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Cruising Galapagos 8 Days (M/Y Passion)

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 6,699

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$ 6,699

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Day 1

Baltra to Black Turtle Cove

Upon arrival at Baltra airport, you'll be greeted and taken to board the Passion for lunch. Then navigate a short distance to Black Turtle Cove, a large mangrove lagoon on the north coast of Santa Cruz Island. Pelicans and herons roost on the branches, while marine dwellers such as green sea turtle or golden ray may cruise right next to the panga as it makes its way through the mangroves.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration8 Days
Accommodation

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

Darwin Bay and Prince Philip Steps (Genovesa)

Travel to Genovesa Island and reach Darwin Bay (wet landing), a unique site lined with red mangrove and soft-haired prickly pear cacti where red-footed boobies and great frigatebirds perch tamely. Follow this to the Prince Philip Steps (dry landing), and climb the edge of a cliff where frigatebirds, Nazca boobies, and red-footed boobies nest. Seek out the impressive red-billed tropicbird amid Galapagos storm petrels.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Bartolome and Sullivan Bay (Santiago)

Begin with a dry landing at Bartolome to climb up the wooden steps and reach the summit of this spatter cone for a most breathtaking panorama of the islands well photographed Pinnacle Rock, views of neighboring Santiago and many other central islands in the distance. After, head across to Sullivan Bay (dry landing) in Santiago to walk over a recent lava flow, including very fresh pahoehoe lava formations, lava bubbles containing crystallized minerals, and pioneer plants. Along the shoreline, you may find Galapagos penguins and herons going after small fish.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Rabida and Cerro Dragon (Santa Cruz)

Make a wet landing onto Rabida's deep-red beaches to explore the red island's fascinating interior and saltwater lagoon. Darwin's finches, Galapagos mockingbirds, and yellow warblers feed off the vegetation; given the right time of the year brown pelicans nesting on salt bushes that fringe the beach. Then head to Cerro Dragon on Santa Cruz's northwest shore (dry landing) to visit a saltwater lagoon, home to greater flamingos, black-necked stilts, and white-cheeked pintails. Farther inland you'll find a fantastic land iguana nesting site.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Highlands and Charles Darwin Station (Santa Cruz)

Spend today visiting Santa Cruz Island's most famous highlights: the Highlands and the Darwin Station. Make a dry landing at the Puerto Ayora dock and then board land transportation and head to the Highlands. This region, in contrast to the coastal region, has lush vegetation and forest, due to the humidity that gathers in the higher elevations. Here visit one of the ranches of the area, where it's possible to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. As these animals migrate from the coastal area to the highlands and back, the chosen ranch will depend on the presence of the tortoises, as they roam free and change their locations. This is also a good place to see the Galapagos hawk and barn owl, and the surrounding forests are filled of birds such as the vermilion flycatcher or the yellow warbler. Enjoy lunch at the ranch and then head back to Puerto Ayora for your second visit of the day, the Charles Darwin Research Station and the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center.

Here, see tortoises from different islands in large semi-natural pens for their protection. The pens are divided according to four different stages: eggs, neonates, juveniles (held here until they are mature enough to be "repatriated"), and adults. After this visit, you will have some time to explore the town of Puerto Ayora and its many souvenir shops, before boarding the M/Y Passion for dinner and the usual briefing.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Plaza Sur and Santa Fe

Begin with a dry landing on one of the oldest docks of the Archipelago, colorful Plaza Sur is home to vibrant green prickly pears, deep red Sesuvium and coppery-orange land iguanas; impressive seaward cliffs are excellent for a variety of coastal birds. Later, arrive at Santa Fe (wet landing) at a popular sea lion beach to look for the endemic species of land iguana, larger and yellower than land iguanas on other islands. The largest prickly pear cacti in the Galapagos are also found here.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Punta Suarez and Gardner Bay (Espanola)

Make a dry landing at Punta Suarez for a spectacular walk into the intimacies of life at sea. See nesting sites of blue-footed and Nazca boobies, as well as the fascinating breeding rituals (April to December) of waved albatross. Lined with neon-colored marine iguanas (January) and lazy Galapagos sea lions, a walk leads to an amazing viewpoint of the famous blowhole. Spend the rest of the day in fantastic Espanola, starting with Gardner Bay (wet landing), an outstanding beach with sea lions, marine iguanas and the intrepid Espanola mockingbird.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Lava Tunnels to Baltra (Santa Cruz)

After breakfast disembark in Puerto Ayora to take transport to Baltra Airport, making a short stop to visit the lava tunnels found in the Highlands. These intriguing tunnels were formed by a lava flow that hardened on the outside while still maintaining its fluid scolding state on the inside, leaving hollow tunnels where it passed. Walk inside one of these tunnels (which is artificially illuminated to help visitors) to have a close look at the formations and learn more about the origin of this very volcanic archipelago. After this visit continue to Baltra Airport for the flight to mainland Ecuador.

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DEPARTURES: 

Eastern Islands:
2018: 
Sep 1; Oct 27; Nov 10, 24; Dec 8

2019: Jan 5, 19; Feb 2, 16; Mar 2, 16; Apr 13, 27; May 11, 25; Jun 8, 25; Jul 6, 20; Aug 3, 17; Oct 12; Nov 9, 23; Dec 7

Western Islands:
2018: Oct 20; Nov 3, 17; Dec 1, 15

2019: Jan 12, 26; Feb 9, 23; Mar 9, 23; Apr 20; May 4, 18; Jun 1, 29; Jul 13, 27; Aug 10, 24; Oct 19; Nov 2; 30; Dec 14, 28

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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8 Dec 2018
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