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Galapagos Small Ship Adventure Cruise

Small Ship Cruise, Zodiac Excursions, Hiking, Sea Kayaking, and Snorkeling

Explore the islands that inspired Darwin. Experience wildlife that doesn't fear people and is so diverse and abundant you'll have to watch your step to avoid disturbing a napping sea lion or resting iguana!

Day 1: Guayaquil

Arrive in Guayaquil and transfer to the Hotel Hilton Colón for the evening.

Day 2: Santa Cruz Island

This morning we fly to the Galápagos! Upon arrival we immediately board ship and sail to Santa Cruz Island for a magnificent introduction to the wildlife of Galapagos. Spend the afternoon exploring mangrove-flanked channels and the shoreline of Cerro Dragon looking for land iguanas, sea lions, a variety of birds and schools of golden rays.

Days 3-8: Galapagos Islands

While our exact routing depends on the permit from the Galápagos National Park Service, we are likely to visit these islands: Bartolomé Explore this enchanting landscape where lava, mangroves and golden sand converge. Great walks and views plus a chance to snorkel with penguins--a tropical oxymoron! Santiago Provides a chance to see the Galápagos fur seal along with some of the best "tide pooling" in the islands. Santa Cruz Center of Galápagos administration as well as the Charles Darwin Research Center. Here we learn about their vital preservation work then head up into the highlands to roam the moss-draped landscape where wild giant tortoises often forage. Isabela We anchor off the picturesque port of Puerto Villamil and walk the streets of this small town visiting the nearby saltwater lagoons which are home to flamingos. We visit the tortoise breeding center and also explore Isabela's caves and shoreline, searching the waters for dolphins, whales, sea turtles and the elusive ocean sunfish--the mola-mola. Fernandina We explore Punta Espinoza, a marine iguana heaven, with Isabela's volcanoes as a dramatic backdrop. Floreana Here is a fabulous snorkeling site and home to a large colony of sea lions. There is nothing more delightful than an hour spent in the clear waters with these creatures! Hike to a lovely white sand beach, a favorite nesting site for sea turtles. Española We snorkel and stroll the island's lovely beaches. Blue-footed boobies, sea lions galore and marine iguanas with particularly vivid coloration are found here. And the waved albatross (mid-April through mid-December) is exclusively found on Espanola.

Days 9-10: Guayaquil

We disembark and fly back to Guayaquil. The late afternoon and evening are free to explore the city. The following morning we transfer to the airport for flights home.

The itinerary above describes the Enchanted Isles 10-day departures. See the drop down menu above for the dates and prices of the Land of the Incas, a Galapagos expedition which includes a 6-day extension to Cusco, Peru, the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. The itineraries for both versions are available from the Detailed Itineraries link above.

Trip Details

10 Days / 9 Nights

  • Trip Type:

    Adventure Cruise
  • Trip Rating:

    Easy
  • Price:

    Cabin Category 1: $6290
    Cabin Category 2: $6990
    Cabin Category 3: $7650
    Cabin Category 4: $8290
    Cabin Category 5: $8450
    Please note that Holiday rates are higher.

  • Single Supplement:

    Cabin Category 1: $1570
    Cabin Category 2: $1740
    Cabin Category 3, 4 and 5: not available

  • Gateway City:

    Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • Meeting Place:

    Guayaquil, Ecuador

2014 Dates:

  • Nov 21 - Nov 28
  • Dec 05 - Dec 12
  • Dec 12 - Dec 19
  • Dec 19 - Dec 26
  • Dec 26 - Jan 02

2015 Dates:

  • Jan 02 - Jan 11
  • Jan 09 - Jan 18
  • Jan 16 - Jan 25
  • Jan 23 - Feb 01
  • Jan 30 - Feb 08
  • Feb 06 - Feb 15
  • Feb 13 - Feb 22
  • Feb 20 - Mar 01
  • Feb 27 - Mar 08
  • Mar 06 - Mar 15
  • Mar 13 - Mar 22
  • Mar 20 - Mar 29
  • Mar 27 - Apr 05
  • Apr 03 - Apr 12
  • Apr 10 - Apr 19
  • Apr 17 - Apr 26
  • Apr 24 - May 03
  • May 01 - May 10
  • May 08 - May 17
  • May 15 - May 24
  • May 22 - May 31
  • May 29 - Jun 07
  • Jun 05 - Jun 14
  • Jun 12 - Jun 21
  • Jun 19 - Jun 28
  • Jun 26 - Jul 05
  • Jul 03 - Jul 12
  • Jul 10 - Jul 19
  • Jul 17 - Jul 26
  • Jul 24 - Aug 02
  • Jul 31 - Aug 09
  • Aug 07 - Aug 16
  • Aug 14 - Aug 23
  • Aug 21 - Aug 30
  • Aug 28 - Sep 06
  • Sep 04 - Sep 13
  • Sep 11 - Sep 20
  • Sep 18 - Sep 27
  • Sep 25 - Oct 04
  • Oct 30 - Nov 08
  • Nov 06 - Nov 15
  • Nov 13 - Nov 22
  • Nov 20 - Nov 29
  • Dec 11 - Dec 20
  • Dec 18 - Dec 27
       (Holiday)
  • Dec 25 - Jan 03
       (Holiday)

Activities:

  1. Cruise
  2. Hiking
  3. Kayaking
  4. Swimming
  5. Snorkeling
  6. Zodiac Excursions
  7. Shore Visits

Ship Highlights:

The M.S. Endeavor and M.S. Islander accommodate up to 80 and 48 guests, respectively, all in outside cabins. These air conditioned ships feature a library, full-service bar, covered deck, Sky Deck, Internet access, video chronicler and a ship doctor. They are equipped with a Splash-Cam, hydrophone, underwater video camera and video microscope.

Trip Extension:

As the Galapagos Islands are to nature, Peru is to Incan culture and archaeology. Extend your stay with a trip to Cusco, the capital city of the Incan empire, and to the Sacred Valley and lost city of Machu Picchu.

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