Galápagos Islands Expedition—in Darwin’s Footsteps

Price from $12,982

Departure Dates
5 departures between Oct 2022 and Dec 2022
9 days

See the natural wonders of 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.

What's Included


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


  • Return flights in economy class between Quito and Baltra, and Baltra and Guayaquil  


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

Route overview

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

Ships on this expedition

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