GALAPAGOS

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AGELESS WILDERNESS

Ecuador’s Galapagos Archipelago is located in the Pacific Ocean some 612 nautical miles west off the coast of Ecuador. This amazing group of relatively young volcanic islands includes 13 large islands, and some 48 smaller ones, where the isolation from the mainland and the isolation between each island, have produced over time unique wildlife. It is without any doubt, a living laboratory and observatory of evolution, where the processes of natural selection are felt in every outing taken. In 1835, the English naturalist Charles Darwin visited the islands and discovered this “living laboratory” which inspired his writings on the Theory of Evolution. Many of the animals on the Galapagos Islands have developed into different species from their continental relatives, and because they have never experienced man as a predator, they show no fear of humans today. The world’s most wondrous group of islands is yours for unhurried exploration. Follow the nature trails and enjoy the amazing sights; wade and even dive among the animals of land and sea. Passengers are taken to shore in small groups with a bilingual naturalist/guide, who will explain the fascinating geology and history of an eco-world that takes you back millions of years. There is ample time for walking, swimming, snorkeling, photography, and to observe the abundant variety of wildlife on each island. You can swim with sea lions, walk among black marine iguanas basking in the sun and observe the elaborate mating rituals of boobies, albatrosses, or male frigate birds displaying their red pouches. Itineraries with different number of cruise program days offer a variety of options for trekkers and swimmers, writers and readers, painters and photographers, bird watchers and stargazers, visionaries and dreamers…

TRAVELING TO THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

There are two ways of reaching the Galapagos Islands by air – to either Baltra or San Cristobal airports. Which airport you arrive or depart depends on the cruise tour program you selected or the hotel location you plan to stay. Air service between Quito or Guayaquil and Baltra and/or San Cristobal is at present time operated by AVIANCA, LAN Ecuador and TAME. The ninety-minute flight is certainly an enjoyable experience. Once approaching the islands, you will see the peaks of giant submarine volcanoes that broke the ocean’s surface some five million years ago. As the descent and approach continue you will see the turquoise waters near Baltra and North Seymour Islands. Many Galapagos features can be seen right from the plane including sea lions, frigate birds, and the many nests of blue-footed boobies. Few minutes later you have landed on Baltra Island or San Cristobal Island. Even though in the tropics, the islands have a very unique landscape where cacti, brush, and palo santo trees dominate the dramatic setup. After registering with the National Park authorities, staff members of your cruise or hotel will greet you and assist you with your luggage before beginning your transfer to the cruise or the hotel.

OUR SELECTION OF GALAPAGOS ISLANDS VESSELS & YACHTS

CRUISES & TOURS We have selected top of the line vessels, yachts and catamarans based on the quality of the naturalist guides, daily islands excursions and on board customer service. Depending on the vessel or yacht, there are cruise excursions ranging from a minimum of 4 days to a maximum of 8 days and 15 days Rates will vary depending on the cabin category selected and the season. For rates please check with us as many cruise operators are offering special rates and promotions throughout the year.

DELUXE & FIRST CLASS VESSELS AND YACHTS

M/V SANTA CRUZ – (90 Guests)

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The 90-guest Santa Cruz is ideally-designed and outfitted for exploring the Galapagos Islands. She’s versatile… with three decks, from Master Suites to Standard Cabins, offering a wide range of accommodation – with the same high standards of comfort – as well as options for family travel. She’s flexible… with her guests able to choose from alternative activities on Santa Cruz Island, including hiking, biking, kayaking, snorkeling or relaxing on a beach. She’s fun… with a convivial atmosphere, informality and relaxation that guests come to love and cherish… with an extra Underwater Naturalist as part of the ship’s crew, who leads guests by the hand during swimming and snorkeling activities…. with her commitment to providing the best environment and activities for families to share, explore, learn and have fun together. Combine these qualities with the crew’s deep sense of service built up over many years aboard, their pride, their dedication and their passion, and we believe the Santa Cruz to be the finest ship in her class to sail the archipelago today. The Santa Cruz has gained worldwide recognition for its excellent standards, including superb service, expert crew, the most knowledgeable multilingual naturalist/guides and menus that feature the very best international cuisine and celebrated Ecuadorian dishes.

For additional information on cruise programs please visit: www.mvsantacruz.com or contact us at mar@gttours.com

MV Legend – (100 Guests)

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The Legend’s 3, 4 and 7-night weekly cruises turn Darwin’s “living labratory” into a terrific course in evolution and natural history. With 2,746 GRTs, the Legend offers all the amenities of a larger cruise liner, yet she still brings to you the intimate feel of family-style cruising. The Galapagos Legend has been re-designed with your comfort and safety in mind, so you may get the most out of your Galapagos Vacation.

For additional information on cruise programs please visit: www.gogalapagos.com or contact us at mar@gttours.com

M/Y ISABELA II – (40 Guests)

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With a capacity of only 40 guests, Yacht ISABELA II offers a relaxed atmosphere while enjoying an unforgettable Galapagos expedition, where guests fully experience their sense of discovery and bonding with nature. ISABELA II Galapagos Island Cruise offers all aspects of the Galapagos: an intimate contact with wildlife, active volcanoes, a vast Marine Reserve, adventure, comfort and safety. Yacht ISABELA II offers the most in-depth week itinerary (Tuesday to Monday) allowing guests to enjoy all that Galapagos is famous for: from ancient giant tortoises to penguins, from sleek flamingos to bold sharks, from bizarre flightless cormorants to rugged marine iguanas and from whales and dolphins to dramatic island volcanoes and breathtaking scenery, plus the exploration of the Galapagos Marine Reserve (the second largest in the world) on kayaks, the glass bottom boat, swimming or snorkeling. Guests of ISABELA II have the opportunity to explore the Ecuador Galapagos islands in small groups with fellow enthusiasts who share their same passion for nature, curiosity and spirit.

For additional information on cruise programs please visit: www.yachtisabela.com or contact us at mar@gttours.com

M/Y LA PINTA – (48 Guests)

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Yacht La Pinta, has been designed for the ultimate luxurious expedition adventure in the Galapagos Islands. The 207-foot yacht accommodates 48 guests. A full week discovery trip to the Galapagos Islands aboard La Pinta allows encounters with unique fauna, like the famous giant Galapagos tortoises in the wild, land and marine iguanas, flamingos, penguins, blue-footed boobies and the famous Darwin’s finches. After intense days of wildlife exploration, yacht La Pinta provides a haven of relaxation and tranquility with tastefully appointed accommodations and all the facilities for a stylish yet informal ambiance. Guest will also enjoy the Galapagos Marine Reserve the second largest in the world with various snorkeling outings, chances for swimming and whale and dolphin watching during inter-island cruising. La Pinta guests will cover all aspects of the Galapagos: discovery, adventure, environmental interpretation, aquatic activities, relaxation, superb service and great dining. Naturalist Guides enhance their interpretative skills with the use of state-of-the-art-expedition equipment. Our staff embraces a spirit of adventure, while at the same time ensures that you always travel in comfort and safety.

For additional information on cruise programs please visit: please visit: www.yachtlapinta.com or contact us at mar@gttours.com

CORMORANT – MOTOR CATAMARAN

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The Cormorant Power Motor Catamaran began cruising in the Galapagos Islands on July 31, 2011, featuring an elegant design, spacious cabins, each with a private balcony, al fresco dining area for barbeques, and a huge sundeck with a Jacuzzi. This luxury 16 passenger yacht made to navigate the Galapagos Islands is a Smart Voyager Certified and not only has a Quality Control Manager, but also the best itineraries, and complimentary use of wetsuits, snorkeling gear and kayaks. Aboard Cormorant you will for sure make it a memorable experience in this unique paradise.

The Cormorant has 10 trained and friendly staff members, plus top bilingual naturalist guide. Guests are free to visit the bridge to see how the boat operates and chat with the crew. The lounge area has comfortable seating, plasma TVs, DVD player, stereo and some games for your use. There is also a small library of books and DVDs on the Galapagos Islands and other topics.

Each cabin has its own air conditioning system as do public spaces, and rooms are cleaned every morning. Beach towels are provided for use on the deck and onshore. Light snacks, tea and coffee are served between meals.

For additional information please visit: http://www.cormorant-cruise.com/

OCEAN SPRAY – MOTOR MEGA CATAMARAN

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The Ocean Spray Mega Catamaran debuted in April 2012 as the newest 16 passenger boat in the Galapagos Islands, specifically designed to navigate the archipelago. Spacious cabins with private balconies, a Quality Control Manager, and al fresco dining are just some of the many benefits to traveling aboard our luxury yacht. The Ocean Spray boasts a round double-hull, which allows for smooth sailing and the ultimate in stability and comfort in Galapagos Islands cruises.

The crew consists of 10 + 1 naturalist guide, including a gourmet chef who cooks gourmet Ecuadorian and International food. The crew is friendly, full time, experienced and highly professional. Our guides are bilingual and of the highest standard. Small boats like Ocean Spray travel at high speeds, reaching up to 15 knots. This allows the yacht to go further and visit fascinating isolated islands that can’t be easily reached by other boats. Snorkeling equipment and wetsuits are complimentary, and each room is equipped with a safe for storage of valuables on board. Meals are buffet style and are either served in the dining room or in the al fresco area, if it is a barbeque.

For additional information please visit: http://www.oceanspraycruise.com/

M/S YACHT MARY ANNE – (16 Guests)

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Launched in 1997, this elegant barquetine was designed specifically with environmentally friendly operations in mind and is certified by Smart Voyager. The Mary Anne is the perfect ship for those who love to travel under sail; she has 1000m2 of canvas with which she majestically takes to the waves. She can accommodate up to 16 passengers in 12 double, tastefully furnished cabins. All cabins have private bathrooms with hot water and all are designed with one double lower berth and a single upper berth. Two double cabins. Treat yourself to a more exclusive Galapagos experience on this unique sailboat cruise tours. Get the most out of our expert naturalist guides, spend quality time with our captains, who will be delighted to tour the bridge and share secrets of ocean travel with you. We offer introductory orientation on the principles of sailing, providing you with a jump-start into this fascinating tradition. Learn about naval knots and how to tie them; hoist the sails and capture the wind. Join in on a cooking extravaganza with our top chefs or enjoy fantastic island legends in the words of true “Galapagueños”. Stargazing under sail, amid the largest ocean on planet Earth, offers the ideal opportunity to learn and experience the constellations from the seafarers who read them every night.

For additional information on cruise programs please visit: www.sailinggalapagos.com or contact us at mar@gttours.com

CATAMARAN ARCHIPELL I (16 Guests)

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The Archipell 1 has 8 large, beautiful, spacious double cabins on its main deck, all with ocean views, a private bathroom, hot water, closet and a safe. A comfortable dining room and two bars (interior and exterior), library, air conditioning, TV, DVD, stereo, first aid equipment, ice maker, water purifier, spacious sundeck with chairs for sleeping and relaxing. There are two cabins with double beds and 6 cabins with twin beds.

CREW: 9 + Naturalist bilingual guide
ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY: A recycling program with the Galapagos National Park (Organic and non-organic products) is in effect.
FOOD ON BOARD: Food is served buffet style. Food is Ecuadorian mixed with European style food; there is always an option for vegetarians.
SEA KAYAKS: 2 double sea kayaks are free for use
SNORKEL EQUIPMENT: Mask, tube and fins are free for use.

For additional information on cruise programs please visit: galapagos-archipell.com/ or contact us at mar@gttours.com

CATAMARAN ANAHI (16 Guests)

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First Class Motor Catamaran Anahi The M/C Anahi is a Power Catamaran Yacht launched by the end of 2006 with high comfort standards. With unparalleled stability, your cruise is guaranteed to be a restful and relaxed one. The accommodation for sixteen voyagers is distributed amongst six 14m2 twin cabins on the main deck (2 transformable to double bed), and two 25m2 suite cabins on the upper deck. Every cabin includes large windows – portrait type – looking to the ocean, beautiful wooden floor and cosy private facilities with hot/cold water shower, besides to a locker, closet and air conditioning. Additionally, on the main deck, the yacht offers ample resting areas, library, TV-DVD room, comfortable dining room and lounge. .On the upper deck, the yacht features a charming bar and an excellent area for relaxation, together with a Jacuzzi for six people. On top of the bar area we find the ample sundeck with resting chairs for eight people. And overall you will be attended by a charming, helpful crew of 9 well trained staff. We also provide a Galapagos National Park first class guides who speak fluently English and Spanish (guides in other languages – German, Italian, French – are also available under request and for closed groups). Enjoy Galapagos at the most with the First Class Yacht Catamaran Anahi!

For additional information on cruise programs please visit: www.yachtanahi.com or contact us at mar@gttours.com

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G T TOURS OFFICES:

Plantation, Florida  
13494 NW 7th Street
Plantation, Florida 33325

Miami, Florida 
9930 SW 142 Street
Miami, Florida 33176

Toll Free USA & Canada:
(800) 666 8687
Local Number: 
(305) 436 0933 
Fax:     
(305 436 0843

Send us a Message

ENQUIRE NOW

We will be happy to answer your questions or comments.

G T TOURS OFFICES:

Plantation, Florida  
13494 NW 7th Street
Plantation, Florida 33325

Miami, Florida 
9930 SW 142 Street
Miami, Florida 33176

Toll Free USA & Canada:
(800) 666 8687
Local Number: 
(305) 436 0933 
Fax:     
(305 436 0843