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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

Visit La Compania to see the ornate gold interiorVisit La Compania to see the ornate gold interior

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

Stroll Guayaquil's MaleconStroll Guayaquil's Malecon

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/baltra island

Say hello to the M/V Evolution, your home for the weekSay hello to the M/V Evolution, your home for the week

The flight from Quito (via Guayaquil) to the Galapagos is approximately 2-1/2 hours long (about 2 hours from Guayaquil). Upon arrival at Baltra 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 your first landings. We will circumnavigate Daphne Major Islet which is home to a variety of birds including Galapagos martins, blue footed boobies, nazca boobies, short eared owls, red billed tropic birds amongst others.

After these visits, get ready for the welcome cocktail hour and first briefing before continuing to dinner.

 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
M/V Evolution

Day 4: isabela: punta vicente roca & fernandina island: punta espinoza

Investigate coral heads well inland, the result of volcanic upliftingInvestigate coral heads well inland, the result of volcanic uplifting

In the morning we visit Punta Vicente Roca on Isabela Island. Snorkeling is incredible here as a result of the nutrient-rich waters of the Humboldt Current that bathe the western side of the archipelago. We will have a chance to see colorful fish, sea lions, penguins and sea turtles in the water.

Afternoon visit to Fernandina Island, home to La Cumbre volcano, which erupts frequently (most recently in May 2005). We visit Punta Espinoza, a narrow spit of land, where a number of unique species, such as flightless cormorants, marine iguanas, sea turtles, Galapagos Penguins and Galapagos hawks can be seen in close proximity. 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
M/V Evolution

Day 5: isabela: urbina bay and tagus cove

See the blue-footed booby's comical mating ritualsSee the blue-footed booby's comical mating rituals

Located directly west of Isabela's Volcano Alcedo, Urbina Bay is where we will make an easy, wet landing (a hop into a few inches of water). We walk on a stretch of three miles (5 km) of the marine reef that has been uplifted by as much as 13 feet (4 meters) out of the water. A highlight of this excursion are the giant land iguanas and giant tortoises, as well as the opportunity to go snorkeling amongst marine creatures, or just relaxing on shore.

In the afternoon we visit Tagus Cove on Isabela Island. A wooden stairway rises to the trail entrance and continues around Darwin Lake through a dry vegetation zone, and ends in a promontory formed by spatter cones. The site provides spectacular views of our anchorage in the bay, as well as Darwin and Wolf Volcanoes. The green algae underwater pastures of the cove offer the chance to snorkel with marine iguanas, sea turtles, penguins and sea horses.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
M/V Evolution

Day 6: bartholome & sullivan bay

Whales (here, an orca) are often found around the western islandsWhales (here, an orca) are often found around the western islands

In the morning we visit Bartolome Island (easy, wet landing), famous for Pinnacle Rock, where we will see Galapagos Penguins and sea lions. We will also hike a trail to Bartolome’s summit (moderate), where you will be rewarded with spectacular views of Pinnacle Rock and our beach, where the crystal blue waters of the bay cradle the yacht. After lunch, visit to Sullivan Bay, one of the most outstanding volcanic sites in the Galapagos. In the nearly 100 years since the Sullivan Bay Flow, only a few plants like Mollugo and Lava cacti have managed to take root in this harsh environment. Oystercatchers can be seen fishing for crabs and mollusks in the tide pools of Sullivan Bay. After exploring the lava flow, there is swimming and snorkeling with playful sea lions off two small coraline beaches. relaxing on shore.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
M/V Evolution

Day 7: santa cruz/bachas beach & rabida island

See graceful flamingos in super-salty lagoonsSee graceful flamingos in super-salty lagoons

In the morning, you'll visit Las Bachas (wet, easy landing), a sandy white-coral beach that is a major egg-laying site for sea turtles, on Santa Cruz Island. The name Bachas refers to the remains of landing craft left here at the end of WWII. Ashore, marine iguanas mingle with flamingos and other wading birds in another of the many super saline lagoons found in the Galapagos. Return to the ship for lunch, then in the afternoon, visit Rabida Island, commonly known by its English name of Jervis, is unique for the very red color of the beach and cliffs, beneath which one can find gliding sea turtles and perched blue footed boobies. A thick forest of Palo Santo trees sits back from the beach sheltering a yellow saltwater lagoon. Pelicans next in the thickets and brightly colored pink flamingoes graze the lagoon. A sea lion colony likes to laze on the red sands of the beach. We hike up a tiny peninsula for a wonderful view of the beach and lagoon. Sea caves invite exploration further down the coast.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
M/V Evolution

Day 8: santa cruz/darwin station/highlands

Visit tortoises at Charles Darwin Research StationVisit tortoises at Charles Darwin Research 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 Galapagos. 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. 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, somewhat alien 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 9: espanola/punta suarez/gardner bay

See abundant Sally lightfoot crabsSee abundant Sally lightfoot crabs

Espanola is the southernmost island of the archipelago, and is one of the most popular due to the breathtaking variation and sheer number of creatures that greet visitors. The giant tortoises, though present on this island, reside in an off-limits area, but don’t worry—the famous giant tortoise awaits you on other islands! Some individuals were reintroduced to Espanola the 1990s and since then their numbers have climbed. This effort counts as one of the National Park's greatest success stories.

The quantity and variety of wildlife at Punta Suarez (dry landing) is remarkable. Sea lions surf the waves beyond the breakwater landing, and tiny pups are known to greet your toes upon arrival. A few steps inland, you will find communal napping piles of the most peculiar population of marine iguanas in the Galapagos which bear distinctive red markings, some with a flash of turquoise running down their spine and legs. The trail (difficult) then takes us beside the western edge of the island where Nazca boobies (formerly known as Masked boobies) nest along the cliff's edge, and then descends to a rocky beach before rising to an open area and a large gathering of nesting blue-footed boobies. Galapagos doves, cactus finch, and mockingbirds forage nearby, unconcerned by human presence.
 
The trail continues to the high cliff edge of the southern shore; below, a shelf of black lava reaches out into the surf where a blowhole shoots a geyser of ocean water into the air. Within this area along the cliffs is the "Albatross Airport" where waved albatross line up to launch their great winged bodies from the cliffs, soaring out over the dramatic shoreline of crashing waves and driven spray. In the trees set back from the cliff is one of only two places in the world where the waved albatross nests. In fact, the 13,000 pairs that inhabit Espanola Island are the total endemic population of this species of birds, with the exception of a very small population that occasionally nests elsewhere on the continental part of Ecuador. Lucky visitors can watch courtship 'fencing' done with great yellow beaks and necks among the large, fluffy, perfectly camouflaged chicks. Mating occurs year round. On the northeastern shore of Espanola, Gardner Bay (wet landing, easy walking) offers a magnificent long white sandy beach where colonies of sea lions laze in the sun, sea turtles swim offshore, and inquisitive Hood mockingbirds boldly investigate new arrivals. You will be lured into the turquoise water for a swim, but just a little further offshore, the snorkeling by Tortuga Rock and Gardner Island offers peak encounters with playful young sea lions and large schools of surprisingly big tropical fish, including yellow-tailed surgeonfish, king angelfish and bump-head parrot fish. Sleepy white-tipped reef sharks can be seen napping on the bottom and sometimes Hammerhead sharks are visible nearby.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
M/V Evolution

Day 10: san cristobal/quito or guayaquil

Disembark the Evolution at Puerto Baquerizo MorenoDisembark the Evolution at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

San Cristobal is the easternmost island in the Galapagos. Darwin reported encountering a pair of giant tortoises feeding on cactus during his first landing here in 1835. Today the airport of this easternmost island in the chain is increasingly used as the arrival point for flights into and out of the Galapagos. The administrative capital for the province is Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on the southwestern shore, and in 1998 the Galápagos National Park Interpretation Centre opened for the benefit of islanders and travelers alike, presenting a comprehensive exhibit of the islands' natural history, human interaction, ecosystems, flora, and fauna. It is also the place where cultural activities take place, including theater, exhibitions, and workshops. From the Interpretation Center, a three-kilometer loop trail arrives at Frigate Bird Hill, where both magnificent frigatebirds and great frigatebirds can be seen in the same colony—ideal for learning to distinguish the two bird species. A 45-minute bus ride from town takes you to "El Junco," one of the few permanent fresh water lagoons in the islands. Its location in the highlands of San Cristobal (2,300 feet or 700 meters) ensures our passage through a variety of vegetation zones. The lagoon offers a panoramic setting for exceptional bird watching including frigate birds that, in spite of being sea birds, go there to rinse the accumulated salt from their feathers.

Return to San Cristobal'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

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
Additional 75% of cabin cost; no single supplement if willing to share
Oct 26-Nov 5, 2017
Nov 9-19, 2017
Nov 23-Dec 3, 2017
Dec 7-17, 2017
Dec 21-31, 2017
Jan 4-14, 2018
Jan 18-28, 2018
Feb 1-11, 2018
Feb 15-25, 2018
Mar 1-11, 2018
Mar 15-25, 2018
Mar 29-Apr 8, 2018
Apr 12-22, 2018
Apr 26-May 6, 2018
May 10-20, 2018
May 24-Jun 3, 2018
Jun 7-17, 2018
Jun 21-Jul 1, 2018
Jul 5-15, 2018
Jul 19-29, 2018
Aug 2-12, 2018
Aug 16-26, 2018
Aug 30-Sep 9, 2018
Sep 13-23, 2018
Sep 27-Oct 7, 2018
Oct 11-21, 2018
Oct 25-Nov 4, 2018
Nov 8-18, 2018
Nov 22-Dec 2, 2018
Dec 6-16, 2018
Dec 20-30, 2018

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 $800-$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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Get up close and personal
Get up close and personal
Whales (here, an orca) are often found around the western islands
Whales (here, an orca) are often found around the western islands
See abundant Sally lightfoot crabs
See abundant Sally lightfoot crabs
Participate in tradition at Post Office Bay
Participate in tradition at Post Office Bay
Wildlife around every bend
Wildlife around every bend

Aboard M/V Evolution, Southern 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 southern itinerary and its companion tour of northern 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 southern itinerary and its companion tour of northern 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
    Visit La Compania to see the ornate gold interiorVisit La Compania to see the ornate gold interior

    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
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: quito or guayaquil
    Stroll Guayaquil's MaleconStroll Guayaquil's Malecon

    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/baltra island
    Say hello to the M/V Evolution, your home for the weekSay hello to the M/V Evolution, your home for the week

    The flight from Quito (via Guayaquil) to the Galapagos is approximately 2-1/2 hours long (about 2 hours from Guayaquil). Upon arrival at Baltra 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 your first landings. We will circumnavigate Daphne Major Islet which is home to a variety of birds including Galapagos martins, blue footed boobies, nazca boobies, short eared owls, red billed tropic birds amongst others.

    After these visits, get ready for the welcome cocktail hour and first briefing before continuing to dinner.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    M/V Evolution
    Show on a map
  • Day 4: isabela: punta vicente roca & fernandina island: punta espinoza
    Investigate coral heads well inland, the result of volcanic upliftingInvestigate coral heads well inland, the result of volcanic uplifting

    In the morning we visit Punta Vicente Roca on Isabela Island. Snorkeling is incredible here as a result of the nutrient-rich waters of the Humboldt Current that bathe the western side of the archipelago. We will have a chance to see colorful fish, sea lions, penguins and sea turtles in the water.

    Afternoon visit to Fernandina Island, home to La Cumbre volcano, which erupts frequently (most recently in May 2005). We visit Punta Espinoza, a narrow spit of land, where a number of unique species, such as flightless cormorants, marine iguanas, sea turtles, Galapagos Penguins and Galapagos hawks can be seen in close proximity. 

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    M/V Evolution
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: isabela: urbina bay and tagus cove
    See the blue-footed booby's comical mating ritualsSee the blue-footed booby's comical mating rituals

    Located directly west of Isabela's Volcano Alcedo, Urbina Bay is where we will make an easy, wet landing (a hop into a few inches of water). We walk on a stretch of three miles (5 km) of the marine reef that has been uplifted by as much as 13 feet (4 meters) out of the water. A highlight of this excursion are the giant land iguanas and giant tortoises, as well as the opportunity to go snorkeling amongst marine creatures, or just relaxing on shore.

    In the afternoon we visit Tagus Cove on Isabela Island. A wooden stairway rises to the trail entrance and continues around Darwin Lake through a dry vegetation zone, and ends in a promontory formed by spatter cones. The site provides spectacular views of our anchorage in the bay, as well as Darwin and Wolf Volcanoes. The green algae underwater pastures of the cove offer the chance to snorkel with marine iguanas, sea turtles, penguins and sea horses.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    M/V Evolution
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: bartholome & sullivan bay
    Whales (here, an orca) are often found around the western islandsWhales (here, an orca) are often found around the western islands

    In the morning we visit Bartolome Island (easy, wet landing), famous for Pinnacle Rock, where we will see Galapagos Penguins and sea lions. We will also hike a trail to Bartolome’s summit (moderate), where you will be rewarded with spectacular views of Pinnacle Rock and our beach, where the crystal blue waters of the bay cradle the yacht. After lunch, visit to Sullivan Bay, one of the most outstanding volcanic sites in the Galapagos. In the nearly 100 years since the Sullivan Bay Flow, only a few plants like Mollugo and Lava cacti have managed to take root in this harsh environment. Oystercatchers can be seen fishing for crabs and mollusks in the tide pools of Sullivan Bay. After exploring the lava flow, there is swimming and snorkeling with playful sea lions off two small coraline beaches. relaxing on shore.

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  • Day 7: santa cruz/bachas beach & rabida island
    See graceful flamingos in super-salty lagoonsSee graceful flamingos in super-salty lagoons

    In the morning, you'll visit Las Bachas (wet, easy landing), a sandy white-coral beach that is a major egg-laying site for sea turtles, on Santa Cruz Island. The name Bachas refers to the remains of landing craft left here at the end of WWII. Ashore, marine iguanas mingle with flamingos and other wading birds in another of the many super saline lagoons found in the Galapagos. Return to the ship for lunch, then in the afternoon, visit Rabida Island, commonly known by its English name of Jervis, is unique for the very red color of the beach and cliffs, beneath which one can find gliding sea turtles and perched blue footed boobies. A thick forest of Palo Santo trees sits back from the beach sheltering a yellow saltwater lagoon. Pelicans next in the thickets and brightly colored pink flamingoes graze the lagoon. A sea lion colony likes to laze on the red sands of the beach. We hike up a tiny peninsula for a wonderful view of the beach and lagoon. Sea caves invite exploration further down the coast.

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  • Day 8: santa cruz/darwin station/highlands
    Visit tortoises at Charles Darwin Research StationVisit tortoises at Charles Darwin Research 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 Galapagos. 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. 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, somewhat alien 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 9: espanola/punta suarez/gardner bay
    See abundant Sally lightfoot crabsSee abundant Sally lightfoot crabs

    Espanola is the southernmost island of the archipelago, and is one of the most popular due to the breathtaking variation and sheer number of creatures that greet visitors. The giant tortoises, though present on this island, reside in an off-limits area, but don’t worry—the famous giant tortoise awaits you on other islands! Some individuals were reintroduced to Espanola the 1990s and since then their numbers have climbed. This effort counts as one of the National Park's greatest success stories.

    The quantity and variety of wildlife at Punta Suarez (dry landing) is remarkable. Sea lions surf the waves beyond the breakwater landing, and tiny pups are known to greet your toes upon arrival. A few steps inland, you will find communal napping piles of the most peculiar population of marine iguanas in the Galapagos which bear distinctive red markings, some with a flash of turquoise running down their spine and legs. The trail (difficult) then takes us beside the western edge of the island where Nazca boobies (formerly known as Masked boobies) nest along the cliff's edge, and then descends to a rocky beach before rising to an open area and a large gathering of nesting blue-footed boobies. Galapagos doves, cactus finch, and mockingbirds forage nearby, unconcerned by human presence.
     
    The trail continues to the high cliff edge of the southern shore; below, a shelf of black lava reaches out into the surf where a blowhole shoots a geyser of ocean water into the air. Within this area along the cliffs is the "Albatross Airport" where waved albatross line up to launch their great winged bodies from the cliffs, soaring out over the dramatic shoreline of crashing waves and driven spray. In the trees set back from the cliff is one of only two places in the world where the waved albatross nests. In fact, the 13,000 pairs that inhabit Espanola Island are the total endemic population of this species of birds, with the exception of a very small population that occasionally nests elsewhere on the continental part of Ecuador. Lucky visitors can watch courtship 'fencing' done with great yellow beaks and necks among the large, fluffy, perfectly camouflaged chicks. Mating occurs year round. On the northeastern shore of Espanola, Gardner Bay (wet landing, easy walking) offers a magnificent long white sandy beach where colonies of sea lions laze in the sun, sea turtles swim offshore, and inquisitive Hood mockingbirds boldly investigate new arrivals. You will be lured into the turquoise water for a swim, but just a little further offshore, the snorkeling by Tortuga Rock and Gardner Island offers peak encounters with playful young sea lions and large schools of surprisingly big tropical fish, including yellow-tailed surgeonfish, king angelfish and bump-head parrot fish. Sleepy white-tipped reef sharks can be seen napping on the bottom and sometimes Hammerhead sharks are visible nearby.

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  • Day 10: san cristobal/quito or guayaquil
    Disembark the Evolution at Puerto Baquerizo MorenoDisembark the Evolution at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno

    San Cristobal is the easternmost island in the Galapagos. Darwin reported encountering a pair of giant tortoises feeding on cactus during his first landing here in 1835. Today the airport of this easternmost island in the chain is increasingly used as the arrival point for flights into and out of the Galapagos. The administrative capital for the province is Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on the southwestern shore, and in 1998 the Galápagos National Park Interpretation Centre opened for the benefit of islanders and travelers alike, presenting a comprehensive exhibit of the islands' natural history, human interaction, ecosystems, flora, and fauna. It is also the place where cultural activities take place, including theater, exhibitions, and workshops. From the Interpretation Center, a three-kilometer loop trail arrives at Frigate Bird Hill, where both magnificent frigatebirds and great frigatebirds can be seen in the same colony—ideal for learning to distinguish the two bird species. A 45-minute bus ride from town takes you to "El Junco," one of the few permanent fresh water lagoons in the islands. Its location in the highlands of San Cristobal (2,300 feet or 700 meters) ensures our passage through a variety of vegetation zones. The lagoon offers a panoramic setting for exceptional bird watching including frigate birds that, in spite of being sea birds, go there to rinse the accumulated salt from their feathers.

    Return to San Cristobal'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
Additional 75% of cabin cost; no single supplement if willing to share
Oct 26-Nov 5, 2017
Nov 9-19, 2017
Nov 23-Dec 3, 2017
Dec 7-17, 2017
Dec 21-31, 2017
Jan 4-14, 2018
Jan 18-28, 2018
Feb 1-11, 2018
Feb 15-25, 2018
Mar 1-11, 2018
Mar 15-25, 2018
Mar 29-Apr 8, 2018
Apr 12-22, 2018
Apr 26-May 6, 2018
May 10-20, 2018
May 24-Jun 3, 2018
Jun 7-17, 2018
Jun 21-Jul 1, 2018
Jul 5-15, 2018
Jul 19-29, 2018
Aug 2-12, 2018
Aug 16-26, 2018
Aug 30-Sep 9, 2018
Sep 13-23, 2018
Sep 27-Oct 7, 2018
Oct 11-21, 2018
Oct 25-Nov 4, 2018
Nov 8-18, 2018
Nov 22-Dec 2, 2018
Dec 6-16, 2018
Dec 20-30, 2018

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 $800-$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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