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Grand Majestic Mega Yacht 3-Night Itinerary

Spend 4 days and 3 nights cruising and exploring the Galapagos National Park on board the 16-passenger Grand Majestic luxury motor Yacht. Snorkel with curious sea lions and green sea turtles, find colonies of colorful frigatebirds and boobies, while gaining deeper insight into the ecology of the archipelago from your well-trained and experienced Galapagos National Park guide. On this south-central Galapagos tour, you will visit the archipelago’s islands of Santa Cruz, Floreana, Española and San Cristobal, where you will be able to trace Darwin’s theory of evolution, spot colorful, bizarre and beautiful creatures and have an experience that is completely out of this world as you discover this incredible archipelago during your Galapagos Islands vacation.

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“The trip to the Galapagos was really fantastic! Although it was quite short, the trip itinerary made time for us to do quite a lot of things. Everything went very smoothly, too.”Maggie Clark

Highlights

San Cristobal Island, Post Office Bay, Cormorant Point, Devil's Crown, Suarez Point, Gardner Islet, Osborn Islet, Gardner Bay

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: San Cristobal Island: Airport – Transfer to the M/Y Majestic – El Junco Lagoon
Day 2: Floreana Island: Post Office Bay – Cormorant Point – Devil's Crown
Day 3: Española Island: Suarez Point – Gardner Islet – Osborn Islet – Gardner Bay
Day 4: Santa Cruz Island: The Twins // Baltra Island: Airport
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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Monday
San Cristobal Island: Airport – Transfer to the M/Y Majestic – El Junco Lagoon

In the morning you will fly from either Quito or Guayaquil (on the Ecuadorian mainland) to the Galapagos Islands. At the airport on San Cristobal Island, after you will pay your entrance fee to the national park, a member of the Surtrek team will welcome you and accompany you to your ship: the Grand Majestic M/Y.

 

This afternoon, we will visit the highlands of San Cristobal Island. First, we will climb up wooden stairs to the freshwater “El Junco” lagoon. During the approximately one-hour walk around this crater lagoon, you will be introduced to the typical plant life of the island, where ferns prevail. You will also notice Frigatebirds, Bahama ducks, and moorhens around the lagoon’s bank.

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Lunch - Dinner
Day 2 - Tuesday
Floreana Island: Post Office Bay – Cormorant Point – Devil's Crown

Today we will visit Floreana Island, considered to be one of the most exotic in the Galapagos archipelago.  Countless legends are part of the history of this island, as pirates and buccaneers were drawn to here in search of for food and water. Later the island was colonized by Norwegians, Brits, Germans and others who were in search of ways to make money from what they hoped to discover here. The name Floreana is in honor of Juan Jose Flores, Ecuador’s first president. 

 

Later we will visit Post Office Bay, where the legendary post barrel that whalers historically used to put their mail in is still kept. After a wet landing, you can walk just off the beach to leave a letter here in hopes that it will make to its destination via another tourist.  …So don’t forget to bring postcards along. Snorkelers can take a dip on the main beach among the playful sea lions and green sea turtles.

 

This afternoon’s excursion is to the Cormorant Point visitor site. After a wet landing on the beach, we will go down a 100-meter-long path to a mangrove lagoon that is home to Galapagos ducks, black herons, oystercatchers, and plovers.  With a little bit of luck, you might also see flamingos. Another path leads to a small beach that is an important nesting site for sea turtles. In the shallow water there, one can often find stingrays and Whitetip reef sharks.

 

Later, you will be able to take advantage of the great snorkeling opportunities at “Devil’s Crown” (Corona del Diablo), a broken volcanic cone that is one of the most beautiful places for snorkeling in the Galapagos Islands. The underwater world here includes reef sharks, starfish, sea turtles, sea lions and a host of tropical fish species.

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3 - Wednesday
Española Island: Suarez Point – Gardner Islet – Osborn Islet – Gardner Bay

Española Island is the southernmost, oldest and one of the most bio-diverse islands of the Galapagos archipelago. Its English name is “Hood Island,” in honor of the British admiral Samuel Hood. Because of its isolated position, there is much endemic wildlife to be explored here – in addition to great snorkeling from Española’s remarkably beautiful beaches.

 

After breakfast, we will go on an excursion to Suarez Point. One of the archipelago’s most outstanding wildlife areas, this site boasts a long list of species along its cliffs and its sand and pebble beaches. In addition to five species of nesting seabirds, the curious and bold Española Island mockingbirds are found here, as are other birding favorites that include Galapagos doves, Galapagos hawks, Swallow-tailed gulls and the world’s largest colony of Waved albatross – an unequivocal highlight during mating season (May-December). Several types of reptiles are unique to this island, including the marine iguana and the oversized lava lizard. In fact, this is also the only site where you will be able to see “red” sea iguanas. In addition, when heavy swells are running, Suarez Point is the site of a spectacular blowhole whose thundering spray shoots 30 yards up into the air. The trek here is on a stony path about a mile long, though the duration of this excursion is about 3 hours.

 

Small Gardner Islet, situated across from Espanola Island’s Gardner Bay, is lined with vertical cliffs that drop to sandy ledges and large boulders.  We will go snorkeling here, where you are likely to encounter the smallest of the Galapagos garden eels, Snake eels, as well as Black-spotted morays, Galapagos puffer fish, Scorpion fish, Trumpet fish, cornetfish and Red-lipped batfish. You will be able to see plenty sea lions lying lazily on the beach.  On the north end of the island are twisting tunnels, and to the south are caves, which all make for a remarkable excursion. The area has an abundance of fish including schools of snappers, Creole fish, King angelfish, large Puffer fish, and a variety of sea urchins and sea stars.

 

We will also ride around Osborn Islet, located close to Española Island. It is made of volcanic rock and is a popular fishing site among local small-scale fishers. On this Galapagos islet, you will have a chance to go snorkeling and see schools of tropical fish, Manta rays, Green turtles, Surgeon fish, Sea urchins, and starfish.

 

Located on Española Island’s eastern shore, Gardner Bay is noted for its turquoise-colored waters and its magnificent beach, which we will also visit this afternoon. Around the bay’s small nearby islets, snorkelers will find an abundance of fish, as well as the occasional sea turtle and benign sharks. The bay is also frequented by a transient colony of Galapagos sea lions who love to swim with people. Birds, like the endemic Española mockingbird and different species of Darwin finches, are omnipresent. 

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Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4 - Thursday
Santa Cruz Island: The Twins // Baltra Island: Airport

In the morning, we will go to the Santa Cruz Highlands and see the twin “Los Gemelos” craters, which will be explained by your naturalist guide. These craters are surrounded by scalesia forest, where also live Ruby tyrants and small and large Tree finches.

 

Concluding this amazing experience in the Galapagos Islands, you will be transferred to the Baltra Island airport for your return flight to the Ecuadorian mainland. Enjoy your last look back at the “enchanted islands,” a unique paradise with inspiring natural wonders. 

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Prices

2020 - Price per person
RoomMaster SuiteStateroom
4 DaysUS$ 3,745 PPUS$ 2,845 PP
*Price per person based upon double occupancy.
*PP (per person)
Included in the price:
  • A cruise on board the Grand Majestic motor yacht
  • Accommodations on board the yacht
  • All meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • All transfers in the Galapagos Islands
  • Services of an English/Spanish-speaking naturalist guide
  • Use of snorkeling equipment/wetsuit
  • Use of underwater camera
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)
  • Alcoholic and bottled drinks
  • Tips & gratuities for captain and crew
  • Personal expenses
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