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Galapagos Islands Luxury Adventure Cruise tour

Galapagos Islands Luxury Adventure Cruise

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Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
7 days
From: $ 5,245 $ 749 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Enjoy hike through a Palo Santo forest dotted with the nests of blue-footed boobies
  • Experience Snorkeling Vincente Roca Point and Hiking Espinosa Point
  • Discover Isla Isabela, the largest of the Galapagos Islands made up of six volcanoes
  • Enjoy the hiking and snorkeling Tagus Cove and Urbina Bay
  • Enjoy short yet steep hike up a tuff cone leads us to Darwin Lake
  • Enjoy Panga Ride and Snorkeling Elizabeth Bay and Moreno Point

Short Description

Embark on the Newest Luxury Catamaran in the Galapagos. Travel the Galapagos as Darwin did, voyaging from island to island, on our new Galapagos Islands Luxury Adventure Cruise. On board the Petrel, a luxury catamaran, you explore the archipelago with all the freedom, thrill, and adventure that only sailing can provide. Our catamaran cruise is designed around the adventurous spirit of the Galapagos.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
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Itinerary Focus N/A
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
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End City N/A

Trip Includes

  • All shore excursions
  • All meals throughout the cruise
  • Soft drinks and juices
  • Champagne reception
  • Complimentary fruit platter
  • Galapagos National Park certified guide
  • Use of snorkeling gear and wetsuits
  • Kayaks

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Itinerary

Day 0: Travel to Ecuador - Quito or Guayaquil

Both Quito and Guayaquil support major airlines from many cities worldwide. To get out to the islands, our guest have always found Guayaquil to more convenient and cost affective. However, if you plan to extend your stay in Ecuador and want to visit Quito and the popular Otavalo Market, flying into Quito may be a better option for you.

Day 1: Arrival to Baltra and Snorkel North Seymour Island

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

You arrive at the Baltra airport to be greeted by our guides, who assist you and transport you to the awaiting yacht, Petrel. Tour the yacht and settle into your cabin before a brief welcome meeting and lunch before the afternoon’s activities.

The Petrel sets sail to take us to North Seymour Island, a small, uplifted island just north of Baltra. We hike through a Palo Santo forest dotted with the nests of blue-footed boobies and see the largest colony of magnificent frigatebirds found throughout the archipelago. Ever since scientists relocated Baltra’s declining population of land iguanas to its neighboring island, North Seymour has played host to a huge—and growing—population.

Spend the afternoon watching marine and land iguanas leave tracks across the white coral sand beaches and Galápagos sea lions lounging on the warm black lava rocks. If we get too warm ourselves, we take a dip and discover the wealth of marine life beneath the surface. Marine life such as manta rays, garden eels, reef sharks, and a wide array of fish live under the cresting, silver and blue waves. The setting sun takes us back to the yacht, where we enjoy an apéritif and dinner before turning in.

Day 2: Snorkeling Vincente Roca Point and Hiking Espinosa Point

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

This morning takes us to Isla Isabela, the largest of the Galapagos Islands made up of six volcanoes. Once our yacht anchors off the coast, we take a dinghy ride to Vicente Roca Point. Today, two wide, turquoise coves lie carved from the remains of an ancient volcano. Blue-footed boobies and flightless cormorants amble along the shoreline along with occasional sea lions and Galapagos penguins.

While Vicente Roca Point’s terrestrial wildlife and rising cliffs are worthwhile sites, it’s the abundant marine life that make the area one of the archipelago’s best snorkel spots. We put on our own snorkel gear to float alongside Green sea turtles, rays, puffer fish, and the spectacular yet slightly freakish mola-mola (otherwise known as sunfish) that inhabit the protected waters.

Our afternoon takes us from Isla Isabela to Isla Fernandina via the Bolivar Channel. While Isabela may have six volcanoes, Fernandina’s sole volcano, La Cumbre, is so busy that it makes Fernandina the most volcanically active island of the archipelago.

We land on Espinosa Point, where the black volcanic rock appears to still be flowing as it shifts and wriggles. It’s not molten lava, however, but masses of marine iguanas that coat the rocks. We spend some time walking amongst the colonies of iguanas before reaching one of the island’s most compelling sights: a Flightless cormorant nesting site where Galapagos hawks also like to roost. We hike around the cliffs in hopes of seeing Flightless cormorants feeding their chicks before returning to the shores, where we finish off the day by snorkeling through some of the archipelago’s most pristine waters.

As the afternoon draws to a close, we return to the awaiting yacht to relax after our nautical adventures. Enjoy a fresh dinner and the serenity only sailing can provide before returning to your cabins for the evening.

Day 3: Hiking and Snorkeling Tagus Cove and Urbina Bay

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Our morning takes us back to the Bolivar Channel as we sail to Tagus Cove, which lies hidden on Isabela’s northwestern shores. Tagus Cove has been visited by a sundry of travelers, some more elite than others; pirates, whalers, buccaneers, and even Charles Darwin have graced the shores of Tagus Cove. We witness the legacies of some of history’s most intrepid explorers as we view their names and the names of their vessels carved into volcanic rock before continuing on a hike to Darwin Lake.

The short yet steep hike up a tuff cone leads us to Darwin Lake, which lies within. The shallow, saline lake tends to be surrounded by a variety of land birds such as yellow warblers, Galapagos hawks, ground and tree finches, and large-billed flycatchers. While these birds soar above the tuff cone, land iguanas or giant tortoises can sometimes be seen roaming the rocky incline. Once we view the view from the heights and explore the lake, we return to the shore. Cool off with some kayaking or snorkeling for a different view of the rising cliffs before we continue on to Urbina Bay.

Urbina Bay lies at the foot of the Darwin and Alcedo volcanoes on Isabela Island’s western coast. The recently-uplifted bay stands as a fragile mausoleum with the remains of the sea floor and its marine life left to dry on the exposed surface. We hike along two trails that wind throughout the bay and its bared, deteriorating coral reefs while looking out for giant tortoises, land iguanas, and flightless cormorants. There’s also time to explore thriving, underwater coral reefs. Slip on some snorkeling gear and get a closer look at the Galapagos’ incredible marine ecosystem in the afternoon sun.

After our day of bays and cays we return to the yacht, where you can lounge on the sundeck while enjoying a cocktail before dinner.

Day 4: Panga Ride and Snorkeling Elizabeth Bay and Moreno Point

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

We continue our sail around Isla Isabela today as we head south toward Elizabeth Bay. Watch out for sea lions surfing the wake and brown pelicans and blue-footed boobies diving for dorados during the cruise.

Our yacht drops anchor off Elizabeth Bay and we take to the pangas to reach the sheltered site. Nestled between the Alcedo and Sierra Negra volcanoes, Elizabeth Bay consists of a series of islets and high, richly-colored red and black mangroves. Sea turtles lounge by the shores of an interior lagoon and calmly paddle the placid waters. Galápagos penguins and blue-footed boobies enjoy hopping from rock to rock, and occasional sharks and whales can be seen navigating the islets. Your panga ride allows you to have an intimate experience with the best of the Galápagos wildlife.

Our afternoon takes us farther along Isabela’s western coast to Moreno Point, where mangroves lead way to stretches of sharp, black lava rocks strewn with lagoons and tide pools. It’s a great day to be a birder, as flamingos, gallinules, great blue herons, Madeiran storm petrels, and mockingbirds enjoy this dry and diverse ecosystem.

Our activities will be as varied as the landscape this afternoon: panga rides take us along the rugged shoreline to catch sight of more land birds; snorkeling brings us face to face with flighty fish, moseying sea turtles, and toe-curling sharks; and hiking takes us through the jagged fields of lava flows to witness the astounding power of nature in even the most barren of ecosystems.

We play all day before we return to our awaiting yacht. Relax and re-energize with another delicious meal in the quiet peace of the wild world surrounding you before turning in.

Day 5: Hiking Sierra Negra Volcano and Puerto Villamil

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today gets off to a volcanic start as we explore the heights of the Sierra Negra and Chico Volcanoes—two of the oldest volcanoes on Isabela. Hike around the ridge of the expansive basaltic caldera of the Sierra Negra—the second largest in the world—to witness the impressive forces of the earth. Vegetation spills over the rim and spreads to the caldera’s floor, providing a sharp dichotomy for the senses.

Our next stop is Volcan Chico, whose moonscape provides an incredibly different experience with its fumaroles, lava tubes, and petrified lava. Piles of black and rust-red rocks, perforated and warped, blanket the terrain. Volcan Chico emits a truly alien ambience. We spend most of the morning hiking and walking through the rugged countryside.

The afternoon takes us out of the arid and barren and into the humid and dewy as we venture into Isabela’s Wetlands near Puerto Villamil. It’s almost a different world with its mangroves, lagoons, and swamps. We wind our way through the Wetlands and look out for the Whimbrels, Common Stilts, White-cheeked pintail ducks, and gallinules that enjoy the wetter climate.

After our walk, we make our way to the nearby Wall of Tears, a bittersweet and historical landmark. The large, lava stone wall stands at about 3 meters wide, 25 meters high, and 100 meters long—an abiding testament to Isabela Island’s penal system and its previous prisoners who were forced to build the wall as part of their penance. Thousands surrendered their lives to the wall’s construction, and the Wall of Tears gained its name after locals claimed to hear the prisoners’ cries emerging from the sorrowful feature. We hike beside the wall and appreciate the roles that humans have played in molding the Galapagos Islands’s history.

Our final full day in the Galapagos comes to a conclusion as we find our way back to the Petrel. Indulge yourself with panoramic views and luxurious food on your final evening onboard!

Day 6: Hiking Santa Cruz Highlands, Charles Darwin Research Center, and Return Flight

Meals Included: Breakfast

We wake early for breakfast onboard before we head toward our final Galapagos Island: Santa Cruz. Unlike the other islands we visited on our tour, Santa Cruz has grown into a populated and developed tourism hub. We don’t spend too much time investigating the island’s urban centers, however, as we head toward the Highlands where giant tortoises still roam the forested hills. The highlight of the morning is our stop by the Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS).

The CDRS conducts many of the different scientific studies that play a pivotal role in the Galapagos’ never-ceasing conservation and environmental education efforts. We explore the facilities and learn about their research projects before finding our way to the giant tortoise restoration program. We walk along with giant tortoises within the CDRS’s protected grounds, seeing these large and long-lived creatures in their natural habitat. We also view their breeding facilities where you can witness giant tortoises in all their stages of maturation, from eggs, to hatchlings, to adults. There’s no better way to end your Galapagos stay than by spending time with some of the islands’ most distinctive creatures who remain vulnerable to extinction.

Once we have finished our Santa Cruz adventures we take you to the Baltra Airport to meet your scheduled flight back to mainland Ecuador. You may have time to catch a flight out to an extension or back home this day from mainland Ecuador. But most will choose to stay at a hotel in Quito or Guayaquil. We are happy to assist you in this hotel booking. If so, your hotel transfer will await your arrival at the airport.

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Ship Description

The Petrel 

The newest ship in Galapagos, the Petrel offers a deluxe way to visit these magical islands. Named after a sea bird common to Galapagos, the Petrel is like its namesake: elegant, swift and silent at sea. A motorized catamaran, the Petrel is designed for comfort and stability and is outfitted with spacious cabins, a comfortable lounge, and Jacuzzi.

Ship Specifications

  • Year of construction:    September 2015
  • Type:    Power Motor
  • Catamaran Length:    115 ft (35 m) Beam:    41 ft (12.5 m) Draft:    5.4 ft (1,65 m)
  • Tonnage:    208 tons
  • Capacity:    16 passengers
  • Main engines: 2 x Yanmar Diesel Engines 400HP@1950rpm
  • Power generators:    2 x John Deere Genset 70kw@1800rpm
  • Cruising speed:    10 knots
  • Water maker:    2000 Gallons / day
  • Exterior:    GFRP (fiber reinforced polymer)

Accommodations 

  • Main Deck: 2 Suites 463ft² / 43m²
  • 2 Double Staterooms 323 ft² / 30 m²
  • Upper Deck: 4 Double Staterooms 323 ft² / 30 m²
  • 1 Single Stateroom 151 ft² / 14 m²
  • Sun Deck: Jacuzzi (Please check with your Guide and Quality Control Manager for our Jaccuzi schedules.)
  • Kayaks, Snorkeling Gear, Wet Suits available 

Crew

  • Captain
  • Bilingual Galapagos National Park Naturalist Guide
  • Cruise Manager
  • 8 other crew (First Mate, Second Mate, Chef, Sous Chef, Engineer, Assistant Engineer, Barman, Housekeeper)

Safety & Navigation

  • All equipment meets or exceeds the international SOLAS standard: 2x 20-man life raft Navtex 2 GPS Depth Sounder 2 naval radars Fire detection and prevention systems etc. 

Deck & Cabin Plans

Petrel Suite

All Suites can be either King or Twin Beds.

Petrel Cabin

All Cabins can be either King or Twin Beds

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Cancellation Policy:

CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS

If you find it necessary to cancel your trip, you should notify Adventure Unbound in writing, by e-mail or fax immediately.  If written cancellation is received (call to verify) before the final balance is due, you will be given a refund less the amount of the deposit.  Deposits are not refundable.  If cancellations are made on or after the final due date, no money will be refunded.  If you are unable to go on the trip, you are welcome to find a replacement for yourself.  Please understand that once you’ve signed up, we lose the right to sell your reserved space to other individuals or groups.  Therefore, we regret that we cannot make exceptions for personal emergencies.  For this reason we strongly recommend you consider purchasing the Travel Protection Plan we offer.

For non USA-based trips, Adventure Unbound must make substantial payments to its suppliers (hotels, transportation companies, etc.) far in advance of the trip departure date.  If Adventure Unbound cancels any tour, trip or expedition due to acts of insurrection, force majeure, strikes, popular demonstrations, acts of God, earthquake, flooding, or any cause beyond its control, Adventure Unbound will refund the portion of the trip cost not already advanced to suppliers and use its best efforts to recover and refund the balance as promptly as possible.

If we are not able to provide a substitute trip, river, or altered itinerary and have to cancel the departure completely, you will be refunded in full. Refunds are limited to the amount actually paid to Adventure Unbound.

CANCELLATIONS FOR EXTENSIONS

There is a $100 per person non-refundable cancellation fee for all extensions.  Cancellations must be received no later than 60 days prior to departure to avoid additional penalties.  Cancellations made 59-30 days prior to departure incur a cancellation fee of 50% of the total fare.  Cancellations made 29-0 days prior to departure forfeit all fees paid.  For groups of 10 or more, cancellations must be received no later than 120 days prior to departure.  Cancellations made between 119-60 days incur a cancellation fee of 25% of the total fare.

Age Notes

Min. Age: 8

Additional Information:

What's the weather like? Best time to go?

We've created a detailed, month-to-month page to explain the weather and for you to decide when would be best for you to visit the Galapagos Islands: Galapagos Islands Weather

How much snorkeling? Do I need experience?

There is an opportunity for snorkeling almost every day on this trip and the underwater life is a true highlight of visiting the Galapagos. Our trip offers more opportunities than most, and on some days we stop at two or three locations to snorkel.

If you’ve never been snorkeling we highly recommend you practice before the trip. It's not necessary but you will enjoy the experience much more!

Do I rent or bring snorkel equipment or wet suit?

No. On this Galapagos Islands Luxury Adventure Cruise, all of the equipment is on board!

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Trip Excludes

  • Roundtrip airfare to Galapagos.*
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee, $100.*
  • Galapagos Transit Control Card, $20.*
  • Tips to crew
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Plastic bottled sodas

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