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Odyssey Northern

Itinerary B

from $3,200
5 days

Ship Name

M/Y Galapagos Odyssey

Trip Type

Sea

When To Go

Year Round

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Trip Summary

Explore the heart of the Archipelago on a luxury yacht and also visits the exclusive bird-island of Genovesa. This route offers lots of opportunities for snorkelling, more than other itineraries. Get to know centrally located sites such as Dragon Hill (with land iguanas), Rabida (with its red beach and brown pelican nesting colony), and the volcanic islet of Chinese Hat, where you will have a first opportunity to see Galapagos penguins (and perhaps snorkel with them). After return from Genovesa you can make an impressive ‘moonwalk’ on the barren lava flow of Sullivan Bay and a short climb to the summit of Bartolome you will get impressed by the volcanic forces that have created the islands. 

Activities
Zodiac Tours
Snorkeling
Photography
Birding

Itinerary Day By Day

Day 1

Santa Cruz

After arrival by air to the Galapagos you are transferred to the vessel.  After getting settled, you'll visit Dragon Hill. You will climb a hill with giant opuntia cacti where these ‘dragons’ feed and breed. By 1975 this was one of the last populations of land iguanas on Santa Cruz, threatened by wild dogs. A rescue plan was executed and the iguanas even had to be dislocated to nearby undisturbed Venice Islets for over a decade, where they successfully reproduced. In 1990 the population was replaced; just three years before this scenic site was opened to tourism. Although they are quite shy and elusive, you stand a fair chance to see the success of this project with your own eyes. The short walk crosses the coastal vegetation zone, as well as the somewhat higher arid zone with vulnerable tropical dry forest. In the warm and wet season in the first half of the year all turns green. Evergreen giant prickly pear cacti with internal reservoirs followed a different survival tactic in this dry climate than the leaf dropping palo santo trees; finally both were successful. There are saline lagoons behind the beach; these contain algae and shrimp and attract seasonally foraging American flamingos

Day 2

Rabida & Chinese Hat

Visit the remarkable red beach here, occupied by a large bachelor colony of Galapagos sea lions that will welcome you. The beach wall on this compact spot holds a small and shallow, green-fringed lagoon. Although the water is salty, this pool is the most fertile place on the otherwise very arid islet, so it attracts all kind of aquatic and wading birds such as pintails (or Bahama ducks) and sometimes even American flamingos (although these seem to have found better foraging places). In the surrounding mangrove bushes many different species of songbirds are looking for hiding and breeding places between the evergreen foliage. Palo santo trees that drop their leaves in the dry season cover the rest of the island. Outstanding attraction is the major breeding colony of brown pelicans, and one of the best places in Galapagos to approach them. Their brown plumage becomes striking white with chestnut markings on head and necks and a yellowish crown in the breeding season (period shifts on our calendar). In the afternoon, marvel at Chinese Hat, a 170 ft high volcanic cone, forming another islet right out off the coast of Santiago. Approaching from the north you certainly will agree with its name. Because the primordial fire has been extinguished recently, you can learn more about volcanism, lava bombs and lava tunnels. On the beach there are also curious pillow-type lavas with coral heads on top. These spheres have a submarine history and were uplifted above sea level.

Day 3

Genovesa Island

Inside the submerged caldera of Genovesa lies Darwin Bay, with a diameter of more than 1,5 km / 1 mi and it is almost 200 m / 650 ft deep. Confusingly the beach deep inside the caldera has been called Darwin Bay as well… This quiet site is Galapagos in miniature! The small-scaled area will surprise you again and again, walking along a coral sand beach, crossing barren lava formations and creeks, passing tidal pools, shrubs and further ahead following the top of some cliffs. In this extremely varied and peaceful ambience, every single species has occupied its own ecological niche without disturbing others. Tropicbirds, Nazca boobies, storm petrels, endemic lava- and swallow-tailed gulls among others soar along the cliffs. When you already have seen marine iguanas elsewhere, the Genovesa species might not look too impressive. But consider that these are virtually the only reptiles that succeeded to reach and survive on this remote, upstream island, and meanwhile have become endemic. Around lunch-time we will sail to the entrance of the caldera where our second visitor’s site is located: Prince Philip’s Steps. On arriving at the seaside of the rim, the bushes open up and you can enjoy wide views, a strong sea breeze and the amazing flying skills of uncountable seabirds. Following the exposed seaside rim you will first pass the Nazca boobies and finally reach the extensive storm petrel nesting places, where you might be lucky spotting how the well-camouflaged short-eared owl is hunting for them on foot. There we have programmed another inflatable dinghy-ride and another spectacular guided nature walk.

Day 4

Bartolome

In the early morning, we will undertake a charming inflatable dinghy-ride along the barren shoreline of this volcanic islet. After breakfast, when it is not yet too hot, you will follow the steep stairs of the Summit Trail to the top, rewarded by spectacular and panoramic views, hopefully illuminated by the golden, early morning sun. Next it’s time for a refreshing swim, snorkelling at the foot of Pinnacle Rock, or just walking around or relaxing on the beach. Nothing is too much promised when the National Park authorities praise Bartolome as ‘flagship site of the Galapagos Islands’. Although tiny and lifeless at first sight, this young islet offers you some of the best panoramas and wildest landscapes in the entire archipelago. Surprisingly these warm equatorial waters with coral reefs are even one of the best places in the archipelago to encounter endangered Galapagos penguins! After lunch, Sullivan Bay. You will land on the black lava flow for an impressive moonwalk, whilst you will learn more on the distinct forms of volcanism.  A hot afternoon will be concluded again with another opportunity to explore underwater life.

Day 5

Santa Cruz

After early breakfast it’s time to leave the yacht and say goodbye.  Our inflatable dinghy brings you to the harbour of Puerto Ayora, from where we will travel by road to the highlands for our last excursion. In the agricultural zone you can see Galapagos giant tortoises in the wild. Then we will accompany you and your luggage to the airport, where you can check-in and return to Guayaquil or Quito.

Dates & Rates

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Departure DateStandard SuiteSingle
 Feb 26 - Mar 23200 4000 3200
 Mar 12 - Mar 163200 4000 3200
 Mar 26 - Mar 303200 4000 3200
 Apr 9 - Apr 133200 4000 3200
 Apr 23 - Apr 273200 4000 3200
 May 7 - May 113200 4000 3200
 May 21 - May 253200 4000 3200
 Jun 4 - Jun 83200 4000 3200
 Jun 18 - Jun 223200 4000 3200
 Jul 2 - Jul 63200 4000 3200
 Jul 16 - Jul 203200 4000 3200
 Jul 30 - Aug 33200 4000 3200
 Aug 13 - Aug 173200 4000 3200
 Aug 27 - Aug 313200 4000 3200
 Sep 10 - Sep 143200 4000 3200
 Sep 24 - Sep 283200 4000 3200
 Oct 8 - Oct 123200 4000 3200
 Oct 22 - Oct 263200 4000 3200
 Nov 5 - Nov 93200 4000 3200
 Nov 19 - Nov 233200 4000 3200
 Dec 3 - Dec 73200 4000 3200
 Dec 17 - Dec 213200 4000 3200
 Dec 31 - Jan 43200 4000 3200
 Jan 14 - Jan 18offer3195 3995 3195
 Jan 28 - Feb 1offer3195 3995 3195
 Feb 11 - Feb 15offer3195 3995 3195
 Feb 25 - Mar 1offer3195 3995 3195
 Mar 11 - Mar 15offer3195 3995 3195
 Mar 25 - Mar 29offer3195 3995 3195
 Apr 8 - Apr 12offer3195 3995 3195
 Apr 22 - Apr 26offer3195 3995 3195
 May 6 - May 10offer3195 3995 3195
 May 20 - May 24offer3195 3995 3195
 Jun 3 - Jun 7offer3195 3995 3195
 Jun 17 - Jun 21offer3195 3995 3195
 Jul 1 - Jul 5offer3195 3995 3195
 Jul 15 - Jul 19offer3195 3995 3195
 Jul 29 - Aug 2offer3195 3995 3195
 Aug 12 - Aug 16offer3195 3995 3195
 Aug 26 - Aug 30offer3195 3995 3195
 Sep 9 - Sep 13offer3195 3995 3195
 Sep 23 - Sep 27offer3195 3995 3195
 Oct 7 - Oct 11offer3195 3995 3195
 Oct 21 - Oct 25offer3195 3995 3195
 Nov 4 - Nov 8offer3195 3995 3195
 Nov 18 - Nov 22offer3195 3995 3195
 Dec 2 - Dec 6offer3195 3995 3195
 Dec 16 - Dec 20offer3195 3995 3195
 Dec 30 - Jan 3offer3195 3995 3195

View Rate Notes

The above rates are per person, based on double occupancy and in US dollars unless indicated otherwise.

Deposit: 25% of fare per person, higher for Peak Season / Holiday Sailings. Deposits may be paid by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express).

Final Payment: Due 90 days prior to departure.  For Peak Season / Holiday Sailings due 120 days prior to departure.  Final payment is payable by check or wire only.

Additional Costs:

  • Single: Twin / Double Cabins for single use have a surcharge of 100%. No supplement on Single Lower Deck cabin. 
  • Solo travelers allowed to book twins at twin rate on a sharing basis. Inquire for details.
  • Triples:  third person pays standard or suite twin rate
  • Peak season / Holiday surcharge: $400 per person Standard & $500 per person Suite
  • Child Discount: Children under 12 are 20% off when sharing with 2 full paying adults
  • Galapagos National Park Fee of $100 per adult | $50 per child 11 and under
  • Transit Control Card: $20 per person
  • Airfare to the Galapagos: $500 per adult
  • Wet suit rental: $30 per person
  • Pre and Post Hotels and Transfers: Package rates available

Peak Season / Holiday Dates: Dec 21 - 31, 2017 & Dec 31 - Jan 4, 2018

Child Policy: Children accepted, infants on request. Children under 12 sharing a cabin with their parents or guardians are 20% off with two full fare-paying guests.

Included: Accommodations on board, all meals, island sightseeing, naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish, snorkeling gear, luggage handling, medical care on board (but not the cost of medication), taxes, and shuttle transfers in the islands, transfers in Quito or Guayaquil.  

Not Included: Wet suits (available to rent $30 per person per departure), Air to the galapagos, Galapagos National Park Fee ($100 adult / $50 child), Transit Control Card $20, Fuel Surcharge $50, alchoholic beverages & soft drinks, internet / wifi, international air, hotels in Quito or Guayaquil pre and post cruise, transfers (other than indicated above)

Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations must be received in writing. All deposits are refundable up to 120 days, less a per person operator fee (varies by operator) ranging from $250 - $500 per person. Reservations cancelled after final payment due date will lose the full cruise fare.

Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly advised.

ExploringCircle Insurance Provider: TravelEx

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Ship Information

M/Y Galapagos Odyssey - 16 Passengers

This large First Class 16 passenger yacht is designed in 2008 for cruising in the Galapagos and offers ample space for sun and shaded terraces, a whirlpool, outdoor dining and wildlife observation.  Cabins offer panoramic windows, air conditioning and generous storage space.  Interior social areas include a lounge, dining area and a bar area. The Odyssey features a beautiful modern design that doesn't compete with the unique landscapes of the Galapagos Islands. 

Accommodations

Trip Policy

Included: Accommodations on board, all meals, island sightseeing, naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish, snorkeling gear, luggage handling, medical care on board (but not the cost of medication), taxes, and shuttle transfers in the islands, transfers in Quito or Guayaquil.  

Not Included: Wet suits (available to rent $30 per person per departure), Air to the galapagos, Galapagos National Park Fee ($100 adult / $50 child), Transit Control Card $20, Fuel Surcharge $50, alchoholic beverages & soft drinks, internet / wifi, international air, hotels in Quito or Guayaquil pre and post cruise, transfers (other than indicated above)

Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations must be received in writing. All deposits are refundable up to 120 days, less a per person operator fee (varies by operator) ranging from $250 - $500 per person. Reservations cancelled after final payment due date will lose the full cruise fare.

Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly advised.

ExploringCircle Insurance Provider: TravelEx

ExploringCircle Terms and Conditions

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