Tip Top III & IV

The fleet of 3 Tip Top yachts, Tip Top II, III and IV,(see Tip Top II separately) have been owned by the same Ecuadorian family-run company for over 25 years. They are one of the first companies to offer Galapagos cruises to travelers and continue to provide excellent service with qualified guides and staff. Still owner-operated, they are committed to the preservation of the islands by practicing minimal impact and environmental sustainability practices. Both yachts are certified by the Rainforest Alliance for Sustainable Tourism. They are also very involved with supporting the local communities.

The Tip Tops were designed and constructed to offer the highest level of security and comfort to guests. They are steel-hulled motor yachts built to very high standards, specially designed to accommodate 16 guests comfortably in 10 cabins. Each yacht has a dining room, bar, and lounge, and are fully carpeted. A beautiful teak floored sun deck creates a delightful place for resting and relaxing on board.

Other amenities include full air-conditioning (Aqua Air Chill Water System); hot & cold freshwater pressure system; Royal flush electric toilets; TV; VCR; stereo music system. Snorkelling gear available for rent.

2017

Departures: Monday & Friday

Cruise length: 4, 5, 8, 11 & 15 Days

RATES, per person

  8 Days/7 Nights Fri-Fri 5 Days/4 Nights Mon-Fri 4 Days/3 Nights Fri-Mon
  Double Single Double Single Double Single
TIP TOP II            
Main Deck Cabins 1-2 N/A $7,570 N/A $5,080 N/A $3,980
Main Deck Cabins 3-6 $4,985 $7,570 $3,440 $5,080 $2,745 $3,980
Upper Deck Cabins 7-8 $5,630 $8,601 $3,850 $5,750 $3,055 $4,480
             
TIP TOP III            
Lower Deck Cabins 1-2 $4,780 $7,240 $3,215 $4,736 $2,580 $3,720
Lower Deck Cabins 3-6 $4,950 $7,512 $3,320 $4,904 $2,660 $3,848
Upper Deck Cabins 7-8 N/A $7,570 N/A $5,080 N/A $3,980
Upper Deck Cabins 9-10 $5,630 $8,601 $3,850 $5,750 $3,055 $4,480
             
TIP TOP IV            
Lower Deck Cabins 1-6 $4,985 $7,570 $3,440 $5,080 $2,745 $3,980
Upper Deck Cabins 7-10 $5,630 $8,601 $3,850 $5,750 $3,055 $4,480

Included: Round-trip airfare from Quito or Guayaquil to Galapagos (Savings up to $600/person.)  Transfers from Galapagos airport to yacht and return; all meals on board; 2x/day naturalist excursions led by naturalist English-speaking guides; snorkel gear and use of kayak

Additional Fees:

Galapagos Park Fee & Tourist Card, $124

Tips to guides and staff, alcoholic beverages

Children's Discount: 10% children under age 12

The Tip Tops have slightly different itineraries. Itineraries below show the 8, 5, and 15-day programs for the Tip Top III's 8-day and 5-day programs. Please check with Andean Treks for the most updated itineraries.

 

TIP TOP II

8-DAYS, FRIDAY TO FRIDAY

 

Day 1 Friday

AM: Arrive Baltra

PM: Santa Cruz Island: Bachas Beach

 

Day 2 Saturday

AM: Rabida Island

PM: Bartolome Island

 

Day 3 Sunday

AM: Genovesa Island: Darwin Bay

PM: Genovesa Island: Prince Phillips Steps

 

Day 4 Monday

AM: Santa Cruz Island: highlands

PM: Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Station

 

Day 5 Tuesday

AM: Plazas Island

PM: Santa Fe Island

 

Day 6 Wednesday

AM: Española Island: Gardner Bay

PM: Española Island: Punta Suarez

 

Day 7 Thursday

AM: Floreana Island: Post Office Bay

PM: Floreana Island: Punta Cormorant

 

Day 8 Friday:

AM: North Seymour Island

PM: Baltra, Airport, return flight to mainland

 

5-DAYS, MONDAY - FRIDAY

 

Day 1 Monday

AM: Arrive Baltra Airport

PM: Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Station &  Puerto Ayora Town

 

Day 2 Tuesday

AM: Plazas Island

PM: Santa Fe Island

 

Day 3 Wednesday

AM: Española Island: Gardner Bay

PM: Española Island:Punta Suarez

 

Day 4 Thursday

AM: Floreana Island: Post Office Bay

PM: Floreana Island: Punta Cormorant

 

Day 5 Friday

AM: North Seymour Island

PM: Baltra Airport, return flight to mainland

 

5-DAYS, FRIDAY TO TUESDAY (note: Day 4 overnight is at a hotel in Puerto Ayora)

 

Day 1 Friday

AM: Baltra, arrival at airport, transfer to yacht

PM: Santa Cruz Island: Bachas Beach

 

Day 2 Saturday

AM: Rabida Island

PM: Bartolome Island

 

Day 3 Sunday

AM: Genovesa Island: Darwin Bay

PM: Genovesa Island: Prince Phillips Steps

 

Day 4 Monday

AM: Santa Cruz Island: highlands on Santa Cruz

PM: Santa Cruz Island: CharlesDarwin Station. Overnight at a hotel in Puerta Ayora

 

Day 5 Tuesday

AM: Puerto Ayora town

PM: Baltra Airport for return flight to Quito or Guayaquil

 

15 DAYS, FRIDAY TO FRIDAY

 

Day 1 Friday

AM: Baltra, arrival at airport, transfer to yacht

PM: Santa Cruz Island: Bachas Beach

 

Day 2 Saturday

AM: Rabida Island

PM: Bartolome Island

 

Day 3 Sunday

AM: Genovesa Island: Darwin Bay

PM: Genovesa Island: Prince Phillips Steps

 

Day 4 Monday

AM: San Cristobal Island: Leon Dormido

PM: San Cristobal Island: Punta Pitt & Isla Lobos

 

Day 5 Tuesday

AM: Plaza Island

PM: Santa Fe Island

 

Day 6 Wednesday

AM: Española Island: Gardner Bay

PM: Española Island: Punta Suarez

 

Day 7 Thursday

AM: Floreana Island: Post Office Bay

PM: Floreana Island: Punta Cormorant

 

Day 8 Friday

AM: Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Research Station

PM: Santa Cruz Island: highlands of Santa Cruz

 

Day 9 Saturday

AM: Isabela Island: Puerto Villamil: Sierra Negra

PM: Isabela Island: Interpretation Center

 

Day 10 Sunday

AM: Isabela Island: Punta Moreno

PM: Isabela Island: Elizabeth Bay

 

Day 11 Monday

AM: Isabela Island: Urbina Bay

PM: Isabela Island: Tagus Cove

 

Day 12 Tuesday

AM: Isabela Island: Punta Espinoza

PM: Isabela Island: Punta Vicente Roca

 

Day 13 Wednesday

AM: Santiago Island: Puerto Egas

PM: Santiago Island: Chinese Hat

 

Day 14 Thursday

AM: Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay

PM: Santa Cruz Island: Cerro Dragon

 

Day 15 Friday

AM: North Seymour Island

PM: Baltra Airport, return flight to Ecuadorian mainland

 

TIP TOP III

5-Days Monday to Friday

 

Day 1 Monday

AM: Baltra arrival; land transfer to Puerto Ayora town

PM: Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Research Station

 

Day 2 Tuesday

AM: Plaza Island

PM: Santa Fe Island

 

Day 3 Wednesday

AM: Española Island: Gardner Bay

PM: Española Island: Punta Suarez

 

Day 4 Thursday

AM: Floreana Island: Post Office Bay

PM: Floreana Island: Punta Cormorant

 

Day 5 Friday

AM: Santa Cruz Island: Las Bachas Beach

PM: Baltra Airport, return flight to Ecuadorian mainlalnd

 

5-DAYS FRIDAY TO TUESDAY (note: Day 4 overnight is at a hotel in Puerto Ayora)

 

Day 1 Friday

AM: Baltra arrival

PM: Baltra Island: Black Turtle Cove

 

Day 2 Saturday

AM: Rabida Island

PM: Bartolome Island

 

Day 3 Sunday

AM: Genovesa Island: Darwin Bay

PM: Genovesa Island: Prince Phillip's Steps

 

Day 4 Monday

AM: Santa Cruz Island: highlands of Santa Cruz

PM: Charles Darwin Research Station. Overnight at a hotel in Puerto Ayora

 

Day 5 Tuesday

AM: Land transfer from Puerto Ayora to Baltra

PM: Baltra flight back to mainland Ecuador

 

8 DAYS FRIDAY TO FRIDAY

 

Day 1 Friday

AM: Baltra arrival

PM: Baltra Island: Black Turtle Cove

 

Day 2 Saturday

AM: Rabida Island

PM: Bartolome Island

 

Day 3 Sunday

AM: Genovesa Island: Darwin Bay

PM: Genovesa Island: Prince Phillip's Steps

 

Day 4 Monday

AM: Santa Cruz Island: highlands of Santa Cruz

PM: Charles Darwin Research Station

 

Day 5 Tuesday

AM: Plaza Island

PM: Santa Fe Island

 

Day 6 Wednesday

AM: Espaola Island: Gardner Bay

PM: Espanola Island: Punta Suarez

 

Day 7 Thursday

AM: Floreana Island: Post Office Bay

PM: Floreana Island: Punta Cormorant

 

Day 8 Friday

AM: Santa Cruz Island: Las Bachas Beach

PM: Baltra Airport, return flight to Ecuador mainland

Tip Top III

Length: 100 feet

Beam: 22 feet

Type: motor-cruiser

Safety: ISO,OSHAS,ISM,SOLAS,(DIGMER),Smart Voyager Standard; meets or exceeds US Coastguard requirements

Crew: 7 plus 1 English-speaking naturalist guide

Speed: 12 knots

All cabins have a private bathroom. Cabins are fully carpeted.

Tip Top III has 6 double cabins with 2 lower twins; 2 double cabins have 1 double lower and a single upper; 2 single cabins with one double bed. 

Tip Top IV has 10 double cabins each with 2 lower single berths; all cabins can be converted to double beds.

Quick Facts

  • 4, 5, 8, 11, & 15 Days
  • 16 passengers
  • Monday & Friday
  • 100 feet long
  • Motor-cruiser
  • Naturalist cruises

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