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5-Day Galapagos Island Cruise: Western Itinerary Aboard 'Santa Cruz II' provided by Metropolitan Touring

5-Day Galapagos Island Cruise: Western Itinerary Aboard 'Santa Cruz II'

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  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
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Updated 20/07/31 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 20/07/31 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Our Western Galapagos cruise itinerary begins in Baltra, where we will board the ship and sail towards Dragon Hill on Santa Cruz Island for an interesting hike through palo santo forests that are full of the Galapagos’ famed land iguanas. Overnight, we sail around the seahorse-shaped Isabela Island to two great visitor sites: Punta Vicente Roca on Isabela Island and then wild and pure Punta Espinoza on Fernandina. From there, we sail back around to Santa Cruz Island to visit the world-famous Charles Darwin Research Station, where scientists are involved in research and conservation efforts, the most well-known of which involves a captive breeding program for Galapagos giant tortoises. After that, we’ll spend the afternoon enjoying a range of activities. The following day finds us on Floreana Island, exploring its human history and stunning wildlife at both Post Office Bay and Cormorant Point. The next day we say goodbye to the Galapagos Islands after an amazing journey!
Itinerary
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6 stops
Day 1
Dragon Hill: walk by a...
Day 2
Isabela Island
Day 3
Santa Cruz Island
Day 4
Floreana Island
Day 5
Baltra Island
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Departure Point
Seymour Airport, Aeropuerto Seymour de Baltra, Isla Baltra Baltra, Ecuador
Duration
5 days
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Dinner
  • Lunch
  • Breakfast
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Lunch
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Lunch
  • All meals
  • Island sightseeing
  • Naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish
  • Snorkeling gear
  • Luggage handling
  • Transfers in Galapagos Islands
  • Doctor on board 24/7
  • Taxes and transfers in the islands
  • In Quito or Guayaquil, shared transfers from main hotels to airport for flights to/from Galápagos
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Landing and facility fees
  • Snacks
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Entry/Admission - Dragon Hill (Cerro Dragon)
  • Entry/Admission - Isabela Island
  • Entry/Admission - Charles Darwin Research Station
  • Entry/Admission - Post Office Bay
  • Entry/Admission - Cormorant Point
Exclusions
  • Wet Suits available for rent ($17 USD)
  • Air transportation to/from Galapagos and airport taxes
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee (about $100 USD)
  • Migration Control Card (about $20 USD)
  • Internet/Wifi (Due to the Galápagos’ remote location, internet connections are intermittent and low-bandwidth)
  • Alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities (optional), tips, gifts,and additional items.
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Itinerary subject to change due to weather, logistical, Galápagos Park regulations or operational reasons
  • Baggage important notes: Guests can bring aboard the ship a reasonable amount of clothing and personal effects without charge. Baggage is handled in accordance with the airlines’ regulations and tariffs. Baggage exceeding these limitations is subject to the charges as set forth by the individual operators. Airlines are strict with baggage limitations. The current limits are 23 kg (50.6 pounds) for checked items, 8 kg (17 pounds) for hand luggage and 1 personal item (handbag, camera bag, laptop, etc.)
  • All baggage must be securely packed, and properly and clearly labeled. Liquid, fragile, perishable and other articles not suitably packed are transported at guests’ own risk.
  • Restricted Baggage in the Galapagos: Local authorities manage the quarantine system of the Galápagos National Park in order to reduce the possibility of foreign species invading the archipelago. All cargo and luggage that arrives to Galapagos National Park or that is transferred from one island to another must be inspected. To preserve the human health and the native species of the Galapagos Islands, the following products may not be transferred to Galapagos: fresh vegetables and fruits, animal products and or their derivatives, dairy products. Other live animals, pathological samples, dry coffee beans, genetically modified organisms, forest species or their disseminative parts, grass and its disseminative parts, fresh flowers, medicinal plants and their disseminative parts, banana tree leaves, micro-organisms (fungi, bacteria, etc.) soil and sand, and animal vaccines
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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LeakyB85 wrote a review Jan 2020
Boulder, Colorado334 contributions61 helpful votes
The 5-day (really 4) cruise on Santa Cruz II was great. Expert guides, good organization for “people moving” from boat to island and back, well planned, okay food, plenty of good info of what was going to happen/when while on board. My only criticisms have to do with the person
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from customerelationshipm, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at 5-Day Galapagos Island Cruise: Western Itinerary Aboard 'Santa Cruz II'
Responded 27 Jan 2020
Dear LeakyB85, Sorry for any inconvenience, your feedback is very important to us, and we would like to have a better understanding of your experience. Could you please send your comments to our customer care representative, so she can help you in a better way? Her contact is Carolina Lopez cblopez@metropolitan-touring.com If you want you can include her colleague Agustin Vinueza avinueza@metropolitan-touring.com Sincerely, Metropolitan Touring
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C-Lo wrote a review Dec 2019
Sacramento, California15 contributions2 helpful votes
Ever since I was a little girl, the Galapagos fascinated me. Thank the universe, I found a long-time friend who was also interested. The ship, the team, and the daily itineraries were perfect. There was something for everyone. The cabins were attended throughout the day; each
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from customerelationshipm, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at 5-Day Galapagos Island Cruise: Western Itinerary Aboard 'Santa Cruz II'
Responded 27 Jan 2020
Dear CloenSac, We’re so happy to hear your had a great time onboard our cruise! We take great pride in the level of service offered by our crew, guides and destination experts as they are the engine that keeps everything working the way it should – perfect! The Galapagos Islands are a place where we hope to go beyond our guests’ expectations, and our job isn’t over until we’ve given them a marvelous experience. Thank you so much for your feedback. We hope to see you again very soon! Sincerely, Metropolitan Touring
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Darren M wrote a review Nov 2019
Quito, Ecuador16 contributions
i loved every minute of it, The food was amazing on board the restaurant staff were so friendly and i never wanted this cruise to end all the guides were fabulous i would recommend this cruise highly
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from customerelationshipm, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at 5-Day Galapagos Island Cruise: Western Itinerary Aboard 'Santa Cruz II'
Responded 27 Jan 2020
Dear Darren M, Thank you for taking the time to let us know about how well we managed to cater your needs as an explorer of Galapagos! We’re proud that our vessels tick every box when it comes to experiencing the Galapagos the right way. We hope to see you again very soon! Sincerely, Metropolitan Touring
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Julie B wrote a review Jul 2019
Toronto, Canada13 contributions5 helpful votes
We went on a 5 day tour of the Northern Islands ( not the Western). The Santa Cruz 2 ship is nice, updated with about 200 people in total. Comfortable dining area and several good lounges. The food was very good and there is a nice array of different foods to choose from and
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Response from customerelationshipm, Customer Relationship Manager at 5-Day Galapagos Island Cruise: Western Itinerary Aboard 'Santa Cruz II'
Responded 19 Sep 2019
Dear Julie, Thank you so much for taking the time to provide us with your in-depth feedback, we appreciate it immensely. Your comments are being taken into serious consideration in order to help us improve the experiences we offer aboard our vessels. We’ll keep improving everything we can so, the next time you visit, you’ll get to have another wonderful experience! Sincerely, Metropolitan Touring P.S. Please be aware that our Santa Cruz II Galapagos Cruise has a maximum capacity of 90 guests, not 200! But don't worry, these mistakes happen
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birdbrain45 wrote a review May 2019
Salisbury8 contributions2 helpful votes
We chose a larger vessel to avoid sea-sickness. Top notch guides, cooks and even a Dr on board, who I needed to see for a dodgy tummy (acquired before getting onboard). The food was excellent, educational talks, snorkeling equipment provided. So well organised, efficient and
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Response from customerelationshipm, Customer Relationship Manager at 5-Day Galapagos Island Cruise: Western Itinerary Aboard 'Santa Cruz II'
Responded 19 Sep 2019
Dear birdbrain45, Thank you very much for your positive review and your recommendation. We are delighted to hear that you had an enjoyable time with us. We thank you for highlighting about our organization and safety on board, we care about all our guests and we are aware of every detail during your stay. We also appreciate your comments about our facilities such as the snorkeling equipment, and excellent food. Our goal is to continue making a difference and providing top services to our guests. Hope that you return anytime, it will be a pleasure to welcome you once again! Best regards, Metropolitan Touring
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Key Details
  • Dragon Hill (Cerro Dragon), Isabela Island, and 6 more
  • Duration: 5 days
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  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English, Spanish
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