Complete Galapagos - Central Islands - (Daphne) Lower Deck Twin Overview

Come face-to-face with the extraordinary central islands of the Galapagos. Snorkel with sharks off Isla Bartolome, spot birdlife galore on Isla Santa Cruz and paddle around Elizabeth Bay by Panga.

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    • Trip Price tool tip
      USD $3,041
      CAD $3,136
      AUD $3,076
      EUR €2,117
      GBP £1,778
      NZD $3,426
      ZAR R30,796
      CHF FR2,562
    • Extras tool tip
      USD $110 Galapagos National Park Fee (Paid locally)
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $3,151*
      CAD $3,255*
      AUD $3,198*
      EUR €2,197*
      GBP £1,850*
      NZD $3,556*
      ZAR R31,966*
      CHF FR2,659*
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Trip Validity

  • 2014-12-30 - 2016-12-31

Travel to Ecuador and encounter the extraordinary flora and fauna of the Galapagos’ central islands.

When it comes to encountering wildlife up close and personal, a voyage to the Galapagos Islands really is an adventure unlike any other. Wherever you look, opportunities for witnessing nature in its most unaffected state abound. Head underwater off Isla Santa Cruz, Isla Bartolome or Isla Isabela and you'll be snorkelling with sea lions, white-tipped reef sharks, sea turtles and penguins. Look to the skies in North Seymour or Cerro Dragon and you'll spy frigatebirds, boobies, pelicans and more swooping and soaring. Head out for a wander across the volcanic landscapes of Punta Espinosa and you'll likely happen upon land iguanas and flightless cormorants. Prepare to have your expectations of this unique destination more than exceeded.

  • Spot whimbrels and great blue herons in Isla Santa Cruz’s saltwater lagoon
  • Meet the insatiably curious California sea lions of North Seymour
  • Watch the Galapagos hawk circling the skies of Sullivan Bay
  • Enjoy a Panga ride through the Elizabeth Bay biodiversity sanctuary
  • Swim with turtles in Las Tintoreas

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Quito, Ecuador
  • Finish:

    Quito, Ecuador
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 16
  • Ages:

    Min 15
  • Meals:

    9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Hotel (2 nts), Motorised yacht (7 nts)
  • Transport:

  • Notes:

    1. Price includes Quito - Galapagos return flights. 2. Compulsory Galapagos park entry fee US$100 and Transit control card fee US$10 (subject to change) are payable locally to the relevant government authorities. There is also a US$20 Isabela Island port fee to be paid on arrival 3. Prices for this trip vary depending on cabin type - please select your preferred cabin type for exact trip price. 4. Dietary requirements need to be advised at least 10 days prior to departure so that any included meals can be properly catered for.

  • Trip price from

    USD $3,041
    CAD $3,136
    AUD $3,076
    EUR €2,117
    GBP £1,778
    NZD $3,426
    ZAR R30,796
    CHF FR2,562
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    Extras

    USD $110 Galapagos National Park Fee (Paid locally)
    Price information
  • Total price from

    USD $3,151*
    CAD $3,255*
    AUD $3,198*
    EUR €2,197*
    GBP £1,850*
    NZD $3,556*
    ZAR R31,966*
    CHF FR2,659*
    *
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  • Per day from:

    USD $315
    CAD $325
    AUD $319
    EUR €219
    GBP £185
    NZD $355
    ZAR R3,196
    CHF FR265
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About Ecuador

Complete Galapagos - Central Islands - (Daphne) Lower Deck Twin Summary

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Day 1 Quito

Kick-start this Galapagos adventure in the Ecuadorian capital of Quito. With attractive colonial-era architecture, a wealth of museums on offer and a pretty healthy nightlife, there’s plenty to see in this charming city.

Day 2 Isla Santa Cruz

Catch an early flight out to the legendary Galapagos Islands. Board your home for the next week, meet the crew and naturalist guide who’ll be hosting you and cruise out to the white sand beach of Las Bachas. This area is a popular nesting site for the Pacific green turtle, and the rocks offshore provide some excellent snorkelling opportunities.

Day 3 Isla North Seymour Island - Isla Bartolome

Sail to the island of North Seymour. California fur seals, blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds and land iguanas all co-exist here, much as they have for millennia. Go for a stroll across the lunar-like landscape of Bartolome Island and savour some incredible views over Pinnacle Rock. Then cool off with a spot of snorkelling in the company of tropical fish, colourful sea stars and white-tipped reef sharks.

Day 4 Isla Santiago

Clamber about the ancient volcanic tuff formations and lava grottoes of Puerto Egas, likely encountering marine iguanas, Galapagos fur sea lions and all manner of rock pool critters. Learn the pirate history of Buccaneer Cove and how Darwin camped here for nine days during the voyage of The Beagle.

Day 5 Isla Isabela - Isla Fernandina

Stop by Tagus Cove on the route to Isla Fernandina – a spot where whalers used to come and stock up on turtles as a live source of food for their trips. Watch flightless cormorants dawdling about the stark volcanic horizon of Punta Espinosa.

Day 6 Isla Isabela

At less than a million years old, Isla Isabela is the archipelago’s largest island and a relative babe in the geology scene. A collection of beautiful blue lagoons backed by three active volcanoes, Punta Moreno is widely regarded as being one of the most spectacular stretches of coastline in the Galapagos archipelago. Continuing on to Elizabeth Bay, we’ll board Pangas for a paddle through the mangroves, which are home to penguins, lava herons, sea turtles and more.

Day 7 Isla Isabela

Take a walk along the viewing walkway that spans Las Tintoreras and peer down at the colony of white-tipped reef sharks plumbing the depths. Stop by the Wall of Tears and learn about a more sombre side to the Galapagos archipelago.

Day 8 Isla Santa Cruz

Make a dry landing on Santa Cruz’s north coast and venture into the birdlife-rich saltwater lagoon. Fans of the feathered will be thrilled to hear that Darwin’s finches, Galapagos Mockingbirds, yellow warblers, herons, frigatebirds, boobies and pelicans are all regulars here.

Day 9 Baltra/Quito

The final stop on this Galapagos adventure is the small town of Puerto Ayora, location of the Charles Darwin Research Center. Learn all about the island’s natural history, and its most famous visitor, during a visit. The centre is also concerned with the conservation of the Galapagos ecosystem and its onsite breeding program offers the chance to see giant tortoises at very close quarters. Then board the flight back to the mainland.

Day 10 Quito

Your adventure finishes up this morning. If time allows, why not stay on and take in more of the highlights of this alluring city.
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    • Trip Price tool tip
      USD $3,041
      CAD $3,136
      AUD $3,076
      EUR €2,117
      GBP £1,778
      NZD $3,426
      ZAR R30,796
      CHF FR2,562
    • Extras tool tip
      USD $110 Galapagos National Park Fee (Paid locally)
    • Total price tool tip
      USD $3,151*
      CAD $3,255*
      AUD $3,198*
      EUR €2,197*
      GBP £1,850*
      NZD $3,556*
      ZAR R31,966*
      CHF FR2,659*
      *
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