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GALAPAGOS WILDLIFE WONDERLAND
8 DAYS FROM $4,583 US  
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Join us on this Earth Journeys family travel experience, featuring custom-made film vignettes by BBC Earth natural history experts and, when the opportunity arises, the use of field equipment. Pack your bathing suits, sunscreen, hats and comfortable hiking shoes and prepare to get wet as you set sail for some of the most amazing tropical islands in the world on the Tour Operators Bridges' family Galápagos tour that features a four-night cruise aboard M / V Santa Cruz. A treasure trove of unique creatures live above and below the ocean's surface – and with the aid of Go Pro cameras and FLIR® thermal imaging cameras you might be able to view some of their antics. Have you ever seen birds wearing bright red or blue "shoes"? You will during this eco-cruise because the Galápagos is one of their favorite places to kick up their heels. How about prehistoric-looking marine iguanas? Or penguins and sea lions so friendly that they might swim right alongside you in brilliant blue water? Even the crabs are different here, with their bright red and yellow shells that provide quite a contrast to the black-lava rocks of these volcanic islands. Special microphones bring the voices of nature to your ears... thermal imaging cameras bring the nighttime world "to light"... learn from Galápagos naturalists who travel with you... take walks on lave terrains... travel ashore via pangas... swim and snorkel... And much more!

Day 1 Arrive in Quito, Ecuador
Meals
This Galápagos tour begins: Swissôtel Quito. A transfer is included from Mariscal Sucre International Airport to the Swissôtel Quito, where you'll enjoy an Executive Level room. After your flight to Ecuador, get a good night’s sleep so you’ll be rested and ready for your family's unforgettable Galápagos tour.

Lodging Swissôtel Quito


Day 2 A visit to the Equator & exploring Quito
Meals B, L, D
Quito is not only 9,200 feet above “seal” level, it’s also on the Equator... the "middle of the world." Take the opportunity to stand on both the northern and southern hemispheres at the same time, and learn more about Quito's unique geography at the Inti Ñan Museum before enjoying an Ecuadorian brunch near a volcanic crater. Explore centuries-old Colonial Quito on a guided tour, and then join us for a special reception with local entertainment before our welcome dinner at the hotel. And get set for tomorrow... when your Galápagos tour and cruise gets underway!


Lodging Swissôtel Quito

Day 3 Fly to Baltra & begin your Galápagos tour & cruise to Santa Cruz Island
Meals B, L, D
Your family's Galápagos tour and cruise* commences today when you fly from Quito to the volcanic island of Baltra and board your expedition ship, the M/V Santa Cruz. Your first shore excursion features a ride ashore on a panga to the island of Santa Cruz, and a wet landing on Las Bachas Beach, an important nesting area for the green sea turtle. On a guided hike around a saltwater lagoon today, look for flamingos, pintail ducks, sandpipers and stilts; join our expert naturalists for an informative briefing back aboard ship this evening.


Lodging Aboard M/V Santa Cruz

Day 4 Flamingos, marine iguanas, sea lions & more on Santiago Island
Meals B, L, D
Start the day with a morning boat ride off Buccaneer’s Cove on Santiago (James) Island – once a favorite haunt of pirates and whalers – to observe seabirds like frigates, pelicans and boobies, and go snorkeling off the panga. After lunch aboard ship, a wet landing at Puerto Egas on Santiago provides even more opportunities to see seabirds, along with a colony of sea lions and marine iguanas; enjoy a swim and a snorkel from the beach before returning to the ship.


Lodging Aboard M/V Santa Cruz

Day 5 Finches & friendly sea lions on Rabida & Bartolomé Islands
Meals B, L, D
Meet Darwin's finches and other rare birds today after a wet landing on Rabida (Jervis) Island, with its red-colored beaches. Experience both wet and dry landings on your excursion to Bartolomé Island; hike up to the summit and drink in amazing vistas of its volcanic features and the neighboring islands. Ride a panga around Pinnacle Rock, and view sea lions, sea turtles and tiny tropical Galápagos penguins in a panorama of life found only here. Tonight you'll find out more about the Galápagos Islands with our shipboard naturalists.


Lodging Aboard M/V Santa Cruz

Day 6 Boobies, frigate birds & petrels on Genovesa Island & Darwin Bay
Meals B, L, D
Explore Genovesa (Tower) Island by panga and a dry landing; climb up Prince Philip’s steps for a hike across the island, where you'll see masked boobies, frigate birds, storm petrels and more. An afternoon cruise and a wet landing at Darwin Bay offers more amazing views of thousands of rare birds, including red-footed boobies, gulls, mockingbirds, herons and finches, as well as an optional walk across volcanic terrain. Back aboard the ship, celebrate the end of your cruise – and your family's most unforgettable Galápagos tour – at our Captain’s farewell dinner.


Lodging Aboard M/V Santa Cruz

Day 7 Disembark, explore San Cristóbal & fly to Guayaquil
Meals B, D
Disembark M/V Santa Cruz on San Cristóbal (Chatham) Island – the capital of the Galápagos Islands and the first island visited by Charles Darwin during his historic trip in 1835. Visit the San Cristóbal Interpretation Center to learn about the formation of these volcanic islands, the events that led to their discovery, the rare forms of wildlife that continue to thrive here – including the giant tortoise – and efforts being made by the Ecuadorian National Park Service to preserve and protect life on the islands for future generations. Or, if you wish, you may join an excursion to Cerro Colorado, on the remote south shore of San Cristóbal Island, to visit a breeding area for giant tortoises (please note that a sighting of tortoises cannot be guaranteed on this excursion). After time to explore Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, travel to the airport for your flight to Guayaquil on the mainland. Join us this evening for a poolside farewell party at your hotel as your family's Ecuador and Galápagos tour comes to a close.


Lodging Hilton Colón Guayaquil

Day 8 Galápagos tour ends in Guayaquil
Meals B
Galápagos tour ends: Guayaquil. A transfer from the Hilton Colón Guayaquil to José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport is included. You should allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in.


Note: Our Galápagos cruises feature two types of landings on the islands. Dry Landings occur when guests step from the dinghy on to rocks or a dock. Wet Landings occur when the dinghy edges on to a sandy beach and guests step into knee-deep water and wade ashore.

Note: Activities marked with an asterisk (*) are at your own risk; a signed liability waiver will be required.

Value Includes
All gratuities to Tour Directors, local guides, drivers, naturalists and ship staff
On-tour film vignettes custom-made for this Tour Operator by BBC Earth natural history experts
4 nights aboard the 90-guest M/V Santa Cruz, built exclusively for Galápagos Islands cruising; dry and wet landings
Field equipment may include GoPro cameras and FLIR® thermal imaging cameras
Licensed Naturalist Guides of Galápagos National Park accompany shore excursions and hold briefings aboard ship, offering hands-on natural history lessons
Private Shore Excursions with experts, averaging two daily, for wildlife sightings and exciting activities
Entrance fee to Galápagos Nat’l Park – $100 value per adult
Have brunch near a dormant volcano close to the Equator and explore colonial Quito on a guided tour
Learn about the Galápagos' natural history and conservation in the islands during a visit to the Cristóbal Interpretation Center on San Cristóbal
Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
18 meals (7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners); gratuities to drivers, service charges, most taxes and porterage


DEPARTURE DATES:
March – April
June – August

PRICES:
Approx $4,583 US per person double occupancy

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