Galapagos Inner Loop
Celebrity Cruises on the Celebrity Flora
July 12 - 22, 2019
11 Days / 10 Nights
(Roundtrip from Baltra)
Quito, Ecuador ~ Balta, Galapagos ~ Daphne Island, Galapagos (Cruising) ~ Egas Port ~ Rabida (Galapagos) ~ Elizabeth Bay ~ Tagus Cove (Isabella) ~ Sullivan Bay (Santiago) ~ Bartolome Island ~ Las Bachas (Santa Cruz) ~ North Seymour Island ~ Puerto Baquerizo (Cristobal) ~ Punta Pitt (San Cristobal) ~ Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz) ~ Baltra (Galapagos) ~ Quito, Ecuador
Celebrity Flora℠ marks an evolutionary turning point in the approach to ship design—creating a sense of being truly immersed in the destination, instead of just visiting it. Indulge in the largest and most luxurious accommodations in the Galapagos Islands, where every stateroom on board is a suite. Dine on delectable menus, curated by a Michelin-starred chef, and allow your Personal Suite Attendant to help you unpack. All this to ensure that your visit to these primitive islands is anything but.
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Galapagos Inner Loop
Celebrity Cruise Line on the Celebrity Flora
July 12 - 22, 2019
11 Days / 10 Nights
On the first day of your journey, you'll be greeted at the airport by a Celebrity Cruises® representative and transferred to the JW Marriott hotel. Enjoy free time to relax and settle in.
Breakfast is served at the hotel. During a guided tour of the capital of Ecuador, situated at an altitude of 9,350 feet, you'll stand on the equatorial line at the Half of the World Park and Museum, and marvel at the monastery of San Francisco and Santo Domingo. Your tour director will escort you throughout your Quito stay and serve as your personal concierge. Lunch with a spectacular view of the city, and enjoy a welcome dinner at a local gourmet restaurant.
Morning flight to Baltra
Baltra, Galapagos ~ Depart 2:30 PM
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.
Daphne Island, Galapagos (Cruising) ~ 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
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 for sea lions, pelicans, blue-footed boobies, and tropical birds which can be observed during the circumnavigation of the island.
Egas Port ~ 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM
With its sandy beach and black rock, blue-water grottos, this stop offers a taste of Galapagos geology, some great snorkeling, and an opportunity to see shore birds and Galapagos fur seals. Excursion options include a long walk along the shore to the grottos to see fur seals, followed by optional swimming and snorkeling or a shorter coastal walk, and optional swimming and snorkeling.
Rabida (Galapagos) ~ 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
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 and some sea birds. Excursion options: Zodiac ride, short walk, swimming, and snorkeling from the beach.
Elizabeth Bay ~ 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM
A prized stop along Isabela's coastline. It is a sheltered inlet and one of the westernmost points in the Galapagos. A scenic zodiac ride offers excellent wildlife viewing and access to a rich mangrove ecosystem. Blue-footed boobies, pelicans, and nesting flightless cormorants perch on small rocky islands in the Bay. Penguins often pop up when you least expect it and nearby blue-footed boobies dive into the sea like missiles. The Zodiacs carefully cruise into the shallower reaches of the ecosystem to look for rays, sea turtles, and schools of fish. Great blue herons and Galapagos hawks can also be seen within the branches of the mangroves.
Tagus Cove (Isabella) ~ 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Historically an anchorage for pirates and whalers, Tagus Cove offers a breathtaking view of Isabela, its volcanoes, and a saltwater lagoon. Ever wanted to see a pirate’s autograph? Carved in to the cliffs of the cove you'll find hand-carved names dating back to 1836. Seabirds, penguins, sea lions, sea turtles, and nesting flightless cormorants can often be found along the shore.
Sullivan Bay (Santiago) ~ 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Here you have the opportunity for a morning hike over a blackened landscape that is nothing less than a geologic wonderland. At every step, the hardened twists and turns of lava that flowed during a volcanic eruption in the 1900s are visible. Collapse craters, hornitos, and lava cactus dot the trail and where black pahoehoe lava flows between high piles of red volcanic debris (scoria cones). It resembles a strange Martian landscape. A short Zodiac ride along the coast provides additional viewing of the island's interesting geology along with the opportunity to look for blue-footed boobies, sea turtles, and more.
Bartolome Island ~ 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Bartolome Island hosts one of the region's most often-photographed views and a spectacular geologic 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.
Las Bachas, (Santa Cruz) ~ 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM
A beautiful white sand beach on the northern coast of Santa Cruz Island. The name “Las Bachas” comes from the mispronunciation of the word "barges" by the local population during the 1950s when WWII barges broke their moorings and ran aground on the beach. This is also one of the largest nesting areas of the Pacific Green Sea Turtle in the Galapagos. A short beach walk brings you to a pond to look for flamingos and other shorebirds. Afterwards, this is a fantastic beach to relax, go for a walk, swim, and maybe practice snorkeling.
North Seymour Island ~ 1:00 PM to 9:30 PM
North Seymour is a small island just north of Baltra. It is home to the largest colony of frigate birds in the Galapagos. While keeping an eye out for male frigates trying to impress potential mates with an inflated red neck pouch, you may also see blue-footed boobies dancing in a timeless courtship ritual. Sea lions and large land iguanas also roam about this rocky terrain. Excursion options include a guided long, rocky walk, zodiac ride and short easy walk, or simply just a scenic zodiac tour along the coast to view wildlife and the geology of the area.
Puerto Baquerizo (Cristobal) ~ 7:00 AM to 12:00AM
Here we have the opportunity to visit the small waterfront town of Puerto Baquerizo, the administrative capital of the islands. Excursion options include a tour of a local interpretation center and time for shopping or a fast-paced long walk to view scenic vistas, followed by a visit to the interpretation center.
Punta Pitt (San Cristobal) ~ 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Dragon Hill, or "Cerro Dragon" is named after its population of land iguanas. The site offers a beautiful view of the landscape and two small brackish lagoons where flamingos and other shore birds occasionally feed. Along the trail, we'll cross a beautiful "white forest" of Palo Santo (incense) trees and Galapagos cotton plants. Excursion options include a high-intensity hike with swimming/snorkeling at the beach, high-intensity snorkeling from a zodiac followed by a short walk and a low-intensity Zodiac ride along the coastline with optional dry landing for animal observation.
Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz ~ 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Santa Cruz is the second-largest island in the Galapagos and home to Puerto Ayora (the largest town in the islands). In 1959, the Ecuadorian government declared all the islands, except areas already colonized, as a national park. In the same year, the Charles Darwin Foundation was founded to promote scientific research and ensure the conservation of the Galapagos. In 1992, the waters surrounding the Galapagos were declared a marine reserve. Here, you have the opportunity to visit a giant tortoise reserve in the lushly vegetated highlands, where the animals roam free in their natural habitat. On another excursion, a short drive through town brings you to the Galapagos Park Service giant tortoise breeding station and the Charles Darwin Research Station. Afterwards, there is time to wander through the lovely streets of Puerto Ayora for some shopping.
Baltra (Galapagos) ~ Arrive 7:00AM
Return to Quito, Ecuador
Upon your arrival in Quito, a Celebrity Cruises® representative will escort you to the JW Marriott hotel. Enjoy an optional afternoon excursion to the local craft market, time permitting. Dinnerwill be served at the hotel.
Your Celebrity Cruises® representative will once again escort you to the airport for your return. Breakfast included.
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