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Yacht La Pinta-Western Islands

7 days fr £4,752pp

Baltra Island • Isabela Island • Rabida Island • Santa Cruz Island • Floreana Island • Santa Fe Island

Save £300pp plus full board on cruise · 8 nights fr £5,995 pp (Including flights)

The Galapagos Islands are special so why not enjoy them on a special luxury yacht. Join Yacht La Pinta for 8 days for a luxury experience of the islands that inspired Charles Darwin more than 170 years ago. Be completely immersed in the unique environment and be wowed by the wildlife that surrounds you. Enjoy faultless service, delicious cuisine and every amenity you could ever wish for. Gaze upon spectacular views from your classic cabin which features floor-to-ceiling windows and take in the sights on the observation deck. You will enjoy a full itinerary including visits to the National Park and the Marine Reserve.

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8 nights Bed & Breakfast fr £5,995pp (including flights) Valid 01/02/2020 - 29/02/2020

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TOUR DETAILS
Accommodation:
  • Luxury Cabin fr £4,752pp
Validity (selected dates between):
  • 03/01/2019 - 22/12/2019
Also included:
  • Cabin Accommodation
  • Full Board & Soft Drinks
  • Island Excursions
  • English Speaking Naturalist Guides
  • Island Airport Transfers
  • Migration control card $20 usd
  • Snorkelling Gear & Wet Suit Rental
  • National park entrance Fee-$100 USD PP
Not included:
  • International Flights (unless otherwise stated)
  • Domestic flights
  • Alcoholic Drinks on Board
  • Wifi
  • Tips $25-$35 per day recommended tour/guide/bar
Overview
There is no better way to experience the remote beauty and stunning wildlife of the Galapagos Islands than on this seven night voyage on the yacht La Pinta, an elegant 207-foot vessel which takes only 48 passengers and offers a relaxed, yet truly superior expedition atmosphere, with luxurious cabins, large picture windows and the highest standards of service. See the the most rewarding sites in the Galapagos Archipelago in style and comfort.
Day 1
Baltra Island
After flying in to Baltra Island you are taken to board the Yacht La Pinta. After a welcome introductory briefing and lunch you sail on to North Seymour Island. In the afternoon go for a walk along the coast and the interior of the island, observing bird colonies of blue footed boobies, frigate birds, swallow tailed gulls and also sea lions and marine iguanas. There is an opportunity for snorkelling or coastal exploration. In the evening back on board enjoy a cocktail before dinner.
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Day 2
Isabela Island
Today's coastal exploration is by dinghy, while a naturalist guide explains the dramatic geology of the area with remains of lava flows and tuff stone layers. This is the nesting place for flightless cormorants and wildlife here includes sea lions, Galapagos fur seals, penguins, blue-footed and Nazca boobies and Noddy terns. You can go snorkelling along the cliffs of a partly-sunken Ecuador Volcano, near the northern tip of the island, which is rich in marine life. After lunch visit Fernandina Island and walk across the dark lava landscape. Here you find the highest density of marine iguanas, sharing their space with sally-light foot crabs, hawks and penguins.
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Day 3
Isabela Island
After breakfast disembark at Urbina Bay, at the foot of volcanoes Alcedo and Darwin. Here you can find corals, shells, and many other calcareous organisms exposed above water. This area is also home to large and very colourful Galápagos land iguanas, giant tortoises and Darwin's finches. Along the shoreline, after a hike, you may encounter flightless cormorants and see penguins while snorkelling in a beautiful cove. After lunch on board visit Tagus Cove which was a favourite anchorage for pirates and whalers over the centuries. Old graffiti is still found carved on its walls. An uphill hike takes you to the back of Darwin Crater where the views are spectacular.
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Day 4
Rabida Island and Santa Cruz Island
Land at Rabida Island's red-coloured beach and watch the marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin's finches. Very close to the beach, hidden behind a strip of green saltbush, is a salt pond where greater flamingos migrate. This is a great place to snorkel from the beach. Then on the way to Santa Cruz Island dolphins are often spotted. After lunch visit Dragon Hill on Santa Cruz Island where on a walk around a lagoon you should see stilts, pintail ducks, sandpipers and sanderlings. Further inland, the trail offers a beautiful view of the bay and the western islands of the archipelago.
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Day 5
Darwin Research Station
A highlight of the trip today when you visit Puerto Ayora and the Charles Darwin Research Station. See the famous giant tortoise pens at the station which is the headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation and the National Park administration. Enjoy lunch at the poolside of the beautiful Finch Bay Eco Hotel and then visit the highlands of Santa Cruz Island, with their impressive Scalesia forest and the geological formation of the twin pit craters known as Los Gemelos. You may also be able to visit the giant tortoises in the wild.
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Day 6
Floreana Island
Today you land at Post Office Bay to see the historic barrel that has been serving as a post office in the archipelago for over two centuries, and learn about the human side of the islands, the early inhabitants and the adventures of pirates and whalers. At Baroness Cove take a short walk up to the observation tower to enjoy breathtaking views of Floreana and its nearby islets. Snorkelling and kayaking are possible here. After lunch on board land at the olivine crystal beach of Punta Cormorant for a bird watching walk. Then visit a white-sand beach where sea turtles nest and take a trip in a glass-bottom boat.
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Day 7
Departure Baltra
Today your wonderful Galapagos cruise comes to an end. Say farewell to new found friends before your yacht arrives at Chatham Island. After breakfast you will be picked up and taken to the airport for your flight back to the mainland where you can continue your South American adventure or catch a flight back home taking with you so many memories of one of the most interesting and spectacular group of islands on Earth.
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