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Galápagos Islands

Nature and Wildlife Expedition Cruise (Northern Route)


Departure Dates
41 departures between Aug 2024 and Mar 2026
7 days
Multiple Offers

Cruise Overview

Galápagos Islands Cruise | Nature and Wildlife Expedition Cruise (Northern Route)

Experience the natural wonders of the incomparable Galápagos Islands.

See the unique wildlife of Galápagos, from giant tortoises and marine iguanas to Nazca Boobies and Darwin’s Finches.

Learn about these incredible islands and Charles Darwin’s research from your expert Expedition Team, comprised of local naturalist guides.

Setting out from beautiful Quito 

Quito is one of South America’s most alluring capitals and a World Heritage City of graceful Spanish-era architecture, packed with cosy restaurants and artisanal shops. With two overnights here, you’ll have time to taste delicious Ecuadorian specialties and stroll through colorful markets brimming with local handicrafts. On the second day, you’ll visit Quito's historic centre on a guided tour.   

Awe inspiring Galápagos Islands 

Next, you’ll journey to the uniquely inspiring isles of Galápagos and visit the islands of Santiago, Rábida and Bartolomé, Genovesa and Santa Cruz. Here you’ll experience an array of beautiful landscapes harboring a variety of ecosystems and see iconic wildlife such as marine iguanas, giant tortoises, Nazca Boobies and Darwin’s Finches. On this active cruise, and with an onboard Expedition Team of local guides, you'll get closer to the many natural wonders in our small panga boats, kayaks and glass-bottom boat. 

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Cabin 1
(2-15 years)

Available Dates

No available cabins


We'll help you plan where to go, when to visit and how long to stay

Vibrant Quito 

Day 1

Visit historic Quito  

Day 2

Your cruise begins 

Day 3

Pristine Santiago Island 

Day 4

Stunning Rábida and Bartolomé 

Day 5

Genovesa, a bird paradise 

Day 6

One last adventure 

Day 7

What's included


  • Flights in economy class between Quito and Baltra, including all taxes


  • Two nights at a hotel in Quito before the expedition cruise, including breakfast and dinner on day 2


  • A transfer from the airport to the hotel in Quito for bookings starting 1 May 2024, and departures between 1 May and 31 Dec 2024
  • Note (1): If you arrive up to three days before the start of the tour, a transfer from the airport in Quito to the designated hotel that is a part of your package can be arranged at an extra cost 
  • Note (2): If your flights have not been booked with us, please provide your flight details no later than 30 days prior to travel so we can arrange your transfer (applies to all transfers from the airport to your hotel in Quito on the tour start date) 
  • Transfer from the hotel to the airport in Quito before the expedition cruise
  • Transfers between the airport and the ship in Baltra  


  • Full-day excursion: Historic Quito and Middle of the World, including lunch, before the expedition cruise


  • Galápagos Islands National Park admission fee
  • Transit Control Card for the Galápagos Islands
  • Access to the airport lounge at the Quito (or Guayaquil) airport upon return from the Galápagos Islands for guests flying internationally on the day of disembarkation

Expedition Cruise

  • A stay in a cabin of your choice
  • Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • House wine and beer served with lunch and dinner. From 1 October 2024 departures, wine, beer and spirits (excluding premium alcoholic drinks) available from the bar at any time (subject to Ecuadorean licensing laws)
  • All day coffee, tea and soft drinks
  • A complimentary water bottle to refill on board and take home
  • A backpack or another piece of HX kit
  • Professional photos from your trip taken by our onboard photographer
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi. Please note, streaming is not supported
  • Use of hot tubs, fitness room, lounges and more
  • Gratuities included. Fantastic service is standard at HX – though if you’d like to leave something extra, it’s always appreciated
  • Range of included activities

Onboard activities

  • In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team
  • Full access to the ship’s Science Corner
  • Citizen Science Programme allows guests to assist with ongoing scientific research 
  • Professional onboard photographer gives tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos 
  • Informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings

Landing Activities

  • Escorted and guided landings with small panga boats
  • Loan of all equipment for activities
  • Expedition photographers will be on hand to assist you


  • All planned activities are subject to weather conditions
  • Your flight from Baltra will be to Quito. If you wish to end your expedition in Guayaquil, please advise your booking agent
  • Quito’s altitude is at approximately 9,350 feet above sea level and during your stay, you might experience mild altitude sickness
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please make sure you meet all entry and boarding requirements
  • Depending on your flight times, an additional overnight might be needed (not included)

What's not included

  • International flights

  • Additional overnight(s) if required due to international flight timings 

  • Travel protection

  • Baggage handling

Penguins perched on the ice of Cuverville Island, Antarctica. Credit: Espen Mills / HX Hurtigruten Expeditions

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