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Quito and 7 night / 8 day Galapagos Cruise on the Ocean Spray (Northern)

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$8,650.00$8,600.00$8,585.00$8,555.00
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 and Wetsuits
  • All Beverages, excluding alcohol
  • The All-Inclusive portion of this itinerary does not include:
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Day by Day Itinerary Details
    Hotel Category / Style: 5-Star Luxury 
    Trip ID:
    ECU: UIO [5 LUX] OCEAN SPRAY_7n8d [NORTH]
    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 San Cristobal (SCY) via Guayaquil
    Domestic Air Travel - 3h 30m approx. including stopover
    • Fly from Quito (UIO) to San Cristobal in the Galapagos (SCY).
    • 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) - Ocean Spray - 7 night / 8 day Itinerary B (Central and Northern Islands)
    Your Cruise on Ocean Spray Begins Today at San Cristobal Island

    AM: San Cristobal Island

    • After arriving at San Cristobal airport you will be greeted by a representative of the vessel and will begin activities included with your cruise.

    PM: San Cristobal, Isla Lobos  – dry landing. Activities: Walking / Hiking, Snorkeling

    • Isla Lobos or Lobos Island is named after the sea lions that rest and play on its rocky shores. It is also home to blue-footed boobies, great frigate-birds, brown pelicans, lava gulls, common noddies, yellow warblers and small and medium ground finches.
    • There is good snorkeling in the clear waters of the channel and this is one of the best sites at which to swim with sea lions underwater.

    PM: San Cristobal, Leon Dormido – no landing. Activities: Panga Ride

    • This striking rock formation is located a couple hours off the western shore of San Cristobal.
    • Jutting out of the water, the rocks stand vertically at hundreds of feet above the ocean divided by a small channel.
    • Although there are no landing areas, kayaking and scuba diving allow visitors to spot a variety of marine life. 
    Day 4
    Cruise Second Day (Sunday) - Ocean Spray - 7 night / 8 day Itinerary B (Central and Northern Islands)
    See more of San Cristobal today with two outstanding visitor sites

    AM: San Cristobal, Punta Pitt - wet landing. Activities: Walking / Hiking, Snorkeling

    • Pitt Point, situated on the north-eastern tip of the island, hosts frigatebirds, storm petrels, and all three types of Booby Birds: the Nazca, Blue-footed and Red-footed Boobies.
    • A steep trail goes up a cliff and through a ravine leading visitors to an area with an abundance of birds.
    • This site is also great for snorkeling and scuba diving. 

    PM: San Cristobal, Cerro Burjo - wet landing. Activities: Walking, Snorkeling

    • Located on the northern coast, this eroded hill and its surroundings present one of the most picturesque beaches in the Galapagos with its white powdery sand and the abundance of animals.
    • Wildlife includes sea turtles, rays, and various types of Booby Birds.
    • The clear water provides an excellent opportunity to enjoy swimming and snorkeling. 
    Day 5
    Cruise Third Day (Monday) - Ocean Spray - 7 night / 8 day Itinerary B (Central and Northern Islands)
    The journey moves south today, with visits at Floreana Island

    AM: Floreana, Post Office Bay – wet landing. Activities: Hiking, Snorkeling

    • In the 18th century whalers passing through the islands placed a wooden barrel on Floreana Island for use as an unofficial mail box.
    • The tradition continues today as visitors leave addressed postcards in the barrel and sort through left mail to deliver at home. 

    PM: Floreana, Cormorant Point– wet landing. Activities: Walking / Hiking

    • This site hosts a large flamingo lagoon where other birds such as common stilts, White-cheeked Pintails can also be seen.
    • The beaches on this island are distinct: The “Green Beach” named so due to its green color, which comes from a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand, and the “Four Sand Beach” composed of white coral.
       

    PM: Floreana, Devil's Crown – no landing. Activities: Snorkeling

    • One of the best snorkeling sites in the Galapagos, this volcanic crater has been eroded by the waves leaving the northern and southern sides poking out of the water.
    • The coral reef in the middle is perfect for attracting marine life. Snorkelers enjoy the variety of marine life and exciting currents that rush through the crown, creating an exhilarating experience.
       
     
    Day 6
    Cruise Fourth Day (Tuesday) - Ocean Spray - 7 night / 8 day Itinerary B (Central and Northern Islands)
    Up to the Central Galapagos for a visit to Santa Cruz as well as the iconic Bartolome

    AM: Santa Cruz, Black Turtle Cove - no landing. Activities: Panga Ride

    • Black Turtle Cove is situated in the northern part of Santa Cruz.
    • This inlet is surrounded by mangroves and is only accessible by dinghy.
    • The shallow cove is a safe haven for young marine life.
    • Blacktip and whitetip reef sharks, sea turtles, and a variety of rays are often spotted here.

    PM: Bartolome, Pinnacle Rock - wet landing. Activities: Walking / Hiking, Snorkeling

    • Home of the famous Pinnacle Rock, Bartholomew consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black and even green volcanic formations.
    • A trail of stairs leads to the summit of the volcano, boasting one o the best views of the islands.
    • The beach is perfect for snorkeling and possible sightings of the Galapagos Penguin.
    Day 7
    Cruise Fifth Day (Wednesday) - Ocean Spray - 7 night / 8 day Itinerary B (Central and Northern Islands)
    After a night of sailing, you awake this morning in the remote Northern Galapagos and Genovesa!

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

    • This white-sand coral beach heads a half mile trail (.75km) that winds through mangroves filled with land birds.
    • Nazca Boobies, Red-footed Boobies, and Swallow-tailed Gulls can be spotted here.
    • Further down the path are tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully.
    • At the end is a spectacular view off a cliff.

    PM: Genovesa, Prince Phillip's Steps - dry landing. Activities: Walking / Hiking

    • Also known as El Barranco, Prince Phillip's Steps' steep, rocky paths leads up to a high cliff-face.
    • A marvelous view can be appreciated from here.
    • This site is also home to Palo Santo vegetation as well as Red-footed Boobies, Short-eared Lava Owls, Galapagos Swallows, and Galapagos Doves.
    Day 8
    Cruise Sixth Day (Thursday) - Ocean Spray - 7 night / 8 day Itinerary B (Central and Northern Islands)
    Back in the Central Galapagos, today inclueds a visit to beautiful Santiago Island

    AM: Santiago, Espumilla Beach - dry landing. Activities: Walking / Hiking

    • Espumilla Beach is a popular place for marine iguanas and Sally Lightfoot Crabs.
    • The crabs attract the hunting herons, performing the dance of predator and prey.
    • With an abundance of marine life including octopi, moray eel, and shark, snorkeling is highly recommended.

    AM: Santiago, Bucaneer Cove - wet landing. Activities: Panga Ride, Snorkeling

    • Years ago Buccaneer Cove was a safe haven where pirates in the 1600 and 1700’s would stake out on the Northwestern side of Santiago Island. 
    • Sea turtles now take the pirates place and dig their nests for their eggs near the Mangrove trees. 
    • It is a great location for snorkeling and many marine birds and sea lions can be found here.

    PM: Santiago, Puerto Egas - dry landing. Activities: Walking, Snorkeling

    • Also known as James Bay, Egas Port is home to the curious Galapagos Hawks and Quick-footed Galapagos Lava Lizards.
    • The trail leads to a coastline with gorgeous tide pools and grottos full of fauna.
    • Here the Galapagos Fur Sea Lions bathe in the sun.
    • This is also a great snorkeling site.
    Day 9
    Cruise Seventh Day (Friday) - Ocean Spray - 7 night / 8 day Itinerary B (Central and Northern Islands)
    Visit North Seymour and the Santa Cruz Highlands today

    AM: North Seymour - dry landing. Activities: Walking, Snorkeling

    • Galapagos Sea Lions, Blue-footed Boobies and Magnificent Frigatebirds are abundant on North Seymour Island.
    • The island was formed by a series of submarine lavas containing layers of sediment that were uplifted by tectonic activity.
    • The island is characterized by its arid vegetation zone.

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

    • Here at the Highlands, you can walk along a path, observing the hills, ferns, volcanoes, and rich wildlife.
    • This area is home to giant tortoises, forest, mockingbirds, Bahama ducklings, White-cheeked Pintail ducklings, Darwin finches, and many other species.
    Day 10
    Cruise Eighth Day (Saturday) - Ocean Spray - 7 night / 8 day Itinerary B (Central and Northern Islands)
    Your journey concludes today with a visit to Mosquera Islet

    AM: Mosquera Islet - no landing. Activities: Panga Ride

    • Located between the islands of Baltra and North Seymour, this reef of rocks and coral (the result of an uprising) is only 160 meters across at its narrowest width.
    • This island has one of the largest populations of sea lions and is home to many shorebirds.
    • There have been occasional reports at this site of Orcas feeding on sea lions.
    • After this visit, the ship will sail to Baltra where you will disembark and be taken to the 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?

    Answer: 

    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?

    Answer: 

    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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