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Private Charter - Central Islands Aboard Grand Majestic

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Discover the Galápagos Archipelago, Darwin's living laboratory, home to an abundance of wildlife during your own private 8-day cruise! Travel aboard the Grand Majestic to experience up-close encounters with unique species such as land iguanas, penguins, reef sharks, rays, and more! Enjoy the wonders of this magical destination with the company of your own private group of up to 16-passengers.
Sea lion on the beach of Espanola Island
Highlights
  • Visit Isabela Island with your private group of up to 16 guests
  • Admire Bartholomew's spectacular volcanic formations and colors
  • Explore Tagus Cove, historically used as an anchoring site for pirates
  • Swim at Las Bachas with your group and see flamingos, and whimbrels
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Day 1: San Cristobal | Embark

Arrive at San Cristobal Island Airport and transfer to the Grand Majestic for your private charter of the Galapagos Islands.

Cruise the shores of San Cristobal en route to Galapaguera, located on the southern end of the island. Here view giant turtles living peaceably in the wild.

Day 2: North Seymour Island | Black Turtle Cove

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy the arid landscape of North Seymour Island and it's wildlife as blue-footed boobies, the royal frigate birds of Galapagos, and the sea lions.

Black Turtle Cove is situated in the northern part of Santa Cruz. This inlet is surrounded by mangroves and is only accessible by dinghy. The shallow cove is a safe haven for young marine life. Black-tip and white-tip reef sharks, sea turtles, and a variety of rays are often spotted here.

Day 3: Bartholomew | Santiago

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Home of the famous Pinnacle Rock, Bartholomew consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black, and even green volcanic formations. A trail of stairs leads to the summit of the volcano, boasting one of the best views of the islands. The beach is perfect for snorkeling and possible sightings of the Galapagos penguin.

Land on the black beach of Puerto Egas on the island of Santiago, once home to a 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

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 takes 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 are able to see Darwin Volcano as well as Wolf Volcano, which is the highest point of the islands.

Continue to Urbina Bay, located at the base of Alcedo Volcano on the west coast between Tagus Cove and Elizabeth Bay. This area experienced a major uplift in 1954 causing the land to rise over 16 feet. The coast expanded half-a-mile out, leaving marine life stranded on the new shore. This area is also a great place for snorkeling.

Day 5: Fernandina | Isabela

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail to Fernandina for a visit to Espinoza Point. Fernandina Island has yet to be invaded by foreign species, making it 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.

Return to Isabela this afternoon and explore Vicente Roca Point, located on the northwestern coast of the island and comprised of two separate coves. This site is a large bay with spectacular sea life. Seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola mola (sunfish) may be spotted here. This bay is great for diving and snorkeling.

Day 6: Santiago

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today discover three of the most iconic spots on Santiago Island. Start with Buccaneer Cove, a testament to the fact that Santiago Island was once a refuge for British buccaneers. These pirates would anchor in the protected bay to make repairs and stock up on tortoise meat, among other things. The steep cliffs, where hundreds of seabirds perch in front of the dark red-sand beach, are a magnificent site. 

Then head to Espumilla Beach, a popular place for marine iguanas and Sally Lightfoot crabs. The crabs attract the hunting herons performing the dance of predator and prey. With an abundance of marine life including octopi, moray eels, and sharks, snorkeling is highly recommended.

Finally close with a flourish at Sullivan Bay,  where a coral beach landing leads you towards a lava field as far as the eye can see. Hunt and peck over the two distinguished types of lava, pahoehoe and 'a'a, for signs of plant life that have managed to emerge over the past 100 years since the most recent volcanic explosion. A truly amazing volcanic experience…up close and personal!

Day 7: Santa Cruz

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located on the north shore of Santa Cruz, Las Bachas is a swimming beach. One of the few remnants of the U.S. World War II presence in the Galapagos, a floating pier, can be seen here. You may see flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black necked stilts, and whimbrels. Sea turtles also nest off the beach.

The Charles Darwin Research Station is home to turtles ranging from 3 inches (new hatchlings) to 4 feet long. Subspecies of turtles interact with one another and many of the older turtles 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 8: San Cristobal | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
In the morning visit Kicker Rock. This striking rock formation is located a couple hours off the western shore of San Cristobal.

Continue to the airport for your journey home.

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Sea lion on the beach of Espanola Island Punto Egas, Santiago Island, Galapagos Jacuzzi Blue-footed boobies basking in the Galapagos Galapagos penguin on a rock

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Seven cabins in between 148 ft² and 198 ft², featuring King or Twin size beds with private bathrooms, hot water, and air-conditioning.
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One cabin (398 ft²), featuring a King size bed with private his & her bathrooms, hot water, and air-conditioning.

Child Discount

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.
Included
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Snorkeling equipment, wetsuits, and kayaks are all included in the cruise cost and are available for you use on board.
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide 
  • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
  • Shore Excursions, Swimming and Snorkeling 
  • Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Galapagos Park Entrance Fee: $100 per adult, $50 per child under 12
  • Internal Flights: Mainland Ecuador - Galapagos - Mainland Ecuador: $475-675

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