Galapagos Private Journey

Aboard Your Own Yacht with an Expert Naturalist Guide

Note: This trip must start on a Saturday

Overview

The Galápagos Islands are truly “a world unto themselves,” as Darwin wrote. Aboard your own private yacht with your naturalist guide, set off into Darwin’s world for an active journey full of nature hikes, snorkeling, and wonder. Abundant marine life makes for fantastic snorkeling, and swimming with playful sea lions is an experience you’ll never forget! In the evenings, enjoy a delicious dinner as you discuss the experiences of the day with your naturalist and enjoy the beauty of the star-filled equatorial night. A Private Journey allows you to choose your own dates and your traveling companions—and still enjoy the signature quality of a Wilderness Travel group trip.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Santa Cruz Island / Darwin Station / Floreana / Isabela (Western Islands Itinerary)

Fly to Baltra, board your yacht, and explore the lush Santa Cruz highlands to look for the giant Galápagos tortoises that gave the islands their name. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station’s tortoise-breeding facility, and cruise to Floreana for a walk to a salt-water lagoon where flamingos wade. Snorkel at Devil’s Crown, a volcanic rock formation, and visit historic Post Office Bay, where sailors once left letters to be picked up by the next passing ship.

Days 4-5
Isabela / Urbina Bay / Tagus Cove

Land at Punta Moreno on Isabela for a walk on a superb broken lava flow surrounded by giant shield volcanoes—some are still active! Visit Urbina Bay, with its black-sand beach where green sea turtles nest, hike at Tagus Cove, once an anchorage for pirate boats, and cross Bolivar Channel to Fernandina Island, one of the world’s most unspoiled places. Highlights along the coast include flightless cormorants and marine iguanas.

Days 6-8
Santiago / Puerto Egas / Espumilla / Santa Cruz

At Santiago, visit magnificent Puerto Egas, where you might see Darwin’s finches and the endemic Galápagos hawk. Enjoy idyllic Espumilla Beach, a great place for swimming and snorkeling and an important site for nesting marine turtles. Visit a saline lagoon where flamingos wade at Las Bachas, hike among prehistoric-looking marine iguanas and a colony of magnificent frigatebirds at North Seymour. Disembark on Day 8 in Baltra.

Highlights

Highlights

Travel in comfort and style aboard your own private luxury yacht
Choose the Vision (8 guests) or the Passion (14 guests)
Enjoy an active journey full of nature hikes and wildlife wonders
Snorkel with playful sea lions and tiny Galápagos penguins

Details

Length: 8 days
Cost From: $52,000  
Arrive: Baltra, Galapagos
Depart: Baltra, Galapagos
Lodging: 7 nights aboard the yacht
Meals: All meals included as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Small Boat & Yacht Cruising, Snorkeling, Wildlife & Natural History, Walking
Trip Level:

Daily hikes, snorkeling, optional sea kayaking

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