Embark on an unforgettable experience in the Galapagos Islands with an 8-day cruise aboard the M/C Hermes. This journey will take you to various spectacular destinations in the archipelago, offering a unique blend of adventure and relaxation. Discover the diverse landscapes and wildlife for which the Galapagos is famous. The cruise begins in Baltra and visits a variety of islands, including Santa Cruz, where you will encounter the remarkable Galápagos giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Get ready for a thrilling exploration of the mesmerizing volcanic islands, with ample opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, and observing fascinating flora and fauna.
During the cruise, highlights include exploring the underground lava tunnels of Santa Cruz, hiking to Bartolomé's summit for breathtaking views, and observing the unique wildlife at Punta Pitt. Take the chance to snorkel around Pinnacle Rock, one of the most iconic volcanic rock formations in the Galapagos, and immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and natural beauty that the region has to offer. The Hermes catamaran ensures a comfortable, memorable trip as you navigate the enchanted islands of the Galapagos.
Visit the small yet lively South Plaza Island, where you can observe various fauna and hike through a cactus forest. In the afternoon, explore Santa Fe Island, famous for its marine iguanas and unique vegetation.
Begin your day at Punta Pitt on San Cristóbal Island, where you can observe marine iguanas, seabirds, and enjoy a snorkeling excursion. Later in the afternoon, visit Cerro Brujo, a site rich with sea lions, marine iguanas, and seabirds, all visible along the beach.
Spend the day on the beautiful Española Island, visiting Gardner Bay's white sandy beach and snorkeling at Gardner Island. In the afternoon, head to Punta Suárez, renowned for its diverse bird colonies and the unique waved albatross that reside on the island.
On your final full day, land at Cormorant Point on Floreana Island for a guided walk to observe birds and wildlife. Later, visit Post Office Bay to partake in the island's centuries-old tradition of exchanging letters and postcards in a barrel.
On your last day, disembark from the cruise ship and head to the Charles Darwin Station on Santa Cruz Island for a final chance to learn about the local wildlife and conservation efforts before transferring to Baltra Airport for your departure.
Several aspects contribute to the relatively high cost of Galapagos cruises, including the remote location, limited cruise availability, strict regulations to maintain the environment, and the amenities and services provided. Luxury cruises, for example, offer superior accommodations such as the Hermes Luxury Catamaran with private balconies.
To choose the ideal itinerary for a Galapagos cruise, consider your interests, preferred activities, and the islands you wish to visit. It's important to research the wildlife present on each island and consult with a travel advisor who has expertise in Galapagos cruises.
Galapagos offers an array of luxury cruise options, including state-of-the-art yachts and catamarans with high-end amenities. The Hermes Luxury Catamaran, is the latest build. This state of the art catamaran provides guests with elegant cabins, private balconies, Hamam and spa, butler service and a range of leisure activities.
On an 8-day Galapagos cruise aboard the Hermes Luxury Catamaran, guests can choose between two itineraries: the Central Islands Loop and the South Islands Loop. The catamaran has a maximum capacity of 20 passengers and offers a variety of suites with double occupancy options. Here are the main features of this luxury catamaran:
Enjoy a comfortable and luxurious Galapagos cruise experience with the Hermes Catamaran, complete with modern amenities, attentive crew, and breathtaking views of the unique island wildlife.
Children under 12 years old can enjoy a 15% discount on their trip. This discount may also apply to Galapagos flight fares and entrance fees. For more information, it is recommended to contact the tour provider.
The package price covers the following:
The good to ideal period for visiting the Galapagos attracts many travelers. During this time, expect to encounter a diverse array of wildlife, such as marine iguanas, sea lions, giant tortoises, and blue-footed boobies. Enjoy the clear and confident experience of exploring volcanic formations and the unique flora of these islands.
An 8-day Galapagos Islands cruise offers a unique opportunity to explore one of the world's most remarkable ecosystems. During your journey, keep these helpful tips and conservation considerations in mind for a maximized and responsible experience.
Paying attention to these tips and conservation practices will help ensure the best possible experience for you and preserve the beauty of the Galapagos Islands for future generations.