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Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands

Cruise Highlights:

  • Snorkeling, kayaking, hiking & even an intimate picnic in the highlands with giant tortoises.
  • Encounter swarms of basking sea lions, masses of marine iguanas and abundant birdlife.
  • Visiting a family-run coffee & sugar cane farm.

At a glance

Duration: 10 Days, 9 Nights

Coverage: Roundtrip Guayaquil, Ecuador

From: $5,998

Season: January - December

Activities: Wildlife

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International Expeditions

There’s no more intimate an experience with nature than International Expeditions’ Galapagos Voyage aboard the Evolution.

Standing on the lava of Fernandina with a vista of volcanoes; snorkeling with a friendly sea lion; or sitting in a lush field on Santa Cruz watching the giant tortoises graze — these are the moments of sheer wonder you expect when traveling with the World Leader in Nature Travel. Although the islands of Galapagos are known by both English and Spanish names, you’ll find the landscapes and wildlife on each isle to be singularly enchanting — with each competing for the title of “most memorable.” Join us in the Galapagos Islands, and discover how time spent among the curious wildlife and contrasting landscapes of Galapagos will inspire your personal story.

The entire voyage was amazing, breathtaking, perfect! Boli and Alex were professional, knowledgeable and fun. Their passion and love for the islands was evident… and they showed great patience for our 5,000 questions!

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 - U.S. / Guayaquil

Fly independently to Guayaquil, Ecuador, and transfer to the Hotel Oro Verde. (Meals Aloft)

Day 2 - Guayaquil / Baltra / Santa Cruz: Whaler Bay & Eden Islet

Fly to Galapagos and board the Evolution. After a safety briefing, hike along Whaler Bay, site of one of the islands’ oldest whaling camps. Just off the coast, discover tiny Eden Islet, where we may spot Nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas and large schools of mustard rays while on a peaceful Zodiac ride. (B,L,D)

Day 3 - Isabela Island / Fernandina Island

Zodiacs take you on a dramatic ride into the heart of a sunken volcano at Punta Vicente Roca. Take to the water, where we swim and snorkel among sea turtles, penguins and possibly even sea horses. Explore the lava fields of Punta Espinosa, located on Fernandina, the youngest and most volcanically active island in the Galapagos. Here we spot flightless cormorants and marine iguanas. Whale watch from the Evolution’s open-air decks as we cross the Bolivar Channel. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Isabela Island

Hike along the uplifted section of sea floor in Urvina Bay at the base of the Alcedo Volcano. Our naturalists point out the tortoises, colorful land iguanas and other wildlife that feed on the vegetation. Board our Zodiacs for an excursion to Tagus Cove, where we look for penguins, flightless cormorants, pelicans along the cliffs before a chance to snorkel and swim. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - Bartolomé / Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay

Visit Bartolomé Island, hiking to the top of a dormant volcano for a dramatic panorama, including famed Pinnacle Rock. Our Zodiac drivers will take “non-hikers” for a ride around the cliffs, observing a stunning volcanic landscape and Galapagos penguins. Swim and snorkel with sea lions and maybe even speedy penguins. This afternoon, hike across the panoehoe lava of Sullivan Bay, seeing some of the hearty flora colonizing the landscapes. Stroll along the coralline beach spotting black and white oystercatchers. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - Santa Cruz Island: Bachas Beach & Dragon Hill

Walk along the white sands of Bachas Beach looking for Sally Lightfoot crabs, black necked stilts and whimbrels. Snorkel in the calm waters where sea turtles nest. Named for the area’s large land iguanas, Dragon Hill is an important nesting site for iguanas reintroduced by the Charles Darwin Research Center. Walk to a lagoon where we often find flamingos, common stilts and pintail ducks. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - Santa Cruz Island

Begin at the Charles Darwin Research Station, famous for its tortoise breeding programs. See baby tortoises and learn about vital work being done to study and preserve Galapagos wildlife. Head into the forested highlands, with ample opportunity to see and photograph giant tortoises in their verdant natural habitat. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Española Island

Enjoy a Zodiac ride before wading ashore to Punta Suarez through a sea lion colony. Walk along the cliffs looking for waved albatrosses, Galapagos hawks, Hood mockingbirds and the red-colored race of marine iguana en route to Española’s blowhole, where waves spout 90 feet into the air. After a relaxing lunch, swim, snorkel and kayak in the waters off Gardner Bay, or simply bring along your book or a camera and relax on the white sands. (B,L,D)

Day 9 - San Cristóbal Island / Guayaquil

End your Galapagos Islands cruise by returning to to San Cristóbal to visit the Interpretation Center. Fly to Guayaquil, with time to relax at the Hotel Oro Verde. (B,L Aloft)

Day 10 - Guayaquil / U.S.

Sunday we fly to the U.S. and connect with flights home. (B, Meals Aloft)

Please Note: Itineraries may vary due to changes in air schedules, weather, Galapagos National Park regulations or other local conditions.

Dates & Rates

Dates Ships 4 - D Deck 4 - C Deck 3 - C Deck 2 - A Deck 1 - A Deck
Oct 13, 2017 Evolution $6,198 $6,398 $6,748 $7,248 $7,698
Oct 27, 2017 Evolution $6,198 $6,398 $6,748 $7,248 $7,698
Nov 10, 2017 Evolution $6,198 $6,398 $6,748 $7,248 $7,698
Dec 22, 2017 Evolution $6,898 $7,098 $7,448 $7,948 $8,398
Jan 12, 2018 Evolution $6,498 $6,698 $6,898 $7,798 $8,198
Feb 16, 2018 Evolution $6,498 $6,698 $6,898 $7,798 $8,198
Mar 9, 2018 Evolution $6,498 $6,698 $6,898 $7,798 $8,198
Mar 30, 2018 Evolution $6,498 $6,698 $6,898 $7,798 $8,198
Apr 20, 2018 Evolution $6,498 $6,698 $6,898 $7,798 $8,198
May 11, 2018 Evolution $6,498 $6,698 $6,898 $7,798 $8,198
May 25, 2018 Evolution $6,498 $6,698 $6,898 $7,798 $8,198
Jun 15, 2018 Evolution $6,498 $6,698 $6,898 $7,798 $8,198
Jul 6, 2018 Evolution $6,498 $6,698 $6,898 $7,798 $8,198
Aug 10, 2018 Evolution $6,498 $6,698 $6,898 $7,798 $8,198
Oct 26, 2018 Evolution $6,498 $6,698 $6,898 $7,798 $8,198
Nov 9, 2018 Evolution $6,498 $6,698 $6,898 $7,798 $8,198
Nov 30, 2018 Evolution $6,498 $6,698 $6,898 $7,798 $8,198
Dec 21, 2018 Evolution $7,198 $7,398 $7,598 $8,498 $8,898

Pricing is per person based on double occupancy, unless indicated as single occupancy. Limited cabins available for solo travelers with no single supplement fee. Does not include in-country airfare ($575) and park fees ($110). In-country airfare is subject to change and must be purchased through International Expeditions. Park fees are subject to change. 2015 pricing is based on estimates. Should prices increase more than 5%, guests may cancel without penalty.

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Galapagos Island Vacation

Ships

Evolution

EvolutionThe M/V Evolution is a fine way to explore the Galapagos archipelago, rich in wildlife. Accommodating just 32 guests, the M/V Evolution has ample public space and plenty of comfort. There is an observation deck, a canopied bar on the roof deck and an infirmary. Two-person kayaks also are available and a doctor is aboard on every voyage. Meals are served in one seating in the dining room, and weather permitting, there may be one or more meals served outdoors. View ship details...

Cruise Reviews

Evolution - February 2011

International Expeditions EvolutionOf course those who went kicking and screaming are the first to wax glowing of their experience.

We are a family of 9. Six adults and 3 children, ages 8, 11, 13. We traveled from all corners to Miami and stayed the night in the airport hotel. Then our flight out to Ecuador. We were met at the airport and taken to our hotel Hotel Del Oro. We spent the night and the next morning into our Galapagos adventure.

We found the small size of the Evolution to our liking. The boat has an old world look to it from the outside but the inside is anything but. Very modern, lovely, clean and luxurious. We had two naturalists Bolivar being our all time favorite. We learned that all employees on a ship in Galapagos must be citizens of the country. We were in the suites, the kids had a deluxe regular cabin.

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Evolution - February 2007

International Expeditions EvolutionImagine yourself standing just inches away from a giant tortoise or watching the comical mating rituals of blue-footed boobies! Or snorkeling and swimming with sea lions, beautiful fish and perhaps even penguins. The Galapagos Islands are a favorite destination for anyone who loves wildlife and extraordinary landscapes. The contrasting island landscapes include deserts, lush highland forests, volcanic soils, beautiful beaches and rich waters that are home to the most prolific indigenous populations of land mammals, birds and marine life in the world.

The Galapagos Islands have been isolated in the Pacific since being formed by volcanic forces 5-10 million years ago. Since the Galapagos’ birds, mammals and reptiles have evolved without the natural predators found on other continents, they have no fear of man, allowing for extraordinarily close interaction — a treat for explorer and photographer alike.

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