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Welcome to your

Quito and 7 night / 8 day Galapagos Cruise on the Mary Anne (Eastern)

Experience
Here's where you're going:
Quito, Ecuador
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Here's what you'll get:

All Transportation*

(*Flights Priced Separately - see below)
Superb guiding & support each step of the way from experts like
Carolina Larrea Angermeyer

We'll make all of the arrangements exclusively for you and your traveling companions (this is a private departure). You'll also have the chance to combine this itinerary with other destinations you may be interested in.

Customize this Itinerary below to your desired start date and travel style to begin your booking request!

Pricing

Quantity23 - 45 - 67 - 10
Price Per Person$5,535.00$5,485.00$5,465.00$5,435.00
Pricing is based on double or triple occupancy in hotels and double or single occupancy on cruise (a sgl supplement may apply, see below)
For pricing on traveler quantities not shown above, please contact us.
This itinerary (or a portion of it) is All-Inclusive. Included are the following:
  • All-Inclusive Cruise on the vessel shown (Accommodations, Excursions, Transportation and Meals)
  • All Pre and/or Post Cruise Accommodations, Excursions and Transportation as shown in the itinerary below
  • Local Round Trip Airfare-Mainland/Galapagos ($500 per adult)
  • Galapagos Park Fee and INGALA Tourist Card ($120 per adult)
  • Use of Snorkeling Gear
  • All Beverages, excluding alcohol
  • The All-Inclusive portion of this itinerary does not include:
  • Wetsuit Rental
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Single Cabin Supplement (only if applicable): 
  • $0
  • Day by Day Itinerary Details
    Hotel Category / Style: 4-Star Superior 
    Trip ID:
    ECU: UIO [4 SUP] MARY ANNE_7n8d [EAST] SPECIAL
    Day 1
    Itinerary Begins in Quito
    You've arrived - Welcome!
    • Upon arrival to the airport in Quito (airport code UIO) you will be greeted by your private guide and/or driver holding a sign with your name on it.
    • If you will already be in town today (either by way of another Trip Harvest itinerary which ends in Quito or on your own), we can of course meet you there as well to begin this itinerary.
    Transfer to Hotel, with Guide
    Private - Driver and Guide / Driver-Guide
    • Private transfer (car or van, depending on your party's size) to your selected hotel.
    • Driver and English-speaking guide or Driver-Guide (guide drives the vehicle; this depends on the location and traveler quantity).
    • Your guide will provide you with additional information regarding your trip and will assist you with getting settled-in at your hotel on arrival.
    • Modern, safe, air-conditioned vehicle and complementary bottled water for each passenger.
     for 2 nights
    Day 2
    Colonial Quito Walking Tour
    Explore the city's main sights and historic architecture - on foot with your private guide.
    • You'll be met at your hotel by your private guide and will have a unique and tour of the city, walking the historic Old Town.
    • Walk through the streets and plazas of historic Old Town with its colonial buildings, cobblestone streets and cathedrals.
    • Visit the Gothic Basilica Church and its impressive architecture.
    • Visit the unique Manuela Saenz museum, the former home of a mistress of Simon Bolivar, the museum houses many artifacs from the lives of these two figures.  
    • Later return to your hotel and enjoy the balance of the day at leisure.
    • This is a half day tour lasting around 4 hours.
    Day 3
    Transfer to Airport
    Private - Driver Only
    • Transfer to the airport with a private vehicle and driver (Spanish-speaking, generally with a basic understanding of English).
    • Domestic travel generally requires arriving 2 hours prior to departure and 3 hours for international.  Your transfer will be scheduled accordingly.
    Fly Quito (UIO) to Galapagos Baltra (GPS) via Guayaquil
    Domestic Air Travel - 3h 30m approx. including stopover
    • Fly from Quito (UIO) to Baltra in the Galapagos (GPS).
    • NOTE: The flights to the Galapagos for cruise itineraries must meet certain arrival/departure time parameters and are generally booked through the cruise operator.  We take care of this for you. Please do not purchase Galapagos flights before consulting with us.
    Begin Cruise Itinerary (Saturday) - Mary Anne - 7 night / 8 Day Eastern Islands
    Journey on the Mary Anne to the Northern and Eastern Galapagos Islands

    AM: Baltra Island

    • After arriving at Baltra airport you will be greeted by a representative of the vessel and will begin activities included with your cruise.
    • You'll board the Mary Anne and will have lunch, followed by a briefing for your activities and adventure for the coming week.

    PM: Santa Cruz, Black Turtle Cove – no landing. Activities: Panga Ride

    • After lunch, we will navigate a short distance to Black Turtle Cove, a large mangrove lagoon on the north coast of Santa Cruz Island.
    • Pelicans and herons roost on the branches, while marine dwellers such as green sea turtles or golden rays may cruise right next to the panga as it makes its way through the mangroves.
     for 7 nights
    Day 4
    Cruise Second Day (Sunday) - Mary Anne - 7 night / 8 Day Eastern Islands
    Your First Full Day in the Galapagos Begins with Genovesa in the North

    AM: Genovesa - Darwin Bay - wet landing. Activities: Walking / Hiking

    • Today you visit Genovesa Island and reach Darwin Bay (wet landing), a unique site lined with red mangroves and softhaired prickly pear cacti where red‐footed boobies and great frigatebirds perch tamely.
    • Among the bird species found here, the most common are swallow-tailed and lava gulls, mockingbirds, yellow-crowned night herons, lava herons, Galapagos doves and yellow warblers, which add a dash of color with their bright yellow feathers.
    • The salt bushes of the island are dominated by great frigatebirds and red-footed boobies that breed in abundance on this island. Looking carefully, you might spot unusual red-footed boobies that have white feathers instead of their normal brown plumage.
    • From the beach a trail leads past tide pools and lava ridges to a high point overlooking the bay, offering one of the most rewarding views in Galapagos.

    PM: Genovesa: El Barranco - dry landing. Activities: Walking / Hiking

    • After lunch we you'll visit El Barranco (dry landing), we climb the edge of a cliff where frigatebirds, masked boobies, and red‐footed boobies nest.
    • You will be seeking out the impressive red‐billed tropicbird amidst Galapagos storm petrels.
    • You may find the Madeiran storm petrel, sharing the space with the other petrels.
    • This site is also the best place in Galapagos to observe the endemic short-eared owl since they prey on the petrels.
    Day 5
    Cruise Third Day (Monday) - Mary Anne - 7 night / 8 Day Eastern Islands
    Iconic Bartolome and Chinese Hat in the Central Galapagos

    AM: Bartolome - dry landing. Activities: Walking / Hiking, Snorkeling

    • Dry landing at Bartolome to climb up the wooden steps and reach the summit of this spatter cone for a most breathtaking panorama of the island’s well photographed Pinnacle Rock and views of neighbouring Santiago and many other central islands in the distance.
    • Back at the beach, time-permitting you'll have some time for snorkeling with playful Galapagos Sea Lions and a varity of fish.

    PM: Chinese Hat - wet landing. Activities: Walking

    • Less than a quarter of one square kilometer in size, this island gets its name from being shaped like a Chinese hat.
    • The hat shape is best appreciated from the north side. Lava formations can be seen on the western side of the island, formed under the sea and raised upward and for this reason it is possible to observe coral heads on the lava.
    • Take in the landscapes covered by sea lions colonies, marine iguanas and Galapagos penguins.
    Day 6
    Cruise Fourth Day (Tuesday) - Mary Anne - 7 night / 8 Day Eastern Islands
    Explore Rabida and the Northwest Edge of Santa Cruz Island

    AM: Rabida - wet landing. Activities: Walking / Hiking, Snorkeling

    • Wet landing onto Rabida’s deep‐red beaches to explore the red island’s fascinating interior and saltwater lagoon.
    • Darwin Finches, Galapagos mockingbirds and yellow warblers feed off the vegetation.
    • Given the right time of the year we may see brown pelicans nesting on salt bushes that fringe the beach.
    • The visit to this island ends with some snorkeling on the shores, where with a little bit of luck, is possible to encounter Galapagos penguins.

    PM: Santa Cruz - Cerro Dragon - dry landing. Activities: Walking

    • You'll head across to Cerro Dragon on Santa Cruz’s northwest shore (dry landing) to visit a saltwater lagoon, home to Greater Flamingos, black‐necked stilts and white‐cheeked pintails.
    • Further inland you will find a fantastic land iguana nesting site.
    Day 7
    Cruise Fifth Day (Wednesday) - Mary Anne - 7 night / 8 Day Eastern Islands
    Explore Santa Cruz Island including the Highlands and the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center

    AM: Santa Cruz - Highlands - dry landing. Activities: Walking / Hiking

    • You will spend this day visiting Santa Cruz Island´s most famous highlights.
    • The day starts with a dry landing at the dock of Puerto Ayora to then board our transportation and head to the island’s highlands. This area, in contrast to the coastal region, has lush vegetation and forest due to the humidity in the higher regions.
    • You will visit one of the ranches of the area where it is possible to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. As these animals migrate from the coastal area to the highlands and back, the chosen ranch will depend on the presence of the tortoises since they roam free and change locations.
    • This is also a good place to see the Galapagos hawk and barn owl of this island and the surrounding forests are filled with birds such as the vermilion flycatcher or the yellow warbler.

    PM: Santa Cruz - Fausto Llerena Breeding Center. Activities: Walking

    • You will enjoy lunch at the ranch to then head back to Puerto Ayora for our second visit of the day, the Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center.
    • Here you will see tortoises from different islands.
    • The animals are found in large semi‐natural pens for their protection, but also to ensure an easy view for the visitors.
    • The pens are divided according to four different stages: eggs, neonates, juveniles (held here until they are mature enough to be "repatriated"), and adults.
    • After your visit you'll have some time to walk around town, then will return to the boat for dinner.
    Day 8
    Cruise Sixth Day (Thursday) - Mary Anne - 7 night / 8 Day Eastern Islands
    Your Cruise Continues with South Plaza and Santa Fe

    AM: South Plaza - dry landing. Activities: Walking / Hiking

    • Dry landing on one of the oldest docks of the archipelago.
    • Plaza Sur is home to vibrant green prickly pears, deep red Sesuvium and coppery‐orange land iguanas.
    • Impressive seaward cliffs are excellent for a variety of coastal birds.
    • This is also a great place to observe the adult and pup sea lions swimming along the shores.

    PM: Santa Fe - wet landing. Activities: Walking, Snorkeling

    • After a wet landing on Santa Fe onto a white beach where sea lions are usually resting, we will be looking for the
      endemic species of land iguana, larger and yellower than land iguanas on other islands.
    • The largest prickly pear cacti in the Galapagos are also found here.
    • This is also a great snorkeling site and time-permitting you'll be able to snorkel with playful sea lions, white-tipped reef sharks, rays, and a variety of fish.
    Day 9
    Cruise Seventh Day (Friday) - Mary Anne - 7 night / 8 Day Eastern Islands
    Visit the Wonderful Espanola Island in the Southern Galapagos

    AM: Espanola - Punta Suarez - dry landing. Activities: Walking / Hiking

    • In the morning you'll head to Punta Suarez.
    • The trail here is about 4 km (2 miles) long and the walk takes about 2 hours.
    • A geyser near the trail sprays water some 25 m (75 feet) into the air.
    • This is one of the most coveted landing sites in the Galapagos.
    • Highlights include: sea lions near the landing place, sometimes to be seen body‐surfing in the large breakers; large marine iguanas, with red‐coloured males in the breeding season; oystercatchers; blue‐footed and Nazca boobies; Galapagos hawk; Galapagos dove; swallow‐tailed gull; red billed tropicbirds in flight; and three species endemic to Española – waved albatross (present only from April to December), Española mockingbird, and Española lava lizard.

    PM: Espanola - Gardner Bay - wet landing. Activities: Walking, Snorkeling

    • Your day continues at Española, starting with Gardner Bay (wet landing), an outstanding beach with sea lions, marine iguanas, and the intrepid Española mockingbird.
    • Close to Española there is a good spot for snorkeling called Gardner Islet.
    • While snorkeling, there is a good chance playful sea lions will join you.
    • Get ready for more snorkeling at Osborn islet, a great place to observe great quantities of marine life.
    Day 10
    Cruise Eighth Day (Saturday) - Mary Anne - 7 night / 8 Day Eastern Islands
    Your Adventure concludes with the Twin Craters on Santa Cruz

    AM: Mosquera Islet– dry landing. Activities: Walking.

    • This is your last day in the islands.
    • After breakfast you will disembark in Puerto Ayora to take your transport to the Baltra airport, making a short stop to visit the Twin Craters.
    • The Gemelos (twins) are two deep craters located to the side of the road that leads to Puerto Ayora from the other side of the island.
    • These huge holes were probably created in a volcanic explosion or by magma chambers underneath the island's surface.
    • This is also a good place to see the Galapagos hawk and barn owl of this island and the surrounding forests are filled with birds such as the vermilion flycatcher or the yellow warbler.
    • After this visit you will make your way to the Baltra airport for your flight back to the mainland
    Fly Galapagos Baltra (GPS) back to the Mainland (GYE/UIO)
    Domestic Air Travel - 2h to GYE, 3h 30m to UIO
    • Today you'll fly back to mainland Ecuador (flights stop in Guayaquil and then continue on to Quito) where you can continue your trip or fly home.
    Itinerary Ends / Travel Home or Add-On
    • This marks the completion of this itinerary.
    • If you aren't heading home today, you may want to add another destination to your trip (suggestions can be found in the "Add On" tab in your shopping cart). 
     

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    What's Included and What's Not

    The pricing shown above includes all of the following:

    • All accommodations, transportation, guiding, activities and excursions listed in the day by day itinerary description above.
    • Any meals noted as included with booked activities and excursions, as well as breakfast every day at your hotels. 
    • Unless otherwise noted, services are provided in-private, with a driver and/or guide just for you and your traveling companion(s).

    The pricing shown above does not include the following:

    • Local or international airfare* (see below), EXCEPT for Galapagos cruises, which do include local flights between mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. 
    • Tips or other gratuities.
    • Travel insurance.

    *Upon requesting confirmation of your trip, we'll email you local flight options that perfectly match the trip itinerary(ies) that you've selected. During the booking process, you'll have the option to request an international flight quote as well if you would like that quoted as well. You're not required to purchase any flights through us, but it's important to be aware of the logistical notes (necessary arrival and departure times) for local flights on your trip.

    For additional information, please refer to our full Terms & Conditions here.

    Local Flight Information

    Any local flights as well as recommended arrival/departure times related to this itinerary will be shown here.

    If you're combining itineraries, the local flight tool in the shopping cart will display local flights based on the combinations you've selected.

    We'll assist with your local flights, but it's good to be aware of these logistical elements as you begin making arrangements for your trip.



    You're good! No local flights are needed for this itinerary on its own. If you're combining with other itineraries, flights will be included accordingly and routes displayed in your shopping cart.

    F.A.Q.

    Are your trips group trips or private trips?

    Answer: 

    Any arrangements made through us are for 

    you and your traveling companions only.  We do include certain excursions and activities in various destinations that are run on a group basis (like boat rides to view glaciers, or biking with wine tasting, for example) and these are noted in the itinerary details, but your trip is unique and yours alone.

    Do you book my flights or do I have to do that myself?

    Answer: 

    We'll always send you a quote for any local fli

    ghts needed for your trip (and international flights as well, upon request), but it's not a requirement that you book flights through us.

    Once you've added a bundle to your trip request, you'll have the chance to see some current local flight options via our tool, but it's a good idea to wait until we email you your trip confirmation before booking local flights.

    What guides do you work with?

    Answer: 

    We work with exceptional, top local guides in e

    very country and destination that we offer.  Our guides are locals who have intimate knowledge of the areas and activities they are guiding, and a large majority have extensive experience in the industry as well as studies in the tourism field.  All guides speak excellent English.  Guides are employees of our local partner companies (read more about them here), adding to the level of support behind your trip from start to finish.

    What is the transportation like?

    Answer: 

    Transportation to and from airports and hotels

    is always private (a car, minivan or van just for you and your traveling companions, depending on the number).  Transportation during excursions or activities is generally done in private, except during excursions noted as "small group" or "shared".  You'll never find yourself on a large tour bus with us.
     

    Do you have any certifications or accreditations?

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    Yes, we are a Registered Seller of Travel in th

    e state of California and are an IATA/IATAN accredited company.

    Do you offer travel insurance?

    Answer: 

    We don't sell travel insurance directly. 

    We work with a company called Allianz.  Follow the link below to visit their site for a quote, or to speak with a representative.


    Allianz Travel Insurance

    Do I need a passport and/or visa to travel?

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    All visitors must have a valid passport to ente

    r and proof of onward passage. Your passport should be valid for at least six months after your departure date.

    Is your company insured?

    Answer: 

    Yes.

    We carry a $1 million professional liability, errors and ommissions insurance policy.

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