SAMPLE ITINERARY


The Galápagos by Land & Sea

Explore the Enchanted Islands, with yacht and island nights

  • Get the best of both Galápagos-exploring worlds: five nights aboard a luxury 16-passenger catamaran and two nights at a unique highland retreat
  • Naturalist-led wildlife excursions by foot, kayak, bike, and yacht
  • One of the most comprehensive experiences a person can have in the Galápagos
Trip Type: Sample Itinerary
Destinations: Galapagos
Trip Length: 10 Days
Activity type(s): Cruises, Day Hiking, Water and Beach, Kayaking, Biking
Trip Extensions: Ecuador Extensions
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After decades of traveling in the Galápagos, we’re well acquainted with the pleasures of both land- and sea-based explorations of this incomparable archipelago. Since it can be difficult to choose between the two, we’ve created this unique itinerary that gives you the chance to experience both small-yacht cruising and time at a wonderful island retreat. And as with all of our journeys to the Enchanted Islands, you’ll be accompanied throughout by expert naturalist guides—not just charming and passionate, but also rigorously trained and deeply experienced.

For your first five days in the Galápagos, you’ll cruise from isle to isle aboard the intimate Athala II, a 16-passenger, motorized catamaran equipped with a teak sundeck, picture windows, a hot tub, and other comforts. You’ll snorkel, swim, kayak, and walk, coming face-to-face with colorful critters like marine iguanas (endemic to the islands), ancient giant tortoises, and hundreds of types of birds and tropical fish. On Santa Cruz Island, bid farewell to the Athala’s personable crew and settle in at the Galápagos Safari Camp, modeled after Africa’s luxury tented camps. For your two days here, be as active or inactive as you like, enjoying naturalist-led wildlife excursions by foot, kayak, bike, and 40-foot yacht, and savoring the delectable cuisine, gracious hospitality, hammock and pool time, and sleeping to the sounds of the cloud forest.

Itinerary at a Glance


  • Day 1: arrive Guayaquil, overnight at hotel
  • Day 2: fly to Galápagos, board Athala II, embark on cruise
  • Days 3–6: yachting, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and island visiting
  • Day 7: arrive on Santa Cruz Island, Charles Darwin Research Station, settle into Galápagos Safari Camp
  • Day 8: explore Santa Cruz and neighboring islands
  • Day 9: leisurely morning at camp, fly to Guayaquil
  • Day 10: depart Guayaquil.