Galápagos Islands Luxury Yacht Elite - 4 Night Cruise

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5 Days | 4 Nights
Dates: A year round destination (Dec to May: Warm season, June to November: Cool season) 
Countries to be visited: Ecuador
Departure & Return Locations: Baltra Island Airport - San Cristobal Airport
This luxury five-day cruise on M/C Elite can be combined with other visits to the Galapagos Islands or can be part of a broader Ecuador holiday. Within the archipelago, there are also options for long and short itineraies covering Western, Central and Eastern islands. 
The mega catamaran Galapagos Elite has a capacity for 16 passengers, ten crew members plus guide, offering a service ratio of almost one to one. It was specifically designed for sailing the sapphire waters of the Enchanted Islands. A sleek, twin-hulled catamaran, it provides its guests with a steady, safe cruise. In addition to better stability, the design of the Elite allows for more space for everything on board, including panoramic social indoor and outdoor areas and panoramic suites suites. Guests of all ages can enjoy the ample, semi-covered sky deck, the al fresco dining area and the cozy bar- salon on the sky deck. 
All Suites on board the Galapagos Elite are spacious, comfortable and well-appointed: the perfect place to relax and recharge after a day spent exploring the islands. Each suite has ocean view and outdoor private balcony and restroom. All suites can have either one king-sized or two twin beds. 


Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 (Tuesday) - Baltra Airport – Charles Darwin Reserach Station (Meals: Lunch, Dinner)
Upon arrival, reception and assistance at the airport, transfer from Baltra Airport to the M/C Elite. In the afternoon, visit to Charles Darwin Reserach Station. The Charles Darwin Research Station provides an unmissable opportunity to find out about the vital work that is being carried out to preserve the archipelago’s ecosystems. One element of this is a significant breeding programme for Galapagos tortoises, whose numbers have been in decline since the 1970’s.These captivating enormous reptiles are very accustomed to humans, so be sure to bring your camera for some close-ups.

  • Activities: Walk
  • Difficulty: Easy

Day 2 (Wednesday) - Genovesa - Prince Philip's Steps / El Barranco - Darwin Bay (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Morning: El Barranco, also known as Prince Philip’s Steps, is a rocky stairway that will lead you past a colony of nazca and red-footed boobies leads up to a plateau of dried lava. Continuing through the thin Palo Santo forest and looking out over the plain, visitors are often treated to sites of storm petrels launching out over the ocean. A panga ride or kayaking/paddle boarding along the edge of the cliffs provides a good chance to see the elusive Galapagos fur seals nestled on the rocks, and snorkeling is a great activity if you fancy a dip with a variety of shark species.

  • Activities: Walk, Snorkeling, Panga ride, Kayak/Paddle Boarding
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Afternoon: Darwin Bay has a small sand and coral beach that provides the perfect spot for snorkeling, kayaking or paddle boarding in calm, sheltered waters in the company of hammerhead sharks, rays and a plethora of colourful reef fish. Onshore, a short trail leads along a tidal lagoon and mangroves, home to a variety of land bird species, including Nazca and red-footed boobies and swallow-tailed gulls.   The trail culminates at a viewpoint that offers a stunning view overlooking the cliffs and the bay below.

  • Activities: Walk, Snorkeling, Panga ride, Kayak/Paddle Boarding.
  • Difficulty: Moderate.

Day 3 (Thursday) - Santiago - Espumilla Beach / Buccaneer Cove - Egas Port (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Morning: Espumilla beach, located on the northern coast of Santiago island, is an exquisite white sand beach, whose name refers to the meringue-like trails of foam left by the lapping of the waves. Sally Lightfoot crabs are in abundance here and as a result, it is common to see predatory birds such as hawks, herons and pelicans. This idyllic location is perfect for snorkeling or kayaking/paddle boarding amongst a raft of marine life, including species of octopus, eels and sharks. Buccaneer Cove has an interesting history as it is where sailors, buccaneers and whalers frequently anchored their vessels in search for food and water. In more recent times it has become an important nesting site for turtles and is also popular with sea lions. A panga ride along the eroded shoreline provides views of intriguing rock formations that provide excellent ledges for boobies, pelicans and gulls.

  • Activities: Walk, Snorkeling, Panga ride, Kayak/Paddle Boarding
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Afternoon: Egas Port was once the site of a salt mine, but now this impressive black sand beach is an excellent location for snorkeling and observing shorebirds, Sally Lightfoot crabs and marine iguanas. A stroll along the wide trails inland leads you past tidal pools and rocky volcanic formations known as grottoes where it is possible to spot fur seals enjoying a spot of shade.

  • Activities: Walk, Snorkelling
  • Difficulty: Easy

Day 4 (Friday) - Santa Cruz - Bachas Beach - Twin craters and the Highlands of Santa Cruz (Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Morning: Bachas Beach is a glorious white sand beach on which the remnants of a rusted barge, thought to have been abandoned by the Americans during WWI, can be seen. It is a popular nesting site for turtles, so if you go for a snorkel, you might find yourself sharing the water with these wonderful creatures. The beach is also full of vibrant Sally Lightfoot and hermit crabs and elegant pink flamingos that frequent the salt water lagoon behind

  • Activities: Walk, snorkeling.
  • Difficulty: Easy

Afternoon: The best way to appreciate these remarkable, almost identical crater-like holes, caused by the collapse of empty lava chambers, is to take the trail that leads up and around the rims. From this vantage point, one can revel in the beauty of the surrounding highlands, lush with ferns and an abundance of Scalesia trees. Here, Bird enthusiasts can also enjoy spotting the distinct red feathers of Vermilion Flycatchers, Darwin’s finches, Galapagos doves and, with a bit of luck, an endemic short-ear owl. 

  • Activities: Walk
  • Difficulty: Easy

Day 5 (Saturday) - Lobos Island, off San Cristobal - San Cristobal Airport (Meals: Breakfast)

Morning: Accessed by panga, Lobos Island gets its name from the herds of sea lions that have made their home here. Snorkeling in the calm clear water provides a unique opportunity to see these inquisitive and playful animals up close and it is also common to be accompanied by green turtles and rays as well. Inland, there is a trail where you can expect to encounter nesting sites for blue-footed boobies and frigates.

  • Activities: Walk, Snorkeling, Panga ride
  • Difficulty: Moderate

After this last visit, transfer to San Cristobal airport for your return flight to mainland Ecuador. Assistance and farewell at the airport.

Tour Price
• Price shown is for a person based on twin share accommodation, for the travel period indicated.
• All prices displayed are subject to availability and can be withdrawn or varied without notice.
• Prices are guaranteed once booking is confirmed by us and paid in full by the due date.
• Depending on your needs and group size (individual, couple, family, group, etc.) we will provide the final pricing for your tour.
• Itineraries are subject to change without prior notice due to weather conditions, National Park regulations, emergencies on board or any unforeseen situation.
• From time to time, there are offers and deals with discounts for specific tour dates.

• Transfers airport/yacht/airport in Galapagos
• Airport reception and assistance Double accommodation
• Guided expeditions according to the itinerary
• Top bilingual National Park guide (English / Spanish)
• Cruise Service Officer
• Activity daily briefing
• All meals, snacks, soft drinks and juices
• Captain’s welcome and farewell cocktail
• Expedition gear [Sea kayaks, Stand-up paddle boards,Wet suits and fins, Water container, Mask and snorkel, Expedition Binoculars, Action Camera, Micro SD Card 4K (Surcharge applies) ]
• Yoga mats
• Kettlebells and dumbbells
• Stargazing laser pointer

• International airfare and flights to and from Galapagos
• Galapagos National Park Entrance fee (US$100 - subject to change)
• Transit Control Card (US$20 - subject to change)
• Micro SD Card 4K
• Travel Insurance (Mandatory)
• Airport taxes and charges
• All optional additional tours or activities
• Any Private Expenses / Meals not mentioned
• Personal Incidentals such as Telephone calls, Room Service, Laundry
• Tip to Guide/Crew, Porterage Fee and others which are personal in nature
• Anything else not specifically mentioned in the inclusions above

• A 20% deposit must be made to confirm any booking.
• The total remaining balance must be fully credited in our account 61 days prior to the cruise departure date.

Cancellations or rescheduling:
• 121 days or more prior to the cruise departure date – a 10% cancellation fee out of the total amount of the cruise applies
• 120 to 61 days prior to the cruise departure date – a 20% cancellation fee out of the total amount of the cruise applies
• 60 days prior to the cruise departure date– a full cancellation fee out of the total amount of the cruise applies

Please refer to our Standard Booking Conditions for booking terms and conditions.