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Discover the beauty of the Northern Galapagos Islands on this 5-day cruise exploring the highlights of this historic archipelago. Snorkel through Darwin's Bay, where diverse marine life can be found. Visit Genovesa Island, well known as “The Bird Island”, for close interaction with numerous bird species such as Nazca, blue-, and red-footed boobies. Explore Black Turtle Cove's amazing mangrove lagoon on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, and much more!

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra Island | Embark | Seymour Island
Day 2 : Genovesa Island
Day 3 : Santiago Island | Bartolome Island
Day 4 : Santa Cruz Island
Day 5 : Santa Cruz | Disembark


  • Take a walk at Darwin Bay, a white sand coral beach full of life
  • Discover a colony of frigatebirds at the wonderful Genovesa Island
  • Hike through 3 different environments along 1,600m on Dragon Hill



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  • Small Ship

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Trip Snapshots

Two frigate birds Warm waters of the Galapagos archipelago Blue footed booby Young Nazca Booby with hikers

Day 1 Baltra Island | Embark | Seymour Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start your adventure to the Galapagos Islands at Baltra airport and be transferred to the Alya Catamaran for an on-board lunch and welcome drink. Let the adventure begin! Experience a dry landing at Seymour, a small island formed by the lifting of volcanic marine lava, a perfect spot for close interaction with land iguanas and for witnessing the thrilling mating rituals of large colonies of nesting blue-footed boobies. Hike through the vegetation of North Seymour, a perfect nesting environment for Galapagos frigates. Afterwards, return to Alia and enjoy a dinner on board.

Day 2 Genovesa Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Genovesa, a small island situated at the north of the Galapagos. Start your day with a wet landing at Darwin Bay's coral beach and enjoy plenty of activities including short walks, photography, swimming, and snorkeling. Near to the beach is a small forest of mangrove swamp where you can discover a colony of frigates, marine iguanas, red-foot boobies, and masked boobies. After this visit on land, enjoy swimming in the bay. 

In the afternoon, land at Prince Phillip’s stairs, and hike through Barranco's path for an observation of the amazing wildlife that this island has to offer.

Day 3 Santiago Island | Bartolome Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start your day exploring Santiago, an island composed of lava flows that remain intact. Enjoy Sullivan Bay, a coral beach with immense proportions of lava field. Looking carefully and see signs of plant life that has emerged after one hundred years, since its last volcanic explosion.

Afterwards, land at Bartolome Island and enjoy swimming and snorkeling in one of the most photographed spots of the Galapagos. Walk through a path to the top of the island and observe pioneering plants like Tiquilias, Chamesyces, and Scalesias, plus one of the greatest views of the islands. Experience a wet landing and sail to the south beach through mangrove swamps. In the afternoon cruise to the North beach and finish your day swimming and snorkeling around this magical spot.

Day 4 Santa Cruz Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start your day at Santa Cruz, a place to feel connected to the modern man-made world. This is a destination in itself, full of visitor sites, easily accessible beaches and remote highlands in the interior, and a base for adventurous activities far from the tourism trail. Visit the Dragon Hill located in northwestern Santa Cruz, a trail that runs through three different environments at just 1,600m long. After lunch your first destination is Black Turtle Cove, situated in the north of Santa Cruz and surrounded by mangroves accessible by dinghy only. The superficial cove is a safe refuge for marine life. Black-tip reef sharks, marine turtles, and a variety of rays are often spotted here.

Day 5 Santa Cruz | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Delight yourself with an early breakfast followed by a visit to the highlands of Santa Cruz, where you can take a walk and find the spectacular giant tortoises in their natural habitat. For this visit it is recommended to use sport shoes, long pants, a raincoat, hat, and sun block. Be transferred to the airport and say goodbye to one of the most amazing experiences of your life.


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9 comfortable cabins, 8 with private balconies. All the beds can be double or twin. Upper Deck cabins are 172ft² / 16m²; Main Deck cabins measure 215ft² / 20m².


Please provide your wetsuite size in advance prior to trip

The vessel itinerary is subject to change without previous notice; due to seasonal changes, weather conditions or Galapagos National Park policy.

Child Discount

20% discount for children under 12 years of age. Children over 6 years old are welcome aboard.

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


  • Accommodations on board Alya 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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