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Galápagos Islands

Galápagos Island Hopping in 11 Days

  • Expedition dates

    January to December 2022

  • Starts From

    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Ends At

    Amsterdam, Netherlands

  • Activities & Attractions

    UNESCO sites, Galápagos land tortoise, kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, Machu Picchu, National parks, blue-footed booby, marine iguanas, remote islands, SUP boarding, nature walks, endemic birds, volcanic mountain hike

  • Starting From price per person

    AED 38,657

Expedition Overview

Begin with exploring one of the most charming capitals with us as we show you Quito – a World Heritage city of graceful Spanish-era architecture, cosy restaurants and small artisanal shops. We also pay a visit to an active volcano and go on a nature walk in stunning surroundings. Once we fly to Galápagos, you’ll take part in an unforgettable cruise and experience the very best the UNESCO-protected Galápagos has to offer. With a wide range of activities to choose from, you'll get closer to natural wonders in a safe, sustainable manner.

Your day-wise itinerary

Day 1

Netherlands to Ecuador

Fly from Amsterdam to Quito. Enjoy an overnight at Quito, and prepare for adventure next day

Day 2-3

Quito, Ecuador

Take a cultural city tour and visit active volcano terrain at Cotopaxi National Park

Day 4

Quito to Galápagos Islands

Fly to Galapagos' Baltra Airport to board your expedition ship. After a welcome head to Mosquera Island for your first adventure

Day 5

San Cristobal Islands

Visit breeding center of Giant tortoises, walk the nature trail at Punta Pitt to observe 3 species of boobies, or enjoy snorkelling, swimming

Day 6

Santa Fe & South Plaza Islands

Go on a scenic nature walk at Santa Fe to spot land iguanas. Enjoy kayaking or small boat cruising. Afternoon, visit South Plaza Island to view it's contrasting beauty, and more iguanas

Day 7

Santa Cruz Island

Learn about the conservation efforts at Charles Darwin Research Station. Experience Opuntia Cactus Forest, with lunch at highlands and various other activities.

Day 8

Española Island

Keep your eyes peeled for Waved Albatrosses, Boobies, Española lava lizard. Witness a blowhole blast, explore coral beach of Gardner Bay and Osborn Islet

Day 9

Eden Islet & North Seymur

Kayak, swim, snorkell, in clear, shallow waters of Eden Islet to spot green turtles, rays or friendly reef sharks. Abundant wildlife awaits at North Seymur later in the afternoon

Day 10

Baltra Island to Guyaquil, Ecuador

Disembark at Baltra Island, for flight back to Quito via Guyaquil

Day 11

Ecuador to Netherlands

Arrive back to Amsterdam, for any further flight connections back home
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Explore Quito

The Ecuadorian capital was the first UNESCO's World Heritage site. Built on ruins of a Inca city, the historic centre has the most extensive and best preserved Spanish American architecture, worth taking a stroll through

Cotopaxi National Park

See Ecuador's best kept secret - Cotopaxi Volcano. Among one of the world's highest active, with a snow-capped peak, the sight of it is so breath-taking, that many often forget the rest of journey ahead.

Explore the Eastern and Western Galápagos

Visit Baltra, Santa Fe, South Plaza, North Seymur, Bartolome, San Cristobal, Santiago, Española Islands. See the unique flora and fauna of each.

Landings

See various different kinds of site across different islands. Where our ship cannot reach, we make landings via small boats, or simply tour the region to watch for wildlife

Glass-bottom Boat Cruising

A unique activity available to only this expedition, observe marine-life and reefs from above, without getting in the water!

Kayaking

Sea kayaks are included on-board as part of the expedition experience. Paddle around Santa Fe, Española, Santa Cruz for some incredible experience

SUP Boarding

The ship also carries boards! The enthusiasts, can launch them in areas where waters are deemed suitable

Snorkelling

There's all the snorkelling gear you’ll need to explore some pretty amazing places where you might see placid turtles, colourful fish, diving marine iguanas & curious sea lions performing underwater acrobatics. Wetsuits are available on hire.

Nature Walks

Walk amidst the silvery Palo Santo trees with their delicate incense scent on North Seymour, watch giant tortoises lumber through the undergrowth on Santa Cruz, or walk to the sea lion colony on SantaFe. There will be many such opportunities during the journey

Galápagos Giant Tortoises

Arguably the most iconic Galápagos animal! An estimated 20,000-25,000 inhibit the islands. Distinguished based on shell types, we will be on look out for both domed & saddle-backed carapace

Iguanas

These spiky-looking reptiles can be seen on several islands. Two species are endemic to Galapagos - marine and endangered pink iguana, of which only 200 are left

Galápagos Albatross

Considered critically endangered, they almost exclusively breed only on Española Island. With wing span of over 8 ft, sighting them is a delight for many birdlovers

Blue-Footed Boobies

Half of all breeding pairs of blue-footed boobies live on the Galapagos Islands. Many blink their eyes twice, when they also spot the less common Red-footed booby

And the other 'Big 15'

The unique defining factor of Galapagos are the wide range of species found only in this region. Apart from 4 species mentioned, also spot Galapagos penguins, sea lions, flamingos, hawks, fur seals.

Santa Cruz II

With capacity of just 90, it offers a safe, cozy and intimate experience. Because of its small size it can access hard-to-reach destinations

Social Areas

Fully refurbished, these attractive gathering spaces enable you to meet one another and share your passion for travel. Located across different decks, each offers a comfortable seating area and great view

Relaxation Spaces

Read a book in the library, watch wildlife out on deck or from a hot tub, sit in the indoor bar, or head to the fitness centre!

Cabins

With 50 cabins, there is room and ample space for every traveller type, whether solo, family, group or couple

What's Included

  • Expedition cruise in cabin grade of your choice
  • Return Economy flight between Amsterdam, Netherlands and Quito, Ecuador
  • Return Economy flights between Quito - Baltra, Baltra - Guyaquil - Quito
  • Three overnights in Quito, Ecuador including breakfast and dinner on day 2 and 3
  • All transfers in Quito, transfers between Baltra airport and ship
  • Full Day cultural tour of Quito, including lunch
  • Full day Nature Tour to Cotopaxi National Park, including lunch
  • Entrance fees to Galápagos national Park
  • Transit Control Card for Galapagos Islands
  • Access to airport lounge at Guayaquil airport upon return from Galapagos Islands
  • All meals with beverages (breakfast, lunch, dinner, early riser and afternoon treats) during the voyage
  • Guidance from Professional English speaking expedition team
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • Complimentary Wind and Water resistant jacket
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and equipment needed for optional and included activities
  • Engaging onboard activities and included off shore activities (Landings, hikes, coastal exploration, kayaking, snorkeling, glass-bottom boat cruise)
  • Complimentary wifi for all guests (connection depends on network of remote areas we visit)

Not Included

  • Travel Insurance
  • Luggage Handling
  • Optional Gratuities

Special Notes

  • Prices indicated above are on twin sharing basis
  • Solo prices available on request
  • The above itinerary is only indicative. Weather and sea conditions determine the final framework of exploration. A safe experience at all times will be the priority
  • The land-based tour to Galápagos Islands involves long stretches of active travel, walking over uneven terrain, and getting in/out of boats, so the physical condition of participants should be able to manage these activities and a climate that varies from high altitude cool to tropical weather.