Origin/Theory: Luxury expedition yachts, sustainable and stylish, member of Relais & Chateaux
Days: 8 & 7 | From: $7,850/per person
One of the newest boats in the islands, the Origin is designed for a luxurious boutique experience. Its sister ship, the Theory is soon to launch. The 20-passenger Relais & Chateaux Origin has 10 cabins with panoramic windows and features spacious social areas, a sun deck and Jacuzzi, space for al fresco dining, a fitness center, spa, and a glass bottom boat. Meals are planned and prepared by trained chefs, there is an onboard concierge for assistance, and the boat has an open bar policy. With two naturalist guides, Origin/Theory offer some of the best guide-to-guest ratios in the islands. Excursions include snorkeling, hiking, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, and panga rides.
- Regular departures throughout the year
- Available for private charter
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The Origin/Theory have 10 Deluxe Double Staterooms (140 square feet) located on the Main Deck. Each cabin has two twin beds that can be converted to one king bed. Two of the cabins can be converted to triples to accommodate a third passenger. All cabins have panoramic windows, private bathrooms, individual climate controls and ample storage space for clothing and luggage.
Construction: completed in 2016 (Origin), 2019 (Theory)
Type: Motor Yacht
Length: 142 ft. / 43.3 mts.
Beam: 27.4 ft. / 8.4 mts.
Engine: 454HP at 1800RPM
Speed: 10-12 knots
Accommodations: 10 Deluxe Double Staterooms with private facilities
Crew: Captain, 2 Bilingual Naturalist Guides, Cruise Director, plus crew members
Itineraries & Pricing
Itinerary A - Southern/Central Route (8 days)
Arrive to San Cristobal / El Junco Lake
San Cristobal: Punta Pitt / Cerro Brujo
Española: Punta Suarez / Gardner Bay
Floreana: Punta Cormorant / Post Office Bay
Santa Cruz: Highlands / Charles Darwin Research Station
Sombrero Chino / Las Bachas or Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz)
South Plaza Island / North Seymour
San Cristobal: Interpretation Center / Return to Mainland
Itinerary B - Western/Northern Route (8 days)
Arrive to San Cristobal / La Galapaguera
Tower Island: Prince Philip´s Steps / Darwin Bay
Las Bachas or Black Turtle Cove / Cerro Dragon
Isabela: Punta Vicente Roca or Elizabeth Bay / Urbina Bay
Isabela: Punta Espinosa (Fernandina) / Tagus Cove (Isabela)
Rabida Island / Puerto Egas (Santiago)
Santa Cruz: Charles Darwin Research Station / Highlands
San Cristobal: Cerro Tijeretas or Isla Lobos / Return to Mainland
Displayed itineraries are just summaries. Our travel specialists will help you select the best cruise based on your interests, timing and budget.
Trip length: 8 day itineraries
Max number of passengers: 20, in 10 cabins
Included: All meals, guides & activities, soft drinks, juice, coffee and tea, select alcoholic beverages, use of snorkeling equipment, wet suits, & kayaks
Not included: Park fees (about $120 per person), Galapagos airfare (about $530 per person), gratuities
8 day cruise:
$7,850 per person (double cabin)
$7,650 per person (triple cabin)
$13,735 per person (single cabin)
7 day cruise: Passengers can disembark on Saturday for a shorter, 6 night cruise. On seasonal departure dates, there is a 10% discount off the 7 night cruise rate and this cannot be combined with any other promotional or child discounts. The discount does not apply for peak or holiday departures.
Children 7 – 11 years old receive a 25% discount and children 12 – 17 years old receive a 15% discount during family departure dates
College students between the ages of 18 and 21 years old receive a 10% discount on all peak or seasonal departure dates. No discount applies during holiday departures.
Charters: from $157,000 (8 days)
Reviews from this trip
We loved the trip. The Origin and her crew were amazing. Truly a trip of a lifetime.Wendy Papasan
The Origin was a beautiful boat and the crew was superb, perfectly attuned to the needs of the passengers.Taylor S.
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