Central Galapagos Small Group Journey

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Galapagos Islands
5 Days
Price from
Galapagos Islands, Galapagos Islands

Departs Mondays - 5-day/4-night program visiting Santa Cruz, Santa Fe, South Plaza, North Seymour, Bartolome, and James Islands. Includes yacht cruise, excursions, arrival and departure transfers, and meals.


  • Sightseeing: per itinerary
  • Shore excursions as per itinerary
  • Travel funds escrow protection program
  • Tour escort while on tour
  • On ship gourmet dining including buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner and midnight snack


  • Items of a personal nature
  • All other items not mentioned as included
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary




Arrival - Santa Cruz - Embarkation

Cruise Line: Isabela II or similar cruises

Arrival at Baltra Airport and transfer to the Itabaca Channel to take a ferry across to Santa Cruz Island. A 30-minute bus ride takes us to a restaurant in the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island to enjoy lunch, and then continue to Puerto Ayora. Drive down from the highlands and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the giant tortoise pens within an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest home to many land birds. Late afternoon stroll along the main street of Puerto Ayora before embarking on Yacht Isabela II for captain’s welcome cocktail and dinner. (D)



Santa Fe - South Plaza

Cruise Line: Isabela II or similar cruises

A stunning anchorage provides our jumping-off point for our visit to this sandy white beach with many sea lion harems. Snorkelling and swimming from the beach, kayaking or a ride in our glass-bottom boat rounds off the rewarding experience. Continue to South Plaza Island where one finds sea lion colonies, while sea birds play with the thermals that form along the cliffs of this small but amazing island. (B,L,D)



North Seymour - Las Bachas (Santa Cruz)

Cruise Line: Isabela II or similar cruises

The morning starts with an enjoyable walk along the coast and the interior of North Seymour island, a favourite of many visitors, observing numerous bird colonies as well as sea lions and marine iguanas. There are opportunities for snorkelling or coastal exploration. We can also ride in the glass-bottom boat for great views of the underwater world. Continue to Las Bachas after WWII, US military barges were beached and abandoned here. Today it is an important nesting area for the east Pacific green sea turtle. Swimming and/or snorkelling from the beach. (B,L,D)



Bartolome - Sullivan Bay (James Island)

Cruise Line: Isabela II or similar cruises

This morning, a Galápagos icon awaits: Bartolomé Island. A great way to start the day, with a steep climb up a wooden staircase: the view from the top is worth the effort! Following the walk, we take to the dinghies for a ride around colossal Pinnacle Rock, followed by time to enjoy the beach and some snorkelling. We can also ride in the glass-bottom boat for great views of the underwater world. Continue to Sullivan Bay (James Island) after lunch, we board the pangas to land at Sullivan Bay on the east coast of Santiago, a white coral sand beach great for swimming or snorkeling, and with a trail over a lava field that flowed here less than 100 years ago. (B,L,D)



Baltra Island - Return

After breakfast, we leave for the airport to take the flight back to the mainland. (B)



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