Galapagos Odyssey – grand odyssey luxury yacht from 5 to 15 days tour, new boat
Galapagos Odyssey is a luxury yacht
Galapagos Odyssey Yacht Vacations offer nature avid travellers the opportunity to experience close encounters with the unique wildlife of the Galapagos Islands.The best way for a traveller to make the most of their Galapagos Vacation time is to cruise around the Islands and experience several visitor sites each day.
At Gala Odyssey we focus on the natural encounters with the unique Galapagos Islands wildlife. Our well planned shore excursions allow passengers to see up close the Galapagos animals and how they have adapted to the harsh Island conditions.
On your Galapagos Vacation we also make sure that survival of the fittest is observed and not experienced… this is why we designed the M/V Galapagos Odyssey, a luxury yacht that represents a true evolution in the private yacht cruise industry.
At Gala Odyssey we put in over 100 years of combined experience in the design of our brand new luxury yacht “M/V Galapagos Odyssey”. You will not find a private yacht in the Galapagos Islands that offers more space, comfort or service on a 16 passenger boat. Amenities on board include a Jacuzzi, Al Fresco dining area, spa service, spacious sun and shade decks, combined with elegant interiors and a cabin layout that allows for picture windows that can be opened for fresh air flow.
It will be a great pleasure to have you on board as a guest with us.
6 days cruise from Tuesday to Sunday
10 days cruise from Tuesday to Thursday
5 days cruise from Sunday to Thursday
10 days cruise from Sunday to Tuesday
15 days cruise from Sunday to Sunday
6 days cruise from Thursday to Tuesday
11 days from Thursday to Sunday
15 days from Thursday to Thursday
There are many different programs /Please ask us the current program for the date that you leave
Here we show the 6 days cruise from Thursday to Tuesday of Grand Odyssey
Day 1 – Thursday
AM: Baltra Island
Upon arrival at Baltra Airport, travelers pass through an airport inspection point to insure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands, as well as to pay the park entrance fee of $100 (unless it has been prepaid). A representative of our M/Y Odyssey I will meet you, help you collect your luggage, and escort you on a bus ride to the Itabaca Channel and then transfer to Puerto Ayora.
PM: Charles Darwin Station, Santa Cruz Island
Although the great majority of Galapagos visitors come here to observe and appreciate natural wonders, it is also interesting to learn how the protection and conservation of the islands are carried out. One of the main attractions are the National Park information center, the Van Staelen Exhibition Hall, the Breeding and Rearing Center for young tortoises, Lonesome George (tortoise from Pinta), and adult Galapagos tortoises in captivity.
Day 2 – friday
AM: Los Tintoreras, Isabela Island
A delightful place reached by a nice zodiac ride. “Tintoreras” are small islands in front of Puerto Villamil coast. There is Heron lava on the lookout on mangrove branch, and Galapagos Penguin and sea lion often pop out on shore. White-tipped reef sharks are fairly common in the archipelago. Their name in Spanish is Tintorera, thus the name of this site as they are always found here resting in the shallow waters.
PM: Sierra Negra Volcano, Isabela Island
Isabela Island is the largest and one of the youngest islands in the Galapagos archipelago. We land in Puerto Villamil, which has the second smallest population in Galapagos with approximately 3000 hab. We head up to the highlands from Puerto Villamil to Sierra Negra slope, and later we will do some hiking on uneven terrain until we arrive to the Sierra Negra volcano rim. Sierra Negra is the second widest crater in the world. From this viewpoint, you have fantastic sights to the 6 x 5 -mile-wide crater, the rest of the volcanoes, and Perry Isthmus, a 12 Km wide lava field. From here we can hike to Chico Volcano to watch the striking lava formations, examples of the geological occurrences that have created the Galapagos Islands.
Day 3 – Saturday
Moreno Point is located on the north coast of Isabela Island between the volcano Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul volcano. The trail runs along a lava flow Pahohoe (solidified lava in the form of corrugated or an accordion) into a complex of coastal lagoons, its main attraction are several species of birds which can be found around this lakes and mangroves
PM: Elizabeth Bay, Isabela Island
This is a marine visitor site, the excursion is carried out in a zodiac and so there is no landing point. Your zodiac ride starts with a visit to the Marielas islets where there is the largest and most important penguin colony in the Galapagos Islands. The excursion continues into the cove that is surrounded by red mangroves where you can admire their red roots and green leafs. It is here that you are able to observe sea turtles, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays, brown pelicans and sea lions. Frequently visitors have been able to see Galapagos Hawks soaring overhead whilst schools of Pompano and Dorado fish swim below
Day 4 – Sunday
AM: Espinoza Point, Fernandina IslandFernandina is the third largest island in the archipelago and has a single visitor site: Punta Espinoza, located at the northeastern tip of the island. Just across Tagus Cove, is a visitor site where some of the unique species of Galapagos can be seen. Marine iguanas conglomerate in larger groups than in any other island. They bask around in the sand, swim near the shore and some time block the way at the landing dock. Among the unique species found here, is the Flightless Cormorant. A bird that due to the lack of predators, had to adjust their way of survival and improve their skills of finding food in the ocean. Their wings, tails and feet progressively adapted for swimming. To see these birds, is to witness evolution happening right in front of you. Stay within 2m of the cormorants and penguins.
PM: Tagus Cove, Isabela Island
Tagus Cove, a tour along the cliffs in a zodiac will give the visitors a good chance to see the Galapagos penguin, the flightless cormorant and other sea birds. From the landing dock it is about a 30 minute hike along the trail up to the top of the cliff from where you can view Darwin Lake, an uplifted ultra saline lake saltier than the sea. You can also see several volcanoes from this location. Look carefully at the graffiti on the surrounding cliffs of the cove, it has been written by pirates, whalers and buccaneers in past centuries.
Day 5 – Monday
AM: Espumilla Beach, Santiago Island
Espumilla beach is located in northern coast of Santiago Island in James Bay. During the last presence the El Niño phenomenon, one of the two lagoons in this site, underwent a process of sedimentation, thus causing the disappearance of a representative colony of flamingos. The main attractions are the Palo Santo forest and the marvelous. The beach is an important site for nesting marine turtles.
PM: Puerto Egas, Santiago Island
Its black beach is located at the west side of the island and is the main attraction of the island. Their volcanic tuff deposits have favored the formation of this special black sand beach. This site is called Puerto Egas, because there was an attempt of company of Hector Egas, to start the exploitation of salt, which failed because the price of salt in the continent was very cheap, and did not justify its exploitation in Galapagos. The project was abandoned and they left their infrastructure.
Day 6 – Tuesday
AM: Isla Lobos, San Cristobal
This little island is reach at approx 1 hour by panga from Port Baquerizo Moreno, the capital of the Island. The trail will lead across a dry vegetation zone, substrate of volcanic rocks and sandy areas. There is a small population of blue-footed boobies and frigate birds, which nest in this site. At the beach you will see a large colony of sea lions. It is common to see shorebirds.
San Cristobal Airport
After the morning activity you will have a transfer to the airport for your flight back to the mainland of Ecuador.
Ask us for the other programs, and the longer ones !
Suggested packing list
* Comfortable walking shoes
* Sandals with thongs or Tevas for wet landings
* Light cotton socks
* Long-sleeved cotton shirts and T-shirts
* Light cotton scarf to protect your neck
* Lightweight long pants or skirt / dress
* Light rain jacket or wind breaker
* Sweatshirt, Sweater, light jacket: the early morning/late evenings can get cool, often with a breeze
* Wide-brim hat
* Bathing suits
* Sun block lotion
* PABA sunscreen (at least # 15)
* Lip salve
* Sunglasses with a strap
* Extra eye glasses/ contact lenses
* Insect repellent
* Personal medication
* Self-sealing bags for electronic equipment
* Underwater cameras to take photos of the animal life while snorkeling
* Camera gear
* Film and more film or enough flash memory to download pictures.
* Binoculars in case you want to get a more detailed look at unique animals in Galapagos.
* Extra batteries for cameras
* Plastic Bags
Money and Security
* Copy of passport
* US Cash mostly low denomination bills ($5 to $20)
* Travel Insurance
* Salted Crackers
* Candied Ginger or ginger tablets
* Pepto Bismol or Kaopectate for stomach upset and mild diarrhea.
* Immodium or Lomotil for more severe diarrhea
* Band – Aids
* Anti-biotic cream
* Aloe Vera cream or gel for sunburn
First you must fly into contiental Ecuador to either Quito or Guayaquil; There are several commercial flights arriving into Ecuador everyday.
The most efficient way to get to the Galapagos from mainlaind Ecuador is by air. Your Galapagos flight booking is guaranteed with your cruise confirmation. All international connections are from mainland Ecuador . There are flights from Quito with a stop over in Guayaquil, and from Guayaquil to Baltra or San Cristobal where your cruise will begin. Your flight will take 30 minutes to get from Quito to Guayaquil and about one and a half hours from Guayaquil to Galápagos – Baltra or San Cristobal .
The airlines have established low and high season for the flights, and these are:
High Season: Nov 01 – Apr 30 + Jun 15 – Sep 14
Low Season: May 01 – Jun 14 + Sep 15 – Oct 31
What does my cruise rate include?
All shore excursions and activities throughout the cruise vacation by Zodiacs and trails, accommodation in double cabin, all meals on board the ship, ground transportation in the islands and baggage handling between the island airports and the ship, guided excursions.
What is not included?
Galapagos flights, Galapagos Entrance Fee (currently $100 US payable in cash to the national park authorities in Baltra), tips (it is customary to tip the guide, and crew) soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, and any other extras not specifically mentioned.
Can I pay the Galapagos National Park fee with my credit card or travel checks?
Unfortunately the payment can only be done in cash.
Where does my entrance fee go?
The Park entry fee collected upon a visitor’s arrival to Galapagos is used to help fund Park management and community and conservation projects in the islands. The beneficiaries are as follows: Galapagos National Park Service (40%), Municipal Governments (20%), the Galapagos Provincial Board (10%), Galapagos Marine Reserve (5%), the National System for Protected Areas (5%), the National Galapagos Institute (10%), the Quarantine and Inspection System (5%), and the Ecuadorian Navy (5%).
Is the cruise itinerary subject to change?
On occasions, the ship’s captain may find it necessary to vary the itinerary due to Galapagos National Park regulations or for safety reasons.
What are the land visits like?
Most visits last one hour and half to three hours. They are in our small boats or pangas, and either are dry or wet landings. A guide will be always with you frequently making stops to explain or show things, the pace is gentle and never rushed.
What happens if I cancel my cruise?
Cancellations up to 61 days prior to departure, 20% of the total amount paid will be retained as a penalty fee. 60 or less days prior to departure 100% of the total tour rate is forfeited.
How can I pay my expenses on board?
Incidental expenses on board can be paid in cash US Dollars.
How far in advance should I book?
We recommend that you book your trip at least 6 months prior to your planned date of departure and 12 months prior to booking for holiday seasons.
Do I cruise between islands in the daytime or at night?
The days are normally spent anchored at one of the islands. Although there are times when you will sail short distances between islands during the day, longer distances are cruised at night to maximize daytime explorations and wildlife observations
Is the air ticket fare included?
No, it is not included, but we can issue the tickets. The airfare is subject to change; we will provide you with the rate the moment you book.
Do I need a passport or visa to go to Galapagos?
A passport is required. Your travel agency can advise you of any visa requirements when traveling to Ecuador.
Should I purchase travel insurance?
Yes, we thoroughly recommend taking out travel insurance before departing on your holiday.
Are there any luggage restrictions?
Domestic airline regulations permit 20 kilos per person for your luggage not including small carry-on flight bags.
What time zone is used in Galapagos?
Ecuador is in the Eastern Time Zone (GMT-5 in the mainland). Galapagos is one hour behind mainland Ecuador.
How long does the flight from Quito or Guayaquil take to Galapagos?
The flight from Quito to Guayaquil takes thirty minutes, from Guayaquil to Galapagos takes an hour and thirty minutes
Does Galapagos Odyssey offer special food if I have any food restriction?
Yes, in case you require vegetarian food or special meal please let us know at least 6 weeks in advance so we can take care of it.
What is the physical condition required the cruise?
Elderly or disabled people may have problems in the difficult trails. We recommend that passengers be in reasonably good physical condition as some trails are difficult to pass through.
Will I encounter rough seas or bad weather?
Due to strong currents, there will be moderate movement of the vessel while navigating. Most passengers are not affected, however, if you are prone to seasickness we recommend you to bring some type of medication to prevent motion sickness.
What is the best season to take the cruise?
No matter what time of year you visit the islands, you will always find wildlife activity.
During the “hot” season the islands are generally much greener and the land birds most active. It is also during this period that the ocean temperature is warmer for swimming and snorkeling. During the “cool” season the sea birds and sea mammals are most active. This is the best time for observing courtship displays in the sea birds.