Galapagos Adventure

 

Darwin’s Isles at their finest

Experience the very best of Galápagos aboard INTEGRITY

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Welcome to the Galápagos Islands

You'll retrace some of Charles Darwin’s route of 1835 with superb naturalists and in much greater comfort than he experienced: you'll be pampered by an outstanding crew, dine in style and enjoy the views from large picture windows in the comfort of your spacious stateroom. 

This 9-day adventure is designed for those tight on time, but still want a comprehensive experience.  The 8-day cruise is combined with a quick overnight stay on the mainland to facilitate international flight connections.

Select between our Eastern and Western routes, two of the most inclusive yacht itineraries in Galapagos. Both routes visit many islands. One route focuses on the western islands including visits on Floreana, Isabela and Fernandina; the other route focuses on the eastern islands including visits on Española, San Cristóbal and Genovesa.
More about Galapagos »

Daily exploration

Naturalist-led shore excursions and snorkeling provide guests with intimate encounters with wildlife.

Each day you will explore the islands, many unchanged since Darwin's time. Your naturalist guide will lead shore excursions to observe flora and fauna with engaging descriptions of the natural forces at work shaping the islands.  Our naturalist guides »

The Luxury Yacht INTEGRITY

An elegant base for 16 discerning guests to discover the islands. Stabilized. Comfortable. Spacious.

When not ashore exploring the islands, kayaking, or snorkeling with sea lions, penguins, and tropical fish, you'll travel in comfort and style aboard the 141' 16-passenger luxury yacht INTEGRITY. She is equipped with state of the art stabilizers, Wi-Fi, a relaxing sun deck jacuzzi, and plenty of room to unwind and enjoy your Galapagos experience.   More about INTEGRITY »

Your Itinerary

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Day 1 (Friday) | Arrive Guayaquil

Arrive Guayaquil (New for 2019)

Most flights will arrive Guayaquil late in the evening. A hotel room has been reserved for you at the Wyndham Guayaquil for the brief overnight stay before your departure to Galápagos the following morning.

You may wish to consider adding a buffer day simply to guard against flight delays, or simply spend extra time exploring Guayaquil. 

See Extending your Stay »

Day 2 (Saturday) | Quito to Baltra and Santa Cruz

You’ll be transferred back to Guayaquil Airport for your 2 hour flight to Baltra, Galápagos. Upon arrival, you will be escorted to the VIP arrivales lounge where staff will collect your passport and facilitate your entrance formalities with the Galápagos National Park. ONce you’ve collected your luggage, you will transfer from the airport across the Itabaca channel to the Island of Santa Cruz for lunch in the highlands and the opportunity to search among the lush grasses for grazing giant tortoises.  Time permitting, explore a lava tunnel. Continuing to the town of Puerto Ayora, you’ll visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, stop to check the fit of your wetsuit, before boarding INTEGRITY to begin your cruise.

Days 3 - 8 (Sunday to Friday) | Aboard the yacht

Using INTEGRITY as your home, you'll cruise the islands spending as much time ashore as the Park rules permit. With our licensed, INCA-selected naturalist guides, you'll learn about the birds and animals, geology, marine life and oceanic systems of the Galapagos Islands.
Eastern itinerary »
Western itinerary »

One of the highlights and an integral part of any visit to the Galápagos is the opportunity to swim and snorkel with the marine life—tropical fish, sea lions, turtles and sometimes with penguins!  On most days, you'll snorkel at least once, some days twice. While back on board, you’ll enjoy delicious meals, complimentary WiFi, and weekly laundry service.

Day 9 (Saturday) | Disembark, return to Guayaquil (or Quito)

From anchorage in the Baltra harbor, say "adios" to INTEGRITY and her dedicated crew and return to the Baltra airport for your flight back to the Ecuadorian mainland, where a dayroom will be waiting for you to relax before your late night international departure.   

Extending your stay

Explore more of Ecuador with visits to the Andean highlands, Amazon Jungle or Peru. A variety of options are available.
See extension options »

Galápagos Adventure - Dates & Prices

Galápagos Adventure operates weekly year-round.  All prices are per person, double occupancy unless otherwise specified.

2019 Departures | Scroll down for 2020 departures

Date Price Route  
Jul 5 - Jul 13 $7245 East Special 2-for-1 offer
Jul 12 - Jul 20 $7245 West Special 2-for-1 offer
Jul 19 - Jul 27 $7245 East Special 2-for-1 offer
Jul 26 - Aug 3 $7245 West Special 2-for-1 offer
Aug 2 - Aug 10 $7245 East
Aug 9 - Aug 17 $7245 West
Aug 16 - Aug 24 $7245 East  
Aug 23 - Aug 31 $7245 West Special 2-for-1 offer
Aug 31 - Sep 7 $7245 East Special 2-for-1 offer
Aug 31 - Sep 28 Maintenance
Sep 27 - Oct 5 $6445 East Free Galapagos flights*
Oct 4 - Oct 12 $6445 West Free Galapagos flights*
Date Price Route
Oct 11 - Oct 19 $6445 East Free Galapagos flights*
Oct 18 - Oct 26 $6445 West Free Galapagos flights*
Oct 25 - Nov 2 $6445 East Free Galapagos flights*
Nov 1 - Nov 9 $6445 West Free Galapagos flights*
Nov 8 - Nov 16 $6445 East Free Galapagos flights*
Nov 15 - Nov 23 $6445 West Free Galapagos flights*
Nov 22 - Nov 30 $6445 East Free Galapagos flights*
Nov 29 - Dec 7 $6445 West Free Galapagos flights*
Dec 6 - Dec 14 $6445 East Free Galapagos flights*
Dec 13 - Dec 21 $7445 West
Dec 20 - Dec 28 sold out
Dec 27 - Jan 4 sold out

Special 2-for-1 offer: Applies to new bookings only. Published cruise price applies to two guests sharing a double-occupancy stateroom. Additional costs apply. See inclusions and exclusions below.

Free Galapagos flights offer: Applies to new bookings only. Published cruise price includes roundtrip airfare between Guayaquil and Baltra on designated group flights. Additional costs apply. See inclusions and exclusions below.


2020 Departures

Date Price Route
Jan 3 - Jan 11 $7995 East
Jan 10 - Jan 18 $7995 West
Jan 17 - Jan 25 $7995 East
Jan 24 - Feb 1 $7995 West
Jan 31 - Feb 8 $7995 East
Feb 7 - Feb 15 $7995 West
Feb 14 - Feb 22 $7995 East
Feb 21 - Feb 29 $7995 West
Feb 28 - Mar 7 $7995 East
Mar 6 - Mar 14 $7995 West
Mar 13 - Mar 21 $7995 East
Mar 20 - Mar 28 $7995 West
Mar 27 - Apr 4 $7995 East
Apr 3 - Apr 11 $7995 West
Apr 10 - Apr 18 $7995 East
Apr 17 - Apr 25 $7995 West
Apr 24 - May 2 $7995 East
May 1 - May 9 $7995 West
May 8 - May 16 $7995 East
May 15 - May 23 $7995 West
May 22 - May 30 $7995 East
May 29 - Jun 6 $7995 West
Jun 5 - Jun 13 $7995 East
Jun 12 - Jun 20 $7995 West
Date Price Route
Jun 19 - Jun 27 $7995 East
Jun 26 - Jul 4 $7995 West
Jul 3 - Jul 11 $7995 East
Jul 10 - Jul 18 $7995 West
Jul 17 - Jul 25 $7995 East
Jul 24 - Aug 1 $7995 West
Jul 31 - Aug 8 $7995 East
Aug 7 - Aug 15 $7995 West
Aug 14 - Aug 22 $7995 East
Aug 21 - Aug 29 $7995 West
Sep 1 - Sep 30 Maintenance
Oct 2 - Oct 10 $7195 West
Oct 9 - Oct 17 $7195 East
Oct 16 - Oct 24 $7195 West
Oct 23 - Oct 31 $7195 East
Oct 30 - Nov 7 $7195 West
Nov 6 - Nov 14 $7195 East
Nov 13 - Nov 21 $7195 West
Nov 20 - Nov 28 $7195 East
Nov 27 - Dec 5 $7195 West
Dec 4 - Dec 12 $7195 East
Dec 11 - Dec 19 $7195 West
Dec 18 - Dec 26 available for charter
Dec 25 - Jan 2 available for charter

Upgrades, supplements, inclusions and exclusions

Owner’s Suite

  • Stateroom upgrade to the Owner’s Suite is $1200 per person

Single Staterooms

  • Dedicated single stateroom is $1800

  • Single use of a double occupancy stateroom is 1.95 x the per person cost.

  • Land single supplement is $250

Children

  • $500 discount per child age 8-17 (limit 3 child discounts per family)

Inclusions

  • All airport transfers

  • One night hotel with transfers on arrival in Guayaquil

  • 8-day / 7-night cruise

  • Dayroom in Guayaquil between flight connections on return

  • All meals from breakfast on Day 2 to breakfast on Day 9

  • Complimentary soft-drinks, coffee, tea, juice and draft beer while aboard yacht

  • Complimentary two glasses of house wine each evening with dinner

  • Additional wine and other spirits are available for purchase aboard

  • Complimentary laundry service available on board the yacht

  • Complimentary and unlimited use of internet

  • Complimentary use of wetsuits, masks, fins & snorkels

  • Complimentary use of eight 2-person sea-kayaks, where permitted by the National Park

Exclusions (costs subject to change without prior notice)

  • International airfare to Ecuador

  • Galapagos airfare (currently $560 per adult, $480 per child under 12)

  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee (currently $100 per adult, $50 per child under 12)

  • Galapagos Transit Control Tax (currently $20)

  • Gratuities for naturalist guides and yacht crew. Gratuities are always at the guest’s discretion however the recommended amounts are $100-$150 per guest for the naturalist guide and $200-$300 per guest for the yacht crew.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between the East and West routes?

Both routes have been expressly designed to showcase the flora and fauna of the islands. See more »

When is the best time to go?

Galapagos is a year-round destination, but there are some temperature variations. See more »

Is this trip right for me?

You will be transferring to and from INTEGRITY by zodiac, and enjoying daily walks and snorkeling. Terrain is varied, ranging from simple beach combing to walking over rough terrain. Learn more »

What is the maximum number of guests?

The Galapagos National Park has licensed INTEGRITY to carry no more than 16 passengers, without exception.  

What is the minimum number of guests?

INTEGRITY will operate with a minimum of four passengers. If there are fewer than 4 passengers, guests will be given the opportunity to transfer to an alternate departure at no additional charge, and will be credited up to $250 per person toward costs to cover airline change fees (restrictions apply).

What is the policy regarding children?

For individual bookings, the minimum age is 8 years.  Children ages 8-17 receive a $500 discount (maximum 3 discounted children’s rates per family).  There is no minimum age restriction on private charters.

What about single guests?

INTEGRITY can accommodate a limited number of single guests in single staterooms with a supplement and also accepts singles on a “willing to share” bases with no additional supplement.  Guests may reserve a Standard or Owner’s Suite as a single but at 1.9x the double rate.

How large are the staterooms?

The King-bedded Owner’s Suite is 350 ft² and spans from port to starboard.  Standard twin/king/queen staterooms are 150 ft². The single stateroom is 120 ft².

How many naturalist guides will be aboard? 

There is one naturalist on board for up to 16 guests.  INCA personally selects all naturalist guides serving aboard INTEGRITY.  Naturalists dine with guests. 

Is a second guide an option?

A second guide may be arranged for an additional charge, for both FIT and charter bookings.  This allows guests to travel at their own pace and is popular with bird-watchers, photographers, those with mobility issues, and families.

How many crew?

There are 10 crewmembers, normally consisting of Captain, Helmsman, Engineer, assistant Engineer, Chef, assistant chef, Barman, Seaman, and 2 Stewards.

Will INCA book the Galapagos flights?

For logistical reasons, INCA will book guests’ Galapagos flights to coordinate arrival times with all other guests.

May guests arrive and depart on other Galapagos flights?

For operational reasons, the group transfer is timed to coincide with a specific arrival and departure.  Guests arriving on other flights risk missing the transfer or long wait times at the terminal.  Flights used will be based on airline schedules and availability at time of booking.

Can guests pre-pay their Galápagos Transit Control Tax?

Yes. INCA will arrange all paperwork and pre-payment of the Galapagos Transit Control Tax to save guests having to wait in line at the airport.

Can guests pre-pay their Galápagos National Park Fee?

Yes. Guests may pre-pay their National Park entrance fee. Upon disembarkation at Baltra Airport, guests must still present their passports for verification.

What Gratuities are included?

Tips for porters and drivers are included.  Tips for guides, naturalists and yacht crew are not.

Can gratuities be pre-paid?

Due to Ecuador’s tax and labor regulations, we ask all gratuities to be paid in cash at the end of the cruise.

Can guests pre-order their wetsuit?

There is no need to pre-order a wetsuit, unless a custom size is required.  In such cases, we recommend bringing your own, as the dive shop stocks standard sizes ranging from XS – XXL.

Can guests scuba dive while on tour?

Galápagos National Park rules prohibit scuba diving from any vessel other than licensed dive boats.  Guests may arrange day-dives from Puerto Ayora independently either before or after their cruise.  INCA does not arrange scuba diving due to liability limitations.

How can guests pay their bar tab?

Bar tabs may be paid in cash or credit card aboard INTEGRITY.

May I see a bar list?

A sample bar menu is available upon request.

May guests bring their own alcohol or order special labels?

Guests may bring their own bottles in their checked luggage.  Ecuadorian law allows, at this date, up to three liters of alcohol per person to be brought into the country.  Special labels may be pre-ordered at applicable Ecuadorian rates.

What about special dietary restrictions?

INTEGRITY can cater to almost all dietary preferences, allergies and restrictions. During the booking process, guests will have the opportunity to specify any dietary preferences, allergies or limitations.  Hard to source or highly specialized provisions may require a supplement.

Is there Wi-Fi aboard and during trip?

A satellite-based marine Wi-Fi system has been installed aboard INTEGRITY.  It is available free of charge. More information is available on request.

Is there a satellite phone aboard?

Yes, there is satellite phone service aboard INTEGRITY.  Usage will be billed to guest.  Satellite phones may also be rented at home and brought on the trip.

What entertainment is on board?

Each stateroom is equipped with DVD player and digital music speakers that guests may connect with their phone or music source.  The library is stocked with Galapagos titles and DVDs, cards and a few games.  A projection system is available for naturalist presentations and guest use.

What amenities and services?

Minibar with individual water bottles; hand soap, shampoo, conditioner, body wash; daily towel service; weekly laundry service.

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