Absolute Galapagos (Grand Daphne)

11/27/2022 through 10/28/2023
11/27/2022 through 11/16/2023
Intrepid Travel
Le Grand Daphne

Absolute Galapagos (Grand Daphne)

Discover the endemic wildlife, bizarrely beautiful landscapes and underwater treasures of the Galapagos Islands on this immersive 17-day cruise. Explore both the traveller’s favourites and quiter parts of the archipelago, all with a passionate local naturalist on hand to guide you over pahoehoe lava and through marine iguana colonies. Snorkel in clear waters off the coast of Isla Espanola, paddle through a green turtle breeding grove on Isla Floreana, look out for mottled Galapagos hawks on Isla Fernandina, and wander between sea lions lounging on beaches with red, black and white sand.

Activities

  • Isla Santa Cruz – Highlands Visit (1.5 hours) – Dry Landing
  • Isla Floreana – Post Office Bay – Walk (1.5 hours) – Wet Landing
  • Isla Floreana – Punta Cormorant walk (1.5 hours) – Wet Landing
  • Isla Espanola – Bahia Gardener – Snorkel (1 hour)
  • Isla Espanola – Punta Suarez – Walk (3 hours) – Dry Landing
  • Isla San Cristobal – Interpretation Center Visit (1 hour) – Dry Landing
  • Isla Plaza Sur – Walk (2 hours) – Dry Landing
  • Isla Santa Fe – Walk (1.5 hours) – Wet Landing
  • Isla Genovesa – Bahia Darwin – Walk (2 hours) Wet Landing
  • Isla Genovesa – La Barranco – Walk – Dry Landing
  • Isla Santiago – Sullivan Bay – Walk (1.5 hours) – Dry Landing
  • Isla Santiago – Sullivan Bay – Snorkelling (45 mins)
  • Isla Santa Cruz – Cerro Dragon – Snorkelling or swimming (1 hour)
  • Isla Santa Cruz – Cerro Dragon – Walk (1.5 hours) – Dry Landing
  • Isla Santa Cruz – Bachas Beach Walk (1 hour) – Wet Landing
  • Isla Santa Cruz – Bachas Beach Snorkel (45 mins) – Wet Landing
  • Isla Rabida – Walk and Snorkel from the beach (2 hours) – Wet Landing
  • Isla Isabela – Punta Albermarle – Snorkelling (1 hour)- Dry Landing
  • Isla isabela – Punta Albermarle – Walk (2 hours) – Dry Landing
  • Isla Isabela – Tagus Cove – Walk (1.45 hours) – Dry Landing
  • Isla Isabela – Tagus Cove – Snorkel (1 hour)
  • Isla Isabela – Urbina Bay – Snorkel (1 hour)
  • Isla Isabela – Urbina Bay – Walk (1.5 hours) – Wet Landing
  • Isla Fernandina – Punta Vicente Roca Snorkelling (1 hour) Dry Landing
  • Isla Fernandina – Punta Vicente Roca – Panga Ray boat tour (30 mins)
  • Isla Fernandina – Punta Espinosa – Snorkel (1 hour)
  • Isla Fernandina – Punta Espinosa – Walk (2 hours) – Dry Landing
  • Isla Santiago – Puerto Egas – Snorkelling (1 hour)
  • Isla Santiago – Puerto Egas – Walk (1.45 hours) – Wet Landing
  • Isla Santiago – Caleta Buccanero – Panga boat tour (1 hour)
  • Isla Santiago – Caleta Buccanero – Snorkelling (1 hour)
  • Isla Bartolome – Snorkelling (1.5 hours)
  • Isla Bartolome – Walk (1.5 hours) – Dry Landing
  • Isla Sombrero Chino – Snorkelling (1.5 hours) Wet Landing
  • Isla Sombrero chino – Walk (1.5 hours) Wet Landing
  • Isla North Seymour – Snorkelling (1 hours)
  • Isla North Seymour – Walk (2 hours) – Dry Landing
  • Isla Santa Cruz – Charles Darwin Research Station (1.5 hours) – Dry Landing
  • Isla Santa Cruz – Highlands Visit (1 hour) – Dry Landing

Highlights

  • With over two weeks spent on the archipelago, this trip takes a more leisurely pace. Spend more time on each island, soaking up the sun and the sea (lions).
  • Hike, snorkel, sleep, repeat – this isn’t your average cruise. Get active in the rugged and isolated Galapagos Islands.
  • Sea lions are like the dogs of the ocean: playful, goofy and curious. And while you can’t pat them, you’re bound to fall in love with these furry frolickers.
  • Pink flamingos, red-throated frigates and blue-footed boobies will have you craning your neck, snapping photos and contemplating a career in ornithology.
  • Towering cacti, rocky cliffs, red-sand beaches and more await you in this otherworldly archipelago.

Itinerary

Day 1 Quito
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Day 2 Isla Baltra - Santa Cruz Highlands
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Day 3 Isla Floreana
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Day 4 Isla Espanola
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Day 5 Isla San Cristobal
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Day 6 Isla Santa Fe - Isla Plaza Sur
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Day 7 Isla Genovesa
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Day 8 Isla Santiago - Isla Santa Cruz
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Day 9 Isla Santa Cruz
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Day 10 Isla Rabida - Isla Isabela
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Day 11 Isla Isabela
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Day 12 Isla Fernandina - Isla Isabela
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Day 13 Isla Santiago
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Day 14 Isla Bartolome - Isla Sombrero Chino
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Day 15 Isla North Seymour - Isla Santa Cruz
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Day 16 Isla Baltra - Quito
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Day 17 Quito
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