Trip Information

Duration
10 days
Departs
January to December
Ship
Monserrat
From
£1,899 per person

This Expedition Includes:

  • Transfers in Quito and internal flights to Baltra
  • All meals while onboard
  • Landings and excursions led by an expert Expedition Team
  • Complimentary hire of snorkelling equipment and wet-suites

Expedition Highlights:

  • Hike the Sierra Negra Volcano on Isabela Island
  • Go snorkelling at Chinese Hat on Rabida Island
  • Visit Santiago Island’s idyllic Playa Espumilla
  • Ample opportunities to observe rare species of bird and wildlife

Itinerary Summary

Explore the west and central islands of the Galapagos region on this 10-day expedition cruise aboard the small ship Monserrat. Along the way you will have the opportunity to come face-to-face with incredible wildlife and a variety of untouched natural wonders.

Your Galapagos Islands experience begins with a flight from Quito in Ecuador to Baltra, where you will transfer to Santa Cruz before boarding Monserrat in Puerto Ayora. Your first afternoon in the Galapagos will be spent enjoying a trip to visit the island’s giant tortoises before cruising overnight to Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island. Noted for its brilliant white sand beach and lava rock formations, Sullivan Bay is best seen from up high following a short hike to a nearby scenic vantage point.

You will spend the fourth day in the Galapagos exploring two of the region’s most beautiful areas. The first of these, Bachas Beach, is populated with flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs and is also one of Santa Cruz’s main nesting sites for sea turtles. The second is Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill), a saltwater lagoon home to land iguanas and numerous eye-catching species of bird.

After leaving Santa Cruz, Monserrat will head to Black Turtle Cove on Mosquera Island for a day walking the beach and observing sea lion colonies, before cruising overnight to Isabela Island.

The largest island in the Galapagos, Isabela Island is home of one of the world’s most active volcanoes and here you can join a guided hike to its highest point before taking an afternoon excursion to the tortoise breeding centre in Puerto Villamil. The centre houses over 300 turtles, all of which are looked after until they are ready to be introduced into the wild.

Day seven will spent on Rabida Island, located in the central part of the Galapagos. Rabida is a great location for a spot of morning snorkelling and those with a passion for underwater exploration will have the opportunity to witness some truly fantastic marine life.

The following day will take in the highlights of Santiago Island, which includes a trip to Playa Espumilla, one of the Galapagos most idyllic beaches, and Buccaneer Cove, a towering cliff wall of breathtaking rock formations.

The final day of your Galapagos Islands experience will be spent enjoying nature walks on North Seymour before disembarkation in Baltra for your flight back to Quito.

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Day-by-Day Itinerary:

  • Day 01 Quito
  • Day 02 Quito/Puerto Ayora
  • Day 03 Sullivan Bay/Isla Bartolomé
  • Day 04 Bachas Beach/Cerro Dragón
  • Day 05 Black Turtle Cove/Mosquera Island
  • Day 06 Isabela Island
  • Day 07 Chinese Hat/Rábida Island
  • Day 08 Puerto Egas/Santiago Island
  • Day 09 North Seymour/Quito
  • Day 10 Quito

About Your Ship

Based year-round in the Galapagos Islands, Monserrat is a small-scale ship offering expeditions in the region from the island of Baltra. She is named after the Virgin of Montserrat, who for centuries has been seen by sailors as the protector of their journeys across the world’s vast oceans.

Built in 1973, the 151-ton Monserrat was completely overhauled in 2011 with vast improvements made to her accommodations and public areas. Offering accommodation for up to 20 guests – 10 staterooms with 2 guests per room – each is fully air-conditioned and spacious, with two of her staterooms offering double beds. All of Monserrat’s staterooms are located on the ship’s Lower and Upper Decks.

The aforementioned public spaces offer guests various options for rest and relaxation. She has a comfortable lounge with a flat screen television, a spacious top deck with its own bar, a small boutique and three solariums. Her restaurant and lounge are both conveniently located on the ship’s main deck.

Dining on Monserrat is offered in the vessels only onboard restaurant and consists of international and local delicacies. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all served in the restaurant with all guests dining side-by-side. There is also the option for snacks throughout the day, which are served on the Top Deck.

Each expedition on Monserrat is accompanied by 11 dedicated crew members and 2 naturalist guides who have the title of ‘CEO’ (Chief Experience Officer). The CEO’s are certified by the Galapagos Islands National Park Service and throughout your time in the Galapagos Islands, they will be help you learn and understand more about the region, focusing on it’s wildlife, geology, fauna and conservation.

Through the crew’s commitment to highly personalised service and attention to detail, Monserrat provides the perfect base from which to enjoy an unforgettable experience in one of the most captivating regions in the world.

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