Nights   10 Days

Itinerary Summary

  • Days 1-2 | Quito
  • Day 3   | Quito to Baltra
  • Day 4   | Genovesa
  • Day 5   | North Seymour, Sullivan Bay Santiago
  • Day 6   | Rabida, El Eden Santa Cruz
  • Day 7   | San Cristobel
  • Day 8   | Espanola
  • Day 9   | Santa Cruz
  • Day 10 | Baltra to Guayaquil
Quito
1-2Days

Quito

Arrive and stay at JW Marriot Hotel in Quito, including breakfast. Evening tour of Quito's historic city highlights.

Quito to Baltra
3Day

Quito to Baltra

Morning flight from Quito to Baltra Island and transfer to Silver Galapagos

Genovesa Island
4Day

Genovesa Island

We will make two landings on this very special island. The first on the sandy beach at Darwin Bay. This is one of the main nesting sites for the rare red-footed booby and you will walk close to lots of these birds, as well as frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, night herons, gulls and many more. There are also seals basking on the rocks and inland. Later we will climb Prince Philip's steps for a longer walk across the volcanic landscape and see nesting Nazca boobies and more frigate birds and be on the lookout for the elusive short-eared owl.

We will find time for optional snorkelling and kayaking too.

North Seymour & Santiago Islands
5Day

North Seymour & Santiago Islands

This small island is home to an amazing profusion of wildlife, with two species of frigatebird, blue-footed boobies, brown noddies and more. Sealions doze on the beach and on the rocks and bothe marine and colourful land iguanas patrol the beach and surroundings.

On the east coast of Santiago Island, we land on the beach or on lava rocks, distinctive for their swirly appearance. As the day heats up, we will cool off with some welcome snorkelling.

Rabida and Eden, Santa Cruz
6Day

Rabida and Eden, Santa Cruz

Rabida is distinctive for its red rocks and almost maroon coloured beach. Here we look for Darwin's finches,lava lizards and Galapagos mockingbirds. We have opportunities for spectacular snorkelling with sealions, reef sharks, marine iguanas and myriad tropical fish. Alternatively, kayak along the shoreline and spot birds on the cliffs.

Later at Eden Islet off Santa Cruz, we can do more snorkelling and kayaking. We see great blue herons, blue-footed boobies and more here.

San Cristobel
7Day

San Cristobel

At Galapaguera Cerro Colorado reserve, there has been a successful breeding programme for the Galapagos giant tortoise and here we can see adults and young in a natural environment.

Elsewhere on the island, we wet land at Punta Pitt, where there are breeding colonies of red and blue footed and Nazca boobies as well as great and magnificent frigatebirds. We will climb the cliff for some scenic views.

Espanola
8Day

Espanola

Espanola is the ldlest island in the archipelago. At Gardiner Bay, we can swim off the beach with sealions, a delightful experience. Further out, there is great snorkelling and kayaking. A varied and relaxing morning.

In the afternoon, we go to Punta Suarez to watch the boobies and gulls soaring above the cliffs. This is the only breeding place of the waved albatross, which can be seen here from April to December. Mockingbirds, doves and Galapagos hawks can also be spotted here.

Santa Cruz and South Plaza
9Day

Santa Cruz and South Plaza

Santa Cruz is the most populated island and also has the biggest town, Puerto Ayora. We go ashore to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, whose principal project is the restoration of Galapagos giant tortoises - here we will see and learn about he different species to be found on specific islands. We will also see land iguanas - a breeding programme for these has rescued numbers after predation by dogs and cats. Some rare time for a little souvenir shopping in town before heading back to ship.

In the afternoon, we sail round to the small and picturesque island of Santa Cruz, with its prickly pear cactus and the red-coloured sesuvium plant. We see nesting swallow-tailed gulls as well as iguanas and sealions.

Baltra - Guayaquil
10Day

Baltra - Guayaquil

After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for flight to Guayaquil.

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What Our Customers
Say...

Jon Woods, Isle of Man Jayne Robb, Liverpool, UK Paul Janseens, Belgium Norman Eley, Berkshire, UK
• Although we thoroughly enjoyed the Galapagos it was mainland Ecuador which really took us by surprise with such a diversity of landscape and wildlife and incredible hospitality everywhere we went. Our local guides were so knowledgeable and helpful and our driver Manuel had a terrific sense of humour. We had some fantastic birding at both Mashpi, Le Selva and of course our day trip to Paz de Las Aves Reserve where we were lucky enough to see both the ‘Cock of the Rock’ and the giant antipitta. The devil nose train journey was as thrilling as we hoped and we even got lucky with Cotopaxi and got some lovely clear photos so all in all couldn't ask for more.
• This was an excellent trip from start to finish. Bellavista Lodge was a particular favourite of ours, so tranquil and a superb base to watch birds and wildlife while experiencing real Ecuadorian hospitality. Our guide, really knew his stuff and was so passionate about his job ,in fact all the local guides were excellent. I have to say a special word about Juan, our driver, who was so charming and funny, he really added to the overall enjoyment of the trip. The number and variety of birds we saw was amazing and I would have no hesitation in recommending Ecuador to other keen bird watchers.
Fantastic holiday with more wildlife than I was expecting. The Napo Wildlife Centre was wonderful, we were looked after with such care and attention and our guides’ knowledge of the areas’ and flora and fauna was outstanding, what they didn’t know probably wasn’t worth knowing. The food was so varied and they coped amazingly with my food intolerances, better than most European restaurants!!! Waking up to the sound of the howler monkeys will always live with me as will seeing my first Kinkajou, something I’ve wanted to see for a long time. Thank you for an amazing two weeks.
We had an amazing time in the Galapagos, thank you.We really enjoyed ourselves and will certainly come back to you next year.

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