About Our Destination
- $USD is accepted.
- Spanish is the main language, but English is spoken widely.
- November in the Galápagos is temperate, staying between 69°-78°F (20°-26°C) during the dry season. There could be a rain shower or two during the week, so be sure to pack a light rain jacket or umbrella to stay dry.
- Saturday, November 7 – Guayaquil, Ecuador (overnight)
- Sunday, November 8 – Guayaquil / San Cristobal, Galápagos / Embark
- Monday, November 9 – Saturday, November 14 – Galápagos Islands
- Dragon Hill and Guy Fawkes, Santa Cruz
- Sunday, November 15 – Baltra, Galápagos / Disembark / Guayaquil (overnight)
- Monday, November 16 – Guayaquil / Home
Before Your Trip
- What’s Included and What’s Not
- What is included?
- 1-night hotel stay at the Hilton Colón in Guayaquil before the trip on November 7 prior to embarkation
- Complimentary hotel shuttle from airport to hotel for November 7 arrivals and from hotel to airport for November 15 or 16 departures
- 1-night hotel stay at the Hilton Colón in Guayaquil on November 15 after disembarkation (or day room for late night departures on November 15)
- Internal Ecuador flights (Guayaquil – San Cristobal – Baltra – Guayaquil)
- 7 nights aboard the National Geographic/Lindblad Expeditions ms Islander
- Water, coffee, tea and soft drinks throughout the day and at meals
- Voyage Expedition DVD (one per household)
- Galápagos National Park entrance fee, port charges and service taxes (subject to increase)
- Use of kayaks, snorkeling gear and wetsuits
- Gratuities to naturalists and ship’s crew
- Olivia staff assistance throughout
- What’s not included?
- Round-trip airfare from the U.S. to Guayaquil, Ecuador
- Incidentals on board
- Alcoholic beverages
- LEX Spa services
- Internet connection
- *NDA charges are not included in the price of the trip but have already been added to your reservation as reflected on your invoice.
- Travel documentation and identification
- Passport and Visa
- You will need a passport that is valid for six months past the last date of the trip. If you are a U.S. citizen, you DO NOT need a visa. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with both your country’s consulate and the consulates of the countries we will be visiting to make sure that you do not need an entry visa or other additional documentation.
- Please check with your local Public Health Department or personal physician regarding immunization requirements for all countries on your itinerary. You may also check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at www.cdc.gov. Just click on ‘Travelers Health' and then select Ecuador or Galápagos Islands from the drop-down menu under ‘For Travelers.'
- Travel insurance
- Olivia recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to protect yourself and your trip investment from the unexpected. Now more than ever it’s extremely important to think about the unexpected. It is important to purchase the travel protection within 15 days of your initial invoice date in order to receive the most comprehensive coverage. Consider travel protection for Trip Cancellation/Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more…
- For a travel insurance quote, more information or to purchase a protection plan, please call Olivia at 800-631-6277 and select option 1 for a travel consultant.
- Joining the Facebook trip group
- If you’d like to chat with people who are going on the trip, sign up for the official Olivia trip group.
Travel and arrival
- Air travel
- Where to fly into/out of
- You will need to fly into Guayaquil, Ecuador (GYE). Most flights arrive in the evening. We encourage all passengers to arrive a day early to avoid the stress of unexpected delays. Additional hotel nights at the Guayaquil Hilton Colón can be made directly with the hotel on their website. If you book a standard room, you will not have to change rooms when your program begins.
- Suggested arrival/departure times
- Flights into Guayaquil can arrive any time on November 7, 2015 and hotel check-in begins at 3:00pm. You can leave any time in the late evening of November 15 or on November 16, 2015. A day room will be provided up until the time of departure for your late night flight on November 15. An overnight room will be provided if your flight departs on November 16.
- Please note if your flight departs late evening of November 16, you will need to check-out of your hotel room by noon that day. In this case, you may want to consider booking an additional night directly with the hotel so you can keep your room up until your departure to the airport.
- We are proud to partner with American Airlines. The AA discount code A51N5AZ is good for 7% off and applies to flights into Guayaquil, Ecuador (GYE) and out of GYE or Lima, Peru (LIM). Dates of travel are November 4 – 19, 2015. Airfare can be booked no earlier than 11 months before the trip. This reservation can be booked by calling 800-433-1790 ($25 booking fee applies) or visiting AA.com/rainbow (no booking fee and please remove the preceding “A” when booking online). In order for discount code to be valid, flights cannot be solely on a codeshare airline; the originating flight must be on American Airlines.
- Olivia’s preferred travel agency
- We are happy to partner with a full service travel agency, Panorama Travel. They provide excellent service for competitive airfares (business class and economy), additional transfers or hotels/tours outside of Olivia offerings. A $50 per person charge will be assessed for a consultation to discuss travel needs and airfare. This amount will be applied to your overall costs should you decide to use their services. A service fee will be assessed according to the amount of travel booked. For an additional fee, they can also assist you with using your frequent flyer miles for free tickets and upgrades. You can reach them at 800-523-0093 or 503-682-6800.
- Luggage allowance
- While there is no luggage limit on the cruise itself, airlines often restrict (or charge) for excess baggage. Because each airline is different, and the regulations change over time, please check with your airline for baggage allowances.
- Transfers and Meeting up with Olivia
- Transportation from airport
- Flights into Guayaquil can arrive any time on November 7, 2015 and hotel check-in begins at 3:00pm. You can leave any time in the late evening of November 15 or on November 16, 2015.
- It is approximately 10-15 minutes from the airport to hotel in Guayaquil, depending on traffic. There is a Hilton Colón airport shuttle in Guayaquil. We will be collecting your arrival itineraries to prepare the hotel to have enough shuttles to meet our group at the airport on November 7. Otherwise, taxis are available for about $15 USD in Guayaquil.
- Transfers from Guayaquil Airport to the hotel, San Cristobal Airport to ship, ship to Baltra Airport and the hotel to Guayaquil Airport are all included.
- Hotel check-in
- Hotel check-in begins at 3:00pm on November 7, 2015.
- Our host hotel in Guayaquil is the Hilton Colón. Should you wish to arrive a day or two early or extend your stay, we recommend booking directly online with the hotel and requesting a Standard Room.
- Getting to your ship
- On November 8, you will be transferred in the early morning after breakfast from the hotel to the airport for your flight to San Cristobal in the Galápagos. Once we arrive in San Cristobal, a bus will transfer you a short distance to the dock. Panga boats will be waiting to transport us to the ship.
- Our port of embarkation is in San Cristobal. When we arrive into San Cristobal by plane, embarkation will begin immediately.
- Ship Check-in
- We will board just before noon and will check-in on board when we arrive on November 8.
- Flight guidelines
- Most flights arrive into Guayaquil in the late evening. If you arrive earlier, be aware that hotel check-in begins at 3:00pm. When we arrive into San Cristobal by plane, embarkation on the ship will begin immediately. Departures on November 15 should be after 8:00pm or any time on November 16.
During your trip
- National Geographic/Lindblad Expeditions ms Islander
- The ms Islander ship amenities include:
- One restaurant
- Small boutique
- Small fitness center and lounge
- LEX Spa with masseuse
- Room Amenities
- Individually-controlled thermostat
- Efficiency bathrooms with shower
- Shampoo, conditioner, lotion and soap
- 110 volt outlet
- Convertible twin beds into double bed
- No TV’s, clocks or phones in rooms
- Open Seating Policy
Dining hours: Breakfast 7:00–8:00am, Lunch 12:00–1:30pm, Dinner 7:00–9:00pm
There is one restaurant on board. Meals are served buffet style for breakfast and lunch. Dinner is sit-down style with Ecuadorian flair.
- Ecuador and the Galápagos operate on US electrical current, 110 volts, 60 cycles.
- Gratuities are included in the cost of your trip. Gratuities go to the naturalists, cabin stewards, dining room staff and other behind-the-scenes crew members.
- Internet / E-mail / Fax
- Internet access is available on board. You can purchase cards in 30-minute increments.
- Laundry and Dry Cleaning Services
- There is no self-service laundry or ironing. The ship does offer laundry service and pressing.
- Medical services
- There is a doctor with a minimal medical center on board. Your first visit is complimentary.
- Money: Paying for Things On Board
- Upon embarkation, you will register a credit card to your shipboard account in order to charge drinks, services, etc. You will not be able to get cash advances through your credit card; however, you will be able to cash traveler’s checks.
- In Santa Cruz, you’ll have the ability to phone home at reasonable rates. Satellite phones are available on board at costs of up to $12/minute.
- Smoking Policy
- The ship is completely non-smoking except for the aft area of the exterior Upper Deck. Smoking is not permitted on the uninhabited islands.
- Solo Travelers
- We average a few solo travelers on these trips who mix and mingle with everyone. For a trip this small, there are no solo coordinators. You can start to meet other solo travelers online at the official Olivia Amazing Galápagos Adventure trip group.
- Special Diets and Special Needs
- If you have any medical or mobility needs, or specific dietary requirements that our travel consultants don’t know about, please go to your Olivia Connect profile and click on ‘Travel Account' then ‘Travel Preferences' to update your personal information. Please advise us of these details as soon as possible but no less than 90 days prior to the trip.
- Special Occasions
- If you have a celebration or birthday that occurs during the trip dates that you have not already advised your travel consultant about, please let us know of this information as soon as possible but no less than 90 days prior to the trip.
- Spa services
- Standard spa treatments such as massages are available in their LEX Spa. Pricing will be available on board.
After Your Trip
We will utilize the Guayaquil Hilton Colón for our return hotel. Hotel check-in is 3:00pm, and check-out is 12pm. You may purchase additional hotel nights directly through the hotel online.
Complimentary shuttle service from the Guayaquil Hilton to the airport is available. Taxis are also available for approximately $15 USD.
We disembark at approximately 9:00am for our transfer to Baltra Airport. Exact flight times from Baltra to Guayaquil will be announced in your final documents to be sent 30-45 days prior to the trip.
A post-trip stretcher to Macchu Picchu will be available so that you can make the most of your trip to South America. Please check back to the Vacation Stretcher page for more information, approximately nine months from the trip dates.
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