Galápagos Islands Adventure

in Darwin’s Footsteps

Departure date
10 days

Cruise Overview

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.


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

Explore Ecuador's capital

Day 1

Climb Cotopaxi Volcano

Day 2

Your cruise begins

Day 3

San Cristobal's tortoises

Day 4

Santa Fe and South Plaza

Day 5

Explore Santa Cruz

Day 6

Dramatic Española

Day 7

Reef life on Eden Islet

Day 8

Back to Baltra Island

Day 9

Heading home

Day 10

What's included

Take a look at what you can look forward to on this 9-day expedition cruise.


  • Return flights in economy class between Quito andBaltra 


  • Two nights in Quitobefore the expedition cruise, including breakfastand dinner on day 2.  
  • One night in Quito after the expedition cruise, including breakfast and dinner.


  • TransfersbetweenQuito hotel and airport on the day of embarkation and disembarkation, transfers between Baltra airport and ship 


  • Full day Nature Tour to Cotopaxi National Park, including lunch


  • GalapagosIslands National Park admission fee  
  • Transit Control Card for GalapagosIslands 

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice  
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) 
  • Complimentary tea and coffee 
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board  
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who 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 
  • Citizen Science programme allows guests to assist with live scientific research 
  • Professional onboard photographer gives tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos 
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs and gym  

Landing Activities

  • Landings, hikes, coastal exploration, and activities including kayaking, snorkeling, and our glass-bottom boat   
  • Complimentary wetsuit rental

What's not included

  • International flights

  • Travel insurance

  • Luggage handling

Included Programmes

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

Ships on this expedition

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