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Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Alia
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Join the Alia on this 8-day journey cruising across the Eastern Galapagos Islands, ecologically recognized for their pure beauty and uniquenes. Visit Witch Hill, a perfect spot for hiking on one of the most photographed beaches in the archipelago with white powdery sand and an abundance of animals including frigatebirds, storm petrels, Nazca boobies, and blue-and red-footed boobies. Explore the famous blowhole that spurts water into the air at Suarez Point, and snorkel and delight yourself with extraordinary marine wildlife at Gardner's Bay.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : San Cristobal | Embark
Day 2 : San Cristobal
Day 3 : Española
Day 4 : Santa Cruz | North Seymour
Day 5 : Genovesa
Day 6 : Santiago | Bartholomew
Day 7 : Santa Cruz
Day 8 : Santa Cruz | Disembark | Baltra


  • Enjoy watching the three unique types of booby birds in Pitt Point
  • Dive into turquoise waters to swim with sea lions
  • Take a dinghy ride to Black Turtle Cove, an inlet surrounded by mangroves
  • Walk across a lovely white-sand beach in Gardners Bay



Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Baltra
  • Bartolome
  • Black Turtle Cove
  • Darwin Bay
  • Dragon Hill
  • El Barranco
  • Espanola
  • Gardner Bay
  • Genovesa
  • North Seymour
  • Punta Carrion
  • Punta Pitt
  • Punta Suarez
  • San Cristobal
  • San Cristobal Airport
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santiago
  • Sullivan Bay
  • Witch Hill


Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level


Trip Snapshots

Galapagos penguin by the water Colorful South Plaza Island Curious sea lion during a snorkeling outing Hiking through cacti in the Galapagos The iconic feet of a Blue-Footed Booby

Day 1 San Cristobal | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Take a morning flight from Quito or Guayaquil to San Cristobal. After passing through immigration and baggage claim, get transferred to the yacht with some time to settle in before lunch and a welcome briefing. In the morning, visit the Interpretation Center and explore the natural history of the islands including human interaction and conservation efforts. Follow this by a quick stop at The Museum of Natural History that explains the volcanic origin of the archipelago, ocean currents, climate, and the arrival of endemic species. 

Day 2 San Cristobal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, explore Witch Hill, located on the northern coast of San Cristobal. This eroded hill and its surroundings present one of the most picturesque beaches in the Galapagos with white powdery sand and an abundance of animals, including sea turtles, rays, and various types of booby birds. The clear water provides an excellent opportunity for swimming and snorkeling.

In the afternoon, visit Pitt Point, situated on the northeastern tip of the island. Here find frigatebirds, storm petrels, and all three types of booby birds: the Nazca, blue-footed, and red-footed boobies. A steep trail goes up a cliff and through a ravine leading visitors to an area with an abundance of birds.

Day 3 Española

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning visit Suarez Point. On the trail you have the chance to see blue-footed boobies, albatrosses, and Nazca boobies. This island is the breeding site of nearly all of the world’s 12,000 pairs of waved albatrosses. Enjoy the beautiful site on the ocean front with a cliff that the large albatrosses use as a launching pad, and discover the famous blowhole that spurts water into the air. The landscape is great for photography.

In the afternoon, an excursion takes you to the spectacular Gardner Bay. After landing, walk across a lovely white-sand beach amongst a busy sea lion colony or dive into the water to swim with sea lion pups. You may also see curious mockingbirds on the beach.

Day 4 Santa Cruz | North Seymour

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, head to Carrión Point, located in northeastern Santa Cruz. Navigate around this point which provides you opportunities to see various sea birds nesting on the rock cliffs. Carrion Point creates a sheltered lagoon with beautiful, turquoise water. During this visit snorkel and see a variety of fish, rays, and perhaps the harmless white-tip reef sharks.

In North Seymour interact with Galapagos sea lions, blue-footed boobies, and magnificent frigatebirds which are abundant on this island. North Seymour was formed by a series of submarine lava flows containing layers of sediment that were uplifted by tectonic activity. The island is characterized by its arid vegetation zone.

Day 5 Genovesa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, sail to the white-sand coral beach of Darwin Bay with a half-mile trail (0,75km) that winds through mangroves filled with land birds. Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls can be spotted here. Further down the path find tidal pools where sea lions swim playfully. At the end is a spectacular view of a cliff.

In the afternoon, explore El Barranco (also known as Prince Phillip’s Steps), a steep, rocky path that leads up to a high cliff-face. A marvelous view can be appreciated from here. This site is also home to palo santo vegetation as well as red-footed boobies, short-eared lava owls, Galapagos swallows, and Galapagos doves.

Day 6 Santiago | Bartholomew

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, visit Sullivan Bay located on the southeast part of Santiago. Sullivan Bay is covered by lava flows, with elevations in the form of small volcanoes.

In the afternoon, head off to Bartholomew Island, home of the famous Pinnacle Rock. Bartholomew consists of an extinct volcano with a variety of red, orange, black and even green volcanic formations. Take a trail of stairs to the summit of the volcano (about 30 or 40 minutes) where you can enjoy one of the best views of the islands. Discover a small, beautiful beach surrounded by the only vegetation found on this barren island. The beach is perfect for snorkeling; you may even see Galapagos penguins!

Day 7 Santa Cruz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, visit Dragon Hill on Santa Cruz. The visitor's site at Dragon Hill is located on the northwestern part of Santa Cruz Island and consists of a trail that runs through three different environments although it is only slightly less than a mile long (1,600 meters). This beach is very rocky and at high tide it’s a nice place for snorkeling. At this site enjoy the amazing vegetation typical of the intertidal and dry zones.

In the afternoon, visit Black Turtle Cove on the northern part of Santa Cruz Island. This inlet is surrounded by mangroves and is only accessible by dinghy. The shallow cove is a haven for young marine life. Black-tip and white-tip reef sharks, sea turtles, and a variety of rays are spotted here.

Day 8 Santa Cruz | Disembark | Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning's excursion takes you from Puerto Ayora to the green highlands of Santa Cruz for a visit to El Chato Reserve. This area is divided in two: Caseta and Chato. The trail begins at Santa Rosa (13.7 miles / 22 km) from Puerto Ayora, with the Caseta route being the most challenging. The reserve allows visitors to observe giant tortoises in the wild during the dry season and is also a good place to spot short-eared owls, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, Galapagos rails, and paint-billed crakes.

After this final visit, be transferred to Baltra’s airport in time for your flight back to the mainland.



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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 Alia 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

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

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