Galapagos at a glance with Intrepid Travel

6-day Quito and Galapagos cruise, wildlife nature sailing with Intrepid Travel

Prices from £2,182 pp

 All prices exclude international flights at the start/end of your trip. Let us book flights for you. The boat holds up to 16 travellers in addition to the crew, with departures throughout the year. Return flights from Quito to Galapagos are included, as are all meals during the cruise.

**The minimum age for all cruises is 15 years old**

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Duration6 days / 5 nights

LocationQuito - Galapagos Islands - Quito

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Pint-sized but with plenty of punch, this mini-Galapagos adventure packs a lot into just a few days on the water. You’ll be in the very capable hands of our partners at Intrepid Travel, staying 3 nights aboard Le Grande Daphne, stopping off at five unique southern islands, and encountering incredible wildlife both above and below the water along the way. It’s an ideal way to see the Galapagos Islands if you’re in a little bit of a hurry.

Wildlife you’re likely to see includes sea lions, sea turtles, giant tortoises, flamingos, frigate birds, blue-footed boobies, albatross, manta rays, Galapagos sharks, reef sharks, pelicans, iguanas, and various tropical fish. There’s also a small chance of seeing a hammerhead shark!

What's included

  • 2 nights Quito accommodation with breakfast
  • 3 nights in a private cabin aboard the Daphne, including all meals (price based on 2 sharing)
  • Full crew and naturalist guide
  • Excursions as described
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Transport and flights between Quito and Galapagos

Local taxes of approx US$120 will need to be paid on arrival in the Galapagos Islands. Wetsuit hire, if needed, is available locally at approx US$5 per day.

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Your day-by-day itinerary

Overnight in Quito

Your Galapagos experience starts in Quito, where you’ll meet your guide and fellow shipmates for the next few days. You’ll be staying in a comfortable, well-located hotel, and in the early evening there’ll be a welcome meeting to run through some admin details, and to answer any questions you might have. The rest of the day is free to explore Quito’s Old Town or pick up any last-minute supplies you might need.

Two women in front of view of Quito

To the Galapagos! Isla Baltra & Isla Santa Cruz

It’s an early start today, as you catch the morning flight to Isla Baltra – the journey usually takes around 3.5hrs in total, touching down in Guayaquil on the way. On arrival you’ll travel straight to the forested highlands of neighbouring Isla Santa Cruz, where you’ll take a guided nature walk to spot some of the endemic birds or even giant tortoises who live here. You’ll have lunch in the highlands before heading to board the Daphne at Puerto Ayora.

Giant tortoise in the galapagos

Le Grande Daphne has everything you need for the next few days, with comfy air-conditioned cabins, en-suite bathrooms, a communal lounge and a top-level sundeck where you can watch the world go by. All your meals are freshly prepared by the on-board chef, and your crew and naturalist guide will be on hand throughout. Settle into your cabin, before enjoying a drink at the bar and getting to know your shipmates a little better.

*You’ll need to pay some local taxes today – US$20 at Quito Airport and US$100 when you arrive in the Galapagos – so make sure you’ve got some cash!

Le Grande Daphne cruising the Galapagos Islands

Isla Floreana

Today you’ll explore Floreana, starting at Post Office Bay where you’ll have your first chance to glimpse the underwater world. Later on, you’ll head to the olive-coloured beach at Punta Cormorant – a popular hangout for sea lions and a nesting site for turtles. Later on, you’ll have the chance to snorkel again at the famous Devil’s Crown. This volcanic cone is home to pelicans, frigates and boobies, whilst underwater you may find rays, turtles, sea lions and small sharks.

sealion on the beach in the galapagos

Isla Espanola

Espanola is one of the archipelago’s most famous islands, with a huge variety of wildlife to see. First up, you’ll hike 3km along rocky trails to a clifftop where you’ll have a spectacular view of your surroundings. Boobies and frigates line the shore, whilst huge albatross perform elaborate mating dances or launch into flight from the cliff edge. You’ll continue to Bahia Gardener – a stunning beach where sea lions and mockingbirds commune, and offshore you can snorkel amongst turtles, reef sharks and a huge variety of colourful tropical fish.

White sandy beach in Espanola Island in the Galapagos

Isla San Cristobal, and back to the mainland

Having sailed overnight, you’ll take an early morning trip to Leon Dormido. These crater remains in the middle of the sea are home to an abundance of species – tropicbirds soar above the boat, whilst marina iguanas and sea lions paddle along the surface as you cruise through. This is one of the most impressive places to snorkel too, with turtles, rays, parrotfish, Galapagos sharks and even the occasional hammerhead residing around the iconic 150m ‘Kicker Rock’.

Tropicbird in flight in the galapagos

Sadly, it’s time to return to the mainland as you catch your flight back to Quito mid-morning. You’ll return to your starting hotel, where you can enjoy a final evening sharing stories with your shipmates.

Bird staring at the camera in the galapagos

Departure from Quito

After breakfast it’ll be time to head home, or on to the next stop on your South American journey. We can book extra nights for you to explore Quito of course, and there’s plenty to see and experience in Ecuador or elsewhere on the continent.

Quito main square
Rob standing by tree

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"At first I was nervous about heading to the Galapagos as I had built it up so high in my estimations and thought it might not deliver. I shouldn’t have worried, the wildlife encounters were like no other I have experienced - on land and underwater."

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