Galapagos Islands Adventure

Discover a land of enchantment with animals and landscapes found nowhere else on earth.

Galapagos Islands Tortoise

Galapagos Islands Adventure

Discover a land of enchantment with animals and landscapes found nowhere else on Earth. Go on a tour of Quito, the capital of Ecuador, then begin an incredible six-night cruise on the Santa Cruz II as we explore “Darwin’s Playground,” the Galapagos Islands. This tour is perfect for birdwatchers and animal lovers! Every day we’ll look for wildlife including giant tortoise, seals, iguanas, and a wide variety of colorful tropical birds. We’ll also tour the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center and the Charles Darwin Research Station. If you’re feeling especially adventurous, our ship is outfitted with equipment for additional activities including snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, and small boat excursions.

Tour Highlights
  • All airfare, taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All cruise port charges, government fees, taxes & fuel surcharges (minimum value of $352 per person)
  • Holiday Vacations Tour Director & local guide
  • Baggage handling at hotels & aboard ship
  • Hotel & cruise ship transfers
  • $100 travel voucher for a future tour
  • Galapagos National Park admission
  • Transit control card for Galapagos
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Day 1 : Fly to Ecuador

Depart the United States for Ecuador. Upon arriving in Quito we are greeted by a local, English speaking guide who will introduce us to the rich culture and dramatic landscapes of the area. Our accommodations for the next two nights are at Hotel Patio Andaluz.

Day 2 : Colonial Quito

After breakfast we begin our day of adventure with a tour of Quito. Discover downtown brimming with art and architectural treasures. The colonial square is one of the best-preserved in South America and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Other highlights of the morning include Independence Plaza, the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Building and the Archbishop’s Palace, the temple of La Compañía de Jesus, and the Monastery of San Francisco, showcasing the winged Virgin of Quito. Before lunch we stop at the Middle of the World Memorial, where you can stand with a foot in each hemisphere. Tonight is free to do as you wish.

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Day 3 : Board the Santa Cruz II

Enjoy breakfast before we bid farewell to Quito. After a short flight to Baltra Island, centrally located in the Galapagos Islands, we board the Santa Cruz II for the next six nights. Enjoy stylish staterooms plus an outdoor panorama terrace, indoor and outdoor dining, discovery room, library, kayaks and more. We depart to Mosquera Inlet, a small island surrounded by volcanic reefs. Enjoy a short walk on the island and take some time to relax and soak up the unique environment. If you’re feeling adventurous, this is a great opportunity for snorkeling.

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Day 4 : Giant Tortoise Breeding Center

After breakfast we disembark at our first stop on San Cristobal Island, the first island Darwin visited in the mid-19th century. A 40-minute drive from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno takes us to Cerro Colorado, a breeding center for the highly endangered Galapagos Tortoises. We enjoy our time surrounded by lush vegetation, forests and endemic animals, including the San Cristobal mockingbird, American flamingo, land iguana and lava lizard. After lunch we travel to Punta Pitt, the only place in the Galapagos where all three bird species of boobies can be found together. There will be opportunities for a panga ride, snorkeling, swimming, and kayaking.

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Day 5 : Santa Fe & South Plaza Islands

After breakfast we are greeted by white sand beaches and lounging sea lions at Santa Fe Island. Animals in the Galapagos have no instinctive fear of humans, providing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be intimately close with these astounding species. Surreal species found on the island include the blue-footed booby, giant tortoise, Galapagos sea lion and many more. View prickly pear forests on a stroll, go snorkeling, or venture out in a glass bottom boat. After today’s lunch, we arrive at South Plaza Island. You will be instantly awe-struck by the views of turquoise waters, white sand beaches, and black volcanic rocks. Crimson succulents and vibrant green cacti frame the coastline. Bright yellow-gray land iguanas greet us as we disembark. This is also a birdwatchers paradise with many coastal species to view.

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Day 6 : Charles Darwin Research Station

This morning we disembark for our visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station, dedicated to the promotion of research, conservation and education in the Galapagos Islands. After, we venture to the highlands, the island's center, where we experience an entirely different ecosystem consisting of lush forests and lava tubes underground that provide a surreal walking adventure. The afternoon is free to view the Tortoise Reserve on the Highlands of Santa Cruz, visit Garrapatero Beach, or the town of Puerto Ayora.

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Day 7 : Española Island

We tour four million year-old Española Island and discover more unique animal species. We find another birdwatchers haven and the opportunity to see Nazca and blue-footed boobies, swallow-tailed gulls, Española Mockingbirds, and more. Here Marine Iguanas remain bright red and green throughout the year, nicknamed the Christmas iguanas. The magnificent blowhole is a unique feature of this island, shooting water high into the sky.

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Day 8 : Inlets & Islands

After breakfast, a panga ride takes us to Eden Islet, just off the coast of Santa Cruz Island. This is a perfect place to practice your snorkeling skills with the opportunity to see reef sharks. Or, opt for a glass-bottom boat ride or relax on the panga and soak in the surroundings. Afternoon brings us to North Seymour Island. Here the flat, low-profile landscape is noticeably different as this island was created by seismic uplift rather than volcanic activity.

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Day 9 : Farewell Galapagos

Today we arrive back at Baltra Island and say goodbye to the Santa Cruz II. We will fly back to Quito for a restful evening.

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Day 10 : Otavalo

We enjoy a day in Otavalo and Peguche, known for their colorful and vibrant markets before our evening flight home.

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Day 11 : Arrive Home

We arrive home with memories of our Ecuadorian adventure.

Additional Tour Information

Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes

  • All airfare, taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All cruise port charges, government fees, taxes & fuel surcharges (minimum value of $352 per person)
  • Holiday Vacations Tour Director & local guide
  • Baggage handling at hotels & aboard ship
  • Hotel & cruise ship transfers
  • $100 travel voucher for a future tour
  • Galapagos National Park admission
  • Transit control card for Galapagos

All Accommodations Featuring

  • 2 nights at Hotel Patio Andaluz in Quito
  • 1 night Quito

Attractions & Highlights

  • Quito City Tour
  • The Islands of Eastern Galapagos: Baltra, San Cristobal, Santa Fe, Santa Cruz, Espanola
  • Mosquera Inlet
  • Charles Darwin Research Station
  • Otavalo Market
  • Peguche weaving village

24 Excellent Meals Featuring

  • Lunch in Quito
  • All meals aboard the Santa Cruz II
  • Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner

Exclusive Cruise Ship Benefits

  • 6 nights aboard the Santa Cruz II including all meals and private excursions with local English speaking guides

Tour Dates & Pricing

March 6th, 2019 - March 16th, 2019

Category - Occupancy

Price (Per Person)

Double Expedition Deck

$10899

Double Horizon Deck

$10599

Single Expedition Deck

$16899

Single Horizon Deck

$16399

Final Payment Date: 12/1/2018

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