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Take an incredible journey through the unique world of the Galapagos on this 10-day adventure on the Islander. Spend your days exploring the archipelago, encountering sea lions, Galapagos penguins, frigatebirds, flightless cormorants, tortoises, and many more incredible native species. Have the chance to really immerse yourself in the magnificent wonder of these islands and enjoy a plethora of awesome activities including kayaking, snorkeling, swimming, and wandering the trails of this magnificent archipelago.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Guayaquil, Ecuador
Day 2 : Fly to the Galapagos | Embark
Days 3-8 : Galápagos Islands
Day 9 : Galápagos | Disembark | Guayaquil
Day 10 : Guayaquil | Return Home

Highlights

  • See more of the archipelago’s varied islands and habitats
  • Have up close encounters with incredible and abundant wildlife
  • Experience the Galápagos undersea through snorkeling and video footage
  • Walk, hike, kayak, or Zodiac cruise alongside naturalists

Ship

Islander

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Warm waters of the Galapagos archipelago A close up look of the Sally Lightfoot Crab. A Giant Tortoise munches on some local foliage. Snorkel on the Endeavour with the sea lions. The Frigatebird puffs up its bright red chest.

Day 1 Arrive in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Arrive in Guayaquil by late evening. Meet your fellow travelers at your hotel, Hotel del Parque.

Day 2 Fly to the Galapagos | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After the 1 1⁄2-hour flight to the Galapagos, immediately board the ship. Over the course of the week, your exact routing depends on the National Park Service.

Day 3-8 Galápagos Islands

  • Ship
  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
The following is a representative sample of the islands we may visit during your week on board:   

Bartolomé This is an enchanting landscape where lava, mangroves and golden sand converge. Great walks and views abound, with a chance to snorkel with Galápagos penguins.

Santiago
Santiago offers close encounters with Galápagos fur seals along with an opportunity to study the inhabitants of the island’s countless tide pools.

Santa Cruz
Home to the Charles Darwin Research station; learn about the science done here and visit the neighboring captive breeding program for endangered species of Galápagos giant tortoises, run by their partners in conservation, the Galápagos National Park Service.

Isabela
A small black sand beach offers wonderful morning swimming. Enjoy a more challenging hike over rugged shoreline and a shorter walk within an iguana colony. Kayaking and deep water snorkeling opportunities are on offer.  

Fernandina
This is the youngest island in the Galápagos and one of the most pristine tropical islands left on earth. Look forward to hikes over relatively recent lava flows, and spot marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, and Sally Lightfoot crabs.

Floreana
Snorkel among sea lions in the clear waters off Champion Islet. We may also find flamingos, pintail ducks and various shorebirds. Hike to a pristine white-sand beach, a favorite nesting site for sea turtles.  

Española
The exclusive home to waved albatross (seasonal) and particularly colorful marine iguanas, Española is also a paradise for Darwin’s finches, sea lions galore, and the famous blue-footed boobies. Snorkel and stroll along the island’s lovely beaches. 

San Cristobal
Wet landing on a green, olivine beach for a hike and spectacular scenery—tuff stone cliffs “worked” by sea and wind. Zodiac rides along the coastline reveal blue-footed and red-footed boobies. Kayaking, swimming from the beach and snorkeling from Zodiacs off an islet in the bay are all options. In the afternoon—more opportunities for snorkeling and Zodiac adventures. And in between the sights & activities, life aboard our expedition ships is rich and varied—marvelous meals to enjoy in an always-casual ambience. Engaging talks by our Naturalists are part of the Daily recap ritual that binds our expedition community and increases the fun. Socializing with staff and fellow guests, or retreating to one of the ship’s nooks & crannies with a good book is always an option. as is reserving a relaxing massage or revitalizing Wellness treatment. 

Day 9 Galápagos | Disembark | Guayaquil

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark and fly to Guayaquil. The late afternoon and evening are free to explore the city. Overnight Hotel del Parque.

Day 10 Guayaquil | Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before transferring to the airport for flights homeward.

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Complimentary Airfare
Galapagos Savings - Book by December 31 and receive complimentary round trip flights from Miami-Galapagos, a savings of $1300. Tickets must be issued by the ship. Offer subject to availability - contact us for details.
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Per person starting at
$7,330
Islander's Standard Cabin, Category 1 -3.
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Category 1
Main Deck #201, 202. Cabins feature two lower single beds which can convert to a queen bed, and a window.
Islander's Standard Cabin, Category 1 -3.
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Category 1 Single
Main Deck #201, 202. Cabins feature two lower single beds which can convert to a queen bed, and a window.
Islander's Standard Cabin, Category 1 -3.
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Category 2
Main Deck #203-210 (*Sole Occupancy: All). Centrally located, cabins feature two lower single beds which can convert to a queen bed, and a window.
Islander's Standard Cabin, Category 1 -3.
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Category 2 Single
Main Deck #203-210 (*Sole Occupancy: All). Centrally located, cabins feature two lower single beds which can convert to a queen bed, and a window.
Islander's Standard Cabin, Category 1 -3.
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Category 3
Bridge Deck #303-306 (*Sole Occupancy: #301, 302). Conveniently located, cabins feature two lower single beds which can convert to a queen bed, and a window. Note: #305 & 306 can accommodate a third person.
Islander's Category 4 and 5 Cabin.
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Category 4
Upper Deck #403-408. Spacious cabins feature two lower single beds which can convert to a queen bed or a double bed. All cabins feature a window and outside glassed-in terraces with seating. Note: The single beds in cabins 403 & 404 convert to double beds
Islander's Category 4 and 5 Cabin.
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Category 5
Upper Deck #401, 402. These are the largest cabins onboard. They feature two lower single beds which can convert ot a queen bed, and wrap-around windows. Both have a desk, chairs, and table. They also feature outside glassed-in terraces with seating.

Notes

*Rates include Galapagos National Park Fee.


*Hotel nights on Days 1 and 9 are at the Hilton in Guayaquil or Quito. Please inquire for pre and post tour accommodation rates at these hotels.

The exact routing of the Galapagos portion of your tour is dependent upon the National Park Service. This is a sample itinerary only.

Child Discount

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

Included

  • Accommodations on board Islander 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
  • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
  • Travel Insurance

Galapagos Flights

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

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