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

Explore vibrant Quito

Day 1

Main street in Quito Ecuador

Climb Cotopaxi Volcano

Day 2

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

Your cruise begins

Day 3

colorful lizard sitting on a rock

San Cristobal's tortoises

Day 4

iguana looking out to the landscape cactus and vegetation

Santa Fe and South Plaza

Day 5

Galápagos giant Tortoise

Explore Santa Cruz

Day 6

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

Dramatic Española

Day 7

aerial view of snorkellers snorkelling amongst the rocks

Reef life on Eden Islet

Day 8

Pelican flying over shore

Back to Baltra Island

Day 10

Mountain peak and its reflection in the water

Heading home

Day 10

Enhance your cruise

Learn more about what you can experience when going with us

Ships on this expedition

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

Included Programmes

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