THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

14 March 2025
IT'S HASSLE-FREE. IT'S THE HOLIDAY OF A LIFETIME - GRAB THE OPPORTUNITY - WHILST YOU CAN!

YOU WILL NOT GET CLOSER TO NATURE ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD!
WALK amongst seal lions, iguanas, blue-foot boobies; SWIM with turtles, penguins &rays; SPOT short-eared owls, frigates, Galapagos storm petrels, finches, flightless cormorants, pelicans & 12,000 pairs of  waved Albatrosses!

All cabins on this small, luxury ship have ocean views. The M/T Horizon Trimaran carries a maximum of just 16-guests with Captain, cruise manager, a chef and 7 crew members, plus a bilingual naturalist guide certified by the Galapagos National Park! So cosy, so personal!

Soaring peaks, sandy beaches and crystal-clear seas are inhabited by creatures of all shapes and sizes. Snorkel in the shimmering waters and discover sea lions and sea turtles, or witness penguins, lizards and many more intriguing creatures on land.

Darwin’s Theory of Evolution explains how species of living things have changed over geological time. The theory is supported by evidence from fossils, and by the rapid changes that can be seen to occur in microorganisms such as antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Many species have become extinct in the past and the extinction of species continues to happen. Darwin’s visit to the Galapagos Islands around 1831 had a resounding impact on the formation of his Theory of Natural Selection. In 1859, Darwin finally consolidated all of his observations into his famous book On The Origin of Species, drastically and controversially altering the scientific view on the biological origins of life.

M/T HORIZON
Designed not just for travel, but for exploration, M/T Horizon is one of the newest ships in the Galapagos and thanks to her modern design, her tri-maran hull not only makes her stable with less vibration while guests remain aboard, but also more efficient. She can travel further and consume less fuel than other traditional vessels. Horizon is eco-friendly with increased sustainability, carbon emissions offset and less environmental impact.
Onboard Horizon, amenities include a large sundeck, a jacuzzi to relax in after an active day of natural history excursions and a comfortable lounge for briefings. With only 8 staterooms that feature splendid panoramic windows and a private balcony, she accommodates a maximum of 16 passengers, making the experience of travelling with this trimaran ‘exclusive & congenial’. Although not essential, we hope to fill Horizon with our Solent Events clients, as we do when crusing the Dalmatian Islands of Croatia, making the cruise private, personal and great fun!

STATEROOMS There are 4 staterooms on the Main Deck  (between 312 & 344 sq ft) with King size bed which can be configured into twin beds – and 4 staterooms on the Upper Deck (312 sq ft each) with King size matrimonial beds. All staterooms boast individual A/C, private bathrooms with L´Occitane product and hair dryers.
Online Deck Plan: www.royalgalapagos.com/product/horizon/deckplans-specifications.html 

In the elegant dining room experience fine Ecuadorian and international cuisine while taking in all the lavish views. Guests can cruise in comfort as they discover the Galapagos islands and observe unique wildlife species such as the waved albatross, blue-footed booby, marine iguana, giant tortoise, flightless cormorant and Galapagos penguin. Horizon’s staff consist of a Captain, a cruise manager along with a chef and 7 crew members plus a bilingual naturalist guide certified  environments, seven days a week, 365 days a year. The exemplary service, knowledgeable crew, environmentally sound ship design and Galapagos National Park-certified on board naturalists, all help to preserve this delicate archipelago, while enlightening you to its natural and evolutionary significance. It’s truly a journey like no other.

Please join us on this once-in-a-lifetime, dream holiday whilst you still can! With a different itinerary to our previous two trips, you can join us again to experience even more of the Galapagos islands!

As places have been filling very quickly on our ‘exceptional’ worldwide holidays lately, this will probably be no exception! With just 8 cabins, it is crucial to let us know ASAP if this fantastic, inclusive holiday of a lifetime appeals to YOU! All 22 guests on our previous two Galapagos tours said ‘it was definitely  worth EVERY expensive penny’! FYI, our previous ship accommodated 113 guests – paying £5,500pp in 2017 & £6,500pp in 2019 pre-covid, so this is great value for a small & personal luxury ‘motor yacht’ – an increase of just £3,000 in 6-years!

ALL THE PHOTOS ON THIS PAGE WERE TAKEN BY LIN & PORTRAY WONDERFUL MEMORIES FROM OUR PREVIOUS SMALL GROUP CRUISES IN MARCH 2017 & 2019 ….. so this is YOUR chance to join us, and experience nature as you’ve never experienced it before!

Inclusive Price:

Only £9,600pp

M/T Horizon has only 8 LUXURY cabins for 16-guests.
All have an oceanview & private balcony!

What's Included:

What's NOT Included:

For your peace of mind and financial protection, our holiday has been arranged in conjunction with one of our trusted & preferred Tour Operators, Wendy Wu Tours.

Click the side arrows for a slideshow of the wildlife we walked amongst in the Galapagos Islands …..

The itinerary will be finalised with flight times etc nearer the time. The flights are currently as per our previous tours – with KLM from LHR to Quito, via Amsterdam.

DAY 1 – LONDON HEATHROW to QUITO (Hotel x 1n)
Friday 14 March 2025
Early morning departure by Luxury transport from four local pick-ups (Gosport; Lee on the Solent; Stubbington & Fareham) to London Heathrow Airport
Arrive Quito, Ecuador late afternoon
Private transfer to 4* Marriott Hotel, Quito
Our first day is an acclimation and information day.
Welcome Dinner included
Welcome to Quito! The largest, best-preserved colonial city in America was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. The city is considered the Cultural Capital of South America and is located on the equator in a valley at the foothills of the Pichincha volcano.
7-nights on board will include: Accommodation, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 2 – ARRIVAL IN GALAPAGOS ISLANDS – San Cristobal – Board M/T Horizon
Saturday 15 March
Transfer from the Marriott hotel to airport, to arrive at San Cristobal Island in the morning. After passing through immigration and baggage claim, we will be met by a Horizon staff member and transferred to the M/T Horizon. After being shown to your cabin, you will have some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing.
Activities: Walking, snorkelling. Type of landing: Dry; Difficulty: Easy

Visit to Natural History Museum/Interpretation Centre.  This site is part of an environment project. To set you up for our tour of the Galapagos Islands we will explore the history of the islands including human interaction and conservation efforts with our guide. The Museum of Natural History explains the volcanic origin of the archipelago, ocean currents, climate, and the arrival of endemic species. The Human History exhibit chronologically describes significant events such as discovery and colonization of the islands.

DAY 3 – SAN CRISTOBAL: Pitt Point – Witch Hill
Sunday 16 March
Pitt Point, situated on the north-eastern tip of the San Cristobal island, hosts frigate birds, storm petrels, and all three types of booby birds: the Nazca, blue- footed and red-footed boobies. A steep trail goes up a cliff and through a ravine leading visitors to an area with an abundance of birds.
In the afternoon, Witch Hill – Located on the northern coast, this eroded hill and its surroundings present one of the most picturesque beaches in the Galapagos with its white powdery sand and the abundance of animals. Wildlife includes sea turtles, rays, and various types of booby birds. The clear water provides an excellent opportunity for enjoying swimming and snorkelling.

DAY 4 – ESPAÑOLA ISLAND: Gardner Bay/ Osborn & Gardner islets – Suarez Point
Monday 17 March
On the trail to Suarez Point you will have the chance to spot blue-footed boobies, albatrosses, and Nazca boobies. This island is the breeding site of nearly all of the world’s 12,000 pairs of waved albatrosses. You will also visit a beautiful site on the ocean front where there is a cliff that the large albatrosses use as a launching pad! You will have the chance to see the famous blowhole that spurts sea water into the air. The landscape is great for photography.
In the afternoon, Gardner Bay, Gardner Islet & Osborn Islet – This excursion takes you to the spectacular Gardner Bay. After landing, you can walk across a lovely white-sand beach amongst a busy sea lion colony or dive into the water to swim with sea lion pups. You may also see curious mockingbirds on the beach.

DAY 5 – SANTA CRUZ & BARTHOLOMEW ISLANDS
Tuesday 18 March
Bachas Beach is located on the north shore of Santa Cruz and is a beach for swimming. One of the few remnants of the U.S. World War II presence in the Galapagos, a floating pier, can be seen here. You may see flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black-necked stilts, and whimbrels. Sea turtles also nest on the beach.
In the afternoon, Pinnacle Rock – You will head to Bartholomew Island where the famous Pinnacle Rock is found. Bartholomew consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black and even green volcanic formations. We will take a trail of stairs to the summit of the volcano (about 30/40 minutes) where you will enjoy one of the best views of the islands! You will also visit a small, beautiful beach surrounded by the only vegetation found on this barren island. The beach is perfect for snorkelling where you may even see and swim with Galapagos penguins!

DAY 6 – RABIDA ISLAND-EGAS PORT- JAMES BAY
Wednesday 19 March
Today we will visit Rabida Island (or Jervis) which is one of the most colourful and volcanically varied islands in the archipelago as well as a great snorkelling site. We will start on Rabida’s famous maroon/red sand beach, and after an easy hike, you will arrive to a stunning lookout to enjoy the amazing landscapes. The island is a birdwatcher’s delight. Some species are abundant such as a few varieties of finches, Galapagos vermilion flycatchers, Galapagos hawks and brown pelicans.
In the afternoon: Egas Port – Egas Port, also known as James Bay, on Santiago Island is home to the curious Galapagos hawks and quick-footed Galapagos lava lizards. The trail leads to the coastline with gorgeous tide pools and grottos full of fauna. Here the Galapagos fur-seals bathe in the sun. This is also a great snorkelling site.

DAY 7 – GENOVESA ISLAND: Darwin Bay – Barranco- Prince Phillip’s Step
Thursday 20 March
We visit the white-sand coral beach of Darwin Bay, which includes a half mile trail that winds through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca boobies, red- footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls, which can easily be spotted here. Further down the path we’ll find tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully. At the end is a spectacular view of a cliff.
In the afternoon: El Barranco – El Barranco, also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps, is a steep, rocky path that leads up a high cliff rock face. A marvellous view can be appreciated from here. This site is also home to Palo Santo vegetation as well as red-footed boobies, short-eared owls, Galapagos storm petrels, and Galapagos doves.

DAY 8 – SANTA CRUZ ISLAND – HIGHLANDS
Friday 21 March
Mosquera Islet is located between the islands of Baltra and North Seymour. This reef of rocks and coral (the result of an uprising) is only 160 meters across at its narrowest width. This island has one of the largest populations of sea lions and is home to many shorebirds. There have been occasional reports at this site of orcas feeding on sea lions.
In the afternoon: Highlands – Accessible by bus from Puerto Ayora, the highlands of Santa Cruz are a deep green which contrast beautifully with the dry, lower part of the islands. The predominant vegetation in the highlands is the Scalesia tree, which create a lush green forest. The lava tunnels, over half a mile long, are underground and walking through them is a unique, surreal experience. At this place you’ll have lunch. You will visit “Fausto Llerena” Tortoise Breeding Centre in Puerto Ayora, where giant tortoises are bred in captivity. This is home to tortoises ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4- feet long adults.

DAY 9 – NORTH SEYMOUR – BALTRA AIRPORT – MARRIOTT HOTEL, QUITO
Saturday 22 March
In North Seymour you may see Galapagos sea lions, blue-footed boobies, and magnificent frigate birds which are abundant on this island. North Seymour was formed by a series of submarine lava flows containing layers of sediment that were uplifted by tectonic activity. The island is characterized by its arid vegetation zone.
After this final visit, we will be transferred to Baltra airport in time for our flight back to the mainland and a final night in the Marriott Hotel, Quito.

DAY 10 –  DEPART QUITO (Early evening)
Sunday 23 March
Farewell to The Galapagos Islands & Ecuador …… “Take with you memories and photos but leave a piece of your heart, as you will want to return to Ecuador soon to experience more of this enchanted land. We wish you a “buen viaje”!

Day 11 – ARRVE London Heathrow Airport (Mid-afternoon)
Monday 24 March

London Heathrow Airport – Home
Return Luxury transport to home area, arriving around 1900hrs

M/T HORIZON
M/T Horizon is a luxury trimaran that provides an intimate experience on board with a touch of elegance and comfort – giving you the feeling of being on your OWN PRIVATE YACHT!!

Year of Construction: 2018
Length: 38m (125ft)
Beam: 13m (43ft)
Draft: 1.9m (6.2ft)
Speed: 11 knots
Engines: 2 x SCANIA Diesel Engines D113 070 S50HP
Capacity: 16 passengers
Crew: 9 crew members; 1 cruise director + 1 bilingual guide

Accommodation:
All cabins have private balcony, shower room, hot water & air conditioning
Upper Deck 
4 double cabins
Main Deck
Dining Room
Lounge
4 double cabins

Sun Deck
Jacuzzi
Sun beds & chairs
Sitting area

All equipment meets or exceeds the International SOLAS standard, 2 x 25-man liferaft, Navtex 300TX FURUNO, 2 GPS, Depth Sounder, 2 naval radars, Fire detection and prevention systems etc

Upper Deck; Main Deck & Sun Deck

Full size Online Deck Plan: www.royalgalapagos.com/product/horizon/deckplans-specifications.html

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