Grand Queen Beatriz Yacht

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Galapagos Islands

4 Days / 3 Nights
The pride of Galapagos, Grand Queen Beatriz, is a 16-passenger motor yacht built in 2018 with high technology. Its nine air-conditioned cabins all boast ocean views and private bathrooms to enjoy of the wonderful landscape. There are four spacious deluxe cabins with private balconies and three standard cabins. Elsewhere on the ship, passengers can enjoy the jacuzzi, dining room and bar.

Grand Queen Beatriz

Itinerary

DAY 1 - SUNDAY: BALTRA Island: Airport / SANTA CRUZ Island: Punta Carrión
DAY 2 - MONDAY: ISABELA Island: Tintoreras Islet, Giant tortoises breedeng center & Wall of tears
DAY 3 - TUESDAY: FLOREANA Island: Cormorant Point, Devil´s Crown & Post Office Bay
DAY 4 - WEDNESDAY: SANTA CRUZ Island: Charles Darwin Research Station / BALTRA Island: Airport

Galapagos Islands Tour

Day by day
Our Galapagos Islands tours are the perfect way to explore these amazing islands. You will enjoy every minute of your stay with us.
DAY 1 - SUNDAY: BALTRA Island - Airport / SANTA CRUZ Island - Punta Carrión
Welcome to the Galapagos!

Today you will be meeting other travellers arriving from Quito or Guayaquil at Baltra Airport. You will be met in the arrival hall of the airport by a National Park Guide, and transferred to the motor yacht ‘M.Y Grand Queen Beatriz’. Lunch will be served on the boat.
Your first stop in the afternoon will be Punta Carrion, located in north-eastern Santa Cruz. This is a shallow and protected cove, ideal for your first snorkel and swim in the Galapagos! Wildlife is plentiful; keep your eyes peeled for blue-footed boobies, Galapagos herons, great blue herons and underwater swim among rays and white- tipped reef sharks.
DAY 2 - MONDAY: Isabela Island / Tintoreras Islet, Giant tortoises breeding center & Wall of tears
Today you will wake up on the South Coast of Isla Isabela, the largest of the Galapagos Archipelago. Isabela was formed by five giant volcanic craters, all of which are still considered active. The island is located in one of the youngest geological areas in the world, having been formed less than 1 million years ago.

This southern coast of turquoise blue waters has the largest area of beaches in the Galapagos. You will visit Las Tintoreras, where from the viewing walkway you can look down into this narrow channel to see a colony of white-tipped reef sharks swimming and sleeping, and the occasional playful sea lion among them!
Blue-footed boobies and penguins, marine iguanas and crabs also make their home here, and the waters provide further opportunities to swim with turtles. Here you will also visit the Giant Tortoise breeding center and the Wall of Tears, constructed from lava by prisoners of the penal colony here between 1946 and 1959 as punishment. Please note there's a US$20 fee to be paid upon entering Isla Isabela.
DAY 3 - TUESDAY: Floreana Island / Cormorant Point, Devil´s Crown & Post Office Bay
The island of Floreana is a highlight of any Galapagos cruise, rich in natural wonders and wildlife. You will go ashore at Punta Cormorant where the sand is made up of fine olivine crystals, a glassy volcanic mineral, giving the beach an olive-green color. It is the best place to see Galapagos sea lions.
Today is also one of your finest opportunities to see pink flamingos and other water birds wading in the lagoons, including pintails and stilts. Just offshore, the Devil’s Crown is an old eroded volcanic cone and a popular roosting site for seabirds such as boobies, pelicans and frigates. Red-billed tropicbirds can also be seen nesting in the rocky crevices.

The center of the cone is an outstanding snorkeling spot, perhaps the most remarkable in the entire archipelago, full of sea lions and colorful fish. Floreana is also home to Post Office Bay, where 18th century whalers used a barrel as an unofficial mail drop. This custom continues to this day with visitors to the Galapagos – post one of your own, or see if there are any you could deliver back home!
DAY 4 - WEDNESDAY: Santa Cruz Island / Charles Darwin Research Station / BALTRA Island: Airport
As flights to the mainland from Galapagos depart mid-morning, it is an early start for our last morning on the islands. Depending on the time of our flight, our time spent on this final excursion could be limited.

The small town of Puerto Ayora is the economic hub of the archipelago and is also home to the Charles Darwin Research Station. The station's visitor center and museum offer a great insight for anyone interested in the archipelago's natural and human history, and keen to learn more about conservation efforts to preserve the unique ecosystems of the Galapagos. It also offers our best chance for close-up encounters with giant tortoises, and we can see many newborn and young giant turtles - part of the breeding program to reintroduce them to their natural habitat.
Afterward you will head to the airport in Baltra for your flight back to Quito. As you will be leaving the boat this morning, please remember that if you have enjoyed the services provided by your guide and crew, a tip would be very much appreciated by them. As a guideline we recommend each passenger consider US$15 per day for the crew and US$10 per day for your guide. You can leave tips in envelopes that are placed in your cabin on the last day of your journey.  Upon arrival in Quito Airport you will be transferred back to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Note
Please bear in mind that this and all our yacht’s cruise itineraries are subject to variation without prior notice; itinerary modifications may be made in accordance with the Galapagos National Park’s regulations itemized by the local authorities, weather conditions and/or sea-currents events that may affect the authorized cruise itinerary.

Your guide will inform you of changes (if any) in the regular itinerary on your first briefing on board the Yacht on Day 1 and will explain in detail about the authorized itinerary and visits to be enjoyed during your expedition on board our Yacht.
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