Luxury Galapagos - West & Central Islands 10 Days aboard Reina Silvia Voyager
Join us aboard a brand-new luxury yacht to discover the fascinating diversity of animal, marine and plant life on the western and central islands of the Galapagos. Expect stunning scenery, unforgettable wildlife and ultimate comfort as you visit famous islands such as Isabela Island, Floreana Island and Santa Cruz Island to name just a few. With snorkelling opportunities throughout, a dedicated CEO expert guide and all excursions included, including a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, this is the most relaxing and unforgettable way to discover this remarkable archipelago.
This fantastic tour consists of an 8-day Galapagos cruise, with an overnight stay in Quito before and after the cruise.
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Wildlife Guide & PhotographerAndy is a 6th generation Falkland Islander, with a passion for wildlife, plants and photography. Raised in the Falkland Islands, Andy developed a close affinity with the Islands natural environment at a young age. School holidays where spent in the ‘camp’ or countryside with friends and family. For more than 10 years, Andy had the privilege of spending a time on Sea Lion Island, visiting his mother who managed one of the Islands premier tourist destinations. Read more >
Photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awardsA fascination with natural light and a passion with nature, landscape and travel underpin Chris Coe's photography. His images often have a striking simplicity and graphic quality. More recent work has introduced a subtlety with experimentation with both movement and light.Read more >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
Special Guest LecturerExclusive to this voyage, Doug Allan, a multi award winning polar photographer and cameraman, will be your special guest lecturer. Doug has been on over 20 expeditions to Svalbard to film its wildlife, and knows the wonders of this area more than most. Read more >
Special Guest Photography GuideChris was 32 when he finally realised he really did want to be a photo-journalist and walked out on his career in IT sales to become a wildlife photographer Read more >
- Sail in style aboard a brand-new luxury catamaran through some of the Galapagos' most famous islands
- Incredible and iconic birdlife, wildlife and marine life including flamingos, tortoises, iguanas, blue-footed boobies, sealions and sharks
- Stunning landscapes of beaches, volcanoes, lava flows and cliffs
- Thrilling kayaking and snorkelling excursions included
- Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and join a highlands and wild tortoise excursion
- Accompanied by a fully certified expert guide
- Discover the historical city of Quito before and after your cruise
- 1 night hotel stay in Quito before your cruise with breakfast included
- 1 night hotel stay in Quito after your cruise with breakfast included
- 7 nights in the Galápagos Islands aboard the Reina Silvia Voyager
- All meals included aboard the yacht
- Flights from Quito to the Galápagos Islands and return
- Certified Galápagos National Park Service guide
- All transportation, landings and excursions including snorkelling and kayaking
- Snorkelling and kayaking equipment
- Visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station
ITINERARY9 Nights 10 Days
Arrive independently to Quito and take your transfer to the hotel for your included overnight stay. Depending on your arrival time you may have time to explore some of this fascinating and historic city set high in the Andean foothills that is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In the evening your tour representative will meet you at the hotel for a briefing on what lies ahead and what to expect from your luxury Galapagos cruise.
Quito to The Galapagos
After breakfast this morning your transfer will take you to the airport for your included flight to the Galapagos Islands. Upon arrival in Baltra your expert naturalist guide will meet you and take you across to Santa Cruz Island for your highlands and wild tortoise excursion. You will get to see these giant reptiles, the Galapagos’ most famous residents, in their natural habitat of the Scalesia Forests. There will also be great birding opportunities here with us looking out for vermilion flycatchers and Darwin’s finches including the famous Woodpecker Finch.
Speaking of Darwin, our afternoon will then be spent at the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center and Charles Darwin Research Station. Here we will learn all about the ongoing conservation efforts on the islands and see several subspecies of adult and hatchling tortoises, including seeing the famous Galapagos tortoise up-close, learning about how these programs are helping them to avoid extinction. We will then make our way to your luxury yacht and enjoy dinner as you settle in to your beautiful home for the next 7 nights.
Today we will explore Floreana Island, landing at Punta Cormorant in the morning to enjoy guided walks and to discover two amazingly different beaches. Accompanied by your expert Naturalist you will learn all about the wildlife and natural history of the area and can enjoy a hike to a salt-water lagoon which is home to flamingos. You will also have the chance for your first snorkelling excursion as you explore under the waters of Champion Islet, considered one of the most beautiful places in all of the Galapagos for snorkelling.
After lunch on board it will be time to go back to land again as we land on the beach of the famous Post Office Bay to see, and maybe even use, their iconic barrel mailbox, before making our way to Asilo de la Paz to explore a lava cave inhabited by ancient pirates, search for more sightings of tortoises and enjoy unforgettable views at the top of the hill.
We now make our way to Isabela Island to attempt a dry landing at Punta Moreno to see the lava formations and crystal tide pools that have formed in the craters created by lava flows from the three most active volcanoes in the archipelago. Surrounded by beautiful landscapes we will search these pools for sightings of marine wildlife including sea turtles and white-tip reef sharks, and the surrounding areas for birdlife including common gallinules, Galapagos doves, white-cheeked pintails and more pink flamingos.
In the afternoon we will head to Elizabeth Bay for a thoroughly enjoyable Panga/Zodicac boat cruise through the mangroves in search of sightings of more wildlife including penguins, the iconic blue-footed boobies, pelicans, flightless cormorants, rays, marine turtles and much more.
Isabela & Fernandina Islands
Staying around Isabela Island, this morning we will land at Urbina Bay at the base of Alcedo Volcano to see the area’s fascinating geological formations and stunning volcano views, and search for sightings of sea turtles, stingrays and land and marine iguanas.
In the afternoon we will sail over to Fernandina Island to land at Punta Espinoza to enjoy some fantastic walking trails across the lava flows that will lead us to some of the archipelago’s largest colonies of marine iguanas and sea birds, as well as good numbers of sea lions and a flightless cormorant nesting site. We also have good chances of seeing the Galapagos hawk here and for the snorkellers among us this is likely to be one of the most memorable areas for up-close marine life sightings.
Back on Isabela Island this morning you can take an enjoyable hike in Tagus Cove that will reward in some stunning views of Darwin Lake, the Darwin and Wolf volcanoes and the bay, whilst learning about the whalers and pirates that used to frequent here as you walk. You could also choose to explore the area by dinghy, join a kayaking excursion or snorkel with schools of tropical fish and look for sharks, seahorses and rockfish.
In the afternoon you can explore by land or underwater around the two coves of Punta Vicente Roca on the lookout for penguins, sea lions, Nazca and blue-footed boobies, puffer fish, rays and sea turtles.
Today we will move on to Santiago Island with our first stop being Buccaneer Cove to see its towering cliff wall rock formations that are home to hundreds of seabirds. This is also another great spot for snorkelling.
In the afternoon we will move on to Puerto Egas, also known as James Bay, for more snorkelling opportunities and the chance to follow some gorgeous trails along the coastline to see grottos full of fauna including Galapagos fur sea lions and an abundance of reptiles and shore birds.
Santa Cruz & North Seymour
Our last full day in the Galapagos will take us back to Santa Cruz Island where we will visit the beautiful swimming beach of Bachas to walk along the soft white sand and spot a wide range of wildlife including the famous Sally Lightfoot crabs walking along the lava rocks, nesting sea turtles, flamingos, marine iguanas, black necked stilts and much more. Alternatively, you could enjoy some more snorkelling or just enjoy a moment of reflection as you dip your toes in the crystal-clear waters and look back on what will have been a thoroughly enjoyable Galapagos experience.
Our last island visit this afternoon will bring even more wildlife encounters as we visit North Seymour Island and follow the lava flow trails that lead us to flocks of pelicans dive-bombing into the waters in search of dinner, blue-footed boobies performing their courtship dances, magnificent frigatebirds watching over their chicks, and sea lions and iguanas going about their everyday lives…a wonderful wildlife adventure to end a wonderful cruise.
Back to Quito
Having enjoyed our last night on board, on the morning of day 9 we will disembark in Baltra and fly back to Quito for one final night on the Ecuadorian mainland.
A view from Above
What Our Customers
• Although we thoroughly enjoyed the Galapagos it was mainland Ecuador which really took us by surprise with such a diversity of landscape and wildlife and incredible hospitality everywhere we went. Our local guides were so knowledgeable and helpful and our driver Manuel had a terrific sense of humour. We had some fantastic birding at both Mashpi, Le Selva and of course our day trip to Paz de Las Aves Reserve where we were lucky enough to see both the ‘Cock of the Rock’ and the giant antipitta. The devil nose train journey was as thrilling as we hoped and we even got lucky with Cotopaxi and got some lovely clear photos so all in all couldn't ask for more.
• This was an excellent trip from start to finish. Bellavista Lodge was a particular favourite of ours, so tranquil and a superb base to watch birds and wildlife while experiencing real Ecuadorian hospitality. Our guide, really knew his stuff and was so passionate about his job ,in fact all the local guides were excellent. I have to say a special word about Juan, our driver, who was so charming and funny, he really added to the overall enjoyment of the trip. The number and variety of birds we saw was amazing and I would have no hesitation in recommending Ecuador to other keen bird watchers.
Fantastic holiday with more wildlife than I was expecting. The Napo Wildlife Centre was wonderful, we were looked after with such care and attention and our guides’ knowledge of the areas’ and flora and fauna was outstanding, what they didn’t know probably wasn’t worth knowing. The food was so varied and they coped amazingly with my food intolerances, better than most European restaurants!!! Waking up to the sound of the howler monkeys will always live with me as will seeing my first Kinkajou, something I’ve wanted to see for a long time. Thank you for an amazing two weeks.
We had an amazing time in the Galapagos, thank you.We really enjoyed ourselves and will certainly come back to you next year.
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