Panama Canal & Colonial Highlights with Galápagos Islands

Price from €7,185

Departure date
15 days

Cruise Overview

Join an expedition cruise from Colón, taking in the famous Panama Canal, a selection of coastal communities, and the amazing Galápagos Islands

  • Your journey begins in Colón by sailing through the famous Panama Canal that connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

  • Once past Panama City, we’ll head south to charming cities in Ecuador and Peru, visiting beautiful beaches, archaeological mysteries and UNESCO sites.

  • You’ll then continue to the wildlife-rich Galápagos Islands where you’ll island-hop and explore the archipelago.

Panama Canal and colourful coastal communities 

Start your journey in Colón and experience sailing through the Panama Canal – one of mankind’s greatest engineering triumphs. After the transit, we head south towards South America. Meet the Afro Colombian community of Bahía Solano, and visit Montecristi near Manta where Panama hats are handwoven.   

South America and the Galápagos Islands 

Isla de la Plata has wildlife said to rival that of the Galápagos Islands. You can also visit Buenaventura Nature Reserve in Puerto Bolivar on an optional excursion for chances to spot hummingbirds, parakeets and howler monkeys. Pacific weather conditions can make landing at Salaverry a challenge, but if we manage to, you can explore the remains of Chan Chan or Mochican  on optional excursions. You’ll then fly to the Ecuadorian capital Quito before going on to explore the remote and wildly beautiful Galápagos Islands.


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

Colón, Panama

Day 1

Connecting Two Oceans

Day 2

Afro Colombian vibes

Day 3

Relax on board

Day 4

Made in Montecristi

Day 5

Ecuador’s other Galápagos

Day 6

Growing green gold

Day 7

At your leisure

Day 8

Ancient Kingdoms

Day 9

On a high

Day 10

Views from the Middle of the World

Day 11

Arriving at Santa Cruz Island

Day 12

Galápagos Island Hopping

Day 13-14

Return to mainland Ecuador

Day 15

What's included

Take a look at what you can look forward to on this 14-day expedition cruise.

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurant Aune  
  • À la carte restaurant Lindstrøm included for suite guests
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Range of included activities

Onboard Activities

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • Citizen Science programme allows guests to assist with live scientific research
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, infinity pool, panoramic sauna, outdoor and indoor gyms, and outdoor running track
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, panoramic sauna and indoor gym
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come

Landing Activities

  • Loan of trekking poles and all equipment for activities
  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition Photographers help with your camera settings before landings

Land-Programme Galápagos Island after the expedition cruise

  • Economy flight Lima to Quito and Quito to Baltra
  • Two nights in Quito, including breakfast and dinner
  • Three nights at hotel in Santa Cruz Island /Galápagos, including full board
  • Economy flight Baltra to Guayaquil
  • All transfers, excursions and meals as described, including English-speaking guide
  • Galápagos National Park entrance fee

What's not included

  • International flights

  • Travel insurance

  • Luggage handling

  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners

  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team

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