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Cruising the Galapagos: M/V The Galapagos Elite

Duration
4-8 Days
Prices From:
AU$ 5,978

The Galapagos Elite is specifically designed for sailing the s waters of these enchanted islands. A sleek, twin-hulled catamaran, it provides its guests with a steady, safe cruise without the rocking and swaying common to the older, single-hulled yachts that dominated the island cruise industry for decades.


Step aboard the Galapagos Elite and experience nature’s ultimate showcase of harmony and biodiversity. Built with both stability and luxury in mind, this state-of-the-art vessel is ideally suited to passengers uncertain of their sea legs, with an al fresco dining area and cosy salon.

 

4-Day Itinerary

San Cristobal – Espanola – Floreana – Mosquera – Santa Cruz – Baltra

Begin our discoveries at David Rodriguez Breeding Center, learning about the origin and evolution of the giant tortoise. Sail on to Suarez Point and walk among large colonies of boobies and mockingbirds, along with iguanas and albatrosses. Sea lions are the highlight of nearby Gardner Bay. On Floreana, stop in at Comorant Point’s olivine beaches, and the extinct volcano, Champion Islet. You can even drop a postcard into the barrel that serves as a post box at Post Office Bay – they’ve been known to still go through! Your last stop takes you to Mosquera, a popular sea lion hangout with opportunities for snorkelling.

 

5-Day Itinerary

San Cristobal – Genovesa – Santiago – Santa Cruz – San Cristobal

Begin at Charles Darwin Research Station and learn about the work being done to preserve this fragile eco system, including its Galapagos tortoise breeding program. On Genovesa, visit Price Philip’s Steps past boobie colonies and take a panga ride to see Galapagos fur seals. Nearby Darwin Bay is known for its snorkelling and kayaking opportunities. Sail on to Santiago and see the Sally Lightfoot crabs of Espumilla Beach, and the sea lions and turtles of Buccaneer Cove. On Santa Cruz, see the remnants of American war activity, and a popular turtle nesting site. Roam the island’s highlands, seeing its pit craters and lava tunnels, and enjoy stunning views over the Galapagos before returning to San Cristobal.

 

8-Day Itinerary A

San Cristobal – North Seymour – Isabela – Fernandina – Rabida – Bartholomew – Lobos

Your adventure starts on San Cristobal with superb views before going on to North Seymour, a tiny island packed with sea lions and frigate birds. See the Galapagos iguanas of Dragon Hill, then explore the chain of islets known as Las Tintoreras, with opportunities to hop a panga ride, kayak, or paddle board for a closer look at the turtles, sharks, penguins and sea lions that live here. On Isabela, visit the Arnaldo Tupiza Breeding Center for giant tortoises, and Moreno Point, with its beautiful and bird rich green lagoons and mangroves. Go on to Fernandina, where no foreign species have ever set foot – except for visitors keen on snorkelling or swimming! Admire the red sands of Rabida Island, and visit its colony of noisy sea lions. All nine species of Darwin’s finch are found here too. Visit the turtle nesting site on Bartholomew Island before going back to San Cristobal and Witch Hill. Explore Lobos Island with another opportunity to snorkel, then disembark back at San Cristobal, with a visit to the San Cristobal Interpretation Center.

 

8-Day Itinerary B

San Cristobal – Espanola – Floreana – Mosquera – Santa Cruz- Genovesa – Santiago – Santa Cruz – San Cristobal

Combine the 4 and 5 day itineraries above for a thoroughly engaging overview of the Galapagos Islands.


 

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Duration
4-8 Days
Prices From:
AU$ 5,978

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Day 1

San Cristobal Airport - David Rodriguez Breeding Center

AM: San Cristobal Airport
Transfer to visitor site.

PM: David Rodriguez Breeding Center
A visit to the David Rodriguez Breeding Center provides information about the origin and evolution of the giant tortoise and explains why the center is so vital in safeguarding the future of these incredible creatures.

Walking through the trails of the reserve, you can see baby tortoises being reared in semi-natural conditions - a brilliant demonstration of the commitment the local people have to preserving the wildlife that makes the Galapagos so special.

Activities and Excursions: Walk
Difficulty: Soft

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

The Galapagos Elite

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    The Galapagos Elite


    Elite is one of the newest yacht in the islands and reinvents luxury, comfort and class! The Galapagos Elite is specifically designed for sailing the sapphire waters of the Enchanted Islands. A sleek, twin-hulled catamaran, it will provide its guests with a steady, safe cruise ...

    Elite is one of the newest yacht in the islands and reinvents luxury, comfort and class!

    The Galapagos Elite is specifically designed for sailing the sapphire waters of the Enchanted Islands. A sleek, twin-hulled catamaran, it will provide its guests with a steady, safe cruise without the rocking and swaying common to the older, single-hulled yachts that dominated the island cruise industry for decades.

    In addition to better stability, the design of the Elite allows for more space for everything on board, including social areas, suites and premium suites. Guests of all ages, will enjoy the ample, semi-covered sky deck, the al fresco dining area and the cozy bar-salon.

    The Galapagos Elite features state-of-the-art navigation computers and safety equipment: safety and reliability are essential parts of any Galapagos luxury experience.

    Facilities

    • Al fresco dining area
    • Semi-covered Sky Deck

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Day 2

Espanola - Suarez Point - Gardner Bay - Gardner and Osborn Islet

AM: Espanola - Suarez Point
Suarez Point is packed with wildlife and is best explored by following the circular walking trail. This memorable walk will take you past nesting sites of large colonies of Nazca and blue-footed boobies and mockingbirds.

Also, unique to Espanola island are red and green marine iguanas and the beautiful waved albatrosses, that can be seen majestically launching themselves out across the ocean from the cliffs.

A geological highlight are several blow holes, capable of shooting water 25m into the air, that make for a spectacular photo.

Activities and Excursions: Walk
Difficulty: Moderate

PM: Gardner Bay, Gardner and Osborn Islets
The pristine white sandy beach of Gardner Bay dotted with sea lions provides a perfect spot to relax, and kayaking or paddle boarding is a fantastic way to observe the large number of waved albatrosses who use this beach as a breeding site.
A short panga ride will take you to the Gardner and Osborn Islets, that are superb locations for snorkeling with young sea lions and a variety of colorful tropical fish and corals.

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

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Floreana - Cormorant Point and Champion Islet - Post Office Bay and The Baroness' Lookout

AM: Floreana - Cormorant Point and Champion islet
Cormorant Point features two contrasting beaches: one with green-tinted sand due to the high content of olivine crystals, and another with pure white sand (commonly known as 'Flour Beach') derived from pulverized coral.

The saltwater lagoon is a must-see as it is frequented by one of the largest population of Galapagos flamingos as well as other shorebirds such as stilts, white-cheeked pintails and large-billed flycatchers.

A panga ride to Champion Islet, an extinct shield volcano, provides a fantastic opportunity for snorkeling in an area that is known for having a high diversity of fish.

Activities and Excursions: Walk, Snorkeling, Panga ride
Difficulty: Moderate

PM: Post Office Bay and The Baroness' Lookout
Post Office Bay is a man-made site that offers an insight into a remarkable mailing tradition developed by British whalers in the 18th century, that visitors can still take part in today.

The beach here provides for good snorkeling and kayaking and it is also possible to descend into and walk through a lava tube. Next, take a panga ride to the Baroness' Lookout, a volcanic rock formation named after an Australian baroness, who visited the island in the 1930's and is believed to have mysteriously disappeared.

A short trail leads to a brilliant vantage point with panoramic views of the surrounding mangroves and coastline.

Activities and Excursions: Walk, Snorkeling, Panga ride, Kayak/Paddle Boarding
Difficulty: Easy

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Baltra - Mosquera Islet - Santa Cruz - Baltra Airport

AM: Baltra - Mosquera Islet
Mosquera islet is a small, flat, sandy islet located between Baltra and North Seymour islands. With no fixed trail, you are free to explore the beautiful surroundings on foot, where you will encounter a large population of sea lions, shorebirds and the striking Sally Lightfoot crabs that cling to the dark rocks.

The numerous coral reefs also make it a fantastic site for snorkeling and catching sight of a range of marine life including sharks, turtles and rays.

Activities and Excursions: Walk, Snorkeling
Difficulty: Moderate

PM: Santa Cruz - Baltra Airport
Transfer from the yacht to the airport.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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Itinerary

 

2019

4 Day Jul 20; Aug 3,17, 31; Sep 14, 28; Oct 12, 26; Nov 9, 23 
Dec 7
5 Day Jul  23; Aug 6, 20; Sep 3, 17; Oct 1, 15, 29; Nov 12, 26; 
Dec 10
8 Day -
Itinerary A
Jul 27; Aug 10, 24; Sep 7, 21; Oct 5, 19; Nov 2, 16, 30;
Dec 14, 28
8 Day -
Itinerary B
Jul 20; Aug  3, 17, 31; Sep 14, 28; Oct 12, 26; Nov 9, 23;
Dec 7, 21

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Return flight to the Galapagos Islands
  • Tourist ticket
  • Park entrance fee
  • Galapagos land transfers
  • 5 star ship berth accommodation
  • All meals in the Galapagos
  • Airport reception and assistance
  • All shore and water excursions
  • Bilingual National Park guide
  • Soft drinks and juices
  • Glass of house wine for dinners
  • Captain’s welcome and farewell cocktail

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • International Airfare and taxes
  • Travel Insurance,
  • Gratuities unless otherwise stated
  • Items of a personal nature,
  • Optional excursions
  • Beverages unless otherwise stated
  • Visa fees if applicable

OTHER INFORMATION: 

NOTE: The domestic flights Quito - Galapagos - Quito (approx. $550 USD), Galapagos Park entrance fee of $100 USD and visitors ticket of $20 USD are included in the trip price. (Subject to change).

Itineraries: Due to government regulations designed to control and protect the impact of tourism, each vessel, based on length of cruise has its own distinct itinerary.  The itineraries are designed to allow visitors to visit all regions of the islands and we suggest you request the advice of Goway's Latin specialists as to which itinerary would suit you best.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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