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5 Day Sample Cruise aboard Galaxy
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Board the Galaxy in San Cristobal and set sail for your 5 day journey around the southern islands of Galapagos. Become acquainted with the local wildlife as you snorkel alongside playful sea lions and through schools of colorful fish. Send a post card back home from Post Office Bay on Floreana Island. Lastly, enjoy a trip to the Charles Darwin Research Station and learn about the natural history of the islands and the tortoise breeding project. Enjoy frequent wildlife encounters and snorkeling opportunities on this Galapagos cruise!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : San Cristobal - Lobos
Day 2 : Espanola
Day 3 : Floreana
Day 4 : Santa Fe - South Plazas Island
Day 5 : Santa Cruz Island - Charles Darwin Center - Baltra

Highlights

  • Snorkel with a variety of fish and playful sealions
  • Mail a postcard home from Post Office Bay on Floreana Island
  • Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station & learn about the islands history

Ship

Galaxy

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Baltra
  • Charles Darwin Center
  • Espanola
  • Floreana
  • Isla Lobos
  • San Cristobal
  • San Cristobal Airport
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Fe
  • South Plaza Island

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Santa Fe land iguana Snorkeling Colorful South Plaza Island Wander beaches full of sea lions during an island expedition on your Galapagos tour Punta Suarez, Espanola

Day 1 San Cristobal - Lobos

Arrive at the airport and transfer to the Galaxy for your Galapagos Cruise.

In the afternoon, sail for Isla Lobos (Sea Lion Island) to view the sea lions which rest on the island's rocky shore. Isla Lobos is frequented with blue-footed boobies, great frigatebirds, brown pelicans, lava gulls, common noddies, yellow warblers and small and medium ground finches, making it an ideal location for birders. Snorkel near Leon Dormido, in the clear water and play with the sea lions in the shallows.

Day 2 Espanola

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Journey to Gardner Bay, to snorkel with a variety of fish and playful sea lions. Hope to see the occasional turtle or shark which swim in the waters off the island.

In the afternoon, travel to Suarez Point one of the most significantly birdlife rich locations in the Galapagos archipelago. Around twelve thousand breading pairs have their nests in the Española Island. Depending on the time of year you might catch the Blue-Footed Boobies and the Waved Albatross doing their extensive mating dances. Also view marine iguanas and over-sized lava lizards as they sun themselves on the rocks.

Day 3 Floreana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sail for Post Office Bay, a sandy beach where past whalers used to leave and receive their letters in a barrel. Take part in the tradition by leaving an addressed postcard in the barrel. Additionally, pick up any letters within close proximity to your home to deliver once you return from the Galapagos.

Visit Punta Cormorant located to the west of Floreana Island. It has a unqiuely famous dark green beach due to the great quantity of olivine crystals. Then take a panga ride around Devils's Crown, a satellite islet of the island Floreana where constant sea erosion has form the rocks into the shape of a crown. This is one of the better places to go snorkeling.

Day 4 Santa Fe - South Plazas Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive at Santa Fe to view the Opuntia cactus forest, the largest of its kind in the archipelago. It is home of one of the two species of land iguanas in the Galapagos islands. Crabs, nocturnal herons, marine iguanas, and land doves are often seen. The gorgeous turquoise bay is excellent place to swim and go snorkeling with sea turtles, rays, sea lions and tropical fishes.

At South Plaza, are two small islands with one of the largest populations of land iguanas in the Galapagos islands. Take a cliff-side trail which circumnavigates the island for spectacular views and varied vegetation.

Day 5 Santa Cruz Island - Charles Darwin Center - Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about the natural history of the islands and the effects of human involvement. See the tortoise breeding and rearing project at work.

In the afternoon, transfer to the Baltra airport to connect with your flights back to the mainland.

Galaxy

Per person starting at
$2,576
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Lower Deck
Comfortable cabins with lower beds and port hole windows. Cabins have private bathrooms with hot/cold water and air conditioning.
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Main Deck
Comfortable cabins with lower beds and large windows. Cabins have private bathrooms with hot/cold water and air conditioning.
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Upper Deck
Comfortable cabins with lower beds and large windows. Cabins have private bathrooms with hot/cold water and air conditioning.

Single Supplement

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

Child Discount

10% discount for children under age 12 at time of Galapagos cruise (does not apply for Holiday departures)



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

Included

  • Accommodations on board Galaxy 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 $25 for 4 days, $30 for 5 days, $35 for 6 days, $45 for 8 days, $55 for 10 days, $60 for 11 days, $80 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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The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
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