Cruise in high style aboard a small cruise ship, while enjoying all the unforgettable wildlife encounters you’d expect from an MTS Galápagos voyage
Do you relish the idea of having close encounters with wildlife but still yearn for the comfort of deluxe accommodations? Then travel with us aboard La Pinta! This 207-foot motor yacht is delightfully decadent with oversized state rooms, multiple sun decks, and a Jacuzzi to boot! It’s also refreshingly relaxed, with a friendly crew of Galápagos National Park-certified guides to enhance your experience in the islands. This is the ultimate jumping off point for an active but comfortable vacation: you can snorkel with a wide array of tropical fish and maybe some Galápagos penguins, paddle a sit-atop kayak through mangrove inlets for an encounter with sea lions and sea turtles, and hike across surreal lava landscapes passing dancing blue-footed boobies, Godzilla-like marine iguanas, and slow-moving sea turtles that might be a century old. You’ll see nature preserves, witness geological evidence of the pervasive volcanic activity that created (and continues to shape) the islands, and enjoy fun adventures at every turn. The best part of all is that each cruise aboard La Pinta offers its own unique itinerary, so you'll get in all the best sites of the Galápagos while traveling in style!
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8 days of easy yacht travel, nature walks, optional swimming, snorkeling, sea kayaking
- Experience the Galápagos Islands in luxury – aboard the 48 passenger La Pinta—with the archipelago’s experts since 1970
- Enjoy up close and personal encounters with some of the planet’s most exotic wildlife in the world’s top nature destination while you snorkel, sea kayak, and hike
- Witness the lively volcanic activity of the islands and its captivating geological formations
- Flexible itineraries mean that every cruise on La Pinta is a unique, surprising adventure
Duration: 8 days Start Location: Quito End Location: QuitoDownload Detailed Itinerary
Day 1 : Meet in the early morning in Quito or Guayquil and depart to the Galápagos
Meet in Quito or Guayquil, Ecuador and fly from Quito or Guayaquil to the Galápagos Islands (pre-trip accommodations and cost of flight not included in land/cruise cost of trip).
Upon arrival in the Enchanted Isles we’ll board the deluxe La Pinta, have an introductory briefing, participate in the essential safety and lifeboat drill, and begin our delightful week of exploration and relaxation!
INCLUDED MEALS: Lunch/Dinner
LODGING: La Pinta
Days 2 - 7 : Cruise Among the "Enchanted Isles"
Each day of your Galápagos tour contains magical moments of discovery, with a naturalist guide helping you see the wonders of the islands. The Galápagos cruise itinerary varies, but you'll visit a combination of islands: Plazas, North Seymour, Tower, James (Santiago), Bartolomé, Fernandina, Isabela, Santa Cruz, Española (Hood), and Floreana. Each has its own special highlights: the soft, powdery sands, blue-footed boobies, and waved albatross colony at Española; great snorkeling and a volcano hike on Bartolomé; tide pools and fur seals on James; the giant tortoises in the highlands of Santa Cruz; flightless cormorants and hordes of marine iguanas on Fernandina.
INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
LODGING: La Pinta
Day 8 : Return to Quito or Guayaquil and Fly Home
In the morning we’ll navigate our way back the port. After bidding farewell to the guides and the friendly crew of La Pinta, we transfer to the airport and fly back to Quito or Guayaquil arriving in the late afternoon.
INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch
DATES: Best time to go: Year round Departures: Dec 19 - 26, 2014 SOLD OUT Dec 26, 2014 - Jan 2, 2015 SOLD OUT Jan 30, 2015 - Feb 6, 2015 Apr 10 - 17, 2015 Jun 5 - 12, 2015 Jun 19 - 26, 2015 Aug 7 - 14, 2015 Aug 14 - 21, 2015 Aug 28, 2015 - Sep 4, 2015 Sep 4 - 11, 2015 Sep 25, 2015 - Oct 2, 2015 Oct 9 - 16, 2015 Oct 23 - 30, 2015 Dec 4 - 11, 2015 Dec 18 - 25, 2015
Single supplement: Call for details
Holiday surcharge of $200 applies some spring departures and end of year holiday departures
Each traveler will be responsible for a $100 National Park fee collected as cash upon arrival in the Islands ($50 for children ages 6-11.)
Special offer on some departures includes two nights at Boutique Hotel Casa Gangotena in Quito plus private transfers while in Ecuador. Call for more details 1-800-828-8747
Designed specifically with comfort and luxury in mind, the La Pinta offers only the most deluxe of travel accommodations. All 24 elegantly-decorated deluxe cabins are located mid-ship, in the Upper Deck, and feature double beds, air-conditioning, private, fully-equipped bathrooms, and large sea-view windows.
Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.
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