Galápagos Islands

Nature and Wildlife Expedition Cruise

Price from $10,103

Departure Dates
33 departures between Dec 2022 and Mar 2024
6 days

Nature & wildlife expedition Cruise

Join us on a journey of ecological discovery as we set out from Quito to explore the incomparable beauty and wildlife of the Galápagos Islands.

Beautiful Quito and volcano adventure 

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 journey to an active volcano and go on a nature walk in stunning surroundings, stopping to pay a visit to a vibrant traditional open-air market.  

Darwin’s islands of evolution 

The Galápagos Islands are famed for their association with the naturalist Charles Darwin. Our northern itinerary calls at Santiago, the adjacent islands of Rábida and Bartolomé, isolated Genovesa, and the centrally-located Santa Cruz. The landings take in a wide array of ecosystems, picturesque landscapes, and give great opportunities for seeing wildlife such as sea lions, turtles, marine iguanas, giant tortoises, flamingos, Nazca and Red-footed Boobies, and iconic Darwin’s Finches. 

Your expedition ship—MS Santa Cruz II 

MS Santa Cruz II’s crafted itineraries give you some of the best island coverage and wildlife viewing opportunities in the Galápagos. Many excursions take place at exclusive visitor sites, meaning we’ll often have entire areas to ourselves. Having multiple naturalist guides aboard Santa Cruz II also means you’ll be able to choose from a wider range of activities each day.  

Your ship is also one of the few vessels operating in Galápagos that comes equipped with a full range of exploration tools, including dinghies, kayaks, snorkeling gear and paddle boards. There's even a glass-bottom boat. Of course, safety and sustainability are paramount throughout your cruise, and there’s a 24-hour Medical Officer onboard at all times.

What's Included


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


  • Two hotel nights 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

Arrive in the city of eternal spring, get your bearings and relax after your journey.

Day 1

Get a taste for Ecuador with a visit to a traditional market and a trip to Cotopaxi Volcano.

Day 2

Fly away from the mainland to the Galápagos Islands and have your first wildlife encounter.

Day 3

Explore Santiago Island and see its wild residents and impressive rock formations.

Day 4

See some amazing wildlife and beautiful landscapes, and try out the glass bottom boat.

Day 5

Start the morning with a climb to really see this paradise for birdlife.

Day 6

It’s the end of your cruise, so enjoy a slow goodbye at the giant tortoise sanctuary.

Day 7

Ships on this expedition

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