Overview

Explore some of the most pristine islands in the world in the company of those you love the most with this special package that’s tailored for families! This package begins in Guayaquil, the “Pearl of the Pacific,” and ends with the Galapagos Islands, offering a fun and delightful trip for the whole family (and for all ages)! With our “Pirates Aboard” Program in the Galapagos, keeping the little ones entertained won’t be a problem at all either! So get ready to have fun, be amazed, and learn a ton about Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands!

What you get

  • Airport Transfers
  • 3 nights at the Wyndham Hotel in Guayaquil
  • Full-day Cacao & La Danesa Hacienda Tour
  • Roundtrip Domestic Airfare (Guayaquil-Galapagos-Guayaquil)
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee
  • INGALA Transit Control Card
  • 5-day Western Galapagos Islands Cruise aboard the Santa Cruz II

A Sneak Peek

 

Cacao-&-La-Danesa-Hacienda
Full-day Cacao & La Danesa Hacienda Tour
Punta-Cormoran-Floreana-Island
Western Galapagos Islands - Floreana Island
Hotel-Wyndham-Guayaquil
Hotel Wyndham Guayaquil - Overview
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Highlights

A professionally guided tour of:

Guayaquil:

  • Hacienda La Danesa (Cacao Plantation)

Western Galapagos Islands:

  • Santa Cruz
  • Isabela
  • Fernandina
  • Santa Cruz
  • Floreana

and…

The following aboard the Santa Cruz II:

  • Accommodation in a Horizon Deck double cabin (ask your Destination Expert for upgrade options)
  • All meals (designed by a Le Cordon Blue Gastronomic Director)
  • FREE unlimited soft drinks package
  • Island sightseeing with a Naturalist Guide
  • Snorkeling
  • FREE wetsuits
  • Glass-bottom Boat
  • Kayaks
  • Paddleboards
  • Onboard Medical Officer
  • Luggage Handling
  • Transfers on the Islands

Galapagos family vacation cruise

Day by day

Day 1: Arrive in Guayaquil / Transfer to Hotel

Santa Ana Port in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Welcome to Guayaquil, Ecuador! At the airport, you will be greeted by a member of our team who will assist you with your luggage and transfer to the Wyndham Hotel. During the ride, you will receive a brief introduction of Guayaquil and Ecuador along with valuable information regarding your stay in the country.

Day 2: Cacao Tour at Hacienda La Danesa

Cacao Tour in Ecuador at Hacienda La Danesa

Cacao: the magical ingredient that captivates the world just as it did many thousands of years ago, back when it was served only to the highest dignitaries in ancient American tribes during sacred rituals. The road to Hacienda La Danesa takes us through Ecuador’s fertile tropical coast as well as its rice, banana, and coffee fields that go on for miles. The social project at the Hacienda celebrates local culture, allowing guests to learn about local inhabitants’ history, discover the process they use to obtain the best cacao powder in the world, and provide you with a taste of their excellent cuisine.

At the end of the tour you’ll be taken back to the Wyndham Hotel. Overnight in Guayaquil.

Day 3: Arrive in Galapagos / Transfer to Boat / Dragon Hill

Pink Flamingo at Dragon Hill, Galapagos

On this morning, you’ll be transferred  to Guayaquil’s airport to board your flight to the Galapagos Islands!

Baltra Island

You’ll arrive at Baltra’s airport and transfer to the dock, where you’ll board the Santa Cruz II. Following an onboard introductory briefing, we partake in an emergency boat drill. Afterward, receive your cabin assignment and enjoy lunch.

Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz Island)

The first stop along our journey is Cerro Dragon. The fascinating landscapes of Cerro Dragón (Dragon Hill) on Santa Cruz’ north shore feature a brackish-water lagoon frequented by American flamingos. Further inland, the trail offers beautiful views of the bay.

Day 4: Isabela Island / Fernandina Island

Galapagos family vacation: Punta Vicente Roca

Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela Island)

This destination offers us the chance to observe the enigmatic flightless cormorant! Weather permitting, snorkeling alongside the cliffs offers a chance to see rich marine life.

Punta Espinoza (Fernandina Island)

In the afternoon, explore the archipelago’s youngest island, Fernandina. The complete absence of introduced animals is one of its biggest draws. Species such as iguanas, sea lions, Sally lightfoot crabs, hawks, penguins and flightless cormorants can be found here.

Day 5: Santa Cruz Island

Giant Tortoise in the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos

Puerto Ayora & the Charles Darwin Research Station

In the morning, we visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, which consists of a giant tortoise Breeding Center and prickly-pear cactus forest, home to many land birds. Following this visit, you’ll take a private transport to the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island where you’ll stop off at a restaurant and enjoy lunch in an entirely different ecosystem.

Highlands

Several options are discussed with your Expedition Leader in advance of the afternoon’s activities. Afterward, guests will return to Puerto Ayora and hop aboard the Santa Cruz II

Day 6: Floreana Island / Champion Islet

Sunset at Floreana Island in the Galapagos

Baroness Tower + Post Office Bay

After breakfast, you’ll be able to enjoy the beautiful views from the lookout at Baroness Cove. Following this activity, you’ll disembark at Post Office Bay and visit the historic Post Office Barrell, which has served as a correspondence center in the archipelago for over two centuries!

Champion Islet + Cormorant Point

After lunch, you’re invited to snorkel or ride along on the glass-bottom boat to explore the wonders of Champion Islet. This extinct shield volcano is considered one of the best snorkeling spots in all of the archipelago. From here, we’ll head over to Cormorant Point and a wet landing on an olivine-crystal beach for a leisurely walk that includes a brackish-water lagoon where American flamingos, pintail ducks, common stilts, herons, sandpipers, and other birds tend to gather.

Day 7: Transfer to Airport / Arrive in Guayaquil / Transfer to Hotel

Guayaquil City in Ecuador at night

Baltra Island 

You will disembark at Baltra Island and take your transfer to the airport to catch your flight back to the city of Guayaquil.

Guayaquil

Once in Guayaquil, you’ll take your transfer to the hotel. Overnight at Wyndham Hotel in Guayaquil.

Day 8: Transfer to Airport / Farewell!

At the designated time, you will be picked up from your hotel to take your transfer to the airport. Safe travels!

Conditions

  • Rates valid for 2019 except Christmas & New Year (December 23, 2019 – January 06, 2020)
  • This package and its accommodation options are subject to availability
  • $500 deposit per person is required
  • Credit card payments are exempt from additional fees
  • Breakfasts and taxes are included for Guayaquil Hotel
  • Rates based on double occupancy, for a single quote please contact your destination expert.
  • Rates listed are for adults. Please ask your Destination Expert for rates for children under 12 years old.
  • Galapagos itineraries are subject to change due to weather conditions, logistical reasons, guests’ safety and/or Galapagos National Park Regulations.
  • All entrance fees are subject to change without prior notice
  • Restrictions may apply
  • Please be aware that you can combine this Package with any of our Galapagos Cruise itineraries. Our Destination Experts will customize the package based on your request and send you a quote.

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips
  • Wi-Fi aboard the Santa Cruz II (due to the Galapagos’ remote location, internet connection is intermittent and low-bandwidth. The cost for accessing Wi-Fi is $40 + taxes/per device)
  • Personal expenses (late checkout, laundry, gifts, etc)
  • Meals not described in the program

Testimonial

“The weather was beautiful. The ship itself was a lot of fun… the food is excellent. Everything is very, very clean and well taken care of. Guides were very knowledgeable.” ~Tania Tavares