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Walking in the waves on the way to Tortuga Bay, Santa Cruz Island, galapagos. Photo Kimberly Roberson

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Extended Galápagos

12-day adventure

Get up close and personal with Galápagos during this 12-day adventure. Sit nose to nose with a grandfather tortoise, walk white-sand beaches,swim with sea lions and watch curious frigate birds land to greet you. There's no other place on earth like this!

There, our two nights spent in charming accommodations at at one of our seasonally-selected hotels are a welcome introduction to the pace of the Islands.

Our extensive time on Santa Cruz Island includes a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station where we learn about conservation issues and tortoise hatching and rearing programs. We also explore the highlands to visit giant tortoises in the wild and learn about the unique highland rain-cloud forest, a contrast to the dry, lava coasts we'll see for most of our Galápagos visit.

One of our favorite experiences is our visit to the beautiful white sand beach and bay of Tortuga Bay. There we'll stroll through gentle surf, try out our snorkel gear, hang out with marine iguanas and, in the right season, see nesting pelicans.

All this and more before boarding our yacht for a week's cruise through the Galápagos.

This unique Galápagos highlands adventure is an INCA exclusive. Come see more of the Islands!

 

 

Nazca Booby pair. Note their deep olive feet. Photo Weston Walker

Top: Walking in the gentle waves on the way to Tortuga Bay, Santa Cruz Island. (Kimberly Roberson)
Above: Royal Palm Resort in the lush highlands of Santa Cruz Island. (Bill Adams)

 

Highlights

2-night stay on Santa Cruz Island, Galápagos

Visit giant tortoises in the wild, hike to Tortuga Bay for beach, swim and snorkel

8-Day/7-night Galápagos Islands cruise aboard the Integrity or Reina Silvia

Extended Galápagos Itinerary Summary

Day 1

Arrive in Quito, Ecuador

Day 2-3

The Galápagos! We have two days exploring the varied ecology of Santa Cruz island, while staying at the Royal Palm Resort Hotel or Galápagos Safari Camp in the lush highlands (Integrity) or in the town of Puerto Ayora (Reina Silvia).

During the course of our stay, we will hike in the rainforest, visit giant tortoises in their natural habitat, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, stroll Puerto Ayora, explore lava tubes and sink holes, and hike to the beautiful white sand beach of Tortuga Bay. We'll swim and snorkel, dine well and relax.

Day 4-10

On the evening of Day 4 we board our yacht for dinner and set sail on our Island cruise. We live aboard the yacht and spend as much time exploring the islands as park rules permit. Each night we travel on to the next island.

Please see Our Galápagos Cruising Routes for a list of islands visited on the Western and Eastern routes.

Day 11

We have breakfast on board, then disembark and fly back to Quito for dinner and overnight.

Day 12

Depart for home, or on to other adventures.

 

For a deeper look at this adventure, please read the Detailed Itinerary.

Extended Galápagos Departures

2014

Integrity

Jan 1 - Jan 12 w

Jan 8 - Jan 19 e

Jan 15 - Jan 26 w

Jan 22 - Feb 2 e

Jan 29 - Feb 9 w

Feb 5 - Feb 16 e

Feb 12 - Feb 23 w

Feb 19 - Mar 2 e

Feb 26 - Mar 9 w

Mar 5 - Mar 16 e

Mar 12 - Mar 23 w

Mar 19 - Mar 30 e

Mar 26 - Apr 6 w

Apr 2 - Apr 13 e

Apr 9 - Apr 20 w

Apr 16 - Apr 27 e

Apr 23 - May 4 w

Apr 30 - May 11 e

May 7 - May 18 w

May 14 - May 25 e

May 21 - Jun 1 w

May 28 - Jun 8 e

Jun 4 - Jun 15 w

Jun 11 - Jun 22 e

Jun 18 - Jun 29 w

Jun 25 - Jul 6 e

Jul 2 - Jul 13 w

Jul 9 - Jul 20 e

Jul 16 - Jul 27 w

Jul 23 - Aug 3 e

Jul 30 - Aug 10 w

Aug 6 - Aug 17 e

Aug 13 - Aug 24 w

Aug 20 - Aug 31 e

Aug 27 - Sep 7 w

Oct 1 - Oct 12 e

Oct 8 - Oct 19 w

Oct 15 - Oct 26 e

Oct 22 - Nov 2 w

Oct 29 - Nov 9 e

Nov 5 - Nov 16 w

Nov 12 - Nov 23 e

Nov 19 - Nov 30 w

Nov 26 - Dec 7 e

Dec 3 - Dec 14 w

Dec 10 - Dec 21 e

2014
Reina Silvia

Jan 1 - Jan 12 w

Mar 26 - Apr 6 w

Apr 9 - Apr 20 w

Jun 11 - Jun 22 e

Jul 2 - Jul 13 w

Jul 9 - Jul 20 e

2015

Integrity

Dec 31 - Jan 11 w

Jan 7 - Jan 18 e

Jan 14 - Jan 25 w

Jan 21 - Feb 1 e

Feb 4 - Feb 15 e

Feb 11 - Feb 22 w

Feb 18 - Mar 1 e

Feb 25 - Mar 8 w

Mar 4 - Mar 15 e

Mar 11 - Mar 22 w

Mar 18 - Mar 29 e

Mar 25 - Apr 5 w θ

Apr 1 - Apr 12 e θ

Apr 8 - Apr 19 w

Apr 15 - Apr 26 e

Apr 22 - May 3 w

Apr 29 - May 10 e

May 6 - May 17 w

May 13 - May 24 e

May 20 - May 31 w

May 27 - Jun 7 e

Jun 3 - Jun 14 w

Jun 10 - Jun 21 e

Jun 17 - Jun 28 w

Jun 24 - Jul 5 e

Jul 1 - Jul 12 w

Jul 8 - Jul 19 e

Jul 15 - Jul 26 w

Jul 22 - Aug 2 e

Jul 29 - Aug 9 w

Aug 5 - Aug 16 e

Aug 12 - Aug 23 w

Aug 19 - Aug 30 e

Aug 26 - Sep 6 w

Sep 30 - Oct 11 e

Oct 7 - Oct 18 w

Oct 14 - Oct 25 e

Oct 21 - Nov 1 w

Oct 28 - Nov 8 e

Nov 4 - Nov 15 w

Nov 11 - Nov 22 e

Nov 18 - Nov 29 w

Nov 25 - Dec 6 e

Dec 2 - Dec 13 w

Dec 9 - Dec 20 e

2015
Reina Silvia

Dec 31 - Jan 11 w

Mar 18 - Mar 29 e

Mar 25 - Apr 5 w

Apr 29 - May 10 e

Jun 17 - Jun 28 w

Jun 24 - Jul 5 e

Jul 8 - Jul 19 e

Nov 18 - Nov 29 w

 

Routes

e = Eastern Route - map and visitor sites - Eastern route video

w = Western Route - map and visitor sites - Western route video

Santa Cruz Hotels

Santa Cruz Island accommodations are at Galapagos Safari Camp, Finch Bay Eco Hotel or Royal Palm Hotel. Please inquire with the INCA office to find out which hotel has been confirmed for a specific trip date.

Prices & Supplements

2014

Integrity

$6795

$7195 | Easter/Spring

Reina Silvia

$5895 double, $5095 triple

 

2015

Integrity

$7395

θ $7795 | Easter/Spring

Reina Silvia

$6395 double, $5595 triple

 

Suites

Integrity

Owner's Suite:

$1800 per person

Reina Silvia

Main Deck Suite: $500 per person

Upper Deck Suite: $700 per person

Single

Land Single Supplement: 2014 $650 | 2015 $695

Integrity Single Stateroom Supplement: $1800

Triple option

The Reina Silvia has the option for a triple stateroom upon request. The triple price is for three people sharing a stateroom, and will apply only when there are three guests in the stateroom. Otherwise, the stateroom will be considered a double.

Notes • Origin of Species

Included

Roundtrip airport transfers as specified in itinerary, all yacht and hotel accommodations (double occupancy, unless Single purchased) as specified in itinerary; all meals while on yacht and as specified in itinerary; all non-alcoholic beverages and all draft beer while on yacht; all guides, activities, tours and sightseeing arrangements as specified in itinerary; use of kayaks and snorkel equipment while on yacht as specified in itinerary.

Not Included

Any airfare, airport taxes and fees; Galápagos National Park Fee; Galápagos yacht Fuel Surcharge; tips for yacht crews, guides or naturalists (at your discretion); wetsuits; excess baggage charges, or other items of a personal nature.

Price also excludes any insurance coverage for trip cancellation-interruption, travel accident, travel delay, baggage delay or baggage theft (we recommend you obtain coverage for these items), medical or hospitalization expenses.