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Galápagos Islands Expedition - In Darwin's Footsteps
from $10,295 pp

  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Destinations: Ecuador, Galapagos Islands

Galápagos Islands Expedition

From Quito, Ecuador to Baltra Island, Ecuador

9 Days | Jan 2023 - March 2024 Departures

Ship: MS Santa Cruz II

From: $10,295*

Join us on a journey of ecological discovery as we travel from Quito to experience the natural wonders of the incomparable Galápagos Islands while traveling in Charles Darwin’s footsteps.

When the English naturalist Charles Darwin visited here aboard the H.M.S. Beagle in 1835, he discovered that several species—including tortoises and land iguanas—evolved differently depending on their habitat. His seminal work, On the Origin of Species, proved revolutionary. On this science-oriented cruise, you’ll learn about Darwin’s discoveries and make a few of our own.

You’ll get closer to the natural wonders with the use of our small boats (RIBs), kayaks, snorkeling gear, and stand-up paddleboards (SUPs). You can choose from a wide range of included activities and the Expedition Team will guide you on landings. Safety and sustainability are always at the core of our operations, and our aim is to leave the smallest possible footprint wherever we go.

Call to Book 1-800-529-3222
Included With Your Trip

AAA Member Benefits:

• 90 euro per person onboard credit for all Expedition Cruises

• Kr300 (Norwegian Krone) onboard credit per person for all one-way sailing dates

• Kr600 (Norwegian Krone) onboard credit per person for all roundtrip sailing dates

Included in Your Expedition


  • Two nights of hotel in Quito before the expedition cruise, including breakfast and dinner on day 2


  • Roundtrip flights in economy class (from Quito to Baltra, and Baltra to Guayaquil)


  • Transfer from the hotel in Quito to the Quito Airport before the expedition cruise, and transfers between the Baltra Airport and the ship


  • Full-day nature tour to Cotopaxi National Park, including lunch


  • Galápagos Islands National Park admission fee
  • Transit control card for Galápagos Islands
  • Access to the airport lounge at the Guayaquil or Quito airport upon return from Galápagos Islands

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the Aune restaurant, including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water)
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Limited complimentary Wi-Fi for suite guests. Wi-Fi is available for purchase, but be aware that we sail in remote areas with very limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to fill at onboard water refill stations
  • English-speaking Expedition Team to guide activities and provide educational information, on board and ashore
  • Welcome and farewell cocktails

Onboard Activities

  • Use of the ship’s Science Center, which has a library, microscopes, and samples
  • The Citizen Science program allows guests to contribute to current scientific research projects
  • An onboard professional photographer will give tips and tricks for taking the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs and gym

Landing Activities

  • Landings, hikes, coastal exploration, and activities that include kayaking, snorkeling, and our glass-bottom boat
  • Complimentary wetsuit rental for suite guests. Wetsuit rental available on request.

Not Included In Your Expedition

  • International flights
  • Travel protection
  • Baggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team
  • Optional treatments in the onboard wellness and spa area


  • All planned activities are subject to weather conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please ensure you can meet all entry and boarding requirements
  • No gratuities are expected

Additional Information

Day 1: Arrival | Quito, Ecuador

Day 2: Cotopaxi Volcano trip | Quito, Ecuador

Day 3: Your cruise begins | Galápagos, Ecuador

Day 4: Visiting the giants | San Cristóbal Island

Day 5: Blissful beauty and evolving iguanas | Santa Fe Island & South Plaza Island

Day 6: Giant tortoises & island activities | Santa Cruz Island

Day 7: A conservation success story | Española Island

Day 8: A small slice of Eden | Santa Cruz Island & North Seymour Island

Day 9: End of the cruise | Baltra Island, Ecuador

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