Galapagos Eco-Journey aboard the M.V. Eclipse

8 Days / 7 Nights

Galapagos Eco-Journey aboard the M.V. Eclipse
Galapagos Eco-Journey aboard the M.V. Eclipse

A 7-night Luxury Expedition Galapagos Islands Cruise

Saturday departures from Guayaquil (or Quito); all Year-Round

The Galapagos, one of Planet Earth’s last frontiers; where travelers observe the wonders of evolution in the making. Join the fortunate few; who sail the waters of the Galapagos Islands and hike their trails, encountering the most unique species of flora & fauna at one of the world’s most protected areas.

Cruise start from: $4,892

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Prices per person sharing a double occupancy cabin:

Regular Season:*

Stateroom: $5,130

Superior Stateroom: $5,653

Deluxe Stateroom: $6,080

Single Occupancy Stateroom (Main Deck cabins 1 & 2): $5,600

* During Peak Season; Easter (March 23-30), Christmas (Dec 21-28) and New Year (Dec 28 through Jan 4), please add $400 per person.

 

Low Season:*

Stateroom: $4,893

Superior Stateroom: $5,415

Deluxe Stateroom: $5,795

Single Occupancy Stateroom (Main Deck cabins 1 & 2): $ 5,300

*Low Season Rates apply to September 28 through December 14 sailings.

Journey's Highlights »

 
  • Visit the most desirable sites in the Galapagos Islands on 7 different islands
  • Discover the richness and diversity of the underwater world with 6 excellent opportunities for deep water snorkeling
  • Enjoy complimentary Sea Kayaking & Snorkeling equipment during your cruise
  • Highest quality of certified naturalist guides with fluent English
  • Only 12 guests per guide on Galapagos excursions
  • Enjoy the VIP lounge at the airport in Baltra on outbound flights from Galapagos

The M.V. Eclipse has 24 spacious, fully air-conditioned staterooms with either a queen or twin bed arrangement, plus two single cabins. Every cabin boasts either picture windows or large portholes, providing a view of the waters surrounding you. All the ship’s twin beds can be converted to king-size beds upon request.

The 7-night itinerary is crafted to showcase the very best of the islands. It includes the most iconic sites and only one stop is made at a populated settlement. This ensures that the majority of the trip is spent within the protected areas of the Galapagos National Park, allowing guests maximum interaction with the extraordinary flora and fauna. From albatross to tortoise, pelicans to iguanas, cormorants, sea lions, turtles, flamingos, sharks and whales, there is jaw-dropping wildlife in action at every turn.
 

Included in Your Journey »

Accommodations (expedition ship):

  • 7 nights aboard the M.V. Eclipse Luxury Expedition Yacht

Sightseeing, visits and transportation:

  • All Galapagos Shore Excursions in small groups of up to 12 travelers
  • VIP Lounge at Baltra Airport in outbound flight from the Galapagos
  • Complementary use of snorkeling equipment
  • Complimentary use of 3mm "shorty" wet suits
  • Complimentary One Time Fully Stocked Mini Bar (in Deluxe Staterooms only)
  • All airport / pier transfers

Fine dining:

  • All meals during the Galapagos Cruise, on board the M.V. Eclipse, as indicated in the itinerary, including soft beverages & juices (b= breakfast, l = lunch, d = dinner)

Not included:

  • Galapagos Park Fee and Control Card ($110 per person)
  • Fuel Surcharge ($260 per person)
  • Airfare from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands
  • Guide and Crew gratuities
  • Alcoholic Beverages
     

Itinerary

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  • Day 1 – Saturday

    Guayaquil (or Quito) / Balata, Santa Cruz (Galapagos Islands)

    Depart Guayaquil (or Quito) on your flight to Baltra, in The Galapagos Islands. Upon arrival transfer to the pier and embarkation aboard the M.V. Eclipse, your floating luxury home for the following 7 nights and 8 days. Visit the Las Bachas Beach in Santa Cruz Island before returning to the boat for briefing, cocktail and dinner (l,d)

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    Today we embark on a fascinating & life changing expedition to the Galapagos Islands. Depart on your flight to Baltra Airport, approximately 600 miles off the Ecuadorian Shore. Upon arrival, transfer to the pier and embarkation aboard the M.V. Eclipse, your floating luxury home for the following 7 nights and 8 days. Check-in to your cabin & attend the introductory briefing ,and an important safety drill. After a delicious lunch aboard, disembark for the first excursion to the beautiful white, sandy beach, for the initial glimpse of the Galapagos wildlife. Las Bachas Beach is located in the north of Santa Cruz Island. Its soft, white sand is derived from decomposed coral, making it a favorite nesting site for sea turtles. Further inland, we explore a small brackish lagoon, where flamingos and other coastal birds, such as black-necked stilts and Whimbrel, thrive. Return to the boat for a cocktail, briefing and dinner. (l,d)

  • Day 2 – Sunday

    Puerto Egas, Santiago Island / Bartolomé Island (Galapagos Islands)

    Our first adventure takes us to a “wet-landing” at Puerto Egas, Santiago Island. Exploration of the Island’s unique shoreline is followed by an off-beach snorkeling opportunity. After lunch, aboard the Eclipse, choose between shallow water exploration of the Bartolomé Island, or deep water snorkeling. Afternoon dry landing at Bartolomé Island for a hike or panga ride. (b,l,d)

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    Puerto Egas (James Bay) is located on the northwest side of Santiago Island. The landing is on a black beach with eroded rock formations in the background. The trail crosses the dry interior, where the remains of a salt mining enterprise can still be seen, and then continues along the coast. Tidal pools are home to a variety of invertebrate organisms, including sea urchins, octopus and starfish. The trail leads to the Fur Seals Grottos, one of the only places in the islands where they can be seen. After the walk, you will have time to swim or snorkel off the beach, where you will see sea lions, fish, and maybe some turtles and reef sharks. Bartolomé is a small island that has two visitor sites. At the first site, you can snorkel around Pinnacle Rock, where penguins are usually seen. Back on board for a quick change of clothes and then it is a short dinghy ride to a dry landing for a climb to the highest point on the island. On the way up, you will encounter different volcanic formations, including spatter and tuff cones, lava flow and lava tubes. From the summit you will have a wonderful view of Sullivan Bay. For those not interested in the hike, there is the option of a panga ride. (b,l,d)

  • Day 3 – Monday

    Cerro Dragon, Santa Cruz / Rábida Island (Galapagos Islands)

    This morning, a dry landing in Cerro Dragon, Santa Cruz Island for a hike to a salt water lagoon, followed by some free time for swimming at the beach. After lunch, wet landing on Rábida Island for beach activities, deep water snorkeling or kayaking. (b,l,d)

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    Today’s first dry landing is at Cerro Dragon, Santa Cruz Island. The name Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill) stems from the fact that it was one of the few sites on Santa Cruz Island where a healthy population of land iguanas were found in 1975. After landing at a pier, a hike takes to you to a salt water lagoon behind the beach, frequented by common stilts, pintail ducks,and occasionally, flamingos. A short walk up the hill leads you to a land iguana nesting site, with breathtaking views of the bay. You will have the chance to go swimming after the walk. In the afternoon, a wet landing on Rábida, a small island with red volcanic rocks surrounding a beautiful red sand beach, where there is a colony of sea lions and a pelican nesting site. The trail leads to a salt water lagoon where shore birds can be seen. Rábida is considered to be one of the best snorkeling sites in the Galapagos Islands, and you will also have the opportunity to go kayaking or on a panga ride. (b,l,d)

  • Day 4 – Tuesday

    Tagus Cove & Elizabeth Bay, Isabela Island (Galapagos Islands)

    Early morning optional dry landing at Tagus Cove, Isabela Island for your choice of a “power hike” or relaxing kayaking. Return to the boat for breakfast. Then enjoy a guided panga ride along the cliffs and a deep water snorkeling opportunity. After lunch aboard, we explore the Elizabeth Bay of the Isabela Island. (b,l,d)

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    This morning you may choose to wake up earlier than usual and attend a challenging hike at Tagus Cove, Isabela Islands. The area was historically used as an anchoring place for pirates, buccaneers and whalers. Here you will see the names of hundreds of ships painted on the high ridges (a practice now forbidden). On the hike, the trail goes through an area of vegetation and the volcanic landscape of Darwin volcano. At the top of the trail, you will enjoy an incredible view of the whole cove and Darwin Lake. The early morning activity is followed by kayaking or a panga ride, where you will have the opportunity to see a large number of blue-footed boobies perched on the ledges of the cliffs, as well as marine iguanas, penguins, brown pelicans, brown noddy terns and swallow-tailed gulls. While exploring the channel between Fernandina and Isabela Islands, we sometimes encounter dolphins and whales. In the afternoon, we explore the Elizabeth Bay by the pangas. The bay is one of the furthest points of the Galapagos that is visited on your cruise. We enter a sheltered cove – a wonderful mangrove ecosystem that is a refuge for sea turtles and rays. (b,l,d)

  • Day 5 – Wednesday

    Punta Espinoza, Fernandina Island / Punta Vicente Roca (Galapagos Islands)

    Dry landing at the Punta Espinoza in Fernandina Island, to view flightless cormorant, Galapagos snakes, marine iguanas, penguins and the Galapagos hawk. After lunch, we ride the panga along Punta Vicente Roca or you may want to take advantage of another unique opportunity for deep water snorkeling. Mark the crossing of the Equator with a snack at the stern of the ship. (b,l,d)

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    Today, dry landing at the Punta Espinoza in Fernandina Island. The Cumbre Volcano that dominates the landscape, last erupted in 1995. Lava fields stretch towards the ocean from the volcano’s base. Punta Espinoza is a narrow piece of land where some of the most unique Galapagos species can be seen, including the flightless cormorant, Galapagos snakes, marine iguanas, penguins and the Galapagos hawk. In the afternoon, we explore the area of Punta Vicente Roca, a wonderful snorkeling site, where you can usually see turtles as well as all kinds of fish. For those who do not snorkel, a panga ride will give you the opportunity to study some of the Galapagos’ spectacular geological rock formations. Nazca boobies, pelicans, swallow-tailed gulls, marine iguanas, flightless cormorants and penguins are often seen in this spot. (b,l,d)

  • Day 6 – Thursday

    Puerto Ayora (Charles Darwin Research Station) & the Highlands, Santa Cruz Island (Galapagos Islands)

    Dry landing at Puerto Ayora in Santa Cruz Island for a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Center, followed by a bus tour of the highlands of Santa Cruz and the home of the wild Giant Tortoise. (b,l,d)

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    Today, we arrive at Puerto Ayora, the largest and most developed towns in the Galapagos Islands, that transformed into a beautiful hub for travelers arriving from all over the world. We disembark at the Pier for a visit to the town and the Charles Darwin Research Station. On your visit to station you will gain insight into the huge efforts being made by scientists, guides, rangers and park managers to preserve this UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will see the famous Galapagos tortoises that are the islands’ namesake. After the visit we drive to the green highlands of Santa Cruz, where you will visit a tortoise reserve to search for giant tortoises in their natural surroundings. The afternoon is spent at your leisure to enjoy the amenities of the town and the “solid ground” (b,l,d)

  • Day 7 – Friday

    Gardner Bay & Punta Suarez, Española Island (Galapagos Islands)

    After breakfast, wet landing at Gardner Bay, Española Island for swimming and snorkeling from the beach, or for sea kayaking. Afternoon dry landing at Punta Suarez, one of the most desirable sites in the Galapagos. Due to its isolation, the area offers a high proportion of endemic fauna. (b,l,d)

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    In the afternoon, we reach Punta Suárez, one of the most popular and attractive sites in the Galapagos. Due to its isolation from other islands, it has a high proportion of endemic fauna. A few steps inland from the landing site, groups of Española marine iguanas bask in the sun. Further inland, Nazca and blue-footed boobies nest almost on the trail, Galapagos doves peck around unaware of visitors and finches go about their business. The trail continues towards a blowhole, which is a fissure in the lava where water spurts high into the air like a geyser. The cracks in the cliffs are home to swallow-tailed gulls and red-billed tropicbirds. Further up the cliff in an area of low-lying trees you will find waved albatrosses nesting. The 10,000 to 12,000 pairs of albatrosses on Española represent the entire population of this species on the planet. They perform one of the most spectacular courtship rituals of the animal world. (b,l,d)

  • Day 8 – Saturday

    Black Turtle Cove, Santa Cruz Island / Baltra / Guayaquil or Quito

    Optional early panga ride to Black Turtle Cove, Santa Cruz Island. After breakfast, disembarkation and transfer to the airport for your flight to Guayaquil or Quito. (b)

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    Today we bid farewell to the Galapagos Archipelago, but not before one last optional panga ride to the Black Cove in Santa Cruz Island. The Cove is one of the most beautiful marine sites in the Galapagos. It is a complex maze of tranquil salt-water inlets, surrounded by three different species of mangrove. Its waters are a resting site for sea turtles, rays and sharks. This site is only accessible by panga. We return to the boat for a breakfast and disembarkation, followed by a transfer to the airport. Around noon, our flight departs the Baltra Airport to Guayaquil or Quito (b)

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