Summary : Embark on a wildlife-filled expedition to the world-renowned Galapagos Islands. Navigate volcanic coves by kayak, spot Sally Lightfoot crabs, sea lions, and Galapagos penguins, and learn more about the dynamic natural history of the region– all from the comfort of a modern catamaran. The Galapagos Islands are considered one of the most spectacular and pristine National Parks in the world. Visitors delight in the abundant, unusual, and surprisingly approachable wildlife, lush vegetation, and unique volcanic rock formations.
We strongly recommend two pre-cruise nights and one post-cruise night in Quito or Guayaquil. Please inquire about adding these or other services to your trip.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Hiking, Kayaking, Snorkeling
$6,880 to $7,475
Arrive at San Cristobal Airport and transfer to the boat. Enjoy a welcome cocktail and you settle in.
In the afternoon you will visit the Interpretation Center and explore a series of interactive exhibits providing information about the history and biodiversity of the Galapagos. Or, you will have a chance to go to La Galapaguera, where you will learn about the giant tortoise breeding program established by the national park.
Today's journey begins at Gardner Bay on Espanola Island. Gardner Bay has a magnificent beach with warm turquoise water. This bay is home to a colony of sea lions.
In the afternoon, visit Osborn Islet or Suarez Point. Osborn Islet is a small island where you can enjoy fantastic snorkeling and swimming. Or, explore Suarez Point, one of the most outstanding wildlife viewing areas.
Today starts at Cormorant Point on Floreana Island. Hike a trail overlooking a saltwater lagoon where flamingos can be found.
In the afternoon, visit Devil's Crown – arguably the best snorkeling site in the islands. Or, go to Post Office Bay, a white-sand beach where sailors used to leave letters. Bring your own letters to send at this iconic historical site.
Start the day at Elizabeth Bay, located on the east coast of Isabela Island. The bay contains many islets, which can be visited by dinghy. Penguins and blue-footed boobies can be spotted on the rocky islets. With an abundance of marine life and clear water, the area is perfect for snorkeling and viewing schools of colorful fish, sea lions, and perhaps even sharks.
In the afternoon, travel to Moreno Point, which is located near Elizabeth Bay on the west coast of Isabela Island. The plethora of birds seen during a dinghy ride along the striking rocky shores or a hike along path through lava rock leading to tide pools and mangroves create a birdwatcher’s delight. In the tide pools green sea turtles or white-tip sharks can be spotted.
This morning you will discover the lava fields of Sullivan Bay. Marvel at the many shapes and textures of the lava on a walk through this unique landscape.
In the afternoon, visit Pinnacle Rock at Bartholomew Bay. Here you will experience one of the most iconic views of the Galapagos.
Start the day at Darwin Bay – a coral beach with a scenic trail will lead you past seabird colonies.
In the afternoon, trek up Prince Phillip's Steps on Genovesa. Gain elevation for more extraordinary views of the archipelago and a chance to birdwatch red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, Galapagos swallows, and Galapagos doves.
Today begins at Puerto Egas on Santiago. Puerto Egas is known for its unique black sand beaches. Also referred to as James Bay, you will follow a trail here that leads along with coastline where Galapagos fur sea lions bathe in the sun. This is a fantastic place to snorkel.
In the afternoon, explore Espumilla Beach or Buccaneer Cove. Espumilla is popular for marine iguanas and Sally Lightfoot crabs. The crabs attract hunting herons, performing a captivating dance of predator and prey. There is an abundance of marine life here, including octopuses, moray eel, and sharks. The snorkeling is incredible! Buccaneer Cove used to serve as a safe haven for pirates in the 16 and 1700s. Sea turtles now take the place of pirates here, where they dig their nests near the Mangrove trees. This is a great place for snorkeling and many marine birds and sea lions can be found here as well.
Wake up bright and early this morning to visit Carrion Point, a sheltered lagoon with beautiful, turquoise water. Snorkel here to see a variety of fish, rays, and harmless white-tipped reef sharks.
After your last excursion you will disembark before returning to the airport for your flight to the mainland.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips is not responsible for itinerary changes. Read this itinerary as a guide only, as the exact route and the wildlife you encounter may vary.
Cabin accommodations and meals aboard the ship; shore activities and excursions; soft drinks (plastic bottled sodas excluded) and juices on board; champagne reception; Galapagos National Park certified guide; gear on loan (kayaks, snorkeling gear, and wetsuits). Subject to change without notice.
Hotel nights before/after cruise; transfers in Quito or Guayaquil; Galapagos National Park entrance fee; Galapagos Transit Card; international airfare; airfare to/from Galapagos Islands; alcoholic beverages; gratuities to ship staff, crew, and naturalists are left to the discretion of the passenger; travel insurance; passport expenses; plastic bottled sodas; fuel surcharge may apply.
Airfare between Quito/Guayaquil and the Galapagos Islands:
The flights between mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) and the Galapagos Islands are an additional cost. To secure your seats on often overbooked flights, ExpeditionTrips must reserve these flights for you at the time of cruise booking. Approximate cost (including service fee): $450-$600 per adult; $250-$325 per child under 12 (copy of passport required).