Itinerary : Galapagos Cruise

We think of our itineraries as melodies: they have a beginning and an end, a certain arc, dramatic highlights and a few surprises. We like to improvise, to adapt to the mood of our guests or to circumstances that arise — an invitation to a traditional wedding, say, or a local ethnic festival…

Crafting beautiful, harmonious trips with delightful twists is our trade mark and passion.

We think of our itineraries as melodies: they have a beginning and an end, a certain arc, dramatic highlights and a few surprises. We like to improvise, to adapt to the mood of our guests or to circumstances that arise — an invitation to a traditional wedding, say, or a local ethnic festival…

Crafting beautiful, harmonious trips with delightful twists is our trademark and passion.

Exploring Darwin’s magical isles.

Get up close with a blue footed booby doing its courtship dance, come eye to eye with a waved albatross on its nest, snorkel with playful sea lions and watch tiny penguins zip by: savor all these experiences and many more on our magical Galapagos Islands adventure. The creatures here have no fear of humans, allowing us to walk among huge colonies of seabirds and marine iguanas, to swim peacefully with turtles and to observe giant tortoises at close quarters. We time our trips to coincide with the finest weather as well as the greatest diversity of wildlife activity the Galapagos has to offer, and we explore remote off-lying islands which are not on the itinerary of most operators. Our 16-passenger luxury yachts are the safest, most reliable and comfortable of their class, (and one is a gorgeous sailing ship!). Our crews and onboard naturalists are the most experienced and competent in the islands. Do not miss this trip — and do it the Hidden Places way!

Sample Itinerary 1

Eastern and Central Islands

Day 1 — Quito
Relax in the beautiful inner courtyards of our hotel, a carefully restored historic building in the heart of Quito’s Centro Historico, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 2 — Quito
Step out of the hotel for a fascinating walking tour through the beautiful plazas, elaborate churches and colourful streets of the Centro Historico.
Day 3 — Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos
Fly from Quito to the fabled Galapagos. Look for the famous giant tortoises in the lush green highlands, have lunch at a farm, and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station.
Day 4 — Espanola Island
Loll with sea lions on a huge white sand beach, and snorkel among them off a nearby islet. Marvel at the remarkable courtship dance of waved albatross, and watch them launch off the cliffs to majestically soar on seven-foot wingspans.
Day 5 — San Cristobel Island
Revel in the antics of blue-footed boobies and go snorkeling to find silver tipped and Galapagos sharks. Hike to the only fresh water lake in Galapagos, and learn about the human history of these islands.
Day 6 — Santa Fe and South Plaza Islands
Find the largest land iguanas in Galapagos amid giant Opuntia trees, swim with manta rays and green turtles, and on surf-sprayed cliffs watch swallow-tailed gulls, Audubon’s shearwaters and red-billed tropicbirds ride the updrafts.
Day 7 — Genovesa Island
Hear the ululating of great frigate birds with their red pouches inflated, and meet red- footed boobies and Nazca boobies, Galapagos doves, swallow tailed gulls, and yellow crowned night herons. See thousands of storm petrels flying back to their lairs and, with luck, the illusive short-eared owl.
Day 8 — Santiago and Bartolome Islands
Check out heaps of marine iguanas on the lava beach and fur seals in the intricate grottos. Climb up through a stunning moonscape for some great views. Snorkel with penguins!
Day 9 — Rabida and Sombrero Chino Islands
See brown pelicans strut on a red beach and pink flamingos step through a briny lake, take some final shots of blue-footed boobies and sea lions and go snorkeling to see eagle spotted rays.
Day 10 — Galapagos to Quito
Back to this beautiful Andean city for a lovely celebration dinner in a special restaurant.
Day 11 — Quito to home
After breakfast, sad farewells to your new-found friends and transfer to the airport!

Sample Itinerary 2

Central and Western Islands

Day 1 — Quito
Relax in the beautiful inner courtyards of our hotel, a carefully restored historic building in the heart of Quito’s Centro Historico, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Day 2 — Quito
Step out of the hotel for a fascinating walking tour through the beautiful plazas, elaborate churches and colourful streets of the Centro Historico.
Day 3 — Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos
Fly from Quito to the fabled Galapagos. In the lush green highlands, look for the famous giant tortoises. Lunch at a local organic farm, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station.
Day 4 — Floreana Island
Flamingos! Snorkeling with scores of curious sea lions! Bizarre tales of the island’s human history and a few delightful surprises!
Day 5 — Southern Santa Isabela Island
Don a snorkel and mask to see the rare Galapagos penguins whizzing past underwater, then find one of their nests on a dramatic lava flow.
Day 6 — Northern Santa Isabela Island
Wander across a beach created by volcanic uplift less than 60 years ago, come eye to eye with the largest land iguana in the Galapagos, and hike a splatter cone for spectacular 350 degree views.
Day 7 — Fernandina Island
In this most remote and pristine corner of the Galapagos, be charmed by the antics of a flightless cormorant bringing ‘presents’ to his mate on their nest, and watch what appears to be lava rock turn into huge heaps of marine iguanas.
Day 8 — Santiago Island
See fur seals snoozing on rock ledges, go snorkeling with green turtles and hang out with sea lions on an idyllic white sand beach.
Day 9 — Santa Cruz and North Seymour Islands
Make your farewells to friendly Galapagos sea lions on a fabulous swimming beach, wander past nesting magnificent frigate birds, and watch the antics of blue footed boobies as they mate and nest.
Day 10 — Galapagos to Quito
Back to this beautiful city in the Andes, for a lovely celebration dinner in a special restaurant.
Day 11 — Quito to home
After breakfast, sad farewells to your new-found friends and transfer to the airport!

Please note: this itinerary serves as an example of trip highlights and is subject to change.

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