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  • Local: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
  • Duração: 5 dias (aproximadamente)
A partir de USD 3.200,00

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Sail around the UNESCO-listed Galapagos Islands in first-class comfort aboard the ‘Odyssey,’ a luxury motor yacht accommodating no more than 16 passengers. This 5-day cruise takes you to Dragon Hill, Rabida, Chinese Hat, Santa Cruz highlands, Bartolome, Sullivan Bay and the birder’s paradise of Genovesa. On nature walks, encounter land iguanas, giant tortoises and Darwin’s famous finches. Experience the amenities of a hotel aboard the fully appointed yacht, and enjoy nightly briefings from a naturalist guide in the lounge-library. Slide open the panoramic windows of your twin cabin, and let in the fresh salty breeze.

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Destaques

  • Excursão totalmente narrada
  • Guia profissional informativo e acessível
  • Inclui todos os tipos de ingressos
  • Experiência Única
  • Viagem de vários dias
  • Apresentação perfeita para hóspedes de primeira viagem
  • Grupos pequenos têm garantia de serviço pessoal
This 5-day luxury cruise takes you into the north-central section of the Galapagos Islands, a UNESCO World Heritage site of 19 islands located in the Pacific Ocean, 621 miles (1,000 km) off the Ecuadorian coast. Discover a melting pot of wildlife and do this in style aboard the Odyssey, a first-class motor yacht. Its powerful engines provide a cruising speed of 12 knots (over 13 mph/22 kph), and have been designed to minimize the impact on the Galapagos ecosystem.

Accommodating a max of 16 passengers only, the spacious yacht is fully equipped, with four decks (uncovered and shaded), a living room-library, and an elegant dining area where all your snacks and buffet-style meals are provided (starting with lunch on your first day until breakfast on your day of departure). Water, tea and coffee are included, and if you need a little more kick, cocktails and other beverages are available for purchase from the bar on board.

No detail has been overlooked: Enjoy classic decor gleaming with polished wood and upholstered seating, and never burn your feet walking on the wooded flooring of the open-air sun deck. Sip a cocktail al fresco while watching wildlife, and soak tired muscles in a whirlpool. Your Galapagos National Park–certified naturalist guide provides nightly briefings using a laptop, TV and/or DVD equipment.

Experience the comfort of a hotel room in the yacht’s twin or single cabins with parquet floors and private bathrooms. Twin cabins average 215 square feet (20 square meters) in size and are situated in the quieter upper front half of the yacht, away from the engine room, allowing you to sleep well during overnight passages. Beds in the twin cabins are matrimonial-style or can be converted into a double configuration. Plus, the main and upper deck cabins face outward and boast panoramic windows that open. Or, enjoy the privacy of a single cabin, located in the lower deck partly below the waterline (porthole window only). All cabins come with privately controlled air-conditioning.

An experienced crew makes sure you receive top-notch service throughout your journey. To reach the islands, you’ll typically leave your yacht at the anchorage-site and board a dinghy for the final stretch to land. Your crew is trained and ready to assist you as needed. See below for itinerary details.

Detalhes do programa

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Datas de partida
Ponto de partida:
Baltra Airport or Baltra landing dock (if flight arrives outside pickup time at the airport)
Horário de partida:
Flights arriving before or at 9:45am
Duração:
5 dias (aproximadamente)
Detalhes sobre retorno:
Program finishes with your departure transfer to Baltra Airport

Informações sobre preços

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Single Cabin - Lower Deck
Código: SINGLE

Single accommodation in lower deck cabin with porthole and private bathroom.

Inglês
Espanhol
A partir de
USD 4.000,00
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Twin Cabin - Main/Upper Deck
Código: TWIN

Twin accommodation in standard cabin (main or upper deck) with panoramic windows and bathroom.

Inglês
Espanhol
A partir de
USD 3.200,00
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Informações adicionais

Galapagos Luxury Cruise: 5-Day Tour Aboard the 'Odyssey'

5-Day Galapagos Islands Luxury Cruise Aboard the 'Odyssey'

Inclusões:
  • 4 nights' accommodation (single or twin cabin with private facilities, depending on option selected)
  • All meals, snacks and beverages (water, coffee and tea)
  • All excursions/activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Professional naturalist guide
  • Beach towels
  • Snorkeling gear
  • Round-trip transfers (specific flight arrival/departure times only)
Exclusões:
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Transit Control Card ($USD 20, paid at the airport in cash)
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee ($USD 100, paid in cash)
  • Soft drinks (soda and juices) and alcoholic drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Round-trip transfers (if flight is outside arrival/departure flight time window)
  • Optional wet suit rental ($USD 6 per day, paid in cash aboard the cruise)
Informações adicionais:
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Adult pricing applies to all travelers
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please note that the entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park and Transit Card are subject to change
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Important: Please bring cash in order to pay for additional fees/equipment rental
  • Note: If your flight into Galapagos arrives outside the pickup time window at the airport, you must arrange your own transfer to the landing dock in Baltra. Flights must arrive before or at 9:45am if you wish to take the included transfer. To take the transfer back to the airport, your flight should depart at or before 10:25am
  • Note: Single travelers can book a Twin Cabin on a sharing basis. The cabin will be shared with another traveler of the same sex. A single supplement fee applies if you wish to book a cabin on a private basis. Please advise at time of booking
  • Note: Single passengers that are willing to share their cabin with another person of the same gender do not pay an additional single supplement fee in case no roommate has booked
  • Small-group tour limited to 16 people
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Note: airlines allow you to check in 20kg (44lbs) of luggage per person for your flight to the Galapagos. Your cruise will be able to handle this amount of luggage
Itinerário:
Day 1: Baltra Airport — Dragon Hill (L, D)
Make your own way to Baltra Airport (flights leave from Quito and Guayaquil in Ecuador and arrive at Baltra island in the morning). At Baltra Airport, pay the Galapagos National Park entrance fee in cash, pick up your luggage after inspection and then meet your guide, who escorts you to the Odyssey. Aboard the yacht, get settled into your cabin, receive a safety briefing and enjoy lunch.

Kick off your Galapagos exploration at Dragon Hill on Santa Cruz island, about 15 miles (24 km) west of Baltra, and follow your guide on an easy 1.5-mile (2.4-km) walk. Meet Galapagos land iguanas, the iconic ‘dragons’ of the national park, and American flamingos in saline lagoons. Climb a hill where the iguanas feed and breed, stroll through coastal vegetation and a dry tropical forest with giant prickly pear cacti.
Enjoy dinner back aboard your yacht, and then while you sleep, your captain sets voyage northwest to the islet of Rabida.

Day 2: Rabida — Chinese Hat (B, L, D)
Rise early to admire a fiery sunrise over the oxidized-iron-red cliffs and beach of Rabida. After breakfast, step barefoot onto shore, aka a ‘wet landing,’ for two short, easy nature hikes. Depending on the season, a bachelor colony of Galapagos sea lions may greet you. Spot pintails in a green lagoon and hear songbirds lurking in mangrove bushes, but the star attraction is the colony of brown pelicans, the only pelicans in the world that plunge-dive. Learn about the changing colors of their plumage and witness their V-formations as they hunt, just above the sea’s surface.

Next, snorkel or take a dinghy-ride before lunch. Sail for two hours to Chinese Hat, off the coast of Santiago. A 170-foot-high (52-meter) volcanic cone, Chinese Hat is home to a colony of Galapagos penguins, which might frolic in the waters as you snorkel here. Take a late-afternoon stroll on the lava fields and white coral sand beaches, and learn about the islet’s geology.
After dinner, your captain sets course to the northern island of Genovesa, a 7-hour passage that crosses the equator.

Day 3: Darwin Bay — Prince Philip’s Steps (Genovesa)
(B, L, D)
In the early morning, make a wet landing on Genovesa's secluded beach of Darwin Bay for a moderate-level nature walk (2 miles/3 km). Along the surf, watch whimbrels and tattlers forage for food, with Galapagos sea lions lounging nearby. See statuesque herons in tidal pools and creeks, and make out frigatebirds and red-footed boobies in the mangroves. Keep your ears open for the music of the yellow warbler, Darwin’s finches and the Galapagos mockingbird. Look up at the cliffs and spot soaring tropicbirds, Nazca boobies, storm petrels, and lava- and swallow-tailed gulls.

Next, enjoy snorkeling or a sea-kayak tour. During lunch, sail toward the entrance of Genovesa’s horseshoe-shaped caldera, marveling at the 80-foot-high (24-meter) crater walls upon approach, with the occasional Galapagos fur seal resting on a ledge. Land by dinghy at the base of Prince Philip’s Steps. Your moderate-level hike (2 miles/3 km) takes you up steep stairs to the seaside rim. At the top, feel strong winds and take in an open sky dotted with countless seabirds. Your guide points out Nazca boobies and storm petrel nesting places, and maybe even a well-camouflaged short-eared owl on the hunt. That night, your yacht heads back toward Santiago.

Day 4: Bartolome — Sullivan Bay (B, L, D)
This day brings you to the volcanically active northwestern corner of the archipelago. In the morning, visit Bartolome, referred to as the ‘flagship site of the Galapagos Islands’. Huff your way up the short but steep Summit Trail for spectacular views of Pinnacle Bay. Then, in the warm shallow waters around Pinnacle Rock, snorkel alongside Pacific green turtles, sturgeon and Galapagos penguins. (Advanced-level scuba diving is also available here or at Cousin Rocks.)

After lunch, stroll along Sullivan Bay’s solidified black lava and marvel at the rippling ‘moonscapes.’ Learn about the unique geology and make out lava lizards and Galapagos racer snakes in the desolate and hot terrain. Cool off with snorkeling before returning to the yacht, and sip a farewell drink (own expense) with your crew and other passengers. Pack up and sleep your final night docked in the harbor of Puerto Ayora.

Day 5: Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz) — Baltra Airport (B)
Land on Puerto Ayora by dinghy and travel by road up into the highlands of Santa Cruz island. With rubber boots on, trudge through agricultural pastures and woodlands and encounter a number of wild Galapagos giant tortoises. Watch them from just a few feet away and learn about the life cycle of these mostly silent creatures. Your Galapagos adventure ends with your guide and crew taking you and your luggage by dinghy to Baltra, where a shuttle awaits to transfer you to the airport.
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