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Highlights
  • Have a good experience on 6 day Galapagos cruise
  • Numerous opportunities to swim, kayak and snorkel
  • Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station

The 6-day cruise aboard Eclipse focuses on the Southeastern Galapagos Islands of Santa Cruz, South Plaza, San Cristobal, Espanola and Floreana. See where Charles Darwin first stepped foot on the Archipelago, encounter flamingos and blue-footed boobies... all aboard the luxury Eclipse.

The Eclipse 6-day/5-night cruise itinerary comprises the first six days of the 8-day Espanola itinerary. There are two unique 8-day Eclipse itineraries to choose from that can also be combined to create a 15-day all-encompassing itinerary. Click on the following links to view the alternate Eclipse itineraries available. Contact our Galapagos cruise experts if you have any questions

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Itinerary

Day 1 - SAT - Baltra to North Seymour

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Arrive at the airport in Baltra and transfer to the dock for check-in, introductory briefing & safety drill before lunch. The afternoon will be spent at North Seymour, the perfect introduction to the Galapagos Islands. Although the island is characterized by arid vegetation, fauna abounds and you will soon find yourself surrounded by sea lions, blue-footed boobies, land iguanas, frigates and more. Return to the ship for a welcome cocktail and dinner.

Day 2 - SUN - South Plaza & Santa Fe Island

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Wake up and enjoy breakfast before heading to South Plaza Island. Although quite small, is actually home to a large Opuntia cacti forest, land iguanas and one of the largest sea lion colonies in the central region of the archipelago. An endemic plant, Sesuvium, inhabits this island and is a great climate indicator as its color is a greenish-yellowish during the rainy season and a bright red during the dry season. You will also be able to see Nazca boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, other kinds of sea birds as well as different types of finches.

Spend the afternoon at Santa Fe. Formed by uplifting, rather than by a volcano, Santa Fe is known for having one of the most beautiful coves in all the Galapagos. Some of the island’s endemic species include the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snake, rice rats, different types of finches and the Galapagos mockingbird. The visit includes a hike on a trail past salt bushes where Galapagos hawks as well as the Santa Fe land iguanas tend to roam. Playful sea lions will usually accompany swimmers and snorkelers during beach time.

Day 3 - MON - Punta Pitt & Cerro Brujo (San Cristobal)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Spend the morning at Punta Pitt, which is composed of volcanic bluff substrate and is located on the eastern tip of San Cristobal Island. This is the only site in Galapagos where one may have the opportunity to see all three species of boobies and both species of frigates. Hike up to a plateau (at 2.5 hours, the longest hike of the cruise) where the view and landscape are so spectacular it is definitely worth the effort. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled as the red-footed booby is not as easy to spot because they prefer to nest in areas of thick brush. After the hike, enjoy kayaking, snorkeling and panga rides at Punta Pitt.

This afternoon will be spent at Cerro Brujo. Located on the north coast of San Cristobal Island, this eroding tough cone offers a fantastic landscape as well as wonderful swimming, snorkeling and panga ride experiences. Cerro Brujo’s gorgeous beach is also home to many sea lions and it’s the first coast where Charles Darwin first stepped foot on the Archipelago! You will also see a beautiful lagoon used by the locals of Baquerizo Moreno Port for salt mining as well as two different species of halophytes (rare plants that grow in soils with a high salt content).

Day 4 - TUE - Post Office Bay & Cormorant Point (Floreana)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

This morning's excursion will be on Floreana, one of the Galapagos most famous, or shall we say, “infamous” islands due to many strange stories regarding past settlers. There are many wonderful and diverse sites to visit including Post Office Bay and the Baroness’s Viewing Point. Marine life also abounds in Floreana’s coastal regions making it a fantastic site for snorkeling. Flamingos also populate the island and may be seen during your visit. The Baroness’s Viewing Point is the perfect place to take in the special environment that defines Floreana, and a great spot reflect on the intriguing history of the Baroness and her three lovers! In the 18th century whalers passing through the islands placed a wooden barrel on Floreana Island for use as an unofficial mail box. The tradition continues today at Post Office Bay as visitors leave addressed postcards in the barrel and sort through left mail to deliver at home. This is one of the archipelago’s most famous spots. For the more adventurous guests, there is an option for a visit inside a lava tunnel.

This afternoon snorkel or take a Panga ride at Champion Islet, followed by an excursion to Cormorant Point. A great site for bird-watching, Cormorant Point has a large lagoon where everything from flamingos to stilts and pintail ducks can be observed. The beach nearby is also quite special and known as the “Green Beach,” named so due to its green color, which comes from a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand.

Day 5 - WED - Elizabeth Bay & Moreno Point (Isabela)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

Isabela Island's Elizabeth Bay is one of the farthest points of the Galapagos visited on this cruise. Enter a sheltered cove accessible by panga only – a wonderful mangrove ecosystem that is a refuge for sea turtles, rays, blue-footed boobies, penguins, herons and more. Moreno Point is located just southwest of Elizabeth Bay on the west coast of Isabela Island. Observe and learn about different types of lava and pioneer plants while being surrounded by some of the most incredible scenery that Galapagos has to offer. In the tide pools, green sea turtles or white-tip sharks can be spotted. Afterwards enjoy a panga ride along the striking rocky shores observing penguins, sea lions, blue footed boobies and marine iguanas.

Day 6 - THR - Charles Darwin Station (Santa Cruz) & Disembark Baltra

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast on board, transfer from the Eclipse yacht to Puerto Ayora via panga. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station accompanied by a guide. After a quick yet informative visit here, take your escorted transfer to the Baltra airport for departure back to mainland Ecuador.

Dates & Pricing

Price From

$ 5,200

Price Per Day:

$ 867 per day
 
  • Deposit Price: $ 1,000
Prices may vary due to local taxes and trip seasonality. Click "Request Info" to inquire directly with the tour operator for the final trip price.
Details
Ship Name

Eclipse

Ship Stats

Eclipse

  • 48 guests
  • 35 crew members
  • Length: 210 feet
  • Beam: 41 feet
  • Draft: 11 feet
  • Cruising Speed: 12 knots
Ship Description

Discover the Galapagos Islands on board the 48-passenger Eclipse, the finest boutique cruise ship available in the Galapagos Islands. The Eclipse allows the more discerning traveller to experience one of the world’s greatest natural treasures in the comfort of an elegant and unique expedition vessel. The Eclipse is unique in offering the generous accommodation of a larger vessel, while preserving the atmosphere and exclusivity of a smaller yacht.

Deck & Cabin Plans

Main Deck

All Deck & Cabin Plans

Trip Includes
  • Accommodations aboard the Eclipse
  • All shore excursions with English-speaking guides
  • Soft drinks and juices on board
  • VIP lounge at Baltra airport on outbound flight from Galapagos
  • Use of snorkel equipment, use of 3mm "shorty" wet suits
  • Complimentary one time fully stocked mini bar and access to satellite internet in Deluxe Staterooms
  • Shared transfers between Baltra airport and the Galapagos dock upon arrival and departure.
Trip Excludes
  • Fuel Surcharge $260 USD per person for 5 and 7 day itinerarie
  • International airfare
  • Airfare from mainland Ecuador
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee ($100 per adult, $50 for children under 12 years old. This can be paid directly by passengers, cash only)
  • INGALA Transit Card (US $20 per person)
  • Departure tax ($40.80)
  • Gratuities for guides, crew, drivers or local staff
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Other personal expenses
  • Medical services or insurance of any kind.
  • All holiday sailings incur the 8-day regular season rate, plus a $400 per person surcharge
  • No current fuel surcharge for 2016 departures but may apply
Optional Activities

During your stay in Eclipse - 6 day/5 night Galapagos Cruise offers you a variety of optional tours some of tours that you would like to extend:

  • Eclipse - Espanola Galapagos Cruise 8 day/7 night From $6000; 8 days
  • Eclipse - Genovesa Galapagos Cruise 8 day/7 night From: $6000; 8 days
  • Galapagos Cruise Package From: $475; 5 days
Meals Included:

5 Breakfast, 5 Lunch and 5 Dinner

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Standard Group
Maximum Number of People in Group: 48
48 Guests
Start City
Baltra
End City
Baltra
Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation by the Client

Cancellation by the client must be made in writing. (The cancellation terms stated above for failure to timely pay apply even if you do not submit a cancellation in writing.) Cancellation fees will apply. The date that AdventureSmith Explorations or its agents actually receive the written cancellation (either by letter or email) determines the cancellation charge that will apply.

The cancellation terms that apply to your tour may vary from the terms stated here. In that case, you will be provided with those terms in addition to this document. The cancellation terms that apply to a specific tour will govern. In all other circumstances, these cancellation terms apply.

Except as explained above, cancellation fees are as follows:

Days prior to Trip Start Date Fee and Fees Per Person / Per Trip

91 days or more will be 50% of deposit

31-90 days is 50% of total tour cost

0-30 days is 100% of total tour cost

Age Notes

Families & Children

Children under 12 sharing a cabin with an adult receive a discount of 25% (not available on holiday departures). Families can be accommodated in select Deluxe triple cabins, which have a bed for a third child traveller. Only one child discount applies in triple cabins. Children booked in single cabin or in double cabin for single use pay the adult rate. Minimum child age is 7 years old, except on designated family departures where the minimum age is 4 years old.

Special family departures aboard the Eclipse are designed with kids in mind. Cabins are prepared with colourful amenities such as kid-friendly toothbrush holders and Galapagos themed stuffed animals - theirs to keep! A special Child Coordinator, a certified Galapagos Naturalist Guide, organizes discovery and learning exercises, which children can record in their own special logbook. Child-friendly menu selections and special nights like Make Your Own Pizza and Ice Cream Festivals are available. Various activities will be coordinated according to group ages, preferences and dynamics: movie night, game night, colouring, captain's presentation at the stern and more.

Min. Age: 7

Additional Information:

Medical Fitness and Age

Good physical and mental health is essential for the enjoyment of the active outdoor tours arranged by Adventure Smith Explorations. By forwarding the deposit and signed reservation form, the client certifies that he/she does not have any physical or other condition of disability that would create a hazard for him/herself or other clients, trip leaders or company representatives. It is essential that any participant with a medical condition that may be affected by motion on a body of water, vigorous activity, high altitude, headache, cold, other natural phenomenon, or particular foods or allergic reactions, notify Adventure Smith Explorations in writing in advance of travel. Adventure Smith Explorations expressly disclaims any and all liability for medical care or for special dietary requirements. Participants may be required to provide a doctor’s statement of good health.

Travel Documents

The client must obtain and have possession of a valid passport, all visas, permits and certificates, and vaccination certificates, required for the entire tour. The client accepts responsibility for obtaining these documents and any other necessary documents. It is the client’s responsibility to assure that the name on your airline ticket, cruise tickets, or any other travel documents matches your name as printed in your passport (or domestic identification, where applicable) by providing the exact name as it appears on your passport (or domestic identification, where applicable) to Adventure Smith Explorations before tickets are issued.

Once we have received your deposit and all signed Traveller Information Forms, we will send you a comprehensive Adventure Planner dossier. This contains our exclusive Adventure Smith Explorations destination handbook, map, immunization information, visa and permit information, a travel insurance application, packing list, reading list, etc. You will also receive a final tour packet (which may be provided electronically) including final reminders and local contact information for your destination, and, where applicable, tickets and vouchers, 2-3 weeks prior to the Trip Start Date. Information or advice given by Adventure Smith Explorations on visas, vaccinations, climate, clothing, baggage, special equipment, etc. is provided as an aid to you but Adventure Smith Explorations does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy or applicability of this information. You are responsible for confirming the applicability and accuracy of all such information necessary for your travel.

Images Release

You agree that Adventure Smith Explorations may use, re-use and reproduce any images, photos or videos that you send to us, or that are taken by our third party suppliers and their guides and/or other travellers of you individually or in a group, in any medium, including but not limited to print, electronic media, or Internet, free of charge and without your right to inspection, for promoting and publicizing our travel services worldwide. If you do not want us to use any images of you that are taken by us or other participants during the tour, you must inform us or your tour leader in writing at the start of the tour.

 

Activities

 

There are numerous opportunities to swim, kayak and snorkel; no previous experience required. The underwater experience is an integral part of any Galapagos cruise. We encourage all travelers to try snorkeling. Snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins, floating vest and net bag), kayaks and shortie wet suits are provided on the Eclipse. According to National Park regulations, kayaking is only permitted at certain sites with a maximum number of 8 passengers in 4 double kayaks.

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