Blue-footed booby parents with chick, with blue feet, brown & white feathers & long beaks, standing on shore on a sunny day in Galapagos.
Bow of mega catamaran Elite with dark hull & white upper decks, sitting in calm water with sunset light shining underneath.
Turquoise water beside white-sand beach & 2 large rock outcrops reaching to the sky, seen on the Elite Galapagos cruise.
3 pink flamingoes stand in calm shallow water & preen themselves during an Elite cruise in the Galapagos Islands.
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Elite Galapagos Cruises

An Elite Galapagos cruise is an extraordinary experience. Visit far-off islands teeming with unique wildlife, accompanied by top bilingual naturalist guides. Step aboard a purpose-built ship that offers stability, speed and supreme comfort. The 16-guest Elite pampers her guests with panoramic views, lively common areas, a Sun Deck Jacuzzi and some of the largest cabins in the Galapagos, each with a private balcony. An Elite cruise in Galapagos is a first-rate tour of the islands, with quality expedition gear on board for snorkeling, stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking.

There are two main 8-day Elite Galapagos cruise itineraries, which can be combined into an all-encompassing 15-day cruise. Elite also operates shorter 4- and 5-day routes, which are pieces of the 8-day Eastern itinerary. Or combine the various itineraries for an Elite Galapagos cruise of 11 or 12 days.

Choose the 8-Day East Elite Galapagos cruise itinerary for pristine green-, black- and white-sand beaches; Espanola Island’s waved albatross and blow holes capable of shooting water over 80 feet into the air; Floreana’s broad diversity of fish and walk-through lava tube; and Genovesa’s Galapagos fur seals and elusive short-eared owl.

Select the 8-Day West Elite Galapagos cruise for panoramic views of San Cristobal Island from the crater lake of El Junco Lagoon; Galapagos land iguanas and Palo Santo trees at Santa Cruz’s Dragon Hill; black lava formations; the red-sand beach of Rabida (the only island where all nine Darwin’s finches are found); and the blue herons and penguins commonly seen around the western islands.

Every Elite Galapagos cruise leaves guests with unforgettable experiences. However, a custom route is also an option when booking this roomy catamaran as one of our private Galapagos yacht charters for your group of 16 or fewer.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Galapagos cruises and Galapagos trips.



Itinerary

8-Day East Itinerary

The 8-day Eastern Elite Galapagos cruise visits the eastern, southern, central and northern islands aboard 16-guest Elite. Cruise round-trip from San Cristobal and visit the islands of Espanola, Floreana, Baltra, Santa Cruz, Genovesa and Santiago.

Route map of the 8-day Eastern Elite Galapagos cruise with visits to San Cristobal, Espanola, Floreana, Baltra, Santa Cruz, Genovesa & Santiago islands.
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Day 1
SAT - Embark San Cristobal to David Rodriguez Breeding Center

Arrive at San Cristobal airport and be transferred to the vessel. An afternoon visit to the David Rodriguez Breeding Center provides information about the origin and evolution of the giant tortoise and explains why the center is so vital in safeguarding the future of these incredible creatures. Walking through the trails of the reserve, look for baby tortoises being reared in seminatural conditions – a brilliant demonstration of the commitment the local people have to preserving the wildlife that makes the Galapagos so special.

Accommodations

Elite

Meals

lunch, dinner

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Day 2
SUN - Suarez Point, Gardner Bay, Gardner & Osborn Islets (Espanola)

Suarez Point is packed with wildlife and is best explored by following the circular walking trail, past nesting sites of large colonies of nazca and blue-footed boobies and mockingbirds. Unique to Española island are also the beautiful waved albatross that can be seen majestically launching themselves out across the ocean from the cliffs, and the red and green marine iguanas. A geological highlight are several blow holes, capable of shooting water over 80 feet into the air, making for a spectacular photo.

The pristine white sandy beach of Gardner Bay dotted with sea lions provides a perfect spot to relax. Kayaking or paddleboarding is a fantastic way to observe the large number of waved albatross who use this beach as a breeding site. A short panga ride to the Gardner and Osborn Islets offers a superb opportunity for snorkeling with young sea lions and a variety of colorful tropical fish and corals.

Accommodations

Elite

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
MON - Cormorant Point, Champion Islet, Post Office Bay & Baroness Lookout (Floreana)

Cormorant Point features two contrasting beaches: one with green-tinted sand due to the high content of olivine crystals, and another with pure white sand (commonly known as “Flour Beach”) derived from pulverized coral. The saltwater lagoon is a must-see as it is frequented by one of the largest population of Galapagos flamingos as well as other shorebirds such as stilts, white-cheeked pintails and large-billed flycatchers. A panga ride to Champion Islet (an extinct shield volcano) provides a fantastic opportunity for snorkeling in an area that is known for having a high diversity of fish.

Post Office Bay is a man-made site that offers an insight into a remarkable mailing tradition developed by British whalers in the 18th century that visitors can still take part in today. The beach here provides for good snorkeling and kayaking and it is also possible to descend into and walk through a lava tube. Next, take a panga ride to the Baroness’ Lookout, a volcanic rock formation named after an Australian baroness who visited the island in the 1930s and is believed to have mysteriously disappeared. A short trail leads to a brilliant vantage point with panoramic views of the surrounding mangroves and coastline.

Accommodations

Elite

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
TUE - Mosquera Islet (Baltra) & Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz)

Mosquera islet is a small, flat, sandy islet located between Baltra and North Seymour islands. With no fixed trail, freely explore the beautiful surroundings on foot, to encounter a large population of sea lions, shorebirds and the striking Sally Lightfoot crabs that cling to the dark rocks. The numerous coral reefs also make it a fantastic site for snorkeling and catching sight of a range of marine life including sharks, turtles and rays.

The Charles Darwin Research Station provides an unmissable opportunity to find out about the vital work that is being carried out to preserve the archipelago’s ecosystems. One element of this is a significant breeding program for Galapagos tortoises, whose numbers have been in decline since the 1970s. These captivating, enormous reptiles are very accustomed to humans, so be sure to bring the camera for some close-ups.

Accommodations

Elite

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
WED - Prince Philip's Steps, El Barranco & Darwin Bay (Genovesa)

El Barranco, also known as Prince Philip’s Steps, is a rocky stairway that leads past a colony of nazca and red-footed boobies, up to a plateau of dried lava. Continuing through the thin Palo Santo forest and looking out over the plain, visitors are often treated to sites of storm petrels launching out over the ocean. A panga ride or kayaking/paddleboarding along the edge of the cliffs provides a good chance to see the elusive Galapagos fur seals nestled on the rocks, and snorkeling is a great activity if a dip with a variety of shark species is of interest.

Darwin Bay has a small sand and coral beach that provides the perfect spot for snorkeling, kayaking or paddleboarding in calm, sheltered waters in the company of hammerhead sharks, rays and a plethora of colorful reef fish. Onshore, a short trail leads along a tidal lagoon and mangroves, home to a variety of land bird species, including nazca and red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls. The trail culminates at a viewpoint that offers a stunning view overlooking the cliffs and the bay below.

Accommodations

Elite

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
THU - Espumilla Beach, Buccaneer Cove & Egas Port (Santiago)

Espumilla beach, located on the northern coast of Santiago island, is an exquisite white-sand beach whose name refers to the meringue-like trails of foam left by the lapping of the waves. Sally Lightfoot crabs are in abundance here and as a result, it is common to see predatory birds such as hawks, herons and pelicans. This idyllic location is perfect for snorkeling or kayaking/paddleboarding amongst a raft of marine life, including species of octopus, eels and sharks. Buccaneer Cove is where sailors, buccaneers and whalers frequently anchored their vessels in search for food and water. In more recent times it has become an important nesting site for turtles and is also popular with sea lions. A panga ride along the eroded shoreline provides views of intriguing rock formations that provide excellent ledges for boobies, pelicans and gulls.

Egas Port was once the site of a salt mine, but now this impressive black-sand beach is an excellent location for snorkeling and observing shorebirds, Sally Lightfoot crabs and marine iguanas. A stroll along the wide trails inland leads you past tidal pools and rocky volcanic formations known as grottoes where it is possible to spot fur seals enjoying a spot of shade.

Accommodations

Elite

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
FRI - Bachas Beach, Twin Craters & The Highlands (Santa Cruz)

Bachas Beach is a glorious white-sand beach on which the remnants of a rusted barge, thought to have been abandoned by the Americans during WWI, can be seen. It is a popular nesting site for turtles, so snorkelers may find themselves sharing the water with these wonderful creatures. The beach is also full of vibrant Sally Lightfoot and hermit crabs, and elegant pink flamingos that frequent the salt water lagoon behind.

The best way to appreciate these remarkable, almost identical crater-like holes caused by the collapse of empty lava chambers, is to take the trail that leads up and around the rims. From this vantage point, one can revel in the beauty of the surrounding highlands, lush with ferns and an abundance of Scalesia trees. Here, bird enthusiasts can also enjoy spotting the distinct red feathers of vermilion flycatchers, Darwin’s finches, Galapagos doves and, with a bit of luck, an endemic short-ear owl.

Accommodations

Elite

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
SAT - Lobos Island & Disembark San Cristobal

Accessed by panga, Lobos Island gets its name from the herds of sea lions that have made their home here. Snorkeling in the calm clear water provides a unique opportunity to see these inquisitive and playful animals up close and it is also common to be accompanied by green turtles and rays as well. Inland, a trail offers encounters with nesting sites for blue-footed boobies and frigates. In the afternoon, depart from San Cristobal airport.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Transfers between the airport and the yacht; airport reception and assistance; accommodation; guided expeditions according to the itinerary; bilingual national park guide; cruise service officer; daily activity briefing; all meals and snacks, soft drinks and juices; captain’s welcome and farewell cocktail; use of sea kayaks, paddleboards, yoga mats and expedition gear (including wetsuits). Mask and snorkel are recommended to be brought with you for personal safety but disinfected ones on board are included for use at one’s own risk, or a new set can be pre-purchased and provided upon arrival.

Exclusions

Roundtrip airfare to/from mainland Ecuador and Galapagos; Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee (US $100 per person); TCT-Galapagos Transit Control Card (US $20 per person); peak season/holiday surcharges; gratuities; alcoholic beverages; plastic bottled beverages; insurance of any kind. A fuel surcharge may apply.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 121 days – 50% of deposit
120 to 61 days – 100% of deposit
60 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

Most flights to the Galapagos will depart Quito or Guayaquil between 6:00am and 11:00am on Day 1 and return between 2:00pm and 6:00pm on the final day. We highly recommend travelers arrive to Ecuador two days prior to their Galapagos cruise. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page. Note: Your passport must be valid 6 months after your Ecuador trip concludes.

Internal Flights

Flights from mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) to the Galapagos are not included in the cruise price, but are arranged for you by AdventureSmith Explorations through your ship. Your Adventure Specialist will book these flights for you on the scheduled Galapagos flight for your particular departure. Airfares vary by departure; your Adventure Specialist will detail these for you in their proposal and on your invoice. On flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islandsbaggage weight limits are currently 50 pounds for checked items, and 17 pounds for carry-on plus a small personal item. Subject to change.

Activities

There are numerous opportunities to hike, kayak, swim and snorkel. The underwater experience is an integral part of any Galapagos cruise. We encourage all travelers to try snorkeling. Snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins, floating vest and net bag) are provided. Wetsuits are available, either free of charge or to rent for a fee (see Inclusions and Exclusions), and are recommended from June to December.

Daily excursions from the boat to the islands will be made in pangas (inflatable skiffs). Trip members will hike from the landing point to specific areas for wildlife observation. Hiking time for most landings will be a couple of hours round-trip with lots of time to stop to study, photograph and enjoy the flora and fauna. Some landings are dry but many are “wet,” requiring cautious footing on slippery rocks. The boat staff will be on hand to assist.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 50% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. Triple occupancy for two adults and a child under 12 years of age may be available, with the child sleeping on a sofa bed. Contact AdventureSmith for info and availability.

Families & Children

Children under 12 years old at time of travel receive 25% off the double occupancy rate when traveling with two adults. For individual bookings, children must be at least 7 years old, however exceptions may be made. Child discount does not apply during holidays.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Note that Galapagos Province requires foreign travelers to show proof of medical insurance coverage for entry. If you are traveling to the Galapagos Islands, confirm with your travel insurance provider that your policy contains medical coverage to meet this entry requirement.  Be certain to bring your insurance plan ID documents with you when you travel.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. Due to the active nature of volcanoes in the Western Galapagos, alternate excursions may be offered. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

8-Day West Itinerary

The 8-day Western Elite Galapagos cruise visits the central, western and eastern islands aboard 16-guest Elite. Cruise round-trip from San Cristobal and visit the islands of North Seymour, Santa Cruz, Isabela, Fernandina, Rabida and Bartolome.

Route map of 8-day Western Elite Galapagos cruise with visits to San Cristobal, North Seymour, Santa Cruz, Isabela, Fernandina, Rabida & Bartolome islands.
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Day 1
SAT - Embark San Cristobal to Junco Lagoon

Arrive at San Cristobal airport and be transferred to the vessel. Walk up the rocky path surrounded by rich vegetation and wildlife to the rim of the El Junco Lagoon, an impressive crater lake located in the highlands of San Cristobal island. Here, enjoy superb panoramic views of the island and watch for frigatebirds diving and bathing in the crystal clear water below.

Accommodations

Elite

Meals

lunch, dinner

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Day 2
SUN - North Seymour & Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz)

North Seymour island is a small island named after Lord Hugh Seymour, a senior British Royal Navy officer. Walking amongst the low, bushy vegetation, observe a large variety of birds, including blue-footed boobies, swallow tailed gulls and a large population of frigatebirds. Look out for the marvelous bright red chests of the male frigates used to attract a mate.

The name Dragon Hill refers to the large population of Galapagos land iguanas that have made their home here. Walking along the rocky coastline and through the forests of cacti and Palo Santo trees, encounter a number of these incredible creatures that resemble miniature dragons. The high tide also makes this a fantastic place to snorkel as the coral attracts a plethora of colorful fish close to the shoreline.

Accommodations

Elite

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
MON - Tintoreras, Sierra Negra Volcano, Arnaldo Tupiza Breeding Center & Wetlands (Isabela)

Las Tintoreras is a chain of islets off the coast of Isabela island that are characterized by dark lava formations and have created a unique habitat for a variety of wildlife. It is therefore a fantastic site for water activities such as a panga ride, snorkeling, kayaking or paddleboarding. Sightings of turtles, sharks, penguins and sea lions are common. The Sierra Negra is one of the most active volcanoes in the Galapagos and has the second largest caldera in the world. Walk up the caldera and encounter forests of guava trees. On a clear day, be treated to spectacular views of the other five volcanoes on the island.

The Arnaldo Tupiza Breeding Center, where two species of giant tortoise are bred, plays an essential role in protecting the future of the Galapagos. Walk around tand enjoy the beautiful gardens that boast of a wide variety of native plants. Just outside Puerto Villamil, take a walk around the Isabela wetlands, comprised of lagoons, swamps and mangroves, which have become a paradise for migratory birds such as stilts and flamingos.

Accommodations

Elite

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
TUE - Moreno Point & Urbina Bay (Isabela)

Moreno point is located on the west coast of Isabela island and although it appears a barren lava flow at first, a walk along one of the trails soon reveals a multitude of beautiful green lagoons and mangroves and is a fantastic place to see penguins, blue herons and flamingos. Meanwhile, a panga ride or snorkel along the rocky shoreline is a wonderful way to spot green sea turtles and white-tip sharks.

Urbina Bay is located at the foot of the Alcedo Volcano and is the result of a major volcanic uplift that took place in 1954 and resulted in nearly four miles of coral reef being lifted out of the ocean. Walking along this new shore, observe the corals and remains of marine life that were stranded due to this event. However, it is now home to giant land iguanas, giant tortoises, Galapagos hawks and flightless cormorants. It is also ideal for snorkeling as turtles, rays and tropical fish frequent the coastline.

Accommodations

Elite

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
WED - Espiniza Point (Fernandina) & Vicente Roca Point (Isabela)

Fernandina is the youngest island in the Galapagos and Espinosa point is a wonderful area of natural beauty. Snorkel and swim from the panga to see marine iguanas feeding underwater. Often on the rocks are large numbers of colorful Sally Lightfoot crabs. On land, walk the trails to explore the fascinating mangrove plants, lava cacti and striking black lava formations where marine iguanas enjoy basking in the sun.

Accessible by panga, Vicente Roca Point on the northwest coast of Isabela island is a beautiful large bay with two coves that provide nesting sites for blue-footed and nazca boobies, gulls, storm petrels and brown noddy terns. Snorkeling is great here as the cooler waters result in an abundance of food for marine life, and it is common to see groups of whales, dolphins, sea lions and marine birds gorging themselves.

Accommodations

Elite

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
THU - Rabida & Bartolome

Rabida island is most known for its dark red-sand beach surrounded by a backdrop of cliffs and steep volcanic hills full of Palo Santo trees and endemic cacti. A panga ride around the shoreline gives the chance to spot blue-footed and nazca boobies, and water activities such as snorkeling, kayaking or paddleboarding are ideal for seeing white-tipped sharks and rays. On the beach find a large noisy colony of sea lions and the surrounding salt brush is home to a nesting colony of pelicans. Inland, bird watchers will delight in seeing mockingbirds, yellow warblers and Darwin finches – Rabida is the only site where all nine Darwin’s finches are found.

Bartholome is an islet located in Sullivan Bay and its most famous landmark is a huge volcanic cone named Pinnacle Rock. Walk to a summit viewpoint for spectacular views of Pinnacle Rock and the surrounding lava flows. The  northern beach, a nesting site for green sea turtles, is perfect for snorkeling and offers possible sightings of spotted eagle rays, penguins and reef sharks.

Accommodations

Elite

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
FRI - Kicker Rock, Witch Hill & Giant Tortoises' Reserve (San Cristobal)

Kicker Rock is an iconic feature of the Galapagos that has been formed over time by the erosion of the cone of an extinct volcano. In addition, on the rock formation itself, blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds and sea lions can often be seen perched on the ledges. This is an excellent site for photography while the vessel circumnavigates the rock formation.

Witch Hill features an idyllic white-sand beach accessed by panga, and is a superb vantage point for seeing Kicker Rock in the south of the island. The hill itself is an eroded tuff cone and the calm waters at the base of it offer a magnificent spot for snorkeling. Meanwhile, a walk along the beach or on one of the inland paths provides  opportunities to see a variety of shore birds, finches and mockingbirds.

The visit to the Giant Tortoise’s Reserve is the longest hike on San Cristobal; the walk is about three miles one way and may be quite hot. This is an excellent site for observing giant tortoises in their natural habitat. San Cristobal has a population of 6,000 giant tortoises; on a good day, hundreds of them can be seen along with other endemic species, such as lava lizards and mockingbirds. Snorkeling may reveal sea turtles and tintoreras (white-tipped reef sharks).  The beach of this visitor site is a nesting area for sea turtles.

Accommodations

Elite

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
SAT - Interpretation Center & Disembark San Cristobal

A short distance from the center of San Cristobal is the San Cristobal Interpretation Center, which provides an overview of the fascinating history of the islands. The main areas of focus are addressed through a number of expositions and include: natural history, human history and conservation for the future. Consider taking one of the trails behind the center that lead to some great viewpoints of the ocean and volcanic rocks below. In the afternoon, depart from San Cristobal airport.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Transfers between the airport and the yacht; airport reception and assistance; accommodation; guided expeditions according to the itinerary; bilingual national park guide; cruise service officer; daily activity briefing; all meals and snacks, soft drinks and juices; captain’s welcome and farewell cocktail; use of sea kayaks, paddleboards, yoga mats and expedition gear (including wetsuits). Mask and snorkel are recommended to be brought with you for personal safety but disinfected ones on board are included for use at one’s own risk, or a new set can be pre-purchased and provided upon arrival.

Exclusions

Roundtrip airfare to/from mainland Ecuador and Galapagos; Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee (US $100 per person); TCT-Galapagos Transit Control Card (US $20 per person); peak season/holiday surcharges; gratuities; alcoholic beverages; plastic bottled beverages; insurance of any kind. A fuel surcharge may apply.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 121 days – 50% of deposit
120 to 61 days – 100% of deposit
60 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

Most flights to the Galapagos will depart Quito or Guayaquil between 6:00am and 11:00am on Day 1 and return between 2:00pm and 6:00pm on the final day. We highly recommend travelers arrive to Ecuador two days prior to their Galapagos cruise. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page. Note: Your passport must be valid 6 months after your Ecuador trip concludes.

Internal Flights

Flights from mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) to the Galapagos are not included in the cruise price, but are arranged for you by AdventureSmith Explorations through your ship. Your Adventure Specialist will book these flights for you on the scheduled Galapagos flight for your particular departure. Airfares vary by departure; your Adventure Specialist will detail these for you in their proposal and on your invoice. On flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islandsbaggage weight limits are currently 50 pounds for checked items, and 17 pounds for carry-on plus a small personal item. Subject to change.

Activities

There are numerous opportunities to hike, kayak, swim and snorkel. The underwater experience is an integral part of any Galapagos cruise. We encourage all travelers to try snorkeling. Snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins, floating vest and net bag) are provided. Wetsuits are available, either free of charge or to rent for a fee (see Inclusions and Exclusions), and are recommended from June to December.

Daily excursions from the boat to the islands will be made in pangas (inflatable skiffs). Trip members will hike from the landing point to specific areas for wildlife observation. Hiking time for most landings will be a couple of hours round-trip with lots of time to stop to study, photograph and enjoy the flora and fauna. Some landings are dry but many are “wet,” requiring cautious footing on slippery rocks. The boat staff will be on hand to assist.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 50% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. Triple occupancy for two adults and a child under 12 years of age may be available, with the child sleeping on a sofa bed. Contact AdventureSmith for info and availability.

Families & Children

Children under 12 years old at time of travel receive 25% off the double occupancy rate when traveling with two adults. For individual bookings, children must be at least 7 years old, however exceptions may be made. Child discount does not apply during holidays.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Note that Galapagos Province requires foreign travelers to show proof of medical insurance coverage for entry. If you are traveling to the Galapagos Islands, confirm with your travel insurance provider that your policy contains medical coverage to meet this entry requirement.  Be certain to bring your insurance plan ID documents with you when you travel.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. Due to the active nature of volcanoes in the Western Galapagos, alternate excursions may be offered. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

5-Day North Itinerary

The 5-day Northern Elite Galapagos cruise visits the central, northern and eastern islands aboard 16-guest Elite. Embark at Baltra and cruise to Santa Cruz, Genovesa and Santiago before disembarking at San Cristobal.

Route map of the 5-day Northern Elite Galapagos cruise with visits to Baltra, Santa Cruz, Genovesa, Santiago & San Cristobal islands.
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Day 1
TUE - Embark Baltra to Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz)

Arrive to Baltra airport and be transferred to the vessel. The Charles Darwin Research Station provides an unmissable opportunity to learn about the vital work that is being carried out to preserve the archipelago’s ecosystems. One element of this is a significant breeding program for Galapagos tortoises, whose numbers have been in decline since the 1970s. These captivating enormous reptiles are very accustomed to humans, so be sure to bring the camera for some close-ups.

Accommodations

Elite

Meals

lunch, dinner

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Day 2
WED - Prince Philip's Steps, El Barranco & Darwin Bay (Genovesa)

El Barranco, also known as Prince Philip’s Steps, is a rocky stairway that leads past a colony of nazca and red-footed boobies, up to a plateau of dried lava. Continuing through the thin Palo Santo forest and looking out over the plain, visitors are often treated to sites of storm petrels launching out over the ocean. A panga ride or kayaking/paddleboarding along the edge of the cliffs provides a good chance to see the elusive Galapagos fur seals nestled on the rocks, and snorkeling is a great activity if a dip with a variety of shark species is of interest.

Darwin Bay has a small sand and coral beach that provides the perfect spot for snorkeling, kayaking or paddleboarding in calm, sheltered waters in the company of hammerhead sharks, rays and a plethora of colorful reef fish. Onshore, a short trail leads along a tidal lagoon and mangroves, home to a variety of land bird species, including nazca and red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls. The trail culminates at a viewpoint that offers a stunning view overlooking the cliffs and the bay below.

Accommodations

Elite

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
THU - Espumilla Beach, Buccaneer Cove & Egas Port (Santiago)

Espumilla beach, located on the northern coast of Santiago island, is an exquisite white-sand beach whose name refers to the meringue-like trails of foam left by the lapping of the waves. Sally Lightfoot crabs are in abundance here and as a result, it is common to see predatory birds such as hawks, herons and pelicans. This idyllic location is perfect for snorkeling or kayaking/paddleboarding amongst a raft of marine life, including species of octopus, eels and sharks. Buccaneer Cove is where sailors, buccaneers and whalers frequently anchored their vessels in search for food and water. In more recent times it has become an important nesting site for turtles and is also popular with sea lions. A panga ride along the eroded shoreline provides views of intriguing rock formations that provide excellent ledges for boobies, pelicans and gulls.

Egas Port was once the site of a salt mine, but now this impressive black-sand beach is an excellent location for snorkeling and observing shorebirds, Sally Lightfoot crabs and marine iguanas. A stroll along the wide trails inland leads you past tidal pools and rocky volcanic formations known as grottoes where it is possible to spot fur seals enjoying a spot of shade.

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Day 4
FRI - Bacchas Beach, Twin Craters & The Highlands (Santa Cruz)

Bachas Beach is a glorious white-sand beach on which the remnants of a rusted barge, thought to have been abandoned by the Americans during WWI, can be seen. It is a popular nesting site for turtles, so snorkelers may find themselves sharing the water with these wonderful creatures. The beach is also full of vibrant Sally Lightfoot and hermit crabs, and elegant pink flamingos that frequent the salt water lagoon behind.

The best way to appreciate these remarkable, almost identical crater-like holes caused by the collapse of empty lava chambers, is to take the trail that leads up and around the rims. From this vantage point, one can revel in the beauty of the surrounding highlands, lush with ferns and an abundance of Scalesia trees. Here, bird enthusiasts can also enjoy spotting the distinct red feathers of vermilion flycatchers, Darwin’s finches, Galapagos doves and, with a bit of luck, an endemic short-ear owl.

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Day 5
SAT - Lobos Islands & Disembark San Cristobal

Accessed by panga, Lobos Island gets its name from the herds of sea lions that have made their home here. Snorkeling in the calm clear water provides a unique opportunity to see these inquisitive and playful animals up close and it is also common to be accompanied by green turtles and rays as well. Inland, a trail offers encounters with nesting sites for blue-footed boobies and frigates. In the afternoon, depart from San Cristobal airport.

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Transfers between the airport and the yacht; airport reception and assistance; accommodation; guided expeditions according to the itinerary; bilingual national park guide; cruise service officer; daily activity briefing; all meals and snacks, soft drinks and juices; captain’s welcome and farewell cocktail; use of sea kayaks, paddleboards, yoga mats and expedition gear (including wetsuits). Mask and snorkel are recommended to be brought with you for personal safety but disinfected ones on board are included for use at one’s own risk, or a new set can be pre-purchased and provided upon arrival.

Exclusions

Roundtrip airfare to/from mainland Ecuador and Galapagos; Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee (US $100 per person); TCT-Galapagos Transit Control Card (US $20 per person); peak season/holiday surcharges; gratuities; alcoholic beverages; plastic bottled beverages; insurance of any kind. A fuel surcharge may apply.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 121 days – 50% of deposit
120 to 61 days – 100% of deposit
60 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

Most flights to the Galapagos will depart Quito or Guayaquil between 6:00am and 11:00am on Day 1 and return between 2:00pm and 6:00pm on the final day. We highly recommend travelers arrive to Ecuador two days prior to their Galapagos cruise. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page. Note: Your passport must be valid 6 months after your Ecuador trip concludes.

Internal Flights

Flights from mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) to the Galapagos are not included in the cruise price, but are arranged for you by AdventureSmith Explorations through your ship. Your Adventure Specialist will book these flights for you on the scheduled Galapagos flight for your particular departure. Airfares vary by departure; your Adventure Specialist will detail these for you in their proposal and on your invoice. On flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islandsbaggage weight limits are currently 50 pounds for checked items, and 17 pounds for carry-on plus a small personal item. Subject to change.

Activities

There are numerous opportunities to hike, kayak, swim and snorkel. The underwater experience is an integral part of any Galapagos cruise. We encourage all travelers to try snorkeling. Snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins, floating vest and net bag) are provided. Wetsuits are available, either free of charge or to rent for a fee (see Inclusions and Exclusions), and are recommended from June to December.

Daily excursions from the boat to the islands will be made in pangas (inflatable skiffs). Trip members will hike from the landing point to specific areas for wildlife observation. Hiking time for most landings will be a couple of hours round-trip with lots of time to stop to study, photograph and enjoy the flora and fauna. Some landings are dry but many are “wet,” requiring cautious footing on slippery rocks. The boat staff will be on hand to assist.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 50% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. Triple occupancy for two adults and a child under 12 years of age may be available, with the child sleeping on a sofa bed. Contact AdventureSmith for info and availability.

Families & Children

Children under 12 years old at time of travel receive 25% off the double occupancy rate when traveling with two adults. For individual bookings, children must be at least 7 years old, however exceptions may be made. Child discount does not apply during holidays.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Note that Galapagos Province requires foreign travelers to show proof of medical insurance coverage for entry. If you are traveling to the Galapagos Islands, confirm with your travel insurance provider that your policy contains medical coverage to meet this entry requirement.  Be certain to bring your insurance plan ID documents with you when you travel.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. Due to the active nature of volcanoes in the Western Galapagos, alternate excursions may be offered. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

4-Day South Itinerary

The 4-day Southern Elite Galapagos cruise visits the eastern, southern and central islands aboard 16-guest Elite. Embark at San Cristobal and cruise to Espanola and Floreana before disembarking at Santa Cruz and flying out of Baltra.

Route map of the 4-day Southern Elite Galapagos cruise with visits to San Cristobal, Espanola, Floreana, Santa Cruz & Baltra islands.
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Day 1
SAT - Embark San Cristobal to David Rodriguez Breeding Center

Arrive at San Cristobal airport and be transferred to the vessel. An afternoon visit to the David Rodriguez Breeding Center provides information about the origin and evolution of the giant tortoise and explains why the center is so vital in safeguarding the future of these incredible creatures. Walking through the trails of the reserve, look for baby tortoises being reared in seminatural conditions – a brilliant demonstration of the commitment the local people have to preserving the wildlife that makes the Galapagos so special.

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SUN - Suarez Point, Gardner Bay, Gardner & Osborn Islets (Espanola)

Suarez Point is packed with wildlife and is best explored by following the circular walking trail, past nesting sites of large colonies of nazca and blue-footed boobies and mockingbirds. Unique to Española island are also the beautiful waved albatross that can be seen majestically launching themselves out across the ocean from the cliffs, and the red and green marine iguanas. A geological highlight are several blow holes, capable of shooting water over 80 feet into the air, making for a spectacular photo.

The pristine white sandy beach of Gardner Bay dotted with sea lions provides a perfect spot to relax. Kayaking or paddleboarding is a fantastic way to observe the large number of waved albatross who use this beach as a breeding site. A short panga ride to the Gardner and Osborn Islets offers a superb opportunity for snorkeling with young sea lions and a variety of colorful tropical fish and corals.

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Day 3
MON - Cormorant Point, Champion Islet, Post Office Bay & Baroness Lookout (Floreana)

Cormorant Point features two contrasting beaches: one with green-tinted sand due to the high content of olivine crystals, and another with pure white sand (commonly known as “Flour Beach”) derived from pulverized coral. The saltwater lagoon is a must-see as it is frequented by one of the largest population of Galapagos flamingos as well as other shorebirds such as stilts, white-cheeked pintails and large-billed flycatchers. A panga ride to Champion Islet (an extinct shield volcano) provides a fantastic opportunity for snorkeling in an area that is known for having a high diversity of fish.

Post Office Bay is a man-made site that offers an insight into a remarkable mailing tradition developed by British whalers in the 18th century that visitors can still take part in today. The beach here provides for good snorkeling and kayaking and it is also possible to descend into and walk through a lava tube. Next, take a panga ride to the Baroness’ Lookout, a volcanic rock formation named after an Australian baroness who visited the island in the 1930s and is believed to have mysteriously disappeared. A short trail leads to a brilliant vantage point with panoramic views of the surrounding mangroves and coastline.

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Day 4
TUE - Mosquera Islet (Baltra) & Disembark Santa Cruz

Mosquera islet is a small, flat, sandy islet located between Baltra and North Seymour islands. With no fixed trail, freely explore the beautiful surroundings on foot, to encounter a large population of sea lions, shorebirds and the striking Sally Lightfoot crabs that cling to the dark rocks. The numerous coral reefs also make it a fantastic site for snorkeling and catching sight of a range of marine life including sharks, turtles and rays. In the afternoon, transfer from the yacht to the airport.

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Exclusions

Roundtrip airfare to/from mainland Ecuador and Galapagos; Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee (US $100 per person); TCT-Galapagos Transit Control Card (US $20 per person); peak season/holiday surcharges; gratuities; alcoholic beverages; plastic bottled beverages; insurance of any kind. A fuel surcharge may apply.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 20% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 121 days – 50% of deposit
120 to 61 days – 100% of deposit
60 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

Most flights to the Galapagos will depart Quito or Guayaquil between 6:00am and 11:00am on Day 1 and return between 2:00pm and 6:00pm on the final day. We highly recommend travelers arrive to Ecuador two days prior to their Galapagos cruise. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page. Note: Your passport must be valid 6 months after your Ecuador trip concludes.

Internal Flights

Flights from mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) to the Galapagos are not included in the cruise price, but are arranged for you by AdventureSmith Explorations through your ship. Your Adventure Specialist will book these flights for you on the scheduled Galapagos flight for your particular departure. Airfares vary by departure; your Adventure Specialist will detail these for you in their proposal and on your invoice. On flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islandsbaggage weight limits are currently 50 pounds for checked items, and 17 pounds for carry-on plus a small personal item. Subject to change.

Activities

There are numerous opportunities to hike, kayak, swim and snorkel. The underwater experience is an integral part of any Galapagos cruise. We encourage all travelers to try snorkeling. Snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins, floating vest and net bag) are provided. Wetsuits are available, either free of charge or to rent for a fee (see Inclusions and Exclusions), and are recommended from June to December.

Daily excursions from the boat to the islands will be made in pangas (inflatable skiffs). Trip members will hike from the landing point to specific areas for wildlife observation. Hiking time for most landings will be a couple of hours round-trip with lots of time to stop to study, photograph and enjoy the flora and fauna. Some landings are dry but many are “wet,” requiring cautious footing on slippery rocks. The boat staff will be on hand to assist.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 50% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. Triple occupancy for two adults and a child under 12 years of age may be available, with the child sleeping on a sofa bed. Contact AdventureSmith for info and availability.

Families & Children

Children under 12 years old at time of travel receive 25% off the double occupancy rate when traveling with two adults. For individual bookings, children must be at least 7 years old, however exceptions may be made. Child discount does not apply during holidays.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Note that Galapagos Province requires foreign travelers to show proof of medical insurance coverage for entry. If you are traveling to the Galapagos Islands, confirm with your travel insurance provider that your policy contains medical coverage to meet this entry requirement.  Be certain to bring your insurance plan ID documents with you when you travel.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. Due to the active nature of volcanoes in the Western Galapagos, alternate excursions may be offered. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

Galapagos Cruise Rates & Dates

Longer Elite Galapagos cruise itineraries are available by combining the ship’s shorter itineraries. Contact AdventureSmith Explorations for pricing on a 11-, 12- or 15-day Elite Galapagos cruise.

This ship is an AdventureSmith favorite for private charter. Contact us for charter pricing and details.

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The M/C Elite in Galapagos is a contemporary, upscale catamaran ready to indulge her guests. Her 8 stylish suites are some of the largest on Galapagos ships; they offer ultimate relaxation while inviting the archipelago in.

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Absolutely Fantastic!

It was absolutely fantastic! Can't say enough good things about the crew and the boat. We were also a little spoiled because due to covid there were only 6 passengers :)

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Very Well Planned

Overall, it was a great trip, very well planned, and Leslie's assistance was very, very good. We enjoyed all of the primary places we visited: Quito, Napo Wildlife Center, Galapagos Islands, all for different reason.

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Quito & Guayaquil Galapagos Travel Package

Most Galapagos cruises require travelers to find pre- and post-cruise Guayaquil or Quito hotels. This travel package offers an easy, cost-effective way to get to the Galapagos with a comprehensive land package.

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Machu Picchu Explorer

Travel to Peru's most spectacular archaeological monument in South America: the ancient Inca site of Machu Picchu. This 5- or 6-day Machu Picchu Explorer adventure includes Cusco, the Urubamba Valley and upscale accommodations.

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Ecuador Amazon Adventure - La Selva EcoLodge

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Endemic Galapagos Cruises

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