Expedition Cruise to the Galápagos Islands

Departure date
11 days

Cruise Overview

Expedition cruise to the Galápagos Islands

  • 11-day expedition cruise that takes in Quito in Ecuador, before joining our small ship MS Santa Cruz II to explore the islands of UNESCO-protected Galápagos.

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

  • Kayak, paddleboard or snorkel, and go on landings in small expedition boats, experiencing the stunning habitats of Galápagos, guided by your Expedition Team.

Enchanting Ecuador

Starting in Quito, we'll explore this beautiful UNESCO-listed city and its surroundings, including an active volcano, before setting out for the legendary Galápagos Islands.

Eco-friendly exploration

Your small, stylish expedition ship MS Santa Cruz II is used exclusively to sail around the islands of the Galápagos, taking you closer to its incredible nature and wildlife. Your carbon neutral ship will leave the smallest footprint wherever we go, while your Expedition Team puts safety and sustainability first.


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

Flight to Quito

Day 1

A cultural tour of Quito

Day 2

Climb Cotopaxi Volcano

Day 3

Your cruise begins

Day 4

San Cristobal's tortoises

Day 5

Santa Fe and South Plaza

Day 6

Explore Santa Cruz Island

Day 7

Dramatic Española

Day 8

Reef life on Eden Islet

Day 9

Back to Baltra Island

Day 10

Arrival in the UK

Day 11

What's included

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


  • Return flights in economy class from the UK 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 theexpedition cruise, including breakfast and dinner on DAY 2 and 3.


  • All transfers in Quito, transfers between Baltra airport and ship


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


  • Galapagos Islands National Park admission fee
  • Transit Control Card for Galapagos Islands
  • Access to airport lounge at Guayaquil airport upon return from Galapagos Islands

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 
  • German- and 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

  • 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