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Trip Extensions

Amazon Rainforest Lodge

Duration: 4 days

Explore the rainforest habitats accompanied by native guides while staying at a charming lodge, designed to offer comfort while preserving the environment and ambiance of the rainforest.

Otavalo Off the Beaten Path

Duration: 3 days

This in-depth exploration of the scenic area north of Quito, including a trip to the famous Otavalo market, as well as visits to some of the smaller towns known for a variety of crafts.

Machu Picchu

Duration: 6 days

This short trip to Machu Picchu can be easily combined with your trip to the Amazon, Ecuador, or the Galapagos. Many major South American cities have daily flights to and from Lima.

Quito Colonial City and the Equator

Duration: 1 days

Enjoy a day exploring the city of Quito before or after your Journeys trip.

Avenue of the Volcanoes

Duration: 3 days

In three days, you can visit some of the most important sites in Ecuador. Cotopaxi is the highest active volcano in the world, and Tungurahua has been erupting since 2001. The route is full of cultural, ethnic, and architectural attractions, along wi... read more

Guayaquil City & Optional Tours

Duration: 1 days

Guayaquil is Ecuador’s largest city, and with its low elevation and coastal location, it is an ideal point to fly to and from Galapagos. Options include a tour of the city and the Botanical Gardens or the new Historical Park.

Cloud Forest

Duration: 1 days

Escape to a cloud forest paradise. Bellavista is a perfect day trip to see the subtropical rainforest during your stay in Quito. Why spend a spare day in the city when you could be hiking in a forest reserve, or relaxing in a hammock admiring the hum... read more

Otavalo Market

Duration: 1 days

Otavalo market is the oldest, best-known, and most important Indian market in South America, and it takes place every Saturday.  This extension allows you to visit the market, traveling from Quito via Calderón and Cayambe, and passing by some of th... read more

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: quito or guayaquil

Lighthouse at Las Penas in GuayaquilLighthouse at Las Penas in Guayaquil

Arrive in either Quito or Guayaquil, Ecuador, where you will be met and transferred to your local hotel.* Quito is located in a huge valley of the Andes Mountains at an altitude of 9,455 feet; it’s a great place to extend your stay to explore the city or the surrounding volcanic mountain range. Guayaquil is Ecuador’s largest city and, with its low elevation and more coastal location, is an ideal point from which to fly to the Galapagos. Overnight at the Swissotel or Patio Andaluz in Quito or the Hotel Oro Verde in Guayaquil, for two nights. (*Hotel/city tour package is not included in cruise rate.)

Meals
None

Day 2: quito or guayaquil

Climb to atmospheric Capilla Santa Ana ChurchClimb to atmospheric Capilla Santa Ana Church

Quito city tour: Stroll down cobblestone streets and through flowering plazas. Visit the old colonial center of Independence Square, the elegant cathedrals of San Francisco and La Compañía, and also San Agustín, Quito’s oldest monastery. Drive through the residential section and past the Legislative Palace (Congress). Visit Panecillo Hill south of the old town, which affords great views of the city, snow-capped mountains, and surrounding volcanos. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure to explore or relax.

Guayaquil city tour: Our first stop is Malecon 2000, a two-mile-long waterfront promenade along the Guayas River. The waterfront boardwalk features a wide variety of restaurants, cafes, shops, and museums with art exhibitions, as well as free weekend jazz and classical music concerts. Drive through the colorful streets of this, one of Ecuador’s most important port cities. Visit the Public Market, the waterfront, the docks, and Simon Bolivar Park, which is famous for its tree iguanas. Also, admire the watchtower, La Rotonda, Old Santa Ana Fort, and Las Penas, a charming colonial section of town occupied by artists. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure to explore or relax.

Meals
Breakfast

Day 3: arrive galapagos / san cristobal island

Your Galapagos adventure begins on BaltraYour Galapagos adventure begins on Baltra

The flight from Quito (via Guayaquil) to the Galapagos is approximately 2-1/2 hours long (about 2 hours from Guayaquil). Upon arrival at San Cristobal airport, travelers pass through an airport inspection point to ensure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands and to pay the park entrance fee, which will be pre-paid for you. Guides will meet you, collect your luggage, and escort you on the short bus ride to the harbor. Motorized rafts called Zodiacs (or pangas) will transport you to the yacht, and the crew will welcome you onboard. After a briefing and a light lunch, you'll set off for Isla Lobos.
 
Lobos, lives up to its name of -Sea Lion Island- with its noisy population of frolicking and barking beasts. It lies just a short navigation north, up the west coast of San Cristobal, separated by a channel that forms an inviting lagoon. This is where you'll have your first chance to share the water with a playful colony of the "wolves of the sea". From lobos we should have views of Kicker Rock, a spectacular formation that rises 152 meters (500 feet) out of the Pacific. It takes the form of a sleeping lion, but from another angle you can see that the rock is split, forming a colossal tablet and, piercing the sea, a great chisel ready for etching. 

After this visit you have time for a shower as we get ready for our welcome cocktail and our first formal briefing before dinner. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
M/V Evolution

Day 4: south plaza / santa cruz

South Plaza has abundant plant and bird lifeSouth Plaza has abundant plant and bird life

South Plaza is the southern partner of two small crescent-shaped islands that lie just a few hundred meters off the east coast of Santa Cruz. The northern island is used for scientific purposes only, while South Plaza is one of the smallest, yet richest islands in the archipelago. Only 130 meters wide (426 feet), it was formed from uplifted seabed, giving it a tilted tabletop quality. Yellow land iguanas wander through bright red carpet weed, waiting from prickly pears to drop from green cactus. Orange sally lightfoot crabs dot the blackened lava above the landing site, all surrounded by turquoise waters. We'll see swallow tailed gulls nesting along the up-tilted end of the tiny island, while red-billed tropicbirds, frigatebirds and shearwaters fly in dancing displays. You''ll also have the chance to see blue footed boobies along the cliff's edge.
 
Early afternoon snorkeling at Punta Carrion followed by a visit to Mosquera. While Mosquera is little more than a large sandbar, it is home to a playful colony of sea lions. 
 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
M/V Evolution

Day 5: sombrero chino / james bay

Visit tidal pools and the rocky coast of SantiagoVisit tidal pools and the rocky coast of Santiago

Sombrero Chino Islet, meaning "Chinese Hat" in Spanish, is a miniature volcanic cone. This site has a beautiful landscape and a spectacular white coral sand beach where visitors can see colonies of sea lions. It is a great place to observe lava formations such as spatter cones (“hornitos”) and small lava tubes. The swimming and snorkeling are also excellent in this visitor site, and penguins are frequently sighted.

Afternoon visit to James Bay, where we land on a black beach with intriguing eroded rock formations. A trail leads to a series of crystal-clear grottos with a natural bridge formed of broken lava tubes. This is the best place in the Galapagos to see fur seals and equally best place to see samurai like marine iguanas feeding in tidal pools nearby. You will find a colony of sea lions here and Galapagos hawk frequent the area. Snorkeling offers encounters with Green Sea Turtles and tropical fish.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
M/V Evolution

Day 6: genovesa (tower island)

Genovesa is home to many birds, including this Nazca boobyGenovesa is home to many birds, including this Nazca booby

Genovesa looks like it could serve as a film set for a secret submarine base, with its ocean-filled caldera ringed by the outer edges of a sizeable and mostly submerged volcano. The island sits to the northeast, somewhat removed from the Galapagos archipelago. It is also known as "Bird Island," a name it lives up to in a spectacular way. Landing on the white coral sands of Darwin Bay and walking up the beach, you will be surrounded by the bustling activity of great frigatebirds. Puffball-chicks with their proud papas—who sport their bulging scarlet throat-sacks—crowd the surrounding branches, while both yellow-crowned and lava herons feed by the shore. Farther along, you will discover a stunning series of sheltered pools set into a rocky outcrop, forming another natural film set. A trail beside the pools leads up to a cliff overlooking the caldera, where pairs of swallow-tailed gulls, the only nocturnal gulls in the world, can be seen nesting at the cliff’s edge. Lava gulls and pintail ducks ride the sea breezes nearby.
A brief panga ride brings us to the base of those same cliffs to reveal the full variety of species sheltering in the ledges and crevices created by the weathered basalt. Among them, red–billed tropicbirds enter and leave their nests trailing exotic long tails known as streamers. This is also an intriguing place to go deep-water snorkeling, where the truly fortunate swimmer can spot one of the giant manta rays that frequent the inner bay along the cliff walls.

Across the bay is Prince Philip's Steps, named for a visit by the British Monarch in 1964. The 25- meter (81-foot) stairway leads to a narrow stretch of land that opens out onto the plateau surrounding Darwin Bay, and extends to form the north side of the island. Red-footed boobies wrap their webbed feet around branches to perch in the bushes, and, in contrast, their Nazca booby cousins dot the surface of the scrublands beyond. Crossing through the sparse vegetation, you will come to a broad lava field that extends toward the sea—this forms the north shore. Storm petrels flutter out over the ocean in large flocks, then return to nest in the cracks and tunnels of the lava field, where their predator, the short-eared owl, is a frequent visitor.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
M/V Evolution

Day 7: north seymour & santa fe islands

North Seymour has abundant blue-footed boobiesNorth Seymour has abundant blue-footed boobies

In the morning, you'll visit North Seymour Island (dry landing), which is teaming with wildlife. Cliffs only a few meters high form the shoreline, home to swallow-tailed gulls. A tiny forest of silver-grey Palo Santo trees stands just above the landing, where a trail (with options ranging from easy to difficult) will take you to see sea lions, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, pelicans, magnificent frigatebirds, and land iguanas. In the afternoon, you'll visit Santa Fe Island, home to one of the most beautiful and sheltered bays of the archipelago and to some of the best snorkeling, with crystal clear water, and certainly one of the best locations to see sea turtles, swim with sea lions, and glimpse the Galapagos white-tipped shark. After a wet landing you will walk up to a nearby cliff (medium level of difficulty) to see the land iguanas in an area of Opuntia cactus.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
M/V Evolution

Day 8: floreana / p.o. bay / punta cormorant

Explore 18th century Post Office Bay and mail a postcard to a friendExplore 18th century Post Office Bay and mail a postcard to a friend

Floreana has had a colorful history: pirates, whalers, convicts, and a small band of somewhat peculiar colonists — a Baroness among them — who chose a Robinson Crusoe-like existence here that ended in mystery and death. This morniong, visit Post Office Bay, where in 1793, British whalers set up a barrel as the island‘s Post Office to send letters home on passing ships. The tradition continues to this day, simply by dropping a post card into the barrel without a stamp. Traditionally, visitors search post cards for any addressed to their home towns, which they deliver by hand when they arrive home after their travels.

This afternoon a visit to Punta Cormorant (wet landing, easy walking) which offers two highly contrasting beaches — a green-olivine beach and an iron-red beach. From here, a trail crosses the neck of the isthmus that rises to form a cinder cone to a beach of very fine white sand, formed by the erosion of coral skeletons. Between the two beaches is a salt lagoon frequented by flamingoes, pintails, stilts, and other wading birds. After lunch in the afternoon,You'll also visit Devil's Crown (wet landing, easy walking), which is home to myriad of marine species, including a variety of corals, pencil sea urchin, wrasses, angelfish, and amberjacks, making for some of the best snorkeling in the Galapagos.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
M/V Evolution

Day 9: santa cruz / darwin station / highlands

Learn about preservation efforts at Darwin StationLearn about preservation efforts at Darwin Station

Santa Cruz is the second-largest island in the Galapagos and something of a hub for the archipelago. Puerto Ayora, located in the southeast of this large, round volcanic island, is the economic center of the Islands. It has the largest population among the four inhabited islands (approx. 18,000), which economically relies mostly on tourism—including refurbishing and resupplying yachts—along with fishing and boat-building.
 
Puerto Ayora is home to both the Galapagos National Park Service Headquarters and Charles Darwin Research Station, the center of the great restorative efforts taking place in the park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here we go ashore to visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding and Rearing Program run by the research station, which began by rescuing 14 tortoises remaining on the island of Espanola in 1970. This program has restored the population of animals there to over 1,000 today. You will see many of these animals, with their sweet alien-like necks and faces, from hatchlings to juveniles to large, distinguished individuals. The local color of this port makes for an attractive stop-off, with restaurants, souvenir shops, and internet cafes.
 
A highlight of any trip is a visit to the Highlands, where the dry coastal vegetation transitions to lush wet fields and forests overgrown with mosses and lichens. Our destination is the Tortoise Reserve, where we will have chances to track and view these friendly and ancient creatures in their natural settings. This extends to the adjacent pasturelands, where farmers make some profits by allowing visitors into their farms in exchange for payment. The best times to see tortoises here is during the cool or dry season from June through December. Another nearby attraction is the highland’s lava tubes. Some of tubes offer easy access by the means of wooden stairways that descend to the mouth of their arched cave entrances. From there one can make their way into the tubes underground along the cool, dimly lit naturally formed passages with their fascinating rock formations. The tubes make for a fairly easy and interesting hike. You should bring along non-slip footwear and some hikers prefer to use a flashlight.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
M/V Evolution

Day 10: san cristobal / baltra / quito or guayaquil

Get a last glimpse of the Galapagos as you leaveGet a last glimpse of the Galapagos as you leave

Black Turtle Cove, located on the northern shore of Santa Cruz, is a living illustration of how mangroves alter the marine environment to create a rich and unique habitat. Four species of mangrove crowd from the shore out into the lagoon, which stretches almost a mile inland. As we drift though the quiet waters in our dinghy, we are likely to see spotted eagle rays and cow nosed or golden rays, which swim in a diamond formation. White-tipped reef sharks can be seen beneath the boat, and Pacific green sea turtles come to the surface for air and to mate. Sea birds, including pelicans, herons, and egrets, all feed in the cove. This cove has been declared a turtle sanctuary.

After this morning visit, head to Baltra's airport for your midday flight back to Quito or Guayaquil, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel with the rest of your day at leisure.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11: quito or guayaquil / onward

Bid farewell to EcuadorBid farewell to Ecuador

You will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Meals
Breakfast

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$5,780
- $7,120
Costs are for cruise only See "Need to Know" tab for details Fuel surcharge may apply
Single Supplement:
$4,200 - $5,175
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible. The single supplement is 75% of the per person cabin rate.
Sep 21-Oct 1, 2017
Oct 5-15, 2017
Oct 19-29, 2017
Nov 2-12, 2017
Nov 16-26, 2017
Nov 30-Dec 10, 2017
Dec 14-24, 2017
Dec 28, 2017-Jan 7, 2018
Jan 11-21, 2018
Jan 25-Feb 4, 2018
Feb 8-18, 2018
Feb 22-Mar 4, 2018
Mar 8-18, 2018
Mar 22-Apr 1, 2018
Apr 5-15, 2018
Apr 19-29, 2018
May 3-13, 2018
May 17-27, 2018
May 31-Jun 10, 2018
Jun 14-24, 2018
Jun 28-Jul 8, 2018
Jul 12-22, 2018
Jul 26-Aug 5, 2018
Aug 9-19, 2018
Aug 23-Sep 2, 2018
Sep 6-16, 2018
Sep 20-30, 2018
Oct 4-14, 2018
Oct 18-28, 2018
Nov 1-11, 2018
Nov 15-25, 2018
Nov 29-Dec 9, 2018
Dec 13-23, 2018
Dec 27, 2018-Jan 6, 2019

Need to Know

ABOUT THE YACHT:
M/V EVOLUTION is a 192 ft. / 58.5 m. cruise ship that accommodates up to 32 passengers in 16 cabins, single or twin. Outfitted for individual passengers or charters, family departures and departures for the more active groups, she offers a mix of beautifully furnished salons, open decks and private areas for those looking for a close experience with the surrounding environment.
This vessel preserves the smaller boat atmosphere and attention to detail we pride ourselves in having on all our boats, with features such as an al-fresco dining area for all 32 passengers, a library/video room. Additionally, the yacht has such amenities as a small hot pool & bar, sunning deck, outside social/observation under a canopied roof deck & bar, air renewal system, boutique and infirmary with a MD on board at all times.

View M/V Evolution photos, deck plans and more

Cruise Costs:

Prices are per person, for 8-day Cruise only.

Please see below for additional costs. 

2017 Cabin Rates:
$7,120 Bridge Deck Cabin A1
$6,650 Bridge Deck Cabins A2 & A3
$6,140 Main Deck Cabins C1-3 & C5-9
$5,780 Main Deck Cabin C4
​$5,780 Main & Lower Deck Cabins D1-4

2018 Cabin Rates:
$7,650 Bridge Deck Cabin A1
$7,250 Bridge Deck Cabins A2 & A3
$6,350 Main Deck Cabins C1-3 & C5-9
$5,950 Main Deck Cabin C4
​$5,950 Main & Lower Deck Cabins D1-4

Single Supplement: additional 75% of cabin cost; No single supplement if willing to share.

Children under 12 receive a 30% discount on cruise (1 discount per cabin; does not apply on holiday departures)

Additional: $120 National Park entry fee & tourist card

$580 Quito/Galapagos/Quito approximate airfare

Hotel packages: hotel 3 nights, transfers & city tour or hotel 2 nights and transfers; inquire for costs

International airfare estimate $900-$1200

Fuel Surcharge may apply

Duration:
11 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. For the Galapagos, the land cost is actually the per person cabin cost. The cost of the additional nights in Quito or Guayaquil are not included.
Comfort Level:
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(see full descriptions)
Delightful yacht and hotel
Activity Level:
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(see full descriptions)
Regular walking over some rough terrain
Group Size:
32
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Galapagos Cruise

Please note that this trip operates under different payment and cancellation policies than those described in our complete Terms & Conditions as noted on our website and elsewhere. Please review the complete Terms & Conditions prior to submitting a deposit. 

Expenses covered
Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Payment and Deposit Schedule​

For reservations requiring 1-2 cabins, a deposit of 30% of the cabin cost is due per person. Balance is due 90 days prior to departure. For reservations requiring 3 or more cabins, a deposit of 30% of the cabin cost is due per person. A second deposit of 30% of the cabin cost is due per person 180 days prior to departure and final payment for is due 90 days prior to departure. All payments are NON-REFUNDABLE. All payments are subject to cancellation if payments are not received by the due dates. Airlines require full payment when tickets are issued. All payments may be made by Visa, Master Card, American Express, or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted via our website.  *HOLIDAY departures require an increased deposit of 40% from the regular terms and conditions.

Airfare
We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your reservation, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

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Admire and explore the red sand beach
Admire and explore the red sand beach
Climb to atmospheric Capilla Santa Ana Church
Climb to atmospheric Capilla Santa Ana Church
Your Galapagos adventure begins on Baltra
Your Galapagos adventure begins on Baltra
South Plaza has abundant plant and bird life
South Plaza has abundant plant and bird life
Genovesa is home to many birds, including this Nazca booby
Genovesa is home to many birds, including this Nazca booby
Depending on the time of year, you may see frigatebird chicks such as this
Depending on the time of year, you may see frigatebird chicks such as this
Get a last glimpse of the Galapagos as you leave
Get a last glimpse of the Galapagos as you leave
North Seymour has abundant blue-footed boobies
North Seymour has abundant blue-footed boobies
Explore 18th century Post Office Bay and mail a postcard to a friend
Explore 18th century Post Office Bay and mail a postcard to a friend
Even MORE Blue-footed Boobies
Even MORE Blue-footed Boobies
Frolicking Sea Lions wish you safe travels
Frolicking Sea Lions wish you safe travels
The inhabitants of the Tortoise Reserve are great slow-moving subjects
The inhabitants of the Tortoise Reserve are great slow-moving subjects
Sally Lightfoot Crab fresh out of the surf
Sally Lightfoot Crab fresh out of the surf
Get a close-up of a Great Frigate bird
Get a close-up of a Great Frigate bird
Galapagos marine iguanas welcome you
Galapagos marine iguanas welcome you

Aboard M/V Evolution, Northern Circuit

Cruise the islands on a 192' newly-commissioned yacht offering traditional elegance

overview

The Evolution looks like a yacht from the 1920s but brings a modern level of comfort and safety to explore the wonders of the Galapagos Islands. Accommodating up to 32 passengers in 16 cabins, this vessel offers a mix of beautifully furnished salons, open decks, and private areas for those looking for encounters with nature on land and in the water. The Evolution preserves a small boat atmosphere and attention to detail for a superb Galapagos experience. Snorkeling equipment is available at no additional cost. The ship features inside and outside dining, a hot tub, library, two onboard naturalist guides, and an infirmary with a doctor on board.

Two itineraries are offered to adhere to new touring regulations established by the Galapagos National Park and Marine Reserve to limit tourist visits for the islands' health and recovery.  Take your pick between this northern itinerary and its companion tour of southern islands, based on your preferences and your dates.  If you want the complete Galapagos experience and have the time, take both!

Watch a video about the M/V Evolution. 

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overview

The Evolution looks like a yacht from the 1920s but brings a modern level of comfort and safety to explore the wonders of the Galapagos Islands. Accommodating up to 32 passengers in 16 cabins, this vessel offers a mix of beautifully furnished salons, open decks, and private areas for those looking for encounters with nature on land and in the water. The Evolution preserves a small boat atmosphere and attention to detail for a superb Galapagos experience. Snorkeling equipment is available at no additional cost. The ship features inside and outside dining, a hot tub, library, two onboard naturalist guides, and an infirmary with a doctor on board.

Two itineraries are offered to adhere to new touring regulations established by the Galapagos National Park and Marine Reserve to limit tourist visits for the islands' health and recovery.  Take your pick between this northern itinerary and its companion tour of southern islands, based on your preferences and your dates.  If you want the complete Galapagos experience and have the time, take both!

Watch a video about the M/V Evolution. 

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itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: quito or guayaquil
    Lighthouse at Las Penas in GuayaquilLighthouse at Las Penas in Guayaquil

    Arrive in either Quito or Guayaquil, Ecuador, where you will be met and transferred to your local hotel.* Quito is located in a huge valley of the Andes Mountains at an altitude of 9,455 feet; it’s a great place to extend your stay to explore the city or the surrounding volcanic mountain range. Guayaquil is Ecuador’s largest city and, with its low elevation and more coastal location, is an ideal point from which to fly to the Galapagos. Overnight at the Swissotel or Patio Andaluz in Quito or the Hotel Oro Verde in Guayaquil, for two nights. (*Hotel/city tour package is not included in cruise rate.)

    Meals
    None
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  • Day 2: quito or guayaquil
    Climb to atmospheric Capilla Santa Ana ChurchClimb to atmospheric Capilla Santa Ana Church

    Quito city tour: Stroll down cobblestone streets and through flowering plazas. Visit the old colonial center of Independence Square, the elegant cathedrals of San Francisco and La Compañía, and also San Agustín, Quito’s oldest monastery. Drive through the residential section and past the Legislative Palace (Congress). Visit Panecillo Hill south of the old town, which affords great views of the city, snow-capped mountains, and surrounding volcanos. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure to explore or relax.

    Guayaquil city tour: Our first stop is Malecon 2000, a two-mile-long waterfront promenade along the Guayas River. The waterfront boardwalk features a wide variety of restaurants, cafes, shops, and museums with art exhibitions, as well as free weekend jazz and classical music concerts. Drive through the colorful streets of this, one of Ecuador’s most important port cities. Visit the Public Market, the waterfront, the docks, and Simon Bolivar Park, which is famous for its tree iguanas. Also, admire the watchtower, La Rotonda, Old Santa Ana Fort, and Las Penas, a charming colonial section of town occupied by artists. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure to explore or relax.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: arrive galapagos / san cristobal island
    Your Galapagos adventure begins on BaltraYour Galapagos adventure begins on Baltra

    The flight from Quito (via Guayaquil) to the Galapagos is approximately 2-1/2 hours long (about 2 hours from Guayaquil). Upon arrival at San Cristobal airport, travelers pass through an airport inspection point to ensure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands and to pay the park entrance fee, which will be pre-paid for you. Guides will meet you, collect your luggage, and escort you on the short bus ride to the harbor. Motorized rafts called Zodiacs (or pangas) will transport you to the yacht, and the crew will welcome you onboard. After a briefing and a light lunch, you'll set off for Isla Lobos.
     
    Lobos, lives up to its name of -Sea Lion Island- with its noisy population of frolicking and barking beasts. It lies just a short navigation north, up the west coast of San Cristobal, separated by a channel that forms an inviting lagoon. This is where you'll have your first chance to share the water with a playful colony of the "wolves of the sea". From lobos we should have views of Kicker Rock, a spectacular formation that rises 152 meters (500 feet) out of the Pacific. It takes the form of a sleeping lion, but from another angle you can see that the rock is split, forming a colossal tablet and, piercing the sea, a great chisel ready for etching. 

    After this visit you have time for a shower as we get ready for our welcome cocktail and our first formal briefing before dinner. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    M/V Evolution
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: south plaza / santa cruz
    South Plaza has abundant plant and bird lifeSouth Plaza has abundant plant and bird life

    South Plaza is the southern partner of two small crescent-shaped islands that lie just a few hundred meters off the east coast of Santa Cruz. The northern island is used for scientific purposes only, while South Plaza is one of the smallest, yet richest islands in the archipelago. Only 130 meters wide (426 feet), it was formed from uplifted seabed, giving it a tilted tabletop quality. Yellow land iguanas wander through bright red carpet weed, waiting from prickly pears to drop from green cactus. Orange sally lightfoot crabs dot the blackened lava above the landing site, all surrounded by turquoise waters. We'll see swallow tailed gulls nesting along the up-tilted end of the tiny island, while red-billed tropicbirds, frigatebirds and shearwaters fly in dancing displays. You''ll also have the chance to see blue footed boobies along the cliff's edge.
     
    Early afternoon snorkeling at Punta Carrion followed by a visit to Mosquera. While Mosquera is little more than a large sandbar, it is home to a playful colony of sea lions. 
     

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  • Day 5: sombrero chino / james bay
    Visit tidal pools and the rocky coast of SantiagoVisit tidal pools and the rocky coast of Santiago

    Sombrero Chino Islet, meaning "Chinese Hat" in Spanish, is a miniature volcanic cone. This site has a beautiful landscape and a spectacular white coral sand beach where visitors can see colonies of sea lions. It is a great place to observe lava formations such as spatter cones (“hornitos”) and small lava tubes. The swimming and snorkeling are also excellent in this visitor site, and penguins are frequently sighted.

    Afternoon visit to James Bay, where we land on a black beach with intriguing eroded rock formations. A trail leads to a series of crystal-clear grottos with a natural bridge formed of broken lava tubes. This is the best place in the Galapagos to see fur seals and equally best place to see samurai like marine iguanas feeding in tidal pools nearby. You will find a colony of sea lions here and Galapagos hawk frequent the area. Snorkeling offers encounters with Green Sea Turtles and tropical fish.

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  • Day 6: genovesa (tower island)
    Genovesa is home to many birds, including this Nazca boobyGenovesa is home to many birds, including this Nazca booby

    Genovesa looks like it could serve as a film set for a secret submarine base, with its ocean-filled caldera ringed by the outer edges of a sizeable and mostly submerged volcano. The island sits to the northeast, somewhat removed from the Galapagos archipelago. It is also known as "Bird Island," a name it lives up to in a spectacular way. Landing on the white coral sands of Darwin Bay and walking up the beach, you will be surrounded by the bustling activity of great frigatebirds. Puffball-chicks with their proud papas—who sport their bulging scarlet throat-sacks—crowd the surrounding branches, while both yellow-crowned and lava herons feed by the shore. Farther along, you will discover a stunning series of sheltered pools set into a rocky outcrop, forming another natural film set. A trail beside the pools leads up to a cliff overlooking the caldera, where pairs of swallow-tailed gulls, the only nocturnal gulls in the world, can be seen nesting at the cliff’s edge. Lava gulls and pintail ducks ride the sea breezes nearby.
    A brief panga ride brings us to the base of those same cliffs to reveal the full variety of species sheltering in the ledges and crevices created by the weathered basalt. Among them, red–billed tropicbirds enter and leave their nests trailing exotic long tails known as streamers. This is also an intriguing place to go deep-water snorkeling, where the truly fortunate swimmer can spot one of the giant manta rays that frequent the inner bay along the cliff walls.

    Across the bay is Prince Philip's Steps, named for a visit by the British Monarch in 1964. The 25- meter (81-foot) stairway leads to a narrow stretch of land that opens out onto the plateau surrounding Darwin Bay, and extends to form the north side of the island. Red-footed boobies wrap their webbed feet around branches to perch in the bushes, and, in contrast, their Nazca booby cousins dot the surface of the scrublands beyond. Crossing through the sparse vegetation, you will come to a broad lava field that extends toward the sea—this forms the north shore. Storm petrels flutter out over the ocean in large flocks, then return to nest in the cracks and tunnels of the lava field, where their predator, the short-eared owl, is a frequent visitor.

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  • Day 7: north seymour & santa fe islands
    North Seymour has abundant blue-footed boobiesNorth Seymour has abundant blue-footed boobies

    In the morning, you'll visit North Seymour Island (dry landing), which is teaming with wildlife. Cliffs only a few meters high form the shoreline, home to swallow-tailed gulls. A tiny forest of silver-grey Palo Santo trees stands just above the landing, where a trail (with options ranging from easy to difficult) will take you to see sea lions, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, pelicans, magnificent frigatebirds, and land iguanas. In the afternoon, you'll visit Santa Fe Island, home to one of the most beautiful and sheltered bays of the archipelago and to some of the best snorkeling, with crystal clear water, and certainly one of the best locations to see sea turtles, swim with sea lions, and glimpse the Galapagos white-tipped shark. After a wet landing you will walk up to a nearby cliff (medium level of difficulty) to see the land iguanas in an area of Opuntia cactus.

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  • Day 8: floreana / p.o. bay / punta cormorant
    Explore 18th century Post Office Bay and mail a postcard to a friendExplore 18th century Post Office Bay and mail a postcard to a friend

    Floreana has had a colorful history: pirates, whalers, convicts, and a small band of somewhat peculiar colonists — a Baroness among them — who chose a Robinson Crusoe-like existence here that ended in mystery and death. This morniong, visit Post Office Bay, where in 1793, British whalers set up a barrel as the island‘s Post Office to send letters home on passing ships. The tradition continues to this day, simply by dropping a post card into the barrel without a stamp. Traditionally, visitors search post cards for any addressed to their home towns, which they deliver by hand when they arrive home after their travels.

    This afternoon a visit to Punta Cormorant (wet landing, easy walking) which offers two highly contrasting beaches — a green-olivine beach and an iron-red beach. From here, a trail crosses the neck of the isthmus that rises to form a cinder cone to a beach of very fine white sand, formed by the erosion of coral skeletons. Between the two beaches is a salt lagoon frequented by flamingoes, pintails, stilts, and other wading birds. After lunch in the afternoon,You'll also visit Devil's Crown (wet landing, easy walking), which is home to myriad of marine species, including a variety of corals, pencil sea urchin, wrasses, angelfish, and amberjacks, making for some of the best snorkeling in the Galapagos.

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  • Day 9: santa cruz / darwin station / highlands
    Learn about preservation efforts at Darwin StationLearn about preservation efforts at Darwin Station

    Santa Cruz is the second-largest island in the Galapagos and something of a hub for the archipelago. Puerto Ayora, located in the southeast of this large, round volcanic island, is the economic center of the Islands. It has the largest population among the four inhabited islands (approx. 18,000), which economically relies mostly on tourism—including refurbishing and resupplying yachts—along with fishing and boat-building.
     
    Puerto Ayora is home to both the Galapagos National Park Service Headquarters and Charles Darwin Research Station, the center of the great restorative efforts taking place in the park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here we go ashore to visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding and Rearing Program run by the research station, which began by rescuing 14 tortoises remaining on the island of Espanola in 1970. This program has restored the population of animals there to over 1,000 today. You will see many of these animals, with their sweet alien-like necks and faces, from hatchlings to juveniles to large, distinguished individuals. The local color of this port makes for an attractive stop-off, with restaurants, souvenir shops, and internet cafes.
     
    A highlight of any trip is a visit to the Highlands, where the dry coastal vegetation transitions to lush wet fields and forests overgrown with mosses and lichens. Our destination is the Tortoise Reserve, where we will have chances to track and view these friendly and ancient creatures in their natural settings. This extends to the adjacent pasturelands, where farmers make some profits by allowing visitors into their farms in exchange for payment. The best times to see tortoises here is during the cool or dry season from June through December. Another nearby attraction is the highland’s lava tubes. Some of tubes offer easy access by the means of wooden stairways that descend to the mouth of their arched cave entrances. From there one can make their way into the tubes underground along the cool, dimly lit naturally formed passages with their fascinating rock formations. The tubes make for a fairly easy and interesting hike. You should bring along non-slip footwear and some hikers prefer to use a flashlight.

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  • Day 10: san cristobal / baltra / quito or guayaquil
    Get a last glimpse of the Galapagos as you leaveGet a last glimpse of the Galapagos as you leave

    Black Turtle Cove, located on the northern shore of Santa Cruz, is a living illustration of how mangroves alter the marine environment to create a rich and unique habitat. Four species of mangrove crowd from the shore out into the lagoon, which stretches almost a mile inland. As we drift though the quiet waters in our dinghy, we are likely to see spotted eagle rays and cow nosed or golden rays, which swim in a diamond formation. White-tipped reef sharks can be seen beneath the boat, and Pacific green sea turtles come to the surface for air and to mate. Sea birds, including pelicans, herons, and egrets, all feed in the cove. This cove has been declared a turtle sanctuary.

    After this morning visit, head to Baltra's airport for your midday flight back to Quito or Guayaquil, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel with the rest of your day at leisure.

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  • Day 11: quito or guayaquil / onward
    Bid farewell to EcuadorBid farewell to Ecuador

    You will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

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Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$5,780
- $7,120
Costs are for cruise only See "Need to Know" tab for details Fuel surcharge may apply
Single Supplement:
$4,200 - $5,175
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible. The single supplement is 75% of the per person cabin rate.
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Nov 16-26, 2017
Nov 30-Dec 10, 2017
Dec 14-24, 2017
Dec 28, 2017-Jan 7, 2018
Jan 11-21, 2018
Jan 25-Feb 4, 2018
Feb 8-18, 2018
Feb 22-Mar 4, 2018
Mar 8-18, 2018
Mar 22-Apr 1, 2018
Apr 5-15, 2018
Apr 19-29, 2018
May 3-13, 2018
May 17-27, 2018
May 31-Jun 10, 2018
Jun 14-24, 2018
Jun 28-Jul 8, 2018
Jul 12-22, 2018
Jul 26-Aug 5, 2018
Aug 9-19, 2018
Aug 23-Sep 2, 2018
Sep 6-16, 2018
Sep 20-30, 2018
Oct 4-14, 2018
Oct 18-28, 2018
Nov 1-11, 2018
Nov 15-25, 2018
Nov 29-Dec 9, 2018
Dec 13-23, 2018
Dec 27, 2018-Jan 6, 2019

Need to Know

ABOUT THE YACHT:
M/V EVOLUTION is a 192 ft. / 58.5 m. cruise ship that accommodates up to 32 passengers in 16 cabins, single or twin. Outfitted for individual passengers or charters, family departures and departures for the more active groups, she offers a mix of beautifully furnished salons, open decks and private areas for those looking for a close experience with the surrounding environment.
This vessel preserves the smaller boat atmosphere and attention to detail we pride ourselves in having on all our boats, with features such as an al-fresco dining area for all 32 passengers, a library/video room. Additionally, the yacht has such amenities as a small hot pool & bar, sunning deck, outside social/observation under a canopied roof deck & bar, air renewal system, boutique and infirmary with a MD on board at all times.

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Cruise Costs:

Prices are per person, for 8-day Cruise only.

Please see below for additional costs. 

2017 Cabin Rates:
$7,120 Bridge Deck Cabin A1
$6,650 Bridge Deck Cabins A2 & A3
$6,140 Main Deck Cabins C1-3 & C5-9
$5,780 Main Deck Cabin C4
​$5,780 Main & Lower Deck Cabins D1-4

2018 Cabin Rates:
$7,650 Bridge Deck Cabin A1
$7,250 Bridge Deck Cabins A2 & A3
$6,350 Main Deck Cabins C1-3 & C5-9
$5,950 Main Deck Cabin C4
​$5,950 Main & Lower Deck Cabins D1-4

Single Supplement: additional 75% of cabin cost; No single supplement if willing to share.

Children under 12 receive a 30% discount on cruise (1 discount per cabin; does not apply on holiday departures)

Additional: $120 National Park entry fee & tourist card

$580 Quito/Galapagos/Quito approximate airfare

Hotel packages: hotel 3 nights, transfers & city tour or hotel 2 nights and transfers; inquire for costs

International airfare estimate $900-$1200

Fuel Surcharge may apply

Duration:
11 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. For the Galapagos, the land cost is actually the per person cabin cost. The cost of the additional nights in Quito or Guayaquil are not included.
Comfort Level:
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Delightful yacht and hotel
Activity Level:
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Regular walking over some rough terrain
Group Size:
32
The stated range indicates minimum required for guaranteed departure and maximum accepted on the scheduled dates. Exceptions can often be made for private departures.
Terms & Conditions: 

Galapagos Cruise

Please note that this trip operates under different payment and cancellation policies than those described in our complete Terms & Conditions as noted on our website and elsewhere. Please review the complete Terms & Conditions prior to submitting a deposit. 

Expenses covered
Normally, our stated land costs include the cost of all guides, leaders, permits obtained after arrival, lodging accommodations, food and entry fees as specified, and all surface transportation associated with the planned itinerary. We do our best to avoid increasing prices after receipt of your deposit, but, rarely, factors beyond our control might require us to change our prices without prior notice, even after you have signed up. 

Expenses not covered

Costs not included in the price may include: meals not indicated as included in itineraries; meals prior to arrival in starting cities; transfers, if not arriving or departing on the scheduled group flights; soft drinks, bottled water, and alcoholic beverages; medical expenses, costs of hospitalization, or evacuation from remote areas; laundry; airport departure taxes not included on your airline ticket; accommodations en route to starting cities; visas; airfares; gratuities; and insurance. 

Payment and Deposit Schedule​

For reservations requiring 1-2 cabins, a deposit of 30% of the cabin cost is due per person. Balance is due 90 days prior to departure. For reservations requiring 3 or more cabins, a deposit of 30% of the cabin cost is due per person. A second deposit of 30% of the cabin cost is due per person 180 days prior to departure and final payment for is due 90 days prior to departure. All payments are NON-REFUNDABLE. All payments are subject to cancellation if payments are not received by the due dates. Airlines require full payment when tickets are issued. All payments may be made by Visa, Master Card, American Express, or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted via our website.  *HOLIDAY departures require an increased deposit of 40% from the regular terms and conditions.

Airfare
We can help you secure air travel arrangements to correspond with land travel booked through Journeys International. We work with an airfare consolidator to assist in booking the flights that suit your needs. If you decide to make your own flight arrangements, you must provide Journeys International with a complete copy of your itinerary showing departure and arrival flights and times. You should plan to arrange your own air travel if you are using mileage credit or originating outside North America, but please be in touch with our office before you finalize ticketing so that we can help you to coordinate the correct arrival and departure dates and times.

Insurance

When you make your reservation, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy.

Itinerary Change Fee

There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Trip Extensions

Amazon Rainforest Lodge

Duration: 4 days

Explore the rainforest habitats accompanied by native guides while staying at a charming lodge, designed to offer comfort while preserving the environment and ambiance of the rainforest.

Otavalo Off the Beaten Path

Duration: 3 days

This in-depth exploration of the scenic area north of Quito, including a trip to the famous Otavalo market, as well as visits to some of the smaller towns known for a variety of crafts.

Machu Picchu

Duration: 6 days

This short trip to Machu Picchu can be easily combined with your trip to the Amazon, Ecuador, or the Galapagos. Many major South American cities have daily flights to and from Lima.

Quito Colonial City and the Equator

Duration: 1 days

Enjoy a day exploring the city of Quito before or after your Journeys trip.

Avenue of the Volcanoes

Duration: 3 days

In three days, you can visit some of the most important sites in Ecuador. Cotopaxi is the highest active volcano in the world, and Tungurahua has been erupting since 2001. The route is full of cultural, ethnic, and architectural attractions, along wi... read more

Guayaquil City & Optional Tours

Duration: 1 days

Guayaquil is Ecuador’s largest city, and with its low elevation and coastal location, it is an ideal point to fly to and from Galapagos. Options include a tour of the city and the Botanical Gardens or the new Historical Park.

Cloud Forest

Duration: 1 days

Escape to a cloud forest paradise. Bellavista is a perfect day trip to see the subtropical rainforest during your stay in Quito. Why spend a spare day in the city when you could be hiking in a forest reserve, or relaxing in a hammock admiring the hum... read more

Otavalo Market

Duration: 1 days

Otavalo market is the oldest, best-known, and most important Indian market in South America, and it takes place every Saturday.  This extension allows you to visit the market, traveling from Quito via Calderón and Cayambe, and passing by some of th... read more

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