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Galápagos Islands

Nature and Wildlife Expedition Cruise (Northern Route)

Price from $8,599

Departure Dates
45 departures between Jun 2024 and Mar 2026
7 days
Multiple Offers

Cruise Overview

Galápagos Islands Cruise | Nature and Wildlife Expedition Cruise (Northern Route)

Experience the natural wonders of the incomparable Galápagos Islands.

See the unique wildlife of Galápagos, from giant tortoises and marine iguanas to Nazca Boobies and Darwin’s Finches.

Learn about these incredible islands and Charles Darwin’s research from your expert Expedition Team, comprised of local naturalist guides.

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 specialities and stroll through colourful markets brimming with local handicrafts. On the second day, you’ll visit Quito's historic centre on a guided tour.   

Awe inspiring Galápagos Islands 

Next, you’ll journey to the uniquely inspiring isles of Galápagos and visit the islands of Santiago, Rábida and Bartolomé, Genovesa and Santa Cruz. Here you’ll experience an array of beautiful landscapes harbouring a variety of ecosystems and see iconic wildlife such as marine iguanas, giant tortoises, Nazca Boobies and Darwin’s Finches. 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

Pristine Santiago Island 

Day 4

Stunning Rábida and Bartolomé 

Day 5

Genovesa, a bird paradise 

Day 6

One last adventure 

Day 7

What's included


  • Flights in economy class between Quito and Baltra, 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
  • Transfer from the airport to the hotel in Quito between 1 May and 31 Dec 2024 (available only on the official tour start date*).


  • 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 Quito (or Guayaquil) 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 Quito. If you wish to end your expedition in Guayaquil, 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)
  • To ensure a seamless arrangement for your Arrival Airport Transfer from the airport to the hotel in Quito, please provide us of your flight details if it is not booked with Hurtigruten HX Expeditions.
  • Without this information, we would not be able to arrange the transfer.

What's not included

  • International flights

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

  • Travel protection

  • Baggage handling

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

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