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About Our Destination

Currency
US Dollars are accepted.
Languages
Spanish is the main language, but English is spoken widely.
Climate
September in the Galápagos is nearing the end of the dry season, and is one of the coolest months, staying between 69°-75°F (20°-24°C) during the day, and can go down to 64°F (18°C) at night. The water temperature averages about 70°F (21°C).
Itinerary
  • Saturday, September 19, 2020 — Guayaquil, Ecuador (overnight)
  • Sunday, September 20, 2020 — Guayaquil / San Cristobal, Galápagos / Embark
  • Monday, September 21, 2020 –Saturday, September 26, 2020 — Galápagos Islands:
    • Española
    • Floreana
    • Isabela
    • Dragon Hill and Guy Fawkes, Santa Cruz
    • Santiago
    • Genovesa
  • Sunday, September 27, 2020 — Baltra, Galápagos / Disembarkation / Guayaquil (overnight)
  • Monday, September 28, 2020 — Guayaquil / Home

  • See our Vacation Stretchers tab for information regarding our vacation stretchers.
Activity Level
These trips do require a certain level of mobility, including steep stairwells on the ship, walking on rocky, boulders, or uneven terrain, gentle hiking uphill and getting in and out of panga boats from the ship and on shore. There are no elevators on the ship. If you do have limited mobility that requires assistance, you are required to travel with someone who can assist you.

Before Your Trip

What's included?
  • 1-night hotel stay at the Hotel del Parque in Guayaquil before the trip on September 19 prior to embarkation
  • Complimentary hotel transfer from airport to hotel for September 19 arrivals and from hotel to airport for September 27 or 28 departures
  • 1-night hotel stay at the Hotel del Parque in Guayaquil on September 27 after disembarkation (or day room for late night departures on September 27)
  • Internal Ecuador flights (Guayaquil – San Cristobal – Baltra – Guayaquil)
  • 7 nights aboard the National Geographic/Lindblad Expeditions ms Islander
  • Water, coffee, tea, soft drinks, house wine and alcohol throughout the day and at meals. (Premium brands are additional)
  • 1-hour free internet per person per day
  • Voyage Expedition DVD (one per cabin/household)
  • Galápagos National Park entrance fee, port charges and service taxes (subject to increase)
  • Use of kayaks, paddle boards, 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
  • LEX Spa services
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
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.
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.
Vaccinations
Please check with your local Public Health Department or personal physician regarding immunization requirements for Ecuador and Galapagos. You may also check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website. Click on the Travelers’ Health section, then click on the Destinations link and choose Ecuador in the “for Travelers” pull-down menu.
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.
 
2020 AMAZING GALAPAGOS ADVENTURE
START DATE END DATE CANCEL PENALTY
TRIP DATE 9/19/2020    
Cancellation Fee 270 days or more prior to trip date   12/24/19 $500 per person
Cancellation Fee 210-269 days prior to trip date 12/25/19 2/22/2020 25% of trip cost
Cancellation Fee 150-209 days prior to trip date 2/23/2020 4/22/2020 50% of trip cost
Cancellation Fee 120-149 days prior to trip date 4/23/2020 5/22/2020 75% of trip cost

Cancellation Fee 0-119 days prior to trip date
(NON-REFUNDABLE)

5/23/2020 9/19/2020 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 21 days of your initial invoice date in order to receive the most 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.
Please refer to the Policy/Description of Coverage for a summary of the terms, conditions, exclusions and limitations of the applicable Protection Plan.
For a travel insurance quote, more information or to purchase a protection plan, please call Olivia at 800-631-6277 (within the U.S.) or 415-962-5700 (outside the U.S.) and select option 1 to speak with 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, on our Connect page. You can also join the Olivia’s Amazing Galápagos Adventure 2020 Group on Facebook.

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.
Suggested arrival/departure times
Flights into Guayaquil can arrive any time on September 19, 2020 and hotel check-in begins at 3 pm. You can leave any time in the late evening of September 27 (after 8PM), or on September 28, 2020. A day room will be provided up until the time of departure for your late-night flight September 27. An overnight room will be provided if your flight departs September 28.
Please note if your flight departs late evening of September 28, 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 with us 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.
Airfare discounts
Please visit our airfare discount page for the most up-to-date information.
Preferred travel agency
Olivia’s preferred travel agency

We are pleased to partner with Conlin Travel. A full-service, LGBTQ-friendly agency with staff located across the country, Conlin Travel looks forward to assisting you with your air travel and hotel reservations for stays outside of Olivia’s pre- and post-trip packages. For air and hotel bookings, a small fee will be applied to your overall cost. For assistance in making a reservation, please call Conlin Travel: 888-278-1698 (M–F: 8:30 am–5:30 pm EST)
If you already have a reservation with Conlin and need emergency after-hours service, please call 800-823-1189.
Olivia Travel Gear Store

To help you get ready for your next vacation, we’ve partnered with New Headings to create Olivia Travel Gear, our own online gear and apparel store, featuring items from leading brands, including Craghoppers, Patagonia, Teva, Outdoor Research, and Eagle Creek. Visit olivia.newheadings.com for more information!
Olivia Honeymoons and Celebrations
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During your trip

 
Transfers and meeting up with Olivia
Flights into Guayaquil can arrive any time on September 19, 2020 and hotel check-in begins at 3 pm. You can leave any time in the late evening of September 27 or on September 28, 2020.

It is approximately 15-20 minutes from the airport to hotel in Guayaquil, depending on traffic. We will provide transfers from the airport to Hotel del Parque for guests arriving to Guayaquil on September 19. We will be collecting your arrival itineraries to organize these transfers. Otherwise, taxis are available for about $20 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. Departures on September 27 should be after 8 pm, or any time on September 28, 2020.
Check-in at the Hotel del Parque
Our host hotel in Guayaquil is the beautiful Hotel del Parque. This is a beautifully restored luxury hotel; a “tropical oasis”, set in a very exclusive affluent Samborondón neighborhood with a park next door and 10-15-minute walk to local restaurants and stores. Hotel del Parque is a boutique, unforgettable experience of history and elegance.
This historic 19th century property offers refreshing sophistication. Here you’ll find Ecuadorian furnishings in cooling hues, impressive large marble bathrooms, free Wi-Fi, and 24-hour room service, plus minibars and full air conditioning.
During your stay, you can dine on fresh seafood in the refined, waterfront restaurant, or enjoy a massage or beauty treatments in a unique setting within the wood-beamed bell tower of the original restored chapel. Enhance your experience with cultural encounters such as chocolate tasting, coffee roasting and wildlife walks in the stunning tropical grounds.
Hotel check-in begins at 3 pm on September 19, 2020. We encourage all guests to arrive a day early to avoid the stress of unexpected delays and to enjoy all the amenities this hotel offers. Should you wish to arrive a day or two early or extend your stay, please contact us for reservations and pricing which will include your airport transfer.
Getting to your ship
On September 20, 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.
Port location
Our port of embarkation is in San Cristobal. When we arrive into San Cristobal airport by plane, you will be transferred to a pier where a panga will take you to the ship for immediate embarkation.
Check-in on the ms Islander
We will board just before noon and will check-in on board when we arrive.
Ship Amenities
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
Dining
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.
Electricity
Ecuador and the Galápagos operate on U.S. electrical current, 110 volts, 60 cycles.
Elevator
There is no elevator on this ship.
Gratuities
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. Each guest will receive 1 hour of complimentary Internet access daily. Additional time may be purchased on board.
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 to charge drinks, services, etc. You will not be able to get cash advances through your credit card.
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 solos and travelers online in the Olivia's Amazing Galápagos Adventure 2020 Official Facebook Group Page.
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.
This trip requires a certain level of mobility, including steep stairwells on the ship, walking on rocky, boulders, or uneven terrain, gentle hiking uphill and getting in and out of panga boats from the ship and on shore. There are no elevators on the ship. If you do have limited mobility that requires assistance, you are required to travel with someone who can assist you.
Special occasions
If you have any celebrations and birthdays during the trip 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

Disembarkations
We disembark at approximately 9 am for our transfer to Baltra Airport. Exact flight times from Baltra to Guayaquil will be in your final documents to be sent 30-45 days prior to the trip.
Hotels
We will utilize the Hotel del Parque in Guayaquil for our return hotel. Hotel check-in is 3 pm, and check-out is 11 am. Transfers to the airport will be provided for those departing the evening of September 27 or the following morning, September 28. You may purchase additional hotel nights through Olivia. Please call for pricing and more information.
Vacation stretchers
Please check back to the Vacation Stretcher page for information about a Pre-Trip Vacation Stretcher to Machu Picchu. Information will be available approximately 9 months prior to the trip.

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