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Galapagos Expedition

PRIVATE YACHT CHARTER

148' LUXURY YACHT GRACE | Accommodating up to 16 guests

Meet M/Y Grace: a classic, historic yacht that has been completely rebuilt with features ideally suited to the Galapagos Islands.

Since her royal beginnings, our award-winning Grace Yacht has been renewed from bow to stern, and continues to be updated with features that make her the perfect home away from home in Galapagos. Refined yet adventurous and agile, it’s no wonder Princess Grace Kelly selected this ship for her honeymoon.

Guests who cruise aboard the yacht will experience the Islands the way Darwin did in the past: personally and privately, but with the added distinction, comfort, and elegance of today. This luxurious 16-Guest yacht offers expanded deck space, stabilizers for smooth cruising, naturalist guides with 15+ years of experience, and itineraries crafted for maximum wildlife encounters. Welcome aboard Grace for the journey of a lifetime.


  • Two local naturalist guides

  • Wine and dine with local and regional cuisine

  • Bird watching

  • Guided walks & hikes

  • 9 luxury private cabins accommodating 16 guests & 14 professional crew

  • Experiencing the Galapagos on the most classic & luxurious vessel in the archipelago!


2023 Spring Availability:

  1. February 28 to March 7, 2023  Following in Darwin's Trail from Baltra

  2. March 7 to 14, 2023  Beyond Darwin's Footsteps from Puerto Ayora 

  3. April 11 to 18, 2023 Following in Darwin's Trail from Baltra

  4. April 18 to 25, 2023  Beyond Darwin's Footsteps from Puerto Ayora

  5.  May 23 to 30, 2023  Following in Darwin's Trail from Baltra

Contact us directly for Fall 2023 / Spring 2024 availability


Private Charter Rates M/Y Grace

2023 Private Charter | $139,000 all-inclusive

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Location

Galápagos
Ecuador

Season

Year Round - Green Season January to May | Summer Season May through December

Itinerary

Itenerary

DAY 1: TUESDAY - ARRIVAL IN PUERTO AYORA & BALTRA ISLAND

This morning we fly to Baltra Island in the Galapagos. Flight time is approximately 2 hours. Upon arrival we board M/Y Grace where you will have lunch and a quick briefing en route to our first visitor site: Daphne Major Islet. We will circumnavigate Daphne Major Islet which is home to a variety of birds including Galapagos martins, blue footed boobies, nazca boobies, short eared owls, red billed tropic birds amongst others.


DAY 3: THURSDAY - GENOVESE ISLAND: {RINCE PHILLIP’S STEPS & DARWIN BAY

Tower Island could serve as a film set for a secret submarine base! The southwestern part of the island is an ocean-filled caldera ringed by the outer edges of a sizeable and mostly submerged volcano. The island sits to the northwest, slightly removed from the Galapagos archipelago. It is also known as “Bird Island,” a name it lives up to in a spectacular way!


DAY 5: SATURDAY ISABELA ISLAND: TAGUS COVE & PUNTA VICENTE ROCA

Morning visit to Tagus Cove on Isabela Island. A wooden stairway rises to the trail entrance and continues around Darwin Lake through a dry vegetation zone, and ends in a promontory formed by spatter cones. The site provides spectacular views of our anchorage in the bay, as well as Darwin and Wolf Volcanoes. In the afternoon we head north to Punta Vicente Roca. Snorkeling is incredible here as a result of the nutrient-rich waters of the Humboldt Current that bathe the western side of the archipelago. We will have a chance to see colorful fish, sea lions, penguins and sea turtles in the water. This is also a great spot to take an interesting panga ride to spot wildlife along the shores and cliffs.


DAY 7: MONDAY SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

Santa Cruz is the second largest island in the Galapagos and its capital, Puerto Ayora, is the economic center of the Islands. In the morning we visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to visit the Giant Tortoise and Land Iguana Breeding and Rearing Program. Here we used to find Lonesome George (now deceased), the last of his particular race of tortoise. Afternoon visit to the Highlands, where the dry coastal vegetation transitions to lush wet fields and forests overgrown with moss and lichens. Our destination is the Tortoise Reserve, where we will have chances see these animals in the wild.

DAY 2: WEDNESDAY - SANTA FE ISLAND & SOUTH PLAZA ISLAND

Morning visit to Santa Fe Island, home to one of the most beautiful and sheltered bays of the archipelago, and to some of the best snorkeling - with its crystal clear waters. Certainly one of the best locations to see sea turtles, swim with sea lions and get a glimpse of the Galapagos White-tipped Shark. After a wet landing you will walk up to a nearby cliff to see the land iguanas through an area of Opuntia Cactus. In the afternoon we visit South Plaza Island and its land iguanas wandering through bright red carpet weed. We will see swallow tailed gulls nesting around the overhang tops and red-billed tropicbirds, frigatebirds and shearwaters flying with dancing displays.


DAY 4: FRIDAY FERNANDINA ISLAND: PUNTA ESPINOSA & ISABELA ISLAND

In the morning we visit Fernandina Island, home to La Cumbre volcano, which erupts frequently (most recently in May 2005). We visit Punta Espinosa, a narrow spit of land, where a number of unique species, such as marine iguanas, sea lions, flightless cormorants, herons, egrets and Galapagos hawks can be seen in close proximity. Afternoon visit to Urbina Bay, directly west of Isabela’s Volcano Alcedo, where we will make an easy, wet landing (a hop into a few inches of water). We walk on a stretch of three miles (5 km) of the marine reef that has been uplifted by as much as 13 feet (4 meters) out of the water. A highlight of this excursion are the giant land iguanas and giant tortoises, as well as the opportunity to go snorkeling amongst marine creatures, or just relaxing on shore.


DAY 6: SUNDAY SANTIAGO ISLAND: ESCAMILLA BEACH & JAMES BAY

The short walk up the beach leads inland to a mangrove typically inhabited by the Common stilts. Beyond the mangroves is a brackish lagoon where flocks of pink flamingos and white cheeked pintails wade in search of mollusks. The trail makes a passes over a tiny hilltop through a sparse Palo Santo forest before looping back to beach. Galapagos finches and Vermilion fly catchers inhabit the area. The tuff formations that form the cliffs that surround the cove have created a natural sculptor gallery rising from the sea with formations including the Monk and Elephant Rock. Afternoon visit to James Bay, where we land on a black beach with intriguing eroded rock formations. A trail leads to a series of crystal-clear grottos formed of broken lava tubes, which are home to sea lions, fur seals, marine iguanas and tropical fish. Snorkeling in the late afternoon to at one of the best sites on the islands to see Green Sea Turtles and Galapagos Penguins swimming.

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Trip Details

Voyaging aboard M/Y Grace, you will experience the Galapagos Islands the way Darwin did in the past: personally and privately, but with the added distinction, comfort, and elegance of today. Refined yet adventurous and agile, it’s no wonder Princess Grace Kelly selected this ship for her royal honeymoon. With a focus on Galapagos immersion, this 16 Guest yacht offers expanded deck space, stabilizers for smooth cruising, naturalist guides with 15+ years of experience, and itineraries crafted for maximum wildlife encounters. Plus, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort and world-class service to discover the Galapagos.

Each day during this Galapagos Islands tour, you “come home” to a comfortable, intimate expedition ship. M/Y Grace is the perfect haven for relaxing between daily hiking and snorkeling excursions, or for joining fellow travelers for a briefing by our knowledgeable naturalists. Accompanying us on this voyage will be two professional naturalists who will join us during our daily adventures both in the water and ashore while we have rare wildlife encounters daily.

The highly qualified naturalist Galapagos Islands travel guides are authorities on the wildlife, history, geography and fauna of the Galapagos Islands. You’ll learn from an expedition leader and local naturalist who are passionate about the islands and licensed at the highest level.

Trip Highlights
  • Snorkel, kayak, hike & even enjoy an intimate picnic in the highlands with giant tortoises

  • Spend seven nights aboard the M/V Grace, featuring the most public space & largest cabins of any yacht in her class

  • 10 crew including 2 naturalists and 2 trip leaders

  • Enjoy the archipelago's best guest-to-guide ratio on small-group departures of jus guests

  • Learn about conservation efforts at the Charles Darwin Research Station

What's Included in the Package
  • Daily shore excursions, interpretive walks, swimming, snorkeling, hiking & panga rides

  • Seven nights on the S/Y Grace

  • 23 meals (and lots of snacks)

  • Two Level 3 naturalists; Three naturalist guides for groups of 15

  • Snorkeling gear & shorty wetsuits

  • Kayaks

  • Full educational program, including lectures on history, ecology & marine life and field interpretation

  • Access to your Sailing Collective Journey Coordinator to lend a hand in planning this epic adventure.

What's Not Included in the Package
  • Gratuity | 5% - 15% recommended

  • Onboard Alcohol Package | Pay as you go or all-inclusive $370

  • Credit Card Processing Fee | 3% charge (check or wire transfer exempt from fee)

  • Travel to the Galapagos | $700 - $1500 cost range

  • Galapagos Parks Fee | $100

  • Traveler's Insurance | $130

Snorkeling & Kayaking

Kayaks and snorkeling gear (masks, snorkel, fins & 3mm wetsuits) are provided onboard at no extra cost. We carry the maximum number of kayaks permitted by the Park.

Scuba Diving

Those wishing to dive during one of the departures can do so with a land based outfitter offering day dives, either before or after the cruise, as well as any day we are in port during the cruise, with the understanding that the participant will miss whatever activity is being offered during that time.

Bar, Boutique & Payment Options

While on board the yacht you will have the opportunity to purchase wine, beer and spirits, including mixed drinks, from the bar. Guests are not permitted to bring alcoholic beverages on board. Alcoholic beverages must be presented upon boarding and will be secured by the yacht’s crew up until the conclusion of the cruise. No Guest under the age of 18 may possess or consume alcohol. You will also be able to purchase items including t-shirts, caps and other gifts at the yacht’s boutique. Quasar accepts major credit cards and U.S. dollars on board for the above.

Dinner Outfit - Welcome / Farewell Cocktails

Bring a set of a slightly nicer safari casual attire for meals and cocktails. We encourage comfortable attire such as dress shorts or skirts for women and a shirt or blouse. Men don’t need to bring long pants or a dinner jacket unless they wish to do so (if celebrating a meaningful event for example).

Boats

M/Y GRACE - GALAPAGOS

M/Y GRACE - GALAPAGOS

The stellar past of this 16-guest Camper & Nicholson yacht includes ownership by millionaire tycoons, the royalty of Monaco, and a stint in the British Navy during WWII. Guests who cruise aboard the M/Y Grace will get to experience the islands the way Darwin did in the past: personally and privately, but with the added distinction, comfort and elegance of today. Cruise the Galapagos Islands like a Prince and Princess, aboard Grace Kelly’s royal honeymoon yacht.

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