Pre-Programme Galápagos Islands

Visit one of the world´s most remarkable destinations: The Galápagos Islands – home to an astonishing variety of endemic species.

  • Explore the wonders of the Galápagos Islands, home to Darwin´s theory of evolution
  • See the famous Galápagos land tortoises in their natural environment
  • Three overnights in a hotel on Santa Cruz Island that offers a luxury eco experience
  • Two full day navigable tours with naturalist guide
  • Destinations

    South America

  • Season

    Spring

  • Duration

    4 days

  • Min. passengers

    10

  • Booking code

    GYEGALPRE

  • From

    £ 3216

Planned itinerary Pre-programme

Day 1 Guayaquil/Galápagos Islands

Depart your hotel and drive to Guayaquil Airport for the flight to the Galápagos Islands. Upon arrival at Baltra´s airport, we meet the local representative and board a bus for the short transfer to Itabaca Channel, which separates Baltra Island from Santa Cruz Island. Here, we board a small ferry that crosses the azure waters of the channel to Santa Cruz, a journey that takes about five minutes.

On the other side, we travel through a rural agricultural area surrounded by wild landscapes and many different species of flora and fauna.

See the famous Galápagos land tortoises in their natural environment and learn how private ranches help protect these special creatures and their habitat. Lunch will be served in the highlands.

The well-known Lava Tunnels are another amazing experience. Formed by lava flows from the volcanoes, they range from the highlands down to the sea. Join an amazing half-hour hike through one of the tunnels to where it gets too small to pass. A naturalist guide will share in detail the story of the origin of these fascinating tunnels.

Afterwards, we continue to our hotel in the town of Puerto Ayora. Once settled, we walk to the nearby Charles Darwin Research Station, which hosts exhibits about the history and development of the Galápagos Islands, and protection of their natural heritage. Native giant land tortoises can also be observed. Many different tortoise species exist in the Galápagos and the station is the only place where most of the species reside at one site.

The afternoon is at your leisure to explore small yet picturesque Puerto Ayora and its many shops with local arts and crafts. We later enjoy dinner at the hotel´s cosy restaurant.

Day 2 & 3 Galápagos Islands

Breakfast at hotel. We have two full days to tour one of the nearby, uninhabited islands by boat. One of the islands listed below will be visited per day:

Bartolomé Island, famous for Pinnacle Rock and Galápagos penguins; South Plaza Island, home to a colony of land iguanas; Santa Fe Island, known for having the islands´ most beautiful coves; or North Seymour Island, considered a microcosm of the entire archipelago. Other possible islands to be visited are Floreana Island or Isabela Island.

The visits are regulated by the Galápagos National Park and we are notified of permission 30 days prior to the visit. Regardless of the islands we visit, lunch is served on board the vessel during the tour. Later, we have dinner at the hotel and overnight.

Day 4 Galápagos Islands/Guayaquil

This morning, transfer to Baltra’s airport for the flight to Guayaquil. En route to the airport, we stop at “The Twins” or “Los Gemelos”, two impressive volcanic depressions in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. Upon arrrival in Guayaquil, a local representative will meet you and transfer you to the pier. Embarkation on MS Amundsen.

Please note that due to changing conditions, the order of sights may vary.

Practical information 

Included:

The price includes return economy flight, including current taxes from Guayaquil to Baltra/Galápagos Islands, Galápagos National Park entrance fee, three nights including full board at hotel on Santa Cruz Island/Galápagos Islands. All transfers, excursions and meals as described, including English-speaking naturalist guide.

Not included: drinks, gratuities.

Remarks/requirements:

This tour is available as Pre-programme in combination with your voyage starting or ending in Guayaquil (the overnight prior to the Pre-programme is part of your ship voyage.).

Includes walking on uneven terrain. This land-based tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility. It involves long stretches of activity travel, and walking on uneven terrain, in/out boat, physical condition should be prepared for tropical weather.

If the minimum number of participants is not reached, we reserve the right to cancel the trip up until 6 weeks before departure.

Tour date 2021: 

11.04.-14.04.2021 (FRSOU2106), 12.04.-15.04.2021 (AMSOU2107) Please note: The overnight prior to the Pre-programme is part of your ship voyage.

Booking code: GYEGALPRE