Overview

Imagine yourself setting sail as Charles Darwin did over 150 years ago to discover an enchanted world of colorful birds and sea life as curious about you as you are of them. Snorkel alongside the only penguins that live on the Equator. Sunbathe with sea lions on pristine beaches. Marvel at Sally Lightfoot crabs. Watch the albatross, with an eight foot wingspan, soar over rocky cliffs.

Our goal is to assure you have the adventure and experience that you want. We do this by offering you a wide variety of yachts and itineraries and helping you choose the right yacht or other accommodations and the right itinerary for your style of travel and budget.

Typical Day in the Galapagos

You can choose to be as active as you wish on your cruise.  Most days you will enjoy two separate landings allowing you to explore the many different islands with their varied topography and wildlife.  Our groups are small, typically with 8-16 guests per guide.

Other daily activities include:  snorkeling, kayaking, swimming, panga rides, and evening presentations.

All of our guides are trained and certified by the Galapagos National Park Service and the Charles Darwin Research Station. They are friendly, personable, enthusiastic and eager to share their knowledge. Most have degrees in the sciences and many years of experience guiding in the Galapagos.

We invite you to explore your adventure trip of a lifetime. You’ll have a number of close encounters with wildlife on the islands.

Adventure Level: Easy to Moderate. Visiting the islands will involve the use of small boats (pangas) and there are some landings on wet and slippery lava rocks.

Best Season to Travel
We are often asked, when is the best time to visit the Galapagos? Year-round the Galapagos are bursting with birdlife, flowing with flora, and swimming in so many marine creatures that it’s almost impossible to count them. And, because you are on the Equator, the “summer” and “winter” months are both warm and pleasant.

For many travelers, there really is no “better” season to enjoy the overall experience.

For snorkelers and divers, some guests do find a small difference between the two seasons:

January – June
In January through June, the seas tend to be calmer, often making for smoother sailing.  Additionally, the water temperature warms up to the high 70’s or even 80.  Some snorkelers prefer these warmer water temperatures.

July – December
During these months, the Humboldt Current brings cooler weather.  The water temperature is in the 60’s and 70’s, producing a plankton bloom.  This attracts many more fish (and seabirds) and some snorkelers prefer the even wider variety of sea life.

 

 

Sample Itinerary

Itineraries vary by the yacht you choose. However, most of the islands are visited by all the yachts. And, all of our yachts include the typical daily landings and activities. Many guests find the “Classic 8 Day/7 Night” itinerary to be perfect. Cregor Adventures offers this tour, as well as the 3, 4, and 5 night itineraries for those with limited time. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding the different yacht tours.

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Accommodations

Yachts vs Ships
Cregor Adventures shows you the Galapagos on board smaller yachts in a way larger ships in the Galapagos cannot…up-close. We explore the most fragile and remote visitor sites of the Islands where the larger ships can only dream of going, introducing you to sights, and wildlife that many travelers never see. The result is a flexible, more personal experience that will entertain and enlighten you. If this is the kind of adventure you are looking for, welcome aboard the Cregor Adventures Experience!

What is the difference between a Luxury Class Yacht and a First Class Yacht?
We offer a wide selection of top-of-the-line yachts to choose from, each providing you the highest standards of safety, quality and service. Our fleet includes motor yachts and auxiliary-powered sailing yachts, ensuring that all of our guests will find something to suit their interests, whatever their age and activity level. All of our yachts have top quality, experienced and friendly guides to make your experience special. Additionally, you will be able to visit most of the same islands and see the same sights in either class of yacht. All of our boats have air-conditioned cabins, and private bathrooms. After all, just because it is an adventure trip, doesn’t mean you have to give up comfort!

The primary difference between the two is that the Luxury Class tends to be larger with more spacious cabins and common areas. It also offers more amenities, a larger variety on the menu and, in some cases is faster and can travel to the different Islands more quickly. Of course, the Luxury Class Yacht also costs a bit more. Both classes are very comfortable and will offer a fabulous experience. It is truly a matter of personal taste for you to decide which you will select.

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Our Yachts

Luxury

Grace

18 guests
11 crew members
145 feet
Price for 8 day cruise: $5,600 – $8,900


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Evolution

32 guests
18 crew members
192 feet
Price for 8 day cruise: $4,760 – $7,650


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Integrity

16 guests
10 crew members
141 feet
Price for 8- Day cruise: $7,195 – $9,195
Price for 11-Day Package: $7,995-$9,995


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National Geographic Islander

2105727_0669cmyk48 guests
164 feet
Price for 8 day cruise: $6,895
Price for 11 Day Package: $12,850


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Galapagos Sea Star Journey

16 guests
10 crew members
140 feet
Price for 5-Day Package: $4,649 – $5,549
Price for 6-Day Package: $7,995-$9,995

Price for 10-Day Package: $9,849 – $11,799
Price for 11-Day Package: $10,899-$12,999

Price for 15-Day Package: $14,949 -$17,899


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First Class

Eric/Letty

The Whole Fleet20 guests
11 crew members
83 feet
Price for 8 day cruise: $4,100 – $4,900


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Mary Anne

Mary Anne on Water16 guests
8 crew members
172 feet
Price for 8 day cruise: $4,649


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Islands

The Islands

San Cristobal (Chatham)

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno
Landing:  Airport Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is the Capital of the Galapagos Islands (population 5000) and the oldest settlement in Galapagos.  In 1985, an airstrip was built for flights to the mainland.

Interpretation Center
Located in town, this impressive center funded by the government of Spain, opened in August, 1998.  Learn about the human history of the islands.

El Junco Lake
Visit the highlands of San Cristobal by bus to reach the only sizeable fresh water lake in Galapagos where we find stilts, white-cheeked pintail ducks and common gallinules.  Pass through several vegetation zones and El Progreso, a farming community.

Playa Ochoa
Landing:  Wet. Playa Ochoa is a small beach that offers a subtle introduction to the Galapagos.  There is a short trail leading to a sand beach good for swimming.  Pelicans and other Galapagos sea birds fly overhead.

Leon Dormido (Kicker Rock)
Landing:  None. Kicker Rock is a vertical tuff cone that abruptly juts up almost 500 feet out of the ocean.  Erosion has split the rock and given it its characteristic shape.  The vessels cruise around the sheer cliffs.  Look for blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds and sea lions that line the rockface.

Cerro Brujo
Landing:  Wet Cerro Brujo is a long beautiful white, powder sand beach with a short trail leading to sea lions, pelicans and blue-footed boobies.

Isla Logos
Landing:  Dry A short distance from port, Lobos Islet is a seasonal nesting location for the blue-footed booby, although it is named for the sea lions found here.  There is a short walk over rugged terrain.

Tower (Genovesa) Darwin Bay
Landing: Wet Located at the northeast portion of the Galapagos, Tower is an outpost for many seabirds and consequently a favorite among birders. Darwin Bay is actually the caldera of an extinct, partially eroded volcano, with the surrounding cliffs forming the inner portion of the rim. In a forest of salt bush, we find colonies of nesting great frigatebirds and red-footed boobies. A coral beach offers an opportunity for a swim. This calm bay offers a chance to explore by sea kayak. Wildlife: Masked booby, great frigatebird, red-footed booby, red-billed tropic bird, swallow –tailed gull, lava gull, marine iguana, lava gull, storm petrel, short-eared owl, brown pelican, yellow crowned night heron, Galapagos dove, large ground finch.

Prince Philips Steps
Landing: Dry This tour starts with a panga ride along the base of the cliffs. We see squadrons of frigatebirds and red-billed tropic birds flying back and forth overhead. We climb up a steep rock staircase. At the top, the trail leads to an open area of nesting masked boobies and red-footed boobies that are perched on branches of Palo Santo tress. Storm petrels are found in the open lava fields at the end of the trail, which are prey for the short-eared owls. Wildlife: Masked booby, great frigatebird, red-footed booby, red-billed tropic bird, swallow-tailed gull, lava gull, marine iguana, storm petrel, short-eared owl, brown pelican, yellow crowned night heron, Galapagos dove, large ground finch.

Bartolome
Landing #1: Dry One of the most photographed sites in the Galapagos is Pinnacle rock, an eroded tuff cone. A 30-minute climb to a summit of a once active volcano offers a panoramic view of Sullivan Bay. The view is educational as well as inspiring, featuring lava formations – spatter cones and lava tubes.
Landing #2: Wet There is an excellent opportunity to snorkel from the beach that lines the northern shore. Frequently, penguins are spotted in this area. Take a walk through mangroves to the southern beach. Here you may find mating sea turtles and white tipped sharks close to shore.
Wildlife: Galapagos penguin, lava lizard, Galapagos grasshopper, sea turtle, Galapagos shark.

Santiago (James, San Salvador) Puerto Egas (James Bay)
Landing: Wet Santiago is a dramatic island covered with lava flows and arid vegetation. Upon landing, we find a black sand beach and the remains of a salt mine. Along the shore, we find intertidal marine life caught in tide pools. Marine iguanas graze on exposed green algae. Our walk ends at the grottos, deep pools of clear water, where we encounter the fur sea lion, once thought to be on the verge of extinction.
Wildlife: Fur sea lion, Galapagos hawk, marine iguana, Sally lightfoot crab, American oyster catcher, great blue heron, lava heron, yellow crowned night heron.

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Extensions

Ecuador – The Land of Contrasts
Ecuador contains some of South America’s most spectacular scenery and Cregor Adventures’ pre and/or post-cruise options are a seamless way of extending your travels ashore. Whether you choose to spend just the day or a night or two, we offer a selection of options:

One Day From Quito
The Colonial City
Ecuador’s capital is situated high in the Andes perched on the green slopes of rugged volcanic peaks reaching close to 20,000 feet. The colonial section of Quito is a living museum of grand Spanish colonial architecture; its mansions, cathedrals and squares have been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The Equatorial Monument (Quito)
About 20 minutes away from the northern part of Quito stands the Middle of the Earth Monument, built to mark the meridian arch of the planet at 0º latitude—better known as the Equator—and to commemorate this surveying feat in the 18th century.

Avenue of the Volcanoes/Cotopaxi National Park
South of Quito, standing tall among the ‘Avenue of the Volcanoes’ is Cotopaxi. At 19,348 ft (5,897 m) above sea level, it is the highest active volcano in the world, and home to Cotopaxi National Park. The park offers a tundra-like environment and is surrounded by other volcanoes both active and extinct. The area offers good hikes with the opportunity to study its geology and flora and chances to see local fauna, including wild horses and the Andean Condor, the world’s largest flying bird. Lunch will be served at one of the area’s historic haciendas. After a relaxed stroll in the region we’ll return to Quito.

Two or More Days from Quito
The Andes Highlands
2 Days/1 Night From Quito Combine the majestic landscapes and incredible bio-diversity of the Ecuadorian Andes, with the fascinating indigenous cultures & markets, the welcoming colonial cities and the haciendas that once formed the backbone of Spanish colonial society to make this very attractive tours for all travelers. Our tours will provide a great opportunity to visit National Parks, indigenous markets, colonial cities and typical charming haciendas (country inns). Countless villages of artisans are found in this area. This tour gives you 2 days to enjoy the Otavalo highlands with an overnight at one of the regions famed 400 year old haciendas – Zuleta. The night at the hacienda gives you a real flavor of the region with time to go horseback riding, visit craft villages or relax at your beautiful country inn.

Amazon Jungle 4 Days/3 Nights From Quito Ecuador offers some of the finest lodges and habitat found anywhere in the Amazon basin. Deep in the Amazon rainforest, accommodations are comfortable and designed with amenities including private bathrooms, hot showers and electricity. You can enjoy naturalist-guided rain forest hikes, canoe trips and bird watching on canopy walks. Meeting the indigenous people of this wilderness is an experience you’ll treasure. Few will argue that combining an expedition to the Amazonian headwaters with a cruise of the Galapagos is simply the best nature safari in the western hemisphere, and of course you can visit the Amazon either before or after your trip to the Galapagos Islands. You can also combine the Amazon with our Andean highland visits.

Machu Picchu and Peru
4+ Days
Once home to an empire rich enough to rival the dynasties of Europe, the ancient city of Machu Picchu has become synonymous with the great cultural achievement of the Incan civilization. Still awe-inspiring today, nearly 500 years after it was abandoned, Machu Picchu is a sight that must be seen in person. Cregor Adventures’ custom tours to Machu Picchu in Peru give you an intimate, insider’s look at the Sacred Valley of the Inca, culminating in a trip to the great lost city itself.
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