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Galapagos Family Cruise: Footsteps Back in Time

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Evolution
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Admire the wonders of the Galapagos in a truly memorable 8-day family vacation. Snorkel, swim, and kayak in pristine crystalline waters, and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to meet the giant tortoise and land iguana breeding and rearing program. Prepare your family for daily land excursions, amazing animal encounters, and shipboard educational activities for children such as star-gazing, board games, and movie nights.


Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : San Cristobal | Leon Dormido | Embark
Day 2 : South Plaza Island | Punta Carrion | Mosquera Island
Day 3 : Chinese Hat | Santiago
Day 4 : Genovesa
Day 5 : North Seymour | Santa Fe
Day 6 : Floreana
Day 7 : Santa Cruz Island | Charles Darwin Center
Day 8 : Santa Cruz Island | Baltra | Disembark


  • Visit the Chinese Hat Islet, a fairly recent volcanic cone
  • Meet sea lions, marine iguanas and blue-footed boobies in North Seymour
  • Enjoy kid-friendly snorkeling excursions at Devil´s Crown
  • Explore the Tortoise Reserve and see giant tortoises in the wild



Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Baltra
  • Black Turtle Cove
  • Charles Darwin Center
  • Chinese Hat
  • Floreana
  • Genovesa
  • James Bay
  • Mosquera
  • North Seymour
  • San Cristobal
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Fe
  • Santiago
  • South Plaza Island


Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level


Trip Snapshots

Devil's Crown Galapagos My family explores the Galapagos Taking photos of the scenery Sea lion by the kayaks

Day 1 San Cristobal | Leon Dormido | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive at the airport in San Cristobal and transfer to the Evolution. After lunch, sail to Leon Dormindo, an amazing rock formation that rises 500 feet out of the ocean. Then celebrate with your family your first equatorial sunset with a welcome cocktail, followed by a delicious dinner. The ship has a kids menu for the younger members in your family. 

Day 2 South Plaza Island | Punta Carrion | Mosquera Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Travel to South Plaza, a small island covered in Opuntia cacti. The island is home to one of the largest sea lion colonies in the Galapagos archipelago and also features many colorful yellow and red land iguanas. Prepare your family for a brief hike over the terrain for views of the island.

Spend the early afternoon of excellent family and kid-friendly snorkeling at Punta Carrion, followed by a excursion to Mosquera Islet. On Mosquera, you may see one of the largest sea lion colonies in the Galapagos and possibly an orca whale!

Day 3 Chinese Hat | Santiago

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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.

Then head to James Bay in Santiago. Walk along a black beach and snorkel with tropical fish and sea turtles in the Bay's crystal-clear waters. On shore, choose a family walk on a trail that leads to a series of crystal-clear grottos full of sea lions, fur seals, and samurai-like marine iguanas. You may even spot a Galapagos hawk!

Day 4 Genovesa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Set sail for Darwin Bay and land on its sandy white coral beach. Hike a half-mile trail through the mangroves and view Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls. Tidal pools are teeming with young sea lions and reef fish, and the occasional hammerhead shark can be found among the rocks.

Snorkel with your children in the water before heading to El Barranco, also known as Prince Phillip's Steps. Hike up the steep rocky face to the top of a cliff where you can see red-footed boobies, short-eared lava wwls, Galapagos swallows, and Galapagos doves.

Day 5 North Seymour | Santa Fe

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail for North Seymour Island to view Galapagos sea lions, blue-footed boobies, and magnificent frigatebirds. Characterized by its arid vegetation zone, North Seymour is unique in landscape and in feeling.

After lunch, sail to Santa Fe Island, where you may explore one of the most beautiful and sheltered bays in the Galapagos, which is excellent for snorkeling! Santa Fe is one of the best places to find sea turtles, sea lions, and the Galapagos white-tipped shark. Then head to shore and walk up a nearby cliff to observe land iguanas through an area of Opuntia cacti.

Day 6 Floreana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the day with your family on the historical Floreana Island. Start the day in Post Office Bay, where British whalers set up a barrel as the island's Post Office. The tradition continues today, and you could even send a postcard home!

In the afternoon, visit Punta Cormorant, where you can visit two unique and highly contrasting beaches. One is a green-colored olivine beach, and the other an iron-red beach. In between the two beaches lies a salt lagoon that is frequented by flamingos, stilts, pintails, and other wading birds. In the late afternoon, head to Devil's Crown for some phenomenal kid-friendly snorkeling. This region is home to a variety of coral, wrasses, pencil sea urchins, amberjacks, angelfish, and many other species.

Day 7 Santa Cruz Island | Charles Darwin Center

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, sail for Santa Cruz and begin your day with a tour of the highlands. The trail passes through a number of distinct vegetative zones and affords explorers with lovely views of Santa Cruz's lush, rolling hills.

In the afternoon, tour the Charles Darwin Research Station and prepare your children to view the tortoises in various stages of life. Newly hatched tortoises average 3 inches long, while the adults can reach over 4 feet. Stretch out your hand and interact with these gentle giants.

Day 8 Santa Cruz Island | Baltra | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Spend a family morning in Black Turtle Cove, a gorgeous mangrove estuary. Take a panga ride and search for spotted eagle rays, white-tipped reef sharks, diamond-shaped mustard rays, Pacific green sea turtles, and many different shore birds.

After this last excursion, transfer with your family to the airport for your connecting flight to the mainland.


Per person starting at
Evolution's Cormorant and Darwin Deck Premium and Deluxe Staterooms.
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Cabins D1-D4
Located on the Darwin Deck, 4 ample deluxe staterooms (twin and double) and port-holes.
Evolution's Cormorant and Darwin Deck Premium and Deluxe Staterooms.
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Cabin C4
Located on the Cormorant Deck, premium stateroom.
Evolution's Cormorant Deck Twin Stateroom.
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Cabins C1-C3 & C5-C9
Located on the Cormorant Deck, 8 premium staterooms (twin and double) with portholes.
Evolution's Master Suite.
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Cabins A2-A3
Located on the Albatross Deck, 2 Master Suite with ocean-view windows.
Evolution's Twin Suite.
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Cabin A1
Located on the Albatross Deck, twin suite with ocean-view windows.


Included in Your Fare:
• All meals while onboard
• All activities while onboard (excursions, snorkeling, kayak)
• Non-alcoholic beverages
• Naturalist Guides for the week
• Wetsuits and snorkel equipment
• All Galapagos transports
• Fuel tax

Not included in Your Fare: 
• Air tickets
• Transfers and tours in continental Ecuador
• Travel Insurance and Evacuation
• Entrance fee to Galapagos National Park
• Transit Control Card (US $20 per person)
• Alcoholic drinks
• Tips to the crew and guide (s)
• Air tickets to and from Galapagos

Important Note: Quasar Expeditions' Galapagos cruise itineraries are subject to change without prior notice for various factors including, but not limited to: safety, weather, mechanical breakdown, unforeseen emergencies, and the discretion of the Captain, Guide, Dive Master, Quasar Expeditions and the Galapagos National Park.

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
  • $80 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
  • $45 International Departure Tax
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

  • Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $530 - $595
  • Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $475 - $540

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