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The Galapagos Islands – Western Itinerary

Feel the thrill of encountering the flora and fauna that famously inspired Darwin—and in his footsteps, generations of nature lovers.

Sea lions on the beach
May 7 - 14, 2024
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Land and Cruise
South America
Tour Manager

Debbie M. Vargo

Trip overview

Undiscovered by Europeans until the 16th century, the Galapagos Islands hold a central position in modern scientific and evolutionary history. In a place where human presence is relatively minimal, take the opportunity to observe and photograph these remarkable species up close—either sitting quietly to watch blue-footed boobies or snorkeling with inquisitive and playful sea lions.


  • Two nights at the Five-star Casa Gangotena hotel in Quito (or similar) prior to embarkation
  • Four nights aboard the Isabela II with exploration by panga boat or glass-bottom boat, naturalist-led hikes and excursions and evening lectures
  • One night at Wyndham Quito Airport Hotel – Quito (or similar) after disembarkation
  • Welcome reception in Quito, plus seven breakfasts, six lunches and four dinners 
  • City tour of Quito
  • All excursions and presentations
  • Complimentary use of kayaks, paddle boards, shorty wetsuits and snorkeling equipment
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee and transit card
  • Internal airfare (from Quito to the islands on Day 3, and return to Quito on Day 7)
  • Gratuities to local guides, hotel porters and drivers in Quito
  • Airport transfers for guests arriving and departing during the suggested times

*All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and early booking deadlines. Dates, itineraries, and prices are subject to change. 


Day 1 - En Route from U.S. / Arrive in Quito, Ecuador

Day 2 - Quito

Day 3 - Quito / Flight to Baltra / Santa Cruz: Highlands / Puerto Ayora – Embarkation

Day 4 - Bartolomé / Santiago: Sullivan Bay

Day 5 - Santa Cruz: Dragon Hill / Santiago: Buccaneer Cove

Day 6 - Isabela: Punta Vicente Roca / Fernandina: Punta Espinoza

Day 7 - Baltra – Disembarkation / Flight to Quito, Ecuador 

Day 8 - Quito / Depart for U.S.

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