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!

Are you wondering when the best time to travel to the Galapagos Islands is?

Simple answer: All year long! The archipelago is free of extreme weather and hurricane season!
If you want to know more, we’ve got you covered!

What you get

  • Airport Transfers
  • 2 nights at a Premium Hotel in Guayaquil
  • Roundtrip Domestic Airfare (Guayaquil-Galapagos-Guayaquil)
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee
  • INGALA Transit Control Card
  • 5-day Galapagos Islands Itinerary aboard any of our expedition vessels

A Sneak Peek

Full-day Cacao & La Danesa Hacienda Tour
Western Galapagos Islands - Floreana Island
Santa Cruz II - Galapagos Islands
Santa Cruz II - Galapagos Islands
Santa Cruz II - Galapagos Islands
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A professionally guided tour of:


  • Optional activity: Hacienda La Danesa (Cacao Plantation)

Galapagos Islands:

  • Unique endemic species
  • Wonderful uninhabited islands in the National Park
  • Multi-guided expeditions
  • Small groups per guide
  • Greatest Expedition Vessels in the Galapagos Islands


The following aboard the Santa Cruz II*:

  • Accommodation in a Horizon Deck double cabin (ask your Destination Expert for upgrade options)
  • All meals (We cater for all diets: vegetarian, vegan, celiac, gluten-free, etc.)
  • FREE unlimited soft drinks package
  • Island sightseeing with a Naturalist Guide
  • Snorkeling
  • FREE use of wetsuits
  • Glass-bottom Boat
  • Kayaks
  • Paddleboards
  • Onboard Medical Officer

*Please note that this is a sample vessel and itinerary.
Ask your Destination Expert about our fleet and our 5-day itineraries!

When is the best time to visit the Galapagos Islands?

As we mentioned before, the Galapagos Islands are a year-round destination! So the best time to visit is when you feel like living a great and unique adventure. There are two seasons in Galapagos: Dry and Hot; both offer visitors pleasant weather, amazing wildlife sightings, and plenty of activities to enjoy! There are certain distinctions you can learn more about in our blog! Nevertheless, non of these relate to extreme temperatures or hurricane season!

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 your hotel. During the ride, you will receive a brief introduction of Guayaquil and Ecuador along with valuable information regarding your stay in the country.

Optional Day: Cacao Tour at Hacienda La Danesa

Cacao Tour in Ecuador at Hacienda La Danesa

Please note that this is an optional full-day activity. Please check our conditions for pricing. 

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 your hotel. Overnight in Guayaquil.

Day 2: 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!

Please note that the following Western Galapagos Islands Itinerary aboard the Santa Cruz II is one of the many options you can choose for your Galapagos adventure. Ask our Destination Experts about our fleet and available itineraries.

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 3: 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 4: 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.


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 5: 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 6: 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.


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

Day 7: 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!


  • Published rates are valid for 2022 and 2023, respectively (except Christmas & New Year’s departures).
  • Listed prices are based on double occupancy. For child rates and single supplements please contact your destination expert.
  • The Hacienda La Danesa tour is an additional full-day activity. Check with your destination expert about the price for 2022.
  • This package and its accommodation options are subject to availability.
  • A minimal deposit of 10% per person is required to confirm your reservation.
  • Credit card payments are exempt from additional fees.
  • Breakfasts and taxes are included for Guayaquil Hotel.
  • 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 (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
  • Fuel Surcharge*


*ETICA Empresa Turistica Internacional C.A. reserves the right to charge a fuel supplement without prior notice should the closing price of West Texas Intermediate Fuel increase above $70 per barrel on the NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange Index). In the event a fuel supplement is charged, ETICA Empresa Turistica Internacional C.A. will have sole discretion to apply the supplementary charge to both existing and new bookings, regardless of whether such bookings have been paid in full. Such supplementary charges are not included in the cruise fare. The fuel supplement charge will not exceed $25.00 per passenger per day.


“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