Indulge in the solitude and adventure of the Pacific as you enter the mystical natural realm of the Galapagos. You'll explore the archipelago in unrivaled luxury with over two weeks of cruising on a sublime motor yacht. Connect all the remote corners of the archipelago, from red beaches filled with sea lions to millions of seabirds nesting on volcanic cliffs. Luxuriate in the untamed bliss of a small boat Galapagos tour that reveals the islands' incredible wildlife.
Quito – Luxurious Layover in the Ancient City of Quito
With flights to the Galapagos leaving in the morning, you need a layover in Quito, Ecuador's capital, and the world's first ever World Heritage site. Gaze down on the colonial buildings of the old city through the windows of your suite in the new town. Watch the domes softly illuminated at night and see the surrounding volcanic peaks go from snowy-white to an enchanting silhouette. You'll be greeted at the airport and transferred to your five-star hotel, where there's a choice of five restaurants for the evening's dinner.
Santa Cruz – Marine Welcomes to the Galapagos
Genovesa – Red-footed Boobies and Colonies of Seabirds
Bartolome – Volcanic Remains and Penguins on Pinnacle Rock
Rabida – Exploring a Red Island
Santa Cruz – Giant Tortoises in the Highlands
South Plaza and Santa Fe – The Endemic Iguanas of the Galapagos
Espanola – Sea Lions on the White Sand
Santa Cruz – Puerto Ayora and the Charles Darwin Research Station
Floreana – Incredible Snorkeling and Intriguing History
Floreana – Sailing into the Western Archipelago
Isabela – Penguins, Sea Turtles, and Giant Tortoises
Fernandina – The Galapagos's Youngest Island
Isabela – Diverse Life on the Western Fringes
Santiago – Sea Lions on the Black Sand
North Seymour – Seabird Nesting Grounds and Departure
- See the Galapagos Islands in unparalleled luxury with a VIP suite on the 12-passenger yacht
- Explore the complete Galapagos archipelago with 15 days of small boat cruising through the Galapagos
- Measuring 48.5 meters, the luxury yacht has ample space for exclusive cruising, including your own private lounge area, plus a sun deck, upper lounge and bar, outdoor dining area, indoor living room, and hot tub
- Marvel at the iconic wildlife of the islands, including flightless cormorants, endemic iguanas, giant tortoises, Galapagos penguins, and a colorful set of seabirds
- Discover secluded beaches of white, black, and red sand, each complete with a colony of sea lions
- Admire the volcanic diversity of the islands as you walk across lava flows, geological uprisings, and layers of lava tunnels
- Snorkel in calm bays and explore a marine world that mixes the big with the small, like sea turtles swimming past seahorses and a flurry of different sharks
- Intimately explore the endemic species of the islands and get close to everything from red-footed boobies to marine iguanas
Lost in the ocean, some 1000 km from the mainland, the Galapagos Islands offer an indelible getaway into another world. You're surrounded by the enormity of the Pacific, reveling in the escapism of the infinite blue. Yet you're also intimately immersed in the archipelago's wildlife bounty, savoring the unique and wonderful species that have inspired our understanding of natural evolution. Gaze out one way and the next land mass would be Antarctica. Then turn around and a colony of sea lions frolic on a white beach, or a Galapagos penguin is waddling along secluded cliffs. With a small boat Galapagos tour, you get the gargantuan scale and exclusivity afforded by the ocean, plus a near-private invitation into nature's surreal world. 15 days of cruising ensures you see every secluded corner of the islands and discover each of its iconic species.
Formerly a private yacht, yours will be the archipelago's most spacious luxury boat. The 48.5-meter vessel has the capacity for only 12 passengers, and you have a VIP suite that comes with his and her bathrooms plus a private lounge. Lounge on the sundeck, rest in the hot tub, relax in the huge inside living area, and eat beneath the stars in the exterior dining area. The 11 crew members provide intimate and excellent service while a local naturalist guide reveals the narratives behind the strange wildlife. As you cruise through the Galapagos, there's rarely another boat in sight, and your group has exclusive access to each of the wildlife sites. On a typical day, you make morning and afternoon excursions to different national park sites. These adventures could include walking along seabird nesting grounds, lounging on secluded beaches, snorkeling adventures, hiking trails, dinghy rides, or a combination of the above.
Having over two weeks ensures you can completely unwind and escape into the Galapagos realm. It's also the minimum amount of time to really discover the complete endemic bounty of the islands. Marvel at waved albatross on eastern Espanola, see all the booby species together on San Cristobal, watch penguins and flightless cormorants on Fernandina, and find sea lion-filled beaches of red, white, and black sand. Giant tortoises and land iguanas are endemic to their island, meaning you're often encountering a species that only exists on the rugged cliffs you're standing on. Then beneath the surface, there's a world of pelagic greats, from manta rays to sea turtles and three different shark species. Of course, you don't need the excursions to spot the wildlife. Relax on the sundeck of this small yacht and there are regular sightings of dolphins and migratory whales. The ingredients for an escapist cruise usually involve secluded beaches, enchanting coastline, a luxury yacht, and open water. In the Galapagos, all this is elevated by phenomenal wildlife.
$15,595 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
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