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GALAPAGOS ISLANDS EXPEDITION
January 24-February 3, 2019
From $9,969(1)(2) per person, based on double occupancy, Cat. XD: Deluxe Oceanview stateroom (airfare to Quito, Ecuador not included)
10-night cruise tour, round trip from Quito, Ecuador; on-tour round-trip, economy-class flight from Quito to Galapagos Islands included
Single accommodations are now available on this cruise tour; call for pricing. While the cruise line can accommodate most special diets, the Galapagos fleet cannot accommodate Kosher diets.
This tour is not recommended for guests with mobility issues.
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Discover Darwin’s world and encounter some of the planet’s rarest wildlife in the Galapagos Islands. Six hundred miles due west of Ecuador, the isolated Galapagos served as the living laboratory that inspired Charles Darwin to develop his theories on evolution. Your tour starts with a two-night stay in Quito, the capital city of Ecuador. Straddle the equator, putting one foot in the Northern Hemisphere and one in the Southern at the Middle of the World Park and Museum during your guided sightseeing tour and meet your fellow owners at a Welcome Dinner at the historic Santo Domingo Convent. Then board an included flight to Baltra Island to embark on a 7-night Galapagos Islands cruise on the intimate Celebrity Xperience, a newly refurbished, 48-passenger ship with stylish Oceanview staterooms. Only Bluegreen owners and their guests will be onboard as you explore the islands together! The isolation of these islands has nurtured a community of creatures who are unafraid of people. Knowledgeable, certified Galapagos naturalists provide briefings daily and guide you as you get up close and personal with sea lions, pelicans, penguins, marine iguanas and the islands’ iconic giant tortoises and red-footed boobies. Explore the islands by Zodiac boat, guided walks and hikes, snorkeling and swimming. Back on the ship, enjoy locally sourced cuisine with menus developed by a Michelin®-starred chef; al fresco dining; select spirits, beers and wines; large decks to gather and watch the sun set; and service that aims to exceed your expectations. Your adventure ends with one last night in Quito to enjoy Ecuadorian hospitality.
Exclusive Owner Adventures Perks & Inclusions:
- 2-night hotel accommodations in Quito, Ecuador at beginning of cruise tour
- 1-night hotel accommodations in Quito, Ecuador at end of cruise tour
- Breakfast daily during hotel stays
- Quito City Tour excursion with lunch
- Welcome Dinner at Santo Domingo Convent in Quito
- On-tour round-trip, economy-class flight from Quito to Baltra, Galapagos
- Transfers to and from cruise pier in Baltra, Galapagos
- 7-night Bluegreen-chartered Galapagos Islands cruise aboard the Celebrity Xperience
- All meals aboard ship
- Beverages aboard ship, including select beer, wine, spirits and soft drinks
- Daily onboard naturalist briefings
- Daily guided shore landings and excursions
- Galapagos National Park entrance fees
- Complimentary use snorkeling equipment, mini wet suits, walking sticks and binoculars
- Wi-Fi in public areas aboard ship
- Bluegreen Vacations host
- Airport transfers in Quito on January 24 and February 3
For U.S. residents only, Travel Protection will be purchased on your behalf by Bluegreen Vacations when you book this Owner Adventures vacation package.
PLEASE NOTE: While wildlife is abundant in the Galapagos Islands, wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed on excursions. Itinerary is subject to change by Galapagos National Park authorities, and changes recently made to January 30 and February 1 are reflected below.
Thursday, January 24, 2019 — Quito, Ecuador
Welcome to Ecuador and the world’s highest capital city at an elevation of 9,350 feet. You will be met at the airport for your transfer to the JW Marriott Hotel, an upscale accommodation conveniently located in the heart of the city. The hotel has a spa, fitness center, outdoor pool, whirlpool, 24-hour room service and four on-site restaurants, including an Argentinian steakhouse and a coffee shop/cafe. Relax tonight or venture out to explore this lively Andean city on your own. Your Tour Director will escort your group during your Quito stay and can provide recommendations for nearby dining, shopping, museums and churches. Overnight in Quito.
Friday, January 25, 2019 — Quito, Ecuador
After breakfast at your hotel, you’ll have an included Quito City Tour private group excursion. One of the largest, least-altered and best-preserved historic centers in the Americas, Quito is the first city in the world to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stand on the equatorial line at the Middle of the World Park and Museum and marvel at the monastery of San Francisco and la Campañia Church. After your tour, you’ll have lunch at a restaurant with a spectacular view of the city. This evening join your Tour Director, Bluegreen host and fellow adventurers for a Welcome Dinner at the convent in historic Santo Domingo Church with its stately Baroque architectural styling. The church is well known for its awe-inspiring collection of art, including carvings, reliefs and frescos. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included today; overnight in Quito.
Saturday, January 26, 2019 — Quito, Ecuador – Baltra Island (Cruise Embarkation) & Black Turtle Cove, Santa Cruz Island
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Baltra Island. During World War II Baltra served as a U.S. military base protecting the Panama Canal from enemy attack. Now the cactus-strewn landscapes of Baltra are home to the region’s main airport. From the airport it is just a short bus and Zodiac ride to the Celebrity Xperience. Onboard this stylish, 48-passenger vessel, luxury exploration is the norm. All accommodations are Oceanview staterooms with detailed extras that make a big difference. You can expect room service, premium linens, an expert and attentive staff and an onboard Certified Naturalist from the Galapagos National Park. Choose indoor or outdoor dining, with almost everything on the menu grown, raised or caught on these islands and menus crafted by a Michelin-starred chef. Intimate yet generously spacious, you’ll find it easy to unwind and get to know your fellow owners. You’ll make your first stop at Black Turtle Cove, one of the most beautiful sites in the Galapagos. A Zodiac boat ride takes you through a complex maze of tranquil saltwater inlets surrounded by mangroves. Once inside the cove, quietly explore the area looking for sea turtles, several species of rays and sharks. It is also a nesting site for brown pelicans, egrets and herons. Breakfast at the hotel; lunch and dinner aboard ship today; overnight aboard ship.
Sunday, January 27, 2019 — Rabida Island & Egas Port, Santiago Island
This morning arrive at Rabida, a small island south of Santiago. Rabida is best known for its red-sand and eroded volcanic landscape. A nesting colony of pelicans makes its home here, along with sea lions, finches, mockingbirds, Galapagos Hawks and some seabirds. With good conditions, the snorkeling can be excellent. Choose to explore by Zodiac boat or kayak, or you can swim, snorkel or take a nature walk. Later this afternoon you’ll stop at Egas Point with its black-sand beach, coastal tide pools and blue-water grottos. This island offers a wonderful taste of the Galapagos and the opportunity to see shore birds, Galapagos Hawks, sea lions, marine iguanas and Galapagos fur seals. Sea lions, colorful tropical fish and sea turtles are often seen while snorkeling (conditions permitting). Walk about, swim or snorkel here. All meals aboard ship today; overnight aboard ship.
Monday, January 28, 2019 — Tagus Cove, Isabela Island & Espinoza Point, Fernandina Island
Historically an anchorage for pirates and whalers, Tagus Cove offers a breathtaking view of Isabela, its volcanoes and a saltwater lagoon. Along the shore, seabirds, penguins, sea lions, sea turtles and nesting flightless cormorants can often be found. Choose to explore by Zodiac boat, kayak, walking or snorkeling here this morning. This afternoon visit Fernandina, the youngest island in the Galapagos and, as Darwin wrote, it is “covered with immense deluges of black naked lava.” Along with its extraordinary black lava rocks, this point of land hosts the largest colony of marine iguanas in the archipelago, along with sea lions and a nesting site for flightless cormorants. Excursion options in include walks, hikes or snorkeling. All meals aboard ship today; overnight aboard ship.
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 — Urvina Bay, Isabela Island & Vicente Roca Point, Isabela Island
Stop at Urvina Bay on Isabela Island this morning. Composed of five merged volcanoes, Isabela Island is the largest island in the Galapagos and the most recently active, the latest eruption having occurred in 2009. Here you will see large land iguanas, finches and, if lucky, a giant tortoise or two. In 1954, magma from one of the island’s volcanoes caused part of the bay to be uplifted some six meters, allowing you to walk through the remains of what was once a thriving underwater reef. Here you can choose to walk, hike, snorkel or swim. The half-collapsed remains of an ancient volcano make for a spectacular setting at Roca Point, where you’ll stop this afternoon. Awe-inspiring cliffs, blue waters and wildlife create a Zodiac ride to remember as you search for sea turtles, penguins, fur seals, the flightless cormorant, marine iguanas, marine mammals and the oddly shaped form of the elusive sunfish. All meals aboard ship today; overnight aboard ship.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019 — Bartolomé Island; Las Bachas, Santa Cruz Island & Daphne Island
Bartolomé Island offers one of the region’s most photographed views and is a spectacular geological setting. Its barren, moon-like volcanic landscapes, spatter cones and pinnacle rock make for a unique stop. It is also home to the endemic Galapagos penguin and provides an excellent opportunity for snorkeling. Choose from a hike up 368 stairs to the top of the volcano, a Zodiac boat ride and an optional beach swim or snorkel this morning. Arrive this afternoon at Las Bachas Beach, located in the north of Santa Cruz Island. Its soft, white sand is derived from decomposed coral, making it a favorite nesting site for sea turtles. Behind the beach there is a small brackish lagoon where it is possible to observe flamingos and other coastal birds, such as black-necked stilts and whimbrels. Choose a walk, swim or snorkel. After departing from Las Bachas, the ship will circumnavigate the island of Daphne. Daphne is a satellite volcanic cone located north of Santa Cruz Island. The crater floor is an important breeding site for blue-footed boobies. The cliff shore of the island is home to sea lions, pelicans, blue-footed boobies and tropic birds, which can be observed as you sail around the island. All meals aboard ship today; overnight aboard ship.
Thursday, January 31, 2019 — El Barranco, Genovesa Island & Darwin Bay, Genovesa Island
El Barranco, also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps, is a steep stairway that leads up through a seabird colony full of Nazca and red-footed boobies. Once at the plateau, the trail continues inland and passes more nesting booby colonies in the thin Palo Santo forest. Keep an eye out for Galapagos doves, mockingbirds, storm petrels and a short-eared lava owl, if you are lucky. Your excursion options this morning are a Zodiac boat ride, hike or deep-water snorkel. This afternoon visit Darwin Bay, where soft white sand is only the beginning of a spectacular excursion. A trail from the beach takes you into lush mangroves where red-footed boobies nest. Other local wildlife includes sea lions, swallow-tailed gulls, frigate birds and more. Snorkeling is a must here, as the nutrient-rich water attracts all types of marine life, including sharks, sea lions, sea turtles and the occasional manta ray. Choose from walking, swimming, snorkeling or kayaking here. All meals aboard ship today; overnight aboard ship.
Friday, February 1, 2019 — Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz
The main population center of the islands, Puerto Ayora is home to the National Park Service’s tortoise-breeding center and the Charles Darwin Research Station. You can choose excursions to these sites, and you will have the opportunity to take a bus ride to the highlands to observe giant tortoises in the wild and walk through a lava tunnel. During your full day here, you’ll have optional time for shopping. All meals aboard ship today; overnight aboard ship.
Saturday, February 2, 2019 — Las Bachas, Santa Cruz Island & Baltra Island (Cruise Disembarkation)-Quito, Ecuador
Arrive early this morning at Las Bachas Beach, located in the north of Santa Cruz Island. Its soft, white sand is derived from decomposed coral, making it a favorite nesting site for sea turtles. Behind the beach there is a small brackish lagoon where it is possible to observe flamingos and other coastal birds, such as black-necked stilts and whimbrels. Choose a walk or swim here before you reboard your ship and return to Baltra Island for your included flight back to Quito. Upon arrival in Quito you will be transferred to the JW Marriott for a Farewell Dinner at the hotel. Breakfast aboard ship and dinner at the hotel are included today; overnight in Quito.
Sunday, February 3, 2019 — Quito, Ecuador
Your Galapagos Islands Expedition ends today with breakfast at the hotel and a transfer to the airport. Breakfast is included today.
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