Thirteen major islands, six minor islands and 42 volcanic islets make up Ecuador’s Galapagos Archipelago, and while most of these islands are known by both English and Spanish names, you’ll find the landscapes and wildlife on each isle to be singularly enchanting. It is against a contrasting patchwork of deserts, forests, volcanoes, beaches and cobalt water that International Expeditions invites you on a Galapagos cruise to discover the islands’ compelling wildlife.

Witness this fantastic microcosm of natural history by joining a true pioneer in Galapagos travel. Standing on the lava of Fernandina with a vista of volcanoes; snorkeling with a friendly sea lion; or sitting in a lush field on Santa Cruz watching the giant tortoises graze — these are the moments of sheer wonder you can expect on this small-ship adventure. IE invited you aboard the 32-guest Evolution, which offers the ideal retreat with spacious cabins, superb cuisine and a host of amenities. From the moment you arrive and see the first iguanas and sea lions basking on the dock where we board our Galapagos cruise ship, you are delighted. And for all the documentaries and research most people have seen on these islands, nothing compares to the experience of being here.

Highlights


• Snorkel, kayak & hike alongside experienced Galapagos guides

• Enjoy seven nights aboard the spacious yacht Evolution

• Learn about conservation efforts at the Charles Darwin Research Station

• Explore the undersea on our Galapagos cruise tours, featuring daily snorkeling & included equipment

Meet your Expedition Leader and fellow travelers. Fly 600 miles across the Pacific Ocean to the Galapagos Islands and board the Evolution. After a safety briefing, enjoy a circumnavigation of Daphne Major, a paradise for sea birds such as magnificent frigatebird. (B,L,D)
Zodiacs take you on a dramatic ride into the heart of a sunken volcano at Punta Vicente Roca. Take to the water, where we swim and snorkel among sea turtles, penguins and possibly even sea horses. Explore the lava fields of Punta Espinosa, located on Fernandina, the youngest and most volcanically active island in the Galapagos. Here we spot flightless cormorants and marine iguanas. Whale watch from the Evolution’s open-air decks as we cross the Bolivar Channel. (B,L,D)
Isabela is the Galapagos archipelago's largest island, and is composed of five volcanoes – Cerro Azul, Sierra Negra, Darwin, Wolf and Alcedo – all of which are actually still considered active! Hike along the uplifted section of sea floor in Urbina Bay at the base of the Alcedo Volcano. Our naturalists point out the tortoises, colorful land iguanas and other wildlife that feed on the vegetation. Board our Zodiacs for an excursion to Tagus Cove, where we look for penguins, flightless cormorants, pelicans along the cliffs before a chance to snorkel and swim. (B,L,D)
Visit Bartolomé Island, hiking to the top of a dormant volcano for a dramatic panorama, including famed Pinnacle Rock. The island is dotted with craters, cinder cones, lava flows, spatter cones and broken lava tunnels which run down from the summit. Our Zodiac drivers will take “non-hikers” for a ride around the cliffs, observing a stunning volcanic landscape and Galapagos penguins. Swim and snorkel with sea lions and maybe even speedy penguins. This afternoon, hike across the panoehoe lava of Sullivan Bay, seeing some of the hearty flora colonizing the landscapes. Stroll along the coralline beach spotting black and white oystercatchers. (B,L,D)
Bachas Beach is home to one of the last remnants of the US World War II presence in Galapagos-a floating pier- which we’ll see on our morning walk along with Sally Lightfoot crabs, black necked stilts and whimbrels. Snorkel in the calm waters where sea turtles nest. While exploring uninhabited Rabida Island at the archipelago’s geologic center, watch for up to nine species of Darwin’s finches, doves, yellow warblers and mockingbirds. A small saltwater lagoon is home to white-cheeked pintail ducks and black-necked stilts. Snorkelers may take to the water with sea lions, sea turtles and reef fish such as damsels and pufferfish. During a guided kayaking excursion, watch for brown pelicans and blue-footed boobies while savoring views of the island’s sloping volcanic peak. (B,L,D)
After a tasty breakfast onboard our Galapagos cruise ship, head to a private reserve in the forested highlands to see and photograph giant tortoises. Stop at a family run sugar cane farm that also produces small-batch moonshine. Since 1970, more than 2,000 tortoises have been hatched, raised and released from the Fausto Llerena Tortoise Breeding Center at the Darwin Research Center, which was founded in 1959. Learn about the vital work being done here before returning to the Evolution. (B,L,D)
As the southernmost island in the archipelago, Española’s relative isolation has resulted in not only an abundance of unusual wildlife, but species and subspecies that are endemic to the island, such as Española (Hood) mockingbird, Española (Hood) racer snake, Española (Hood) lava lizard, waved albatross and brightly colored marine iguanas. Enjoy a Zodiac ride before wading ashore to Punta Suarez through a sea lion colony. Walk along the cliffs looking for waved albatrosses, Galapagos hawks, Hood mockingbirds and the red-colored race of marine iguana en route to Española’s blowhole, where waves spout 90 feet into the air. After lunch on our yacht, swim, snorkel and kayak in the waters off Gardner Bay. You are also welcome to bring along your book or a camera for a relaxing afternoon on this white-sand beach. (B,L,D)
End your Galapagos Islands cruise by returning to San Cristóbal to visit the Interpretation Center, opened by the park in 1998. Fly to Guayaquil, where you board your flights home. If you took advantage of our Guayaquil add-on package, enjoy time to relax at the Hotel Oro Verde. (B)
Itineraries are subject to change.

Category 1 D Deck Cabins

$ 6450 USD pp
Category 1 D Deck Cabins
Four cabins on Deck D with queen or twin beds and a porthole at/below water level. Approx. 178 sq. ft. All accommodations feature private bathrooms with hair dryers and toiletries, climate controls, safe-boxes and closet/storage space.

Category 2 C Deck Cabins

$ 6900 USD pp
Category 2 C Deck Cabins
Cabins on Deck C with queen or twin beds and an ocean-view porthole. Approx. 183 sq. ft. All accommodations feature private bathrooms with hair dryers and toiletries, climate controls, safe-boxes and closet/storage space.

Category 3 A Deck Suites

$ 7850 USD pp
Category 3 A Deck Suites
Two suites on the Deck A with queen or twin beds and a window. Approx. 198 sq. ft. All accommodations feature private bathrooms with hair dryers and toiletries, climate controls, safe-boxes and closet/storage space.

Category 4 A Deck Suite

$ 8200 USD pp
Category 4 A Deck Suite
Suite on Deck A with queen bed and window. Approx. 263 sq. ft. All accommodations feature private bathrooms with hair dryers and toiletries, climate controls, safe-boxes and closet/storage space.

Category 1 D Deck Cabins

$ 6450 USD pp
Category 1 D Deck Cabins
Four cabins on Deck D with queen or twin beds and a porthole at/below water level. Approx. 178 sq. ft. All accommodations feature private bathrooms with hair dryers and toiletries, climate controls, safe-boxes and closet/storage space.

Category 2 C Deck Cabins

$ 6900 USD pp
Category 2 C Deck Cabins
Cabins on Deck C with queen or twin beds and an ocean-view porthole. Approx. 183 sq. ft. All accommodations feature private bathrooms with hair dryers and toiletries, climate controls, safe-boxes and closet/storage space.

Category 3 A Deck Suites

$ 7850 USD pp
Category 3 A Deck Suites
Two suites on the Deck A with queen or twin beds and a window. Approx. 198 sq. ft. All accommodations feature private bathrooms with hair dryers and toiletries, climate controls, safe-boxes and closet/storage space.

Category 4 A Deck Suite

$ 8200 USD pp
Category 4 A Deck Suite
Suite on Deck A with queen bed and window. Approx. 263 sq. ft. All accommodations feature private bathrooms with hair dryers and toiletries, climate controls, safe-boxes and closet/storage space.

Category 1 D Deck Cabins

$ 6450 USD pp
Category 1 D Deck Cabins
Four cabins on Deck D with queen or twin beds and a porthole at/below water level. Approx. 178 sq. ft. All accommodations feature private bathrooms with hair dryers and toiletries, climate controls, safe-boxes and closet/storage space.

Category 2 C Deck Cabins

$ 6900 USD pp
Category 2 C Deck Cabins
Cabins on Deck C with queen or twin beds and an ocean-view porthole. Approx. 183 sq. ft. All accommodations feature private bathrooms with hair dryers and toiletries, climate controls, safe-boxes and closet/storage space.

Category 3 A Deck Suites

$ 7850 USD pp
Category 3 A Deck Suites
Two suites on the Deck A with queen or twin beds and a window. Approx. 198 sq. ft. All accommodations feature private bathrooms with hair dryers and toiletries, climate controls, safe-boxes and closet/storage space.

Category 4 A Deck Suite

$ 8200 USD pp
Category 4 A Deck Suite
Suite on Deck A with queen bed and window. Approx. 263 sq. ft. All accommodations feature private bathrooms with hair dryers and toiletries, climate controls, safe-boxes and closet/storage space.

Category 1 D Deck Cabins

$ 6450 USD pp
Category 1 D Deck Cabins
Four cabins on Deck D with queen or twin beds and a porthole at/below water level. Approx. 178 sq. ft. All accommodations feature private bathrooms with hair dryers and toiletries, climate controls, safe-boxes and closet/storage space.

Category 2 C Deck Cabins

$ 6900 USD pp
Category 2 C Deck Cabins
Cabins on Deck C with queen or twin beds and an ocean-view porthole. Approx. 183 sq. ft. All accommodations feature private bathrooms with hair dryers and toiletries, climate controls, safe-boxes and closet/storage space.

Category 3 A Deck Suites

$ 7850 USD pp
Category 3 A Deck Suites
Two suites on the Deck A with queen or twin beds and a window. Approx. 198 sq. ft. All accommodations feature private bathrooms with hair dryers and toiletries, climate controls, safe-boxes and closet/storage space.

Category 4 A Deck Suite

$ 8200 USD pp
Category 4 A Deck Suite
Suite on Deck A with queen bed and window. Approx. 263 sq. ft. All accommodations feature private bathrooms with hair dryers and toiletries, climate controls, safe-boxes and closet/storage space.

Category 1 D Deck Cabins

$ 6450 USD pp
Category 1 D Deck Cabins
Four cabins on Deck D with queen or twin beds and a porthole at/below water level. Approx. 178 sq. ft. All accommodations feature private bathrooms with hair dryers and toiletries, climate controls, safe-boxes and closet/storage space.

Category 2 C Deck Cabins

$ 6900 USD pp
Category 2 C Deck Cabins
Cabins on Deck C with queen or twin beds and an ocean-view porthole. Approx. 183 sq. ft. All accommodations feature private bathrooms with hair dryers and toiletries, climate controls, safe-boxes and closet/storage space.

Category 3 A Deck Suites

$ 7850 USD pp
Category 3 A Deck Suites
Two suites on the Deck A with queen or twin beds and a window. Approx. 198 sq. ft. All accommodations feature private bathrooms with hair dryers and toiletries, climate controls, safe-boxes and closet/storage space.

Category 4 A Deck Suite

$ 8200 USD pp
Category 4 A Deck Suite
Suite on Deck A with queen bed and window. Approx. 263 sq. ft. All accommodations feature private bathrooms with hair dryers and toiletries, climate controls, safe-boxes and closet/storage space.

Category 1 D Deck Cabins

$ 6950 USD pp
Category 1 D Deck Cabins
Four cabins on Deck D with queen or twin beds and a porthole at/below water level. Approx. 178 sq. ft. All accommodations feature private bathrooms with hair dryers and toiletries, climate controls, safe-boxes and closet/storage space.

Category 2 C Deck Cabins

$ 7400 USD pp
Category 2 C Deck Cabins
Cabins on Deck C with queen or twin beds and an ocean-view porthole. Approx. 183 sq. ft. All accommodations feature private bathrooms with hair dryers and toiletries, climate controls, safe-boxes and closet/storage space.

Category 3 A Deck Suites

$ 8350 USD pp
Category 3 A Deck Suites
Two suites on the Deck A with queen or twin beds and a window. Approx. 198 sq. ft. All accommodations feature private bathrooms with hair dryers and toiletries, climate controls, safe-boxes and closet/storage space.

Category 4 A Deck Suite

$ 8700 USD pp
Category 4 A Deck Suite
Suite on Deck A with queen bed and window. Approx. 263 sq. ft. All accommodations feature private bathrooms with hair dryers and toiletries, climate controls, safe-boxes and closet/storage space.

Additional charges:

Park Fees: 120 USD pp

Evolution

Vessel Type: Small Ship

Passenger Capacity: 32

Refurbished: 2014

For our Galapagos Islands cruise ship we have selected the M/V Evolution, accommodating just 32 guests. This intimate ship features a great deal of public space, including an observation deck and a canopied bar on the roof deck, perfect for enjoying a snack and drink on the canopied roof deck while whale watching or chatting with fellow passengers. Two-person kayaks also are available and a doctor is aboard on every voyage and even accompanies your small group off-ship.

Because there is an "open bridge" policy aboard the M/V Evolution, you are welcome to visit the captain and crew and learn all about the ship’s operation and navigation. Each day our naturalist guides will give talks and briefings on the day’s events and about the natural and human history of the Galapagos. They will help you understand the context of what you’ve seen and help prepare you for the next day’s activities. A convenient boarding platform makes it easy and safe to board our excursion boats.

Meals

Meals are served in one seating in the dining room, and each meal boasts international and traditional Ecuadorian cuisine, fresh fruit and sumptuous desserts.

Cabins

Your air-conditioned cabin is the perfect haven between excursions, featuring private facilities and ample storage space. During every excursion, cabin stewards will service your spacious cabin.

Cabin layout for Evolution

In-country air. From (665.00 USD)

Guayaquil Add-On Package

Ask your Expedition Advisor about adding our optional Guayaquil package which includes your transfers, breakfasts, and pre- and post-cruise hotel accommodations.

Machu Picchu & Cusco Extension. From (3999.00 USD)

A visit to Machu Picchu, the grandest of all the Inca sites, must stand out as a highlight of anyone’s travels. It has the most dramatic of settings, atop an Andean mountain surrounded by other peaks. For all its extent — Machu Picchu has some 200 structures, along with brilliant stone masonry — it was almost forgotten until its rediscovery in 1911 by Hiram Bingham. But there is a great deal more to see, and this Machu Picchu tour includes a variety of experiences in the great city of Cusco and in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Please add $409 (Extension for Amazon) or $785 (Extension for Galapagos) for in-country air & $195 for park fees.

Quito & Andean Highlands Extension

Make the most of your travel to South America by combining your Galapagos Islands vacation with our Quito & Andean Highlands travel package. Ecuador’s mainland provides a great contrast of environments — ice-capped volcanoes, Andean sierras and blackwater rivers winding through rainforests.

Save $250 on Galapagos Voyages aboard Evolution

SAVE $250 when you reserve space at least nine months prior to departure. Prices online do not show the discounted rates. Terms and Conditions apply, special offer is subject to availability, please contact us for more details.

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