M/C Alya Luxury Cruise


Experience the “Enchanted Islands” on board the M/C Alya Luxury Cruise, also known as “The Jewel of Galapagos” due to its design representing the perfection, the beauty and uniqueness of this exotic paradise.  Enjoy the majesty of a golden experience, delightful cuisine and personalized service in a comfortable and exclusive environment.

Itinerary A – From Thursday to Monday
5 days – 4 nights // Standard cabin

Day 1:

Baltra airport. Reception at the airport. Transfer in. Welcome on board Alya Catamaran.

PM – BLACK TURTLE COVE: After lunch our first visit is to Black Turtle Cove which is situated in the northern region of Santa Cruz. This bay is surrounded by mangroves and is accessible only by dinghy only. The shallow cove is a safe refuge for marine life. Black-tip reef sharks, marine turtles, and a variety of rays are often spotted here. Return to Alya, dinner.

Day 2:

AM – DARWIN BAY: wet landing, coral beach, activities for this day: short walks, photography, swimming, snorkeling. Genovesa is a small island in the north of the Galapagos.  Our unloading in Darwin Bay  will be wet.  Near the beach is a mangrove swamp where we will find a colony of frigates, marine iguanas, red-footed boobies and mask boobies, the great terrestrial finch, seagulls, herons, and cactus finch.  Following the land visit, our passengers can enjoy a swim in the bay.  Snacks and  refreshments are available.  Lunch.

PM – BARRANCO: dry landing, activities: hiking. Also known as Prince Phillip’s stairs.  Here, we will go for a walk on the Barranco path. On our journey we will observe tropical birds, petrels, common  frigate, red-foot boobies, mask boobies, doves, and finches. Dinner.

Day 3:

AM – SANTIAGO ISLAND – SULLIVAN BAY: wet landing and hiking. Description:  Virtually uneroded  lava flows cover an extensive area of this island.  Lava pahoehoe (basaltic lava that has a smooth,  billowy, undulating or ropy surface), hornitos, and mollugo (a lava colonizer) can be seen.  Snacks  and refreshing beverages await you on board the ship.  Lunch.

PM – BARTOLOME ISLAND: dry landing, wet landing for the beach.  Activities on this island include:   walking, swimming, snorkeling, and photography.  We will follow a path to the top (114m) where we  can see pioneering plants such as tiquilia, chamaesyce, and scalesia.  The island has been formed by  cones, lava pipes where lava once flowed.  Following the wet landing at the beach, we will follow a  path through mangrove swamps and sand dune vegetation, to the south beach.  At the north beach,  guests can enjoy swimming and snorkeling.  From the top of Bartolome, we will be able to see the  islands of Santiago, Rabida, and Isabela. We will see penguins in the Rock Pinnacle.  Dinner.

Day 4:

AM – CHINESE HAT: A small islet located near the south-east coast of Santiago. It’s shaped like a Chinese hat when seen from afar. It is an island consisting of a cone type “Splatter”  (lava ejected as drops which fall close to where they came from, which form an inclined cone)  that forms the summit and many lava tubes that go down to the coast. On the west side you can see pillow-type lava formations, which are an indicator that the flows were formed under the sea and have been raised upward, which is why coral heads are found on the lava.  This visit provides an excellent opportunity for the interpretation of geological features such as lava tubes and lava flows.  The trail is 700 m (round trip) and the minimum time it takes for this trek is 30 minutes.Return to Alya and lunch

PM – MOSQUERA: This islet is located between Baltra Island and North Seymour. Here, we find the  biggest sea lion colony; it is also possible to observe several species of birds.  Enjoy the white sand  beach. Return to Alya and dinner

Day 5:

AM – After breakfast, we will visit Charles Darwin Station which is located in the main port on Santa  Cruz Island; we will take a private bus to the entrance of the breeding center where we will see  tortoises and land iguanas in captivity.  This center is the main breeding site on the islands.  Animals  that were in danger of extinction on the various islands are maintained in captivity.  Thanks to the dedicated work of several institutions, some species are being saved. Here lived Lonesome George, the famous last survivor of the giant tortoise species found on Pinta Island.  Transfer to the airport.

** This itinerary is subject to change without notice; due to seasonal changes, weather conditions or Galapagos National Park regulations. **


Accommodation on board, Meals as per itinerary, Naturalist English speaking guide, Transfers & ground transportation, Activities and visits detailed in the itinerary.

Not Included:
Galapagos air ticket (round trip), One free night in Quito or Guayaquil (pre cruise), Transfer between hotel to airport (cruise departure date), Transit control card (Ingala), Galapagos taxes. Beverages, Laundry service, Insurance (prior to your journey please ensure your travel insurance is valid in your country of origin), Gratuities

** Ask for your cruise of 5 nights!!

price per person






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