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Complete Galapagos (Grand Daphne)

10 Days | Hike, snorkel and explore the inimitable Galapagos Islands

4.8 out of 5 based on 21 reviews submitted.
Adventure Cruising
Sailing
Wildlife
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CAD $7,468
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Discover the rich marine life, abundant bird colonies and stunning landscapes of the Galapagos Islands on this action-packed, 10-day tour. Board your comfortable motor yacht and set off in search of adventure and wildlife. Hike over pahoehoe lava on Bahia Sullivan, snorkel off the coast of Isla Espanola and discover the archipelago’s history on Isla San Cristobal.This journey will immerse you in the rugged, unique, inimitable Galapagos Islands.

Trip overview

Map of Complete Galapagos (Grand Daphne) including Ecuador
Start
Quito, Ecuador
Finish
Quito, Ecuador
Theme
Adventure Cruising, Sailing, Wildlife
Destinations
Ecuador
Physical rating
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Style
Comfort
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
GMDA
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Snorkelling in the Devil’s Crown is like nothing else. This submerged crater – full of sea lions, turtles and rays – boasts some of the best underwater views in the archipelago.
  • This trip is one for the bird-lovers. Witness the albatross colonies of Isla Espanola and seek out the rare red-footed booby on Isla Genovesa.
  • Plant your feet on 100-year-old pahoehoe lava as you walk across Bahia Sullivan, perhaps spotting a colourful marine iguana or twelve along the way.
  • Discover the otherworldly landscapes and creatures the islands are famous for, going deeper with a knowledgeable local naturalist who will accompany you on all your excursions.
  • Sea lions, marine iguanas, and more fish than you can shake a snorkel at – this trip is packed with guaranteed wildlife encounters.

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 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.

Boats

Grand Daphne Boat
Grand Daphne
BOAT TYPE: Yacht PASSENGERS: 16
Grand Daphne is a brand new ship that started sailing in 2021, making it one of the newest boats on the market.
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Itinerary

Map of Complete Galapagos (Grand Daphne) including Ecuador

Inclusions

Meals

9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners

Transport

Boat, Plane, Bus, Zodiac (Panga)

Accommodation

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

Activities
  • Isla Santa Cruz - Highlands Visit (1.5 hours) - Dry Landing
  • Isla Floreana - Post Office Bay - Walk (1.5 hours) - Wet Landing
  • Isla Floreana - Punta Cormorant walk (1.5 hours) - Wet Landing
  • Isla Floreana - Devil's Crown snorkelling (1 hour)
  • Isla Floreana - Post Office Bay snorkelling (45 mins)
  • Isla Espanola - Punta Suarez - Walk (3 hours) - Dry Landing
  • Isla Espanola - Bahia Gardener - Snorkel (1 hour)
  • Isla Espanola - Bahia Gardener - Walk (1 hours) - Wet Landing
  • Isla San Cristobal - Kicker Rock - Boat ride
  • Isla San Cristobal - Cerro Brujo - snorkel or beach walk (1 hour)
  • Isla San Cristobal - Interpretation Center Visit (1 hour) - Dry Landing
  • Isla Plaza Sur - Walk (2 hours) - Dry Landing
  • Isla Santa Fe - Walk (1.5 hours) - Wet Landing
  • Isla Santa Fe - Snorkel (1 hour)
  • Isla Genovesa - Bahia Darwin - Panga ride (zodiac)
  • Isla Genovesa - Bahia Darwin - Walk (2 hours) Wet Landing
  • Isla Genovesa - La Barranco - Snorkel (1 hour)
  • Isla Santiago - Sullivan Bay - Walk (1.5 hours) - Dry Landing
  • Isla Santiago - Sullivan Bay - Snorkelling (45 mins)
  • Isla Santa Cruz - Cerro Dragon - Walk (1.5 hours) - Dry Landing
  • Isla Santa Cruz - Black Turtle Cove - Panga ride (1.5 hours)

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Important notes

GALAPAGOS PARK, TRANSIT CARD:
Before checking in for the flight from Quito to the Galapagos, there is a US$20 transit fee that needs to be paid. On arrival in the islands you must pay the US$100 national park fee to enter Galapagos National Park.

ARRIVAL TRANSFER:
This tour includes a complimentary arrival transfer in Quito. Please advise flight details 30 days prior to travel so that the transfer can be organised.

PASSPORT DETAILS:
When booking, please make sure that your name is spelt correctly, and that you book using the name in your passport (particularly if you are recently married). If you are issued a new passport with a different number between the time that you book and the time you travel, please take both the old and new passports with you.

DIETARY REQUIREMENTS:
Should you have a special diet requirement (for example vegetarian, celiac, vegan, severe food allergies) it's essential that you inform us or your agent of the specific details at least 10 days prior to departure, in order to make sure the chef on board the boat or on the island can request the necessary food supplies.

MINIMUM AGE:
The minimum age on this trip is 15. Please note that triple cabins are not available. If travelling with a child, the child will need to share with one of the adults, and the other adult will share with another adult passenger, or pay a single supplement.

SEA SICKNESS- GALAPAGOS:
Please note that from June to August the water is rougher than usual. Consequently travel times will be longer than usual. If you suffer from seasickness you may want to reconsider travelling during this period.

TEMPORARY ITINERARY CHANGE for 31st of October 2023 and 14th of November 2023 departures
Due to the confirmed cases of Avian Influenza H5N1 or "bird flu" as its commonly known being reported in the Galapagos Islands a temporary itinerary change will be in place for the 31st of October 2023 and 14th of November,2023 departures. Please see further information in the "itinerary Disclaimer" section of the Essential trip information for the current itinerary.

Essential Trip Information

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Reviews

4.8 out of 5 based on 21 reviews submitted.
Reviews are from travellers who have completed their trip and want to share their experience. We show all reviews, but may remove any that include profanity or inappropriate content, are unrelated to the trip or reveal personal details.

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Jennifer · Traveled October 2023
The Complete Galapagos on the Grand Daphne exceeded expectations. Guide and crew were terrific, boat and food was amazing. This trip should be on everyone’s bucket list. An amazing experience to see the unique animals of the Galapagos. Glad we were doing the full 8 days (some guests did half) so we could see so many different islands and amazing creatures. Snorkeled with turtles, iguanas, sea lions, rays, sharks, and amazing beautiful fish. Many breathtaking snorkeling adventures and land adventures. Highly recommend!!
Review submitted 15 Oct 2023

Susan · Traveled September 2023
Complete Galapagos is an extraordinary trip where you can experience the beauty and wildlife of the Galapagos. The Grand Daphne is a beautiful boat which makes the trip even more special while the amazing crew and their attention to detail make this a trip of a lifetime. Thank you Intrepid.
Review submitted 06 Oct 2023

Biagio · Traveled August 2023
It was or first trip with Intrepid, and we have enjoyed everything, hotel, boat, meals, activities and the crew from Grand Daphne.
Review submitted 12 Sep 2023

Sonia · Traveled August 2023
What a wonderful and unforgettable trip we had in those Galapagos Islands on board of Grand Daphne. Thanks you so much to all crew members and Intrepid Travel to have made of this trip "une classe à part". See you soon for another adventures !!!
Review submitted 11 Sep 2023

Dana · Traveled May 2023
The Grand Daphne is a beautiful boat, roomy cabins, plenty of space on the boat to relax and enjoy the view. Crew and food were fabulous. Naturalist guide was excellent, always well-informed for what to expect/bring on each excursion. The number of hikes and snorkeling opportunities were plentiful -- there was ample time to explore each island that was visited and plenty of time to take photos and learn about each area. Excellent trip and boat!
Review submitted 04 Jun 2023
Complete Galapagos (Grand Daphne)
From
CAD $7,468