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Grand Daphne, Galpatours

Ultimate Galápagos (Central)

8 Days Galápagos cruise on board the Grand Daphne

From USD 4,827

Ultimate Galápagos (Central)

8 Days, Max. 16 passengers

8 Reviews


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A 8-day Expedition Cruise

8 Reviews

The Trip Highlights

Thousands of Marine Iguanas at Espinosa Point

Green Turtles nesting at Espumilla Beach

Flamingos and Pahoehoe lava at Moreno Point

Giant Tortoises in the wild on Santa Cruz

Galapatours 'Plus' Experience

Exceptional value cruise

Great choice of itineraries

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 Grand Daphne! 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. 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 North Seymour, an incredible hike and snorkeling session awaits you. This island is the archipelago condensed into very little space, and you'll be able to see almost all the iconic Galápagos species in just a few hours. 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. On Santiago, an island formerly inhabited by pirates, you will be able to enjoy hikes and dinghy rides.

Your ship: Grand Daphne

A Galápagos cruise on board the Grand Daphne proves that you don’t have to have a huge budget to see the best the Galápagos has to offer in comfort. Built in 1979 and fully refitted in 2015, Grand Daphne and her crew pride themselves on offering a 1st Class service and experience at a superb price.

Traditional Motor Yacht Grand Daphne is a traditional motor yacht design, and she’s proud of this heritage. Yet despite this, she offers comfortable accommodation with some features you wouldn’t necessarily expect on a cruise vessel this class. Cabins are located on the upper or lower decks, wi … Read more about Grand Daphne



Transfers to and from ship


Snorkel gear (free of charge)


100% CO2 carbon footprint offset

air conditioning

Air conditioning & private bathroom

shared bedroom

Single travellers can share cabin


Water, Coffee, Tea & fresh juices

EN guide

English guide


Flights to and from Galapagos


All meals

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.

Grand Daphne Galapagos Cruise
North Seymour



Grand Daphne Galapagos Cruise


Incredible cruise The complete Daphne tour enables the visitor to see many of the highlights of wildlife and geography that the Galapagos is famous for. Although there are many other boats nearby, the groups rarely crossed, and the tour was not rushed, giving us plenty of time to observe and photograph. Source:

AnothersEyes, San Jose, CA

Grand Daphne Galapagos Cruise


Wonderful boat and journey We were on the Daphne in May 2014 and had a great time. It's a great boat with a great crew. Our trip was amazing. We lucked out and had the suite on the upper deck. The guide was great (they rotate) and the wildlife amazing. The food was good, but too much eggs for breakfast for our tastes. They provide masks & fins for snorkeling, but I recommend bringing your own mask if you have one. We booked it as a last minute deal while in Quito about two weeks before and do not regret it. Source:


Grand Daphne Galapagos Cruise


Absolutely amazing Galápagos was absolutely amazing. Of the two best things we have seen in our many travels, African game viewing and the Galápagos Islands are top of the list. We are going to find it hard to better them. Our guide was fabulous and the staff on the Daphne marvellous. Don’t go for less than a week or on a big boat. The snorkelling was the absolute highlight and we were given many opportunities to be in the water. Thank you for a truly memorable experience. Source:

amandaelsewhere - Philadelphia

Grand Daphne Galapagos Cruise


Daphne cruise was wonderful We just got back from a 4 day trip on the Daphne around Santa Cruz, Floreana, Espanola, and San Cristobal. It was a wonderful no-frills boat with an excellent staff and guide (Jose). The food was great, and they do provide snacks when you come back on board after every activity. They had wetsuits to accommodate every size of person. You do end up getting wet going to/from the Daphne as a lot of places in Galapagos don't allow large boats to dock - they drop anchor and you take little dinghy boats to/from shore, so bring lots of plastic bags and protection for your electronics. Source:

Landscout, Los Angeles

Grand Daphne Galapagos Cruise


Magnificent cruise i just spent a week on the Daphne with other guests from all corners of the planet. Everyone was really happy with the boat, the staff and the guide. Espanola Island was on the itinerary and was magnificent for the wildlife and pristine beaches. I am not one to write reviews unless I really feel strongly one way or the other and, think that my comments will help people make a decision.Everyone on our boat thought that our guide Carlos was fantastic. Source:

Africaphile, Bristol UK

Grand Daphne Galapagos Cruise


Wonderful experience My girlfriend and I just spent 8 days on the Daphne Yacht on a Western itinerary. To give you some idea of our expectations, we are both about 30 and normally travel mid-range. 1. The Daphne boat was great. Tourist superior class was fine for us and for the others. Water was hot, the 'bunk-bed' cabins were big enough, and everything was comfortable 2. Snorkel equipment was fine. I am 6ft3, and my girlfriend 5ft, and we both got a wetsuit and fins that fit. If you need a small mask then you may wish to prepare for this yourself. 3. The boat crew - worked really hard and were polite. Excellent staff 4. Food - great! 5. Great mix of other tourists, all like-minded and we got on really well. 6. Some of the things we saw were fantastic! Loads of turtles, sharks, rays, sea-horses, octopus, sea snake, crayfish, and of course loads of iguanas, sea lions, birds and many many others Source:

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