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Eastern Islands

10 Day Sample Cruise aboard Galapagos Odyssey
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Cruise through the eastern islands of the Galapagos on this 10-day adventure cruise. Spend your days exploring volcanic hot spots, traversing island trails and snorkeling along pristine beaches. Throughout your Galapagos trip, encounter fascinating, fearless native species including sea lions, tortoises, frigate birds, marine iguanas, and everything in between!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : San Cristobal
Day 2 : Espanola
Day 3 : Floreana
Day 4 : Santa Fe - South Plaza Island
Day 5 : North Seymour - Bachas Beach - Santa Cruz Island
Day 6 : Mosquera - Santa Cruz Island - Dragon Hill
Day 7 : Rabida - Chinese Hat
Day 8 : Genovesa
Day 9 : Bartolomé - Santiago
Day 10 : Santa Cruz Island - Highlands - Baltra

Highlights

  • Hike El Barranco, the southern plateau of Darwin Bay
  • Observe frigate birds and blue-footed boobies on North Seymour Island
  • Visit Punta Cormorant on Floreana Island to see the flamingo lagoon
  • Visit Chinese Hat and learn about the geologic features of the islands

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Galapagos Odyssey

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Bachas Beach
  • Baltra
  • Bartolome
  • Cerro Colorado
  • Chinese Hat
  • Devil's Crown
  • Dragon Hill
  • Espanola
  • Floreana
  • Gardner Bay
  • Genovesa
  • Highlands
  • Mosquera
  • North Seymour
  • Post Office Bay
  • Punta Suarez
  • Rabida
  • San Cristobal
  • San Cristobal Airport
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Fe
  • Santiago
  • South Plaza Island
  • Sullivan Bay

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

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Day 1 San Cristobal

Arrive at the San Cristobal Airport and transfer to the Galapagos Odyssey.

Spend the afternoon visiting Cerro Colorado Tortoises Protection and Growing Center. The Center provides insight into tortoise protection efforts across the archipelago, and orients travelers with other endemic island species as well.

Day 2 Espanola

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, visit Gardner Bay, a pristine beach on Española Island. The crystalline waters of Gardner Bay make it a prime spot for swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking.

Venture to Punta Suarez, a rocky area which is home to the most multifarious colonies of sea birds in the Galapagos. Enjoy watching these fascinating bird species swoop and dive along the spectacular seaside cliffs and crashing surf.

Day 3 Floreana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Punta Cormorant, which features on of the best flamingo lagoon in the Galapagos. Located on Floreana Island, the lagoon is uniquely situated between two tuff lava cones and is also home to common stilts, white-checked pintail ducks, and many others. The area features two distinct beaches: "The Green Beach," made up of olivine crystals, and "The Flour Sand Beach," formed by particles of coral.

In the afternoon, pay a visit to historical Post Office Bay. In the 18th century, whalers placed a barrel at this site to serve as a post office for mariners and inhabitants of the island, and it's been in use ever since. Ascend to nearby Baroness Lookout along the north slope of Floreana. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.

Day 4 Santa Fe - South Plaza Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Santa Fe, a southeastern island, has a unique history in relation to the rest of the Galapagos. Formed by and uplift rather than a volcano, the island is considerably flatter and more distinctive than its neighbors. Explore Santa Fe's trails, spot sea lions, and snorkel along the crystal clear shore.

After lunch, head to South Plaza Island. Although small, South Plaza is home to some of the archipelago's most unique and interesting wildlife species. Notable among these are the marine, land, and hybrid iguanas.

Day 5 North Seymour - Bachas Beach - Santa Cruz Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Disembark on North Seymour, a beautiful, uplifted island strewn with boulders and rich in birdlife. Observe the famous blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigate birds as they perform their fascinating courtship rituals and attend to their nests.

From North Seymour, journey to Bachas Beach. This stunning beach is located on Santa Cruz Island, just west of Turtle Cove. The white sand of Bachas, the result of decomposed coral, is a favorite nesting site for sea turtles.

Day 6 Mosquera - Santa Cruz Island - Dragon Hill

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Travel to Mosquera, an islet located between Baltra and North Seymour. Meander along Mosquera's rocky coast, snorkel above its coral reef, and enjoy its entertaining wildlife.

Journey on to Dragon Hill. Located on northwestern Santa Cruz Island, the area features a hyper-saline lagoon, frequented by a variety of bird species. The walk up the hill culminates in a beautiful view of the bay below.

Day 7 Rabida - Chinese Hat

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, cruise to Rabida Island, known for its unique coloration. Volcanic red rocks and sand create a stunning backdrop for wildlife viewing. Take the trail to a coastal lagoon and observe a myriad of native birds.

In the afternoon set off for a small islet just off the southeastern tip of Santiago Island, called Chinese Hat. Named for its distinctly conical shape, this island is an excellent place to view and learn about volcanic and other geological features.

Day 8 Genovesa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail for Darwin Bay, which had its genesis when Genovesa Island's crater collapsed below sea level, leaving a pristine white coral sand beach in its stead. A favorite bird-watching destination, Darwin Bay provides habitat for red-footed and masked boobies, wandering tattlers, lava gulls, whimbrels, and yellow and black-crowned herons.

In the afternoon, climb up the southern plateau of Darwin Bay, known as El Barranco. Encounter large populations of masked and red-footed boobies, storm petrels, and short-eared owls, attracted to the area because of its ideal nesting habitat.

Day 9 Bartolomé - Santiago

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise over to Bartolomé to take in one of the most scenic areas in the Galapagos. Set at an altitude of 114 meters, enjoy the view from Bartolomé of the volcanic features of the surrounding islands. Spot cones, craters, lava fields, and famous Toba pinnacle. Sparse in vegetation but rich in beaches, Bartolomé is home to sea turtles and a small colony of Galapagos penguins.

Travel to Santiago Island in the afternoon. Santiago is still an active volcano and is great for getting up close to young lava flows. The flows are also visible from Darwin's summit, and, more impressively, outer space!

Day 10 Santa Cruz Island - Highlands - Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
Spend the morning at the Santa Cruz Highlands. Take a trail leading through the various unique zones of the highlands, and marvel at the beautiful scenes of rolling hills and volcanic formations that surround you.

Transfer back to San Cristobal for your departing flight.

Galapagos Odyssey

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Two cabins on the Lower Deck with a queen size bed, which can be used for single occupancy. Private bath facilities, individual A/C,, mini-bar, desk, closet & phone.
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Main Deck
2 twin cabins and 2 matrimonial cabins on the Main Deck. Private bath facilities, individual A/C,, mini-bar, desk, closet & phone.
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Upper Deck
2 twin cabins and 2 matrimonial cabins on the Upper Deck. Private bath facilities, individual A/C,, mini-bar, desk, closet & phone.

Single Supplement

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

Child Discount

20% discount for children under age 12 at the time of Galapagos cruise

Children under 12 receive a discount of $135 off adult flight rates, and discounted Galapagos Entrance Fee of $50

Included

  • Accommodations on board Galapagos Odyssey 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
  • 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
  • Wetsuit rental available for $30 for 5 days, $36 for 6 days, $60 for 10 days, $66 for 11 days, $90 for 15 days
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

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

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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