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San Jose Yacht - Galapagos Cruise
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Product Code: 4525-232159
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Modern, spacious and comfortable motor yacht Exclusive routes
  • • Discover truly the most exceptional of the Galapagos Islands and its wildlife!
  • • Expert naturalist guide & highly experienced and dedicated crew
  • • Small and intimate group size (max. 16 passengers) with personal attention
  • • Great gastronomy with warm lunch and served dinner (buffet style)
  • • A superb quality-to-price ratio
Tour Code
4525-232159
Duration
8 days
Departure City
San Cristobal Island, Baltra Island
End City
San Cristobal Island, Baltra Island
Tour Type:
Cruise
Language:
English
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Experience: Wildlife, Marine, Family, Honeymoon, UNESCO, Nature

Get up close and personal with nature on guided wildlife tours; Explore the waters of the world by cruise, kayak or surf board; Enjoy activities and tours that are perfect for the whole family; Travel the world with your partner to romantic resorts and destinations; Visit locations designated as World Heritage Sites by the United Nations; Get in touch with Mother Earth

Style: Guided

Multiple local tour guides/drivers available throughout your tour/activity

Group Type: Standard group

Tour with fellow travelers from all over the world

Activity Level: Moderate

Designed for travelers in good health who are comfortable with light walking or hiking

Quality: Deluxe

High quality service, meals, private transfers and/or accommodation

Itinerary
San Jose Cruise

M/Y San Jose was carefully designed for navigating the Galapagos archipelago, with the comfort of her guests in mind, though without excessive luxury. This innovative yacht has been built in 2003–2004 and is classified as Tourist Superior Class. It accommodates up to 16 passengers in 8 stretched and comfortable twin cabins on the quieter front half of the main and upper deck (as far as possible from the engine room). It is equipped with two powerful engines that give a cruising speed of 10 knots (ca. 18,5 km/h).

Because our yacht accommodates only 16 passengers, its design leaves ample room for a large sun and shaded deck, both with lounge chairs. This outside deck space is excellent for relaxing, enjoying panoramic views and wildlife observation.



The interior part of the main deck contains the cozy living/dining room with comfortable sofas, rectangular tables, a buffet bar and a coffee station where coffee, tea and water are available for free. In this lounge the on board naturalist guide also presents every night his (or her) previous briefings. It is facilitated as well with a flat screen home cinema, DVD-player and a small library.

San Jose’s eight twin cabins are very spacious and stretch from port to starboard. These measure about 2,50 x 5,80 m. (8 x 19 ft.), including the private bathroom with hot/cold water and a bright sea view window. All cabins are exterior facing and have windows and a seaside door (instead of dark cabins with just a small porthole, common on many yachts sailing in Galapagos). Both can be opened to let in daylight and fresh air, though each cabin has privately controlled air conditioning as well.

Thanks to the innovative design all cabins are located in the quieter upper front half of the yacht, and not directly above or next to the engine room, which is located beneath the dining room. This guarantees a better sleep during the mainly overnight passages, minimizing disturbance from engine noise in your cabin. Besides that our routes also contain some quiet nights with shorter passages and anchorages at relatively sheltered bays.

All cabins have regular twin beds, which are convertible in one double configuration if desired (no bunk beds!). There are also a nightstand and a small desk with an inspiring sea view (also ideal for photographers that want to backup and select their shots in the privacy of their cabin). There is a closet to store your luggage. Cabin and bathroom windows are equipped with roller blinds for your privacy.


Technical Specifications:
Vessel: M/Y San Jose
Type: Motor Yacht
Class: Tourist Superior Class
Construction Year: Guayaquil, 2004; last maintenance: 2016
Capacity: 16 passengers
Naturalist Guide: 1 National Park-certified multilingual naturalist guide
Crew: 8 experienced, trained and IMO-certified crew-members (International Marine Organization):
captain, 2 sailors, machinist, cook, kitchen help, bartender and housekeeper.
Length: 34m / 113ft
Width: 7,60m / 25.3ft
Number of cabins: 8 Twins
Social Areas: Sun deck/terrace, shaded outside deck, bar, living room, dining room
Amenities: TV, DVD, small library, 2 small-sized Zodiacs
Machinery: 3 Hyuandai Marine Motors – 420 HP
Cruising speed: 10 knots
Generators: 2 Generators – 75 Kva each
Electricity: 110 V / 220 V
Air Conditioning: Individually controlled in all cabins
Wastewater treatment: 2 water treatment systems

Deck Plans

Itinerary Options

Itinerary B4: From Genovesa to South Plaza
4 days / 3 nights – Tuesday to Friday – every 14 days


Our shortest route gets the most out of just four days Galapagos. It combines the exclusive bird-island of Genovesa with the popular highlights of South Plaza and Santa Fe, giving an intense and excellent quick impression of Galapagos.

Hundreds of thousands of seabirds perch and nest on the cliffs around the flooded crater of Genovesa. Walk at very short distance through the largest insular colonies of Nazca and red-footed boobies, whilst courtshipping, mating, breeding, nurturing or learning to fly (depending on the season).

Other not to be missed highlights of this cruise will certainly be extraordinary Santa Fe and South Plaza, where characteristic Galapagos land iguanas crawl below bizarre giant prickly pear cacti.

On the last morning we will sail around the bizarre-shaped rock formation of Kicker Rock or Leon Dormido (= Sleeping Lion), just out off the coast of San Cristobal. Most elder islands of southeast Galapagos have azure bays and striking beaches of white coral sand, which are favorite place for large colonies of sea lions. This intense route ends in the harbour with lots of Galapagos sea lions, waving goodbye.

B4 Itinerary

Tuesday Departure Only

Itinerary B5: From Española to Bartolome
5 days / 4 nights – Friday to Tuesday – every 14 days


Our 4 nights southern itinerary gives a quite complete overview of Galapagos. Moreover this route combines two of the most popular snorkel sites of Galapagos: Champion Islet and Bartolome, where you might swim with fishing penguins.

This intense cruise begins in San Cristobal (with lots of Galapagos sea lions in the harbour), where your visit will be concluded by an interesting visit of the Interpretation Center, where you can learn what makes Galapagos so unique, and which conservation challenges are confronted. Most elder islands of southeast Galapagos have azure bays and striking beaches of white coral sand, which are favorite place for large colonies of sea lions. This route passes also the albatross and booby colonies and marine iguanas on Española, and the flamingo lagoon of Floreana. During an impressive ‘moonwalk’ on the barren lava flow of Sullivan Bay and a short climb to the summit of Bartolome you will get impressed by the volcanic forces that have created the islands.

B5 Itinerary

Friday Departure Only

Itinerary B: From Genovesa to Española
8 days / 7 nights – Tuesday to Tuesday – every 14 days


Our 8 days eastern route visits most popular sites of Galapagos and exclusive Genovesa. This varied route combines the overwhelming sea bird colonies of Genovesa and Española with highly appreciated South Plaza.

Lovers of beautiful landscapes can admire 3 of 4 famous Galapagos landmarks: the panoramic view of Bartolome, the offshore sculpture of Kicker Rock and the blowhole of Española (just the arch of Darwin in the far north is not visited).

Moreover this route combines three of the most spectacular snorkel sites of Galapagos: Kicker Rock (Leon Dormido), Champion Islet and Bartolome, where you might encounter fishing Galapagos penguins. Besides that this route also offers plenty possibilities for optional scuba diving.

Hundreds of thousands of seabirds perch and nest on the cliffs around the flooded crater of Genovesa. Walk at very short distance through the largest insular colonies of Nazca and red-footed boobies, whilst courtshipping, mating, breeding, nurturing or learning to fly (depending on the season). Southeastern Española is the sole option for those eager to admire synchronous courtship dances of the only tropical albatross in the world.

The almost extinguished volcano islands in the south-east are geologically eldest, where evolution has had enough time to create plenty endemic species. En route you can also observe emblematic marine iguanas and Galapagos penguins. Striking coral sand beaches at azure bays are favourite places for large colonies of Galapagos sea lions. Not to be missed highlights of this cruise will certainly be extraordinary Santa Fe and South Plaza, where characteristic Galapagos land iguanas crawl below bizarre giant prickly pear cacti.

B Itinerary

Tuesday Departure Only

Itinerary A: Around Isabela to the remote west
8 days / 7 nights – Tuesday to Tuesday – every 14 days


Our 7 nights western itinerary primarily explores the remote and exclusive western islands of Isabela and pristine Fernandina, which are both just recently born out of fire. After rounding Isabela clockwise we will return to the heart of the archipelago for several landings at Santiago and its satellite islets, before finishing on and around Santa Cruz and North Seymour. This cruise itinerary includes two nights of quiet rest at fairly calm anchorage-sites.

Though less frequented than popular central and south-eastern islands, this quiet west coast is truly exceptional. Become witness and walk at a short distance past some bizarre miracles of evolution, such as flightless cormorants, huge marine iguanas and Galapagos penguins close to the equator. And discover how pioneer species conquer barren lava fields and create habitats for new colonist species.

On Santa Cruz you will have a full day to quest for emblematic giant Galapagos tortoises in the lush highlands and to learn more on their successful captured breeding programs in the Charles Darwin Research Center. En route you will also have chances to see emblematic and endemic Galapagos land iguanas, whitetip reef sharks, American flamingos and many more. In the overwhelming sea bird colony of North Seymour you can observe blue-footed boobies and frigatebirds from nearby, whilst courtshipping, mating, breeding, nurturing or learning to fly (depending the season).

A Itinerary

Tuesday Departure Only
Pick-up Details/Transfers
Arrival

Upon arrival, you will first pass some disinfectant mats.

You will proceed through an airport inspection point where your TCT (Transit Control Card) will be checked and stamped (please keep this carefully with your passport as you will need to show it again when you leave Galapagos).

At the counter you also have to pay the Galapagos National Park entrance fee in cash only! There are no ATMs at the arrival airports.

Baltra Airport
Extra US$ 5 fee for shuttle-transfers Baltra (Tame only)
The shuttle-buses from Baltra airport (Galapagos) to the docks charge an additional US$ 5 tax (one-way) to Tame passengers since January 14, 2016. This extra fee does NOT apply to Avianca and LAN Airlines. We use Avianca Airlines for all ATC yachts. When flying with Tame Airlines ATC can prepay the shuttle-bus cost. Otherwise Tame passengers have to pay in cash at the Ecogal-desk upon arrival at Baltra.

To ensure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands, your hand luggage will be inspected as well (your main luggage already has been X-rayed before check-in).

Next you can pick-up your luggage.

At the arrival hall a naturalist guide will meet you and escort you on a short bus ride and a inflatable dinghy-ride to the yacht.
WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • Lodging on board in a cabin with private facilities
  • All meals, water, coffee and tea
  • All excursions as mentioned in the itinerary (itinerary subject to change) with English speaking naturalist guide
  • Shared shuttle transfer to Quito or Guayaquil airport *only departure transfer (included only if the Galapagos flight has been booked through San Jose on scheduled departure cruise dates)
  • All transfers in Galapagos (airport-yacht-airport transfers are only guaranteed if the flight has been booked through San Jose)
  • Snorkeling gear (masks, flippers and snorkel)

Package Excludes

  • Roundtrip flight to Galapagos Islands
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee (USD 100 pp, subject to change)
  • Transit Control Card (USD 20 pp, subject to change)
  • Airport transfers in Galapagos (only included if the Galapagos flight has been booked through San Jose on the scheduled cruise dates. * If your arrival/departure is different than San Jose scheduled cruise flights, the shuttle service is not included)
  • Wetsuit rental; Soft and alcoholic drinks
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance and other items of personal nature
Special Notes
  • Quito free shuttle pick ups can be at any hotel or lodging within the following areas: Historical Centre, Mariscal neighborhood, La Floresta and La Carolina Park area.
  • Guayaquil free shuttle pick ups can be at any hotel or lodging within the following areas: Guayaquil Centre and Airport neighborhood.
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.

Pricing Info

Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.

Reservation Info

    1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
    2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
    3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
    4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

Terms and Conditions

    - Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
    - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
    - Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
    - Please refer to Customer Agreement before you make reservation.
    - Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.
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  • Valentina Romiti

    Valentina Romiti

    09/20/2016

    The crew were absolutely amazing. Their kindness was priceless. Everyone has been great.

  • Martin Chiara

    Martin Chiara

    09/06/2016

    thanks for keeping GPS just how it is.

  • Kirsty Mcardle

    Kirsty Mcardle

    09/06/2016

    thank you for such an amazing tour. The guide was knowledgeable and the crew made the trip first class

  • John

    John

    08/30/2016

    We had a wonderful time. The crew did an amazing job.

  • Tisinori Etishima

    Tisinori Etishima

    07/08/2016

    I fully enjoyed this cruise

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