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Eastern Islands

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Enjoy this 8-day cruise through the eastern islands of the Galapagos, covering some of the most beautiful islands including San Cristobal, South Plaza, Santa Cruz, and Genovesa. Overflowing with wildlife, volcanic wonders, and breathtaking landscapes, this is the perfect vacation choice. Get ready to see an abundance of unique wildlife including flamingos, frigate birds, iguanas, and enjoy some friendly interaction with the island's playful sea lions. Fill your days with opportunities to snorkel, swim, and wander through the islands of this archipelago.
Lazing in the sun South Plaza(Floreana) CoastlineBeach time at Cerro Brujo, San CristobalGalapagos Tortoise close upFamily in the Galapagos
Highlights
  • Observe the giant Galapagos tortoise in its natural habitat
  • Take a boat ride to Black Turtle Cove
  • Climb up Prince Phillip's Steps to get a glimpse at the Galapagos birds
  • Snorkel around Devil's Crown, a submerged volcano
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Day 1: Baltra | Santa Cruz

Arrive in the Galapagos and transfer to Santa Cruz Island. After arrival, travel to the Santa Cruz highlands in search of the giant Galapagos tortoise! Afterward, explore Santa Cruz Island and visit the Charles Darwin Research Center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Galapagos tortoise breeding center.

Day 2: South Plaza | Santa Fe

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning visit South Plaza Island where you can observe iguanas feeding on the prickly pear cactus. Hope to catch a glimpse of some fascinating Galapagos birds, such as the masked booby, the frigatebird, and the brown pelican.

In the afternoon, travel to Santa Fe Island and anchor alongside a beautiful, turquoise lagoon. Santa Fe is home to a unique species of iguana that have large spikes on their spines and are bright yellow in color.

Day 3: San Cristobal

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today set out to explore San Cristobal! First, travel to Cerro Brujo to admire the unique lava formations and the unique Galapagos flora and fauna. Afterward, transfer via vehicle to La Galapaguera where you can observe the giant Galapagos tortoise in its natural habitat.

This afternoon, visit El Junco Lagoon, the Galapagos' only permanent freshwater lake.

Day 4: EspaƱola

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today explore the island of Española. Your first stop is Gardner Bay, a white sand beach where sea lions, mockingbirds and finches abound!

This afternoon, stop at Punta Suarez to catch a glimpse of the masked and blue-footed boobies. Also visit the "blowhole," a lava tube that sprays water up in the air like a geyser!

Day 5: Floreana

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today explore Floreana Island, stopping at Cormorant Point (Punta Cormorant), Devil's Crown, and Post Office Bay. At Cormorant Point, keep your eyes peeled for Galapagos birds such as Darwin's finches. Devil's Crown, a submerged volcano, has some of the best snorkeling in the Galapagos Islands. Keep an eye out for white-tipped sharks, eagle rays, and sea turtles! At Post Office Bay, leave an unstamped postcard in the hopes that it gets delivered via fellow travelers!

Day 6: Santa Cruz | Santiago

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today visit Dragon Hill (Cerro Dragon) on Santa Cruz Island, offering fantastic views of the bay. In the morning, take a boat ride along the mangrove-lined shore where you may spot numerous Galapagos birds, sea turtles, and white-tipped sharks!

This afternoon, travel to Sullivan Bay and walk across lava fields!

Day 7: Genovesa

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning visit Genovesa Island, starting with a visit to El Barranco, also known as Prince Phillip's Steps. Climb up the steps in order to get a glimpse at the many Galapagos birds, such as the masked booby and the short-eared owl.

In the afternoon visit Darwin Bay. Here, observe magnificent Galapagos birds such as red-footed boobies, frigatebirds, gulls, and herons.

Day 8: Santa Cruz | Disembark | Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
Today take a boat ride to Black Turtle Cove, on Santa Cruz Island. Here see a variety of mangroves, and hope to spot some rays, sea turtles and white-tipped sharks!

After your visit, you are taken to the airport for your flight back to mainland Ecuador.

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Child Discount

50% discount for children under age 12 at time of Galapagos cruise. Child discounts are conditional and may not apply on certain departures. Please contact us for more information.

Children under 12 may receive discounts on Galapagos flight fares and entrance fees. Contact us for details.
Included
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide 
  • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
  • Shore Excursions, Swimming and Snorkeling 
  • Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos
  • Snorkeling and kayaking equipment is included in the cruise cost and available for your use on board.
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Galapagos Park Entrance Fee: $100 per adult, $50 per child under 12
  • Internal Flights: Mainland Ecuador - Galapagos - Mainland Ecuador: $475-675
  • Wetsuits are not included but are available to rent on board - $30/week per person.

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