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Take a cruise on this 15-day voyage that covers all the magnificent wonders the Galapagos has to offer. There will be a plethora of opportunities to snorkel, swim, and wander through the islands of this archipelago. Also enjoy several opportunities to encounter the incredible wildlife including Galapagos penguins, frigatebirds, flightless cormorants, tortoises, and many more unique native species! Get to know this fascinating and unique world inside and out.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra | Embark | North Seymour
Day 2 : Genovesa
Day 3 : Santiago
Day 4 : Isabela | Fernandina
Day 5 : Isabela
Day 6 : Isabela
Day 7 : Floreana
Day 8 : Santa Cruz Island
Day 9 : Española
Day 10 : San Cristobal
Day 11 : Mosquera | Santa Cruz Island
Day 12 : Chinese Hat - Rabida
Day 13 : Santiago - Bartolome
Day 14 : South Plaza - Santa Fe
Day 15 : Santa Cruz Island - Baltra

Highlights

  • Snorkel and swim in North Seymour, surrounded by the landscape of Palo Santo
  • Examine the environment of marine turtle on Espumilla
  • Hike to the Pitt Point, passing through several natural viewpoints
  • Visit Sullivan Bay and learn of the volcanic origin of the islands

Ship

Tip Top IV

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Bachas Beach
  • Baltra
  • Bartolome
  • Black Turtle Cove
  • Charles Darwin Center
  • Chinese Hat
  • Espanola
  • Floreana
  • Genovesa
  • Highlands
  • Leon Dormido
  • Mosquera
  • North Seymour
  • Rabida
  • San Cristobal
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Fe
  • Santiago
  • South Plaza Island

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Kayaks await in Alaska Beach on Isabela island Snorkeling on a Sea Voyager cruise Sierra Negra volcano Galapagos penguin by the water

Day 1 Baltra | Embark | North Seymour

After arriving at the Baltra airport, a guide will be waiting to escort you to the bus that will take you to the yacht. There is a short introduction and a snack before heading to North Seymour Island. Here, observe blue footed boobies (they nest from May to November), marine iguanas, pelicans, frigatebirds, shore birds, sea lions and endemic Palo Santo. During all walks, your guide will be explaining details about the lives of the birds and animals. There is the option to enjoy some time swimming and snorkeling if you are in the mood.

 

Day 2 Genovesa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Make a wet landing on Darwin Bay to walk and observe frigatebirds, herons, mockingbirds, boobies, shorebirds, turtles, and marine iguanas. 

Make a dry landing on Prince Phillips’s Steps (Barranco) to walk and observe the interesting lives of the birds. 

Day 3 Santiago

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start your day with a wet landing on James Bay (Puerto Egas), to walk and observe sponges, snails, hermit crabs, a variety of shore birds, barnacles and the endemic four-eyed blenny, marine iguanas, and sea lions. 

Make a wet landing on Espumilla, a brown sand beach. This beach is an important site for nesting marine turtles. Here, observe land birds such as yellow warblers, Darwin’s finches, and Galapagos flycatchers. A trail takes us through a Palo Santo forest. Walk behind the beach to a salt-water lagoon, where occasionally flamingos are seen. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/or snorkel. Then visit an abandoned Salt Mine. Return to the yacht and then navigate around Buccaneer Cove (Caleta Bucanero), an area of steep cliffs and dark beaches. The cliffs and pinnacle are used as nesting areas by several species of seabirds. This was a popular place for 17th & 18th century buccaneers to careen their vessels. 

Day 4 Isabela | Fernandina

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the morning on a panga ride around Punta Vicente Roca and observe plenty of sea lions, marine iguanas, blue-footed and masked boobies, and flightless cormorants. 

Observe a large colony of sea lions, marine iguanas and the flightless cormorants and clumps of lava cactus in Punta Espinoza.

Day 5 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Tagus Cove, a protected cove between the shoulders of two volcanic craters which protect it from the open sea; observe penguins, marine iguanas, sea lions and a variety of birds including flightless cormorant and blue-footed boobies. Then make a wet landing on Urbina Bay and take a walk. Observe a coral area, land iguanas, flightless cormorants, and giant tortoises.

Ride around the islets of Elizabeth Bay and see marine iguanas, penguins, marine turtles, seabirds and shorebirds, herons, and blue-footed boobies.

Day 6 Isabela

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Make an expedition to the Sierra Negra Volcano, considered the oldest of the volcanoes on Isabela. The crater of Sierra Negra is 10 km in diameter and is the second largest in the world. Its last eruption occurred in 2005. The sulfur, iron and cooled magma make a colorful landscape. Your adventure begins with a 45 minute ride on a bus to the highlands of Isabela. Once you arrive at the “Paradero Sierra Negra”, walk or horseback ride (extra cost) through slopes of the volcano. The trail brings you to Volcan Chico (on the northeast of Sierra Negra Volcano), a fissure composed of scum and lava. This fissure had its last eruption in 1979 and the volcanic activity lasted for a week. Admire an amazing view of the north of the island, and if the day is clear you may have a majestic view of the Perry Isthmus, a surrounding island. This expedition allows you to step through volcanic features and over lava flows formed in very recent years. You may also see the formations of petrified lava of many different colors and textures and fumaroles scattered throughout this area. 

Day 7 Floreana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Take a short walk to the Flamingos Lagoon on Point Cormorant . Continue walking until you reach the beach called "La Picona" and see marine turtles and their spawning grounds. Later, take a panga ride to Champion Islet, a small island off the Coast of Floreana Island. The principal attraction of Champion Islet is the nearly-extinct Charles (Floreana) mockingbird. Visitors can also observe bird species such as swallow-tailed gulls, Nazca boobies, or brown noddies. It is a great place for snorkeling, as well as searching for sea turtles, reef fishes, Galapagos penguins, and white-tipped reef sharks.

Post Office Bay, a historic site that recalls the days of the whalers, who presumably placed a wooden barrel in the 18th century to use as a post office. 

Day 8 Santa Cruz Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, take a bus to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island for a visit to the native forests and twin craters.

Visit the Charles Darwin Station and its Interpretive Center. .

Day 9 Española

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Walk along lava beds where you may observe unique colonies of marine birds, including albatross (May-December) in Punta Suarez.

Make a wet landing in Gardner Bay for a walk on the beach and observe a colony of sea lions, which inhabit the beach in great quantities during the breeding season; this is also an important nesting area for sea turtles. Then take a panga ride around the Osborn Islet and the islets of Gardner. 

Day 10 San Cristobal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Start the morning with a wet landing on Punta Pitt in San Cristobal Island. Hike a trail that includes an olivine beach of approximately 90 meters and a trail that ascends to the top of a volcanic tuff hill passing through several natural viewpoints. Punta Pitt is composed of volcanic tuff substrate. High winds present there have led to natural erosion. This is the only site in the Galapagos Islands where you can watch the three species of boobies and two species of frigates nesting in the same area.

Sail around Kicker Rock (León Dormido), a massive tuff-rock that juts abruptly almost 500 feet straight up from the ocean. Kicker Rock serves as nesting place for many sea birds. Then make a wet landing on Cerro Brujo and walk on a white sand beach to observe sea lions, brown pelicans, marine iguanas and blue-footed boobies. 

Day 11 Mosquera | Santa Cruz Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Make an early wet landing on Mosquera Island, a reef of rocks and coral (the result of an uprising) and a great white sand beach with tide pools. Observe colonies of sea lions, brown pelicans, blue-footed boobies and Sally Lightfoot crabs - the contrast these crabs, with bright red on top and blue on the bottom, and the black lava is stunning. 

Take a panga ride around Black Turtle Cove, a series of mangrove-surrounded coves and islets. Here you can observe white-tipped sharks, marine turtles, spotted eagle rays, and yellow cow-nosed rays.

Day 12 Chinese Hat - Rabida

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Chinese Hat (Sombrero Chino) is a small island off the coast of Santiago Island. You can observe Galapagos penguins, eagle rays, sea lions and marine iguanas. This is an excellent snorkeling site.

Walk and observe marine iguanas and sea lions, pelicans, blue-footed boobies, masked boobies, and brown pelicans in Rábida . Walk to a small saltwater lagoon where you can see pink flamingos. 

Day 13 Santiago - Bartolome

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Begin the day with a wet landing on Sullivan Bay, a perfect place to observe the volcanic origin of the islands. 

 Hike to the summit on Bartolomé Island. During the hike you may observe colonies of marine iguanas and lava lizards. On the summit, take in an impressive view of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone of Pinnacle Rock.

Day 14 South Plaza - Santa Fe

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Santa Fe Island the cactus forest and a colony of land iguanas native to Santa Fe. 

Then sail to South Plaza, where the crew makes a dry landing on the pier of the island. There, enjoy the antics of the sea lions, cactus forest, land iguanas and many species of tropical birds.

Day 15 Santa Cruz Island - Baltra

  • 1 Breakfast
After breakfast, make an early disembarkation on Las Bachas Beach. During the walk to the flamingo lagoon, listen to your guide as they explain details about the lives of the birds and animals. Return to the yacht for disembarking on the pier at 09:00.

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Child Discount

10% discount for children under the age of 12 at time of Galapagos cruise

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

Included

  • Accommodations on board Tip Top IV 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
  • Sea Kayaking

Excluded

  • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
  • Fuel Surcharge
  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
  • $80 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
  • $45 International Departure Tax
  • Wetsuits available - $30 short and $35 long size for 4-day tours; $35 short and $40 long size for 5-day tours; $40 short and $50 long size for 8-day tours; $65 short and $75 long size for 11-day tours; and $70 short and $80 long size for 15-day tours
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

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

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