Jul 2017 - Dec 2017

8 Day Galápagos: Wildlife Wonderland

Tauck Bridges Family Cruise starting in Quito and finishing in Guayaquil

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Operator: Tauck
Type: Small Ship Cruise (Premium)
Style: Bridges Family Travel
Duration: 8 Days
From: Quito to Guayaquil
Tour Code: YG
Reviews: Not Yet Reviewed
Visits: Ecuador, Galapagos Islands
Our Price From:
$ 7,080
Per Person ($AU)

Day By Day


Arrive Quito, Ecuador

Tour begins: Swissôtel Quito. A transfer is included from Quito Airport to the Swissôtel Quito, where you'll enjoy an Executive Level room; get set for an early morning start. Stay Two Nights: Swissôtel Quito

Quito, Ecuador

Quito is not only 9,200 feet above "seal" level, it's also on the Equator. Take the opportunity to stand on both hemispheres at the same time and visit the Inti Ñan Museum before an Ecuadorian brunch near a volcanic crater. Explore Colonial Quito on a guided tour, then join us for a special reception with local entertainment, before our welcome dinner at the hotel. (B/L/D)

Santa Cruz Island, Ecuador

Fly to Baltra Island for the start of your Galápagos cruise* aboard Santa Cruz II. We'll be charting a course for Santa Cruz Island today, where a wet landing takes you to pearly white Las Bachas Beach (named for the US military barges, referred to as "bachas," that were beached and abandoned there after WWII) - an important nesting area for the green sea turtle - surrounded by saltwater lagoons. Look for pintail ducks, flamingos, stilts, and sandpipers on a guided walk. A welcome briefing aboard ship this evening introduces your captain and crew. Stay Four Nights: Aboard Santa Cruz II (B/L/D)

Santiago Island, Ecuador

Go ashore on Santiago Island for a walk through a mangrove forest to see flocks of pink flamingos. This morning we'll take a boat ride off Buccaneer's Cove to observe seabirds like frigates, pelicans and boobies and go snorkeling off the panga. After lunch, a wet landing at Puerto Egas provides even more opportunities to see seabirds, along with a colony of sea lions, and marine iguanas. Go for a swim and a snorkel, and learn more about the sea lions and marine iguanas who live here. (B/L/D)

Rabida Island, Ecuador

Meet Darwin's finches and other rare birds today after a wet landing on Rabida (Jervis) Island, with its red-colored beaches. Experience both wet and dry landings on your excursion to Bartolomé Island; hike up to the summit and drink in amazing vistas of its volcanic features and the neighboring islands. Ride a panga around Pinnacle Rock, and view sea lions, sea turtles and tiny tropical Galápagos penguins in a panorama of life found only here. Tonight you'll find out more about the Galápagos Islands with our shipboard naturalists. (B/L/D)

Tower Island, Ecuador

Explore Genovesa (Tower) Island by panga and a dry landing; climb up Prince Philip's steps for a hike across the island, where you'll see masked boobies, frigate birds, storm petrels and more. An afternoon cruise and a wet landing at Darwin Bay offers more amazing views of thousands of rare birds, including red-footed boobies, gulls, mockingbirds, herons and finches, as well as an optional walk across volcanic terrain. Back aboard the ship, celebrate the end of your cruise at our Captain's farewell dinner. (B/L/D)

San Cristobal, Ecuador

Disembark Santa Cruz II on San Cristóbal (Chatham) Island - the capital of the Galápagos Islands and the first island visited by Charles Darwin during his historic trip in 1835. Visit the San Cristóbal Interpretation Center to learn about the formation of these volcanic islands, the events that led to their discovery, the rare forms of wildlife that continue to thrive here - including the giant tortoise - and efforts being made by the Ecuadorian National Park Service to preserve and protect life on the islands for future generations. Or, if you wish, you may join an excursion to Cerro Colorado, on the remote south shore of San Cristóbal Island, to visit a breeding area for giant tortoises (please note that a sighting of tortoises cannot be guaranteed on this excursion). After time to explore Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, travel to the airport for your flight to Guayaquil on the mainland. Join us this evening for a poolside farewell party at your hotel as your family's fantastic Galápagos trip comes to a close. Stay: Wyndham Guayaquil (B/D)

Homeward bound

Tour ends: Guayaquil. Fly home anytime. A transfer from the Wyndham Guayaquil to José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport is included. You should allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in. (B)

Trip Inclusions

Travelling Well Includes...

  • On-tour film vignettes custom-made for Tauck by BBC Earth natural history experts
  • Field equipment may include GoPro cameras and FLIR® thermal imaging cameras
  • 4 nights aboard the new 90-guest Santa Cruz II, designed especially for Galápagos Islands cruising; dry and wet landings
  • Licensed Naturalist Guides of Galápagos National Park accompany shore excursions and hold briefings aboard ship, offering hands-on natural history lessons
  • Private Tauck Shore Excursions with experts, averaging two daily, for wildlife sightings and exciting activities
  • Entrance fee to Galápagos Nat'l Park
  • Have brunch near a dormant volcano close to the Equator and explore colonial Quito on a guided tour
  • Learn about the Galápagos' natural history and conservation in the islands during a visit to the Cristóbal Interpretation Center on San Cristóbal

Tauck Inclusions

  • Tauck's private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions
  • Your tour is conducted by a professional, fully trained Tauck Director who remains with the group throughout the tour.
  • Complimentary internet service and WIFI are available for your use while travelling on board the cruise ship.
  • Air conditioned cruise ship and motor coaches for your comfort.
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted in the itinerary.
  • Service charges, taxes, porterage, and applicable fuel surcharges.
  • All gratuities to Tauck Directors, local guides and ship staff.

Tauck Dining

  • Complimentary soft drinks, coffee and tea service are available throughout the day. A complimentary cocktail hour with open bar is provided before dinner each night. Complimentary wine and beer is offered with dinner.
  • 18 meals (7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners)

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • Price is for land, cruise and specified internal flights. International flights not included.


Operator Details

Region: South & Central America
Style: Bridges Family Travel
Accommodation: 4-5 Star
Location: Central - Mostly
Guided: Tour Host & Local Guides
Transport: Modern Air-Conditioned Coach
Age Range: Open (min 8 years)
Flights: Not Included
Airport Transfers: Included in Price
Gratuities: Customary on Tour
Max Group Size: 44 (Avg. 35)
Free WiFi: In Hotels Where Available
* Source: Tauck for trips in South & Central America. Some variances may occur on individual tours and information is provided as a guide only. Refer to Trip Inclusions section for more details.
Jul 2017 - Dec 2017

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Your Global Journeys Tour Consultant will check the availability of your departure date when you request a quote with us. Cabin upgrade prices & deck plans are shown below.

Cabin Upgrades & Deck Plans

  Deck Plans: Santa Cruz Ii
  Cabin Upgrades (pp):
Horizon Deck (Explorer Cabin)  (Prices Shown) $ 0
Expedition Deck (Explorer Cabin) $ 200
Panorama Deck (Explorer Cabin) $ 380
Panorama Deck (Darwin Suite ) $ 1,070

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Tour Notes
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