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Archipell I Galapagos Cruise

South-West Galápagos Cruise

8 Days Galápagos cruise on board the Archipell I

From USD 4,695

South-West Galápagos Cruise

8 Days, Max. 16 passengers

8 Reviews

Mid Range Ship

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A 8-day Expedition Cruise

8 Reviews

Mid Range Ship
The Trip Highlights

Scientific insights at C. Darwin Research Station

Gardner Bay: Pristine, white sand beaches

Playful Sea Lions in South Plaza

Giant Tortoises in the wild on Santa Cruz

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: On Española, the oldest and arguably the greenest of the Galápagos Islands, incredible hikes await. You will get to see many endemic species, including the Española Mocking Bird, the Española Lava Lizard, and, hopefully, the famous Waved Albatross. 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. 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
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Reviews

Archipell Galapagos
Kasia Z.

December 2022

Mid Range Ship

Thank you very much for organising my cruise so quickly. I wanted to share the feedback after my experience on the Archipel. I had the most wonderful holiday- everything was just perfect! I will start with the Archipel's crew, as thanks to them, the cruise was so exceptional. They all were just excellent at providing outstanding costumer service, showing what hospitality stands for. Whole crew was very friendly, helpful, and looked after us so well. Our guide Carlos, was a star from the very beginning. He collected us all at the airport and announced that during our stay, we will be part of Galapagos, not tourists. Calling us 'family', he really made us feel as we were welcome there. On top of being highly knowledgeable, he speaks fluently English, and has some good sense of humour as well. Carlos was very professional, and communicated frequently and honestly with us. We always knew what to bring and what to wear for activities. He takes pride in his work, and surly will be inspiration for many visitors. The atmosphere was so friendly and relaxing, no rushing, no waiting, everyone equally amazed by the beauty of the enchanted islands, and happy that we had such a cool team. The chef made us fabulous meals, and he skillfully managed to deal with special dietary requirements (there was quite a lot of it). Everything was fresh, tasty and I'm currently working out, how to come to terms with not having delicious snack, and fresh juice or hot chocolate, after every activity! Our cabins were cleaned daily, turned down in the evenings, the lounge and common area immaculate at all times. Coffee, tea, biscuits available anytime, as well as cold beer and drinks from the bar. The panga drivers, captain and every single member of the Archipel's crew was amazing. Always with a smile. Archipel had all the facilities I needed. Fortunately we didn't spend much time on the ship, as we were constantly busy with activities. The weather was great as well, which helped. Snorkeling equipment provided was of good quality, and I quickly switched my new, annoyingly foggy mask, for the one provided. Luckily Carlos sorted my mask problem out with the flame trick. I spotted a shark immediately when I put head under the water! Having the kayaks to use was also great! The itinerary for 4 days was packed with highlights of the islands. I can't believe, how many species we saw in only four days! I loved that cruise and I return to Galapagos next year for longer.

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.


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