Cruising the Galapagos: Treasure of the Galapagos
• Galapagos Islands • Tortoise Conservation Centre • Island excursions • Wildlife viewing • Swimming • Snorkelling
Follow in the footsteps of the famous Charles Darwin as you explore the amazing Galapagos Islands. Your naturalist guide will reveal all the wonders of these islands as you enjoy cruising in style and comfort.
Your Ship: The Treasure of Galapagos is a spacious, first class catamaran which features a modern decor accommodating just 16 guests. Every cabin features its own private balcony, allowing you to sit and drink in the islands' beauty in perfect privacy if you wish. Individually controlled air conditioning, delightful private bathroom, and a writing desk/vanity and plenty of storage complete the thoughtful touches. Communal areas on board are large, bright and airy, and facilities include a jacuzzi on the upper sun deck, outdoor lounge and bar with shade as well as an elegant indoor lounge bar.
There is a well stocked bar which provide local beers and wines along with premium spirits and cocktails.
Western Islands - 7 Days
Day 1: Arrive Galapagos Islands Upon arrival transfer to Puerto Ayora for embarkation. Settle into your cabin and enjoy lunch onboard before visiting the Charles Darwin Research Centre. Here you can learn more about the protection and conservation efforts that are in place in the Galapagos Islands and visit the resident young and adult giant tortoises that are studied here.
Day 2: Cruising the Galapagos Islands In the morning you will disembark at Whale Bay on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island. This is a historic site where a number of ceramic relics have been found which reflect human settlement as early as 1846. Cruise to Dragon hill, located in the north western part of Santa Cruz. Here you will walk along a short trail to a salt lagoon that is home to flamingos, pintail ducks and many other species of birds. The site has been repopulated with land iguanas who have been brought here from Seymour and Isabela islands. A short hike to the top of the hill offers beautiful panoramic views over the bay.
Day 3: Cruising the Galapagos Islands Today enjoy a zodiac ride to Tintoreras, a small group of islands on the Puerto Villamil coast. Look for Galapagos penguin and sea lions, as well as white tipped reef sharks resting in the shallow water. In the afternoon you will land on Puerto Villamil on Isabela Island and visit the largest coastal lagoon in the Galapagos. The lagoon is one of the main reproductive sites for flamingos, and an excellent place to see a wide range of bird species. From 1946-1959 the site was a penal colony. You will follow a trail called 'The Wall of Tears' where prisoners were made to build a wall with huge blocks of lava and learn about the history and harsh conditions that prisoners lived in here.
Day 4: Cruising the Galapagos Islands This morning you will disembark on Isabela Island and visit Punta Moreno where you will enjoy a walk along a lava flow trail that takes you to a complex of coastal lagoons and mangroves where several species of endemic and native birds can be found. Cruise around to Urbina Bay, which is close to the base of the Alcedo Volcano. In 1954 the volcanic activity caused a major uplift of the coastline which caused the shore to expand almost a mile out to sea. Here you will find a large amount of land iguanas and giant tortoises as well as the endemic Darwin finch.
Day 5: Cruising the Galapagos Islands Today visit Punta Espinoza, the sole visitor site on Fernandina Island. This site is home to large groups of marine iguanas and they will more than likely be waiting to greet you on arrival at the landing dock. Enjoy a scenic walk in search of the flightless cormorant, a unique species found here. Your guide will explain how they have had to adjust for survival and you will learn more about their evolution as a species. This afternoon take a zodiac ride along the cliffs of Tagus Cove where you can see the Galapagos penguin and many other species of sea birds. Disembark at the landing site and enjoy a 30-minute hike to the top of a cliff where you will enjoy scenic views over the saline Darwin Lake, which is saltier than the ocean. You will also enjoy an impressive outlook over several volcanoes. The site also has some graffiti that has been written by pirates, whalers, and buccaneers over the last few centuries.
Day 6: Cruising the Galapagos Islands Disembark at James Island onto the black sand beach at Puerto Egas, for a morning of exploration. During lunch, cruise to Rabida Island with its striking red sand beach and brackish lagoon that is home to a colony of American flamingos along with other birds native to the Galapagos, including finches, doves and yellow warblers.
Day 7: Depart the Galapagos Islands Your final excursion is at Las Bachas, home to two small beaches with soft white sand that are a favourite nesting site of sea turtles. Visit the nearby lagoon where you can observe flamingos, black-necked stilts and whimbrels, and see the relics of two old barges that were abandoned by American forces on a nearby beach during WWII. Then transfer to the airport for your departure flight back to the mainland.
• 6 nights' in a Balcony Stateroom (twin) aboard the M/C Treasure of the Galapagos • Personal meet and greet on arrival in the Galapagos Islands • Transfers and transport • Island excursions and daily briefings with specialist guides • All meals on board • Galapagos Transit Control Card
Pricing (per person) $USD
Apr 10; May 8, 22; Jun 5, 19; Jul 3, 17; Sep 25; Oct 9, 23; Nov 6, 20; Dec 4, 18
2021 Apr 10; May 8, 22; Jun 5, 19; Jul 3, 17; Sep 25; Oct 9, 23; Nov 6, 20; Dec 4, 18
Booking conditions • Solo travellers may book an Ocean View Cabin at a twin share rate on a share basis and will be matched with another traveller of the same gender.
• Flights to/from Galapagos are not included in the cruise price.
• Galapagos Islands National Park fee of US$100 per person is payable on arrival.
• Surcharges apply for Galapagos during the Christmas and New Year period.
• Cabin upgrades are available. Several alternative cruise itineraries are available on this ship. Please enquire for further details. Cruises can be combined for a longer itinerary and a discount will apply.
• Solo travellers may book an Ocean View Cabin at a twin share rate on a share basis and will be matched with another traveller of the same gender. • Flights to/from Galapagos are not included in the cruise price. • Galapagos Islands National Park fee of US$100 per person is payable on arrival. • Surcharges apply for Galapagos during the Christmas and New Year period. • Cabin upgrades are available.
Several alternative cruise itineraries are available on this ship. Please enquire for further details. Cruises can be combined for a longer itinerary and a discount will apply.