Why are there two
M/Y Grace Itineraries?

Itinerary - From Baltra Island
"Following in Darwin's Footsteps"

When visiting the Galapagos Islands for one week there are tradeoffs regarding the landing sites you can and can't see, in a place where one can encounter as great a variation crossing from one side of a bay or island to another, as traversing the entire archipelago. This has always been the case. Recently the Galapagos National Park decided to reduce the environmental impact on its 40 + visitor landing sites by requiring that yachts wait 14 days before returning to a given National Park visitor site. As a result of this ruling each of our yachts operates two different week long itineraries. These 8 day / 7 night itineraries run Saturday-to-Saturday and alternate each week. Through our complete itineraries, guests are able to see all of the Galapagos wildlife that made the Islands famous and inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. You can also combine these itineraries back-to-back to experience one, all encompassing two week long voyage.

If you only have a week to spend in the Galapagos you will be happy to know that there is no better or worse itinerary, just different. We continue to receive rave reviews for both itineraries aboard both our yachts. Passengers continue to have amazing animal encounters while experiencing the depth and breadth of what the islands offer including top notch landing sites on all itineraries.

We have put a lot of effort into obtaining permits from the Galapagos National Park that allow our yachts to visit all of the most important sites on the Islands. Many cruise operators on the islands avoid the long navigations to save costs, but we are firm believers that a true Galapagos experience involves visiting the most remote islands as well.

Itinerary - From San Cristobal Island
"Beyond Darwin's Footsteps"

grace itinerary - from baltra island
"following in darwins footsteps"
grace itinerary in brief from baltra island

7 nights / 8 days: saturday to saturday


  • Walks & Hikes =

  • Snorkeling =

  • Kayaking =

  • Panga (zodiac) Ride =

Saturday AM Arrive to Baltra Island
PM Daphne Major Islet
Sunday AM Santa Fe Island
PM South Plaza Island
Monday AM Tower Island: Prince Phillip's Steps
PM Tower Island: Darwin Bay
Tuesday AM Fernandina Island: Punta Espinoza
PM Isabela Island: Urbina Bay
Wednesday AM Isabela Island: Tagus Cove
PM Isabela Island: Punta Vicente Roca OR Punta Albemarle
Thursday AM Santiago Island: Espumilla Beach OR Buccaneer's Cove
PM Santiago Island: James Bay
Friday AM Santa Cruz: Charles Darwin Research St.
PM Santa Cruz: Highlands, Lava Tunnels
Saturday AM San Cristobal: Interpretation Center
PM Depart for Mainland Ecuador

Quasar Expeditions' Galapagos cruise itineraries are subject to change without prior notice for various factors including, but not limited to: safety, weather, mechanical breakdown, unforeseen emergencies, and the discretion of the Captain, Guide, Dive Master, Quasar Expeditions and the Galapagos National Park.

GRACE ITINERARY - MAP OF VOYAGE - FROM BALTRA ISLAND Hover over the red dots to view the day by day itinerary.

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grace itinerary - from san cristobal island
"beyond darwins footsteps"
grace itinerary in brief from san cristobal island

7 nights / 8 days: saturday to saturday


  • Walks & Hikes =

  • Snorkeling =

  • Kayaking =

  • Panga (zodiac) Ride =

Saturdays AM Arrive to San Cristobal Island
PM San Cristobal - Isla Lobos
Sunday AM Española (Hood) Island - Punta Suarez
PM Española Island - Gardner Bay
Monday AM Floreana Island: Post Office Bay / Gardner Islet / Osborn Islet
PM Floreana Island: Cormorant Point / Champion Islet
Tuesday AM Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Research St.
PM Santa Cruz Island: Highlands / Puerto Ayora
Wednesday AM Santa Cruz Island: Bachas Beach
PM Santa Cruz Island: Chinese Hat
Thursday AM Rabida Island: Jervis
PM Santiago (James) Island: Sullivan Bay
Friday AM Bartolome Island: Pinacle Rock & Overlook
PM North Seymour Island
Saturday AM Black Turtle Cove
PM Depart for Mainland Ecuador

Quasar Expeditions' Galapagos cruise itineraries are subject to change without prior notice for various factors including, but not limited to: safety, weather, mechanical breakdown, unforeseen emergencies, and the discretion of the Captain, Guide, Dive Master, Quasar Expeditions and the Galapagos National Park.

GRACE ITINERARY - MAP OF VOYAGE - FROM SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND Hover over the red dots to view the day by day itinerary.

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ACTIVITIES

While in the Galapagos you will find that you are constantly active, doing nature hikes, snorkeling, swimming and sea kayaking all in an effort to get up close to the islands' amazing animals. The way in which the Galapagos National Park has structured activities translates into the Galapagos not being a strenuous multi-sport destination. Instead, together with the Park we have structured the activities on our itineraries around interaction with wildlife and the habitat. That is really what the Galapagos is all about. We make our trips more active by planning landings in places that offer better hikes like at Tagus Cove or to the top of Bartolome Island. We also offer itineraries that take in the more remote sites and outer islands, rather than staying solely in the inner islands close to ports (not all yachts are equipped to travel to the outer islands). We maximize our opportunities to snorkel and go kayaking on each trip. We also offer opportunities for sucba diving, for both advanced and intermediate divers.



walks & hikes
Walks & Hikes

During each day of your Galapagos cruise aboard M/Y Grace you will have two expeditions to a visiting point on a specific island where you will be able to walk and hike on beaches, lava fields, alongside cliffs and around mangrove estuaries. Our walks and hikes include wildlife encounters, scenic views and detailed lectures and explanations from your naturalist guide on many issues concerning the islands. This activity is great to get amazing shots of wildlife from up-close.


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Snorkeling
Galapagos Snorkeling

Snorkeling is one of the favorite activities of all people who visit the Galapagos Islands and requires no previous experience to be enjoyed immensely. You will be offered the opportunity to go snorkeling almost every day at various snorkeling sites around the archipelago. You will have the chance to snorkel with playful sea lions (watch video), marine iguanas (watch video), green sea turtles (watch video) and many other wonderful creatures. For non-divers, this is an incredible way to get a glimpse of the marine.


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panga rides
Dinghy Panga Rides

On all of our cruises we offer dinghy of "panga" rides (inflatable zodiacs) on most of the visitor sites that we take you to. The group, of up to 9 guests per zodiac, is taken for a ride alongside cliffs and shores, secluded coves and beautiful mangrove estuaries. This activity is great to see volcanic formations as well as shore birds from up-close. In the mangrove estuaries it is very common to see green sea turtles mating, golden & eagle rays and sleeping reef sharks! This activity provides various chances to get some great photographs of marine creatures from up close!


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kayaking
Galapagos Kayaking

Sea kayaking is offered on all of our departures and you require no previous experience to enjoy this activity. Our sea kayaks are the ideal means by which to get some good exercise and explore the cliffs and shores of the various visitor sites around the archipelago. A typical cruise week offers great opportunities to go kayaking around secluded coves, shores, mangrove estuaries and beautiful beaches. Galapagos penguins, flightless cormorants, sea lions and many other animals can be seen from up-close on a kayak and even as they swim!


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scuba diving
Galapagos Scuba Diving

Scuba diving is offered as an additional activity for those guests who are looking to take a peek at the underwater world of the Galapagos. On the day your yacht visits the port town of Puerto Ayora, you can choose to go on a day diving trip instead of the visit planned for that day. If you do not want to miss the activities planned for the day at Port, you can also choose to go diving either by arriving a couple of days before the start of your cruise or by staying on the islands a couple of days after the cruise. Please inquire with us for more information on our Galapagos diving adventures.


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itinerary calendar - departure dates

GRACE ITINERARY - FROM BALTRA ISLAND
"Following in Darwin's Footsteps"

Charles Darwin


Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
9 - 16
23 - 30
6 - 13
20 - 27
5 - 12
19 - 26
2 - 9
16 - 23
30 - May 7
14 - 21
28 - Jun 4
11 - 18
25 - Jul 2
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
9 - 16
23 - 30
6 - 13
20 - 27
3 - 10
17 - 24
1 - 8
15 - 22
29 - Nov 5
12 - 19
26 - Dec 3
10 -17
24 - 31
  • Jan 9
  • Jan 23

  • Feb 6
  • Feb 20

  • Mar 5
  • Mar 19

  • Apr 2
  • Apr 16
  • Apr 30

  • May 14
  • May 28

  • Jun 11
  • Jun 25

  • Jul 9
  • Jul 23

  • Aug 6
  • Aug 20

  • Sep 3
  • Sep 17

  • Oct 1
  • Oct 15
  • Oct 29

  • Nov 12
  • Nov 26

  • Dec 10
  • Dec 24

GRACE ITINERARY - FROM SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND
"Beyond Darwin's Footsteps"

Footsteps in Time Galapagos


Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
2 - 9
16 - 23
30 - Feb 6
13 - 20
27 - Mar 5
12 - 19
26 - Apr 2
9 - 16
23 - 30
7 - 14
21 - 28
4 - 11
18 - 25
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 9
16 - 23
30 - Aug 6
13 - 20
27 - Sep 3
10 - 17
24 - Oct 1
8 - 15
22 - 29
5 - 12
19 - 26
3 - 10
17 - 24
31 - Jan 7
  • Jan 2
  • Jan 16
  • Jan 30

  • Feb 13
  • Feb 27

  • Mar 12
  • Mar 26

  • Apr 9
  • Apr 23

  • May 7
  • May 21

  • Jun 4
  • Jun 18

  • Jul 2
  • Jul 16
  • Jul 30

  • Aug 13
  • Aug 27

  • Sep 10
  • Sep 24

  • Oct 8
  • Oct 22

  • Nov 5
  • Nov 19

  • Dec 3
  • Dec 17
  • Dec 31

ITINERARY A - FROM BALTRA ISLAND
"Following in Darwin's Footsteps"

Charles Darwin


Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
7 - 14
21 - 28
4 - 11
18 - 25
4 - 11
18 - 25
1 - 8
15 - 22
29 - May 6
13 - 20
27 - Jun 3
10 - 17
24 - Jul 1
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
8 - 15
22 - 29
5 - 12
19 - 26
2 - 9
16 - 23
30 - Oct 7
14 - 21
28 - Nov 4
11 - 18
25 - Dec 2
9 - 16
23 - 30
  • Jan 7
  • Jan 21

  • Feb 4
  • Feb 18

  • Mar 4
  • Mar 18

  • Apr 1
  • Apr 15
  • Apr 29

  • May 13
  • May 27

  • Jun 10
  • Jun 24

  • Jul 8
  • Jul 22

  • Aug 5
  • Aug 19

  • Sep 2
  • Sep 16
  • Sep 30

  • Oct 14
  • Oct 28

  • Nov 11
  • Nov 25

  • Dec 9
  • Dec 23

GRACE ITINERARY - FROM SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND
"Beyond Darwin's Footsteps"

Footsteps in Time Galapagos


Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
14 - 21
28 - Feb 4
11 - 18
25 - Mar 4
11 - 18
25 - Apr 1
8 - 15
22 - 29
6 - 13
20 - 27
3 - 10
17 - 24
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1 - 8
15 - 22
29 - Aug 5
12 - 19
26 - Sep 2
9 - 16
23 - 30
7 - 14
21 - 28
 
4 - 11
18 - 25
2 - 9
16 - 23
30 - Jan 7
  • Jan 14
  • Jan 28

  • Feb 11
  • Feb 25

  • Mar 11
  • Mar 25

  • Apr 8
  • Apr 22

  • May 6
  • May 20

  • Jun 3
  • Jun 17

  • Jul 1
  • Jul 15
  • Jul 29

  • Aug 12
  • Aug 26

  • Sep 9
  • Sep 23

  • Oct 7
  • Oct 21

  • Nov 4
  • Nov 18

  • Dec 2
  • Dec 16
  • Dec 30

GRACE ITINERARY - FROM BALTRA ISLAND
"Following in Darwin's Footsteps"

Charles Darwin


  • Jan 6
  • Jan 20

  • Feb 3
  • Feb 17

  • Mar 3
  • Mar 17
  • Mar 31

  • Apr 14
  • Apr 28

  • May 12
  • May 26

  • Jun 9
  • Jun 23

  • Jul 7
  • Jul 21

  • Aug 4
  • Aug 18

  • Sep 1
  • Sep 15
  • Sep 29

  • Oct 13
  • Oct 27

  • Nov 10
  • Nov 24

  • Dec 8
  • Dec 22

GRACE ITINERARY - FROM SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND
"Beyond Darwin's Footsteps"

Footsteps in Time Galapagos


  • Jan 13
  • Jan 27

  • Feb 10
  • Feb 24

  • Mar 10
  • Mar 24

  • Apr 7
  • Apr 21

  • May 5
  • May 19

  • Jun 2
  • Jun 16
  • Jun 30

  • Jul 14
  • Jul 28

  • Aug 11
  • Aug 25

  • Sep 8
  • Sep 22

  • Oct 6
  • Oct 20

  • Nov 3
  • Nov 17

  • Dec 1
  • Dec 15
  • Dec 29

GRACE ITINERARY - FROM BALTRA ISLAND
"Following in Darwin's Footsteps"

Charles Darwin


  • Jan 5
  • Jan 19

  • Feb 2
  • Feb 16

  • Mar 2
  • Mar 16
  • Mar 30

  • Apr 13
  • Apr 27

  • May 11
  • May 25

  • Jun 8
  • Jun 22

  • Jul 6
  • Jul 20

  • Aug 3
  • Aug 17
  • Aug 31

  • Sep 14
  • Sep 28

  • Oct 12
  • Oct 26

GRACE ITINERARY - FROM SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND
"Beyond Darwin's Footsteps"

Footsteps in Time Galapagos


  • Jan 12
  • Jan 26

  • Feb 9
  • Feb 23

  • Mar 9
  • Mar 23

  • Apr 6
  • Apr 20

  • May 4
  • May 18

  • Jun 1
  • Jun 15
  • Jun 29

  • Jul 13
  • Jul 27

  • Aug 10
  • Aug 24

  • Sep 7
  • Sep 21

  • Oct 5
  • Oct 19
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