Australian Geographic and Hurtigruten Expeditions: Galápagos Islands Adventure – in Darwin’s Footsteps

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Departure date
August 31, 2022
10 days

Discover the wonders of the Galápagos with Australian Geographic

  • Special 10-day expedition cruise with Australian Geographic, starting in Ecuador before joining our small, carbon neutral ship MS Santa Cruz II to explore the UNESCO-protected Galápagos.

  • See species endemic to the region including giant tortoises, marine iguanas and rare seabirds, on this science-oriented journey of ecological discovery.

  • Kayak, paddleboard or snorkel, and go on small boat landings, while learning about the islands and Darwin's discoveries from your Australian Geographic host and onboard Expedition Team.

Enchanting Ecuador

Hosted by Chrissie Goldrick, Editor in Chief of Australian Geographic, your expedition starts in beautiful, UNESCO-listed Quito. We'll visit an active volcano at Cotopaxi National Park, before following Darwin's footsteps in the Galápagos Islands. Discover the lost civilisation of the Incas on our optional Machu Picchu Pre-Programme to complete this trip of a lifetime.

Eco-friendly Galápagos exploration

You'll explore San Cristobal, the first Galápagos island visited by Darwin in 1835. From there, we'll visit Mosquera Islet, see land iguanas in Santa Fe and South Plaza, giant turtles in Santa Cruz, and amazing bird colonies in Española, Eden Islet, and North Seymour. You'll sail aboard MS Santa Cruz II, our small, carbon neutral ship used exclusively in the Galápagos.

What's Included



Onboard activities

Landing activities

Route overview

We'll help you plan where to go, when to visit and how long to stay

Cotopaxi Volcano eruption and Panecillo's Madona sculpture

Day 1

Explore vibrant Quito

Main street in Quito Ecuador

Day 2

Climb Cotopaxi Volcano

flock of blue footed booby standing  on a rock by the water

Day 3

Your cruise begins

colorful lizard sitting on a rock

Day 4

San Cristobal's tortoises

iguana looking out to the landscape cactus and vegetation

Day 5

Santa Fe and South Plaza

Galápagos giant Tortoise

Day 6

Explore Santa Cruz

Espanola Island Coastline : cliffs , crashing waves, and flying bird

Day 7

Dramatic Española

aerial view of snorkellers snorkelling amongst the rocks

Day 8

Reef life on Eden Islet

Pelican flying over shore

Day 10

Back to Baltra Island

Mountain peak and its reflection in the water

Day 10

Heading home

Ships on this expedition

Take a closer look at our ships typically used on this expedition

Included Activities

It's a mixture of adventure activities for individuals of all ages

Photo Credit: Espen Mills

Onboard Science Programme

Our Science Programme has one goal: to increase your curiosity, knowledge and interest of the areas you are sailing to.

Enhance your cruise

Learn more about what you can experience when going with us

Galápagos Islands

Australian Geographic and Hurtigruten Expeditions: Galápagos Islands Adventure – in Darwin’s Footsteps