richard dawkins
galapagos cruise

exclusive for 30 guests

While you can’t go back in time to visit the Galapagos Islands with Charles Darwin aboard HMS Beagle, this December you can visit the famed archipelago with Richard Dawkins, the world’s leading evolutionary biologist, best-selling author and sometimes controversial scientist.

This exclusive charter with Richard Dawkins will set sail on December 9-16, 2017 and December 16-23, 2017 aboard the 32 passenger M/V Evolution yacht. Richard Dawkins will be escorting excursions during the 8 day / 7 night itinerary and giving lectures aboard the vessel. Having three top notch interpretive Galapagos naturalist guides and a cruise director on board, in addition to Richard Dawkins in the Galapagos Islands, will insure passengers receive personalized service and an insightful narrative on all the wildlife and habitats seen. Inquire by completing the form below to find out about the availability of this Galapagos cruise.

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7 nights / 8 days itinerary
from san cristobal island
FOOTSTEPS BACK IN TIME


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San Cristobal Island, Galapagos Cruise Itinerary
7 nights / 8 days itinerary
from baltra island
IN THE STEPS OF PIRATES & DARWIN


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& layout
DECKPLAN, TECHNICAL INFORMATION
AND SAFETY

M/V Evolution abides under all international standards of safety for a Galapagos cruise ship of its type.

Our yachts were selected and built to experience the islands the way we did long ago, personally and privately but with distinction, comfort and elegance.


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special
departures

family cruises

Enjoy your Galapagos adventure in the company of your loved ones.

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photo safari cruises

Take those photos of a lifetime on our photo departures. Get the best light and take advantage of our guides' knowledge for those unique locations and angles.

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other specialty cruises

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private
charters
MAKE GALAPAGOS THE ULTIMATE
PRIVATE GETAWAY

Travel to this natural wonderland as the founders once did: privately and intimately.

We invite you to be enchanted, by the Galapagos Islands.


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2018 dates
itinerary from
san cristobal island
FOOTSTEPS BACK IN TIME

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

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.

itinerary from
baltra island
IN THE STEPS OF PIRATES & DARWIN

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

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.

2019 dates
itinerary from
san cristobal island
FOOTSTEPS BACK IN TIME

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

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.

itinerary from
baltra island
IN THE STEPS OF PIRATES & DARWIN

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

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.

m/v evolution rates

Rates are per person & are valid from January 1 through December 31, 2018 or 2019.

* Our new Fall Season Rates are not retroactive and are valid for new reservations only.
* Twin Cabins A2, C2, C3, C6, C7 and C8 aboard M/V Evolution can be converted to offer 1 Queen bed.
* All other cabins have 1 Queen bed or 2 Twin beds.
* Payment Schedule for reservations for 1 to 5 Travelers: A $500 non-refundable deposit per person is due at time of booking, final payment due 65 days prior to departure.
* Payment Schedule for Groups over 5 Travelers & Charters: Please inquire with us.
* ‘Willing to share’ accommodations are not offered by the Tour Company.
* Supplements & surcharges can be subject to change without prior notice.

Note: Current/additional taxes and surcharges not explicitly mentioned on this document may also change/apply depending on the rules, regulations, legislation and discretion of the Galapagos National Park and the local government. These may especially apply if local authorities raise the price of fuel in the Galapagos which as of April 1st, 2013 is set at $3.250062 USD / Gallon.

RATES ARE PER PERSON
IN US DOLLARS

2018
REGULAR SEASON
Jan 1-Aug 25 /
Dec 15-31
2018
FALL SEASON
Aug 25-Dec 15
2019
REGULAR SEASON
Master Suite: A1$7,650$6,120$7,950
Suites: A2 & A3$7,250$5,800$7,550
Premium Staterooms: C1-C3 & C5-C9$6,350$5,080$6,600
Premium Stateroom: C4$5,950$4,760$6,200
Deluxe Staterooms: D1-D4$5,950$4,760$6,200
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RATES ARE PER PERSON IN US DOLLARS

2018
REGULAR SEASON
Jan 1-Aug 25 /
Dec 15-31
$7,650
2018
FALL SEASON
Aug 25-Dec 15
$6,120
2019
REGULAR SEASON
$7,950
2018
REGULAR SEASON
Jan 1-Aug 25 /
Dec 15-31
$7,250
2018
FALL SEASON
Aug 25-Dec 15
$5,800
2019
REGULAR SEASON
$7,550
2018
REGULAR SEASON
Jan 1-Aug 25 /
Dec 15-31
$6,350
2018
FALL SEASON
Aug 25-Dec 15
$5,080
2019
REGULAR SEASON
$6,600
2018
REGULAR SEASON
Jan 1-Aug 25 /
Dec 15-31
$5,950
2018
FALL SEASON
Aug 25-Dec 15
$4,760
2019
REGULAR SEASON
$6,200
2018
REGULAR SEASON
Jan 1-Aug 25 /
Dec 15-31
$5,950
2018
FALL SEASON
Aug 25-Dec 15
$4,760
2019
REGULAR SEASON
$6,200
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INCLUDED IN THE RATES ABOVE

  • Accommodations for 7 nights / 8 days
  • All meals and snacks during the trip
  • All transfers while in Galapagos
  • All guided services throughout the cruise
  • Non-alcoholic beverages consumed onboard
  • All snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel & fins)
  • Wetsuits (shorties)
  • Sea kayaks
NOT INCLUDED IN THE RATES ABOVE

  • Airport transfers in mainland Ecuador
  • Hotel accommodations in mainland Ecuador
  • Roundtrip Galapagos Airfare (starts at $472)
  • Gratuities & Tips to Crew and Staff
  • Bar consumption onboard
  • Trip Cancellation Insurance
  • Galapagos National Park one-time Fee ($100 adults, $50 children)
  • INGALA Transit Control Card one-time fee ($20)
ADDITIONAL CHARGES (DISCOUNTS & CONDITIONS)

  • 15% discount off the above rates (cruise only) for children 15 years old and younger. Maximum of 3 children discounts per family, per booking. No exceptions.
  • 75% Single Supplement surcharge applies to suites. 50% Single Supplement surcharge applies to other cabins.
  • 100% Single Supplement applies in all cabins and no discounts for children in Christmas and New Year's cruises.
  • An additional $500 per person holiday surcharge applies for FIT (individual passengers) for Christmas and New Years cruises.
  • Private charter surcharges apply for Christmas and New Years cruises. Please inquire with us for details.
 
payment terms
& booking policies

payments

FOR RESERVATIONS FOR 1 TO 5 TRAVELERS:

  • To confirm a Galapagos reservation: A $500 USD non-refundable per person deposit is due from the Customer at the time of booking.
  • Final Payment: Final Payment is due from the Customer at 65 days prior to departure

FOR RESERVATIONS OVER 5+ TRAVELERS OR CHARTERS, please inquire with us about the Payment & Cancellation Policies.

Forms of payment: Forms of payment accepted by the Tour Company include wire transfers, credit cards and checks. Detailed information regarding forms of payment will appear on the Customer’s invoice or will be provided upon request by the Tour Company. For Travel professionals, please note we do not accept credit card payments, only wire transfers or checks.

Payments are due in the Tour Company’s offices on the due date specified on the passenger’s invoice and should be sent in a timely fashion to arrive by the above mentioned date. Failure to do so may result in the release of cabins, with rebooking subject to availability at the desecration of the Tour Company.

cancellations

FOR RESERVATIONS FOR 1 TO 5 TRAVELERS:

The following cancellation fees will be applied to the Customer according to the number of days prior to departure that the Tour Company receives written notice of cancellation from the Customer. All cancellations must be made in writing and should be sent via email to the sales agent who made the Customer’s reservation for the Tour Company.

  • 65 days or more prior to departure: Deposit will be forfeited
  • 64 days or less prior to departure: 100% of total invoiced amount

FOR RESERVATIONS OVER 5+ TRAVELERS OR CHARTERS, please inquire with us about the Payment & Cancellation Policies.

How to guard against cancellation fees: The Tour Company strongly recommends the Customer purchase trip cancellation / interrupt insurance directly after the reservation is confirmed. This coverage reimburses the Customer for most non-refundable costs of the tour should he or she need to cancel due to illness, injury or other reasons covered under the policy.

For passengers with pre-existing conditions: coverage must typically be purchased from a travel insurance company within 24 hours from the time a reservation is confirmed to cover cancellation resulting from the pre-existing condition.

TERMS & CONDITIONS


Please click here to view our complete Terms & Conditions.

LETTER FROM FOUNDERS

Dear Explorer,


The first time we sailed the Galapagos Islands was onboard a 1902 Baltic trader, a wooden sailing boat that transported cargo in the Baltic Sea. Her accommodations were probably not much different from those offered onboard the HMS Beagle when Charles Darwin first visited the archipelago. Nonetheless, the enchantment of the islands, untouched by human hands, was planted deep in our hearts. We knew then, the Galapagos was a place to be experienced as privately and intimately as possible. This was the birth of Quasar Expeditions.

Our yachts were selected and built to experience the islands the way we did long ago but with distinction, comfort and elegance.

We remember when we took our children onboard our first yacht, how wonderful it was to feel that nature was putting on a show exclusively for us. Sharing the encounters and discoveries of every day exculsively with your loved ones, is a wonderful priviledge.

We invite you to be enchanted by the Galapagos Islands.

Dolores & Eduardo Diez


M/V Evolution, Galapagos Cruise
M/V Evolution Deck Plan

TYPEMotor Yacht / Expeditions Vessel
L.O.A192 feet / 58.5 meters
BEAM29 feet / 8.9 meters
ENGINESCaterpillar 3512 TITA 1300hp
GENERATORSNorthern Lights 150 KVA
BUILDERKanasashi Shipyard, Japan
CRUISING SPEED10-12 knots
ACCOMMODATIONS 3 Suites on Bridge - A deck
9 Premium Staterooms on Main - C deck
4 Deluxe Staterooms on Lower - D deck
CREW18 plus up to 2 naturalist guides & 1 cruise director.
DINGIES3 dingies (pangas/zodiacs). 2 dingies are for 16 pax each / 1 for 12 pax
NAVIGATION EQUIPMENT72 mile Furuno Radar 19-53 CBB Navnet, Furuno GPS satellite navigator system, Furuno Depth Sounder, Simrad HS50 Electronic Girocompass, speed and distance log, compasses, barometers, forward looking echo sounder
ONBOARD SAFETY EQUIPMENTEPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon), 4 x 25 person open sea life rafts, life jackets, flares and signals, fire extinguishing system, and sprinkler system throughout the vessel. Safety equipment on board either meets or exceeds USA Coast Guard regulations
COMFORT EQUIPMENTAir Renewal System, Air conditioning throughout, TV / CD / VHS/DVD/Playstation 2, boutique, infirmary with MD on board, small jacuzzi
COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENTUHF, VHF radio, Satellite Phones
ELECTRICITY110 volts AC / 60 Hz: 2 flat prongs
CABIN INFORMATIONClick here
safety
ISM AND SOLAS CERTIFIED.
GLOBAL TRACKING SYSTEM.

M/V Evolution abides under all international standards of safety for a Galapagos cruise ship of its type. It is ISM (International Safety Management) certified and is equipped with an emergency alarm system, 3 emergency life rafts for 26 pax each, emergency life vests, fog horns, a PA system, smoke detectors, a sprinkler system and fire extinguishers. All emergency equipment is SOLAS certified. The yacht also carries 2 dingies (pangas/zodiacs) for 16 pax each and 1 dingy for 12 pax for day to day activities.