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Luxury Small Group Journeys

Galápagos Wildlife Adventure 2018


10 Days from $8,995

Limited to 18 guests

Cruise for six nights aboard a spacious expedition vessel 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 six nights aboard 'La Pinta'— an adventure yacht that blends stability, spaciousness and style— 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 certified naturalist guide

Choose from island activities that include kayaking, snorkeling, light trekking or simply relaxing on shore

Witness giant tortoises up close, in their natural habitats

Enjoy a wide range of onboard activities, including stargazing and nature lectures

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1
Arrive Guayaquil, Ecuador
DAY 2
Guayaquil | Chocolate Tasting & Organic Lunch
DAY 3
The Galápagos | On Board ‘La Pinta’
DAYS 4-8
The Galápagos | Spectacularly Diverse Wildlife
DAYS 9–10
Guayaquil | Farewell Dinner & Departure

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DAY 1
Arrive Guayaquil, Ecuador

Arrive in Guayaquil, the commercial center of Ecuador, where you are met and transferred to your hotel.

Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil
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DAY 2
Guayaquil | Chocolate Tasting & Organic Lunch

This morning, drive into the rural countryside for a visit to Hacienda La Danesa, a traditional dairy and cacao farm with a rich heritage and history. Learn about growing and harvesting cocoa for famed Ecuadorian chocolate during a hands-on plantation visit that includes tasting artisan chocolate, before enjoying an organic farm lunch. Return to Guayaquil for a brief city tour. Tonight, enjoy a delightful welcome dinner.

Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 3
The Galápagos | On Board ‘La Pinta’

Fly to Baltra in the remote Galápagos Islands. You are met by your naturalist guide and escorted to ‘La Pinta,’ your home for a six-night cruise through the Galapagos’ Western Islands. Nimble enough to access the Galápagos Islands, yet large and stable enough for safety, ‘La Pinta’ is built for adventure, offering spacious cabins and a comfortable atmosphere. The vessel is ecologically sound as well, and comes equipped with pangas (rubber rafts), a glass-bottom boat, and sea kayaks that allow for independent exploration. After lunch, attend an introductory briefing and a fitting for your wetsuit and snorkeling gear.

'La Pinta'
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Deck Plan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAYS 4-8
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. This cruise itinerary explores the true origins of the archipelago, and includes landmarks such as Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island, the intriguing red beach of Rabida Island, the Champion Inlet of Floreana Island, and the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island. Each cruise day begins with a hearty breakfast, before boarding a sturdy 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 photos and confer with your naturalist guide. You may see sun-bathing sea lions; skittering Sally Lightfoot crabs; tangles of marine and land iguanas; penguins, flamingos, finches, terns and blue-footed boobies; even a century-old tortoise diligently trudging over the sand. Return to ‘La Pinta’ for a refreshing lunch, perhaps taken al fresco on deck, followed by time at leisure to nap or socialize. Keep your binoculars handy 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 turtle stopping by to inspect those visiting its equatorial home. Back on board ‘La Pinta,’ 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 presented 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 library for 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.

'La Pinta'
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Deck Plan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAYS 9–10
Guayaquil | Farewell Dinner & Departure

Disembark today and fly back to Guayaquil. Enjoy time to relax before gathering for a farewell dinner at a local restaurant. The next morning, transfer to the airport to board a flight home, or to Lima, Peru, to begin the post-tour extension.

Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil
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Meals: Breakfast, Dinner (Day 9); Breakfast (Day 10)

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

Post-Tour Extension: Machu Picchu

Post-Tour Extension: Machu Picchu

5 Days from $3,495

Internal Air From $925

Internal Air Routing: 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 and enjoy 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.

  • Jan 10 - Jan 19
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    $9,595
    Single Supplement
    $6,995
    Internal Air From
    $575
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    Limited Availability

    Optional post-tour extension available on this departure.

    How many people are travelling in your group?
    Please enter a group size 1-10.
  • Jan 24 - Feb 02
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    $9,595
    Single Supplement
    $6,995
    Internal Air From
    $575
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    Limited Availability

    Optional post-tour extension available on this departure.

    How many people are travelling in your group?
    Please enter a group size 1-10.
  • Mar 07 - Mar 16
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    Single Supplement
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    $9,595
    Single Supplement
    $6,995
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    $575
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    Optional post-tour extension available on this departure.

    How many people are travelling in your group?
    Please enter a group size 1-10.
  • May 30 - Jun 08
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    $9,595
    Single Supplement
    $6,995
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    $575
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    Optional post-tour extension available on this departure.

    How many people are travelling in your group?
    Please enter a group size 1-10.
  • Sep 05 - Sep 14
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    Single Supplement
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    $8,995
    Single Supplement
    $6,595
    Internal Air From
    $575
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    Available

    Optional post-tour extension available on this departure.

    How many people are travelling in your group?
    Please enter a group size 1-10.
  • Sep 19 - Sep 28
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    Single Supplement
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    $8,995
    Single Supplement
    $6,595
    Internal Air From
    $575
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    Optional post-tour extension available on this departure.

  • Oct 03 - Oct 12
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    Single Supplement
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    $9,595
    Single Supplement
    $6,995
    Internal Air From
    $575
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    Available

    Optional post-tour extension available on this departure.

    How many people are travelling in your group?
    Please enter a group size 1-10.
  • Oct 17 - Oct 26
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    Single Supplement
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    $9,595
    Single Supplement
    $6,995
    Internal Air From
    $575
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    Available

    Optional post-tour extension available on this departure.

    How many people are travelling in your group?
    Please enter a group size 1-10.
  • Oct 31 - Nov 09
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    Price
    Single Supplement
    Internal Air From
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    $9,595
    Single Supplement
    $6,995
    Internal Air From
    $575
    Availability
    Available

    Optional post-tour extension available on this departure.

    How many people are travelling in your group?
    Please enter a group size 1-10.
  • Dec 12 - Dec 21
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    Price
    Single Supplement
    Internal Air From
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    Price
    $9,595
    Single Supplement
    $6,995
    Internal Air From
    $575
    Availability
    Available
    How many people are travelling in your group?
    Please enter a group size 1-10.
Journey Details

Internal Airfare: 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.

Triple Occupancy pricing is available upon request.


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