Galapagos - Legend 4 Day Cruise

  • days: 4
  • from: $3,295

Description

The Legend I is a luxury-class ship accommodating up to 100 passengers. Featuring broad observation decks, alfresco dining and an outdoor swimming pool, this is Galapagos cruising at its best.

Itinerary A - begins Mondays

2019 Departures: 

07 and 21 January, 04 and 18 February, 04 and 18 March, 01, 15 and 29 April, 13 and 27 May, 10 and 24 June, 08 and 22 July, 05 and 19 August, 02, 16 and 30 September, 14 and 28 October, 11 and 25 November, 09 and 23 December

Day 1 - Santa Cruz Island

Welcome to the Galapagos! Your sightseeing begins today with a visit to the Santa Cruz Highlands. Located to the northwest of Puerto Ayora, the Highlands are a natural reserve for giant tortoises. These enormous, slow-moving reptiles are responsible for the island’s name and approaching them in their humid, forest abode is always an inspiring adventure. They weigh between 250 and 300 kilograms and can live between 150 and 200 years. [L,D]

Day 2 - Genovesa Island (El Barranco/Prince Philip's Steps/Darwin Bay)

Begin the day admiring the variety of sea life that use the crevices of this island’s fascinating lava cliffs for shelter. Red-billed tropicbirds fly overhead between their nests and the bay, and a small colony of sea lions may be found where you land. Disembark for a short but steep climb up a wooden staircase. Once at the top, the land is flat, allowing for a captivating walk of about a mile to the other side of this small island, observing large colonies of Nazca boobies, frigate birds and storm petrels and the elusive short eared owl along the way. This afternoon you will disembark on a sandy coral beach. A short trail heads west along a tidal lagoon and then up a rocky hill leading to a point overlooking the cliffs and Darwin Bay. Along the trail you may see pairs of Swallow-tailed gulls, lava gulls, Yellow-crowned and lava herons. The trail continues through Palo Santo trees, Opuntia cacti and saltbushes inhabited by Great frigate birds and Red-footed boobies (this is one of the few places in the Galapagos where you are almost guaranteed to see the Red-footed boobies). [B,L,D]

Day 3 - Santa Cruz Island (Dragon Hill) - Santa Fe Island

Travel up to Dragon Hill this morning, walking by a brackish lagoon where you may be lucky enough to spot feeding flamingos. The trail passes through typical dry zone vegetation, an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas. Dragon Hill offers lovely views of the anchorage and neighbouring islands. The forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin's finches, Yellow Warblers, and Galapagos doves. Be greeted by a sea lion colony this afternoon on Santa Fe Island. Take a walk through an endemic cactus forest as you search for the Santa Fe land iguana, the largest in the islands and distinctively paler than other species. This island is home to a number of endemic species including Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snake, Rice rats, a variety of finches and one of the four species of Galapagos mockingbirds. Later there will be time for snorkelling. [B,L,D]

Day 4 - Mosquera Islet

Located between North Seymour and Baltra Islands, Mosquera Islet is home to a large colony of sea lions and also an excellent place to observe shorebirds such as herons and lava gulls. A fascinating way to finish your visit to the memorable Galapagos! [B]

Itinerary C - begins Mondays

2019 Departures: 

14 and 28 January, 11 and 25 February, 11 and 25 March, 08 and 22 April, 06 and 20 May, 03 and 17 June, 01, 15 and 29 July, 12 and 26 August, 09 and 23 September, 07 and 21 October, 04 and 18 November, 02, 16 and 30 December

Day 1 - Bartolome Island

Welcome to the Galapagos! Your adventure begins today on Bartolome island, discovering a fascinating moonscape formed by different volcanic parasitic cones - lava bombs, spatter and cinder cones – on a hike to the summit for impressive views of the surrounding islands, including the famous eroded tuff cone Pinnacle Rock. You will also encounter marine iguanas, lava lizards and blue-footed boobies. Enjoy some beach time here where you can snorkel and see Galapagos penguins, sea turtles and white-tipped reef sharks, among a great variety of colourful fish. [L,D]

Day 2 - South Plaza Islet - North Seymour Island

Land at the northern part of South Plaza Islet this morning. Begin your walk through an impressive cactus forest home to many land and marine iguanas. As you reach its highest point, be on the lookout for tropic birds and a bachelor sea lion colony. In South Plaza there is also a large colony of the smaller sized land iguanas. The population is approximately 300 individuals. They feed on all kinds of vegetation, but during the dry season survive on the fruits and flowers of Opuntia cacti. Here you may also encounter the one and only Galapagos hybrid iguana. In the afternoon you will land on North Seymour, one of the busiest tourist destinations on the archipelago. North Seymour is the most accessible for day trips out of Santa Cruz’s main port, Puerto Ayora. A two hour walk (approximately) amidst large nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies, magnificent frigate birds and swallow-tailed gulls will provide an in depth insight into the sea bird breeding cycles in the Galapagos. You will also encounter sea lions, land iguanas and perhaps even a Galapagos Snake. [B,L,D]

Day 3 - San Cristobal Island (Pitt Point/Witch Hill)

Begin the day with a visit to Pitt Point, home to a 90-metre-long olivine beach and a path that climbs to the top of a volcanic tuff, through several magnificent viewpoints. This is probably the only site where the three booby species of the Galapagos can be seen together (Nazca, Blue-footed, and Red-footed), as well as two species of frigate birds and a sea lion colony. It is also excellent for dinghy rides and snorkelling, where a good range of sea birds can be observed. In the afternoon you’ll visit Cerro Brujo, also known as ‘Witch Hill’, an eroding tuff cone that, at several locations, is composed of lava formations. There is also a beautiful white sandy beach which is great for snorkelling and sunbathing. Here you can observe a wide variety of migratory birds including Black-necked stilts, Ruddy turnstones, Whimbrels, and White-cheeked pintails. Cerro Brujo offers beautiful views of Kicker Rock, the southern part of San Cristobal and the adjacent coast. [B,L,D]

Day 4 - San Cristobal Island

Arriving at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno this morning, you’ll visit the centre where the Galapagos Giant Tortoise breeding program takes place. The Centre also educates communities and schools within the islands for future preservation. There’ll be many photo opportunities so keep your camera handy. Then enjoy some free time in the town to shop for souvenirs. A fascinating way to finish your visit to the memorable Galapagos! [B]

Inclusions

  • Accommodation based on twin-share cabin with private facilities
  • All meals on board (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • A program of included shore excursions and sightseeing
  • INGALA Galapagos Visitor Card Fee ($20pp US)

Exclusions

  • Airfares to the Galapagos Islands (approximately $745pp AU)
  • Galapagos Islands National Park entrance fee ($100pp US)

The Small Print: Prices are per person based on twin share. Single Supplement on request. Seasonal surcharges apply. Cabin upgrades and itinerary length variations may be available. Please contact our office for details.