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Southeast Galápagos Cruise

5 Days Galápagos cruise on board the Köln

From USD 3,585

Central Galápagos Cruise

5 Days, Max. 16 passengers

11 Reviews

First Class Ship

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A 5-day Expedition Cruise

11 Reviews

First Class Ship
The Trip Highlights

Snorkel with Hammerheads at Darwin Bay

Scientific insights at C. Darwin Research Station

A bird lover's paradise: Hiking on Genovesa

Playful Sea Lions in South Plaza

Galapatours 'Plus' Experience

Experienced crew

Flawless operations

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 Blue Spirit! On this Expedition Cruise, you will discover the incredible wildlife of the Galápagos Islands: On Genovesa, breathtaking dinghy rides, stunning views and close encounters with the most iconic birds of the Archipelago await you. Blue-footed Boobies, Red-footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies and many more species can be seen here. 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: Köln

  • Long-established, local Galápagos operators;
  • Light and airy lounge and communal spaces;
  • Experienced and friendly crew;

The M/V Köln, formerly known as the Tip Top III or Blue Spirit, is a first class motor yacht. Fully refurbished in 2008 she is delightfully light and spacious. She is owned by one of the oldest local tourist operators in the Galápagos, and has a great reputation for good food, good service and one of the best crews in the Islands. The company has become a leader in the region for winning internationally recognized certifications for its environmental and safety policies … Read more about Köln

Amenities

children

-10% for children ≤ 11

transfer

Transfers to and from ship

snorkeling

Snorkel gear (free of charge)

footprint

100% CO2 carbon footprint offset

meal

All meals

dinner with wine

Beer+wine with dinner

air conditioning

Air conditioning & private bathroom

shared bedroom

Single travellers can share cabin

drinks

Water, Coffee, Tea & fresh juices

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.

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Reviews

GratefulDave, Baltimore, Maryland

First Class Ship

Tip Top III Bewertung und Empfehlung Das Schiff war großartig. Hinzu kommt, dass uns die Inseln komplett in ihren Bann gezogen haben und die anderen Reisenden waren auch gut drauf. Auf der Tip Top verlief alles wunderbar nach Plan. Die Besatzung war immer zur Stelle, um zu helfen und waren immer auf dem Laufenden. Sie waren zwar nicht immer gut gelaunt aber jeder von uns hat mal einen schlechten Tag. Die Kabinen sind im Vergleich zu Hotelzimmern kleiner aber der Ausblick ist fantastisch. Für manche Gäste war die Bewegeung des Schiffes nachts etwas probletamtisch und für andere nicht. Ich habe gut gschlafen. Das Essen war frisch und schmeckte uns. Unser Guide Angelika was sehr gut und wusste unglaublich viel. Sie macht den Job seit 30 jahren und ist immernoch genauso euphorisch, wie am ersten Tag.

lifthorn, seattle

First Class Ship

Incredible experience aboard the Tip Top III Just returned from an 8 day cruise aboard the Tip Top III. We went on the western route, and saw so many incredible sights. The crew was very solicitious and took great care of us. There were only 11 of us on the boat - really nice small number. Although this is a smaller boat, the service is much more individualized. We encountered several larger cruise ships, and I was so glad I had booked on a smaller boat. The activities were more physicially demanding than I anticipated, but doable. We hiked on the lava fields, was difficult at times, but we all did fine. We also went up and down stairs, around boulders, up hills, and in and out of the "pangas" or zodiacs each day. I really enjoyed the physical activitiy, but again, was more demanding than I had previously believed. Anyone that has physical limitations, should probably not book this tour. We had several opportunities to snorkel, would recommend, but definitely need a wet suit. The water was rather chilly, but worth it. The brochure provided by Wittmer listed more snorkeling opportunities that we did not get to take advantage of, so that was really my only disappointment. Also, they only offered beer and wine, and was a little on the expensive side. The Galapagoes Islands are so interesting and the wildlife is abundant and diverse. After visiting I can see how they are named "the Enchanted Islands". Was such a great trip, would highly recommend. And would recommend the Tip Top boats.

Lifthorn, Seattle

First Class Ship

die Tip Top III war unglaublich Ich war auf einer 8 Tages Kreuzfahrt auf der Tip Top III, westliche Route. Die Sehenswürdigkeiten waren unvergesslich. Die Crew war sehr fürsorglich und achtete auf die Passagiere, von denen es 11 gab. Eine tolle kleine Truppe. Aud diesem etwas kleinerem Schiff gab es sehr persönlichen Service. Die Freizeitaktivitäten forderten etwas sportlichkeit aber es war machbar. Das Schnorcheln war auch ein Erlebnis, ich empfehle jedoch Nasstauchanzüge, da das Wasser etwas kühl war. Die akloholischen Getränke sind etwas teuer und es gibt nur Bier und Wein. Das ist eine Typfrage, manchen Leuten reicht das. Die Galapagos Inseln haben ir sehr gefallen und af die Tip Top Schiffe sind zu empfehlen!

Miriam Egger

First Class Ship

Wir kommen gerne wieder! Wir hatten einen wunderschönen 5-tägigen Trip auf der Tip Top III. Super Schiff, gemütliche Kabinen und Gemeinschaftsbereiche, sehr leckeres Essen, freundliche Crew, geniale Ausflüge und ein Guide, der sehr viel wusste und uns die Inseln näher gebracht hat. Wir kommen beim nächsten Galapagos-Besuch gerne wieder! Quelle: https://goo.gl/YtQxin

GratefulDave, Baltimore, Maryland

First Class Ship

Tip Top III Itinerary 2 Review and Advice I am posting this because there was little information on this ship and its itinerary. Just got back three days ago. Overall the trip was great. Largely because the Galapagos Islands are amazing and we lucked out to have so a fine group of fellow travelers. The Tip Tip operations are very smooth and professional. Everything went smoothly. Staff helped as needed are were always on top of things. I will say as my fellow travelers agreed the crew was great, but never seemed happy. It took about five days of the eight day cruise to see a smile. No big deal. They took care of us and everything we needed. Beds were made and rooms cleaned up while we were at breakfast. They were always looking out for us. That was most important. Then accommodations we nice. We had the upper level double bed. A little tight, but great views out of window. It was adequate. Had to "step" over your bed-mate if you are sleeping next to the hull. For many reasons, you don't want to be in the room more than to change and sleep. The noise and movement of the ship at night were a problem for some, but not for others. Location on the ship didn't matter. Its just how light a sleeper you are. I slept well. Food was okay. If it was a local restaurant, I wouldn't go to it. I am a food snob living in a major metropolitan area. Given the circumstances, I was satisfied. Food was fresh, tasty, and ample. The pasta was cold one night. Food is not the main feature anyhow. They serve beer and wine. If you want harder stuff, BYOB. The guide, Angelika, was great and very knowledgeable. Even though she has been doing this for 30 years, as she will remind you, she brought such enthusiasm and joy just like it was the first time.


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