Navigating as of July 8th, 2018, the Galapagos Endemic is the newest and most luxurious cruise yacht in the Galapagos archipelago. Designed by a team of experienced shipwrights with the input of guides, tour operators, ship captains, and even tourists, the Galapagos Endemic is the ultimate way to see the Enchanted Islands in style and comfort.

LAST MINUTE DEALS DEPARTURES & DATES
SEPTEMBER 26 – 29 4 DAYS FROM $ 3,590 TO $2,800
OCTOBER 10 – 15 6 DAYS FROM $ 5,590 TO $4,650
 OCTOBER 15 – 20 6 DAYS FROM $ 5,590 TO $5,320
OCTOBER 20 – 24 5 DAYS FROM $ 4,650 TO $4,435
OCTOBER 20 – 27 8 DAYS FROM $ 7,450 TO $7,090
OCTOBER 24 – 27 4 DAYS FROM $ 3,590 TO $3,390
OCTOBER 27 – NOVEMBER 3 8 DAYS FROM $ 7,450 TO $7,090
NOVEMBER 7 – 12 6 DAYS FROM $ 5,590 TO $5,320
NOVEMBER 21 – 24 4 DAYS FROM $ 3,590 TO $3,390
DECEMBER 1 – 5 5 DAYS FROM $4,650 TO $4,435
DECEMBER 5 – 10 6 DAYS FROM $5,590 TO $5,320
DECEMBER 10 – 15 6 DAYS FROM $5,590 TO $5,320
 

RATES

DESCRIPTION 8 DAYS 5 DAYS 4 DAYS
GOLDEN SUITE $ 7,450 $ 4,650 $ 3,590
GOLDEN PREMIUM $ 8,050 $ 5,025 $ 3,890
CHARTER $ 113,620 $ 70,920 $ 54,850
 

NOTES

  • Single supplement 50%
  • Fuel Surcharge: $ NIL
  • Child discount: 25%
  • Christmas and New Year’s supplement: 10%
  • Charter rates don’t apply for Christmas and New Year.
  • Prices per person, based on a double occupancy
INCLUDED
Meals: From lunch on day 1, until breakfast on the final day
Drinking water, tea, coffee, snacks.
Bus ticket Baltra Airport / Itabaca Channel – $5 pp
Accommodation with private bathroom Excursions as listed in the itinerary, with a certifies naturalist bilingual guide (Spanish/English)
Snorkel equipment
Local transportation Professional guide
NOT INCLUDED Entrance fees Galapagos: Galapagos National Park $100 pp (subject to change)
Galapagos transit control card $20 pp
Isabela docking fee $15 pp *Depending on IT. Santa Cruz Highland Tortoises ranch $5
YACHT WEBSITE https://www.goldengalapagoscruises.com

*Itineraries are subject to National Park regulations and can be modified without previous notice.

*Prices are subject to change without prior notice.

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West & Central Islands + Genovesa

In this itinerary, you visit the newest part of the islands in the west, going around Isabella where you can see the Flightless Cormorants only found in this area, then visit Santa Cruz and the central area plus Genovesa that is known for the variety of birds that can be found.

Highlights

Kayak, snorkel or take a panga ride around the tranquil bay of Genovesa
Walk over recent lava flows in Punta Espinoza
Visit Arnaldo Tupiza Breeding Center, home to hundreds of baby tortoises
Hike along with scenic rock formations surrounded by cactus groves at Rabida

SUNDAY Arrival to Baltra & Santa Cruz: Bachas Beach
MONDAY Genovesa: Darwin Bay, Prince Phillip Steps
TUESDAY Santa Cruz: Twin Craters & Santiago: Sullivan Bay
WEDNESDAY Isabela: Wetlands, Sierra Negra Volcano, Arnoldo Tupiza Breeding Center & Wall of Tears
THURSDAY Isabela: Elizabeth Bay & Urbina Bay
FRIDAY Isabela: Tagus Cove & Fernandina: Espinoza Point
SATURDAY Santiago: Buccaneer Cove, Espumilla Beach & Red Beach – Rabida
SUNDAY Mosquera Islet & Transfer to Baltra´s Airport

ITINERARY ENDEMIC CRUISE

Sunday AM: 

Arrival at Baltra Island Airport

Sunday PM:

Bachas Beach, Santa Cruz Island.

Prepare to be welcomed ashore by a stunning white sand beach which is known as a popular nesting site for turtles. You will surely be guaranteed to see an array of vibrant red Sally Lightfoot crabs and hermit crabs and may even be lucky enough to spot some flamingos in the lagoons behind the beach. The remnants of a rusted barge, that was likely to have been abandoned by the Americans during WWII, also provide an insight into the human history of the island.

Monday AM:

Darwin Bay, Genovesa Island

Arrive at this horse-shoe shaped island and step ashore the white sand and coral beach that was formed by a submerged volcanic crater. This is an ideal place to snorkel in calm, sheltered waters amongst hammerhead sharks, rays and a plethora of colorful reef fish. A short trail leads past a tidal lagoon and mangroves, home to a variety of land bird species, including Nazca and red-footed boobies and swallow-tailed gulls. The top of the craggy hill provides the perfect viewpoint to pause and look down on the bay below.

Monday PM:

Prince Philip’s Steps, Genovesa Island

Begin your expedition at the bottom of the rocky stairway where you may be lucky enough to spot a small colony of seals. As you ascend the steep steps up the 25-meter cliff face, be sure to look out for the sea life nestled in the crevices and flocks of storm petrels, short-eared lava owls, and Galapagos Doves. Catch your breath at the top and take in the dramatic view before continuing along a rocky lava plateau that is a popular nesting spot for red-footed boobies and frigates.

Tuesday AM:

The Twins, Santa Cruz Island

Although volcanic activity here ceased long ago, the island’s geological features provide an insight into its history and formation. A trail will lead you around the rim of two remarkable, almost identical, craters located side by side. The surrounding highlands are lush with ferns and Scalesia trees and are home to mockingbirds, Bahama ducklings, white-cheeked pintail duckling, and Darwin finches. Nearby you will also have the unique opportunity to walk through some of the extraordinary underground lava tubes, which have been carved out by molten lava.

Tuesday PM:

Sullivan Bay, Santiago Island

As a result of a relatively recent volcanic eruption, Sullivan Bay is covered in an unusual black rope like formations of cooled lava with small openings known as ‘hornitos’ (literally meaning ‘little ovens’), caused by the release of pressure built up under the surface. Despite the seemingly hostile environment, you will still find many Sally Lightfoot crabs and marine iguanas and can top of your visit with a swim or snorkel with sea lions and penguins.

Wednesday AM:

Sierra Negra, Isabela Island

As the largest and one of the youngest islands, Isabela Island is still fairly volcanically active. The Sierra Negra is one of the six volcanoes that form the island, and it boasts the second largest caldera in the world, spanning an impressive 9 x 10 km. As you hike or horse ride up to and around the caldera, observe how the landscape changes seamlessly from barren lava fields to forests full of guava trees and revel in the breathtaking views across the island and the neighboring volcanoes.

Wednesday PM:

Wetlands,
The Wall of tears,
Breeding Center, Isabela Island

Located just outside Puerto Villamil, the wetlands, comprising of lagoons, swamps, and mangroves, are a paradise for migratory birds such as stilts and flamingos. Next, a visit to the intriguing historical site known as The Wall of Tears built by prisoners between 1945-1959, sheds light on the island’s human history. Finally, a visit to the Breeding Centre provides a rare opportunity to see giant tortoises at all stages of development and find out about the invaluable work that is being carried out to preserve and protect this incredible species.

Thursday AM:

Elizabeth Bay, Isabela Island

This is an exclusive area teeming with wildlife, that is only accessible by dinghy. It is surrounded by a number of islets, where blue-footed boobies and penguins can be sighted on the rocks, and the bay itself features an unusually high and colorful mangrove forest.
The cool, calm waters attract schools of fish and make it a popular place for turtles, rays, sea lions and even sharks to gather, giving rise to a thrilling location for snorkeling and swimming.

Thursday PM:

Urbina Bay, Isabela Island

Located at the foot of the Alcedo and Darwin volcanoes, the Urbina Bay is a product of a major volcanic uplift that occurred in 1954. As a result, the shore is strewn with corals and remains of marine life. However, in a relatively short space of time, endemic plant species and wildlife have already started to thrive. It will certainly be hard to miss the impressive giant land iguanas (the largest in the Galapagos), but also keep an eye out for Galapagos hawks, giant tortoises and Darwin’s cotton plant.

Friday AM:

Tagus Cove, Isabela Island

Known to have been a popular anchorage site since the 1800s, here you will be able to see where the names of ships have been carved into the rocks, providing an intriguing historical record. A scenic trail will lead you around Darwin Lake, and if you choose to continue up to the top of the hill you will be rewarded with a majestic view back over the crystal clear waters of the lagoon; an unmissable photo opportunity.

Friday PM:

Espinoza Point, Fernandina Island

This untouched area of natural beauty is home to a booming population of iguanas and is known as a key nesting site for flightless cormorants. The combination of beautiful beaches and mangroves contrasted with the stark black lava flows create a memorable landscape.
This is also one of the best locations to see the remarkably resilient lava cactus. To top it off, you will find several good diving spots where you can be entertained by the fearless and playful sea lions and penguins.

Saturday AM:

Espumilla Beach, Santiago Island

The name Espumilla, literally meaning ‘meringue’, refers to the dream-like trail of foam left by the waves that lap this picturesque white sand beach. Here you will encounter an abundance of the brightly colored Sally Lightfoot crabs, which attract predatory birds such as hawks, herons and pelicans. This peaceful setting on the northern coast of Santiago island provides an unmissable opportunity for snorkeling and swimming amongst a raft of marine life, including species of octopi, eels, and sharks.

Saturday PM:

Buccaneer Cove, Santiago Island
Rabida Island

Buccaneer Cove was frequented over the centuries by pirates, buccaneers, and whalers. Now, it is an important nesting site for turtles and is also popular with sea lions and sting-rays. Intriguing formations in the rocks, caused by erosion, can also be observed.
The arid Rabida island is characterized by steep volcanic hills and a red sand beach. The surrounding salt bush is home to nesting pelicans, and common stilts and flamingos can be seen feeding at the lagoon. Inland, keen birdwatchers can also observe mockingbirds, yellow warblers and Darwin finches.

Sunday AM:

Mosquera Islet

This small, sandy islet, located between Baltra and North Seymour, is known for its untouched beauty. Bird watchers can delight in seeing a plentitude of shorebirds such as lava gulls herons, and you will be sure to see a number of sea lions lounging on the beach and Sally Lightfoot crabs clinging to the rocks. With no fixed trail on the island, you can do a bit of exploring or jump into the water for a snorkel for a chance to lay eyes on some sharks, turtles, and rays.

Sunday PM:

Departure from Baltra Island Airport

South & Central Islands

M/C Endemic takes you on an unforgettable experience through the Galapagos Islands. On this exceptional 8-day tour you visit the oldest part of the islands where you can enjoy swimming, kayaking & snorkeling to discover a rare and unique marine fauna. Explore along different rock formations to find Frigate Birds and Blue-Footed Boobies nesting right next to the rocky trails. find flamingos, turtles, sea lions, penguins and a great variety of birds. Learn also about the conservation programs run by the Charles Darwin Foundation that inspired the Theory of Evolution.

Highlights

Snorkel around Kicker Rock with a chance to see hammerhead sharks
Lounge and get some sunshine alongside sleeping sea lions at Española
Walk along a white coral sand beach in Witch Hill
Learn the mysterious story of the “Baroness of the Galapagos” at Floreana

SUN  Arrival to Baltra, Dragon Hill
MONDAY San Cristobal: Witch Hill, Kicker Rock, Lobos Island
TUESDAY Española: Gardner Bay, Gardner & Osborn Islet & Suarez Point
WEDNESDAY Santa Fe & Santa Cruz: Fausto Llerena Breeding Center
THURSDAY South Plaza & Bartholomew
FRIDAY Floreana: Devil’s Crown, Cormorant Point, The Baroness´ Overlook & Post Office Bay
SATURDAY Chinese Hat, Santiago Island & North Seymour
SUNDAY Black Turtle Cove& Transfer to Baltra´s Airport

ITINERARY B ENDEMIC

ITINERARY B ENDEMIC

Sunday AM:

Arrival to Baltra Island Airport

Sunday PM:

Dragon Hill, Santa Cruz Island

Visit Dragon Hill will take place, which is located in the north-western part of Santa Cruz island. Here you will have the opportunity to walk into the island and view the land iguana. Be among these magnificent reptiles, that just a few decades ago were on the brink of extinction. Moreover, at Dragon Hill, you will see a flamingos’ lagoon, pintail ducks and other endemic birds including flycatchers and warblers. After a short trek, amazing view awaits us up the hill. Offshore snorkeling before returning to the yacht.

Monday AM:

Kicker Rock, off San Cristobal Island

Witch Hill, San Cristobal Island

The first spot to be visited is Kicker Rock, an impressive geological formation due to erosion. This is a nesting place of sea birds. Additionally, curious sea

lions and marine life can be found, such as fish, turtles, sharks, rays, representing the main attraction for snorkeling. This is a nice spot to take pictures.

The next attraction to see is Witch Hill, a tuff cone hill located southwest from San Cristobal. This name comes from the Spanish name of the bird known in English as Vermilion Flycatcher. A zodiac ride will take passengers into amazing rock formations along the island shore. A white sand beach and crystal – clear waters are part of this enchanted location. Fantastic opportunity for snorkeling.

Monday PM:

Lobos Island, off San Cristobal Island

In the afternoon, you will be taken to Lobos Island, where a small population of blue-footed boobies, frigates, marine iguanas, and great frigate birds nesting can be observed. Snorkeling with sea lions in this calm bay is also part of the excursion.

Tuesday AM:

Osborn and Gardner Islets, off Española Island
Gardner Bay, Española Island

Gardner Bay is a pristine white sandy beach (one of the longest in the Galapagos), that is home to colonies of sea lions and inquisitive mockingbirds. It is also one of the world’s most important breeding sites for the waved albatross. A short dinghy ride will take you to the Osborn and Gardner Islets, which are superb locations for snorkeling with young sea lions and a greater variety of tropical fish and corals.

Tuesday PM:

Suarez Point, Española Island

Suarez Point is an area with an outstanding variety of wildlife. The walking trail will take you past nesting sites of Nazca and blue-footed boobies, whilst Galapagos doves, mockingbirds, and finches can be seen foraging nearby. You will also pass a geyser which can spray water up to 25m into the air; a spectacular feat of nature. Finally, when you reach the top of the breathtaking cliffs, you can enjoy watching waved albatrosses launching themselves out across the ocean.

Wednesday AM:

Santa Fe Island

This island was formed as a result of a volcanic uplift millions of years ago and is inhabited by the endemic yellow-green Santa Fe iguana, Galapagos snake, and rice rat. There are two main trails on the island, one that leads to a beach through a forest of tall Opuntia (prickly pear) trees; another that takes you into the highlands and culminates in a stunning clifftop viewpoint where Galapagos hawks can be sighted. It is also possible to snorkel along the shoreline with the highly entertaining sea lions.

Wednesday PM:

Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, Santa Cruz Island

Visit the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, which is also known as Charles Darwin Research Station. This place has an information center, a museum, a library, and a tortoise breeding station. In the tortoise breeding station, you can encounter tortoises of different subspecies, which are prepared for reintroduction to their natural habitats. The most popular inhabitant of this Station is probably the Lonesome George turtle, that already died in 2012.

Thursday AM:

South Plaza Island

It has unique Sesuvium plants and Opuntia cactuses scattered across the landscape which provide some of the most interesting wildlife observations available in Galapagos. Land iguanas are easily seen from the trail, frequently under the shade of cactuses, waiting for a prickly pear to fall.

Thursday PM:

Bartholomew Island

At this site, you will be able to savor the best view of Pinnacle Rock, a jagged spear like formation that has become an iconic feature of the Galapagos. A series of steps leads you past a variety of colored lava rocks to the summit of the now extinct volcano, where you will be rewarded with a picture-perfect panorama. The island’s sandy cove is also a good area for snorkeling, with possible sightings of penguins, reef sharks, and rays.

Friday AM:

Cormorant Point,
Devil’s Crown, Floreana Island

Cormorant Point features two distinctly beautiful beaches, one tinted a glistening green by a high content of olivine crystals; the other pure white and aptly referred to as ‘flour beach’. The saltwater lagoon here is frequented by one of the largest populations of flamingos in the Galapagos as well as common stilts and white-cheeked pintails. Devil’s Crown is a stunning jagged volcanic crater, which has become mostly submerged beneath the water. It boasts a plethora of marine life making it an enthralling site for diving and snorkeling.

Friday PM:

Post Office Bay,
The Baroness’ Viewpoint, Floreana Island

Post Office Bay provides a fascinating insight into the human history of the island as you will discover the postal system developed by British whalers in the 18th century and can take part in the tradition that has continued to this day. The Baroness’ Viewpoint is named after an Australian baroness, who visited the island in the 1930s and sparked a number of speculations about her mysterious disappearance. This vantage point is ideal for surveying the surrounding mangroves and other points of interest from above.

Saturday AM:

Chinese Hat, off Santiago Island

This small island off the coast of Santiago Island is a result of erupted lava, and the remaining cone curiously resembles the shape of a Chinese hat. The short trail around the cove will guide you through a sea lion colony and provide opportunities to see eagles, oystercatchers, and lava lizards. Furthermore, the channel of aquamarine water that runs between Santiago Island is very appealing to those who wish to enjoy some snorkeling, where you may be joined by sharks, rays and even a rare Galapagos penguin.

Saturday PM:

North Seymour Island

This island was formed by the uplifting of lava from underneath the ocean resulting in a relatively flat landscape. As well as land iguanas, sea lions and turtles along the coast, inland you will see colonies of blue-footed boobies who you may be lucky enough to catch performing their delightful courtship dance. Most notably though, the island is the largest nesting site for magnificent frigate birds, the male variety of which possess distinctive red gular pouches that they inflate during the mating season.

Sunday AM:

Mosquera Islet

This small, sandy islet, located between Baltra and North Seymour, is known for its untouched beauty. Bird watchers can delight in seeing a plentitude of shorebirds such as lava gulls herons, and you will be sure to see a number of sea lions lounging on the beach and Sally Lightfoot crabs clinging to the rocks. With no fixed trail on the island, you can do a bit of exploring or jump into the water for a snorkel for a chance to lay eyes on some sharks, turtles, and rays.

Sunday PM:

Departure from Baltra Island Airport

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