Another World Adventures

Ultimate Galapagos: Central Islands (Le Grande Daphne)

Duration: 10 days
From:
£4,526.00
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When it comes to encountering wildlife up close and personal, a voyage to the Galapagos Islands really is an experience like no other.

Head underwater off Isla Santa Cruz, Bartolome or Isla Isabela and you’ll be snorkelling with sea lions, white-tipped reef sharks, sea turtles and penguins. Look to the skies in North Seymour or Cerro Dragon and you’ll spot frigatebirds, boobies, pelicans and more soaring above. Head out for a wander across the volcanic landscapes of Punta Espinosa and you’ll see land iguanas and flightless cormorants. This 10-day boat expedition through the central islands of the Galapagos is an adventure waiting to happen.

Why you'll love this adventure

  • Experience the benefits of small group travel aboard your vessel, M/Y Le Grande Daphne, sailing through the natural beauty of the Galapagos, day and night.
  • Explore the remote west coast of Isabela on a small panga boat, and venture to the far-west Fernandina, home of the highest density of marine iguanas.
  • The old pirate haunt of Buccaneer Cove has something for everyone – soaring birds overhead, striking cliff faces framing the bay, and the tales of Darwin remaining to this day.
  • Encounter the unique Galapagos wildlife in their natural habitat, from giant blue-footed and masked boobies, pelicans and frigate birds to iguanas, sea lions and turtles.
  • Las Tintoreras is like one big wildlife party. Snorkel among the iguanas and turtles and spot sea lions, penguins and frigate birds at every turn.
Start
Quito
Finish
Quito
Trip Duration
10 Days
Group Size
Min 1, Max 16
Private Departure
N/A
Activity
Mixed Activity, Sailing
Style of Travel
Guided Group, Private Departure, Solo Traveller

Dates

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25 May 2021

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3 June 2021

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6 December 2022

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15 December 2022

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6 December 2022

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15 December 2022

This trip can be tailor made for your perfect travel dates. Please make a booking enquiry for more information.

Itinerary

This trip includes an action packed itinerary! Please make an enquiry and we'll send you the full itinerary for each day including meals, activities, travel and accommodation.

Ultimate Galapagos: Central Islands (Le Grande Daphne)

What's included

  • 9 breakfasts, 7 dinners and 7 lunches
  • Hotel (2 nights), Overnight boat (7 nights)
  • Boat , Plane , Bus , Zodiac (Panga)
  • Isla Santa Cruz – Bachas Beach Walk (1 hour) – Wet Landing
  • Isla Santa Cruz – Bachas Beach Snorkel (45 mins) – Wet Landing
  • Isla North Seymour – Walk (2 hours) – Dry Landing
  • Isla Bartolome – Snorkelling (1.5 hours)
  • Isla Bartolome – Walk (1.5 hours) – Dry Landing
  • Isla North Seymour – Snorkelling (1 hours)
  • Isla Santiago – Puerto Egas – Walk (1.45 hours) – Wet Landing
  • Isla Santiago – Puerto Egas – Snorkelling (1 hour)
  • Isla Sanitago – Espumilla Beach – Walk (1.5 hours) – Wet Landing
  • Isla Sanitago – Espumilla Beach – Snorkelling (45 mins)
  • Isla Sanitago – Buccaneer’s Cove – Sail (15 mins)
  • Isla Isabela – Tagus Cove – Walk (1.45 hours) – Dry Landing
  • Isla Isabela – Tagus Cove – Snorkel (1 hour)
  • Isla Fernandina – Punta Espinosa – Walk (2 hours) – Dry Landing
  • Isla Fernandina – Punta Espinosa – Snorkel (1 hour)
  • Isla Isabela – Elizabeth Bay – Panga Ride (2 hours)
  • Isla Isabela – Punta Moreno – Walk and Panga ride (2 hours) – Dry Landing
  • Isla Isabela – Punta Moreno – Snorkel (45min)
  • Isla Isabela – Las Tintoreras visit (1.5 hours) – Dry Landing
  • Isla Isabela – Sierra Negra Volcano Crater Walk (3.5 hours) – Dry Landing
  • Isla Isabela – Interpretation Center Visit
  • Isla Isabela – Los Humedales (Wetlands) – Dry Landing
  • Isla Santa Cruz – Cerro Dragon – Walk (1.5 hours) – Dry Landing
  • Isla Santa Cruz – Punta Carrion – Snorkelling (1 hour)
  • Isla Santa Cruz – Highlands Visit (1 hour) – Dry Landing

Trip notes

Price

From £4526 land only (flight option package available from some countries on request)

Min age

15

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nights), Overnight boat (7 nights)

Accommodation notes

Le Grande Daphne features en suite cabins all with air conditioning and a safety box. The airconditioning is a centrally controlled system for the lower deck cabins and the upper deck cabins have individually controlled systems. The upper deck cabins have large windows and the lower deck cabins have portholes. Due to the lower deck cabins being close to the water, the portholes cannot be opened. There are 4 lower deck twin cabins, 1 lower deck double cabin, 1 main deck double suite cabin and 2 upper deck twin/double cabins.

Please note that single passengers cannot be booked/confirmed in the double cabin unless a single supplement is paid.

Meals

9 breakfasts, 7 dinners and 7 lunches

Food and dietary requirements

All meals are included onboard the Daphne, this includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Tea, coffee and cold water is available at any time during the day [or night].

Most meals are served buffet style. Here is an example of the typical meals served

Breakfast
Toast, spreads, muesli, eggs with fresh fruit and fruit juices

Lunch
A mix of hot and cold dishes plus salads or vegetables and fruit salad and juice

Dinner
Fresh seafood, chicken or pork, pasta, rice, vegetables, salads and dessert.

If you have dietary requirements and/or food allergies please notify us at the time of booking so we can determine the extent to which your dietary requirements can be met. We will endeavour to accommodate all requests but please note that we have limited refrigeration and storage space on board the Galapagos boats and there is very limited (if any) access to shops or supermarkets.

Vegans, coeliacs or those with specific meal requirements might choose to supplement meals with supplies bought from home, e.g. protein bars. Please note that the Galapagos does have strict quarantine laws when it comes to bringing in goods from the mainland.

The airline we use to and from the Galapagos Islands is unable to provide gluten free snacks. If you require a gluten free diet, we recommend you carry your own snacks for these flights.

Who is this trip for?

Is this trip right for you

The Galapagos Islands are a largely untouched natural paradise. In order to experience the splendour of the diverse landscapes and waters, the included activities on this trip often require a moderate level of fitness. We ask that you read the trip notes and itinerary carefully to ensure that you will be able to participate fully.

Our small ships make cruising from island to island a breeze, so you can spend more time exploring the gorgeous surrounds than stuck onboard. Compact size means that the steps between the decks are steep, and as they are designed to maximise living area space, sleeping quarters are cosy.

For getting to small islets, coves and prime snorkelling spots, it is sometimes necessary to use a Zodiac boat (panga). You will need to be comfortable climbing in and out of one during wet and dry landings.

The waters of the Galapagos are generally calm and serene. However, there is always the possibility of choppy water at sea. Steady sea legs (and a sturdy stomach) will be needed when walking around the boat during bad weather. Rain or shine, your trusty crew will always be on hand to assist you.

Things are never set in stone when you’re travelling on island time. A sense of humour and flexibility will ensure you have a fun, relaxing trip through this beautiful part of the world no matter what happens. While the crew will do their best to follow the itinerary, variations may occur due to weather or under direction from local authorities.

Transport notes

Le Grande Daphne is a motor yacht. She has a comfortable lounge and dining area, as well as a sun deck where you can view the wildlife or just kick back and relax. She has eight well-appointed, air-conditioned cabins each with en-suites.
Cabins:
4x lower deck twin cabins
1x lower deck double cabin
1x main deck double suite
2x upper deck twin/double cabins

Zodiacs (locally known as pangas) are modest-sized, open, outboard-powered boats which are very common throughout Galapagos. The boats are used to get you to and from the Daphne when you do activities. Depending on the type of activity, this could either be a wet or dry landing. The boat crew are there to assist you getting into and out of the zodiac.

Additional notes

Your fellow travellers

As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group – patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone’s travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don’t keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well – this takes just a little effort on your part. Due to privacy reasons, we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure.

Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and if you are willing to share a twin cabin there will be no compulsory single supplement [this also applies to the first and last night in the hotel in Quito]. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in the twin cabins. The double cabins are set aside for couples or friends/family who are willing to share a bed.
If you are a single traveller and wish to have a room to yourself a single supplement is available for this trip.

Covid-19

This operator has a policy in place for COVID-19 and their adventures. Please request full details so we can share the most up to date information with you. Thanks!

Tour operator

We love this operator for the freedom and flexibility they give travellers to get off the tourist trails and really experience local cultures. Their style of small group travel is perfect for solo travellers, couples or small groups of friends and their grassroots style of travel seeks to have a positive impact on the communities they visit.

They use local leaders, local accommodation & transport and support local community projects, ensuring sustainability is at the centre of everything they do.

In addition, they expect their staff and travellers to demonstrate the principles of responsible travel – respecting people, cultures and local environments; in the distribution of wealth; in good will and cross-cultural sharing; and in contributing to sustainable development.

 

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— Martin

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— Tina

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From the very beginning of reaching out to AWA, they were super helpful, enthusiastic and informative.

— Matt

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