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Luxury Small Group Journeys

Galápagos Wildlife Adventure 2017


10 Days from $8,995

Limited to 18 guests

Cruise for seven nights aboard a small expedition ship to the Galápagos, where you stroll pristine beaches among giant tortoises, marine iguanas and blue-footed boobies, and snorkel and kayak with sea lions and fish.

A&K Advantages

Cruise for seven nights aboard 'Xperience' - an expedition vessel that blends stability, comfort and flexibility - in the Galápagos Islands

Experience some of the most intimate and up-close wildlife encounters in the world, both on land and in the water

Discover the Galápagos Islands on twice-daily shore excursions that include nature walks limited to 12 guests for more interaction with your naturalist guide

Choose from kayaking or snorkeling, depending on the location, or simply relax on deck or on shore

Observe giant tortoises up close, in their natural habitats

Enjoy a wide range of onboard activities, including stargazing and dolphin watching

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1:
Arrive Guayaquil, Ecuador
DAY 2:
Guayaquil/The Galápagos | On Board ‘Xperience’
DAYS 3-8:
The Galápagos | Spectacularly Diverse Wildlife
DAY 9:
Guayaquil | Disembark and Enjoy a Farewell Dinner
DAY 10:
Depart Guayaquil

Extend Your Journey

Pre-Tour Extension: Quito & Otavalo 4 Days from $1,395 Learn More
Post-Tour Extension: Machu Picchu 5 Days from $3,695 Learn More
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DAY 1:
Arrive Guayaquil, Ecuador

Arrive in Guayaquil to begin your Galápagos adventure. Transfer to your hotel where you have the remainder of the day to settle in and relax

Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil
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DAY 2:
Guayaquil/The Galápagos | On Board ‘Xperience’

After a private welcome breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to the Galápagos. Upon arrival, you are met by your naturalist guide and escorted to ‘Xperience,’ your home for a seven-night cruise. Nimble enough to access the Galápagos Islands, yet large and stable enough for safety, ‘Xperience’ is built for adventure, offering a stylish and relaxed atmosphere. ‘Xperience’ is ecologically sound as well, and has been awarded the “Smart Voyager” seal of approval by the Rainforest Alliance, certifying it as an eco-friendly and socially responsible ship. After settling in, attend an introductory briefing and a fitting for your wetsuit and snorkeling gear.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAYS 3-8:
The Galápagos | Spectacularly Diverse Wildlife

Lying 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, the Galápagos Islands are a haven for some of the world’s most varied wildlife. It was this diversity that first led naturalist Charles Darwin to propose that species evolved in response to their environment. Darwin’s work also helped to alert the world to the need — urgent even in his own day — to preserve these islands from degradation by humans. Today, tourism to the Galápagos is closely managed, protecting the wildlife while allowing you to experience the environment much as Darwin did. Because weather, water and wildlife conditions are subject to constant change, your cruise itinerary is not fixed, but two daily excursions are planned to the main sites and islands. Explore landmarks such as Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island, El Barranco on Genovesa Island, Pinnacle Rock on Bartolome Island and the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island. Each cruise day begins with an early breakfast. You then board a sturdy rubber raft called a panga for the morning shore excursion. As soon as your feet touch terra firma, expect to spot flora and fauna (differing species, depending on the island), take photographs and confer with your naturalist guide. See sunbathing sea lions; skittering Sally Lightfoot crabs; tangles of marine iguanas; penguins, finches, terns and blue-footed boobies; even a century-old tortoise diligently trudging over the sand. Return to ‘Xperience’ for a refreshing lunch, perhaps taken al fresco on deck, followed by time at leisure to nap or socialize. Keep your binoculars close by for possible sightings of dolphins or seabirds. In the afternoon, return to the pangas for the second excursion of the day, perhaps with an opportunity to swim, kayak or snorkel. You may well come face to face with a water-dwelling inhabitant, such as a curious sea lion stopping by to inspect those visiting its equatorial home. Back on board ‘Xperience,’ enjoy time to shower and relax before gathering in the dining room for another wonderful meal. Each evening, your time is your own: Attend a lecture on board by one of your affable guides, who recaps the day and gives a sneak peek at tomorrow’s itinerary; explore the mysteries of the night sky with a fascinating astronomy lecture on deck; peruse the ship’s excellent library to gain further insight into a species you encountered; or gather for cocktails in the lounge to cap a day of extraordinary discoveries. Drift asleep in your air-conditioned cabin to the rise and fall of gentle ocean swells.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 9:
Guayaquil | Disembark and Enjoy a Farewell Dinner

Disembark today and fly back to Guayaquil. Relax at your hotel before gathering for a farewell dinner at your hotel’s restaurant. Share the highlights of your inspiring Galápagos experience with your fellow guests.

Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil
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Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 10:
Depart Guayaquil

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board your homebound flight or set out for Lima, Peru, to begin the delightful Machu Picchu Post-Tour Extension.

Meals: Breakfast

NOTE: 'Xperience' is an adventure vessel and while it is ideal for small-group exploration in the Galápagos, it is not a luxury ship. Shore excursions are shared with other passengers. .

Pre-Tour Extension: Quito & Otavalo

Pre-Tour Extension: Quito & Otavalo

4 Days from $1,395

Internal air is included

DAY 1:

Arrive in Quito, Ecuador.

Hotel Plaza Grande
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DAYS 2-3:

Tour Colonial Quito and La Ronda Street. Enjoy tastings of chocolate and ice cream. Spend the afternoon at leisure before a welcome dinner. The next day, explore the Cochasqui pre-Inca ruins. See the Quitsato Sun Dial on the equator en route to Otavalo, where you visit the Peguche waterfalls.

Hotel Plaza Grande
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Day 2); Breakfast, Lunch (Day 3)
DAY 4:

Fly via Guayaquil to Baltra to board ‘Eclipse,’ joining your main journey on Day 2.

Meals: Breakfast

Post-Tour Extension: Machu Picchu

Post-Tour Extension: Machu Picchu

5 Days from $3,695

Internal air priced from $925 (Guayaquil/Lima/Cusco/Lima)

DAYS 1-2:

Arrive in Lima, Peru, connect to Cusco. Relax and acclimatize at your hotel. The next day, explore Cusco and tour Sacsayhuaman.

Belmond Hotel Monasterio
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Meals: Breakfast (Day 2)
DAY 3:

Travel to Machu Picchu by train to roam its intriguing ruins.

Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4:

Hike to Inti Punku or Huayna Picchu. Return to Cusco for your farewell dinner.

Belmond Hotel Monasterio
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5:

Fly to Lima. Tour the city’s highlights. Depart.

Belmond Miraflores Park (dayroom)
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Meals: Breakfast


Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

  • Oct 27 - Nov 05
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    Price
    Single Supplement
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    Cabin Class
    Deluxe Ocean View Stateroom
    Price
    $8,995
    Single Supplement
    $6,995
    Internal Air From
    $575
    Availability
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    Cabin Class
    Premium Ocean View Stateroom
    Price
    $9,595
    Single Supplement
    $7,495
    Internal Air From
    $575
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    Cabin Class
    Elite Ocean View Stateroom
    Price
    $10,195
    Single Supplement
    $7,795
    Internal Air From
    $575
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    Optional pre-tour extension available on this departure.

  • Nov 10 - Nov 19
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    Cabin Class
    Price
    Single Supplement
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    Cabin Class
    Deluxe Ocean View Stateroom
    Price
    $8,995
    Single Supplement
    $6,995
    Internal Air From
    $575
    Availability
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    Cabin Class
    Premium Ocean View Stateroom
    Price
    $9,595
    Single Supplement
    $7,495
    Internal Air From
    $575
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    Cabin Class
    Elite Ocean View Stateroom
    Price
    $10,195
    Single Supplement
    $7,795
    Internal Air From
    $575
    Availability
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    Optional post-tour extension available on this departure.

Journey Details

Internal Air: Economy class from $575

(Guayaquil/Baltra/Guayaquil)

This journey contains some active elements.

Minimum age is 10 years.

First group event: welcome briefing at 8:30 a.m. on Day 2.

Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:00 p.m. on Day 9.

Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.


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