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7 Days$6890USD

Activities
  • 7 days Adventure Cruising
Accommodation
  • 6 nights yacht
Meals
  • 6 Dinners
  • 6 Lunches
  • 6 Breakfasts
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Discovery and Cruising

Traveller Rating

 

 
 

Trip highlights


  • Cruise the amazing Galapagos archipelago aboard the first class Solaris yacht
  • Learn about this incredible region with an expert naturalist guide
  • Experience the unique wildlife and fascinating history of the Galapagos Islands
  • Explore the underwater world during snorkel excursions
  • Marvel at dramatic scenery and pristine environments
  • Encounter incomparable and unique wildlife and birdlife on guided hikes

Why Book With Us

  • Galapagos flights, Galapagos Park Fee and Transit Control Card included in the trip cost
  • Use of snorkelling equipment included
  • Professional naturalist guide and support crew will make your Galapagos cruise a once-in-a-lifetime experience
  • Enjoy the first class yacht Solaris with its cosy sundeck and lounge area which was only built in 2019
  • Stay energised with three hearty meals per day, freshly prepared by the boat's cook

Experience the abundant wildlife and interesting history of the Galapagos Islands, an unforgettable experience. Learn about this remarkable destination, encounter the flora and fauna of the Galapagos and witness unbelievable interactions between wildlife in their natural habitat. This well planned seven day cruise aboard the new Solaris is enhanced by a naturalist guide. There is ample space to rest and relax, with only 16 guests on board you can enjoy the views from the spacious sundeck or a drink at the outside bar. With cabin space up to 26 m2, each has private facilities and an ocean view. Discover wildlife and landscapes found nowhere else on earth on this archipelago of volcanic islands.

Trip Code: GAH

You can commence your itinerary in the city of Quito, located in the highlands of Ecuador just south of the equator or alternatively you may choose to commence from Guayaquil, located on the banks of the Guayas River. From your starting city you fly to Baltra airport in the Galapagos Islands. Upon arrival at Baltra Airport*, you will first pass through an airport inspection point where your TCT (Transit Control Card) will be checked and stamped (please keep this carefully with your passport as you will need to show it again when you leave Galapagos). Your Galapagos National Park entrance fee of USD 100 has been prepaid. To ensure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands, your luggage will be inspected as well. At the arrival hall a naturalist guide will meet you and escort you on a short bus ride to the harbour. Here you will climb aboard the yacht Solaris. After greeting the crew and the captain, your cabins will be assigned to you and then you will enjoy your first lunch on board. In the afternoon we will visit Las Bachas. These two small beaches are located in the west of the Turtle Cove on Santa Cruz. Their sand consists of decomposed corals, which makes it white and soft. This makes it the favorite nesting site for sea turtles. Behind one of the beaches there are small water lagoons, where flamingos and other coastal birds, such as black-necked stilt birds and rainbows, can occasionally be spotted. On the second beach, which is the longer one, you can explore the remains of two abandoned warships. In the Second World War these were left by the US, as the island of Baltra was used as a strategic point for the protection of the Panama Canal. *For anyone travelling to the Galapagos Islands we recommend you arrive in Quito at least one day before your scheduled cruise in case there are flight delays or cancellations. We strongly recommend that you do not book flights out of Quito or Guayaquil for the same day your cruise finishes. PLEASE NOTE: The program of this itinerary may vary according to flight schedules, weather, water conditions, etc. Please be aware, while wildlife is abundant in the Galapagos there is no guarantee of seeing specific animals or birds.

Meals:  L,D

Tintoreras consists of several small islets off the coast of Puerto Villamil and is one of the most emblematic visitor’s sites of the Galapagos. Its impressive concentration of Galapagos wildlife can be admired easily during the tour. From a viewpoint, you can see herons on mangrove branches whilst Galapagos penguins and sea lions can be spotted on the land. Whitetip reef sharks can be found in the tidal channels, and their abundance is what gives these islets their Spanish name. Another highlight is the breeding colony with uncountable numbers of marine iguanas! After lunch aboard, you will visit the local tortoise breeding centre, where you can see hundreds of giant Galapagos tortoises of all sizes. The vulnerable hatchlings are not gigantic at all, even smaller than the size of your hand! This project, just outside Puerto Villamil, was created to rescue the endangered populations of Isabela’s southernmost volcanoes. In Puerto Villamil and the surrounding wetlands, there is the historical site called “The Wall of tears”, a national cultural heritage place where punished prisoners were forced to build this long wall and useless wall of lava rocks. Also, you might have the chance to see American flamingos. At the end of the afternoon, you will have some free time to explore the village and/or its beach.

Meals:  B,L,D

Punta Moreno is located between the volcanoes Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul, on the north coast of Isabela Island. The trail runs along a solidified pahoehoe lava flow into a complex of coastal lagoons. Its main attractions are several species of birds, which are found around the lakes and mangrove forests. In the afternoon, we will enter the Bolivar Channel and navigate towards Tagus Cove. On the way, you will see how explosive eruptions have blown out a part of the outer rims of both tuff cones, and created their characteristic horseshoe shapes and Tagus Cove. Sailors used to write the names of their vessels on the eastern cliffs of this place. A tour along the cliffs in a dinghy will give the visitors a good chance to see the Galapagos penguin, the flightless cormorant and other sea birds. From the landing dock, it is about a 30-minute hike along the trail up to the top of the cliff from where you can view Darwin Lake; an uplifted ultra saline lake saltier than the sea. You can also see several volcanoes from this location. Look carefully at the graffiti on the surrounding cliffs of the cove! They were written by pirates, whalers and buccaneers in past centuries.

Meals:  B,L,D

Fernandina is the third-largest island in the archipelago and has a single visitor site: Punta Espinoza, located at the northeastern tip of the island. Marine iguanas conglomerate in larger groups than on any other island. They bask around in the sand, swim near the shore and sometimes block the way at the landing dock. Among the unique species found here, is the flightless cormorant. This bird had to adjust its way of survival and perfect its skills of finding food in the ocean. Their wings, tails and feet progressively adapted for swimming. To see these birds is to witness evolution happening right in front of you. Whilst having lunch, the yacht will cross the Bolivar Channel for the last time to Vicente Roca Point, just at the mouth of Isabela’s seahorse shape. While entering a dark cave below a spectacular arch, the roaring echoes of the waves will accompany you. Just around the corner, the collapsed amphitheatre of Ecuador Volcano offers another impressive view. The calmer waters of the coves are well protected against the ocean swell and are a fairly cold but great place for snorkelling amongst various species of shark, penguins, pufferfish and even seahorses!

Meals:  B,L,D

Espumilla Beach is a visitor’s site at the northern end of James Bay, on the western coast of Santiago. This beach has been revived as an important breeding site for turtles, as it is no longer suffering from digging wild pigs. The turtles return year after year to bury their eggs into the cinnamon coloured sand dunes.The beach ridge hides a mangle with two picturesque lagoons. The colony of American flamingos and aquatic birds used to be its main attraction, but after the climate phenomenon of El Niño, strong sedimentation altered the brackish water environment, and it no longer contains their food. During the climb of a hill you will be rewarded with a beautiful overview of the transitions from sea into beach into mangrove into dry palo santo forest. At lunchtime we will navigate south to Puerto Egas with its famous fur seal grottos, where you will enjoy another, very different guided walk along the coastline. Its masterly sculptured coastline of black basalts and polished multi-coloured ash-layers forms a photogenic scene with collapsed lava tunnels, natural arches, caves and blowholes such as ‘Darwin’s toilet’. In a grotto directly below a spectacular rock arch at the end of the beach, a colony of sea lions occupies the shade. Hundreds of sally lightfoot crabs seem even brighter orange against the black rocks.

Meals:  B,L,D

Rábida Island is unique because of the red colour of the rocks and sand. After a ‘wet landing’ on the remarkable red beach of Rabida, there are two short guided hikes. Oxidised iron particles give the rocks and sand their rusty colour. The beach wall holds a shallow green-fringed lagoon. This oasis is the most fertile place on the otherwise arid islet, which is overgrown with leaf-dropping palo santo trees. The salty pool attracts all kind of aquatic birds, like pintails and sometimes American flamingos. Between the evergreen foliage of the surrounding mangrove bushes many species of songbirds hide and breed. One of the most outstanding attractions is the major breeding colony of brown pelicans, the only ones in the world that plunge-dive. Chinese Hat is a 52m/170ft high volcanic cone, forming another islet off the rocky coast of Santiago, where a small colony of Galapagos penguins has settled. Because its primordial fire has been extinguished recently, this is an excellent place to learn more about volcanism, lava bombs and lava tunnels. On the beach you can also find curious pillow-type lavas with coral heads on top! These spheres have a submarine origin before being lifted above sea level. Beaches of white coral sand grow, and holes in the eroding lava filds are filled up with lava sand, which enables rooting. Galapagos sea lions and countless marine iguanas contribute to fertilsation. This all together creates more favourable options for newcomers, like saltbush and the discolouring sesuvium carpet.

Meals:  B,L,D

Our dinghies will bring you to the touristic pier of Puerto Ayora, from where you will be brought to the Charles Darwin Research Station. This is where biological research and indispensable conservation management of this unique archipelago are carried out. The complex houses interpretation and information centres about the National Park and the Galapagos Marine Reserve. The most memorable part of your visit will probably be the successful breeding centre and the enclosures with Galapagos giant tortoises. After this tour, it is time to say goodbye to the Galapagos! Assisted by our naturalist guide and some crew members, the dinghy will bring you and your luggage to the pier, where you will take the shuttle back to the airport. Our cruise adventure concludes on arrival at Baltra airport.

Meals:  B


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.


Inclusions

  • 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners
  • Twin share berth
  • Internal flights approx. US$510
  • Professional naturalist guide and support staff
  • Transport to and from cruise
  • Group medical kit
  • Transit Control Card and Galapagos Park fee to the value of US$120. (Please note if arriving to the Galapagos prior to the cruise these fees can't be prepaid - contact your consultant for further details).
  • Use of snorkelling equipment

  • Airport transfers on the mainland
  • International flights and airport taxes
  • Use of wetsuits on cruise (can be rented onboard and paid in cash)
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Bottled water, aerated and alcoholic drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Medical treatment

Accommodation


Departure dates

Every Tuesday fortnightly year round

* Guaranteed status denotes minimum trip numbers have been met, however the trips operation will be subject to there being no COVID-19 restrictions or other government travel advisories. Please contact us for further information.


Notes

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Christmas & New Year Surcharge Solaris - 7 Days (17 Dec - 7 Jan)
Note:
Christmas and New Year Surcharge apply. Availability has to be confirmed by us before we can guarantee the trip.

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Total Priceper person from

$6890USD

Your trip price includes:

  • Internal flight valued at USD$525
  • Park Fees valued at USD$120
Options & Supplements*
  • Christmas & New Year Surcharge Solaris - 7 Days (17 Dec - 7 Jan)USD$820
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Galapagos on Solaris trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


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