Overview

This amazing package is valid for departure dates within the next 45 days. Seize it today!

This Galapagos last-minute deal will see you enjoy a relaxing day of discovery along the historic streets that are part of Quito’s Historic Quarter before heading over to the Galapagos Islands. In the Galapagos, you’ll get to explore some of the most pristine landscapes, white sand beaches, and wholly unique wildlife, all of it from the comfort of one of the best cruises available in the archipelago. All of this for an incredible price!

What you get

  • Airport Transfers
  • 2 nights at Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel in Quito
  • Half-day Middle of the World Tour
  • 5-day Galapagos Islands Itinerary aboard any of our expedition vessels

A Sneak Peek

 

Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel - Luxury Double
Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel - Luxury Double Room
middle of the world
Half-day Middle of the World Tour
A Galapagos Giant Tortoise in Northen Galapagos Islands
Northen Galapagos Islands - Santa Cruz Island
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Highlights

A professionally guided tour of:

Quito:

  • Middle of the World
  • Accommodation in a Luxury Double Room at Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel

The Galapagos Islands:

Ask your Destination Experts about the islands you can visit during our 5-day itineraries!

and…

The following aboard our fleet:

  • Medical attention aboard our vessels, available 24/7!
  • Accommodation in a double cabin (ask your Destination Expert for upgrade options)
  • All meals (designed by a Le Cordon Bleu Gastronomic Director)
  • Island sightseeing with a Naturalist Guide
  • Snorkeling
  • Glass-bottom Boat
  • Kayaks
  • Paddleboards
  • Luggage Handling
  • Transfers on the Islands

Day by day

Day 1: Arrive in Quito / Transfer to Hotel

Quito's landscape

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

Day 2: Half-day Middle of the World Tour

Middle of the World Monument in Ecuador

A trip to Ecuador wouldn’t be complete without a photo depicting one foot in the northern hemisphere and another in the southern hemisphere. Middle of the World City is located just 13.5 km (8.3 mi) north of Quito. The central monument delineates the imaginary equatorial line while also housing an Ethnographic Museum, which is filled with interactive exhibits about Ecuador.

Visitors will also be able to see the surrounding, small village which offers various attractions including numerous shops, the train station, the Cacao Plaza, Colonial Quito, and the Planetarium.

Overnight at Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel.

Day 3: Arrive in Galapagos / Santa Cruz Island / Transfer to Boat

An American Flamingo in Las Bachas, Santa Cruz Island

Please note that this is a sample itinerary ( 5-day Northern Islands itinerary aboard the Santa Cruz II). Ask your Destination Expert for more options.

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

Baltra Island

You will land in Baltra Island by plane in the morning and then take a guided transfer to the dock to board the Santa Cruz II. After an introductory briefing onboard, all passengers will partake in an emergency boat drill and then lunch.

Las Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz Island)

This beautiful visitor site is located on the northern shore of Santa Cruz Island, where a glorious white beach awaits along with a couple of brackish lagoons that are just a few steps away from the sea. These lagoons actually serve as the feeding grounds of various wading birds, from stilts to flamingos. You are more than welcome to enjoy swimming and snorkeling activities at this beach, too.

Day 4: Santiago Island

Silhouettes at Santa Cruz Island

Please note that this is a sample itinerary ( 5-day Northern Islands itinerary aboard the Santa Cruz II). Ask your Destination Expert for more options.

Buccaneer Cove

Explore the coastline along the impressive cliffs of Buccaneer Cove, all while learning about the area’s history. This cove is home to a large number of marine birds, sea lions, and inter-tidal organisms. We will also get to marvel at the fantastic geological formations. Here, you will have the chance to go snorkeling, take a ride on the dinghy or the glass-bottom boat.

Puerto Egas

Enjoy a swim or snorkel along the rocky shorelines, typically in the company of marine turtles. After, a walk will give us the opportunity to see both land and marine birds as they skitter about a landscape that consists of tuff-stone layers and lava flows.

Day 5: Rabida Island / Bartolome Island

A Bartolome Island sunset

Please note that this is a sample itinerary ( 5-day Northern Islands itinerary aboard the Santa Cruz II). Ask your Destination Expert for more options.

Rabida Island

The color of this beach is the result of the unusually high levels of iron that are found within its sand. The walk here will bring guests close to a colony of sea lions, marine iguanas, and many more creatures. A nearby saltwater pond, too, is occasionally seen hosting American flamingos. Snorkeling along the beach is offered.

Bartolome Island

This island is home to Pinnacle Rock and is a great place for all of us to go for a swim and snorkel from the beach. Guests will get to go for a hike to the summit of Pinnacle Rock on this relatively small island, the viewpoint of which boasts fantastic views of the archipelago.

Day 6: Genovesa Island

Guests in Genovesa Island

Please note that this is a sample itinerary ( 5-day Northern Islands itinerary aboard the Santa Cruz II). Ask your Destination Expert for more options.

Prince Philip’s Steps

A flight of stairs reach a flat and rocky plateau. Once there, you can walk along comfortably and check out large colonies of Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, great frigatebirds and storm petrels. Otherwise, you can opt for enjoying a longer dinghy ride along the cliffs, weather permitting. Kayaking here is optional.

Darwin Bay

In the afternoon, we will land at the beautiful beach that lines this bay to enjoy some swimming and/or snorkeling. Following this refreshing dip, the excursion will head out to take a stroll and observe hundreds of different birds. Opportunities for snorkeling, kayaking, and swimming are available here.

Day 7: Santa Cruz Island / Transfer to Airport / Farewell!

Giant tortoise in northern Santa Cruz

Please note that this is a sample itinerary ( 5-day Northern Islands itinerary aboard the Santa Cruz II). Ask your Destination Expert for more options.

Tortoise Reserve

You will begin your last morning on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, where you will head out for one last visit over at the Giant Tortoise Reserve, where one of the final highlights of this itinerary awaits: giant tortoises roaming around in the wild. These lush highlands include dense forests consisting of Galapagos daisies, orchids and bromeliads as well as several endemic land birds.

Baltra Island

After this final visit, you will take your transfer vehicle to Baltra airport and say farewell to Galapagos!

Conditions

  • Rates valid for new bookings made in April and May (2020) for sailing dates in May and June (2020), except for peak season dates.
  • This package and its accommodation options are subject to availability.
  • Credit card payments are exempt from additional fees.
  • Breakfasts and taxes are included for your stay in Quito.
  • Rates based on double occupancy and for adults. For a single quote or a quote that includes children (under the age of 12), please contact your Destination Expert.
  • Galapagos itineraries are subject to change due to weather conditions, logistical reasons, guests’ safety and/or Galapagos National Park Regulations.
  • Full payment is required.
  • In order to qualify as a Last-minute Deal, this Package must be purchased no more than 30 days (or less) before your departure date.
  • Restrictions apply
  • Valid only for direct clients.

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Domestic flights (Quito- Galapagos-Quito). This can be included for an extra of $508 USD (this price is subject to availability and changes without prior notice).
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee (which will depend on the visitor’s nationality) and INGALA Transit Control Card  ($20 USD per person). Both of these are subject to change without prior notice
  • Drinks (juices, soda, and alcoholic beverages), tips, internet, wetsuits, and meals not mentioned in this package.

 

Testimonial

Galapagos aboard Santa Cruz II Cruise.

“The Santa Cruz II met all expectations.”

“It was everything we anticipated with the animals totally unafraid of us, and we were lucky enough to see twelve of the 15 major species[BIG15], […]all very close. […]The Santa Cruz II met all expectations with very helpful guides and trips to the islands on pangas (dinghies). Personal safety was paramount.” george p/Tripadvisor

“Wonderful experience: We were guided through the Galapagos Islands with expert hands. The ship had everything we needed and provided a perfect rhythm of experiences on the islands, informational meetings, food, opportunities to meet fellow travelers, and helped us understand the wonder of the Galapagos!” Janet P/Tripadvisor

“Santa Cruz II is a well outfitted, larger and stable ship. The cruise was precisely organized and operated – the best operation we have ever seen. Staff were exceptional. The Galapagos experience is unique, enhanced by the staff and guides.” Jim B/Tripadvisor