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Cruising Galapagos 8 Days (M/V Passion)

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 7,248

Embark on an expedition to the Galapagos Islands aboard a refurbished yacht, exploring either the eastern or western islands of this diverse archipelago. Visit the famous giant tortoises of Santa Cruz Island before searching for dolphins and whales in the open water or climb to Pinnacle Rock for a breathtaking view of the islands before strolling through the prickly pear cactus groves of Santa Fe. These distinct itineraries can be combined into an ultimate 15-day cruise perfect for avid adventurers and science enthusiasts.


This 8-day tour takes you around the Galapagos Islands aboard the refurbished yacht, M/V Passion.

The Galapagos are some of the most biologically diverse islands on the planet. Upon arrival in Baltra, you’ll board the M/V Passion to explore these incredible islands and discover their fascinating wildlife. Once a privately-owned yacht, the M/V Passion is a 12-guest luxury yacht offering intimacy, refinement, and exclusivity on your trip to the Galapagos. With a one-to-one crew-to-guest ratio, you’re assured personalized service and excellent accommodations as you travel around either the eastern or western islands of the Galapagos.

If you decide on traveling the eastern islands, you’ll begin on Santa Cruz Island, visiting the Charles Darwin Research Station and the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, where you’ll see giant tortoises in the various stages of their development. Search for dolphins and whales on your way to the lava flows of Punta Moreno before riding a panga around Elizabeth Bay to see the sea turtles. Search for land iguana and exposed fossils on the beaches of Urbina Bay before closing out your trip with a visit to the volcanic beach of Puerto Egas, where Galapagos fur seals sleep beneath lava arches.

If you travel the western islands, you’ll visit green sea turtles and golden rays in Black Turtle Cove before climbing Pinnacle Rock for a breathtaking panorama of the surrounding islands. Walk the lava flows of Sullivan Bay before visiting Galapagos penguins and herons along the shoreline. Visit the giant tortoises of the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island before strolling through groves of prickly pear cacti and spotting unique yellow land iguanas on Santa Fe. Close out your exploration of the western Galapagos Islands by visiting the lava tunnels of Santa Cruz before returning to Baltra for your flight home.

The M/V Passion offers two stunning explorations of the Galapagos Islands that are sure to delight science buffs and adventurers alike.


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 7,248

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Day 1

Baltra to Puerto Ayora

Upon arrival at Baltra airport you are met by a local representative to then board a bus to Puerto Ayora and your first island visit, the Charles Darwin Research Station and the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center. Here, see tortoises from different islands. The animals are found in large semi-natural pens for their protection, but also to ensure an easy view for the tourists. The pens are divided according to four different stages: eggs, neonates, juveniles (held here until they are mature enough to be "repatriated"), and adults.

Afterwards head back to Puerto Ayora, where you will have some time to explore the town and shops on your own before boarding the M/Y Passion at around 5pm. Once on board, you're welcomed by the crew and captain before a short security drill, dinner and the briefing for the next day's activities.

Note that this Western Islands itinerary starts right after you arrive to the islands. If possible, please wear clothes comfortable enough for this first visit: comfortable shoes, a hat for the sun, pants or shorts. You will be reunited with your luggage at around 5pm in the afternoon when you board the ship at Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Island).

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration8 Days
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M/Y PASSION

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    M/Y PASSION



    The M/Y Passion is a 12-guest luxury yacht sailing in the Galapagos Islands. Previously privately owned, she has undergone a complete yet sympathetic refit, retaining most of her original fittings. A vessel of great character, she now offers her guests a sense of refinement and ...

    The M/Y Passion is a 12-guest luxury yacht sailing in the Galapagos Islands. Previously privately owned, she has undergone a complete yet sympathetic refit, retaining most of her original fittings. A vessel of great character, she now offers her guests a sense of refinement and exclusivity while providing all the modern passenger comforts.

    Motor Yacht Passion is the largest charter yacht in the Galapagos, boasting a length of 159 feet spread over four decks.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Coffee/Tea in Lobby
    • Dining Room
    • Jacuzzi
    • Lounge
    • Lounge Chairs

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Day 2

Punta Cormorant and Post Office Bay (Floreana)

Spend the day on Floreana, legendary homestead of infamous Baroness Eloise Von Wagner de Bousquet. Make a wet landing onto the olivine beaches of Punta Cormorant to seek greater flamingos on the way to another special beach with the finest sand you'll set your foot on, a sea turtle nesting ground where sharks and rays also visit regularly. End the outing on a short panga ride to Devil's Crown, a key snorkeling site. After lunch, visit Post Office Bay (wet landing), where you can drop your postcards in the barrel as the whalers did centuries ago.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Black Beach (Floreana) and Whale/Dolphin Observation

This morning visit Floreana Island's black beach, to learn about the intriguing human history of the island and its first inhabitants. Floreana was the first island in the archipelago to be inhabited since it has one of the very few fresh water sources. Visit this fresh water source known as "Asilo de La Paz" as well as the caves that served as hideouts for pirates and where the first "Galapegueno" was born, according to Floreana stories, which involve the infamous Baroness Eloise Wagner von Bousquet and her lovers, which mysteriously began to disappear after settling in the island.

Later, you'll have the best opportunity for a not-so-usual but well-beloved activity in the archipelago: a full afternoon navigation to look for whales and dolphins. The waters of the Galapagos form the second largest marine reserve in the world, and this marine reserve has a rich diversity of wildlife. The biggest representatives of the underwater fauna are the different species of whales and dolphins found here. As the Passion navigates from Floreana to Isabela Island, keep lookout for these fascinating creatures, which tend to show themselves in this area. This afternoon is completed by the impressive landscapes of Isabela and the Cerro Azul volcano.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Punta Moreno and Elizabeth Bay (Isabela)

At Isabela, the largest island in the Galapagos, step ashore at Punta Moreno (dry landing) onto a superb pahoehoe lava flow surrounded by giant shield volcanoes, some still active! From here enjoy a short hike to a lagoon where flamingos are usually present. Later, enjoy a panga ride in and around Elizabeth Bay, a salt-water lagoon surrounded by the largest red mangroves of the Galapagos. Here, it is usual to see sea turtles come near the zodiac to greet you. Flightless cormorants and Galapagos penguins are also more abundant in this part of the archipelago.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Urbina Bay (Isabela) and Punta Espinosa (Fernandina)

After an early breakfast, disembark at Urbina Bay (wet landing) onto a black sand beach, nesting site for green sea turtles. Take a brief hike inland in search of land iguanas and giant tortoises (seasonal) that migrate to and from the highlands. At the beach, admire the remains of a geological uplift exposing coral heads and marine fossils; if the sea conditions and time are on your side, snorkel in these waters. Afterward, cross Bolivar Channel to Fernandina Island, one of the world's most unspoiled sites, and disembark (dry landing) at Punta Espinosa. Strolling along the shoreline, keep a look out for flightless cormorants, Galapagos sea lions, Galapagos penguins and hawks, sooty-colored marine iguanas and bright red-orange Sally Lightfoot crabs.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Tagus Cove and Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela)

Start with dry landing near Tagus Cove, historic pirate hideaway where names of countless ships are recorded for posterity on the cliff face. Hike through beautiful Galapagos landscapes to Darwin Lake, a salt-water crater lagoon surrounded by tuff stone. Later, at Punta Vicente Roca take a panga ride around the beautiful coastline before jumping into the water to enjoy one of the best snorkelling sites of the Galapagos. The underwater cliffs found here are filled with enough colors and life to amaze everyone.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Espumilla and Puerto Egas (Santiago)

After three days exploring the fabulous western islands, head to central Santiago to disembark at Espumilla (wet landing), onto a sandy green sea turtle nesting site. A forest trail winds through some of the largest specimens of Palo Santo on the islands to observe yellow warblers, the unbelievably tame Galapagos flycatcher and the ever-intriguing Darwin's finches. Follow this with a wet landing at Puerto Egas, to disembark on a dark sand volcanic beach with an interesting history of human settlement. Sleepy Galapagos fur seals lounge under arches of lava carved by the ocean and occasionally dip into the crystalline pools, also known as "grottos." Walk along the shore and observe the abundant marine life.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

North Seymour and Baltra (Santa Cruz)

Disembark on North Seymour (dry landing), a small uplifted island, to walk right up to bird nesting colonies of the two species of frigatebirds, blue-footed boobies and swallow-tailed gulls, and experience, depending on season, spectacular displays. After this visit the ship sails to Baltra where passengers ending their trip will disembark and passengers beginning their cruise to the Eastern Islands will board.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES: 

Eastern Islands:

2017: May 13, 27; Jun 10, 24; Jul 8, 22; Aug 5; Sep 30; Oct 14; Nov 25
2018: Jan 6, 20; Feb 3, 17; Mar 3, 17; Apr 7, 21; May 5, 19; Jun 2, 16, 30; Aug 4, 18; Sep 1; Oct 27; Nov 10, 24; Dec 8

Western Islands:

2017: May 6, 20; Jun 3, 17; Jul 1, 15, 29; Oct 7, 21; Nov 4, 18; Dec 2, 30
2018: Jan 13, 27; Feb 10, 24; Mar 10, 31; Apr 14, 28; May 12, 26; Jun 9, 23; Jul 28; Aug 11, 25; Oct 20; Nov 3, 17; Dec 1, 15

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 8 day cruise on board the M/Y Passion
  • All onboard accommodation
  • All meals while aboard
  • Programmed visits to the Islands with a certified Galapagos Islands naturalist guide
  • Use of snorkelling equipment (mask, snorkel, flippers, wetsuit) and kayaks

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:

Most flights to the Galapagos will depart Quito or Guayaquil between 7:00am-9:00am on day 1 and return between 2:00pm-5:00pm on the final day. We highly recommend travelers arrive Ecuador two days prior to their Galapagos cruise. Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain's discretion.

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).

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.

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.

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