8-DAY ADVENTURE ON BOARD M/Y GRAND MAJESTIC
FROM $5,945.00 ADULTS DOUBLE BASIS – $4,756.00 CHILDREN
AVAILABLE FOR MONDAY ARRIVALS IN SAN CRISTOBAL UNTIL NOV 30, 2020
The Grand Majestic is the fastest and most modern vessel cruising the Galapagos Archipelago. The Grand Majestic is specifically designed for exclusive high end private charters. The guide, captain and crew are dedicated to providing the highest quality service during your visit to the islands of, San Cristobal, North Seymour, Bartholomew, Santiago, Fernandina, Isabela, Santa Cruz and Santiago.
Grand Majestic is the only modern charter yacht cruising the Galapagos. This elegantly sporty yacht is the fastest in the Islands and offers high-quality service, a Master Suite and luxurious social areas.
- 8 Day/7-Night Luxury Class Cruise Program
- Morning and afternoon excursions
- All meals
- Bilingual National Park Guide
- Snorkeling Opportunities
- Snorkeling Equipment
- Use of underwater cameras
- Transportation in the islands
- Personalized service of our Ecuador-based partners
Day by Day Itinerary: Grand Majestic B – 8 Days – Mon to Mon
DAY 1 | MONDAY | Arrival At San Cristobal
Assistance will be provided for you when you arrive to the airport by one of our representatives after you have landed. You will arrive at San Cristobal in the morning. After passing through immigration and baggage claim you will be met by Cormorant staff and transferred to the yacht. You will be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing.
Afternoon: David Rodriguez” Breeding Center: This is a new visitor site in the northeast part of San Cristobal Island and can now be reached in roughly one hour by road from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. In the Breeding Center, you will be able to admire the hatchling turtles from their birth until they are 120 days old when the grown turtles are taken to their natural habit.
DAY 2 | TUESDAY | North Seymour Island & Santa Cruz | B.L.D.
Morning: North Seymour Island: was named after English nobleman Lord Hugh Seymour. Formed by uplifted submarine lava, the island is home to a huge colony of about 2,500 land iguanas and large populations of sea lions, blue-footed boobies, common noddies and frigate birds. Along the coast it is possible to see land and marine iguanas and the biggest colony of Magnificent Frigate birds.
Afternoon: Black Turtle Cove is situated in the northern part of Santa Cruz. This inlet is surrounded by mangroves and is only accessible by dinghy. The shallow cove is a safe haven for young marine life. Black-tip and white-tip reef sharks, sea turtles, and a variety of rays are often spotted here.
DAY 3 | WEDNESDAY | Bartholomew Island & Santiago | B.L.D.
Morning: Bartolome: This Island is situated across Sullivan Bay. It has an altitude of 114 meters, from where we can observe one of the most beautiful sceneries of the Galapagos Islands such as: Volcanic cones, lunar-like craters, lava fields, and the famous Toba formed pinnacle eroded by the sea. There is very little vegetation on this island. It has two breathtaking beaches where marine turtles exist and at the base of the pinnacle, as well as a very small colony of Galapagos penguins.
Afternoon: Egas Port: is home to the curious Galapagos hawks and quick-footed Galapagos lava lizards. The trail leads to a coastline with gorgeous tide pools and grottos full of fauna. Here the Galapagos fur sea lions bathe in the sun. This is also a great snorkeling site.
DAY 4 | THURSDAY | Isabela Island | B.L.D.
Morning: Urbina Bay: is located at the base of Alcedo Volcano on the west coast between Tagus Cove and Elizabeth Bay. This area experienced a major uplift in 1954 causing the land to rise over 16 feet. The coast expanded half a mile out leaving marine life stranded on the new shore. This area is also a great place for snorkeling.
Afternoon: Tagus Cove: This visitor site is located on the upper west part of the island and was named after and English war ship that used to pass the islands in the 1800’s. This was a famous spot for many pirates and sailors who have even left their names and the names of the ship inscribed on volcanic rock. There are many different characteristics of the island here from various volcanic activities such as large volcanic rocks or small little balls of petrified rain. On the hike the path leads to Darwin Lake with a tuff cone.
DAY 5 | FRIDAY | Fernandina Island & Isabela Island | B.L.D.
Morning: Punta Espinoza, Fernandina Island: Fernandina is the third largest island in the archipelago and has a single visitor site: Punta Espinoza, located at the northeastern tip of the island. Just across Tagus Cove, is a visitor site where some of the unique species of Galapagos can be seen. Marine iguanas conglomerate in larger groups than in any other island. They bask around in the sand, swim near the shore and sometime block the way at the landing dock. Among the unique species found here, is the Flightless Cormorant. A bird that due to the lack of predators, had to adjust their way of survival and improve their skills of finding food in the ocean. Their wings, tails and feet progressively adapted for swimming. To see these birds, is to witness evolution happening right in front of you. Stay within 2m of the cormorants and penguins.
Afternoon: Vicente Roca Point: On Vicente Roca Point the geological formations are simply outstanding and it is a great place to view various bird species such as blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, gulls, storm petrels, and brown noddy terns. Activities here are all done on the water by either dinghy or panga, or snorkeling. On this western part of the island the Cromwell Current provides cold water and many nutrients. Due to this it is possible to see various feeding frenzies of an assortment of animals such as whales, dolphins, sea lions, and marine birds diving. At times it may also be likely to see fur seals.
DAY 6 | SATURDAY | Santiago Island | B.L.D.
Morning: Buccaneer Cove, was a safe haven where pirates in the 1600 and 1700’s would stake out on the Northwestern side of Santiago Island. Sea turtles now take the pirates place and dig their nests for their eggs near the Mangrove trees. It is a great location for snorkeling and many marine birds and sea lions can be found here.
Espumilla Beach is another famous visitor site in the Galapagos Islands. After a wet landing, find yourself on a large beach where the guide will lead you on a path through a Mangrove Forest. After weaving through the Mangroves, find an inland lake where flamingos, pintail ducks and stilts reside. The site is mostly inhabited by flamingos that nest and feed in this location.
Afternoon: Sullivan Bay (Santiago): Santiago, also called James, or San Salvador Island, is located in the west central part of the Galapagos archipelago. It is the fourth largest island in the archipelago (following Isabela, Fernandina and Santa Cruz). Along with some of the large western volcanoes of Isabela and Fernandina, Santiago is also volcanically active, with many young flows and cones to be seen, particularly along the south, west, and east coasts. These may even be seen from the summit of Darwin Volcano and from space. A number of historic eruptions have been reported over the last 2 centuries. Santiago actually consists of two coalesced volcanoes: a typical shield volcano on the northwest end and a low, linear fissure volcano at the southeast end.
DAY 7 | SUNDAY | Santa Cruz Island | B.L.D.
Morning: Las Bachas (Santa Cruz): These two small beaches are found to the West of Black Turtle Cove. Their sand is made of decomposed coral, which makes it white and soft, making it a favorite nesting site for sea turtles. Behind one of the beaches there is a small brackish water lagoon, where occasionally it is possible to observe flamingos and other coastal birds, such as black-necked stilts and whimbrels. The other beach is longer, but it has two old barges that were abandoned during the Second World War, when the USA used Baltra Island as a strategically point to protect the Panama Channel.
Afternoon: Fausto Llerena Breeding Center – Charles Darwin Station (Santa Cruz): Dry landing. We visit the Station where the Galapagos giant tortoise breeding program takes place as part of our efforts to preserve the fragile Galapagos environment and where the famous Lonesome George (the last surviving specimen of his specie) lived for decades. Admire a prickly-pear cactus forest and variety Darwin’s finches and other land birds. The Darwin Station also works providing environmental education to communities and schools within the islands, and to tourists visiting the Galapagos Islands. You will also have some free time to visit the town and shop for souvenirs.
DAY 8 | MONDAY | San Cristobal & Departure | B.
Morning: Kicker Rock (Leon Dormido), known as the Sleeping Lion because of its resemblance, this site is located off the coast of San Cristobal. The remains of a lava cone eroded by the sea and two vertical rocks rising 500 feet above the ocean form a small channel that is navigable by small boats. This Galapagos Islands natural monument has become a favorite sight for cruises due to the many tropicbirds, frigate birds and boobies that fill the surrounding air. Beneath the sea the crystal waters offer a brilliant show of colorful tropical fish and invertebrates.
After this final visit, you will be transferred to San Cristobal’s airport in time to catch your flight back to the mainland. Please keep in mind that on departure days, your morning visit will be early and short since we need to be prepared before heading back toward the airport for your returning flight to Ecuador’s mainland.
PRICES PER PERSON IN US$ – NO MINIMUM GUESTS REQUIRED
AVAILABLE FOR MONDAY ARRIVALS IN SAN CRISTOBAL UNTIL NOV 30, 2020
|QUAD (2 BDR)
² Child rate applies to one child under 12 yrs. old sharing accommodations with two adults and using existing beds.
|VALID FOR MONDAY ARRIVALS IN SAN CRISTOBAL ON THE FOLLOWING DATES:
In Galapagos Islands: M/Y Grand Majestic is the only modern charter yacht cruising the Galapagos. This elegantly sporty yacht is the fastest in the Islands and offers high-quality service, a Master Suite and luxurious social areas. The Grand Majestic is specifically designed for exclusive high end private charters. The guide, captain and crew are dedicated to providing the highest quality service. Grand Majestic offers excellent four-, five-, and eight-day itineraries, led by a certified bilingual naturalist guide and a dedicated crew.
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