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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: $4990 and up
    Cabin Category 2: $5780 and up
    Cabin Category 3: $6300 and up
    Cabin Category 4: $6820 and up
    Cabin Category 5: $8660 and up

    See the detailed itinerary for specifics
  • Single Supplement:

    Cabin Category 1: $1260 and up
    Cabin Category 2: $1440 and up
    Cabin Category 3, 4 and 5: not available

    See the detailed itinerary for specifics
  • Gateway City:

    Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • Meeting Place:

    Guayaquil, Ecuador

2014 Dates:

  • Oct 03 - Oct 10
  • Oct 10 - Oct 17
  • Oct 17 - Oct 24
  • Oct 24 - Oct 31
  • Oct 31 - Nov 07
  • Nov 07 - Nov 14
  • Nov 14 - Nov 21
  • Nov 21 - Nov 28
  • Dec 05 - Dec 12
  • Dec 12 - Dec 19
  • Dec 19 - Dec 26
  • Dec 26 - Jan 02

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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