Expedition Cruise to the Galápagos Islands

Price from £7,397

Departure Dates
32 departures between Jan 2023 and Mar 2024
9 days

Expedition Cruise to the Galápagos Islands 2023

South American experience 

Explore Quito, one of South America’s most charming capitals and a World Heritage city of graceful Spanish-era architecture, cosy restaurants and small artisanal shops. Taste delicious Ecuadorian specialities and stroll through colourful markets brimming with local handicrafts. You’ll also visit an active volcano and go on a nature walk in stunning surroundings.  

In Darwin's footsteps 

Charles Darwin’s visit to the Galápagos Islands aboard H.M.S. Beagle led to his seminal work On the Origin of Species. On your science-oriented expedition, you’ll follow in Darwin’s footsteps, learn about his discoveries and make a few of your own. 

Your Galápagos expedition features handpicked landings where you’ll see wildlife in a wide variety of ecosystems. See sea lions basking in the sun on Mosquera islet and giant tortoises in San Cristóbal and Santa Cruz. Gaze at the famous land iguanas of Santa Fé and South Plaza and discover the colourful bird colonies of Española, Edén Islet, and North Seymour. 

Your expedition ship – MS Santa Cruz II 

MS Santa Cruz II’s crafted itineraries give you some of the best island coverage and wildlife viewing opportunities in the Galápagos. Many excursions take place at exclusive visitor sites, meaning we’ll often have entire areas to ourselves. Having multiple naturalist guides aboard Santa Cruz II also means you’ll be able to choose from a wider range of activities each day.  

Your ship is also one of the few vessels operating in Galápagos that comes equipped with a full range of exploration tools, including dinghies, kayaks, snorkelling gear and paddleboards. There's even a glass-bottom boat. Of course, safety and sustainability are paramount throughout your cruise, and there’s a 24-hour Medical Officer onboard at all times.

What's Included


  • Return flightsin economy class from London to Quito and back from Guayaquil including all taxes
  • Return flights in economy class between Quito and Baltra, and Baltra and Guayaquil  


  • Three nights in Quito before the expedition cruise, including breakfastand dinner on DAY 2 and 3.  


  • All transfersin Quito, transfers between Baltra airport and ship 

Route overview

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

Flight to Quito

Day 1

Cultural tour of Quito

Day 2

Cotopaxi Volcano trip

Day 3

Your cruise begins

Day 4

Visiting the giants

Day 5

Blissful beauty & evolution in action

Day 6

Giant tortoises and island activities

Day 7

A conservation success story

Day 8

A small slice of Eden

Day 9

End of the expedition

Day 10

Back in the UK

Day 11

Ships on this expedition

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