Northern Islands Cruise

Snorkeling at Pinnacle Rock
Galapagos Odyssey
Travelers gather around to witness a seal and her pup relaxing on the sand.
Galapagos Odyssey
Seals rest on the rocky shores with brightly colored crabs while sea turtles swim below.
Yvonne Smith
Kids loving Santa Cruz Island
Enjoy a blissful snorkeling trip.
Galapagos Odyssey
Galapagos Odyssey's dining area.
Galapagos Odyssey
Plenty of space to relax on the sun deck


  • Visit a hyper-saline lagoon, a favorite site for native flamingos
  • Explore Chinese Hat, featuring lava tubes and flows
  • Hike across Santa Cruz Island through agricultural and Miconia zones
  • Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station & learn about local conservation

This Galapagos cruise highlights the archipelago's beautiful northern islands. Known for their striking volcanic features, pristine white sand beaches, and peaceful lagoons, these islands are a great place to get to know the Galapagos! Kayaking, snorkeling, and wildlife viewing opportunities abound on this 10-day cruise.

Day 1

Baltra - Dragon Hill - Santa Cruz Island

Begin your Galapagos adventure on the island of Baltra, part of a pair known as the Seymour Islands. Baltra was created by geological uplift and has a variety of endemic species such as salt bushes, prickly pear cactus and palo santo trees. Bird life is also plentiful here, and very entertaining!

In the afternoon, travel on to Dragon Hill. Located on Santa Cruz Island, this area boasts a hyper-saline lagoon, a favorite site of native flamingos. Climb up the hill and enjoy breathtaking views of the bay below.

Day 2

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Rabida - Chinese Hat

Visit Rabida Island, famous for its striking red rock and sand. Walk along island trails to a coastal lagoon where a myriad of bird species can be observed.

In the afternoon, travel on to Chinese Hat, a conical-shaped islet off of the southeastern tip of Santiago. Chinese Hat is a great place to observe volcanic features, such as lava tubes and flows, in addition to sea lions, marine iguanas, and Galapagos penguins.

Day 3

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Cruise to Genovesa Island and begin your day at Darwin Bay. Darwin came into existence when Genovesa's crater collapsed into the sea, leaving beautiful white coral sand beaches in its stead. This island is favored by bird-watchers, boasting numerous species including red footed and masked boobies, wandering tattlers, lava gulls, whimbrels, and various herons. A trail takes you across the island and up to a cliff edge. From here, admire the incredible view of the island landscape below.

In the afternoon, ascend the southern plateau of Darwin Bay, known as El Barranco. This area is a popular nesting site for masked and red-footed boobies as well as storm petrels and short-eared owls.

Day 4

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Bartolomé - Santiago

Head to Bartolomé Island, site of some of the most beautiful landscape in the archipelago. Volcanic evidence is all over the island: volcanic cones, lunar-like craters, and the famous Toba pinnacle. Bartolomé's two beaches are not only breathtaking, they're also home to marine turtles and a small colony of Galapagos penguins.

After leaving Bartolomé, travel to Santiago Island. Santiago is an active volcano and the fourth largest island in the archipelago.

Day 5

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Santa Cruz Island - Highlands - Charles Darwin Center

Explore the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. Hike through the island's agricultural zone, Miconia zone, as well as the Fern and Sedge zone. Take in the beautiful scenery of the rolling hills and grassy volcanic cones as you peruse the island.

In the afternoon, visit the Charles Darwin Station. Here you will learn about Galapagos conservation efforts, visiting the Van Staelen Exhibition Hall, the Breeding and Rearing Center for Galapagos tortoises, and the general information center. Learning about the protection of the species you've been observing throughout your trip.

Day 6

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Take a zodiac ride to the "Tintoreras," a cluster of islands off of the coast of Puerto Villamil. Herons perch on the mangroves, Galapagos penguins and sea lions lounge on shore, and white-tipped reef sharks rest in the shallow waters.

In the afternoon, venture to the highlands of Isabela Island. Hike up the Sierra Negra slope to the volcano's rim. From this vantage point you will have a fantastic view of the 5 mile wide crater and surrounding islands. Continue on to Chico Volcano and watch the striking lava formations that have helped shaped Isabela.

Day 7

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Visit Punta Moreno, on the north coast of Isabela. Wander along a trail that follows a Pahohoe lava flow into a group of coastal lagoons. This area is know for the spectacular bird species that inhabit its lakes and mangroves.

In the afternoon, take a zodiac ride through to Marielas Islet, home of the largest and most prominent Galapagos penguin colony. Your journey will take you into a red mangrove cove where turtles, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays, brown pelicans, sea lions, and schools of pompano and dorado fish are frequently spotted.

Day 8

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Fernandina - Isabela

In the morning, visit Punta Espinoza, the only visitor site on Fernandina Island. Punta Espinoza is a hot spot for iguanas, housing the largest concentrated population in the Galapagos. The area also provides habitat for the famous flightless comorant, a predator-less species that have evolved to survive in their island home.

Journey on to Tagus Cove and tour the picturesque cliffs in a zodiac. Disembark and hike up the cliff side for a view of Darwin Lake and the surrounding volcanoes. This site is also displays historic graffiti, written centuries ago by pirates and whalers.

Day 9

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Spend the morning at Espumilla beach on the northern coast of Santiago Island. This beach is an important sea turtle nesting site and gateway to the beautiful Palo Santo forest.

In the afternoon, head to the west side of the island for a visit to Puerto Egas. This site is known for its distinctive black sand beaches, formed by volcanic tuff deposits.

Day 10

  • Breakfast

Lobos - San Cristobal

Visit quaint Isla Lobos. Take a trail across the island, observing blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, and sea lions along the way.

Transfer to the San Cristobal airport for your departing flight.

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


  • 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


  • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
  • $35 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 - $590

    Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip

  • $475 - $520

Optional Hospitality Packages