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Archipell I Galapagos Cruise

Northern & Western Galápagos

8 Days Galápagos cruise on board the Archipell I

From USD 4,695

Northern & Western Galápagos

8 Days, Max. 16 passengers

7 Reviews

Mid Range Ship

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A 8-day Expedition Cruise

7 Reviews

Mid Range Ship
The Trip Highlights

Thousands of Marine Iguanas at Espinosa Point

Scientific insights at C. Darwin Research Station

Playful Sea Lions in South Plaza

Flamingos and Pahoehoe lava at Moreno Point

Galapatours 'Plus' Experience

Great value for money

Highly rated crew

English-speaking guide for all activities

Lectures in the evening

Get to know the highlights of Galápagos with this Naturalist cruise on board the beautiful Archipell I! On this Expedition Cruise, you will discover the incredible wildlife of the Galápagos Islands: Fernandina, the youngest island, will blow your mind with its rugged lava landscapes. The youngest island in the archipelago, it is still being formed by volcanic eruptions and makes for a wonderful, otherworldly contrast to the other islands. During our visit to Floreana, you will have the opportunity for some great dinghy rides, extensive snorkeling, and learning more about the fascinating human history of the Galápagos. Isabela, the biggest of all islands in the Galápagos, offers you fantastic hikes, views and arguably some of the best snorkeling spots in the Archipelago. On San Cristóbal, you will be able to snorkel in crystal clear waters, relax with sea lions on pristine white sand beaches and learn more about the evolution of giant tortoises. During your time on Santa Cruz, you will have the chance to observe the famous Galápagos Giant Tortoises in the wild and learn more about the preservation and scientific study of these amazing animals. Your visit to Santa Fe will involve a beautiful short hike, during which you can observe Galápagos Hawks, Darwin's Finches, Galápagos Mockingbirds. and Galápagos Sea Lions. A walk across South Plaza is one of the best visitor experiences in the Galápagos thanks to the large number of species living in such a small area.

Your ship: Archipell I

Welcoming you onboard the Archipell I will be Captain Mario Freire and his First Mate Roberto. Your cabin will be named after one of the local species that you will see on your trip. We enjoyed chatting with the chef Guido, who comes from Macao. Make sure you try his specialty, which is a delicious "Pulpo al Ajillo". We found that the bar prices on board Archipell I are very reasonable, with beer costing $4, branded soft drinks at $2.50 and some very nice wines from $35. Among the extra facilities on board, we like the fact that they have a clothes dryer for guests to use, and that they carry … Read more about Archipell I

Amenities

transfer

Transfers to and from ship

snorkeling

Snorkel gear (free of charge)

FR guide

French guide possible

footprint

100% CO2 carbon footprint offset

kayak

Kayaks on board

meal

All meals

air conditioning

Air conditioning & private bathroom

shared bedroom

Single travellers can share cabin

drinks

Water, Coffee, Tea & fresh juices

children

-20% for children ≤ 12

EN guide

English guide

Food & Drinks

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.

Archipell I Galapagos Cruise
San Cristóbal
South Plaza

Reviews

S. Bartell

Mid Range Ship

Wir kommen auf euch zurück für die nächste Reise! Danke Benno! Ich werde dich und das Galapatours Team weiterempfehlen. Ich will euch danken für diesen wunderbaren Urlaub und für die Hilfe bei unserem Gepäckverlust (die Airline hat unser Gepäck falsch verschickt). Es kam aber in unserem Hotel auf Santa Cruz einen Tag vor unserer Heimreise an. Meine Frau hat sich unglaublich gefreut über das Wiedererlangen der eigenen, geliebten Klamotten. Die Kreuzfahrt war ein Traum. Das Schiff war nicht ganz ausgebucht (5 Erwachsene und 2 Kinder) und wir hatten immens viel Platz für uns. Unser Guide Victor Rizzo warfabelhaft. Die Verpflegung war exzellent und die Besatzung hat hervorragende Arbeit geleistet. Abends spürt man das Schiff etwas wackeln, daran mussten wir uns gewöhnen. Wenn wir soweit sind auch die westlichen Inseln zu erkunden, werde ich mit Sicherheit auf euch zurückkommen!

Stefan Widermann

Mid Range Ship

The best holiday so far, without a doubt (Review from TripAdvisor) Ecuador Galapagos was without any doubt the single most impressive holiday I have taken so far. At first, I was hesitant because especially Galapagos (the main land not so much) is quite an expensive destination but friends convinced us and Benno of Galapatours found a great last minute price for us on board one of the Archipels. I can say we don't regret it a bit. The crew, the food, the cabins - all was first class! Esteban, our guide, was very helpful and even considering my sea sickness during the first night I consider this the single best holiday so far. Thanks, Galapatours!

Ann Page

Mid Range Ship

A great crew, guide, experience Everyone was so helpful, friendly and courteous. We all enjoyed the cruise. The crew, captain and guide were so nice, kind and helpful. Our guide, Alex, was extremely knowledgeable on many topics and explained about plants, animals and geology. I would highly recommend this tour and this ship to others considering a trip to the Galapagos.

Ann Page

Mid Range Ship

Großartige Erfahrung mit Crew und Guide Alle waren so hilfsbereit und freundlich. Die ganze Familie genoss diese Kreuzfahrt. Die Besatzung, der Kapitän und der Guide waren sehr nett, höflich und hilfsbereit. Unser Naturführer, Alex, kannte sich bestens aus und erzählte viel über Pflanzen, Geologie und Tierwelt. Ich empfehle allen zukünftigen Galapagos-Reisenden die Archipell I.

Jonas2992

Mid Range Ship

One of the most amazing trips I have ever done Taken from Tripadvisor forum: Hey Lachlan_GSyndney, Hope the Reply is not too late. I went to Galapagos Islands 2 weeks ago and did a 8 day trip with Archipell 1. Friends from Quito were recomending this boat. Galapagos has its price; so my expectations for this cruise were pretty high....and I wasn´t let down!! The natural Guide,Dario, is native to Galapagos and really knows how to explain things. The Itinerary itself was really, really great ( North Seymour, Genovesa, Isla Bartolome and Isla Santiago, Santa Cruz, Floreana, Española and San Cristobal). We had a lot of activities and the most amazing was the snorkeling ( but you need to use a wetsuit (available aboard) at that time of the year, because the water is sometimes pretty cold) The Boat itself was in perfect conditions ( I haven´t seen cockroaches; the only animal i saw was a roasted turkey onthe last day :P ). The cabins were always tidy and the standard was like expected: First Class. The crew is nice and the food was just amazing and always enough for everybody ! We were 14 people but it was definitly not overcrowded because the catamaran is huge (for just 16 people.) Furthermore, for myself I didn´t had any problems with seasickness, but i guess that depends on each person. The cruise with Archipel 1 was one of my most amazing trips I have ever done. I only know the other boats through my friends and their experiences (some of them worked on boats in galapagos for several years) but they told my archipell is one of the better ones. So I guess i would recommend it ;) I hope you have/had fun on your trip and experience/experienced the same on the Archipell and Galapagos I did. Greetz, Jonas


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