Cruise Ecuador's Galapagos Islands and encounter rare and beautiful wildlife. Swim with sea lions, stand next to a Blue-footed Booby feeding its young, and float eye-to-eye with a penguin.
Galapagos Islands Special Event
If you would like to ring in the 2014/2015 New Year in the Galapagos Islands, join us for an exclusive Boundless Journeys charter, December 25, 2014 - January 4, 2015. For more details, visit our Galapagos New Year's Cruise Trip Page.
Galapagos Islands Trip Overview
There is no better synonym for Ecuador than diversity. This small country has a cultural and biological richness that is difficult to find anywhere else in the world. The Galapagos Islands live up to our dreams of a sheltered place far removed from the usual concerns. The skies are almost always sunny, and the sea breezes create that perfect air temperature, instantly relaxing the body. The ocean is an ever inviting turquoise blue, matched by long sandy beaches of crystal white, pink, and volcanic black. There are quiet coves and mangrove lagoons, and that's just for starters. What will make your exploration of the Galapagos Islands truly exceptional are the many opportunities for close-up encounters with wildlife. The islands and surrounding waters are quite literally teeming with exotic and colorful creatures that have never learned to fear humans.
Our naturalist-led cruise introduces us to many wonders that are unique to the Galapagos Islands. We visit blue-footed boobies, land iguanas basking in the sun, lively sea lions, and families of penguins, among many other diverse species. Our active adventure allows us to discover the Galapagos from many different perspectives. We enjoy snorkeling with sea lions, walking on volcanic islands, paddling kayaks through peaceful mangrove lagoons, strolling bare-footed along sun drenched beaches, or simply lying back and relaxing in the equatorial sun.
Itinerary at a Glance
Days 1-2: Arrive in Quito or Guayaquil, Ecuador and transfer to your hotel. Optional guided tours on Day 2, or feel free to explore these fascinating cities on your own.
Days 3-9: Fly to the Galapagos Islands and board your yacht. The next seven days are sure to be among the most memorable of your life as we cruise the Galapagos, visiting many of the same places Charles Darwin did over 150 years ago. Each day provides one-of-a-kind experiences, discovering the wonders of the islands with a naturalist guide. Visit several islands, each with its own special highlights: beautiful beaches, great snorkeling, volcanoes, marine iguanas, penguins, giant tortoises, and other delights. Cruise the islands in style on our deluxe yacht, with private bathrooms, hot showers, and air conditioning.
Day 10: Return to Quito or Guayaquil mid-late afternoon.
Day 11: Depart at your leisure.
Traveling with the Kids?
Designated family departures are offered on the Eclipse, and on the Eric, Flamingo & Letty, and feature age-appropriate activities depending on the ages and number of children on board. Our naturalist guides know how to bring these Islands they love to life and to balance learning with fun for the entire family.
Proud Members of the International Galapagos Tour Operators Association
A non-profit association dedicated to the complete and lasting protection of the Galapagos Islands. Their mission is to preserve the Galapagos Islands as a unique and priceless world heritage site, that will provide enjoyment, education, adventure, and inspiration to present and future generations of travelers. If you travel to the Galapagos Islands the most important decision you make is the choice of a responsible travel company. By choosing an IGTOA member you will travel with a knowledgeable and responsible tour operator that supports sustainable ecotourism.
CHOOSE FROM ONE OF THE FOLLOWING YACHTS:
- The Cormorant: A deluxe 16-passenger catamaran featuring cabins with private balconies, a sundeck Jacuzzi, and two interconnecting cabins - perfect for friends or family.
- The Athala II: A recently renovated deluxe 16-passenger catamaran featuring a Jacuzzi, cabins with large portrait windows, and main deck cabins with private balconies.
- The Eclipse: A deluxe 48-passenger yacht, with spacious cabins, large sundeck and Jacuzzi, and one naturalist guide for every 12 passengers.
- The Eric, Flamingo & Letty: Superior first-class 20 passenger yachts, each with a comfortable sundeck, 2 naturalist guides, and 10 cabins.
For more details, click on the Accommodations tab above.
Our tours often fill months in advance, and our maximum group size is smaller than most tour operators. It's very quick and easy to reserve a trip. Give us a call at 800-941-8010 or complete the online Reserve a Trip form. We will confirm your reservation with a $500 per person deposit, payable by check or credit card.
Trip Rating (1 Easiest - 5 Most Strenuous)
Traveling to and From
Most Convenient Airport:
Quito International Airport (Airport code UIO), or Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport, Guayaquil (Airport code GYE).
Meeting Time and Place:
You will be met at your choice of Quito or Guayaquil airport by a Boundless Journeys representative upon the arrival of your international flight on the first day of the trip (Day 1). Please look for a sign with your name on it, or that of Boundless Journeys. Most flights from the U.S. arrive into Ecuador in the late afternoon or evening. You will be transferred to our first hotel where, if you choose, you will be picked up for a day tour at 9:00 a.m. on Day 2, or you will be transported to the airport for your flight to the Galapagos Islands on the morning of Day 3.
Departure Time and Place:
Day 11, at your leisure, Quito International Airport or Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport, Guayaquil.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Boundless Journeys’ trips are designed for energetic and flexible individuals who like to be active and have a spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. The Galapagos Islands is rated 1+, easy, on a scale of 1-5 (with 5 being the most strenuous). The walks on this trip average 2-4 hours per day. There will be plenty of time in the Galapagos for optional snorkeling, swimming, or sea kayaking.
The Galapagos Islands have a subtropical climate regulated by the cold Humboldt Current and the warm El Niño Current. November through March is the warmest time of year, with highs in the upper 80's. Although the islands receive slightly more rainfall during this time, the lower elevations of the islands, where you will spend almost your entire trip, typically offer blue skies and sunshine with occasional haze. The sea is at its warmest and is usually calmer at this time of year. Average temperatures for the Galapagos Islands range from the upper 70's in the summer to the mid to upper 80's in the winter and spring.
Average surface water temperatures for the Galapagos Islands range from 70°F in the fall to 76°F in the winter.
You may obtain more detailed weather information by visiting www.weatherbase.com.
Overview: A first-class city hotel in your choice of Quito or Guayaquil, and a deluxe yacht to cruise the Galapagos Islands. All private baths.
Nights 1, 2 & 10: Hotel Patio Andaluz
Hotel Patio Andaluz, located in the heart of the historic Quito, is surrounded by churches, museums and national monuments. Its spacious restaurant, El Rincón de Cantuña, inside its main patio offers excellent options of Ecuadorian and Spanish flavors and a variety of wines from its recognized wine cellar.
Nights 1, 2 & 10: Wyndham Hotel
Nights 3-9: Cruise
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Boundless Journeys' yachts are all rated first-class, or luxury. They boast the most spacious accommodations, top level cuisine, private baths, air conditioned cabins, and superior service onboard to ensure an unforgettable Galapagos experience.
48 guests in 26 cabins, plus 31 crew members, 4 naturalist guides, 1 cruise director and 1 doctor.
The Eclipse accommodates half the number of passengers of vessels her size in the Galapagos. This vessel preserves a smaller boat atmosphere and attention to detail. Features aboard the Eclipse include an alfresco dining area for all 48 passengers, a naturalist guide for every 12 passengers, two single passenger cabins, and a library/video room. The Eclipse is equipped with such amenities as air conditioning, a Jacuzzi, observation deck, and an entertainment center with library, stereo, TV, and on-board shop for anything thing you might have forgotten. Click here for The Eclipse Deck Plan.
The Eric, Flamingo, and Letty
Each boat features 20 guests in 10 cabins, plus 10 crew members, and 2 naturalist guides.
Built in 1991 and refurbished annually, these superior first-class sister yachts accommodate no more than 20 guests each and feature three decks of spacious staterooms with polished teak interiors trimmed with shiny brass fittings. Accommodations include ten double outside-facing cabins with a window or porthole view, one double bed or two twin lower beds, fully air-conditioned with private bath (hot and cold water showers), hair dryer, closet, drawers, intercom and separate climate controls for your comfort. There’s a dining room, well-stocked bar and conference area with a flat screen TV and panoramic picture windows. You can always relax in a lounge chair on the sun deck and enjoy sea breezes, sunshine or a sky full of stars. Click here for The Eric, Flamingo, and Letty Deck Plan.
The Athala II
16 guests in 8 cabins, plus 10 crew members, 1 naturalist guide, and 1 cruise manager.
The newly refurbished Athala II is unrivalled in offering the generous, comfortable accommodation and amenities of a larger boat while still preserving the relaxed exclusivity of a smaller vessel. All cabins on board are deluxe, with well-appointed private bathrooms, air conditioning, and large portrait windows. The main deck also boasts the dining area and a separate comfortable lounge area complete with plasma TVs, lap tops (no internet service), a DVD player, stereo, and library. The upper deck has a well-stocked bar, Jacuzzi, and a beautiful open teak deck area for relaxation, al fresco dining, and barbeques. The huge sundeck is great for whale and dolphin watching or to simply relax and soak up the sun between island excursions. In the evenings there is no better place for star gazing. Click here for The Athala II Deck Plan.
16 guests in 9 cabins, plus 10 crew members, and 1 naturalist guide.
The Cormorant is a beautiful 16-passenger vessel with all the little touches necessary to make a Galapagos cruise truly memorable. All staterooms feature individually controlled air conditioning and a private balcony; even the bathrooms have panoramic windows. The two suites on the Main Deck are especially spacious, and the four Upper Deck staterooms can be interconnected, offering great flexibility, particularly for families. As one of the newest vessel in the Galapagos, the Cormorant features a fresh, modern design and plenty of places to lounge, such as in the Sun Deck Jacuzzi and the well-curated library. This high quality, high value vessel is the epitome of affordable luxury. Click here for the Cormorant Deck Plan.
A Boundless Moment in the Galapagos Islands...
As rotund and unwieldy as they appear on land, underwater, Galapagos penguins are the hawks of the sea. Sleek and aerodynamic, they dart through the water like speeding torpedoes, changing course with just the smallest flip of their wings. With our large fins and snorkeling masks, we must look strange to them, but they regard us only with curiosity and continue on their way.
ECUADOR DETAILED ITINERARY
Arrival in Ecuador
Welcome to Ecuador! Upon arrival of your flight into Quito or Guayaquil, you will be met by a Boundless Journeys representative and transferred to your hotel.
Patio Andaluz, Quito, or Wyndham Hotel, Guayaquil
Today’s activities are entirely up to you. Perhaps you will decide to join a Boundless Journeys guide for a city tour of Quito or Guayaquil, or a drive into the highlands and the famous market town of Otavalo (day tours are at an additional expense). Of course, you may also choose to spend the day exploring on your own.
Quito is nestled in a long, narrow valley in the Andes, between the Pichincha Volcano to the west and the Machángara River Canyon to the east. The historical center – or “old town,” as it is called – is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a maze of colonial splendor.
If you prefer to explore the volcanic highlands of Ecuador you may opt to take a 2 ½ hour drive north from Quito to Otavalo, Ecuador’s famed market town. Here you can find all types of indigenous handicrafts, from woven wall-hangings and skillfully embroidered blouses and dresses, to hand-knitted alpaca sweaters, rustic ceramics, and Panama hats. In addition to the crafts market, Otavalo has a farmers’ market where there is colorful and interesting Andean produce such as quinoa, tree tomatoes, and babaco.
Guayaquil, located further south on the Pacific coast, offers a multitude of archaeological and colonial sites, monuments, museums, and parks. Some of the main attractions of Guayaquil include a newly restored boardwalk, Malecon 2000, with an incredible view of Guayas River, the famous Iguana Park (Parque Bolívar), and colonial churches such as The Cathedral, La Merced, and Santo Domingo.
You may also simply relax today in preparation for an unforgettable week in the Galapagos Islands.
Patio Andaluz, Quito, or Wyndham Hotel, Guayaquil
DAY 3 - MORNING
Fly to the Galapagos Islands
Following an early breakfast, we transfer to the airport for our flight to the Galapagos Islands. As we approach the islands, the inviting turquoise-blue water surrounding the coast comes into view. We arrive in San Cristobal or Baltra, depending on your expedition vessel. Our naturalist Galapagos guide meets us after passing through park inspection, and soon we depart from shore aboard a zodiac to reach our yacht. The captain and crew are there to greet us and show us to our cabins as well as give us a tour of the boat.
The next eight days are sure to be memorable as we cruise the Galapagos Islands, visiting many of the same places Charles Darwin did over 150 years ago. The active itinerary from our yacht features walks and hikes during shore excursions, and plenty of opportunities for snorkeling and sea kayaking in tranquil coves and lagoons.
Deluxe Yacht, The Galapagos Islands
DAYS 3 – 10
Galapagos Islands Cruise
Standard cruise is 8 days; longer and shorter options are available upon request.
The cruise itinerary varies according to weather and local events, new Galapagos regulations, and to allow serendipity to play a hand in your experience, but most trips will visit a combination of the following islands. For a list of the islands you can expect to visit on each cruise please click on the links at the end of this section.
On Santa Cruz Island, we look for giant tortoises, Woodpecker Finches, and other diverse species in the highlands. We also visit the Charles Darwin Research Center in Puerto Ayora. On the north side of the island, we may enjoy flamingos and other coastal birds on the beautiful white sands of Las Bachas Beach, or perhaps visit the iguana nesting site at Cerro Dragon. From here a short panga ride takes us to Black Turtle Cove, one of the most beautiful marine sites in the Galapagos. This complex maze of salt-water inlets, surrounded by three different species of mangrove, is a resting site for sea turtles, rays, and sharks.
A visit to Puerto Egas on Santiago Island begins with a walk along the rocky coast where we glimpse some of the best tide pools in the Galapagos Islands. Along the way we may encounter the endemic Galapagos Hawk, the colorful Vermillion Flycatcher, marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs, and sea lions. A short distance beyond these tide pools is the fur seal grotto, where fur seals and sea lions can be seen swimming in the rocky lava-ringed pools. The crystal clear water and volcanic bridges make this a magnificent place for swimming and snorkeling.
Less than an hour north from Puerto Egas is Buccaneer’s Cove, with steep cliffs made of tuff formations, and a dark reddish-purple sand beach. This dramatic landscape is made all the more impressive by the hundreds of seabirds perched atop the cliffs.
Neighboring Espumilla Beach is an important nesting site for marine turtles. Here we may have the chance to swim or snorkel, and those with a watchful eye may spot a variety of Darwin finches or a Vermilion Flycatcher.
On the east coast of Santiago Island is Sullivan Bay, where lava flowed less than 100 years ago. This is the perfect place to see and feel the volcanic origin of the Galapagos Islands. We conclude our walk on a white coral-sand beach where we may have the chance to snorkel with sea lions, tropical fish, turtles, and reef sharks.
On North Seymour Island the rocky shore displays white sand and large flocks of pelicans. Along our trail we may encounter Blue-footed Boobies and the largest nesting site in the Galapagos of the Magnificent Frigatebird.
Bartolomé Island has two visitor sites. At the first site, we can swim and snorkel around Pinnacle Rock, where penguins are usually seen. From here a short panga ride takes us to a dry landing for a climb to the highest point on the islands. The route is not difficult and presents remnants of the last volcanic eruption: tuff cones and lava tubes in various stages of erosion. From the summit we gain a spectacular view of Santiago Island, James Bay, and Pinnacle Rock.
Española (Hood Island) is the southernmost island in the archipelago, and one of the most popular due to the breathtaking variety and sheer number of endemic fauna. At Punta Suárez, sea lions surf the waves, marine iguanas bask in the sun, Nazca and Blue-footed Boobies nest alongside the trail, and Galapagos Doves, Cactus Finch, and mockingbirds forage in the underbrush. Our trail continues to a shelf of black lava where a blowhole shoots a geyser of water into the air. Farther east along the cliffs is the “Albatross Airport” where Waved Albatrosses line up to launch their great bodies into the air.
On the northeastern shore of Española, Gardner Bay offers a magnificent long white-sand beach, where colonies of sea lions laze in the sun, sea turtles swim offshore, and mockingbirds boldly investigate new arrivals. We may have time to snorkel or kayak by Tortuga Rock and Gardner Island, encountering sea lions and large schools of tropical fish.
On Floreana Island there are opportunities to swim in the crystal clear waters of Champion Islet. Here an extinct volcano peaks out of the waters just off of Floreana’s coast and offers a magnificent snorkeling experience. From here we head to Cormorant Point for a hike to a salt-water lagoon which is home to flamingos.
Also on Floreana Island is the famous Post Office Bay, where 18th-century whalers placed a wooden barrel for use 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 your post card arrives to its destination before you even get home!
Genovesa Island (Tower Island) is alive with an active year-round colony of frigatebirds, the males inflating their red pouches to attract the females overhead. We also view Red-footed and Nazca Boobies and thousands of Storm Petrels. We may have the opportunity to snorkel along the cliffs of Tower Island’s submerged caldera where angelfish, parrotfish, and perhaps manta rays can be see; or perhaps walk up Prince Philip’s Steps to a narrow stretch of land that opens onto the plateau surrounding Darwin Bay. Here we may encounter Red-footed Boobies, Masked Boobies, and the Short-eared Owl.
Isabela Island, the largest island in the Galapagos, is made up of a series of volcanoes. Tagus Cove makes for an ideal panga ride beneath its sheltered cliffs, where Blue-footed Boobies, Brown Noddies, pelicans, and Noddy Terns make their nests, and Flightless Cormorants and penguins inhabit the lava ledges. We continue along the southwestern coast of Isabela to visit the mangrove lagoons of Elizabeth Bay and Urbina Bay, where land iguanas and giant tortoises roam. On the northern part of this diverse island, we visit Punta Vicente Roca, where the remnants of Volcano Ecuador, along with the upwelling of cold water currents, create an abundance of marine life in sheltered turquoise coves.
A visit to Isabela may also include the Wetlands, a series of trails past lagoons, streams, and mangrove swamps during low tide; or the Wall of Tears, a historic site where prisoners built a wall with huge blocks of lava. Here a set of stairs provides a bird’s eye view of the Wall and the surrounding landscape.
Isabela is also home to a Giant Tortoise Breeding Center where we can observe tortoises of all ages and sizes. We also learn about the reproduction and rearing of giant tortoises and see all the work that is being carried out to help recover the wild populations of these species.
A short distance from Isabela is the small island known as Las Tintoreras. Here a colony of white tip sharks can often be seen resting in a lava canal. We may have the opportunity to snorkel or swim in the unique habitat of these animals. Nearby, hundreds of marine iguanas can be observed, as Las Tintoreras is one of their main breeding sites. On the nearby sandy beaches, sea lions play and relax in the sun.
At Punta Espinosa on Fernandina Island, penguins dive from the rocks into the sea, red and turquoise-blue zayapas crabs scatter across the shoreline, and herons and egrets forage through the mangrove roots. A short walk leads us to a large colony of marine iguanas resting atop one another in friendly heaps along the shore. Nearby, sea lions frolic in a sheltered lagoon, and farther down the shore we visit with the world’s only species of Flightless Cormorants.
Rábida Island is one of the most volcanically varied islands in the chain. A visit here begins with a wet landing on its deep-maroon colored northern beach. Marine iguanas and sea lions are often seen resting in the shade of the caves nearby. Behind the beach is a salt brush home where Brown Pelicans make their nests. Rábida may be the only opportunity visitors have to see pelicans nesting up close. On the cliffs above the pelicans, Blue-footed and Masked Boobies can be seen. Following the path, we arrive at a small saltwater lagoon where Pink Flamingos, Bahama Pintail Ducks, and Common Stilts are frequently seen feeding. Rábida offers the best lagoons in the islands for viewing flamingos.
Isla Lobos, or Sea-Lion Island, is home to many lively sea lions. It is also a nesting place for Blue-footed Boobies and a good place for snorkeling.
Daphne Major is the site of a major scientific research project. Scientists have captured and banded each of the island’s finches, monitoring the birds in an attempt to earn a greater understanding of their lives. A circumference cruise around this island introduces us to the many birds and sea lions that live here.
Mosquera Islet is located between North Seymour and Baltra Islands. This flat, sandy island attracts many sea lions. It is also a good place to observe shorebirds such as herons and Lava Gulls.
South Plaza Island has one of the largest populations of land iguanas in the Galapagos. These larger than average yellow-brown land iguanas feed on the fruit and pads of the prickly pear cactus.
South Plaza is also home to marine iguanas living along the coast and a hybrid iguana whose fathers are marine iguanas and mothers are land iguanas. As we walk along the sea cliffs, Swallow-tailed Gulls, Frigatebirds, Audubon Shearwaters, Red-billed Tropicbirds, Brown Pelicans, Blue-footed Boobies and Masked Boobies are frequently seen. Along the shore a colony of bachelor sea lions can be seen.
Visits to Santa Fe Island begin with a panga ride across a lovely turquoise lagoon. Once ashore we enjoy the company of many sea lion colonies. Our loop trail leads past salt bushes where Galapagos Hawks can easily be approached. Hiking towards the cliffs leads us to a forest of prickly pear cactus.
Santa Fe is home to endemic land iguanas. These iguanas are the largest in the islands and they are beige to chocolate brown in color. Reaching the summit there is a stunning view of the cove beneath.
Returning to the beach, there is often time to snorkel in the lagoon. Playful sea lion pups and fluorescent fish make for fascinating company. Or we may visit a submerged rock where several manta rays and marine turtles can be found.
Heading northeast along the coast to San Cristobal Island, we land on the inviting powdery beach of Playa Ochoa, home to a small colony of sea lions. A tidal lagoon sitting behind the beach is frequented by flamingos, Darwin Finches, and the endemic San Cristobal Mockingbird. We may also have time to visit the Galapagos National Park Visitor Center, or we may drive to La Galapaguera, one of the Galapagos National Park’s tortoise breeding centers. From San Cristobal Island we pay a visit to Leon Dormido, also known as Kicker Rock. This spectacular formation rises 500 feet out of the Pacific.
Sombrero Chino is a small islet near the southeastern coast of Santiago Island. Its name translated to English means ‘Chinese Hat’; a name that makes perfect sense because of its unique shape. Here we find interesting geological formations, various marine species such as Sally Lightfoot crabs and sea lions, as well as different species of Darwin’s finches.
For a list of the islands visited on each cruise, click on the links below.
End Cruise and Return to Quito or Guayaquil
Today we motor back to port followed by a flight to Guayaquil or Quito. Arriving mid- to late afternoon, depending on your cruise, you are transferred to your hotel for a relaxing evening and dinner on your own.
Patio Andaluz, Quito, or Wyndham Hotel, Guayaquil
Today, at your leisure, you are transferred to the airport to connect with flights home.
Eclipse Daily Itinerary
Eric, Flamingo & Letty Daily Itinerary
Athala II Daily Itinerary
Cormorant Daily Itinerary
From $4,585 per person
Trip Cost Details
All prices include 2 pre-cruise and one post-cruise night in your choice of Quito or Guayaquil, all airport transfers, 8-day cruise, and breakfasts on the mainland. Please inquire for 4, 5, or 6-day cruise rates.
2015 High Season Rates:
Deluxe Stateroom: $7,635 per person
Superior Stateroom: $7,235 per person
Stateroom: $6,635 per person
Standard Stateroom: $6,335 per person
Single Stateroom: $6,535
2015 Low Season Rates:
(Cruises departuring January 3, January 10, and September 26 - December 12, 2015)
Deluxe Stateroom: $7,385 per person
Superior Stateroom: $6,885 per person
Stateroom: $6,335 per person
Standard Stateroom: $6,035 per person
Single Stateroom: $6,235
- Children under 12 will benefit from a 25% discount on all departures except Easter, Christmas, and New Years cruises. This discount applies to the cruise only. One child discount per Deluxe triple cabins.
- Single Supplement: 1.5 x the twin rate for Staterooms, and 2 x the twin rate for Superior and Deluxe Staterooms. No Single Supplement for Single Stateroom.
- Third person in Deluxe Stateroom is assessed at the Twin Stateroom cabin rate.
- Fuel Surcharge $260 per person.
- Holiday Surcharge $400 per person.
The Eric, Flamingo, and Letty
Dolphin Deck: $5,485 per person
Booby Deck: $5,135 per person
Iguana Deck: $4,685 per person
Single Cabin on Iguana Deck: $6,685
Triple Cabin on Iguana Deck: $4,585 per person
- Children under 12 will benefit from a 25% discount, and children 12-17 will benefit from a 15% discount on all departures except Easter, Christmas, and New Years cruises. This discount applies to the cruise only. One child’s discount per adult fare. Iguana deck only - based on double occupancy rate.
- Children 7 and older welcome on family and teen departures. Inquire for specific dates.
- Children 12 and older welcome on all departures.
- Private charters for up to 20 passengers available upon request.
The Athala II
2015 Rates (based on double occupancy)
Upper Deck: $6,085 per person high season; $5,835 per person low season
Main Deck with balcony: $6,335 per person high season; $6,085 per person low season
Low season dates: Cruises departing January 3, January 10, August 29 - September 12, and October 31 - December 12, 2015.
- Children under 12 will benefit from a 25% discount on all departures except Easter, Christmas, and New Years cruises. This discount applies to the cruise only.
- Children are welcome from the age of 8 and up.
- Private charters available for up to 16 passengers upon request.
- Single Supplement 1.5 x rate for cabin selected.
- Fuel Surcharge $200 per person.
- Holiday Surcharge $400 per person.
2015 Rates (based on double occupancy)
Stateroom: $6,820 per person
Suite: $7,365 per person
- Children under 12 will benefit from a 25% discount. This discount applies to the cruise only.
- Private charters for up to 16 passengers available upon request.
- Single Supplement: 50% surcharge.
Optional Pre/Post Cruise Day Tours:
City tour in Quito or Guayaquil: $175 per person for 2+ guests (including lunch)
Day trip to Otavalo Market from Quito: $250 per person for 2+ guests (including lunch)
Solo travelers please inquire for pricing.
Consider a Pre or Post Tour Extension:
Trip extensions to the Ecuadorian Amazon or the Highlands can be organized upon request. Please call 1-800-941-8010 for more details.
Accommodations (hotels, tents, cruise cabins) are based on double occupancy. A single supplement is paid by participants who specifically request single accommodations, subject to availability. If you reserve at least 120 days prior to departure, you may be eligible for a reduced or free single supplement.* This is generally limited to the first one or two solo travelers to reserve, and the reduction is outlined in the pricing for each trip. Please note, free or reduced single supplements are not combinable with other offers or promotions.
If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will try to match you with a roommate of the same gender. If you reserve at least 120 days ahead and a roommate is not available, you will only be charged a “forced” single supplement in the amount of 50% of the standard single supplement* (unless otherwise noted in the detailed itinerary). Single accommodations are limited so you are encouraged to reserve early!
*This does not apply to cruises in the Galapagos Islands. Please see these trip pages for more details.
Quito or Guayaquil - Galapagos - Quito or Guayaquil
Galapagos Park Fees & Transit Card
- Bilingual naturalist guide
- Accommodations on your choice of Deluxe yachts
- Two pre-cruise nights, and one post-cruise night in your choice of Quito or Guayaquil
- All activities as noted in the itinerary
- All meals on cruise; breakfasts on the mainland
- All airport transfers
Please complete the following information to request a reservation. A trip deposit of $500 per person is required to confirm your reservation (payable by check or major credit card). Once we receive your request we will contact you within one business day to confirm availability and answer any questions you may have.
About our guides
With a Boundless Journeys guide, your experience is that of friend and local adventurer. We believe strongly in working with local guides, experts in the areas to which we travel, and they hold the keys to unlocking the hidden delights of your chosen destination. Although you will never know they are at work – the mark of a truly great leader – our guides make magical things happen and add a dimension to your trip that you could not experience on your own.
Over the years we have forged bonds with some of the best guides in the world, and we typically work with a small team of guides in each region. Our guides in the Galapagos Islands are known for their dedication to conservation in the Islands, and the passion they bring to their work.
Cecibel Guerrero: Ecuadorian born, “Ceci” spent 15 years living and studying in Toronto, Canada. After having two children she returned to the Galapagos Islands as a Naturalist Guide - the place she loves the most. She enjoys snorkeling and has a special interest in reptiles. Ceci has a contagious enthusiasm and says she feels "blessed and honored to work in one of the most pristine places on earth."
Javier Cando: Javier was born and raised in the Galapagos Islands. He grew up on his parents’ ranch near a small, yet charming town in the Santa Cruz Highlands called Bellavista. It was here, working with his parents at their ranch, that he grew to appreciate the beauty and fragile nature of the Islands. After obtaining a high school degree in the Galapagos Islands, he transferred to the mainland to continue his studies with the hope of one day becoming a Naturalist Guide. In 1992, all of his hard work paid off and Javier earned his license and began guiding in the Islands. He did not stop there however, he also became a certified Dive Master, and is involved in Galapagos Islands conservation programs.
Jorge Garcia: Originally from San Cristobal Island, Jorge is a Naturalist Guide and certified Dive Master. He studied Environmental Conservation and is interested in protecting and maintaining natural areas within the Park. Jorge has served in various public positions within the Islands, such as President of the Association of Guides in the Galapagos Islands for two years, Provincial Counselor of the Galapagos Islands from 1998-2002, and Deputy of the Galapagos Province from 2002-2006. Currently he works with the Charles Darwin Station and National Geographic to monitor Galapagos Sharks.
Karina Lopez: Karina has Bachelors degree in Tourism and Hotel Management. She has been a Naturalist Guide and Dive Master in the Galapagos Islands since 1997. She enjoys snorkeling, kayaking, swimming, and of course, diving. Terrific with guests of all ages, Karina often guides our family departures.
Washington Tapia: Washington is a Santa Cruz Island native. He is a Dive Master and a certified Naturalist Guide. He graduated college with a degree in Physics and Mathematics, and has completed many specialty courses including Environmental Implementation, Guiding in the Galapagos Marine Reserve, and Naturalist Guide courses II and III.
What other guests have said about our guides in the Galapagos Islands:
“The guides went out of their way to help everyone have a good experience. They were able to explain everything from biology and geology to human history and conservation efforts. My whole family has never had so much fun while learning so much. We are all absolutely recommending this trip to our friends!” – R.M.
“The naturalists were amazing. The ship had a wide range of passengers, from a 7 1/2 year old to a 65 year old, and yet they were able to explain things in a way that was interesting for everyone. Their knowledge and interaction was fun and kept the group interested. They were kind to everyone and made sure that each passenger had an amazing experience. Thanks to all for an unforgettable Galapagos adventure!” – J.S.
“Our guides were wonderful: informative, skilled, caring, prepared, and funny; and their command of the English language was perfect. All of them were warm, friendly, proficient and showed a genuine concern for making sure that all onboard had a great time. It was a once-in-a-lifetime amazing experience! Again, thank you for everything!” – S.A.
“The trip was everything and more than we could have expected. First of all, our guides were sensational. They really are Galapagos naturalists rather than guides. Their knowledge of the islands and its fauna and flora was outstanding. Their patience and ability to get along with everyone was remarkable. They gave you the feeling that they were seeing things for the very first time—even though they obviously had led many trips. – A.M.
Picture Yourself Here:
Active 8-day Galapagos Islands cruise aboard a deluxe yacht
Breathtaking nature walks, snorkeling, kayaking, and swimming
Fascinating Galapagos wildlife, including Blue-footed Boobies, playful sea lions, giant tortoises, and land iguanas
Swimming with sea lions and snorkeling with penguins
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Private trips to the Ecuadorian Amazon or the Highlands can be organized upon request. Please call 1-800-941-8010 for more details.
GALAPAGOS ISLANDS SPECIAL EVENT
If you would like to spend the holidays in the Galapagos Islands, join us for an exclusive Boundless Journeys charter, December 17-27, 2015. For more details, visit our Galapagos Islands Holiday Cruise Trip Page.
What others have said...
We saw indescribable beauty every day, came home with an understanding of the islands from the conservation and preservation aspect, and with a love for the wildlife native to the islands. We will cherish and discuss with friends and family this remarkable trip for a lifetime.
- Marilyn Z., Ecuador: The Galapagos Islands
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