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Galapagos Islands - Expedition in Darwin's Footsteps

10 Day Stay & Cruise Package from $10,180 per person share twin

Based on 22 Nov 23 departure, other dates available

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10 Day Stay & Cruise Package from
per person share twin Based on 22 Nov 23 departure, other dates available

Discover the ecological wonders of the Galapagos

The wild beauty and unique ecology of the Galápagos Islands make for the perfect expedition cruise destination. See giant tortoises, marine iguanas and other iconic Galápagos wildlife – and with only around 12 guests per guide, you’ll enjoy a more tailored experience. 
Kayak, paddleboard or snorkel, and go on small boat landings, learning about these incredible islands and Darwin's research from your Expedition Team.

Eco-friendly exploration
The small, stylish expedition ship MS Santa Cruz II is used exclusively to sail around these islands, taking you closer to their nature and wildlife. Your carbon neutral ship will leave the smallest footprint wherever we go, while our team put safety and sustainability first.

Hurtigrutens Eastern itinerary explores San Cristobal, the first of the four Galapagos island visited by Darwin in 1835, and the easternmost landmass of the archipelago. We will also call at Mosquera Islet, see the land iguanas of Santa Fe and South Plaza, the giant turtles of Santa Cruz, and the amazing bird colonies of Española, Eden Islet, and North Seymour. The landings cover a wide array of ecosystems, spectacular landscapes, and great opportunities for wildlife watching, including most of the iconic animals of Galapagos.

Deal Includes 
Two nights in Quito before the expedition cruise, including breakfast and dinner on day 2
Transfers between Quito hotel and airport on the day of embarkation and disembarkation in Guayaquil, transfers between Baltra airport and ship
Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice (6 nights)
Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water), complimentary tea and coffee
 Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
 English-speaking Expedition Team who guide activities and provide educational information on board and ashore
Welcome and farewell cocktails 
One night in Guayaquil after the expedition cruise, including breakfast and transfers

Excursions and Extras

  • Full day Nature Tour to Cotopaxi National Park, including lunch
  • Galápagos Islands National Park admission fee 
  • Transit Control Card for Galápagos Islands
  • Access to airport lounge at Guayaquil Airport upon return from Galápagos Islands 

Onboard Activities

  • Use of the ship’s Science Center which has a library, microscopes and samples 

  • Citizen Science programme allows guests to assist with live scientific research 

  • Professional onboard photographer gives tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos 

  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs and gym 

Landing Activities 

  • Landings, hikes, coastal exploration, and activities including kayaking, snorkeling, and our glass-bottom boat   

  • Complimentary wetsuit rental for suite guests. Wetsuit rental available on request.

Cruise aboard  MS Santa Cruz II
Explorer Cabin - With comfortable spaces and large picture windows to illuminate the interior spaces and allow guests to take in the views, these cabins offer elegant areas to relax after a day of active exploring. 
Horizon deck from $10,180 per person twin share
Darwin Suite - 
on the Panorama deck feature double picture windows and offers superb comfort and deluxe amenities
Darwin Suite from
$13,730 per person twin share

Based on 22 Nov 23 Cruise Departure, other dates available July 2023 to Feb 2024 - ask us for pricing

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Terms and Conditions

All cruise packages are based on Twin share, inside cabin and costs are per person. Availability is current as at 16 Aug 22 and deals are available until date shown or until sold out. Space is strictly limited and is subject to availability at time of booking. On board credit where shown is per cabin & must be spent on board and is not refundable in cash. All passengers are bound by the individual cruise lines terms & conditions, please ask your consultant for a full copy. Current Deals must be paid in full at time of booking or deposit dates as shown. All passengers must have a valid passport with more than 6 months validity at the end of their holiday. Travel insurance should be taken out at time of booking to cover in the event of any unforeseen cancellation, we recommend that you purchase a policy that includes cover around Covid-19. Included airfares are based on special non refundable economy fares, ground transfers are not included unless specified, any hotels included are on a room only basis unless specified. Hotels in certain destinations in Europe, USA and Asia may require local tourist taxes or resort fees payable at check in, We aim to give an indication of these where possible, but unfortunately you cannot pre pay this aspect of the hotel rate and must settle at check in. ESTA Visas are required for Itineraries visiting USA ,Canada, India, China, Vietnam & Sri Lanka. Visa costs are not included. If travelling on a non NZ passport other visas + NZ re-entry permits may also be required, please check with applicable embassy. Vaccination and health requirements are the responsibility of the passengers, please note that most cruise lines require guests to be double vaccinated against covid-19 up to 14 days prior to cruise departure.

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