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Grace Yacht 7-Night Itinerary B

As her name suggests, the Grace motor yacht is the essence of style and elegance and has retained a somewhat regal air. Built in the roaring 20s, the Grace has the feel of a classic “gentleman’s yacht” and epitomizes the Golden Age of sea travel. The 16-passenger luxury cruiser provides 9 cabins (2 Master Suites, 2 Twin Suites and 3 Premium Staterooms). On this 8-day/7-night Galapagos luxury cruise, you will encounter strange and wonderful bird and animal species perfectly adapted to the unique conditions of these islands. See giant tortoises rubbing shoulders with dragon-like marine iguanas, swim with playful penguins, and walk right up to curious finches and frigatebirds that have no reason to fear you. The 16-passenger Grace Motor Yacht will carry you on your Galapagos Island cruise to central islands and eastern islands of the archipelago – a bucket-list adventure you will never forget.


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Galapagos Islands, Genovesa, Fernandina, Isabela Islands & Charles Darwin Station

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Baltra Island: Airport // Daphne Island
Day 2: Santa Fe Island // South Plaza Island
Day 3: Genovesa Island: Prince Phillip’s Steps – Darwin Bay
Day 4: Fernandina Island: Espinoza Point // Isabela Island: Urbina Bay
Day 5: Isabela Island: Tagus Cove – Darwin Lake – Punta Vicente Roca
Day 6: Santiago Island: Esmpumilla Beach – James Bay
Day 7: Santa Cruz Island: The Highlands – Charles Darwin Research Station
Day 8: San Cristobal Island: Interpretation Center – Airport
Galapagos Map
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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Saturday
Baltra Island: Airport // Daphne Island

AM: In the morning, you will fly from Quito or Guayaquil (on the Ecuadorian mainland) to Baltra Island, in the heart of the Galapagos archipelago and the main point of entrance to this natural paradise. Upon your arrival at the airport, you will need to pay the national park entry fee, which goes to protecting both the Galapagos National Park and Marine Reserve.  A member of your ship's crew will then welcome you and accompany you to your yacht: the Grace.

PM: This afternoon, we will circumnavigate Daphne Mayor – which is bigger than its sister island, Daphne Menor – to observe tropical birds.   Despite its lack of trees, this island contains a crater that is home to many nesting birds.  Because of this, Daphne has been the site of a major scientific research project, with researchers having captured and banded each of the island's finches. These scientists continue to monitor the birds in an attempt to gain a greater understanding of their lives.

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Lunch - Dinner
Day 2 - Sunday
Santa Fe Island // South Plaza Island

AM: Today we will start out with visit Santa Fe Island, a tiny rocky island covered in small Palo Santo trees and six-meter-high opuntia cactuses. The island is inhabited mainly by large yellow land iguanas, Galapagos buzzards, Blue-footed boobies, and pelicans. While snorkeling in the wonderful blue-green bay in which the ship anchors, you can observe the many inhabitants of this underwater world, including countless tropical fish, rays, sea turtles and playful sea lions.

PM: Next we will explore South Plaza Island, located just east of Santa Cruz Island. After a dry landing on the northern part of this life-filled islet, you will encounter colonies of sea lions and land iguanas. While on the steep banks, you can see numbers of birds – like nesting Tropicbirds and Fork-tailed seagulls – but most of all, you will enjoy the beautiful views from either atop the steep banks or while strolling along the base of the cliff. Opuntia cactuses grow on this island and the vegetation changes color throughout the year.    

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3 - Monday
Genovesa Island: Prince Phillip’s Steps – Darwin Bay

AM: Our destination for today is Genovesa Island, considered to be one of the wildest and most pristine islands in Galapagos National Park. Known as “Bird Island,” Genovesa is the only place where you can see Red-footed boobies.

In the morning we will go ashore at a crater wall where Prince Phillip’s Steps are located.  These stairs were carved in the stone wall and lead up to a wide plateau where you will find nesting places of Great frigatebirds, Red-billed tropic birds, Bahama ducks, Lava seagulls and Fork-tailed seagulls. During this easy stroll, we will cut through a small scalesia forest where you might observe short-eared owls.  With a little bit of luck, you will also be able to observe the unique courtship rituals carried out by the various booby species (Red- and Blue-footed as well as Masked boobies). It truly is a show.

PM: After a wet landing in Genovesa Island’s Darwin Bay, we will walk along a short path that leads through the nesting sites of booby and frigatebird colonies. On the beach, you can observe the interesting spectacle of how frigate birds try to rob the prey of different species of boobies.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4 - Tuesday
Fernandina Island: Espinoza Point // Isabela Island: Urbina Bay

AM: In the morning we will visit Fernandina Island, which is not only the westernmost island but also the youngest and most pristine island in the Galapagos. Huge fields of lava were created here by the La Cumbre Volcano’s 2005 eruption, which was followed on April 11, 2009, when the volcano flared up again, forming a cloud of ash and steam as hot lava flowed down the slopes of the volcano into the ocean. Nonetheless, an abundance of wildlife calls this island home, including the famous Flightless cormorants, penguins, pelicans, marine iguanas and sea lions. You can also find mangroves on Fernandina Island, in addition to a great diversity of wildlife – such as orcas and whale sharks (which can sometimes be seen while snorkeling and when they surface).

On Fernandina, we will make a dry landing on Espinoza Point, one of the island’s visitor points. It is filled with fascinating scenery, such as cactuses growing on the surface of lava. One gets a sense of how life fought to begin when seeing these plants emerging from crevices in this barren landscape. Within this unique scenery, you will encounter numerous animals – the highlights being sea lions, Galapagos penguins, Flightless cormorants (especially in the spring and summer), and one of the largest iguana colonies in the Galapagos Islands.  In fact, on this small strip of land that constitutes Espinoza Point, you can find literally thousands of marine iguanas, which gather in large groups.

PM: This afternoon will take us to the largest landmass in the Galapagos archipelago: Isabela Island. With a surface of 1,770 sq. miles (4,588 sq. km.), the island constitutes more than the half of the land area of the entire Galapagos archipelago – which is why it has the most visitor points in the islands. Five volcanoes are found on Isabela, including the archipelago’s highest: Wolf Volcano, reaching 1,707 m (5,600 ft.). In addition, Isabela is the only island in the Galapagos that is actually crossed by the equator. We will visit Urbina Bay, directly west of Isabela’s Alcedo Volcano, where we will make an easy, “wet landing” (a hop into a few inches of water). We will walk along three miles (5 km) of marine reef that has been uplifted by as much as 13 feet (4 meters) out of the water. Highlights of this excursion are the giant land iguanas and giant tortoises, as well as the opportunity to go snorkeling among marine creatures or just relaxing on the shore.   

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 5 - Wednesday
Isabela Island: Tagus Cove – Darwin Lake – Punta Vicente Roca

AM: After a dry landing, we will visit Isabela Island’s notorious Tagus Cove, which was historically used as an anchoring place for pirates, buccaneers, and whalers.  Still exiting here is some graffiti that is believed to have been left by 19th-century pirates …a curious reminder of an intriguing past. Perched on the ledges of the cliffs around this deep blue bay, you can observe a large number of Blue-footed boobies, as well as marine iguanas, brown pelicans, brown noddy terns, swallow-tailed gulls and tiny Galapagos penguins (members of the only penguin species in the world to extend its range into the northern hemisphere along the equator). A steep trail also passes through an area of dry vegetation and volcanic landscapes with scalesia woods and cactuses.

From Tagus Cove, a mile-long trail will lead you past this postcard-perfect saltwater lagoon called Darwin Lake. With twice the salinity of the ocean, this brackish caldera lake contains no fish or other wildlife; however, its spectacular vista point reveals this colorful lake with the ocean, the bay and probably your ship in the background. The 30-foot deep lake is itself the result of seawater filtering through fissure in the this former volcano’s cone.

PM: Located at the “mouth” of the head of the seahorse that forms the northern part of Isabela Island is Punta Vicente Roca, an interesting rock formation. Here, the remnants of an ancient volcano form two turquoise coves, with a bay that’s well-protected from the ocean swells. With a bit of luck, you can see Galapagos penguins, while Masked- and Blue-footed boobies, as well as pelicans, sit perched along the point and its sheer cliffs, while flightless cormorants inhabit the shoreline. The upwelling of currents of cool water in this part of the Galapagos gives rise to an abundance of marine life, which makes Punta Vicente Roca a great area for deep-water snorkeling.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 6 - Thursday
Santiago Island: Esmpumilla Beach – James Bay

AM: In the morning we will land on the fourth largest island in the Galapagos: Santiago Island, also known as “James Island” or “San Salvador Island.” The old rusted machines and run-down buildings of former salt mine workers are still apparent on the island, though the last attempts to populate Santiago Island were given up on forty years ago. Our first excursion will be to Santiago Island’s Espumilla Beach, where marine iguanas relax and sea turtles nest. While snorkeling, you might come upon octopuses, morays and many types of tropical fish. There is also a Palo Santo forest close to this beach.

PM: This afternoon we will visit Santiago Island’s Espumilla Beach, where marine iguanas relax and sea turtles nest. While snorkeling, you might come upon octopuses, morays and many types of tropical fish. There is also a Palo Santo forest close to this beach. After a short walk of about 2 km along the coast, we will reach the rugged lava coastline of James Bay. The unique, truly striking layered terrain of Santiago’s shores is home to a variety of resident and migrant birds, including the bizarre Yellow-crowned night heron and an astounding array of marine wildlife – including lobsters, starfish and marine iguanas grazing on algae beds alongside Sally Lightfoot crabs. Colonies of endemic fur seals swimming in cool water pools formed by volcanic rocks are another highlight.    

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 7 - Friday
Santa Cruz Island: The Highlands – Charles Darwin Research Station

AM: Today we will visit the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island, where the lush landscape is a welcome contrast to the arid scenery of the smaller, lower islands. On the way, we will cross through different vegetation zones – from the dry lower region full of cactuses to the scalesia woods in the Highlands.  There one can find two small agricultural communities that grow the famous organic Galapagos coffee.

PM: This afternoon we will head for one of the most visited spots in the islands. Located on Santa Cruz Island, the Charles Darwin Research Station is primarily an international scientific research station situated on the outskirts of Puerto Ayora. You will be taken to its visitor center to learn about the geology, climate, natural history and the conservation of the Galapagos Islands. However, the highlight of your visit here will undoubtedly be the research facility’s Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center, which breeds giant tortoises. These enormous and slow-moving reptiles can live up to 150 years and weigh between 250 and 300 kg. Approaching them in their humid and forested spaces is always an inspiring adventure. For decades, the Fausto Center was home to “Lonesome George,” who finally died in 2012 as the last of his particular species. The tortoises you will see here are accustomed to humans, so it’s an excellent spot for visitors to take photographs with them. Remember that looking at the animals is allowed, but touching is not, and it’s absolutely forbidden to jump over the walls or open the pen doors at any time.  

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 8 - Saturday
San Cristobal Island: Interpretation Center – Airport

AM: Today your Galapagos cruise comes to an end, but before you bid farewell to the Grace, we will visit the Galapagos National Park’s Interpretation Center, which presents a comprehensive exhibit of the islands’ natural history, human interaction, ecosystems, flora & fauna. From the center, a short trail will lead you to Las Tijereretas, where both Magnificent frigatebirds and Great frigatebirds can be seen in the same colony.

Then we will head to the island’s airport for your flight back to the Ecuadorian mainland.  

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Price per person
Price per person
SeasonDeluxe Staterooms: C3Grace Kelly SuiteMaster Suites: A1 & A4Premium Staterooms: C1, C2 & C5Suites: A2 & A3
Fall SeasonUS$ 6,900 PPUS$ 9,250 PPUS$ 8,195 PPUS$ 7,250 PPUS$ 7,700 PP
Regular SeasonUS$ 6,900 PPUS$ 9,250 PPUS$ 8,195 PPUS$ 7,250 PPUS$ 7,700 PP
Price per person
RoomGrace Kelly SuiteMaster Suite: A1 & A4Premium Staterooms: C1, C2 & C5Suites: A2 & A3
8 DaysUS$ 9,600 PPUS$ 8,500 PPUS$ 7,500 PPUS$ 8,000 PP
*Price per person based upon double occupancy.
*PP (per person)
Included in the price:
  • Cruise on board the Grace Yacht in double accommodations, with access to all facilities
  • All meals, as indicated in the itinerary
  • All transfers in the Galapagos Islands
  • All excursions mentioned in the itinerary
  • Services of an English/Spanish-speaking naturalist guide
  • Use of snorkeling equipment and wetsuits
  • Soft drink, juice, coffee and tea throughout the cruise
Not included in the price:
  • Flights between mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands (Quito–Galapagos–Quito)
  • Entrance fee to Galapagos National Park ($100 per person)
  • Galapagos Immigration Control Card ($20 per person)
  • Tips & gratuities to crew and staff
  • Bar consumption on board
  • Personal items
  • Medical/travel insurance (highly recommended)
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