Galapagos Legend

The Galapagos Legend, a deluxe cruise vessel originally built in Germany, was totally converted in 2001 and refurbished in 2007. One of the largest yachts in Galapagos, it has lots of space to easily accommodate up to 100 passengers.  You’ll appreciate the ample space and comfort of a large luxury vessel while maintaining a casual atmosphere of a nature expedition. Expert naturalist guides and abundant trained staff provide excellent service on board. Plenty of social areas are available for a variety of activities. Amenities include many areas for relaxing and/or working out, swimming pool and Jacuzzi, lots of cushioned lounge chairs, hammocks, a spa with exercise machines, sauna, and massage therapist – even a jogging track!

All new suites are spacious, all are carpeted and have ocean views, closets, vanity dresser, hair dryer and more. Other amenties for your enjoyment: 24-hour coffee bar, broad sun decks and observation platforms, music lounge, cocktail bars, computers with games and email access, glass bottom boat, snorkeling equipment, wet suits, 24-hour medical service.

This yacht is perfect for families with children as well as grandparents. Special activities and yacht areas for children keep them stimulated, including a “kid’s corner” with a mini cinema, games, TV, videos, and entertainment. On top of all that, there’s a glass-bottom boat, boutique, and a full-time medical service with a doctor on board, children’s menu (also an ice cream parlor, popcorn, kid’s corner.)

Inside and outside you’ll enjoy the Legend’s superior cuisine while sitting at a table, or at one of the bars. To enhance your education of these magnificent islands, you’ll take in the nightly lectures in the large auditorium complete with high quality audiovisual presentations given by a naturalist guide, interactive museum, research center with biologists, and marine museum. Or read up on your own in the well-stocked library.


Departures Monday and Thursday

2018 Rates per person in double cabin. Low Season Rates for Jan 1-Apr 4, May 26-Jul 2, Aug 27-Oct 1, Nov 23-Dec 17. See below for High Season Rates*

Cabin Type   Deck   # of cabins   4 Days/3 Nights, Mon-Thu   5 Days/4 Nights, Thu-Mon   8 Days/7 Nights, Mon & Thu 
Standard Interior Cabin   Earth 3 $1,662 $2,215 $3,606
Standard Plus Sea 16 $2,058 $2,743 $4,465
Junior Suite Earth 28 $2,346 $3,128 $5,090
Balcony Suite Moon 16 $2,798 $3,607 $6,054
Legend Balcony Suite  Moon 1 $3,250 $4,270 $7,020
FUEL SURCHARGE      $53 $53 $103

*High Season Surcharge: 5% additional to regular per person cabin rates for following dates:  Apr 5-May 25, Jul 3-Aug 26, Oct 2-Nov 22, Dec 18-31


ADDITIONAL FEES, payable in advance:

Internal Galapagos Airfare (from Quito or Guayaquil): $550 to $600, depending on the routing and the season, subject to change

Galapagos Park Fee & Entry Permit: $124 

Single Supplement: +50% except for holiday season which is +75%

Triple Rate: 25% discount for sharing cabin with 2 full-fare paying guests; 50% for 1 child under 12.

Children’s discount: 50% under age 12, sharing cabin with 1-2 full-paying guests. 25% in Holiday Season.

OPTIONAL EXTRAS, payable on board yacht; please add VAT 22% to the rates below:

Wet suit rental: $25 (4 & 5 day cruises); $50 for longer cruises

Kayak rental: $30 per person, per use

Internet: $32 for 10 minutes

Tipping: (optional, but expected) Suggested per person, per day: $15 for crew, $10 for guide

8-DAY/7-NIGHT ITINERARY  (for current and other itineraries, please contact Andean Treks)


Day 1 Monday

Morning: arrive Baltra Airport, transfer to dock; board yacht

Afternoon: Santa Cruz Island: Bachas Beach

Encounter sea birds, marine iguanas, sea turtles, Darwin finches, mockingbirds and gulls, as well as interesting native and endemic vegetation. Opportunity to walk on the white sand beach that is one of the main nesting sites of sea turtles.


Day 2 Tuesday

Morning: South Plaza Island

Observe land and marine iguanas, sea lions, blue-footed boobies and many other sea birds. Due to their proximity with marine iguanas, this is the only place on Earth where we will find the Galapagos hybrid iguana.

Afternoon: Santa Fe Island

This island is home to a number of endemic species including the Galapagos Hawk, Galapagos Snake, rice rats, a variety of finches and one of the four species of Galapagos mockingbirds. Deep-water snorkeling.


Day 3 Wednesday

Morning: San Cristobal Island: Pitt Point & Islet

This is probably the only site where the three booby species of the Galapagos can be seen together: Nazca, Blue-footed, and red-footed; as well as two species of frigatebirds and a sea lion colony.

Afternoon: San Cristobal Island: Cerro Brujo

Cerro Brujo is an eroding tuff cone which forms cliffs where seabirds are often nesting. It looks over a beautiful white sand beach where you can spot sea lions, pelicans, blue-footed boobies, and marine iguanas.


Day 4 Thursday

Morning & Afternoon: San Cristobal Island: Interpretation Center & Tijeretas

Here you learn about the history of the islands in the context of nautre, humankind and conservation. On Tijeretas Hill you walk through beautiful landscapes ending with a magnificent view near a large frigatebird colony.


Day 5 Friday

Morning: Española Island: Gardner Bay, Gardner & Osborn Islets

Be on the lookout for a variety of birds, lizards nad iguanas, such as Galapagos hawks, American oyster catchers, Galapagos doves, hood mockingbirds, 3 species of Darwin finches, yellow warblers, lava lizards and marine iguanas.

Afternoon: Española Island:Suarez Point

Explore volcanic formations and a riveting wildlife. Besides the sea lion colonies, this is a very important site for bird watching. A major highlight is their mating season, from May through December.


Day 6 Saturday

Morning: Floreana Island: Post Office Bay

Continue the tradition by placing unstamped post cards inside the barrel which reaches its destination for free. Observe the Galapagos mockingbird, some species of Darwin's finches, yellow warblers, and lava lizards.

Afternoon: Floreana Island: Cormorant Point

Endemic plants such as Scalesia villosa flourish here, as well as Galapagos daisies, holy stick and white sand black mangroves. Here you will see sea turtles, blue footed boobies and small reef sharks floating along the shoreline in search of food.


Day 7 Sunday

Morning: Santa Cruz Island: Cerro Mesa Reserve

Observe numerous endemic plants, 7 subspecies of Darwin's finches, and the Vermillion Flycatcher. Also you have an impressive view of Baltra, Santiago, Isabela, Santa Fe and Daphne Islands.

Afternoon: Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Station

Here you can get up close to the giant tortoises that are part of the impressive reproduction program of these magnificent tortoises.


Day 8 Monday

Morning: Daphne Island

This island has a volcanic tuff cone formed by successive explosions producted by the mixture of lava and water. You'll also see Darwin's finches, blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, red-billed tropicbirds, swallow-trailed gulls and brown noddies.

Afternoon: Disembark yacht, transfer to Baltra Airport for flight back to Quito or Guayaquil.


Included in the Cruise rate: all meals on yacht, snacks, bottled water; daily excursions led by experienced English-speaking naturalist guides in groups of 16/per guide; welcome & farewell cocktails, free coffee/tea 24-hour station, use of snorkel equipment, kayaking opportunities. Shuttle service in Quito & Guayaquil to/from designated hotels to airport for Galapagos flights.

Not included: Round-trip airfare (figured separately & prepaid); Fuel Surcharge, Galapagos Park Fee & Galapagos Transit Control Card (figured separately & prepaid;) wetsuit rental ($25 on short cruises / $50 on longer cruises, payable on board;) medical services; tips to guide, crew and staff; soft drinks and  alcoholic beverages.

See Dates and Rates for more details on what's included and not included.

Number of passengers: 100

Number of Days: 4, 5, 8, 11, 12 & 15 Days

Departures: Monday and Thursday

Diving: No

Length: 301’ Beam: 47’

Type: cruise ship/expedition vessel

Safety: EPIRB, ISM, ISPS & SOLAS; meets or exceeds US Coast Guard regulations

Crew: 60 + 7 naturalist guides and 1 medical doctor

Cruising speed: 15 - 17 knots

Spacious cabins located on 3 of the 5 decks: all are ocean-facing, with 2 lower beds that can be converted to a Queen bed. Most suites have large panoramic windows. All have individually controlled air conditioning, internal & long distance phone service, music, LCD TV, safety box, private bathroom.

BALCONY SUITES (9 total) on the top deck “Moon Deck” are the largest, 214 - 245 square feet, with a private balcony with sliding doors, day bed can be converted for triple accommodation, mini bar with champagne. Suites can be interconnected to accommodate families. Choice of Balcony Suite Plus (1), the largest at 245 sq. ft., with 2 private balconies, sofa bed available for triple, interconnected with a "Galapagos Balcony" cabin, large private bathroom, and wheelchair access.  Balcony Suite (8), or Galapagos Balcony (8 interconnected suites) with private balcony, average size 214 sq. ft, sliding doors, triple with day bed, and more.

LEGEND SUITES (4) on Earth Deck, have 2 panoramic windows and 2 suites can be interconnected. Cabin size ranges from 198 to 225 square feet.

JUNIOR SUITES (24) on Earth Deck have 2 panoramic windows, 9 interconnected cabins, 7 triples with use of day bed. Average size 159 square feet.

STANDARD PLUS CABINS (17) on Sea and Earth Decks, with 2 portholes, with average size 118 square feet.

STANDARD CABINS (3) on Earth Deck, Interior suites, 118 sq. ft.

Quick Facts

  • 4, 5, 8, 11, 12 & 15 Days
  • 100 passengers
  • Monday & Thursday departures
  • 300 feet long
  • Cruise ship / expedition vessel
  • Naturalist cruises / Family-friendly cruises

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