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Celebrity Xploration

Northern Loop cruise with Post Galapagos Experience

call 1-888-751-9303 to speak with a Galapagos Specialist.

Itinerary

Day 1

Thursday

Quito Arrival

On the first day of your journey, you’ll be greeted at the airport by a Celebrity Cruises® representative and transferred to the JW Marriott hotel. Enjoy free time to relax and settle in.

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Day 2

Friday

Quito

Breakfast is served at the hotel. During your guided tour of the capital of Ecuador, situated at an altitude of 9,350 feet, you’ll stand on the equatorial line at the Middle of the World Park and Museum, and marvel at the monastery of San Francisco and la Compañia Church. Your Tour Director will escort you throughout your Quito stay, and serve as your personal concierge. Lunch with a spectacular view of the city, and enjoy a welcome dinner at a local gourmet restaurant.

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Day 3

Saturday - AM

Quito/Baltra Island

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Baltra, Galapagos. During World War II, Baltra served as a U.S. military base protecting the Panama Canal from enemy attack. Now the cactus-strewn landscapes of Baltra are home to the region’s main airport and where you will meet the ship. From the airport, it is just a short bus and Zodiac ride to the ship for embarkation.

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Day 3

Saturday - PM

Mosquera Islet

This small, flat, islet sits in the channel between Baltra and North Seymour. It is almost devoid of vegetation, but is home to one of the largest populations of sea lions in the islands. Its sandy expanse offers visitors the perfect opportunity to observe sea lion behavior. It is also a beautiful site to spot lava gulls, coastal birds, and Sally Lightfoot crabs. Keep your eyes peeled for occasional sightings of dolphins and orcas. Excursion options: Walk

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Day 4

Sunday - AM

Sullivan Bay, Santiago Island

During a volcanic eruption in the early 1900’s, this area of Santiago was covered with flowing lava. Today, the hardened fields of black rock create a geological wonderland. Take advantage of the cool of the early morning for a walk to view twisting hardened lava flows, collapsed craters, and lava ovens. Tall red scoria cones and pioneer plants also dot this unusual and very young landscape. Excursion options: Walk.

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Day 4

Sunday - PM

Bartolomé Island

Bartolomé Island offers one of the region’s most photographed views, and is a spectacular geological setting. Its barren moon-like volcanic landscapes, spatter cones, and pinnacle rock make for a unique stop. It is also home to the endemic Galapagos penguin and provides an excellent opportunity for snorkeling. Excursion options: hike up some 368 stairs “To the Top” of the volcano, a Zodiac ride, and an optional beach swim or snorkel.

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Day 5

Monday - AM

Urvina Bay, Isabela Island

Composed of five merged volcanoes, this is the largest island in the Galapagos and the most recently active, the latest eruption having occurred in 2009. Here you will see large land iguanas, finches, and if lucky, a giant tortoise or two. In 1954, magma from one of the island’s volcanoes caused part of the bay to be uplifted some 6 meters, allowing you to walk through the remains of what was once a thriving underwater reef. Excursion options: Walk, hike, snorkel, swim.

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Day 5

Monday - PM

Tagus Cove, Isabela Island

Historically an anchorage for pirates and whalers, this site offers a breathtaking view of Isabela, its volcanoes, and a saltwater lagoon. Along the shore, seabirds, penguins, sea lions, sea turtles, and nesting flightless cormorants can often be found. Excursion options: Zodiac, walk, snorkeling and kayak.

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Day 6

Tuesday - AM

Espinoza Point, Fernandina Island

Fernandina is the youngest island in the Galapagos and, as Darwin wrote, it is “covered with immense deluges of black naked lava.” Along with its extraordinary black lava rocks, this point of land hosts the largest colony of marine iguanas in the Archipelago, along with sea lions and a nesting site for flightless cormorants. Excursion options: Walk, deep-water snorkel, hike.

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Day 6

Tuesday - PM

Vicente Roca Point, Isabela Island

The half-collapsed remains of an ancient volcano make for a spectacular setting at this site. Awe-inspiring cliffs, blue waters, and wildlife create a Zodiac ride to remember as you search for sea turtles, penguins, fur seals, the flightless cormorant, marine iguanas, marine mammals, and the oddly shaped form of the elusive sunfish. Excursion options: zodiac, deep water snorkel.

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Day 7

Wednesday - AM

Egas Port, Santiago Island

With its black sand beach, coastal tide pools, and blue-water grottos, this stop offers a wonderful taste of the Galapagos and the opportunity to see shore birds, Galapagos Hawks, sea lions, marine iguanas, and Galapagos fur seals. Sea lions, colorful tropical fish, and sea turtles are often seen while snorkeling (conditions permitting). Excursion options: walk, swimming, snorkel.

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Day 7

Wednesday - PM

Espumilla Beach, Santiago Island

A sea turtle nesting site, favored attractions in this area include the Palo Santo forest, beach, and the lovely landscape. The trail passes a small seasonal lagoon where flamingos and white-cheeked pintail ducks are sometimes seen. Continuing on, the trail loops through the arid zone, where some of the tallest Palo Santo trees of the entire archipelago are found. Look out for the Galapagos Hawk as well as Darwin’s finches. Excursion options: Walk.

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Day 7

Wednesday - PM

Buccaneer Cove, Santiago Island

Once a refuge for British buccaneers, pirate ships would anchor in this protected bay to make repairs and stock up on tortoise meat among other things. The steep cliffs, where hundreds of seabirds perch in front of the dark red sand beach, are a magnificent site. Excursion options: Kayak, snorkel, zodiac.

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Day 8

Thursday

Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island

The main population center of the islands, Puerto Ayora is home to the National Park Service tortoise-breeding center and the Charles Darwin Research Station. You will have the opportunity to take a bus ride to the highlands to observe giant tortoises in the wild and walk through a lava tunnel. Optional time for shopping will be available. Excursion options: Tortoise-breeding Center/Charles Darwin Center, Highlands.

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Day 9

Friday - AM

El Barranco, Genovesa Island

El Barranco, also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps, is a steep stairway that leads up through a seabird colony full of Nazca and Red-footed Boobies. Once at the plateau, the trail continues inland and passes more nesting booby colonies in the thin Palo Santo forest. Keep an eye out for Galapagos doves, mockingbirds, storm petrels, and a short-eared lava owl if you are lucky. Excursion options: Hike, zodiac, deep water snorkel.

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Day 9

Sunday - AM

Darwin Bay, Genovesa Island

Darwin Bay’s soft white sand is only the beginning of a spectacular excursion. A trail from the beach takes you into lush mangroves where red-footed boobies nest. Other local wildlife includes sea lions, swallow-tailed gulls, frigate birds and more. Snorkeling is a must here, as the nutrient-rich water attracts all types of marine life including sharks, sea lions, sea turtles, and the occasional manta ray. Excursion options: Walk, swim, snorkel and kayak.

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Day 10

Saturday - AM

North Seymour Island, Genovesa Island

North Seymour is a small island just north of Baltra. It is home to the largest colony of frigate birds in the Galapagos. While keeping an eye out for male frigates trying to impress potential mates with an inflated red neck pouch, you may see blue-footed boobies dancing in a timeless courtship ritual. Sea lions and large land iguanas also roam about this rocky terrain. Excursion options: Walk.

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Day 10

Saturday - PM

Baltra disembarkation / Transfer to Puerto Ayora

Your short zodiac ride brings you to the Itabaca canal, where you will be greeted by your Celebrity Cruises® representative and transferred to Puerto Ayora. On your way, visit the Manzanillo Ranch for a private tour to look for wild Giant Tortoises. Lunch will be served at the Ranch. After check-in at the Angermeyer Hotel, you will have time to settle in and relax before dinner at a local restaurant.

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Day 11

Sunday - AM

Puerto Ayora Farming

Have an up close and personal encounter with local agriculture. During your visit to a local farm or greenhouse in the highlands, you will learn about historic and current agricultural challenges in the Galapagos due to restrictions for sustainability on the islands. Take part in the production process, gathering provisions that will later be used to prepare your exclusive dining experience with your professional chef. Lunch will be served on route.

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Day 11

Sunday - PM

Puerto Ayora Farming

After the farming experience, visit an old sugar estate called “El Trapiche,” Spanish for sugar mill. A local family, will introduce and walk you through the process of sugarcane production as it was when brought from the highlands of Ecuador in the 60’s. After indulging in the island’s premium fresh sugar cane products, meet with the chef back at the hotel to turn in the provisions and discuss your meal plan. Dinner will be served at a local restaurant.

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Day 12

Monday - AM

Puerto Ayora Fishing & Local Activities with Fisherman

Explore the fantastic fishing opportunities in the Galapagos, where you will spend time with a savvy local fisherman in search of your special catch of the day to be brought back as part of the provisions for your dining experience with a chef later in the evening. Learn about responsible tourism activities that fuel and help preserve the islands all while encountering wild species of fish.

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Day 12

Monday - PM

Puerto Ayora Fishing & Local Activities with Fisherman

After fishing, visit a private beach where you can swim, snorkel, and enjoy a boxed lunch. After the beach experience, head to your hotel to turn in your catch of the day and finalize your dinner plans with the chef for the evening’s special dinner.

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Day 13

Tuesday - AM

Puerto Ayora Hike / Swim

After breakfast, your naturalist will meet you and lead you through a short morning hike. There will also be time for a beach swim before hiking back to the hotel for checkout and transfer to the airport. Lunch will be served in Puerto Ayora.

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Day 13

Tuesday - PM

Puerto Ayora Departure / Quito Arrival

Transfer to the airport for your flight back to Quito. Upon arrival in Quito, a Celebrity Cruises® representative will escort you to the Wyndham hotel. Dinner will be served at the hotel.

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Day 14

Wednesday - AM

Quito Departure

After breakfast, based on departure time, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight.

Celebrity Xploration

Say “Hello” to a sense of community that can only be enjoyed on a small ship. The ultimate in intimate adventure travel in the Galapagos Islands, Celebrity Xploration is a stylish catamaran that features eight luxuriously cozy staterooms, each with a window or veranda to the world that offers up-close and personal views of this stunning destination. Be indulged with seamlessly intuitive service and every creature comfort possible. Your onboard certified naturalist and the rest of our dedicated staff will make your journey extraordinary!

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