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Galápagos Islands – Iconic Wildlife & Sublime Scenery (Western Route)

Price from $9,454

Departure Dates
45 departures between June 2024 and Mar 2026
7 days
Multiple Offers

Cruise Overview

Galápagos Islands Cruise | Iconic Wildlife & Sublime Scenery (Western Route)

Experience the incredible natural wonders of the Galápagos Islands.

See the unique wildlife of the Galápagos, such as giant tortoises and marine iguanas, as you visit the islands of Santa Cruz, Isabela, Fernandina, and Floreana.

Learn about these incredible islands and Charles Darwin’s research from your expert expedition Team, comprised of local naturalist guides.

Explore the GalápagosIslands by kayak, glass-bottom boat, and stand-up paddleboard, and enjoy nature walks, hikes, snorkeling and swimming.

Setting out from beautiful Quito 

Quito is one of South America’s most alluring capitals and a World Heritage City of graceful Spanish-era architecture, packed with cosy restaurants and artisanal shops. With two overnights here, you’ll have time to taste delicious Ecuadorian specialities and stroll through colourful markets brimming with local handicrafts. On the second day, you’ll visit Quito's historic centre on a guided tour.

Darwin’s islands of evolution  

Your expedition cruise begins after a flight from Quito to Baltra Island in Galápagos. In the Galápagos Islands, you’ll visit the isles of Isabela, Floreana, Fernandina and Santa Cruz islands, each a unique illustration of evolution in action. Experience an array of ecosystems within picturesque landscapes, and see famed wildlife such as marine iguanas, giant tortoises, Nazca Boobies and Darwin’s iconic finches. Your ship, MS Santa Cruz II, is one of the few vessels operating in Galápagos that comes equipped with a full range of exploration tools, including panga boats, kayaks, snorkelling gear, stand-up paddleboards and even a glass-bottom boat. 

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

Vibrant Quito 

Day 1

Visit historic Quito  

Day 2

Your cruise begins 

Day 3

Wildlife-rich Isabela and Fernandina 

Day 4

Darwin’s Santa Cruz 

Day 5

Picturesque Floreana 

Day 6

Back to Baltra

Day 7

What's included


  • Flights in economy class between Quito and Baltra, and Baltra and Quito, including all taxes  


  • Two hotel nights in Quito before the expedition cruise, including breakfast, and dinner on Day 2 


  • Transfer from the hotel to the airport in Quito before the expedition cruise 
  • Transfers between the airport and the ship in Baltra  
  • Transfer from the airport to the hotel in Quito between 1 May and 31 Dec 2024 (available only on the official tour start date*).


  • Full-day excursion: Historic Quito & Middle of the World, including lunch, before the expedition cruise 


  • Galápagos Islands National Park admission fee   
  • Transit Control Card for the Galápagos Islands  
  • Access to the airport lounge at the Quito (or Guayaquil) airport upon return from the Galápagos Islands for guests flying internationally on the day of disembarkation 

Expedition Cruise

  • A stay in a cabin of your choice 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages* 
  • Complimentary tea and coffee 
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board† 
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle 
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore 
  • Range of included activities 
  • Complimentary wetsuit rental 
  • Welcome and farewell cocktails  

Onboard Activities

  • In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team 
  • Use of our Science Corner with library and microscope
  • Citizen Science Programme where you can assist with ongoing scientific research 
  • Photography tips and techniques for capturing landscapes and wildlife from our onboard professional photographer
  • Use of ship's hot tubs and gym 
  • Informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings 

Landing Activities

  • Escorted landings with small panga boats 
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles and all equipment for activities 
  • Expedition photographers on hand to assist you 


  • All planned activities are subject to weather conditions 
  • Your flight from Baltra will be to Quito. If you wish to end your expedition in Guayaquil, please advise your booking agent 
  • Quito’s altitude is at approximately 9,350 feet above sea level and during your stay, you might experience mild altitude sickness 
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change 
  • Please make sure you meet all entry and boarding requirements  
  • No gratuities expected
  • Depending on your flight times, an additional overnight might be needed (not included)
  • To ensure a seamless arrangement for your Arrival Airport Transfer from the airport to the hotel in Quito, please provide us of your flight details if it is not booked with Hurtigruten HX Expeditions.
  • Without this information, we would not be able to arrange the transfer.

What's not included

  • International flights 

  • Additional overnight(s) if required due to international flight timings

  • Travel insurance 

  • Luggage handling

Penguins perched on the ice of Cuverville Island, Antarctica. Credit: Espen Mills / HX Hurtigruten Expeditions

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