M/Y Reina Silvia (Capacity: 12-16 passengers) Western Itinerary: 8 Days / 7 Nights

M/Y Reina Silvia (Capacity: 12-16 passengers) Western Itinerary: 8 Days / 7 Nights

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The Reina Silvia is a first-class yacht ready to make your family’s or group of friend’s Galapagos dreams a reality.

This boat has features not found on other yachts of its class. On the main deck’s aft is the boarding and swim platform, and the extended bow pulpit is excellent for scouting whales and dolphins. The upper deck features a large, sheltered lounge and bar, with unusual circular seating that assures you a 360-degree view of the Islands while having a drink at sunset and equator crossings.

You’ll cruise the Galapagos in comfort, enjoying tasteful cuisine, informative lectures by the certified bilingual naturalist guide, and curling up in the library to read or watch nature films. The six staterooms have twin or king-sized beds, and four rooms include a hidden berth for the third member of your party. All accommodations have air conditioning and a large, en-suite bathroom with full-size shower.

The Reina Silvia offers an eight-day excursion through the western part of the Galapagos archipelago, and an eight-day itinerary that takes in the eastern islands. Snorkeling gear and kayaks will help you in your explorations of the islands.

Highlights

Santa Cruz (Bachas Beach, Twin Craters, Interpretation Center Fausto Llerena), Genovesa Island (Darwin Bay, El Barranco), Bartolome (Pinnacle Rock), Rábida, Chinese Hat Islet, Plaza Sur, Santa Fe, Española (Punta Suarez, Gardner Bay, Gardner Islet, Osborn Islet), Floreana (Punta Cormorant, Post Office Bay, Champion Islet), Isabela (Urbina Bay, Tagus Cove, Punta Vicente Roca), Fernandina (Punta Espinosa), Santiago (Espumilla Beach, Puerto Egas, Sullivan Bay, Buccaneer Cove), North Seymour, San Cristobal (Lobos Island, Kicker Rock)

Highlighted species

Galapagos Sea Lion, Galapagos Giant Tortoises, Marine Iguanas, Blue-Footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies, Red-Footed Boobies, Galapagos Hawks, Galapagos Albatrosses (From April to January), Greater & Magnificent Frigatebirds, Galapagos Doves, Galapagos Mockingbirds, San Cristobal Mockingbirds, Española Mockingbirds, San Cristobal Lava Lizard, Española Lava Lizard, Darwin Finches, Short-Eared Owls, Brown Pelicans, Swallow-Tailed Gulls, Lava Gulls, Lava (striated) Herons, Green prickly pears land iguanas, Deep red Sesuvium and coppery‐orange land iguanas, flightless cormorants, Galapagos penguins, Hawks, Sootycolored Marine Iguanas, bright red‐orange Sally Lightfoot crabs, Yellow Warblers, Galapagos flycatcher, Darwin finches, Vermilion flycatcher.

Itinerary

Saturday: Santa Cruz Island: Baltra Airport, Twin Craters / PM Santa Cruz Island: Breeding Center Fausto Llerena

Sunday: AM Floreana Island: Cormorant Point, Champion Island / PM Floreana Island: Post Office Bay, The Asilo de la Paz

Monday: AM Isabela Island: Moreno Point / PM Isabela Island: Elizabeth Bay

Tuesday: AM Isabela Island: Urbina Bay / PM Fernandina Island: Espinoza Point

Wednesday: AM Isabela Island: Tagus Cove / PM Isabela Island: Vicente Roca Point

Thursday: AM Santiago Island: Espumilla Beach, Buccaneer Cove / PM Santiago Island: Egas Port, Minas de Sal

Friday: AM Santa Cruz Island: Bachas Beach / PM North Seymour Island

Saturday: AM Santa Cruz Island / Baltra Airport

Baltra Airport (Baltra Island)

Assistance at the airport by our representatives for your Galapagos flight. You will arrive at the airport on Baltra Island in the morning and after passing through immigration and baggage claim, you will be met by guide from the Reina Silvia. You will have lunch at the local restaurant and visit the Twin Craters located opposite to each other on both sides of the road leading from Puerto Ayora to Baltra. The name is only figurative; not real craters, these formations were created by the collapse of surface material in underground fissures and chambers. The view is breathtaking.

Fausto Llerena Breeding Center (Santa Cruz Island)

The afternoon visit is the “Fausto Llerena” breeding center where giant tortoises are bred in captivity and reared until the age of 5 years, when they can survive the effects of introduced predators.  This is home to tortoises ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-foot 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.

 

Cormorant Point, Champion Island (Floreana Island)

In the morning, you will head to Cormorant Point. Here you will enjoy a hike to a salt-water lagoon which is home to flamingos. You will also get to swim in the crystal clear waters of the Devil’s Crown. This extinct volcano peaks out of the waters just off of Floreana’s coast and offers a magnificent snorkeling experience.

Afterwards, you will visit The Champion Island, named after the whaler Andrew Champion, is a small island ocated just offshore Floreana Island in the southern part of the Archipelago, considered as one of the most beautiful places on Galapagos for all snorkeling and diving fans and an excellent opportunity for dolphin watching.

Post Office Bay, The Asilo de la Paz (Floreana Island)

After lunch, you will visit the famous Post Office Bay. You will land on the beach and head to a spot where 18th century whalers placed a wooden barrel for use as an unofficial mail box. The custom continues to this day with Galapagos visitors. So do not forget your postcards, and do not be surprised if the post card arrives to its destination before you even get home!

In the afternoon, you will visit The Asilo de la Paz. This is a hill 450m high that is behind Straw Hill in the agricultural area of the island.  The main attractions are of an historic type: one is the cave of pirates and the other is the freshwater spring. The two sites are located at the base of the hill.

Moreno Point (Isabela Island)

In the morning you will visit Moreno Point located southwest of Elizabeth Bay. Here a dry landing onto what was once flowing lava is possible. The lava has left craters in its wake which formed crystal tide pools. By looking into the pools, you can peer into another world as the marine life drifts by your window. In the brackish pools of this area, you may see pink flamingos, white-cheeked pintails, and common gallinules. If you look carefully into the pools, you may see white-tip reef sharks and some sea turtles.

Elizabeth Bay (Isabela Island)

In the afternoon, you will visit Elizabeth Bay, is located on the east coast of Isabela Island. The bay contains many islets, which can be visited by dinghy. Penguins and blue-footed boobies can be spotted on the rocky islets. With an abundance of marine life and clear water, the area is perfect for snorkeling and viewing schools of colorful fish, sea lions, and perhaps even sharks.

Urbina Bay (Isabela Island)

In the morning, you will land at Urbina Bay which presents some fascinating geological formations. In 1954, an uplift from the sea formed the bay which has been characterized by the resulting terrestrial coral reef ever since. Expect to see stingrays and sea turtles swimming near the surface of the water along with flightless cormorants, pelicans, and marine iguanas. You will be dazzled by the breathtaking view of the Alcedo Volcano.

Espinoza Point (Fernandina Island)

In the afternoon, you will land at Espinoza Point and after walking past a colony of marine iguanas and a group of sea lions, you’ll reach the island’s highlight: the flightless cormorant nesting site. This area also provides a great opportunity to see the Galapagos hawk.

Tagus Cove (Isabela Island)

After breakfast, you will visit Tagus Cove which is located across from Fernandina Island, near the Bolivar Channel dividing the two islands. This spot has been frequented by ships since the 1800s, using the area as an anchorage site. Trails winding by Lake Darwin up to a ridge display wonderful views. Punta Tortuga, just north of Tagus Cove, is another lovely beach surrounded by mangroves.

Vicente Roca Point (Isabela Island)

The afternoon visit is at Vicente Roca Point. Comprised of two separate coves, this site is a large bay with spectacular sea life. Keep an eye out for seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola mola (or sunfish).

Espumilla Beach, Buccaneer Cove (Santiago Island)

In the morning you will start visiting Espumilla Beach where marine iguanas lounge and the Sally Lightfoot crabs attract the hunting herons performing the dance of predator and prey right before your eyes. Snorkeling is highly recommended as you could find yourself face to face with an octopus, moray eel, shark and a variety of other species of tropical fish.

Next you will visit the Buccaneer Cove which is a testament to the fact that Santiago Island was once a refuge for British buccaneers. These pirates would anchor in the protected bay to make repairs and stock up on tortoise meat among other things. The steep cliffs, where hundreds of seabirds perch in front of the dark red sand beach, are a magnificent site.

Egas Port, Minas de Sal (Santiago Island)

After lunch, you will go to Egas Port, also known as James Bay, on Santiago Island which is home to the curious Galapagos hawks and quick-footed Galapagos lava lizards. The trail leads to the coastline with gorgeous tide pools and grottos full of fauna. Here the Galapagos fur sea lions bathe in the sun. This is also a great snorkeling site.

Later in the afternoon you will visit the Minas de Sal, located northwest of Santiago Island. The trail has an approximate distance of 8 km. round-trip. This site has an important history from the year 1683 when William Ambrose Cowley visited this place, it was he who gave the name of James to the Bay and the island there have been many travelers who have visited this place to exploit this natural resource and salted beef and fish.

Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz Island)

The morning visit to Bachas Beach which is a swimming beach is located on the north shore of Santa Cruz. One of the few remnants of the U.S. World War II presence in the Galapagos, a floating pier, can be seen here. You may see flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black-necked stilts, and whimbrels. Sea turtles also nest on the beach.

North Seymour Island

In the afternoon, you will visit North Seymour. Here you will be able to see Galapagos sea lions, blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigate birds which are abundant on the Island. The island was formed by a series of submarine lava flows containing layers of sediment that were uplifted by tectonic activity. The island is characterized by its arid vegetation zone.

Baltra Airport

After breakfast, you will be transferred from the boat to Baltra airport for your flight to Guayaquil or Quito.

Important notes:

  • 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
  • Triple cabin
  • Great for Families
  • Sea Kayaks

 

Standard Cabin $ 4645.00

**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*

*Conditions apply

  • Roundtrip Airfare to / from Galapagos
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • $100 Galapagos National Park fee
  • $20 Transit Control Card
  • Travel / medical insurance
  • Tips
  • Personal Expenses

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