Galapagos Islands cruise aboard the Tip Top III

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Duration (in days): 5

From: Baltra

To: Baltra



Exc. International flights (per person, based on 2 sharing) 
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Explore the extraordinary Galapagos Islands aboard the Tip Top III, an exclusive yacht with 10 just spacious ensuite cabins. Between wildlife-spotting adventures, you can relax out on the sun deck with a drink from the top-notch bar. The crew of 8 will assist you throughout your trip, making sure you have an unforgettable experience, while the certified naturalist guide will lead all your wildlife excursions. During the cruise, you’ll set off on a mixture of land and snorkelling tours, bringing you the best of these enchanting islands. Swim with sea lions, snorkel with turtles, walk along lava beds and explore submerged volcanoes. Bring a good camera, a pair of binoculars and a strong sense of adventure!

This Galapagos Islands cruise can be tailored to suit your requirements please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.


  • Swim with sea turtles and sea lions
  • See pink flamingos on Playa Las Bachas   
  • Hike through a cactus forest
  • Wander among native Galapagos land iguanas on Santa Fe Island
  • Kayak in the turquoise waters of Galapagos
  • Swim and snorkel at Devil’s Crown, a submerged underwater volcano
  • Walk along lava beds for lunar-like Galapagos scenery



Itinerary in brief:

  • 4 nights aboard the Tip Top III     


Day 1: Arrive in Baltra  

This morning, you’ll take a flight from Ecuador’s mainland to Baltra, arriving around 09:30 in the morning. When you arrive in the Galapagos Islands, you’ll be greeted by your guide and meet your fellow passengers. After a short bus ride to the pier, you’ll board the yacht and set sail on your Galapagos Islands cruise. Your first stop will be Playa Las Bachas, famous for its resident pink flamingos. You’ll also have some free to swim and snorkel in the waters surrounding the island. Back on the boat, you’ll be served a delicious dinner while you’re briefed on tomorrow’s landings and excursions.

Day 2 to 4: Life aboard the Tip Top III

Your days on the yacht will all be different, helping you get the very best out of your time aboard. Each day, after breakfast, you’ll set out on a wildlife excursion led by your expert guide. Among other highlights, you’ll visit Darwin Bay to observe frigate birds, herons, boobies, turtles, marine iguanas and more. You’ll also stop at South Plaza, where you can enjoy the antics of the local sea lions. There will be plenty of time for snorkelling and, after lunch, the yacht will set anchor on different spots for you to explore. After an active day, you can relax in your comfortable cabin or soak up some sunshine on deck before dinner is served.         

Day 5: Disembarkation

This morning, you’ll squeeze in one final early excursion, before setting sail for the pier. You’ll arrive back on land around 9 am and your transfer bus back to the airport will be waiting. Here, you will wave goodbye to your guide and board your flight back to mainland Ecuador.



There isn’t a bad time to visit the Galapagos, so you can enjoy this trip at any of the year. Nonetheless, there are two seasons in the Galapagos. The dry season runs from June to December with clearer, sunny skies but colder waters. The wet season stretches from January to May, with higher chances of rain and cloudier skies, but much warmer waters that make for a more comfortable snorkelling experience.

We've done a similar trip...

If you'd like to get a feel for this trip, read our blog post, Discovering the Galapagos aboard the tall ship May Anne, written by one of our consultants who's been there.

This itinerary is purely a suggestion and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.

What's included: 

  • Return flights to Baltra airport on the Galapagos islands   
  • 4 nights’ accommodation aboard the Tip Top III with full board      
  • Wildlife excursions led by an expert English-speaking naturalist guide    
  • Airport transfers in the Galapagos islands
  • Snorkelling gear and free use of kayaks when on board     

Not included: 

  • All flights not mentioned in the included section   
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks               
  • Galapagos National Park fee ($100 per person payable by cash only on arrival at Baltra airport)
  • Transit Card ($20 per person payable by cash only on departure from the mainland airport)
  • Tips and personal expenses          


4 nights in a lower deck cabin on the Tip Top III.

You can upgrade to an upper deck cabin with a double bed, please speak to one of our consultants who will be able to help you choose the right cabin configuration for your needs.

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