The Galapagos San Jose Yacht has cabins to cater for a maximum of 16 tourist passengers and due to its size is one of the larger 16-passenger vessels operating in the Galapagos archipelago therefore providing a comfortable and spacious cruise experience.

The vessel was launched in 2003 and is specially designed so that sleeping quarters for passengers are to the front of the vessel, away from the engine room. All rooms are large and twin / double (no bunk beds), with spacious amenities and the yacht features a bar, sun-deck, lounge area and dining room. Free tea and coffee is available as well as drinking water.

Itinerary A: 8 Day Cruise (Central and Western Islands) - from £2899pp

San Jose Galapagos Cruise Map Itinerary A

Departs every 14 days.

Day 1 (Tue) AM: Arrive in the Galapagos Islands / PM: Visit Bachas Beach on Santa Cruz Island and spot wildlife including brightly coloured Sally-lightfoot crabs

Day 2 (Wed) AM: Spot reef sharks and marine iguanas at Tintoreras / PM: Visit the wetlands of Isabela Island, the historic "Wall of Tears" and the Arnaldo Tupiza Giant Tortoise breeding centre

Day 3 (Thu) AM: Explore the lava landscape at Moreno Point / PM: Trek to Darwin Lake at Tagus Cove on Isabela Island

Day 4 (Fri) AM: Observe the endemic flightless cormorant and Galapagos penguin at Espinoza Point on Fernandina Island / PM: Spot sealife and birdlife at Punta Vicente Roca

Day 5 (Sat) AM: Visit the turtle nesting site of Espumilla Beach and go snorkelling in Buccaneer Cove / PM: Visit Puerto Egas on Santiago Island

Day 6 (Sun) AM: Sea lions, flamingos and pelicans on the red beach at Rabida Island / PM: Learn about the formation of the islands on the volcanic island of Chinese Hat

Day 7 (Mon) AM: Visit the famous Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island / PM: Spot Giant Tortoises in the wild in the Santa Cruz highlands

Day 8 (Tue) AM: Spot birds including blue-footed boobies and friate birds on North Seymour Island / PM: Return to the Ecuador mainland

Itinerary B4: 4 Day Cruise (Eastern and Northern Islands) - from £1265pp

San Jose Itinerary Map B4

Departs every 14 days.

Day 1 (Tue) AM: Arrive in the Galapagos Islands / PM: Spot sea lions at Mosquera Islet

Day 2 (Wed) AM: Experience the incredible wildlife of Darwin Bay on Genovesa Island / PM: Tour the cliffs of Genovesa Island and climb Prince Philip's Steps to spot wildlife including red-footed boobies

Day 3 (Thu) AM: Watch Galapagos land iguanas at South Plaza Island / PM: Discover the sea lions and tropical fish snorkelling at Barrington Bay on Santa Fe Island

Day 4 (Fri) AM: Spot blue-footed boobies and frigate birds on a tour to the iconic Kicker Rock / PM: Return to Ecuador mainland

Itinerary B5: 5 Day Cruise (Southern and Eastern Islands) - from £1830pp

San Jose Itinerary Map B5

Departs every 14 days.

Day 1 (Fri) AM: Arrive in the Galapagos to start your San Jose Yacht cruise / PM: Visit the Galapagos Interpretation Centre on San Cristobal Island

Day 2 (Sat) AM: Make a wet-landing on the picturesque beach at Gardner Bay to admire the sea lion colony / PM: Overland tour to observe birdlife at Suarez Point on Espanola Island

Day 3 (Sun) AM: Walk to a flamingo lagoon at Cormorant Point on Floreana Island and snorkel at Champion Islet / PM: Visit the historic site of Post Office Bay

Day 4 (Mon) AM: Discover the lava landscape at Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island / PM: Snorkel around Pinnacle Rock then trek up Bartolome Island for stunning vistas over the Galapagos archipelago

Day 5 (Tue) AM: Dinghy boat tour spotting reef sharks and birdlife in the mangrove habitat at Black Turtle Cove on Santa Cruz Island / PM: Return to the Ecuador mainland

Extended Cruises: 8 Days / 11 Days / 12 Days / 15 Days

San Jose YachtIt is possible to combine itineraries B4 and B5 to create the 8 day cruise "Itinerary B".

Longer cruises of 11 days (itinerary A+B4), 12 days (itinerary B5+A) and 15 days (itinerary B5+A+B4 or A+B4+B5) are available by combining the various itineraries. If you would like a combined itinerary please contact us for further details and prices.

Detailed Itineraries: Please contact us for detailed itineraries of these or any of our other Galapagos cruises.

Options: These cruises can be booked by themselves, can include flights and services on the Ecuador mainland, or can be combined with any of our other holidays in South America.

San Jose YachtPrices Include: The Galapagos cruise, all excursions with a naturalist guide, all food during the cruise including water, tea and coffee, the INGALA Galapagos Transit Control Card, transfers to/from the airport in the Galapagos, and 100% financial protection.

Prices are per person based on two people travelling together in a shared standard cabin and are subject to availability. Cabin upgrades may be available. Single person supplement may apply.

Prices Do Not Include: The Galapagos National Park Entry Fee (payable on arrival in the Galapagos airport, currently US$100 although subject to change), flights to / from the Galapagos (see below), alcoholic drinks, tips and additional personal expenses during the cruise.

Go Andes ATOL LogoFlights to the Galapagos Islands - £450pp: Flights between the Galapagos Islands and the Ecuador mainland (either Guayaquil or Quito) when booked with us cost £450 per person and we can include these flights for you if required - just let us know. Any flight-inclusive package holiday booked through us would be ATOL-protected through our ATOL license. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to:

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  • Class: Mid-range
  • Vessel Name: M/Y San Jose
  • Type: Motor Yacht
  • Speed: 10 knots
  • Year of Construction: 2003
  • Capacity: 16 passengers
  • Crew: 8 crew and 1 naturalist guide
  • Cabins: 8 cabins, all have air-conditioning, hot and cold water, private bathrooms
  • Social Areas / Services: Sun deck and shaded outside deck with lounge chairs, bar, living room, dining room, small library, TV with DVD player, two small Zodiac boats for day excursions. Free water, tea and coffee is provided. 110v and 220v electricity points are available.
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The San Jose Yacht has three main passenger decks (main deck, upper deck and sun deck) and lower deck for the crew only which also contains the kitchen.

One of the main advantages of the San Jose Yacht versus other cruise ships of the same class is the large cabins, each of which cover the full width of the yacht giving you plenty of space during your cruise. Cabins are also located towards the front of the yacht away from the engine which is located at the rear.

There is a seating area adjacent to the main bridge for fantastic views of the islands, and the large communal areas (including an indoor dining area and lounge, outdoor bar and two outdoor sun decks) provide a great experience for all guests.

Sun Deck

The sun deck is located high up at the top of the yacht and offers great views of the Galapagos Islands as well as being a wonderful place to relax during your cruise.

San Jose Sun Deck

Upper Deck

The San Jose upper deck features some of the outdoor communal areas of the yacht, including the outdoor bar and a covered sun deck, as well as 4 of the passenger cabins.

San Jose Upper Deck

Main Deck

The main deck features 4 passenger cabins as well as the internal communal areas of the yacht including the lounge (which is where the daily briefings are held) and the dining area.

San Jose Main Deck

Lower Deck

The lower deck is for the crew only and contains the crew cabin, the kitchen and the engine room. The engine is located at the rear of the ship while all the cabins are located towards the front of the ship away from the engine.

San Jose Lower Deck
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San Jose Yacht Dolphins
San Jose Dining Room
San Jose Lounge
San Jose Bar
San Jose Bar
San Jose Sundeck
San Jose Sundeck
San Jose Double Cabin
San Jose Twin Cabin
San Jose Bathroom
San Jose Corridor