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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26 Apr 2019
05 May 2019
Limited Availability
R 123400
 
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10 May 2019
19 May 2019
Limited Availability
R 123400
 
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28 Jun 2019
07 Jul 2019
Limited Availability
R 99500
 
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09 Aug 2019
18 Aug 2019
Limited Availability
R 99500
 
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11 Oct 2019
20 Oct 2019
Limited Availability
R 123400

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

Food

At a Glance
  • 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
Is This Trip for You?

This tour is operated in partnership with our sister company International
Expeditions. As such the departures are not exclusive to Exodus and groups
may be a mixture of Exodus, International Expeditions, and other clients.
This trip is booked through Exodus and you will receive the same award
winning customer service that you would expect. International Expeditions
operate with the same core principles used by Exodus and champion the
benefits of small group travel.

International Expedition’s in-depth Galapagos Islands tour offers more than
a typical "tourist" overview – we expose you to the greatest variety of
wildlife. Our Galapagos Islands cruise pass dormant volcanoes; lets you
snorkel with sea lions; and even includes watching the Giant tortoises graze.
These are the moments of wonder you expect on this small-ship cruise.

Our highly qualified naturalist Galapagos Islands travel guides are
authorities on the wildlife, history, geography and fauna of the Galapagos
Islands. You’ll learn from an expedition leader and local naturalist who
are passionate about the islands and licensed at the highest level — Level
3 — by Galapagos National Park.

Accommodation

Seven nights aboard the Evolution

For our Galapagos Islands cruise ship we have selected the M/V Evolution,
accommodating just 32 guests. This intimate ship features a great deal of
public space, including an observation deck and a canopied bar on the roof
deck, perfect for enjoying a snack and drink on the canopied roof deck while
whale watching or chatting with fellow passengers. Two-person kayaks also are
available and a doctor is aboard on every voyage and even accompanies your
small group off-ship.

Because there is an "open bridge" policy aboard the M/V Evolution, you are
welcome to visit the captain and crew and learn all about the ship’s
operation and navigation. Each day our naturalist guides will give talks and
briefings on the day’s events and about the natural and human history of
the Galapagos. They will help you understand the context of what you’ve
seen and help prepare you for the next day’s activities. A convenient
boarding platform makes it easy and safe to board our excursion boats.

*Cabins*

Your air-conditioned cabin is the perfect haven between excursions, featuring
private facilities and ample storage space. During every excursion, cabin
stewards will service your spacious cabin.

Group

Two Level 3 naturalists; Three naturalist guides for groups of 26-32

Eating Drinking

Meals are served in one seating in the dining room, and each meal boasts
international and traditional Ecuadorian cuisine, fresh fruit and sumptuous
desserts.

Transportation

Joining Instructions

Transfers Details

Essential Equipment

Sunglasses
Sunhat
Sunscreen
Strong-soled shoes for walking on the islands
Flashlight/Torch
Due to the limited storage facilities available on the boat, hard suitcases
will be difficult to store so we recommend that you take a soft holdall or
rucksack for this trip so that your bag can be unpacked into the cabin
storage and your holdall stowed away in the small space under the bed.
Internal flights in the destination country are subject to a weight limit of
20kg.

Optional Equipment

Canvas shoes or waterproof sandals for wading ashore if you don't like wet
landings
Swimming gear
Waterproofs
Camera with telephoto lens, spare memory cards and batteries
Binoculars

Money

Tipping

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