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What’s included

  • Seven night Galapagos cruise on a superior yacht with onboard naturalist, all excursions and full board accommodation. Price based on a cabin on the Iguana Deck.
  • Good standard hotel accommodation (4 star) in Guayaquil on twin share, bed and breakfast basis
  • Flights between...

Galapagos Cruise in Style Wildlife

Adventure Cruising

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, Galapagos Islands, Guayaquil | Adventure Cruising

Galapagos Cruise in Style
  • Duration: 12 days from the UK

A fabulous first class cruise round the islands of the Galapagos with close-up wildlife encounters on land and water.

Highlights

  • Cruise in style on a first class motor yacht with premium cabins and facilities
  • Spend seven days cruising between many of the islands of the archipelago including Santa Cruz, Bartolome and Floreana
  • Enjoy daily land excursions on the islands in the company of expert naturalists
  • Snorkel or kayak with the amazing marine life of the Galapagos such as sea lions, penguins and rays

Reviews          

What a fabulous trip! This holiday offers one of the most inspiring experiences of any of Mountain Kingdoms’ many trips. Marvel at the stunning wildlife of the Galapagos Islands, have close encounters with unique birds such as the Blue Footed Booby, meet ancient tortoises and walk through enormous colonies of sea lions, with opportunities to swim with penguins or snorkel amongst exotic fish, all...

Ms S

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Everything about the cruise was fantastic. Each day presented a new experience with a variety of activities on offer. Both guides were very good at explaining what would be happening and their insight into the islands and wildlife made each trip a worthwhile experience.

Mr & Mrs F

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For your seven night cruise around the Galapagos Islands, you will sail on a first class motor yacht with plenty of time to see some of the many natural wonders of these islands. You will board your cruise yacht, the MY Letty, which features three decks of spacious staterooms and takes a maximum of 20 passengers. Accommodation is in ten stylish, outside-facing cabins that each have double beds, air-conditioning, a private bathroom and a picture window or porthole. On board there is a dining room, a well-stocked bar and a conference area and you can also relax in a lounge chair on the sun deck. You'll truly be sailing in style!

The cruise will explore the Galapagos archipelago and each day you will have guided excursions and daily briefings with expert English-speaking naturalists. There will be easy-paced walks on the islands as well as opportunities to snorkel or kayak so that you can enjoy up-close encounters with the amazing wildlife of the Galapagos. In fact, every day will bring new and exciting experiences with memories to treasure long after you return home.

If you would like to extend your cruise with other activities we offer a variety of exciting excursions in Ecuador. From Guayaquil you can take a city tour, or by flying to Quito from the Galapagos after your cruise you can spend a day walking in Cotopaxi National Park, visit Otavalo Market or spend a day at a cloudforest wildlife reserve.

We also offer a five night pre-cruise extension in Ecuador that stays in good, characterful accommodation and offers scenic walks, a visit to Otavalo Market, a fun cookery lesson and time at a condor rehabilitation project. In fact, whatever's available we can help make it happen and create a genuine once-in-a-lifetime experience.


At a glance

Duration: 12 days from the UK

Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 2 clients

Maximum group size: 12

Land only joining city: Guayaquil

Accommodation types: Hotel, Premier Class Yacht

Meal arrangements: Breakfast in Guayaquil. All meals on cruise: hot and cold buffet breakfast, 3 course lunches, 4 course dinners; snacks and afternoon tea.

Itinerary overview
Day Activity
1-2 Fly to Guayaquil and overnight in hotel there.
3 Fly to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in the Galapagos and transfer to cruise boat.
4-9 Seven night cruise exploring the islands of San Cristobal, Espanola, Floreana, Santa Cruz, Bartolome and North Seymour.
10 End cruise, visit interpretation centre on San Cristobal and transfer to airport. Fly from San Cristobal to Guayaquil. Transfer to hotel.
11-12 Overnight flight to London.
Leader: Local Leader, Galapagos Islands

Our Galapagos guides are fluent in English, and are incredibly passionate about their country's flora, fauna and history. They bring the Islands' fascinating birds, animals and landscapes to life in an entirely new way with their expert knowledge, and also share the incredible stories of the Islands' human inhabitants - a side of the Galapagos that many travellers never discover. Our guides are trained to support the well-being of natural areas and the wildlife and people who live in and around them. They are highly qualified and experienced ecotourism specialists with a commitment to providing an unforgettable travel experience and top quality, personalised service.

Local Leader, Galapagos Islands

Holiday Itinerary

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Day 1 - Fly London to Guayaquil

You depart London today for your overnight flight to Guayaquil.

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Day 2 - Arrive Guayaquil. Shuttle bus to hotel.

On arrival in Guayaquil you will take the free shuttle bus to your hotel - these run every hour to/from the airport.

Overnight icon Overnight: Hotel Oro Verde Or Similar, Guayaquil

Day 3 - Fly to Galapagos and transfer to start your cruise at San Cristobal.

Early this morning you will take the free hotel shuttle bus to the airport for your flight to the Galapagos. You should be sure to allow enough time to get this shuttle and to check in for your flight. You will fly to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Galapagos, located on San Cristobal Island. On arrival you will be met and escorted to your vessel, a short bus ride and Zodiac transfer to your yacht anchored in the bay. There will be a welcome introduction to your boat and its facilities and a safety drill. You will also choose your snorkel gear before being shown to your cabin. Lunch will then be served on board.

After lunch you travel by road to Cerro Colorado on the northeast of San Cristobal where you will visit the Jacinto Gordillo Breeding Centre (also known as La Galapaguera). Here, giant tortoises are bred and kept in a protected wild area. You will learn about the origins and evolution of one of the Galapagos' most famous creatures and about the steps being taken to preserve the species from various threats. You may see baby hatchlings and young tortoises in the centre before following the walking trail where you can spot giant tortoises in their natural habitat.

You make the return drive to your yacht and once back on board there will be a briefing followed by a welcome cocktail party given by the captain. A delicious four-coursed dinner will be served and your adventure will begin.

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Day 4 - Cruise day two - Cerro Brujo and Punta Pitt, San Cristolbal.

Today you land at Cerro Brujo, a breathtaking white coral sand beach, considered one of the most spectacular in Galapagos and perfect for a peaceful walk with expansive views. You have an opportunity to snorkel or kayak from the beach or swim with sea lions. A Zodiac ride takes you through a cave called "The Cathedral".

During lunch you cruise towards the north-eastern tip of San Cristobal to Punta Pitt, a tuff formation that serves as a nesting site for many sea birds including all three types of boobies: Blue footed, Nazca and Red-footed, both Frigate species, Swallow-tailed gulls, Storm petrels, Shearwaters, Brown pelicans and a colony of sea lions. Punta Pitt is considered to be a first class site for sea birds on par with Genovesa (Tower) Island. You can snorkel at Pitt Rock with sea lions and colourful fish such as King Angel and Surgeon fish. Back on board, you cruise around Leon Dormido (Kicker Rock), a vertical tuff cone formation that rises abruptly almost 500 feet out of the ocean. From the sun deck you can spot Blue-footed boobies, Nazca Boobies and Magnificent Frigate birds.

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Day 5 - Cruise day three - Punta Suarez and Gardner Bay, Espanola Island.

When you disembark at Punta Suarez, Espanola (Hood), today, you witness the highest rate of endemic species in Galapagos. Sea lions noisily greet you as you land on their beach. Curious Hood mockingbirds peck at your shoelaces. From April to December, the Waved albatross, found only on Espanola, perform their wild mating ritual. Colonies of blue-footed boobies engage in "sky-pointing" to show off for potential mates. Nazca boobies busily care for their young. Stunning swallow-tailed gulls are the only nocturnal gulls in the world and fish at night. Red-billed tropicbirds take shelter under the cliffs. Also found are Darwin's Finches, Galapagos Doves and Galapagos Hawks. You might also see a unique species of marine iguana identified with traces of red and green colourings. Colourful sally light-foot crabs crawl along the shoreline near to the famous "blow hole".

After lunch you make a wet landing on Gardner Bay, Espanola (Hood) and walk along a seemingly endless stretch of white sandy beach where you'll find large colonies of sea lions. There is no trail to follow so this is a chance to explore or take a long walk. You may find a Galapagos Hawk, Darwin's Finches or Hood Mockingbird. You may also swim with sea lions right from the beach, explore the bay and islets by kayak or just relax on the beach. There's an excellent snorkelling site off Gardner Islet with a colourful diversity of sea life near Tortuga Rock. You may also take a Zodiac ride to explore the caves. You will return to the yacht for a briefing followed by dinner.

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Day 6 - Cruise day four - Punta Cormorant and Post Office Bay, Floreana Island.

You will land at Punta Cormorant, Floreana (Charles), one of the few populated islands in the Galapagos. Floreana presents a human history rich with mystery and intrigue. You land on a green-sand beach alive with the sounds of sea lions, Lava herons, Yellow-crowned night heron, Blue-footed boobies and penguins. You follow a trail to a brackish lagoon, home of the Bahama ducks, Common stilts, Galapagos flycatcher, Yellow warblers and the Greater flamingos, the pinkest in the world. You wind your way past a rich variety of plants including Morning glory, Cut leaf daisies, black, red and white mangroves, Palo Verdes and Scalesia. The trail leads to a beach with powder soft sand where sea turtles lay their eggs in the sand dunes and rays swim in the shallow water. After the walk, you will have an opportunity to snorkel at Champion, a shallow sunken crater colonized by a brilliant array of colourful fish and corral. Today lunch will be served on the sundeck if weather conditions permit.

After lunch, you visit Post Office Bay, not the most scenic, but one of the most famous sites in Galapagos. Here in the 18th century a post barrel was erected and put into use by English whaling vessels. You are invited to leave a post card and to pick up any mail to deliver in your home area. There is a chance to swim from the beach with sea lions. In the late afternoon, you take a Zodiac ride at Baroness Point where you can spot sea turtles and rays. Return to the yacht for a briefing followed by dinner.

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Day 7 - Cruise day five - Puerto Ayora and Charles Darwin Research Station, Santa Cruz Island.

You wake today to the sight of a harbour full of boats and activity at Puerto Ayora - a bustling town with a population of some 24,000 people. Your morning excursion today isl by bus to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. The scenery gradually changes as you wind your way through all seven vegetation zones found in Galapagos. Here, you visit the tortoise reserve at "Las Primicias" one of the private farms in the highlands where you encounter giant tortoises in their natural habitat. You stop at "the tunnels", the largest lava tubes found in Galapagos and visit Los Gemelos, Spanish for "The Twins", a pair of large pit craters where you find the bright red male Vermilion flycatcher.

After lunch, you will visit the Centro de Crianza Fausto Llerena (Charles Darwin Research Station) where you will see the tortoise corrals (formerly home to famous Lonesome George) and the breeding centre with new hatchlings and miniature tortoises not yet ready to be repatriated. Scientists from all over the globe work at the station and conduct biological research from anatomy to zoology.

After leaving the centre you will have a little free time to explore Puerto Ayora and perhaps do some souvenir shopping. This evening you have the option to return to your yacht for dinner or to remain in town on your own account.

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Day 8 - Cruise day six - Bartolome Island.

Bartolome with its strange lunar landscape is your first stop today. This young Island is inhospitable to most plants and animals. After a dry landing you will climb 30 minutes up stairs leading to the summit of a once active volcano. Along the way you may pause to marvel at lava bombs, spatter cones and cinder cones. From the top of the wooden stairs, you can gaze out across panoramic views of the island and "Pinnacle Rock", an eroded tuff cone. You may snorkel from the beach in the crystal clear water with schools of tropical fish and Galapagos penguins or take a Zodiac ride.

You return to your yacht for a BBQ lunch on the deck after which you visit Black Turtle Cove (Caleta Tortuga Negra) by Zodiac. You will sail through a series of coves and inlets surrounded by mangroves where you can view pairs of mating sea turtles (Sep to Feb), white-tipped reef sharks and golden cow-nosed rays.

Tonight you will anchor in a calm protected area and enjoy an enthralling lecture after dinner.

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Day 9 - Cruise day seven - South Plaza islet and North Seymour Island.

This morning you sail to South Plaza, a small geological uplift with tall cliffs offering spectacular views. After a dry landing, the trail leads you through Prickly Pear or Opuntia and Sesuvium. Here you can find the Galapagos land iguana feeding on the cactus leaves. Toward the end of the hill, you may encounter a colony of bachelor sea lions. The dominant bulls are in various stages of recovery from battles lost over prime beach territory. You may also see Swallow-tailed gulls, Shearwaters and Red-billed tropicbirds which build their nests along the cliffs.

After lunch, you have a dry landing at North Seymour, a small geological uplift. You follow a trail that leads you to Swallow-tailed gulls, Blue-footed boobies and the endemic Land iguanas and visit the largest colony of Magnificent frigate birds found in Galapagos. As you stroll along the beach, you will see Marine Iguanas and sea lions which body surf the northern swells. You return to the yacht for the Captain's farewell cocktail party and dinner as well as a special slide show presentation by your guides.

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Day 10 - End cruise. Time in San Cristobal. Group transfer to airport. Fly to Guayaquil and depart for London.

Today you will visit the Interpretation Centre on San Cristobal Island for an interesting overview of the natural and human history of the islands. Later there will also be some time to wander round town, perhaps visit a local bar or buy some last minute souvenirs before heading to the airport for your flight back to the mainland.

On arrival in Guayaquil you will need to catch the free shuttle bus back to your hotel.

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Day 11 - Take the shuttle bus to the airport. Depart Ecuador.

After breakfast at your hotel you will once again catch the shuttle bus to take you to the airport in time to check-in for your overnight flight home.

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Day 12 - Arrive London.

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What’s included

  • Seven night Galapagos cruise on a superior yacht with onboard naturalist, all excursions and full board accommodation. Price based on a cabin on the Iguana Deck.
  • Good standard hotel accommodation (4 star) in Guayaquil on twin share, bed and breakfast basis
  • Flights between San Cristobal (Galapagos) and Guayaquil
  • Galapagos Tourist Transit Card (TTC)
  • National Park Tax for Galapagos.
  • All road transport by private vehicles
  • All meals except dinner in Guyaquil
  • The following are included on your cruise: all meals and snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, purified water, Captain’s welcome and farewell cocktail, house wine and local beer served during dinner, guided shore excursions, use of wet suits, snorkel equipment and sea kayaks and all transfers in the Islands between the airport and dock
  • Carbon offset flights (flight inclusive option)
  • A free Mountain Kingdoms Water-to-Go bottle

What’s not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Evening meals in Guyaquil
  • Airport departure taxes, if applicable
  • Optional trips
  • Tips


Read holiday reviews by Mountain Kingdoms travellers.

Overall score:           (Based on 2 reviews)

Galapagos Cruise in Style          

What a fabulous trip! This holiday offers one of the most inspiring experiences of any of Mountain Kingdoms’ many trips. Marvel at the stunning wildlife of the Galapagos Islands, have close encounters with unique birds such as the Blue Footed Booby, meet ancient tortoises and walk through enormous colonies of sea lions, with opportunities to swim with penguins or snorkel amongst exotic fish, all from the comfort of your own premium class yacht.

Galapagos Cruise in Style          

Everything about the cruise was fantastic. Each day presented a new experience with a variety of activities on offer. Both guides were very good at explaining what would be happening and their insight into the islands and wildlife made each trip a worthwhile experience.


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Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu Extension
  • A six night extension to discover Peru's most significant ancient sites
  • Enjoy walks to discover the many Inca ruins of the Sacred Valley
  • Explore Machu Picchu - the most remarkable and iconic of all the Inca ruins
  • Tour the vibrant mountain city of Cuzco
  • Stay in good quality hotels with all meals included
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On this six night extension you will enjoy scenic walks to discover the main Inca ruins of the Sacred Valley including Sacsayhuaman, Pisac and Tambo Machay. You will also have a guided tour of Cuzco where the attractive buildings and monuments span the Inca period through to the Spanish Colonial era. From here you travel by train to Machu Picchu to tour the most impressive of all the Inca ruins in their stunning mountain setting before returning to Cuzco and onwards to begin your group holiday.

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Gentle Walking Ecuador Extension
  • A pre-tour extension before joining your Galapagos cruise
  • Take a guided tour of Quito and step across the equator
  • Walk to Otavalo Market and visit traditional craft workshops
  • Hike around scenic Cuicocha Lake
  • Visit a condor rehabilitation project and cook with the locals
  • Stay in delightul, authentic accommodation
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On this pre-tour extension, you will have ample time to enjoy easy paced walks to picturesque Peguche Waterfall and and around scenic Cuicocha Lake. You will also visit Otavalo Market renowned for its excellent artisan wares, plus you visit traditional craft workshops, a condor project and a local community where you will cook your own lunch. You and will stay in a charming family run inn and a beautiful old hacienda before returning to Quito to explore the historic streets and churches of this fascinating city.

Guayaquil Excursions

Guayaquil Excursions
  • Tour the highlights of Guayaquil - Ecuador's largest city.
  • Stroll along the elegant Malecon 2000
  • Visit the historic barrio district
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Extend your time in Guayaquil and you can tour the highlights of Ecuador's largest city. The crown jewel of Guayaquil is the revitalised Malecon 2000, a two mile path along the Guayas River lined with cafes, shops, botanical gardens and are museums. You can also visit the historic 'barrio' district, the artesan market and the city parks.

Day trips from Quito

Day trips from Quito
  • Day trips from Quito to enjoy after a Galapagos Cruise
  • Visit the famous craft market at Otavalo
  • Walk in the Avenue of the Volcanoes
  • Birdwatching at a private reserve
More Details

Fly to Quito after your Galapagos cruise and there are several options for exploring further. You can visit the famous craft market at Otavalo, take a tour of the historic downtown area of Quito, walk amidst the dramatic volcanic peaks of Cotopaxi National Park or spend a day birdwatching at a private cloudforest reserve.

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