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Grand Majestic – 5 Day Cruise

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Overview

Set sail aboard the sleek and modern Grand Majestic to cruise for 5 days around the remote Galapagos Islands, located 1000 kilometres off the coast of Ecuador. Shore landings allow you to walk along trails across coral beaches and lava fields, past lava tubes and lava flows, amongst sea lion colonies, frigatebirds, Galapagos penguins, blue-footed boobies, lava owls and a myriad of other fascinating wildlife. Snorkelling and swimming opportunities immerse you into the marine world where you can swim alongside turtles, rays and colourful reef fish. As you cruise between the islands of Santa Cruz, Genovesa, Rabida and San Cristobal, sit out on the spacious sun deck taking in the views, or relax in the outdoor Jacuzzi.

 

 

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Trip Code: ECTSGM5

Travel Style: Small Ship Cruise

Location: Ecuador

Ship: Grand Majestic

Flights: We offer a range of flight options to meet your cruise. Contact us today to discuss.

WHY CHOOSE THIS CRUISE?

  • You will undertake this voyage on board the Grand Majestic a luxury yacht designed to make your cruising experience through the Galapagos as comfortable as possible

  • Experience the unique wildlife of the Galapagos including flightless cormorants, flamingos, penguins, tortoise, marine iguanas, sharks, turtles and a vast multitude of multicoloured fish & bird species.

  • You will have the opportunity to snorkel and kayak in some of the most beautiful waters in all of South America if not the world.

  • Discover the dynamic beauty of the Galapagos ranging from pure white sandy beaches, lush forests, highlands, rocky coves, turquoise waters & even lava formations.

CRUISE ITINERARY

You will arrive at Baltra Island in the morning. After going 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, you will visit “Fausto Llerena” Giant Tortoises Breeding Centre 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.

Santa Cruz Island

In the morning, you will visit El Barranco which is also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps. It is a steep, rocky path that leads up to a high cliff rock face. A marvellous view can be appreciated from here.
This site is also home to a palo santo forest as well as red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, Galapagos swallows, and Galapagos doves.

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

Genovesa Island

In the morning, you will visit Rabida Island (or Jervis) which is one of the most colourful 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, Galápagos vermilion flycatchers, Galapagos hawks and brown pelicans.

In the morning, you will visit Rabida Island (or Jervis) which is one of the most colourful 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 and Chinese Hat

In the morning, you will visit 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.

In the afternoon you will take part in 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.

San Cristobal Island

In the morning, you will visit the Interpretation Centre. This site is part of an environment project.
The tour of this centre 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. After visiting the Interpretation Centre, you will be transferred to the San Cristobal airport to catch your flight to Guayaquil or Quito on mainland Ecuador.

San Cristobal Island
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ITINERARY ADD-ONS

  • Discover the unrivalled jewel of colonial architecture that is Quito. A 4 day discover Quito tour will take you through a pulsating, lively Latin city. Visit the cities historic centre a UNESCO world heritage site, marvel at the cities artistic and colonial origins in various museums or embrace the colours of the Otavalo market, perhaps the most important indigenous market in all South America. Find out more.

  • Upgrade your Ecuadorian experience to include a unique luxury lodge. Mashpi lodge is located on a scenic plateau. The lodge experience uniquely interweaves Ecuadorian history with exotic wilderness experiences. Enjoy sightings of nocturnal animals and witness the jungle come to life in one of National Geographics Unique Lodges of the World. Find out more.

  • Why not add a trip to Peru onto this amazing itinerary? Experience the unique cultural and scenic offerings of one of South Americas most popular destinations. Visit amazing cities like Lima and Cusco where a unique blend of urban modernisation meet, undertake the incredible journey to the Sacred valley and of course, bare witness to the archaeological marvel that is Machu Picchu. Find out more.

Pricing & date

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Important Information

  • All meals and excursions
    Transfers in the islands
    Bilingual National Park Guide
    Use of snorkellin equipment/wetsuit
    Use of underwater camera
    Free Airport Assistance*
    Hotel night in Quito or Guayaquil (the day before the cruise)*
    2 Free transfers to Galapagos Flights* 

    *Applies when purchasing airfare from Royal Galapagos

    Exclusions

    Roundtrip airfare to/from Galapagos
    Alcoholic drinks
    Galapagos National Park Fee (USD$1oo per person subject to change) 
    Galapagos Transit Control Card (USD$20 per person subject to change) 
    Travel/Medical insurance
    Gratuities 
    Personal Expenses

  • 2 (light adventure)
  • Available upon request, contact us for more details.

  • All entrance fees are subject to change without prior notice.

  • Season and availability

SPEAK TO A SPECIALIST

Talk to one of our Destination Specialists to plan your South American adventure and turn your dream into a reality. With exceptional knowledge and first hand experience, our consultants will assist in every way possible to make your journey the most memorable it can be, matching not only the itinerary, but the accommodation and activities to suit your style of travel and budget.

Sustainability

Being environmentally accountable is a crucial part of our organisation. Chimu is currently striving towards using less paper, taking several initiatives to do so and tracking our progress along the way. Our goal: A paperless organisation. For this reason, all information given to you will be sent electronically. We encourage those who choose to travel with us to support our aspirations and actions and ask that you reconsider printing out documentation. To view these documents, you can download them to your iPad or portable computer before and during your trip.

Chimu is passionate and dedicated to sustainability measures and understands the crucial part sustainability plays within the tourism industry.

We use local guides and office staff to both maximise local employment opportunities and minimise carbon footprint. Local guides also ensure you benefit from the intimate knowledge, passion and culture of the country you’re visiting. Our guides are all highly qualified (most with university degrees) or equip with many years of experience and are paid above the standard wage. Whether it be our knowledgeable local guides, locally produced meals or the transport on tour, we do not use imported goods when local products are available. We aim to minimise our impact on the environment and give as much back as possible to the communities we work in.

As a Gold Corporate member of the Galapagos Conservation Trust, Royal Galapagos supports ongoing conservation efforts and projects in the Galapagos Islands.

The Galapagos Conservation Trust (GCT) is a British not-for-profit organization that focus on the sustainability and conservation of the Galapagos Islands. Launched in 1995 at the Royal Society, GCT supports, develops and promotes projects that achieve measurable conservation, sustainable living, and protection of this unique ecosystem.

While visiting the many national parks, heritage sites, museums and landmarks our travellers are encouraged to explore whilst remaining culturally aware and sensitive. We further encourage you to buy appropriate souvenirs and discourage the buying of anything wrongfully made or taken from the environment i.e. shells and endangered species products. Information on how you can be environmentally conscious, and travel responsibly will be made available in our Travellers Guides and provided during your travels by guides and staff.

For more information on our sustainability policies, including how we are striving towards being a paperless organisation, click HERE