• Cruising The Galápagos Islands: Short Excursions

    An active, expert-guided, intimate cruise aboard a deluxe yacht in one of the most exotic places on earth—ideal for families!

    Visit the Galápagos aboard an intimate, private charter yacht with Mountain Travel Sobek! Ideal for families, this itinerary is the most active and comprehensive experience in the Enchanted Isles available, offering a healthy dose of adventure, activity, education and relaxation! Our hands-on naturalist guides make learning easy, opening the doors for some life-changing encounters with natur

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An active, expert-guided, intimate cruise aboard a deluxe yacht in one of the most exotic places on earth—ideal for families!

Limited in vacation time? Now you can cruise the Galápagos Islands with Mountain Travel Sobek without being away from home and work for much more than a week! Even though they are a little bit shorter than our traditional cruises, either of this quick cruises won't fail to amaze you with the wildlife and scenery-and the luxury of a motor cruiser-that make this destination and mode of transport a must-do!

The fame of the Galápagos Islands has reached far and wide, but nothing prepares you for seeing it with your own eyes. Join us for an intimate look at what Charles Darwin called "a little world within itself." The Galápagos Islands are unlike any other place on the planet. A secret world where an amazing assemblage of wildlife reigns in a peaceable kingdom. In these equatorial islands, an almost primeval world awaits your discovery. The endearing creatures have never learned fear of humans, so you'll get up-close encounters of the best kind (and awesome photos, too).


Easy yacht travel, nature walks, optional swimming, snorkeling, sea kayaking


  • Visit the islands a unique, 7-day trip to the Galápagos Islands-perfect for those with limited time!
  • Enjoy up close and personal encounters with wildlife in the world's top nature destination, including snorkeling with sea lions and green sea turtles!
  • Enjoy 4 days in the islands on a motor cruiser!
  • A dedicated in-country staff to see to your every need

Duration: 7 days Start Location: Quito End Location: Quito

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    Day 1 : Arrive in Quito, Ecuador

    Arrive in the historic city Quito, Ecuador—altitude 9350 feet.  A Mountain Travel Sobek representative will meet you outside the customs and immigration area at the airport. (S)he will answer questions, brief you on the immediate arrangements, and escort you to your hotel. Today is a great day to unwind and settle into vacation mode!

    LODGING: Swissôtel - Quito, Ecuador
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    Day 2 : Tour Old Quito-An UNESCO Heritage site!

    Enjoy a half-day guided sightseeing tour of colonial Quito, the oldest part of the city (residents call it "old town" or simply "downtown"). After lunch in an area restaurant, the afternoon is free to relax, shop, or explore on your own.

    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch
    LODGING: Swissôtel - Quito, Ecuador
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    Day 3 : To the Galapagos!!

    Fly from the high-altitude city of Quito to sea level, in the heart of the Galápagos Islands. Board your yacht, settle into your private stateroom, and let your adventure cruise begin!

    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
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    Days 4 - 5 : Cruise Among the "Enchanted Isles"

    Each day of your Galápagos cruise contains magical moments of discovery, with a naturalist guide by your side to show you all of the wonders of each of the islands. Every Galápagos cruise itinerary varies, but you'll visit a combination of islands: Plazas, North Seymour, Genovesa, Santiago, Bartolomé, Fernandina, Isabela, Santa Cruz, Española, and Floreana. Each has its own special highlights, be it the soft, powdery sands, blue-footed boobies, and waved albatross colony at Española; the great snorkeling and a volcano hike on Bartolomé; the tide pools and fur seals on Santiago; the giant tortoises in the highlands of Santa Cruz; or the flightless cormorants and hordes of marine iguanas on Fernandina!

    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    LODGING: The Galaxy
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    Day 6 : End cruise and return to Quito or Guayaquil

    Motor back to port. Transfer to the airport and fly to Quito or Guayaquil, arriving in the late afternoon. The evening is free to take in the last of Quito’s sites or to pick up some last-minute souvenirs before heading home

    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast
    LODGING: Swissôtel - Quito, Ecuador
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    Day 7 : Early morning private transfer to airport for international flights

    Early morning private transfer to airport for international flights or join one of our extensions.

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DATES: Departures: Jun 11 - 17, 2015 Onboard the Galaxy


2014 Prices
$3,195 (10-16 members)
$3,495 (6-9 members)
$535 internal airfare
$100 park fees
$10 transit card
$400 single supplement (Quito only)

  • Swissôtel
    Quito, Ecuador

    This luxury hotel offers comfort and professional service in an excellent location close to the Old Town and the airport. Large, comfortable rooms and great views of the surrounding area from the top.

  • The Galaxy

    The 115 foot long motor yacht Galaxy is the newest built yacht the we offer. She has 9 beautiful and comfortable double cabins with lower beds and outside views. Each cabin has en suite bathroom, air conditioning, hair dryer, telephone for internal communication, and safe boxes. The yacht features a dining room, bar and lounge, coffee station with tea, coffee, herbal infusions, and drinkable water all the time, TV and DVD, library, an open sundeck, inflatable tenders, kayaks, and snorkeling equipment.

    More information and deck plan.

Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.

  • Greg Estes

    Born in the United States, Greg Estes first arrived in Galapagos in 1982 leading the Cambridge Darwin Centenary Galapagos Expedition to conduct research on the feeding ecology of marine iguanas. After graduating from the University of London, England, with an honours degree in Biology Greg’s research in Galapagos has encompassed a wide range of ecological projects, including studies on sperm whales and the endangered Galapagos petrel. Greg and his wife Thalia have retraced Darwin’s footsteps through Galapagos using information from his original notebooks and manuscripts of the famous voyage. Their research was published in “Notes and Records of the Royal Society“, September 2000 and was the basis of their book Darwin in Galapagos: Footsteps to a New World, published by Princeton University Press in 2009. Greg has served as a licensed naturalist guide of the Galapagos National Park Service since 1982 and continues to work as naturalist and expeditions leader in the islands. He is in high demand by university and natural history organizations alike and among the institutions he has guided/led are the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology, American Museum of Natural History, Stanford University, Princeton University, The Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, New York Audubon Society, New York Botanical Gardens. Greg has traveled extensively in North, Central and South America, and Europe and has worked as a naturalist in the Falkland Islands, South Georgia and the Antarctic. His explorations have included an ascent of Cotopaxi in Ecuador, which is one of the highest active volcanoes in the world.

  • Desiree Cruz

    Desiree Cruz loves Galápagos so much that she lives in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. Born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, she received her B.S. from the University of Guayaquil in biology with a specialty in botany. She has been a naturalist guide in Galápagos since 1987 and has served in several capacities for the Galápagos National Park Service, including Deputy Director. Desiree is fluent in Spanish, English, and German. She has worked with Sea Shepherd in Galápagos, an organization dedicated to protecting the marine reserve from poaching, and is an advocate for conservation in Galápagos. She balances her conservation work with the delight of sharing her love of nature and Galápagos with our trip members. Desiree is a “guide’s guide” and works part-time teaching naturalist guides in Galápagos.

  • Luis Die

    Luis Die was born in Seville, Spain, and is a graduate of the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid with a degree in environmental biology. He is fluent in Spanish, English, and French and has guided in Galápagos for more than a decade. In addition to being a professional nature photographer, Luis is working on a Master’s Degree in geographical ecology and is active with conservation groups on the mainland. Luis is a born teacher and enthusiastically shares his knowledge of Galápagos with people of all ages. He lives in Quito with his wife and twin sons and is our head naturalist guide, working exclusively with Mountain Travel Sobek.

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Many activities are optional and involve fairly easy travel. Trips may include short hikes of two to three hours or optional walks at low elevations. Includes less demanding sea kayaking and river rafting trips with Class I-II rapids.


More active trips involving hiking over moderate terrain, usually - but not always - with vehicle support and at elevations less than 10,000 feet, or trips with long hiking days, multiple sea kayaking days, wilderness camping, or other invigorating activity. On many trips, you can elect to skip a day's activity, depending on logistics. Includes more demanding sea kayaking trips and river rafting trips with Class III rapids.


Hiking and trekking over steeper or more rugged terrain or where elevations may exceed 10,000 feet - often several days in a row. Includes more demanding sea kayaking trips (4-5 hours paddling a day) and river rafting trips with Class IV-V rapids.

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Our most demanding trips: trekking over steep, rugged terrain at high elevations (no vehicle support) or with substantial altitude gains and losses; trips to remote, extreme wilderness; mountaineering trips. Includes our most demanding sea kayaking (5-7 hours paddling a day) and river rafting trips with Class IV-V rapids.


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Jun 11 - 17, 2015 Onboard the Galaxy

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