Our 15-day cruise aboard the yacht Passion is in a class by itself, bringing you in style to the most fascinating sites of both the Eastern and Western islands. It's the most in-depth experience you can have of the magic of Galápagos, one of the greatest natural history destinations in the world. Journeys include history-rich Floreana, Fernandina, with its flightless cormorants, Santiago's golden beaches, and the far-flung islands of Genovesa (Tower) and Española, with hiking, kayaking, and snorkeling, plus two overnights in Quito. The 14-guest Passion, with its sky lounge, staterooms, and spacious suites, is the "ultimate" way to go.
Arrive: Quito, Ecuador
Depart: Quito, Ecuador
After exploring Quito, fly to Baltra on Day 3, board the Passion, and cruise to Black Turtle Cove for a panga (Zodiac) ride among green sea turtles and golden rays. At remote Genovesa (Tower) Island, we land at magnificent Darwin Bay to snorkel, then hike the coast to see red-footed boobies, red-billed tropicbirds, great frigatebirds, and swallow-tailed gulls. At Bartolomé Island, we'll hike to the top for views of Pinnacle Rock and snorkel with tiny Galápagos penguins in the cove below.
On Rábida Island, we'll visit a saltwater lagoon frequented by flamingos and ride by panga or paddle a kayak to look for marine iguanas and blue-footed boobies. Landing at Santa Cruz, we head up to a highlands tortoise reserve to search for these giant creatures in the wild, then visit the Charles Darwin Research Station's tortoise-breeding facility for an up-close visit with the big tortoises. We'll watch sea lions strike a pose on Santa Fé Island, and on Española, we'll see the Galápagos Islands' largest lava lizards. At Devil's Crown, see teeming marine life at Devil's Crown, and hike to historic Post Office Bay on Floreana.
We navigate to Isabela Island, with a good chance of seeing whales or dolphins swimming along with our yacht—an experience not possible from large cruise ships. We'll step ashore at Punta Moreno for a walk on a superb pahoehoe lava flow, then land at Tagus Cove, a historic pirate hideaway. On Fernandina Island, we'll find the flightless cormorants and marine iguanas a delight. We'll also explore Santiago's Espumilla Beach, with its frigatebirds and blue-footed boobies. Fly to Quito on Day 17 and depart.
Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!
At time of reservation: $4,000
150 days prior to departure: $8,000
90 days prior to departure: Balance
*Please note that this differs from our standard policy.
Minimum fee: $1,000 per person
61-120 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
60 days or less: 100% of trip cost
*Please note that this differs from our standard policy
Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.
Days 1-2 (2 nights)
This elegant boutique hotel is located in the center of Old Town just steps from the main square and is a wonderful introduction to the city of Quito. The building itself is a work of art, with beautiful colonial architecture dating to the 16th century. Guest rooms are basic but...
Days 3-16 (14 nights)
The trip is rated Level 1+, Easy, according to our trip grading system. Trips that are rated 1 have optional walks and little elevation gain or loss. The + indicates that this trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of this level. Our Galápagos journey is appropriate for anyone in good health who is physically active and enjoys regular moderate walks and hikes, but please consider the following factors when choosing this trip:
The daily hikes are not long (up to 3 miles) but often involve uneven ground, either on dry lava, which can be quite sharp, on rocky trails with uneven surfaces, or on sandy beaches.
Trips ashore are by Zodiac. Boarding the Zodiac involves walking down a gang-plank set of stairs and stepping onto the Zodiac while both the yacht and Zodiac are moving with the roll of the seas. A crew member on the Zodiac will reach for your hand to help steady you, but it can often feel tricky, depending on the amount of ocean swell. Passengers are required to wear life jackets when traveling in the Zodiacs.
Shore landings are either "dry" (you step out of the Zodiac on to large rocks or a wooden pier) or "wet" (stepping out of the Zodiac into a foot or so of surf and wading to shore). A dry landing is occasionally tricky, especially on days when the seas are active and the rocks you step onto may be slippery. For a wet landing, you may be stepping from the Zodiac into surf that may be up to your knees or higher, so it is important that you have the agility for this. Of course, our boat staff will be on hand to assist with landings.
Trip members should be able to swim and ideally have previous snorkeling experience. The itinerary includes snorkeling excursions on most days and snorkeling is a major attraction for any visit to the islands. The boat has complimentary shorty wetsuits (3mm neoprene) available on board for your use. Please consult our office (and your Trip Leader on the boat) with any concerns about swimming and snorkeling in the islands. Most snorkeling is in water between 10 to 40 feet deep, but if conditions allow, we may offer open-ocean snorkeling near an off-shore reef. These open-ocean snorkels are not suitable for first-time snorkelers or weak swimmers. Your Trip Leader accompanies the group on all snorkeling excursions and the Zodiac will attempt to stay close, should anyone wish to get out of the water. We do not, however, have staff members available to individually assist snorkelers. It is incumbent on each swimmer to keep track of his or her own whereabouts. Currents in Galápagos can be strong at some sites. You should only choose to swim and snorkel in places where you are completely comfortable. To snorkel, you slide off the side of the Zodiac into the water. Getting back in the Zodiac requires climbing up a small metal ladder attached to the side of the Zodiac. The boat man will help, but it is impossible for him to pull you out of the water -- you must be prepared to do most of the work under your own power.
A variety of snorkeling equipment is available on board, but if you are a serious snorkeler, we highly recommend bringing your own snorkel, mask, and possibly fins to assure a proper fit. A proper fit of your mask is critical for allowing you good vision underwater. There is no scuba diving available on our Galápagos trips (our yachts are not set up for scuba diving but there are places in Puerto Ayora where diving is available if you would like to extend your trip). Depending on your personal tolerance for cold, you may not need a wetsuit, but most trip members prefer a wetsuit. Complimentary shorty wetsuits are available on board for your use. If you easily get cold, you may prefer to bring your own full-length wetsuit. Some people like to swim in lightweight leggings or in "skins" (lycra bodysuits sold at dive shops).
You should understand that this is not a "large-ship cruise," but once you have adjusted to yacht living, you will find this to be one of the most pleasant journeys imaginable. The day usually starts with a delicious breakfast of fresh fruit, cereal, breads, eggs, fresh juice, and coffee or tea. This is often the time when your Trip Leader gives you a briefing on the day's schedule so you can plan your clothing and equipment. On return to the boat, there may be a chance to snorkel or swim before a multi-course lunch is served. During lunch, the yacht often transits to a new area, and in the later afternoon, you'll make a second landing, taking the Zodiac ashore for more exploration and hikes. Visitors must depart the islands by 6 pm. After a relaxing dinner, a wrap-up talk will be given by the Trip Leader.
"This trip was one of the most amazing experiences of my life."
"I wanted to spend as much time in the islands and see as much as possible, so this longer trip was the one for me."
"The Passion was great, the crew was fantastic, and we had a wonderful family experience."
Los Angeles, CA
"I still have to pinch myself that I got to go on such an amazing trip. Truly a bucket-list experience!"
"I had an amazing time. Every day was filled with excitement and incredible sights."
"This was probably the trip of my lifetime and I have been on all seven continents on numerous outings."
"Fantastic trip! From the moment we landed, the journey was seamless. Excellent attention to detail and warm, enthusiastic communication. The naturalist was best-in-class and really made the trip extra special!"
"Thank you so much for the wonderful trip to the Galápagos you organized for us. It was a great experience for the children as well as the adults. The boat was fantastic, the crew excellent, the guide Rafael superb, everything worked out so well. Thank you again."
"This was one of the very best trips in my life. It was a complete experience—the boat, the wildlife, the trip leader, the fellow passengers."
"Of all the travelling I've done around the world, the Galapagos was truly my 'trip of a lifetime.' Thank you, WT, for all your support and helping to make it so."
"An outstanding trip. Well planned and brilliantly executed in all respects."
"My husband and I traveled to the Galápagos to celebrate our 30-year wedding anniversary. We were on the beautiful ship Passion in their VIP/Master Suite! Everything about the trip was perfect from our amazing Trip Leader, Juan, who knew everything about the flora, the fauna, and the culture of the Galápagos, to the exquisite food freshly prepared and served topside to the beautiful sunsets. Highlights for me were the penguins literally swimming inches below my feet to the sea lions frolicking over and around my flippers to the truly unique land tortoises. The biomass of all the animals, fish, and sea creatures was breathtaking. Every day was an adventure! I HIGHLY recommend this trip!"
Virginia Beach, VA
"This trip was wonderful. The ship staff were exceptional in their service, professionalism, and interaction with the tour members. The Passion was comfortable, larger than expected and exceptionally clean."
Mary Lou B.
"Amazing is the best word to describe our experience!"
"Such luxury! The Passion was spacious and our room terrific. It was so exciting to be in the thick of this wonderful place—waking up to another striking view, a tall craggy rock structure, crashing waves on a cliff in one direction and low hills in a volcano shape in the other, with a little beach in between, and clouds along the horizon in every direction."
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With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.
Level 1 – Easiest
Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.
Level 3 – Moderate
Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.
Level 5 – Strenuous
Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.