Galapagos Northern Loop

Celebrity Cruise Line on the Celebrity Xpedition

February 20 - March 1, 2020

11 Days / 10 Nights

(Roundtrip from Baltra)



Quito, Ecuador ~ Baltra Island, Galapagos ~ Black Turtle Cove, Santa Cruz Island ~ Rabida Island ~ Egas Port, Santiago Island ~ Tagus Cove, Isabela Island ~ Punta, Espinoza ~ Urvina Bay, Isabela Island ~ Bartolome Island ~ Las Bachas, Santa Cruz Island ~ Daphine Major ~ El Barranco, Genovesa Island ~ Darwin Bay, Australia ~ Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island ~ Baltra Island, Galapagos ~ Quito, Ecuador

When you set foot aboard our state-of-the-art 100-passenger Celebrity Xpedition® in the Galapagos Islands, be prepared for an experience like no other. Filled with indulgences, including room service, in-suite dining, massage services, complimentary plush bathrobes, a fitness room, nightly lectures by certified naturalists from the Galapagos National Park (who are on board during your entire vacation), and live music in the Discovery Lounge, you’ll experience the Galapagos Islands in style.
 

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Galapagos Northern Loop

Celebrity Cruise Line on the Celebrity Xpedition

February 20 - March 1, 2020

11 Days / 10 Nights

(Roundtrip from Baltra)

 

Day 1

Quito, Ecuador

On the first day of your journey, you'll be greeted at the airport by a Celebrity Cruises® representative and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy free time to relax and settle in.

 

Day 2

Quito, Ecuador

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.

 

Day 3

Quito, Ecuador

Morning flight to Baltra

 

Day 3

Baltra, Galapagos ~ Depart 3:00 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.

 

Day 3

Black Turtle Cove, Santa Cruz Island ~ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

A zodiac ride into Black Turtle Cove brings you up close to the quiet wonders of the Galapagos. Once inside the cove, we’ll quietly explore the area looking for seaturtles, several species of rays, and sharks.

 

Day 4

Rabida Island ~ 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM
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.

 

Day 4

Egas Port, Santiago Island ~ 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
With its black sand beach, coastal tide pools, andblue-water grottoes, this stop offers a wonderful tasteof the Galapagos and the opportunity to see shore birds,Galapagos Hawks, sea lions, marine iguanas, andGalapagos fur seals. Sea lions, colorful tropical fish,and sea turtles are often seen while snorkeling.

 

Day 5

Tagus Cove, Isabela Island ~ 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Historically an anchorage for pirates and whalers, this site offers a breathtaking view of Isabela, its volcanoes and spectacular Darwin Lake. Along the shore, seabirds, penguins, sea lions, sea turtles, and nesting flightless cormorants can often be found.

 

Day 5

Punta Espinoza ~ 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Here on Isla Fernandina, guests may walk on recent lava flows from La Cumbre volcano and also observe the flightless cormorant, one of the islands' best examples of evolution.

 

Day 6

Urvina Bay, Isabela Island ~ 7:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Composed of five coalesced volcanoes, Isabela is thelargest island in the Galapagos and the most recentlyactive, the latest eruption having occurred in 2015. Herewe will see large land iguanas, finches, and if lucky, agiant tortoise or two. In 1954, the intrusion of magmabelow one of the island’s volcanoes caused part of thebay to be uplifted some 6 meters, and today we canwalk through the remains of what was once a thrivingunderwater reef.

 

Day 6

Vicente Roca Point, Isabela Island ~ 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM
The half-collapsed remains of an ancient volcano make for a spectacular setting at this site. Awe-inspiring cliffs, blue waters, and wildlife create a zodiac ride toremember as we search for sea turtles, penguins, furseals, the flightless cormorant, marine iguanas, marine mammals, and the oddly shaped form of the elusive sunfish.

 

Day 7

Bartolome Island ~ 7:00 AM to 11:30 AM
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.

 

Day 7

Las Bachas, Santa Cruz Island ~ 2:30 Pm - 5:00 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.

 

Day 7

Daphne Major ~ 6:00 PM - 7:00 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.

 

Day 8

El Barranco (Genovesa Island) ~ 7:00 AM - 11:45 AM
El Barranco, also known as Prince Philip's Steps after the prince who visited in 1965 and again in 1981, is asteep stairway that leads up through a seabird colony fullof Nazca and red-footed boobies. Once visitors reach the plateau, the trail continues inland and passes more nesting booby colonies in the thin Palo Santo forest.

 

Day 8

Darwin Bay, Australia ~ 2:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Darwin Bay's 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. Excursion options: Walk, swim, snorkel and kayak.

 

Day 9

Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island ~ 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

This is the main population center of the islands, andhome to the National Park Service tortoise-breedingcenter and the Charles Darwin Research Station. Youwill be able to visit the tortoise-breeding center andwalk through the Charles Darwin Research Station.

 

Day 10

Baltra Island (Galapagos) ~ Arrive 8:00 AM

 

Day 10

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.

 

Day 11

Quito, Ecuador

Your Celebrity Cruises® representative will once again escort you to the airport for your return. Breakfast included.

 

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