Samba: A classic sailing vessel
Days: 8 | From: $4,800/per person
The Samba is a classic Dutch sailing vessel with teak decks. Built in 1966 as a luxury private yacht, the Samba now specializes in Galapagos Islands exploration. The ship accommodates 14 passengers in seven cabins, and features an ample dining room and salon, outdoor dining area, and a bar. The Samba is a graceful, top-quality craft, locally owned and with a great local crew. All excursions are led by a bilingual naturalist guide; excursion options include hiking, snorkeling, and kayaking.
- Regular departures throughout the year
- Available for private charter
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The Samba accommodates 14 guests in 6 air-conditioned double cabins and 1 exterior double bed cabin. All have air conditioning, private bathrooms, and hot water. There are 3 decks including the upper deck, main deck and lower deck. 6 of the cabins are located on the lower deck with the one remaining cabin located on the upper deck.
Construction: completed in 1966
Type: Steel-hulled motor yacht with stabilizing sail
Length: 78 ft. / 23.77 mts.
Beam: 18 ft. / 5.48 mts.
Engines: Twin DAV diesel engines 220 HP
Accommodations: 6 air-conditioned double cabins and 1 exterior double bed cabin, each with private bathroom
Crew: Captain, mechanic, cook, 1 naturalist guide, plus 3 crew members
Itineraries & Pricing
North & West Islands Itinerary (8 days)
Arrive to Baltra / Las Bachas (Santa Cruz)
Genovesa: Darwin Bay / El Barranco
Marchena: Punta Mejía / Black Beach
Isabela: Punta Albemarle / Punta Vicenta Roca
Punta Espinoza (Fernandina) / Urbina Bay (Isabela)
Isabela: Elizabeth Bay / Punta Moreno
Floreana: Peace Asylum / La Lobería
Santa Cruz Highlands / Return to Mainland
South, East & Central Islands Itinerary (8 days)
Arrive to Baltra / Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz)
Floreana: Punta Cormorant / Post Office Bay
Española: Punta Suarez / Gardner Bay
Lobos / Kicker Rock / Punta Pitt (San Cristobal)
Santa Fe / South Plaza
Sullivan Bay (Santiago) / Bartolome
James Bay (Santiago) / Rábida
North Seymour / 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: 14, in 7 cabins
Included: All meals, guides & activities, water, coffee and tea, snorkeling equipment, use of kayaks and paddleboards
Not included: Park fees (about $120 per person), Galapagos airfare (about $600 per person), roundtrip bus ticket between the airport and pier ($10), wetsuit rental, soft drinks, alcoholic beverages, gratuities, holiday surcharge (10% for Christmas and New Year’s departures)
8 Day Cruise: $4,800 per person (double cabin)
8 Day Cruise: $7,200 (single cabin)
Children under 14 years old: $4,000 (8 day cruise)
Charters: from $67,200 (8 days)
Reviews from this trip
The guests, the friendly and highly competent crew and our wonderful guide, Xavier Romero made the trip. We continue to keep in touch.Steve and Christine Theno
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