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Cruising the Galapagos: M/Y TipTop IV

Duration
4-8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,160

The Tip Top IV continues the tradition of fine cruising as the latest superior Galapagos yacht in the Wittmer line. She has all of the fine features of her older sister ships, with a few more modern conveniences designed for comfort, privacy, and focus on the incredible Galapagos Islands.


The M/Y Tip Top IV invites you to explore the Galapagos Islands in the finest tradition of eco-friendly cruising. Enjoy amenities including a spacious sundeck, dining room, stocked bar, onboard library, and air conditioning throughout the vessel, along with a private bathroom for each of the 10 cabins onboard. It’s all designed for comfort, allowing you to focus on nature in its ultimate playground, the Galapagos Islands.

4-Day Itinerary

Santa Cruz – Espanola – San Cristobal – Mosquera

Transfer from Baltra’s airport to Charles Darwin Station to learn about conservation efforts in the Galapagos and visit the local town. Then board the M/Y Tip Top and sail on to Punta Suarez on Espanola, breeding site of most of the world’s 12,000 pairs of waved albatrosses. Sea lions also thrive here, particularly at the breeding site at Gardner Bay. On San Cristobal, visit Punta Pitt, known for its olivine beach and awesome volcanic viewpoints. It’s also the only place you can see all three boobie species and both frigate bird species nesting together. Visit Kicker Rock and enjoy some time to snorkel. On your last day, visit the sea lions and pelicans of Mosquera Island, a tiny islet with 600 metres of beach.

5-Day Itinerary

Santa Cruz – Chinese Hat – Rabida – Bartolome – Santa Fe – South Plaza – Santa Cruz

Keep a lookout for wildlife in the mangrove forests of Black Turtle Cove before sailing onto the Chinese Hat, a small rocky island alive with penguins, rays, iguanas, and sea lions. Nearby Rabida is a birdwatcher’s delight with dark red sand beaches and another large sea lion colony. Sail to Sullivan, also known as Bartome Island to see the impressive lava formations and volcanic peaks, including Pinnacle Rock. Then go on to Santa Fe, home to the Galapagos’ largest land iguanas and the Opuntia cactus, their favourite food. These also populate South Plaza, your next stop, alongside sea lions, and yellow and red iguanas. Return to Santa Cruz where you’ll have time to see the Flamingo lagoon of Las Bachas Beach before departing.

8-Day Itinerary 1

North Seymour – Genovesa – Santiago – Isabela – Fernandina – Floreana – Santa Cruz

North Seymour is a tiny island packed with sea lions, watched over by blue footed boobies, frigate birds and more. It’s also a great swimming spot where you’ll begin this Galapagos journey. Then sail to Genovesa, and make landing at Darwin Bay to enjoy this birdwatcher’s paradise. Zip over to Santiago Island and you’ll see the unique four-eyed blenny, marine iguanas, and a massive colony of up to 40,000 fur sea lions, who’ve made a comeback in the Galapagos after being wrongly presumed extinct. Over the next few days, explore Isabela, the largest of the Galapagos Islands, and neighbouring Fernandina. You’ll almost certainly see giant tortoises, stingrays and small sharks in the mangrove lagoons, an ecosystem untouched by foreign species on Fernandina, and in season, perhaps even humpback whales. Sailing into Urbina Bay, you’ll have the chance to admire the corals along the shore, and perhaps swim, snorkel, or kayak. Sail to Floreana, and you’ll find a colourful flamingo lagoon behind white and black mangroves. Equally famous is Post Office Bay, where a barrel once used by 18th century whalers is still known to deliver mail today. Disembark at Santa Cruz Island, with time to visit the native forests and twin craters before your trip to Baltra’s airport.


 

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Duration
4-8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,160

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Day 1

Arrive to Baltra

Flight from mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) to Baltra, with AVIANCA Airlines, arriving at 09:20 A.M. approximately. A guide meets us and accompanies us as we ride the bus to the Itabaca Channel, we cross the channel by barge and then we continue to Puerto Ayora by bus. We board the Yacht and the crew greets us and offers us a light snack and we have our first orientation. In the afternoon, we land at the pier for a visit to the Charles Darwin Station and its Interpretive Center. Return to the Port for a walk through the little town to appreciate various handicrafts. We board and have a welcome cocktail with the entire crew, and dinner.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

M/Y Tip Top IV

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    M/Y Tip Top IV


    The Tip Top IV continues the tradition of fine cruising as the latest superior Galapagos yacht in the Wittmer line. She has all of the fine features of her older sister ships, with a few more modern conveniences. Relax onboard with lavish amenities like the ...

    The Tip Top IV continues the tradition of fine cruising as the latest superior Galapagos yacht in the Wittmer line. She has all of the fine features of her older sister ships, with a few more modern conveniences. Relax onboard with lavish amenities like the roomy sundeck, inviting dining room, well-stocked bar, full library, TV/VCR/DVD with sound system, air conditioning, and carpeting throughout. Each of the craft's ten cabins comes with a private bathroom (equipped with both hot and cold water), a personal safe, and a wardrobe.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Library
    • Sundeck

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Day 2

Punta Suarez

After breakfast, we make an early dry landing on Punta Suarez to walk along lava beds where we will observe unique colonies of marine birds, including Albatross (May - December). Return to the Yacht for lunch.

In the afternoon, we make a wet landing in Gardner Bay for a walk on the beach and observe a colony of sea lions, which inhabit the beach in great quantity during the breeding season; this is also an important nesting area for sea turtles.

Optional: Time for those who would like to swim and/or snorkel. Return to the Yacht for dinner and our nightly orientation.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Punta Pitt - Kicker Rock

After breakfast, we make a wet landing on Punta Pitt in San Cristobal Island; the trail includes an olivine beach approximately 90 meters and a trail that ascends to the top of a volcanic tuff hill passing through several natural viewpoints. Punta Pitt is composed of volcanic tuff substrate. High winds present there have led to natural erosion. This is the only site in the Galapagos Islands, where you can watch the three species of boobies and 2 species of frigates nesting in the same area. We come aboard for a delicious lunch. Later in the afternoon, our experienced Captain sails easily around Kicker Rock (Leon Dormido), a massive tuff-rock that juts abruptly almost 500 feet straight from the ocean. Kicker Rock serves as nesting place for many sea birds.

Optional: Time for those who would like to swim and/ or snorkel. Then we make a wet landing on Cerro Brujo to walk on a white sand beach and observe sea lions, brown pelicans, marine iguanas and blue-footed boobies.

Optional: Time for those who would like to swim, snorkel and/ or kayak. We return to the Yacht for dinner and our nightly orientation

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Mosquera Island - Departure

After breakfast, we make an early wet landing on Mosquera Island, a reef of rocks and coral (the result of an uprising) and a great white sand beach and tide pools. We observe colonies of sea lions, brown pelicans, blue footed boobies and sally light-foot crabs, the contrast between these bright red crabs on top and blue on the bottom and the black lava is stunning. We return to the Yacht for disembarking on Baltra pier at 09:00.

Your guide accompanies you on the bus ride directly to the airport.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES: 

2019

4 Day Jun 21; Jul 5; Aug 16
5 Day Jun 24; Aug 19; Oct 14; Nov 25
8 Day - Option  1 Aug 9; Sep 6; Oct 18; Nov 1, 29; Dec 13
8 Day - Option 2 Jun 21;  Aug 16; Oct 25; Nov 8; Dec 6

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • All on-board accommodation
  • Return flights from Quito to the Galapagos
  • Park fee and tourist ticket
  • All meals during the cruise
  • Regular soft drinks and juices 
  • Island sightseeing
  • Galapagos National Park bilingual Guide 
  • Use of wet suits and snorkeling gear
  • Kayaks

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

OTHER INFORMATION:

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.

TB TIPTOPTQUI20CR: CTG 4D
3 Jan 2020
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