There’s so much to see and do on these amazing islands and in the glorious underwater universe surrounding them, that we’ve created the “ultimate” Galápagos experience: an active 15-day cruise exploring the major sites—and fascinating wildlife—of the archipelago! Our epic adventure aboard the Mary Anne brings you to dramatic lava flows, white-sand beaches, and up–close encounters with the exotic creatures that inspired Charles Darwin. You’ll walk by magnificent frigatebirds in full courtship display, swim with Galápagos penguins, and snorkel right alongside sea turtles. It’s a wildlife experience like no other on the planet!
This is the best Galapagos itinerary of any tour company with so many islands visited and such a comprehensive wildlife experience. There aren't enough superlatives to express the depth of this fantastic experience.
— Darian M., Eugene, OR
Guayaquil / Baltra / Green Sea Turtles / Red-Footed Boobies / Genovesa
From Guayaquil, fly to Baltra and board the Mary Anne. We travel alongside mangroves where herons roost and green sea turtles swim, then head to remote Genovesa (Tower), a birdwatcher’s paradise where great frigatebirds, elegant swallow-tailed gulls, and storm petrels nest along the edges of the island’s cliffs.
Bartolomé Hike / Rábida / Santa Cruz / Santa Fé
Revel in breathtaking views at the top of Bartolomé, then head across 100-year-old lava flows to walk among colonies of land iguanas. Rábida’s saltwater lagoon is home to Darwin’s finches, and you’ll visit the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz. On Santa Fé, watch sea lions gather on its white-sand beach.
Española / Marine Iguanas / Blue-Footed Boobies
A spectacular wildlife walk at Española offers us seagoing marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, and Galápagos sea lions. On Santa Cruz, we’ll see the vast twin craters of Los Gemelos.
Floreana / Snorkel Devil’s Crown / Fernandina
The snorkeling is incredible at Devil’s Crown, an underwater volcanic cone with amazing marine life. We’ll also visit Floreana’s Post Office Bay and the highlands where the first settlers established a colony. A scenic sail brings us to Isabela, and we may spot whales and dolphins along the way. Flightless cormorants and Galápagos penguins are highlights at Fernandina’s Punta Espinosa.
Isabela / Swim with Sea Turtles / Santiago
You’ll discover an old pirate hideaway, then snorkel with sea turtles at Punta Vicente Roca, one of the best snorkeling sites of the archipelago. We then head to Santiago for encounters with Galápagos flycatchers, Darwin’s finches, and fur seals swimming under lava arches. Fly to Guayaquil for a final overnight and depart on Day 17.