Galápagos Islands Expedition—in Darwin’s Footsteps

Price from $13,163

Departure Dates
32 departures between Jan 2023 and Mar 2024
8 days

Darwin expedition cruise to the Galápagos Islands 2023 & 2024

Join us on a journey of ecological discovery as we travel in Charles Darwin’s footsteps to explore the natural wonders of the Galápagos Islands.

Eastern Itinerary 

We offer you unique expedition cruises to sail in the footsteps of Darwin. Our Eastern itinerary explores San Cristobal, the first of the four Galapagos island visited by Darwin in 1835, and the easternmost landmass of the archipelago. We will also call at Mosquera Islet, see the land iguanas of Santa Fe and South Plaza, the giant turtles of Santa Cruz, and the amazing bird colonies of Española, Eden Islet, and North Seymour. The landings cover a wide array of ecosystems, spectacular landscapes, and great opportunities for wildlife watching, including most of the iconic animals of Galapagos. 

Begin your adventure with two nights at a hotel in Quito, one of South America’s most charming capitals. This World Heritage city of graceful Spanish-era architecture is packed with cosy restaurants and small artisanal shops. From here we’ll pay a visit to an active volcano and go on a nature walk in stunning surroundings, as well as experiencing a vibrant open-air market.   

After we fly to the Galápagos, step aboard Santa Cruz II—our comfortable and stylish expedition vessel ideally suited to remote adventures. You’ll take part in an unforgettable cruise and experience the very best the UNESCO protected Galápagos has to offer. The onboard facilities are excellent, and you can look forward to mouth-watering dishes prepared by our chefs, as well as comfortable cabins to relax in after each exciting day of discovery.    

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

You’ll get closer to the natural wonders with the use of our small expedition boats, kayaks, snorkeling gear and paddle boards. There’s a wide range of activities to choose from, 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 footprint behind wherever we go.

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

What's Included


  • Roundtrip flights in economy class (from Quito to Baltra, and Baltra to Guayaquil).


  • 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

Route overview

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


Day 1

Cotopaxi Volcano trip

Day 2

Your cruise begins

Day 3

Visiting the giants

Day 4

Blissful beauty and evolving iguanas

Day 5

Giant tortoises & island activities

Day 6

A conservation success story

Day 7

A small slice of Eden

Day 8

End of the expedition

Day 9

Ships on this expedition

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