South America Galapagos Islands Cruise

Hermes Galapagos Cruises

Cruise aboard the 20-guest, ultra-luxurious Hermes mega-catamaran for an unparalleled Galapagos island-hopping experience. Discerning travelers will appreciate upscale amenities including 24/7 butler service, a spa with Hammam, complimentary beverages, private Jacuzzi tubs, walk-in closets and a wide variety of social areas typically only found on larger ships. Add a nearly 1:1 guest-to-crew ratio and an uncommon 10:1 guest-to-guide ratio and it’s easy to see why Hermes makes our list of Galapagos luxury cruises.

Hermes operates an assortment of itineraries, from 4- and 5-day options to full 15-day options, but AdventureSmith recommends the main 7- and 8-day itineraries listed here for an optimal exploration of the varied islands and their infamous wildlife. Contact us for details of other itineraries, including routes sailing 9, 11 and 12 days.

The 7-day Hermes Eastern Galapagos Islands Cruise operates from San Cristobal to Baltra, with visits to the eastern, central and northern islands. A highlight of this itinerary is the birders’ paradise of Genovesa. Experience some of the estimated 200,000 red-footed booby birds that live on Genovesa, and spot for Nazca boobies, mockingbirds, finches, wedge-rumped storm petrels, short-eared owls, swallow-tailed and lava gulls, yellow-crowned night and lava herons, Galapagos doves, yellow warblers and great frigatebirds.

The 8-day Hermes Eastern Galapagos Islands Cruise operates round-trip from Baltra, with visits to the eastern and central islands. This itinerary highlights the red-sand Rabida Island; Bartolomé’s dramatic volcanic features, including the iconic Pinnacle Rock; South Plaza’s red-billed tropicbirds, indigenous swallow-tailed gulls and large population of endemic land iguanas; and Santa Fe’s forest of giant prickly pear cacti (Opuntia).

The 8-day Hermes Western Galapagos Islands Cruise operates round-trip from Baltra, with visits to the central, northern and western islands. This itinerary visits the popular western islands of Isabela and Fernandina, as well as the sought-after Genovesa. On Isabela, encounter flightless cormorants and Galapagos penguins, with possible opportunities to spy woodpecker finches, the Galapagos hawk, the yellow warbler or a large-billed flycatcher. Snorkeling here reveals marine iguanas feeding underwater, and cruising the western Galapagos features the Bolívar Channel, which boasts some of the highest diversity of endemic sea fauna in the Galapagos.

While Hermes offers an upscale, show-stopping Galapagos cruise on every departure, booking this expansive catamaran as one of our private Galapagos yacht charters for your group of 20 or fewer provides an opportunity for an even more personalized experience.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Galapagos cruises and Galapagos trips.