Galapagos Islands luxury cruise for friends and readers
English-language guide: 7 – 14 November 2020
16 spaces – only 2 left to book
German-language guide: 14 – 21 November 2020
16 spaces – only 4 left to book
Organised by myself, based on my local insider knowledge.
Possibility for individual extensions, e.g. to visit Macchu Pichu or Quito (Ecuador).
Discover unlimited beauty
Meet Darwin's giant tortoises and swim with marine iguanas on a once-in-a-lifetime trip.
My Galapagos Islands trips are back by popular demand.
These islands are regularly ranked "The world's no. 1 island destination". They are one of the last untouched places on earth, featuring unique animals that you will not get to see anywhere else. Best of all, the animals aren't afraid of humans. As the saying goes: "In the Galapagos Islands, you don't observe animals, you mingle with them!"
I have organised seven such trips in the past, the most recent one in 2018. Each time, my guests were blown away both by the islands and overall experience. Also, many lasting new friendships were formed.
You can now get onboard for my new Galapagos adventure in 2020:
- 7-day cruise on a 4 ½ star boat, experiencing the best that Galapagos has to offer.
- Accompanied by two of the best naturalist guides (handpicked by myself, out of all 800 local guides).
- A week with likeminded people instead of random tourists.
There is space for 16 passengers on both of these trips (8 double cabins) but beware, there are only 4 spaces left to book on each boat. All other spaces have already been snapped up by colleagues, friends and readers who had previously registered their interest (i.e. before I even had a chance to publicly advertise them). It just goes to show how popular these trips are. If you want to join, you will have to act soon.
I will be both a regular guest and the unofficial second guide on these trips. Having lived there for four years, I will be telling you the stuff no one else dares to say out loud!
Discover unlimited beauty
A carefully selected travel package
Having lived in the Galapagos for four years, I chose each aspect carefully.
Each day, we will spend 12 hours a day in the company of a guide. Having the right guide is the make-or-break factor for any Galapagos trip.
For the English-language group, I've secured my friend Richard, a guide who usually gets booked by West Coast billionaires and similar celebrity clients. He is a legend and insiders have long agreed that he is the no. 1 guide out of all 800! I have been on one other cruise with Richard and even I am excited about the prospect of yet another one.
For the German-language group, I have roped in the most experienced guide for German-speaking visitors. Switzerland-born Pati has lived in Galapagos for nearly 30 years. Outside of her naturalist guiding, she has many tales to tell about local life. What's more, Pati and I used to be neighbours when I lived on the islands, so I dare say that I know her well.
My entire trip organisation is based on using my network of long-standing personal friends on the island to get us the best, most comfortable, and safest option for your trip.
Value for money
The trip at a glance
Duration: 7 days
English-language group: 7 November (Saturday) – 14 November (Saturday) 2020
German-language group: 14 November (Saturday) – 21 November (Saturday) 2020
Price: USD 7,295 p.p. in a double cabin
- 7 nights on a 4 ½ star boat (double cabin).
- Domestic return flight from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra-Galapagos.
- USD 100 park entrance fee (will be increased to USD 400 in 2021).
- All local transport in Galapagos, incl. VIP lounge on arrival.
- All food and non-alcoholic beverages.
- Unlimited satellite WiFi onboard.
- International flights to/from Ecuador.
- Tips for the crew and guide (voluntary).
- USD 20 biocontrol fee, payable in cash at the domestic flight check-in.
Dietary requirements: The boat can easily cater to all special requirements.
Single guests: The boat only has double cabins. I can try to pair up single visitors.
Equipment: The boat has equipment for snorkeling, kayaking and other activities onboard. It is no possible to go diving from cruise ships in Galapagos; diving trips need to be arranged separately (as extension of the trip).
Payment: 100% in advance within 2 weeks of booking by bank transfer in USD.
Cancellation: Refunds aren't possible, but bookings can be transferred to another person (possibly involving a fee for changing the local flight).
Visas: EU/US citizens do not require a visa for Ecuador/Galapagos. For all other citizenships please check with your respective embassy or consulate. Passports need to be valid for 6 months after the departure date.
Vaccinations: None are required.
Booking requests are strictly handled on the basis of "first come, first serve".
If you are interested or have any questions at all, simply drop me an email.