Cruising the Galapagos Islands

9 Day Small Ship Cruise from Guayaquil to Guayaquil with Tauck

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Tauck's 9 Day Cruising the Galapagos Islands. Discover amazing wildlife such as blue-footed boobies, sea lions, iguanas, penguins and more as you explore the remote Galápagos Islands with expert naturalists on a Galápagos cruise aboard the expeditionary-style yacht Isabela more

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Expedition Cruise Ship
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Expedition Cruise Ship
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Scenic / Cultural
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Scenic / Cultural
Countries Explored:
Ecuador, Galapagos
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1 Arrive Guayaquil, Ecuador
Tour begins: Oro Verde Guayaquil. A transfer is included from José Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport to Oro Verde Guayaquil, located in the city's dynamic business district. Most international flights arrive late in the day. Stay: Oro Verde Guayaquil
2 Fly To The Galápagos Islands And Embark Your Cruise
From Guayaquil, fly to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristóbal Island, 600 miles off the Ecuadorian coast and home to wildlife found nowhere else in the world – the starting point of your 6-night Galápagos cruise aboard Tauck’s comfortable expeditionary-style yacht, Isabela II, topped by an observation deck. After boarding the ship, an orientation briefing and lunch begin the afternoon. Then head out for a dry landing at Puerto Baquierizo Moreno to board a bus that takes you to explore the town of Puerto Baquerizo. Back aboard ship, relax with a welcome cocktail, be briefed on tomorrow’s activities and enjoy dinner aboard ship. Stay Six Nights: Isabela II (B/L/D)
3 Going For The Views Atop Genovesa Island
San Cristobal, created by the fusing of multiple volcanoes, is known for its giant tortoise habitat. This morning you’ll visit La Galapaguera de Cerro Colorado, a station where tortoises are bred and raised as part of a conservation program to maintain and protect the population. At Punta Pitt you’ll have a chance to see all three species of boobies – Nazca, blue-footed, and red-footed – as well as Magnificent and Great Frigatebirds, in colorful dramatic seascapes as well as Chatham and San Cristobal lava lizards. After a wet landing on an olivine beach where sea lions often repose, climb up a ravine for a stunning panoramic view of the island archipelago. Back on board ship this evening a cocktail hour precedes dinner. (B/L/D)
4 Intriguing Wildlife & Lava On Santiago Island
Go ashore at Gardner Bay on Española, also known as Hood Island, where there are extensive nesting grounds for Waved Albatrosses and sea turtles, and a sea lion colony. Get a close up look at sea lions who love to bask and sleep on the glorious white sand beach, careless of the presence of humans. The bay and inlets provide swimming and kayaking opportunities today. At Punta Suarez, on the island’s western point, sheer cliffs provide thermal currents on which seabirds soar; Galápagos Hawks, cactus finches, and Hood Mockingbirds, the only carnivorous members of the species, may be seen here. Waves crash against the rocky coast and a blowhole sends water spouts skyward, 75 feet high. Dine back aboard your ship this evening. (B/L/D)
5 Galápagos “youngsters” – Isabela & Fernandina

Today Isabela II makes her way to Isabela and Fernandina, the youngest of the Galápagos Islands (they're only about 5 to 10 million years old). The day begins on Isabela Island with a guided mile-long walk from Punta Espinoza through lava flows. You can expect greetings along the way from the locals, who may include: blue-footed boobies, flightless cormorants, penguins, martins, terns, marine iguanas and sea lions.

Next head to Fernandina Island for an opportunity to go snorkeling from one of the Galápagos' most pristine islands; keep an eye out for Sally Lightfoot Crabs and flightless cormorants. This afternoon, it’s off to secluded Tagus Cove on Isabela, a favorite anchorage spot for pirates and whalers in the 19th century. Join us for a hike to view scenic Darwin Lake from above and then explore the volcanic cliffs along the cove on a panga ride. Swimming, snorkeling or kayaking are all options this afternoon. (B/L/D)

6 Checking Out Volcanic Urbina Bay On Isabela

In the 1950s, geological activity on Isabela Island caused a mass of land to lift up some 15 ft., leaving the coastline pushed further out to sea and the underwater marine life stranded ashore. After a wet landing at Urbina Bay, take a walk across terrain that was once the ocean floor – making sure to tread carefully around delicate coral and shells. Share the sunshine with sunbathing land iguanas, penguins, Nazca boobies and flocks of Darwin’s finches as you observe coral reef formations with our naturalist, who will point out all the unique wildlife you'll encounter.

This afternoon on your Galápagos cruise, you'll explore by panga along the coast of Punta Vicente Roca on northern Isabela Island, an area known for abundant sea life. Depending on the conditions of the waters, snorkeling may be possible. (B/L/D)

7 Exploring Rabida & Santa Cruz Islands
Choose an early morning wake-up call this morning if you’d like to join us on the lookout for whales. After breakfast, it’s time for a wet landing and exploring along the sandy beach of Rabida (Jervis) Island, where views may include sea lions, marine iguanas and yellow warblers. Snorkeling here is a pleasure, for beginners and the experienced, but another option is a ride by glass bottom boat or kayak. Later, a dry landing and on a trail walk on Cerro Dragon, named after the land iguanas that inhabit the area on northern Santa Cruz Island, you'll find lagoons that are home to stilts, pintail ducks and sandpipers. Savor spectacular views of the islands. This evening, join us for farewell cocktails aboard Isabela II and bid farewell to the crew before your final night of sailing on your Galápagos cruise. (B/L/D)
8 Guayaquil, Ecuador
Your Galápagos cruise ends today as you disembark Isabela II in Baltra for your return flight to Guayaquil and another night at Oro Verde Guayaquil; spend some free time at your hotel or perhaps take a stroll along the city's waterfront promenade, El Malecón. Tonight, we invite you to share favorite experiences from your Galápagos cruise with your fellow travelers at our farewell cocktail party and dinner. Stay: Oro Verde Guayaquil (B/D)
9 Depart Guayaquil, Ecuador
Tour ends: Guayaquil. A transfer is included from Oro Verde Guayaquil to José Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport; allow 3 hours for flight check-in. (B)

Tauck Inclusions

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Journey Highlights
  • On-tour film vignettes custom-made for Tauck by BBC Earth natural history experts plus select BBC Earth touches
  • Daily exploration ashore on the islands; hikes and walks led by expert naturalist guides
  • Two nights at Oro Verde Guayaquil, gateway to the Galápagos Islands
  • Exclusive 6-night Galápagos Cruise aboard the expedition ship, Isabela II
Cruise Inclusions
  • Tauck's private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions
  • Gratuities to Tauck Directors, ship staff and local guides
  • On-tour air (2 flights)
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • Applicable fuel charges, service charges, porterage and taxes
Included Meals
  • 21 meals (8 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches & 7 Dinners)
  • Daily cocktail hour, all-day soft drinks and wine with dinner
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Price is for land, cruise and specified internal flights. International flights not included.
  • For activities marked with an asterisk (*), participation is at your own risk and a signed liability waiver will be required.

Deck Plans

Main Deck (Level 1)

Prices & Dates

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Monday 02 Nov 2020 Tuesday 10 Nov 2020 9,590 per person 192 per person 9,398 per person Enquire
Monday 30 Nov 2020 Tuesday 08 Dec 2020 9,590 per person 192 per person 9,398 per person Enquire
Monday 28 Dec 2020 Tuesday 05 Jan 2021 11,050 per person 221 per person 10,829 per person Enquire
Monday 02 Nov 2020 Tuesday 10 Nov 2020 14,683 per person 294 solo traveller 14,389 solo traveller Enquire
Monday 30 Nov 2020 Tuesday 08 Dec 2020 14,683 per person 294 solo traveller 14,389 solo traveller Enquire
Monday 28 Dec 2020 Tuesday 05 Jan 2021 16,149 per person 323 solo traveller 15,826 solo traveller Enquire
1 Extra Night Pre or Post Accommodation when booking before 31 Jul 2020. Subject to availability at time of booking.
Note: Your Global Journeys Travel Advisor will check the availability of your departure date when you enquire. Additional savings may apply. We guarantee the lowest price in Australia. T&C’s apply.

Cabin Upgrades

Optional cabin upgrades. Upgrades priced per person.

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Isabela II
Category C  (Prices Shown) $ 0
Category B $ 140 - $ 150
Category A $ 400

Note: Upgrade prices shown are per person. Upgrade prices can vary depending on the departure date & the month of travel. Your Global Journeys Travel Advisor will confirm and include the upgrade price in your quote.

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Trip Notes
Trip prices are per person, and reflect applicable discounts. Discounts are subject to availability, exclusive to Global Journeys and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change by Tauck. Full terms & conditions are available here.