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Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Celebrity Xploration
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This Galapagos cruise takes you to more than just the highlights of the southern islands, offering 8 days of exploration and adventure! Kayak and snorkel in crystalline waters, traverse picturesque volcanic landscapes, and observe fascinating native wildlife as you cruise through the beautiful southern archipelago. There is an endless list of activities to make this the most memorable trip ever.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra | Embark | Chinese Hat
Day 2 : Santa Cruz Island | Rabida
Day 3 : Isabela
Day 4 : Floreana
Day 5 : San Cristobal | Lobos
Day 6 : Santa Cruz Island
Day 7 : Espanola
Day 8 : Daphne Major | Disembark | Baltra


  • View various marine species around Sombrero Chino
  • Enjoy a beautiful beach and excellent snorkeling at Cerro Brujo
  • Hike to the "blowhole" on Punta Suarez
  • Visit the Tortoise Breeding Center in Isabela


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Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Baltra
  • Charles Darwin Center
  • Chinese Hat
  • Daphne Island
  • Dragon Hill
  • Espanola
  • Floreana
  • Gardner Bay
  • Humedales and Wall of Tears
  • Isabela
  • Isla Lobos
  • Mirador de la Baronesa
  • Post Office Bay
  • Puerto Villamil
  • Punta Cormorant
  • Punta Suarez
  • Rabida
  • San Cristobal
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santiago
  • Witch Hill


Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level


Trip Snapshots

Flamingos Someone take a picture of us together.... Floreana Island Going snorkeling in the Galapagos Beach time at Cerro Brujo, San Cristobal

Day 1 Baltra | Embark | Chinese Hat

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive at the airport where you are escorted to the boat for check-in, a short briefing, and then lunch. Shortly after the first excursion to Sombrero Chino begins. This is a small islet near the southeastern coast of Santiago Island. In English, Sombrero Chino translates to 'Chinese Hat' which is represented by the unique shape of the island. This is a great island for seeing unique geological formations as well as an abundance of various marine species including the colorful Sally Lightfoot Crab, sea lions, and many species of Darwin's finches.

Day 2 Santa Cruz Island | Rabida

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cerro Dragon was named after the large population of land iguanas that were found there in 1975. Take a hike to a salt water lagoon that is frequented by an abundance of stilts, pintail ducks, and sometimes flamingos. Enjoy a short walk further to see the nesting site for the land iguanas. Also enjoy a breathtaking view of the bay and some swimming before heading to Rabida Island for some more beach activities, snorkeling, and kayaking. Rabida is covered in red volcanic rocks and has an incredibly unique red sand beach. This is a great area to view sea lions and pelican nesting sites.

Day 3 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Isabela Island is the largest of the archipelago, formed by five volcanoes. It's also the youngest of the islands. The friendly port of Puerto Villamil will be your home-base during a diverse and exciting day. You have the choice for adventure or relaxation in this beautiful area. Visit the Tortoise Breeding Center where visitors and locals are educated on the importance of the giant tortoise. This is also a facility that helps protect the giant tortoise in its first years. Located south of Isabela Island are the wetlands which consist of lagoons, swamps, and mangroves. This is an excellent location for viewing all types of bird species.

Day 4 Floreana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Travel to Floreana to visit Post Office Bay, where a wooden barrel was placed by 18th-century whalers as an unofficial post office. The tradition has continued to this day, and travelers can leave addressed postcards and sort through the barrel for postcards close to their homes. Then spend some time enjoying some relaxing snorkeling or kayaking around the island. If you are feeling adventurous, make a visit to the lava tunnel which has been kept untouched and completely natural. In the afternoon, set sail for Cormorant Point which features a large flamingo lagoon. The beach here is a green color created by the high number of olivine crystals in the sand.

Day 5 San Cristobal | Lobos

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cerro Brujo is an excellent place for enjoying the beach and snorkeling. This gorgeous beach is home to many playful sea lions. This is also the location where Charles Darwin first stepped in this archipelago. The next excursion is to the lovely Isla Lobos. Lobos in Spanish means 'wolves' and this island is named after a large colony of sea lions. Get up close and personal with these whimsical sea lions who love to swim with people. Other great wildlife to see are the amazing blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, and fur seals.

Day 6 Santa Cruz Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station where you gain insight into the efforts being made by scientists, guides, rangers, and park managers to preserve this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Encounter tortoises of different subspecies that are being prepared for reintroduction to their natural habitats. Then there is a short drive to the green highlands of Santa Cruz, where you visit a tortoise reserve to search for giant tortoises in their natural surroundings.

Day 7 Espanola

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Punta Suárez is very isolated from other islands which has helped lead to its high proportion of endemic fauna. A few steps inland from the landing site, find groups of Española marine iguanas basking in the sun. Further inland, Nazca and blue-footed boobies nest near the trail. View the Galapagos doves and finches going about their day-to-day business. The trail continues towards a blowhole, which is a fissure in the lava where water spurts high resembling a geyser. Swallow-tailed gulls and red-billed tropicbirds make their homes in the cracks of the cliff. There are 15,000 to 17,000 pairs of albatrosses on Española which represent almost the entire population of this species on the planet. Their spectacular courtship ritual is a must to see and a wonder of the animal world.

Gardner Bay offers the chance to enjoy a wonderful white sandy beach. It is home to one of the most important colonies of sea lions as well as a nesting site for sea turtles. Throughout the afternoon there are many opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking.

Day 8 Daphne Major | Disembark | Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
Located between Santa Cruz and Santiago Islands is Daphne Major. It is a great place for spectacular bird watching as well as the location of a scientific research site. A select handful of scientists have long studied bird life on these islands, especially Darwin’s finches. Your guide can point out the birdlife as well as explain some of the important research carried out on the islands. Visitors are not allowed to walk on these islands due to their very fragile nature.

Enjoy breakfast before continuing onto the plane and returning to the mainland.

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Elite Ocean View
4 cabins located on the Upper Deck equipped with air conditioning, and ocean-view picture windows. The spacious cabins feature twin beds that can be converted to king-size beds upon request, well-appointed bathrooms with biodegradable toiletries, complimentary use of bathrobes and one-time fully stocked minibar.
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Junior Suite with Veranda
4 cabins located on the Main Deck with private balcony. The spacious cabins feature twin beds that can be converted to king-size beds upon request, air conditioning, and ocean-view picture windows. well-appointed bathrooms with biodegradable toiletries, complimentary use of bathrobes and one-time fully stocked minibar.


Please Note: 
- Gratuities and complimentary beverages such as wine and spirits are included on this cruise.
- Fares are capacity controlled and subject to change at anytime. Contact us for current rates.

Child Discount

25% discount for children aged under 12 at time of Galapagos cruise. Discount does not apply to holiday departures.

Children under 12 may receive discounts on Galapagos flight fares and entrance fees. Contact us for details.


  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Snorkeling equipment, wetsuits, and kayaks are all included in the cruise cost and are available for you use on board.
  • 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


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  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Internal Flights: Mainland Ecuador - Galapagos - Mainland Ecuador: $475-675
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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