Nine of the Best Galapagos Islands

Nine of the Best Galapagos Islands 11 Days

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Year round | 10 nights

Single Cabins Available

Nine of the Best Galapagos Islands 11 Days

Aboard: Santa Cruz II

Join an expedition cruise to remember as you enjoy an in-depth discovery of nine of the wonderful Galapagos archipelago’s most enthralling islands. Sailing in comfort aboard a comfortable expedition ship, you will enjoy an unforgettable sea adventure, visiting picturesque landscapes containing an array of ecosystems and see many of the species which made these islands so famous. Accompanied by a team of experienced local guides who know these lands back to front, you can enjoy a range of excursions and experiences including panga rides, hikes, glass-bottom boat rides and kayaking, as well as a visit to the wonderful Charles Darwin Research Station.

What’s more, on this special Ecuador and Galapagos itinerary, you can enjoy an included 2-night stay in beautifully historic Quito, Ecuador’s unparallelled capital city, with a guided tour and a visit to the “Middle of the World City” where you can stand with one foot either side of the Equator.

Various departures available. Please enquire for full dates and rates.

Highlights

  • Sail aboard a high-quality expedition vessel to discover an array of ecosystems and enchanting wildlife
  • Excursions to Baltra, Santa Cruz, Isabela, Fernandina, Floreana, Santiago, Rábida, Bartolomé and Genovesa
  • Visit the fantastic Charles Darwin Research Centre and head for the highlands to see giant tortoises in the wild
  • Enjoy a stay and guided tour in Quito – one of the best preserved colonial-era quarters in South America
  • Visit the “Middle of the World City” where you can stand with one foot either side of the Equator
  • Opportunities for memorable hiking, snorkelling and kayaking excursions, as well as panga and glass-bottom boat rides

What's Included

  • Two nights’ hotel stay in Quito with breakfasts and one dinner included
  • Full-day excursion: Historic Quito & Middle of the World City, including lunch
  • Economy class flights: Quito to Baltra and Baltra to Guayaquil
  • Transfers between hotel, airport and ship
  • Full board accommodation onboard ship with all meals, tea & coffee, and beverages with meals
  • Welcome and farewell cocktails
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board (where available)
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle
  • English-speaking Expedition Team to accompany shore excursions and deliver lectures and discussions
  • Kayaking, snorkelling and boat rides, with hire of all equipment
  • Citizen Science Programme

Single Cabins Available

This vessel offers single occupancy cabins, which is a perfect option for solo travellers. Travelling alone is often the best way to see the world. No responsibilities, no difficult choices and no trying to please anyone else…just you, your itinerary and your adventurous spirit!

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All our itinerary holidays are fully customisable

Quito - Arrive
1Day

Quito - Arrive

Your fantastic Ecuador and Galapagos itinerary begins in the historic, UNESCO World Heritage city of Quito, where having arrived independently, you will transfer to your hotel for your included 2-night stay. Set on the Equator in the lush Andean foothills, Quito is the second-highest capital city in the world, and its exquisite Old Town which was founded on an ancient Inca settlement is an absolute delight to explore. Spend some time at leisure today checking out the well-preserved colonial architecture, colourful plazas, magnificent churches and handsome monuments before enjoying a peaceful night’s sleep at your hotel.

Various pre-voyage options are available for extending your time in Quito to enjoy more of this remarkable city and its surroundings. Please enquire for full details.

Explore Historic Quito
2Day

Explore Historic Quito

After breakfast, take an included guided exploration of Quito's extraordinary Old Town today, one of the largest and best-preserved colonial-era quarters in South America, to enjoy a stroll along the cobblestone streets marvelling at the architecture and sampling some delicious chocolate made from finest Ecuadorian cacao along the way.

Following that, venture to the renowned 'Middle of the World City,' situated approximately 16 miles north of Quito. Following a tasty lunch, visit the iconic monument marking the imaginary line of the Equator. Keep your camera handy to capture the unique moment of straddling both hemispheres with one foot in each, before returning to the hotel for an included dinner tonight.

Fly to the Galapagos Islands
3Day

Fly to the Galapagos Islands

This morning it’s time to set off for the next stage of your journey as you transfer to the airport for your included flight to Baltra in the spectacular Galapagos Islands to begin your unforgettable Galapagos cruise. Upon arrival in Baltra you will transfer to the port to board your comfortable expedition ship.

After time to settle into your cabin and familiarise yourself with the ship, your exploration of this remarkable archipelago will begin as we sail along the north shore of Santa Cruz towards the fascinating landscapes of Cerro Dragón where we will make our first landing. As you enjoy a walk along the shore you will pass by a brackish lagoon that’s frequented by shorebirds and American Flamingos, whilst inland the trail offers a beautiful view of the bay and the western islands of the archipelago, as well as a chance to get a first look at some land iguanas.

Isabela and Fernandina
4Day

Isabela and Fernandina

This morning you will awake off the coast of Punta Vicente Roca on Isabela Island, and after breakfast you will hop into the panga boats for a cruise along the coast to learn all about the dramatic geology of the area from your naturalist guides. During your time here you can expect fantastic birding opportunities, sighting everything from flightless cormorants to Galapagos penguins and boobies. If the weather conditions are favourable, you may also be able to enjoy a snorkelling excursion alongside the cliffs to see oceanic sun fish, fur seals and green sea turtles.

We will then move on to nearby Fernandina to discover the island’s unique ecology and large population of marine iguanas. You may also spot sea lions, hawks, penguins and Sally Lightfoot crabs here.

Santa Cruz
5Day

Santa Cruz

Today we will make our way to Santa Cruz Island where we will disembark at Puerto Ayora to enjoy one the Galapagos Islands’ bucket-list experiences – a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station. During your visit to this giant tortoise breeding centre, you will be able to see the recently hatched tortoises, along with Darwin’s famous finches, and enjoy a walk to the impressive forest of prickly pear cacti that’s home to many land birds.

In the lush highlands you can enjoy lunch surrounded by the giant tortoises shuffling about munching on the grass and wallowing in pools, before being invited to join an optional activity such as mountain biking or a visit to a nearby sugar plantation.

Floreana
6Day

Floreana

Moving back south of the archipelago, we will arrive alongside Floreana Island’s north shore and hop in the pangas for a boat ride among the channels before taking in the incredible views of the island from Baroness Cove. We will then make our way to Post Office Bay to visit the historic barrel that has served as a post office in the archipelago for over two centuries.

Following lunch on board, we will arrive at the Champion Islet where you can enjoy an another panga ride, a trip in a glass-bottom boat or enjoy snorkelling in one of the Galapagos’ best underwater spots.

Next up will be Punta Cormorant where you will arrive along a beautiful olivine-crystal beach and take a walk to a brackish lagoon to search for American Flamingos, Pintail Ducks and more.

Baltra & Las Bachas Beach
7Day

Baltra & Las Bachas Beach

We now head back to Baltra and will anchor off the island. This is the perfect time to relax onboard after what will have been a very busy week and enjoy some of the many onboard facilities.

Later that day we will head back towards Santa Cruz Island to land at Las Bachas beach to soak up the tranquillity of the glorious white beach and search for more iconic wildlife such as flamingos and sea turtles or enjoy a dip or snorkel in the sparkling turquoise waters.

Santiago Island
8Day

Santiago Island

Another day of adventures awaits as you discover the pristine beaches and picturesque landscapes of Santiago Island, including the impressive cliffs of Buccaneer Cove which are home to a large number of marine birds and sea lions. An array of water-based activities will be available here and we will cruise or walk by some fantastic rock formations such as ‘Elephant Rock’ and ‘The Bishop.’

We will then make our way to one of the best visitor sites on the island, Puerto Egas, where we will take an excursion to search for the colony of Galápagos fur seals and exotic birdlife that is found here. You may also wish to enjoy some snorkelling along the rocky shorelines where it’s likely you will be in the company of marine turtles.

Rábida & Bartolomé
9Day

Rábida & Bartolomé

This morning you will awake along the coast of the tiny Rábida Island where a thrilling panga ride will allow you to explore along the coast to see the island’s mesmerising, red-coloured beach, its colony of sea lions, and other wildlife including marine iguanas, mockingbirds, Yellow Warblers and several species of Darwin’s Finches.

One of the most iconic islands in the archipelago, the striking Bartolomé Island is next on our list of stops. Explore along the island’s golden sands set amongst the backdrop of the imposing Pinnacle Rock and enjoy a swim or snorkel, a ride on the glass-bottom boat, a hike to the summit of the island that will reward in incredible views, or some relaxation on shore watching for Galápagos penguins.

Genovesa
10Day

Genovesa

On our wonderful nine island itinerary, there is one more special place to explore. This morning we will arrive at the remarkable Genovesa Island where a steep but short 90-foot climb up Prince Philip’s Steps (El Barranco) will see us reach a flat and rocky plateau to look for the large colonies of Nazca Boobies, Red-footed Boobies, Great Frigatebirds and Storm Petrels that are usually found here. If you would rather, you could instead take a memorable kayaking excursion in the surrounding waters.

Your penultimate adventure in the Galapagos will take you to the beautiful beach that fringes Darwin Bay where you can take a refreshing dip, take a stroll in search of the hundreds of island birds found here, kayak or snorkel, before reboarding the ship to enjoy your final night onboard.

Fly to Guayaquil
11Day

Fly to Guayaquil

Your last morning in the Galapagos will begin on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island where after a final breakfast onboard we will make a dry landing at a passenger wharf and take a bus ride to the loftier regions of the island to see giant tortoises in the wild. An exciting and fitting way to conclude your Galapagos adventures!

You will then transfer by land back to Baltra airport for your flight to the port city of Guayaquil back on Ecuador’s mainland. Options for returning to Quito instead of Guayaquil are available, along with multiple options for post-voyage explorations. Please enquire for further details.

A view from Above

All Aboard

Santa Cruz II
Luxury vessel

Santa Cruz II

Totally refurbished in 2001, this sleek and stylish small ship has been purpose-built for touring the Galapagos Islands. Hosting up to 90 passengers within luxurious public spaces and comfortable rooms, guests can choose between a range of suites and cabins, with each offering ample space in which to relax, a private bathroom and sea views. With carbon-neutral operations, MS Santa Cruz II is environmentally-sustainable and socially conscious with the local community. Onboard a causal and cosy atmosphere will delight, whilst guests can make use of the many communal areas and facilities including a Science Centre, a panorama bar and lounge, expedition lounge, sky deck, fitness room and sea view hot tub. Delicious meals are served in the wonderful Beagle Restaurant. Single cabins are available!

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Having amassed a host of extraordinary adventures in destinations all over the world, Amy’s experience, skills and enthusiasm for helping clients plan their ideal itinerary will help make your holiday unforgettable, action packed and life-changing.

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