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Galapagos Family Cruise: In the Steps of Darwin

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Evolution
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Discover the most remote islands and land at the top notch sites of the Galapagos on this 8-day unfogettable family adventure trip. Take a "panga" zodiac ride alongside cliffs and shores, secluded coves, and beautiful mangrove estuaries. Prepare your family for amazing wildlife encounters, kid-friendly snorkeling and kayaking, and shipboard educational activities for children such as star-gazing, board games, and movie nights.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra | Santa Cruz | Embark
Day 2 : Isabela | Fernandina
Day 3 : Isabela
Day 4 : Bartolome | Santiago
Day 5 : Santa Cruz
Day 6 : Santa Cruz
Day 7 : Espanola
Day 8 : San Cristobal | Disembark

Highlights

  • Snorkel with your children surrounded by sea lions in Punta Vicente
  • Fish for oysters, crabs, and mollusks in the tide pools of Sullivan Bay
  • Walk through sandy white-coral beaches in Las Bachas Beach
  • Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and meet giant tortoises

Ship

Evolution

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Bachas Beach
  • Baltra
  • Bartolome
  • Charles Darwin Center
  • Dragon Hill
  • Espanola
  • Fernandina
  • Gardner Bay
  • Isabela
  • Punta Espinosa
  • Punta Suarez
  • Punta Vicente Roca (Galapagos)
  • San Cristobal
  • San Cristobal Interpretation Center
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santiago
  • Sullivan Bay
  • Tagus Cove
  • Urbina Bay
  • Whale Bay

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Family in the Galapagos Sea lion coming in from a swim Galapagos tortoise taking a little swim. Family-friendly sea kayaking in Baja

Day 1 Baltra | Santa Cruz | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive with your family at the Baltra airport and transfer to the M/V Evolution. Begin your Galapagos family journey in Whaler's Bay, named for the large ships that once took provisions here. Sail into an inviting cove surrounded by a green-colored beach composed of soft olivine crystals. Here, you may find a variety of seabirds and marine iguanas. Take your children to snorkel with sea lions and tropical fish nearby Eden Islet. Then celebrate your first equatorial sunset with a welcome cocktail, followed by a delicious dinner with a kid menu on board.

Day 2 Isabela | Fernandina

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Begin a family day in Punta Vicente Roca on Isabela. Punta Vicente Roca is a dive class snorkeling site, full of incredible marine life. Take a panga ride along the coast, admiring all the beautiful seabirds perched on the cliffs and crevices of the island.

In the afternoon, sail to Punta Espinosa on Fernandina Island. Hang out with Galapagos penguins, marine iguanas, sea lions, and flightless cormorants. Then, hike across a cracked pahoehoe lava field to a mangrove pond that is home to many sea turtles and rays. In the evening, anchor along the Bolivar channel and search for whales and dolphins while admiring surrounding shield volcanoes.

Day 3 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Travel to Urbina Bay to view land iguanas, hawks, coral reefs, and giant tortoises. Urbina Bay experienced a major uplift in 1954 which expanded the coastline and trapped various marine life within its shores.

In the afternoon, make a family exploration in Tagus Cove. Begin at the trail's entrance, and continue around Darwin Lake through a dry vegetation zone until you stop in a promontory formed by spatter cones. This spot offers a fantastic view of the Darwin and Wolf Volcanoes. Then, put on your wetsuits for some world-class kid- friendly snorkeling. Swim among sea horses, sea turtles, tropical fish, sea lions, and flocks of Galapagos penguins.

Day 4 Bartolome | Santiago

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Venture to Bartolomé, an island boasting some of the most beautiful scenery in the archipelago. Bartolomé's landscape consists of a spectrum of features including volcanic cones, lunar-like craters, lava fields, and Toba. Its two breathtaking beaches are home to sea turtles and a rare colony of Galapagos penguins.

After lunch, sail to Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island, one of the most amazing volcanic sites in the Galapagos. After walking around the remarkable lava flow, take your family for a swim and snorkel with playful sea lions off two small coraline beaches.

Day 5 Santa Cruz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, visit Las Bachas Beach, a white-coral sandy beach that is a popular egg-laying site for sea turtles. Explore a super saline lagoon and search for marine iguanas, flamingos, and many other wading birds.

After lunch, head to Dragon Hill, named for the large amount of land iguanas that live in the area. Take a family short walk from the beach to a hypersalinic lagoon full of many bird species, including common stilts, pintail ducks, pink flamingos, and other species of birds. Then pass through a forest of the endemic Scalesia tree as you hike to the top of Dragon Hill for an impressive view of the bay.

Day 6 Santa Cruz

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

After lunch, tour the Charles Darwin Research Station and 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 watch your children interact with these gentle giants.

Day 7 Espanola

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Journey to Suarez Point to view blue-footed boobies, albatrosses, and Nazca boobies. The most famous attraction on Espanola is a magnificent blowhole which spurts water high into the air. Bring your camera and take some unforgettable family pictures!

In the afternoon, travel to Gardner Bay, the breeding site of most of the world´s 12,000 pairs of waved albatrosses. Gardner Bay features a large white sandy beach and the reef makes this location ideal for snorkeling and swimming with curious sea lions.

Day 8 San Cristobal | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Visit the Interpretation Center and learn about the natural history, human history, and conservation of the Galapagos Islands. View giant tortoises in captivity and take a family audio tour.

Transfer with your family to the airport for your connecting flight to the mainland.

Evolution

Per person starting at
$5,780
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.

Notes

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.

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

Included

  • 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

Excluded

  • 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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