M/Y Grand Majestic
(Capacity: 16 passengers)

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Deck Plan

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Luxury goes exploring

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The Grand Majestic is the fastest and most modern vessel cruising the Galapagos Archipelago. The yacht is specifically designed for exclusive high end private charters. The guide, captain and crew are dedicated to providing the highest quality service.

Grand Majestic offers excellent four-, five-, and eight-day itineraries, led by a certified bilingual naturalist guide and a dedicated crew
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Itineraries

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Cruise A: 8 Days / 7 Nights
Monday to Monday

Monday: San Cristobal Island: Airport / PM San Cristobal Island: El Junco Lagoon
Tuesday: AM Floreana Island: Post Office Bay / PM Floreana Island: Cormorant Point / Devil´s Crown
Wednesday: AM Española Island: Suarez Point / PM Española Island: Gardner Islet, Osborn islet, Gardner Bay
Thursday: AM Santa Cruz Island: Twins Craters / PM Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Research Station
Friday: AM Genovesa Island: El Barranco / PM Genovesa Island: Darwin Bay
Saturday: AM Rábida Island / PM Chinese Hat Islet
Sunday: AM San Cristobal Island: Witch Hill / PM San Cristobal Island: Lobos Island
Monday: AM San Cristobal Island: Gianni Arismendy Interpretation Center / Airport

Monday

San Cristobal Airport
In the morning, you will arrive at San Cristobal Island. After passing through immigration and baggage claim, you will be met by the Grand Majestic staff and transferred to the yacht. You will be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing.

El Junco (San Cristóbal Island)
In the afternoon, your first visit takes you to El Junco Lagoon. Located in the highlands 19 kilometers from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, El Junco is located in the caldera of an extinct volcano. Rainwater feeds the lagoon. There are many farms and ranches in this area of San Cristobal Island, and sometime cows can be found near the lagoon.

Tuesday

Post Office Bay (Floreana Island)
In the morning, you will visit the famous Post Office Bay. You will land on a beach and head to a spot where 18th century whalers placed a wooden barrel used as an unofficial mail box. The custom continues to this day with Galapagos visitors. So, don’t forget your postcards, and don’t be surprised if the post card arrives to its destination before you even get home!

Cormorant Point & Devil´s Crown (Floreana Island)
Your afternoon visit is to Cormorant Point. Here you will enjoy a hike to a salt-water lagoon which is home to flamingos. You will also have a chance to snorkel around Devil’s Crown which is the rocky remains of an offshore volcano sticking out of the water. This is a great location to see a wide range of marine creatures.

Wednesday

Suarez Point (Española Island)
In the morning, you will visit Suarez Point. On the trail you will have the chance to see blue-footed boobies, albatrosses, and Nazca boobies. This island is the breeding site of nearly all of the world’s 12,000 pairs of waved albatrosses. You will also visit a beautiful site on the ocean front where there is a cliff that the large albatrosses use as a launching pad! You will have the chance to see the famous blowhole that spurts water into the air. The landscape is great for photography.

Gardner Bay (Española Island)
In the afternoon, excursion takes you to the spectacular Gardner Bay. After landing, you can walk across a lovely white-sand beach amongst a busy sea lion colony or dive into the water to swim with sea lion pups. You may also see curious mockingbirds on the beach.

Thursday

Twin Craters (Santa Cruz Island) / Baltra airport
In the morning, you will visit Twin Craters located opposite to each other on both sides of the road leading from Puerto Ayora to Baltra. The name is only figurative; not real craters, these formations were created by the collapse of surface material in underground fissures and chambers. The view is breathtaking.

Charles Darwin Research Station (Santa Cruz Island)
In the afternoon, you will visit “Fausto Llerena Breeding Center” Giant land tortoises breeding center in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, where giant tortoises are bred in captivity; this is home to tortoises ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long adults. Subspecies of the giant tortoises interact with one another, and many of the older tortoises are accustomed to humans stretching out their heads for a photo opportunity. The babies are kept until they are about four years-old and strong enough to survive on their own.

Friday

El Barranco (Genovesa Island)
In the morning, you will visit El Barranco which is also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps. It is a steep, rocky path that leads up to a high cliff-face. A marvelous view can be appreciated from here. This site is also home to palo santo vegetation as well as red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, Galapagos swallows, and Galapagos doves.

Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island)
In the afternoon, you will visit the white-sand coral beach of Darwin Bay which heads a half mile trail (0,75km) that winds through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls can be spotted here. Further down the path we find tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully. At the end is a spectacular view of a cliff.

Saturday

Rábida Island
In the morning, you will visit Rabida Island (or Jervis) which is one of the most colourful and volcanically varied islands in the archipelago as well as a great snorkeling site. We will start on Rabida’s famous maroon sandy beach, and after an easy hike, you will arrive to a stunning lookout to enjoy the amazing landscapes. The island is a birdwatcher’s delight. Some of the rarest species are in abundance such as nine varieties of finches, large-billed flycatchers, Galapagos hawks and brown pelicans.

Chinese Hat Islet
In the afternoon, you will visit Chinese Hat Islet. This small islet is located near the southeast coast of Santiago Island. Its name comes from the distinct shape of the islet’s summit. This small islet is a great location to view many geological formations such as lava tubes and lava flows. Some of the lava flows were formed underwater and subsequently raised above sea level. The presence of coral heads on the lava flow indicates this phenomenon.

Sunday

Witch Hill (San Cristobal Island)
In the morning, you will visit Witch Hill. Located on the northern coast, this eroded hill and its surroundings present one of the most picturesque beaches in the Galapagos with its white powdery sand and the abundance of animals. Wildlife includes sea turtles, rays, and various types of booby birds. The clear water provides an excellent opportunity for enjoying swimming and snorkeling.

Lobos Island (San Cristobal Island)
In the afternoon you will be involved in an excursion to Lobos Island which means “Sea Lion Island.” This appropriately named island is ripe with noisy, playful, jolly sea lions who will welcome you to their home with open, well, fins. This island also offers great snorkeling opportunities as well as the chance to see bluefooted and Nazca boobies.

Monday

Gianni Arismendy Interpretation Center (San Cristobal Island) / Airport
In the morning, you will visit the Interpretation Center. This site is part of an environment project. The tour of this center will explore the natural history of the islands including human interaction and conservation efforts. The Museum of Natural History explains the volcanic origin of the archipelago, ocean currents, climate, and the arrival of endemic species. The Human History exhibit chronologically describes significant events such as discovery and colonization of the islands.

After visiting the Interpretation Center, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight to Guayaquil or Quito on mainland Ecuador.

Rates:
From $5945.00

Cruise B: 8 Days / 7 Nights
Monday to Monday

Monday: San Cristobal Island: Airport / PM San Cristobal Island: Breeding Center David Rodriguez
Tuesday: AM North Seymour Island / PM Santa Cruz Island: Black Turtle Cove
Wednesday: AM Bartolome Island: Pinnacle Rock / PM Santiago Island: Egas Port
Thursday: AM Isabela Island: Tagus Cove / PM Isabela Island: Urbina Bay
Friday: AM Fernandina Island: Espinoza Point / PM Isabela Island: Vicente Roca Point
Saturday: AM Santiago Island: Espumilla Beach or Buccaneer Cove / PM Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay
Sunday: AM Santa Cruz Island: Bachas Beach / PM Santa Cruz Island: Tortoises Breeding Center
Monday: AM San Cristobal Island: Kicker Rock / Airport

Monday

San Cristobal Airport
In the morning, you will arrive at San Cristobal Island. After passing through immigration and baggage claim, you will be met by the Grand Majestic staff and transferred to the yacht. You will be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing.

“David Rodriguez” Breeding Center (San Cristobal Island)
In the afternoon, you will visit the Breeding Center Jacinto Gordillo “Galapaguera” Colorado Hill. It is a new visitor site in the southest part of San Cristobal Island and can now be reached in roughly one hour by road from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. On the trees and shrubs surrounding the site, you may see land birds like warblers, finches and mockingbirds. Giant tortoises can be observed on the trails. They live there wild but in a protected area to ensure their survival by sealing them off from introduced predators like pigs and goats.

Tuesday

North Seymour Island
Galapagos sea lions, blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigatebirds are abundant on North Seymour Island. The island was formed by a series of submarine lava containing layers of sediment that were uplifted by tectonic activity. The island is characterized by its arid vegetation zone.

Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz Island)
Black Turtle Cove is situated in the northern part of Santa Cruz. This inlet is surrounded by mangroves and is only accessible by dinghy. The shallow cove is a safe haven for young marine life. Black-tip and white-tip reef sharks, sea turtles, and a variety of rays are often spotted here.

Wednesday

Pinnacle Rock (Bartolome Island)
In the morning, you will head to Bartholomew Island, home of the famous Pinnacle Rock. Bartholomew consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black and even green volcanic formations. We will take a trail of stairs to the summit of the volcano (about 30 or 40 minutes) where you will enjoy one of the best views of the islands! You will also visit a small, beautiful beach surrounded by the only vegetation found on this barren island. The beach is perfect for snorkeling where you may even see Galapagos penguins.

Egas Port (Santiago Island)
In the afternoon, you will go to Egas Port, also known as James Bay, on Santiago Island which is home to the curious Galapagos hawks and quick-footed Galapagos lava lizards. The trail leads to the coastline with gorgeous tide pools and grottos full of fauna. Here the Galapagos fur sea lions bathe in the sun. This is also a great snorkeling site.

Thursday

Tagus Cove (Isabela Island)
In the morning, you will visit Tagus Cove on Isabela Island which is located across from Fernandina Island, near the Bolivar Channel dividing the two islands. This spot has been frequented by ships since the 1800s using the area as an anchorage site. Trails winding by Lake Darwin up to a ridge display wonderful views. Punta Tortuga, just north of Tagus Cove, is another lovely beach surrounded by mangroves.

Urbina Bay (Isabela Island)
In the afternoon, you will go to Urbina Bay which is located at the base of Alcedo Volcano on the west coast between Tagus Cove and Elizabeth Bay. This area experienced a major uplift in 1954 causing the land to rise over 16 feet. The coast expanded half a mile out leaving marine life stranded on the new shore. This area is also a great place for snorkeling.

Friday

Espinoza Point (Fernandina Island)
In the morning, crossing the Bolivar Channel that divides Isabela and Fernandina Islands, you will land at Espinosa Point, and after walking past a colony of marine iguanas and a group of sea lions, reach the island’s highlight: the flightless cormorant nesting site. This area provides a great opportunity to see the Galapagos hawk.

Vicente Roca Point (Isabela Island)
In the afternoon, visit is at Vicente Roca Point Comprised of two separate coves, this site is a large bay with spectacular sea life. Keep an eye out for seahorses, sea turtles, and the strange yet fascinating Mola mola (or sunfish).

Saturday

Espumilla Beach or Buccaneer Cove (Santiago Island)
Buccaneer Cove is a testament to the fact that Santiago Island was once a refuge for British buccaneers. These pirates would anchor in the protected bay to make repairs and stock up on tortoise meat among other things. The steep cliffs, where hundreds of seabirds perch in front of the dark red sand beach, are a magnificent site.

Espumilla Beach is a popular place for marine iguanas and Sally Lightfoot crabs. The crabs attract the hunting herons performing the dance of predator and prey. With an abundance of marine life including octopi, moray eels, and sharks, snorkeling is highly recommended.

Sullivan Bay (Santiago Island)
In the afternoon, visit heads to Sullivan Bay located on the southeast part of Santiago. This place is interesting for its geology because the area is covered by lava flows. This place has elevations in form of small volcanoes, formed by the lava flows.

Sunday

Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz Island)
In the morning, you will visit Bachas Beach, located on the north shore of Santa Cruz, is a swimming beach. One of the few remnants of the U.S. World War II presence in the Galapagos, a floating pier, can be seen here. You may see flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black-necked stilts, and whimbrels. Sea turtles also nest on the beach.

Tortoises Breeding Center (Santa Cruz Island)
In the afternoon, you will visit “Fausto Llerena” Giant land tortoises breeding center where giant tortoises are bred in captivity; this is home to tortoises ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long adults. Subspecies of the giant tortoises interact with one another, and many of the older tortoises are accustomed to humans stretching out their heads for a photo opportunity. The babies are kept until they are about four years-old and strong enough to survive on their own.

Monday

Kicker Rock (San Cristobal Island) / Airport
In the morning, you will visit Kicker Rock. This striking rock formation is located a couple hours off the western shore of San Cristobal. Jutting out of the water, the rocks stand vertically at hundreds of feet above the ocean divided by a small channel. Although there are no landing areas, kayaking and scuba diving allow visitors to spot a variety of marine life.

After visiting the Kicker Rock, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight to Guayaquil or Quito on mainland Ecuador.

Rates:
From $5945.00

Itinerary A: 5 Days / 4 Nights
Thursday to Monday

Thursday: Santa Cruz Island: Airport / PM Santa Cruz Island: Tortoise Breeding Center
Friday: AM Genovesa Island: El Barranco / PM Genovesa Island: Darwin Bay
Saturday: AM Rábida Island / PM Chinese Hat Islet
Sunday: AM San Cristobal Island: Witch Hill / PM San Cristobal Island: Lobos Island
Monday: AM San Cristobal Island: Gianni Arismendy Interpretation Center / Airport

Thursday

Baltra Airport
You will arrive at Baltra Island in the morning. After passing through immigration and baggage claim, you will be met by the Grand Majestic staff and transferred to the yacht. You will be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing.

Interpretation Center Fausto Llerena (Santa Cruz Island)
In the afternoon, you will visit “Fausto Llerena” Giant land tortoises breeding center in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, where giant tortoises are bred in captivity; this is home to tortoises ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long adults. Subspecies of the giant tortoises interact with one another, and many of the older tortoises are accustomed to humans stretching out their heads for a photo opportunity. The babies are kept until they are about four years-old and strong enough to survive on their own.

Friday

El Barranco (Genovesa Island)
In the morning, you will visit El Barranco which is also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps. It is a steep, rocky path that leads up to a high cliff-face. A marvelous view can be appreciated from here. This site is also home to palo santo vegetation as well as red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, Galapagos swallows, and Galapagos doves.

Darwin Bay (Genovesa Island)
In the afternoon, you will visit the white-sand coral beach of Darwin Bay which heads a half mile trail (0,75km) that winds through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls can be spotted here. Further down the path we find tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully. At the end is a spectacular view of a cliff.

Saturday

Rábida Island
In the morning, you will visit Rabida Island (or Jervis) which is one of the most colourful and volcanically varied islands in the archipelago as well as a great snorkeling site. We will start on Rabida’s famous maroon sandy beach, and after an easy hike, you will arrive to a stunning lookout to enjoy the amazing landscapes. The island is a birdwatcher’s delight. Some of the rarest species are in abundance such as nine varieties of finches, large-billed flycatchers, Galapagos hawks and brown pelicans.

Chinese Hat Islet
In the afternoon, you will visit Chinese Hat Islet. This small islet is located near the southeast coast of Santiago Island. Its name comes from the distinct shape of the islet’s summit. This small islet is a great location to view many geological formations such as lava tubes and lava flows. Some of the lava flows were formed underwater and subsequently raised above sea level. The presence of coral heads on the lava flow indicates this phenomenon.

Sunday

Witch Hill (San Cristobal Island)
In the morning, you will visit Witch Hill. Located on the northern coast, this eroded hill and its surroundings present one of the most picturesque beaches in the Galapagos with its white powdery sand and the abundance of animals. Wildlife includes sea turtles, rays, and various types of booby birds. The clear water provides an excellent opportunity for enjoying swimming and snorkeling.

Lobos Island (San Cristobal Island)
In the afternoon you will be involved in an excursion to Lobos Island which means “Sea Lion Island.” This appropriately named island is ripe with noisy, playful, jolly sea lions who will welcome you to their home with open, well, fins. This island also offers great snorkeling opportunities as well as the chance to see bluefooted and Nazca boobies.

Monday

Gianni Arismendy Interpretation Center (San Cristobal Island) / Airport
The Gianni Arismendy Interpretation Center was opened in 1998 as a phase of the project “Interpretation and Environment Education Project.” Visitors enjoy expositions on natural history, human history, and conservation. The conservation efforts represent the movement to protect the wildlife and natural environment through means of population and tourist control. The Gianni Arismendy Interpretation Center has an outdoor stadium, audio-visual equipment, and meeting rooms.

After visiting the Interpretation Center, you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight to Guayaquil or Quito on mainland Ecuador.

Rates:
From $3645.00

Itinerary A: 4 Days / 3 Nights
Monday to Thursday

Monday: San Cristóbal Island: Airport / PM San Cristóbal Island: El Junco
Tuesday: AM Floreana Island: Post Office Bay / PM Floreana Island: Cormorant Point / Devil´s Crown
Wednesday: AM Española Island: Suarez Point / PM Española Island: Gardner Islet, Osborn islet, Gardner Bay
Thursday: AM Santa Cruz Island: Twins Craters / Airport

Monday

San Cristobal Airport
In the morning, you will arrive at San Cristobal Island. After passing through immigration and baggage claim, you will be met by the Grand Majestic staff and transferred to the yacht. You will be shown to your cabin where you will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing.

El Junco (San Cristobal Island)
In the afternoon, your first visit takes you to El Junco Lagoon. Located in the highlands 19 kilometers from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, El Junco is located in the caldera of an extinct volcano. Rainwater feeds the lagoon. There are many farms and ranches in this area of San Cristobal Island, and sometime cows can be found near the lagoon.

Tuesday

Post Office Bay (Floreana Island)
In the morning, you will visit the famous Post Office Bay. You will land on a beach and head to a spot where 18th century whalers placed a wooden barrel used as an unofficial mail box. The custom continues to this day with Galapagos visitors. So, don’t forget your postcards, and don’t be surprised if the post card arrives to its destination before you even get home!

Cormorant Point & Devil´s Crown (Floreana Island)
Your afternoon visit is to Cormorant Point. Here you will enjoy a hike to a salt-water lagoon which is home to flamingos. You will also have a chance to snorkel around Devil’s Crown which is the rocky remains of an offshore volcano sticking out of the water. This is a great location to see a wide range of marine creatures.

Wednesday

Suarez Point (Española Island)
In the morning, you will visit Suarez Point. On the trail you will have the chance to see blue-footed boobies, albatrosses, and Nazca boobies. This island is the breeding site of nearly all of the world’s 12,000 pairs of waved albatrosses. You will also visit a beautiful site on the ocean front where there is a cliff that the large albatrosses use as a launching pad! You will have the chance to see the famous blowhole that spurts water into the air. The landscape is great for photography.

Gardner Bay (Española Island)
Gardner Bay, on the eastern side of the island, is the breeding site of nearly all of the world´s 12,000 pairs of waved albatrosses. It has an ample white sandy beach with a myriad of sea lions, perfect for relaxing. Its rocky shores make this site a great place for diving and snorkeling.

Thursday

Twin Craters (Santa Cruz Island) / Airport
In the morning, you will visit Twin Craters located opposite to each other on both sides of the road leading from Puerto Ayora to Baltra. The name is only figurative; not real craters, these formations were created by the collapse of surface material in underground fissures and chambers. The view is breathtaking.

After visiting the Twin Craters, you will be transferred to the Airport to catch your flight to Guayaquil or Quito on mainland Ecuador.

Rates:
From $2845.00

  • All meals & excursionsTransfers in the islands
  • Bilingual National Park Guide
  • Use of snorkeling equipment / Wetsuit
  • Use of underwater camera
  • Free airport Assistance*
  • Hotel night in Quito or Guayaquil (the day before the cruise)**
  • 1 Free transfers out for the Galapagos Flights (applicable on regular cruise departure day only)**
  • Roundtrip Airfare to / from Galapagos
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • $100 Galapagos National Park fee
  • $20 Transit Control Card
  • Travel / medical insurance
  • Tips
  • Personal Expenses
  •  Rates are per person based on double occupancy
  • Discount for groups
  • Discount for children under 12 years
  • Single supplement 70%
  • All prices in United States Dollars
  • Itineraries are unlikely to change significantly but are subject to change. Weather, wildlife breeding, safety concerns, instructions from the Galapagos National Park, specific abilities and interests of passengers as well as operational matters may cause your guide or captain to change the time or nature of visits. Your guide and captain will always endeavor to select the best itinerary within these limits.