Small Boat Galapagos Cruise
- Duration6 Nights
- StyleSmall Ship Cruise
- When to GoYear round
- Price GuideFrom $6,129 Per Person
At a Glance
- Private transfer to hotel
- Guided tour of Quito
- Flights to Baltra Island
- Board ship for Galapagos Islands Cruise
- Visit Black Turtle Cove
- Visit colonies of seabirds
- See sharks, rays, and sea lions whilst snorkeling
- Take a short hike to Sullivan Bay to see the Lava Lizards
- Swim with penguins, turtles and rays
- Visit the beautiful peach-colored sand beach
- Snorkel in the blue-turquoise waters of Chinese Hat
- Watch the playful sea lion pups
Charles Darwin Station
- Learn more about the non-profit organizations who have laboring to safe-guard these amazing islands and wildlife
Our Cruise Ship
The M/C Alya catamaran offers an exceptional experience for travelers exploring the Galapagos Islands. This well-equipped catamaran provides a comfortable and enjoyable journey. It boasts 9 cabins, accommodating a total of 18 passengers, ensuring an intimate and personalized experience.
The vessel was thoughtfully designed to meet the needs of its passengers, and its powerful engines provide efficient transportation between the islands. Inside, the M/C Alya features a contemporary and functional interior, creating a pleasant atmosphere for travelers to relax and appreciate the unique beauty of the Galapagos Islands. Moreover, it offers a spacious sun deck with a jacuzzi, allowing passengers to soak up the sun and enjoy the stunning views in ultimate comfort.
Departure Dates: Please note that cruises run weekly - Speak to our team to find out more.
- 2 x Nights Quito including breakfast
- 4 x Nights Alya Yacht full board and shared activities
- All transfers as listed in the itinerary
- All activities and entrance fees as listed in the itinerary
- English speaking guide
- Personalized itinerary that can be modified to suit your preferences
- 24/7 support from our dedicated staff
What's not Included
- International flights from your country of origin
- Tips or gratuities to guides, drivers, hotel staff
- Any meals, tours, or activities other than those specifically mentioned in itinerary
- Incidental local expenses - souvenirs, laundry, taxis, etc
- Visas for Equador. Your consultant will advise of any required visas and how to obtain them
- Travel insurance - we strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance as soon as you have booked your trip
Day by Day Itinerary
- Day 1
Welcome to Ecuador! On arrival into Quito airport you will be met by your guide who will transfer you to your hotel. Your guide will brief you on your trip, Quito and help you with anything you need.
Quito is the capital of Ecuador and one of the highest capital cities in the world at 2850m (9350ft) above sea level. The old town of Quito is a UNESCO World Heritage site as it is one of the best-preserved cities on the continent. The city was founded in the 16th Century on the ruins of the Incan settlement that was the hub of the Northern Inca Empire.
- Day 2
City Tour Quito
This morning you will be met by your guide to explore Quito. You will start in the historic center at the main square, Independence Plaza. Historical buildings flanking the square include the main Cathedral, Presidential Palace and Archbishop’s Place. You will visit the La Compañía de Jesús which is one of the most beautiful churches in Quito with its intricate decoration and baroque style. Your guide will take you to El Panecillo Hill for panoramic views over the city.
You will stop at a local restaurant for lunch before you visit the Equator where you can stand with one foot in each hemisphere. There will be time to stop at the Ethnographic Museum to learn about the indigenous people of the area. Your guide will then transfer you back to the hotel. We recommend you head out into Quito’s old town for dinner tonight.
- Day 3
Transfer to Galapagos Cruise
This morning you will be met by your driver and transferred to the airport for your flight to the Galapagos Islands. You will land on Baltra Island and transferred to the M/C Alya Cruise.
Visit Black Turtle Cove this afternoon. Black Turtle Cove is named after the plentiful green sea turtles, known locally as “tortugas negras”. Visitors cannot land here, so the only way to explore is by taking a boat tour on dinghies. The shallow channels and small coves are surrounded by stunning mangrove forests, providing a home for various creatures such as reef sharks, sea turtles, and different species of rays.
- Day 4
Genovesa Island & El Barranco
Today you will continue cruising to Genovesa Island. Genovesa is a haven for birdwatchers due to its vast colonies of seabirds. The moment you step onto the beach, you will be astounded by the cacophony of hundreds of boobies, gulls, and frigatebirds soaring overhead, nestled in the shrubs, or nesting on the sandy terrain. The trail provides an unrivaled wildlife encounter with creatures aplenty, including sea lions and marine iguanas near the sea, and a cacophony of birdlife overhead.
In the afternoon you’ll visit El Barranco in the southern part of Darwin Bay at Genovesa Island. The cliffs facing the sea are made of very fragile fractured lava, making it the ideal place for storm petrels to build their colonies, which attracts an important population of short-eared owls preying of the nesting birds. Red footed and Nazca boobies are abundant along the trail. At the base of the cliffs, you can see Galapagos fur seals resting in shaded areas, as well as several species of seabirds. There is also the opportunity to snorkel below the cliffs, where there are many fish and great chances of seeing sharks, rays, and sea lions.
- Day 5
Sullivan Bay & Bartoleme
This morning you’ll take a short hike on Sullivan Bay. Walk on well-preserved Pahoehoe lava and marvel at the delicate textures unique to only a few places in the world. Though the landscape may seem barren, you can still find pioneer plants, lava lizards, and small birds. By the shore, keep an eye out for penguins, pelicans, and oystercatchers. Choose to swim or snorkel from the coral sand beach or the dinghies and immerse yourself in a vibrant underwater world. You’ll encounter large schools of fish, Galapagos penguins, reef sharks, turtles, and rays. In the afternoon continue to iconic Bartolome Island with its stunning views of Pinnacle Rock and beautiful peach-colored sand beach. The hike to the top of the island offers panoramic views of scattered volcanic cones and many nearby islands, including the bay of Sullivan and the Pinnacle Rock.
- Day 6
Chinese Hat & Mosquera
Today your cruise arrive at Chinese Hat. This petite islet is comprised of a volcanic cone with a symmetrical shape, separated from Santiago by a narrow channel that forms one of the most stunning bays in the islands. The area’s blue-turquoise waters and coral sand beaches encircled by dark lava rocks give it a genuine tropical feel, making it even more astonishing to spot penguins resting on the rocks. Snorkeling in this area is a mesmerizing experience as you encounter an array of fish with striking colors and the sleek silhouette of reef sharks. It is not uncommon to catch sight of a penguin darting through the water, pursuing anchovies like a small torpedo.
In the afternoon continue to Mosquera, a desolate sandbar with a few rocky sections and sparse salt-tolerant vegetation. Stroll along the beach and relish watching playful sea lion pups surfing the waves and frolicking in the tide pools. Keep an eye out for endemic lava gulls, which are frequently seen soaring above the beach in search of sustenance. If the waves are not too turbulent, you can snorkel at the northernmost point of the island or one of the small beaches on the sheltered side.
- Day 7
Charles Darwin Station & Departure
Arrive this morning at the Charles Darwin Station, a non-profit organization that, in conjunction with the Galapagos National Park, has been laboring for many years to safeguard the biodiversity of these extraordinary islands. During your visit, you will gain knowledge of the collaborative efforts between these two institutions to shield the native species and eradicate the invasive ones that pose a threat to the Galapagos environment. One of the most significant and iconic projects has been the captive reproduction of giant tortoises. The tour primarily takes place outside in a stunning, arid native forest featuring giant cacti and numerous other fascinating native plants. It is also an excellent location to spot several endemic Darwin finches, as well as flycatchers and mockingbirds.
You will then be transferred to the airport for your onward flight connection.
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