Ultimate Galapagos

 

The very best of Galápagos

A two week luxury odyssey revealing the true diversity of Darwin’s archipelago.

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There is no one else to go with to the Galapagos Islands. INCA and the Integrity are simply the best!
— Janine W., Tuxedo Park NY
 

Welcome to Galápagos

Your journey has been meticulously designed to explore Darwin’s islands under the guidance of hand-selected naturalist guides. Your base of exploration and home for two weeks is the yacht that has repeatedly been hailed as "the finest in the islands".

Ultimate Galapagos has been expressly designed for the discerning traveler with an insatiable curiosity of the natural world.  Start your Galapagos luxury travel experience with an overnight stay on Santa Cruz Island. Visit the Darwin Research Station and the Santa Cruz Highlands before boarding your yacht so you can maximize your time at visitor sites out in the more distant and interesting islands.
More about Galapagos »

Daily exploration

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

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.

The best way to visit the Galapagos is by yacht. And the best, most luxurious yacht in the islands is Integrity. INCA is the exclusive worldwide representative of Integrity. Nine spacious staterooms accommodate 16 guests in comfort, style and safety aboard a yacht that has never missed a day of service. Stabilized and secure with redundant safety, communications, and engineering systems ensures a smooth, uninterrupted journey.  An abundance of public spaces allow guests to spread out and enjoy quiet time or socialize with companions.  More about INTEGRITY »

Your Itinerary

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Day 1 (Thursday) | Arrive Quito

You'll be met on arrival Thursday evening at Quito's Mariscal Sucre International Airport and transferred to the nearby Wyndham Quito Airport Hotel.  If you would like to spend more time exploring Quito, consider arriving a day or two early to explore this UNESCO World Heritage City in further depth.  See Extending your Stay »

For guests sensitive to altitude, you have the option to transit Guayaquil instead of Quito en route to Galápagos.

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

After breakfast you’ll return to the airport for your flight to Galápagos. On arrival at Baltra Airport, you'll be welcomed in to the VIP arrivals lounge, where staff will oversee arrival formalities with the Galápagos National Park officials before collecting your luggage. You'll be met and transferred across the Itabaca Channel to the adjacent island of Santa Cruz, where your Galápagos experience commences. Enjoy lunch in the highlands and the opportunity to observe grazing tortoises in the tall grasses.  Your accommodations tonight will be in one of the highland's premier resorts, providing a unique opportunity to ease in to your Galápagos experience.

Day 3 (Saturday) | Puerto Ayora, Darwin Station, embarkation 

This morning, those who wish to practice their snorkeling skills will have an opportunity to spend time with your guide in the hotel pool. You'll descend down into the charming port town of Puerto Ayora for lunch and a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station.  You'll board INTEGRITY in the early evening in time for your first dinner aboard. You'll set sail later that evening.

Days 4 - 9 (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 10 (Saturday) | A free day on Santa Cruz

Enjoy breakfast on board and say farewell to your travel companions who will not be joining you on the second week of cruising. Disembark and meet up with your day guide and driver to travel over Santa Cruz Island to Puerto Ayora.

There are a number of excursions to enjooy with your guide. Options include: hiking to Tortuga Bay, visiting a Galápagos coffee plantation, swimming at a locals' favorite beach, spending more time with tortoises in the highlands, and/or shopping in Puerto Ayora. Lunch is included.

You will board the yacht with your new team of travelers before dinner and get ready for another week of adventure!

Days 11-16 (Sunday to Friday) | Second week aboard the yacht

By now you know the routine of exploration and discovery. Morning and afternoon shore visits to view wildlife are interspersed with fine meals, snorkeling and kayaking, guided lectures, and maybe a nap, a lounge on the deck, a drink at the bar and stargazing.

Day 17 (Saturday) | Disembark and return to the mainland

From the anchorage in the Baltra harbor, you'll say "adios" to your naturalist and crew, and adjourn to the Baltra airport to await your mid-morning flight to the Ecuador mainland. On arrival, transfer to the Wyndham Airport hotel to refresh, relax and have a leisurely dinner before transferring back to the terminal for your flight home.

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 »

Ultimate Galapagos - Dates & Prices

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

2019 Departures | Scroll down for 2020 departures

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Date Price
Oct 31 - Nov 16 $12395
Nov 7 - Nov 23 $12395
Nov 14 - Nov 30 $12395
Date Price
Nov 21 - Dec 7 $12395
Nov 28 - Dec 14 $12395
Dec 5 - Dec 21 $12395

2020 Departures

Date Price
Jan 2 - Jan 18 $14895
Jan 9 - Jan 25 $14895
Jan 16 - Feb 1 $14895
Jan 23 - Feb 8 $14895
Jan 30 - Feb 15 $14895
Feb 6 - Feb 22 $14895
Feb 13 - Feb 29 $14895
Feb 20 - Mar 7 $14895
Feb 27 - Mar 14 $14895
Mar 5 - Mar 21 $14895
Mar 12 - Mar 28 $14895
Mar 19 - Apr 4 $14895
Mar 26 - Apr 11 $14895
Apr 2 - Apr 18 $14895
Apr 9 - Apr 25 $14895
Apr 16 - May 2 $14895
Apr 23 - May 9 $14895
Apr 30 - May 16 $14895
May 7 - May 23 $14895
May 14 - May 30 $14895
May 21 - Jun 6 $14895
May 28 - Jun 13 $14895
Date Price
Jun 4 - Jun 20 $14895
Jun 11 - Jun 27 $14895
Jun 18 - Jul 4 $14895
Jun 25 - Jul 11 $14895
Jul 2 - Jul 18 $14895
Jul 9 - Jul 25 $14895
Jul 16 - Aug 1 $14895
Jul 23 - Aug 8 $14895
Jul 30 - Aug 15 $14895
Aug 6 - Aug 22 $14895
Aug 13 - Aug 29 $14895
Sep 1 - Sep 30 Maintenance
Oct 1 - Oct 17 $12895
Oct 8 - Oct 24 $12895
Oct 15 - Oct 31 $12895
Oct 22 - Nov 7 $12895
Oct 29 - Nov 14 $12895
Nov 5 - Nov 21 $12895
Nov 12 - Nov 28 $12895
Nov 19 - Dec 5 $12895
Nov 26 - Dec 12 $12895
Dec 3 - Dec 19 $12895

Upgrades, supplements, inclusions and exclusions

Owner’s Suite upgrade

  • Stateroom upgrade to the Owner’s Suite is $4800 ($2400 per person)

Single Staterooms

  • Dedicated single stateroom is $3200

  • Single use of a double occupancy stateroom is 1.9 x the per person cost.

  • Single use of the Owner’s Suite is 2 x the per person cost, plus the suite upgrade.

  • Land single supplement is $695

Children

  • $1000 discount per child age 8-17 (limit 3 child discounts per family)

Inclusions

  • All airport transfers

  • One night hotel with transfers on arrival in Quito or Guayaquil

  • One night Santa Cruz with two days of touring

  • 14-night / 15-day cruise

  • Dayroom in Quito or Guayaquil between flight connections on return

  • All meals from breakfast on Day 2 to breakfast on Day 17

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

  • Two glasses house wine served with dinner while aboard the yacht

  • 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)

  • Additional wine and other spirits are available for purchase aboard ($10-$15 per glass)

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

Video

A taste of what to expect

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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. Second guide is subject to availability.

How many crew?

There are 10 crew members, 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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