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Luxury Eastern Galapagos Islands Cruise

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Cormorant
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Board the Cormorant for an 8 day exploration of the eastern islands of the Galapagos archipelago. This active itinerary allows you to experience all aspects of this unique region. Swim around Bachas Beach, venture up 375 wooden stairs to the summit of Bartolome Island, view a large sea lion colony, snorkel alongside sea turtles are just a few of the adventures you have to look forward to! Don't miss this unforgettable Galapagos cruise! 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Baltra | Embark | Bachas Beach
Day 2 : Bartolome | Santiago
Day 3 : South Plaza Island | Santa Fe
Day 4 : San Cristobal
Day 5 : San Cristobal
Day 6 : Espanola
Day 7 : Floreana
Day 8 : Santa Cruz Island | Highlands | Disembark

Highlights

  • Venture up a trail of 375 wooden stairs to the summit of Bartolome Island
  • View a large sea lion colony on South Plaza Island
  • Snorkel alongside sea turtles, rays, and various fish species
  • Kayak around Kicker Rock to view marine life

Ship

Cormorant

Places Visited

  • Ecuador
  • Galapagos
  • South America
  • Bachas Beach
  • Baltra
  • Bartolome
  • Espanola
  • Floreana
  • Gardner Bay
  • Highlands
  • Leon Dormido
  • Post Office Bay
  • Punta Cormorant
  • Punta Pitt
  • Punta Suarez
  • San Cristobal
  • San Cristobal Interpretation Center
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santa Fe
  • Santiago
  • South Plaza Island
  • Sullivan Bay
  • Witch Hill

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Sea lion coming in from a swim Explore the Galapagos Lava tubes on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Group of travelers exploring the Galapagos. A view of Kicker Rock.

Day 1 Baltra | Embark | Bachas Beach

Arrive at Baltra Island Airport and transfer to the Cormorant.

Set sail for Bachas Beach, an excellent location for swimming. View flamingos, Sally Lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black necked stilts, and whimbrels. Explore the floating pier, a remnant World War II in the Galapagos Islands.

Day 2 Bartolome | Santiago

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Bartholomew Island and travel to Pinnacle Rock. Bartholomew is an extinct volcano which features unique red, orange, black and green volcanic formations. Venture up a trail of 375 wooden stairs to the summit or snorkel along the beach. This location is known for its sightings of the Galapagos penguin. In the afternoon, sail for Sullivan Bay, a location of great geological interest. The bay is coated in Pahoehoe and A’A lava flows, creating striking formations.

Day 3 South Plaza Island | Santa Fe

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Travel to South Plaza, a small island covered in Opuntia cacti. The island is home to one of the largest sea lion colonies and also features many colorful yellow and red land iguanas. Take a brief hike over the terrain for views of the island. In the afternoon, set sail for Santa Fe Island and hike its two visitor trails.

Day 4 San Cristobal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore Witch Hill. Eroded by the sea, Witch Hill features white powdery sand and a picturesque beach. Snorkel alongside sea turtles and rays, and view various types of Booby Birds from the beach.

Travel to Pitt Point and take a trail up to the face of a cliff. This hike offers superb views of the island. Snorkel in the clear waters and hope to meet some playful sea lions.

Day 5 San Cristobal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning visit the Breeding Center Jacinto Gordillo - “La Galapaguera” in Cerro Colorado. It is a new visitor site in the southeast part of San Cristobal Island and can now be reached in roughly one hour by road from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. On the trees and shrubs surrounding the site, you may see land birds like warblers, finches, and mockingbirds. Giant tortoises can be observed on the trails. They live there wild but in a protected area to ensure their survival by sealing them off from introduced predators like pigs and goats.

Then, take an excursion to Lobos Island which means “Sea Lion Island.” This appropriately named island is ripe with noisy, playful, jolly sea lions who will welcome you to their home with open, well, fins. This island also offers great snorkeling opportunities as well as the chance to see blue-footed and Nazca boobies.

In the afternoon, visit Kicker Rock. This striking rock formation is located a couple hours off the western shore of San Cristobal. Jutting out of the water, the rocks stand vertically at hundreds of feet above the ocean divided by a small channel. Although there are no landing areas, kayaking and snorkeling allow visitors to spot a variety of marine life.

Day 6 Espanola

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Journey to Suarez Point to view blue-footed boobies, albatrosses and Nazca boobies. The most famous attraction on Espanola is a magnificent blowhole which spurts water high into the air. Take a two-mile hike across the island.

In the afternoon, travel to Gardner Bay, the breeding site of most of the world´s 12,000 pairs of waved albatrosses. Gardner Bay features a large white sandy beach and the reef makes this location ideal for snorkeling and swimming with sea lions.

Day 7 Floreana

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the morning, set sail for Cormorant Point which features a large flamingo lagoon. Take an optional hike or swim in the clear waters.

Afterward, visit Champion Islet, named after the whaler Andrew Champion, which is a small island located just offshore Floreana Island in the southern part of the Archipelago, considered as one of the most beautiful places on Galapagos for all snorkeling and diving fans and an excellent opportunity for dolphin watching.

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. Delivering one of these postcards is a rewarding experience.

Baroness Viewing Point is a fantastic place to absorb the environment of the Galapagos. Once inhabited by an indulgent baroness and her three lovers, the history of this island is intriguing. The legends about this baroness are associated with a fascinating murder mystery. There are easy trails in this area for exploring the flora and fauna of Floreana.

Day 8 Santa Cruz Island | Highlands | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
In the morning, visit Fausto Llerena Breeding Center in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island, where giant tortoises are bred in captivity; this is home to tortoises ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long when adults. Subspecies of the giant tortoises interact with one another, and many of the older tortoises are accustomed to humans stretching out their heads for a photo opportunity. The babies are kept until they are about four-years-old and are strong enough to survive on their own. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for your flight back to the mainland.

Cormorant

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$6,880
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(cabins A and B) Spacious suites located on the main deck include a sitting area, private balcony and en-suite bath facilities.

Notes

Please provide your wetsuite size in advance prior to trip

Child Discount

25% discount for children under 12 years at time of Galapagos cruise traveling with two adults. Child discounts are not available March 19-26 and Dec 17-Jan 3

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

Included

  • Accommodations on board Cormorant 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

Excluded

  • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
  • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
  • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
  • $80 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
  • $45 International Departure Tax
  • Diving may be available upon request, please inquire for information
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

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

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