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Explore the unique landscapes of the Galapagos islands on this amazing 8 day naturalist cruise on the Astrea! Sail around the central Galapagos Islands, including Santa Fe, Chinese Hat, Rabida and more! Snorkel among amazing sea life, explore beautiful beaches, and hike along trails that allow you to admire the beauty of the Galapagos.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra - Seymour
Day 2 : South Plaza-Santa Fe
Day 3 : Santa Cruz-Floreana
Day 4 : Santa Cruz-Chinese Hat
Day 5 : Cowley Islet-Albany Islet
Day 6 : Santiago-Sullivan Bay
Day 7 : Rabida-Bartolome
Day 8 : Mosquera-Baltra

Ship

Astrea

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Albany Islet
  • Baltra
  • Bartolome
  • Chinese Hat
  • Cowley Islet
  • Dragon Hill
  • Floreana
  • Isabela
  • Mosquera
  • North Seymour
  • Puerto Ayora
  • Punta Cormorant
  • Rabida
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Fe
  • Santiago
  • South Plaza Island
  • Sullivan Bay

Activities

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Blue-footed boobies The Galapagos Scuba diving in the reefs Explore secluded shores of the Galapagos on your small ship cruise Tropical fish in the Galapagos

Day 1 Baltra - Seymour

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
AM: Arrive at the Baltra airport, where a guide will be waiting to welcome you to the islands. Once all group members arrive, head to the dock and embark the yacht and be welcomed by the crew. Lunch will be served, then the adventure begins!

PM: After lunch, head to Seymour island, a fantastic place to watch for birds such as blue-footed boobies, frigates, swallow-tailed gulls, and Nazca boobies. Seymour is also home to many land and marine iguanas and sea lions.

Day 2 South Plaza-Santa Fe

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
AM: Begin your day in South Plaza, where you can take a walk through a landscape surrounded by Cactus Opuntia. This island is an ideal place for watching tropical birds such as pilot birds and Nazca boobies, as well as seals, land and marine iguanas.

PM: In the afternoon snorkel in the turquoise sea in Santa Fe, where you can see sea lions resting on the white sand beaches. This islands is an excellent place to snorkel as you look for stingrays and other marine life. You can also watch for Santa Fe's endemic land iguana(Conolophus pallidus)which you can easily spot because of its distinct color.

Day 3 Santa Cruz-Floreana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
AM: The day begins with a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station and Interpretation Center Fausto Llerena on Santa Cruz Island. Here you can observe land iguanas and turtles and learn about conservation efforts in the Galapagos.

PM: Spend the afternoon snorkeling at Cormorant Point in Floreana. Considered one of the best places to snorkel, here you can see tropical fish, sea lions, rays and sharks.

Day 4 Santa Cruz-Chinese Hat

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
AM: Start the day with a hike on Dragon Hill in Santa Cruz. Walk along a beautiful trail that begins at a small white sandy beach outlined by black rocks that contrast with the color of the zayapas, red crabs that sit on the stones. As you head inland, you can explore a lagoon where you can occasionally see endemic ducks, flamingos and other migratory birds. You also see several species of land birds such as finches and mockingbirds.

PM: After lunch, head to Chinese Hat, named for its shape. On this island, admire the lava formations, hang out with sea lions, and snorkel in the crystal clear waters.

Day 5 Cowley Islet-Albany Islet

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
AM: This morning, discover Cowley Islet by snorkeling in its crystal clear waters and taking a panga ride along the coast. While snorkeling, you may see whitetip sharks, reef fish, sea lion, lobsters, eels, turtles, manta rays, and eagle rays. On the panga ride, keep an eye out for blue-footed boobies, gulls, sea lions, and marine iguanas.

PM: After lunch, spend the afternoon snorkeling and riding around Albany Islet, where you may spot barracuda, Nazca boobies, and many species of tropical birds.

Day 6 Santiago-Sullivan Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
AM: Start the day in Puerto Egas, one of the most spectacular sites in the Galapagos. Here you can admire the black beach, where you can find sea lions, marine iguanas, and sea turtles.

PM: In the afternoon,walk along the lava formations that make Sullivan Bay so unique. You may also be able to snorkel along the coast and see Galapagos penguins, starfish, and other types of tropical fish.

Day 7 Rabida-Bartolome

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
AM: Spend this morning snorkeling along the red beaches of Rabida. Here you can find large colonies of sea lions, flamingos, blue-footed boobies, and many other species of seabirds. After a walk around the beach and lagoon, put on your snorkel and swim with sea turtles and different species of rays.

PM: In the afternoon, head to Bartolome and explore the famous Pinnacle Rock. Take an opportunity to snorkel along Bartolome's amazing beach in search of Galapagos penguins, sea turtles, stingrays, and various species of tropical fish. There may evening be time for a beautiful sunset panga ride.

Day 8 Mosquera-Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
AM: Spend this morning on Mosquera Island. Explore the white sand beaches, where you can find sea lions, gulls, and a variety of migratory birds. Then head to Baltra and fly back to the mainland of Ecuador.

Astrea

Per person starting at
$2,845
Cruise the Galapagos on the Astrea ship
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Double Cabins
There are 8 double cabins with private bathrooms. There are 4 cabins with windows on the upper deck, 3 cabins with portholes on the lower deck, and 1 master cabin on the main deck (1 double bed and 1 upper bed)

Notes

-Single Supplement is 60%
-Credit Cards are not accepted as payment on ship
-It is possible to switch from naturalist to diving cruise and it is necessary to make an additional deposit, which will be paid to the Galápagos National Park to receive an authorization

Cruise Includes:
-all meals listed on itinerary
-Snorkel Equipment (Mask,Tube,Fins)

Cruise does not Include:
-Air Ticket to/from Galapagos
-Galapagos Park Fee
-Control Transit Card - Ingala
-Personal Expenses
-Alcoholic beverages
-Personal diving equipment
-Wet Suits (available for rent)
-VAT (12%)

Single Supplement

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

Child Discount

May be available upon request

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

Included

  • Accommodations on board Astrea 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

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
  • Diving available on diving specified cruises. See diving itinerary for pricing details.
  • Rental wet suits are available for $25 per day -cash only
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

  • Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $530 - $595
  • Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip
    • $475 - $540

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