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8 Day Sample Cruise aboard Eclipse
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This 8-day cruise through the Galapagos offers you the amazing opportunity to explore the highlights of the southern islands. Enjoy the history and unique splendor of these amazing islands. Snorkel and swim in the pristine crystalline waters, roam the striking volcanic landscape, and observe fascinating native wildlife as you cruise through the beautiful southern archipelago.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark in Baltra | North Seymour
Day 2 : South Plaza | Santa Fe
Day 3 : San Cristobal
Day 4 : Floreana
Day 5 : Isabela
Day 6 : Santa Cruz | Charles Darwin Center
Day 7 : Española
Day 8 : Mosquera | Disembark in Baltra

Highlights

  • Visit North Seymour and admire sea lions, blue-footed boobies & iguanas
  • Swim with playful sea lions or enjoy beach time at Santa Fe Island
  • Explore Cerro Brujo, the first coast where Charles Darwin stepped foot
  • Enjoy a leisurely day on Gardner´s Bay pristine white sandy beach

Ship

Eclipse

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Baltra
  • Champion Inlet
  • Charles Darwin Center
  • Elizabeth Bay
  • Espanola
  • Floreana
  • Gardner Bay
  • Isabela
  • Mirador de la Baronesa
  • Mosquera
  • North Seymour
  • Post Office Bay
  • Punta Cormorant
  • Punta Moreno
  • Punta Pitt
  • Punta Suarez
  • San Cristobal
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Fe
  • South Plaza Island
  • Witch Hill

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Sally Lightfoot Crabs on Santiago Island With our favorite tortoise Flamingoes and a flamingo chick. Can you see them? They're blending. Darwin's statue in the Galapagos

Day 1 Embark in Baltra | North Seymour

Arrive at the airport in Baltra and be escorted to the boat for check-in and a quick introductory briefing. Then continue on to North Seymour for the rest of the day. North Seymour is a perfect introduction to the Galapagos Islands. Find yourself surrounded by frigates and blue-footed boobies. Keep an eye out for land iguanas and sea lions too.

Day 2 South Plaza | Santa Fe

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Head out to South Plaza Island. Although it is quite small, it is actually home to a large Opuntia cacti forest, land iguanas, and one of the largest sea lion colonies in the central region of the archipelago. Sesuvium is an endemic plant that inhabits this island and is a great climate indicator as its color is a greenish-yellowish during the rainy season and a bright red during the dry season. Also have the chance to see Nazca boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, and other kinds of sea birds as well as various types of finches.

The island of Santa Fe was formed by uplifting, rather than by a volcano. Some of the island’s endemic species include the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snake, rice rats, different types of finches, and the Galapagos mockingbird. This visit includes a nice hike past salt bushes where Galapagos hawks and Santa Fe land iguanas tend to wander. Friendly and playful sea lions may accompany you during your snorkeling activities.

Day 3 San Cristobal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy an excursion to Pitt Point which is located on the eastern tip of San Cristobal Island. Take a hike up to a plateau to view the spectacular landscape. It is so unique and beautiful that it is definitely worth the effort. Watch out for the red-footed boobies nesting in the cliffs. After this power hike, enjoy the opportunity to go kayaking, snorkeling, or take a panga ride.

Disembark at Cerro Brujo for an excursion, kayaking, snorkeling & panga ride. This area has a fantastic landscape as well as wonderful swimming, snorkeling, and panga ride experiences. Cerro Brujo’s breathtaking beach is also home to an abundance of sea lions. This is also the first coast where Charles Darwin first stepped foot on in the Archipelago!

Day 4 Floreana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Floreana is one of the Galapagos most famous islands due to many unique stories about past settlers. Post Office Bay is home to a unique “post office” influenced by 18th-century pirates and buccaneers who used a wooden barrel as an unofficial mail box. Continue the tradition by leaving addressed postcards in the barrel and sorting through left mail to deliver at home. Floreana is also a magnificent site for swimming and kayaking. For the more adventurous guests, there is an option to visit the inside of a lava tunnel. Watch your step because this tunnel has been left untouched and completely natural over these many years.

Enjoy snorkeling or a panga ride at Champion Islet followed by an excursion to Punta Cormorant. A great site for bird-watching, Cormorant Point has a large lagoon where an array of species including flamingos, stilts, and pintail ducks tend to wander. Bring binoculars so you can see these incredible creatures up close. Prior to the excursions, have an opportunity to enjoy a relaxing snorkeling trip at Champion Islet.

Day 5 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Elizabeth Bay, the furthest point of the Galapagos on your trip. Enter a sheltered cove accessible by panga only. This is a wonderful mangrove ecosystem that is a refuge for sea turtles, rays, blue-footed boobies, penguins, herons, and more.

Moreno Point is located just southwest of Elizabeth Bay on the west coast of Isabela Island. Surround yourself by some of the most magnificent scenery while observing and learning about different types of lava and pioneer plants. In the tide pools, have a chance to spot green sea turtles and possibly white-tip sharks. Afterwards, head out on a panga ride along the striking rocky shores. Have an opportunity to observe penguins, sea lions, blue-footed boobies, and marine iguanas.

Day 6 Santa Cruz | Charles Darwin Center

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
On your visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station gain insight into the great efforts being made by scientists, guides, rangers, and park managers to preserve this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you can view the tortoises at many stages of life. Newly-hatched tortoises average 3 inches long, while the adults can reach over 4 feet. This research station helps prepare these incredible creatures for reintroduction into their natural environment. After the visit, drive to the green highlands of Santa Cruz and visit a tortoise reserve. Take some time and search for giant tortoises in their natural surroundings. This is a leisurely afternoon.

Day 7 Española

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Gardner Bay offers the chance to enjoy a breathtaking white sandy beach. This is the home to one of the most important colonies of sea lions as well as a nesting site for sea turtles. Throughout the morning there are many opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking.

One of the most popular and attractive sites in the Galapagos is Punta Suarez. Espanola is very isolated from the other islands, allowing it to have a high proportion of endemic fauna. Right off the landing site, view groups of Española marine iguanas basking in the sun. Further inland, Nazca and blue-footed boobies nest near the trail. Watch as Galapagos doves peck around and finches go about their day-to-day business unaware of visitors. Further down the trail there is a blowhole, which is a fissure in the lava where water spurts high into the air resembling a geyser. Swallow-tailed gulls and red-billed tropicbirds find their homes in the cracks of the cliffs. Further up the cliff in an area of low-lying trees find a nesting site for the albatross. The 15,000 to 17,000 pairs of albatrosses on Española represent almost the entire population of this species on the planet. Have a chance to see them perform one of the most spectacular courtship rituals of the animal world.

Day 8 Mosquera | Disembark in Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
Mosquera Islet is a tiny islet, which is actually home to a huge population of sea lions. Have the chance to view many different types of shorebirds. While at Mosquera, keep your eyes peeled as there are occasional reports of dolphins and orcas. Disembark, begin your trip to the airport, and return to the mainland.

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Notes

* Cruise prices, Air tickets, National Park fee and TCT prices are subject to change without prior notice in the event of circumstances beyond our control
* In case of an increase in fuel prices, a fuel surcharge will apply
* Private transfers from Puerto Ayora to the airport in Baltra are available at an extra cost

Child Policies:
* On Family Departures children are accepted from the age of 4 years old onwards. On Non-Family Departures children are accepted from the age of 7 years old onwards
* Children booked in single cabin or in double cabin for single use pay the adult rate

Included in Your Fare:​​
*All shore excursions with English speaking guides
*All meals while onboard
*All soft drinks and juices onboard (no virgin cocktails)
*Welcome cocktail
*On-board credit for bar consumption of $100 per adult
*Complimentary use of snorkeling equipment & 3mm "shorty" wet suits
*Kayaks
*Sharing transfer between the airport in Baltra and the dock upon arrival & departure on Saturday
*Sharing transfer between Puerto Ayora and the airport in Baltra upon departure on Thursday
*VIP lounge at the airport in Baltra on outgoing flights

Not included in Your Fare: 
*Air tickets to and from the Galapagos Islands
*Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee $100 per adult / $50 per child under 12 years
*Tourist Transit Card TCT $20 per person (adults and children)
*Guide and crew gratuities
*Alcoholic beverages
*Satelite Internet in social areas (except Deluxe Staterooms)
*In case of increase in fuel prices, fuel surcharge will apply
*Private transfers from Puerto Ayora to the airport in Baltra (available at an extra cost)

Single Supplement

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

Child Discount

25% discount for children under age 12 at time of Galapagos cruise, 15% discount for children between 12-16 years. Requires sharing a cabin with an adult and excludes Easter (March 19-26), Christmas (Dec 24-31) and New Year (Dec 31-Jan 07) cruises.

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

Included

  • Accommodations on board Eclipse 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
  • Fuel Surcharge
  • $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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