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Ecuador / Galapagos

Northern Galapagos Islands Cruise, Quito and Guayaquil Tour

7 days | 6 nights
Private tour
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Are you looking for a comprehensive discovery of Ecuador including the Galapagos Island? This 7-day itinerary will do just that by uncovering the secrets of the cities of Quito and Guayaquil, offering a perfect transition from the colonial architecture of the capital of Ecuador, the bountiful wilderness of the remote Galapagos islands and the modern feel of the relaxing southern port of Guayaquil. Start by exploring the charms of the UNESCO-listed center of Quito before flying 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador to discover the many islands made famous by Charles Darwin, the British scientist and theorist, whose Theory of Evolution was largely inspired by the Galapagos. Once in this haven of biodiversity, board the Archipel I ship, a cozy and modern catamaran boasting 8 cabins with spacious areas. During your 4-day cruise you will sail to some of the most exiting islands in the Galapagos: North Seymour, Genovesa, Bartolomé and Santiago Islands with a final visit of the Charles Darwin Station. Back on the Ecuadorian mainland, take a leisurely visit of the seaside town of Guayaquil with some free time to relax after a memorable experience.


Ecuador / Galapagos

Trip at a glance


Galapagos Islands: North Seymour Island, Genovesa Island: Barranco, Darwin Bay, Bartolomé Island: Pinnacle Bay, Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay, Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Station, Mainland Ecuador: Quito and Guayaquil 

Dates and Prices

Arrival date

Trip details


Day 1 Arrival in Quito


Arrival at Mariscal Sucre, Quito international airport.

Meet and greet with your English-speaking private guide.

Transfer to the city centre and check in at your hotel (50 min).


Free evening.

Overnight at your hotel in Quito.

Day 2 Half-day city tour of Quito, free afternoon


Discover with your guide the least-altered and best-preserved Latin American capital.

Take a walk to visit the colonial churches and monasteries of this urban jewel, the first city in history to be listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Starting at the Independence Square, flanked by the Presidential Palace your visit will include the Metropolitan Cathedral of Quito, the Archbishop's Palace and the City Hall.

Ramble through the city's old streets on your way to El Sagrario church and its exquisitely carved stone façade and step inside the awe-inspiring church of the Society of Jesus.

Walk on to the Convent and Church of San Francisco, one of the greatest religious buildings on the South American continent.

Drive up to the top of the Panecillo hill for breathtaking panoramic views of Quito.


Afternoon at leisure.


Free evening.

Overnight at your hotel in Quito.

  • Breakfast at the hotel

Day 3 Flight to Baltra, North Seymour Island


Transfer to Mariscal Sucre, Quito international airport (50 min).

Direct flight Quito to Baltra (2h15).

Arrival at Seymour airport on Baltra island.

Upon arrival at Seymour airport, you will go through an airport inspection to make sure that no foreign plants or animals are introduced to the islands.

On exiting the airport, you are required to pay an entrance fee to the National Park (US$ 100 for adults, US$ 50 for children under 12) as well as the Ingala Transit Control Card ($US 20)

Funds from the entry tax for tourists are used to finance the conservation of biodiversity of flora and fauna, terrestrial and marine, and benefits the local community by improving basic services, education projects, sports, health, environmental sanitation, environmental services and services directly related to tourists.

Meet and greet with your naturalist guide who will escort you on a short bus ride to the harbor.

Transfer on board and cabin allocation.

Welcome drink and lunch on board.


Afternoon visit of North Seymour island, a popular island teeming with birdlife.

An easy circular path takes you through the archipelago's most extensive colonies of blue-footed boobies and frigate birds.

At the beginning of the frigate birds mating season, the male adults inflate their dazzling red throat sacs to impressive football-sized balloons.

This is one of the rare spots where both magnificent and great frigate birds breed side by side.

Return on board Archipel I.


Dinner and night onboard.

Sail north to Genovesa Island overnight.

  • Breakfast at your hotel
  • Lunch onboard Archipel I
  • Dinner onboard Archipel I

Day 4 Genovesa Island: Barranco, Darwin Bay


Before landing, take a dinghy-ride along the eastern arm of the caldera with its overwhelming 80-foot tall (25 metres) walls rising out of the ocean.

Spot the occasional Galapagos fur seal resting or a seabird nesting on one of the ledges at the base of the wall.

Hike up the steep stairs from the landing dock to a bush of Palo Santo shrubs.

Red-footed boobies use these scarce nesting places so that they do not have to nest on the rocky ground.

Upon arriving at the edge of the rim, the bushes open onto panoramic views swept by strong sea breezes and the amazing skillful flying of countless seabirds.

Following the exposed rim, you will first pass the Nazca boobies and finally reach the extensive storm petrel nesting places, where the well-camouflaged short-eared owls also nest.

Lunch onboard.


Inside the submerged caldera of Genovesa island lies the 1-mile wide and 200-foot deep Great Darwin Bay.

This small island will surprise you repeatedly, walking along a coral sand beach, crossing barren lava formations and creeks, passing tidal pools and shrubs clinging to the top of the cliffs.

With this peaceful surrounding, every single species has occupied its own ecological niche (or habitat) without disturbing others.

Return on board Archipel I.


Dinner and night onboard.

Sail south to Bartolomé Island overnight.

  • Breakfast onboard Archipel I
  • Lunch onboard Archipel I
  • Dinner onboard Archipel I

Day 5 Bartolomé Island: Pinnacle Bay, Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay


After breakfast, hop off on the amazing volcanic Bartolomé Island.

Bartolomé is among the most newly-formed islands, and on a geological scale it was just recently born out of fire.

Although at first sight lifeless, Bartolomé offers some of the wildest landscapes and best panoramas of the entire archipelago.

To enjoy the postcard view of the idyllic 'Pinnacle Bay' you will hike up the 375-foot (115 metres) hill up the stairs that lead to the viewpoint at the top of the island.

Enter a dramatic world of extinct, but nevertheless threatening, spatter cones, craters, and lightweight lava droplets that have been spewed out by fiery fountains.

The Summit Trail is also ideal to see how scanty pioneer vegetation such as lava cactuses struggle to take root in the bare virgin lava fields.

Lunch onboard.


Sail to Sullivan Bay located on Santiago Island.

Set foot on the lava stream covering Sullivan Bay with its moonlike landscapes.

While the desolate, stretched-out fields seem mostly lifeless, the site is highly popular among photographers.

On the lava flow, the rare pioneer vegetation that manages to take root are the lava cactus and carpetweed.

During the nesting season, Pacific green turtles come to lay and bury their eggs on the tiny white sand beach, where you might also encounter crabs, the occasional strayed blue heron or oystercatcher. 

Keep an eye out for lava lizards, locusts or the Galapagos racer, a small endemic snake species.


Return on board Archipel I.

Dinner and night onboard.

Sail southeast to Santa Cruz Island overnight.

  • Breakfast onboard Archipel I
  • Lunch onboard Archipel I
  • Dinner onboard Archipel I

Day 6 Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Station, Guayaquil: half-day City Tour


After breakfast, disembark at Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island to visit Charles Darwin Station.

Learn about the protection and conservation projects on the islands.

The main attractions are the National Park information center, the Van Staelen Exhibition Hall, the Breeding and Rearing Centre for young tortoises and adult Galapagos tortoises in captivity.

Transfer out to Seymour Airport.

Assisted by your naturalist guide and crewmembers, the dinghy will bring you and your luggage to Baltra, where you will take the shuttle back to the airport.

Direct flight Baltra-Guayaquil (1h50).


Arrival in Guayaquil and transfer to your hotel.

In the afternoon, you discover Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and the country's busiest port.

Stroll along the Malecon 2000 (the city's strand) and the Seminario Park with its numerous resident iguanas.

Discover Guayaquil's Cathedral, the City Hall and La Rotonda monument.

Walk up the tiny streets of Las Peñas, a colorful and traditional neighborhood.


Free evening in Guayaquil.

Overnight your hotel in Guayaquil.

  • Breakfast onboard Archipel I

Day 7 Free day in Guayaquil, departure

At the indicated time, transfer to Guayaquil airport (15 min).

Check-in and assistance.

  • Breakfast at the hotel



What's included


3 nights onboard onboard M/C Archipel I + 3 hotel nights in 3* or 4* premium hotels in Mainland Ecuador


Bed & Breakfast plan
3 breakfasts + 3 lunches + 3 dinners
Full board plan
6 breakfasts + 6 lunches + 6 dinners


All fransfers from/to Baltra Airport
Private car for all transfers in Ecuador Mainland
4 day - 3 night Cruise on board M/C Archipel I


Shared English-speaking naturalist guide for all visits in the Galapagos, private English-speaking guide for all visits in Quito and Guayaquil

Entrance Fees

All entrance fees in Ecuador Mainland

What's not included

  • Domestic Flights: 580 USD/Person
  • International Flights
  • Entrance Fee to Galapagos National Park: 100 USD/Person
  • Migration Card: 20 USD/Person
  • Snorkelling Equipment Rental: 10 USD/Person/Day
  • Travel Insurance
  • Extra Meals And Drinks
  • Tips

Important notes

Each guest must strictly follow the Galapagos National Park Rules: 

  • Remain on marked trails at visitor sites and respect signs at all times for the protection of wildlife
  • Maintain a distance of at least six feet (two meters) from wildlife to avoid disturbing them, even if they approach you
  • Never feed wildlife, as this can cause health problems
  • Flash photography is not permitted when taking photos of wildlife
  • Professional photography and videos recorded for commercial purposes must be authorized by the Galapagos National Park Department
  • It is your responsibility not to introduce food, animals, or plants into the Archipelago. Cooperate fully with all environmental inspection and quarantine officials during your visit.
  • Do not take or buy any products or souvenirs made from banned substances, including black coral, shells, lava rock, animal parts, or any native wood or vegetation prior to leaving Galapagos. This is illegal and must be reported
  • Practice “leave-no-trace” principles in order to maintain the beauty of the environment
  • Pack out all trash and dispose of or recycle it in the populated areas or on your tour boat
  • Smoking and/or campfires are strictly prohibited within the Galapagos National Park

Map Galapagos ArchipelI B4

archipel deckplan main

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