Galapagos Legend Cruise A

Situated 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador lies an oasis of wildlife: the Galapagos Islands. Spend four days exploring this wondrous archipelago aboard M/V Galapagos Legend, and enjoy an unforgettable adventure of wildlife and luxury.

Fill your days with wonder as you explore the archipelago’s different islands alongside the breathtaking fauna that call the land home. Discover the native birds and animals that enthralled Charles Darwin, inspiring the knowledge behind his pioneering book on evolutionary biology, Origin of Species. Walk alongside Galapagos giant tortoise, hear the calls of majestic marine birds, like frigates and red-footed, blue-footed and nazca boobies, and gaze in wonder as sea lion colonies frolic in the shallow waters.

These wonderful creatures live against the backdrop of the islands’ stunning landscapes. Hike trails that lead to otherworldly viewpoints, where the peaks of volcanic rock unfold before you, and with the blue of the ocean glinting in between. Wander beaches of white sand and bays bordered by lush vegetation. Traverse arid landscapes, punctuated with striking cacti and colourful land birds.

At the end of each day, step back into the warm embrace of M/V Galapagos Legend. With room for 100 guests aboard the ship, you’ll find a sense of intimacy with your fellow passengers. Neighbours quickly become friends and your hosts will make sure you’re well taken care of. The world-class food served on board and the fleet of dinghy boats that will take you exactly where you need to go leave little left for you to worry about, other than relaxing on the decks, gazing out at the islands’ majestic cliffs and lush vegetation. Is there a better way to experience this captivating archipelago?

Departure Dates:

17 February 2020

16 March 2020

27 April 2020

22 June 2020

20 July 2020

26 October 2020

23 November 2020

07 December 2020

Duration
4 days
Best time to go
All year
Options
Private basis, Escorted
Start your journey
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Trip highlights

  • Enjoy the luxuries of M/V Galapagos Legend, from exceptional cuisine to the multilingual naturalist guides
  • See the islands’ incredible wildlife, from marine iguanas to the iconic Galapagos giant tortoise
  • Explore exceptional landscapes and take to the blue waters of the islands’ stunning beaches
  • Witness a whole range of majestic sea birds, including frigate birds and red-footed, blue-footed and nazca boobies
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Your Galapagos adventure begins as you arrive at Seymour Airport on Baltra Island. You’ll be met and driven to M/V Galapagos Legend, your home for the next few days. Once you’ve boarded and settled in, you can sit back and enjoy the views as you cruise across the water to Santa Cruz Island. As you step off the boat, you’ll be picked up and taken to Black Turtle Cove, or El Chato Tortoise Reserve. 

Black Turtle Cove sits on the northern part of the island. Its shallow waters boast an array of marine life; you may just spot young hammerhead sharks, rays, sea turtles and seabirds. 

A journey to El Chato Tortoise Reserve will take you into the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. Wander the reserve’s lush vegetation and watch in awe as Galapagos giant tortoise roam in their natural habitat. You might also catch sight of a variety of birds, including Darwin finches and short-eared owls. 

After an afternoon of exploration, make your way back to the boat for the evening.

 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Galapagos Legend
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After a good night’s rest in your cabin, the boat will take you to Genovesa Island. Visit El Barranco & Prince Philip’s Steps, a steep and rocky path. At the end of the path, a cliff top awaits you, with incredible views over the island and surrounding sea, and a bounty of captivating bird life.

This afternoon, experience the beauty of Darwin Bay. Relax on the white sand coral beach and take a dip in the water. Take to a trail that leads through mangroves, home to an array of land birds, and past sea lions frolicking in tidal pools.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Galapagos Legend
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This morning, the boat will take you to Santa Cruz Island once again. Today, you’ll visit Dragon Hill, an aptly named low-lying hill where you’ll get to walk among a large population of land iguanas. 

This afternoon, you’ll get to explore Santa Fe Island, one of the oldest islands in the archipelago. Enjoy the island’s beautiful sheltered cove and follow the trails that lead to a cliff with stunning views and a forest of pear cacti.

 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Galapagos Legend
Turtle on beach

Your last day aboard M/V Galapagos Legend will take you to Las Bachas on Santa Cruz Island. Swim in the beautifully blue ocean and take in the beach’s floating pier, the last remnants of the USA’s presence during World War 2. There’s also an abundance of wildlife to enjoy here, from nesting sea turtles to vibrant flamingos. 

After a lovely morning at Las Bachas, you’ll be taken on your last journey back to Seymour Airport on Baltra Island to catch your flight onwards.

 

 

Included

  • Cost of accommodation (double room based on two people sharing) for a total of 3 nights
  • Board basis is Full Board: breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Transfers around Galapagos Islands
  • English-speaking local guides for all guided excursions as illustrated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees for Galapagos National Park and Galapagos Transit Control Card
  • Activities on board
  • Complimentary coffee and tea
  • Welcome & farewell cocktails
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Fuel surcharge

Not included

  • International flights and airfare taxes
  • Kayaks
  • Wet suits
  • Personal expenses, such as alcoholic beverages, telephone calls, laundry and camera fees
  • Gratuities for drivers, tour directors, local guides, naturalists and crew