This 4-day Galapagos Islands cruise on the first-class Galaxy yacht highlights the sights and sounds of the central and northern islands of the Galapagos, combining a visit to the bird lover's favorite island of Genovesa with the most popular attractions of Santiago and San Cristobal.
Your journey begins with a warm welcome to Seymour Airport on Baltra Island, where you'll meet and greet your expert naturalist guide and fellow passengers before boarding the Galaxy, your luxury home for the next four days.
Newly renovated in 2017, this five-star vessel boasts nine spacious double cabins, a sundeck with shaded areas, and cozy social lounges that invite you to relax. With a maximum capacity of 16 guests and an enthusiastic crew of eight, Galaxy delivers a comfortable and personalized experience.
Your first stop on board the five-star vessel takes you to Mosquera Islet situated between Baltra and Seymour Islands, where you'll observe sea lions bask on a dazzling white sand beach. See the volcanic features of Sullivan Bay by trekking across its extensive lava fields and experience the hardened lava flow and ropy lava beneath your feet. To your surprise, you'll discover that despite the island's barren landscape, you'll spot Pacific green turtles sunbathe on the small white sand beach.
Journey to the tiny 1.2 sq. km Bartolome Island, and from its viewpoint, contemplate a sweeping panorama of lava fields, volcanic cones, lunar-like craters, and the islands of Santiago, Isabela, and Rabida. Observe the endangered Galapagos penguins and snorkel among wildlife at the base of Pinnacle Rock before leaving Bartolome Island.
Next, spend time discovering the natural gems of Genovesa Island and conquer the steep steps of Prince Philip Steps. Bird lovers will be rewarded with sightings of red-foot and masked boobies, as well as tropical birds from the rugged cliffs of 25 meters up.
Continue exploring Genovesa Island and reach Darwin Bay by wet landing. Disembark on the white coral beach for leisurely strolls along with its shoreline and encounter colonies of frigatebirds, red-footed and masked boobies, and Yellow Warblers as you reach a nearby mangrove swamp. You'll also delight in the presence of herons, the great terrestrial finch, and cactus finch. Enjoy some time to splash in the shimmering waters of Darwin Bay following your land visit.
Your four day Central and Northern Galapagos Islands cruise ends with a visit to the Interpretation Centre on San Cristobal, where you'll recount the natural and human history of the Galapagos with your knowledgeable guide. Then be transported to San Cristobal Airport for your onward journey.
This Galaxy Galapagos cruise packs some of the Galapagos archipelago's most popular central and northern highlights in just four days. With exciting opportunities to snorkel among endemic wildlife, conquer viewpoints and learn about the region by embarking on guided walks along pristine beaches and rugged trails with an expert guide, this action-packed Galaxy cruise is ideal for those short on time. Onboard the yacht you'll revel in comfort and luxury, and spend your leisure time relaxing on the seven inviting loungers on the spacious sundeck overlooking the picturesque landscapes of the Galapagos.