Two Blue Footed Boobies, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Itinerary: Option 1 Cruise Extension with MV Odyssey

27 April to 2 May 2021



The itinerary offers you the chance to really explore the Galapagos Islands and get up close to nature. Kayaking through mangroves, snorkelling with playful sea lions, visiting Galapagos tortoises at the Charles Darwin Research Centre and much more are all part of the itinerary whilst on your small ship cruise through the Galapagos Islands.

The Galapagos Odyssey was built to fulfil the highest expectations of any traveller seeking to experience the wonders of the Galapagos Islands in the most exclusive way. (Maximum of 16 passengers). This first-class yacht has been designed to reduce the impact on the fragile Galapagos eco-system.

All cabins feature individually controlled air-conditioning, a small desk, sofa, mini-bar, and closet, as well as spacious bathrooms with shower cabins. All main deck and upper deck cabins average 20 square meters in size including the bathroom. These cabins have big windows, which can be individually opened. The Twin Cabins are spacious and fully equipped, providing passengers with the comfort of a hotel room, while enjoying the constantly changing view outside their windows.

The dining room brings guests together at mealtimes to enjoy delicious food served buffet style, and a wide variety of dietary restrictions can be catered for. The lounge and bar area is a great place to unwind and discuss the highlights of the day whilst enjoying cocktails, beer, a selection of wines and soft drinks. Or why not take a cocktail out on to the top deck to enjoy the stunning views and sea breezes in the outdoor lounge or soak up some rays during the day on the comfortable sun loungers. The boat also has a complete crew including a naturalist guide level III, who has been trained and licensed by the Galapagos National Park at the Charles Darwin Research Station.

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Itinerary: Cruise Extension with MV Odyssey (First Class Yacht)

Day 1: 25 April 2021, Guayaquil, B

A free day today to relax or explore this beach-side city. You will require a night’s accommodation here. Unipark Hotel. Additional cost, USD 155.00 per room

Day 2: 26 April 2021, Fly to San Cristóbal, B

Transfer from your Guayaquil hotel to the Airport and fly to San Cristóbal. After your flight your guide will meet you at the Galapagos Islands airport, assist you with the luggage and accompany you on the short bus ride to your hotel near the harbour at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. You will require a night’s accommodation here. Hotel Lobo de Mar: Additional cost, USD 277.00 per room.

Day 3: 27 April 2021, Board Galapagos Odyssey, all meals included

A relaxing morning before being transferred to board your luxury ship. You will be welcomed by the captain and crew and shown to your cabins. Then enjoy lunch and start your life on board.

In the afternoon drive to the hinterland of San Cristobal Island to ‘Colorado Hill’ to visit the Cerro Colorado Tortoises Protection and Growing Centre. This centre was built to improve the status of the population of the island tortoises. It includes a large corral, a visitor centre, breeding centre and an interpretive trail. Along this trail, it is possible to see different species of native and endemic plants as well as birds including the San Cristobal Mockingbird, Yellow Warblers, and many species of finches and the Galapagos flycatcher.

Galapagos giant tortoise, Galapagos Islands, Pacific, Ecuador, South America

Yellow Warbler, Galapagos Islands, Pacific, Ecuador, South America

Day 4: 28 April 2021, Cruise to Española

This rocky island is home to the most impressive and diverse seabirds of the archipelago. The endangered Galapagos albatross returns to Española from March annually, allowing visitors to admire the courtship displays of these magnificent giants. You’ll also see Blue-fronted and nazcat oil pipes, black-tailed gulls and red-billed tropic birds which are native to this island. Along the southern coast, high cliffs allow spectacular views of ascending birds and the sea water erupting through blow holes.

Galapagos Albatross, Galapagos Islands, Pacific, Ecuador, South America

Red-billed Tropicbird, Galapagos Islands, Pacific, Ecuador, South America

In the afternoon visit Gardner Bay, which offers a wonderful place to refresh in the turquoise sea and to admire a large number of colourful reef fish. You will also have the opportunity to snorkel side by side with green sea turtles, or to enjoy the proximity of the playful Galapagos sea lion. The white sand beach is also an important breeding ground for the green sea turtles. In the crystal-clear ocean, sometimes whales can be seen.

Gardner Bay at sunset, Espanola, Galapagos Islands, Pacific, Ecuador, South America

Pacific Green Sea Turtle, Galapagos Islands, Pacific, Ecuador, South America

Sea Lions, Gardner Bay, Espanola, Galapagos Islands, Pacific, Ecuador, South America

Whale, Galapagos Islands, Pacific, Ecuador, South America

Day 5: 29 April 2021, Floreana

Floreana Panorama, Galapagos Islands, Pacific, Ecuador, South America

The peninsula of Cormorant Point forms the extreme north cape of Floreana, which was formed by several small volcanic cones, and now covered with tropical dry forest (palo santo). At the landing beach, you will be welcomed by a small Galapagos sea lion-colony. The green sand on this beach contains a high percentage of glassy olivine crystals that have been blown out by the surrounding tuff cones. The ‘flour sand’ beach on the southern side of the peninsula is made up of even finer white coral sand that feels very smooth on your feet. Parrotfish have pulverised it, grinding the calcareous skeletons of living coral. You can spot schools of stingrays who love burying themselves in the sandy bottom. During the first months of the year, Pacific green turtles come ashore to bury their eggs.

A school of Parrotfish, Galapagos Islands, Pacific, Ecuador, South America

Cow-nosed Stingray, Galapagos Islands, Pacific, Ecuador, South America

Green Pacific Sea Turtle on the beach, Galapagos Islands, Pacific, Ecuador, South America

While having lunch we will navigate to Post Office Bay from where you can Post your holiday greetings in the historical barrel, one of three nearby visitor’s sites on Floreana’s north coast (short displacement, wet landing) and relax. The Galapagos are better known for their sea lions and penguins than postal service, but the island of Floreana operates a unique stampless system of sending mail from one of the world’s most diverse, uninhabited areas.

Long before ecotourists annexed the remote islands, it was a stop for 18th-century whalers traversing the oceans. After months, or even years, the homesick seamen came up with an ingenious system of getting letters to their families. They erected a barrel on Floreana Island and left their mail for sailors on passing ships to deliver.

Besides Galapagos sea lions, Pacific green turtles and golden cow-nose rays, you might spot Galapagos penguins! This is the only place in the south-eastern archipelago where penguins reside. Explore by inflatable dinghy – or at your own pace by sea-kayak – another submerged crater rim around the bay of Baroness Lookout. Climb the miniature basaltic cone of Baroness Lookout and take in the stunning coastal views. This viewpoint was the favourite spot of one of Floreana’s first colonists, the eccentric Baroness and self-proclaimed ‘Empress of Galapagos’, Eloisa von Wagner Bosquet, who even built her house a few metres behind. She and one of her lovers were the first in a series of mysterious disappearances and deaths in the 1930s.

Galapagos Penguin, Galapagos Islands, Pacific, Ecuador, South America

Day 6: 30 April 2021, Santa Fe

You will land this morning right in the middle of a Galapagos sea lion colony on the beach, where you will have time for a refreshing swim or excellent snorkelling among tropical reef fish in the crystal-clear azure waters of Barrington Bay. You will also encounter bizarre giant prickly pear cactus (opuntia) forests. These are the largest cacti on the islands, with extremely thick trunks, and can grow over 10m! We have a wet landing at the beach of Santa Fe where we have a guided nature walk. This extraordinary island is a remnant of probably the most ancient volcano on the Galapagos. Your guide will decide whether the easy shorter circuit is followed, or a strenuous longer hike is undertaken. (Moderate level; about 3km).

Barrington Bay, Santa Fe, Galapagos Islands, Pacific, Ecuador, South America

Opuntia Forest, Santa Fe, Galapagos Islands, Pacific, Ecuador, South America

Sail to Plazas near Santa Cruz, one of the two islands known as Islas Plazas. Plaza is characterised by imposing roaring waves at the foot of its cliffs. Flocks of storm birds, storm swallows, storm dwellers and brown Noddies make spectacular flights, and sometimes even ‘run’ on the waves. The cliffs are also a popular nesting place for the world's most beautiful gull, the endemic forge gull.

Storm Swallow, Galapagos Islands, Pacific, Ecuador, South America

Day 7: 1 May 2021, North Seymour and Santa Cruz

The tabletop islet of North Seymour is an uplifted part of the seabed. Between the dry shrubs you might spot a Galapagos land iguana. You can see lots of seabirds, such as brown pelicans, red-billed tropicbirds, swallow-tailed gulls and seasonally even Nazca boobies. But the main attraction are the archipelago’s most extensive breeding colonies of blue-footed boobies and frigatebirds. At the start of the breeding season adult frigatebird-males blow up their vivid red pouches to impressive football-sized balloons.

Land Iguana, Galapagos Islands, Pacific, Ecuador, South America

Brown Pelican, Galapagos Islands, Pacific, Ecuador, South America

Swallow-tailed Gull, Galapagos Islands, Pacific, Ecuador, South America

Nazca Boobie nesting, Galapagos Islands, Pacific, Ecuador, South America

Blue-footed Boobies with chicks, Galapagos Islands, Pacific, Ecuador, South America

Frigate Birds, Galapagos Islands, Pacific, Ecuador, South America

Sail to Santa Cruz and the beaches of Bachas during lunch. These two small beaches are in the west of the Turtle Cove on Santa Cruz. Their sand consists of decomposed corals, which makes it white and soft. This makes it the favourite nesting site for sea turtles. Behind one of the beaches there are small water lagoons, where flamingos and other coastal birds, such as black-necked stilt birds and rainbows, can occasionally be spotted. On the second beach you can explore the remains of two abandoned warships. In the Second World War these were left by the US, as the island of Baltra was used as a strategic point for the protection of the Panama Canal.

Turtle Cove, Santa Cruz, Galapagos Islands, Pacific, Ecuador, South America

Black-necked Stilt bird, Galapagos Islands, Pacific, Ecuador, South America

Galapagos Flamingos, Galapagos Islands, Pacific, Ecuador, South America

Day 8: 2 May 2021, Mosquera, B

Galapagos sea lions are true beach lovers and Mosquera offers beautiful white coral sand beaches, which contrast with the blue water and thus attract numerous sea lions. During a beach walk you can observe numerous species of waders and sanderlings. Between the rocks the red clip crabs wait to play hide and seek while you try to get the perfect photo. If you are lucky, you may even encounter yellow-crowned night-herons or even a red-footed booby.

Sanderling feeding, Galapagos Islands, Pacific, Ecuador, South America

Red Sally Lightfoot Crab, Galapagos Islands, Pacific, Ecuador, South America

Yellow-Crowned Night Heron, Galapagos Islands, Pacific, Ecuador, South America

Red-footed Boobie, Galapagos Islands, Pacific, Ecuador, South America

Sail to Baltra and transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

PRICING:

Cruise Extension with MV Odyssey (First Class Yacht): 27 April to 2 May 2021

Indicative price per person twin share charter: AUD 6915.00

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.

CRUISE INCLUSIONS:

• Accommodation in double cabins (double bed or 2 single beds) with private bathroom*
• All meals, water, tea & coffee
• All excursions as described in the programme (subject to change) with bilingual guide (Spanish/English)
• Airport assistance at Quito airport (when flight & cruise are booked together)
• All transfers in Galapagos (Airport-Yacht-Airport only included when booked together)
• Snorkelling equipment
• Bath & beach towels

* Single travellers share a cabin with a person of the same sex, unless a single room is booked, and the single room surcharge is paid (guaranteed single cabin). Individuals who are willing to share their cabin are exempt from the single room supplement, even if no fellow traveller is added.

Please note:

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

CRUISE EXCLUSIONS:

• International and National (Ecuador-Galapagos-Ecuador/Peru) flights
• Galapagos National Park Entrance, USD 100.00 (subject to change) to be paid upon arrival in cash
• Transit Control Card, USD 20.00 (subject to change) to be paid upon departure from mainland to Galapagos in cash)
• Galapagos Airport Transport, if the flight has not been booked together with the cruise
• If necessary, single room supplement
• Optional wetsuit (to be paid in cash only)
• Soft drinks and alcoholic drinks (to be paid in cash only)
• Personal expenses, extras & gratuities (tips)
• Travel insurance

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

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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