The Galapagos Islands by Luxury Yacht: Explore the Enchanted Islands in Comfort and Style!
Days: 7-10 | From: $4,950/per person
There is no better way to explore the Galapagos Islands than from the comfort of an intimate and luxurious yacht. That’s why we’ve curated a short selection of our very favorite luxury Galapagos yachts for you to choose from. Our highly experienced Galapagos specialists know each of them and delight in helping our guests find the perfect one. On a luxury Galapagos cruise, you'll immerse yourself in the very best of what the Galapagos Islands have to offer in the company of some of the top naturalist guides by day. By night, you'll unwind in comfort and style and recount the highlights of each unforgettable day.
Please note, for this sample itinerary we've included The Passion, one of our favorite Galapagos luxury yachts.
- Includes accommodations in the finest luxury hotel in Quito and the luxury yacht of your choice in the Galapagos
- Includes excursions and tours with superb guides (private guide in Quito; top naturalist guide on your vessel)
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At a glance
2 nights: Arrive to this beautiful UNESCO World Heritage city, stay in the most luxurious hotel in town, located right in the colonial center
4-7 nights: Discover the Galapagos Islands aboard a top luxury yacht or small ship, one of the world's greatest travel experiences
All itineraries are fully customizable. We will send you a personalized variation that reflects your interests and travel dates at no extra cost. Call to discuss your travel plans with one of our Specialists who know this region firsthand.
Welcome to Quito!
Arrive to Quito, where your private guide will welcome you to the country and take you to your hotel, located in the heart of the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is a great part of the city for walking around, with traditional squares and architecture and a variety of shops and restaurants.
Accommodations: Casa Gangotena, 2 nights
Housed in a restored historic mansion overlooking Plaza San Francisco, this three-story boutique hotel offers 31 rooms, each a showcase of contemporary design and elegance. The hotel's interiors entice guests with Art Nouveau and contemporary touches combined with original Neo-Classical architecture. Casa Gangotena features a wood-paneled library, restaurant and bar, beautiful interior and exterior courtyards, and a terrace on the third floor with sweeping views of Quito's World Heritage-listed Old Town. The hotel offers high tea each day, with a sampling of freshly-made delicacies. The hotel is a Relais & Châteaux property.Alternative lodging options: Patio Andaluz, Plaza Grande
Colonial Architecture and One-of-a-Kind Artwork
Set out with your private guide to explore historic Quito, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.
Visit the highlights of the colonial “Centro Historico,” and go up to a lookout point on the Panecillo for a great view of the entire city. Afterward, head into the new town to visit the remarkable Fundación Guayasamin, which houses the art collection of Oswaldo Guayasamin, Ecuador’s most famous 20th century artist.
Seeing both parts of the city gives you a great overview of some of the different neighborhoods in this diverse Andean metropolis.
Accommodations: Casa Gangotena, 2 nights
Fly to the Galapagos Islands
Fly about 600 miles out over the Pacific Ocean to arrive at the Galapagos Islands. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your luxury yacht or small ship. You are about to embark on one of the world’s greatest nature voyages.
Visiting the Galapagos Islands onboard a luxury yacht is a magnificent and unique experience: a combination of sheer natural beauty, amazing wildlife, beautiful accommodations, and fascinating natural history. There is no better way to experience this enchanted archipelago.
The Passion is a luxurious triple deck motor yacht, featuring ample interior and exterior social areas, a panoramic sky lounge with bar and sliding glass doors, separate dining room, and wonderfully spacious decks, including a sun deck with lounge chairs and Jacuzzi. The Passion accommodates up to 14 guests in its five spacious staterooms and two suites, each with air conditioning and marble en suite bathroom. With a crew of 12+, this elegant vessel offers a 1-to-1 service ratio for a very personalized experience. All excursions are done in the company of a bilingual naturalist guide. Activities available on the Passion include hiking, snorkeling, and kayaking.*Includes: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Upgrades and alternatives: Origin/Theory, Camila, Ocean Spray; click here for the full list of luxury options
Cruising and Exploring the Islands aboard a Luxury Yacht
The exact itinerary varies from vessel to vessel, but you will spend these days exploring the islands in depth. Your boat will travel between several different islands so that you can experience a wide variety of the unique wildlife and environments that the Galapagos offers.
The giant Galapagos Tortoise, the marine iguana, the waved albatross, the Galapagos penguin, and flightless cormorants are just a few of the species you can come across. There will also be daily opportunities to snorkel, where you can see what’s below the surface: giant sea turtles, rays, and sea lions, to name just a few. Each day you will enjoy excellent cuisine and the company of an expert bilingual naturalist guide.
Accommodations: Passion, 6 nights
RETURN TO QUITO / DEPART FOR HOME OR YOUR NEXT DESTINATION
Enjoy a final morning in the islands before flying out from the Galapagos back to Quito, where you can connect with your international flight home or continue your trip in mainland Ecuador.
If you have a long layover before your flight, we can set up a visit to nearby hot springs or transfer you to a hotel to relax and have dinner before transferring back to the airport.
Popular Ways to Customize This Itinerary
Add extra days in Quito: Quito is worth exploring on your own, and we can arrange a variety of activities, including city tours, culinary excursions, visits to ruins and historical sites, and active options such as hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding.
Include some downtime for rest and relaxation! Some free time to unwind or have a massage will allow you to feel refreshed and ready for the remainder of your trip. Many of our properties include excellent spas or wellness centers. We can help arrange these services or include properties that offer health & wellness amenities.
Contact us to learn about more options for designing and customizing your trip.
Reviews From This Trip
This trip was the best vacation my family has ever taken. We felt completely safe and comfortable travelling in another country. The things we saw and experienced were amazing and we learned a lot from our tour guides!Michele Buchholz
We were well cared for. Each person we met was kind and generous of their time, knowledge and willingness to help out with anything that would improve the nature of our trip.Robin Buchalter
The Galapagos was incredible. Everyday we experienced something new from intimate wildlife encounters to dramatic coastlines and erupting volcanoes.Jenny Ramaswamy
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From the first phone call to after you get back, we’re here for you every step of the way. We listen, create, customize and advocate for you, and design experiences that go beyond the expected.
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