Galapagos

2018 – 2019 Santa Cruz II itineraries

The team of passionate travelers and explorers that form the heart of Metropolitan Touring are continuously looking towards the horizon to find the best ways to experience the wonders of our world. Like the finches of our beloved Galapagos we evolve according to our environment, which is to say – the needs and desires of our beloved guests.

That’s why we are proud to announce that our brand-new Santa Cruz II Galapagos cruise itineraries are right around the corner! Starting on 8 January, 2018 and 2019 Galapagos travels will be even more fulfilling and more accessible, with all itineraries starting and ending at Baltra, improved itinerary lengths and island highlights, and even better Galapagos Big15 coverage and wildlife viewing opportunities.

Try our beautiful week-long itinerary that explores the Eastern Islands of the archipelago or head off to the Northern (or Western) Islands on a convenient 5 day/4 night itinerary. And of course, our new Galapagos itineraries for 2018 and 2019 enjoy the same top-tier cruising standards and superior level of island exclusivity as before, allowing guests to relish in the archipelago with absolute peace of mind and satisfaction.

So what are you waiting for? The New Year is ripe for travelling! Be sure to contact your destination expert for more information on these new and exciting Galapagos Itineraries!

5 Days Northern Galapagos Islands, Monday to Friday

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Join us as we discover the glorious white beach of Las Bachas, Santiago Island (Buccaneer Cove and Puerto Egas), Rabida, Bartolome Island, and the sunken crater of Genovesa Island, Galapagos’ best natural aviary. End the trip on a high note watching Galapagos giant tortoises stroll through their natural habitat in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island before heading to the airport at Baltra.

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7 days Eastern Galapagos Islands, Friday to Thursday

eastern-2018-introThis comprehensive journey, starting and ending in Baltra, takes us to the oldest islands in the Archipelago. We visit the sea lions of Mosquera Islet before heading to see the red-footed boobies in San Cristobal, the island where Darwin first set foot in the Galapagos. Meet the endemic land iguanas of Santa Fe, observe the colours of South Plaza, and stop in at the world-famous Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz, before heading on to top-rated Española and North Seymour, with an in-between stop at Eden Islet.

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5 days Western Galapagos Islands, Thursday to Monday

western-2018-introOur journey begins at Dragon Hill on Santa Cruz Island, home to Galapagos land iguanas. The next day is spent at Isabela Island (Punta Vicente Roca) and Fernandina Island, the pristine jewel of the national park. From there, we are on to the world-famous Charles Darwin Research Station and its captive tortoise breeding program. Floreana Island’s Post Office Bay and Punta Cormorant round off the trip with insights into human presence on the islands.

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2018 – 2019 itineraries map

 

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Packing List

The Essentials
  • Passport
  • Tickets & printed itineraries
  • Travel insurance
  • Health insurance information
  • Credit/debit cards
  • Cash (US Dollars)
  • Personal medication
The Wearables
Shoes
  • Light-weight hiking shoes
  • Water-resistant, closed-toe sport sandals
  • Anti-slip sandals for onboard
Clothing
  • Hiking shorts
  • Lightweight hiking pants
  • Casual pants and shorts (men)
  • Casual dress, skirt, shorts or pants (women)
  • Short-sleeve T-shirts
  • Long-sleeve shirts or rash guards for sun protection
  • Underwear
  • Socks (normal and for hiking)
  • Bathing suits (minimum 2)
Accessories and Gear
  • Sunglasses (optional: neck strap)
  • Wide-brimmed hat or cap
  • Bandana
Outerwear
  • Windbreaker jacket
  • Warm sweater or fleece
The Portables
Personal care
  • Toiletry kit
  • Sun block & lip balm (waterproof + SPF 50 or higher)
  • Insect repellent
Gear
  • Small backpack/daypack (preferably waterproof)
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Video camera
  • Extra memory cards and batteries
  • Tripod (optional)
  • Appliance chargers & adaptors if necessary (plugs in Ecuador are US-style A & B, 2 flat pins, 110 V)
  • Prescription snorkelling mask or specialized snorkel equipment*
  • Sealable plastic bags of various sizes
  • Journal

* All normal snorkeling equipment is available onboard and at the Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel. Some charges may apply.

General Notes:
  • Metropolitan Touring guarantees air space space for all Galapagos products
  • Galapagos itineraries are subject to change due to weather, logistical, Galapagos Park regulations or operational reasons
  • All rates are subject to change. If fuel prices increase, additional charges may apply
  • During peak season dates, Metropolitan Touring reserves the right to prioritise reservations taking into account factors such as payment and confirmation dates
  • Metropolitan Touring reserves the right to limit the number of Explorer and Voyager cabins (twin/double) for single use dependent on availability
  • Explorer and Voyager cabins (twin/double) for single use incur a 15% surcharge. Only 7 cabins are available for single use
  • Regardless the number of cabins occupied, the ship’s authorized maximum operating capacity cannot exceed 90 guests
  • There’s no laundry service on-board but there are two domestic dryers for your use
  • There will be a surcharge during Peak Season

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