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Overview

Immerse yourself in the wonders of the Galapagos on this seven-day journey to the Enchanted Isles. Aboard your privately chartered deluxe yacht you will cruise between the islands of San Cristóbal, Genovesa, and North Seymour. Along the way, look out for blue-footed boobies and frigate birds, and enjoy spectacular snorkeling opportunities with playful sea lion pups and tropical fish. End your adventure with a trip to the highlands of Santa Cruz to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Expertly curated for the short-on-time traveler, this trip is the perfect Galapagos escape. Please note that actual itinerary routes vary from departure to departure - for more information about the islands each departure will visit, call for details.

To learn more about the Galapagos Islands and what you can expect from MT Sobek boats and adventures, check out our Galapagos Islands portal.

  • Experience the dramatic volcanic landscapes of Isabela and Fernandina Island, home to endemic flightless cormorants

  • Anchor your deluxe yacht at nature's doorstep and take Zodiac cruises to remote coves and lagoons

  • Explore with the best naturalist guides, hand-selected for their experience, dedication, and expertise

  • Arrive: Quito, Ecuador
  • Depart: Quito, Ecuador
  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Group Size: 8-16 Guests
  • Minimum Age: 6 Years Old

Itinerary

  • Day01

    Arrive in Quito

    Welcome to the historic city of Quito, the capital of Ecuador. An MT Sobek representative will meet you outside customs at the airport and escort you to your hotel. After settling in at the hotel, the rest of the day is free unwind, take advantage of the pool's spa services or begin your exploration of this dynamic city. Dinner is on your own tonight.

  • Day02

    Tour Quito's Old Town

    Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before setting out on half-day guided tour of colonial Quito. The city's UNESCO-listed old town contains the best examples of Colonial Baroque architecture in South America! After lunch, you are free to explore more of the old town, return to the hotel, or shop for handicrafts made by local artisans.

    Gather in the hotel at 6:30pm for a briefing with your fellow travelers and MT Sobek representative, who will discuss tomorrow's flight to the Galapagos Islands and the adventure ahead. Dinner is on your own tonight.

  • Day03

    Fly to the Galapagos Islands

    Rise for breakfast and an early transfer flight from Quito to Baltra Island in the Galapagos. After meeting your naturalist guide, take a short transfer from Baltra to Santa Cruz Island. Here a private vehicle awaits to take you to the lush highlands of Santa Cruz for a special opportunity to see giant tortoises in their wild and natural habitat. Next, transfer to Puerto Ayora, the largest settlement in the Galapagos. Stroll the main street to the harbor, where you will board the yacht and your basecamp for activities during the next week. Enjoy a welcome dinner.

    • Accommodation: EcoGalaxy or Endemic
    • Activity: 1-1.5 hours walking, up to 1 mile
    • Transportation: 2-hour flight transfer and 1-hour private vehicle transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day04

    Follow Trails on Isabela Island

    From your anchorage on the southern end of Isabela Island, board a Zodiac (small, motorized inflatable boats) to explore Tintoreras - a group of islets. Follow a trail to observe marine iguanas, sea lions, and marine birds diving for fish. Return to the yacht and cruise to the western side of Isabela Island. Enjoy views of the island's pristine coastline, and keep lookout for dolphins and whales. After lunch, anchor at Punta Moreno for a walk across a pahoehoe lava flow, surrounded by giant shield volcanoes and a series of green lagoons - abundant with wildlife, including flamingos, blue-footed boobies, Darwin's finches, and flightless cormorants. If time allows, take your first snorkel this afternoon. Return to the boat for cocktail hour and dinner.

    • Accommodation: EcoGalaxy or Endemic
    • Activity: 3 hours hiking
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day05

    Experience West Isabela Island

    Start the day at Elizabeth Bay, where you will set off by Zodiac to explore tranquil coves and a red mangrove lagoon, home to green sea turtles, flightless cormorants, and Galapagos penguins! Get in the water for a snorkel and you may also spot rays and small sharks among tropical fish. After lunch, continue to Urbina Bay - famous for having uplifted 15 feet along 2 miles of coastline exposing corals and invertebrates in its strata. Follow your guide on the trail to look for Galapagos land iguanas, Galapagos hawks, finches, and giant tortoises (mostly seen between January and June.)

    • Accommodation: EcoGalaxy or Endemic
    • Activity: 5-6 hours hiking, swimming and snorkeling
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day06

    Explore Fernandina Island

    Awake at your anchorage near Punta Espinosa on Fernandina Island - said to be the largest ecologically pristine island in the world and one of the highlights of the trip. Upon landing, take a walk on black lava fields in search of marine iguanas, colorful Sally Lightfoot crabs and Galapagos sea lions lounging in its lagoons. In the afternoon, disembark for an unforgettable Zodiac cruise (with optional snorkeling) along the dramatic cliffs of Punta Vicente Roca, the remnants of an ancient volcanic caldera. Ride ocean swells beneath the cliffs in search of nesting boobies and explore a huge marine cave.

    • Accommodation: EcoGalaxy or Endemic
    • Activity: 5-6 hours hiking, swimming and snorkeling
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day07

    Hike & Snorkel on Santiago Island & Rabida

    After breakfast make a wet landing on the dark, sandy volcanic beach of Puerto Egas. The trail follows the rocky coastline, where tide pools are home to sponges, hermit crabs, and fish including the world's only four-eyed blenny. Sea lions bask on the rocks, along with marine iguanas and shore birds. At the end of the trail, we'll visit the grottos for a chance to see a colony of Galapagos fur seals up close. After lunch, visit the "small red volcanic" island of Rabida near the center of the archipelago. Its red-sand beach is home to sea lions and pups. Behind the beach is a brackish lagoon, home to migratory shorebirds, wading birds, and ducks. Two species of boobies nest along the cliffs. Snorkel with Galapagos penguins along the cliff face or swim with sea lion pups - another highlight of the trip!

    • Accommodation: EcoGalaxy or Endemic
    • Activity: 5-6 hours hiking, swimming and snorkeling
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day08

    Depart from the Galapagos & Return to Quito

    Enjoy one more early morning excursion by zodiac to see a variety of bird and small shark species in a protected mangrove lagoon. After breakfast aboard the yacht, disembark and transfer to the Baltra airport for the return flight to Quito. An MT Sobek representative will greet you at Quito airport and provide assistance to your nearby hotel.

  • Day09

    Depart Quito

    Use the complimentary airport shuttle to transfer to the airport in time for your outbound flight, or opt to stay on in Quito to join us for one of our extensions in Ecuador or Peru!

    • Meals: Breakfast
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Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

MT Sobek was one of the first North American companies to bring visitors to the Galápagos Islands, with an inaugural charter for the Sierra Club in 1970.

Reason #02

Guests love our Galápagos adventures because we charter a small catamaran for a fully MT Sobek-operated experience with our own expert team of naturalist guides.

Reason #03

Our guides and crew work hard maximizing the amount of wildlife encounters both on land and sea, and guides will always be snorkeling with you.

Meet Our Guides

Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.

What To Expect

  • Activities

    Island cruising by deluxe yacht with daily Zodiac excursions to explore hidden coves. Hike, snorkel, swim among unique endemic wildlife.

  • Lodging

    Luxurious comfort aboard a sleek and modern catamaran with a full crew to cater to your every need. Also includes an upscale hotel in Quito.

  • Climate

    Mild climate year-round. Dec-May has daytime temperatures 76-86°F and water temperatures of 70-75°F. Jun-Nov has daytime temperatures of 67-77°F and water temperatures of 65-72°F.

FAQ

  • When and where should I arrive?

    Arrive in Quito any time on Day 1. An MT Sobek representative will meet you and transfer you to the hotel. Most flights from the US arrive late at night.

  • HOW QUALIFIED ARE YOUR GUIDES IN THE GALAPAGOS?

    Our Galapagos Naturalist Guides are all rated Level 3 by the Galapagos National Park, which is the highest level of qualification, and means each guide has passed the Naturalist Level II course certifying that he/she has expert knowledge of the Galapagos Islands. This level guide will also hold a university degree in biology, biology related fields, and/or tourism, and must be fluent in 3 languages.

  • Do I need a wetsuit for snorkeling in the Galápagos?

    With water temperatures from 65-72°F, most people prefer using a wetsuit. This way, you will enjoy snorkeling longer. Wetsuits rentals are available onboard.

  • Which months is it possible to see the waved albatross?

    The waved albatross can only be seen between April and November.

  • Can I extend my stay before or after the Galapagos cruise?

    Absolutely! There are several ways to extend your stay in Ecuador and Peru before and after the trip. We recommend a 4 or 5 day excursion to the Sacha Jungle Lodge in the Upper Amazon Rainforest, where we see toucans and monkeys among many other creatures. Or visit the Hacienda Zuleta and Otavalo Market on our 2 or 3 day extension. Many people choose to explore Cusco and Machu Picchu on our 5-day extension in Peru, or explore the Mindo Cloud Forest on a 2 or 3 days extension.

  • What is the difference between the various ships?

    MT Sobek offers a variety of motorized yachts and catamarans ranging from deluxe to luxury. Each of the ships carry a maximum of 16-guests, ensuring a personalized experience and on-going small-group discussion with our Naturalist Guides. All of our ships come with a highly experienced and professional crew. Each of the ships are fully air-conditioned, come with the highest safety standards, and can boast excellent cuisine.

  • How Does MT Sobek Support Conservation in the Galapagos?

    MT Sobek is a proud supporting travel partner of the Galapagos Conservancy. All of our highly-experienced naturalist guides are also active in conservation and work closely with the Galapagos National Park.

  • Can I Charter a Yacht for a Private Adventure?

    Yes, you can! Private charters are a great option for families and large groups. For more details, please call our Regional Galapagos Specialists at 1-888-831-7526.

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        Jan 21 - 29, 2021
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        Jun 24 - Jul 02, 2021
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        Oct 14 - 22, 2021

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        Feb 18 - 28, 2021
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        Mar 11 - 21, 2021
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        Jul 08 - 18, 2021
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        Oct 14 - 24, 2021

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      2020 2021
      $8,595.00 Price per person

      Additional Cost

      • $550.00 Internal Airfare
      • $500.00 Single Supplement
      • $20.00 Galapagos Transit Control Card
      $8,995.00 Price per person

      Additional Cost

      • $550.00 Internal Airfare
      • $500.00 Single Supplement
      • $20.00 Galapagos Transit Control Card

      Price Includes

      • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
      • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
      • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
      • Potable water and snacks throughout
      • 1 cocktail at welcome and farewell dinners on the yacht
      • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead naturalist guide & yacht crew
      • All necessary snorkeling gear
      • Wetsuit rentals
      • All group activities and ground transportation
      • Arrival and departure day airport transfers

      Price Does Not Include

      • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
      • Galápagos National Park fee, collected upon arrival (Age 12 and older: $100 / Age 11 and younger: $50)
      • Lunch on Day 7 and Dinners on Day 1, 2 and 7
      • Optional tips to your lead naturalist guide & yacht crew
      • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
      • Airport transfers if arriving outside of Day 1
      • Optional travel protection
      • Optional internet fee
      • Alcoholic beverages at meals other than welcome and farewell dinners
      2020

      Price Includes

        Price Does Not Include

          Request This Trip
          2021
          $6,295.00 Price per person

          Additional Cost

          • $550.00 Internal Airfare
          • $500.00 Single Supplement (Hotels Only)
          • $20.00 Galapagos Transit Control Card

          Price Includes

          • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
          • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
          • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
          • Potable water and snacks throughout
          • 1 cocktail at welcome and farewell dinners on the yacht
          • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead naturalist guide & yacht crew
          • All necessary snorkeling gear
          • All group activities and ground transportation
          • Arrival and departure day airport transfers

          Price Does Not Include

          • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
          • Galápagos National Park fee, collected upon arrival (Age 12 and older: $100 / Age 11 and younger: $50)
          • Lunch on Day 7 and Dinners on Day 1, 2 and 7
          • Optional tips to your lead naturalist guide & yacht crew
          • Galápagos Transit Control Card
          • Wetsuit Rental
          • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
          • Alcoholic beverages at meals other than welcome and farewell dinners
          • Optional travel protection
          2021
          $6,995.00 Price per person

          Additional Cost

          • $550.00 Internal Airfare
          • $500.00 Single Supplement (Hotels Only)
          • $20.00 Transit Control Card

          Price Includes

          • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
          • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
          • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
          • Potable water and snacks throughout
          • 1 cocktail at welcome and farewell dinners on the yacht
          • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead naturalist guide & yacht crew
          • All necessary snorkeling gear
          • All group activities and ground transportation
          • Arrival and departure day airport transfers

          Price Does Not Include

          • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
          • Galápagos National Park fee, collected upon arrival (Age 12 and older: $100 / Age 11 and younger: $50)
          • Lunch on Day 10 and dinners on Day 1, 2, and 10
          • Wetsuit rentals
          • Optional tips to your lead naturalist guide & yacht crew
          • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
          • Airport transfers if arriving outside of Day 1
          • Optional travel protection

          Testimonials

          • "The Galapagos trip is a once in a lifetime experience. So many great memories."

            Julia S.

            MT Sobek Guest

          • "Having visited the places that Darwin visited for his evolution theory makes you appreciate all we have in this world!"

            Laura C.

            MT Sobek Guest

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