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Islands Circumnavigation

Example 15 Day Cruise aboard M/V Origin
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Travel the Galapagos Islands on a 15-day island circumnavigation tour. This voyage crosses the equator and visits the tropical islands of San Cristobal, Espanola, Floreana, Santa Cruz, Genovesa, Fernandina, and Santiago. Make sea lion friends in the warm water, kayak and stand up paddle board near shore, take short hikes across the islands, and view the famed Galapagos tortoises.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Embark on San Cristobal
Day 2 : San Cristobal
Day 3 : Espanola
Day 4 : Floreana
Day 5 : Santa Cruz Island
Day 6 : Santa Cruz Island | Bartolome | Chinese Hat
Day 7 : South Plaza Island | North Seymour
Day 8 : San Cristobal
Day 9 : Genovesa
Day 10 : Santa Cruz Island
Day 11 : Fernandina | Isabela
Day 12 : Isabela
Day 13 : Santiago | Rabida
Day 14 : Santa Cruz Island
Day 15 : Disembark on San Cristobal


  • Encounter giant tortoises in their natural habitat
  • Hike across islands covered in cacti
  • Admire the distinctive biodiversity of the Galapagos
  • Kayak and stand up paddle board along the islands' coastlines


M/V Origin

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Bachas Beach
  • Bartolome
  • Black Turtle Cove
  • Cerro Colorado
  • Charles Darwin Center
  • Chinese Hat
  • Dragon Hill
  • Elizabeth Bay
  • Espanola
  • Espinosa Point
  • Fernandina
  • Floreana
  • Gardner Bay
  • Genovesa
  • Isabela
  • La Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado
  • North Seymour
  • Post Office Bay
  • Puerto Egas
  • Punta Cormorant
  • Punta Pitt
  • Punta Suarez
  • Rabida
  • San Cristobal
  • San Cristobal Airport
  • San Cristobal Interpretation Center
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santiago
  • South Plaza Island
  • Tagus Cove
  • Urbina Bay
  • Witch Hill


Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level


Trip Snapshots

Sea lions just lion around... Punta Suarez, Espanola Approaching kicker rock South plaza M/V Origin Ship pictures

Day 1 Embark on San Cristobal

Arrive at the San Cristobal airport and transfer to your ship.

San Cristobal is the easternmost island in the Galapagos archipelago and, geologically, one of the oldest. Spot nesting colonies of frigatebirds and cruise around Kicker Rock, a cone formation which rises nearly 500 ft out of the sea.

Day 2 San Cristobal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive at Cerro Brujo, and land on its breathtaking white-coral beach. Considered to be one of the most pristine beaches in the Galapagos, Cerro Brujo is ideal for birders and individuals seeking short hikes. Snorkel or swim with the sea lions or take a zodiac ride.

Day 3 Espanola

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Travel to Punta Suarez, which offers the highest range of endemic species in the Galapagos archipelago. Land on the beach and greet the sea lions on shore. Colonies of blue-footed boobies are often found showing off for future mates. There is also a unique species of marine iguana, identified with traces of red and green colorings.

Day 4 Floreana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Step ashore at Punta Cormorant, one of the only populated islands in the Galapagos archipelago. This island is intriguing and presents a rich human history which is closely linked to the animals. Hike towards a lagoon that is home to several species of birds, including the greater flamingo. Hope to see sea turtles laying their eggs. Snorkel at Devil’s Crown or Champion, shallow sunken craters known for their fish and aquarium-like coral inhabitants.

Day 5 Santa Cruz Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Travel by bus to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. Watch as the scenery changes, eventually covering each of the seven vegetation zones represented in the Galapagos.

Visit Las Primicias, a private farm where you can encounter giant tortoises in their natural habitat. Stop at the tunnels, the largest lava tubes found in Galapagos, before visiting Los Gemelos and the Charles Darwin Research Station. Walk around three tortoise corals and the breeding center.

Day 6 Santa Cruz Island | Bartolome | Chinese Hat

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Travel to Bartolome, a uniquely barren island which is largely inhospitable to most plants and wildlife. Hike for 30 minutes towards the summit of a dormant volcano. Admire lava bombs, spatter, and cinder cones before reaching the top to gaze across the island. Snorkel in the clear water with schools of tropical fish and Galapagos penguins or take a ride on the zodiac.

In the afternoon, sail to the southern tip of Santiago, Sombrero Chino (Chinese Hat). Come ashore to walk through sea lion colonies or take a trail through primeval volcanic landscape.

Day 7 South Plaza Island | North Seymour

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit South Plaza, a small geological uplift with tall cliffs that offer spectacular views. Take a trail through Prickly Pear or Opuntia, often finding Galapagos land iguanas feeding on cactus leaves. Encounter a colony of bachelor sea lions and observe their various stages of recovery from battles lost over prime beach territory.

Day 8 San Cristobal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit the Interpretation Center and gain a more complete understanding of the natural and human history of the Islands.

Day 9 Genovesa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Genovesa, a shield volcano. Rich in birdlife, Genovesa stretches about five miles and is filled with salt water. Hike up Prince Philip's Steps and be rewarded with an extraordinary view of the island.

Day 10 Santa Cruz Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Return to Santa Cruz Island.

Day 11 Fernandina | Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Isabela, an active shield volcano which last erupted in 2009. This rocky island is largely inhospitable to animals, but watch oyster-catchers and Sally Light-foot crabs skirt across the rocks.

Day 12 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Striding the equator, Isabela is the largest of the Galapagos Islands and features flora and fauna impossible to compare to anywhere else. Home to more wild tortoises than any of the other islands, Isabela entrances travelers with its close encounters.

Day 13 Santiago | Rabida

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 14 Santa Cruz Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Return to Santa Cruz for snorkeling and sun.

Day 15 Disembark on San Cristobal

  • 1 Breakfast
Spend a few hours in port before heading to the airport for departures to the mainland.

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Travelers on this yacht need to pre-pay the Galapagos Islands National Park Fee. The entrance fee to the National Park is $100 for adults and $50 for children 11 and younger and is not included in the cruise rate.

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 age 11 and younger at time of Galapagos cruise. 15% discount for children age 12-17 at 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 M/V Origin 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
  • $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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