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Hurtigruten Group

Galápagos Islands Expedition Cruise

Nine of the Best Isles (Western and Northern Route)

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Departure Dates
40 departures between Aug 2024 and Mar 2026
Duration
11 days
Ship
Multiple Offers

Cruise Overview

Galápagos Islands Cruise | Nine of the Best Isles (Western and Northern Route)

Visit nine of the most alluring Galápagos Islands.

See the unique wildlife of Galápagos, from giant tortoises to marine iguanas as you visit the islands of Baltra, Santa Cruz, Isabela, Fernandina, Floreana, Santiago, Rábida, Bartolomé and Genovesa.

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 specialities and stroll through colourful markets brimming with local handicrafts. On the second day, you’ll visit Quito´s historic centre on a guided tour.  

Awe inspiring Galápagos Islands 

After your stay in Quito, we’ll head to the Galápagos Islands for an unforgettable sea adventure. This itinerary calls at nine incredible islands – Baltra, Santa Cruz, Isabela, Fernandina, Floreana, Santiago, Rábida, Bartolomé and Genovesa. Here, you’ll visit picturesque landscapes showcasing a range of ecosystems and see many of the species which made these islands so famous. 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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2024
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Itinerary

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

Wildlife-rich Isabela and Fernandina 

Day 4

Darwin’s Santa Cruz 

Day 5

Picturesque Floreana 

Day 6

Relax in Baltra 

Day 7

Pristine Santiago Island 

Day 8

Stunning Rábida & Bartolomé 

Day 9

Genovesa, a bird paradise 

Day 10

One last adventure 

Day 11

What's included

Flights

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

Hotel

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

Transfers

  • 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  

Excursions

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

Extras

  • Galápagos Islands National Park admission fee 
  • Transit Control Card for the Galápagos Islands  
  • Access to the airport lounge at the Guayaquil (or Quito) 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 on hand to assist you

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather conditions
  • Your flight from Baltra will be to Guayaquil. If you wish to end your expedition in Quito, 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 insurance 

  • Luggage handling

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

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