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Galápagos — Central Islands (10 Days)

Encounter the island chain that has enchanted explorers since Darwin first weighed anchor off its shores. Spend seven nights exploring the incredible wildlife of the Galápagos archipelago in the company of an expert Naturalist Guide. In the evenings, return to the Xavier III to reflect on the day’s adventures. Retire to air-conditioned cabins with exclusive lower berths and private bathrooms – that’s why you'll never end up on another operator's ship.
04 December, 2018 to 13 December, 2018 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central Islands (10 Days), departing on 04 December, 2018

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 2865 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3035 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
18 December, 2018 to 27 December, 2018 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central Islands (10 Days), departing on 18 December, 2018

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 3029 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3199 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
01 January, 2019 to 10 January, 2019 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central Islands (10 Days), departing on 01 January, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 2865 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3035 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
15 January, 2019 to 24 January, 2019 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central Islands (10 Days), departing on 15 January, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 2865 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3035 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
29 January, 2019 to 07 February, 2019 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central Islands (10 Days), departing on 29 January, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 2865 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3035 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
12 February, 2019 to 21 February, 2019 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central Islands (10 Days), departing on 12 February, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 2865 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3035 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
26 February, 2019 to 07 March, 2019 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central Islands (10 Days), departing on 26 February, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 2865 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3035 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
12 March, 2019 to 21 March, 2019 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central Islands (10 Days), departing on 12 March, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 2945 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3115 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
26 March, 2019 to 04 April, 2019 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central Islands (10 Days), departing on 26 March, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 2945 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3115 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
09 April, 2019 to 18 April, 2019 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central Islands (10 Days), departing on 09 April, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 2945 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3115 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
07 May, 2019 to 16 May, 2019 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central Islands (10 Days), departing on 07 May, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 2945 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3115 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
21 May, 2019 to 30 May, 2019 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central Islands (10 Days), departing on 21 May, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 2945 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3115 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
04 June, 2019 to 13 June, 2019 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central Islands (10 Days), departing on 04 June, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 2945 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3115 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
18 June, 2019 to 27 June, 2019 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central Islands (10 Days), departing on 18 June, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 3029 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3199 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
02 July, 2019 to 11 July, 2019 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central Islands (10 Days), departing on 02 July, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 3029 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3199 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
16 July, 2019 to 25 July, 2019 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central Islands (10 Days), departing on 16 July, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 3029 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3199 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
30 July, 2019 to 08 August, 2019 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central Islands (10 Days), departing on 30 July, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 3029 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3199 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
13 August, 2019 to 22 August, 2019 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central Islands (10 Days), departing on 13 August, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 3029 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3199 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
27 August, 2019 to 05 September, 2019 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central Islands (10 Days), departing on 27 August, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 2865 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3035 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
10 September, 2019 to 19 September, 2019 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central Islands (10 Days), departing on 10 September, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 2865 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3035 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
24 September, 2019 to 03 October, 2019 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central Islands (10 Days), departing on 24 September, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 2865 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3035 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
08 October, 2019 to 17 October, 2019 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central Islands (10 Days), departing on 08 October, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 2865 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3035 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
22 October, 2019 to 31 October, 2019 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central Islands (10 Days), departing on 22 October, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 2865 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3035 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
05 November, 2019 to 14 November, 2019 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central Islands (10 Days), departing on 05 November, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 2945 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3115 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
19 November, 2019 to 28 November, 2019 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central Islands (10 Days), departing on 19 November, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 2945 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3115 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
03 December, 2019 to 12 December, 2019 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central Islands (10 Days), departing on 03 December, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 2865 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3035 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
17 December, 2019 to 26 December, 2019 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central Islands (10 Days), departing on 17 December, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 3029 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3199 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
31 December, 2019 to 09 January, 2020 Make a booking request for Galápagos — Central Islands (10 Days), departing on 31 December, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Lower Deck Twin £ 3029 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four lower deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo
Upper Deck Twin £ 3199 GBP pp (+ The National Park Fee/Transit Control Card 120 USD pp)
Four upper deck twin bed cabins with porthole. All with en suite bathrooms and A/C.
view cabin photo

Galápagos — Central Islands (10 Days) itinerary:

show reverse itinerary
Day 1 Quito
Arrive at any time. Our representative will greet everyone at the hotel and brief the group on the various aspects of the tour. If you are not able to attend the welcome meeting, a representative will leave all important information at the hotel’s reception indicating what time to be ready on Day 2 of the trip.
Day 2 Quito/Puerto Ayora
Transfer early to the airport for the flight to the Galápagos Islands. Upon arrival meet the Naturalist Guide, who will assist with the transfer to the Xavier, located in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island. Visit a tortoise ranch in the Santa Cruz highlands and get up close and personal with these ancient creatures. Flights from Quito to Baltra depart between 6:40am and 9:40am depending on the day of the week. These will arrive into the Galapagos between 9:30am and 12:30pm with a short refuelling stop in Guayaquil (you will not disembark the plane). You will generally arrive at the boat in time for lunch before the afternoon activity. The National Park charges a visitor fee of USD100, payable on arrival, which funds park maintenance and supervision in the Galapagos as well as ecological study, conservation, and infrastructure development in Ecuador's other National Parks. Entry fees and the funds they generate for the National Park System are among measures taken by the Ecuadorian government to protect its natural heritage.
Day 3 Chinese Hat/Black Turtle Cove
Visit Chinese Hat for snorkelling opportunities and to observe the birds and sea lions before taking an excursion to Black Turtle Cove to see the marine life. Spot Galápagos penguins and explore marine life that is fantastic for snorkelling. There is also a large sea lion colony at Chinese Hat as well as many marine iguanas that can be seen on the guided walk. Hike among the volcanic scenery, with good views to the cone of the island's volcano. In the afternoon, take an excursion by "panga" to Black Turtle Cove to witness the extensive mangrove system and interesting waterway canals. Sea turtles and different species of rays can often be seen in this cove, offering a peaceful and fascinating glimpse into the diversity of the area.
Day 4 Cerro Dragon/Islas Daphne
Visit Cerro Dragón on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island to see land iguanas and a salt water lagoon frequented by flamingos and other species of birds. Continue to Daphne Island in the afternoon to spot birds and wildlife.
Day 5 Islas Plaza/Isla Santa Fe
Land at South Plaza in the morning for wildlife spotting opportunities. Afternoon visit to Santa Fé Island for guided walks to observe the wildlife and plentiful marine iguanas. Opportunities for swimming and snorkelling with the sea lions.
Day 6 Puerto Baquerizo Moreno/Isla Lobos
Visit the Interpretation Center on San Cristóbal Island and enjoy free time to explore the port town of Baquerizo Moreno. Afternoon excursion to Isla Lobos.
Day 7 North Seymour/Mosquera Island
Explore two tiny islands that are big on wildlife. North Seymour offers great views of nesting seabirds, including frigatebirds and Mosquera is home to large colonies of sea lions.
Day 8 Isla Santiago/Isla Bartolomé
Visit Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island to witness the giant lava formations contrasting the white-coral sand beach. Continue to Bartolomé Island for a guided tour to see the dramatic volcanic features before hiking to a panoramic viewpoint.
Day 9 Puerto Ayora/Quito
Disembark in Puerto Ayora and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to see the giant Galápagos tortoises. Fly back to Quito. In the morning, arrive in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. Then transfer to the airport on Baltra Island for a flight to Quito. Transfer to the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Enjoy one last night in historic Quito. Flights from Baltra to Quito depart between 10:00am and 1:00pm depending on the day of the week. These will arrive into Quito between 2:30pm and 5:30pm with a refuelling stop in Guayaquil (you will not disembark the plane). You will arrive back at the hotel in the early evening in time for dinner.
Day 10 Quito
Depart any time.
Please Note:
While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable.

Galápagos — Central Islands (10 Days) reverse itinerary:

show main itinerary
Please Note: *
While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable.
Day 10 Quito *
Depart any time.
Day 9 Puerto Ayora/Quito *
Disembark in Puerto Ayora and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to see the giant Galápagos tortoises. Fly back to Quito. In the morning, arrive in Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. Then transfer to the airport on Baltra Island for a flight to Quito. Transfer to the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Enjoy one last night in historic Quito. Flights from Baltra to Quito depart between 10:00am and 1:00pm depending on the day of the week. These will arrive into Quito between 2:30pm and 5:30pm with a refuelling stop in Guayaquil (you will not disembark the plane). You will arrive back at the hotel in the early evening in time for dinner.
Day 8 Isla Santiago/Isla Bartolomé *
Visit Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island to witness the giant lava formations contrasting the white-coral sand beach. Continue to Bartolomé Island for a guided tour to see the dramatic volcanic features before hiking to a panoramic viewpoint.
Day 7 North Seymour/Mosquera Island *
Explore two tiny islands that are big on wildlife. North Seymour offers great views of nesting seabirds, including frigatebirds and Mosquera is home to large colonies of sea lions.
Day 6 Puerto Baquerizo Moreno/Isla Lobos *
Visit the Interpretation Center on San Cristóbal Island and enjoy free time to explore the port town of Baquerizo Moreno. Afternoon excursion to Isla Lobos.
Day 5 Islas Plaza/Isla Santa Fe *
Land at South Plaza in the morning for wildlife spotting opportunities. Afternoon visit to Santa Fé Island for guided walks to observe the wildlife and plentiful marine iguanas. Opportunities for swimming and snorkelling with the sea lions.
Day 4 Cerro Dragon/Islas Daphne *
Visit Cerro Dragón on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island to see land iguanas and a salt water lagoon frequented by flamingos and other species of birds. Continue to Daphne Island in the afternoon to spot birds and wildlife.
Day 3 Chinese Hat/Black Turtle Cove *
Visit Chinese Hat for snorkelling opportunities and to observe the birds and sea lions before taking an excursion to Black Turtle Cove to see the marine life. Spot Galápagos penguins and explore marine life that is fantastic for snorkelling. There is also a large sea lion colony at Chinese Hat as well as many marine iguanas that can be seen on the guided walk. Hike among the volcanic scenery, with good views to the cone of the island's volcano. In the afternoon, take an excursion by "panga" to Black Turtle Cove to witness the extensive mangrove system and interesting waterway canals. Sea turtles and different species of rays can often be seen in this cove, offering a peaceful and fascinating glimpse into the diversity of the area.
Day 2 Quito/Puerto Ayora *
Transfer early to the airport for the flight to the Galápagos Islands. Upon arrival meet the Naturalist Guide, who will assist with the transfer to the Xavier, located in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island. Visit a tortoise ranch in the Santa Cruz highlands and get up close and personal with these ancient creatures. Flights from Quito to Baltra depart between 6:40am and 9:40am depending on the day of the week. These will arrive into the Galapagos between 9:30am and 12:30pm with a short refuelling stop in Guayaquil (you will not disembark the plane). You will generally arrive at the boat in time for lunch before the afternoon activity. The National Park charges a visitor fee of USD100, payable on arrival, which funds park maintenance and supervision in the Galapagos as well as ecological study, conservation, and infrastructure development in Ecuador's other National Parks. Entry fees and the funds they generate for the National Park System are among measures taken by the Ecuadorian government to protect its natural heritage.
Day 1 Quito *
Arrive at any time. Our representative will greet everyone at the hotel and brief the group on the various aspects of the tour. If you are not able to attend the welcome meeting, a representative will leave all important information at the hotel’s reception indicating what time to be ready on Day 2 of the trip.
* = Indicative
Map for Galápagos — Central Islands (10 Days)
Xavier III, the ship servicing Galápagos — Central Islands (10 Days)

Xavier III

Vessel Type: Expedition Cruising

Length: 25.5m

Passenger Capacity: 16

Built/Refurbished: 1998

 

When it comes to our stellar fleet of Galápagos vessels, the Xavier III is made for both great value and great service. Imagine all the luxury of fresh gourmet food, daily excursions to explore the islands, and picturesque views of the area from the top deck – all this with an unbelievable price to boot.

Capacity: 16 passengers.

Cabins: Eight twin-occupancy cabins with private bathrooms and A/C. All cabins feature side by side berths located on the upper or lower deck.

Boat layout: Main deck features the lounge, bar and dining room with coffee station. A deck above is the Sundeck and Upper deck cabins. Interior lounge on main deck with TV & DVD player for daily briefings and presentations.


Cabin layout for Xavier III
• Snorkel with sea lions and discover amazing marine life

• Come face-to-face with 200-year-old giant tortoises

• Hike along dramatic lava flows and explore colonies of sea birds and sea lions

• Find marine iguanas relaxing in the sunshine
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