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Galapagos In-Brief – Western Islands

Galapagos Cruise Information

Summary : 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—from Galapagos giant tortoises to playful sea lions to the fascinating blue-footed boobies.

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, Dedicated Solo Cabins, Triple/Quad Cabins


Prices from
$3,995 to $4,994

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Day 1
Baltra Island / Santa Cruz Island

This morning you will fly from Quito or Guayaquil to Baltra Airport. After welcome, check-in, lunch, a short briefing, and a mandatory safety drill you will visit the famous Charles Darwin Research Station for an interesting introduction to the Galapagos. You will also get some free time to stroll through the small town of Puerto Ayora. Before dinner your guide will give the first daily briefing for the next day's activities, and they will explain the Galapagos National park guidelines and rules aboard the ship. Then the captain and his crew will present and toast with a welcome cocktail to celebrate your first evening on board. Shortly before midnight you will lift the anchor and start your first crossing to Puerto Villamil on Isabela. Depending on the sea state you will navigate about 6 hours west, leaving late at night.

Day 2
Isabela Island

Today you will get an early start for breakfast before setting out on your first excursion. This morning you will visit the Tintoreras islets for a guided hike on a rough volcanic rock trail. Be on the lookout for whitetip reef sharks and marine iguanas.

From there you will travel by inflatable dinghy to Puerto Villamil, where you will board a bus that brings you to the lush highlands of Isabela. Hike to the impressive rim of Sierra Negra Volcano and explore the mysterious and complete different world of the cloud forest!

Back onboard your yacht enjoy a well-earned lunch. In the afternoon you will return to Puerto Villamil, where you will visit the local tortoise breeding center and go on a tour by local bus through the marshes, where you can observe American flamingos and other aquatic and song birds. Before returning to the yacht you will have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful beaches full of countless marine iguanas and Sally Lightfoot crabs. After dinner you will lift the anchor and start to round the southern tip of Isabela to its far west coast. This night navigation will take about 8 hours.

Day 3
Isabela Island

After breakfast enjoy a guided morning hike across the pitch black lava fields of Moreno Point (moderate level, 1.25 mi.). Back onboard, take a break for a snack before setting out on an inflatable dinghy ride or snorkeling excursion.

At noon you will sail for two hours to the next visitor site, Elizabeth Bay. Meanwhile, enjoy a delicious lunch buffet and a short siesta. Then you will undertake an adventurous ride by inflatable dinghy to some offshore rocks with a Galapagos penguin colony. From there, turn to the estuary of Elizabeth Bay and explore the forested area. At dinner-time you will continue to Fernandina, where you will anchor about midnight.

Day 4
Fernandina Island / Isabela Island

Today you will start with a guided walk on the lava tongue of Espinoza Point, which is full of marine iguanas, the iconic flightless cormorant, and the Galapagos penguin! (Easy/moderate level, 1.25 mi.). After a snack you will go to your next snorkeling site. Return to your yacht for lunch while cross the Bolivar Channel back to Isabela’s western coast.

In the afternoon, you will arrive at Tagus Cove for a longer guided nature walk (moderate level, 2 mi.). Then you will have a chance to take another dinghy ride or go snorkeling. Before dinner you will start you 12-hour navigation around the Northern Cape of Isabela to Santiago—during this time you will cross the equator twice!

Day 5
Santiago Island

From Espumilla Beach you will set out on a walk this morning, uphill and inward (easy level, 1.25 mi.). Around lunch-time you will navigate 7 miles south and reach Puerto Egas with its famous fur seal grottos, where you will go on another, very different guided walk along the coastline. After this impressive day you will leave for the longest navigation of this cruise route to the easternmost San Cristobal (about 13 hours). During this last night on board, you can enjoy a farewell cocktail with the crew and your fellow passengers.

Day 6
San Cristobal

On the eastern end of the archipelago you can enjoy one more morning excursion. After a dry landing you will go on a guided nature walk on the rocky trail of Lobos Islet, with its Galapagos sea lions and abundant birds, including blue-footed boobies (moderate level, 0.6 mi. or 0.25 mi.). Then you will navigate to the harbor of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno where it will be time to disembark.

You will receive assistance from your guide and crew members to transfer by dinghy with your luggage to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, where you will board a private bus to the airport. Your guide will accompany you to the check-in counters in the departure hall. You can expect to return home with stunning pictures and unforgettable memories for life!


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.

This ship travels together with the Sea Star Journey to most locations.


Shared departure transfer to Quito or Guayaquil airport (included when Galapagos flights are booked through shipping company on scheduled departure cruise dates); all transfers in the Galapagos (airport-yacht-airport transfers are only guaranteed when Galapagos flights are booked through shipping company); cabin accommodations and meals aboard the ship; coffee, tea and water; itinerary excursions to the islands with certified guide; snorkeling gear; kayaking. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included: 

Airfare; hotel nights before/after cruise; transfers not specified in inclusions in Quito or Guayaquil; Galapagos National Park entrance fee; Galapagos Transit Card; items of a personal nature such as laundry, massage, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages; gratuities to ship staff is left to the discretion of the passenger; traveler’s insurance; wet suit rental; 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): $500-$700 per adult; $350-$450 per child under 12 (copy of passport required).

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