Legend Galapagos Cruises

   
 

Legend Galapagos Cruises

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4 months ago

DURATION

4 Days

SEASON

Year Round, Departs Weekly

RATES

USD 1,662.00 per person

EXPIRES

Dec 31, 2016
Legend Galapagos Cruises
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DESCRIPTION

Galapagos Legend small ship cruises bring luxury quality and service in a casual ship setting to one of the most famous travel destinations in the world - the Galapagos Islands. The 100-passenger M/V Galapagos Legend is a deluxe expedition ship that explores the entire array of bird and marine life while visiting the islands of Baltra, Tower, Hood, Isabela, James, Santa Cruz, San Cristobal and more. Being one of the larger ships sailing in the Galapagos, the Legend is a great choice for its affordability, stability and ability to cater to families without sacrificing the exclusivity and personalized attention small ship cruising is known for. Activities on the Galapagos Legend include hiking, snorkeling (deep-water available on select itineraries), swimming and kayaking.

The Legend operates four Galapagos cruise itineraries (two 4-day cruises and two 5-day cruises), which can be combined in various ways to create longer 8-, 11-, 12-day or 15-day cruises. View the itinerary tab for more details.

We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Call today to inquire about a specific Galapagos Legend itinerary or to learn more about Galapagos Legend cruises.

ADDITION RATE INFORMATION

Rates vary by season and cabin starting at $1662 per person. Please see website for full details on rates.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Baltra Airport To Santa Cruz Highlands
Baltra Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Arrive to Baltra Island, where you'll be transfered by a short 10-minute bus ride to Puerto Ayora to board the M/V Legend. Receive a warm welcome and introductory briefing from the crew and enjoy a delicious lunch. After a dry landing and 45-minute bus ride to the Santa Cruz Highlands, you'll spend the afternoon among famous giant tortoises in their natural habitat at a reserve. These enormous and slow-moving reptiles are responsible for the island’s name and therefore approaching them in their humid and forested abode is always an inspiring adventure. They can weigh between 250 and 300 kg and can live up to 150 to 200 years. Here, also walk inside surprising lava tubes and visit Pit Craters created from the collapse of surface materials into chamber fissures underground. It’s a great place to spot Vermilion flycatcher while walking in endemic Scalesia forest.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Legend

MEALS: lunch and dinner

Day 2: Egas Port & Bartolome
Bartolome Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Most of the landscape at Santiago Island's Egas Port is comprised of layers of rocks and lava flows. Make a wet landing on a black-sand beach, visited by Darwin in 1835. The unique, truly striking layered terrain of Santiago’s shores is home to a variety of resident and migrant birds, including the bizarre yellow-crowned night heron and astounding array of marine wildlife including lobster, starfish and marine iguanas grazing on algae beds alongside Sally lightfoot crabs. Colonies of endemic fur seals swimming in cool water pools formed by volcanic rocks are also a highlight, and you'll have an opportunity to snorkel.

After lunch, visit Bartolome, a fascinating moonscape formed by different volcanic parasitic cones. Due to its geographical location, the lack of vegetation is immediately noticeable - keep an eye out for pioneer plants (the first to establish roots on new ground) like the endemic Tiquilia nesiotica, Chamaesyce (known as sand mat or spurge in English), lava cactus and Scalesia bushes. Hike to the island's summit for impressive views, including that of famed Pinnacle Rock, and encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards and blue-footed boobies. Beach time is a great opportunity to snorkel and see (perhaps swim with) Galapagos penguins, sea turtles and white-tipped reef sharks among a great variety of colorful fish. For many visitors, this may turn out to be the best of snorkeling experiences; the water here is generally clear, without too much surf and full of marine life.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Legend

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3: Dragon Hill & North Seymour
Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Make a dry landing on Santa Cruz. Walk by a brackish lagoon where feeding flamingos can be occasionally found. The trail leads across typical dry-zone vegetation up to Dragon Hill, an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas, offering lovely views of the anchorage and neighboring islands. The forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers and Galapagos doves. In the afternoon, land on popular North Seymour. An approximately two-hour walk brings you through large nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies, magnificent and great frigatebirds, and swallow-tailed gulls for an in-depth encounter with sea bird breeding cycles and as well as sea lions. You will also encounter sea lions, land iguanas, and on a lucky day, you might even come across a Galapagos snake. There is another opportunity for a short snorkeling outing on this day.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Legend

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4: Thr - Bachas Beach To Baltra
Baltra Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

After a wet landing on the north side of Santa Cruz, head behind the beach to spot two small flamingo ponds with iguanas, coastal birds, Darwin finches, mockingbirds and gulls, as well as interesting native and endemic vegetation, red and black mangroves and salt bushes. Bachas Beach is one of the main nesting sites of sea turtles in the Galapagos. A female can lay eggs 3 or 4 times with an average of 70 eggs each, but then spend 3 or 5 years without breeding. At this paradisiacal site also find the remains of barges that sank long ago, once property of the United States Navy when it operated an airbase on Baltra Island during World War II. That is why the beach is called “Bachas” because the word “barges” in English was hard to pronounce for the local people. After spending the morning at the beach, say farewell to your fellow travelers and transfer to the Baltra Airport for flights back to the mainland.

ACCOMMODATIONS: n/a

MEALS: breakfast

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Double accommodation in cabins with air conditioning
  • Private facilities
  • Meals scheduled on board
  • Welcome and farewell cocktails
  • Water, 24-hour tea/coffee station
  • Two daily visits to Galapagos Islands with multilingual (English/Spanish) naturalist guide
  • Snorkeling (gear included) and kayaking opportunities
  • Briefings/lectures and activities on board
  • Baggage handling
  • Transfers and dinghy rides to/from ports

NOTES

Alternative Itinerary: The Legend operates four Galapagos cruise itineraries (two 4-day/3-night cruises and two 5-day/4-night cruises). When combined consecutively these cruises equal a 15-day/14-night Galapagos cruise with no repeated landing sites. The shorter itineraries can also be combined in various ways to create longer 8-, 11-, 12- or 15-day cruises.

Itinerary Notes: Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itinerary may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain's discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of Galapagos cruising unique.


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