Encounter the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor off its shores. Spend eight days exploring the incredible wildlife of the GalÁpagos archipelago in the company of an expert Naturalist Guide. In the evenings, return to the Xavier to reflect on the day’s adventures. Retire to air-conditioned cabins with exclusive lower berths and private bathrooms. As one of the region’s largest operators, we understand the importance of controlling the onboard experience – that’s why you’ll never end up on another operator’s ship.
Day 1 Quito
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 Quito/Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (1B, 1L, 1D)
Fly to San CristÓbal Island. Meet the GalÁpagos CEO and transfer to the boat. In the afternoon, visit the Tortoise Breeding Centre before setting off to explore the GalÁpagos.
Day 3 Punta Pitt/Kicker Rock (1B, 1L, 1D)
Visit Punta Pitt and look for three types of boobies as well as frigatebirds. After, visit Cerro Brujo on San CristÓbal Island to observe sea lions, marine iguanas, and seabirds along the beach. Continue to the dramatic Kicker Rock in the afternoon for a snorkelling excursion.
Day 4 Santiago Island (1B, 1L, 1D)
Morning excursion to Playa Espumilla, one of the most idyllic beaches in the GalÁpagos Islands and home to thick mangroves and flamingo and sea turtle nesting sites. Continue to Buccaneer Cove to witness the towering cliff wall rock formations before going to Puerto Egas to see a dark-sand beach and tidal pools.
Day 5 Puerto Ayora (1B, 1L, 1D)
Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to see the giant GalÁpagos tortoises and go on an excursion to the Santa Cruz Highlands. Free time for shopping or exploration of Puerto Ayora.
Day 6 Chinese Hat/Black Turtle Cove (1B, 1L, 1D)
Visit Chinese Hat for snorkelling opportunities and to observe the birds and sea lions before taking an excursion to Black Turtle Cove to see the marine life.
Day 7 Cerro DragÓn/Islas Daphne (1B, 1L, 1D)
Visit Cerro DragÓn on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island to see land iguanas and a salt water lagoon frequented by flamingos and other species of birds. Continue to Daphne Island in the afternoon to spot birds and wildlife.
Day 8 Islas Plaza/Santa FÉ Island (1B, 1L, 1D)
Land at South Plaza in the morning for wildlife spotting opportunities. Afternoon visit to Santa FÉ Island for guided walks to observe the wildlife and plentiful marine iguanas. Opportunities for swimming and snorkelling with the sea lions.
Day 9 San CristÓbal Island/Quito (1B)
Visit the Interpretation Centre on San CristÓbal Island before flying back to Quito.
Day 10 Quito (1B)
Depart at any time.
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