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Galápagos Islands – In Darwin’s Footsteps (Eastern Route)

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23 departures between May 2024 and Mar 2025
9 days
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Cruise Overview

Galápagos Islands Cruise | In Darwin’s Footsteps (Eastern Route)

Visit the UNESCO-protected Galápagos Islands, discovering their unique 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 Cristóbal Sante Fe, Santa Cruz, and Española, and spend two nights in Quito, one of South America's most charming cities.

Setting out from beautiful Quito 

Quito is one of South America’s most alluring capitals and a World Heritage City of graceful Spanish-era architecture, packed with cosy restaurants and artisanal shops. With two overnights here, you’ll have time to taste delicious Ecuadorian specialties and stroll through colorful markets brimming with local handicrafts. On the second day, you’ll visit Quito´s historic centre on a guided tour.  

Awe inspiring Galápagos Islands 

After exploring Quito´s historic centre and visiting the Equator, we’ll head to the Galápagos Islands for an unforgettable sea adventure. We’ll be on the lookout for iconic animals such as giant tortoises, marine iguanas and Blue-footed Boobies. On this active cruise, and with an onboard Expedition Team of local guides, you'll get closer to the many natural wonders in our small panga boats, kayaks and glass-bottom boat.

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

Vibrant Quito 

Day 1

Visit historic Quito  

Day 2

Your cruise begins 

Day 3

Tortoises of San Cristóbal 

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

End of an expedition 

Day 9

What's included


  • Flights in economy class between Quito and Baltra, and Baltra and Quito, including all taxes


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


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


  • Full-day excursion: Historic Quito and Middle of the World, including lunch, before the expedition cruise


  • Galápagos Islands National Park admission fee
  • Transit control card for the Galápagos Islands
  • Access to the airport lounge at the Guayaquil (or Quito) airport upon return from the Galápagos Islands for guests flying internationally on the day of disembarkation

Expedition Cruise

  • Stay in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including beverages*
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board†
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and guide activities, both on board and ashore
  • Range of included activities
  • Complimentary wetsuit rental
  • Welcome and farewell cocktails

Onboard activities

  • In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team
  • Use of our Science Corner with library and microscope
  • The Citizen Science Program allows guests to contribute to ongoing scientific research projects.
  • Photography tips and techniques for capturing landscapes and wildlife from our onboard professional photographer
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs and gym
  • Join informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings.

Landing activities

  • Escorted landings with small panga boats
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment needed for the activities
  • Expedition photographers will be on hand to assist you.


  • All planned activities are subject to weather conditions
  • Your flight from Baltra will go to Guayaquil. If you wish to end your expedition in Quito, please advise your booking agent.
  • Quito’s altitude is approximately 9,350 feet above sea level. You may experience mild altitude sickness during your stay.
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please ensure you meet all entry and boarding requirements
  • No gratuities are expected
  • Depending on your flight times, an additional overnight might be needed (not included)

What's not included

  • International flights

  • Additional overnight(s) if required due to international flight timings 

  • Travel protection

  • Baggage handling

  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team

Penguins perched on the ice of Cuverville Island, Antarctica. Credit: Espen Mills / HX Hurtigruten Expeditions

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