Galapagos at a Glance: Southern Islands (Grand Daphne)

6 Days | Encounter the intriguing fauna and incredible landscapes of the Galapagos Islands

4.8 out of 5 based on 4 reviews submitted.
Adventure Cruising
Sailing
Wildlife
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Welcome to the Galapagos Islands, guaranteed to fill even the most well-travelled adventurers with a sense of awe and wonder. Be enchanted by pink flamingos in the lagoons of Isla Floreana, sunbathe with sea lions along Gardner Beach, hike along the spectacular green shoreline of Punta Cormorant and snorkel, well, everywhere. This active 6-day tour is a short and sweet introduction to the famed archipelago, the perfect addition to any South American adventure.

Trip overview

Map of Galapagos At A Glance: Southern Islands (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
GMDB
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Pink flamingos, red-throated frigates and blue-footed boobies will have you craning your neck, snapping photos and contemplating a career in ornithology.
  • Snorkel through the underwater wonderland of Devil’s Crown, the formerly volcanic crater that is now home to turtles, rays and sharks.
  • Have an up-close encounter with the lumbering gentle giant that is the Galapagos tortoise, both captive and in the wild.
  • This 6-day tour is a short and sweet introduction to the famed archipelago, the perfect addition to any South American adventure.
  • An itinerary that strikes the perfect balance between active adventure on land and relaxing evening on Le Grande Daphne, our brand-new motor yacht.

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 Galapagos At A Glance: Southern Islands (Grand Daphne) including Ecuador

Inclusions

Meals

5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport

Boat, Plane, Bus, Zodiac (Panga)

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nights) Overnight boat (3 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 - Post Office Bay snorkelling (45 mins)
  • Isla Floreana - Punta Cormorant walk (1.5 hours) - Wet Landing
  • Isla Floreana - Devil's Crown snorkelling (1 hour)
  • 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 - Cerro Brujo - snorkel or beach walk (1 hour)
  • Isla San Cristobal - Kicker Rock - Boat ride

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Important notes

GALAPAGOS PARK, TRANSIT CARD & ISABELA ISLANDS PORT FEES:
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 Peregrine 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 change.

Essential Trip Information

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Reviews

4.8 out of 5 based on 4 reviews submitted.
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Samuel · Traveled October 2023
This was a phenomenal trip! We went for our honeymoon and had an amazing time exploring the islands, snorkeling, and seeing the wildlife. There was a perfect amount of activity each day and we loved having siesta in the afternoon! The food was great, the bed was comfortable, and the crew and tour guides were fantastic. We felt that this duration of trip was a good amount of time to be on the boat and explore the Galapagos.
Review submitted 16 Nov 2023

Fariba · Traveled February 2023
This was an amazing experience and worth every penny. The luxury yacht was beautiful and our suite was large and spacious. The crew was friendly and professional. It was also nice to have an informed guide. I felt very safe and looked after. Thanks.
Review submitted 27 Feb 2023

Amanda · Traveled February 2023
5 star trip. The boat patrons were on a mix of tours, only 1 other person was on my shorter tour. You'll see the most animals while snorkeling and hiking through the islands. It did feel like we could only hike through 50% of the islands we visited. I felt if this trip had been any longer, and inclusive of more islands, it might've gotten repetitive in terms of what animals we saw, but because it was short and only visiting 4 islands, it was the perfect amount of time. I only wish this tour had started in the Galapagos and ended there, as opposed to having to meet up in Quito first, sort of using up a day and money for the 2 nights we spent there on our 5 night trip.
Review submitted 22 Feb 2023

brooks · Traveled February 2020
A must do. The Galapagos Islands are magical and Intrepid unlocks all that can be seen.
Review submitted 19 Feb 2020
Galapagos at a Glance: Southern Islands (Grand Daphne)
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EUR €2,292