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  • Location:Quito, Ecuador
  • Duration:10 days (approx.)

9-Night Galapagos Tour from Quito: San Cristobal, Isabela, Florena and Santa Cruz Island

Experience the true wonder of the Galapagos on this 9-Night Galapagos Tour from Quito. Visit the islands of Floreana, Santa Crus, Isabela and San Crisobal after a guided tour of Old Town Quito. Hop aboard your round-trip flight to the UNESCO World Heritage Site 
known as Galapagos National Park, where you’ll get up close to everything Mother Nature. Hike the active Sierra Negra Volcano, visit the Charles Darwin Research Chenter and uncover the mystery of darkened pirate caves. Learn to spot where frigates nest, get up close to playful dolphins and even see Galapagos penguins on this 9-day adventure that includes hiking, biking and plenty of underwater wonder. 


  • 9-night Galapagos Islands tour including guided tour of Quito
  • Fly round-trip from Quito to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Galapagos National Park
  • Visit several islands in the Galapagos archipelago including San Cristobal, Isabela, Floreana and Santa Cruz
  • Ride a mountain bike to the beach and go kayaking amid sea lions and Galapagos penguins
  • Snorkel with sea turtles, manta rays and the harmless Galapagos shark, and search for blue-footed and red-footed boobies
  • Visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center and the Charles Darwin Research Station
  • Small-group tour limited to 16 ensures a more personalized experience

What You Can Expect

9-Night Galapagos Tour from Quito: San Cristobal, Isabela, Florena and Santa Cruz Island

Hiking in the Galapagos

Your nine-night Quito and Galapagos Islands tour includes round-trip airfare from Quito and nine nights hotel accommodation – with two nights in Quito. Your motorized yacht includes delicious chef-prepared meals, served in the onboard dining room. Aside from each day’s itinerary, enjoy optional activities such as diving, surfing and additional kayaking (at your own expense).

This small-group sailing expedition to the Galapagos Islands operates with a maximum of 16 passengers, ensuring you’ll receive personal attention from your experienced shipboard staff and crew. Your trained naturalist guide, licensed by the Galapagos National Park Service, will offer expert knowledge about the abundant geology, history and wildlife of each spectacular region!

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Day 1: Quito
Meet tour representative and other fellow travelers for a 2 pm orientation and briefing. Afterwards, meet your guide for a stroll through Quito’s historical center. Take local transport to Parque de la Alamada, where you’ll see La Compania de Jesus (entry at additional cost). Visit Quito’s oldest street, known as Calle La Ronda, and wander through back alleys and cobblestone streets that showcase some of the colonial influence this city is famous for.

Travelers interested in learning more about this dynamic city may want to arrive a day or two early to check out the numerous cathedrals, hike through Cotopaxi National Park, stop at the Equator Monument or Tour of Quito at night. Your tour guide can make recommendations for numerous guided options (at your own expense).

Overnight; Hotel Sierra Madre in Quito

Day 2: Quito—Isla San Cristobal
Transfer to the Quito airport for a 3.5-hr flight to San Cristobal Island. Make a stop at Guayaquil before arriving at this easternmost island of the archipelago. Meet your guide midday and travel to your accommodations. 

Spend the afternoon cruising across El Progresso in San Cristobal Island on a mountain bike. Your guide will take you to La Loberia beach to see colonies of sea lions lounging on rocky shores. Enjoy a swim in the crystal clear waters before cycling back to town for 
a Galapagos-inspired welcome dinner prepared with fish, fruits and vegetables straight from the island.

Overnight: Hotel Casa de Nally on San Cristobal Island

Day 3: Isla San Cristobal
Enjoy a 45-minute boat ride to Leon Dormido and check out colorful seabirds taking flight. Stop off a Isla de Lobos and Cerro Brujo beach, where blue and red-footed boobies and nesting frigates call home.

Swim or snorkel with baby sea lions and possibly catch a glimpse of sea turtles, manta rays or harmless Galapagos sharks. Rent a wetsuit and boogie board, surf or dive (at an additional cost).

Head to a local center to learn more about the islands before making a stop at Mann Beach for a quick dip with more Galapagos wildlife.

Overnight: Hotel Casa de Nelly on San Cristobal Island

Day 4: Isla San Cristobal—Isla Isabela via Isla Floreana
Go aboard your yacht and set off for Isla Floreana Island. Located about 2.5 hours from San Cristobal, the seabird and frigate that populate this gem of the Galapagos make it a paradise for bird lovers. Hop into the water for incredible snorkeling (and diving option) 
next to playful dolphins, then head back to the black sand beach where you’ll visit the home of one of the island’s first inhabitants. 

Enjoy lunch and then head to the highlands of Floreana to check out pirate and whaler caves. These hidden spots have been used as shelter since the 1600s. Visit Puerto Velasca Ibarra for a taste of local life. This quiet village has a population of less than 150 before 
arriving at that Galapagos’ largest island, Isla Isabela.

Overnight: Hotel San Vincente on Isabela Island

Day 5: Isla Isabela
Rise with the sun and set off on a leisurely walk through the nearby lagoon. Explore the shores of this island formed by giant active volcanic craters and get up close to brilliant pink flamingos. Your expert guide will take you through lush mangroves to the Giant 
Tortoise Breeding Center. This conservation center is home to some 1,000 turtles. 

From there, board a small panga (local fishing boat) for a tour of Shark Alley—known to locals as Tintoreras. Push ashore and explore the tiny inlet where hundreds of marine iguanas nest. 

Interested travelers can snorkel in the peaceful waters of this quiet inlet where brightly colored tropical fish and underground lava tubes make for extraordinary underwater viewing. Watch for sea turtles, which are drawn to the lagoon’s sandy floor. Finally return with your group to town for a sunset toast on Isabela. 

Overnight: Hotel San Vincente on Isabela Island

Day 6: Isla Isabela
Follow your guide to the top of Sierra Negra Volcano—ranked among the most active in the region. Take in incredible views of the scenic landscapes and learn more about the second largest crater on earth.

Spend the late afternoon as you wish and sample the local island life before meeting for dinner.

Overnight: Hotel San Vincente on Isabela Island

Day 7: Isla Isabela—Isla Santa Cruz
Start your morning with a paddle through the protected bay and get up close to Galapagos penguins from the comfort of your private kayak. Scope the skies for indigenous birds and check the crystal clear waters for sea turtles.

Enjoy lunch on the beach before setting sail for Isla Santa Cruz.

Day 8: Isla Santa Cruz
Head to the Santa Cruz highlands—a true ecological wonderland. Learn about the stunning geological rock formations numerous amphibians and birds call home before visiting the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about species that were saved after near extinction. This unique experience is highly informative and travelers will learn about repopulation of the islands with a number of endangered species. 

During the afternoon, take a quiet walk to scenic Tortuga Bay, where you’ll likely spot marine iguanas while you relax on the beach. Rent a boogie board or surf the waves—maybe just enjoy a relaxing swim—before meeting in town for a goodbye dinner on your last night in the Galapagos.

Overnight: Hotel Lobo de Mar on Santa Cruz Island

Day 9: Islan Santa Cruz—Quito
Take flight on a midday plane ride to the Quito airport. You’ll meet a tour representative once you touch down and be transported back to your hotel. Check and enjoy the rest of the day to shop for souvenirs, tours the sites or sample local cuisine. Maybe even take to the streets after dark for a taste of true Quito nightlife. 

Overnight: Hotel Sierra Madre in Quito

Day 10: Quito
Depart the hotel at any time on your final day. If you plan to stay in Quito, be sure to check with your tour representative about storing luggage.  
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