Galapagos Voyager First class yacht 8 days program
Category: Individual Tours
We are proud to present you the brand new first class yacht Galapagos voyager . The Galapagos Voyager is an extremely comfortable motor yacht of 28 meters (92 ft) length and almost 7 meters (22 ft) wide,equipped with the highest navigation and security standards. The vessel was finished in 2007 and has capacity for 16 passengers offering a pleasant small group atmosphere, great comfort and a personalized service.
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The galapagos voyager
All cabins of the Galapagos voyager are situated on the yacht's main deck and upper deck. There are no lower deck cabins! The 8 cabins are divided in 2 Matrimonial cabins and 6 Twin cabins; all feature lower berths, private facilities, air-conditioning and a large window with ocean view which can be individually opened.
The social areas consist of a comfortable lounge, spacious dining area, bar, television, DVD and two sun decks for maximum comfort and privacy. Our experienced crew of 8 persons and 1 bilingual naturalist guide will make your stay in Galapagos a lifetime memorable experience!
The Galapagos voyager offers 3 night, 4 night and 7 night naturalist cruises. Please note that we have year round availability for all your Fit’s, and/or other requests.
Itinerary 8 Days - 7 nights – Saturday to Saturday
AM - Baltra - Tortoise Farm Primicias (Santa Cruz) PM - Charles Darwin Station (Santa Cruz)
AM - Plaza Sur PM - Santa Fe
AM - Punta Suarez (Espanola) PM - Bahia Gardner (Espanola)
AM - Leon Dormido (San Cristobal) AM - Interpretation centre (San Cristobal / 2 dives - optional Leon Dormido) PM - Loberia (San Cristobal)
AM - Bachas Beach (2 dives - optional Seymour) PM - Black Turtle Cove
AM - El Barranco (Genovesa) PM - Bahia Darwin (Genovesa)
AM - Bahia Sullivan PM - Bartolome
AM - Twin Craters - Baltra. Tour ends
Note: Please note that the Itinerary is subject to change without prior notice
Day 1: Santa cruz:
Tortoise Farm Primicia Ranch Upon arrival in Baltra airport our guide will be waiting for us to cross the Itabaca Channel and travel by private transportation from the northern side of Santa Cruz towards Puerto Ayora. The first stretch is a very dry area, but as soon as we get to the highlands, the vegetation changes completely. Here we can observe giant bamboo trees and dense Miconia vegetation. Arrive to Primicias Ranch, located next to the Reserve. Take a rain jacket as it can get muddy and misty. At the ranch we will observe the giant Galapagos tortoises in a natural environment; stroll around the compound and watch and learn about this magnificent endangered specie and their habitat. At the ranch we will de able to observe the giant Galapagos tortoises in their natural habitat, crawling through the low vegetation and immersing themselves in muddy pools.
Charles Darwin Research Station This research laboratory is located near to the town of Puerto Ayora and is directed by scientists from several countries, who are involved in the study and protection of fauna and flora of the islands. The evolution that the islands have undergone since the formation can be seen here too. It also shows the animals that have been introduced to the different areas and possible solutions to protect 'the authentic species' against extinction. Raising the Galapagos Giant Tortoises in captivity is the most important project the Galapagos National Park is involved with; this program has enabled the return of many tortoises into their natural habitat. The Charles Darwin Station is also home of several adult giant tortoises, which have been found in other parts of the world these individuals are too old and will stay here.
Day 2: South Plaza & Santa fe:
South Plaza The Plaza Islands, North Plaza and South Plaza, are small but have a great variety of flora and fauna. Only South Plaza is open for visitors. On this southern island we will find the smallest species of land iguanas, but also nests of gulls, boobies, frigate birds, tropicbirds, marine iguanas, lava lizards. It can be difficult to get on land because of the sea lions lying on the dock. Often the guides have to shoo them away by clapping their hands. Snorkeling off South Plaza is not allowed because there are too many sea lions. Offshore we can spot shearwaters, terns, mullet and surgeonfish. Farther out dolphins, mantas and killer whales have been seen. The island itself is an uplifted piece of sea floor. The island is only a kilometer long and a little wider than 100 meters. A big part of the island is dry with platforms of polished lava, parts without any trees, but many yellow flowers. The cliff is very steep and windy. From here we can observe the birds we described above perfectly.
Santa Fe The arrival here is truly impressive: to a great white beach with colourful turquoise water; a forest of Opuntia cactus covers the Island. The walk is easy and short and on the trails we can find land-iguanas chewing on the fallen cactus pads. These iguanas are different from the ones we find on the South Plaza Islands, these iguanas are bigger. Other animals that can be found here are sea lions, yellow-tailed surgeonfish, sergeant majors, damsel- and parrotfish, stingrays, white-tipped reef sharks, rodents, Galapagos doves and snakes. The beach side is perfect for swimming and snorkeling.
Day 3: EspaÑola (Hood):
Suarez Point The trail runs round in a loop and the arrival on the rocks lead us to an open area where blue footed boobies nest in their hundreds. Virtually everywhere are nesting birds or young boobies being fed. Further on is a similar place where waved albatrosses are nesting, again on the ground. It is said that the total world population of waved albatrosses can be found here from March to December every year. Near here is a high cliff where the young launch themselves for their first flight. Further along the trail is a blowhole. Waves coming up against the cliff come up through a hole and produce a noisy spout of spray approaching 100 feet high.
Gardner Bay Located at approximately 45 minutes from Punta Suarez, Gardner Bay has a brilliant white sandy beach with sometimes hundreds of barking sea lions. This place is perfect for relaxing and snorkeling. There are 3 species of finches on this part of the island and other animals that we can find here are turtles, martins, small wading birds, surgeonfish and white-tipped reef sharks.
Day 4: San Cristobal
Leon Dormido (Kicker Rock) Kicker Rock is also known as the Sleeping Lion because of its resemblance. It is located off the coast of San Cristobal, and you can find the remnants of a vertical tuff stone conformation eroded by the ties. What is left are two vertical rocks rising aprox. 500 feet (150 m.) above the ocean, separated by a small channel. Make sure to have binoculars and cameras in reach while we navigate around the rock, because there are many chances to observe hundreds of nazca- and blue footed boobies standing in their little caves, as well as red-billed tropicbirds. Further away, observe the frigate birds in the bushes of the coast side, when it is courting season we will be able to see a wonderful show of their brilliant red pouches.
Optional diving Leon Dormido Leon Dormido is a very dive site perhaps the best in the central Islands of the Galapagos archipelago. There are two vertical walls with a channel in the middle that gives a haven for sharks and many other species of fish such as huge schools of salemas and jacks, barracuda and rainbow runners. The walls areamazingly colorful almost sure sightings of great marine fauna including octopus and many sharks including scalloped hammerheads, white tipped and Galapagos sharks. Other sea creatures to be found are turtles, eagle rays and sea lions
Interpretation Center, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno This town, the official capital of the Archipelago, is home to one of the two main airports in the Galapagos region. It is known as a sleepy town overlooking the harbour with a truly relaxed attitude. We will visit the Interpretation Center, which was built with the cooperation of the Spanish Science Centre, and it gives a very good introduction to the Galapagos Islands, its marine and land life, fauna and flora. There is also an interesting display of the turbulent history of the archipelago. Afterwards we will have some free time to stroll around this lovely village.
Loberia Beach We will depart after lunch to Loberia; Loberia is a beach area home to a colony of sea lions. Translation of: where puppies are left in a kind of Rockery. We walk through beach trails and black lava rocks where we find the largest marine iguanas in the archipelago. We can relax at the beach or go for a swim, the water is very clear.
Day 5: Santa cruz
Bachas Beach The charming Bachas beach is located on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island. This is the part where the pacific green sea turtles nest and lay eggs, especially from November to February, so be careful to follow our guide, as we don't want to step on one of the nests. Near the beach is a salt lagoon where we can see a flamingo population. Bachas beach is also perfect for swimming and here we can find marine iguanas resting on the rocksas well as sally lightfoot crabs looking for food.
Optional diving North Seymour Island North Seymour is an uplifted island of lava flow There are 5 dive sites suitable for all levels of divers, although sometimes the currents can be strong. These sites have the most different species per square foot of sandy bottom. A large garden eel colony, sea turtles, sea lions, fur seals, eagle rays, yellow tailed grunts, big-eyed jack, and frequently white tip reef sharks and hammerheads. Occasionally, Galapagos sharks can also be seen here.
Caleta Tortuga Negra (Black Turtle Cove) We can only enter a sheltered area with a dinghy and admire a turtle's head coming up once in a while. From December to March, these beautiful animals leave their eggs here in peace and quiet. Also white-tipped reef sharks are often seen here. These are not the only animals we can observe, if we are lucky, we can see the amazing eagle ray and golden rays sliding under the dinghy!
Day 6: Genovesa Island
Prince Philip's Steps (El Barranco) Prince Philip's Steps is a rocky climb, a 25m ascent to the open ground above. Here is where we find nazca boobies, just having a great time on this beautiful part of the island. At this island there is an almost flat trail of 2km and here we can walk across fields of lava. This is a full day visit as the vessel stays in the bay.
Darwin Bay Darwin Bay is an exotic, partially eroded volcano, famous for its crater walls, hundreds of magnificent frigate birds, red-footed boobies, swallowed tailed gulls and brilliant storm petrels, which all mate here. Darwin beach exists of white coral remains and during high tide a great part of the beach is underwater. The coral is quite sharp, so be sure to ware sneakers or sandals. Here the marine iguanas are the smallest of all in the Galapagos. Snorkeling can be amazing here, although visibility is poor but sharks are common here.
Day 7: Santiago & Bartolome
Sullivan Bay This part of the island is mainly covered with lava. The black lava is about 100 years old and full of gas bubbles. If we look closely, we can see parts of trees that were vaporized by the heat. The only plants that grow on this part of the island are tiny carpetweed herbs and the rare lava cactus. We will be able to walk over an extensive lava field formed by twentieth century volcanic eruptions. We may be able to see lava lizards. Sullivan Bay is also a perfect spot for snorkeling and swimming, we might even swim together with Galapagos penguins.
Bartolome We will climb to a peak of a tuffcone of 109 meters (359 feet) high and enjoy the moonscape-like landscapes scarcely overgrown with tiquilia vegetation and a few lava cacti. The ascent takes about half an hour. The trail is not difficult as there are steps that will help make our climb easy. Once on the summit we will experience one of the most beautiful views of all the surrounding islands as well as the famous Pinnacle Rock.
Santa Cruz Only four islands are inhabited in the Galapagos Islands and Santa Cruz has the largest population of them all. It has a central location and the largest town Puerto Ayora has been the place that tourists visit the most. Here you will also have the opportunity to buy some souvenirs. This town offers a great variety of hotels and restaurants, an excellent option for the people that would like to extend their stay in Galapagos.
Day 8: Santa Cruz – Baltra.
Twin Craters (Los Gemelos) On our way back to the Baltra airport we will break the trip with a short visit to the Twin Craters; another miracle of Mother Nature. Two huge craters were formed after a huge collapse due to the weight of the overlying rocks. Right now, this area is overgrown with vegetation and we can observe flycatchers and the able "woodpecker" finch, who picks with a cactus needle or stick the insects from the tree bark.
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Prices a person based on 2 persons in double room rated in USD
Matrimonial/Twin Cabin occupancy
Charter - Maximum 16 passengers
Airport transfers in Galapagos, Lodging in Twin/Matrimonial cabin as confirmed (Single travelers will have to share their cabin with another person of the same gender or pay the single supplement); All meals during your stay on board the Galapagos Voyager, Snorkel equipment, All excursions lead by an English speaking naturalist Guide.
Returnflight to Galapagos ( we can arrange flights ! (Entrance fee for the Galapagos National Park (currently USD 110 per person, which consists of a USD 100 park fee and USD 10 transit card fee, both amounts have to bepaid in cash), Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks on board (to be paid in cash); Optional wetsuit hire (for this we need to know your length before your travel to Galapagos), Personal travel insurance; Tips and other items of personal nature.
*All rates are in US Dollars and per person, payd at our Peruvian bank
* Single Supplement: 75% surcharge of net rate
*Child discount: 20% of net rate. Only applicable for children under 12 years travelling with two adults
*All rates mentioned are subject to change in the event of local tax increases or other unforeseen circumstances.
Please note that this offer is not valid for the departure dates of Christmas and New Year 10/11
We also can arrange a starting packet with 2 night hotel/ transfers and flihts to galapagos
Deposits and policies
To confirm your booking following percentage of the total amount is required
90 days prior to departure following percentage is required + payment for flights/other services
60 days prior to departure following percentage is required + payment for flights/other services
Confirmation date - 121 days before departure
USD 100 pp
120 - 91 days prior to departure
90 - 61 days prior to departure
60 or less days prior to departure
First you must fly into contiental Ecuador to either Quito or Guayaquil; There are several commercial flights arriving into Ecuador everyday.
The most efficient way to get to the Galapagos from mainlaind Ecuador is by air. Your Galapagos flight booking is guaranteed with your cruise confirmation. All international connections are from mainland Ecuador . There are flights from Quito with a stop over in Guayaquil, and from Guayaquil to Baltra or San Cristobal where your cruise will begin. Your flight will take 30 minutes to get from Quito to Guayaquil and about one and a half hours from Guayaquil to Galápagos - Baltra or San Cristobal .
The airlines have established low and high season for the flights, and these are:
High Season: Nov 01 - Apr 30 + Jun 15 - Sep 14 Low Season: May 01 - Jun 14 + Sep 15 - Oct 31
Frequently asked questions
What does my cruise rate include? All shore excursions and activities throughout the cruise vacation by Zodiacs and trails, accommodation in double cabin, all meals on board the ship, ground transportation in the islands and baggage handling between the island airports and the ship, guided excursions.
What is not included? Galapagos flights, Galapagos Entrance Fee (currently $100 US payable in cash to the national park authorities in Baltra), tips (it is customary to tip the guide, and crew) soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, and any other extras not specifically mentioned.
Can I pay the Galapagos National Park fee with my credit card or travel checks? Unfortunately the payment can only be done in cash.
Where does my entrance fee go? The Park entry fee collected upon a visitor’s arrival to Galapagos is used to help fund Park management and community and conservation projects in the islands. The beneficiaries are as follows: Galapagos National Park Service (40%), Municipal Governments (20%), the Galapagos Provincial Board (10%), Galapagos Marine Reserve (5%), the National System for Protected Areas (5%), the National Galapagos Institute (10%), the Quarantine and Inspection System (5%), and the Ecuadorian Navy (5%).
Is the cruise itinerary subject to change? On occasions, the ship's captain may find it necessary to vary the itinerary due to Galapagos National Park regulations or for safety reasons.
What are the land visits like? Most visits last one hour and half to three hours. They are in our small boats or pangas, and either are dry or wet landings. A guide will be always with you frequently making stops to explain or show things, the pace is gentle and never rushed.
What happens if I cancel my cruise? Cancellations up to 61 days prior to departure, 20% of the total amount paid will be retained as a penalty fee. 60 or less days prior to departure 100% of the total tour rate is forfeited. How can I pay my expenses on board? Incidental expenses on board can be paid in cash US Dollars.
How far in advance should I book? We recommend that you book your trip at least 6 months prior to your planned date of departure and 12 months prior to booking for holiday seasons.
Do I cruise between islands in the daytime or at night? The days are normally spent anchored at one of the islands. Although there are times when you will sail short distances between islands during the day, longer distances are cruised at night to maximize daytime explorations and wildlife observations
Is the air ticket fare included? No, it is not included, but we can issue the tickets. The airfare is subject to change; we will provide you with the rate the moment you book.
Do I need a passport or visa to go to Galapagos? A passport is required. Your travel agency can advise you of any visa requirements when traveling to Ecuador.
Should I purchase travel insurance? Yes, we thoroughly recommend taking out travel insurance before departing on your holiday.
Are there any luggage restrictions? Domestic airline regulations permit 20 kilos per person for your luggage not including small carry-on flight bags.
What time zone is used in Galapagos? Ecuador is in the Eastern Time Zone (GMT-5 in the mainland). Galapagos is one hour behind mainland Ecuador.
How long does the flight from Quito or Guayaquil take to Galapagos? The flight from Quito to Guayaquil takes thirty minutes, from Guayaquil to Galapagos takes an hour and thirty minutes
Does Galapagos Odyssey offer special food if I have any food restriction? Yes, in case you require vegetarian food or special meal please let us know at least 6 weeks in advance so we can take care of it.
What is the physical condition required the cruise? Elderly or disabled people may have problems in the difficult trails. We recommend that passengers be in reasonably good physical condition as some trails are difficult to pass through.
Will I encounter rough seas or bad weather? Due to strong currents, there will be moderate movement of the vessel while navigating. Most passengers are not affected, however, if you are prone to seasickness we recommend you to bring some type of medication to prevent motion sickness.
What is the best season to take the cruise? No matter what time of year you visit the islands, you will always find wildlife activity. During the "hot" season the islands are generally much greener and the land birds most active. It is also during this period that the ocean temperature is warmer for swimming and snorkeling. During the "cool" season the sea birds and sea mammals are most active. This is the best time for observing courtship displays in the sea birds.