Galapagos Theory Luxury Yacht

Discover intimate adventure on these luxury expedition yachts for just 20 guests, whose ten spacious staterooms afford panoramic views of the passing sea. Lounge in your light-filled spacious stateroom during the day and retreat here in the evenings. The gentle churning of the pacific will lull you to sleep, enjoy the fine bed linens, climate controls and both memory foam mattresses as well as soft pillows that will ensure a comfortable night’s sleep.

SUN - Embark San Cristobal to Frigatebird Hill

Upon arrival to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal Island, transfer by bus then Zodiac to the anchored yacht. After a welcome briefing and safety drill, enjoy a delicious buffet lunch served on board. In the afternoon, travel by bus to Frigatebird Hill, one of two sites where you can see nesting colonies of both species of frigatebirds (great and magnificent), as well as lava lizards, the medium ground finch and the San Cristobal mockingbird. Walk along the trail to Punta Carola for scenic views, then return to the yacht in the evening for a briefing followed by the captain’s welcome party and dinner.

MON - Punta Pitt & Cerro Brujo (San Cristobal)

Go ashore this morning at Punta Pitt, a tuff formation that serves as a nesting site for many seabirds including all three types of boobies (blue-footed, red-footed and Nazca), both frigatebird species, swallow-tailed gulls, storm petrels, shearwaters and brown pelicans. Punta Pitt is considered one of the best sites for birds in the archipelago and is also home to a colony of sea lions. At Pitt Rock, enjoy a snorkel or swim with sea lions and colorful fish such as King Angel and surgeon fish before returning to the ship for lunch. Spend the afternoon at Cerro Brujo, a breathtaking white coral beach with expansive views and good birdwatching. Take a peaceful walk along the beach, swim with sea lions or use the kayaks or stand-up paddle boards. Enjoy a Zodiac ride through a cave called The Cathedral before returning aboard for a briefing followed by dinner.

TUE - Punta Suarez & Gardner Bay (Espanola)

Today disembark at Punta Suarez on Espanola Island, home to the greatest number of endemic species found in Galapagos. Sea lions bark noisy greetings as you land on the beach, while curious mockingbirds peck at your shoelaces. Colonies of blue-footed boobies engage in sky-pointing to show off for potential mates. From April to December, the waved albatross, found only on Espanola, performs its wild mating ritual. Other easily spotted wildlife are the Nazca boobies busily caring for their young and stunning swallow-tailed gulls, the only nocturnal gulls in the world. You will also find Darwin’s finches, Galapagos doves, red-billed tropicbirds and Galapagos hawks, as well as a unique species of marine iguanas with traces of red and green colorings. Follow the trail to the dramatic ocean blowhole and watch for colorful Sally Lightfoot crabs crawling along the shoreline. Return to the ship for lunch on board.

In the afternoon, disembark at Gardner Bay, where large colonies of sea lions dot the seemingly endless white-sand beach. Enjoy time to take a leisurely stroll or relax on the beach, watching for birds such as the Galapagos hawk, Darwin’s finch, or Hood mockingbird. Swim with the playful sea lions from the beach, explore the bay and islets by kayak or take a Zodiac ride to explore the caves covered with invertebrates. Admire the colorful array of underwater life at the excellent snorkeling site near Tortuga Rock. Return to the ship for a briefing followed by dinner.

WED - Punta Cormorant, Devil's Crown, Baroness & Post Office Bay (Floreana)

Step ashore at Punta Cormorant on Floreana Island, one of the few populated islands in Galapagos with a rich and intriguing human history. The olive-sand beach is alive with the sounds of sea lions, lava herons, yellow-crowned night herons, blue-footed boobies and penguins. Follow a trail to a brackish lagoon, home to Bahama ducks, common stilts, Galapagos flycatchers, yellow warblers and the greater flamingos. Wind your way past a rich variety of plants including the morning glory, cut-leaf daisies, mangroves (black, red and white), palo verde and scalesia. The trail leads to a beach where sea turtles lay their eggs in the powdery sand dunes and sting rays swim in the shallow water. After the walk, there is an opportunity to snorkel at Devil’s Crown, a shallow sunken crater colonized by a brilliant array of colorful fish and coral, white-tipped sharks, sea turtles, spotted eagle rays and sea stars. Lunch is served aboard on the sundeck, weather permitting.

After lunch, visit one of the most famous sites in Galapagos: Post Office Bay, where a post barrel was erected in the late 18th Century for use by English whaling vessels. Visitors are invited to leave a post card and to pick up any mail destined for their home area. There is an opportunity to swim from the beach with sea lions. Late afternoon, take a Zodiac ride near Baroness Point to look for sea turtles and rays before returning to the yacht for a briefing followed by dinner.

THU - Highlands, Los Gemelos & Darwin Station (Santa Cruz)

Disembark at Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island, the social heart of the Galapagos, with a population of 24,000. Travel by bus to the highlands, passing through all seven vegetation zones found in Galapagos. Visit Rancho El Manzanillo, a privately-owned hacienda where giant tortoises roam in their natural habitat. Stop at the lava tunnels at El Mirador, the largest in the archipelago, and visit Los Gemelos, a pair of large craters. Return to the ship for lunch on board.

In the afternoon, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, the tortoise corrals and breeding center with hatchlings and miniature tortoises that will be repatriated when grown. Visit the new exhibit honoring Lonesome George, a worldwide icon of conservation as the last surviving tortoise from Pinta Island that tragically died of natural causes. Stroll through town to shop for souvenirs or stop at an internet café or museum. Return to the ship for dinner or, if you wish, remain ashore for dinner on your own. Zodiac shuttles from the Origin and Theory to the main dock will be offered throughout the evening.

FRI - Chinese Hat & Bartolome

Go ashore today at Chinese Hat, a small island off the southern tip of Santiago that owes its name to its shape. After landing on a beach with colonies of sea lions, follow the trail to a primeval landscape of volcanic rubble including cracked lava formations and tubes. Marine iguanas and pairs of oystercatchers are commonly seen. Snorkel at a site frequented by large numbers of Galapagos penguins. After lunch, disembark at Bartolome, a young island inhospitable to most plants and animals. Climb the long wooden staircase to the summit of a dormant volcano, pausing along the way to marvel at lava bombs, spatter cones and cinder cones. It seems as if you are walking on the moon! The panoramic view from the top encompasses the entire island, including the distinctive eroded tuff cone known as Pinnacle Rock. The crystal clear water below beckons for snorkeling with schools of tropical fish, white-tipped reef sharks and Galapagos Penguins. Take a Zodiac ride along the rocky shoreline before returning to the yacht for the evening briefing and dinner.

SAT - South Plaza & North Seymour

Today’s visit is at South Plaza, a small geological uplift with tall cliffs where swallow-failed gulls, shearwaters, and red-billed tropicbirds build their nests. The trail leads you through opuntia (prickly pear) and sesuvium, and land iguanas are seen feeding on cactus leaves. The island is also home to a colony of bachelor sea lions, with dominant bulls in various stages of recovery from battles over prime beach territory. Return to the ship and snorkel between North and South Seymour in deeper water. After lunch, go ashore at North Seymour, a small geological uplift to observe swallow-tailed gulls, blue-footed boobies and endemic land iguanas. Visit the largest colony of magnificent frigatebirds in the Galapagos and watch for marine iguanas and sea lions body surfing the northern swells. Return to the Origin or Theory for the captain’s farewell cocktail party and dinner, followed by a slide show presentation.

SUN - Interpretation Center & Depart San Cristobal

Travel by bus to the Interpretation Center on San Cristobal to gain a more complete understanding of the natural and human history of the Islands. Afterwards, spend time in port before heading to the airport for your flight back to the mainland.

SUN - Embark San Cristobal to La Galapaguera

Upon your arrival to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal Island, the crew is waiting at the airport to escort you to your anchored yacht. After a welcome briefing and safety drill, enjoy a delicious buffet lunch served on board. In the afternoon, travel to Cerro Colorado to visit the Jacinto Gordillo Breeding Center (La Galapaguera) where the national park has established a breeding program for giant tortoises in their natural habitat. At the visitor center, learn about the origin and evolution of tortoises, as well as threats from introduced animals. Along the trail, watch for the San Cristobal mockingbird and calandrinia plant, both endemic to the island. Return to the ship for a briefing followed by the captain’s welcome cocktail party and dinner.

MON - Prince Philip's Steps & Darwin Bay (Genovesa)

Spend the entire day on Genovesa Island, one of the most spectacular places in Galapagos for bird species. Land at Prince Philip’s Steps, where red-footed boobies nest in palo santo trees, Nazca boobies nest near the trail and storm petrels gather in large numbers in an open lava field. With luck, you may see the elusive short-eared owl. Return to the ship and get outfitted with snorkel gear for the week, then head out on a deep water snorkel excursion from the Zodiacs. Back on board, enjoy a BBQ lunch on the sun deck. Choose to paddle from a kayak or stand-up paddleboard and explore the cliffs. Land at Darwin Bay, a coral sand beach where swallow-tailed and lava gulls gather near the tide pools. Enter a forest of opuntia cactus and mangroves where colonies of great frigatebirds nest, the males inflating their red-throated pouches to attract females as they fly overhead (June). Choose to relax on the beach or swim with sea lions in these northern warmer waters. Return to the yacht for a briefing followed by dinner and an evening full of stars.

TUE - Las Bachas & Cerro Dragon (Santa Cruz)

Today visit Las Bachas on the northern side of Santa Cruz Island. Explore the long stretch of a white sand beach and the interior lagoons populated by greater flamingo, then take the opportunity for some wonderful snorkeling from the beach and hope to see your first sea turtle. Return to the ship for lunch. This afternoon, step ashore on Dragon Hill for a majestic view of the bay and the island landscape covered in opuntia cactus, palo santo and muyuyo. The trail also offers excellent opportunities to see Darwin’s finches, Galapagos flycatchers, yellow warblers and Audubon’s shearwater, as well as the endemic land iguanas that were once part of the Darwin Station’s breeding program. In the saltwater lagoon, possible pink flamingos feed alongside other birds such as stilts, pintail ducks and sandpipers. After the briefing and dinner, sail toward the western islands and cross the equator for the second time.

WED - Punta Vicente Roca & Urbina Bay (Isabela)

This morning take a Zodiac ride to Punta Vicente Roca, which offers an incredible view of the tuff walls, where you can enter the wave-sculpted cave. There is an excellent chance to snorkel here and find penguins and sea turtles that frequent this area. During lunch, sail through the Bolivar Chanel. Take a seat on deck to view the dramatic scenery and watch for whales and dolphins riding the bow wave and possibly the Mola Mola, an odd looking giant sun fish. Disembark at Urbina Bay on Isabela Island, where four miles of coastal seabed were exposed due to a dramatic uplift during a volcanic eruption in 1954. See the remnants of coral skeletons, some of them waist-high, and keep an eye out for the very large and colorful Galapagos land iguanas, as well as marine iguanas, Darwin’s finches, brown pelicans, flightless cormorants and the occasional giant tortoise. Return to the ship for briefing and dinner. A sky full of stars beckons you to go on deck and observe the galaxy.

THU - Punta Espinoza (Fernandina) & Tagus Cove (Isabela)

This morning’s stop is at Punta Espinoza on Fernandina, the youngest and most pristine island in Galapagos, with no introduced animals. Recent lava flows formed by an active volcano stretch their way around the coast. Observe sea lion harems with resident bulls carefully guarding their territory, and hundreds of marine iguanas, the largest colony in Galapagos, basking in the sun along the rugged shoreline. Out on the point, the flightless cormorants build their nests close to shore since they lost their ability to fly. There is a chance to snorkel here with large sea turtles that frequent this area before returning to the ship for lunch.

After lunch go ashore on Tagus Cove, a favorite anchorage for pirates and whalers over the centuries. Sections of the rocky cliffs are covered with graffiti dating back to the 1800s. An optional uphill hike leads to a saltwater lagoon and a scenic overlook with a spectacular view of the ocean, lava fields and volcanic formations. Take advantage of the secluded cove and explore the shoreline by glass-bottom boat, kayak or stand-up paddleboard in search of Galapagos penguins, boobies, pelicans and other seabirds. Return to the ship for briefing and dinner as we cross the equator for the last time.

FRI - Rabida & Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz)

This morning disembark on Rabida, a small island considered to be the geographic center of Galapagos because its volcanic rocks are the most diversified in the archipelago. The dark red color of the beach comes from the high iron content in the volcanic stones. Follow the trail to a saltwater lagoon where greater flamingos migrate, keeping an eye out for marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and Darwin’s finches. Enjoy a Zodiac tour aimed at spotting mobula and manta rays. Afterwards, do not miss the opportunity to snorkel with a colony of sea lions, rays and white-tipped reef sharks. Return to the ship for lunch. This afternoon, take a Zodiac ride at Black Turtle Cove through a series of coves and inlets surrounded by mangroves. View pairs of mating sea turtles (September to February), white-tipped reef sharks and golden cow-nosed rays. Return to the ship for dinner as well as a special slide show presentation by your guides.

SAT - Puerto Ayora, Highlands & Darwin Station (Santa Cruz)

Disembark at Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island, the social heart of the Galapagos, with a population of 24,000. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, the tortoise corrals and the breeding center with hatchlings and miniature tortoises that will be repatriated when grown. Visit the new exhibit honoring Lonesome George, a worldwide icon of conservation as the last surviving tortoise from Pinta Island that tragically died of natural causes. Stroll through town to shop for souvenirs or stop at an internet café or museum. After lunch on board, travel by bus to the highlands, passing through all seven vegetation zones found in Galapagos. Visit Rancho El Manzanillo, a privately-owned hacienda where giant tortoises roam in their natural habitat. Stop at the lava tunnels at El Mirador, the largest in the archipelago. Return to the ship for the captain’s farewell cocktail party. Stay on board for one final meal, or if you wish, return ashore for dinner on your own. Zodiac shuttles from the yachts to the main dock will be offered throughout the evening.

SUN - Interpretation Center & Depart San Cristobal

Travel by bus to the Interpretation Center on San Cristobal to gain a more complete understanding of the natural and human history of the Islands. Afterwards, spend time in port before heading to the airport for your flight back to the mainland.


RATES PER PERSON
8 DAYS (A)
8 DAYS (B)
5 DAYS (D)
Golden Suites
US$ 7,450
US$ 7,450
Front View & Panoramic Suites
US$ 8,050
US$ 8,050

Longitudinal View

Sun Deck

Finch Deck

Darwin Deck

Beagle Deck

Rates Include:

  • All meals throughout cruise
  • Transfers in the islands
  • All excursions
  • Bilingual national park guide
  • Use of snorkeling equipment
  • Use of Underwater Camera
  • Wetsuit
  • Free airport assistance*
  • 1 hotel night in Quito or Guayaquil (the day before the cruise)*
  • Free airport transfers for Galapagos flights*