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About Our Destination

Currency
$USD is accepted.
Languages
Spanish is the main language, but English is spoken widely.
Climate
October in the Galápagos is temperate, staying between 67°-78°F (19°-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.
Destinations
  • Saturday, October 11, 2014 – Guayaquil, Ecuador (overnight)
  • Sunday, October 12, 2014 – Guayaquil/San Cristobal/Galápagos/Embark
  • Monday, October 13-Saturday, October 18, 2014 – Galápagos Islands
  • Española
  • Floreana
  • Isabela
  • Dragon Hill & Guy Fawkes, Santa Cruz
  • Santiago
  • Genovesa
  • Sunday, October 19, 2014 – Baltra, Galápagos/Disembark/Guayaquil (overnight)
  • Monday, October 20, 2014 – Guayaquil, Ecuador

Before Your Trip

What’s Included and What’s Not
What is included?
  • 1 night hotel in Guayaquil before the trip at the Hilton Colón on October 11, 2014
  • Complimentary hotel shuttle from the airport to hotel and hotel to airport for October 11, 2014 arrivals
  • 1 night hotel in Guayaquil after the trip at the Hilton Colón on October 20, 2014 (or day room for late night departures on October 20, 2014)
  • Roundtrip airfare: 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
  • Expedition DVD for each household
  • Galápagos Park entrance fee
  • Use of snorkeling equipment, wet suits
  • Gratuities to naturalists and ship’s crew
  • Olivia Staff assistance throughout
What’s not included?
  • Roundtrip airfare from U.S. to Guayaquil
  • Incidentals on board
  • Wine and alcohol
  • LEX Spa services
  • Internet
Travel documentation and identification
Passport
You will need a passport that is valid for six months past the date of the trip. If you are not a US 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.
Visa
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 you do not need an entry visa or other additional documentation.
Vaccinations
Though none are required, please check with your local Public Health Department or personal physician regarding immunization requirements. You may also check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at: www.cdc.gov. Just click on “Traveler’s Health” followed by “Vaccinations.”
Travel insurance
Travel insurance is available from Travel Guard. For information visit travelguard.com/olivia or call Travel Guard at 1-866-420-0125.
Joining the Olivia trip groups online
If you’d like to chat with people who are going on this trip, sign up for the Olivia Connect trip group or the Olivia Facebook 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 October 11, 2014 and hotel check-in begins at 3:00pm. You can leave any time in the late evening of October 19 or on October 20. A day room will be provided up until the time of departure for your late night flight October 19. An overnight room will be provided if your flight departs October 20.
Please note if your flight departs late evening of October 20, you will need to checkout of your hotel room by noon on October 20. For this 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.
Discount airfare offer
The AA discount code A33H4AA 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 October 8 – 23, 2014. 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).
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 allowances
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
You can arrive anytime into Guayaquil (GYE) on October 11, 2014. For your departure, you can depart on the late flight any time after 8:00pm on October 20, 2014 or at any time on October 21, 2014 from Guayaquil (GYE).
It is approximately 10-15 minutes from the airport to hotel in Guayaquil, depending on traffic. There is a Hilton 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 October 20. Otherwise, taxis are available for about $15 USD in Guayaquil.
Transfers from the hotel to the Guayaquil Airport, San Cristobal airport to ship, ship to Baltra Airport and Guayaquil airport to hotel are all included.
Hotel Check-In
Hotel check-in begins at 3:00pm on October 11, 2014.
Hotels
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 request a Standard Room.
Getting to your ship
On October 12, 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.
Location
Our port of embarkation is in San Cristobal. When we arrive into San Cristobal by plane, embarkation will begin immediately.
Check-in
We will board just before noon and will check-in on board when we arrive on October 12, 2013.
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 October 20 should be after 8:00pm, or any time on October 21.

During your trip

Accommodations
National Geographic Lindblad Expeditions’ ms Islander
The ms Islander ship amenities include:
  • 1 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
  • Hair dryer
  • 110 volt outlet
  • Convertible twin beds into double bed
  • No TV’s, clocks or phones in rooms
Dining
Open Seating Policy
Dining hours: Breakfast 7 – 8am, Lunch 12 - 1:30pm, Dinner 7 - 9pm
Restaurants
There is one restaurant on board. Meals are served buffet style for breakfast and lunch. Dinner is sit-down style with Ecuadorian flair.
Electricity
Ecuador and the Galápagos operate on US electrical current, 110 volts, 60 cycles.
Gratuities
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
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.
Phone
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 trip group.
Special Diets and Special Needs
If you have any medical, mobility needs, or specific dietary requirements that our travel consultants don’t know about, please go to your olivia.com profile and click on Travel Preferences to update your personal needs information. Please advise us of this information 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 massage are available. Pricing will be available on board.

After Your Trip

Disembarkation
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, sent 3-4 weeks prior to the trip.
Hotels
We will utilize the Guayaquil Hilton Colón for our return hotel. Hotel check-in is 3:00pm, and check-out is 12 noon. You may purchase additional hotel nights directly through the hotel online.
Complimentary shuttle service from the Guayaquil Hilton to the airport is available. Cabs are also available for approximately $15 USD.
Vacation Stretchers
We do not have any stretchers for this sailing. However, if you are interested in extending your stay in Machu Picchu or Nazca, we recommend that Panorama Travel assist you with your plans. Please call for more information.

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