An active, expert-guided, intimate cruise aboard a deluxe yacht in one of the most exotic places on earth—ideal for families!
A long period of isolation once allowed the Galápagos Islands the chance to grow and flourish unencumbered. Once discovered by Spanish conquistadors, it served as a hiding place for pirates and treasure. However, for a naturalist like Charles Darwin sailing on the HMS Beagle in 1835, the variety of the wildlife in the Galápagos was the treasure itself! Magical, exotic, and incredibly open to visitors, this young archipelago sits along the equator in the Pacific Ocean to the west of Ecuador and is still in the midst of radical transformation. Regular volcanic activity, in addition to an incredible number of rare, endemic animal species, has attracted both researchers and eco-tourists alike to the Enchanted Isles. Talk about a getaway!
With MTS voyage, you’ll experience the Galápagos in the comfort of your own private charter yacht with first class service and regional expertise that is second to none! Spacious, comfortable, air-conditioned staterooms certainly make the experience feel luxurious. Seeing it all by boat is a great way to experience the different islands, giving you access to a variety of other activities like hiking, swimming, snorkeling, and sea kayaking—all for fun, close encounters with nature in paradise. What’s more, we have our own local office in Quito to see to it that your trip will exceed expectations. And you will see it all through the lens of one of our top MTS guides—each a natural teacher with their own diverse areas of research and expertise. Among them, we have a geographical ecologist and professional nature photographer, a research biologist and Darwin expert, a teacher, conservationist, and a dive master. We only work with the best of the best.
No voyage to the Galápagos would be complete without a sighting of its eponymous giant tortoises, the playful sea lions, the meandering land iguanas, the lava lizards, the waved albatross, the blue-footed boobies, or the flightless cormorant. As we make our way around the islands to observe the wonders of each habitat and species, we will also be able to appreciate the world below the water’s surface in a way that even the early explorers were unable to see. Come see what inspired the writing of The Origin of the Species, not to mention the creation of a national park, marine reserve, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Expertise like this is only found at MTS.
Comfortable yacht travel; hiking; wildlife viewing; swimming, snorkeling, sea kayaking; maximum elevation 9,350' (Quito)
- Hike, swim, snorkel, and sea kayak on the most comprehensive and interactive tour of the Galápagos available—MTS has been the adventure travel leader here since 1970!
- Experience the magic of the Galápagos through close encounters with rare, endemic wildlife in one of the world’s top nature destinations and protected UNESCO World Heritage Sites
- Relax in style and comfort while cruising aboard your roomy private motor yacht, and in a 5-star hotel in Quito
- Guides are longtime MTS vets and National Park-certified—the best in the field, and hand-selected to give you the best and richest experience possible!
- Enjoy top-notch support from our Quito-based office throughout your journey
- Combine your voyage with optional extensions to the Amazon, Ecuador’s highlands, and Machu Picchu for an even more unforgettable adventure
Duration: 11 days Start Location: Quito, Ecuador End Location: Quito, EcuadorDownload Detailed Itinerary
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!
Day 2 : Quito
Enjoy a free day in Quito to explore on your own. You can tour the 16th century colonial Old Town, browse local handicrafts at the colorful Otavalo Market, or visit the cloud forest. Take in the city at your own pace before our transition into the island playground of the Galápagos.
Day 3 : To the Galapagos Islands
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!
Days 4 - 9 : 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!
Day 10 : End Cruise and Return to Quito
Motor back to port. Transfer to the airport and fly to Quito, 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.
Day 11 : Fly Home
Transfer to the airport for your homeward bound flight or join one of our extensions in Ecuador or Peru!
DATES: Best time to go: January - August, November - December Departures: Nov 20 - 30, 2014 Onboard The Reina Silvia (DISCOUNT: we will cover your internal air for value of $535! Call for details 510-594-6041) Dec 18 - 28, 2014 Onboard The Reina Silvia - 1 cabin left Dec 18 - 28, 2014 SOLD OUT Dec 18 - 28, 2014 Onboard the Tip Top II (10 day trip) Dec 25, 2014 - Jan 4, 2015 SOLD OUT Jan 8 - 18, 2015 Onboard the Reina Silvia Jan 15 - 25, 2015 Onboard the Galaxy Feb 12 - 22, 2015 Onboard the Reina Silvia Mar 12 - 22, 2015 Onboard the Reina Silvia Mar 26, 2015 - Apr 5, 2015 Onboard the Galaxy Apr 2 - 12, 2015 Onboard the Reina Silvia Apr 9 - 19, 2015 Onboard the EcoGalaxy May 7 - 17, 2015 Onboard the Reina Silvia May 21 - 31, 2015 Onboard the Reina Silvia Jun 4 - 14, 2015 Onboard the Reina Silvia Jun 11 - 21, 2015 Onboard the Galaxy Jul 9 - 19, 2015 Special Birding departure onboard the Galaxy Call for details!!!! Jul 30, 2015 - Aug 9, 2015 Onboard the Reina Silvia Aug 6 - 16, 2015 Onboard the Reina Silvia Aug 13 - 23, 2015 Onboard the Galaxy Dec 17 - 27, 2015 Onboard the Reina Silvia Dec 17 - 27, 2015 Onboard the Galaxy Dec 24, 2015 - Jan 3, 2016 Onboard the Galaxy
$4,995 (10+ members)
$5,195 (10+ members)
Single Supplement: call for details
Children 6 and up are welcome.
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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 Reina Silvia
At 90 feet long, the Reina Silvia was recently renovated and redesigned to create a pleasant atmosphere for groups of 12-16 guests. The yacht is fully air-conditioned and all cabins have en suite bathrooms with shower, vanity and lavatory. The yacht features up-to-date security, navigational and communications equipment. There is a spacious open-air lounge on the top deck, a swimming platform, kayaks, inflatable tenders, and snorkeling equipment.
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.
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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.
Expert leadership is the key to an exciting, unforgettable experience. Our trips feature gifted leaders for whom leading trips is a true vocation. Besides showing you wonders you’d never find on your own, they make sure everything runs smoothly and safely without a hitch. They are knowledgeable about all aspects of your trip, and take great pleasure in sharing their insights with you. More than just guides, they positively elevate your experience by being teachers, companions, and the best of friends. You’ll be in good hands with them every step of the way.
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 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 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.
Patricia Stucki has been guiding diving trips in Galápagos since 1999. A native of Switzerland and originally a journalist for the Swiss News Agency, Patricia started her career in guiding as a dive master in Honduras in 1995 and as a naturalist guide in Costa Rica. She is fascinated by wildlife, is a passionate teacher, and an active conservationist in the islands. As a resident of Galápagos, she will be able to give you an insider’s viewpoint of life in the islands. Patricia is fluent in English, German, and French.