Treasure of Galapagos

Galapagos Ecuador: (ZZ-EC-GALP10)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/galapagos_treasure_yacht_cruise.aspx

Introduction
Galapagos Ecuador

The Galapagos Islands - one of the world's most exclusive travel destinations. Discover the Galapagos Islands in style on board the Treasure of Galapagos, a brand new first class motor catamaran on the Galapagos Islands which offers you spacious suites with private balconies, experienced naturalist guides level III, an on board hotel and cruise manager and a highly interesting itinerary.
The catamaran was built in 2009 and has been operating since 2010 for a maximum of 16 travelers.
Discover the Galapagos Islands in style on this spacious first class yacht. Treasure of Galapagos - the perfect yacht and Galapagos Islands cruise which satisfies your needs.
All suites offer the luxury of a private balcony, a private bathroom and a small lounge area for reading, relaxing or having a glass of wine.
The Treasure of Galapagos offers a fast and smooth cruise because of it´s unique design and modern engineering to make your Galapagos Expedition a perfect and unforgettable experience with a touch of luxury.
The yacht offers an extensive sun deck with a bar and a hot tub as well as small solarium areas on each deck.The catamaran offers 8 spacious double outside suites with private balcony (4 suites on the main deck, 4 suites on the upper deck, as well as one master suite on the main deck with two private balconies and separated sleeping and living room.
Come on board the Treasure of Galapagos and enjoy a first class service, a delicious local and international cuisine, a well stocked bar and the amazing Galapagos Islands!

This mega catamaran offers 4 day, 5 day 8 day cruises and visits selected visitor sites on the most interesting islands.
Highlights:
Friday: Baltra (Arrival) - Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)
Saturday: North Seymour Island – Bartolome Island
Sunday: South Plaza Island – Santa Fe Island
Monday: San Cristobal Island (Interpretation Center & Galapaguera / Cerro Colorado)
Tuesday: Española Island (Gardner Bay & Punta Suarez)
Wednesday: Floreana Island (Punta Cormorant, Devil´s Crown & Post Office Bay)
Thursday: Isabela Island (Puerto Villamil - Tintoreras)
Friday: Los Gemelos (Santa Cruz Island) – Baltra (Departure)

The Treasure of Galapagos is the second yacht on the Galapagos Islands meeting the strict environmental specifications released by the Galapagos National Park. This is proofed by a scientific environmental impact study.


Accomodation


Treasure of Galapagos - a new, modern and comfortable catamaran built in 2009 and operating since 2010 for a maximum of 16 travelers.

The Treasure of Galapagos is the second yacht on the Galapagos Islands meeting the strict environmental specifications released by the Galapagos National Park. This is proofed by a scientific environmental impact study.
All suites offer the luxury of a private balcony, a private bathroom and a small lounge area for reading, relaxing or having a glass of wine.
The Treasure of Galapagos offers a fast and smooth cruise because of it´s unique design and modern engineering to make your Galapagos Expedition a perfect and unforgettable experience with a touch of luxury.



Public Areas
The Catamaran offers an extensive sun deck (shady and sunny areas) with a bar and a hot tub as well as small solarium areas on each deck. On the main deck you find the comfortable restaurant and lounge with bar. The lower deck comes with a meeting room with TV, DVD and a small library.



Accommodation - Suites
The Treasure of Galapagos catamaran offers 8 spacious double outside suites with private balcony. There are 4 cabins (two lower beds each one) and the master suite on the main deck; and 4 cabins on the upper deck (2 of them with two lower bed and the other 2 with one matrimonial bed). Cabin size approx. 20 sq meters / 215 sq feet). Master Suite with two private balconies and separated sleeping and living room (cabin size approx. 40 sq meters / 430 sq feet).
  • All spacious suites offer the luxury of a private balcony (balcony size: 1.9x1.2 meters / 6.2x3.9 feet) and a small lounge area and are designed for a maximum of two guests. Two suites with matrimonial beds (Queen Size) and six suites with twin beds are available.
  • The master suite offers a separate living and sleeping area as well as two balconies and it is designed for a maximum of three guests, perfect for families. It offers one bedroom with a matrimonial bed (King Size) and a one additional twin sized sofa bed in the living room.
  • All suites are equipped with a private bathroom with a shower (hot water), toilet and basin.
  • Each suite offers an individually controlled air conditioning.
  • Closets, safe / security boxes and baggage room in all suites available.


Amenities
On the Treasure of Galapagos expect a first class service & cuisine and even more:
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included during the cruise. Breakfast and dinner are served buffet style. A varied menu with local and international specialties is served during the cruise including special BBQ evenings on the sun deck. Special meals (vegetarian, dietary, etc.) are available upon request at no extra cost.
  • Purified drinking water, tea and coffee are complimentary.
  • Fully stocked bar (selected beers, wines, liqueurs and cocktails) available.
  • Equipment for snorkeling (snorkel, mask, fins) at no extra cost. Wet suits additionally available upon request.
  • A friendly and helpful crew offering you the best available service. Come on board as a guest and leave as a friend !



Riding

Specifications
Type: Motor Catamaran
Category: First Class
Year: 2009
Construction: double-walled fiberglass hull; Botto Astilleros Y Marina, Guayaquil
Certification: Environemental Impact Study, Department of the Environment (Ecuador) and Galapagos National Park Administration.
Length: 30.97m / 101.60 feet
Beam: 11.20 m / 36.75 feet
Speed: 12 knots / 22.22 km/h / 13.81 mp/h
Capacity: up to 16 passengers
Crew: 8 crew members plus 1 hotel manager and 1 naturalist guide level III
Security: SOLAS / IMO Standard
Navigation; GPS, Radar, Radio, Compass, etc.
Engine: 2 x 345 PS/HP Caterpillar Diesel, 2 x 75 kw generators

Deck Plan
Find the detailed deck plan of the Treasure of Galapagos here:

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Itinerary
Itinerary 2011
-  8 day, 5 day and 4 day cruise options (Friday to Friday, Monday to Friday, Friday to Monday)

Itinerary 2012

Itinerary changes in 2012: Please be aware that due of National Park laws the itineraries will change to 7 days and two itineraries for 5 days ("A" and "B"). Please see below ...
7 day cruises are available from Saturday to Friday. 5 day cruises are available from Friday to Tuesday tour "A" or Tuesday to Saturday tour "B".



2011 Itinerary

Friday - Charles Darwin Research Station
Transfer from Baltra until Puerto Ayora. Lunch at noon. Dry landing, activities: walking, educational, see giant turtles and Opuntia cactus at Charles Darwin Station. Paths: easy, duration 2h. Dinner at night.
Saturday - North Seymour & Bartolome

AM: North Seymour: Breakfast in the morning. Dry landing. On this island you can observe blue-footed boobies, colonies of magnificent frigate birds, fork-tailed seagulls, sea swallows, sea lions, lava lizards and land iguanas. The Palo Santo trees are also here. Paths: moderate, duration 1h30. Lunch at noon.
PM: Bartolome: After lunch visit to Pinnacle Rock Beach for swimming and snorkeling. Wet Landing, paths: easy, duration: 1h. In the afternoon dry landing to get to the Bartolome overlook. On this island it is possible to see interesting lava formations and ash cones. After a 30 to 40-minute climb to the high part a wooden stairway goes to the top where there is a beautiful view of the nearest bays. This island is one of the most visited and photographed because of its Pinnacle Rock as well as the sea lions and penguins around its base. Paths: difficult, duration: 1h30. Dinner at night.
Sunday - South Plazas & Santa Fe

AM: South Plazas: Breakfast in the morning. Dry landing. This island is full of life. There are colonies of sea lions and land iguanas. While you walk on the banks it is possible to see a great number of birds such as nesting tropic birds and fork-tailed seagulls, but most of all enjoying the beautiful view from the top the steep banks or strolling along the base of the cliff is an extremely pleasurable experience. The Opuntia cactus grow here too and the vegetation changes color according to the season of the year. Paths: easy, duration: 1h45. Lunch at noon.
PM: Santa Fe: In the afternoon snorkeling at the rocky coast of this island to see diverse fish and sea turtles. Afterwards. wet landing. On the walking you can see colonies of sea lions, land iguanas, frigate birds, Galapagos doves and lava lizards. Hiking into the island you can see a forest of giant cactus and Palo Santo trees. Paths: easy, duration: 1h. Dinner at night.
Monday - San Cristobal (Cerro Colorado / La Galapaguera & Interpretation Center)

AM: San Cristobal- Cerro Colorado: Breakfast in the morning. Dry landing. After a 45min bus drive you will arrive at Cerro Colorado where you can see the giant Galapagos turtles in their natural habitat. Paths: easy, duration: 1h. Lunch at noon.
PM: San Cristobal: Interpretation Center: Dry landing. This place is educational about the evolution of the Galapagos islands and the animal life on the islands. Paths: easy, duration: 1h. Later free time to walk and shop in the small town of San Cristobal. Dinner at night.
Tuesday - Española (Gardner Bay & Punta Suarez)

AM: Española - Gardner Bay: Breakfast in the morning. Wet landing. This bay has a white sand beach and there is a small colony of sea lions. The possibilities for swimming or snorkeling are excellent here. Paths: easy, duration: 1h.
Osborn Island: Enjoy this place for snorkeling and swimming. Duration: 30min. Lunch on board.
PM: Española - Suarez Point: Dry landing. Walking there you can see the blow hole, sea lions, marine iguanas, blue footed boobies, Nazca boobies, Darwin finches, Galapagos hawks, waved albatross, lava lizards, mocking birds, herons. Paths: difficult, duration: 2h30. Dinner at night.
Wednesday - Floreana (Punta Cormoratn, Devil´s Crown & Post Office Bay)

AM: Floreana – Cormorant Point: Breakfast in the morning. Wet landing. This site has a beach of green olivine crystal sand for walking and swimming. The island has also a flamingos lagoon. Walking on towards the other side, there is a fine white sand beach where marine turtles nest from December to May. Paths: easy, duration: 2h.
PM: Floreana - Devil’s Crown: This place is excellent to snorkel and to observe fish, rays and sharks.
Post Office Bay: Wet Landing. Here you will see the famous barrel that served as the mailbox for eighteenth century whaling ships. Now tourists leave their unstamped letters or postcards for the next passengers to mail. Paths: easy, duration: 1h. Dinner at night.
Thursday - Isabela Island (Puerto Villamil & Tintoreras)

AM: Isabela - Puerto Villamil: Dry landing. Walk through the town and visit of Mura de las Lagrimas, Turtle breeding center, etc. Paths: moderate, duration: 2h. Lunch at noon.
PM: Isabela – Tintoreras: Dry landing. Walking through lava fields you can see Galapagos penguins, marine iguanas, white tip sharks. Afterwards you can take a last bath in the ocean on the beaches of Isabela or you can take a walk in the small town Puerto Villamil. You can observe sea lions, marine iguanas, pelicans, frigate birds, blue booted boobies. Dinner at night.
Friday - Santa Cruz (Los Gemelos, Highland)

AM: Highlands of Santa Cruz: Breakfast in the morning. Check out. Dry landing. On your way to the airport you will make a short stop at the craters “Gemelos”, two deep twin volcano craters. Paths: easy, duration: 15min. Transfer out from Santa Cruz island until Baltra to the airport.

Itinerary Monday to Friday (5 days / 4 nights):

Monday: San Cristobal Island (Arrival) – Interpretation Center San Cristobal
Tuesday: Española Island (Gardner Bay & Punta Suarez)
Wednesday: Floreana Island (Punta Cormorant, Devil´s Crwon & Post Office Bay)
Thursday: Isabela Island (Puerto Villamil & Tintoreras)
Friday: Los Gemelos (Santa Cruz Island) – Baltra (Departure)

Itinerary Friday to Monday (4 days / 3 nights):

Friday: Baltra (Arrival) - Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)
Saturday: North Seymour Island – Bartolome Island
Sunday: South Plaza Island – Santa Fe Island
Monday: San Cristobal Island (Interpretation Center) - Departure

2012 Itinerary
Itinerary Saturday to Friday (7 days / 6 nights):

Saturday: Baltra (Arrival) - Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)
Sunday: Volcano Chico – Wall of Tears (Isabela Island)
Monday: Punta Moreno - Urbina Bay (Isabela Island)
Tuesday: Caleta Tagus (Isabela Island) - Punta Espinoza (Fernandina Island)
Wednesday: Puerto Egas (Santiago Island) - Chinese Hat Island
Thursday: Rabida Island - Cerro Dragón (Santa Cruz Island)
Friday: Gemelos (Santa Cruz island) - Baltra (Departure)

Itinerary "A" Friday to Tuesday (5 days / 4 nights):

Friday: (Arrival) - Gemelos - Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)
Saturday: North Seymour Island - Bartholomew Island
Sunday: South Plazas Island - Cerro Brujo (San Cristobal (Island)
Monday: Punta Pitt (San Cristobal Island) - Lobos Island
Tuesday: Interpretation Center (San Cristobal Island) – San Cristobal (Departure)

Itinerary "B" Tuesday to Saturday (5 days / 4 nights):

Tuesday: San Cristobal (Arrival) - Cerro Colorado (San Cristobal Island)
Wednesday: Gardner Bay - Punta Suarez (Española Island)
Thursday: Mirador Baronesa - Punta Cormorant (Floreana Island)
Friday: Santa Fe Island - Tortuga Bay (Santa Cruz Island)
Saturday: Gemelos (Santa Cruz island) - Baltra (Departure)


Rates and Dates for Treasure of Galapagos

Rates include:

Accommodation, full board incl. purified drinking water, coffe and tea, all excursions on the islands lead by bilingual naturalist guide (English / Spanish) , on-board cruise manager, use of snorkeling equipment, use of public facilities.
We do not charge fuel surcharges or high season surcharges !

Packages and Options





Transfer and Other Options:



 DescriptionUS$
2012 Transfer from Baltra is included $0
2012 Flight Quito-Baltra-Quito approx $445
2012 Flight Guayaquil-Baltra-Guayaquil $395
2012 A new Fuel Surcharge is proposed - $50 to $70 each way
- to be paid locally
$0

Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
A 2012 01/01 - 12/31 7d / 6n 7 day cruise, AP (SA-FR) 4 /16 Reserve
B 2012 01/01 - 12/31 5d / 4n 5 day cruise, AP (FR-TUE or ... 4 /16 Reserve

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Galapagos National Park entrance fee (apporx. 100 US-$) and INGALA transit control card fee (approx. 10 US-$), flight to the Galapagos Islands (approx. 440 US-$ round-trip; tickets will be issued by us), alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, use of wetsuits, tips to crew and naturalist guide.

Other Info
Meeting: Galapagos
Airport: Baltra via Quito
Transfer: Quito by flight arrangement

Climate:

What To Bring: