GCT Cruises

2020 Cruise with Galapagos Conservation Trust

If you are looking for the trip of a lifetime, then look no further. In June 2020, we will be running a bespoke Galapagos Conservation Trust (GCT) cruise, offering you the perfect way to see the Archipelago in a comfortable, intimate and sustainable manner.

Cruise through the Islands while watching dolphins, snorkelling with sea lions and spotting extravagant, colourful sea birds. Enjoy the volcanic scenery and marvel at the colour of the aquamarine sea. 

Accompanied by a GCT staff member throughout the trip, you will have exclusive opportunities to visit projects funded and delivered by GCT. You will also meet passionate conservationists working on the Islands. What’s more, you can travel in the knowledge that your trip will be directly supporting the conservation and sustainability of the Archipelago. 

Highlights

Watch giant tortoises in the wild and meet the scientists working to protect them

Swim and snorkel with beautiful reef fish, turtles, rays and endangered Galapagos penguins

Experience land iguanas up close, while learning about radio tracking, relocation and other actions taking place to protect them

Breathtaking encounters with pink flamingos, blue-footed boobies, waved albatross, pelicans, sea lions, finches, terns and more

Visit a world leading restoration project on Floreana island. You will meet scientists working to restore the island and reintroduce locally extinct species, and of course calling at Floreana’s famous Post Office Bay

Be thoroughly spoilt, with delicious food and attentive staff on board Belgua, a boat owned by Galapagos family, the Angermeyers

Meet with conservationists working to protect Galapagos marine life, including endangered sharks and the magnificent whale shark

Explore the historical city of Quito

For the first time ever, there will be two GCT cruise options in 2020. Whichever you choose, from beginning to end, your cruise will be unique.

Cruise with Galapagos Conservation Trust 

10 days / 9 nights

17–26 June 2020 (including two nights in Quito)

Enjoy the opportunity to explore the western, central and northern Galapagos islands. GCT’s CEO Sharon Johnson, will welcome you in Quito, where you will have a day and a half to enjoy the sights before flying to Galapagos to join the beautiful motor yacht, Beluga, on Santa Cruz island. Staying on Beluga for eight days, the highlights of your week will include visits to Floreana and North Seymour islands, as well as the volcanic islands of Isabela and Fernandina.  Sharon will accompany you throughout the cruise, sharing her in-depth knowledge of Galapagos.

Ultimate Galapagos Conservation Cruise

17 days, 16 nights

10-26 June 2020 (including two nights in Quito)

A unique opportunity to cruise the whole Archipelago with GCT.

After exploring the historical city of Quito for a day and a half, you will fly to Galapagos where you will board the beautiful motor yacht, Beluga, on Santa Cruz island. Your first week will focus on the central, and northern islands and eastern islands, including visits to the islands of Tower, Hood and San Cristobal. You will then stay on board Beluga to continue your cruise of the western islands, as shown above, visiting among others, the islands of Floreana, North Seymour, Isabela and Fernandina.

You will be welcomed in Quito by Sharon Johnson, GCT’s CEO, and accompanied for the first week of the cruise by Kelly Hague, GCT’s Individual Giving Manager. Sharon will then join you for the second week of your cruise.

We are thrilled that GCT’s friend Pablo Valladares will also be accompanying us for the full two weeks.  Pablo is an award-winning Galapagos conservation guide and was a firm favourite amongst travellers on our 2018 cruise.  He will enthral you with his enthusiasm and incredible knowledge of all things Galapagos. 

Your cruise in 2020 will include an exclusive programme of exciting project visits, not ordinarily available to visitors. You will have the opportunity to meet with passionate scientists working in the Archipelago, giving you a fascinating insight into GCT and Galapagos conservation activities.  Some opportunities are already shown in the programme, while others will be confirmed.

Bookings and more information

We are delighted to have partnered with ATOL registered Wild Tracks – Ice Tracks Expeditions who will handle all bookings and provide financial protection.  They are Galapagos experts and will happily chat to you in detail about the cruise and the special sights you will see.

Pricing and detailed itineraries

Cruise with Galapagos Conservation Trust:  £5,695 per person sharing a cabin

Detailed itinerary – click the cruise title to see full details of the cruise

Ultimate Galapagos Conservation Cruise:  £10,490 per person sharing a cabin

Detailed itinerary – click the cruise title to see full details of the cruise

For further information and to make a booking please contact Angie Butler at:

Wild Tracks – Ice Tracks

Tel: 01295 236354  (UK) / +44 1295 236354 (from outside the UK)

Email: info@ice-tracks.com

Website:  https://www.ice-tracks.com/destinations/ecuador-galapagos/

Or if you would like to talk to someone at GCT, please contact Kelly Hague: 

Tel: 020 7399 7440 (UK). / +44 20 7399 7440 (from outside the UK)

Email: kelly@gct.org

We would like to thank Ice Tracks/Wild Tracks and the Angermeyer family in advance, who are generously supporting our efforts to raise money for conservation through this cruise.

“We have had the good fortune to join two Galapagos cruises organised by the Galapagos Conservation Trust (GCT). They were both very special experiences. Quite apart from the satisfaction of knowing that we were supporting the work of the GCT, the cruises themselves were exceptional with respect to the like-minded fellow passengers, the superb guides and the itinerary. The opportunity to meet individuals active in conservation and research added an extra dimension. If you plan to visit Galapagos, this is the way.” – Gordon & Marilyn Plant, Galapagos Conservation Trust members

“The trip of course was stupendous in every way – and exceeded every possible expectation”Tim Clarke, 2018 Galapagos Conservation Trust cruise