Gran Majestic Galapagos

Grand Majestic is the only modern charter yacht cruising the Galapagos. This elegantly sporty yacht is the fastest in the Islands and offers high-quality service, a Master Suite, and luxurious social areas.

➤ Exclusively designed for high-end private charters
➤ The only modern charter yacht in Galapagos
➤ The fastest yacht in the Islands
➤ Large master suite available

Luxury goes exploring!

CAPACITY 16 Passengers
Crew members + 1 Bilingual Guide
ACCOMMODATION Lower Deck: 6 Staterooms
Cabins 1 & 2: 170 ft² / 15.75 m² –  Cabin 3: 181 ft² / 16.85 m² – Cabin 4: 176 ft² / 16.30 m² – Cabin 5: 148 ft² / 13.75 m² – Cabin 6: 145 ft² / 13.50 m²
Main Deck: 1 Stateroom,1 Master Suite with his and her bathrooms
Cabin 7: 132 ft² / 12.25 m² – Master Suite: 420 ft² / 39 m²
Sun Deck: Jacuzzi
*All cabins with private bathrooms, hot water and air-conditioning.
SPECIFICATIONS Type: 2018 USA Designed Motor Yacht
Length: 39 m / 127 ft
Beam: 7.30 m / 24 ft
Cruising speed: 25 knots (fastest in Galapagos)
Main Engines: MTU Series 2000 – 2400HP
Exterior: Naval Aluminium, GFRP (fiber reinforced polymer)
SAFETY AND COMMUNICATION EQUIPMENT ➤ Life vests
➤ GPS
➤ Sonar
➤ Naval Radars
➤ Fire detection and prevention systems
YACHT WEBSITE https://grandmajestic-cruise.com/

Galapagos Visitor Site Activities Itinerary

  DAY VISITOR SITE TREK DINGHY SNORKEL KAYAK
 4 MONDAY PM: San Cristobal: El Junco Lagoon
     
  TUESDAY  AM:Floreana: Post Office Bay      
 D PM:Floreana: Cormorant Point /Devil’s Crown  
8  A WEDNESDAY AM: Española: Suarez Point    
 Y PM:Española: Gardner  Osborn Islet /Gardner Bay
D   THURSDAY  AM: Santa Cruz: Twin Craters
     
A   PM: Santa Cruz: Tortoise Breeding Center      
Y  5 FRIDAY  AM: Genovesa: El Barranco
    PM:Genovesa: Darwin Bay
 A  D SATURDAY  AM: Rabida Island: Rabida
 
 
 
 
 A PM: Chinese Hat Islet  
 Y SUNDAY  AM: San Cristobal: Witch Hill
 
 
PM: San Cristobal: Lobos Island  
MONDAY AM: San Cristobal: Interpretation Center
     
 
 
 
PM: San Cristobal: Interpretation Center      
TUESDAY AM: North Seymour Island
 
PM: Santa Cruz: Black Turtle Cove    
WEDNESDAY AM: Bartholomew Island: Bartholomew  
  PM: Santiago: Egas Port    
THURSDAY  AM: Isabela: Tagus Cove
PM: Isabela: Urbina Bay    
FRIDAY  AM: Fernandina: Espinosa Point    
  PM: Isabela: Vicente Roca Point  
SATURDAY  AM: Santiago: Buccaneer Cove /Espumilla Beach
 
 
 
 
PM:Santiago: Sullivan Bay    
SUNDAY  AM: Santa Cruz: Bachas Beach
   
PM: Santa Cruz Island: Tortoise Breeding Center      
MONDAY AM: San Cristobal: Kicker Rock
   

8d/7N Itinerary A

8d/7N Itinerary B

Real-Time Grand Majestic Geolocation

Grand Majestic Galapagos Cruise


8 DAY “A”: CENTRAL AND SOUTHEASTERN ISLANDS + GENOVESA
➤ 8 DAY “B”: GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CIRCUMNAVIGATION
➤ 5 DAY:  CENTRAL & EASTERN ISLANDS + GENOVESA
➤ 4 DAY: EAST & CENTRAL ISLANDS

CENTRAL AND SOUTHEASTERN ISLANDS + GENOVESA

8D/7N “A” MONDAY TO MONDAY
MONDAY AM: Arrival in San Cristobal Airport and Transfer to the boat
PM: San Cristobal: El Junco Lagoon
TUESDAY AM:Floreana: Post Office Bay
PM:Floreana: Cormorant Point / Devil’s Crown
WEDNESDAY AM: Española: Suarez Point
PM: Española: Gardner Islet / Osborn Islet / Gardner Bay
THURSDAY AM: Santa Cruz: Twin Craters
PM: Santa Cruz Island: Tortoise Breeding Center
FRIDAY AM: Genovesa: El Barranco
PM: Genovesa: Darwin Bay
SATURDAY AM: Rabida Island: Rabida
PM: Chinese Hat Islet
SUNDAY AM: San Cristobal: Witch Hill
PM:
San Cristobal: Lobos Island
MONDAY AM: San Cristobal: Gianni Arismendy Interpretation Center
Transfer to San Cristobal Airport (SCY)

Please note:
Itineraries are unlikely to change significantly but are subject to change. Weather, wildlife breeding, safety concerns, instructions from the Galapagos National Park, specific abilities and interests of passengers as well as operational matters may cause your guide or captain to change the time or nature of visits. Your guide and captain will always endeavor to select the best itinerary within these limits.

Grand Majestic 8-day Cruise “A”

(San Cristobal, Floreana, Española, Santa Cruz, Genovesa, Rabida, Santiago, San Cristobal)

Day 1: Monday

SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND

In the morning: San Cristobal airport arrival.
You will arrive at San Cristobal Island in the morning.
After passing through immigration and baggage claim, you will be met by a Grand Majestic staff member and transferred to the yacht. You will be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing.

In the afternoon: 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 sometime cows can be found near the lagoon.

El Junco Lagoon, San Cristobal Island
Possible Activities: Hike around the lagoon
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights & Animals: Beautiful lagoon filling the crater of the extinct volcano. Frigates and occasionally some species of local waterbirds

Day 2: Tuesday

FLOREANA ISLAND

In the morning: Post Office Bay
You will land on a beach and head to a spot where 18th-century whalers placed a wooden barrel used as an unofficial mailbox. The custom continues to this day with Galapagos visitors. So, don’t forget your postcards, and don’t be surprised if the postcard arrives at its destination before you even get home!

Post-Office Bay, Floreana Island
Possible Activities: Short hike (less than 0.6 miles / 1km) & snorkeling
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights & Animals: Post office barrel, nice sandy beach


In the afternoon:
Cormorant Point
Cormorant Point hosts a large flamingo lagoon where other birds such as common stilts and white-cheeked pintails can also be seen. The beaches on this island are distinct: The Green Beach is named so due to its green color, which comes from a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand, and the Four Sand Beach is composed of white coral.

Cormorant Point, Floreana Island
Possible Activities: Dinghy ride & hike (1.25 mi /2 km)
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights & Animals: Flamingoes, green-colored beach


Afterward:
Devil’s Crown.
You will 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.

Devil’s Crown, Floreana Island
Possible Activities: Snorkeling, panga ride
Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult
Type of Landing: No Landing
Highlights & Animals: Large array of marine species

Day 3: Wednesday

ESPAÑOLA ISLAND

In the morning: Suarez Point
On the trail to Suarez Point, you will have the chance to spot 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. You will also visit a beautiful site on the oceanfront where there is a cliff that the large albatrosses use as a launching pad! You will have the chance to see the famous blowhole that spurts seawater into the air. The landscape is great for photography.

Suarez Point, Española Island
Possible Activities: Hike (1,9 miles / 3 km)
Difficulty: Difficult
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights & Animals: Hood mockingbirds, Nazca boobies, waved albatrosses (approximately from the last week of April until the last week of January), red-billed tropicbirds, lava lizards, Galapagos hawks, blowhole, an amazing landscape and maybe blue-footed boobies.


In the afternoon:
Gardner Bay, Gardner Islet & Osborn Islet
This 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.

Gardner Bay, Gardner Islet & Osborn Islet, Española Island
Possible Activities: Snorkeling, panga ride, a short hike (0,6 miles / 1km) and Kayaking
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights & Animals: White sandy beach, sea lions, mockingbirds; snorkeling: colorful fish, sea lion nursery

Day 4: Thursday

SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

In the morning: Twin Craters
You will 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.

Twin Craters, Santa Cruz Island
Possible Activities: Walking and scape viewing
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights & Animals: Pit craters, Scalesia Forest


In the afternoon:
Fausto Llerena Breeding Center
You will visit “Fausto Llerena” Giant Tortoises Breeding 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.

Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, Santa Cruz Island
Possible Activities: Walking
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights & Animals: Giant tortoises, finches, Galapagos rails

Day 5: Friday

GENOVESA ISLAND

In the morning: El Barranco
El Barranco, also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps, is a steep, rocky path that leads up a high cliff rock face. A marvelous view can be appreciated from here. This site is also home to Palo Santo vegetation as well as red-footed boobies, short-eared owls, Galapagos storm petrels, and Galapagos doves.

El Barranco, Genovesa Island
Possible Activities: Hiking (0,9 miles / 2 Km)
Difficulty: Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights & Animals: Red-footed boobies, short-eared owls, storm-petrels, Galapagos doves


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

Darwin Bay, Genovesa Island
Possible Activities: Hiking (0,9 miles / 1,5 Km), snorkeling, kayaking, and dinghy ride
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights & Animals: Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, swallow-tail gulls, mangroves, coral pebble beach, snorkeling: rays, colorful reef fish, and hammerhead sharks occasionally

Day 6: Saturday

RABIDA AND SANTIAGO ISLANDS

In the morning: Rabida
You will 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. We will start on Rabida’s famous maroon/red sand beach, and after an easy hike, you will 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.

Rabida Island
Possible Activities: Snorkeling, panga ride & short hike (0,6 miles / 1km)
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights & Animals: Snorkeling: white-cheeked pintail ducks, colorful fish, sea lions, brackish water lagoon, pelicans


In the afternoon:
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.

Chinese Hat Islet, Santiago Island
Possible Activities: Hike (1,9 miles / 3 km)
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights & Animals: Lava formations, a great site for snorkeling with an abundance of marine species such as sea lions, sharks, rays, and penguins.

Day 7: Sunday

SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND

In the morning: 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.

Witch Hill, San Cristobal Island
Possible Activities: Hike, dinghy ride, snorkeling & kayaking
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights & Animals: Beautiful rock formations, sea lions, shorebirds, finches and mockingbirds; snorkeling: nice tropical fish, anemones, sponges, coral


In the afternoon:
Lobos Island.
You will take 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.

Lobos Island, San Cristobal Island
Possible Activities: A short hike (less than 0,6 miles / 1 km), dingy ride
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights & Animals: Sea lions, frigate birds, blue-footed boobies

Day 8: Monday

SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND

In the morning: Gianni Arismendy Interpretation Center
This site is part of an environmental project. The tour of this center will explore 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.

Gianni Arismendy Interpretation Center, San Cristobal Island
Possible Activities: Museum visit
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights & Animals: Great exhibits about the archipelago’s natural history


Afterward:
San Cristobal airport departure
After this final visit, you will be transferred to the San Cristobal airport in time for your flight back to the mainland.

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS CIRCUMNAVIGATION

8D/7N “B” MONDAY TO MONDAY
MONDAY AM: Arrival in San Cristobal Airport and Transfer to the boat
PM: San Cristobal: Breeding Center David Rodriguez
TUESDAY AM: North Seymour Island
PM: Santa Cruz: Black Turtle Cove
WEDNESDAY AM: Bartholomew Island: Bartholomew
PM: Santiago: Egas Port
THURSDAY AM: Isabela: Tagus Cove
PM: Isabela: Urbina Bay
FRIDAY AM: Fernandina: Espinosa Point
PM: Isabela: Vicente Roca Point
SATURDAY AM: Santiago: Buccaneer Cove / Espumilla Beach
PM: Santiago: Sullivan Bay
SUNDAY AM: Santa Cruz: Bachas Beach
PM:
Santa Cruz Island: Tortoise Breeding Center
MONDAY AM: San Cristobal: Kicker Rock
Transfer to the San Cristobal Airport (SCY)

Grand Majestic 8-day Cruise “B”

(San Cristobal, North Seymour, Santa Cruz, Bartholomew, Santiago, Isabela, Fernandina, Isabela, Santiago, Santa Cruz, San Cristobal)

Day 1: Monday

SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND

In the morning: San Cristobal airport arrival.
You will arrive at San Cristobal Island in the morning.
After passing through immigration and baggage claim, you will be met by a Grand Majestic staff member and transferred to the yacht. You will be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing.

In the afternoon: David Rodriguez Breeding Center “La Galapaguera”
Breeding Center David Rodriguez – “La Galapaguera”, in Cerro Colorado, is a new visitor site in the southeast part of San Cristobal Island and can now be reached in roughly one hour by road from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. On the trees and shrubs surrounding the site, you may see land birds like warblers, finches, and mockingbirds. Giant tortoises can be observed on the trails. They live there wild but in a protected area to ensure their survival by sealing them off from introduced predators like pigs and goats.

David Rodriguez Breeding Center “La Galapaguera”, San Cristobal Island
Possible Activities: Short hike (0,6 mi / 1 Km)
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights & Animals: Giant tortoises, finches, warblers, mockingbirds

Day 2: Tuesday

NORTH SEYMOUR AND SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS

In the morning: North Seymour
In North Seymour, you may see Galapagos sea lions, blue-footed boobies, and magnificent frigate birds that are abundant on this island. North Seymour was formed by a series of submarine lava flows containing layers of sediment that were uplifted by tectonic activity. The island is characterized by its arid vegetation zone.

North Seymour Island
Possible Activities: Dinghy ride & hiking (1.5 miles / 2.41 km)
Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights & Animals: Land & marine iguanas, frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, sea lions; snorkeling: rays, reef sharks, fish, garden eels.

 

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

Black Turtle Cove, Santa Cruz Island
Possible Activities: Dinghy Ride
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: No Landing
Highlights & Animals: Baby hammerhead shark, rays, sea turtles, sea birds.

Day 3: Wednesday

BARTHOLOMEW AND SANTIAGO ISLANDS

In the morning: Pinnacle Rock.
You will head to Bartholomew Island where the famous Pinnacle Rock is found. Bartholomew consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black, and even green volcanic formations. We will take a trail of stairs to the summit of the volcano (about 30 or 40 minutes) where you will enjoy one of the best views of the islands! You will also visit a small, beautiful beach surrounded by the only vegetation found on this barren island. The beach is perfect for snorkeling where you may even see and swim with Galapagos penguins.

Pinnacle Rock, Bartholomew Island
Possible Activities: Dinghy ride, snorkeling & hiking (1.2 miles/ 2 km)
Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult
Type of Landing: Dry & Wet Landings
Highlights & Animals: Pinnacle Rock, panoramic view, moonlike landscape, penguins, pioneer plants, lava cactus; snorkeling: penguins, reef sharks, rays, and great colorful fish.


In the afternoon:
Egas Port.
Egas Port, also known as James Bay, on Santiago Island is home to the curious Galapagos hawks and quick-footed Galapagos lava lizards. The trail leads to the coastline with gorgeous tide pools and grottos full of fauna. Here the Galapagos fur seals bathe in the sun. This is also a great snorkeling site.

Egas Port, Santiago Island
Possible Activities: Snorkeling, hiking (1.2 miles/2 km)
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights & Animals: Fur seals, Galapagos sea lions, tidal pools and grottos, Galapagos hawks, oystercatchers, marine iguanas, finches; snorkeling: reef sharks, turtles, rays, nice underwater formations.

 

Day 4: Thursday

ISABELA ISLAND

In the morning: Tagus Cove.
In the morning, you will visit Tagus Cove on Isabela Island which is located across from Fernandina Island, near the Bolivar Channel dividing the two islands. This spot has been frequented by ships since the 1800s, using the area as an anchorage site. Trails winding by Lake Darwin up to a ridge display wonderful views.

Tagus Cove, Isabela Island
Possible Activities: Long hike, snorkeling, panga ride, kayaking (depending on weather conditions, and time availability).
Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights & Animals: Penguins, flightless cormorants, Darwin Volcano & Lake


In the afternoon:
Urbina Bay
Urbina Bay is 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.

Urbina Bay, Isabela Island
Possible Activities: Snorkeling, dinghy ride & hike, 2 trails: short (0.6mi/1 km), long (1.9mi/3km)
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights & Animals: Land iguanas (the biggest in the Galapagos), hawks, coral reef, giant tortoises; snorkeling: turtles, rays, tropical fish

Day 5: Friday

FERNANDINA AND ISABELA ISLANDS

In the morning: Espinoza Point.
Crossing the Bolivar Channel that divides Isabela and Fernandina Islands, you will land at Espinoza Point, and after walking past a colony of marine iguanas and a group of sea lions, you will reach the island’s highlight: the flightless cormorant nesting site. This area also provides a great opportunity to see the Galapagos hawk.

Espinoza Point, Fernandina Island
Possible Activities: Hike (approximately 1.2 miles / 2 km)
Difficulty: Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights & Animals: Flightless cormorant, marine iguanas, ‘a‘ā lava, sea lions, penguins, active volcano “La Cumbre”.

 

In the afternoon: Vicente Roca Point.
Comprised of two separate coves, Vicente Roca Point is a large bay with spectacular sea life. Keep an eye out for seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola mola (or sunfish) while you snorkel.

Vicente Roca Point, Isabela Island
Possible Activities: Snorkeling & dinghy ride
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Type of Landing: No Landing
Highlights & Animals: Penguins, blue-footed boobies, terns, Nazca boobies, two types of sea lions. Sea turtles, rays, and puffer fish.

 

Day 6: Saturday

SANTIAGO ISLAND

In the morning: Espumilla Beach.
In Espumilla Beach marine iguanas lounge and the Sally Lightfoot crabs attract the hunting herons performing the dance of predator and prey right before your eyes. Snorkeling is highly recommended as you could come face to face with an octopus, moray eel, shark, and a variety of other species of tropical fish.

Espumilla Beach, Santiago Island
Possible Activities: Snorkeling and swimming
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights & Animals: Snorkeling


In the afternoon:
Sullivan Bay
You will visit Sullivan Bay located on the southeast part of Santiago. This place is interesting for its geology because the area is covered by lava flows. This place has elevations in the form of small volcanoes formed by the lava flows.

Sullivan Bay, Santiago Island
Possible Activities: Hiking
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights & Animals: Lava flows, small volcanoes

Day 7: Sunday

SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

In the morning: Bachas Beach
Bachas Beach is located on the north shore of Santa Cruz and is a beach for swimming. 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 on the beach.

Bachas Beach, Santa Cruz Island
Possible Activities: Hiking
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights & Animals: World War II remnants. Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black-necked stilts, whimbrels, sea turtles.

 

In the afternoon: Fausto Llerena Breeding Center
You will 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.

Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, Santa Cruz Island
Possible Activities: Walking
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights & Animals: Giant tortoises, finches, Galapagos rails

Day 8: Monday

SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND

In the morning: Kicker Rock
This striking rock formation is located a couple hours off the western shore of San Cristobal. Jutting out of the water, the rocks stand vertically at hundreds of feet above the ocean divided by a small channel. Although there are no landing areas, kayaking and snorkeling allow visitors to spot a variety of marine life.

Kicker Rock, San Cristobal Island
Possible Activities: Snorkeling and dinghy ride
Difficulty: Difficult
Type of Landing: No Landing
Highlights & Animals: Great snorkeling: sharks, tropical fish, turtles, manta rays (occ.), hammerhead sharks, spectacular rock formations; sea birds: blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies & frigate birds.

 

Afterward: San Cristobal airport departure.
After this final visit, you will be transferred to the San Cristobal airport in time for your flight back to the mainland.

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CENTRAL & EASTERN ISLANDS + GENOVESA

5D/4N THURSDAY TO MONDAY
THURSDAY
AM: Baltra Island Airport: Arrival and Transfer to the boat
PM:
Santa Cruz Island: Tortoise Breeding Center
FRIDAY AM: Genovesa: El Barranco
PM: Genovesa: Darwin Bay
SATURDAY AM: Rabida Island: Rabida
PM: Chinese Hat Islet
SUNDAY AM: San Cristobal: Witch Hill
PM:
San Cristobal: Lobos Island
MONDAY AM: San Cristobal: Gianni Arismendy Interpretation Center
Transfer to San Cristobal Airport (SCY)

Grand Majestic 5-day Cruise “A”

(Santa Cruz, Genovesa, Rabida, Santiago, San Cristobal)

Day 1: Thursday

SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

In the morning: Baltra Airport Arrival.
Morning flight from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra, Galapagos Islands.
You will arrive at Baltra Island in the morning. After passing through immigration and baggage claim, you will be met by a Grand Majestic staff member and transferred to the yacht. You will be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing

In the afternoon: Fausto Llerena Breeding Center
You will 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.

Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, Santa Cruz Island
Possible Activities: Walking
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights & Animals: Giant tortoises, finches, Galapagos rails

Day 2: Friday

GENOVESA ISLAND

In the morning: El Barranco
El Barranco, also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps, is a steep, rocky path that leads up a high cliff rock face. A marvelous view can be appreciated from here. This site is also home to Palo Santo vegetation as well as red-footed boobies, short-eared owls, Galapagos storm petrels, and Galapagos doves.

El Barranco, Genovesa Island
Possible Activities: Hiking (0,9 miles / 2 Km)
Difficulty: Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights & Animals: Red-footed boobies, short-eared owls, storm-petrels, Galapagos doves


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

Darwin Bay, Genovesa Island
Possible Activities: Hiking (0,9 miles / 1,5 Km), snorkeling, kayaking, and dinghy ride
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights & Animals: Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, swallow-tail gulls, mangroves, coral pebble beach, snorkeling: rays, colorful reef fish, and hammerhead sharks occasionally.

 

Day 3: Saturday

RABIDA AND SANTIAGO ISLANDS

In the morning: Rabida
You will 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. We will start on Rabida’s famous maroon/red sand beach, and after an easy hike, you will arrive to 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.

Rabida Island
Possible Activities: Snorkeling, panga ride & short hike (0,6 miles / 1km)
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights & Animals:  Snorkeling: white-cheeked pintail ducks, colorful fish, sea lions, brackish water lagoon, pelicans


In the afternoon:
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.

Chinese Hat Islet, Santiago Island
Possible Activities: Hike (1,9 miles / 3 km)
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights & Animals: Lava formations, a great site for snorkeling with an abundance of marine species such as sea lions, sharks, rays, and penguins.

 

Day 4: Sunday

SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND

In the morning: 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.

Witch Hill, San Cristobal Island
Possible Activities: Hike, dinghy ride, snorkeling & kayaking
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights & Animals: Beautiful rock formations, sea lions, shorebirds, finches and mockingbirds; snorkeling: nice tropical fish, anemones, sponges, coral


In the afternoon:
Lobos Island
You will take 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.

Lobos Island, San Cristobal Island
Possible Activities: A short hike (less than 0,6 miles / 1 km), dinghy ride
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights & Animals: Sea lions, frigate birds, blue-footed boobies

Day 5: Monday

SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND

In the morning: Gianni Arismendy Interpretation Center
This site is part of an environmental project. The tour of this center will explore 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.

Gianni Arismendy Interpretation Center, San Cristobal Island
Possible Activities: Museum visit
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights & Animals: Great exhibits about the archipelago’s natural history


Afterward:
San Cristobal airport departure
After this final visit, you will be transferred to the San Cristobal airport in time for your flight back to the mainland.

EAST & CENTRAL ISLANDS

4D/3N MONDAY TO THURSDAY
MONDAY AM: Arrival in San Cristobal Airport and Transfer to the boat (SYC)
PM: San Cristobal: El Junco Lagoon
TUESDAY AM: Floreana: Post Office Bay
PM: Floreana: Cormorant Point / Devil’s Crown
WEDNESDAY AM: Española: Suarez Point
PM: Española: Gardner Islet / Osborn Islet / Gardner Bay
THURSDAY AM: Santa Cruz: Twin Craters
Transfer to Baltra Airport (GPS)

Grand Majestic 4-day Cruise “A”

(San Cristobal, Floreana, Española, Santa Cruz)

Day 1: Monday

SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND

In the morning: San Cristobal airport arrival
You will arrive at San Cristobal Island in the morning.
After passing through immigration and baggage claim, you will be met by a Grand Majestic staff member and transferred to the yacht. You will be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing.

In the afternoon: 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 sometime cows can be found near the lagoon.

El Junco Lagoon, San Cristobal Island
Possible Activities: Hike around the lagoon
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights & Animals: Beautiful lagoon filling the crater of the extinct volcano. Frigates and occasionally some species of local waterbirds

 

Day 2: Tuesday

FLOREANA ISLAND

In the morning: Post Office Bay
You will land on a beach and head to a spot where 18th-century whalers placed a wooden barrel used as an unofficial mailbox. The custom continues to this day with Galapagos visitors. So, don’t forget your postcards, and don’t be surprised if the postcard arrives at its destination before you even get home!

Post-Office Bay, Floreana Island
Possible Activities: Short hike (less than 0.6 miles / 1km) & snorkeling
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights & Animals: Post office barrel, nice sandy beach


In the afternoon:
Cormorant Point
Cormorant Point hosts a large flamingo lagoon where other birds such as common stilts and white-cheeked pintails can also be seen. The beaches on this island are distinct: The Green Beach is named so due to its green color, which comes from a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand, and the Four Sand Beach is composed of white coral.

Cormorant Point, Floreana Island
Possible Activities: Dinghy ride & hike (1.25 mi /2 km)
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights & Animals: Flamingoes, green-colored beach


Afterward:
Devil’s Crown
You will 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.

Devil’s Crown, Floreana Island
Possible Activities: Snorkeling, panga ride
Difficulty: Moderate/Difficult
Type of Landing: No Landing
Highlights & Animals: A large array of marine species

Day 3: Wednesday

ESPAÑOLA ISLAND

In the morning: Suarez Point
On the trail to Suarez Point, you will have the chance to spot 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. You will also visit a beautiful site on the oceanfront where there is a cliff that the large albatrosses use as a launching pad! You will have the chance to see the famous blowhole that spurts seawater into the air. The landscape is great for photography.

Suarez Point, Española Island
Possible Activities: Hike (1,9 miles / 3 km)
Difficulty: Difficult
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights & Animals: Hood mockingbirds, Nazca boobies, waved albatrosses (approximately from the last week of April until the last week of January), red-billed tropicbirds, lava lizards, Galapagos hawks, blowhole, an amazing landscape and maybe blue-footed boobies.

 

In the afternoon: Gardner Bay, Gardner Islet & Osborn Islet
This 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.

Gardner Bay, Gardner Islet & Osborn Islet, Española Island
Possible Activities: Snorkeling, panga ride, a short hike (0,6 miles / 1km) and Kayaking
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Wet Landing
Highlights & Animals: White sandy beach, sea lions, mockingbirds; snorkeling: colorful fish, sea lion nursery

Day 4: Thursday

SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

In the morning: Twin Craters
You will 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.

Twin Craters, Santa Cruz Island
Possible Activities: Walking and scape viewing
Difficulty: Easy
Type of Landing: Dry Landing
Highlights & Animals: Pit craters, Scalesia Forest


Afterward:
Baltra Airport Departure
After this final visit, you will be transferred to the Baltra airport in time for your flight back to the mainland.

GRAND MAJESTIC PRICES 2020
8 DAY 5 DAY  4 DAY
MAIN SUITE $ 7,945 $ 4,945 $ 3,745
STATEROOM $ 5,945 $ 3,645 $ 2,845
GRAND MAJESTIC PRICES 2021 
8 DAY 5 DAY  4 DAY
MAIN SUITE $ 7,945 $ 4,945 $ 3,645
STATEROOM $ 5,945 $ 3,645 $ 2,745
CHARTER $ 88,450 $ 54,450 $39,450
INCLUDE All meals throughout the cruise
Transfers in the islands
All excursions
Bilingual National Park Guide
Use of snorkeling equipment, undercamera and wetsuit
Free airport assistance*
1 hotel night in Quito or Guayaquil (the day before the cruise)*
1 free airport transfer for Galapagos flight*
*Applies when purchasing roundtrip Galapagos airfare from Barefoot Expeditions (does not apply on 2X1 promotions). Contact us for details.
NOT INCLUDE Mainland-Galapagos-Mainland airfare
Alcoholic drinks
US$100 Galapagos National Park fee
US$20 Transit Control Card
Travel / medical insurance
Tips
Personal expenses
IMPORTANT NOTES ➤ Discount for groups from 4 to 14 pax  – 10%
➤ Discount for children under 12 years  –  20%
➤ Christmas & New Year supplement (2021) – 35%
➤ Single supplement – 70%
➤ All prices in United States Dollars

Galapagos Cruise Terms and Conditions of Sales

Forbidden Items:

Barefoot Expeditions cruises, in conjunction with international law, the laws of Ecuador, and the rules of the Galapagos National Park, prohibit passengers from carrying, either upon their person or in their baggage, any object or material of any nature that may be considered dangerous to the security of other passengers, the crew, the yacht, travelers or the general public, including but not limited to, explosives, weapons of any kind including those used for sport, and flammable objects while participating in any of Barefoot Expeditions tours.

Furthermore, protecting the Galapagos National Park from introduced species is a serious business, which is why the Galapagos National Park forbids visitors from transporting biological items, including, but not limited to, flowers, plants, and seeds that have grown elsewhere, into the Galapagos National Park. Tour companies should not advise their passengers they may bring items such as roses or tropical flowers purchased in the mainland to the Galapagos as these will be confiscated and the offender fined.

Illegal Substances:

As well as being against the laws of Ecuador, the transport or use of any illegal substance, including illicit drugs, is expressly forbidden while on a Galapagos cruises tour. Penalties are severe for the discovery of illegal drugs and controlled substances on board a vessel in the Galapagos Islands, in the vehicle during land transportation in Galapagos or mainland Ecuador, or in luggage at airports. Therefore, if such substances are used by, or found to be in the possession of any passenger, they will be expelled from the tour and if at sea be put ashore at the next port of call without refund and be subject to arrest and prosecution under the law. The possession of even minor amounts of any illegal substance can lead to charges of trafficking, resulting in the offender serving over six months’ jail time before coming to trial.

The Galapagos National Park:

Barefoot Galapagos trips to the Galapagos Islands take place within and under the auspices of the Galapagos National Park, which stipulates that without exception, all its rules and regulations must be followed by all park visitors, whose responsibility it is to know and obey Galapagos National Park rules. Galapagos Cruises are led by certified Galapagos National Park guides who inform visitors of Galapagos National Park rules as well as enforce them. The Galapagos National Park and The Galapagos Cruise, through the authority of the Galapagos National Park guide, reserves the right to deny any visitor, in violation or disregard of Galapagos National Park rules, the ability to disembark upon or visit any Galapagos National Park landing site or dive site. Such violation may cause a visitor to be disembarked at the nearest port of call, offering transportation from the islands back to the mainland without recourse to refund.

Medical & Health:

Tour sellers should advise their customers on the responsibility to select a trip appropriate to their abilities; Barefoot Expeditions will not pay for any costs resulting from the inability to do so. Trip members need to be in good health and good physical condition to be able to fully enjoy an expedition to the Galapagos and/or mainland Ecuador. Experiencing the Galapagos Islands may involve being on a boat with slippery decks/surfaces and wave activity as well as frequent transfers ashore to landing sites, or to dive sites, aboard small boats known as pangas, requiring some physical effort and balance. Some of the landings are on stone jetties with wet, slippery lava rocks, while others take place on sandy beaches with some surf. Daily nature hikes may include walking on irregular and elevated terrain, including boulders. Briefings will be given by the naturalist guide in advance of the landings to help better passengers determine levels of difficulty. Having a good sense of balance and being relatively sure-footed is a requirement of Barefoot Expeditions tours.

Traveling through the mountains of mainland Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia may involve experiencing high altitudes typically between 2,500 and 3,600 meters (8,200 and 11,800 ft.) above sea level. If a passenger suffers from any medical condition that might impact their travel experience, they should consult with their physician before participating in a Galapagos or mainland Ecuador expedition to ensure that they are fully capable of undertaking the trip. Besides, passengers must advise Barefoot Expeditions of their condition and associated medical needs at least 30 days before travel once they have been given the medical go-ahead from their doctor. Barefoot Expeditions reserves the right not to accept passengers on its trips based on medical and health issues.

Barefoot Expeditions ultimate aim is safety and to ensure that each passenger it accepts on its tours is properly capable of participating in the cruise/tour so as not to jeopardize their safety or the safety of other passengers and crew members

It is good practice for travelers to purchase a comprehensive travel insurance policy. Most importantly, a travel insurance policy should include medical coverage, including coverage for emergency evacuation. Medical evacuation costs can range from the tens of thousands of dollars, so this coverage is essential for passengers to manage the risk of such expense where their health and safety are concerned. Passengers not having this coverage will be required to cover their medical evacuation costs under most circumstances. Also, policies should include trip cancellation, trip interruption, and baggage loss. Though it is unlikely, various reasons may cause trip interruption/cancellation including but not limited to: actions of the Galapagos National Park, actions of the Ecuadorian or international authorities, weather conditions, travel restrictions, mechanical and operational problems, international or domestic airline problems, and other unforeseen circumstances. For these and other reasons, it is a condition of purchase that all passengers have a comprehensive insurance policy covering at a minimum appropriate medical cost, trip cancellation, and trip interruption coverage.

Visas and Documentation:

A valid passport is required for travel to mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. Travelers’ passports must have an expiration date of more than six months after the date of departure from Ecuador. If the travelers’ passports expire within six months after the departure from Ecuador, they may not be allowed to enter the country and may lose all tours, services, etc., purchased for the trip. Most tourists are allowed to stay up to 90 days within a year’s timeframe. It is recommended to check with the Ecuadorian consulate or embassy in your country the latest regulations for entering Ecuador.

Barefoot Expeditions cannot under any circumstances guarantee your entry or that your visa application will be accepted. However, in our experience, refusals are extremely rare. Visa and passport information is given in good faith and is accurate to the best of our knowledge.

The responsibility of Travelers:

In addition to obeying Galapagos National Park rules and the rules of other National Parks visited in mainland Ecuador, travelers have a responsibility to Barefoot Expeditions, its crew members, and other passengers as well as Galapagos National Park guides.

Travelers are responsible for comprehending the conditions explicitly and implicitly communicated in the trip itinerary, this document and pre-trip information, as well as information communicated by guides and crew members throughout their tour, following normal patterns of social behavior, not to impede trip operations, and observing all safety requirements without exception, while acting appropriately and respectfully toward crew members and all personnel offering tour services.Barefoot Expeditions reserves the right to disembark or refuse passage to any passenger at any time, without recourse to refund or reimbursement, who is believed to be dangerous to himself or acts in a hostile and/or disruptive manner, whose actions impede trip operation or the enjoyment of other passengers, who flagrantly displays disregard for the welfare of other passengers, crewmembers and wildlife or for failing to adhere to the above-stated responsibilities.

Barefoot Expeditions shall not be held liable for the actions or activities of any passenger who consumes purchases or obtains, by any means, alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs.

Minors:

Barefoot Expeditions may accept children as passengers (over 6 years old). However, Barefoot Expeditions refuses all and every liability for any accident that might occur to minors. Children are under the sole responsibility of their parents or legal guardian(s).

Pregnant Women:

Barefoot Expeditions will accept pregnant women who present appropriate medical certificates, given that their pregnancy period does not exceed three months. Please follow your physician’s medical advice. Barefoot Expeditions accepts no liability.

The passenger’s indemnification:

Each passenger agrees to compensate for all penalties, fines, charges, losses and/or expenses incurred or imposed by virtue of any act, omission or violation of law by the passenger and for all damage to the ship and property caused by a willful or negligent act or omission on the part of the passenger.

Barefoot Expeditions Pre-Trip Information:

In addition to the specific terms and conditions herein, Barefoot Expeditions makes available to agencies and tour operators pre-trip information via our website or directly. Barefoot Expeditions pre-trip information should be sent to all passengers to prepare them for their trip better.

Pricing:

Barefoot Expeditions reserves the right to change prices in the event of any price increases beyond our control, including, but not limited to, the price of fuel and/or fluctuations in government taxes.

Legal Origin of Funds:

The passenger/customer declares that all funds paid to confirm their tours with Barefoot Expeditions are of the legal origin or precedence and destination.

Special Promotions, Discounts Commissions & Bonuses:

Barefoot Expeditions may offer limited promotions, discounts, over commissions, and bonuses. All such incentives and rewards are conditional on the agent/client adhering to Barefoot Expeditions terms and conditions. In particular, failure to strictly adhere to payment policies (e.g. payment of final amounts due by the official payment date) may, at the discretion of Barefoot Expeditions, result in trip cancelation and/or any special promotions, discounts, commissions, and bonuses being withdrawn from any reservation and as such the standard rack rates and commissions will apply and any bonuses, etc not being paid.

Naturalist Guides:

Galapagos cruises and tours with Barefoot Expeditions are always conducted in the English language. While our naturalist guides can offer explanations in Spanish or in another language from time to time, they cannot provide their daily briefings or explanations in two languages as this is very time-consuming and alters the rest of the group’s experience. For all guests who require services in a language other than English, we can, at the guest’s specific, timely request, hire the services of a translator or an additional guide at the guest’s expense.

For private charters requiring guided services in a language other than English, Barefoot Expeditions will do our best to find a guide who speaks that language to be hired for the week at no additional cost. If a guide who speaks the required language is not available, a translator will have to be hired at the expense of the chartering party.

Substitution:

 Substitute Yachts

Barefoot Expeditions reserves the exclusive right to substitute yachts and/or other travel services including, but not limited to, land accommodations and excursions if it deems necessary due to force majeure, mechanical failures or lack of participants booked on a specific departure in addition to other reasons including, but not limited to, the directives of the Galapagos National Park. In such cases, Barefoot Expeditions will make every effort to find a similar category Galapagos-based yacht and cruise as an alternative. a) Substitute Land Programs

Barefoot Expeditions reserves the exclusive right to offer affected agencies a substitute program that includes only land-based accommodation and excursions, both in the Galapagos and Ecuadorian mainland, which agencies may be offered in combination with or without additional refund depending on circumstance. If the agency accepts any land-based substitution program, the offered substitution will encompass the full extent of the offer with the understanding that by accepting any such offer the agency waives any further right to substitution, refund or additional compensation of any kind and may be asked to sign an agreement to this effect at the time substitution is made. If the agency chooses not to accept the land-based substitution program offered, Barefoot Expeditions reserves the right to cancel their trip (or the remainder of the trip) and provide a refund pro-rata per night not used,. In such cases, Barefoot Expeditions responsibility is limited to the net price pro-rata it was paid for the cruise, exclusive of any commissions Barefoot Expeditions may have paid to, or markups added by, its tour sellers as the full extent of the refund.

Cruise Cancelation

On the infrequent occasion Barefoot Expeditions deems it necessary to cancel a cruise and is not able to offer any substitution options, it reserves the right to cancel the cruise in total and offers affected passengers either of the following options:

  • A refund of the full net amount Barefoot Expeditions was paid for the cruise, exclusive of any commissions Barefoot Expeditions may have paid to, or markups added by, its tour sellers, including the refund of any unused services such as airfare between mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, as well as the cost of changing or refunding the affected passenger’s air tickets.
  • A replacement trip to be offered at a later date and replacement of any unused services such as hotels and excursions, as well as the cost of changing, refunding, or replacing the affected passenger’s air ticket. Barefoot Expeditions will not cover costs associated with changes to services not purchased directly from Barefoot Expeditions.

Itinerary Changes:

Furthermore, at times Barefoot Expeditions may deem it necessary to alter the itineraries of its vessels or mainland tours, due to mechanical failure or breakdown, the discretion of the Galapagos National Park, the forces of nature, civil disturbance and other reasons, both within and beyond its control, in which case Barefoot Expeditions may seek to offer agencies substitute excursions of similar or equal value and/or refunds, but is under no obligation to do so if subject to the conditions stipulated below in the ‘Inability to Perform’ clause.

Substitution Costs:

The cost of intervening hotels, meals, and transportation associated with substitutions is subject to Barefoot Expeditions limits. Expense beyond the stated limits and/or any items not expressly covered in the limits, such as the use of additional hotel services, are the sole responsibility of the passenger and not Barefoot Expeditions.

When offered by Barefoot Expeditions, any refunds, substitutions or replacements will encompass the full extent of the offer with the understanding that by accepting any such offer the affected passenger waives any further right to substitution, refund or additional compensation of any kind and may be asked to sign an agreement to this effect at the time substitution is made.

In all the above-mentioned cases in which Barefoot Expeditions pays a refund, either in total or pro-rata, its responsibility will be limited to tours, or parts of tours purchased directly from Barefoot Expeditions and also be limited to the net amount it was paid, exclusive of any commissions Barefoot Expeditions may have paid to, or markups added by, its tour sellers. Costs associated with changes to services not purchased directly from Barefoot Expeditions will not be covered by Barefoot Expeditions. Just as Barefoot Expeditions runs business risks associated with operating its vessels and may find itself in the position of having to pay net refunds for the reasons mentioned, in purchasing tour products from Barefoot Expeditions, its tour sellers assume the risk of bearing the responsibility for refunding the cost of commissions and any additional mark-ups they may have charged to their customers (over the net costs paid to Barefoot Expeditions) when the payment of such refunds become necessary for the above-mentioned reasons. Accordingly, Barefoot Expeditions bears no responsibility for any loss related to the marketing costs of its tour sellers.

If an agency requests a cash refund due to an incident, problem, malfunction, etc. for which Barefoot Expeditions accepts responsibility, any such refund must be approved by the Cruise Galapagos’ finance department. Once the refund has been approved, payment will typically be sent in no less than four weeks from the time of the complaint. In cases where Barefoot Expeditions tour sellers are involved, Barefoot Expeditions will seek to resolve the issue via the tour seller in the form of trade credit to the tour company, who can then pay the passenger directly.

Inability to Perform:

We will endeavor to guarantee tours as far in advance as possible; however, some tours (especially land-based tours) cannot be guaranteed until 45-60 days before the departure. Should the program be canceled due to lack of enrollment, you will be contacted as soon as possible after Barefoot Expeditions is notified of the cancellation. The program can be re-booked with no charge.

Barefoot Expeditions shall not be liable for debacle or inability to perform its cruises of the Galapagos Islands and tours of mainland Ecuador and Peru by reasons of strikes or industrial action, mechanical breakdown, fire, explosion, collision or damage to the hull or accommodations and fittings of its vessels, war, riot, acts of terrorism, civil commission, inability to obtain supplies and other circumstances beyond its control, including answering any distress call or any action necessary to save or preserve life at sea.

Barefoot Expeditions may, due to circumstances of force majeure, or unexpected events, vary the time of day of its departures of its vessels and tours or alter its tour programs and itineraries without advance notice for the above-mentioned reason including changing weather and the forces of nature, wildlife nesting habits, the vessel’s safety, the safety of its passengers and crew, the discretion of the Galapagos National Park and technical reasons.

Under the conditions mentioned above, Barefoot Expeditions is under no obligation whatsoever to provide a substitution, replacement of services or refunds to any of its passengers so affected. It is important to note that under circumstances where the Inability to Perform clause applies, then the Inability to Perform clause, at the discretion of the Galapagos Cruise, takes precedence over other clauses within these terms and conditions. Specifically, “Substitute Yacht,” “Substitute Land Programs,” “Cruise Cancelation,” “Itinerary Change,” and “Substitute Costs” clauses do not apply.

Complaint:

Any complaint the passengers have while on holiday must be brought to the immediate attention of Barefoot Expeditions or its representative to rectify the matter. In such cases where satisfaction is not reached, the complaint must be put in writing to Barefoot Expeditions. Such formal complaints must be received within a maximum of 30 days after the end of the tour. Complaints received after that date will not be accepted by Barefoot Expeditions.

Photography / Video:

Unless specifically requested otherwise by the passenger prior to the end of a tour, Barefoot Expeditions may take photographic or film records of any of our trips and its participants and may use such records for promotional and/or commercial purposes.

Special Diets:

Barefoot Expeditions offers a varied menu, including international and local cuisines, designed to accommodate a variety of dietary needs including vegetarians. Passengers with special dietary needs are asked to request the latest menu offered by Barefoot Expeditions, and in such cases that the stated menu does not meet their needs to convey to the Galapagos Cruise their specific dietary needs clearly. It is the responsibility of passengers (and the tour company or individual booking them on a Barefoot Expeditions tour) with specific dietary needs not addressed in our menus to inform Barefoot Expeditions of their additional requirements at least 30 days before the start of the cruise. Those general and specific needs not conveyed to Barefoot Expeditions cannot be met. Every reasonable effort will be made to cater to such requests within reason, subject to availability of products in Ecuador through The Galapagos Cruise retains the right to refuse to cater to such special needs.

Snorkeling:

Travelers’ participation in water sports, including scuba diving, snorkeling, sea kayaking, etc. Is done at the discretion of the traveler who assumes all inherent risk.

Beneficiary Entitlements:

If a trip is purchased from Barefoot Expeditions in the name of a third person to be the beneficiary, that person is also bound to all statements and conditions contained herein.

Payment Policies:

The following payments are required to confirm reservations:

FIT (Free Independent Traveler/Tourist):

  • At the time of booking a deposit of 20% of the total tour price (net of applicable commissions).
  • A minimum of 60 calendar days before the departure date the remaining balance. IE 80% of the total price (net of applicable commissions).

Charters:

  • At the time of booking a deposit of 20% of the total tour price (net of applicable commissions).
  • A minimum of 90 calendar days before the departure date, the remaining balance (80% of the total price).

All transactions must be in United States Dollars. Any expenses for transferring the funds must be covered by the client and included in payments made.

All payments indicated above must be received, credited, and cleared in Barefoot Expeditions bank accounts by the specified due date, or the reservation may be released and deposits forfeited. The price of a cruise is normally based on double occupancy (2 persons sharing a cabin). If a person does not want to share and wishes to secure a cabin for themselves, they can do so by paying an additional single supplement fee. The Galapagos Cruise reserves the right to refuse name changes on bookings. These are standard policies; however, under some circumstances, specific hotels, cruises, and other services may have different booking policies. In such cases, your account manager will be in communication with you regarding these variations.

To issue final confirmation, Barefoot Expeditions requires 60 days before departure (or at time of reservation for last minute bookings) the following information for all passengers:

  • Complete passenger names
  • Passport numbers (& passport copy in case of children)
  • Nationality
  • Date of birth
  • Marital Status
  • Dietary or medical restrictions

This information is required as part of the procedures to enter the Galapagos National Park and for booking the Ecuador mainland to Galapagos Islands flights. Failure to provide the above information on time may result in delays and possibly passengers missing the tour completely. Barefoot Expeditions will not accept responsibility or provide refunds if the above information is not provided in its entirety and on time.

Cancellation Policies for FIT’s:

  • All cancellations must be made in writing. If a cancellation is received more than 121 days before the tour departure date, a penalty of 10% of the total price will be retained as a cancellation fee.
  • If a cancellation is received between 120 days and 61 days before the tour departure date, 20% of the total price will be forfeited.
  • In the case of a cancellation received less than 60 days before the boat departure, the full amount will be retained.
  • Penalty charges may vary and are subject to change.

Cancellation Policies for Charters:

  • All cancellations must be made in writing. In the case of charters, if a cancellation is received more than 121 days before the tour departure date, a penalty of 10% of the total price will be retained as a cancellation fee.
  • If a cancellation is received between 120 days and 91 days before the tour departure date, 20% of the total price will be forfeited.
  • If cancellation received less than 90 days before the boat departure, the full amount would be retained.
  • No refund will be provided for cancellation due to canceled, delayed, or missed flights. Barefoot Expeditions strongly recommends passengers obtain trip cancellation/ interruption insurance to protect themselves better; such insurance should also have coverage for medical evacuation.
  • Penalty charges may vary and are subject to change.

All payments indicated above must be received, credited, and cleared in Barefoot Expeditions bank accounts by the specified due date, or the reservation may be released and deposits forfeited. Barefoot Expeditions reserves the right to refuse name changes on bookings. These are standard policies; however, under some circumstances, specific hotels, cruises, and other services may have different booking policies. In such cases, your account manager will be in communication with you regarding these variations.

To issue final confirmation, Barefoot Expeditions requires 60 days before departure (or at time of reservation for last minute bookings) the following information for all passengers:

♦ Complete passenger names
♦ Passport numbers (& passport copy in case of children)
♦ Nationality
♦ Date of birth
♦ Marital Status
♦ Dietary or medical restrictions

This information is required as part of the procedures to enter the Galapagos National Park and for booking the Ecuador mainland to Galapagos Islands flights. Failure to provide the above information on time may result in delays and possibly passengers missing the tour completely. Barefoot Expeditions will not accept responsibility or provide refunds if the above information is not provided in its entirety and on time.

Release of Liability & Assumption of Risk:

In paying a deposit to participate in a Barefoot Expeditions tour, either directly to Barefoot Expeditions or indirectly via one of Barefoot Expeditions resellers, passengers acknowledge and agree to the following, and any tour company or individual selling Galapagos Cruise tours (reseller), agrees to the following and to transmit the following information to those passengers whom they book on a Barefoot Expeditions tour and to assume full responsibility for failure to communicate this information to passengers which they book with Barefoot Expeditions. Passengers (participants) taking part in a Barefoot Expeditions trip do so in the full knowledge that their expedition to the Galapagos Islands and mainland Ecuador with Barefoot Expeditions and/or the remote areas visited by their trip inherently involves risks and dangers including, but not limited to, the forces of nature, the unpredictable behavior of wild animals, civil unrest, terrorism, roads, trails, hotels, travel by vehicles including taxis, buses, airplanes, and ocean-going vessels, exposure to high altitude, the consumption of alcoholic beverages, physical exertion for which the participant may not be prepared, and or negligence (but not willful or fraudulent conduct) on the part of Barefoot Expeditions, or others, and that during their trip participants may be exposed to additional risks and hazards including but not limited to the possibility of accident, injury or illness in a remote area without access to emergency care, rapid evacuation, adequate medical facilities or availability of medical supplies.

Trip participants (passengers) acknowledge that the enjoyment and excitement derived from an expedition and/or adventure trip comes in part from the inherent risks incurred when traveling including exposure to the activities offered during a Barefoot Expeditions tour such as, but not limited to, swimming, hiking, sea kayaking, snorkeling, horseback riding, and scuba diving, which are all enjoyed with the participant’s voluntary participation.

Trip participants further agree that this release shall be legally binding upon themselves and all minors under the age of 21 traveling with them, their heirs, successors, assigns, and legal representatives; they intend to assume all the risk of travel fully and to release Barefoot Expeditions from any liabilities to the maximum extent permitted by law.

Special Liability Release Regarding Land Services: Barefoot Expeditions, including its employees, agents, contractors, guides, associates, directors, officers and shareholders, from now on referred to as Barefoot Expeditions, gives notice that some of the services it provides in connection with its land services, including transportation, hotels and other forms of accommodations, restaurants, and other services are often purchased from various independent suppliers not always affiliated with Barefoot Expeditions. While Barefoot Expeditions seeks to work with the most appropriate suppliers available, Barefoot Expeditions has only a limited ability to control the operations of these providers.

Therefore, those tour companies or tour providers arranging land travel services through Barefoot Expeditions do so upon the express condition that Barefoot Expeditions shall not be liable for any delay, cancellation, mishap, inconvenience, expense, irregularity, bodily injury or death to a person or damage to property, occasioned through the conduct of default of any company, individual or other party engaged in providing these services. Each of these suppliers is subject to the laws of Ecuador, and their liability may be limited by their tariffs, conditions of carriage, tickets, vouchers, international conventions, and agreements.

Tour passengers release Barefoot Expeditions from any claims of loss or damage to baggage or property, for personal injuries or death, loss or delay arising out of the act, omission or negligence of any independent contractors or third party suppliers such as air carriers, cruise, hotels restaurants, transportation providers and other service or facilities.

Barefoot Expeditions is not responsible for incidents such as airline cancellations, re-routing, or any disruptions of schedule, service, or accommodation.

Barefoot Expeditions generally acts as an agent for the individual hotels, cruises, and other tour services and therefore typically assumes no responsibility caused for injury, loss or damage to person or property in connection with any service resulting directly from acts of God, detention, annoyance, delays, expenses arising from quarantine, strikes, thefts, pilferage, force majeure, failure of any means of conveyance to arrive or depart as scheduled, civil disturbances, terrorism, government restrictions or regulations, any discrepancies or changes in transit or hotel services over which it has no control. Responsibilities are limited to those of an agent, and compensation is limited to those described by individual trip cancellation policies.

Variation of conditions of terms and conditions: No employee, servant, or associate of Barefoot Expeditions may vary any of the above booking conditions without the written consent of the Galapagos Cruise board of directors. We reserve the right to change these terms and conditions in the future.

Jurisdiction: This contract/terms and conditions should be subject to the laws and the exclusive jurisdiction of the Ecuadorian courts. In the case of arbitration, the procedure will be carried out with the assistance of a mediator or an arbitrage Tribune from the Center of Mediation and Arbitrage from the Chamber of Commerce of Quito (CAMCCQ).

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October 18, 2019

We got back a week ago having spent 8 days on the grand majestic. It was an incredible week on a beautiful, smooth, clean luxurious boat. The crew were fantastic and the guide was brilliant. We took a chance and it paid off. We did the 8day itinerary B. We thoroughly recommend the yacht.

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