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Ecuador Galapagos Adventure Cruise on Galaxy/Integrity

Outstanding Wildlife Wonders, Expert Leaders & Luxury Yachts

 

Follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin on this inspirational small-group adventure through the enchanted islands of the Galapagos. Splash with sea turtles and fur sea lions, walk among giant tortoises, flamingos and iguanas, and spot flightless cormorants and endemic wildlife found nowhere else on earth - all under the guidance of your MT Sobek naturalist guide. Hiking, snorkeling, and kayaking offer you astonishing opportunities to get close to the wildlife underwater and on land. After each action-filled day, return to the luxury of your private yacht to rest and re-energize. This classic route takes in the natural wonders of Santa Cruz, Isabela, Fernandina, Santiago, Rábida and Sombrero Chino Islands. Please note that actual itinerary routes vary from departure to departure - for more information about the islands each departure will visit, call for details.

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  • 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:

11 Days

Activity Level:

2

Departures:

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Price: from $6,995

  • Arrive in Quito

    Day 1

    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.

    Accommodation: Swissotel-Quito, Ecuador

    Swissotel-Quito, Ecuador

    The upscale Swissôtel offers five-star comfort in Quito's Floresta neighborhood, close to great shopping, interesting museums, and the city's architectural gems. Elegant and comfortable rooms feature city or mountain views, flat-screen TVs with premium channels, complimentary Wi-Fi, and more. There are four restaurants onsite offering a variety of international cuisine. Other perks include a fitness center and an indoor pool.

  • Tour Quito's Old Town

    Day 2

    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 Galápagos Islands and the adventure ahead. Dinner is on your own tonight.

    Accommodation: Swissotel-Quito, Ecuador

    Swissotel-Quito, Ecuador

    The upscale Swissôtel offers five-star comfort in Quito's Floresta neighborhood, close to great shopping, interesting museums, and the city's architectural gems. Elegant and comfortable rooms feature city or mountain views, flat-screen TVs with premium channels, complimentary Wi-Fi, and more. There are four restaurants onsite offering a variety of international cuisine. Other perks include a fitness center and an indoor pool.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Fly to the Galapagos Islands & See Giant Tortoises in the Wild

    Day 3

    Rise for breakfast and an early transfer flight from Quito to Baltra Island in the Galápagos. 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. The Galapagos Islands are named after these magnificent, ancient creatures and the experience with them is magical. Next, transfer to Puerto Ayora for a stroll along the main street to the harbor, where you will board your private yacht. Enjoy a welcome dinner onboard.

    Accommodation: Integrity

    Integrity

    Experience cruising at its finest aboard the Integrity, a 141-foot luxury motor yacht customized to carry 16 guests in sheer comfort and style. Each of its eight elegant staterooms has large picture windows, individual climate control, en-suite bathrooms, and much more! Relax in the sleek salon or head to the top deck where a spa and bar await. You'll also find the Integrity's state-of-the-art stabilizers ensure a smooth cruise through Darwin's Islands. Snorkeling equipment and eight kayaks are also available for use. The Integrity conforms to the highest safety ratings and you will be welcomed by 10 crew members, plus a bilingual naturalist guide. This is one of the best options for those seeking a luxurious Galapagos wildlife adventure aboard a majestic yacht.

    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

  • Follow Trails on Isabela Island & Look for Endemic Wildlife

    Day 4

    Please note that Days 4 to 9 may slightly vary depending on your departure date. From your anchorage on the southern end of Isabela Island, board a Zodiac (a small, motorized inflatable boat) to explore Tintoreras - a group of volcanic 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: Integrity

    Integrity

    Experience cruising at its finest aboard the Integrity, a 141-foot luxury motor yacht customized to carry 16 guests in sheer comfort and style. Each of its eight elegant staterooms has large picture windows, individual climate control, en-suite bathrooms, and much more! Relax in the sleek salon or head to the top deck where a spa and bar await. You'll also find the Integrity's state-of-the-art stabilizers ensure a smooth cruise through Darwin's Islands. Snorkeling equipment and eight kayaks are also available for use. The Integrity conforms to the highest safety ratings and you will be welcomed by 10 crew members, plus a bilingual naturalist guide. This is one of the best options for those seeking a luxurious Galapagos wildlife adventure aboard a majestic yacht.

    Activity: 3 hours hiking

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Experience West Isabela Island

    Day 5

    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 Galápagos 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 Galápagos land iguanas, Galápagos hawks, finches, and giant tortoises (mostly seen between January and June.)

    Accommodation: Integrity

    Integrity

    Experience cruising at its finest aboard the Integrity, a 141-foot luxury motor yacht customized to carry 16 guests in sheer comfort and style. Each of its eight elegant staterooms has large picture windows, individual climate control, en-suite bathrooms, and much more! Relax in the sleek salon or head to the top deck where a spa and bar await. You'll also find the Integrity's state-of-the-art stabilizers ensure a smooth cruise through Darwin's Islands. Snorkeling equipment and eight kayaks are also available for use. The Integrity conforms to the highest safety ratings and you will be welcomed by 10 crew members, plus a bilingual naturalist guide. This is one of the best options for those seeking a luxurious Galapagos wildlife adventure aboard a majestic yacht.

    Activity: 5-6 hours hiking, swimming and snorkeling

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Explore Fernandina Island, the Archipelago's Youngest Island

    Day 6

    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. This island is an active shield volcano which had an eruption as recently as 2018. Upon landing, take a walk on black lava fields in search of marine iguanas, colorful Sally Lightfoot crabs and Galápagos sea lions lounging in its lagoons. In the afternoon, anchor at Tagus Cove on Isabela and embark on a snorkeling excursion. This is a good place to look for Galapagos penguins underwater! Later, go ashore to inspect the inscriptions left by pirates and hike to nearby Darwin Lake, perched above sea level, but full of saltwater.

    Accommodation: Integrity

    Integrity

    Experience cruising at its finest aboard the Integrity, a 141-foot luxury motor yacht customized to carry 16 guests in sheer comfort and style. Each of its eight elegant staterooms has large picture windows, individual climate control, en-suite bathrooms, and much more! Relax in the sleek salon or head to the top deck where a spa and bar await. You'll also find the Integrity's state-of-the-art stabilizers ensure a smooth cruise through Darwin's Islands. Snorkeling equipment and eight kayaks are also available for use. The Integrity conforms to the highest safety ratings and you will be welcomed by 10 crew members, plus a bilingual naturalist guide. This is one of the best options for those seeking a luxurious Galapagos wildlife adventure aboard a majestic yacht.

    Activity: 5-6 hours hiking, swimming and snorkeling

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike & Snorkel on Santiago Island

    Day 7

    Wake for a wet landing on Santiago's soft, sandy Espumilla Beach. Walk the island's lagoon and beach in search of raptors and finches before suiting up for cliff-side kayaking and snorkeling. Perhaps the finest snorkel of the trip, you will be amazed by the array of colorful marine life, from angelfish and rays to sea turtles and white-tipped reef sharks. After lunch, land 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 Galápagos fur seals up close.

    Accommodation: Integrity

    Integrity

    Experience cruising at its finest aboard the Integrity, a 141-foot luxury motor yacht customized to carry 16 guests in sheer comfort and style. Each of its eight elegant staterooms has large picture windows, individual climate control, en-suite bathrooms, and much more! Relax in the sleek salon or head to the top deck where a spa and bar await. You'll also find the Integrity's state-of-the-art stabilizers ensure a smooth cruise through Darwin's Islands. Snorkeling equipment and eight kayaks are also available for use. The Integrity conforms to the highest safety ratings and you will be welcomed by 10 crew members, plus a bilingual naturalist guide. This is one of the best options for those seeking a luxurious Galapagos wildlife adventure aboard a majestic yacht.

    Activity: 5-6 hours hiking, swimming and snorkeling

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Swim with Sea Lions on Santa Cruz Island

    Day 8

    Rise to explore Santa Cruz Island's Cerro Dragón. Named after its large population of land iguanas, this area has one of the longest trails in the islands (2 miles). Spot flamingos in a salt-water lagoon before lunch and then head to Rábida. The volcanic "small red island" is located near the center of the archipelago, and 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 Galápagos penguins along the cliff face or swim with sea lion pups - another highlight of the trip!

    Accommodation: Integrity

    Integrity

    Experience cruising at its finest aboard the Integrity, a 141-foot luxury motor yacht customized to carry 16 guests in sheer comfort and style. Each of its eight elegant staterooms has large picture windows, individual climate control, en-suite bathrooms, and much more! Relax in the sleek salon or head to the top deck where a spa and bar await. You'll also find the Integrity's state-of-the-art stabilizers ensure a smooth cruise through Darwin's Islands. Snorkeling equipment and eight kayaks are also available for use. The Integrity conforms to the highest safety ratings and you will be welcomed by 10 crew members, plus a bilingual naturalist guide. This is one of the best options for those seeking a luxurious Galapagos wildlife adventure aboard a majestic yacht.

    Activity: 5-6 hours hiking, swimming and snorkeling

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Journey to Bachas Beach & North Seymour Islands

    Day 9

    Las Bachas is a beautiful, white-sand beach on the north side of Santa Cruz. Encounter sea lions on the beach, look for flamingos and great blue herons in the lagoon, and spot hatchlings' footprints leading from the nest to the water's edge (sea turtles nest here from December to April). After our last lunch onboard the yacht, disembark by Zodiac for a snorkeling excursion near North Seymour Island, known for its dense breeding colonies of blue-footed boobies and frigatebirds. Keep an eye out for shorebirds, sea lions, marine iguanas, and huge land iguanas as you walk North Seymour's loop trail in the afternoon. Back on the boat tonight, enjoy a festive farewell cocktail hour and a group dinner with the captain.

    Accommodation: Integrity

    Integrity

    Experience cruising at its finest aboard the Integrity, a 141-foot luxury motor yacht customized to carry 16 guests in sheer comfort and style. Each of its eight elegant staterooms has large picture windows, individual climate control, en-suite bathrooms, and much more! Relax in the sleek salon or head to the top deck where a spa and bar await. You'll also find the Integrity's state-of-the-art stabilizers ensure a smooth cruise through Darwin's Islands. Snorkeling equipment and eight kayaks are also available for use. The Integrity conforms to the highest safety ratings and you will be welcomed by 10 crew members, plus a bilingual naturalist guide. This is one of the best options for those seeking a luxurious Galapagos wildlife adventure aboard a majestic yacht.

    Activity: 5-6 hours hiking, swimming and snorkeling

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Depart from the Galapagos & Return to Quito

    Day 10

    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.

    Accommodation: Wyndham Quito Airport Hotel-Quito

    The Wyndham Quito Airport is a convenient and comfortable stopover after your journey back from the Galápagos. Excellent food options are available both at the onsite restaurant and for room service. Rooms have large TVs and complimentary WiFi. There is a 24-hour complimentary shuttle to and from airport.

    Activity: 2-hour flight transfer and 5-minute transfer

    Meals: Breakfast

  • Depart Quito

    Day 11

    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!

    Accommodation:

    Meals: Breakfast

Ecuador Galapagos Adventure Cruise on Galaxy/Integrity

Detailed Itinerary

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What to Expect

 

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 smaller, deluxe yachts for an exclusive 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 your guides

Luis Die

Luis Die

Luis was born in Seville, Spain, and graduated from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid with a degree in Environmental Biology. He is fluent in Spanish, English, and French and has guided in Galapagos since 1999. In addition to being a professional nature photographer, Luis has a Master's Degree in Geographic Ecology and is active with conservation groups. A born teacher, he enthusiastically shares his knowledge of Galapagos with people of all ages. He lives in Quito with his wife, twin sons, and daughter and is MT Sobek's head naturalist guide.

Greg Estes

Greg Estes

Greg 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, with an honors 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 have retraced Darwin's footsteps through Galapagos using information from his original notebooks and manuscripts of the famous voyage.

Fernando Ortiz

Fernando Ortiz

Fernando is an Ecuadorian marine biologist who has worked and lived in Galapagos for over 25 years. An accomplished diver, he has than 5,000 dives in the Galapagos, Ecuador, Cayman Islands, Cozumel, Baja California, Palau, Malaysia, Caño Island in Costa Rica. He joined Conservation International in 2005 after working for the Galapagos National Park as Head of the Department of Control and Conservation of Marine Ecosystems. After a few years working in different government institutions and NGOs, Fernando returned to guiding to re-encounter the environment he is so passionate about.

Activities

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

Lodging

Luxurious comfort aboard a sleek and modern yacht 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.

What is the difference between Eastern and Western islands?

You might hear about Western and Eastern Islands in the Galapagos. Western islands are newer geologically-speaking with active volcanoes and lava landscapes. Here you are more likely to see flightless cormorants, marine iguanas, whales and dolphins. Eastern islands also have volcanic origin but they are older and have more vegetation growth. Here you are more likely to see waved albatross, red footed boobies, land iguanas, penguins and sharks.

When is the best time to go to the Galapagos?

The Galapagos Islands are a year-round destination, with something to see and do every month. The warmer season is the best time for warmer, calmer seas and good underwater visibility. The water is choppiest in September. Late spring brings the mating and nesting season for frigate birds and blue-footed boobies!

What is the difference between the ship types?

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.

Am I able to extend my stay before or after my 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.

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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2021

Scheduled Dates on the

    • Mar 11 - 21, 2021
      $6,995 Price per person
      Available
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    • Jul 08 - 18, 2021
      $6,995 Price per person
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    • Oct 14 - 24, 2021
      $6,995 Price per person
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      Save $500.00 per person
    • Nov 25 - Dec 05, 2021
      $6,995 Price per person
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      Save $500.00 per person

    Additional costs

    • $550 Internal Airfare
    • $500 Single Supplement (Hotels Only)
    • $20 Transit Control Card

    Special Offer

    Save On Select 2021 Departures

    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

    Contact An Expert

    1.888.831.7526

    Need help picking your next adventure? Call us to answer your questions.

    Go Private

    Go Private

    Gather your favorite travel companions to share an MT Sobek adventure on an easy-to-book Private Trip.

    Choose from the selection of dates below for your group or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

    Call or email us to get the ball rolling.

    Call for Private Trip Pricing

    1.888.831.7526

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    Make Your Own Dates In These Months

    • December, February, March, April, June, July, October, November

    Additional costs

    • $550 Internal Airfare
    • $500 Single Supplement (Hotels Only)
    • $20 Transit Control Card

    Special Offer

    Save On Select 2021 Departures

    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

    Contact An Expert

    1.888.831.7526

    Need help picking your next adventure? Call us to answer your questions.

    Go Custom

    Create Your Very Own Adventure

    Dreaming of an adventure designed exclusively for you? With insider access and decades of experience, our travel experts create custom tailored adventures that are perfect for families, couples, and large groups. MT Sobek's custom adventures are designed to our exacting standards and led by our award-winning adventure guides.