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Golondrina Galapagos Cruise

Golondrina Galápagos Cruise

Some of the best itineraries of the Galápagos fleet

A Galápagos Cruise on board the Golondrina

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What we love about the Golondrina

Some of the best naturalist itineraries in the fleet;

Relaxed and fun atmosphere;

Plenty of outside space.

Golondrina Galapagos Cruise
Golondrina Galapagos Cruise
Golondrina Galapagos Cruise

Golondrina is a tourist class motor yacht that offers some of the best cruise itineraries for those who really want to discover the true Galápagos. This makes her exceptional value and she is a popular choice for those who want a comfortable and relaxed way to see the best of the islands.

Golondrina is a motor yacht with classic lines that oozes friendly charm. There is always a great relaxed atmosphere on board and the main lounge and dining area with bar is the perfect place to get to know your fellow guests and relax after your day’s excursions. There is also a TV with DVD player and a music system for entertainment. There are plenty of outdoor areas both under cover and with full sun for socializing and watching the ocean life. For the most adventurous a leap from the top sundeck into the Pacific ocean is recommended!

There are 8 cabins on board, and each has traditional wooden twin bunks. The cabins are individually air conditioned, and each has its own private bathroom with full size hot water shower, sink and vanity. Welcome additional service includes fresh towels each day and plentiful food served in a buffet style to refuel after your adventures.

Her crew of 5 includes a bilingual naturalist guide who will brief you on the islands and their wonderful wildlife and lead you on various excursions. The Golondrina has some of the most interesting itineraries of any of the tourist class fleet, and many people choose her for this very reason. Excursions include island visits, exploring by panga, swimming and snorkeling - with masks, fins and snorkels available for guests.

Golondrina is always a fun boat. Her crew look after everyone really well and they encourage you to relax and enjoy yourself - this is not a formal boat, and if you enjoy having fun in relaxed surroundings whilst seeing the very best of the older Galápagos islands then a Golondrina cruise will suit you perfectly.

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Amenities on board the Golondrina


All meals


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air conditioning

Air conditioning & private bathroom

shared bedroom

Single travellers can share cabin


Water, Coffee, Tea & fresh juices

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English guide

Food & Drinks on board the Golondrina

The food on our Galapágos Cruises is among the very best you will find in South America. Most of the on-board chefs are internationally trained and have prior experience working in the best hotels and restaurants in Ecuador and indeed around the world.

You can expect a first-class selection of food, including a good variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, locally sourced poultry and fish/seafood, rice and pasta dishes. Most boats will always include some typical Ecuadorian dishes on the menu during your cruise. If you have specific dietary requirements then these can usually be accommodated by the chef providing you have given advance notice. Please make sure you tell us about any allergies or dietary requirements you have at the time you book with us. If you leave it until you arrive at the dockside, then it may well be impossible to accommodate your needs.

Most boats serve a range of options at meal times in a relaxed buffet-style. At the first class and luxury end of the market, some boats have more formal dining where you will be served at your seat. However the atmosphere is always relaxed on board our cruises, and never stuffy or formal.

Sustainable Tourism

At Galapatours we love and respect the pristine ecosystems and fascinating wildlife of the Galápagos Islands. To protect the archipelago, all vessels in Galápagos must have sophisticated water filtration systems, modern, efficient engines, and strict maintenance schedules to minimize pollution. Furthermore, The Galápagos National Park authority defines exact cruising routes that dictate which ships can visit which highlights at what day and time, as well as limiting passenger numbers.

Our commitment extends beyond the mandatory environmental standards for cruise vessels in the region: A portion of your trip price now contributes to our Conservation Project. This initiative empowers local communities to protect their territory, engage in reforestation, and prepare for long-term environmental stewardship. This way, your trip contributes to environmental protection and truly shows how travel can be a force for good! You can also play your part by traveling responsibly and following our Eco Guidelines during your stay. Click here to find out more about these guidelines, our commitment to sustainable tourism, and the Galápagos National Park rules.

Cabins categories on board the Golondrina

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Technical details of Golondrina

Small Yacht
Main Engines
2x Kohler 13 kw, 21 kw
22 m
110 Volts
Cruising speed
8 knots
5 m

Reviews of Golondrina


Edea B

Golondrina Galapagos Cruise


Fue el viaje de mi vida. Las Islas Galápagos son una visita obligada para los amantes de la naturaleza y los animales. La tripulación del Golondrina era cálida, amable, servicial y simpática. Aunque los camarotes personales del barco son diminutos, rara vez se hace otra cosa en ellos que dormir. Todo en el barco se mantiene extremadamente limpio. Tuvimos la oportunidad de hacer snorkel todos los días del viaje, ¡incluso dos veces al día! Nuestro guía estaba bien informado y siempre se paraba para asegurarse de que nadie del grupo se perdía nada, hasta el más pequeño pinzón. Nuestro agente de Galapatours fue siempre muy atento y servicial. Todo en este viaje fue increíble.


Edea B

Golondrina Galapagos Cruise


This was the trip of a lifetime. The Galapagos Islands are a must-visit for nature and animal lovers. Our crew on the Golondrina were warm, friendly, helpful, and kind. Though the personal cabins on the boat are tiny, you rarely do anything in them but sleep! Everything on the boat is kept extremely clean. We had the opportunity to snorkel every day of the trip - even twice a day, occasionally! Our guide was knowledgeable and always stopped to make sure that no one in the group missed anything, down to the smallest finch. Our agent with Galapatours was always very responsive and helpful. Everything about this trip was amazing!


Edea B

Golondrina Galapagos Cruise


C'était le voyage d'une vie. Les îles Galápagos sont un must pour les amoureux de la nature et des animaux. L'équipage du Golondrina était chaleureux, amical, serviable et gentil. Bien que les cabines personnelles du bateau soient minuscules, on y fait rarement autre chose que dormir ! Tout sur le bateau est extrêmement propre. Nous avons eu l'occasion de faire de la plongée avec masque et tuba tous les jours du voyage - et même deux fois par jour, à l'occasion ! Notre guide était bien informé et s'arrêtait toujours pour s'assurer que personne dans le groupe ne manquait quelque chose, jusqu'au plus petit pinson. Notre agent de Galapatours a toujours été très réactif et serviable. Tout dans ce voyage était extraordinaire !


Edea B

Golondrina Galapagos Cruise


Das war die Reise meines Lebens. Die Galapagos-Inseln sind ein Muss für Natur- und Tierliebhaber. Unsere Crew auf der Golondrina war herzlich, freundlich, hilfsbereit und nett. Die persönlichen Kabinen auf dem Schiff sind zwar winzig, aber man macht darin kaum etwas anderes als schlafen! Alles auf dem Boot ist sehr sauber. Wir hatten an jedem Tag der Reise die Möglichkeit zu schnorcheln - gelegentlich sogar zweimal am Tag! Unser Reiseleiter war sehr sachkundig und hat immer wieder angehalten, um sicherzustellen, dass niemand in der Gruppe etwas verpasst, bis hin zum kleinsten Fink. Unser Agent bei Galapatours war immer sehr entgegenkommend und hilfsbereit. Alles an dieser Reise war fantastisch!

Galapagos Customers

Victoria Tran

Golondrina Galapagos Cruise


Wir haben eine 8-tägige Bootstour auf der Golondrina (15 Touristen und 8 Besatzungsmitglieder) für unsere 8-köpfige Familie (4 Erwachsene, 4 Jungen im Alter von 9-12 Jahren) vom 12. Juli 2019 bis 19. Juli 2019 mit Thomas Richmond von Galapatours gebucht. Wir haben im Mai 2019 gebucht, also war es eine Art späte Planung unsererseits, aber alles verlief reibungslos und Thomas und Andino waren prompt und sehr hilfsbereit und haben sogar unsere Anrufe und E-Mails am Wochenende beantwortet. Wir hatten eine wunderbare Zeit auf der Golondrina. Alles war einfach und entsprach den Erwartungen. Die Crew holte uns am Flughafen ab. Wir buchten unsere eigenen Fluggesellschaften, da wir von Machu Picchu und Lima, Peru, über Quito kamen. Mit der Golondrina und ihrer fantastischen Crew erlebten wir 8 Tage lang ein wunderbares Galapagos-Abenteuer. Wir wanderten und schnorchelten jeden Tag und sahen erstaunliche Landschaften und Tiere, und die Kinder lernten so viel und es war ein tolles gesundes Leben. Der Ozean kann nachts rau sein, da das Boot 5-6 Stunden lang über Meilen zur nächsten Insel fährt, aber man kann den Ozean nicht kontrollieren und wir waren nach all den Übungen jeden Tag sowieso im Tiefschlaf. Die Kinder hatten kein Problem mit irgendeinem Teil der Reise und nahmen an den Wanderungen und dem Schnorcheln mitten im Ozean problemlos teil. Wir haben unsere eigenen Neoprenanzüge für die Kinder mitgebracht. Die gesamte Crew auf unserem Boot war fantastisch. Die anderen 7 Passagiere auf unserem Boot waren 3 Erwachsene aus dem Bundesstaat Washington, 2 aus Texas und 2 aus der Schweiz, und sie waren freundlich, gut ausgebildet, fit und einnehmend. Am Ende unserer 8-tägigen Tour begleitete uns der Reiseleiter zum richtigen Bustransport am Flughafen (die einzige Möglichkeit: Bus für 5 Minuten, Fähre hinüber, dann Taxi in die Stadt), um in die Stadt Santa Cruz zu gelangen, da wir noch weitere Tage auf der Hauptinsel bleiben wollten (ein Muss, denn die Stadt ist wunderschön!). Als ich Thomas von Galapatours zum ersten Mal eine E-Mail schickte, mailte er mir zurück und rief mich sofort an, um mir die Bootsoptionen vorzustellen. Ich bezahlte mit Kreditkarte und alles war vorbereitet. Wir kamen einfach am Flughafen in Baltra an und die Crew kümmerte sich von dort an um uns, wie im Reiseplan beschrieben. Die 8-tägige Bootstour ist die beste Art, die Galapagos-Inseln zu sehen, da die meisten Inseln weit voneinander entfernt sind und das Boot nachts fahren kann. Wir haben zwar nur den östlichen Teil des Galapagos-Archipels gesehen, aber wir haben alle Tiere gesehen, die wir erwartet hatten, also hatten wir vielleicht Glück (wir haben auch Buckelwale gesehen). Nächstes Mal werden wir wieder 8 Tage in den Westen fahren und unsere Reise über Galapatours buchen!

Galapagos Customers

Victoria Tran

Golondrina Galapagos Cruise


Nous avons réservé une excursion en bateau de 8 jours sur la Golondrina (bateau de 15 touristes et 8 membres d'équipage) pour notre famille de 8 personnes (4 adultes, 4 garçons âgés de 9 à 12 ans) du 12 juillet 2019 au 19 juillet 2019 avec Thomas Richmond de Galapatours. Nous avons réservé en mai 2019, il s'agissait donc d'une planification tardive de notre part, mais tout s'est déroulé sans problème et Thomas et Andino ont été rapides et très serviables, retournant même nos appels et nos courriels pendant le week-end. Nous avons passé un excellent moment sur la Golondrina. Tout a été facile et s'est déroulé comme prévu. L'équipage est venu nous chercher à l'aéroport. Nous avons réservé nos propres compagnies aériennes car nous venions du Machu Picchu et de Lima, au Pérou, en passant par Quito. Nous avons vécu une merveilleuse aventure aux Galapagos sur le Golondrina avec son fantastique équipage pendant 8 jours, en faisant de la randonnée et de la plongée avec masque et tuba tous les jours et en voyant des paysages et des animaux incroyables, les enfants ont beaucoup appris et c'était un mode de vie sain. L'océan peut être agité la nuit car le bateau a voyagé pendant 5-6 heures sur des kilomètres pour atteindre l'île suivante, mais vous ne pouvez pas contrôler l'océan et nous étions profondément endormis après tous les exercices quotidiens de toute façon. Les enfants n'ont eu aucun problème avec aucune partie du voyage et ont participé à la randonnée et à la plongée en apnée au milieu de l'océan sans problème. Nous avions apporté nos propres combinaisons de plongée pour les enfants. Tout l'équipage de notre bateau était fantastique. Les 7 autres passagers de notre bateau étaient 3 adultes de l'état de Washington, 2 du Texas et 2 de la Suisse, et ils étaient sympathiques, bien éduqués, en forme et engageants. À la fin de notre circuit de 8 jours, le guide nous a accompagnés jusqu'au bon moyen de transport en bus à l'aéroport (la seule façon de procéder : bus pendant 5 minutes, ferry pour traverser, puis taxi jusqu'à la ville), afin de nous rendre dans la ville de Santa Cruz car nous restions sur cette île principale pour des jours supplémentaires (à faire absolument car la ville est merveilleuse !). Dès que j'ai envoyé un courriel à Thomas de Galapatours, il m'a répondu par courriel et m'a appelé immédiatement. Il m'a présenté les options de bateau et toutes les informations étaient là pour que je prenne ma décision. J'ai payé par carte de crédit et tout était prêt. Nous sommes arrivés à l'aéroport de Baltra et l'équipage s'est occupé de nous à partir de là, comme indiqué dans l'itinéraire. Le circuit de 8 jours en bateau est la meilleure façon de voir les Galápagos, car la plupart des îles sont très éloignées les unes des autres et le bateau peut naviguer de nuit. En l'état, nous n'avons vu que la partie orientale de l'archipel des Galápagos, mais nous avons vu tous les animaux comme prévu, nous avons peut-être été très chanceux (nous avons vu des baleines à bosse aussi). La prochaine fois, nous ferons un autre voyage de 8 jours pour voir la partie ouest et nous utiliserons Galapatours pour réserver notre voyage !

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