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Islands Circumnavigation

Example 15 Day Cruise aboard Beluga
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Embark on a 15-day circumnavigation through the hidden wonders of the Galapagos. Get the opportunity to see more than just the highlights of the Galapagos. Have the chance to really immerse yourself in the unique splendor of these islands. Wind across island trails, explore peaceful lagoons, swim and snorkel in crystalline waters, bask in the sun on white sand beaches, soak in extraordinary volcanic vistas, and get up close and personal with fascinating wildlife throughout your Galapagos adventure. This is a truly unique vacation that will be beyond memorable.
Beach time at Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal
Highlights
  • Take a dinghy ride to Black Turtle Cove
  • Snorkel around Devil's Crown, one of the best spots in the Galapagos
  • Visit Isabela's Giant Tortoise Breeding Center
  • Explore El Junco Lagoon, one of the few freshwater lakes in the Galapagos
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Baltra - Santa Cruz Island

Arrive to the Galapagos and transfer to your ship. We travel to Santa Cruz Island where we stop at Dragon Hill (Cerro Dragon), the previous site of a land iguana conservation program. Keep your eyes peeled for some amazing Galapagos wildlife!

Day 2: Santa Fe - South Plaza Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning we 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.

This afternoon we visit South Plaza Island where we can observe iguanas feeding on the prickly pear cactus. We hope to catch a glimpse of some fascinating Galapagos birds, such as the Masked Booby, the Frigatebird and the Brown Pelicans.

Day 3: San Cristobal - Lobos

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today we set out to explore San Cristobal! First, we travel to Cerro Brujo to admire the unique lava formations and the unique Galapagos flora and fauna. Weather permitting, we visit El Junco Lagoon, one of the few freshwater lakes in the Galapagos. If time permits, hike up Tijeretas hill which rewards us with amazing views.

Day 4: Espanola

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

This afternoon, we stop at Punta Suarez to catch a glimpse of the Masked and Blue-footed Boobies. We also visit the "blowhole," a lava tube that sprays water up in the air like a geyser!

Day 5: Santa Cruz Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning we explore Santa Cruz Island and visit the Charles Darwin Research Center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Galapagos tortoise breeding center.

In the afternoon, we travel by bus to the Santa Cruz highlands in search of the giant Galapagos tortoise!

Day 6: Chinese Hat - Santiago

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning we travel to Chinese Hat (Sombrero Chino), a small volcanic island. Here, view magnificent lava tubes and lava flows, and learn about these interesting geological formations.

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

Day 7: Genovesa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning we visit Genovesa Island, starting with a visit to Darwin Bay. Here, observe magnificent Galapagos bird life such as Red-footed Boobies, Frigatebirds, gulls and herons.

In the afternoon we visit El Barranco, also known as Prince Phillip's Steps. We 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.

Day 8: Santa Cruz Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today we'll take a dinghy to Black Turtle Cove on Santa Cruz Island. Here we will see a variety of mangroves, and hope to spot some rays, sea turtles and white-tipped sharks!

Next, we will visit the highlands of Santa Cruz where you will have the opportunity to see the giant Galapagos tortoise in its natural habitat.

In the afternoon, we visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and its giant tortoise breeding center. Here, you can learn about the various Galapagos conservation and research programs that have helped saved certain species of tortoises from becoming extinct.

Day 9: Floreana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today we explore Floreana Island, stopping at Cormorant Point (Punta Cormorant), Post Office Bay and Devil's Crown. At Cormorant Point, we'll keep our eyes peeled for Galapagos birds such as Darwin's finches. At Post Office Bay,leave an unstamped postcard in the hopes that it gets delivered via fellow travelers! 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!

Day 10: Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today we arrive to Isabela Island, in search of Blue-footed Boobies, fur seals, sea lions and more! In the morning we visit the small island of Las Tintoreras, one of the main breeding sites for marine iguanas. Next, we travel to the Sierra Negra volcano, one of the most active volcanos in the Galapagos Islands.

This afternoon we visit Isabela's Giant Tortoise Breeding Center where we'll see several species of tortoises in one location.

Day 11: Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today we continue to explore Isabela Island. In the morning we visit Punta Moreno, where we keeps are eyes peeled for White-cheeked Pintail ducks. In the afternoon, we visit Elizabeth Bay. Here, we have the opportunity to observe some amazing Galapagos wildlife, such as the Flightless Cormorant, marine turtles and sea lions.

Day 12: Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
We explore more of Isabela Island today, visiting Urbina Bay and Tagus Cove. At Urbina Bay, we hope to catch a glimpse of marine iguanas and Galapagos Penguins! At Tagus Cove, we have the chance to see an abundance of Galapagos birds, such as the Blue-footed Booby, Brown Noddy, Flightless Cormorant and the Galapagos Penguin.

Day 13: Fernandina - Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning we visit Fernandina Island, where we scout the shoreline for Flightless Cormorants, Sally Lightfoot crabs, sea lions, iguanas and more! In the afternoon, we travel back to Isabela Island and visit the wonderful snorkeling site of Punta Vicente Roca.

Day 14: Santiago - Bartolomé

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning we visit Puerto Egas on Santiago Island, where we will see Galapagos fur seals swimming along the shore. If we're lucky, we will also spot numerous Galapagos birds, such as the Galapagos Dove, the Vermilion Flycatcher, and the Galapagos Hawk!

This afternoon, we travel to Bartolomé Island. Here, we hike up steep, wooden steps in order to reward ourselves with spectacular views of the islands!

Day 15: North Seymour - Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning we travel to North Seymour Island, home one of the largest populations of frigatebirds. We may also see Blue-footed Boobies and Swallow-tailed Gulls.

After our visit to North Seymour, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back to mainland Ecuador.

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Sea lion and scuba diver Beach time at Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal Kids loving Santa Cruz Island Post office bay No that is not the moon, it is Sierra Negra

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Cabins all feature private bath facilities, en-suite safe, and a variety of bedding configurations to meet every guests needs.

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
  • 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 14 Dinners
  • 14 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities 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
  • INGALA Transit Control Card $20
  • 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.
  • Scuba diving option is possible one day of the itinerary but is not included in the cost, rates vary. Please contact us for more details.

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