The Galapagos Archipelago, Cruise the Enchanted Islands, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Galapagos Archipelago: Cruise the Enchanted Islands

Galapagos; the name itself promises mystery. A prehistoric land with prehistoric creatures. An archipelago created by volcanic activity and inhabited by animals that have had to completely transform to survive. It feels like you’re on the edge of the world – and, in a way, you are. The Galápagos Islands were famously visited by English naturalist Charles Darwin in 1835 and inspired his theory of evolution. Incredibly, each island is unique, featuring different terrain and different wildlife, some of which are endemic and can’t be seen anywhere else in the world.

One of the shining jewels of Ecuador that straddle the equator 1000 kilometres off the coast, the Islands offer that intoxicating “otherworldly” feeling. Let us guide you through this unique landscape teeming with vibrant wildlife, where you’ll walk amongst giant tortoises, Blue-footed Boobies and dozens of endemic land species. Dive in and meet the water world face-to-face as you snorkel with tropical fish, playful seal pups and equatorial penguins. These islands are an archipelago like no other; devoid of major predators, wildlife here is fearless and entirely unperturbed by human presence. When swimming at a beach you may find yourself face to face with a sea lion, or while walking along a trail you may have to carefully pick your way through a group of marine iguanas sunning themselves on the rocks. Every day heralds a new discovery as we cruise between islands – choose as little or as much activity as you like; sit back as our expert Naturalist shares the wonder of this unique slice of heaven. These islands that inspired Darwin’s Origin of Species are yours to explore. Join Zen Oriental Journeys and cruise through one of the world’s most unique island groups.

We have partnered with the finest ships (owned and operated by our Ecuadorian Travel Partners) and crews sailing these waters to ensure an unforgettable Galápagos experience.

To assist in your making a choice of cruise, the sailing schedule for 2021 for their 5 ships is below. They are all different standards, but in keeping with environmental sustainability policies, are limited to 16 persons. This is the high season when the waters are calm, warm and clear. Please indicate your interest for one of the extensions on the Booking Form. We can book any Galapagos cruise that suits your individual preference and we can also advise alternative cruise ships and programs. If you book the cruise and local flights together with us, you will have Guayaquil and Galapagos transfers included.

Cruise Ship Cruise Dates Days/Nights
     
Archipel 1 26 Apr 2021 - 29 Apr 2021 4 days/3 nights
Archipel 1 26 Apr 2021 - 3 May 2021 8 days/7 nights
Archipel 2 26 Apr 2021 - 29 Apr 2021 4 day/3 nights
Archipel 2 26 Apr 2021 - 3 May 2021 8 days/7 nights
Odyssey 27 Apr 2021 - 2 May 2021 6 days/5 nights
Solaris 27 Apr 2021 - 4 May 2021 8 days/7 nights
Aqua 27 Apr 2021 - 4 May 2021 8 days/7 nights
Archipel 1 29 Apr 2021 - 3 May 2021 5 days/4 nights

What to expect on any Galapagos cruise:

On arrival at San Cristobel Airport, an inspection is carried out to ensure that no foreign plant or animal species are introduced on the islands. Furthermore, your TCC (Transit Control Card, USD 20.00 pp, subject to change) is stamped and must be kept safe during your trip, as it will have to be presented again on your return flight. In addition, payment for entrance to the Galapagos National Park is due (USD 100.00 pp, subject to change). Your guide will meet you at the airport, assist you with luggage and accompany you on the short bus ride to the port where the Galapagos Odyssey or Archipel 1 awaits your embarkation.

The days on-board normally begin early to make the most out of your time on the islands. Wake-up call is around 07:00am, unless activities start earlier. After the delicious breakfast the morning programme begins. Upon returning on-board you will either have a snack and have some time to relax; or lunch (depending on the duration of the morning programme). The cruise often heads towards the next site on the itinerary while you are enjoying lunch.

Then the afternoon programme will begin. Normally this ends before dinner is ready, which means some leisure time for you to relax and refresh. During or after dinner the yacht starts moving again to make sure you’ll wake up to a different view from the night before.

We have three itinerary options for you to choose from including a proposed sailing schedule which is indicative of the places your chosen cruise will encounter. The sailing schedule may be changed to suit weather conditions as well. You will return home with stunning pictures and unforgettable memories that will last forever!

Please note:

The Galapagos National Park Authority has final control over every cruise itinerary to ensure sustainable and responsible tourism and the sailing schedule may be changed due to unsuitable weather conditions and other unforseen events or circumstances.

For further information, don’t hesitate to contact Zen Oriental Journeys by emailing Lee Grafton or ring 0401 123 347

EARLY BIRD ADVANTAGE:

We are holding 2020 prices for each cruise until 1 April 2020. Book your place early and you are guaranteed NOT to pay 2021 prices.

FINAL PAYMENT & CLOSE OF BOOKING: 27 NOV 2020

Bookings will be processed in order of receipt. Any bookings after this date will be accepted subject to visa processing, flight availability, land content and room availability. Such booking must be paid in full after confirmation of your acceptance in the tour. Special conditions and additional charges to airfares and package prices may apply depending on date of booking.

Costs associated with the Asia In-Country Study Tours can be tax deductible. Educators may be able to claim their study tour expenses under a number of tax deduction categories which include: self-education expenses; excursions, school trips and camps if these trips have an educational benefit and are related to the curriculum or extra-curriculum activities of the school; acquisition of teaching aids used for curriculum development and teaching programs. Participants must contact their tax advisor or visit the Australian Tax Office website to confirm eligibility.

 
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