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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 11–Guayaquil, Ecuador (overnight)
  • Sunday, November 12–Guayaquil / San Cristobal, Galápagos / Embark
  • Monday, November 13–Saturday, November 18–Galápagos Islands:
    • Española
    • Floreana
    • Isabela
    • Dragon Hill and Guy Fawkes, Santa Cruz
    • Santiago
    • Genovesa
  • Sunday, November 19–Baltra, Galápagos / Disembark / Guayaquil (overnight)
  • Monday, November 20–Guayaquil / Home

Before Your Trip

What is included?
  • 1-night hotel stay at the Hilton Colón in Guayaquil before the trip on November 11 prior to embarkation
  • Complimentary hotel shuttle from airport to hotel for November 11 arrivals and from hotel to airport for November 19 or 20 departures
  • 1-night hotel stay at the Hilton Colón in Guayaquil on November 19 after disembarkation (or day room for late night departures on November 19)
  • 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?
  • Roundtrip 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
You will need a passport that is valid for six months past the date of the trip. 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.
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
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: Just click on "Traveler’s Health" and then "Vaccinations."
Cancellation Policy
Unexpected events can cause you to cancel your vacation. Because we are committed to this charter, we must strictly adhere to our cancellation policy as outlined in our Olivia Terms & Conditions.

TRIP DATE 11/11/2017    
Cancellation Fee 270 days or more prior to trip date   2/14/2017 $500 per person
Cancellation Fee 210-269 days prior to trip date 2/15/2017 4/15/2017 25% of trip cost
Cancellation Fee 150-209 days prior to trip date 4/16/2017 6/14/2017 50% of trip cost
Cancellation Fee 120-149 days prior to trip date 6/15/2017 7/14/2017 75% of trip cost

Cancellation Fee 0-119 days prior to trip date

7/15/2017   100% of trip cost

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. Click here for a few reasons why it is a great idea to consider travel insurance.
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. Please refer to the Description of Coverage for a summary of the terms, conditions, exclusions and limitations of the applicable Protection Plan.
Joining the and Facebook trip groups
If you'd like to chat with people who are going on the trip, sign up for the official Olivia trip group, Olivia's Official Trip Group on our connect page. You can also join Olivia’s Amazing Galapagos Adventure 2017 Group on Facebook.
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Travel and arrival

Where to fly into/out of
You will need to fly into Guayaquil, Ecuador (GYE). Most flights arrive in the evening.
Suggested arrival/departure times
Flights into Guayaquil can arrive any time on November 11, 2017 and hotel check-in begins at 3 pm. You can leave any time in the late evening of November 19 or on November 20, 2017. A day room will be provided up until the time of departure for your late night flight November 19. An overnight room will be provided if your flight departs November 20.
Please note if your flight departs late evening of November 20, 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.
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.

During your trip

Transfers and Meeting up with Olivia
Flights into Guayaquil can arrive any time on November 11, 2017 and hotel check-in begins at 3 pm. You can leave any time in the late evening of November 19 or on November 20, 2017.
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 11. 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.
Flight guidelines
Most flights arrive into Guayaquil in the late evening. If you arrive earlier, be aware that hotel check-in begins at 3 pm. When we arrive into San Cristobal by plane, embarkation on the ship will begin immediately. Departures on November 19 should be after 8 pm or any time on November 20.
Hotel check-in begins at 3 pm on November 11, 2017. We encourage all passengers to arrive a day early to avoid the stress of unexpected delays.
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 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.
Our port of embarkation is in San Cristobal. When we arrive into San Cristobal by plane, embarkation will begin immediately.
We will board just before noon and will check-in on board when we arrive on November 6.
The National Geographic/Lindblad Expeditions 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
  • Hairdryer
  • 110-volt outlet
  • Convertible twin beds into double bed
  • No TVs, clocks or phones in rooms
Open Seating Policy
Dining hours: Breakfast 7–8 am, Lunch 12–1:30 pm, Dinner 7–9 pm
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 U.S. electrical current, 110 volts, 60 cycles.
Gratuities are included in the cost of the cruise. Gratuities are provided for your cabin steward, dining room steward, bus person, maître d’ 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.
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 Olivia’s Amazing Galápagos Adventure Facebook page or the Olivia Amazing Galápagos Adventure Connect 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 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 massage are available in the 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 pm, and check-out is 12 pm. You may purchase additional hotel nights directly through the hotel online. Complimentary shuttle service from the Guayaquil Hilton Colón to the airport is available. Taxis are also available for approximately $15 USD.
We disembark at approximately 9 am 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.

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