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Galapagos Islands tour by Expedition ship Galapagos Legend

Galapagos Legend Cruise

If you do make a once-in-a-lifetime trip to this far-flung corner of Ecuador for a Galapagos Islands tour, travelling on the Galapagos Legend will allow you to journey in luxury and comfort as you gaze out of your cabin’s window at the spectacular scenery floating by. 

An expedition style tour of the Galapagos Islands

Just like the North Pole, El Dorado and Shangri La, simply uttering the name of the Galapagos Islands conjures up images of a unique, almost mythical landscape. However, unlike some other legendary places, it’s possible to visit the Galapagos Islands for a holiday that you’ll never forget. 

The spacious accommodation afforded by the Galapagos Legend allows each passenger the space to relax and soak up the atmosphere of the islands. Its elegant design blends in with the surrounding environment and allows you to complete your adventure in style. 

The five decks of the Galapagos Legend give passengers plenty of opportunities to stroll around and socialise outside, while observing the unique wildlife of the islands and waters during their Galapagos Islands tour.

Perfect for watching the sunset or for gazing at the stars in the night sky, the deck space is ideal for families, couples and individuals to enjoy and explore as the ship passes through the archipelago. 

The itinerary of your Galapagos Islands tour will depend on the length of your trip, but all journeys will take in the main highlights of the region including the flora, fauna and geographical sights.

The Galapagos Legend has a team of multilingual naturalists on board who can help give you a better understanding and appreciation of the islands. This expert knowledge is invaluable as the Galapagos Islands are unlike anywhere else on earth, so recognizing their wonder and majesty will really help to complete the experience of your Galapagos Islands tour.

During the days you’ll be able to get out on foot and explore some of the natural habitats of the islands, and observe the wildlife up close. And in the evenings, after a long day of extraordinary sights and experiences, passengers can enjoy a well-earned rest in the spa or relax around the pool and watch the landscape pass by.

Offering everything that you’re looking for and more, the Galapagos Legend is the perfect ship for your unique island cruise, so reserve your spot now and start to create a Galapagos legend of your very own. 

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Galapagos Legend photo slideshow

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Galapagos Legend technical specifications

Category:  Deluxe
Classified:  SOLAS, ISM
Speed: 17 Knots cruising , 20 Knots maximum
Length:  300 feet / 91.5 m.
Beam: 47 feet / 14.3 m.
Draft: 13 feet / 3.90 m.
Passengers:  110
Crew:  60 + physician
Guides: 6 (multilingual naturalists )
Lifeboats:  2 units + 8 life rafts Heavy duty
Zodiac:  6, each for 20 passengers
Navigation aid:  2 GPS / GMDSS / ECHOSOUNDER,
 2 ARPA RADAR / BOWTHROSTER
Decks:      5

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Galapagos Cruises - Legend Yacht Day By Day Itinerary

3 nights / 4 days

Day 1 – Monday Galapagos (Baltra Airport)

Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra (2 and half flight). Passengers are picked up at the airport by our guides and taken to the pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend.

North Seymour: Dry landing. Guests wil encounter swallow tailed gulls and sea lions. This site is a major nesting colony of blue footed boobies, and has the largest colony of the magnificent frigate bird. Travelers will also spot both the marine iguanas and land iguanas and will have snorkeling opportunities.

Day 2 – Tuesday
Santa Cruz (Dragon Hill or Venice):

Early in the morning after a wet landing, passengers walk to a hyper-saline lagoon behind the beach. Observers report that sometimes a high number of Pink Flamingos can be observed. This trail leads up to Dragon Hill, which offers a beautiful view of the bay. This area is a nesting site for a big number of reintroduced Land Iguanas, thanks to the Charles Darwin Research Station. There is also a bizarre Scalesia tree forest. Passengers will have the option to make a dinghy ride in Venice islet and observe the vegetation and marine animals such as: spotted eagle rays and golden rays, mullets, sharks and sea turtles which rest in calm waters of the coves and channels. Land iguanas are often been observed from the dinghy.

Floreana (Cormorant Point)
Wet landing on a greenish colored sand beach. Passengers will hike a well-marked trail beginning in the Black Mangrove beds heading towards the back of the lagoon. The large, brackish lagoon holds one of the biggest populations of flamingos in the Galapagos. This island is best known for its endemic plant life, such as: the Galapagos millwork, passion flower, and unique button mangrove. Novice snorkelers can practice back on the main beach where the sea lions are playful while experienced snorkelers can roam the waters around Devils Crown. We kindly remind you this activity is an open water experience; it means there is no place to step on.

Day 3 – Wednesday
Española (Suarez Point):

Travelers will enjoy a dry landing at Suarez Point. Upon landing visitors will learn more about the lava terrain while crossing the inactive lava fields. Aside from the sea lion colony this is one of the most important sites for bird watching. As soon as visitors out foot on this island many species can be spotted and observed closely. Among the many species, the hooded mocking bird and red billed tropic bird can be seen. Travelers will also spot a large colony of marine iguana, lava lizards, and colorful sally light foot crabs. After a short trek visitors encounter colonies of masked and blue-footed boobies. The nesting grounds sometimes overlap the trail. Visitors will also find Galapagos doves, hawks and swallow-tailed gulls. After crossing the nesting grounds you will reach the world’s largest colony of waved albatross (15000 approx.), May thru December their mating rituals are a highlight of the visit. By the end of this excursion passengers will visit the famous blowhole, where water shoots into the air at almost 23 mts. (75 ft.).

San Cristóbal (La Galapaguera)
Dry landing at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno village. Here passengers will visit San Cristóbal breeding center for an hour where passengers will have the possibility to know more about the Giant tortoises breeding efforts of the National Park; especially of the endemic specie: Geochelone elephantopus Chatamensis. Passengers will observe some animals in their natural environment.

Day 4 – Thursday
Santa Cruz: Carrion Point

During this visit you can snorkel and see a variety of fish, rays and perhaps the harmless white tip reef sharks. From Punta Carrion the short navigation is through the beautiful Itabaca Channel with its turquoise waters. Return to the Galapagos Legend, check-out and transfer to the airport. Return flight to Quito or Guayaquil.

7 nights passengers remain on board.

5 days / 4 nights

Day 1 – Thursday
Baltra

Departure from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra airport. Passenger will be received at the airport by our guides and then taken to the pier to join the M/VGalapagos Legend.

Bartolomé
Dry landing. Arriving on this island, passengers will see volcanic formations including lava bombs, spatter, and cinder cones. After a hike to the summit visitors available to enjoy an impressive view of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone of Pinnacle Rock. During the hike to the summit, travelers will often see large colonies of marine iguanas, lava lizards, tiquilla, bushes, and various cacti. Visitors will also enjoy a chance to cool off while snorkeling. Here it is possible to see the Galapagos penguins, sea turtles, and white tipped sharks from a safe distance.

Day 2 – Friday
Urbina Bay (Isabela)

After a wet landing, passengers will go towards the fossil beach and then to the coral area. On the way and depending of the season it will be possible to observe many endemic organisms such as: giant tortoises, land iguanas and flightless cormorants.

Fernandina (Espinosa Point)
After a dry landing at Espinosa Point, passengers will see the biggest marine iguanas mingling with sally-light foot crabs. They will also enjoy the flightless cormorants nesting sites, the Galapagos penguins, Galapagos hawks, and sea lions. Among the flora and volcanic formations observers will note brachycereus cactus, and two kinds of lava formations “pa-hoe-hoe” lava and ”AA”. Numerous mangrove beds extend into the sea, depicting a healthy and thriving eco-system.

Day 3 – Saturday
Santiago (Egas Port)

Visit the dark sand beach at Egas Port during a wet landing. Most of the landscape is tuff-stone layers and lava flows, the surrounding area is good for spotting and observing hunting herons, great blue herons, lava herons, oyster catchers, and the yellow crowned night heron. Passengers enjoy the sight of marine iguanas grazing upon algae beds at low tide sharing space with red sally light-foot crabs. There is a colony of fur-seal swimming in deep pools of cool water called “grottos”. In this beach you can swim and snorkel in search of octopuses, sea horses, star fish and other sea life.

Rábida (Jervis)
Wet landing at the dark red colored beach of volcanic origin frequented by sea lions. It is often considered the geographic center of Galapagos because it has the most diversified volcanic rocks of all the Islands. A short trail leads to a salt water lagoon, where you will occasionally find flamingos. July thru September is a good time of the year to observe how brown pelicans nest in the salty bushes found at the far side of the salty lagoon. Also to be observed are boobies and 9 species of Darwin’s finches. Dinghy ride by the reefs and an excellent opportunity for snorkeling.

Day 4 – Sunday
Santa Cruz (Charles Darwin Station)

Travelers will have the chance to investigate the Charles Darwin Research Station in Puerto Ayora, staffed with international scientists conducting biological research and conservation projects. Here you can also admire giant tortoises that are part of the breeding program. Travelers can also admire the impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest and many land birds. The visit to the station takes around 40 minutes. After this visit, passengers will have some free time to walk around town and shop for souvenirs.

Santa Cruz (Highlands)

One of the options is to cross the highlands of Santa Cruz. Passengers will visit Cerro Chato. In this visit, you’ll be able to observe the famous giant tortoises that gave the name to these islands. Additionally, travelers can literally get into the Galapagos by walking in the dormant lava tubes.

Day 5 – Monday
Santa Cruz (Bachas Beach)

Wet landing at Bachas beach which is located at north coastline of Santa Cruz Island. Here you will be encountered by different sea birds, marine iguanas, sea turtles, and passengers would have the opportunity to swim in this white sand beach. Return to the Galapagos Legend, check out and transfer to the Baltra’s airport. Return flight to Quito via Guayaquil.

7 nights ITINERARY can start in the west or in the east and can begin monday or thursday.

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Galapagos Legend deck plan

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Galapagos Legend cruise rates 2016

Cabin
8 Days / 7 Nights 5 Days / 4 Nights 4 Days / 3 Nights
Standard interior USD $ 3786 USD $ 2326 USD $ 1745
Standard plus ext. USD $ 4688 USD $ 2881 USD $ 2160
Junior suite USD $ 5345 USD $ 3284 USD $ 2463
Legend Suite USD $ 6146 USD $ 3777 USD $ 2832
Balcony suite USD $ 6761 USD $ 4154 USD $ 3116
Balcony Suite Plus USD $ 7437 USD $ 4570 USD $ 3427
Fuel Surcharge USD $180 USD $ 90 USD $90

Galapagos Legend offers 3, 4 and 7 night cruises. Prices vary depending on season, cruise length and cabin type.

Galapagos Voyagers offers discount rates on all Legend cruise dates in any cabin! Get your special reduced rate now!

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