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Galapagos Islands

from $7,149.00

Sail around the Galapagos Islands by First Class boat

  • Reviews 12 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Leisurely
    1/8
  • Group Size Small Group
    2 - 16
All about the Galapagos Islands.

The extraordinary archipelago of the Galapagos left a lasting impression on Darwin and is likely to do the same for you. An enchanted world: characterised by stark lava fields, cactus forests, volcanic craters, mangrove lagoons and turquoise waters. Step over snoozing Sea lions, watch the courting rituals of Blue-footed boobies or snorkel with turtles, sharks and rays.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
* All accommodation
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout
* Airport Arrival and departure transfers (at designated times)
* Snorkel equipment (mask, snorkel and fins) available free of charge on
board

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)
  • Compulsory Galapagos taxes USD$120 per person, paid locally

Highlights

  • Seven nights aboard a First Class boat exploring the Galapagos Islands
  • Incredible wildlife viewing and photographic opportunities with near-tame animals
  • Snorkel with iridescent fish, playful Sea lions and turtles
  • Fantastic on-board service with experienced naturalist guide
  • Small group – a maximum of 16 clients on board
  • All breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Snorkel equipment (mask, snorkel and fins) available free of charge on board
  1. Day 1 Start Quito.

    The group flight usually arrives into Quito this evening. Land Only clients should aim to arrive at the hotel this afternoon/evening. Free transfers are available for all clients. A local guide will welcome you to Quito and explain the schedule for the next few days.*Accommodation: Hotel Vieja Cuba (or similar)***

  2. Day 2 Discover Quito at your leisure.

    Today is free to relax, recover from the flight and explore the fascinating city of Quito. Quito is the second highest capital in the world, standing at 2,850m on the western cordillera of the Andes. It is one of the smaller and more attractive of the colonial capitals of South America. Because of the altitude visitors to Quito are advised to take it easy at first.*Accommodation: Hotel Vieja Cuba (or similar)***

  3. Day 3 Fly to Galapagos. Visit Santa Cruz highlands and Charles Darwin Centre. Embarkation.

    Transfer to Quito Airport and fly to Baltra in the Galapagos Islands. We take a short ferry crossing to Santa Cruz Island where we drive to the highlands to look for Galapagos giant tortoises. This afternoon visit the Charles Darwin Centre to learn about the ecology of the islands and visit the centre’s tortoise hatchery. After this we board our boat at Puerto Ayora, the island’s main town. As we may not be able to easily access our luggage from arrival at Baltra until this evening, please make sure that you bring your camera, sun cream and appropriate clothing: comfortable footwear for some short walks (possibly amongst grass), light clothes, a hat/cap and a light waterproof in case of a shower or mist.*Accommodation:* *First Class Boat*

  4. Day 4 Galapagos Cruise Day 2

    Our Galapagos cruise alternates between two itineraries and so for the next seven days your specific itinerary depends on the departure date of the trip (please ask your sales consultant or check on the dates and prices section of the website if you’re unsure).

  5. Day 5 Galapagos Cruise Day 3

    Galapagos Cruise Day 3

  6. Day 6 Galapagos Cruise Day 4

    Galapagos Cruise Day 4

  7. Day 7 Galapagos Cruise Day 5

    Galapagos Cruise Day 5

  8. Day 8 Galapagos Cruise Day 6

    Galapagos Cruise Day 6

  9. Day 9 Galapagos Cruise Day 7

    Galapagos Cruise Day 7

  10. Day 10 Fly to Guayaquil; end Guayaquil.

    Fly to Guayaquil; end Guayaquil.

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Where you stay

Hotels & First Class Boat

7 nights on board a First Class Boat, the Cachalote Explorer, in en suite, air-conditioned cabins, and 2 nights comfortable hotel.

Cachalote Explorer: A 16-passenger Motor-Sailer with 8 comfortable double/twin cabins, each with en suite facilities. All cabins are air conditioned and have the following: shower with hot water, toilet, amenities and towels, porthole windows. Max speed 8 knots, size 88ft. Renovated in 2018.

Optional single supplement available in Quito hotel only.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners included.

On board meals are plentiful with a wide choice of international and local cuisine. Breakfasts will usually consist of cheese, meats, eggs, cereal, toasts, yoghurts and fruits. Snacks are provided mid-morning and mid-afternoon, and for lunches and dinner soup usually precedes the main course.

Alcoholic drinks are available on board (approx. USD4 per beer, USD32.50 for a bottle of wine, around US10 for selected cocktails) and the crew request that you do not bring your own alcohol with you. Drinking water, tea, coffee and juice is freely available at no additional charge.

The chef can prepare meals for vegetarians and those with other dietary requirements provided advance notice is given – please inform us at the time of booking.

This trip has been graded 1 (Leisurely) with a Safari Rating of 5.

This trip is great for wildlife enthusiasts, photographers and those with an interest in history or geology. Though you do not need to be particularly fit, you should note that due to the volcanic nature of the Galapagos islands there will be some walking on rough ground and sharp volcanic rocks. The ability to withstand high temperatures and to swim will maximize your enjoyment. Due to local regulations in the Galapagos we have specific time slots for making our landings and site visits. There is usually very little disruption to the schedule, but this can mean little room for deviation in the event of poor weather or other circumstances.

In the Galapagos, each day will feature a mixture of walking, snorkelling and exploring the islands by boat. To get closer to the designated landing sites on each of the islands we disembark into small pangas (motorised dinghys). Landings on the islands are divided into two types – wet and dry. For dry landings, the panga will take you right up to a landing stage or rocky outcrop where you can disembark without getting wet. However in some places where there is no landing stage the panga will stop close to a beach and you will be expected to walk through shallow water (generally no more than ankle-deep) to the shore. The leader will always advise conditions prior to leaving and it is possible to skip any particular excursion if you would rather relax on board the boat.

There are plenty of opportunities for snorkelling in the Galapagos and this is one of the best ways to experience the marine life. A mask and snorkel will reveal an exciting underwater world with Sea lions, rays, turtles, Marine iguanas and a colourful array of fish. On most days of the itinerary there will be one or two snorkelling sessions.  Snorkelling in the Galapagos does not require any special skills, however, at times you will be snorkelling in open water where there are fairly strong currents. Before going into the water, the guide will evaluate the strength of the currents and the general condition of the sea to make sure they are right for this to be a safe and enjoyable activity. The dinghy will remain very close at all times; if you get tired or feel like coming out of the water you only have to raise your arm and they will come to pick you up so you can rest for a while before going back in or stay in the dinghy until it is time to return to the boat. Snorkelling equipment (snorkel, fins and masks) is provided, however, is advisable to wear a wetsuit which not only protects you from the cold but also makes floating much easier without as much effort.

We offer this Galapagos cruise in conjunction with our Ecuadorian partners, and Exodus participants will join an international group, not all of whom have booked through our office. Occasionally some of these may be younger than our minimum age for this trip.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 25/06/2020
4/5

Galapagos on the Cachalote

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The wildlife! Getting so close to the birds and reptiles was amazing.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Juan was excellent - his knowledge was extensive. The chef was also excellent, producing good quality food despite the tiny kitchen. The rest of the crew on the boat were not so good - very little English was spoken and they were more interested in watching football (we were there when the Copa America was on) than attending to the needs of the guests
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    When taking into account the advice to pack light for the Cachalote, put out everything you think you need and then leave most of it at home. The rooms are **VERY** compact. We had a small amount of space under the bunk beds, a couple of small shelves and a few hangers on the back of the door. Also be prepared to leave everything on the floor if the sea is rough (only occasionally) as everything ends up there anyway.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Don't bother packing any shower gel or shampoo as environmentally friendly products are provided.

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
5/5

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were so many highlights - it is hard to choose just a few.I loved swimming with the baby sea lions. They are so playful and come to have a close look at you.Snorkelling with turtles, rays and sharks was wonderful.The 'crossing the equator cocktails', the panga rides, the birds, the sunsets.....
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader, David Paez, was absolutely great. He was friendly, enthusiastic and fun as well as professional and ensured that everyone respected the wildlife. He was very knowledgable (biology degree and Galapagos Guide additional qualifications) and really made sure that we got the most out of every part of the trip. Thank you David!!
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Book it!Don't take shampoo, shower gel or towels. These are provided in Quito at the hotel, and on the boat you have to use the environmentally friendly shampoo and soap provided. There are towels on the Cachalote for use on board and separate towels for beach use. There are power sockets and a safe in the cabin, also air conditioning which works well. Food is great and always a good selection. Snacks available after snorkelling/walking etc so no need to take any with you. Dress is informal. Pack light if you can as space is limited in the cabin. There are pegs and hooks to hang a few things inside the cabin and you can dry out your wet gear out on deck.The suggested tips may seem high at first glance, but the crew work so hard that they really do deserve them. 
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This holiday was the trip of a lifetime! Expect to see loads of wildlife and to take hundreds of photos!!The group was great - from 18 to 63. A mix of all sorts of people and we all loved it. The local agents in Quito were fantastic - we had to make some last minute changes to our itinerary after an unplanned hospital trip and the local agent rearranged hotels and flights for us so that we could continue with our trip with as little disruption as possible.The crew onboard the Cachalote were amazing - Pedro cooked up vast amounts of delicious food every day, Richard the barman had a wicked laugh and knows a card game or two, Angel and Roberto the panga drivers were amazingly skilful and got us into all sorts of nooks and crannies to get up close with the wildlife, Lenny the engineer kept everything running smoothly whilst Captain Jose got us from one spot to another without a hitch.Thank you for such a wonderful trip! 

Reviewed On 25/06/2020
4/5

Everything was first class but the boat

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the sea turtles and the white tipped reef shark. Also walking on the recently-140 year old lava. Watching the mating rituals of the frigate birds and the boobies.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Please see the summary. He was excellent in every way, Knowledgeable, patient, flexible, excellent English.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Apply sun screen 15 minutes before leaving, use zinc oxide sunscreen as it is less damaging to the wildlife.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Our crew and the food were first class. The ship was not. It was a replacement for a ship which was sunk in dry dock and was noisy with diesel fumes. I realize Exodus offered us a chance to rebook but we had made our air arrangements by then. Exodus does not offer airfare from the US. I think we should be offered some compensation for the inferior ship. As noted in my evaluation, I found a roach in the bathroom. Our toilet leaked and required emergency repairs.

Reviewed On 12/12/2019
5/5

Galápagos Islands aboard the Cachalote yacht

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were so many highlights it would be difficult to choose; the blue footed boobies' mating rituals, the waved albatross sheltering its chick on a nest, the frigate birds v. red billed tropic birds in aerial combat, the suckling sea lions, the iguanas piled high as if tipped out of a bag onto the rocks and ....... I could go on for a long time. Snorkelling as incredible, the sharks, turtles, rays and fish almost within touching distance-so were the rocks and sea bed but great fun and help at hand at all times.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader David was very knowledgeable about the Islands and the wildlife and a good 'people person' who interacted well with all of us with humour and care.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The trip notes were good but perhaps it should be mentioned that the Cachalote is a very small boat and the ocean is a very big one! As a result the boat was noisy and when sailing the engine was even noisier and appeared to be behind the wall in every cabin. The sailing could be very rough at times and sleep didn't always come easily. Things had to be battened down carefully one night as we were tossed around a lot. Having said that, it didn't bother me as it was all part of the experience but this is no smooth ocean going liner and some fellow passengers hadn't expected this. Don't let this put you off, it is only a week and actually a fun challenge to those of us with a warped sense of humour like me!
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Go for it. Trip of a lifetime :-)

Reviewed On 12/12/2019
5/5

Galapagos WAG

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Difficult to say what was best, because every day was inspirational. Love the blue footed boobies and all the other birds, even saw the Frigate birds in full display. Never thought I would be swimming with sharks, turtles, sea lions and penguins. Each island was special in its own way. Also our group was lovely, we all got on really well, which goes towards making the experience even more special.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Darwin (yes, that is his real name) was fabulous. He was knowledgeable about everything we wanted to know. He took his time to explain things to us. He seemed to take as much pleasure from the trip as we did.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take sea sickness tablets, we had a couple of rough navigations. This time of year it is worth hiring a wet suit from Richard on the boat ($30 for the week) as its gets a bit cold in the water. Snorkels and masks available on board for free. Try and take biodegradable sun cream so you know you are not harming the environment.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just go!! Hopefully we will be back to do itinerary B.

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