Islands Circumnavigation Cruise

Hope Pordy
Sea kayaking expedition in the Galapagos
Snorkeling in the Galapagos.
Sandra Dave
Sea lions napping on a dock in the Galapagos
Erin Correia
Hiking at Punta Pitt, San Cristobal
Charles Anderson
Sally Lightfoot Crabs on Santiago Island
Enjoy a drink in the Evolution's lounge.
Sun bath on the deck of the Evolution.
Enjoy an extensive adventure into the unique world of the Galapagos on this incredible journey. This 15-day voyage offers the traveler an opportunity to really become immersed in the unique splendor these islands. Roam across island trails, explore peaceful lagoons, swim and snorkel in crystalline waters, bask in the sun on white sand beaches, soak in extraordinary volcanic vistas, and get up close and personal with fascinating wildlife throughout your Galapagos adventure.

Day 1

    Baltra - Bartolome

    Arrive at the Baltra airport and transfer to the Evolution.

    Begin your Galapagos cruise on Bartolomé Island, known as one of the most scenic in the archipelago. Reaching an altitude of 114 meters, Bartolomé offers stunning views of the Galapagos' volcanic features, including cones, lunar-like craters, lava fields, and the famous Toba pinnacle.

    Day 2

      Isabela - Fernandina

      Take a zodiac tour of Tagus Cove. The cliffs of Tagus are ideal for spotting the Galapagos penguin and other entertaining sea birds. Embark on a 30 minute hike leading to the top of a cliff that overlooks picturesque Darwin Lake. From here, soak in spectacular views of the surrounding volcanoes and keep an eye out for historic graffiti left on the cliff walls by pirates and whalers.

      Venture to Punta Espinoza. This site is home to some of the more unique species in the Galapagos, including the iconic flightless cormorant. This special bird has adjusted to a predator-less life on the archipelago, adapting to their marine environment in order to find food in the ocean.

      Day 3


        Travel by zodiac to the Tintoreras, a group of small islands just off the coast of Isabela Island. These islands acquired their name from the white-tipped reef sharks that find respite in their shallow waters. Keep a lookout for Galapagos penguins and sea lions who often sun themselves on the Tintoreras' rocky shores.

        In the afternoon, disembark in Puerto Villamil on Isabela Island. Venture up the highlands along Sierra Negra's volcanic slope. Arrive eventually at its impressive 5-mile-wide crater, the widest of its kind in the world. From here, admire the fantastic view of the surrounding volcanoes and the island below. Hike on to Chico Volcano for an up-close look at lava formations, the building blocks of the archipelago.

        Day 4


          Visit Punta Moreno, on the north coast of Isabela Island. Take a trail along a lava flow into a maze of coastal lagoons that provide habitat for a number of mangrove-loving bird species.

          In the afternoon, travel via zodiac to Elizabeth Bay. Boat around the Marielas islets, home of the largest penguin colony in the Galapagos. Admire the mangroves, observe sea turtles, flightless cormorants, schools of Dorado fish, among many others.

          Day 5

            Santa Cruz Island - Charles Darwin Center

            Cruise across the Itabaca Channel to Santa Cruz Island, home of the Charles Darwin Station. Learn about the Galapagos protection and conservation efforts.

            Visit the National Park information center, the Van Staelen Exhibition Hall, and the Breeding and Research Center for Galapagos tortoises.

            Day 6


              In the morning, travel to Punta Cormorant, home of the most impressive flamingo lagoon in the Galapagos. Set between two tuff lava cones, the lagoon provides habitat for a myriad of bird species, in addition to the large flamingo colony. While here, spend time enjoying Florena's two distinctive beaches: the Green Beach and the Flour Sand Beach.

              In the afternoon, embark on a historic excursion to Post Office Bay. In the 18th century, whalers placed a wooden barrel at this site that has served as a post office for mariners and tourists ever since. Continue on to Baroness Lookout, hiking up a gentle slope for a rewarding view of the island below.

              Day 7


                Cruise to Gardner Bay on the northeastern coast of Española Island. Swim snorkel, kayak, and enjoy the crystal clear waters of the bay.

                Move on to Punta Suarez in the afternoon, a rocky outcropping on Española's southern shore. This site provides habitat for the largest, most varied populations of sea birds in the Galapagos. Watch as birds soar along the cliffs, dodging the spectacular water spouts and pounding surf.

                Day 8

                  San Cristobal - Leon Dormido

                  Head to San Cristobal for a visit to Cerro Colorado Tortoise Protection and Growing Center. This is an excellent place to be introduced to the wildlife of the archipelago. Visit the corral, breeding and visitor centers, and take a walk on the interpretive trail, observing tortoises and native birds along the way.

                  Days 9nta Cruz

                    South Plaza Island - Santa Cruz Island - Daphne Island

                    Journey to Daphne Mayor, a restricted area accessible by few visitors each day. Venture up a steep trail to the volcanic crater rim to see the red-billed tropic-birds which nest in the cliffs.

                    Day 10

                      Chinese Hat - Santiago

                      Journey on to Chinese Hat. This island derived its name from its distinctly conical shape. Chinese Hat is an ideal destination for viewing volcanic formations, such as lava tubes and flows, and is also home to sea lions, marine iguanas, and Galapagos penguins.

                      Day 11


                        Explore Darwin's Bay, a birdwatcher's paradise which is home to an array of species. Enjoy the beautiful white coral beach and wander along a trail through nesting sites and mangrove forests. The trail's terminus is at cliff's edge, rewarding visitors with an incredible view of the island below.

                        The southern portion of Darwin Bay features El Barranco, a trail leading hikers up to a gorgeous plateau, perfect for admiring the picturesque beach.

                        Day 12

                          Santiago - Rabida

                          Travel on to Santiago, a volcanically active island located in the west-central area of the archipelago. Explore Santiago's lava flows, which can still be seen threading across the island, and are even visible from the far reaches of outer-space.

                          Day 13

                            North Seymour - Santa Cruz Island - Bachas Beach

                            Journey to Bachas Beach. This stunning beach is located on Santa Cruz Island, just west of Turtle Cove. The white sand of Bachas, a product of decomposed coral, is a favorite nesting site for sea turtles.

                            Day 14

                              Santa Cruz Island - Charles Darwin Center

                              Enjoy an enriching visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station and its Interpretive Center. The scientific research and environmental education being practice here helps with conserving the natural beauty of the Galapagos. You can see tortoises here in all stages of life, from a three inch hatchling to a grown adult at four feet. Get one final chance to really admire these incredibly unique and wonderful creatures.

                              Day 15

                                Santa Cruz Island - Baltra

                                Transfer to the airport for your connection back to the mainland.

                                All itineraries are subject to change due to weather or changes by the National Park Service or yacht operator.

                                Single Supplement

                                This yacht requires single travelers to pay a supplement for private accommodations unless a roommate can be found.

                                Child Discount

                                30% discount for children under age 12 at time of Galapagos cruise. Not valid for holiday departure dates.
                                Children under 12 receive a discount of $135 off adult flight rates, and discounted Galapagos Entrance Fee of $50


                                • Accommodations on board Evolution based on double occupancy
                                • Meals while in the Galapagos
                                • Bilingual Naturalist Guide
                                • Shore Excursions
                                • Swimming and Snorkeling
                                • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
                                • Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos
                                • Snorkeling Equipment
                                • Wetsuit
                                • Sea Kayaking


                                • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
                                • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
                                • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
                                • $35 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
                                • $45 International Departure Tax
                                • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
                                • Travel Insurance

                                Galapagos Flights

                                  Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip

                                • $530 - $590

                                  Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip

                                • $475 - $520

                                Optional Hospitality Packages

                                South America, Galapagos, Ecuador, Bartolome, Santa Cruz Island, Fernandina, Isabela, Genovesa, Santiago, South Plaza Island, North Seymour, Espanola, Floreana, Bachas Beach, Rabida, San Cristobal, Black Turtle Cove, Highlands, Charles Darwin Center, Leon Dormido, Puerto Villamil, Elizabeth Bay, Espinosa Point, Vicente Roca Point, Baltra, Darwin Bay, Daphne Island, Post Office Bay, Mirador de la Baronesa, Gardner Bay, Chinese Hat, Prince Philip's Steps, Punta Suarez, Urbina Bay, Sierra Negra Volcano, Espumilla Beach, Punta Carrion, San Cristobal Interpretation Center, Pinnacle Rock, Ochoa Beach, James Bay
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