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The Galapagos Islands are unlike anywhere else on earth - an exotic haven of flora and fauna, where the interference of humans has been kept to an absolute minimum. Whether traveling with your family or a group of friends, this incredible 8-day cruise helps bring your dream of a Galapagos cruise to life. Kayak in tranquil bays of turquoise waters, take a peek at colorful sea life while snorkeling and trek through moon-like volcanic landscapes. Each stop reveals new enchantments. From the prehistoric land iguanas nestling on Suarez Point to flamingos in the hypersaline lagoon, every experience is an unforgettable one!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrival in San Cristobal Airport | El Junco Lagoon
Day 2 : Post Office Bay | Cormorant Point | Devil's Crown, Floreana
Day 3 : Suarez Point | Gardner Islet | Osborn Islet | Gardner Bay, Española
Day 4 : Twin Craters | Tortoise Breeding Center, Santa Cruz Island
Day 5 : El Barranco | Darwin Bay, Genovesa
Day 6 : Rabida Island | Chinese Hat Islet
Day 7 : Witch Hill | Lobos Island, San Cristobal
Day 8 : Interpretation Center | Transfer to the San Cristobal Airport


  • Hike around El Junco a lagoon filling the crater of an extinct volcano
  • Observe Hood mockingbird, Nazca boobies, waved albatross at Suarez Point
  • Visit “Fausto Llerena” Giant Tortoises Breeding Center
  • Enjoy great exhibits about the archipelago’s natural history


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Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Chinese Hat
  • Darwin Bay
  • Devil's Crown
  • El Barranco
  • Espanola
  • Floreana
  • Gardner Bay
  • Genovesa
  • Isla Lobos
  • Los Gemelos (Twin Craters)
  • Osborn Islet
  • Post Office Bay
  • Punta Cormorant
  • Punta Suarez
  • Rabida
  • San Cristobal
  • San Cristobal Airport
  • San Cristobal Interpretation Center
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santiago
  • Witch Hill


Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level


Trip Snapshots

Devil's Crown Galapagos Young Nazca Booby with hikers Hiking through cacti in the Galapagos A pair of friendly sea lions Floreana Island

Day 1 Arrival in San Cristobal Airport | El Junco Lagoon

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, arrive at San Cristobal Island. After going through immigration and baggage claim, meet a Grand Majestic staff member and be transferred to the yacht. Settle into your cabin and enjoy some time before lunch and a welcome briefing. In the afternoon, your first visit takes you to El Junco Lagoon. Located in the highlands 19 kilometers from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, El Junco is located in the caldera of an extinct volcano. Rainwater feeds the lagoon. There are many farms and ranches in this area of San Cristobal Island, and sometimes cows can be found near the lagoon.


Day 2 Post Office Bay | Cormorant Point | Devil's Crown, Floreana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, visit the famous Post Office Bay. Land on a beach and head to a spot where 18th-century whalers placed a wooden barrel used as an unofficial mail box. The custom continues to this day with Galapagos visitors. So, don’t forget your postcards, and don’t be surprised if the postcard arrives in its destination before you even get home!

Your afternoon visit is to Cormorant Point. Here enjoy a hike to a salt-water lagoon which is home to flamingos. Have a chance to snorkel around Devil’s Crown which is the rocky remains of an offshore volcano sticking out of the water. This is a great location to spot a wide range of marine creatures.

Day 3 Suarez Point | Gardner Islet | Osborn Islet | Gardner Bay, Española

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, visit Suarez Point. On the trail, you have the chance to see blue-footed boobies, albatrosses, and Nazca boobies. This island is the breeding site of nearly all of the world’s 12,000 pairs of waved albatrosses. Also, visit a beautiful site on the ocean front where there is a cliff that the large albatrosses use as a launching pad! Have the chance to see the famous blowhole that spurts seawater into the air. The landscape is great for photography.

The afternoon excursion takes you to the spectacular Gardner Bay. After landing, you can walk across a lovely white-sand beach amongst a busy sea lion colony or dive into the water to swim with sea lion pups. You may also see curious mockingbirds on the beach.

Day 4 Twin Craters | Tortoise Breeding Center, Santa Cruz Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, visit the Twin Craters located opposite to each other on both sides of the road leading from Puerto Ayora to Baltra. The name is only figurative; not real craters, these formations were created by the collapse of surface material in underground fissures and chambers. The view is breathtaking.

In the afternoon, visit “Fausto Llerena” Giant Tortoises Creeding Center in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, where giant tortoises are bred in captivity; this is home to tortoises ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long adults. Subspecies of the giant tortoises interact with one another, and many of the older tortoises are accustomed to humans stretching out their heads for a photo opportunity. The babies are kept until they are about four-years-old and strong enough to survive on their own.

Day 5 El Barranco | Darwin Bay, Genovesa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, visit El Barranco which is also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps. It is a steep, rocky path that leads up to a high cliff rock face. A marvelous view can be appreciated from here. This site is also home to a palo santo forest as well as red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, Galapagos swallows, and Galapagos Doves.

In the afternoon, visit the white-sand coral beach of Darwin Bay which heads a half mile trail (0,75km) that winds through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls can be spotted here. Further down the path, you find tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully. At the end is a spectacular view of a cliff.

Day 6 Rabida Island | Chinese Hat Islet

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, visit Rabida Island (or Jervis) which is one of the most colorful and volcanically varied islands in the archipelago as well as a great snorkeling site. Starting on Rabida’s famous maroon/red sand beach, and after an easy hike, arrive at a stunning lookout to enjoy the amazing landscapes. The island is a birdwatcher’s delight. Some species are abundant such as a few varieties of finches, Galapagos vermilion flycatchers, Galapagos hawks and brown pelicans.

In the afternoon, visit Chinese Hat Islet. This small islet is located near the southeast coast of Santiago Island. Its name comes from the distinct shape of the islet’s summit. This small islet is a great location to view many geological formations such as lava tunnels and lava flows. Some of the lava flows were formed underwater and subsequently raised above sea level. The presence of coral heads on the lava flow indicates this phenomenon.

Day 7 Witch Hill | Lobos Island, San Cristobal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, visit Witch Hill. Located on the northern coast, this eroded hill and its surroundings present one of the most picturesque beaches in the Galapagos with its white powdery sand and the abundance of animals. Wildlife includes sea turtles, rays, and various types of booby birds. The clear water provides an excellent opportunity for enjoying swimming and snorkeling.

In the afternoon you take part in an excursion to Lobos Island which means “Sea Lion Island.” This appropriately named island is ripe with noisy, playful, jolly sea lions who will welcome you to their home with open, well, fins. This island also offers great snorkeling opportunities as well as the chance to see blue-footed and Nazca boobies.

Day 8 Interpretation Center | Transfer to the San Cristobal Airport

  • 1 Breakfast
In the morning, visit the Interpretation Center. This site is part of an environmental project. The tour of this center explores the natural history of the islands including human interaction and conservation efforts. The Museum of Natural History explains the volcanic origin of the archipelago, ocean currents, climate, and the arrival of endemic species. The Human History exhibit chronologically describes significant events such as discovery and colonization of the islands.

After visiting the Interpretation Center, be transferred to the San Cristobal airport to catch your flight to Guayaquil or Quito on mainland Ecuador.

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20% discount for children under age 12 at time of Galapagos cruise. Child discounts are conditional and may not apply on certain departures. Please contact us for more information.

Children under 12 may receive discounts on Galapagos flight fares and entrance fees. Contact us for details.


  • Accommodations on board Grand 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
  • Wetsuit
  • Sea Kayaking


  • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

  • Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $530 - $675
  • Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $475 - $620

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