Thursday: Santa Cruz Island: Airport / PM Santa Cruz Island: Interpretation Center Fausto Llerena
Friday: AM Genovesa Island: El Barranco / PM Genovesa Island: Darwin Bay
Saturday: AM Rábida Island / PM Chinese Hat Islet
Sunday: AM San Cristóbal Island: Witch Hill / PM San Cristóbal Island: Lobos Island
Monday: AM San Cristóbal Island: Interpretation Center / Airport
You will arrive at Baltra Island in the morning. After passing through immigration and baggage claim, you will be met by the Majestic staff and transferred to the yacht. You will be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing.
Interpretation Center Fausto Llerena (Santa Cruz Island)
In the afternoon, you will visit “Fausto Llerena” Giant land tortoises breeding center in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, where giant tortoises are bred in captivity; this is home to tortoises ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long adults. Subspecies of the giant tortoises interact with one another, and many of the older tortoises are accustomed to humans stretching out their heads for a photo opportunity. The babies are kept until they are about four years-old and strong enough to survive on their own.
El Barranco (Genovesa Island)
In the morning, you will visit El Barranco which is also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps. It is a steep, rocky path that leads up to a high cliff-face. A marvelous view can be appreciated from here. This site is also home to palo santo vegetation as well as red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, Galapagos swallows, and Galapagos doves.
Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island)
In the afternoon, you will visit the white-sand coral beach of Darwin Bay which heads a half mile trail (0,75km) that winds through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls can be spotted here. Further down the path we find tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully. At the end is a spectacular view of a cliff.
In the morning, you will visit Rabida Island (or Jervis) which is one of the most colourful and volcanically varied islands in the archipelago as well as a great snorkeling site. We will start on Rabida’s famous maroon sandy beach, and after an easy hike, you will arrive to a stunning lookout to enjoy the amazing landscapes. The island is a birdwatcher’s delight. Some of the rarest species are in abundance such as nine varieties of finches, large-billed flycatchers, Galapagos hawks and brown pelicans.
Chinese Hat Islet
In the afternoon, you will visit Chinese Hat Islet. This small islet is located near the southeast coast of Santiago Island. Its name comes from the distinct shape of the islet’s summit. This small islet is a great location to view many geological formations such as lava tubes and lava flows. Some of the lava flows were formed underwater and subsequently raised above sea level. The presence of coral heads on the lava flow indicates this phenomenon.
Witch Hill (San Cristóbal Island)
In the morning, you will visit Witch Hill. Located on the northern coast, this eroded hill and its surroundings present one of the most picturesque beaches in the Galapagos with its white powdery sand and the abundance of animals. Wildlife includes sea turtles, rays, and various types of booby birds. The clear water provides an excellent opportunity for enjoying swimming and snorkeling.
Lobos Island (San Cristóbal Island)
In the afternoon you will be involved in an excursion to Lobos Island which means “Sea Lion Island.” This appropriately named island is ripe with noisy, playful, jolly sea lions who will welcome you to their home with open, well, fins. This island also offers great snorkeling opportunities as well as the chance to see bluefooted and Nazca boobies.
Interpretation Center (San Cristóbal Island) / Airport
In the morning, you will visit the Interpretation Center. This site is part of an environment project. The tour of this center will explore the natural history of the islands including human interaction and conservation efforts. The Museum of Natural History explains the volcanic origin of the archipelago, ocean currents, climate, and the arrival of endemic species. The Human History exhibit chronologically describes significant events such as discovery and colonization of the islands.
After visiting the Interpretation Center, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight to Guayaquil or Quito on mainland Ecuador.
- Rates are per person based on double occupancy
- Children under 12 traveling in the same cabin in triple occupancy have a discount
- Single supplement may apply
Main Deck $ 3545.00
Lower Deck $3245.00
**Christmas and New Year holidays have an additional surcharge
The rate includes:
- All meals & excursions
- Transfers in the islands
- Bilingual National Park Guide
- Use of snorkeling equipment
- Use of wetsuit
- Free airport Assistance*
- 1 hotel night in Quito or Guayaquil (the day before the cruise)
- 2 Free transfers to Galapagos Flights*
- Roundtrip Airfare to / from Galapagos
- Alcoholic drinks
- $100 Galapagos National Park fee
- $20 Transit Control Card
- Travel / medical insurance
- Personal Expenses