19 April 2019
12 – days
FANTASTIC VALUE! ALL INCLUSIVE!
We had such an amazing experience cruising, walking & snorkelling the beautiful Galapagos Islands in 2017, we’re doing it again in 2019!
THE SHIP HAS SOLD OUT OF STATEROOMS & ONLY HAS ‘SUITES’ LEFT. BOOKINGS ARE NOW ONLY ON REQUEST!
The ship is now FULL! As places filled very quickly on such a small ship we needed to book cabins 2 years ahead! All cabins have ocean views as there are no ‘inside’ cabins on this ship.
Soaring peaks, sandy beaches and crystal-clear seas are inhabited by creatures of all shapes and sizes. Snorkel in the shimmering waters and discover sea lions and sea turtles, or witness penguins, lizards and many more intriguing creatures on land.
Darwin’s theory of evolution explains how species of living things have changed over geological time.
The theory is supported by evidence from fossils, and by the rapid changes that can be seen to occur in microorganisms such as antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Many species have become extinct in the past and the extinction of species continues to happen. Darwin’s visit to the Galapagos Islands around 1831 had a resounding impact on the formation of his Theory of Natural Selection. In 1859, Darwin finally consolidated all of his observations into his famous book On The Origin of Species, drastically and controversially altering the scientific view on the biological origins of life.
THE CELEBRITY XPEDITION
Designed not just for travel, but for exploration, this 100-guest mega-yacht sails to the Galapagos Islands, one of the world’s last pristine environments, seven days a week, 365 days a year. The exemplary service, knowledgeable crew, environmentally sound ship design and Galapagos National Park-certified onboard naturalists, all help to preserve this delicate archipelago, while enlightening you to its natural and evolutionary significance. It’s truly a journey like no other.
Please join us on this dream, once-in-a-lifetime holiday, whilst we are still allowed to venture onto and cruise around these spectacular islands!
CH4 TV DOCUMENTARIES
For an amazing insight into these beautiful, but endangered islands, see ‘My Family and the Galapagos’ with Monty Halls from July 2018. Three episodes on CH4 at 8pm on Saturday 29 July, Saturday 04 August and Saturday 11 August (Repeated on CH47 at 8pm on Tuesday 31 July, 7 Aug & 14 Aug)
HERE ARE A FEW WONDERFUL MEMORIES TO SHARE FROM OUR CRUISE IN MARCH 2017…..
NB. All cabins have ocean view
Luxury return transfer to London Heathrow
Only FOUR local pick-ups:
Gosport; Lee on the Solent;
Stubbington & Fareham
Personal Travel Treats
The comfort of a UK Airport Lounge
Return scheduled International flights
Return Internal Flights
7 nights Celebrity Xpedition® with
all meals, all drinks, tea/coffee,
unlimited water and all gratuities
3 nights’ 4* Quito Marriott Hotel
2 breakfasts & 2 dinners
CABIN GRADE inclusive price:
Grade XD Deck 3
Grade XP Deck 4
(the Solent Events cabins in 2017)
Local Guides & Naturalists
Hotel porterage – one bag per person
All airport taxes, security charges,
UK Airline Passenger Duty, state & local taxes,
ATOL & ABTA protection
Excursions & island visits as per itinerary
Solent Events Escort/Tour Manager
For your peace of mind and financial protection, our holiday is arranged with
Travelsphere Worldwide and Celebrity Xpedition Cruise Ships, who are fully bonded.
View the Itinerary
The Galapagos Islands are unlike anywhere else on earth – an exotic haven of flora and fauna, where the interference of humans has been kept to an absolute minimum.
Day 1 – Local pick-up for our Luxury Coach transfer to London Heathrow and a relaxing Airport Lounge before our Galápagos adventure starts by flying to Quito the capital of Ecuador via Amsterdam, for a two night hotel stay.
Day 2 – We will take time to relax to get used to the high altitude of Ecuador’s capital. A local Guide will captivate our senses on an included city tour, where we will have the opportunity to stand on the Equator.
Day 3 – After breakfast, we fly to the Galápagos and step aboard Celebrity Xpedition® for our 7-night cruise. During the cruise we will go ashore aboard a Zodiac – a large boat with buoyant inflatable hulls. We will also have the opportunity to snorkel and get up close to beautiful sea creatures in the crystal-clear, warm waters of the Pacific.
Day 4 – Our cruise continues its journey around the islands stopping at Gardner Bay on Isla Española, the most southerly and the oldest island in the Galápagos Archipelago. On to Punta Suarez, for sighting of an incredible concentration of wildlife, including the red marine iguana, only found on this island.
Day 5 – We will spend today cruising around a former penal colony on Isla Floreana, with the option to land at Cormorant Point or the satellite island of Champion.
Day 6 – Located on the extreme north coast of Isabela Island, between volcanoes Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul, Punta Moreno is dominated by jet-black pahoehoe lava that extends as far as the eye can see. Numerous tidal pools, some surrounded by mangroves, are a magnet for wildlife. We can walk to the edge of the lava to look straight down at the inhabitants of the crystal-clear pools, including the occasional green sea turtle, white-tipped reef sharks, and puffer fish. At Urvina Bay we will see large land iguanas, and there’s the possibility of spotting giant turtles, rare flightless cormorants, blue-footed boobies, penguins and huge marine iguanas.
Day 7 – The remains of an ancient volcano, dramatic cliffs and blue waters give Punta Vicente a spectacular setting. Search for sea turtles, penguins and fur seals during our visit.
Day 8 – Our original afternoon visit to Cerro Brujo (Warlock Hill) and the circumnavigation of Kicker Rock, both in San Cristobal, have now been replaced with a visit to Punta Pitt, San Cristobal. Our new visit (thought by many to be the most spectacular site in San Cristobal, allows us the rare opportunity to visit the only location in Galapagos where all three species of boobies, Blue, Red & Masked, and two species of Frigate birds nesting in the same area can be observed. In addition there is an opportunity to explore its volcanic terrain as well as beach swimming.
Day 9 – Our cruise brings us to Puerto Ayora on Isla Santa Cruz, where we will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, dedicated to the conservation of the Galápagos Islands’ unique ecosystem. This evening we enjoy a farewell cocktail party and barbecue under the stars, hosted by the ship’s Captain.
Day 10 – Sadly, our wonderful cruise of discovery comes to an end today on Isla Baltra, where we will disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for our flight to Quito. Tonight We will stay in Quito before our flight back to the UK.
Day 11 – Transfer to the airport for your overnight flight to the UK.
Day 12 – Arrive in the UK.
Highlights: Flamingoes, green-colored beach Possible Activities:* Dinghy ride & hike (1.25 mi /2 km)
Please note: Itineraries are unlikely to change significantly, but are subject to change. Weather, wildlife breeding, instructions from the Galapagos National Park, specific abilities and interests of passengers as well as operational matters may cause the guides or captain to change the time or nature of visits. Your guide will always endeavor to select the best itinerary within these limits.
HOTEL in QUITO: 4-star Marriott Quito Hotel.
Facilities include: restaurant, bar, gym, swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, safe and hairdryer.
VISAS: No requirement
PASSPORT: British citizens must have a passport valid for six months beyond the date of their arrival in Ecuador. No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days, irrespective of the endorsement with regard to national status contained in the visitor’s passport.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: Details on request.
XP Premium staterooms – Deck 4
Limited Mobility As we want you to get the very best experience from your holiday, from your holiday, please be advised that this tour is not suitable for anyone with limited mobility.
Cruising aboard Celebrity Expedition you’ll experience a sense of intimacy that can only be achieved aboard a smaller ship yet, it is filled with touches that are luxuriously familiar. Morning mimosas, daily massages and moonlit toasts are just a few of the spoils you’ll enjoy as you embrace the timelessness of the Galapagos Islands – a land that time has seemingly forgotten.
This holiday is escorted from start to finish by a Solent Events Tour Escort. On this occasion, a Travelsphere Tour Manager will not be provided during our 12 day holiday, as Celebrity Xpedition has their own excellent, extremely knowledgeable local guides and naturalists in Quito and on board the ship.
View the Deck Plan
Premium Staterooms (Solent Events booked these in 2017)
Decks 3 & 4
Ocean View Staterooms
Decks 5 & 6