Discover Darwin's Enchanted Isles onboard the Galapagos Legend. This legendary, 100-passenger deluxe-class vessel offers all the amenities of a large cruise liner without sacrificing the intimacy you would expect on a smaller vessel. Onboard facilities include spacious social areas, dining room, outdoor pool with adjoining sun deck and observation platforms.

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Explore the Santa Cruz highlands where you will find a natural reserve with giant tortoises and walk inside lava tubes.

Discover fascinating landscapes and unique geology on Bartolome Island where you can hike to the summit for impressive views.

Encounter marine wildlife and birdlife - watch for sea lions, land iguanas, flamingoes, mockingbirds and even a Galapagos snake.

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M/V Galapagos Legend

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Day 1

Baltra Island – Santa Cruz

Upon arrival at Baltra Airport, all travellers pass through an airport inspection point to ensure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands, and to pay the Galapagos National Park entrance fee of US100 cash per person. This is a compulsory requirement for all travellers visiting the Galapagos Islands and can only be paid on arrival. You will be met by a guide who will help you collect your luggage, and escort you on a short bus ride to the harbour to board your vessel.

Dry landing on Santa Cruz Island. A 45-minute bus ride will take you to the Santa Cruz highlands, located to the northwest of Puerto Ayora, where we will find a natural reserve with giant tortoises. Additionally, travellers can walk inside surprising lava tubes; we also visit Pit Craters created from the collapse of surface materials into chamber fissures underground. It’s a great place to spot Vermilion Flycatcher as we walk inside an endemic Scalesia forest. (L) (D)

Day 2

Santiago Island

Morning wet landing on a beach of black volcanic sand, visited by Darwin in 1835. The unique, truly striking layered terrain of Santiago's shores is home to a variety of resident and migrant birds, including the bizarre Yellow-crowned Night Heron and astounding array of marine wildlife including lobster, starfish and marine iguanas grazing on algae beds alongside Sally Light-foot Crabs. Colonies of endemic fur seals swimming in cool water pools formed by volcanic rocks are also a highlight.

Snorkelling here offers rarities such as octopus and squid. We organise optional visits to the Salt Mines where you can observe the two species of sea lions; fur and Galapagos sea lions. (B)(L)(D)

Day 3

Santa Cruz Island - North Seymour Island

Morning dry landing. We walk by a brackish lagoon where feeding flamingos can be occasionally found. The trail leads across typical dry zone vegetation up to Dragon Hill, an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas, offering lovely views of the anchorage and neighbouring islands. The forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin's finches, Yellow Warblers and Galapagos Doves.

Afternoon dry land on North Seymour Island. This is perhaps one of the busiest tourist destinations on the archipelago. An approximately two hour walk amidst large nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies, magnificent and great frigatebirds, and swallow-tailed gulls for an in depth encounter with sea bird breeding cycles and as well as sea lions. You will also encounter sea lions, land iguanas and on a lucky day you may even come across a Galapagos snake. (B)(L)(D)

Day 4

Santa Cruz Island

On the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, accessible only by sea where four species of mangrove crowd from the shore out into the lagoon, turtle enjoy swimming in the calm waters, peaking their heads above the surface while fish, rays and small sharks circle below. White-tipped reef sharks can be seen beneath the boat, sea birds, including pelicans, herons and egrets, all feed in the cove. This cove has been declared as a “Turtle Sanctuary”. (B)(L)(D)

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