The Galapagos Endemic & Elite
Top-Shelf Guides, Accommodation & Cuisine
The Endemic and Elite are have been custom designed especially for cruising the azure waters of the Galapagos Islands and are two of the most modern and luxurious vessels in the archipelago. Spacious, comfortable, steady, and eminently seaworthy, the Galapagos Endemic & Elite have set the new standard for luxury catamarans in Galapagos.
The Endemic features a hand-picked staff of officers, hospitality staff and crew to make your trip perfect. The top naturalist guides are well-trained, friendly and knowledgeable about the Islands and all of them have years of experience.
That’s not to mention the most important person on a cruise ship: the chef, trained in creating delectable meals out of the freshest ingredients!
About Golden Galapagos Cruises
Golden Galapagos Cruises is a full-service luxury travel agency and tour operator headquartered in Quito, Ecuador, with an operational branch office in the Galapagos Islands. Not only are we the proud operators of the Galapagos Endemic, one of the newest luxury yachts operating in the islands, we can also arrange tours of mainland Ecuador and manage special charters.
The Galapagos Cruise Experience on the Endemic & Elite
The modern motor catamarans like the Endemic & Elite are safe, comfortable and have all the amenities you would expect from a luxury cruising vessel.
The Endemic, for example, features optional satellite internet service for guest use, top-shelf cuisine that can cater to special dietary requests, flat screen tv in the briefing area for nightly briefings, complimentary snorkeling equipment, clear-bottom sea kayaks, and standup paddleboards.
A typical day on a luxury Galapagos yacht like the Endemic or Elite might include breakfast, a morning expedition to a visitor site to see Frigate Birds, Blue-footed Boobies, sea lions, tortoises, iguanas or Galapagos Penguins, followed by a delicious lunch on board, an afternoon trip to a spectacular snorkeling spot and then another gourmet meal for dinner. Cap this off with a cold drink on the deck while watching a dazzling sunset and you have the perfect Galapagos day!
Galapagos Islands Itineraries
Our itineraries take you to isolated islands and remote visitor points, where unique wildlife can be found
Join our short or long cruise itineraries, daily excursions are led by top Galapagos National Park guides
Itinerary A - 8 Days/7 Nights
Our 8 day cruise combines two amazing islands, Genovesa (north-eastern island) and Isabela (western island). During this tour we will also visit the red sand beach on Rabida island and Charles Darwin's favorite island, Santiago.
Itinerary B - 8 Days/7 Nights
This week-long cruise features visits to most of the islands (10 in total). During these 8 days, we will navigate southeast within the archipelago to visit Española island, Kicker Rock and then we will move on to the central islands.
Itineraries of 6 day, 5 day and 4 day
Short cruise itineraries of 6 day, 5 day and 4 day cruises are also available. Our 6 day cruise goes from Genovesa in the north to Floreana in the south. These short cruises are ideal to combine with any tour in mainland Ecuador.
ECUADOR ADD-ON TOURS
The marvelous Galapagos Islands are clearly the one spot in Ecuador you should not leave without seeing, but the islands are only one of the worthwhile attractions that Ecuador has to offer. Ecuador is a friendly country rich in culture, history and natural beauty. While planning your Galapagos trip, plan on spending some time on the mainland, too!
- The Amazon Rainforest
- Native Markets
Ecuador’s capital city, Quito, features great food, nightlife, elegant hotels, culture, history and one of the best-preserved colonial centers in all of Latin America.
The eastern part of Ecuador consists of a gently sloping lowland basin which drains into the mighty Amazon River. The Ecuadorian rainforest is a stunning green explosion of life. Anacondas, jaguars, toucans, parrots, monkeys and many, many more animals make this region their home. Jungle lodges are elegant and surprisingly comfortable.
The skilled artisans of the Ecuadorian Andes make gorgeous and useful blankets, sweaters, ponchos, hammocks, baskets, woodcarvings and jewelry and there are colorful native markets in many towns and cities, including Pujilí, Cuenca and Quito. The world-famous native handicraft market in the town of Otavalo is a favorite of culture buffs, shoppers and souvenir seekers. The scenic trip through the highlands to get to Otavalo and back from Quito is a bonus!
There is much, much more in Ecuador! Ask your Golden Galapagos Travel Specialist about:
- World-class bird watching in the cloud forest
- The charming town of Baños
- The Thermal Hot Springs at Papallacta
- Beaches of golden sand on the Pacific coast
- Adventure travel, including whitewater rafting, zip lines and waterfall climbing
- The stunning, delightful colonial town of Cuenca
- The ruins of the Inca city of Ingapirca
- National Parks, including Yasuní and Cotopaxi
- Hiking at the Quilotoa crater
- The majestic Chimborazo volcano