Encounter the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor off its shores. Spend seven nights 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 guide and transfer to the boat. Visit Isla Lobos in the afternoon to spot blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas and sea lions.
Day 3 North Seymour/Mosquera Island (1B, 1L, 1D)
Explore two tiny islands that are big on wildlife. North Seymour offers great views of nesting seabirds, including frigatebirds and Mosquera is home to large colonies of sea lions.
Day 4 Santiago Island/BartolomÉ Island (1B, 1L, 1D)
Visit Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island to witness the giant lava formations contrasting the white-coral sand beach. Continue to BartolomÉ Island for a guided tour to see the dramatic volcanic features before hiking to a panoramic viewpoint.
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 RÁbida Island/Bachas Beach (1B, 1L, 1D)
Land at RÁbida Island for a visit to a saltwater lagoon and sea lion colony. Afternoon excursion to Bachas Beach for walks to observe the bird and wildlife as well as free time for swimming and snorkelling.
Day 7 Floreana Island (1B, 1L, 1D)
Land at Punta Cormorant on Floreana Island. Guided walks to observe the bird and wildlife and learn about the natural history. Visit Post Office Bay in the afternoon. Snorkelling excursion at Champion Islet.
Day 8 Punta SuÁrez/BahÍa Gardner (1B, 1L, 1D)
Visit Punta SuÁrez and Gardner Bay on EspaÑola Island. Enjoy guided walks to observe wildlife and free time for swimming or snorkelling.
Day 9 Puerto Baquerizo Moreno/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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