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Our Ultimate Galápagos Holiday: Cruise & Island Stay

If you only come to the Galápagos once, let's make it count. A small-ship cruise brings you closer to the wildlife, time on dry land lets you explore as you wish.

The Galapágos Islands offer arguably the greatest wildlife experience on our planet. A comprehensive 10-night cruise allows you to discover it all in serious comfort and in real depth. End with time on San Cristóbal island to take in local life, explore independently and relax alongside the world famous wildlife.

Enjoy reading this taster itinerary. Please Request Full Details if you'd like to know more, or to discuss how we can tailor this holiday for you.

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Itinerary

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Day 1 - Arrive in Quito

Land in Quito where you are collected and transferred downtown to stay in a fine colonial era hotel in the fine colonial heart of the city. Relax this afternoon and look forward to what's to come.
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Day 2 - Explore Quito with your guide

Your local guide joins you this morning to introduce you to Quito, from the baroque churches of the UNESCO heritage centre to the bird life on the flanks of the Pichincha Volcano.
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Day 3 - Fly to Galapagos and set sail

Fly out to the Galapagós Islands, famous for its fearless wildlife. Meet giant tortoises this afternoon before you board your first-class 16 passenger catamaran.
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Day 4 - Snorkel with sea lions and penguins

Each day you will have two or three landings and opportunities to snorkel or swim. Today you take a boat ride to see pelicans and tortoises before snorkelling with sea lions and rays.
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Day 5 - Walk alongside land iguanas

Today you see land iguanas, Darwin's finches and giant tortoises (among many other animals) as well as walking to caves filled with graffiti left by pirates and whalers over hundreds of years.
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Day 6 - Walk among marine iguanas

Explore Fernandina Island, the most volcanically active part of the Galápagos. Walk through huge colonies of marine iguanas before you snorkel with sea horses, sea turtles and sunfish.
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Day 7 - See pelicans and flamingos

Cross Santiago Island to reach a beach where turtles nest. Flamingos and pelicans are often seen along with blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, herons, and frigate birds
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Day 8 - Snorkel with penguins

The unusually striking and beautiful red landscape of Rabida is home to blue-footed boobies, penguins, hawks, pelicans, marine iguanas, flamingos and sea lions.
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Day 9 - Enjoy iconic views

Land at Isla Bartolomé to walk up to the viewing platform for amazing views over the Galápagos. Return to the beach for some great snorkeling with white-tipped sharks and sea turtles.
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Day 10 - Get close to the blue-footed boobies

Arrive at north Seymour to see large populations of frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, land iguanas and body-surfing sea lions.
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Day 11 - Explore Genovesa Island and see the unusual masked boobies

Land on Genovesa Island to walk around the lava cliffs where Storm Petrels nest. You may also see short-eared owls. Later, visit Darwin Bay to see red-footed and masked boobies.
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Day 12 - Land on Santa Cruz Island

Visit Plazas, in Santa Cruz Island to see hybrid iguanas - evolution in progress before your very eyes. Explore one of the oldest islands, Santa Fe, to snorkel with playful sea lions.
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Day 13 - Settle into your island hotel on San Cristóbal

Arrive in San Cristóbal where you disembark to spend a few nights on dry land. Here you have the chance to soak up local life and relax after your cruise.
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Day 14 - Snorkel at Kicker Rock

Today you'll head on an excursion to Kicker Rock - a world-class snorkel site. Sharks, rays, sea turtles and sea lions are all found in abundance here, alongside millions of colourful reef fish.
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Day 15 - Relax, walk, or kayak

Your last day in the Galápagos is all yours: walk up to Frigatebird Hill for the views, swim or snorkel off a sandy cove or take out a kayak, the choice is yours.
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Day 16 - Head for home, or keep exploring

Enjoy your final morning, before its time to wave goodbye and fly back to the mainland for your onward flight home. You can of course stay longer and explore Ecuador or Peru - ask us for options.
Cdn pura aventura com images hero ecuador quito view of the towers of the basilica in quito ecuador with the city visible in the background

1 of 16

Day 1 - Arrive in Quito

Land in Quito where you are collected and transferred downtown to stay in a fine colonial era hotel in the fine colonial heart of the city. Relax this afternoon and look forward to what's to come.
Cdn pura aventura com images hero ecuador quito view of central square from high

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Day 2 - Explore Quito with your guide

Your local guide joins you this morning to introduce you to Quito, from the baroque churches of the UNESCO heritage centre to the bird life on the flanks of the Pichincha Volcano.
Cdn pura aventura com images hero ecuador galapagos islands guide photographing giant tortoise

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Day 3 - Fly to Galapagos and set sail

Fly out to the Galapagós Islands, famous for its fearless wildlife. Meet giant tortoises this afternoon before you board your first-class 16 passenger catamaran.
Cdn pura aventura com images hero ecuador galapagos islands sea lion bubbles

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Day 4 - Snorkel with sea lions and penguins

Each day you will have two or three landings and opportunities to snorkel or swim. Today you take a boat ride to see pelicans and tortoises before snorkelling with sea lions and rays.
Cdn pura aventura com images hero ecuador galapagos islands land iguana

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Day 5 - Walk alongside land iguanas

Today you see land iguanas, Darwin's finches and giant tortoises (among many other animals) as well as walking to caves filled with graffiti left by pirates and whalers over hundreds of years.
Images itinerary images original eweq2i6dn26cyqkl739guhttg8n16z94 ecuador galapagos islands marine iguana pile up fernandina island20160419 29265 eckgyo

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Day 6 - Walk among marine iguanas

Explore Fernandina Island, the most volcanically active part of the Galápagos. Walk through huge colonies of marine iguanas before you snorkel with sea horses, sea turtles and sunfish.
Cdn pura aventura com images hero ecuador galapagos islands isabela pelican

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Day 7 - See pelicans and flamingos

Cross Santiago Island to reach a beach where turtles nest. Flamingos and pelicans are often seen along with blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, herons, and frigate birds
Images itinerary images original jfq63oq72qvy4bhty65yodr7ina79i5u ecuador galapagos islands isabela galapagos penguin pair20160929 14435 b914en

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Day 8 - Snorkel with penguins

The unusually striking and beautiful red landscape of Rabida is home to blue-footed boobies, penguins, hawks, pelicans, marine iguanas, flamingos and sea lions.
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Day 9 - Enjoy iconic views

Land at Isla Bartolomé to walk up to the viewing platform for amazing views over the Galápagos. Return to the beach for some great snorkeling with white-tipped sharks and sea turtles.
Cdn pura aventura com images hero ecuador galapagos islands close up of feet of a blue footed booby

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Day 10 - Get close to the blue-footed boobies

Arrive at north Seymour to see large populations of frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, land iguanas and body-surfing sea lions.
Images itinerary images original si9czikuzyxj4hyxq2neec6zodwck8uz ecuador galapagos islands nazca booby staring at sea20160308 1613 121rql2

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Day 11 - Explore Genovesa Island and see the unusual masked boobies

Land on Genovesa Island to walk around the lava cliffs where Storm Petrels nest. You may also see short-eared owls. Later, visit Darwin Bay to see red-footed and masked boobies.
Cdn pura aventura com images hero ecuador galapagos islands baby galapagos sea lion looking at the camera

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Day 12 - Land on Santa Cruz Island

Visit Plazas, in Santa Cruz Island to see hybrid iguanas - evolution in progress before your very eyes. Explore one of the oldest islands, Santa Fe, to snorkel with playful sea lions.
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Day 13 - Settle into your island hotel on San Cristóbal

Arrive in San Cristóbal where you disembark to spend a few nights on dry land. Here you have the chance to soak up local life and relax after your cruise.
Cdn pura aventura com images hero ecuador galapagos islands school of hammerhead in the blue galapagos

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Day 14 - Snorkel at Kicker Rock

Today you'll head on an excursion to Kicker Rock - a world-class snorkel site. Sharks, rays, sea turtles and sea lions are all found in abundance here, alongside millions of colourful reef fish.
Cdn pura aventura com images hero ecuador galapagos islands land based galapagos kayak alongside sea lions

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Day 15 - Relax, walk, or kayak

Your last day in the Galápagos is all yours: walk up to Frigatebird Hill for the views, swim or snorkel off a sandy cove or take out a kayak, the choice is yours.
Cdn pura aventura com images hero ecuador galapagos islands galapagos hawk flying over dry land and ocean

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Day 16 - Head for home, or keep exploring

Enjoy your final morning, before its time to wave goodbye and fly back to the mainland for your onward flight home. You can of course stay longer and explore Ecuador or Peru - ask us for options.

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