Galapagos: Wildlife Wonderland

Discover wildlife found nowhere else in the world with Tauck and BBC Earth! Find yourself face-to-face with fur seals and pups, weird-looking marine iguanas, birds with red or blue feet... on a Galapagos tour from Tauck Bridges that includes a four-night cruise aboard Santa Cruz II.

You and your family have an opportunity to discover wildlife found nowhere else in the world with Tauck and BBC Earth! Join us for an Earth Journeys family travel experience highlighted by BBC Earth on-tour films plus other select BBC Earth touches. Set sail for amazing tropical islands, truly a land that time forgot, on Tauck Bridges' family Galapagos tour that features a four-night cruise aboard Santa Cruz II. Have you ever seen birds wearing bright red or blue shoes? You will during this eco-cruise because the Galapagos is one of their favorite places to kick up their heels. How about prehistoric-looking iguanas? Or penguins and sea lions so friendly that they might swim right alongside you in brilliant blue water? Even the crabs are different here, with their bright red and yellow shells that provide quite a contrast to the black-lava rocks of these volcanic islands. Learn from Galapagos naturalists who travel with you... take walks on lava terrains... travel ashore via pangas... swim and snorkel... and spend two nights in colonial Quito.

4-night Galapagos Islands cruise aboard new Santa Cruz II with expert naturalist guides, on-tour film vignettes custom-made for Tauck by BBC Earth natural history experts; average of two shore excursions per day; explore Quito and visit the Equator

Traveling Well Includes:
  • All gratuities to Tauck Directors, local guides, drivers, naturalists and ship staff
  • On-tour film vignettes custom-made for Tauck by BBC Earth natural history experts plus other select BBC Earth touches
  • 4 nights aboard the 90-guest Santa Cruz II, designed especially for Galapagos Islands cruising; dry and wet landings
  • Your cruise may be a shared ship experience with non-Tauck guests onboard as well; all Tauck guests will be accompanied by one Tauck Director for approximately every 40 Tauck guests, and your itinerary will always be highlighted by exclusive, private Tauck shore excursions
  • Licensed Naturalist Guides of Galapagos National Park accompany shore excursions and hold briefings aboard ship, offering hands-on natural history lessons
  • Private Tauck Shore Excursions with experts, averaging two daily, for wildlife sightings and exciting activities
  • Entrance fee to Galapagos Nat'l Park - USD $100 value
  • Have brunch near a dormant volcano close to the Equator and explore colonial Quito on a guided tour
  • Learn about the Galapagos' natural history and conservation in the islands during a visit to the Cristobal Interpretation Center on San Cristobal
  • Aboard ship - daily cocktail hour; all day soft drinks; wine and beer with dinner
  • On-Tour Air (2 flights)
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • 18 meals (7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners); gratuities to drivers, service charges, most taxes and porterage

  • Call (800) 979-2266 for more information or to book today! Mention code 14346488

    Tour Operator
    Tauck Tours
    Offer
    Offer valid through 6/30/2019
    Duration
    8 Days
    DayDestinationDescription
    Day 1QuitoArrive Quito, Ecuador

    Tour begins: Swissotel Quito. A transfer is included from Mariscal Sucre International Airport to the Swissotel Quito, where you'll enjoy an Executive Level room. Join us for a special reception with local entertainment before our welcome dinner at the hotel. Then get a good night's sleep so you'll be rested and ready for your family's unforgettable Galapagos experience.

    Lodging:Swissotel Quito

    Meals: D
    Day 2QuitoVisit the Equator and explore Quito

    Quito is not only 9,200 feet above seal level, it's also on the Equator... the middle of the world. Take the opportunity to stand on both the northern and southern hemispheres at the same time, and learn more about Quito's unique geography at the Inti Nan Museum before enjoying an Ecuadorian brunch near a volcanic crater. Explore centuries-old Colonial Quito on a guided tour. Then spend the rest of the day and evening at leisure as you get set for tomorrow... when your Galapagos cruise gets underway!

    Lodging:Swissotel Quito

    Meals: B, L
    Day 3Santa Cruz IslandCruise to islands time forgot

    Fly to Baltra Island for the start of your Galapagos cruise* aboard Santa Cruz II. We'll be charting a course for Santa Cruz Island today, where a wet landing takes you to pearly white Las Bachas Beach (named for the US military barges, referred to as bachas, that were beached and abandoned there after WWII) - an important nesting area for the green sea turtle - surrounded by saltwater lagoons. Look for pintail ducks, flamingos, stilts, and sandpipers on a guided walk. Join our expert naturalists for an informative briefing back aboard ship this evening, prior to the Captain's welcome reception followed by dinner.

    Lodging:Aboard Santa Cruz II

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 4Santiago IslandMeet the locals on Santiago Island

    Go ashore on Santiago Island for a walk through a mangrove forest to see flocks of pink flamingos. This morning we'll take a boat ride off Buccaneer's Cove to observe seabirds like frigates, pelicans and boobies and go snorkeling off the panga. After lunch, a wet landing at Puerto Egas provides even more opportunities to see seabirds, along with a colony of sea lions, and marine iguanas. Go for a swim and a snorkel, and learn more about the sea lions and marine iguanas who live here.

    Lodging:Aboard Santa Cruz II

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 5Rabida IslandExplore Rabida & Hike on Bartolome

    Meet Darwin's finches and other rare birds today after a wet landing on Rabida (Jervis) Island, with its red-colored beaches. Experience both wet and dry landings on your excursion to Bartolome Island; hike up to the summit and drink in amazing vistas of its volcanic features and the neighboring islands. Ride a panga around Pinnacle Rock, and view sea lions, sea turtles and tiny tropical Galapagos penguins in a panorama of life found only here. Tonight you'll find out more about the Galapagos Islands with our shipboard naturalists.

    Lodging:Aboard Santa Cruz II

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 6Tower IslandTowering sights & birds at Darwin Bay

    Explore Genovesa (Tower) Island by panga and a dry landing; climb up Prince Philip's Steps for a hike across the island, where you'll see masked boobies, frigate birds, storm petrels and more. An afternoon cruise and a wet landing at Darwin Bay offers more amazing views of thousands of rare birds, including red-footed boobies, gulls, mockingbirds, herons and finches, as well as an optional walk across volcanic terrain. Back aboard the ship, celebrate the end of your cruise at our Captain's farewell dinner.

    Lodging:Aboard Santa Cruz II

    Meals: B, L, D
    Day 7GuayaquilDisembark on Santa Cruz & fly to Guayaquil

    Disembark Santa Cruz II on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, and visit a tortoise reserve to observe in the wild one of the rarest forms of wildlife that continue to thrive here on the Galapagos Islands - the giant tortoise - and efforts being made by the Ecuadorian National Park Service to preserve and protect life on the islands for future generations. Late morning, travel to the airport for your flight to Guayaquil on the mainland, and an overnight at the Wyndham Guayaquil. Join us this evening for a poolside farewell party at your hotel as your family's memorable Galapagos experience comes to a close.

    Lodging:Wyndham Guayaquil

    Meals: B, D
    Day 8GuayaquilHomeward bound

    Tour ends: Guayaquil. Fly home anytime. A transfer from the Wyndham Guayaquil to Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport is included. You should allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in.

    Lodging:

    Meals: B
    Dates/Pricing

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    DatePrice / DescriptionQuote
    03/14/2020$6,690.00* (USD) / SANTA CRUZ II - AvailableQuote
    03/24/2020$6,690.00* (USD) / SANTA CRUZ II - AvailableQuote
    04/07/2020$6,690.00* (USD) / SANTA CRUZ II - AvailableQuote
    04/11/2020$6,690.00* (USD) / SANTA CRUZ II - AvailableQuote
    06/06/2020$6,690.00* (USD) / SANTA CRUZ II - AvailableQuote
    06/16/2020$6,690.00* (USD) / SANTA CRUZ II - AvailableQuote
    06/20/2020$6,690.00* (USD) / SANTA CRUZ II - AvailableQuote
    06/30/2020$6,690.00* (USD) / SANTA CRUZ II - AvailableQuote
    07/04/2020$6,690.00* (USD) / SANTA CRUZ II - AvailableQuote
    07/14/2020$6,290.00* (USD) / SANTA CRUZ II - AvailableQuote
    07/18/2020$6,290.00* (USD) / SANTA CRUZ II - AvailableQuote
    07/28/2020$6,290.00* (USD) / SANTA CRUZ II - AvailableQuote
    08/01/2020$6,290.00* (USD) / SANTA CRUZ II - AvailableQuote
    08/11/2020$6,290.00* (USD) / SANTA CRUZ II - AvailableQuote
    08/15/2020$6,290.00* (USD) / SANTA CRUZ II - AvailableQuote
    12/19/2020$7,890.00* (USD) / SANTA CRUZ II - AvailableQuote
    Disclaimer
    * All prices are per person in U.S. dollars, based on double occupancy.

    Itinerary Changes - Although not expected, Tauck reserves the right to alter the sequence of ports or omit or substitute scheduled ports or attractions at any time without prior notice.

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