Galapagos North, Central & South Islands 10 Days aboard Eden
This wonderful 10 day sailing adventure through the north, central and south islands of the incredible Galapagos islands will see you travel in style aboard a small vessel to discover some of the Galápagos' most unique species and spectacular sights. With 7 nights on board, included internal flights and a night in historic Quito both before and after your sail, this is the ideal itinerary for exploring this remarkable part of the world. Enjoy included excursions, hikes and snorkelling as you see for yourself why the Galapagos Islands are known as “Mother Nature’s Zoo”.
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Wildlife Guide & PhotographerAndy is a 6th generation Falkland Islander, with a passion for wildlife, plants and photography. Raised in the Falkland Islands, Andy developed a close affinity with the Islands natural environment at a young age. School holidays where spent in the ‘camp’ or countryside with friends and family. For more than 10 years, Andy had the privilege of spending a time on Sea Lion Island, visiting his mother who managed one of the Islands premier tourist destinations. Read more >
Photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awardsA fascination with natural light and a passion with nature, landscape and travel underpin Chris Coe's photography. His images often have a striking simplicity and graphic quality. More recent work has introduced a subtlety with experimentation with both movement and light.Read more >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
Special Guest LecturerExclusive to this voyage, Doug Allan, a multi award winning polar photographer and cameraman, will be your special guest lecturer. Doug has been on over 20 expeditions to Svalbard to film its wildlife, and knows the wonders of this area more than most. Read more >
- Sail aboard a comfortable small vessel which holds a maximum of 16 guests
- Visit exceptionally scenic islands including Genovesa, Bartolomé, Floreana and San Cristóbal
- Search for a huge variety of wildlife sightings such as giant tortoises, marine iguanas and an abundance of birds including the famous red and blue-footed boobies
- Enjoy included snorkelling excursions and hikes
- 1 night hotel stay in Quito before your cruise with breakfast included
- 1 night hotel stay in Quito after your cruise with breakfast included
- 7 nights in the Galápagos Islands aboard the Eden
- All meals included aboard the yacht
- Flights from Quito to the Galápagos Islands and return
- Certified Galápagos National Park Service guide
- All transportation, landings and excursions as described in the itinerary including snorkelling and hikes
- Snorkelling equipment
- Visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station
ITINERARY9 Nights 10 Days
- Day 1 | Quito - Arrive
- Day 2 | Quito to The Galapagos
- Day 3 | Genovesa Island
- Day 4 | Bartolomé Island / Sullivan Bay
- Day 5 | Black Turtle Cove / Cerro Dragón
- Day 6 | Puerto Ayora
- Day 7 | Floreana Island / Punta Cormorant
- Day 8 | Española Island
- Days 9 - 10 | San Cristóbal Island & Back to Quito
Quito - Arrive
Arrive independently to Quito and take your transfer to the hotel for your included overnight stay. Depending on your arrival time you may have time to explore some of this fascinating and historic city set high in the Andean foothills that is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In the evening your tour representative will meet you at the hotel for a briefing on what lies ahead and what to expect from your exciting Galapagos cruise.
Quito to The Galapagos
After breakfast this morning your transfer will take you to the airport for your included flight to the Galapagos Islands. Upon arrival in Baltra we will transfer to the shore to board the Eden and enjoy our first lunch onboard. After settling in to your comfortable cabin we will head out on our first excursion which will take us to Bachas Beach. On Bachas Beach the sand is made of decomposed coral, making it soft and white, and a favourite site for nesting sea turtles. We will hope for our first sightings of sea turtles here, but it’s not only the turtles that we’ll be on the lookout for. Sally Lightfoot crabs on the lava rocks along the water's edge, flamingos, marine iguanas and black necked stilts are just a few of the species we are likely to see on this first stop…the perfect introduction to the Galapagos!
Our first full day in the Galapagos Islands will see us visit Darwin Bay on Genovesa Island where you can enjoy a lovely walk along the coral sands surrounded by an abundance of seabirds, or take a snorkelling excursion to a sunken caldera to see large schools of tropical fish, and if lucky, some sea lions, hammerhead sharks, white-spotted eagle rays and manta rays.
In the afternoon you will visit El Barranco for a fabulous wildlife experience. Also known as “Prince Phillip's Steps”, you can climb the steps to see a huge seabird colony where you will find the breeding grounds for masked, blue-footed and red-footed boobies.
Bartolomé Island / Sullivan Bay
This morning we will visit Bartolomé Island to enjoy a guided tour around the island's dramatic volcanic features, a hike to the summit for spectacular views of Pinnacle Rock, the island’s famous landmark, and an optional snorkel along the island’s iconic volcanic rock formations. While we’re here we’ll also hope for sightings of the island’s Galápagos penguin colony, as well as sea lions and sea turtles.
In the afternoon we will sail on to Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island to see and walk along its fascinating giant lava formations and stark landscapes.
Black Turtle Cove / Cerro Dragón
This morning you’ll take a panga (small boat) ride to Black Turtle Cove to explore through the mangroves and see a variety of marine wildlife in both the salt and fresh waters of the area, keeping a keen eye out in particular for the Whitetip reef sharks and sting rays that are often found here.
Later in the afternoon, a trip to Cerro Dragón will allow you to enjoy a short walk through a Palo Santo tree forest to the see the Scalesia trees that are endemic to the area and visit the hypersalinic (saltier than the ocean) lagoon to see flamingos and a wide variety of other birds.
Today brings us to Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island where you can visit Fausto Llerena Breeding Center and Charles Darwin Research Station. Here we will learn all about the ongoing conservation efforts on the islands and see several subspecies of adult and hatchling tortoises, including seeing the famous Galapagos tortoise up-close, learning about how these programs are helping them to avoid extinction. You can also enjoy a trip into Santa Cruz’s verdant highlands to see these giant reptiles, the Galapagos’ most famous residents, in their natural habitat, before some free time to explore around Puerto Ayora at your leisure.
Floreana Island / Punta Cormorant
On day 7 we will reach Floreana Island where we will make land at Post Office Bay to learn all about its unique history and abundant wildlife and birdlife. The tradition here is to drop off a letter at the barrel that was left by whalers in the 18th century and take one with you that you could deliver to its final destination.
In Punta Cormorant you can visit two dramatically different beaches: one with green sand, coloured by olivine crystals, and another with white sand particles known as 'Flour Beach, before making your way to the nearby lagoon to see penguins, flamingos and marine iguanas. You could also opt for another fantastic snorkelling experience at an old underwater volcanic cone known as the “Devil’s Crown” and renowned for its strong currents.
Today you can enjoy a full day on Española Island, one of the oldest islands in the Galapagos archipelago. A visit to Punta Suarez, which is one of most wildlife-rich landing sites in the Galápagos, should reward in sightings of sea lions, waved albatross and much more.
On the white sandy beaches and turquoise waters of Gardner Bay you may also spot red-billed tropic birds, hood mockingbirds, lava lizards, Galapagos hawks and Nazca and blue-footed boobies…to name just a few!
San Cristóbal Island & Back to Quito
Our last stop will take us to San Cristóbal Island where you can visit the Interpretation Centre for some more history lessons on the Galapagos, from their volcanic origins to the conservation efforts in place in the modern day. The Human History exhibit is definitely worth a visit before it’s time to catch the flight back to Quito, where upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel for your included overnight stay.
On the morning of day 10 it will be time to check out as your itinerary sadly comes to an end. There are various opportunities for extending your stay in Quito including city tours and volcano tours so please enquire for details if you wish to add on even more adventure.
What Our Customers
• Although we thoroughly enjoyed the Galapagos it was mainland Ecuador which really took us by surprise with such a diversity of landscape and wildlife and incredible hospitality everywhere we went. Our local guides were so knowledgeable and helpful and our driver Manuel had a terrific sense of humour. We had some fantastic birding at both Mashpi, Le Selva and of course our day trip to Paz de Las Aves Reserve where we were lucky enough to see both the ‘Cock of the Rock’ and the giant antipitta. The devil nose train journey was as thrilling as we hoped and we even got lucky with Cotopaxi and got some lovely clear photos so all in all couldn't ask for more.
• This was an excellent trip from start to finish. Bellavista Lodge was a particular favourite of ours, so tranquil and a superb base to watch birds and wildlife while experiencing real Ecuadorian hospitality. Our guide, really knew his stuff and was so passionate about his job ,in fact all the local guides were excellent. I have to say a special word about Juan, our driver, who was so charming and funny, he really added to the overall enjoyment of the trip. The number and variety of birds we saw was amazing and I would have no hesitation in recommending Ecuador to other keen bird watchers.
Fantastic holiday with more wildlife than I was expecting. The Napo Wildlife Centre was wonderful, we were looked after with such care and attention and our guides’ knowledge of the areas’ and flora and fauna was outstanding, what they didn’t know probably wasn’t worth knowing. The food was so varied and they coped amazingly with my food intolerances, better than most European restaurants!!! Waking up to the sound of the howler monkeys will always live with me as will seeing my first Kinkajou, something I’ve wanted to see for a long time. Thank you for an amazing two weeks.
We had an amazing time in the Galapagos, thank you.We really enjoyed ourselves and will certainly come back to you next year.
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