Galápagos Islands Adventure – in Darwin’s Footsteps

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Departure Dates
15 departures between Jun 2022 and Dec 2022
10 days

Discover the ecological wonders of the Galápagos

  • 10-day expedition cruise starting in Ecuador before joining our small ship MS Santa Cruz II to explore the UNESCO-protected Galápagos Islands.

  • Join this science-oriented journey of ecological discovery to see unique animal species, including giant tortoises, marine iguanas and rare seabirds.

  • Kayak, paddleboard or snorkel, and go on small boat landings, learning about these incredible islands and Darwin's research from your Expedition Team.

Enchanting Ecuador

Your expedition starts in Quito – a beautiful UNESCO-listed city packed with remnants from a lost Inca civilisation. We'll visit its surroundings, including an active volcano, before sailing to the Galápagos Islands.

Eco-friendly exploration

The small, stylish expedition ship MS Santa Cruz II is used exclusively to sail around these islands, taking you closer to their nature and wildlife. Your carbon neutral ship will leave the smallest footprint wherever we go, while our team puts safety and sustainability first.

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 Ecuador's capital

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 9

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.

Special offers

Expedition exclusive cost savings and rare opportunities.

* Certain offers may not be combinable, up to two savings opportunities except where noted otherwise

Galápagos Islands

Galápagos Islands Adventure – in Darwin’s Footsteps