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Galapagos Islands Cruise

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  • Board a first-class catamaran for an intimate cruise around the Galapagos Islands
  • Enjoy personalized, small-group shore excursions with expert naturalist guides
  • Explore Isabela's wetlands full of blue-footed boobies, flamingos and penguins
  • Snorkel with sea turtles and sea lions in the brilliant turquoise waters of Las Bachas
  • Hike up Dragon Hill's rugged spire alongside miniature dragons, or land iguanas, for spectacular views
Cruise around the Galapagos Islands, via a first-class catamaran, enjoying small group island excursions by day, while relaxing in deluxe boat cabins at night. Upon arrival in Quito, fly into Baltra and board your premier catamaran for a cruise around Santa Cruz, Isabela, Fernandina and Santiago Islands. Starting on Santa Cruz, discover giant tortoises, frigates and land iguanas found nowhere else in the world. Visit Isla Isabela to witness blue-footed boobies, the Sierra Negra volcano and Tintoreras reef sharks. Scan Fernandina’s and Santiago’s black lava rocks for exotic bird species before cooling off with a snorkel and relaxing day on the white sandy beaches of Las Bachas. Each evening, return to the boat for a soak in the hot tub or a rest on the sun deck, before delicious “al fresco” barbecue dinners.

What To Expect

This tour is perfect for those desiring a classic cruise around the Galapagos Islands via a first-class catamaran. This tour is graded easy to moderate with an average of 4-6 hours of daily guided island excursions. Activities range from hiking on dirt trails to water-based activities in the Pacific Ocean. Transfers to the islands from the catamaran include both wet and dry landings, depending on the island's terrain, via panga boats (open-aired, outboard-powered, fishing boats), and will be announced by the crew prior to each day.

Tour Style:

Private Guided | Alone or with your chosen companion(s), benefit from a private guide throughout most of your trip.

Activity:

Walking, Wildlife Watching, Cultural Activities | Walking as part of a multi activity trip., Trip includes wildlife watching as part of the itinerary, Trip includes cultural activities in the itinerary

This trip is suitable for:

Families, Multi-Generational, Mixed Abilities

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Elegance & Unique Stays
  • Wildlife
  • Coastal & Island
  • Special Occasions

Activity Level & Terrain

This trip is graded moderate and includes daily activities, guides and tours within the Galapagos Islands. To get the most from your trip, you should be in decent physical shape and able to swim, walk three to six hours every day and enjoy boat based activities. The hiking and biking is mostly on dirt trails or paths. The kayaking and paddle boarding (SUP) activities will be on the waters of the Pacific Ocean and at times can be choppy. Kayaks consist of one to two persons per boat, while paddle boards are limited to only one per person. Minimal to no prior experience is necessary, although your ability to swim is a must. 

Accommodations

We specifically hand-select boutique hotels, so you can fully enjoy your stay within the historic downtown of Quito.

While cruising the Galapagos Islands, you will be aboard the “Treasure of Galapagos.” This vessel is an impressive 31.6 meter, 16 passenger, catamaran built in 2009.  

Extra Nights

You can easily request to add extra night in Quito. For further details, please ask us at the time of booking.

Solo Travelers & Single Rooms

This trip is based on two people sharing a room. If you’d like separate rooms, a single supplement is required.

If you would like to request a twin room (same room with two separate beds), please notify us during booking so we can request this option.

This trip is available for solo travelers (a solo supplement is required).

Meals

Seven breakfasts and six lunches and dinners are included in this trip. This includes all meals while in the Galapagos and one breakfast during your stay in Quito. Breakfasts, lunches and dinners are all buffet style and are served either al fresco or within the dining area of the catamaran. Please notify us of dietary restrictions at the time of booking.

For all other meals not included in the trip, you can choose to dine at your hotel or from available nearby cafés or restaurants.

Included
  • 1 Night in Quito
  • 6 Nights aboard a catamaran
  • 7 Breakfasts and 6 lunches and dinners
  • Private transfers to/from Quito International Airport to downtown Quito
  • All boat transfers and activities
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fees ($120)
  • English-speaking tours and guides
  • Pre-departure information pack
  • 24/7 telephone support from our office and our local representative
Excluded
  • International flights
  • Flights to/from Galapagos Islands
  • All other meals, drinks and snacks
  • Additional nights before, during or after the trip
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities and tips
Extras
  • Extra Nights in Quito
  • Room Upgrades (only where applicable)

When To Go

Traveling between the months of December to May is often the most popular time to go. This period is during the warm, rainy season, offering warmer temperatures and clearer seas, thus resulting in pleasant conditions to snorkel and swim. Rain typically drizzles daily, but for short periods of time.

June to November is the cooler, dry season, with often cooler temperatures, stronger winds and, at times, rougher seas. However, the nutrient-rich waters attract rare fish and underwater species, making this season a great time to go snorkeling and scuba diving.

No matter when you decide to go, the isolation from the mainland and equatorial location make the Galapagos Islands beautiful, full of wildlife, and worth visiting year-round.

Availability

This trip is available year-round. Due to the Galapagos Islands being a popular destination and having regulations limiting the number of annual visits, we may at times have to accommodate you with alternative itineraries or locations due to availability.

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalized to ensure availability for specific dates. 

Please note - Dates are subject to availability and will be inquired during booking before final confirmation. Please let us know of your flexibility regarding date range and itinerary preference (west or east), should the dates desired be unavailable.

Getting to the Start

Getting to/from Quito

Quito International Airport, based about an hour from Ecuador’s capital, has flights from international and national destinations and is a hub for exploring this beautiful country.

Travel to the Galapagos

Transfers to and from Quito International Airport are included. A domestic flight to Seymour Airport, located on Baltra Island in the Galapagos Islands, is not an included part of this itinerary as costs may vary depending on the season. To ensure the most economical price and to ensure you will get the best deal, domestic flights will be purchased during booking and we will advise you of the cost. We typically choose an early flight, so you can meet your guides and maximize your time within the Galapagos. Should you have any specific requirements for flights, please inform our team here at Macs Adventure.

General Information

Getting Around:

All boat transfers and transportation services related to the itinerary are included in this trip.

For additional transportation services outside the provided itinerary, such as a taxi to a specific restaurant or location, the host at your evening’s accommodation can help assist you in making the necessary arrangements.

Visas

Please check your visa requirements with the foreign office or the embassy in your country of residence before traveling to Ecuador.

For US and UK residents, proof of travel or health insurance and a valid passport for at least six months past the planned date of departure from Ecuador is required. Visas are not required unless you are planning to visit longer than 90 days. You may be asked about your reason for travel and provide evidence of a return or onward flight upon arrival.

Equipment

Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard gear for exploring the islands such as swimsuits, sunscreen, hats, water shoes, durable hiking boots, cameras, binoculars, rain gear and a day pack. If you have any questions about what to take, we'd be happy to share our own top tips and advice. 

All equipment and safety gear for activities within the Galapagos Islands is provided each day and included in this trip.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance helps protect your travel investment, your belongings and most importantly you, from unforeseen circumstances that may arise before or during your trip. For more information, please visit our travel insurance page by clicking this link.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Quito Day 2 Quito to Santa Cruz Island Day 3 Explore Santa Cruz: Dragon Hill Day 4 Explore Isabela Island: Tintoreras and Wetlands Day 5 Discover Isabela: Moreno Point and Urbina Bay Day 6 Fernandina Island and Tagus Cove Day 7 Santiago Island and Egas Port Day 8 Onward Travel

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