Day 1: San Cristobal Island

This morning board your hour and a half flight to San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos. Upon arrival, take a short transfer to a waiting zodiac which will take you to board the M/Y Grace anchored just off shore. Once on board, enjoy lunch and a quick briefing while en route toy our first visitor sites: Lobos Beach and Kicker Rock.

Lobos Island, across a small channel off the coast of San Cristobal Island, lives up to its name of -Sea Lion Island- with its noisy population of frolicking and barking beasts. This is your first chance to share the water with a playful colony of the "wolves of the sea". From lobos, head to Kicker Rock with its spectacular rock formation that rises 500 feet out of the Pacific. It takes the form of a sleeping lion, but from another angle you can see that the rock is actually split, forming a colossal tablet and, piercing the sea, a great chisel ready for etching.

Head back to the Grace for welcome cocktails and dinner and to meet your crew and guides.

Day 2: Espanola Island

Rise early this morning for an optional kayak adventure. After breakfast, board the zodiacs to head to shore. Hood is the southernmost island of the archipelago, and is one of the most popular due to the breathtaking variation and number of fauna that inhabit it. This mornings excursion takes you to Punta Suarez where the largest variety of marine iguanas in the Galapagos resides. Masked boobies and blue footed boobies nest along the cliff's edge, as well as the famous waved albatross.

Enjoy lunch aboard the ship and some time to rest or take in the view from the upper deck. This afternoon visit Gardner Bay. The bay boasts a magnificent long white sandy beach where colonies of sea lions laze in the sun, sea turtles swim offshore, and inquisitive mockingbirds boldly investigate new arrivals. Throw on your mask and head into the water to swim or snorkel along side the playful marine life.

Day 3: Floreana Island

Floreana has had a colorful history: Pirates, whalers, convicts, and a small band of somewhat peculiar colonists—a Baroness among them—who chose a Robinson Crusoe existence that ended in mystery and death. Today visit Post Office Bay where in 1793 British whalers set up a barrel, as the island's Post Office, to send letters home on passing ships. The tradition continues even now. Drop a post card into the barrel without a stamp in hopes that the next ship to wander through will carry on your note to its final destination.

Enjoy a late morning walk to the Baroness Overlook for some striking views of the scenery surrounding Floreana Island. After lunch, visit Cormorant Point which offers two highly contrasting beaches; a green-olivine beach and an iron-red beach. Between the two beaches is a salt lagoon frequented by flamingoes, pintails, stilts and other wading birds. In the late afternoon you'll head to the tiny islet known as Champion, considered one of the top snorkeling sites the Galapagos and offers prime underwater sea lion interactions.

Day 4: Santa Cruz Island

After a dry landing at Dragon Hill, head up the beach to a trail that leads to a hyper saline lagoon. This is a seasonal haunt for pink flamingos. You will notice that as you make your way from the coast toward the top of the hill, there is a transition from intertidal vegetation like mangroves to dry zone vegetation including Palo Santo cactus and the silvery leafed Palo Santo trees. Keep your eyes open for the famous Darwin’s Finches and Land iguanas hiding in the bushes shade. The lava flows that reach out from the shore from Dragon Hill form black reefs where you should dive in and enjoy some excellent snorkeling.

In the afternoon you are off to the Highlands of Santa Cruz, where the dry coastal vegetation transitions to lush wet fields and forests overgrown with moss and lichens. Your destination is the Tortoise Reserve, where you can sit with these amzing animals in the wild, walk through lava tubes and see the Gemelos, twin collapsed craters.

Day 5: Santa Cruz Island

After a good breakfast, board the skiffs and head to Las Bachas, a sandy white-coral beach that is a major egg-laying site for sea turtles. The name Bachas refers to the remains of landing craft left here at the end of WWII. Ashore marine iguanas mingle with flamingos and other wading birds in another of the many super saline lagoons found in the Galapagos.

The afternoon excursion is to Chinese Hat Islet, a fairly recent volcanic cone with the shape of a down-facing Chinese hat. On the rocky shoreline of nearby Santiago, Galapagos penguins are often seen. There is a small sea lion cove on the north shore, where the zodiacs will land and anchor. Wade into the crystal blue waters of the cove to snorkel and swim with playful sea lions and penguins.

Day 6: Rabida Island

Rabida Island, also commonly known by its English name of Jervis Island, is known for its unique reddish-maroon terrain as a result of the oxidation of lava. It is home to large populations of sea lions, pelicans and flamingoes, as well as a thick forest of Palo Santo trees. A yellow saltwater lagoon is found behind the reddish beach, where vast numbers of brightly colored pink flamingoes can be seen lazying around male sea lions that have been ousted from their groups. Enjoy a late morning snorkeling opportunity along the rocks with sea lions and tropical fish.

After lunch and free time to rest or enjoy the ships upper deck, visit to Sullivan Bay, one of the most outstanding volcanic sites in the Galapagos. In the nearly 100 years since the Sullivan Bay Flow, only a few plants like Mollugo and Lava cacti have managed to take root in this harsh environment. Oystercatchers can be seen fishing for crabs and mollusks in the tide pools of Sullivan Bay. After exploring the lava flow, swim or snorkel with playful sea lions off two small coraline beaches.

Today also offers mornign or afternoon kayaking and zodiac excursions with your guide to explore the islands shore and learn more about its formation.

Day 7: Bartolome Island & North Seymour Island

This mornings adventure takes you to Bartolome Island, famous for Pinnacle Rock, to visit Galapagos Penguins and sea lions. Stretch your legs on an easy hike along a trail to Bartolome's summit where you are rewarded with spectacular views of Pinnacle Rock and the Islands beautiful beach. Make your way back down the trail and spend some time taking photos, or gazing at the crystal blue water before heading back to your ship for lunch.

This afternoons adventure takes you to North Seymour, a good nesting site for frigate birds and Blue-footed boobies. The Island was lifted from the ocean floor by a seismic event, and its origins as a seabed give the island its low, flat profile. This island is teaming with life! You might have to give way to a passing sea lion or marine iguana; blue-footed booby nests sit beside the trail where mating pairs perform their courtship dance. A tiny forest of silver-grey Palo Santo trees stand just above the landing, usually without leaves, waiting for the rain to bring them into bloom.

Day 8: Santa Cruz Island

Today your Galapagos cruise comes to an end. Before you bid farewell to the Evolution and her crew, board the zodiacs one last time for a trip to Black Turtle Cove. A beautiful mangrove estuary where your will quietly drift along to see spotted eagle rays, diamond shaped mustard rays, white-tipped reef sharks, pacific green sea turtles and a large variety of shore birds. Next, head to Baltra Island airport for the flight back to the Ecuadorian mainland to continue your adventure or bid farewell and head home.

Rates - 2017
Dates Per Person Double Single Supplement
Sept 9, 23; Oct 7, 21; Nov 4, 18; Dec 2 from $5,450 depending on cabin from $2,725 depending on cabin
Jan 14, 28; Feb 11, 25; March 11, 25; April 8, 22; May 6, 20; June 3, 17; July 1, 15; Aug 12, 26; Dec 16, 30 from $6,390 depending on cabin from $3,195 depending on cabin
Pricing does not include regional flights (approx. $550 per person), Galapagos National Park Entrance fee ($100 per person), Galapagos Tourist Card ($20 per person).
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