Grand Galapagos (Grand Queen Beatriz)

Grand Galapagos (Grand Queen Beatriz)

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Grand Galapagos (Grand Queen Beatriz)

17 Days Starting and ending in Quito

Visiting: Quito, Isla Baltra/Punta Carrion, Isla Isabela/Las Tintoreras/Giant Tortoise Breeding Center, Isla Floreana/Post Office Bay/Devil's Crown/Punta Cormorant, Isla Santa Cruz/Charles Darwin Station/Santa Cruz Highlands, Isla Santa Fe/Isla Plaza Sur, Isla Espanola/Bahia Gardner/Punta Suarez, Isla Cristobal/Leon Dormido/Isla Lobos/Punta Pitt, Isla San Cristobal, Bartolome/Bahia Sullivan, Isla Santiago/Espumilla Beach/Buccaneer Cove/Puerto Egas, Isla Santa Cruz/Puerto Ayora , North Seymour/Isla Mosquera, Caleta Tortuga Negra/Cerro Dragon, Isla Rabida/Sombrero Chino, Las Bachas/Isla Baltra/Quito

Tour operator:

Intrepid Travel

Tour code:

GMQG

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

1 - 16

Physical rating:

Medium, Medium

Age range:

12-99 years

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
From:
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Tour Overview

Climb aboard for a 17-day adventure cruise of the unforgettable Galapagos Islands. Sail from Santa Cruz to the islands of Isabella, Floreana, Espanola, North Seymour and more, taking in diverse landscapes that range from lava flows to sands of green, red and white. Spend days exploring the archipelago that a young Charles Darwin called ‘a little world within itself’, and evenings sipping cocktails on the deck while watching the sunset. This unique part of the world is full of beautiful surprises, and this tour gives you the time to see them all.

Highlights

  • This 17-day program is the ultimate Galapagos exploration and our most comprehensive voyage, taking in both popular destinations and lesser-known treats.

  • Encounter spectacular wildlife, both on land and underwater. You can expect to see giant tortoises, sea lions, sea turtles, plus a variety of iguanas, birds and sharks.

  • Scrambling over hardened lava, hiking through cacti forests, and snorkelling in an eroded volcanic cone – this trip is one for the explorers.

  • Discover otherworldly landscapes. From arid shrubbery decorated with technicolour iguanas to rich underwater ecosystems where turtles and sharks nest among colourful fish and crabs.

  • Enjoy the company and guidance of a passionate local naturalist during your excursions on land, gaining insight into the flora, fauna and history of the islands.

  • Jump aboard the ultimate Galapagos exploration on the most comprehensive voyage, taking in both popular destinations and lesser-known treats.

  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll learn about our Intrepid Foundation partner, The Galapagos Conservancy. Donations support their Women in Sustainable Entrepreneurship (WISE) program, providing capital for sustainability initiatives and empowering female entrepreneurs in the Galapagos. Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Quito
Location: Quito
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: dinner

Bienvenidos! Welcome to Quito, one of South America’s most beautiful cities. When you arrive at Quito's Mariscal Sucre International Airport (AKA Quito Airport), a representative will greet and assist you with transfer to your hotel. A welcome meeting will be held in the evening at either 5 pm or 6 pm in the hotel, where you can meet the other travellers on your cruise. After your welcome meeting, head out with your local leader and fellow travellers for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Try some traditional flavours and get to know you group as you settle into the coming adventure. If you arrive with time to spare, why not visit the city's oldest street – Calle La Ronda – a cobblestone beauty that is vibrant both day and night.

Day 2: Isla Baltra/Punta Carrion
Location: Isla Baltra/Punta Carrion
Accommodation: M/Y Grand Queen Beatriz
Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Rise and shine! Please note the pick-up time for your transfer to the airport can be as early as 4.30 am (a boxed breakfast will be provided), as the airport is a one-hour drive away and you must allow for delays and check-in times. You'll be met in the arrival hall of the airport when you arrive, then you'll transfer to your base for the next few weeks – the Grand Queen Beatriz, anchored a short distance off the coast. Climb aboard, settle in to your assigned cabin and meet the crew for a welcome meeting and safety drill. With the formalities out of the way, sit down to lunch with your fellow travellers and your naturalist guide to get to know each other a little better.

Once you’re fed, refreshed and ready to explore, set out for Punta Carrion, located on the eastern side of the Itabaca Channel. This shallow and protected cove is the ideal place for your first snorkel and swim in the pristine waters of the Galapagos! Wildlife is plentiful both underwater and above, so keep your eyes peeled for of blue-footed boobies, Galapagos herons, great blue herons and rays and white-tipped reef sharks beneath the surface. Tonight, enjoy a welcome cocktail and crew presentation on board.

Included Activities:
-Isla Santa Cruz - Punta Carrion - Snorkelling (1 hour)

Day 3: Isla Isabela/Las Tintoreras/Giant Tortoise Breeding Center
Location: Isla Isabela/Las Tintoreras/Giant Tortoise Breeding Center
Accommodation: M/Y Grand Queen Beatriz
Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Wake up on the south coast of Isla Isabela, the largest of the Galapagos archipelago. Isabela was formed by five giant volcanic craters, all of which are still considered active. The island sits in one of the youngest geological areas in the world, having formed less than 1 million years ago.

Visit Las Tintoreras. From the viewing walkway you can look down into this narrow channel to see a colony of white-tipped reef sharks swimming and sleeping, with the occasional sea lion among them! Blue-footed boobies and penguins, marine iguanas and crabs also make their home here. Enjoy a long walk on a gravel path through the AA lava flow (pronounced ‘ah-ah’) and look out for marine iguanas.

In the afternoon, visit the Arnaldo Tupiza Tortoise Breeding Center. Enjoy another leisurely walk through a coastal lagoon, during which it may be possible to spot flamingos. Follow the mangrove-lined path to the breeding centre, where you can observe giant tortoises in all stages of development. See the five sub-species of tortoises on Isla Isabela, some of which are bred in captivity. Choose between cooling off with a swim at the beach, or shopping in Puerto Villamil. Tonight, you'll sail to Post Office Bay.

Included Activities:
-Isla Isabela - Las Tintoreras visit (1.5 hours) - Dry Landing
-Isla Isabela - Arnolda Tupiza Tortoise Breeding Center including Flamingo Lagoon (2 hours) - Dry Landing

Day 4: Isla Floreana/Post Office Bay/Devil's Crown/Punta Cormorant
Location: Isla Floreana/Post Office Bay/Devil's Crown/Punta Cormorant
Accommodation: M/Y Grand Queen Beatriz
Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

The island of Floreana is a highlight of any Galapagos trip, rich as it is in natural wonders and wildlife. Enjoy a Zodiac ride to observe marine iguanas, sea lions and crabs before taking a leisurely walk to Post Office Bay, where 18th-century whalers used a barrel as an unofficial mail drop. This custom continues to this day. Post one of your own or see if there are any you can deliver back home!

Choose your own adventure on this glorious island. You might want to snorkel with sea turtles, or perhaps you’d prefer to head to the lagoons in search of pink flamingos and other water birds. Just offshore, the Devil’s Crown (an eroded volcanic cone) is popular roosting site for seabirds such as boobies, pelicans and frigates and offers another fantastic snorkelling opportunity.

Later, head to Punta Cormorant where the sand is made up of fine olivine crystals, a glassy volcanic mineral that gives the beach a distinct olive-green colour. This is the best place to see Galapagos sea lions, so get your camera ready.

Included Activities:
-Isla Floreana - Post Office Bay - Walk (1.5 hours) - Wet Landing
-Isla Floreana - Punta Cormorant walk (1.5 hours) - Wet Landing
-Isla Floreana - Devil's Crown snorkelling (1 hour)
-Isla Floreana - Post Office Bay snorkelling (45 mins)

Day 5: Isla Santa Cruz/Charles Darwin Station/Santa Cruz Highlands
Location: Isla Santa Cruz/Charles Darwin Station/Santa Cruz Highlands
Accommodation: M/Y Grand Queen Beatriz
Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Welcome to the second-largest island in the Galapagos, Isla Santa Cruz. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. As well as undertaking vital conservation work, the station offers the best opportunities for close encounters with giant tortoises. Coo over baby tortoises and check out some marine iguanas, then head into the highlands for a change of scenery.

Travel from the coasts into misty forests. This is a lush, humid zone containing miconia bushes, scalesia and inactive volcanic cones. Santa Cruz has more endemic plants than any of the other islands on the Galapagos, and there’s a great chance of seeing giant tortoises in their natural habitat among the shrubbery.

Included Activities:
-Isla Santa Cruz - Highlands Visit (1.5 hours) - Dry Landing

Day 6: Isla Santa Fe/Isla Plaza Sur
Location: Isla Santa Fe/Isla Plaza Sur
Accommodation: M/Y Grand Queen Beatriz
Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Spend some time today exploring gorgeous Isla Santa Fe, where the sea lions are especially eager for synchronised swimming partners! The island’s friendly furry inhabitants, plus the attractive coves and jade-green waters, make it ideal for snorkelling.

Santa Fe also has a dense concentration of other wildlife and it’s a fantastic place to see many of the stars of the Galapagos in a relatively small area. Expect to see Galapagos hawks, land iguanas, a variety of finches, Galapagos mockingbirds, marine turtles, frigatebirds, Galapagos doves and lava lizards.

Hiking towards the cliffs will take you through a forest of prickly pear cacti, an unusual member of the cactus family that give the landscape a distinctive look. You might want to head out and explore one of the trails, spying iguana populations resting amid cacti. The island’s rugged southern cliffs are an excellent place to spot tropicbirds and swallow-tailed gulls, as well as the 'Gentlemen’s Club’, a gathering of male sea lions either too young or too old to be beachmasters! Tonight, visit the tiny islet of Plaza Sur, then sail overnight to Isla Espanola.


Included Activities:
-Isla Plaza Sur - Walk (2 hours) - Dry Landing
-Isla Santa Fe - Panga ride (45 mins)
-Isla Santa Fe - Walk (1.5 hours) - Wet Landing

Day 7: Isla Espanola/Bahia Gardner/Punta Suarez
Location: Isla Espanola/Bahia Gardner/Punta Suarez
Accommodation: M/Y Grand Queen Beatriz
Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Wake up on Isla Espanola, the southernmost island of the Galapagos. Because of its remote location, this island has a large population of endemic fauna. It is also the breeding site for nearly all the 12,000 pairs of waved albatrosses on earth, plus home to colonies of blue-footed and Nazca boobies.

Trails from the golden beaches, where sea lions bathe and marine iguanas make their way towards the water, will lead you right through the middle of booby colonies. It’s also possible to spot Galapagos doves and mockingbirds along the way.

Pay a visit to Punta Suarez and take a trail walk to a clifftop viewpoint. From here you’ll gain a magical panorama, watching boobies line the rocky shoreline beneath you while frigate birds twirl overhead, and enormous male sea lions can be seen lounging in the distance. Depending on the season, albatross also use the cliffs as their ‘runway’, helped in becoming airborne by the gusts of southeast winds. If you’re lucky (and the season is right), you’ll see the elaborate courtship rituals performed by albatrosses before the female chooses her lifelong mate!

Visit the beautiful white sandy beaches at Bahia Gardner, perfect for swimming and relaxing. The rocks off the coast provide excellent snorkelling opportunities, with reef sharks, turtles and many species of tropical fish nesting here. The small white-tipped reef sharks are often spotted resting under the rocks too. Sail overnight to Punta Pitt (Isla San Cristobal).

Included Activities:
-Isla Espanola - Punta Suarez - Walk (3 hours) - Dry Landing
-Isla Espanola - Bahia Gardener - Snorkel (1 hour)
-Isla Espanola - Bahia Gardener - Walk (1 hours) - Wet Landing

Day 8: Isla Cristobal/Leon Dormido/Isla Lobos/Punta Pitt
Location: Isla Cristobal/Leon Dormido/Isla Lobos/Punta Pitt
Accommodation: M/Y Grand Queen Beatriz
Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Make a morning visit to Punta Pitt on the eastern end of Isla San Cristobal. Walk to the top of the volcanic hill for expansive views of the sparsely vegetated area. A variety of seabirds nest here, including blue-footed boobies and frigates.

You will then navigate close by Leon Dormido (Kicker Rock) the basalt remains of a crater in the middle of the sea, with the shape resembling a sleeping lion. The rock rises 150 meters above the surface and is divided into two parts by a narrow channel. Although there are no landing areas, you will circumnavigation the Rock where you will see tropic birds, marine iguanas in the water and many sea lions.

Later, visit Isla Lobos, a tiny island off the coast of San Cristobal. This is the perfect time to witness sea lions as they play in the shallow waters. Blue-footed boobies, frigate birds and marine iguanas can also be seen.

Included Activities:
-Isla San Cristobal - Punta Pitt - Walk (2 hours) - Wet Landing
-Isla San Cristobal - Isla Lobos - Walk (1 hour) - Dry Landing

Day 9: Isla San Cristobal
Location: Isla San Cristobal
Accommodation: M/Y Grand Queen Beatriz
Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Visit San Cristobal Interpretation Center in the morning. This centre brings the history and geography of the archipelago to life, from its volcanic origins to the present day. The human history exhibit offers an insight into the discovery and colonisation of the Galapagos, and the problems facing the island today. Enjoy some free time for shopping before getting back on board for lunch.

This afternoon, travel to the interior of San Cristobal to visit Galapaguera of Cerro Colorado, where the national park has established a breeding program for giant tortoises. Learn more about these behemoths, their evolution and their future. Sail overnight to Isla Bartolome.


Included Activities:
-Isla San Cristobal - Highlands Walk (1.5 hours) - Dry Landing

Day 10: Bartolome/Bahia Sullivan
Location: Bartolome/Bahia Sullivan
Accommodation: M/Y Grand Queen Beatriz
Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Bartolome is one of the most spectacular volcanic landscapes in the Galapagos, full of parasitic spatter cones, lava flows, Galapagos penguins and lava lizards.

This relatively new island (by the ancient standards of the archipelago) is home to Pinnacle Rock -- one of the most photographed sites in the Galapagos. Visit the abrupt jag of rock, which protrudes from the earth like a tooth.

Choose to partake in a difficult (but rewarding) hike to the top of a once-active volcano, or perhaps go snorkelling with plenty of tropical fish, starfish, white-tipped reef sharks, and rays to keep you company.

Visit Isla Santiago’s Bahia Sullivan for a guided walk on pahoehoe lava, left over from an eruption that occurred in 1897. You’ll likely see some marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs, sea lions, finches, turtles, sharks and penguins while you’re here too.

Included Activities:
-Isla Santiago - Sullivan Bay - Walk (1.5 hours) - Dry Landing
-Isla Bartolome - Walk (1.5 hours) - Dry Landing
-Isla Bartolome - Snorkelling (1.5 hours)
-Isla Bartolome - Panga ride (30 mins)

Day 11: Isla Santiago/Espumilla Beach/Buccaneer Cove/Puerto Egas
Location: Isla Santiago/Espumilla Beach/Buccaneer Cove/Puerto Egas
Accommodation: M/Y Grand Queen Beatriz
Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Visit Espumilla Beach, an important nesting site for marine turtles and great place to take a dip. Well known for its palo santo forest and some extraordinary lava formations, it’s also the ideal spot to see Galapagos hawks up close.

Caleta Bucanero (Buccaneer Cove), is also on the schedule today. This massive cove was once used by pirates to careen their ships and is now the source of plenty of local legends. It is also where Darwin camped for nine days while making his study of the islands and their wildlife. If conditions are favourable, enjoy some further snorkelling here.

Travel to Puerto Egas, a black-sand beach located on the west side of Bahia Sullivan and northwest of Isla Santiago. A walk along the beach offers encounters with hundreds of marine iguanas and sea lions. Amazing tidal pools formed from ancient lava flow are home to sponges, snails, hermit crabs, barnacles and fish. Snorkelling alongside the seals is an ever-thrilling option.


Included Activities:
-Isla Santiago - Puerto Egas - Walk (1.45 hours) - Wet Landing
-Isla Santiago - Puerto Egas - Snorkelling (1 hour)
-Isla Sanitago - Espumilla Beach - Snorkelling (45 mins)
-Isla Sanitago - Espumilla Beach - Walk (1.5 hours) - Wet Landing

Day 12: Isla Santa Cruz/Puerto Ayora
Location: Isla Santa Cruz/Puerto Ayora
Accommodation: M/Y Grand Queen Beatriz
Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Today you will return to Isla Santa Cruz and get the chance to see the island from a different perspective on an exploration of love tunnels and hidden beaches. Take a short speed boat taxi, followed by a 15-minute walk, to Las Grietas (The Cracks). The clear water that fills this ‘crack’ in the earth offers a unique swimming opportunity.

This afternoon you can get active with some kayaking around the bay, or enjoy some free time to relax on the boat or wander about town.

Included Activities:
-Isla Santa Cruz - Highlands Visit (1.5 hours) - Dry Landing

Day 13: North Seymour/Isla Mosquera
Location: North Seymour/Isla Mosquera
Accommodation: M/Y Grand Queen Beatriz
Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Take a morning excursion to North Seymour and follow a trail inland, emerging on rocky coast. Along the way pass colonies of frigate birds. Along with their long wingspan and hooked beak, frigates are extremely fast and have excellent vision. The males are easiest to spot, announced by the bulbous red pouch attached to their necks. After the walk enjoy a spot of snorkelling, followed by lunch.

In the afternoon, visit the small sandy island of Mosquera, a relaxing, picturesque stop situated between Isla Baltra and Isla North Seymour. Along the rocks and in the tide pool, red Sally Lightfoot crabs scamper back and forth, skipping across small pools of water in search of food. These crabs with their bright red shell tops and blue under shells are stunning against the black lava. The island also has a very large colony of sea lions, as well as a sizeable resident brown pelican population. Depending on the tides and visibility, you may have a chance to go snorkelling here.

Included Activities:
-Isla North Seymour - Walk (2 hours) - Dry Landing
-Isla North Seymour - Snorkelling (1 hours)
-Isla Mosquera - Snorkelling (1 hour)
-Isla Mosquera - Beach Walk (1.5 hours) - Wet Landing

Day 14: Caleta Tortuga Negra/Cerro Dragon
Location: Caleta Tortuga Negra/Cerro Dragon
Accommodation: M/Y Grand Queen Beatriz
Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Take a Zodiac ride to Caleta Tortuga Negra (Black Turtle Cove) – a red mangrove wetland on the north shore of Isla Santa Cruz. Paddle among the cove’s peaceful waters looking for green turtles, golden cow-nose rays, eagle rays and Galapagos sharks. There is also abundant birdlife, such as the yellow warbler and lava heron, to keep an eye out for.

In the afternoon, cruise over for a walk on Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill) – one of the best places to see land iguanas in the Galapagos. After a dry landing, walk to a brackish lagoon frequented by stilts, pintail ducks, sandpipers, sanderlings and, occasionally, flamingos. Follow the trail for a beautiful view of the bay and the western area of the archipelago. The arid-zone vegetation makes for a rewarding location for birdwatching. Darwin's finches, Galapagos mockingbirds, the endemic Galapagos flycatcher and yellow warblers are all regulars here. The path can be challenging but you will be well-rewarded with a spectacular views and wildlife spotting.

Included Activities:
-Isla Santa Cruz - Black Turtle Cove - Panga ride (1.5 hours)
-Isla Santa Cruz - Cerro Dragon - Walk (1.5 hours) - Dry Landing
-Isla Santa Cruz - Cerro Dragon - Snorkelling or swimming (1 hour)

Day 15: Isla Rabida/Sombrero Chino
Location: Isla Rabida/Sombrero Chino
Accommodation: M/Y Grand Queen Beatriz
Meals Included: breaksfast, lunch, dinner

Sombrero Chino is a small islet located near the south-east coast of Santiago, so named because it’s shaped like conical hats worn in some parts of Asia. Approach Sombrero Chino via a crescent-shaped, sandy beach that is home to sea lions and Sally Lightfoot crabs. Follow the trail that circles the cove and pass through a sea lion colony, maybe stopping to snorkel.

Visit Isla Rabida, also known as Jervis Island, a tiny land mass roughly five kilometres south of Isla Santiago. Introduced species were eradicated here in 1971, and indigenous wildlife has since returned to a state of splendid isolation. Additionally, volcanic activity here has produced vivid, fantastical colours in the landscapes, including red-sand beaches and scarlet cliffs.

From the shore, a trail leads through to what is one of the finest lagoons in the Galapagos for viewing flamingos. Rabida is also a wonderful place to spot nesting pelicans. There is also an opportunity for snorkelling among sea stars, damsels, gobies and surgeon fish.

Included Activities:
-Isla Santiago - Sombrero Chino - Snorkelling (1 hour)
-Sombrero Chino - Walk and Panga ride (2 hours) - Wet Landing
-Isla Rabida - Snorkelling (1 hour)
-Isla Rabida - Walk (1.5 hours) - Wet Landing

Day 16: Las Bachas/Isla Baltra/Quito
Location: Las Bachas/Isla Baltra/Quito
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals Included: breaksfast

Take an early morning excursion to Las Bachas, named after the barges abandoned on the beach by the American Navy in the 1940s. Made of decomposed coral, the sand here is white and soft, which makes it the perfect nesting site for the Pacific green turtle. A saltwater lagoon near the beach is home to flamingos and whimbrels, and you may be able to make a brief detour here (time depending).

Bid farewell to the Galapagos Islands and board your return flight to Quito. The flight will stop en route in Guayaquil to drop off and pick up passengers.

When you arrive at Quito Airport at approximately 4 pm, you'll be transferred to your hotel. A local representative may stop by at your hotel this evening to get some feedback on your Galapagos experience.

Day 17: Quito
Location: Quito
Meals Included: breaksfast

There are no activities planned for today, but if you plan on staying in Quito there are plenty of activities on offer in the charming city. Perhaps get a crash course in this lofty town with an Urban Adventure. See urbanadventures.com/destination/Quito-tours more.

What's Included

  • Isla Santa Cruz - Punta Carrion - Snorkelling (1 hour)

  • Isla Isabela - Arnolda Tupiza Tortoise Breeding Center including Flamingo Lagoon (2 hours) - Dry Landing

  • Isla Isabela - Las Tintoreras visit (1.5 hours) - Dry Landing

  • Isla Floreana - Punta Cormorant walk (1.5 hours) - Wet Landing

  • Isla Floreana - Post Office Bay - Walk (1.5 hours) - Wet Landing

  • Isla Floreana - Post Office Bay snorkelling (45 mins)

  • Isla Floreana - Devil's Crown snorkelling (1 hour)

  • Isla Plaza Sur - Walk (2 hours) - Dry Landing

  • Isla Santa Cruz - Charles Darwin Research Station (1.5 hours) - Dry Landing

  • Isla Santa Fe - Panga ride (45 mins)

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What's Not Included

  • Tipping and Gratuities

  • International Travel

Transport

  • The Grand Queen Beatriz is a modern motor yacht. She has a comfortable lounge and dining area, a jacuzzi as well as a sun deck where you can view the wildlife or just kick back and relax. She has eight well-appointed, air-conditioned cabins and yet, at 41 metres, she is small enough for us to offer an individual level of service. She's just perfect for a more personal look at this great marine reserve.
  • Cabins:
  • 4xStandard twin cabins
  • 2xJunior Suite cabins
  • 2xDeluxe Balcony cabins
  • All cabins are fully air-conditioned with private facilities
  • Specifications:
  • Built: 2017
  • Length: 40.96 m
  • Beam: 9 m
  • Engines: 2
  • Speed: 12 knots
  • Passengers: 16
  • Crew: 8 + 1 English speaking naturalist guide
  • Zodiacs (locally known as pangas) are modest-sized, open, outboard-powered boats which are very common throughout Galapagos. The boats are used to get you to and from the Grand Queen Bea when you do activities. Depending on the type of activity, this could either be a wet or dry landing. The boat crew are there to assist you getting into and out of the zodiac.

Accommodation

  • The stylish modern design of the Grand Queen Beatriz features large en suite cabins all with individual air conditioning and ocean views. There are 4 Standard twin cabins on the main deck and on the upper deck there are 2 Junior Suite cabins  and 2 deluxe balcony cabins. The upper deck cabins all have private balconies. All cabins are equipped with a safety deposit box, hair dryers and toiletries.

Important Information

  • FELLOW TRAVELLERS:
  • This trip is a package tour and is therefore made up of a combination of shorter trips. This may mean you will travel with a different guide and passengers on each section.
  • GALAPAGOS PARK, TRANSIT CARD & ISABELA ISLANDS PORT FEES:
  • Before checking in for the flight from Quito to the Galapagos, there is a US$20 transit fee that needs to be paid. On arrival in the islands you must pay the US$100 national park fee to enter Galapagos National Park. If your voyage visits Isabela Island, there is also a US$5 fee to be paid on arrival at the island.
  • From the 1st of August 2024 the Galapagos Islands National Park fee will be increasing from USD100 to USD200. This applies to everyone aged 13 years and above. For children aged 12 the fee will be USD100.
  • ARRIVAL TRANSFER:
  • This tour includes a complimentary arrival transfer in Quito. Please advise flight details 30 days prior to travel so that the transfer can be organised.
  • PASSPORT DETAILS:
  • When booking, please make sure that your name is spelt correctly, and that you book using the name in your passport (particularly if you are recently married). If you are issued a new passport with a different number between the time that you book and the time you travel, please take both the old and new passports with you.
  • DIETARY REQUIREMENTS:
  • Should you have a special diet requirement (for example vegetarian, celiac, vegan, severe food allergies) it's essential that you inform us or your agent of the specific details at least 10 days prior to departure, in order to make sure the chef on board the boat or on the island can request the necessary food supplies.
  • TEMPORARY ITINERARY CHANGE for departures in March and April 2024
  • Due to the confirmed cases of Avian Influenza H5N1 or "bird flu" as its commonly known being reported in the Galapagos Islands, a temporary itinerary change will be in place for all departures in March and April 2024. Please see further information in the "itinerary Disclaimer" section of the Essential trip information for the current itinerary.

Check out our Q&As

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    Yes

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    Yes

  • Is this trip right for you

    This trip involves lots of active adventure and we ask that you read through the itinerary carefully to ensure that this trip is right for you. You’ll need to feel comfortable with the included activities and with moving about the boat. The cabins and communal areas of the boat are spread over three decks and the steps between the decks are steep.

    For getting to small islets, coves and prime snorkelling spots, it is sometimes necessary to use a Zodiac boat (panga). You will need to be comfortable climbing in and out of one during wet and dry landings.

    The waters of the Galapagos are generally calm and serene. However, there is always the possibility of choppy water at sea. Steady sea legs (and a sturdy stomach) will be needed when walking around the boat during bad weather. Rain or shine, your trusty crew will always be on hand to assist you.

    Please note that while there is an itinerary in place, some changes may occur due to the weather or because of direction from the local authorities. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for potential modifications to the route or activities. A sense of humour and flexibility will ensure you have a fun, relaxing trip through this beautiful part of the world no matter what happens.

  • Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    Yes, except optional activities

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Intrepid Travel has been taking travellers around the world for over 30 years

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Since 2002, The Intrepid Foundation has supported over 130 organisations across the world. We’re creating positive impact through the joy of travel, community and connection.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Over 50% of traveller travel solo with Intrepid. You can choose to share a room with another solo travelle of the same sex for no additional charge, or choose to pay a single supplement if you’d like your own room. Please request this when booking, and we will secure you a single supplement wherever possible. Please note, if you are booking a last-minute trip, it may be harder for us to secure a single room

Reviews of this Operator

Nicole  

North American Adventure

12-Oct-2021

This was my first international solo trip, but I never felt “alone” - there was always someone to go shopping, hike, or grab a quick bite with. The itinerary was a great balance between organized activities, while still allowing free time for exploring. Each location was unique and charming in its own way. Spending the night in the holy city of Moulay Idriss and wandering the winding streets of Chefchaouen were especially memorable. Thank you Mustapha and Intrepid for an incredible adventure!

Henry Guy Robinson   United Kingdom

Cambodia Discovery

22-Jan-2024

The overall experience was fantastic. V good tour leader. All places visited had something special to do or see. I would book a tour with this company again. Only one negative tour hub is not I repeat not available to contact direct by phone.

Merouane Harkat   Uk

Explore Southern Africa

08-Mar-2024

Best trip ever was, 2 things I didn't like the black mamba stop was wasting day and village ,so 2 night I think was just wasting, I could do 2 days in Kruger, and one more night in delta

Ann  

Amazing Guatemala and beyond tour with Intrepid

13-Dec-2022

Did Guatemala and beyond trip in November 22. It was amazing, we were so well looked after by our guide Aura. She was very knowledgeable and during our bus trips she gave us the history of the 4 countries. The border crossings can be tricky but handled very well by our guide. We saw all the most interesting and beautiful places. The hotels were lovely comfortable colonial style. I will travel with intrepid again

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RICHARD ALAN RODDY   England

Central American Journey

08-Feb-2024

Very enjoyable, good paced Tour. Tour Leader, Choko was helpful, knowledgeable and extremely informative.

Joanne W  

Wonderful Croatian tour

02-Dec-2022

Our tour guide,Tamara, was the highlight of our Explore Croatia tour. She was knowledgeable, organized, and so kind and fun. Croatia is a beautiful country. I loved the people, the scenery, the food, the history. I hope to go back one day. Intrepid was perfect for me. There was group time and there was plenty of free time. It wasn’t a luxury tour but all of our accommodations were clean and safe. The dinner in Hvar was SO special!

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Miguel Angel Araujo   Usa

One Week In Costa Rica

27-Feb-2024

The trip was amazing, everything was well planned out & there wasn't any issues. The tour guide was very friendly and made the experience fun. During the trip I didn't have to worry about safety as we were never put in harms way. I would definitely recommend & do again.

Kelly  

North Morocco Adventure

25-Oct-2021

Touring the beautiful North of Morocco I learned far more than I’d anticipated in this 9 day tour. Interesting sights to see, with knowledgeable local guides, this tour provides a great balance of exposure to a different culture with ample time for relaxation. Chefchaouen is an absolute highlight, & not a place many Morocco trips of this kind go to. Loved it!

Sharik  

Essential Morocca

21-Oct-2021

Essential Morocco was an absolute dream. Every single day had such informative walking tours and tours of local facilities. Whether it was dinner with a local family or visiting a pottery factory, I learned so much about Moroccan culture. The accommodations were safe and I felt secure the entire 11 days. This trip wouldn’t have been the same without one person. That person is Youssef. If you are coming to Morocco with Intrepid and you don’t request Youssef, you’re doing it wrong. Words cannot describe how incredible of a guide he is. There were 3 of us on our trip of 18-29 year olds and he made us all feel so welcome and safe all the time. Whether that is cracking jokes on long drives or giving us the itinerary for the next day, Youssef ensured we felt respected and seen.

Barbara Ruth Roback   Canada

Cambodia Adventure

15-Jan-2024

Absolutely superb leader - knowledgeable. fun, safety conscious. Group of 15 travellers from 5 countries who bonded into a solid team. In addition to a fantastic itinerary, our leader’s love of karaoke made the trip unforgettable. It even inspired a song written as a tribute to him.

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