In the Steps of Darwin Cruise

kate grenier
with the sun bathing iguanas
Aaron Conway
admiring the sealions
Edward Quinlan
Darwin's statue in the Galapagos
Reilly Sullivan
Galapagos tortoise taking a little swim.
John Collins
A pair of Blue Footed Boobies
Enjoy a drink in the Evolution's lounge.
Sun bath on the deck of the Evolution.
Close encounters with wildlife will make your journey a truly memorable one on this 8-day adventure. This is an excellent excursion for gaining a true understanding of the history of the Galapagos and the rare and incredible creatures that make their homes here. Indulge in the wide variety of flora and fauna as well as spectacular scenery on these islands. Get ready to see an abundance of unique wildlife including flamingos, frigate birds, iguanas, and enjoy some friendly interaction with the islands playful sea lions. Enjoy snorkeling, swimming, and kayaking in the pristine crystalline waters of this incredible area.

Day 1

Baltra-Santa Cruz

Arrive at the Baltra airport and transfer to the Evolution. Begin your Galapagos journey in Whaler's Bay, named for the large ships the 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. You can also take the opportunity to snorkel with sea lions and tropical fish both here as well as the nearby Eden Islet. Then celebrate your first equatorial sunset with a welcome cocktail, followed by a delicious dinner.

Day 2

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Isabela - Fernandina

Begin the 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

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, 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, explore 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 snorkeling. Swim among sea horses, sea turtles, tropical fish, sea lions, and flocks of Galapagos penguins.

Day 4

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, 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, swim and snorkel with playful sea lions off two small coraline beaches.

Day 5

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Santa Cruz

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 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

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Santa Cruz

Begin your day with a tour of the highlands in Santa Cruz. The trail passes through a number of distinct vegetative zones and affording 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 interact with these gentle giants.

Day 7

  • Ship
  • Breakfast, Lunch, 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!

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

  • Breakfast

San Cristobal

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 an audio tour.

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

All itineraries are subject to change due to weather or changes by the National Park Service or yacht operator.
 Cabins D1-D4Cabin C4Cabins C1-C3 & C5-C9Cabins A2-A3Cabin A1

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
  • $35 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
  • $45 International Departure Tax
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

    Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip

  • $530 - $590

    Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip

  • $475 - $520

Optional Hospitality Packages