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Cruising the Galapagos: M/C Petrel

Duration
5-8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,556

With four available itineraries ranging from 5 to 8 days, the M/C Petrel offers a luxurious way to see the Galapagos Islands. Come aboard this 5-star vessel and enjoy state of the art facilities, along with the expertise of naturalists well-versed in evolution’s greatest natural laboratory.


The M/C Petrel offers detailed Galapagos Islands cruise itineraries ranging from 5 to 8 days, exploring a mix of islands populated with the colourful wildlife that has made the Galapagos Islands famous, and those that have felt the touch of human interaction over the centuries. Explore nature’s greatest untouched playground aboard the M/C Petrel.

Departing from Baltra Island, each of the four itineraries is unique while offering a consistently high standard of service and comfort. Options are as follows:

5-Day Itinerary
Santiago – Bartholomew – Genovesa – Santiago
Set out for Santiago Island, where over 30,000 fur sea lions once thought extinct now thrive. On nearby Bartholomew Island, take in the view over the moon-like volcanic landscape from Pinnacle Rock. See the birds that nest in the volcanic sea cliffs of Genovesa, a birder’s paradise, and visit the red-footed boobies of Darwin Bay. Go snorkelling in the shadow of pirates at Buccaneer Cove and come face to face with octopus, moray eels, and tropical fish.

6-Day Itinerary A
Isabela – Fernandina – Isabela – Santa Cruz
See the enormous sea lion and frigate bird colonies of tiny North Seymour Island before sailing on to Isabela Island. The largest land mass in the Galapagos, Isabela is also one of the most volcanically active, supporting five subspecies of giant tortoise. Stop in briefly at Fernandina, an island untouched by foreign species, famous for its flightless cormorant nesting site. Then return to Isabela to explore historic Tagus Cove and Urbina Bay. Round the island to visit the mangroves of Elizabeth Bay and the wildlife-rich lava flows of Moreno Point, and hike through the some of the island’s most recent (but safe) lava fields. See The Wall of Tears, built by prisoners once held here, before transferring back to Santa Cruz for a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station before you depart.

6-Day Itinerary B
Santa Cruz – South Plaza – Santa Fe – San Cristobal – Lobos – Espanola – Floreana 
Begin on Santa Cruz, the most populated of the Galapagos Islands before setting sail for South Plaza, populated by sea lions and yellow and red land iguanas, who feed on abundant prickly pear trees. Stop in at Santa Fe to see some of the largest iguanas on the islands, then call into San Cristobal, where Darwin first landed in 1835 before sailing on to Lobos islet, which despite its tranquility, flourishes with life including sea lions and giant tortoises. Your next stop, Espanola Island, is the breeding site for nearly all of the world’s 12,000 pairs of waved albatrosses, and is a birdwatcher’s paradise. Floreana is an island bubbling with human history, including Post Office Bay, where an old 18th century barrel still ensures the mail gets through, at least most of the time! It also offers some of the best snorkelling in the Galapagos. Finally, visit Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about work being done to preserve the giant tortoise.

8-Day Itinerary
North Seymour – Isabela – Fernandina – Santa Cruz – South Plaza – Santa Fe – San Cristobal
Combine two itineraries for an adventure that uncovers the Galapagos Islands at their best. The 8-day itinerary visits the same islands as the 6-day A and B above, with the exception of Espanola and Floreana Islands, instead transferring to the airport from Lobos islet.


 

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Duration
5-8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 5,556

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Day 1

Arrival to Baltra Island (Galapagos)

Upon arrival to the airport in Baltra you will be greeted by our staff and taken across the Itabaca Channel to visit the Island of Santa Cruz before boarding. The visit includes a short hike. Dress appropriately with sturdy shoes, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt due to the climate of this area. You will visit a site called Highlands.

Today Santa Cruz is one of the most popular tourist sites. With a population of about 12,000 Galapagos natives, it has the longest paved road in the entire archipelago. One of the biggest conservation efforts is to eliminate all non-native plants and animals that are destroying native and endemic species on the island. There is no longer any volcanic activity but that does not mean there is no evidence. Santa Cruz means holy cross, but it's English name comes from the British vessel - Indefatigable.

The Highlands of Santa Cruz is a very interesting site due to the rich wildlife, hills, ferns, volcanoes and lava tubes present. Exploring the lava tubes is a surreal and unique experience. Here you can see all the different agricultural zones that are present in the Galapagos in one place. The variety of birds makes this a bird watchers delight.

After the visit to the Highlands you will be transferred to the yacht. You will then be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before the welcome briefing.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration4 Nights
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M/C Petrel

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    M/C Petrel


    The best way to see the Galapagos Islands is on board a luxury cruise, the Petrel. The Petrel offers a deluxe way to visit these magical islands. Named after a sea bird common to Galapagos, the Petrel is like its namesake: elegant, swift and silent ...

    The best way to see the Galapagos Islands is on board a luxury cruise, the Petrel. The Petrel offers a deluxe way to visit these magical islands. Named after a sea bird common to Galapagos, the Petrel is like its namesake: elegant, swift and silent at sea. A motorized catamaran, the Petrel is designed for comfort and stability and is outfitted with spacious cabins, a comfortable lounge, and Jacuzzi. Guests travel in comfort to the different islands, where they have up-close encounters with blue-footed boobies, iguanas, giant tortoises, whales and more.

    Facilities

    • Jacuzzi
    • Lounge
    • Sundeck

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Day 2

Santiago Island - Sullivan Bay - Bartholomew Island - Pinnacle Rock

The second Island visited by Charles Darwin was originally named after England's King James the second. The island was a good source of salt, water and food for whalers and buccaneers passing. There was a salt mine inland that was used to salt fish and tortoise meat. Land iguanas used to populate the island but are now extinct. From Darwin's own notes he wrote that land iguanas were thriving quite well since there was no place to even pitch a tent. Santiago Island today is now one of the most visited islands.

Sullivan Bay is a satellite island of Santiago. This is one of the best places to see the Galapagos fur seal. There is not much wildlife to see here, but the old lava formations are quite a site to see with tuff cones, pyroclastic cones, and other volcanic landscapes.

Bartholomew is another satellite island that derives from Santiago Island. It is home of the famous Pinnacle Rock and is named after James Sullivan, a friend of Charles Darwin who was also aboard the HMS Beagle. Of all the islands, this is the most photographed and is also featured in the 2003 movie "Master and Commander".

Pinnacle rock is a volcano cone formed by magma expelled by an underwater volcano. The sea cooled the hot lava and as it exploded from contact, the pieces formed together this huge rock of many, many layers of basalt. The huge rock also has a beach where a small population of green sea turtles will nest. Galapagos penguins gather here and swimming can offer beautiful sights of colorful schools of fish and curious sea lions.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Genovesa Island - Darwin Bay - El Barranco (Prince Philip's Steps)

Genovesa Island is a horse-shoe shaped island that was formed by the eruption of a shield volcano with large slopes formed by gradual lava flows. It is known as "Bird Island" due to the wide variety of birds that can be seen. The only reptile on the entire island is the marine iguana and it is one of the very few places red-footed boobies gather in one large mass.

Darwin Bay is the result of the shield volcano where one of the sides of the caldera collapsed after years of erosion. It is one of the places in the Galapagos where red-footed boobies can be guaranteed to be seen. Over 200,000 red-footed boobies are estimated to be living in the trees and bushes of Genovesa.

El Barranco or better known as Prince Phillip's Steps, a steep and rocky path leads up to a cliff with a marvelous view. There is also a Palo Santa forest that is home to nesting red-footed boobies and other birds.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Santiago Island - Egas Port - Buccaneer Cove - Espumilla Beach

Egas port is also known as James Bay. It is home to quick footed Galapagos lava lizards, Galapagos fur seals along the grottos and tide pools and is a great snorkeling site.

Buccaneer Cove is better known for excellent snorkeling opportunities and was once known as a refuge for British buccaneers or pirates. The underwater formations are amazing and many different species of fish gather here.

We will also visit Espumilla Beach where marine iguanas lounge and the Sally-Lightfoot crabs attract the hunting herons and perform 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, or a variety of other species of tropical fish.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Transfer to Baltra Airport

There is no place to land here so either a panga ride or snorkeling will take place. It is a sheltered lagoon with beautiful turquoise water on the Northern coast of Santa Cruz at the entrance of the Itabaca Channel.

Your cruise has officially come to an end. We hope you enjoyed your Galapagos Cruise! We will now transfer you to your scheduled departure from Baltra Airport to mainland Ecuador. Safe travels!

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

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DEPARTURES: 

Itinerary

 

2019

5 Day Jul 29; Aug 12, 26; Sep 9, 23; Oct 7, 21; Nov 4, 18; Dec 2, 16, 30
6 Day - Itinerary A Aug 2, 30; Sep 27; Oct 25; Nov 22; Dec 20
6 Day - Itinerary B Aug 7; Sep 4; Oct 2, 30; Nov 27; Dec 25
8 Day Aug 16; Sep 13; Oct 11; Dec 6

2020

5 Day

Jan 13, 27; Feb 10, 24; Mar 9, 23; Apr 6, 20; May 4, 18;
Jun 1, 15, 29; Jul 13, 27; Aug 10, 24; Sep 7, 21; Oct 5, 19;
Nov 2, 16, 30; Dec 14, 28

6 Day - Itinerary A  Jan 17; Feb 14; Mar 13; Apr 10; May 8; Jun 5; Jul 3, 31; Aug 28;
Sep 25; Oct 23; Nov 20; Dec 18
6 Day - Itinerary B  Jan 22; Feb 19; Mar 18; Apr 15; May 13; Jun 10; Jul 8; Aug 5; Sep 2;
Oct 28; Nov 25; Dec 23
8 Day  Jan3, 31; Feb 28; Mar 27; Apr 24; May 22; Jun 19; Jul 17; Aug 14;
Sep 18; Oct 9; Nov 6; Dec4

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • All site excursions
  • All meals and accommodation during cruise
  • Regular soft drinks and juices
  • Champagne reception
  • Galapagos National Park bilingual Guide
  • Use of snorkeling gear and wet-suits
  • Kayaks
  • Flights to and from the Galapagos from mainland Ecuador
  • Park Fee
  • Visitors Ticket

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

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 specialists as to which itinerary would suit you best.

TERMS AND 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.

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