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What’s included

  • Seven night Galapagos cruise on a superior yacht with onboard naturalist, all excursions and full board accommodation.
  • Good standard hotel accommodation (4 star) in Guayaquil on twin share, bed and breakfast basis
  • 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)
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • Single, timed, group airport transfers for international flights on arrival and departure
  • A free Mountain Kingdoms Water-to-Go bottle or a free Mountain Kingdoms fleece

Galapagos Cruise in Style

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Ecuador, Galapagos Islands | Tour

New for 2019
Galapagos Cruise in Style

Duration:  11 days from the UK

Flight inclusive from £4,700,
Land only from £3,850

Book now or call 01453 844400

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 archipeloago 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

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For your seven night cruise around the Galapagos Islands, you will join a first class motor yacht with plenty of time to see some of the many natural wonders of these islands. You will sail on one of two identical cruise yachts, the MY Eric or the MY Letty. These yachts feature three decks of spacious staterooms and each take 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.

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 visit a cocoa farm and chocolate factory. Alternatively, 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:  11 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: All meals on cruise. Breakfast in Guayaquil.

Itinerary overview
Day Activity
1-2
Overnight flight to Guayaquil and overnight in hotel in Guayaquil
3
Fly to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno in the Galapagos and transfer to cruise boat.
4-9
7 night cruise exploring many islands of the archipelago.
10
End cruise, visit interpretation centre on San Cristobal and transfer to airport. Fly from San Cristobal to Guayaquil to connect with international flight home.
11
Arrive UK.
Leader: Local Leader, Galapagos Islands
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.


  1. Day 1 - Fly London To Guayaquil

    Overnight iconOvernight: In flight
  2. Day 2 - Arrive Guayaquil. Group transfer to hotel.

    On arrival in Guayaquil you will be transferred to your hotel.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Hotel Oro Verde Or Similar, Guayaquil
  3. Day 3 - Fly to Galapagos and transfer to your cruise.

    Early this morning you transfer to the airport for your flight to the Galapagos. You will fly to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Galapagos Islands also known as Chatham Island. On arrival you will be met at the airport and will travel by bus to the jetty and then by Zodiac to your yacht anchored in the bay. You will join either the Letty or the Eric, which take a maximum of 20 passengers each. There will be a welcome introduction and safety drill, you will be shown your cabin and the boat's facilities and then lunch will be served on board. Later, back on dry land, you travel by bus to Cerro Tijeretas (Frigatebird Hill) situated on the edge of town. This is one of two sites where you can spot nesting colonies of both species of Frigate birds (Great and Magnificent). The trail leads to Punta Carola where there are beautiful views. You will find lava lizards, the Medium ground finch and Chatham mockingbird. You will then return to your yacht for a briefing, followed by a welcome cocktail party given by the yacht captain. Dinner will be served and your journey at sea begins.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Premium Class Yacht
  4. Day 4 - Cruise day two.

    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.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Premium Class Yacht
  5. Day 5 - Cruise day three.
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    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 your Zodiac to explore the caves. You will return to the yacht for a briefing followed by dinner.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Premium Class Yacht
  6. Day 6 - Cruise day four.

    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.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Premium Class Yacht
  7. Day 7 - Cruise day five.

    Today you travel 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. You will also visit Van Straelen Hall where there are exhibits and a presentation. Nearby Puerto Ayora, a bustling small town is the social heart of the islands. Here there are opportunities for souvenir shopping, to post your cards or to visit an internet café or bank. This evening you have the option to return to your yacht for dinner or to remain in town on your own account.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Premium Class Yacht
  8. Day 8 - Cruise day six.
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    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. After lunch, you visit Las Bachas, (Spanish for "barges"). Here there is a long stretch of a soft white sand beach and interior lagoons where you may find Greater flamingo. You might also visit Black Turtle Cove (Caleta Tortuga Negra) where you have a Zodiac ride 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. There is also a wonderful chance to snorkel here from the beach. Tonight you will anchor in a calm protected area.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Premium Class Yacht
  9. Day 9 - Cruise day seven.

    This morning you head 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 encounter a colony of bachelor sea lions. The dominant bulls are in various stages of recovery from battles lost over prime beach territory. You also find 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.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Premium Class Yacht
  10. 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 depart for your international flight home.

    Overnight iconOvernight: Departure Day
  11. Day 11 - Arrive London.

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2019

Dates Availability Land Only Flight Inclusive from
Fri 18 Jan - Mon 28 Jan 2019 Available£3850 Book£4770 Book
Fri 1 Mar - Mon 11 Mar 2019 Available£3850 Book£4700 Book
Fri 25 Oct - Mon 4 Nov 2019 Available£3850 BookContact us
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We will be able to advise on fares with alternative airlines, upgrades to Business Class, and the options for flights from regional UK airports, please contact us for more details.

What’s included

  • Seven night Galapagos cruise on a superior yacht with onboard naturalist, all excursions and full board accommodation.
  • Good standard hotel accommodation (4 star) in Guayaquil on twin share, bed and breakfast basis
  • 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)
  • Economy class return air fares from the UK & UK Departure Tax (flight inclusive only)
  • Single, timed, group airport transfers for international flights on arrival and departure
  • A free Mountain Kingdoms Water-to-Go bottle or a free Mountain Kingdoms fleece

What’s not included

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


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Extend your holiday

There are many ways you can extend your holiday with Mountain Kingdoms: book extra hotel nights, relax at a beautiful beach resort, take a warm-up trek, arrange a personal sightseeing tour or enjoy specialist activities such as rafting, birdwatching or a safari.

We're happy to suggest ideas, provide quotes and make all the arrangements. We can also assist with flight and hotel upgrades. Just call us on +44 (0)1453 844400 or email info@mountainkingdoms.com and we will be pleased to help.

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