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Galapagos Odyssey luxury yacht from 5 to 15 days tour

Categories: Ecuador, Galapagos
5 to 15 days | CODE: ECGAL-174
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Galapagos Odyssey is a  luxury yacht

Routes & Itineraries

Motor Yacht Odyssey cruises around the great outdoors of the wonderful Galapagos archipelago, where you will certainly experience more than one surprise! Each day we anchor at two carefully selected visitor’s sites and organise at least two excursions.

Our balanced excursion programme is packed with activities to observe nature from different perspectives as well as leisure time. You can discover and select your favourite from our three different routes, which will give you a different impression of the archipelago.

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.

It is not uncommon for dolphins to escort our yacht, or for frigate-birds to glide for hours above the Sun Deck, which provides you with an excellent lookout for enjoying the stunning views as well. Your impressive and ample cabin (20m2) resembles a floating hotel room with private facilities and minimalistic design. Alternatively you can enjoy the even larger suites, with amazing panoramic views, extra amenities and additional space.
Built in Guayaquil in 2007 by locals, the Odyssey has been specially designed for cruising the Galapagos; with efficient daily operations and causing minimum impact to the Archipelago’s fragile ecosystem

It will be a great pleasure to have you on board as a guest with us.

GALAPAGOS ODYSSEY – RATES 2018
15D/14N 11D/10N 10D/9N 6D/5N 5D/4N
Ocean View Stateroom – Main Deck (4) / Upper Deck (2) USD 11,185 USD 7,990 USD 7,190 USD 3,995 USD 3,195
Ocean View Suite – Upper Deck (2) USD 13,981 USD 9,988 USD 8,988 USD 4,994 USD 3,994
Single Cabin – Lower Deck (1) USD 11,185 USD 7,990 USD 7,190 USD 3,995 USD 3,195

Nota

Child discount: 20% of  rate. Only applicable for one child under 12 years of age travelling with two adults.
All rates are subject to change in the event of local tax increases or other unforeseen circumstances.
The cruise itinerary is subject to change at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or circumstances that are beyond our control.

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NOTE: Long itineraries are the combination of short ones; please ask your local agent if you would like to book a long cruise.
9D/8N (A+B)
11D/10N (C+A)
15D/14N (B+C+A)

There are many different programs /Please ask us the current program for the date that you leave

 

 

 

Itinerary B

Day 1  Sunday         AM – Flight to Baltra Airport

PM –  Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz)

Day 2  Monday        AM –  Rabida

PM –  Chinese Hat

Day 3  Tuesday     AM – Prince Phillip’s Steps (Genovesa)

PM – Darwin Bay (Genovesa)

Day 4  Wednesday AM – Bartolomé

PM –  Sullivan Bay (Santiago)

Day 5  Thursday      AM – Highlands (Santa Cruz)

Transfer to Baltra Airport

 

Here we show the 5 days cruise from  Sunday  to  Thursday  of  Odyssey

our shortest 4 nights northern itinerary explores the heart of the Archipelago and also visits the exclusive bird-island of Genovesa (with red-footed boobies,  frigate  birds  and  the short-eared  owl)! This route o”ers lots of opportunities for snorkelling (mostly even twice a day!). From Baltra you will 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. On the last morning you will look for Galapagos giant tortoises in the highlands of Santa Cruz and continue to the airport.

Day 1 – Sunday

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AM: Baltra Island

Program

This morning you will fly from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Airport.

After welcome, check-in, lunch, briefing and the safety-drill we head for our first visitor’s site, Dragon Hill. It is located just about 25 km / 15 mi West from the airport of Baltra (navigation time about 2:30 h). The ‘dragons’ that live on this hill are iconic inhabitants of the National Park, wherefore this guided walk will be an excellent start of your cruise (Easy level; about 2,4 km / 1.5 mi.).

Before dinner your guide will give the first daily briefing for tomorrow, and he/she will explain the yacht’s and National Park rules. Then the captain and his crew will present and toast with a welcome cocktail to celebrate your first evening on board. Because we stay in the heart of the archipelago, we will lift the anchor in the dead of the night and sail just about 3 hours Northwest to the islet of Rabida.

At Baltra Airport you have to pay your Galapagos National Park entrance fee and your luggage is inspected. See Getting there for   ight and arrival information. In front of the arrival hall you will meet your naturalist guide and fellow passengers, and be transferred to the landing dock by airport shuttle. Our in  atable dinghy brings you  the last stretch to the yacht.

Dragon Hill o”ers two  key-species  very  liked  to  be seen during each Galapagos visit, though not too common distributed throughout the islands: Galapagos land iguanas and American flamingos. 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 di”erent survival tactic in this dry climate than the leaf dropping palo santo trees; finally both were successful. Moreover, this is a very photogenic spot as well, with breath-taking panoramas over the bay and towards an intriguing steep volcanic spout of red lava that overlooks the area. Not in the last place Dragon Hill has become popular because of its saline lagoons behind the beach; these contain algae and shrimp and attract seasonally foraging American flamingos. Dragon Hill is best location on Santa Cruz to observe them.

Day 2 – Monday

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Program

On a clear morning it could be well-worth to get-up early to enjoy an unforgettable sunrise on the flaming red cli”s and beach. After breakfast you will make a wet landing (barefeet) to make 2 short guided nature hikes from the remarkable red beach and along the breeding colony of brown pelicans (Easy level; about 0,4 + 1 km / 0.25 + 0.6 mi.). On return you will be picked-up by the inflatable dinghies, which will bring you back on board for a snack and to prepare yourself for first-time snorkeling or a dinghy-ride.

Before lunch we lift the anchor and continue about 2 hours to another islet just out o” the coast of Santiago: Chinese Hat. Perhaps you can spot some Galapagos penguins, which even can show-up during today’s 2nd snorkeling excursion. During the late-afternoon walk you will learn a lot about the geology on this typical volcano-islet (Easy level; about 0,7 km / 0.5 mi.).

AM: Rabida
The anchorage-site at the northern headland of Rabida is the only point in its shoreline that is not guarded by a barrier of rocks and armed with giant prickly pear cacti. The sharp corner of the bay holds a striking red beach that adds colour to your photo album. Walk to the end of the beach, blocked by spectacular brick- reddish cli”s that contain oxidized iron. Especially short after sunrise and short before sunset, colours become more intense, and the rusty sand and rocks seem to blaze!

Outside the mating season this remarkable red beach is 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 di”erent 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). Both parents breed about 4 weeks and nurture some 10 weeks more. Brown pelicans are the only pelicans in the world that plunge-dive. From the beach you can see their spectacular hunting V-formations, low above the surface of the sea. Juveniles don’t learn this fishing technique easily, resulting that many of them will starve short after fledging. It is interesting to compare the superficial dives of the pelicans with the rocket like plunge dives of the boobies.

Chinese Hat 

Chinese Hat is a 52 m / 170 ft high volcanic cone, forming another islet right out o” 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.

You arrive exactly on time to witness next chapter about colonization by pioneers! Chinese Hat does not appear that inhospitable any more as Bartolome and lunatic Sullivan Bay. This tiny, rusty-coloured islet just begins to sprout. Beautiful beaches of white coral sand arose, and holes in the infertile, but eroding lava fields are getting filled up with lava sand, facilitating as well inland places for rooting. Galapagos sea lions and countless marine iguanas contribute to fertilization. Everything together creates more favourable options for newcomers, like saltbush, which sticks at the beach and sesuvium that rolls out a discolouring carpet, turning from green into red in the dry season. Colonization of Chinese Hat will probably occur in a much higher pace than elsewhere; hence Santiago is just a stone’s throw away, although its eastern tip is also lifeless. The separating channel with its turquoise waters is about 100 m / 300 ft wide. Across, at the foot of the cli”s lives a small colony of Galapagos penguins, which you might see occasionally during the inflatable dinghy-ride.

Day 3 – Tuesday

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As one of the outer islands, Genovesa is well worth the longer trip; it belongs to the more exclusive places that add a lot of value to longer cruises. This bird’s and birder’s paradise is the only northern Galapagos Island that is open to tourism, and – surprisingly – not frequented too much and quite exclusive. Anchoring is an experience you are not likely to forget. The horseshoe shaped wall shows unmistakably that you are entering the partly collapsed and submerged caldera of a young volcano!

Program

Today we have a full program. All impressions you gather will be nearly too much for a single day! After early breakfast you will make a wet landing at the isolated and peaceful beach of Darwin Bay for a guided nature walk (Moderate level; ca. 3 km / 2 mi.). Afterwards you can enjoy a snack aboard and a refreshing snorkelling excursion again. You can also ask your guide for the alternative option of a sea kayak-tour.

Around lunch-time we will sail to the entrance of the caldera where our second visitor’s site is located: Prince Philip’s Steps. There we have programmed another inflatable dinghy-ride and another spectacular guided nature walk (Moderate level; about 3 km / 2 mi.).

Heading back to Santiago this night, we have to navigate about 6 hours again, and lift the anchor after dinner.

AM: Darwin Bay (Genovesa)

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 cli”s. In this extremely varied and peaceful ambience, every single species has occupied its own ecological niche (or preferred habitat) without disturbing others.

Whimbrels and wandering tattlers forage actively along the surf, next to resting Galapagos sea lions. Herons wait motionless at the tidal pools and creeks behind the saltbushes. Impressive frigatebirds (both species, as on North Seymour and Pitt Point) and red-footed boobies nest in the mangroves, where you can also notice vocalists such as the yellow warbler, Darwin’s finches and the Galapagos mockingbird (although this island is:

similar to Española: relatively poor in song bird species). Unique is that two subpopulations of the same species large cactus finch di”er from singing. Tropicbirds, Nazca boobies, storm petrels, endemic lava- and swallow-tailed gulls among others soar along the cli”s. 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.

PM: Prince Philip’s Steps (Genovesa)

Genovesa has a royal touch. And that’s not only because of its former English name Tower (after the Royal Palace in London). The often used English name of the visitor’s site El Barranco commemorates the 1964 visit of the Duke of Edinburgh, a Galapagos lover since the first hour and patron of the Charles Darwin Foundation. In his footsteps (and in those of Prince Charles) you will be able to admire one of Galapagos’ favourite birding spots with largest breeding colonies of Nazca and red-footed boobies.

Before landing you will make an inflatable dinghy-ride along the eastern arm of the caldera. On approach, the massive 25 m / 80 ft high walls become overwhelming, and will give you a better impression of the dimensions of this crater. Sometimes a Galapagos fur seal is resting on one of the ledges at the base. You also will see first seabirds, although the real spectacle finds place on top and on the outside of the rim, which provide better perching and nesting places.

Therefore you have to hike and overcome the steep stairs from the landing dock to a bush of palo santo shrubs on top. Tropical dry forest vegetation appears dead during most months of the year, but just drops its leaves to prevent drying out by evaporation. It’s a very threatened ecosystem. Red-footed boobies with di”erent plumages gratefully use these scarce nesting-places; di”erent to their relatives ‘red feet’ don’t nest on the rocky ground.

Day 4 – Wednesday

The wild romantic islet of Bartolome is located just south of the equator, and close to the eastern coast of Santiago. This is the north-western corner of the archipelago, where volcanoes are still active. So today is largely dedicated to volcanism and spectacular geologic ‘moonscapes’, but you will also have the opportunities to observe Galapagos penguins again, and of snorkelling in a warm, shallow bath full of colourful reef fish. Bartolome and Sullivan Bay are incomparable to any other visitor’s site. The programmed excursions are extremely rich in contrast and promise to become an unforgettable experience.

Program

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 (Moderate level; about 800 m / 0.5 mi. with 114 m / 364 ft. altitude di”erence). Next it’s time for a refreshing swim, snorkelling at the foot of Pinnacle Rock, or just walking around or relaxing on the beach.

After 15 minutes of navigation you can enjoy our delicious lunch bu”et again. Bartolome is right in front of another fascinating place: 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 (Easy level; ca. 1,5 km / 1 mi.). A hot afternoon will be concluded again with another opportunity to explore underwater life.

Before dinner you can enjoy a farewell cocktail with the crew and your fellow passengers. By that time we are already on our way to Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz), which we will reach before midnight. While floating in the harbour you can enjoy a quiet sleep during your last night on board.

Additional options scuba-diving: Bartolome or Cousin Rocks (both advanced)

Nothing is too much promised when the National Park authorities praise Bartolome as ‘flagship site of the Galapagos Islands’. Although tiny (just 1,2 km² / 0,46 sq. mi) and lifeless at first sight, this young islet o”ers 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!

Galapagos’ landmark ‘Pinnacle Rock’ towers prominently over an isthmus with paradisiacal sand beaches on each side, and emerald coloured bays. Underwater, a second, completely distinctive world opens up to you. The warm, clear and shallow waters are ideally for snorkelling between surgeonfishes, harmless whitetip reef sharks and Pacific green turtles. If you are lucky you can even catch the sight of fishing Galapagos penguins.

To enjoy the postcard view of the idyllic ‘Pinnacle Bay’ you have to cross a third, dramatic type of scenery, climbing the stairs to the viewpoint on top of the island (114 m / 375 ft). During this geologically and botanical interesting climb, you will find yourself in the middle of several very close spatter cones, craters, and lightweight lava droplets, that where spewed out by spectacular fountains and cooled and solidified in the air. Bartolome is among the youngest of the islands, and on a geological scale just recently born out o” fire. The Summit Trail is ideal to witness how

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scanty pioneer vegetation such as lava cactus is struggling to cover the lunar-like volcanic landscape of majorly virgin, uneroded lava fields.

PM: Sullivan Bay

 

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ay is incomparable to any other visitor’s site; the miraculous bas-reliefs you will observe in the crust of the lava flow are unique to Galapagos and Hawaii. Those who are interested in geology and volcanology really should not miss the opportunity to witness earth formation in process, although it is unlikely that you will notice real fireworks and lava fountains on spot. Anyway, the power of volcanic activity will impress you forever. Setting foot at the Sullivan lava stream is like landing on the moon.

The desolate, stretched-out fields seem mostly lifeless, but this doesn’t mean that there is nothing to see. In contrary! And this can best be proofed by its popularity amongst photographers, especially those who have eye for detail and love close-ups.

And there is even some life! Pacific green turtles sometimes use the tiny white sand beach to lay their eggs, and eventually you also might spot a strayed heron, eystercatcher, or some crabs. Behind the beach there is just some sparse pioneer vegetation such as lava cacti and carpetweed. At best you will encounter a lava lizard, surprising locusts or the small snake-species Galapagos racer hunting for them (or for turtle hatchlings on the beach).

The barely eroded flow seems to have been solidified for short, and suggests that you are just able to set foot on it. The winding and rippled pahoehoe rope-lava still contains intriguing traces, which tell flaming stories about vaporized leatherleaf trees and miniature cones of volcanic glass. The surface may have cooled down, but the baking sun completes the sensation of heat.

Distinctive tu” cones pockmark the new-formed lunatic landscape. Their rusty, oxidized colours and the vegetation reveal that these cones are from an older generation, and count with a very di”erent geological history. Origi

 

nally these were volcano islets on their own, but have become part of Santiago when a hot flood of ooze filled up large parts of Sullivan Bay during the last eruption of 1897, which in fact is the black

crust you walk on. For the time being only the opposite islet of Bartolome escaped from incorporation. In a certain way the distinctive cones still can be considered as islands, though no longer surrounded by sea, but by wide infertile lava fields

Day 5 – Thursday

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Program

After early breakfast it’s time to leave the yacht and say goodbye (unless you have booked an extension on the A-route in which case you can enjoy the cosy town of Puerto Ayora between the morning excursion and lunch aboard). 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.

AM: Highlands (Santa Cruz)

Because wild Galapagos giant  tortoises  don’t stop at o  cial National Park boundaries, dozens of them also roam and even mate on the adjacent woodlands in the populated agricultural zone of Santa Cruz. Thanks to the semi-open pastures and scalesia-woodlands, and their concentration around muddy pools, these farmlands are best place for a quick visit. Armed    with a rain poncho and (provided) rubber boots you will get good chances to approach wild Galapagos  giant  tortoises  just  within a few meters.

Most time of their stretched lives is spent slowly and silently, except for a warning hiss, or loud screams during mating, which you can here from far in the first half of the year. Subsequently females leave the highlands and descend all the way down to the beaches to dig holes and lay their eggs. It is estimated that in 2015 about 32.000 tortoises live in the wild in all the islands, most on restricted locations of Isabela.

Transfer to Baltra Airport 

Assisted by the guide and some crew-members the inflatable dinghy will bring you and your luggage to Baltra, where we take the airport shuttle. Your guide will accompany you to the check-in counters in the departure hall.

We expect that you will return home with stunning pictures and unforgettable memories for life!

Ask us for the other programs, and the longer ones ! 

 

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Other Programs

Itinerary C

Day 1  Thursday     AM – Flight to Baltra Airport (GPS)

PM – Ch. Darwin Research Station

Day 2  Friday            AM – White Tipped Reef Shark Canal

PM – Tortoise breeding centre

Day 3  Saturday      AM – Punta Moreno (Isabela)

PM – Elizabeth Bay (Isabela)

Day 4  Sunday         AM – Punta Espinoza (Fernandina)

PM – Tagus Cove (Isabela)

Day 5  Monday        AM – Espumilla Beach / Buccaneer Cove

PM – Puerto Egas (Santiago)

Day 6  Tuesday       AM –  Isla Lobos

Transfer to San Cristóbal Airport

 

Itinerary A

Day 1  Tuesday        AM – Flight to San Cristóbal Airport

PM –  Cerro Colorado / Puerto Chino Beach

Day 2  Wednesday AM –  Punta Suarez (Española)

PM –  Gardner Bay (Española)

Day 3  Thursday     AM – Punta Cormorant / Devil’s Crown

PM – Baroness Lookout / Post Office Bay

Day 4  Friday           AM – Santa Fe

PM – South Plaza

Day 5  Saturday      AM – North Seymour

PM – Bachas (Santa Cruz)

Day 6  Sunday         AM – Mosquera

Tour ends. Transfer to Baltra Airport

Suggested packing list

Clothing

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* 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
* Shorts
* 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

Equipment

* 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
* Camera
* 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

* Passport
* Copy of passport
* US Cash mostly low denomination bills ($5 to $20)
* Travel Insurance

Motion Sickness

* Salted Crackers
* Candied Ginger or ginger tablets
* Patch

First Aid

* 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

Getting There

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

Faq

What does my cruise rate include?

Lodging on board in a cabin with private facilities; All meals, water, coffee and tea; All excursions as mentioned in the itinerary (itinerary subject to change) with English speaking naturalist guide; Shared shuttle transfer to Quito or Guayaquil airport *only departure transfer (included only if the Galapagos flight has been booked through us on our scheduled departure cruise dates); All transfers in Galapagos (airport-yacht-airport transfers are only guaranteed if the flight has been booked through us); Snorkeling gear (masks, flippers and snorkel) and use of kayaks at designated sites.

What is not included?
Roundtrip flight to Galapagos Islands; Galapagos National Park entrance fee (USD 100 pp, subject to change); Transit Control Card (USD 20 pp, subject to change); Airport transfers in Galapagos (only included if the Galapagos flight has been booked through us on the scheduled cruise dates. * If your arrival/departure is different than our scheduled cruise flights, the shuttle service is not included); Wetsuit rental; Soft and alcoholic drinks; Tips; Travel insurance and other items of personal nature.

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.

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