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GALAPAGOS ISLAND HOPPING – CLASSIC TOURS

The Galapagos Islands Archipel is a very special place in the world, read more about the islands through this link. The Classic Galapagos Island Hopping Tours are classics: a combination of interesting day tours and time to explore the islands by yourself, with delicious meals and great service, for a reasonable price. You’ll see the highlights of the Galapagos Islands with a combination of organized day tours with an English speaking guide and time to explore by yourself with our self-guided packages (a document full of information, walking routes and tips). You’ll stay in standard tourist or tourist superior class hotels with a private room and bathroom. All tours include various meals, transportation on and between the islands and activities mentioned in the tour itinerary.

San Cristobal Lighthouse

 


GALAPAGOS 8 DAY CLASSIC ISLAND HOPPING – 3 ISLANDS (59GPH8CL)

With our land-based island hopping operators you will stay at local hotels and eat at local restaurants. This 8-day program takes you to the main attractions of the Galapagos Islands with visits to San Cristobal, Santa Cruz and Isabela. You will start your trip arriving to the San Cristobal Airport where you will be welcome and picked up by our guide. Later that day you will head to the San Cristobal Interpretation Center where you will learn about the evolution of the species in the Islands. Next stop “Playa man”, in this activity you will have the first contact with the gorgeous shores and beautiful beaches. The next day you’ll visit the “Soledad View Point” and later a very nice hike through the San Cristobal highlands.
Embark upon a peculiar speedboat from San Cristobal Island to Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Island) it will take around 2 hours. After lunch you will visit the Highlands of Santa Cruz to make a closer contact with the Giant Galapagos Tortoises as well as many kinds of birds, like the Wizard and Finch. Early in the morning visit the Galapagos National Park and The Charles Darwin Research Station. You’ll take again the speedboat to go to Isabela Island and visit the first main attraction the Flamingo Lagoon. The next activity will stimulate your sense of adventure hiking in the huge Sierra Negra Volcano, then head to the Concha Perla’s bay to snorkel in the beautiful and clear waters, spot hundreds species of fish and coral. Our next activity is filled with adventure, fauna and history, Visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center, the Wall of Tears and the Tintoreras Islet. Also, you will have the opportunity to explore the shores of Puerto Villamil by kayak and later that day get ready to explore the Island highlands. Finally, you will say goodbye to the Galapagos passing through the curious Twins Craters on your way to Baltra Airport.

Sea Lion in Puerto Ayora docks


ITINERARY

B = Breakfast included
L = Lunch included
D = Dinner included

DAY 1 (L, D):
QUITO – SAN CRISTOBAL – PLAYA MANN 
Our English speaking guide will be waiting for you at the San Cristobal airport. If you arrive before 02:00 PM you will get lunch. If you arrive later, lunch is not included. This day, you will visit The San Cristobal Interpretation Center, where you will learn about the islands, evolution of their species, fauna, migration, and how humans came to live here. Then you will go to Playa Mann for your first contact with the stunning waters of these islands.
Accommodation in Hotel Pimampiro or similar.

DAY 2 (B, L, D):
KICKER ROCK 
After breakfast, you go by boat to snorkel at the famous Kicker Rock, one of the most spectacular landmarks in the Galapagos Islands. Two volcanic rocks of 140 meters tall, located off the coast of San Cristobal Island. When viewed from the south the rocks look like a sleeping lion, which is why the Spanish name is León Dormido (sleeping lion). From another side it looks more like a boot, hence the English name: Kicker Rock. This magnificent tiny island is the favourite place for an array of marine birds. But in the sea you see the great underwater life wherefore the site is that famous. The natural erosion of this ancient cone has created a channel between the rocks that provides the ideal habitat to view a variety of sharks and rays including eagle rays, white-tip reef sharks, and sometimes even the Galapagos shark and hammerheads! In the afternoon you go back to the hotel.
Accommodation in Hotel Pimampiro or similar.

DAY 3 (B, L, D):
PUERTO AYORA – SANTA CRUZ ISLAND HIGHLANDS EXCURSION
Early in the morning (07:00 AM) you will take the public speedboat from San Cristobal to Puerto Ayora (approximately 2,5 hours), where your guide will be waiting for you. You will have breakfast and check in at the hotel. This morning you will have a short rest at the hotel until lunch time. After lunch you will visit the Highlands of Santa Cruz to make closer contact with the Giant Galapagos Tortoises as well as many kinds of birds, like the Wizard and Finch. You will be surrounded all the excursion by the endemic vegetation of the Galapagos, such as Escalecias and Matazarnos.
Accommodation in Hotel Fiesta or similar.

DAY 4 (B, L, D):
CHARLES DARWIN STATION – ISABELA ISLAND – FLAMINGO LAGOON
After breakfast, you will first visit the Galapagos National Park and the Charles Darwin Research Station, where you can see the last living Galapagos tortoise of its species. Here you will visit numerous Galapagos turtles areas. Afterwards, you will take a public speedboat to Isabela Island, which takes approximately three hours. Upon arrival in Isabela you will visit the Flamingo Lagoon. This place is the largest coastal lagoon found in the Galapagos and is one of the main reproductive sites for the majority of flamingos.
Accommodation in Hotel San Vicente or similar.

DAY 5 (B, L, D):
SIERRA NEGRA ACTIVE VOLCANO TREK – CONCHA PERLA SNORKEL
Early in the morning, after breakfast, you’ll take an excursion to the Sierra Negra Volcano. The Sierra Negra Volcano is located 13 miles from Puerto Villamil and has the second largest volcanic crater in the world, with 6 miles wide and 300 feet deep. To arrive at this incredible sight you will travel in a bus for 45 minutes to the Galapagos National Park, where you begin the hike to the Sierra Negra Volcano This hike takes approximately 4 hours, it starts at 870 meters of altitude and at the top of the crater you will have reached 1040 m. You will stop for a box lunch before returning to the hotel. After a brief rest in the hotel, you’ll have the chance to go snorkeling or swimming at Concha Perla where you can observe the colourful fishes, sea urchins, starfishes, sea lions, or even sea turtles. Watch this video to get an impression of the tour:

Accommodation in Hotel San Vicente or similar.

DAY 6 (B, L, D):
LOS TUNELES SNORKELING
After breakfast, your guide will take you to what is said to be one of the best snorkeling places in the world, Los Tuneles. The water is shallow, calm and very clear- a sea sanctuary. A series of lava flows have produced unique geological formations, a series of arcs and tunnels underneath and above the water- a habitat for many local Galapagos Species. The entrance to the site is shallow and the waves can be strong, for this reason, the access can be complicated. You will have lunch on board and then return to Puerto Villamil. Watch this video to get an impression of the tour:

Accommodation in Hotel San Vicente or similar.

DAY 7 (B, L, D):
KAYAK IN PUERTO VILLAMIL TINTORERAS – ISABELA ISLAND HIGHLANDS
After breakfast the guide will accompany you for a kayak excursion in the bay of Puerto Villamil. Then you will return back to the hotel for lunch and a short rest. In the afternoon, you will make your way to the Highlands of Isabela and visit “La Cueva de Sucre”, The Mango Viewpoint, and “Campo Duro” another place of giant tortoises. Watch this video to get an impression of the tour:


Accommodation in Hotel San Vicente or similar.

DAY 8 (B):
THE TWINS – TRANSFER OUT
“Los Gemelos”, or the Twin Craters, are located opposite to each other. The name is only figurative; not real craters, these formations were created by the collapse of surface due to the lava flow hundred years ago. The tour will end upon arrival to the airport.

 


INCLUDED

  • All meals are included (B= breakfast, L = lunch/lunchbox, D= dinner).
  • Accommodation in double/single private room at standard tourist class hotels.
  • Airport pickup and drop off at Baltra airport at your arrival/departure time.
  • Transportation on and between the Islands as described in the itinerary.
  • Local naturalist guide (English & Spanish speaking).
  • All activities as described in the itinerary.
  • Snorkeling equipment: mask, snorkel, fins and life vest.
  • 24/7 assistance in English, Dutch and Spanish.

NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights from and return to Ecuador. 
  • Food & drinks that are not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Entrance fee for the Galapagos National Park: $ 100 p.p. cash only.
  • Migratory Control Card / Ingala Transit Card $ 20 p.p. – cash only.
  • Isabela dock fee $ 10 p.p. cash only.
  • Water Taxi (small boat that takes you from the speedboat to the harbor and back).
  • For rent: wetsuit (recommended between May – November) $ 5 p.p. per day – cash only.
  • For rent: rain boots (recommended for Sierra Negra hike between June – September) $ 2 p.p. per day.
  • Optional tips for the guide

TRAVEL STYLE

All the Classic Galapagos Island Hopping tours are shared group tours. The shared group tours are a mix of group day tours and individual private day tours. Every group day tour will have different travelers. You can have a different driver/guide every day. There are different tour coordinators on every island. You can start this tour every day of the year. Click here if you want more information about our different travel styles.


PRICE

$ 1.825 p.p. based on 2 or more guests
$ 2.015 p.p. based on 1 guest

* For children under the age of 12, there is a discount. Please contact us for the exact amount.
* Optional: dinner outside of the hotel: discount of $ 10 p.p./per day.

SPRINGRSALE

If you depart in 2018 or 2019 use the code SPRINGSALE8DCLA in your booking and get a 10% discount on your Galapagos Island Hopping program!

How to obtain this discount? 
1. Click on the “book now” button on the tour page
2. Fill out your departure date and number of guests and click on request booking
3. Below credit card details click on “redeem discount code”
4. Enter SPRINGSALE8DCLA in discount code box


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • It is recommended to book flights with an early arrival time to the Galapagos Islands and a late departure time from the Galapagos Islands to make sure you can enjoy all of the activities of the tour. Late arrivals and/or early departures mean you might miss some activities.
  • There are no guides on the transportation by public speedboat between islands.
  • Try to only bring small baggage/bags since public transportation on the Galapagos Islands is quite small.
  • All meals consist of basic, local Ecuadorian food. If you prefer to have dinner outside the hotel, you can get a discount of $ 10 p.p./per day. Please let us know beforehand if you want this option.
  • Tap water on the Galapagos Islands might contain bacteria and should not be consumed, not even for brushing your teeth. Bottled or purified water is always recommended.
  • Inform yourself about food safety when traveling to tropical countries. Take the necessary precaution to avoid food poisoning (always wash your hands before eating, don’t eat ‘street food’, only eat peeled fruits, etc.).
  • Rebecca Adventure Travel cannot take any responsibility for any illnesses or missed meals & tours due to an illness.
  • It is mandatory to have valid travel and medical insurance. Please inform us of any known medical conditions you have.
  • Rebecca Adventure Travel reserves the right to change the itinerary without previous notice due to weather conditions,  availabilities, National Park regulations or notifications and unforeseeable circumstances.

ADVANTAGES OF BOOKING WITH REBECCA ADVENTURE TRAVEL

  • Personal attention: the team would like to get to know the guests so they can create the perfect holiday;
  • Team: the enthusiastic international travel agents have lots of travel experience themselves;
  • Authenticity: the tours are personally selected by Rebecca and her team;
  • 24/7 assistance: the team can be contacted 24/7 by phone (including Whatsapp) in case of emergencies or unexpected situations (they speak English, Spanish and Dutch);
  • Insurances: Rebecca Adventure Travel possesses all mandatory insurances for tour operators.

When you book (the moment you sign the registration form or submit a booking request through Anyguide) a tour with Rebecca Adventure Travel you agree to the following terms and conditions: https://www.rebeccaadventuretravel.com/conditions/

 

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