Galapagos cruise on board Grace | 8 days

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Enjoy your Galapagos Islands vacation in style aboard Grace, the luxurious and intimate yacht that was gifted to Princess Grace and Prince Rainier of Monaco for their wedding. This small ship comfortably caters for 18 guests on an 8 day Galapagos cruise that takes in all the natural wonders of this captivating land. From your first stop in Isla Lobos you will have the opportunity to snorkel with inquisitive sea lions and marvel at impressive Kicker Rock that juts dramatically from the ocean. Close encounters with the local fauna continue in the following days of your Galapagos cruise as you observe marine iguanas on Espanola Island, hike to a saltwater lagoon in Floreana Island to spot flamingos and scores of wading birds and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to see the Giant Tortoises, a highlight for most when they visit Galapagos. On Santa Cruz Island you will visit a sea turtle nesting site and swim among penguins and sea lions at nearby Chinese Hat Islet.

Continuing on your luxury Galapagos cruise you will be spellbound by the contrasting landscapes. You can hike through lava tubes to see the twin collapsed craters of Gemelos, witness the red beach and cliffs of Rabida Island and explore it's sea caves, and hike to the summit of the extinct volcano on Bartolome Island to take in spectacular views. Snorkelling gear and kayaks are available to use throughout your cruise and Zodiac excursions with our expert guide will captivate you with tales of this incredible land. Your Galapagos Islands vacation ends with a panga ride at Black Turtle Cove to observe rays, sea turtles and more among the mangroves. A fitting end to a Galapagos cruise steeped in amazing wildlife encounters. 

Day 1
San Cristobal
Arrival at San Cristobal airport and transfer to the boat.

After lunch, you will visit Isla Lobos. You will have your first chance to swim with a playful colony of sea lions. Do not miss the beautiful view of Kicker Rock, a spectacular formation that rises 152 meters out of the Pacific.
 
Day 2
Espanola Island
After breakfast, you will stop at Punta Saurez. You will witness a large variety of marine iguanas, waved albatross and blue footed boobies.

The next stop is Gardner Bay, a stunning white sandy beach where colonies of sea lions rest in the sun.
 
Day 3
Floreana Island
In the morning, at Post Office Bay, you can drop your postcards in the barrel as the whalers did centuries ago.

In the afternoon, you will discover Cormorant Point. This area is renowned for its two contrasting beaches. One is green-olivine and the other is iron-red. Stop at the salt lagoon to observe flamingos and pintails.

Look for rays and sea turtles while snorkeling in Champion Islet.
 
Day 4
Santa Cruz Island
In the morning, you will learn more about the Giant Tortoise at the Charles Darwin Research Centre.

After lunch, a short hike will lead you to the Tortoise Reserve. Walk through lava tubes and see the Gemelos, twin collapsed craters.

 
Day 5
Santa Cruz Island
In the morning, you will visit Las Bachas which is a major nesting site for sea turtles. You may also spot marine iguanas and other wading birds in the saline lagoons.

In the afternoon, the boat will land on Chinese Hat Islet. You will have the occasion to swim with Galapagos penguins and sea lions.
 
Day 6
Rabida IslandSantiago Island
Rabida Island is unique for the red color of the beach and cliffs. It is a safe haven for blue-footed boobies and sea turtles. A yellow saltwater lagoon is home to pink flamingos and pelicans. If you feel adventurous, you can choose to hike up a tiny peninsula for an amazing view of the beach or do some sea caves exploration.

During the afternoon, explore Sullivan Bay which is one of the most outstanding volcanic sites in the Galapagos. Discover the lava flow and swim with playful sea lions.
 
Day 7
Bartolome IslandNorth Seymour Island
In the morning, you will head to Bartolomé Island, home of the famous pinnacle rock. Bartolomé consists of an extinct volcano with a wide variety of colors from red to green. Take a trail of stairs to the summit of the volcano where you will enjoy one of the best views of the islands !

In the afternoon, you can visit North Seymour Island and observe magnificent frigatebirds, iguanas and blue-footed boobies
 
Day 8
Black Turtle CoveBaltra Island
Today your Galapagos cruise comes to an end. Your last visit will be at Black Turtle Cove. You will explore the cove via panga. Many rays, sea turtles, pelicans and more can be seen.

Next transfer to the airport to take your flight back to the continent.

 

USD Per person, twin share

Item Special Note

What?s Included
ACCOMMODATION
Cabin on board


FOOD
All meals and snacks during the trip
Non-alcoholic beverages consumed onboard


FEES & SERVICES
All transfers while in the Galapagos
All guided services throughout the cruise
All snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel & fins)
Wetsuits
Sea kayaks
Airport transfers in mainland Ecuador
Roundtrip Galapagos Airfare
Gratuities & Tips to Crew and Staff
Medical and cancellation insurance
Bar consumption onboard
Galapagos National Park Fee
INGALA Transit Control Card fee