M/Y Galapagos Sea Star Journey

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Priced from $4,895   Days: 8

Your Galapagos package cruise aboard the newly refurbished Galapagos Sea Star starts with two nights in Quito, Ecuador, the World Heritage city that sits high in the Andes. You will stay at the charming La Rabida, located near Old Town in this historic city.  The day after your arrival, you're invited on a complimentary guided half day city tour of Quito. Or, add on a day trip to the Otavalo Market where you can shop for high quality hand crafted items.

On the third day, you'll fly from Quito to Santa Cruz or San Cristobel, depending on your itinerary.  There, you'll board the 135 foot, 16 passenger Galapagos Sea Star.  It features 9 spacious suites with twin or king beds, some of which connect, making them suitable for families.  All suites feature panoramic windows to showcase the spectacular views.  You will enjoy local and international dishes prepared by the Sea Star chef, and you are welcome to join the chef in the kitchen to learn how to prepare local specialties, like fresh Ecuadorian ceviche.  

Other ship amenities include a large solarium with shaded and open areas, two Jacuzzis, comfortable sun loungers and a mini spa offering therapies and massages. The Grand Odyssey is equipped for fun, with complementary snorkeling equipment and kayaks available for guests.

At the end of your Galapagos cruise, we'll return you to Quito, where you'll have one last opportunity to savor the rich culture of this South American city. 


 

  • Itinerary
  • Date & Rates
  • Vessel
  • Map
Itinerary:

We offer several Galapagos trips aboard the Galapagos Sea Star Journey, ranging from 8 to 13 days. Some trips of the same length follow different itineraries. Following are two itineraries for the popular 9 day trip, which includes 6 days in the Galapagos plus 3 days in Quito. All trips begin in Quito and include your hotel and a city tour. From there you will fly to either Baltra or San Cristobal, depending on your itinerary, and begin your cruise aboard Sea Star through the islands.  Combine A and B or B and C for 13 day trips. Please contact our office for combination details and availability of other itineraries. 800-808-4492. 

Itinerary A 9 Days
Itinerary B  8 Days
Itinerary C  9 Days
 9 – Day Sample Itinerary Sunday through Monday Option A

2016 Package dates.

January 2016  Jan 10 - 18     Jan 24 - Feb 1 
February 2016  Feb 7 - 15  Feb 21 - 29 
March 2016  Mar 6 - 14  
April 2016  Apr 17 - 25  
May 2016  May 1 - 9   
June 2016  May 29 - Jun 6   
July 2016  Jul 10 - 18   Jul 24 - Aug 1 
August 2016  Aug 7 - 15    Aug 21 - 29
September 2016     Sep 4 - 12  Sep 18 - 26
October 2016  Oct 2 - 10   
November 2016  Oct 30 - Nov 7   Nov 13 - 21
December 2016   Dec 11 - 19  

Day 1: Sunday

Arrive in Quito and transfer to your hotel

Day 2: Monday

Quito City Tour
Quito, situated in a circle of mountainous peaks, is the world's second highest capital and has one of the most magnificent settings in the world. Designated as a UN World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1978, Quito boasts one of the finest colonial centers in Latin America. Spend a half-day with your private guide exploring the spectacular city.

Optional: The Otavalo Indian Market Day Trip
Otavalo is the most famous Indian market in Ecuador and much of South America: ponchos, exquisite sweaters, wool rugs, leatherwork, wooden goods, and Indian jewelry are sold here. The Otavalo Indians, for whom the town is named, cling proudly to their ancient culture and mode of dress. This is a must see visit. Contact us for this optional day trip pricing.

Day 3: Tuesday
Morning: Flight to San Cristobal 
Afternoon: San Cristobal: Cerro Colorado 

Day 4: Wednesday

Morning: Espanola: Punta Suarez
Afternoon: Espanola: Gardner Bay

Day 5: Thursday
Morning: Floreana: Punta Cormorant/Devil's Crown
Afternoon: Floreana: Baroness Lookout/Post Office Bay

Day 6: Friday
Morning: Santa Fe
Afternoon: South Plaza

Day 7: Saturday
Morning: North Seymour
Afternoon: Santa Cruz: Bachas

Day 8: Sunday
Morning: Mosquera
Afternoon: Fly back to Quito and transfer to your hotel.

Day 9: Monday - Depart for home.

9 – Day Sample itinerary Tuesday through Wednesday or Sunday through Monday Option C
January 2016  Jan 19 - 27        
February 2016  Feb 2 - 10  Feb 16 - 24  
March 2016  Mar 1 - 9    
April 2016  Mar 29 - Apr 6  Apr 12 - 20  
May 2016  May 10 - 18  May 24 - Jun 1    
June 2016  Jun 7 - 15     
July 2016  Jul 5 - 13  Jul 19 - 27   
August 2016  Aug 2- 10   Aug 16 - 24  
September 2016     Aug 30 - Sep 7    Sep 13- 21  Sep 27 - Oct 5  
October 2016  Oct 11 - 19  Oct 25 - Nov 2   
November 2016  Nov 22 - 30   Nov 27 - Dec 5  
December 2016   Dec 6 - 14  Dec 20 - 28   

Day 1: Tuesday

Arrive in Quito and transfer to your hotel

Day 2: Wednesday

Quito City Tour
Quito, situated in a circle of mountainous peaks, is the world's second highest capital and has one of the most magnificent settings in the world. Designated as a UN World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1978, Quito boasts one of the finest colonial centers in Latin America. Spend a half-day with your private guide exploring the spectacular city.

Optional: The Otavalo Indian Market Day Trip
Otavalo is the most famous Indian market in Ecuador and much of South America: ponchos, exquisite sweaters, wool rugs, leatherwork, wooden goods, and Indian jewelry are sold here. The Otavalo Indians, for whom the town is named, cling proudly to their ancient culture and mode of dress. This is a must see visit. Contact us for this optional day trip pricing.

Day 3: Thursday
Morning: Flight to Baltra
Afternoon: Santa Cruz: Cahrles Darwin Center

Day 4: Friday

Morning: Isabela: White Tipped Reef Shark Canal
Afternoon: Isabela: Sierra Negra Volcano

Day 5: Saturday
Morning: Isabela: Punta Moreno
Afternoon: Isabela: Elizabeth Bay

Day 6: Sunday
Morning: Fernandina: Punta Espinola
Afternoon: Isabela: Tagus Cove

Day 7: Monday
Morning: Santiago: Espumilla Beach/Buccaneer Cove
Afternoon: Santiago: Puerto Egas 

Day 8: Tuesday
Morning: Isla Lobos
Afternoon: Fly back to Quito and transfer to your hotel.

Day 9: Wednesday 
Depart for home. 
 8 – Day Itinerary Friday through Friday Option B
Can be combined with Option A or C for longer trips or an 8 day trip
 
January 2016  Jan 1 - 8  Jan 29 - Feb 5   
February 2016  Feb 12 - 19  Feb 26 - Mar 4     
March 2016       
April 2016      
May 2016  May 20 - 27     
June 2016  Jun 3 - 10    Jun 17 - 24   
July 2016  Jul 1 - 8  Jul 15 - 22  Jul 29 - Aug 5  
August 2016  Aug 12 - 19  Aug 26 - Sep 2  
September 2016     Sep 9 - 16  Sep 23 - 30  
October 2016  Oct 7 - 14    
November 2016  Nov 4 - 11  Nov 18 - 25  
December 2016   Dec 2 - 9   Dec 16 - 23  

Day 1: Friday 

Arrive in Quito and transfer to your hotel

Day 2: Saturday

Quito City Tour
Quito, situated in a circle of mountainous peaks, is the world's second highest capital and has one of the most magnificent settings in the world. Designated as a UN World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1978, Quito boasts one of the finest colonial centers in Latin America. Spend a half-day with your private guide exploring the spectacular city.

Optional: The Otavalo Indian Market Day Trip
Otavalo is the most famous Indian market in Ecuador and much of South America: ponchos, exquisite sweaters, wool rugs, leatherwork, wooden goods, and Indian jewelry are sold here. The Otavalo Indians, for whom the town is named, cling proudly to their ancient culture and mode of dress. This is a must see visit. Contact us for this optional day trip pricing.

Day 3: Sunday
Morning: Flight to Baltra 
Afternoon: Santa Cruz: Dragoon Hill

Day 4: Monday

Morning: Black Turtle Cove
Afternoon: Chinese Hat

Day 5: Tuesday
Morning: Genovesa: Prince William Steps
Afternoon: Genovesa: Darwin Bay

Day 6: Wednesday
Morning: Bartolome
Afternoon: Santiago: Sullivan Bay

Day 7: Thursday
Morning: Santa Cruz: Highlands
Afternoon: Fly back to Quito, transfer to your hotel. Or you can add on itinerary A or C before or after. 

Day 8: Friday
Depart for home or continue to other destinations in Ecuador and Peru. 

 

 

Date & Rates:

Galapagos Sea Star Journey

2016 Pricing 

 

8 Day

9 Day  13 Day 

Sea Star Suite (1)

$5,695

$6,095 $11,695

 Galapagos Suite twin (5)

Double Suite (2)

$4,895

$5,995 $9,895

Notes:

Longer and shorter packages are available.

Package prices are USD and include: Three nights hotel accomodations in Quito, airport transfers, Quito city tour, cruise, meals while on cruise, use of snorkeling equipment and kayaks, and all guide services. 

Not included: Round trip airfare to and from Galapagos, park entrance fee, transit fee, gratuities, airport departure taxes, visas or passports, laundry or personal items while on the ship, wetsuit rental, alcoholic beverages, air fare to and from your home, and travel insurance.

Round trip air to Galapagos from Quito or Guayaquil, park entrance fee and transit fee is $685 per person, subject to change.

Single supplements:  Prices are based on double occupancy. The single supplement is 100% over the cruise rate. 

Child rates: Children under 12 pay 85% of the full rate when accompanied by two adults. 

Optional Cruise Package Add-on:

The Otavalo Indian Market Day Trip

This day-long outing includes: a scenic three-hour drive from Quito, morning at Otavalo market, visit to the famous leatherwork village of Cotacachi, and a stop for lunch at beautiful Hacienda Cusin with a return to Quito.

Price: $250 per person based on 2 traveling. 

All prices per person, based on double occupancy 

Tour Details

Registration; Deposit: 30% per person non-refundable deposit due at time of booking. 

 Cancellation Policy: Non-refundable balance due 90 days prior to travel dates. 

Insurance: Because many advance logistical arrangements have been made prior to the running of this trip, we must adhere to the above policy. In addition, please be aware that many insurance policies do not cover illness and accident expenses outside of the U.S., and Medicare does NOT cover any such expenses at all. In light of this, we strongly recommend trip cancellation and supplemental insurance.

A travel insurance quote will be sent to you upon registration, or you can purchase it from our site by clicking on the "Purchase Travel Insurance" in the left-hand column. Our insurance carrier is Travelex.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vessel:

The Galapagos Sea Star Journey

The 135 foot /41 meter Galapagos Sea Star Journey was built to fulfill the highest expectations of any traveler seeking to experience the wonders of the Galapagos Islands in the most exclusive way. This luxury yacht has been designed to reduce the impact on the fragile Galapagos eco-system.

All 8 cabins for 16 passengers feature individually controlled air-conditioning, mini-bar, TV, and closet, as well as spacious bathrooms with shower cabins. These cabins have big windows, which can be individually opened. Our Twin Cabins are spacious and fully equipped. It provides passengers with the comfort of a hotel room, while enjoying the constantly changing view outside their windows. Our matrimonial cabins are perfect for that romantic getaway, so you can enjoy the luxurious comfort with that special someone.

The Sea Star Journey offers elegant and inviting social areas that are used to hold trip meetings, discuss your day to day itinerary, and share your experiences with other passengers.

Relax and enjoy the warm sun and the incredible Galapagos view on our comfortable loungers or in our Jacuzzi while zipping on one of our delicious cocktails.

Deckplans

Gym Deck:

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Main Deck:
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Upper Deck:
GRAND_ODYSSEY_-_UPPER_DECK

Sun Deck:
GRAND_ODYSSEY_-_SUN_DECK

Cabins

dining-area
Dining Room
sun-deck
Sun Deck
massage-room
Massage Room
matrimonial-suite
Matrimonial Suite
odyssey-suite
Odyssey Suite
galapagos-suite
Galapagos Suite
Map:

We offer several itineraries aboard the Galapagos Sea Star Journey. Our Sample Itineraries are for the 9 day options ( 2 days in Quito, 6 days in Galapagos Islands, 1 day in Quito).  Maps show number of days cruising the Galapagos.

Itinerary A

9 days
(6 days in Galapagos)

Sunday to Monday (Tues to Sun in Galapagos) (A)
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Itinerary C

9 days
(6 days in Galapagos)

Tuesday to Wednesday (Thurs to Tues in Galapagos) (C)
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13 days
(10 days in Galapagos)
Sunday to Friday (Tues to Thurs in Galapagos) (AB)
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13 days
(10 days in Galapagos)
Friday to Wednesday (Sun to Tues in Galapagos) (BC)
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14 days
(11 days in Galapagos)
Tuesday to Monday (Thurs to Sun in Galapagos) (CB)
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18 days
(15 days in Galapagos)
Sunday to Wednesday (Tues to Tues in Galapagos)
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  Other itineraries are available for this 18 day trip.  Please contact our office for more options.

 

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