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Celebrity Xploration

Southern 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 - Flight to Baltra Island - Embarkation

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 Island

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

Dragon Hill, Santa Cruz Island

Dragon Hill, or “Cerro Dragon,” is named after its population of land iguanas. The site offers a beautiful view of the landscape and two small brackish lagoons where flamingos and other shore birds occasionally feed. Along the trail, cross a beautiful “white forest” of Palo Santo (incense) trees and Galapagos cotton plants. Excursion options: walk and swim.

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Day 4

Sunday - PM

Rabida Island

A small island south of Santiago, Rabida is best known for its red sand and eroded volcanic landscape. A nesting colony of pelicans makes its home here, along with sea lions and some sea birds. Excursion options: Zodiac, walk, swim, kayak, and snorkel.

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Day 5

Monday - AM

Puerto Villamil, Isabela Island

Welcome to the small, laid-back island town of Puerto Villamil. Follow an interpretive trail, around secluded wetland lagoons to the Tortoise Center. Visitors can see both hatchling tortoises and older breeding animals. The wetlands of Isabela Island are home to a variety of bird species such as common stilts, whimbrels, white-cheeked pintail ducks, gallinules, and flamingoes. Excursion options: Walk and swim.

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Day 5

Monday - PM

Wall of Tears, Isabela Island

The Wall of Tears measures 15 to 20 feet (5-6m) high, 10 feet (3 m) wide, and approximately 300 feet (100 m) long. When jailed in a penal colony here between 1944 and 1959, prisoners were forced to build the wall, stone by stone, in isolation, only to be asked to tear it down again and start over. It is a lesson in history and a remnant of a cruel and intolerant time. Excursion options: Walk.

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Day 6

Tuesday - AM

Post Office Bay, Floreana Island

Rich in history, this site is home to the post office barrel established in about 1793, where pirates, buccaneers, whalers and others could leave their mail to be picked up by outbound ships. The tradition continues today, as visitors leave addressed postcards in the barrel and sort through left mail to deliver at home.

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Day 6

Tuesday - AM

Baroness Outlook, Floreana Island

The Baroness’ Viewing Point is the ideal place to take in the unique scenery that defines Floreana, and to learn about the intriguing history of the island, once inhabited by an indulgent baroness and her three lovers. Observe several marine species such as golden eagle rays, sea turtles, sea lions, mullets and occasionally Galapagos penguins on a zodiac ride around “La Loberia”. Excursion options: zodiac, walk, swim, snorkel.

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Day 6

Tuesday - PM

Cormorant Point, Floreana Island

Floreana was the first capital of the Galapagos, and where Charles Darwin met the islands’ Governor. Its small brackish lagoon is often home to flamingos, stilts, and white-cheeked pintail ducks, and one of its beaches is a popular nesting site for sea turtles. Check out the green-hued sand where you land! Excursion options: Walk and swim.

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Day 6

Tuesday - PM

Champion Bay, Floreana Island

This bay provides a wonderful opportunity for ocean adventures. When snorkeling, tropical fish abound with frequent sightings of sea turtles, rays, sharks, sea stars, and sea lions if they’re in a playful mood. On a zodiac ride along the rocky shoreline keep an eye out for seabirds such as boobies, pelicans, and frigatebirds. Red-billed Tropic birds nest in the crevices below prickly pear cacti. The rare Charles Mockingbird also makes its home here. Excursion options: Snorkel, zodiac.

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Day 7

Wednesday - AM

Warlock Hill (Cerro Brujo), San Cristobal Island

Explore the eroded remains of a volcanic tuff cone and one of the first sites visited by Charles Darwin. Captain Fitzroy climbed to the top of the hill to scout out reefs. The favorite attraction here is the gorgeous white sand beach; a wonderful place to swim, snorkel or take a walk along the shoreline. Excursion options: Walk, swim, snorkel.

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Day 7

Wednesday - AM

Kicker Rock, San Cristobal Island

Kicker Rock or León Dormido, named for its characteristic shape similar to a boot or sleeping lion, is a dramatic sight with the remains of a volcanic tuff cone rising almost 148 m straight up out of the ocean. Erosion has split the rock into two parts, forming a narrow channel between. Circumnavigation provides the visitor with the best views of the rock. Blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, frigatebirds, and sea lions line the shore. Excursion options: Circumnavigation.

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Day 7

Wednesday - PM

Los Lobos, San Cristobal Island

Named after its large colony of sea lions, visitors can observe and potentially interact with sea lion pups, especially while snorkeling. In addition, you may see blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, and even a catch glimpse of the islands’ second type of sea lion: The Fur Sea Lion. Excursion options: Walk, zodiac, snorkel.

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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

Suarez Point, Española Island

Española is the oldest island in the Galapagos and home to an abundance of wildlife. At this site, visitors can expect to see sea lions, Galapagos Hawks, marine iguanas, and both blue-footed and Nazca boobies. Excursion options include a long, rocky walk to look for Waved Albatrosses (March to January), and observing an impressive blowhole that spews water like a towering geyser.

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Day 9

Friday - PM

Gardner Bay, Española Island

The beach at Gardner Bay, with its sparkling white sand, offers one of the best places to relax and swim in the Galapagos. It is home to one of the most important colonies of sea lions in the archipelago, and is also a nesting site for sea turtles. Three species of Darwin’s finches and Española Mockingbirds may also be seen here. Excursion options: Swim, snorkel, and kayak.

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Day 10

Saturday - AM

Daphne Island

Daphne is a satellite volcanic cone located north of Santa Cruz Island. The crater floor is an important breeding site for blue-footed boobies. The cliff shore of the island is home for sea lions, pelicans, blue-footed boobies, and tropical birds which can be observed during the circumnavigation of the island. Excursion options: Ship circumnavigation.

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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 12

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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