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Cruising the Galapagos: Majestic 5 Days

Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,864

Experience the Galapagos Islands aboard the Majestic, with experienced and knowledgeable guides along to ensure you get the most out of your journey.


This 5-day cruise through the Galapagos starts at Charles Darwin Research Station. This is a giant tortoise breeding facility where you can see some of the Islands’ biggest stars up close, and get an insight into their family dynamics. The next day, enjoy watching the region’s feathered inhabitants including Nazca and Red-footed Boobies and Swallow-tailed Gulls at Darwin Bay. This is also a great spot for viewing sea lions.

Chinese Hat Islet has numerous geological formations to explore, most of which are formed by lava flows. Then go on to Mosquera Islet, home to a white-sand beach frequented by more sea lions. Another highlight is Witch Hill, home to a wide variety of boobies, sea turtles and rays. You’ll have the chance to see plenty more marine life at Kicker Rock, an ideal scuba diving and kayaking spot.

Your final stop is the Interpretation Center, which includes the Museum of Natural History and the Human History exhibit, the perfect place to put a little context around those unforgettable wildlife encounters.


 

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Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,864

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Galapagos

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.

In the afternoon, you will visit The Charles Darwin Research Station 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.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration4 Nights
Accommodation

Majestic Galapagos Yacht

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    Majestic Galapagos Yacht


    This first-class, motorized yacht is 35 meters (115 feet) long and is especially designed to sail through these islands. Its common areas and suites have large picture windows to assure you grand vistas of the seascapes as you cruise from destination to destination.

    This first-class, motorized yacht is 35 meters (115 feet) long and is especially designed to sail through these islands. Its common areas and suites have large picture windows to assure you grand vistas of the seascapes as you cruise from destination to destination.

    Facilities

    • Bar/Lounge
    • Dining Room
    • Jacuzzi
    • Sundeck

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Day 2

Galapagos

In the morning, 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 afternoon, 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Galapagos

In the morning, 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.

Your afternoon excursion takes you to Mosquera Islet located between Baltra and North Seymour Islands. This small islet has little vegetation and a huge white-sand beach. There are always many sea lions resting on the beach. Be sure to keep your distance from the male sea lions which can be a bit aggressive.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Galapagos

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.

In the afternoon, you will visit Kicker Rock. This striking rock formation is located a couple hours off the western shore of San Cristobal. Jutting out of the water, the rocks stand vertically at hundreds of feet above the ocean divided by a small channel. Although there are no landing areas, kayaking and scuba diving allow visitors to spot a variety of marine life.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Depart Galapagos

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 and the Galapaguera, you will be transferred to the San Cristobal airport to catch your flight to mainland Ecuador.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

Select Thursdays

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • All meals
  • Island transfers
  • Excursions as described in itinerary
  • Bilingual National Park guide
  • Use of snorkelling equipment
  • Airport assistance
  • Galapagos domestic airfare
  • Transit Control Card

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • International Airfare and taxes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities unless otherwise stated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional excursions
  • Beverages unless otherwise stated
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Use of wetsuit

OTHER INFORMATION:

NOTE: The domestic flights Quito - Galapagos - Quito (approx. $550 USD), Galapagos Park entrance fee of $100 USD and visitors ticket of $20 USD are included in the trip price. (Subject to change).

Itineraries: Due to government regulations designed to control and protect the impact of tourism, each vessel, based on length of cruise has its own distinct itinerary. The itineraries are designed to allow visitors to visit all regions of the islands and we suggest you request the advice of Goway's Latin America specialists as to which itinerary would suit you best.

TERMS & CONDITIONS:

Prices are “from” per person and based on twin share based on current exchange rates and subject to change. Single rates available on request. Subject to availability, limited seats available, seasonal surcharges may apply.

TB GALAPAGQUI17CR: M 5 LD
30 Nov 2017
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