Summary

Destinations: South America
  • 10 Days From
    R 99500
  • Trip code: WAV
  • Activity: Wildlife Holidays, Marine Wildlife, Birdwatching
  • Min age: 16
  • Group size: 26 - 32
Leisurely / Moderate

No need to sacrifice comfort and world-class service to discover the Galapagos

The Galapagos Islands are a treasure meant to be experienced with a small group of true nature enthusiasts. Our group size of just 32 aboard the Evolution ensures you enjoy ample time and attention as you explore. Plus, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort and world-class service to discover the Galapagos. Each day during this Galapagos Islands tour, you “come home” to a comfortable, intimate expedition ship. The Evolution is the perfect haven for relaxing between daily hiking and snorkeling excursions, or for joining fellow travelers for a briefing by our knowledgeable naturalists.

During our intimate Galapagos Islands cruise, you will find yourself just inches away from giant tortoises, comical Blue-footed boobies, sea lions, penguins, iguanas and many other animals, and you’ll gain an appreciation for how remarkable life on Earth can be. Voyage the famed waters of Galapagos amid the spectacular landscapes and distinct endemic wildlife that so intrigued Charles Darwin. From the spouting whales crossing the Bolivar Channel to the Waved albatrosses nesting along the cliffs of Espanola, you’ll experience the undeniable wonder of these enchanted isles.

Key information
  • Skip the Crowds on our Galapagos Islands Cruise
  • Explore More with International Expeditions
  • The Highest Rated Galapagos Islands Travel Guides
  • Darwin’s Enchanted Isle Itinerary
Activities
  • Skip the Crowds on our Galapagos Islands Cruise
  • Explore More with International Expeditions
  • The Highest Rated Galapagos Islands Travel Guides
  • Darwin’s Enchanted Isle Itinerary

Highlights

* Snorkel, kayak, hike & even enjoy an intimate picnic in the highlands with giant tortoises * Spend seven nights aboard the Evolution, featuring the most public space & largest cabins of any yacht in her class * Visit a family-run coffee & sugar cane farm * Enjoy the archipelago’s best guest-to-guide ratio on small-group departures of just 26-32 guests * Learn about conservation efforts at the Charles Darwin Research Station

Dates & Pricing

 
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22 Feb 2019
03 Mar 2019
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R 99500
 
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26 Apr 2019
05 May 2019
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R 123400
 
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10 May 2019
19 May 2019
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R 123400
 
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28 Jun 2019
07 Jul 2019
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R 99500
 
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09 Aug 2019
18 Aug 2019
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R 99500
 
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11 Oct 2019
20 Oct 2019
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R 123400
 
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15 Mar 2019
24 Mar 2019
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Full Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 Land Only

Arrive Guayaquil

Fly independently to Guayaquil, Ecuador, and transfer to the Hotel. *Accommodation:* Hotel Oro Verde

Day 2

Fly to Galapagos and board the Evolution.

Fly to Galapagos and board the Evolution. After a safety briefing, enjoy a circumnavigation of Daphne Major, a paradise for sea birds such as magnificent frigatebird. *Accommodation:* The Evolution

Day 3

Zodiacs take you on a dramatic ride into the heart of a sunken volcano at Punta Vicente Roca.

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. *Accommodation:* The Evolution

Day 4

Hike along the uplifted section of sea floor in Urbina 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. *Accommodation:* The Evolution

Day 5

Hiking to the top of a dormant volcano for a dramatic panorama, including famed Pinnacle Rock.

Visit Bartolomé Island, hiking to the top of a dormant volcano for a dramatic panorama, including famed Pinnacle Rock. The island is dotted with craters, cinder cones, lava flows, spatter cones and broken lava tunnels which run down from the summit. 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. *Accommodation:* The Evolution

Day 6

Walk along the white sands of Bachas Beach looking for Sally Lightfoot crabs, black necked stilts and whimbrels.

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. Our afternoon is spent along the distinct red-sand beaches and cliffs of Rabida Island. While exploring this uninhabited island at the archipelago’s geologic centre, watch for up to nine species of Darwin’s finches, doves, yellow warblers and mockingbirds. A small saltwater lagoon is home to white-cheeked pintail ducks and black-necked stilts. Snorkelers may take to the water with sea lions, sea turtles and reef fish such as damsels and pufferfish. During a guided kayaking excursion, watch for brown pelicans and blue-footed boobies while savouring views of the island’s sloping volcanic peak. *Accommodation:* The Evolution

Day 7

Begin our day in the forested highlands, with ample opportunity to see and photograph giant tortoises in the wild.

Begin our day in the forested highlands, with ample opportunity to see and photograph giant tortoises in the wild. Stop at a family run farm before learning about the work being done to study and preserve wildlife at Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Centre at the Darwin Research Centre. *Accommodation:* The Evolution

Day 8

Española’s relative isolation has resulted in not only an abundance of unusual wildlife.

As the southernmost island in the archipelago, Española’s relative isolation has resulted in not only an abundance of unusual wildlife, but species and subspecies that are endemic to the island, such as Española (Hood) mockingbird, Española (Hood) racer snake, Española (Hood) lava lizard, waved albatross and brightly colored marine iguanas. 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. *Accommodation:* The Evolution

Day 9

End your Galapagos Islands cruise by returning to San Cristóbal to visit the Interpretation Centre opened in 1998.

End your Galapagos Islands cruise by returning to San Cristóbal to visit the Interpretation Centre, opened by the park in 1998. Fly to Guayaquil, with time to relax at the Hotel Oro Verde. *Accommodation:* Hotel Oro Verde

Day 10

Flights home.

Board independent flights home.

Included

* Daily shore excursions, interpretive walks, swimming, snorkeling, hiking & panga rides * Seven nights on the Evolution * Hotel accommodations pre- and post-voyage * 23 meals (and lots of snacks) * Two Level 3 naturalists; Three naturalist guides for groups of 26-32 * Snorkeling gear & shorty wetsuits * Kayaks * All bottled water * Onboard doctor * Full educational program, including lectures on history, ecology & marine life and field interpretation * Arrival & departure transfers * Tips to porters & to waiters for included meals

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