Galápagos Islands Cruise

8 Days

The Galápagos Islands have a stunningly diverse population of animals – wildlife that cannot be found any other place on earth. Adding to the charm of the Islands is the fact that wildlife is not shy of humans, and therefore it is easy to get close enough for amazing experiences (and photos)!

Activities

  • Unique Galápagos wildlife
  • View tortoises
  • Land and water activities
  • Charles Darwin Research Station
Haugen Ocean Spray Santa Fe Beach with Seals

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1 – Your Cruise to Galapagos

Old Town Quito

Welcome to Ecuador! Arrive and transfer to Casa Gangotena, located in the heart of Old Town Quito, the first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy dinner and a restful evening.

Day 2

UNESCO World Heritage Site Tour

After breakfast, head out with your guide for a tour of this historic area. Explore the paved streets, white-washed houses adorned with intricate balconies, and grand plazas are quintessential Quito, stopping for a street food lunch. Sample several local favorite dishes, like grilled corn on the cob with cheese! Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 3

Galapagos Cruise – Santa Fe Island

This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Baltra, Galapagos. From the airport, it is just a short bus and Zodiac ride to the ship where you will embark the Haugan Ocean Spray for your 5 night cruise to Galapagos. This small ship is the perfect way to explore the Galapagos Islands! This afternoon explore Santa Fe Island, home to the small picturesque bay and anchorage on the island’s northeast coast. The bay has two visitor trails, one leading to a scenic viewpoint atop a cliff, and the other spanning from a small beach to a tall prickly pear cactus forest.

Day 4

Espanola Island

After breakfast, visit Espanola Island, home to the famed Blue-footed Boobies and albatrosses of the Galapagos. Check out the famous blowhole, sporting water high into the air. After lunch, head to Gardner Bay, breeding grounds for the Waved Albatross. Relax on the white sandy beach filled with sea lions and a great spot for snorkeling.

Day 5

Galapagos Cruise – San Cristobal Island

Spend the next 2 days exploring San Cristobal Island. First, visit the amazing interpretation center and museum, including exhibits on the natural history of the area and conservation efforts underway.  Enjoy a relaxing afternoon shopping and dinner aboard the ship.

Day 6

Galapagos Cruise – San Cristobal Island

Today, head to the remote southeast side of the island. Here, the terrain is lush with trees and shrubs and a great place to see rare land birds like the warbler and mockingbirds, and of course the famous Galapagos Giant Tortoises.

Day 7

Cruise to Galapagos – Floreana Island 

After breakfast, set out to explore Floreana Island. First, visit one of the beaches that was used in the 18th century as an unofficial “mail box” for whalers and other explorers in the area. This tradition of leaving mail continues today as travelers from around the world leave addressed postcards in the barrel. Sort through mail and hand deliver a letter to someone in your neighborhood who was there before you! This afternoon, check out flamingoes on the island’s “green beach” and finish the day with spectacular snorkeling at Devil’s Crown Reef. 

Day 8

Travel home 

Today you will fly from Baltra to Quito, where you will connect with your international flight home.

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