Galapagos expedition cruise
Destinations Destinations
Activity Activity
Cruise, Nature & Wildlife, Family Friendly, Birdwatching
Tour Type Tour Type
Custom itinerary, Private tour
Accommodation Standard Accommodation
Superior
Physical Level Physical Level
Easy
Season Season
January - December

Good to know

  • Five days aboard the state-of-the-art Santa Cruz II
  • Flexible departures
  • Expert guided excursions
  • Hassle-free logistics and transfers

Specialised for operations in remote areas, the Santa Cruz II is a state-of-the-art expedition vessel with excellent facilities and unparalleled service. At just over 70 metres long, the spacious, five deck Santa Cruz II holds 50 cabins for 90 guests and features a range of single, double and family cabins, plus a number of exclusive suites. The ship has plentiful and spacious social areas, including viewing platforms, indoor and outdoor dining, a lounge bar, library, two hot tubs overlooking the ocean and a gym.

This cruise features action-packed days of shore landings and nature-spotting excursions, snorkelling and kayaking. All excursions are accompanied by an expert nature guide and all equipment is provided. All meals are freshly prepared by the on-board chef, showcasing the best of Ecuadorian and international cuisine.

This programme can be extended or combined with destinations throughout mainland Ecuador and South America. A Lost World Adventures advisor will be happy to help: get in touch for more information now.

Suggested Itinerary

Choose your direction

This is a customisable trip

Use the following itinerary for inspiration. Remember: all days, hotels and activities can be altered to suit your requirements. A Lost World Adventures travel expert will be happy to advise.

Santa Cruz Island and Santiago Island

You'll meet your guide at Baltra airport for the brief transfer to the dock to board the Santa Cruz II for a welcome briefing and lunch. After lunch you'll take your first guided shore excursion of Santa Cruz island. You’ll head to Dragon Hill - one of the few visitor sites that is directly related to a conservation program led by the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Galapagos National Park. On the way you'll pass lagoons frequented by shorebirds, ducks and flamingos, while further inland, the trail offers a beautiful view of the bay and the western islands of the archipelago, as well as the chance of observing land iguanas.

Later you'll return to the ship for your first evening on board. Settle down to a freshly prepared meal, meet your fellow passengers in the bar and social areas, read up on the Galapagos' natural history in the library, or simply relax in the hot tub and soak in your first night in the Galapagos!

Includes: lunch, dinner
Santa Cruz II
Example accommodation

Santa Cruz II

One of the finest Galapagos expedition vessels, the Santa Cruz II offers exceptional service, unparalleled facilities and an action-packed programme of expert guided excursions and activities.

Isabela Island - Fernandina Island

Waking up to the new scenery of Isabela Island, you'll enjoy a hearty breakfast before setting out by panga (inflatable dinghy), while your naturalist guide explains the dramatic geology of the area, a nesting place for several Galapagos highlights: flightless cormorants, Galapagos penguins, fur seals, boobies, etc. Depending on weather conditions, you can snorkel along the cliffs of this area rich in marine life, seasonally-visited by green sea turtles and oceanic sun fish.

You'll return to the ship for lunch before exploring the youngest island of the archipelago, Fernandina, which, having no introduced mammals, boasts a unique environment with a very high density of marine iguanas, who share their space with sea lions, Sally light-foot crabs, hawks, penguins and the flightless cormorants.

After a full day of excursions you'll be glad to return and relax for your second evening on the ship.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Puerto Ayora - Santa Cruz

After breakfast you'll make a dry landing for a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station’s giant tortoise Breeding Centre within an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest, home to many land birds. These are the headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation and the National Park administration. Afterwards you'll enjoy lunch in the cooler highlands of Santa Cruz Island, a completely different ecosystem with incredible views.

That afternoon you'll have a range of activities to choose from, including beach walks, kayaking and visiting the tortoise reserve. After an afternoon of activity you'll return to the Santa Cruz II for your third evening on the ship.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Floreana Island

Floreana Island was the site of the very first ‘post office’ in 1793, which is why you’ll disembark the panga on a section of land called Post Office Bay. Discover the history of the island, go snorkelling off the beach and head back to the boat for lunch. Once refreshed, you’ll take a glass-bottomed boat to explore the underwater wonders of Champion Islet, an extinct shield volcano. Next, you’ll head north to Punta Cormorant, a beautiful white sand beach that runs for 720 meters. See birds and other wildlife on a walk across the sand, where sea turtles nest from December to May.

Enjoy one final evening on the ship with your new-found friends.

Includes: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Enjoy one last breakfast on board before returning to Baltra Island and your onward connection.

This cruise can be extended or combined with any mainland destinations in Ecuador and South America. Contact Lost World Adventures now for more information.

Includes: breakfast

What people are saying

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Lisa L
01/02/2017

Thank you for being so patient and putting so much time and effort into creating a trip for us...You have gone above and beyond to accommodate us and hopefully we will do this trip (or another one) in the future. I am so glad that we connected and we will hopefully be in touch in the future!

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Alan G
12/10/2016

The trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos was spectacular. The experience in the country of Ecuador was memorable and challenging. The trip to the Galapagos went extremely well. The service in Quito and aboard the Eclipse was exceptional. The care and service on the boat were exemplary. Our travel agency was very attentive and professional in all communications. Your attention and consideration are appreciated.

Galapagos expedition cruise

What's included & what's not included

Included Accommodation

Four nights in superior Horizon Deck cabin aboard the Santa Cruz II.

Included Guide

Fully guided land and sea excursions, accompanied by expert multi-lingual guides. All necessary equipment provided.

Included Meals

Full board. All meals freshly prepared by on-board chef.

Included Transport

All airport transfers and ground transport.

Not included Flights

Domestic airfare to/from the islands is not included but can be arranged on request.

Days

5

From only

$3,910 pp

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