M/Y Galapagos Sea Star Journey

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Galapagos Sea Star Journey Galapagos Sea Star Journey

Priced from $5,195   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

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.

8 – Day Itinerary Friday through Friday Option B

Can be combined with Option A or C for longer trips or an 8 day trip

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.

9 – Day Sample itinerary Option C

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.

Date & Rates:

Galapagos Sea Star Journey

2017 Pricing 

  8 Day 9 Day  13 Day 
Sea Star Suite (1) $6,095 $7,395 $12,195
Galapagos Suite twin (5)
Double Suite (2)
$5,195 $6,295 $10,295

2018 Pricing 

  8 Day 9 Day  13 Day 
Sea Star Suite (1) $6,195 $7,495 $12,295
Galapagos Suite twin (5)
Double Suite (2)
$5,295 $6,395 $10,395

Wednesday Through Saturday

Notes:

Longer and shorter packages are available.

2017  -  2018 package dates for A departure 9 day itinerary dates

2017       2018  
Jan 2017   Jan 8-16  Jan 22-30   Jan xx-xx  Jan xx-xx 
Feb 2017    Feb 5-13  Feb 19-27      
Mar 2017   Mar 5-13  Mar 19-27       
Apr 2017   Apr 2-10  Apr 16-24  Apr 31-May 8    
May 2017   May 14-23  May 28-Jun 5      
Jun 2017  Jun 1-19  Jun 25-Jul 2      
Jul 2017   Jul 9-17  Jul 23-31      
Aug 2017   Aug 6-14   Aug 20-28      
Sep 2017       Sep 3-11   Sep 17-25      
Oct 2017   Oct 1-9  Oct 15-23     Oct 29-Nov 6    
Nov 2017   Nov 12-20      Nov 26-Dec 4      
Dec 2017    Dec 10-18   Dec 24-Jan 1, 18      

2017 - 2018 package dates for B departures: 8 day itinerary dates

2017       2018  
Jan 2017     Jan 13-20  Jan 27-Feb 3 Jan xx-xx  Jan xx-xx 
Feb 2017    Feb 10-17  Feb 24-Mar 3      
Mar 2017   Mar 10-17  Mar 24-31      
Apr 2017   Apr 7-14  Apr 21-28      
May 2017   May 5-12  May 20-26      
Jun 2017  Jun 2-9  Jun 16-23  Jun 30-Jul 7    
Jul 2017   Jul 14-21  Jul 28-Aug 4      
Aug 2017   Aug 11-18  Aug 25-Sep 1      
Sep 2017       Sep 8-15  Sep 23-29      
Oct 2017   Oct 6-13  Oct 20-27        
Nov 2017   Nov 3-10    Nov 17-24      
Dec 2017    Dec 1-8  Dec 15-22      

2017 - 2018 package dates for C departures: 8 day itinerary dates

2017       2018  
Jan 2017   Jan 3-11  Jan 17-25  Jan 31-Feb 8 Jan xx-xx  Jan xx-xx 
Feb 2017    Feb 14-22  Feb 28-Mar 8      
Mar 2017   Mar 14-22  Mar 28-Apr 5      
Apr 2017   Apr 11-19  Apr 25-May 3      
May 2017   May 9-17  May 23-31      
Jun 2017  Jun 6-14  Jun 20-28      
Jul 2017   Jul 4-12  Jul 18-26      
Aug 2017   Aug 1-9  Aug 15-23  Aug 29-Sep 6    
Sep 2017       Sep 11-20  Sep 26-Oct 4      
Oct 2017   Oct 10-18  Oct 24-Nov 1      
Nov 2017   Nov 7-15    Nov 21-29      
Dec 2017    Dec 5-13  Dec19-27      

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: Call for rates

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. Our insurance carrier is Travel Guard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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