Galapagos Islands Small Yacht Cruise IVS

11 Days from From $5,500

Cruise the Galapagos in an upscale yacht on this exciting International Veterinary Seminars course. The Galapagos are a wildlife treasure. Nothing quite compares to the joy of observing animals in the wild here, or the sense of wonder and privilege felt while spending time with creatures that don’t run or fly away when humans approach.

Galapagos Adventure with International Veterinary Seminars

Cruise the Galapagos in an upscale yacht on this exciting International Veterinary Seminars course!

The Galapagos are a wildlife treasure. Nothing quite compares to the joy of observing animals in the wild here, or the sense of wonder and privilege felt while spending time with creatures that don’t run or fly away when humans approach.

An outstanding natural history guide will lead us on exciting hiking trips each day through incredible habitats in this unmatched wildlife spectacle.

You’ll enjoy watching the world’s only seagoing lizards, to flightless cormorants and penguins, flamingos, inflatable frigate birds, wave albatrosses, clownish boobies, patriarchal giant tortoises, and 13 species of Darwin finches. There can often be thrilling encounters with animals–up close and in large numbers.

This expedition often provides extraordinary opportunities to swim with marine mammals such as sea lions, fur seals, dolphins, and manta, eagle, and golden rays, as well as thousands of the 300 species of colorful fish.

We have selected the “Coral I or II” motor yacht for our travels as it is a spectacular small yacht with only a maximum of 18 (April 2020) to 36 (July 2019) people, making this is the ideal way to explore these enchanting islands.

April 2019:
Dr. Gary Oswald from Tampa Bay Veterinary Specialists will present 18 CE hours on “managing common medical in practice”. Dr Oswald is a regular IVS presenter because of his practical and informative presentations.

July 2019:
Dr. Virginia Luis-Fuentes will provide 18 CE hours on “Managing common cardiac problems in practice today”. Dr. Luis-Fuentes is known for her practical and informative presentations.

Seminar registration fee is $795.00.

IVS in the Galapagos Trip Highlights:

  • Deluxe, upscale yacht limited to 18-36 passengers (depending on the date you choose)
  • Enjoy up close and personal encounters with wildlife in one of the world’s top nature destinations!
  • The most comprehensive Galapagos experience available, with nature hikes, swimming, and sea kayaking excursions
  • Knowledgeable and personable naturalist on board our yacht to lead all hikes and activities.
  • Optional opportunities to SCUBA dive

SCUBA option!
For adventurous and certified divers looking for the best diving sites in the Galapagos Islands, now you can add a diving tour in the Islands along professional masters and instructors to your itinerary. Most divers consider the Galapagos Islands the best diving experience of their careers.

The massive amounts of sharks that swim on the Galapagos waters, the feeding frenzies to be witnessed in several locations, the playful sea lions and the diverse volcanic formations, make this location a unique diving experience.

This is an optional activity for certified divers, which you can enjoy during our cruise tour. The diving experience is the most rewarding complementary activity for those who know the secret of the underwater world. Please call for more information!

Itinerary Snapshot

(Meals included: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)

Day 1
Arrive to Quito and check in to hotel, SwissÔtel. Hotel website: http://www.swissotel.com/hotels/quito/

Day 2
Walking tour of historic Quito. B

Day 3
AM – Depart from Quito to Baltra.
PM – Visit Charles Darwin Station with some free time to visit town and shop. B, L & D

Day 4
AM – Dragon Hill, dry landing. Walking tour followed by snorkeling.
PM – Bartolome Island, dry landing. Walking tour and snorkeling. B, L & D

Day 5
AM – Rabida wet landing. Walking tour along beach and dunes. Dinghy ride with snorkeling.
PM – Buccaneers Cove & Espumilla Beach, wet landing. Walking tour followed by snorkeling/swimming. B, L & D

Day 6
AM – Black Turtle Cove, dinghy tour.
PM – Highland Tortoise Reserve, dry landing. Drive followed by walking. B, L & D

Day 7
AM – Punta Vicente Roca. Dinghy tour followed by snorkeling.
PM – Punta Espinosa, dry landing. Walking followed by snorkeling. B, L & D

Day 8
AM – Urbina Bay, wet landing. Walking tour followed by snorkeling.
PM – Tagus Cove, dry landing. Walking tour in volcanic zone followed by snorkeling/swimming. B, L & D

Day 9
AM – Egas Port, Santiago wet landing. Walking tour on varied volcanic terrain, followed by snorkeling/swimming.
PM – Sullivan Bay, dry landing. Walking followed by snorkeling/swimming. B, L & D

Day 10
AM – Bachas Beach, wet landing. Then catch return flight to Quito.
PM – Check-in Hotel Casa de Hacienda La Jimenita, near the airport: hotelnuevoaeropuerto.com

Day 11 Fly out of Quito. B

*Note: depending on availability we may choose a different hotel of similar type and equal quality.

Meals: Breakfast is served from 7:30 to 8:30, except for Sunday when it is served at 6:00 and Wednesday at 7:00. Lunch is at 12:30 and dinner at 19:30, except on Monday and Saturday when it will be served at 18:30.

Dry Landings: Passengers step directly from a dinghy onto rocks or a dock. We recommend: walking shoes. Special care is highly recommended when walking on wet rocks.

Wet Landings: The dinghy edges toward the beach, where you step into knee-deep water assisted by crew members and guides. We recommend: swimming suit or shorts, walking shoes or sandals, towel (provided by the crew while disembarking)

Day 1
Arrive in Quito, Ecuador where a representative will meet and bring you to SwissÔtel. For more information on our hotel accommodations, please see their website at www.swissotel.com/hotels/quito/

A bit about Quito
The capital of Ecuador was founded in the 16th century on the ruins of an Inca city and stands at an altitude of 2,850 m. Despite the 1917 earthquake, the city has the best-preserved, least altered historic centre in Latin America. The monasteries of San Francisco and Santo Domingo, and the Church and Jesuit College of La Compañía, with their rich interiors, are pure examples of the ‘Baroque school of Quito’, which is a fusion of Spanish, Italian, Moorish, Flemish and indigenous art.

Day 2
Guided informational hike of Quito. Quito’s old-town is like walking through time and back again amidst splendid 16th century architecture, churches bathed in gold, convents tucked away behind hand–carved, baroque doors and block upon block of Spanish-style.

Day 3
AM – Baltra Airport
Departing from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Island in a 2:30-hour flight. Upon arrival, passengers are picked up at the airport by our naturist guides and taken on a ten-minute bus drive to the pier to board the Coral I or Coral II.

PM – Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)
Once home to the famous Lonesome George, the last tortoise of the Pinta race, the breeding and relocation center is named in honor of his long-time guardian. The center is set in the Galapagos National Park Service where various interpretative buildings are available to visit. The grounds, with large stands of native vegetation, are one of the better places to spot some of the seldom seen Darwin’s finches such as the woodpecker, cactus and vegetarian finches.

Disembarking: dry landing
Physical condition: low
Type of terrain: flat
Activities: 1 hour 45 min bus ride round trip / 1 hour 30 min hike and visit

Day 4
AM – Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz Island)
Arriving to a small lava dock our first encounters are with marine iguanas that blend-in perfectly to the dark rock. As we walk past large prickly pear cacti we arrive to one end of a long, sickle-shaped, beach with Dragon Hill standing in the distance. Our walk takes us on a circular path, past a shallow lake where flamingoes frequently come to feed. Waders such as stilts, turnstones and sandpipers work the muddy edges frenetically looking for food as we continue inland to a dry, forested habitat where land iguanas nest and burrow.

Disembarking: dry landing
Physical condition: medium
Type of terrain: rocky
Activities: 1 hour 45 min hike / 45 min beach or deep-water snorkeling

PM – Bartolome Island
Considered the most iconic landscape of the entire archipelago the view from the top of Bartolome Island, overlooking the famous Pinnacle Rock and the austere Santiago Island beyond, is well worth the climb up the wooden boardwalk. This volcanic scene has often been likened to a lunar landscape. Our subsequent snorkel here might put us face to face with Galapagos penguins, white-tipped reef sharks and playful sea lions.

Disembarking: dry landing
Physical condition: medium
Type of terrain: wooden path of 372 stairs.
Activities: 1 hour hike / 45 min beach snorkeling

Day 5
AM – Rabida Island
Lying at the heart of the archipelago this dramatic island, with its distinctive red-sand beach, is home to sea lions, mockingbirds, finches, endemic Galapagos doves and vermillion flycatchers. A walk takes us through a forest of palo santo and cacti to a beautiful overview of the bay. Snorkeling here can be excellent, often with large schools of black-striped salemas, sea lions and the ubiquitous turtles.

Disembarking: wet landing
Physical condition: low
Type of terrain: sandy & grabble
Activities: 1 hour 30 min hike / 1 hour beach snorkeling or 45min kayak under request / 1 hour dinghy ride /

PM – Buccaneers Cove & Espumilla Beach (Santiago Island)
This is an amazing location, featuring the remains of an eroded shoreline that is home to seabirds, fur seals and the playful sea lions. Its different shapes have been made throughout a process caused by erosion of the waves and the wind. Espumilla Beach is a white-sandy beach in James Bay and is a popular place among visitors. There are mangroves and a small palo santo forest that lead to salty-water lagoons that are home to wading birds like flamingos. In the upper dunes are a nesting site for sea turtles. A good place to snorkel to see rays.

Disembarking: wet landing
Physical condition: low
Type of terrain: white sand
Activities: 1 hour hike / 45 min beach snorkeling

Day 6
AM – Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz Island)
Here, we can find four species of mangrove in the extensive tidal lagoon system that stretches for almost a mile inland. During our dinghy ride through the labyrinth we will spot many turtles, herons of several species, sharks and rays. The experience is otherworldly and seems to transport us back to the beginning of time.

Physical condition: low
Activities: 1 hour dinghy ride

PM – Highlands Tortoise Reserve (Santa Cruz Island)
In the central highlands of Santa Cruz Island, we have our best opportunity to interact at close quarters with totally wild, Galapagos giant tortoises. A short walk among these huge, 600lb reptiles will also offer the chance for more highland species, especially several species of the famed finches.

Disembarking: dry landing
Physical condition: low
Type of terrain: flat & muddy
Activities: 1 hour 30 min bus ride roundtrip / 1 hour hike

Day 7
AM – Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela Island)
This is a spectacular visitor site, surrounded by immense cliffs of the eroded volcano. Studded with resting sea birds such as brown noddies and Nazca boobies, we will enjoy them in close proximity from our dinghies. Snorkeling here is superb, with certain species of fish only found in the west of the archipelago. We also have a very real chance of swimming with penguins and potentially a plethora of green turtles.

Physical condition: low / high
Activities: 1 hour 15 min dinghy ride / 1 hour deep water snorkeling

PM – Punta Espinosa (Fernandina Island)
The youngest island of Galapagos and one of the most pristine in the world. Fernandina is simply the ‘marine iguana capital of the world’, This desolate volcanic backdrop is home to a huge concentration of these enigmatic reptiles. Incongruously, sharing the same shoreline, we can find the diminutive Galapagos penguins. Here we also have the exciting opportunity to snorkel with marine iguanas feeding underwater, penguins, turtles and the bizarre, endemic, flightless cormorants.

Disembarking: dry landing
Physical condition: medium
Type of terrain: rocky & lava
Activities: 1 hour 45 min hike / 1 hour deep water snorkeling

Day 8
AM – Urbina Bay (Isabela Island)
At the far end of a long, level hike we arrive at a strange phenomenon where large blocks of coral lie completely exposed after a dramatic geological uplift in 1954. Located at the western base of Alcedo Volcano we hope to run into a few very impressive land iguanas as well as some of the volcano’s endemic Galapagos giant tortoises during the wet season.

Disembarking: wet landing
Physical condition: low
Type of terrain: flat
Activities: 1 hour 45 min hike / 1 hour beach snorkeling

PM – Tagus Cove (Isabela)
A well-known hideout and deep-water anchorage in the days of pirates, Tagus Cove was also one of the few sites visited by Charles Darwin and the HMS Beagle in 1835. A beautiful hike leads us past an overview of Darwin Lake and on to a stunning volcanic landscape revealing Isabela island´s dramatic northern volcanoes. Once back at sea level the perfect activity is to snorkel along a submerged wall with turtles, lots of fish, penguins and potentially flightless cormorants. You might even be tempted by a dinghy ride or kayak!

Disembarking: dry landing
Physical condition: medium
Type of terrain: steep & eroded tuff
Activities: 1 hour hike / 45 min dinghy ride / 1 hour deep water snorkeling or 45min kayaking (under request)

Day 9
AM – Egas Port (Santiago Island)
The black volcanic sand sets this landing apart from most. It is best known for the dramatic shoreline where we meet a host of species that chose to live between land and sea. Particular among these are the endemic Galapagos fur seals which maintain a small colony at the end of our walk. Other species of note include American oystercatchers, sea lions, waders, herons, lava lizards and even Galapagos hawks. An optional visit takes us to an abandoned salt mine famous in its day for supplying salt to mainland Ecuador.

Disembarking: wet landing
Physical condition: medium
Type of terrain: flat & semi-rocky
Activities: 1 hour 45 min hike / 1 hour deep water snorkeling

PM – Sullivan Bay (Santiago Island)
Although, when viewed from the sea, the site does not look especially interesting visitors are always totally enthralled by the amazing beds of pahoehoe lava from the recent flow on the island. It is a landscape and macro photographer´s dream. The importance of pioneer plants such as the tiny Mollugo will be discussed as we hike over the lava. After our land visit we can enjoy a refreshing snorkel in the company of sea lions, turtles and rays.

Disembarking: dry landing
Physical condition: demanding
Type of terrain: flat volcanic lava
Activities: 1 hour 30 min hike / 1 hour snorkeling or beach time

Day 10
AM – Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz Island)
Named for some wrecked World War II barges whose ribs are still visible in the sand this visitor site offers a lovely walk along the shore and a visit to a lagoon behind the high tide line with wading birds, marine iguanas and sometimes even flamingoes. The two beaches are also favorite nesting sites for green turtles which often leave tractor-like tracks in the sand.

Disembarking: wet landing
Physical condition: easy
Type of terrain: sandy
Activities: 1-hour hike / beach time

Baltra Airport
After the visit, passengers will be transferred to the airport for return flight to Quito and land around 4pm. We will check into our hotel, Hotel Casa de Hacienda La Jimenita, which is near the airport in Quito.

Day 11
Transfer to airport for your flight back home, or begin your trip extension.
Call for details.

July 2019: The Coral I is the perfect combination of classic beauty and exquisite style.  Built in Germany,  she surpasses all the standards you would expect from a high-class yacht in order to make your cruise among the enchanted islands extraordinary.

Every cabin features handsome wood decoration, along with air-conditioning, a private bathroom, safe deposit box, telephone, and your choice of background music.  Additionally, the Coral II has plenty of room to relax with three sundecks (some shaded), a Jacuzzi, comfortable dining room and lounge.

360* tour of the Coral I Yacht

Coral Deck PlansCabin Coral

April 2020: The Coral II is the perfect combination of classic beauty and exquisite style.  Built in Holland,  she surpasses all the standards you would expect from a high-class yacht in order to make your cruise among the enchanted islands extraordinary.

Every cabin features handsome wood decoration, along with air-conditioning, a private bathroom, safe deposit box, telephone, and your choice of background music.  Additionally, the Coral II has plenty of room to relax with three sundecks (some shaded), a Jacuzzi, comfortable dining room and lounge.

Take a 360* Tour

Coral Deck PlansCabin Coral

View photos of the cabins

Departure Dates:

2019
April 12-22 – FULL!
July 19-29
2020
April 10-20

Trip Length: 11 Days
Trip Price:

2019:
$5,500 (Standard Plus Cabin) or $6,000 (Junior Cabin), per person, based on double occupancy.
Does not include price of flight between Quito and Baltra or National Park entrance fees.

2020:
$5,650 (Standard Plus Cabin) or $6,150 (Junior Cabin), per person, based on double occupancy.
Does not include price of flight between Quito and Baltra or National Park entrance fees.

18 CE hours (optional): $795.00

Child pricing (ages 16 and under) for July 2019 trip only*:
Standard Plus – $5,250
Junior Cabin – $ 5,750
*Families: please call for cabin configuration availability so that we can ensure proper cabin assignments to fit your family’s needs.

April 2019:
Dr. Gary Oswald from Tampa Bay Veterinary Specialists will present 18 CE hours on “managing common medical in practice”. Dr Oswald is a regular IVS presenter because of his practical and informative presentations.

July 2019:
Dr. Virginia Luis-Fuentes will provide 18 CE hours on “Managing common cardiac problems in practice today”. Dr. Luis-Fuentes is known for her practical and informative presentations.

Youth Price: From $5,250
Deposit: $600

Extensions available:

  • Galapagos Safari Camp

    Galapagos Safari Camp is a new way to experience the Galapagos, either in addition to a cruise or as a unique destination in itself. Our eco-luxury tented camp – one of the first in Latin America – follows the African safari tradition in which guests enjoy total comfort under canvas while experiencing nature in its purest form.

     

    5 to 7 Days from $3600.00 per person, based on double occupancy
  • Hacienda Zuleta in the Andes

    Built in 1691, Hacienda Zuleta lies in the spectacular Andean mountain range of Ecuador at 9,600 feet. Explore the mountains by horseback, mountain bike or foot. Learn about the rich culture of this community that still operates as they did hundreds of years ago. Dine on food that is locally sourced and fall asleep to the crackling fire in your room’s fireplace.

    Customizable from $280 per person, based on double occupancy
  • Ecuador Amazon Extension

    In only 4 or 5 days, it is not uncommon for even the most casual birder to see over 250 species here. With only minimal effort you can expect to see dozens of colorful parrots, toucans, hummingbirds, tanagers, hawks, and oropendolas, as well as many monkey, frog and snake species, to name a few.

    4 Days/3 Nights or
    5 Days/4 Nights from $1,050 Per person, based on double occupancy