Grand Odyssey: Yacht Details

Grand Odyssey


An outstanding 16 passenger luxury yacht

The Grand Odyssey is an upscale 16 passenger yacht with spacious cabin suites. Offering a Jacuzzi and luxurious sun and shade decks, the Grand Odyssey combines the intimacy of a small yacht with elegance and amenities often only found on larger ships. With high quality naturalist guides and excellent cuisine, this is a top option for exploring the Galapagos.


Day by Day Itinerary

BRIEF SUMMARY (for detailed island visits please scroll down)
4 night cruises run from Sunday to Thursday / 5 night cruises run from Tuesday to Sunday and Thursday to Tuesday / The Grand Odyssey also offers 10, 11, and 15 day cruises that combine the itineraries below.

4 Night Itinerary

Sunday Arrive to Baltra / Cerro Dragon (Santa Cruz)
Monday Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz) / Sombrero Chino
Tuesday Genovesa: El Barranco / Darwin Bay
Wednesday Bartolome / Sullivan Bay (Santiago)
Thursday Santa Cruz Highlands / Return to Mainland

5 Night Tuesday Itinerary

Tuesday Arrive to San Cristobal / Cerro Colorado
Wednesday Española: Gardner Bay / Punta Suarez
Thursday Floreana: Punta Cormorant / Post Office Bay
Friday Santa Fe / South Plaza
Saturday North Seymour / Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz)
Sunday Mosquera Islet / Return to Mainland

5 Night Thursday Itinerary

Thursday Arrive to Baltra / Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz)
Friday Isabela: Tintoreras / Sierra Negra / Puerto Villamil
Saturday Isabela: Punta Moreno / Elizabeth Bay
Sunday Punta Espinoza (Fernandina) / Tagus Cove (Isabela)
Monday Santiago: Espumilla / Puerto Egas
Tuesday Isla Lobos / Return to Mainland


Grand Odyssey 4 Night Itinerary

Sunday to Thursday


Day 1 Sunday Arrive to Baltra / Cerro Dragon (Santa Cruz)
Upon arrival to the Galapagos Islands you will be met by a representative of the Grand Odyssey, who will assist you with your luggage and transfer you to the ship to start your cruise. Your first excursion will be to Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill), located on Santa Cruz’s northwest shore. Here you will visit a saltwater lagoon, home to Greater Flamingos, Black-necked Stilts, and White-cheeked Pintails. Further inland you will find a land iguana nesting site.

Day 2 Monday Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz) / Sombrero Chino
Today will start with a visit to Black Turtle Cove, a large mangrove lagoon on the north coast of Santa Cruz Island. Here, pelicans and herons roost in the branches, and marine dwellers such as the Green Sea Turtle or the Golden Ray may cruise alongside your panga as you make your way through the mangrove trees. Later in the day you will head to the small island of Sombrero Chino (Chinese Hat). Located about 200 meters off the southern coast of Santiago, Sombrero Chino is a small yet interesting island named for the cone shape of its lava formations. The islet is home to a sea lion colony, and you may see American Oystercatchers, Galapagos Penguins, and Sally-Lightfoot Crabs.

Day 3 Tuesday Genovesa: El Barranco / Darwin Bay
Today you will visit Genovesa (Tower) Island, a low-lying volcano rising just above the ocean surface. You will start at El Barranco, also known as Prince Philip´s Steps, where you will use the eponymous steps to climb up the steep basaltic cliff. The trail leads first through a small nesting colony of masked boobies before crossing a low, dense forest of Palo Santo trees where the red-footed boobies have their nests. At the edge of the island, thousands of small petrels nest in the crevices and tubes of the fragile lava. On both sides of the trail you may see Nazca booby nesting colonies. In the afternoon you will visit Darwin Bay, a unique site lined with red mangrove and soft-haired prickly pear cacti, where you may see Nazca boobies, great Frigate birds, and mockingbirds. Darwin Bay is a popular site for bird-watching, and sightings often include the sharp-beaked finch, large cactus finches, large ground finches, Galapagos doves, and swallow-tailed gulls.

Day 4 Wednesday Bartolome / Sullivan Bay (Santiago)
This morning starts at Bartolome Island. Here, you will hike up a series of steps to a lookout point, from which you can view the island’s unique, lunar-like landscape and the iconic Pinnacle Rock, one of the most recognizable landmarks in the Galapagos. At the base of this rock are white sand beaches where you may see sea lions and Galapagos Penguins. The afternoon will take you to Santiago Island, in the heart of the Archipelago, where you will disembark at Sullivan Bay. Located on the eastern side of Santiago, this 131-year old lava flow still has intact driblet cones. Here, you can walk over uneroded, black pahoehoe lava covered with lava bubbles and tree-trunk molds in the surface, and you may see marine and terrestrial birds, a colony of Galapagos fur seals, and black marine iguanas.

Day 5 Thursday Santa Cruz Highlands / Return to Mainland
This morning you will visit the Highlands of Santa Cruz. The landscape gradually changes as you move up in elevation through all seven vegetation zones found in the Galapagos. As you travel into the Highlands, the vegetation becomes more and more lush. The higher altitudes have more humidity and sustain a much greater variety of plant life. This area is home to giant tortoises, the Galápagos Rail, the Paint-billed Crane, and many other species. After the visit you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to the Ecuadorian mainland.

Grand Odyssey 5 Night Tuesday Itinerary

Tuesday to Sunday


Day 1 Tuesday Arrive to San Cristobal / Cerro Colorado
Upon arrival to the Galapagos Islands you will be met by a representative of the Grand Odyssey, who will assist you with your luggage and transfer you to the ship to start your cruise. Your first excursion will be to Cerro Colorado, a new visitor site in the northeast part of San Cristobal Island that is home to a Tortoise Protection Center called Galapaguera. This is one of the few places where you can see Calandrinia Galapagosa, a plant endemic to San Cristobal and in danger of extinction. The site was built in 2002 to increase the population of the giant tortoise species of San Cristobal, and includes 12 hectares (120,000 square meters) of dry forest. The tortoises here have their corrals at the entrance of the Galapaguera, which also has a small interpretation center where visitors can learn about these animals and the conservation and breeding programs on the island. Along the trail it is possible to observe different bird species such as the mockingbird, the yellow warbler, small ground and tree finches, and the flycatcher.

Day 2 Wednesday Española: Gardner Bay / Punta Suarez
Today you will visit Española, the southernmost island in the Galapagos. On the east coast of Española is Gardner Bay, whose white-sand beaches are home to sea lions. This is a great area for snorkeling, with an opportunity to see many different schools of fish near Tortuga Rock, a few hundred meters off the shore. Later you will visit Punta Suarez, where colonies of Nazca and blue-footed boobies nest along the trails. You will also be able to see the famous Galapagos blowhole, where the seawater is forced through a fissure in the cliff and, depending on the waves and tide levels, can spout up to 80 feet high.

Day 3 Thursday Floreana: Punta Cormorant / Post Office Bay
Today you will visit Floreana Island, located on the southern edge of the archipelago. Your first stop is Punta Cormorant, a steep lava cone joined to the main section of the island by a low-lying strip of land. At the high point of the trail that ascends this volcanic cone you will be able to look down into a large lagoon, where you may see several species of bird, including the occasional flamingo. In the afternoon you will head to Post Office Bay to visit the historic barrel that has been serving as a post office in the archipelago for over two centuries. The barrel was constructed in 1793 to maintain contact with Europe and the United States, and to this day it is a popular place to leave outgoing mail. Here, you can drop your postcards in the barrel as the whalers did centuries ago. You will learn about the human side of the islands, its early inhabitants, and the adventures of pirates and whalers.

Day 4 Friday Santa Fe / South Plaza
Today starts at Santa Fe Island, which offers a small picturesque bay that attracts large numbers of sea lions. The bay has two visitor trails, one leading to a scenic viewpoint atop a cliff and the other spanning from a small beach to a prickly pear cactus forest where the opuntia cacti grow to heights of over 30 feet. From there you will head to South Plaza, a small island with steep cliffs formed by rising lava. The island is covered by Opuntia cacti and the characteristic Sesuvium, which changes its colors from season to season. South Plaza is home to one of the largest sea lion colonies in Galapagos, as well as colorful yellow and red land iguanas.

Day 5 Saturday North Seymour / Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz)
In the morning you will disembark on North Seymour, a small uplifted island that is home to the largest nesting ground of Magnificent Frigate birds in the Galapagos. Galapagos Sea Lions, Blue-footed Boobies and Magnificent Frigate birds are abundant here. The afternoon will take you to Santa Cruz Island to visit Bachas Beach, named for a pair of World War II barges left by the U.S. Army. Here, you will visit a small lagoon where migratory birds (such as herons and pelicans) and other species are often present. You may also see flamingos.

Day 6 Sunday Mosquera Islet / Return to Mainland
This morning you will visit Mosquera Islet, a flat, sandy island with a large colony of sea lions and numerous shorebirds, such as herons and lava gulls. There is no trail on Mosquera Islet, so visitors are free to explore this open area, which also offers great snorkeling and swimming. After the visit you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to the Ecuadorian mainland.

Grand Odyssey 5 Night Thursday Itinerary

Thursday to Tuesday


Day 1 Thursday Arrive to Baltra / Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz)
Upon arrival to the Galapagos Islands you will be met by a representative of the Grand Odyssey, who will assist you with your luggage and transfer you to the ship to start your cruise. Your first excursion will be to the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island. Here, a series of walkways will take you through the captive breeding program to see juvenile and adult tortoises from different islands. You will witness the efforts and results of the field work being done in the islands and increase your understanding of the work being done by the foundation to preserve the ecosystems of the Galapagos.

Day 2 Friday Isabela: Tintoreras / Sierra Negra / Puerto Villamil
Your day will start with a zodiac ride to Tintoreras, a series of small islands off the coast of Isabela Island. Here, you will take an easy walk through a bizarre landscape of lava, home to colonies of sea lizards and sea lions. The islands get their name from the white-tipped reef sharks that rest in the shallow water near the shore. From there you will head to Isabela Island, the largest and one of the youngest islands in the Galapagos archipelago. You will take land transport uphill until you are close to the caldera of the Sierra Negra volcano, the world’s second largest volcanic crater, located in the southern part of Isabela Island. On the way you will see the different vegetation zones of the volcano. The site offers impressive views and the opportunity to observe up to seven species of finches and a rich display of vegetation. The north side of the caldera provides evidence of its most recent volcanic activity in 2005. In the afternoon you will disembark at Puerto Villamil and drive out to Humedales (the Wetlands) which has a wide variety of flora and fauna and boasts spectacular bay scenery. From there you will head to a beautiful mangrove lagoon where you can swim or snorkel among sea turtles, stingrays, Galapagos penguins, sea lions, and tropical fish.

Day 3 Saturday Isabela: Punta Moreno / Elizabeth Bay
This morning you will continue your exploration of Isabela Island. You will start at Punta Moreno, where you will disembark onto a pahoehoe lava flow surrounded by giant shield volcanoes, some of which are still active. The lava left craters in its wake, forming tide pools that attract birds and marine wildlife. In the afternoon you will explore Elizabeth Bay, a salt-water lagoon surrounded by the largest red mangroves of the Galapagos. Your small Zodiac boat will take you into the mangrove cove, where you may observe sea turtles, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays, brown pelicans, and sea lions.

Day 4 Sunday Punta Espinoza (Fernandina) / Tagus Cove (Isabela)
One of the youngest islands in the Galapagos, Fernandina remains one of the most highly active volcanic islands. This morning you will disembark at Punta Espinosa to observe the island’s contrast between the green mangroves, black lava flows, and turquoise waters. You may see Flightless Cormorants, Galapagos sea lions, marine iguanas, and colorful Sally Lightfoot Crabs. In the afternoon you will visit Isabela’s Tagus Cove, where you can view pirate graffiti dating back to the 1800s. As you walk around the cove you will enjoy views of a saltwater lagoon called Darwin Lake. From the summit of this hike you will be able to see both Darwin Volcano and Wolf Volcano.

Day 5 Monday Santiago: Espumilla / Puerto Egas
Today you will get to know Santiago Island, located in the heart of the Archipelago. Your morning will begin at Espumilla Beach, where a forest trail will take you through some of the largest specimens of Palo Santo on the islands to observe Yellow Warblers, the famously tame Galapagos Flycatcher, and Darwin’s finches. In the afternoon, at Puerto Egas, you will disembark on a dark-sand volcanic beach with an interesting history of human settlement. Galapagos fur seals can often be seen lounging under arches of lava carved by the ocean or dipping into the crystalline pools, also known as grottos.

Day 6 Tuesday Isla Lobos / Return to Mainland
This morning you will visit Lobos Island, where you will walk over rocky terrain. Frigate birds can be found here, and the island is also the nesting ground for blue-footed boobies. You’re also likely to see sea lions, and may have a chance to swim with them. After the visit you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to the Ecuadorian mainland.

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