Galapagos Adventure Cruise - Central & East

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Blue footed boobies in the Galapagos Islands

Tour the Galápagos Islands by yacht

Tour the Galápagos Islands by yacht

Galapagos Cruising on the Xavier III
Iguana Beach in the Galapagos Islands
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Giant Tortoises on the Galapagos Islands

Trip Highlights

  • Explore historic Quito and visit the middle of the world
  • Tour the Galápagos Islands by sea on your own private yacht
  • Snorkel with schools of exotic fish and playful sea lions
  • Visit the flamingos and nesting turtles of Santiago Island
  • Take a trip to the Charles Darwin Research Station
  • Make lifelong friends with likeminded animal lovers

Trip Summary

Tour the Galápagos Islands, in style, aboard your very own private yacht. You'll ride the crystalline waves from one exotic destination to another as you cruise from San Cristóbal, to Santiago Island, and then on to Santa Cruz, stopping at numerous distinctive places along the way. You'll discover nature at its best and most undisturbed, where huge schools of exotic fish and inquisitive sea lions swim around snorkelling groups, and flamingos and giant tortoises allow you to get close enough for ample photo opportunities. Let yourself get swept up in the uniqueness and charm of this barely developed animal utopia and experience a place like no other in the world.

Interested and want to find out more? Download more trip information and detailed itinerary HERE!

Trip Info

Day 1: Quito

Arrive in Quito any time today. If you arrive in the morning or during the day, you'll have time to yourself to explore the area, so why not go on a Quito city tour and visit the 'middle of the world' where you can straddle both sides of the Equator? How about taking a ride on the Teleférico sky tram up Volcán Pichincha? In the evening meet the rest of your group at a welcome meeting and get to find out more about the week ahead.

Day 2: San Cristóbal

We'll take a morning flight from Quito to San Cristóbal arriving before lunch. We'll take a trip to the Interpretation Centre to learn about the volcanic origins of the Galápagos Islands and afterwards hike to Las Tijeretas, a nesting site for frigatebirds, before heading down to cool off at the beach or go snorkelling at Mann Beach.

Please note the national park charges a visitor fee of 100USD, which isn't included in the cost of your trip, and is payable on arrival. Please ensure you allow for this in your budget and have the money on you in cash.

Day 3: Isla Lobos

Today we'll visit the Jacinto Gordillo Breeding Centre to see the incredible giant tortoises and, if we're lucky, baby giant tortoises. Later in the day we'll step aboard our private yacht and ride the waves to a peaceful spot on Isla Lobos for a snorkelling session to swim with huge schools of exotic fish and inquisitive sea lions.

Day 4: Punta Pitt

In the morning we'll get to do some proper wildlife watching at a quiet cove on the eastern tip of San Cristóbal. Afterwards we'll visit Cerro Brujo to learn about the history of the area, whilst spotting more wildlife, stopping off for a swim in the turquoise waters, and then take a short walk to a freshwater lagoon to see the flamingos. In the afternoon we'll head to Kicker Rock, a beautiful Galápagos landmark for an exhilarating snorkelling experience.

Day 5: Santiago Island

On day five we'll make our way to one of the most idyllic beaches in the Galápagos Islands - Playa Espumilla, where, through the thick mangroves, we might just see some flamingos and turtle nesting sites. We'll continue on to Buccaneer Cove to cruise by the towering cliff faces, and then round off our day with a trip to the black lava shoreline of Puerto Egas. Enjoy a chilled evening with dinner and drinks on board.

Day 6: Santa Cruz Island

Waking up in beautiful Santa Cruz, we'll make our way onto dry land at Puerto Ayora and take a stroll to the Charles Darwin Research Station, to find out more about the Galápagos ecosystem. You'll even have the opportunity to go and have a look at the tortoises and iguanas on site. Later on we'll fly back to Quito and enjoy a final evening in each other's company.

Day 7: Quito

There are no planned activities on the last day, so you're free to leave any time. Please make sure you allow plenty of time to catch your return flight home, or have arrangements and accommodation in place if you're continuing your travels.

Please note activities and itineraries are subject to change. 

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Whats Included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
  • All transport between destinations
  • Internal flights between Quito and Baltra
  • 3 nights on board our Xavier III yacht
  • On board crew and expert guide
  • Onboard snorkelling equipment and wetsuits
  • Visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station
  • Visit to a wildlife interpretation centre
  • Snorkelling at Isla Lobos and Kicker Rock

What's Not Included

  • Flights to/from Quito, Ecuador
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • National Park entrance fees - 100USD payable locally in cash (amount is subject to change)
  • Transit Control card - 20USD payable in cash locally (amount is subject to change)
  • Drinks and tips on board
  • Some meals (allow 105USD-140USD for food and drinks during the week)
  • Optional activities

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Accommodation & Meals

You'll spend the first and last night of the itinerary in a basic but comfortable hotel in Quito, in shared rooms with other members of your group. The second night of the itinerary will be spent in similar accommodation in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island.

The Xavier III is a modest, but fully modern two-level yacht with sun deck, indoor bar, lounge, and dining room, and spacious cabins. You'll be sharing an air-conditioned cabin comprising twin beds and en suite with one other member of your group on the lower deck. As well as having access to all areas on the yacht, you'll have full use of snorkelling equipment and wetsuits as well as sun loungers and towels, not to mention constant ocean views. The yacht is manned by seven members of crew, and your expert naturalist guide will be on board with you during the entirety of your trip.

The prices displayed are based on a lower deck cabin, if you wish to stay in a cabin on the upper deck, please contact us for details.

All your food on board the Xavier III is included in the cost of your trip. Meals are made using fresh, local ingredients, there will be a selection of meals for you to choose from, with vegetarian options available, too. Let us know if you have any special dietary requirements at the time of booking, so we can cater to your needs. Coffee, tea and water are all provided free of charge; all other drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) can be bought at the onboard bar.

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Flights

You will need to arrange your flight to arrive in Quito on the first day of your itinerary. There are no activities planned for the first day, but please make sure you arrive in time for the welcome meeting (usually around 5pm/6pm). You can arrange your return flight or onward travel from Quito any time on the last day of the itinerary.

To arrange your flights, contact our fantastic flights team on 01892 277037 or email them at [email protected] They will be able to search for the best flight offers to your chosen destinations, so you can plan and organise your trip in one place. Just make sure you give them your full name, as stated in your passport, along with your chosen departure dates, return dates, and any other details you want to include.

It is important that once you have booked your flights you add these details to your online account or alternatively you can contact us with your departure date, the flight number and arrival time at your destination.

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Eligibility & FAQ's

The minimum age for this trip is 18 years.

British passport holders do not need a visa to enter Ecuador for stays of up to 90 days. You must, however, have six months' validity remaining on your passport from the date you enter the country and might even be required to provide an explanation for travel to Ecuador or proof of onward travel or return home.

Do I Need Any Vaccinations?

We’re not qualified to offer you medical advice, so you should visit your GP well ahead of time to find out what inoculations you might need. Remember to tell them exactly where you’re travelling to as vaccination and medication requirements vary between different Indian regions. You’ll also need to make sure you have enough of any prescribed medication to see you through the duration of your trip.

How Much Spending Money Should I Bring With Me?

This will depend on the sorts of activities you want to try out during your trip, but as a rough average, meals coast between 5USD-20USD/£4-£16 and drinks cost between 1USD-5USD/80p-£4, so allow 130USD-195USD/£100-£150 for the basics, making sure you budget 100USD/£79 (and have the cash on you) for entry to the National Park (amount is subject to change), and add extra to account for activities and souvenir shopping (it's worth doing a bit of your own research into this).

How Many People Will Be In My Group?

The group size on this trip is capped at 16 people, but on average you’ll be one of 12.

What's The Average Age Range Of People On This Trip?

This trip welcomes travellers of all ages, so it's difficult to put an average age to a group. You might have a mix of people your own age or some much older or younger than you.

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