Day 1: Arrival & Charles Darwin Research Center

This morning you will arrive at the Baltra Airport where you will be met and transferred to the Puerto Ayora harbor to meet the inflatable dinghies that will take you out to meet your yacht! The staff and crew will welcome you aboard and get you situated in your cabin. After you've had a chance to settle in, enjoy lunch and a short safety breaching before your first excursion to the famous Charles Darwin Research Station for an interesting introduction to the Galapagos and a stroll through the cozy town of Puerto Ayora. Most memorable at the Charles Darwin Center is the incredibly successful tortoise breeding center. For centuries these emblematic reptiles have made Galapagos famous. Hundreds of thousands of them used to crawl around before the devastating epoch of pouching. Even the name of this archipelago refers to these prehistoric dwellers. On certain islands their shells evolved into pronounced shapes of riding saddles or ‘galapagos’ in Spanish.

Back aboard the Odyssey you will have time to return to your cabin before joining your naturalist guides and fellow shipmates for your first briefing on the next days activities and dinner. Afterwards enjoy a welcome cocktail with the crew and cabin on the deck and take in the crisp ocean air before retiring for your first night at sea.

Day 2: Whitetip Reef Sharks, Isabella Island, Tortoise Breeding Center

Enjoy breakfast aboard the Odyssey before heading out for your first full day adventure! Load into your dinghies for your first destination, Tintoreras-islet. Here your naturalist guide will lead you on a hike along the rough volcanic trail passing a unique tidal channel which is a resting-place for Whitetip reef sharks, among other trapped species, and where huge marine iguanas laze about. The jagged black formations, dotted with mangrove and candelabra-cactus, are the remnants of a lava stream that has ended up in the ocean. The waves hollow out the collapsed lava caves, ultimately forming a channel that fills and drains with the tide. Marine life including sharks, turtles, rays and sea lions get trapped in the channel during low tide making it an amazing place to observe the incredible variety of marine life that the Galapagos is home to.

From the islet the dinghies will take your ashore in the harbor if Puerto Villamil where you'll board a bus bound for the lush, green highlands of Isabella Island. Hike the impressive rim of Sierra Negra Volcano and explore the mysterious and completely different world of the cloud-forest before heading back to your shop for lunch. Sierra Negra is the 3rd highest volcano of Isabela and the 5th highest of Galapagos. A somewhat muddy trail to the rim will lead you through an unexpected, evergreen cloud forest that only exists in the highlands of the main islands. The dense and rich vegetation includes ferns, tree ferns and endemic scalesia trees laden with epiphytes like lichens, orchids and bromeliads. The fog and drizzle – more frequent in the cool garúa season (June-December) – contributes to the mysterious atmosphere.

In the late afternoon, return to Puerto Villamil harbor for a visit to the tortoise breeding center and tour the marshes where pink flamingos, among other aquatic song birds are found. Before heading back to the yacht for dinner, you'll make one last stop to enjoy the paradisiacal beaches of the island full of countless marine iguanas and Sally lightfoot crab.

Additional options today include scuba-diving at Isla Tortuga, Cuatro Hermanos or Roca Viuda. These activities are to be booked in advance,

Day 3: Moreno Point, Marielas Islets & Elizabeth Bay

Head out after breakfast for a guided hike across the crumbling, pitch black lava fields of Moreno Point with it's bird rich pools and vast intertidal life. After a snack, climb back abroad your dinghy for a ride around the shores of the lava fields, or dive into the blue waters for your first snorkeling adventure. Moreno Point tells you the intriguing story how the famous lunatic lava fields of Sullivan Bay (Santiago) could develop in the future, when parts of the crust break and fall into the undermining lava tunnels. Pits and holes close to the coast gradually fills-up with seawater. The once lifeless area becomes dotted with tidal pools and filtration lagoons that offer new opportunities to pioneer vegetation. The tidal pools form natural traps and attract scavengers and hunters, bright orange sally lightfoot crabs, oystercatchers and herons. Marine iguanas wait patiently for their turn to graze weeds on the seabed at lowest tide, while brown pelicans have found an undisturbed place to breed in the mangroves.

Head back to the yacht for lunch and a siesta, while the Odyssey sets sail for the 2 hour journey to the next visitor's site, Elizabeth Bay. Climb into your dinghy and head to some offshore rock clusters to visit the Galapagos penguin colonies that reside there. From there return to the estuary of Elizabeth Bay and explore the forest like mangles and the marine and bird life that thrive. Whilst exploring the lagoons and shallow creeks, the outboard engine is turned off, so that you can enjoy the sounds of nature. Graceful Pacific green turtles swim in slow motion around, sometimes popping-up their heads to take a breath. In December and January you stand a fair chance to encounter them mating at the surface. Spotted eagle rays and sharks also venture into the mangroves looking for protected inlets to give birth and leave their young alone. Brown pelicans and blue-footed boobies show diverging plunge-diving techniques, while lava herons and great blue herons prefer to wait patiently for what comes along. During dinner and into the night, the yacht will sail onto to Fernandina.

Day 4: Espinoza Point & Tangus Cove

This morning you will awake off the shore of Fernandina Island. Enjoy breakfast before boarding your dinghy and heading ashore for a guided walk on the lava tongue of Espinoza Point. These lava rocks are packed full of marine iguanas, the iconic flightless cormorant, the Galapagos penguin and many other bird species indigenous tot he islands. End your hike with a light snack, then head to your snorkeling site to spend some time with the playful seals, amazing sea turtles and colorful fish of the Galapagos. Lunch will be had back abord the ship as she sets sail across the Bolivar Channel, back to Isabela's western coast. Keep an eye on the waters as this channel is one of the best places in the islands to spot whales and dolphins.

Once back to Isabels, you'll visit Tangus Cove for a long, guided nature walk to learn more about the incredible geology and history. After your walk you may choose to take a dinghy ride along the shore or dive back into the waters for some more snorkeling. Head back to the yacht for dinner and a night of rest while the Odyssey starts her 21 hour navigation around the northern cape of Isabela to Santiago. During this journey you will cross the equator twice!

Day 5: Espumilla Beach & Puerto Egas

This morning you began a guided walk from Espumilla Beach, up and inwards to explore the rich bird and plant life of the area. Espumilla Beach is a visitor’s site at the northern end of James Bay, on the western coast of Santiago. This beach has revived as an important breeding site for turtles, as it is no longer suffering from digging wild pigs. The turtles return year after year to bury their eggs into the cinnamon colored sand dunes. About two months later (roughly from February to August) the eggs hatch at once. Most vulnerable hatchlings never will reach sea, and form a banquet for predators such as herons, frigatebirds, mockingbirds and ghost crabs. The beach ridge hides a mangle with two picturesque lagoons on the backside. The colony of American flamingos and aquatic birds used to be its main attraction, but after the climate phenomenon of El Niño, strong sedimentation altered the brackish water environment, and it no longer contains their food… As often in Galapagos, different vegetation zones are very close by, providing great scenic contrasts. During the climb of a hill you will be rewarded with a beautiful overview of the transitions from sea into beach into mangrove into dry palo santo forest.

After lunch, you naturalist guide will lead you on another, yet very different, walk south towards Puerto Egas, famous for it's fur seal grottos. The masterly sculptured coastline of black basalts, polished multi-colored ash-layers, collapsed lava tunnels, natural arches, caves and blowholes such as ‘Darwin’s toilet’ and tidal pools make for very photogenic scenery.

After this long day of exploring, enjoy your last night on board the Odyssey with a farewell cocktail with the crew and captain while the ship makes the 13 journey to the easternmost San Cristobal.

Day 6: Lobos Islet & Departure

Enjoy your last breakfast aboard the ship before heading out for one more morning excursion, The dinghy will make a dry landing on the shore of the eastern end of the archipelago where you will disembark for a walk along the rocky trail of beautiful Lobos Islet. The islet id rich with lazy sea lions, the famous blue footed boobies nesting in trees, frigate birds puffing out their bright red necks to impress any females that might be wandering by and hungry chicks calling for food.

Sadly, after lunch it's time to say goodbye. You will be taken to the harbor of Puerto Baquerizo where your dinghy will drop you and your luggage at the docks. You will board a private transfer bus and head to the airport where you will be assisted in checking in for you flight home, or onward to your next adventure!

Rates - 2017
Dates Per Person Double Single Supplement
Jan - Dec Please call for pricing. Please call for pricing.
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