Summary : Tour the islands aboard a modern, powerful mega-catamaran, with private balconies, a spacious sundeck, Jacuzzi, and kayaks—perfect for Galapagos cruising. 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
Arrive on Baltra Island in the morning and enjoy a warm welcome by a representative who will help you transfer to the yacht. Settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing. Visit Bartholomew Island in the afternoon, where you will see the famous Pinnacle Rock, named after James Sullivan, a friend of Charles Darwin who was also aboard the HMS Beagle. Marvel at the layers of basalt that form this volcano cone and look for nesting green sea turtles. Snorkel with curious sea lions, schools of colorful fish, and maybe even Galapagos penguins!
In the afternoon, enjoy a visit to El Barranco. Also known as 'Prince Philip's Step', this gully made of lava rocks lead up 82 feet to an extensive lava field populated by red-footed boobies, frigatebirds, and Nazca boobies.
Today you will visit Genovesa Island, a horse-shoe shaped volcanic formation with steep slopes known as 'Bird Island' due to the wide variety of birds that can be seen here. Genovesa is one of very few places where red-footed boobies gather – over 200,000 of them are estimated to be living there! Cruise to Darwin Bay in the afternoon, where you will discover a white-sand coral beach and walk a half mile trail that winds through mangroves filled with Nazca and red-footed boobies. Swallow-tailed gulls can also be spotted here. Further down the path are tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully. Reach the end for phenomenal views from the cliff.
Start your day on Santiago Island at Espumilla Beach, a fantastic place to see marine iguanas and Sally Lightfoot crabs. A remarkable snorkeling experience awaits you at Espumilla, where there is an abundance of marine life including octopi, moray eel, and sharks. Or you will have a chance to snorkel at Buccaneer Cove, once known as a refuge for British buccaneers or pirates.
In the evening, travel to Egas port, home to the quick footed Galapagos lava lizards and Galapagos fur seals.
Today, visit North Seymour Island, home of the an enormous colony of land iguanas, as well as sea lions, blue-footed boobies, common noddies, and frigatebirds. Then make your way to the Santa Cruz Highlands, where you can walk and observe the hills, ferns, volcanoes, and rich wildlife. Behold giant tortoises, mockingbirds, Bahama ducklings, Darwin finches, and many other species.
On this final morning, voyage to Mosquera Island, located between the islands of Baltra and North Seymour. Host to one of the largest populations of sea lions, this reef of rocks and coral is only 160 meters across at its narrowest width. After your morning visit to Mosquera, disembark and head back to the airport for a 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 equipment, 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): $500-$700 per adult; $350-$450 per child under 12 (copy of passport required).