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Enjoy the Galapagos Islands on the only modern mega-yacht, the Grand Majestic. The elegantly sporty yacht is the fastest in the Islands and offers high-quality service, a Master Suite and luxurious social areas. Be one of the first people to board the Grand Majestic and sit back, relax and enjoy the beauty of the Galapagos, taking in picturesque sites and getting up close to wildlife, an experience you are sure to remember for a long time
Visit the famous Post Office Bay on Floreana Island
Hike to a saltwater lagoon which is home to flamingos
Visit Suarez Point and get the chance to see blue footed boobies, albatrosses and Nazca boobies
Visit Gardener Bay with it's white-sandy beach and a busy sea lion colony
Visit “Fausto Llerena” Giant Tortoises Breeding Center in Puerto Ayora
Visit Rabida Island which is one of the most colourful and volcanically varied islands
Itinerary in Brief
Day 1: San Cristobal Airport - El Junco Lagoon
Day 2: Floreana: Post Office Bay - Floreana: Cormorant Point, Devil's Crown
Day 3: Espanola: Suarez Point - Espanola: Gardner Bay
Day 4: Santa Cruz: Twin Craters - Santa Cruz: Giant Land Tortoises Breeding Centre
Day 5: Genovesa: El Barranco - Genovesa: Darwin Bay
Day 6: Rabida Island - Chinese Hat Islet
Day 7: San Cristobal: Witch Hill - San Cristobal: Lobos Island
Day 8: San Cristobal: Interpretation Centre - Transfer to San Cristobal Airport
Day 1: San Cristobal Island
In the morning, you will arrive at San Cristobal Island. After passing through immigration and baggage claim, you will be met by the Grand Majestic 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.
In the afternoon, your first visit takes you to El Junco Lagoon. Located in the highlands 19 kilometers from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, El Junco is located in the caldera of an extinct volcano. Rainwater feeds the lagoon. There are many farms and ranches in this area of San Cristobal Island, and sometime cows can be found near the lagoon.
Day 2: Floreana Island
In the morning, you will visit the famous Post Office Bay. You will land on a beach and head to a spot where 18th century whalers placed a wooden barrel used as an unofficial mail box. The custom continues to this day with Galapagos visitors. So, don’t forget your postcards, and don’t be surprised if the post card arrives to its destination before you even get home!
Your afternoon visit is to Cormorant Point. Here you will enjoy a hike to a salt-water lagoon which is home to flamingos. You will also have a chance to snorkel around Devil’s Crown which is the rocky remains of offshore volcano sticking out of the water. This is a great location to see a wide range of marine creatures.
Day 3: Espanola Island
In the morning, you will visit Suarez Point. On the trail you will have the chance to see blue-footed boobies, albatrosses, and Nazca boobies. This island is the breeding site of nearly all of the world’s 12,000 pairs of waved albatrosses.
You will also visit a beautiful site on the ocean front where there is a cliff that the large albatrosses use as a launching pad! You will have the chance to see the famous blowhole that spurts water into the air. The landscape is great for photography. In the afternoon, excursion takes you to the spectacular Gardner Bay.
After landing, you can walk across a lovely white-sand beach amongst a
busy sea lion colony or dive into the water to swim with sea lion pups.
You may also see curious mockingbirds on the beach.
Day 4: Santa Cruz Island
In the morning, you will visit Twin Craters located opposite to each other on both sides of the road leading from Puerto Ayora to Baltra. The name is only figurative; not real craters, these formations were created by the collapse of surface material in underground fissures and chambers. The view is breathtaking.
In the afternoon, you will visit “Fausto Llerena” Giant land tortoises breeding centre in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, where giant tortoises are bred in captivity; this is home to tortoises ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long adults. Subspecies of the giant tortoises interact with one another, and many of the older tortoises are accustomed to humans stretching out their heads for a photo opportunity. The babies are kept until they are about four years-old and strong enough to survive on their own.
Day 5: Genovesa Island
This morning you will visit El Barranco which is also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps. It is a steep, rocky path that leads up to a high cliff-face. A marvelous view can be appreciated from here. This site is also home to palo santo vegetation as well as red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, Galapagos swallows, and Galapagos doves.
In the afternoon, you will visit the white-sand coral beach of Darwin Bay which heads a half mile trail (0,75km) that winds through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls can be spotted here. Further down the path we find tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully. At the end is a spectacular view of a cliff.
Day 6: Rabida Island
This morning will see you visit Rabida Island. Rabida Island is one of the most colourful and volcanically varied islands in the archipelago and a great snorkelling site. Its famous maroon sandy beach and stunning lookouts provide wonderful landscapes. The island is a birdwatcher's delight. Some of the rarest species are in abundance, such as nine varieties of finches, large-billed flycatchers, Galapagos Hawks and brown pelicans.
In the afternoon, you will visit Chinese Hat Islet. This small islet is located near the south-east coast of Santiago Island. Its name comes from the distinct shape of the islet’s summit. This small islet is a great location to view many geological formations such as lava tubes and lava flows. Some of the lava flows were formed underwater and subsequently raised above sea level. The presence of coral heads on the lava flow indicates this phenomenon.
Day 7: San Cristobal Island
In the morning, you will visit Witch Hill. Located on the northern coast, this eroded hill and its surroundings present one of the most picturesque beaches in the Galapagos with its white powdery sand and the abundance of animals. Wildlife includes sea turtles, rays, and various types of booby birds. The clear water provides an excellent opportunity for enjoying swimming and snorkeling.
Day 8: San Cristobal Island
In the morning, you will visit the Interpretation Centre. This site is part of an environmental project. The tour of this center will explore the natural history of the islands including human interaction and conservation efforts. The Museum of Natural History explains the volcanic origin of the archipelago, ocean currents, climate, and the arrival of endemic species. The Human History exhibit chronologically describes significant events such as discovery and colonization of the islands.
After visiting The Interpretation Centre and the Galapaguera, you will be transferred to the San Cristobal airport to catch your flight to Guayaquil or Quito on mainland Ecuador.