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 their 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.

6228~|galapagos-cruise~|user~|b

Naturalist guide

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.

6228~|galapagos-cruise~|map~|c

Itinerary

Each of the two itineraries will have you see some of the Crown Jewels of the Galapagos. The archipelago is too big to see everything on a single trip, but we'll squeeze as much into your week as possible! The English-language group will tour the Eastern half of the archipelago while the German-language group will sail to the West - both equally spectacular.
6228~|galapagos-cruise~|clock~|e

Timing

November offers an attractive niche between seasons (as well as cheaper international flights). It is the month before sweltering heat sets in, there is no overcrowding at sites, and we'll enjoy lots of special seasonal sights, such as migrating whales, nesting blue-footed boobies, and sea lion babies on the beaches.
6228~|galapagos-cruise~|banknote~|f

Value for money

My package offers the right balance of "intelligent luxury", i.e. a high-end experience without spending unnecessary money.
6228~|galapagos-cruise~|clipboard~|g

Flexibility

If you are short on time, you can use my trip to travel out on Friday and be back home the following week Sunday evening (= 6 weekdays away from work). If you have more time, I can help you with booking an extension. E.g., explore Quito in Ecuador, or visit Macchu Pichu in Peru. I have lots of advice for any such plan.
6228~|galapagos-cruise~|users~|a

Networking

My 2018 group now meets for an annual dinner and some have ended up doing business and investment projects together. Speak of new friendships getting formed!

The trip at a glance

Duration: 7 days

Dates:
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

Includes:

  • 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.

Not included:

  • 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.

Snapshots from my 2018 trip

(group of divers)

Get in touch

Enquiries

I handle the entire organisation of this trip myself, from beginning to end.

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.