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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Ecuador and the Galapagos

This exciting cruise vacation lets you sample the natural wonders of Ecuador and its Galápagos Islands

Fly Cruise
7 nights from £5290pp

Luxury Expedition Holiday
  • Galapagos Land Iguana
  • Santiago Island
  • Sea Turtle
  • Galapagos Island

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This exciting cruise vacation lets you sample the natural wonders of Ecuador and its Galápagos Islands. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Quito and have your photo taken at the “Center of the World.” You’ll also explore one of the oldest streets in Quito to visit with local artists and taste some Ecuadorian chocolate at a chocolate factory.

Before taking to the sea, a highlight of your trip will be a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about conservation efforts for the giant tortoises. Then, embark on an exciting 4-night cruise among various Galápagos Islands on the recently refurbished Treasure of Galápagos. Have your camera ready as your Naturalist points out colonies of sea lions, pelicans, albatross, several species of Darwin’s finches, marine iguanas, flamingos, masked boobies, blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, storm petrels, short-eared owls, and other birds. Each day venture to a new island which is home to species found nowhere else in the world! During your cruise, you’ll also have a chance to snorkel in the tropical waters and perhaps get a look at sea turtles, sharks, and rays. A remarkable cruise adventure!

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Ecuador & Its Galapagos Islands

Day 1 - UK - Quito (Ecuador)

Fly from the UK to Quito. Take free time today to relax and prepare for your upcoming Galápagos adventure, or walk through the historic city to sample ceviche or helado (Latin-American ice cream). Dine out tonight or ask about the best clubs for music and dancing.

Day 2 - Quito

Take a Guided Sightseeing Tour of Quito that showcases the colonial city’s historic sites, including the impressive Legislative Palace with its enormous sculpted mural of Ecuadorean history. You’ll also see Independence Plaza and visit the 16th-century San Francisco Monastery, and La Compañía Church—the exquisite Jesuit cathedral with its spectacular Spanish baroque architecture—more than 160 years in the making, or take a Guided Walk down Calle La Ronda—one of Quito’s oldest streets—with a wealth of artist’s workshops and galleries where you’ll meet local artists and learn about their original works. Later, visit a local chocolate factory for a tour and a tasting to discover why Ecuador is one of the world’s finest chocolate producers. Your day in Quito ends with a Guided Excursion to the Ciudad Mitad del Mundo—a monument to the Equator—the “middle of the world.” Stand in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres at the same time at the exact location of the Earth’s Equator. Observe the equatorial effects of the dual-spiraling directions of water and balancing eggs on end. This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with delicious regional cuisine. (B,D)

Day 3 - Baltra - Santa Cruz Island

This morning, take a flight to the Galápagos island of Baltra where you’ll embark on your five-day cruise aboard the Treasure of Galápagos. Join your naturalist on a Guided Excursion to Santa Cruz Island to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station— established to help conserve the Galápagos’ natural habitat and protect the famous giant tortoises. While here, learn about the tortoise-rearing program and see many of the various islands’ tortoises. Later on board your ship, join in a briefing of the next day’s adventures, and enjoy a Captain’s welcome with cocktails and dinner. NOTE: The ship’s itinerary may vary according to Galápagos National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, and seasonal changes to create the perfect cross-section of sites visited. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - Santiago Island

This morning, you will find yourself anchored in the western-central part of the archipelago where volcanoes are still active, attributing to the dramatic scenery. Take a Naturalist Led Excursion of Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island where you will walk on newly-formed (less than 100 years ago) lava flows reminiscent of the lunar landscape. You can catch sight of lava lizards, marine iguanas, Sally Lightfoot crabs, and even the Galápagos penguin. This afternoon, cruise to Bartolomé Island. Hike the Summit, Snorkel, and Swim Take a Guided Hike to Bartolome’s 114-meter summit for spectacular panoramic views of the region with two beautiful bays and fascinating formations of lava flows and spatter cones, including the iconic Pinnacle Rock. Later, take a snorkel and swim off the beach here—home to playful sea lions, Pacific green turtles, white tip reef sharks, and Galápagos penguins. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - North Seymour Island

Take a Naturalist Led Excursion to see colonies of remarkable bird species, including blue-footed boobies, great frigate birds and magnificent frigate birds—with its inflated red chest and nearly 7-foot wingspread, and gulls and herons of all assortments. Take a Guided Snorkeling Excursion in the aqua blue waters just off North Seymour Island’s shore—teeming with sea lions and amphibious marine iguanas—found only in the Galápagos. This afternoon, cruise for the sandy island of Mosquera Islet. Take a Guided Walk on the white coral beaches to the islands’ largest congregation of Galápagos sea lions. You’ll see a wide variety of shore birds reflecting the island’s amazing biodiversity—from the deep-gray lava gull to the yellow-crowned night heron. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - South Plaza Island

This morning, take a Naturalist Led Excursion to South Plaza Island to observe wildlife including sea lions, land iguanas, marine iguanas, and hybrid iguanas (only found on this island and a result of a cross between land and marine iguanas). Also known for its prolific birdlife, you will see blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, frigate birds, swallow-tailed gulls, Audubon’s shearwaters, and many other species. This afternoon, cruise to Cerro Brujo on San Cristobal Island. Take a Guided Walk at the site where Charles Darwin first visited the Galápagos. See the volcanic remains of magnificent Kicker Rock—also called León Dormido (Sleeping Lion). Walk beside one of the island’s blue lagoons to see a number of migratory birds, including pelicans and great blue herons. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - San Cristobal - Quito

This morning, cruise to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno for a Naturalist Guided Tour of the San Cristobal Interpretation Center. You’ll learn about the Galápagos’ fascinating volcanic origins, remote location, climate, and the arrival of diverse species that inspire both imagination and science. This afternoon, you’ll say farewell to the magical islands of Galápagos and fly to Quito. This evening, spend free time relaxing or enjoy one of Quito’s many fine restaurants. (B)

Day 8 - Quito - UK

Fly back to the UK after breakfast (B)

NOTE: The ship’s itinerary may vary according to Galápagos National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, and seasonal changes to create the perfect cross-section of sites visited. Key: B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

Price Includes

  • 4-night full board cruise
  • 2-night pre-cruise stay in Quito
  • 1-night post-cruise stay in Quito
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Overseas transfers
  • Private VIP home pick-up service within 100 miles
  • Guided shore excursions
  • Complimentary wine with dinner
  • Gratuities to the local tour director, guides and drivers (gratuities to the shipboard crew and naturalists cannot be pre-paid and should be paid onboard)
  • Port and airport taxes
  • Services of a professional Tour Director
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee and transit card

Price Does Not Include

  • Gratuities to the shipboard crew and naturalists cannot be pre-paid and should be paid onboard
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2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • February
    • Feb 5th - Quito and back - Sailing on: Treasure of Galapagos From: £5290
      Stateroom Suite Twin beds
      Blue Water Price from: £5290
  • March
    • Mar 4th - Quito and back - Sailing on: Treasure of Galapagos From: £5376
      Stateroom Suite Twin beds
      Blue Water Price from: £5376
    • Mar 18th - Quito and back - Sailing on: Treasure of Galapagos From: £5369
      Stateroom Suite Twin beds
      Blue Water Price from: £5369
  • May
    • May 13th - Quito and back - Sailing on: Treasure of Galapagos From: £5357
      Stateroom Suite Twin beds
      Blue Water Price from: £5357
  • July
    • Jul 22nd - Quito and back - Sailing on: Treasure of Galapagos From: £5892
      Stateroom Suite Twin beds
      Blue Water Price from: £5892
  • September
    • Sep 30th - Quito and back - Sailing on: Treasure of Galapagos From: £5453
      Stateroom Suite Twin beds Master Suite King size bed
      Blue Water Price from: £5453 Blue Water Price from: £5914
  • October
    • Oct 28th - Quito and back - Sailing on: Treasure of Galapagos From: £5759
      Stateroom Suite Twin beds Master Suite King size bed
      Blue Water Price from: £5759 Blue Water Price from: £6220
  • November
    • Nov 11th - Quito and back - Sailing on: Treasure of Galapagos From: £5759
      Stateroom Suite Twin beds Master Suite King size bed
      Blue Water Price from: £5759 Blue Water Price from: £6220

2021 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • February
    • Feb 3rd - Quito and back - Sailing on: Treasure of Galapagos From: £5379
      Stateroom Suite Twin beds Master Suite King size bed
      Blue Water Price from: £5379 Blue Water Price from: £5844
    • Feb 17th - Quito and back - Sailing on: Treasure of Galapagos From: £5379
      Stateroom Suite Twin beds
      Blue Water Price from: £5379
  • March
    • Mar 3rd - Quito and back - Sailing on: Treasure of Galapagos From: £5379
      Stateroom Suite Twin beds Master Suite King size bed
      Blue Water Price from: £5379 Blue Water Price from: £5844
    • Mar 17th - Quito and back - Sailing on: Treasure of Galapagos From: £5379
      Stateroom Suite Twin beds
      Blue Water Price from: £5379

Price Information

  • Please note pricing is fluid so subject to change daily
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