Best Galapagos Western Itinerary

Best Galapagos Western Itinerary

Experience the best 8 Day Galapagos Western Islands itinerary onboard the Tip Top IV.

Tip Top IV History

The First Class yacht Tip Top IV was designed and constructed in 2006 to offer the highest level of security and comfort while cruising the Galapagos Islands.

Great service, logistics and operation

The Tip Top Fleet offers the best possible service and Tip Top logistics and operation in the Galapagos Islands and during transit in Ecuador Mainland. Partnered with Lufthansa and part of Lufthansa City Center in Ecuador, you know you are in great hands when you book any of the Tip Top yachts.

Tip Top Galapagos Trip

The Tip Top IV is a beautiful yacht, which will provide speed, safety and plenty of amenities onboard, so you can worry about more important things like what cocktail to choose to enjoy on the spacious and inviting sundeck.

Intimacy and camaraderie in the Galapagos Islands

During your cruise, you will enjoy well-furnished areas offering comfort and privacy. Tip Top IV has a maximum capacity of 16 passengers allowing both intimacy and camaraderie at the same time. Onboard you will enjoy social areas for those who are looking for a quiet place to relax during their Galapagos trip with family and friends in the lazy mid-afternoon sun, or likewise after a busy day of swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, or walking.

Accommodation aboard Tip Top IV

A Tip Top Galapagos trip includes:

  • Private bathroom (toilet, shower, washbasin and vanity)
  • Locker and drawers
  • Hair dryer
  • Safety box
  • Air conditioned

All cabins are above the waterline so you will enjoy big windows to be able to take in the amazing Galapagos landscapes.

Cabin distribution

Lower Deck:

  • 6 cabins with two single lower berths – Cabins 1 to 6
    • Lower deck cabins have portholes

Upper Deck:

  • 4 cabins with two single lower berths – Cabins 7 to 10
    • Upper Deck cabins have big windows

Tip Top IV itineraries explained

Regarding itineraries, the Tip Top IV offers a choice of 4 itineraries:

The Best Galapagos Western Itinerary – Option 1

Option 1 is an 8-day itinerary visiting the wonderful Western islands of Isabela and Fernandina and making your way to north to Genovesa and south to Floreana Island.

You will have a fantastic Galapagos experience in the Western Islands where you will snorkel and swim with sea lions. penguins, and be able to mingle among plenty of wildlife.

When you make a stop at Genovesa you will mingle with tons of birdlife, beautiful landscapes and go on great snorkeling adventures.

In Floreana, you will have a chance to learn some Galapagos history. When you visit Post Office Bay you can take part in a tradition started by the whalers of yesteryear. In the afternoon you visit Cormorant point. Here you will encounter a green sand beach, spot pink flamingoes along the way, and end up at a white sand beach known as “Flour Beach”.

Option 2 – 8 Day

Option 2 is an 8-day itinerary visiting the Eastern and Central islands of Española, San Cristobal, Santiago, and Bartholomew.

Bartholomew Islands

Española is one of my favorite Galapagos Islands. You will have a chance to spot the magnificent Galapagos Albatross in Española as well as a sea lion ¨nursery¨as you land on the island.

When you make a stop at Bartholomew you will be able to take the quintessential Galapagos pic with Pinnacle Rock in the background.

Option 2- 4 Day Itinerary

This is a short version of the 8-day Option 2 itinerary. It visits Española and San Cristobal Islands.

Option 2 – 5 Day Galapagos Cruise

The short 5-day version of the Option 2 itinerary will take you to the central islands of Bartholomew, Santa Fe and Santiago.

Connoisseur Tip:

As usual, I would recommend taking a week-long itinerary, Option I to be exact. Why? Well, the Option I – 8-day itinerary on the Tip Top IV is truly the best Galapagos Western itinerary, it visits 4 out of the 5 top islands in the Galapagos and will provide the most complete and diverse itinerary for you to truly enjoy the best the Galapagos has to offer!

Keep in mind that the Tip Top IV and the rest of the Tip Top fleet have some amazing last minute deals you can take advantage of, just inquire with your personal Connoisseur.

Get ready for a TIP TOP Galapagos Experience, aboard the Tip Top IV!

Tip Top IV Itineraries

Tip Top IV, rates, inclusions, exclusions, important info and specs

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Rates Include:

  • All meals and activities throughout the cruise
  • Bilingual National Park Guide
  • Snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, and fins)
  • Kayaks
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Transfers airport/yacht/airport on the islands

Rates do not include:

  • $100 (Subject to change) Galapagos National Park entrance fee
  • $20 Transit Control Card
  • Alcoholic beverages consumed onboard
  • Gratuities
  • Cancellation/medical insurance
  • Wetsuit

Important Information:

  • 10 Double cabins - Each cabin with two lower berths
  • All cabins are convertible twin/king
  • All prices per person in US dollars.
  • Prices are subject to change without prior notice
  • Gross rates: Children under 12 years old get a 10% discount
  • Promotional rates: Children pay the same as an adult
Tip Top IV Specs

Well-appointed sundecks and bars make for a Tip Top Galapagos Experience


To check out the gorgeous ocean views with fellow shipmates, guests can spend some time on the spacious sundecks. Whether you feel like getting a little sun or want the best place to enjoy the gorgeous sunsets over the Galapagos Islands, the sundecks are the best place to be.

For adults who want to relax and kick back, Tip Top IV offers a great bar and lounge area where you are served by the bartender who will be happy to attend to all your needs and desires whilst you relax.

The dining room:

The dining room and the big saloon are on the main deck, specially designed to offer a great ambiance to the passenger, both for a marvelous meal or a wonderful chat with shipmates at the end of the day. The chef is delighted to mesmerize your tastes with his dishes. Prepared with local and fresh ingredients, able to please the most demanding palettes.

Lounge area:

Take a load off in the spacious lounge area on the main deck. The lounge features artistic decor. It’s also a great place to get a drink from the bar and where you will get your daily briefing sessions.