Grand Queen Beatriz Yacht

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Galapagos Islands

5 Days / 4 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 - WEDNESDAY - BALTRA Island: Airport / SANTA CRUZ Island: Highlands
DAY 2 - THURSDAY - SANTA FE Island & SOUTH PLAZAS Island
DAY 3 - FRIDAY - ESPAÑOLA Island: Gardner Bay & Suárez Point
DAY 4 - SATURDAY - SAN CRISTOBAL: Pitt Point, Kicker Rock & Lobos Island
DAY 5 - SUNDAY - SAN CRISTOBAL: Interpretation Center & 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 - WEDNESDAY: BALTRA Island: Airport / SANTA CRUZ Island: Highlands
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 (look out for 'Grand Queen Beatriz' signs) by a transfer guide and transferred to our motor yacht - ‘M.Y. Grand Queen Beatriz’, anchored on the other side of Santa Cruz Island. Our transfer guide will take you on an airport public bus for a short distance (10 minute drive) to where you board a public ferry across the Itabaca Channel. The ferry crossing takes only 7 minutes.
(Please note that all public transportation costs are included). Once you reach Santa Cruz Island, a private bus you board a private bus for a 45-minute drive to Puerto Ayora, the main port of the island. Here, there will be two dinghies to transport you and your fellow travelers to the 'M.Y. Grand Queen Beatriz'. Once on
board, cabins will be assigned and you get to meet our crew members and get to know your naturalist guide while enjoying a delicious lunch.

After lunch you embark on your first excursion and head into the highlands of Santa Cruz for a total change of scenery. Beginning at the coast you travel across Santa Cruz through the agricultural region and into the misty forests, where you can see the unique scalesia cloud forest and spend time observing giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Look out for the abundant bird life including different species of Darwin finches, woodpeckers, warbler finches and vermillion flycatchers.
DAY 2 - THURSDAY: SANTA FE Island & SOUTH PLAZAS Island
Santa Fe is home to more sea lions, and these ones are very eager for swimming partners! It’s a lovely place to take a dip, and the landscape on the inland trails is also beautiful, with cacti forests home to a unique sub-species of land iguanas. Hiking towards the cliffs on Santa Fe will lead you to a forest of prickly pear cactus.
A member of the cactus family, their name comes from the pear shaped fruit the plant produces. Santa Fe is home to endemic land iguanas. Once back at the beach you will have free time to snorkel back in the lagoon. Playful sea lions pups and florescent fish make for fascinating company. A small island, Plaza Sur is nonetheless a place of great beauty, where you will get close to sea lions and onto trails past one of the Galapagos’ largest land iguana populations, resting amid cacti and volcanic landscapes colored 
bright red and green by sesuvium.

 The island’s rugged southern cliffs are an excellent place to spot tropicbirds and swallow-tailed gulls, as well as ‘the gentlemen’s club’, a gathering of male sea lions either too young or too old to be beach masters!
DAY 3 - FRIDAY: ESPAÑOLA Island: Gardner Bay & Suárez Point.
Today you will cruise to the island of Española - the southernmost island of the Galapagos and one of the most spectacular. Because of its remote location, this island has a large population of endemic fauna. It is the breeding site for nearly all of the world's 12,000 pairs of waved albatrosses and also home to colonies of blue-footed and masked boobies.

Trails from the golden beaches, where sea lions bathe and marine iguanas make their way towards the water, will lead you right through the middle of booby colonies, and Galapagos doves and mockingbirds are also often seen. You will also visit the beautiful white sandy beaches at Bahia Gardner, which are great places for swimming and relaxing. The rocks off the coast provide excellent snorkeling opportunities, with reef sharks, turtles and many species of tropical fish, including surgeon and angelfish, often seen. The small white-tipped reef sharks are also often spotted resting under the rocks.
You will also pay a visit to Punta Suarez, one of the most attractive locations in the Galapagos and home to large and varied wildlife population - a walk along its trails will take you to a cliff top viewpoint, where you'll gain a magical panorama. Boobies line the rocky shoreline beneath you, while frigate birds may be seen overhead; nearby enormous male sea lions can be seen lounging and albatross use the cliffs as their ‘runway’, helping become airborne by the southeast winds that blow across this part of the island.

If you’re lucky you’ll see the elaborate courtship rituals performed by albatrosses before the female chooses her lifelong mate!
DAY 4 - SATURDAY: SAN CRISTOBAL: Pitt Point, Kicker Rock & Lobos Island
This morning you will visit Punta Pitt on the eastern end of Isla San Cristobal. Walk to the top of the volcanic hill for expansive views of the sparsely vegetated area. A variety of seabirds nest here, including blue-footed boobies and frigates.
On a 'panga' ride you can observe the three varieties of boobies nesting in the Galapagos and enjoy a snorkel from the beach.  Close by you will pass through Leon Dormido (Kicker Rock), which is a magnificent
 rock in the middle of the sea, the shape resembles a sleeping lion. The rock rises 150 meters above the surface and is divided into two parts by a narrow channel. 

You cruise through the channel with nesting seabirds on either side of the boat, tropic birds overhead, marine iguanas in the water and many sea lions present including many resting on the rocks. You will also visit Isla Lobos, a tiny island almost touching San Cristobal Island. This is the perfect time to witness the always friendly sea lions as they play in the calm shallow waters here. Blue-footed boobies, frigate birds and marine iguanas are also easily seen.
DAY 5 - SUNDAY: SAN CRISTOBAL: Interpretation Center & 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.

Visit the Interpretation Centre in the morning. The centre brings the history and geography of the archipelago to life, from its volcanic origins to the present day. The human history exhibit offers an insight into the discovery and colonisation of the Galapagos, and the reality of the problems the islands face today is also explored.
You will then head to the airport for our 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.
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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