Central Islands Cruise

Departs

  • Nov 24, 2014
  • Dec 08, 2014
  • Dec 22, 2014
  • Jan 05, 2015
  • Jan 19, 2015
  • Feb 02, 2015
  • Feb 16, 2015
  • Mar 02, 2015
  • Mar 16, 2015
  • Mar 30, 2015
  • Apr 13, 2015
  • Apr 27, 2015
  • May 11, 2015
  • May 25, 2015
  • Jun 08, 2015
  • Jun 22, 2015
  • Jul 06, 2015
  • Jul 20, 2015
  • Aug 03, 2015
  • Aug 17, 2015
  • Aug 31, 2015
  • Sep 14, 2015
  • Sep 28, 2015
  • Oct 12, 2015
  • Oct 26, 2015
  • Nov 09, 2015
  • Nov 23, 2015
  • Dec 07, 2015
  • Dec 21, 2015

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Explore the Galapagos Islands on this unique 8-day cruise aboard the Majestic motor yacht. Cruise the central islands of the archipelago such as Fernandina, Santiago, Santa Cruz and more along with expert guides and naturalists.

Day 1

    San Cristobal

    Arrive at the San Cristobal airport this morning and transfer to the boat. Cruise the shores of San Cristobal en route to Galapaguera, located on the northern end of the island. Here view giant turtles living peaceably in the wild.

    Day 2

      Santa Fe Island - South Plaza Island

      Hike along the coastline of Santa Fe Island and discover colorful flora and fauna. The well-known land iguanas here can grow over five feet long. The Santa Fe species of iguana are more bright yellow and have uncommonly large spikes on their spine. In true Galapagos style the opuntia cactus, a favorite food of the land iguana, has responded by growing tall and woody - up to 33 feet high and are the largest of their kind in Galapagos. Manta rays and sea turtles flit by as dark shadows against the sandy bottom of Santa Fe's beautiful anchorage. After a long hike, relax with a swim in the calm waters of the beautiful bay, or snorkel along in the company of sea lions at the base of the rocks.

      Explore the shores of South Plaza Island, covered by the opuntia cactus and home to the largest sea lion colonies in the Galapagos. Also here you will find the lazy but colorful yellow and red land iguana. This animal likes this island because of its richness in the opuntia cactus, which is an iguana delicacy. There are about 700 iguanas on the island and this species seems to be one of the smallest iguana species.

      Day 3

        Rabida - Santiago

        Rábida is a bird-watchers delight. Some of the rarest species are in abundance, such as 9 varieties of finches, large billed flycatchers, Galapagos hawks and brown pelicans. The dark red sand beaches and a horde of snoring sea lions make for spectacular snorkeling. Also, the island is home to the skinny legged Flamingo, which can be seen in a salt-water lagoon near the beach. From the observatory on the southeastern part of the island, you can appreciate the red color of the beach and the rocks surrounding it.

        Land on the black beach of Puerto Egas on the island of Santiago, once home to salt mining enterprise. Explore this unique beach and its environs including plenty of sea lions and fur seals. Santiago provides habitat for many of the 30-40,000 fur seals that call the Galapagos home, and provides ample photography opportunities for these animals.

        Day 4

          Isabela - Fernandina

          Tagus Cove on Isabela Island is one of the landing spots on the island and was historically used as an anchoring site for pirates and whalers. The trail that goes from Tagus Cove will take you through many different vegetation zones and offers spectacular views of Darwin Lake, which is a saltwater crater lake. Once you get to the top of the trail, you will be able to see Darwin Volcano as well as Wolf Volcano, which is the highest point of the islands.

          Continue to Fernandina Island, with a stop at Mangle Point. Here witness the amazing views and wildlife on the shorelines. Mangle Point is a small inlet on Fernandina’s coast providing ample snorkeling opportunities. On shore, watch playful sea lions, curious penguins, and catch a glimpse of where flightless cormorants reside.

          Day 5

            Isabela - Fernandina

            Return to Isabela this morning and explore Urbina Bay, located at the base of the Alcedo Volcano on the western coast between Tagus Cove and Elizabeth Bay. This scenic bay offers great snorkeling opportunities.

            Return to Fernandina for a visit to Espinoza Point. Fernandina Island has yet to be invaded by foreign species making it is one of the world's most pristine island ecosystems. The volcano “La Cumbre” dominates the landspace with lava fields reaching the ocean. This area provides a great opportunity to see the Galapagos hawk.

            Day 6

              Bartolome - North Seymour

              Bartolome is home of the famous Pinnacle Rock, which is the most representative landmark of the Bartolome Island in Ecuador's Galapagos Islands. Climbing to the top of this popular landmark rewards visitors with panoramic views of varied lave formations, volcanic peaks and moon-like landscape. Walking on the rocks at the base of Pinnacle Rock are Galapagos Penguins. This is the smallest species of penguins and the only species found north of the Equator.

              North Seymour was like a few other islands, uplifted by underground seismic activity. This tiny island is packed with countless sea lions and it's one of the most popular breeding grounds for sea birds. A very large colony of frigate birds nest here, and it's almost guaranteed to see a few males proudly displaying their red pouches to impress a mate. It is also one of the best places to see blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigate birds. If you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of their courtship dance, which is quite peculiar and amusing. Also, while visiting this island, you might very well witness a great show of acrobatic flight, namely a frigate bird robbing a booby, a gull or even another frigate bird of their food.

              Day 7

                Santa Cruz

                Visit the Charles Darwin Station, where you will be able to observe tortoise research and breeding programs. Scientists, park rangers, and park managers among others conduct the conservation of the islands and make huge efforts to preserve this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

                Continue to El Chato, a tortoise reserve located in the Highlands of Santa Cruz, where these giant tortoises can be observed in the wild.

                Day 8

                  San Cristobal

                  Enjoy a visit to Islet Lobos, located just across a small channel from San Cristobal. The name means Sea Lion Island, which is certainly appropriate since many sea lions frolic, leap and make their homes here. This island is also a great place for snorkeling opportunities as well as to view blue-footed boobies.

                  Continue to the airport for your journey home.


                  All itineraries are subject to change due to weather or changes by the National Park Service or yacht operator.
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                  Solo travelers can opt for a single cabin at 1.5 the posted fare.

                  Child Discount

                  20% discount for children under age 12 at time of Galapagos cruise
                  Children under 12 receive a discount of $135 off adult flight rates, and discounted Galapagos Entrance Fee of $50

                  Cancellation Policy

                  Days Prior to departureFee
                  70 days or moreDeposit
                  0-69 days100% Cruise Cost

                  Single Supplement

                  This yacht requires single travelers to pay a supplement for private accommodations unless a roommate can be found.

                  Deposit & Payment

                  Initial deposit is 25% , and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. Alternatively, you can register online here.

                  Final payment is due 70 (10 weeks) prior to departure by bank transfer, check or credit card. All final payments by credit card may be subject to a surcharge and maximum of $20,000 charge.

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                  Includes

                  • Accommodations on board Majestic based on double occupancy
                  • Meals while in the Galapagos
                  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide
                  • Shore Excursions
                  • Swimming and Snorkeling
                  • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
                  • Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos
                  • Snorkeling Equipment
                  • Sea Kayaking

                  Excludes

                  • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
                  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
                  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
                  • $35 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
                  • $45 International Departure Tax
                  • Wetsuit rental available for $5/day
                  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
                  • Travel Insurance

                  Galapagos Flights

                    Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip

                  • $530 - $590

                    Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip

                  • $475 - $520

                  Optional Hospitality Packages