Galápagos Islands Expedition

in Darwin’s Footsteps

Departure date
9 days

Cruise Overview

Darwin's footsteps expedition cruise to the Galápagos Islands

  • 9-day expedition cruise from Ecuador to the UNESCO-protected Galápagos Islands, discovering unique and diverse wildlife, flora and fauna.

  • Join us on a journey of ecological discovery as we travel in Charles Darwin's footsteps, seeing the natural wonders that so inspired him.

  • Explore the islands of San Cristobal and Santa Cruz, and spend two nights in Quito, one of South America's most charming cities.

Wondrous wildlife

Climb an active volcano and spot animals like giant tortoises, land iguanas and Darwin's finches, that are rarely seen in the wild. On this science-oriented cruise, you'll learn about Darwin's discoveries and how the Galápagos has helped shape our understanding of evolution.

Eco-friendly exploration

Tour the Galápagos aboard MS Santa Cruz II—our small, stylish, carbon neutral expedition ship. The onboard facilities are excellent and we sail with a Medical Officer on board. You'll get closer to natural wonders in our small panga boats, kayaks, snorkeling gear and paddle boards.


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 Guayaquil

Day 9

What's included

Take a look at what you can look forward to on this 8-day expedition cruise.


  • Roundtrip flights in economy class (from Quito to Baltra, and Baltra to Guayaquil. Or, you can continue from Guayaquil to Quito. Flight to Quito must be pre-booked. Please contact us to continue on to Quito at the end of your tour.)


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


  • Transfer from the hotel in Quito to the Quito Airport before the expedition cruise, and transfers between the Baltra Airport and the ship


  • Full-day nature tour to Cotopaxi National Park, including lunch


  • Galápagos Islands National Park admission fee
  • Transit control card for Galápagos Islands
  • Access to the airport lounge at the Guayaquil or Quito airport upon return from Galápagos Islands

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the Aune restaurant, 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 fill at onboard water refill stations
  • English-speaking Expedition Team to 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
  • The Citizen Science program allows guests to contribute to current scientific research projects
  • An onboard professional photographer will give tips and tricks for taking the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs and gym

Landing Activities

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

What's not included

  • International flights  

  • Travel protection

  • Luggage handling

Ships on this expedition

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