The Ultimate Galapagos

Sail past the extraordinary landscapes and unique wildlife of the Galapagos’s central islands.

When it comes to encountering wildlife up close and personal, a voyage to the Galapagos Islands really is an experience like no other. Head underwater off Isla Santa Cruz, Bartolome or Isla Isabela and you'll be snorkelling with sea lions, white-tipped reef sharks, sea turtles and penguins. Look to the skies in North Seymour or Cerro Dragon and you'll spot frigatebirds, boobies, pelicans and more soaring above. Head out for a wander across the volcanic landscapes of Punta Espinosa and you'll see land iguanas and flightless cormorants. This 10-day sailing expedition through the central islands of the Galapagos is an adventure waiting to happen.

Why you'll love this trip

Experience the benefits of small group travel aboard your vessel, M/Y Le Grande Daphne, sailing through the natural beauty of the Galapagos, day and night.

Explore the remote west coast of Isabela on a small panga boat, and venture to the far-west Fernandina, home of the highest density of marine iguanas.

The old pirate haunt of Buccaneer Cove has something for everyone – soaring birds overhead, striking cliff faces framing the bay, and the tales of Darwin remaining to this day.

Encounter the unique Galapagos wildlife in their natural habitat, from giant blue-footed and masked boobies, pelicans and frigate birds to iguanas, sea lions and turtles.

Las Tintoreras is like one big wildlife party. Snorkel among the iguanas and turtles and spot sea lions, penguins and frigate birds at every turn.

Is this trip right for you?

The Galapagos Islands are a largely untouched natural paradise. In order to experience the splendour of the diverse landscapes and waters, the included activities on this trip often require a moderate level of fitness. We ask that you read the trip notes and itinerary carefully to ensure that you will be able to participate fully.

Our small ships make cruising from island to island a breeze, so you can spend more time exploring the gorgeous surrounds than stuck onboard. Compact size means that the steps between the decks are steep, and as they are designed to maximise living area space, sleeping quarters are cosy.

For getting to small islets, coves and prime snorkelling spots, it is sometimes necessary to use a Zodiac boat (panga). You will need to be comfortable climbing in and out of one during wet and dry landings.

The waters of the Galapagos are generally calm and serene. However, there is always the possibility of choppy water at sea. Steady sea legs (and a sturdy stomach) will be needed when walking around the boat during bad weather. Rain or shine, your trusty crew will always be on hand to assist you.

Things are never set in stone when you’re travelling on island time. A sense of humour and flexibility will ensure you have a fun, relaxing trip through this beautiful part of the world no matter what happens. While the crew will do their best to follow the itinerary, variations may occur due to weather or under direction from local authorities.

*Your flights from Ireland to Ecuador are not included but can be arranged by your agent

Contact us on 046 9068600 / 0818 333 990 or email info@travalue.ie

Itinerary:

Day 1: Quito

Day 2: Isla Santa Cruz

Day 3: North Seymour - Bartolome

Day 4: Isla Santiago

Day 5: Isla Isabela - Isla Fernandina

Day 6: Isla Isabela

Day 7: Isla Isabela

Day 8: Isla Santa Cruz

Day 9: Isla Baltra - Quito

Day 10: Quito

 

Normal price - €5,527 

Sale price - €3,901

Sale price applies when you book before 17th January 2022 for one of the following departure dates: 18th Jan, 10th May, 19th July, 27th Sep, 11th Oct, 6th Dec 2022

€3901 pp includes:

Meals:

9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners

Transport:

Boat, Plane, Bus, Zodiac (Panga), flight from Quito Ecuador to Galapagos

Accommodation:

Hotel (2 nights), Overnight boat (7 nights)

Included activities:

Isla Santa Cruz - Bachas Beach Walk (1 hour) - Wet Landing
Isla Santa Cruz - Bachas Beach Snorkel (45 mins) - Wet Landing
Isla North Seymour - Walk (2 hours) - Dry Landing
Isla Bartolome - Snorkelling (1.5 hours)
Isla Bartolome - Walk (1.5 hours) - Dry Landing
Isla North Seymour - Snorkelling (1 hours)
Isla Santiago - Puerto Egas - Walk (1.45 hours) - Wet Landing
Isla Santiago - Puerto Egas - Snorkelling (1 hour)
Isla Sanitago - Espumilla Beach - Walk (1.5 hours) - Wet Landing
Isla Sanitago - Espumilla Beach - Snorkelling (45 mins)
Isla Sanitago - Buccaneer's Cove - Sail (15 mins)
Isla Isabela - Tagus Cove - Walk (1.45 hours) - Dry Landing
Isla Isabela - Tagus Cove - Snorkel (1 hour)
Isla Fernandina - Punta Espinosa - Walk (2 hours) - Dry Landing
Isla Fernandina - Punta Espinosa - Snorkel (1 hour)
Isla Isabela - Elizabeth Bay - Panga Ride (2 hours)
Isla Isabela - Punta Moreno - Walk and Panga ride (2 hours) - Dry Landing
Isla Isabela - Punta Moreno - Snorkel (45min)
Isla Isabela - Las Tintoreras visit (1.5 hours) - Dry Landing
Isla Isabela - Sierra Negra Volcano Crater Walk (3.5 hours) - Dry Landing
Isla Isabela - Interpretation Center Visit
Isla Isabela - Los Humedales (Wetlands) - Dry Landing
Isla Santa Cruz - Cerro Dragon - Walk (1.5 hours) - Dry Landing
Isla Santa Cruz - Punta Carrion - Snorkelling (1 hour)
Isla Santa Cruz - Highlands Visit (1 hour) - Dry Landing

*Your flights from Ireland to Ecuador are not included but can be arranged by your agent

Contact us on 046 9068600 / 0818 333 990 or email info@travalue.ie

Grand Daphne is a brand new ship that started sailing in 2021, making it one of the newest boats on the market.

With indoor and outdoor dining areas and bars, plus a sundeck with lounges, there are plenty of places to relax and enjoy time with your fellow travellers. All meals are included on the Grand Daphne. The lower deck cabins have portholes, while the main deck and upper deck cabins have large windows.

Boat features:

Classification - Yacht
Total number of passengers - 16
Total number of crew - 9
Passenger to crew ratio - 2:1 8 crew and one naturalist guide
Guide - Naturalist guide
Regions - Galapagos

All meals while on board
Sun deck
Indoor and outdoor bar
TV/Lounge
Air conditioned

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