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Program #14812RJ
10 Days | 9 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Equipment Requirements
Bringing binoculars is highly recommended. Snorkeling equipment will be provided, but participants may want to bring their own.

Itinerary for May 21 — May 30, 2015

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Day One: Thursday, May 21 - US Departures
Arrive To: Overnight flights to Baltra. If you booked your flights with Road Scholar, the group airfare has a forced overnight in Quito due to air schedules. The hotel overnight and transfers in Quito are included in your Road Scholar air. If you arranged your own airfare, you may or may not require an overnight in Quito. If flights arranged on your own do require an overnight, you will be responsible for arranging this on your own at an additional cost.

Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Snorkeling Equipment Wet Suits 24 hour coffee and tea station Natural History Library Gift Shop Fitness Room Hot Tub Satellite internet connection and wireless in designated areas

Ship Information: - A total of 24 outside cabins on the same deck, with twin or queen size beds. - Three public decks include an ample bar, salon, dining room, natural history library, sky bar, and sun deck. - Jaccuzi and fitness room - Medical Officer on board

Contact info:
Av. De las Palmeras N45-74 y De las Orquideas
Quito, NA Ecuador
phone: +59322988300
Room amenities: - Twin or Queen size beds - Central air conditioning with individual controls in each cabin - In-room safe deposit box - Telephone with direct international dialing - Multi channel sound system for closed circuit music and connection for personal iPods, MP3 players - Hair dryer in each cabin

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Two: Friday, May 22 - Arrive in Baltra, Galapagos Islands / Board La Pi...
Arrive in Baltra, Galapagos Islands / Board La Pinta Yacht / North Seymour Island

Note: The exact routing for the cruise will depend upon the National Park Service and local weather conditions. The published itinerary is a representation of a typical Galapagos Itinerary.

Morning: Upon arrival into Baltra, you will transfer directly to La Pinta Yacht for embarkation. Join your group for an introductory welcome briefing, boat drill and cabin assignment.

Lunch: Served on board the ship.

Afternoon: You will have time for lunch and to settle into your cabins before arriving at your first stop, North Seymour. Following an afternoon disembarkation, we enjoy a walk along the coast and the interior of the beautiful flat island, observing numerous bird colonies as well as sea lions and land iguanas. There are opportunities for coastal exploration by dinghy. Prior to dinner we have our cocktail party and our evening briefing.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Lodging: La Pinta Yacht

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Snorkeling Equipment Wet Suits 24 hour coffee and tea station Natural History Library Gift Shop Fitness Room Hot Tub Satellite internet connection and wireless in designated areas

Ship Information: - A total of 24 outside cabins on the same deck, with twin or queen size beds. - Three public decks include an ample bar, salon, dining room, natural history library, sky bar, and sun deck. - Jaccuzi and fitness room - Medical Officer on board

Contact info:
Av. De las Palmeras N45-74 y De las Orquideas
Quito, NA Ecuador
phone: +59322988300
Room amenities: - Twin or Queen size beds - Central air conditioning with individual controls in each cabin - In-room safe deposit box - Telephone with direct international dialing - Multi channel sound system for closed circuit music and connection for personal iPods, MP3 players - Hair dryer in each cabin

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Three: Saturday, May 23 - Galapagos Islands: Punta Vincete Roca / Punta Esp...
Note: The exact routing for the cruise will depend upon the National Park Service and local weather conditions. The published itinerary is a representation of a typical Galapagos Itinerary.

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Punta Vincete Roca (Isabela Island)

Since there is no landing site at this location, the coastal exploration is by dinghy, while the naturalist guide explains the dramatic geology of the area, with remains of lava flows and tuff stone layers. There is abundant wildlife and, depending on the conditions of the ocean, we'll be able to snorkel along the cliffs, hopefully in the company of green sea turtles.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Punta Espinoza (Fernandina Island)

In the afternoon, we visit the youngest and most pristine island of the archipelago. Fernandina, one of many people's all time favourites. Punta Espinoza has an amazing combination of barrenness and abundant wildlife. Highlights include hawks, penguins, the flightless cormorant and astounding views of the surrounding volcanic landscapes.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Lodging: La Pinta Yacht

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Snorkeling Equipment Wet Suits 24 hour coffee and tea station Natural History Library Gift Shop Fitness Room Hot Tub Satellite internet connection and wireless in designated areas

Ship Information: - A total of 24 outside cabins on the same deck, with twin or queen size beds. - Three public decks include an ample bar, salon, dining room, natural history library, sky bar, and sun deck. - Jaccuzi and fitness room - Medical Officer on board

Contact info:
Av. De las Palmeras N45-74 y De las Orquideas
Quito, NA Ecuador
phone: +59322988300
Room amenities: - Twin or Queen size beds - Central air conditioning with individual controls in each cabin - In-room safe deposit box - Telephone with direct international dialing - Multi channel sound system for closed circuit music and connection for personal iPods, MP3 players - Hair dryer in each cabin

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Four: Sunday, May 24 - Galapagos Islands: Urbina Bay / Tagus Cove
Note: The exact routing for the cruise will depend upon the National Park Service and local weather conditions. The published itinerary is a representation of a typical Galapagos Itinerary.

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Urbina Bay (Isabela Island)

After breakfast, we disembark at Urbina Bay, on the western side of Isabela Island, the result of an uplifting of the ocean floor. Here you can find corals, shells, and large and very colorful Galapagos land iguanas, giant tortoises (occasionally). navigating the Bolivar Channel, there are good chances of spotting species of whales.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Tagus Cove (Isabela Island)

On the northwest of Isabela, secluded Tagus Cove provided a favourite anchorage for pirates and whalers over the centuries, and today makes a great visitor site. An uphill hike takes us to the back of Darwin Crater, filled with salt water. We can snorkel or ride kayaks amid the dramatic landscape before our hike.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Lodging: La Pinta Yacht

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Snorkeling Equipment Wet Suits 24 hour coffee and tea station Natural History Library Gift Shop Fitness Room Hot Tub Satellite internet connection and wireless in designated areas

Ship Information: - A total of 24 outside cabins on the same deck, with twin or queen size beds. - Three public decks include an ample bar, salon, dining room, natural history library, sky bar, and sun deck. - Jaccuzi and fitness room - Medical Officer on board

Contact info:
Av. De las Palmeras N45-74 y De las Orquideas
Quito, NA Ecuador
phone: +59322988300
Room amenities: - Twin or Queen size beds - Central air conditioning with individual controls in each cabin - In-room safe deposit box - Telephone with direct international dialing - Multi channel sound system for closed circuit music and connection for personal iPods, MP3 players - Hair dryer in each cabin

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Monday, May 25 - Galapagos Islands: Red Beach / Cerro Dragon
Note: The exact routing for the cruise will depend upon the National Park Service and local weather conditions. The published itinerary is a representation of a typical Galapagos Itinerary.

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Red Beach (Rabida Island)

In the morning, we disembark at Rabida Island's red-colored beach. A stroll along the beach allows us to observe marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin's finches. This is a great place to snorkel from the beach. For those non-snorkelers, we can ride our glass-bottom boat for a submarine exploration.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Cerro Dragon - Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz Island)

The north shore of Santa Cruz hosts the fascinating landscapes of Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill). Our walk includes circling a brackish water lagoon frequented by lagoon birds, while further inland, the trail offers a beautiful view of the bay and the western islands of the archipelago, as well as the chance of observing land iguanas.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Lodging: La Pinta Yacht

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Snorkeling Equipment Wet Suits 24 hour coffee and tea station Natural History Library Gift Shop Fitness Room Hot Tub Satellite internet connection and wireless in designated areas

Ship Information: - A total of 24 outside cabins on the same deck, with twin or queen size beds. - Three public decks include an ample bar, salon, dining room, natural history library, sky bar, and sun deck. - Jaccuzi and fitness room - Medical Officer on board

Contact info:
Av. De las Palmeras N45-74 y De las Orquideas
Quito, NA Ecuador
phone: +59322988300
Room amenities: - Twin or Queen size beds - Central air conditioning with individual controls in each cabin - In-room safe deposit box - Telephone with direct international dialing - Multi channel sound system for closed circuit music and connection for personal iPods, MP3 players - Hair dryer in each cabin

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Tuesday, May 26 - Galapagos Islands: Charles Darwin Research Statio...
Note: The exact routing for the cruise will depend upon the National Park Service and local weather conditions. The published itinerary is a representation of a typical Galapagos Itinerary.

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)

The morning visit heads to the Charles Darwin Research Station and the giant tortoise pens within an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest. These are headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation and the National Park administration.

Lunch: A delicious lunch is served poolside of the Finch Bay Eco Hotel.

Afternoon: Twin Craters Highlands (Santa Cruz Island)

After lunch, we wind up to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island by vehicle. This is a great place to look for the brilliant Vermillion Flycatcher and the endemic Scalesia trees. From December to mid-April and July to December a visit to observe giant tortoises in the wild may be included, if weather conditions allow.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Lodging: La Pinta Yacht

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Snorkeling Equipment Wet Suits 24 hour coffee and tea station Natural History Library Gift Shop Fitness Room Hot Tub Satellite internet connection and wireless in designated areas

Ship Information: - A total of 24 outside cabins on the same deck, with twin or queen size beds. - Three public decks include an ample bar, salon, dining room, natural history library, sky bar, and sun deck. - Jaccuzi and fitness room - Medical Officer on board

Contact info:
Av. De las Palmeras N45-74 y De las Orquideas
Quito, NA Ecuador
phone: +59322988300
Room amenities: - Twin or Queen size beds - Central air conditioning with individual controls in each cabin - In-room safe deposit box - Telephone with direct international dialing - Multi channel sound system for closed circuit music and connection for personal iPods, MP3 players - Hair dryer in each cabin

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Seven: Wednesday, May 27 - Galapagos Island: Post Office Bay / Punta Cormora...
Note: The exact routing for the cruise will depend upon the National Park Service and local weather conditions. The published itinerary is a representation of a typical Galapagos Itinerary.

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Post Office Bay (Floreana Island)

After breakfast, we land at Post Office Bay to visit the historic barrel that has served as a post office within the archipelago for over two centuries. Panga rides along the maze of channels on Floreana's north shore can also be enjoyed. There's great snorkeling from the beach as well.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: Punta Cormorant (Floreana Island)

Before disembarking at Punta Cormorant we can snorkel or ride our glass-bottom boat along the coast of an extinct cone called "Champion Islet". Our visit to Punta Cormorant takes in an olivine-crystal beach for an easy walk by a brackish water lagoon where bird species like greater flamingos may be observed. On the other side of the island, we come to a white sand beach where sea turtles come out at night to nest.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Lodging: La Pinta Yacht

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Snorkeling Equipment Wet Suits 24 hour coffee and tea station Natural History Library Gift Shop Fitness Room Hot Tub Satellite internet connection and wireless in designated areas

Ship Information: - A total of 24 outside cabins on the same deck, with twin or queen size beds. - Three public decks include an ample bar, salon, dining room, natural history library, sky bar, and sun deck. - Jaccuzi and fitness room - Medical Officer on board

Contact info:
Av. De las Palmeras N45-74 y De las Orquideas
Quito, NA Ecuador
phone: +59322988300
Room amenities: - Twin or Queen size beds - Central air conditioning with individual controls in each cabin - In-room safe deposit box - Telephone with direct international dialing - Multi channel sound system for closed circuit music and connection for personal iPods, MP3 players - Hair dryer in each cabin

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Eight: Thursday, May 28 - Galapagos Islands: Santa Fe / South Plaza
Note: The exact routing for the cruise will depend upon the National Park Service and local weather conditions. The published itinerary is a representation of a typical Galapagos Itinerary.

Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: Santa Fe Island

We take the dinghy over to this idyllic sandy white beach populated by colonies of sea lions. Galapagos hawks are often easily observed, perched atop salt bushes. The endemic land iguana, unique to this island, may be spotted during the walk. Following the walk, we can snorkel and swim along a natural wave barrier.

Lunch: On board the ship.

Afternoon: South Plaza Island

The turquoise waters of the channel here contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline, while a carpet of scarlet sesuvium succulents serves as groundcover for a grove of luminescent green prickly-pear cactus beyond, populated by yellow-gray land iguanas. Along the coastline one finds sea lion colonies, while sea birds play with the thermals that form along the cliffs of this small but amazing island.

Dinner: On board the ship.

Lodging: La Pinta Yacht

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Nine: Friday, May 29 - Galapagos / Departures
Breakfast: On board the ship.

Morning: After breakfast aboard the ship, we transfer to the airport in San Cristobal, Galapagos for flights returning to North America. If you arranged your own air for this program, you are welcome to join this transfer. All passengers must disembark the ship by 9 am.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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21 meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
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