• Galápagos Wildlife Adventure Cruise

    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 nature. Whether you snorkel among sea turtles and exotic fish, lounge on the beach alongside playful sea lion pups, hike into lava tubes to watch the volcanic activity of the islands unfold, swim off the deck of your yacht, or kayak through serene mangroves, you won’t get any more intimate a wildlife experience at so active and relaxed a pace!

    best times to go: January - August, November - December

    departures: 20 scheduled datesview departures

    pricing: from $5,195 see detailed pricing

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Also great as a private trip. Call for details

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

Come aboard your luxury cruise through one of the most exotic places on earth! On an 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! Each island is a world unto itself, boasting rare wildlife found nowhere else in the world. You’ll get an intimate glimpse of the giant tortoises for whom the islands are named, the clownish blue-footed booby, playful sea lions, colorful iguanas and lizards, the beautiful waved albatross, and the famous flightless cormorant—not to mention the incredibly diverse and rich marine life you’ll encounter underwater! Hiking, swimming, sea kayaking, and snorkeling all offer you plenty of opportunities to have your own experience with this wildlife paradise.

We’ve been exploring the islands since 1970, forging long-standing relationships with the best yachts, and continuously fine-tuning of our itineraries to bring our guests the best Galápagos has to offer time and time again. Our top notch, National Park-certified naturalist guides are hand selected for their experience, depth of expertise, and passion for sharing these enchanted islands with others. They are natural teachers and will walk you through every step of your adventure. And to top it all off, you’ll enjoy best-in-the-business support through our in-country office in Quito throughout your voyage. Since our first time leading this trip in 1970, it has not only become one of our most interactive trips, but also one of the most comprehensive tours of the Galápagos available, period.
 

Activities

Comfortable yacht travel; hiking; wildlife viewing; swimming, snorkeling, sea kayaking; maximum elevation 9,350' (Quito)

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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, Ecuador

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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 : Quito

    The day is free to explore on your own: tour the 16th century colonial Old Town of Quito, visit the cloud forest to view dazzling hummingbirds, or tour the colorful Otavalo market, famous for its locally made handicrafts. We will provide you with information about things to do on your own in the Quito area, so take in the city at your own pace before our transition into the island playground of the Galápagos.


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast
    LODGING: Swissôtel - Quito, Ecuador
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    Day 3 : To the Galapagos Islands

    After breakfast at the hotel, we have an early transfer to the airport. Fly from the high-altitude city of Quito down to Guayaquil at sea level and connect with our flight to the Galápagos Islands. Upon arrival in the Enchanted Isles we'll board our yacht, settle into our private staterooms, and let our adventure cruise begin!


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    LODGING: The Reina Silvia OR The Galaxy
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    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 and explain to you all of the wonders of each island. Every Galápagos cruise itinerary varies, but you'll visit a combination of islands and their highlights, from the prickly pear cactus and iguanas of Plazas, North Seymour’s magnificent array of birds, Genovesa and its water-walking Petrels, Santiago and its tide pools and fur seals, Bartolomé and its volcano hike and great snorkeling, the flightless cormorants and marine iguanas on Fernandina, Isabela Island and its rich vegetation, the giant tortoises of the highlands of Santa Cruz, Española’s powdery sands, blue-footed boobies and waved albatrosses, to Floreana and its 200-year-old postage-free mailbox!


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
    LODGING: The Reina Silvia OR The Galaxy
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    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.


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast/Lunch
    LODGING: Swissôtel - Quito, Ecuador
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    Day 11 : Fly Home

    Transfer to the airport for your homeward bound flight or join one of our extensions in Ecuador or Peru!


    INCLUDED MEALS: Breakfast
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DATES: Best time to go: January - August, November - December Departures: Dec 25, 2014 - Jan 4, 2015 SOLD OUT Jan 8 - 18, 2015 Onboard the Reina Silvia - 1 cabin left! Jan 15 - 25, 2015 Onboard the Galaxy. Special Discount $1500 per couple!! Call for details 510-594-6041 Feb 12 - 22, 2015 SOLD OUT Mar 12 - 22, 2015 Onboard the Reina Silvia Mar 26, 2015 - Apr 5, 2015 Onboard the Galaxy Apr 2 - 12, 2015 SOLD OUT 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 SOLD OUT Aug 6 - 16, 2015 SOLD OUT Aug 13 - 23, 2015 Onboard the Galaxy Nov 19 - 29, 2015 Onboard the Galaxy Dec 17 - 27, 2015 Onboard the Galaxy Dec 17 - 27, 2015 Onboard the Reina Silvia Dec 24, 2015 - Jan 3, 2016 Onboard the Galaxy

PRICING:

2015 PRICES

$5,195 (10+ members)
$5,595 (7-9 members)

Additional cost
$535 Internal airfare – subject to change
$100 Galapagos National Park fee
$10 Transit Control Card

Single Supplement: call for details
December Departures: Holiday surcharge will apply to trips departing in December

Children 6 and up are welcome.
For child discount, call for details. Exclusions apply.

NOTE: For detailed itineraries on specific departure dates including day-by-day details, please call us at 1-888-831-7526 or email us at info@mtsobek.com

  • 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 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.

    More information and deck plan.

  • 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.

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.

  • 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.

  • Patricia Stucki

    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.

photo credits: ©Brenda Ernst, MTS Photo File



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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.

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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.

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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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Dec 25, 2014 - Jan 4, 2015 SOLD OUT Jan 8 - 18, 2015 Onboard the Reina Silvia - 1 cabin left! Jan 15 - 25, 2015 Onboard the Galaxy. Special Discount $1500 per couple!! Call for details 510-594-6041 Feb 12 - 22, 2015 SOLD OUT Mar 12 - 22, 2015 Onboard the Reina Silvia Mar 26, 2015 - Apr 5, 2015 Onboard the Galaxy Apr 2 - 12, 2015 SOLD OUT 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 SOLD OUT Aug 6 - 16, 2015 SOLD OUT Aug 13 - 23, 2015 Onboard the Galaxy Nov 19 - 29, 2015 Onboard the Galaxy Dec 17 - 27, 2015 Onboard the Galaxy Dec 17 - 27, 2015 Onboard the Reina Silvia Dec 24, 2015 - Jan 3, 2016 Onboard the Galaxy
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