This Galapagos cruise is ideal for both adults and families with dedicated family departures throughout the year. This family run cruise operator have won awards for sustainable travel. Their Eric and Letty boats both hold 20 passengers, delivering a most memorable experience of the unique Galapagos islands. There are 2 guides per boat making for smaller than usual group sizes for the excurisons. They operate only 7 or 14 night cruises for an in-depth immersion into the magic of the Galapagos islands. Read Steph’s account of her experience onboard the Eric Galapagos cruise here.
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|Day 1||Flight Quito-San Cristobal|
|Day 2||Tower Island|
|Day 3||Las Bachas|
|Day 5||Isabella Island|
|Day 6||Santiago and Rabida Islands|
|Day 7||Santa Cruz|
|Day 8||San Cristobal|
This morning you fly to San Cristobal island from either Guayaquil or Quito. When you arrive your guides will meet you and take you to the ship. There is time to settle in before a buffet lunch on board. This afternoon travel to the highlands to La Galapaguera Cerro Colorado National Park where there is a breeding program for giant land tortoises. Return for the Captain’s welcome cocktail party and dinner.
Spend the day on Tower Island, one of the most spectacular islands in the Galapagos for bird species. Visit a coral sand beach, a mangrove and cactus forest, a lava field and snorkel with seals. Spot swallow-tailed and lava gulls, red breasted great frigate birds, red footed and nazca boobies, storm petrels and if you’re lucky short eared owls.
Visit Las Bachas where the day starts with sightings of the Greater Flamingo and snorkel from the white sand beach. Then take a zodiac ride through series of coves and inlets surrounded by mangroves: spot mating sea turtles (Sep-Feb), white tipped reef sharks and golden cow-nosed rays. Be amazed by birdlife, iguanas and vistas on Dragon hill and across the salt water lagoon. Sail towards the western isles crossing the Equator.
Semi-wet landing at Ferdinandina, the youngest and most pristine Island in the Galapagos with no introduced mammals. Seek out sunbathing Marine Iguanas, sea lion harems then spot whales and dolphins while travelling to Isabella Island. Today you might get the chance to snorkel with penguins and turtles. At Urbina Bay on Isalbella Island see the coastal seabed exposed after the volcano erupted in the 50s. Find large and colourful Galapaos Land Iguanas, giant tortoises, Darwin Finches and Brown Pelicans. Snorkle with penguins and spot giant marine iguanas.
Travel by zodiac to a secluded cove on Isabella Island, lined by large red mangrove trees. Here, turtles, rays, and shore birds can be seen. Motor to rocky islets for more nature spotting then explore the pirate hangouts of the past. Kayak around coves with Galapagos penguins, boobies and pelicans for company. Hike up to the salt water lagoon with breath-taking views of lava fields, volcanic formations and the ocean.
Stroll the shoreline at Puerto Egas, Santiago looking for octopus, starfish and other sea life caught in the rock pools whilst enjoying a great variety of birdlife. Enter the grottos, deep pools of clear water where you can encounter fur sea lions once on the verge of extinction. Travel to Rabida, near James Island known for its diverse volcanic rocks and dark red sand beach. Don’t miss the amazing snorkelling trip with a large colony of sea lions! Special farewell cocktail party and dinner.
Travel by bus to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. Visit the tortoise reserve and the Charles Darwin Research Station. Scientists from all over the globe work at the station and conduct biological research from anatomy to zoology. Spend the evening on the yacht and take a zodiac out to shop for souvenirs in town.
We work with accommodation from 3 star and upwards. Prices are based on 2 people sharing a room in a 3 star hotel. Ask us for upgrade recommendations and prices.
A characterful colonial style hotel along one of Quito’s most interesting streets.
This hotel is in a converted colonial building.
1920s grandeur and colonial architecture combine in this converted family mansion. It overlooks a plaza in the heart of the colonial district.
Comfortable Galapagos cruise ship carrying 20 passengers. There are 3 decks with pleasant social spaces.
Although a week is ideal for a Galapagos cruise not everyone has the luxury of time – ask us for shorter cruise options.
Special family departure dates are available
Galapagos cruise boats are strictly regulated. They operate alternate weekly itineraries. If there is a bird, animal or landscape that you are particularly keen to see let us know. We will guide you to the best itinerary.
The boats themselves range from 14 passenger to 90 passenger vessels and include Catamarans, old style sailing ships and modern state of the art yachts. Ask us to help you choose the best one for you.
Flights go from Quito and Guayaquil to the Galapagos islands. Guayaquil also connects easily with Lima.