Galápagos Islands Expedition – In Darwin’s Footsteps

Price from $10,723

Departure Dates
14 departures between Jun 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.

Join us on a journey of ecological discovery as we travel from Quito to experience the natural wonders of the incomparable Galápagos Islands while traveling in Charles Darwin’s footsteps.

Your adventure begins with two nights at a hotel in Quito, one of South America’s most charming capitals. This UNESCO World Heritage City, filled with graceful Spanish-era architecture, is packed with cozy restaurants and small artisanal shops. From Quito, we pay a visit to an active volcano, embark on a nature walk among stunning surroundings, and stroll through a vibrant open-air market.

After we fly to the Galápagos, embark Santa Cruz II, our comfortable and stylish expedition vessel ideally suited for remote adventures. Take part in an unforgettable cruise and experience the very best the UNESCO-protected Galápagos has to offer. The onboard facilities are excellent. Look forward to delicious dishes prepared by our chefs, as well as comfortable cabins for relaxing after each exciting day of exploration.

When the English naturalist Charles Darwin visited here aboard the H.M.S. Beagle in 1835, he discovered that several species—including tortoises and land iguanas—evolved differently depending on their habitat. His seminal work, On the Origin of Species, proved revolutionary. On this science-oriented cruise, you’ll learn about Darwin’s discoveries and make a few of our own.

You’ll get closer to the natural wonders with the use of our small boats (RIBs), kayaks, snorkeling gear, and stand-up paddleboards (SUPs). You can choose from a wide range of included activities and the Expedition Team will guide you on landings. Safety and sustainability are always at the core of our operations, and our aim is to leave the smallest possible footprint wherever we go.

For your safety, we always sail with a Medical Officer onboard.

What's Included



Onboard activities

Landing activities

Route overview

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

Day 1


Day 2

Cotopaxi Volcano trip

Day 3

Your cruise begins

Day 4

Visiting the giants

Day 5

Blissful beauty and evolving iguanas

Day 6

Giant tortoises & island activities

Day 7

A conservation success story

Day 8

A small slice of Eden

Day 9

End of the cruise

Ships on this expedition

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

Galápagos Islands

Galápagos Islands Expedition – In Darwin’s Footsteps