Galapagos - Origin of Species Cruise

Travel to the Galapagos Islands on an 11-day cruise and experience the wonderous diversity.

Galapagos - Origin of Species Cruise

Overview

Our 11-day cruise aboard the luxurious M.V. Integrity is the best way to experience the Galapagos Islands and a great value. The ship carries only 16 passengers which means you see the animals and scenery without a crowd. It's like having your own 141 ft. yacht and a private guide to show you the wonders of these remote islands. The itinerary combines active days of hiking, snorkeling and exploring with relaxing evenings watching the sun set and gazing at the tropical skies.

"This trip was unbelievable! We will never forget the feeling of being so close to nature, with a naturalist that fed us information constantly about the history of Galapagos and the plant, marine and wildlife there. Being on a yacht with such a small group made it so much more wonderful -- and to top it off, the food and all of the staff on the yacht gave the trip a five star feel. We came home with the most incredible memories and photos of wildlife that we will treasure forever." —Sonya W.

If you want to explore the Galapagos in a small, luxurious ship, the 16-passenger Integrity is an excellent choice. The guides and service personnel are superb and there is never a crowd when you go on excursions ashore, or while kayaking or snorkeling.

If you want an active Galapagos adventure, the Integrity is a good choice - you can walk, swim, snorkel and kayak almost every day. There's plenty of time to relax too. It's up to you how you spend your time during this Galapagos Island cruise.

If you want to experience the wildlife and natural history that are the main attractions of the Galapagos Islands, the naturalist guides on the Integrity will provide an in depth, nuanced introduction. There are no better trained or friendlier guides in the archipelago.

Our expedition begins on Thursdays in Quito, Ecuador, then continues on to Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos where you have a day and a half ashore to visit the Charles Darwin Research Center and the Santa Cruz highlands. You board the Integrity on Saturday in time for dinner, then spend the next six days sailing, swimming, hiking, kayaking, and relaxing on deck enjoying tropical breezes. The following Saturday you disembark and fly back to Quito for a final overnight before catching flights home on Sunday.

It's a wonderful, well paced experience and we highly recommend it if the Galapagos are on your wish list. Browse our Galapagos Islands cruise reviews to read more about this trip on the Integrity.

Itinerary

Galapagos Islands Tour Itinerary in Brief:


Day 1 | Arrive in Quito, Ecuador. Transfers and overnight.

Day 2 | Transfer to either Royal Palm Resort, Galapagos Safari Camp or Finch Bay Eco-Hotel, depending on the season. Visit Santa Cruz Highlands, search for giant tortoises.

Day 3 | Visit Puerto Ayora and the Charles Darwin Research Station. Board the yacht at dinnertime.

Days 4 - 9 | Live aboard the yacht and spend as much time exploring the islands as park rules permit. We have at least two shore visits each day, timed to avoid the large cruise ship groups. We have several chances to swim and snorkel during our week. Each night we travel on to the next island.

Day 10 | We have breakfast then fly back to Quito for dinner and overnight.

Day 11 | Depart for home, or on to other adventures.

Galapagos Islands Tour Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1, Thursday | Arrive in Quito, Ecuador

Fly from your home city to Quito, Ecuador. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the Hilton Colón Quito hotel with check-in to your Club Floor accommodations.

Day 2, Friday | To the Galapagos - Santa Cruz

Transfer to the airport for an early morning flight to Baltra, Galápagos. We transfer to the Island of Santa Cruz where we travel with our naturalist in a spacious air conditioned vehicle up into the highland rainforest. We'll have lunch then explore the Santa Cruz highlands to view endemic Galápagos plant species and visit lava tubes and sinkholes. We'll hike through tall grasses among the grazing tortoises.
Depending on the season, we will be staying in the highlands or along the coast.
Santa Cruz Hotel, BLD
(B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

Day 3, Saturday | Santa Cruz, Boarding Your Yacht

We head down to the village of Puerto Ayora to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station where we learn about conservation issues and the tortoise and iguana hatching and rearing programs. We'll even get to view some of the hatchlings. After an exploration of the village of Puerto Ayora, we lunch at a waterside restaurant overlooking Academy Bay. We board the luxurious 141 foot yacht Integrity mid- to late afternoon in Academy Bay.
BLD

Days 4 - 9, Sunday - Friday | Exploring Darwin's Galapagos

We live aboard the spacious Integrity for a week, spending as much time ashore as the Park rules permit. With our licensed Class III naturalist, we learn about the birds and animals, geology, marine life and oceanic systems of the Galapagos Islands. We swim and snorkel with tropical fish, sea lions and sometimes with penguins!
BLD

Day 10, Saturday | Galapagos, Quito

From our anchorage in the Baltra harbor, we say "adios" to the Integrity and its dedicated crew, and adjourn to the Baltra airport to await our mid-morning flight to the Ecuador mainland and Quito. On arrival, we transfer to the Hilton Colón Quito hotel for an overnight. You will have time to shop before dinner. Dinner is on your own tonight.
Hilton Colon Quito, B

Day 11, Sunday | Quito - Home or Elsewhere

Transfer to the airport with check-in to your homeward bound flight unless you are remaining for more adventures.

Activities

Galapagos Islands Vacation Activities

We hike, swim, snorkel, and meander among birds and animals that have no fear of us - that return our curiosity as we enter their world.

A trip exclusive: by starting in Galapagos with a stay at the Royal Palm Resort and visits to the Darwin Research Station and the Santa Cruz Highlands, we have an entire extra day to spend in the outer islands. That's why we can offer both Hood (Espanola) and Tower (Genovesa ) in a one-week, small yacht cruise.

Cabins

Galapagos Islands Cruise Ship

All cabins are located on the main deck and feature lower twin or king beds.

The Integrity is a 141-ft. luxury yacht customized to carry 16 adventurers in luxury. It’s very comfortable due to the large stabilizers and all systems, including engines, transmissions, electronics, water filtration and sterilization are new, as are the interior decoration and furnishings.

There are double cabins, an owner’s suite and one single cabin. Each cabin has large picture windows, individual climate control, satellite telephone, a stocked refrigerator, and an entertainment center with CD/DVD, VHS, and LCD monitor. Bathroom facilities are en suite with a shower, lavatory and toilet. In the second deck salon, you’ll find the bar and lounge seating.

Meals are served at tables of 4 to 6, not far from a galley designed for the Integrity's gourmet chefs. On the covered top deck, you'll find a spa, a bar, barbecue and comfortable chaise lounges where you can relax, enjoy a beverage or nap in the gentle breezes.

Galapagos Islands Cruise Ship Accomodations Galapagos Vacation Package Accomodations Accomodations on the Galapagos Islands Cruise
Standard cabins (#3-8)
Standard w/queen bed (#9)
Suite (Cabin #1)
Galapagos Adventure Tours

Pricing & Dates

Pricing & Dates for Galapagos: Origin of the Species Cruise

Departures throughout the year every Thursday, return ten days later on Sunday.
No departures in September.

2014 Prices
$6,295 for 11-day Origin of Species itinerary
   
2015 Prices
$6,795 for 11-day Origin of Species itinerary
  Rates are per person, double occupancy.
   
Single supplement $1,800 for the cruise; $450 (2014) or $485 (2015) for hotels
Owner's suite surcharge $1,800 per person
Full-ship charter $99,120 for the entire 11-day itinerary
   
Surcharges for holiday departures
$400 per person for 11-day Origin of Species itinerary
Full-ship charter $105,520 for entire 11-day itinerary
2014 Departure Dates  
Jan 2 - Jan 12 w Jun 19 - Jun 29 w
Jan 9 - Jan 19 e Jun 26 - Jul 6 e
Jan 16 - Jan 26 w Jul 3 - Jul 13 w
Jan 23 - Feb 2 e Jul 10 - Jul 20 e
Jan 30 - Feb 9 w Jul 17 - Jul 27 w
Feb 6 - Feb 16 e Jul 24 - Aug 3 e
Feb 13 - Feb 23 w Jul 31 - Aug 10 w
Feb 20 - Mar 2 e Aug 7 - Aug 17 e
Feb 27 - Mar 9 w Aug 14 - Aug 24 w
Mar 6 - Mar 16 e Aug 21 - Aug 31 e
Mar 13 - Mar 23 w Aug 28 - Sep 7 w
Mar 20 - Mar 30 e Oct 2 - Oct 12 e
Mar 27 - Apr 6 w Oct 9 - Oct 19 w
Apr 3 - Apr 13 e Oct 16 - Oct 26 e
Apr 10 - Apr 20 w Oct 23 - Nov 2 w
Apr 17 - Apr 27 e Oct 30 - Nov 9 e
Apr 24 - May 4 w Nov 6 - Nov 16 w
May 1 - May 11 e Nov 13 - Nov 23 e
May 8 - May 18 w Nov 20 - Nov 30 w
May 15 - May 25 e Nov 27 - Dec 7 e
May 22 - Jun 1 w Dec 4 - Dec 14 w
May 29 - Jun 8 e Dec 11 - Dec 21 e
Jun 5 - Jun 15 w  
Jun 12 - Jun 22 e  
   
2015 Departure Dates  
Jan 1 - Jan 11 w Jun 18 - Jun 28 w
Jan 8 - Jan 18 e Jun 25 - Jul 5 e
Jan 15 - Jan 25 w Jul 2 - Jul 12 w
Jan 22 - Feb 1 e Jul 9 - Jul 19 e
Feb 5 - Feb 15 e Jul 16 - Jul 26 w
Feb 12 - Feb 22 w Jul 23 - Aug 2 e
Feb 19 - Mar 1 e Jul 30 - Aug 9 w
Feb 26 - Mar 8 w Aug 6 - Aug 16 e
Mar 5 - Mar 15 e Aug 13 - Aug 23 w
Mar 12 - Mar 22 w Aug 20 - Aug 30 e
Mar 19 - Mar 29 e Aug 27 - Sep 6 w
Mar 26 - Apr 5 w Oct 1 - Oct 11 e
Apr 2 - Apr 12 e Oct 8 - Oct 18 w
Apr 9 - Apr 19 w Oct 15 - Oct 25 e
Apr 16 - Apr 26 e Oct 22 - Nov 1 w
Apr 23 - May 3 w Oct 29 - Nov 8 e
Apr 30 - May 10 e Nov 5 - Nov 15 w
May 7 - May 17 w Nov 12 - Nov 22 e
May 14 - May 24 e Nov 19 - Nov 29 w
May 21 - May 31 w Nov 26 - Dec 6 e
May 28 - Jun 7 e Dec 3 - Dec 13 w
Jun 4 - Jun 14 w Dec 10 - Dec 20 e
Jun 11 - Jun 21 e  
   

Santa Cruz Hotels
Santa Cruz Island accommodations are at Galapagos Safari Camp, Finch Bay Eco Hotel or Royal Palm Hotel. Please inquire which hotel has been confirmed for a specific trip date.

Included:

  • All airport transfers
  • Rooms at Hilton Colon, Quito, Day 1 & 10 (Executive Floor)
  • Rooms on Santa Cruz Island Day 2
  • Excursions on Santa Cruz Island, 2
  • All meals from breakfast on Day 2 through breakfast Day 11
  • An expert naturalist who leads you on shore visits and snorkeling
  • Snorkel equipment (fins and masks included)
  • Use of kayaks
  • Non-alcoholic beverages and draft beer on the ship
  • Fuel Surcharge

Not included:

  • International and Galapagos flights (you will be billed for the Quito-Baltra-Quito flights as part of your final payment)
  • Galapagos Park entrance fee ($110)
  • Tips
  • Airport departure taxes

Reviews

Overall: 5.0/5 starsShow Rating Distribution 5.0 / 5 based on 2 reviews

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2 of 2 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Best vacation I've ever taken - 5/8/2013
    By: from Port Republic, MD

    The trip was very well organized and the timing of the activities was excellent. The ship, crew and guide were all outstanding and exceeded our expectations at every turn. Our overall experience was excellent! I've traveled quite a bit and this was the best vacation I've ever taken. The guide and crew took outstanding care of us. They did so with kindness and solicitude that we were completely free to focus on the magnificent sights and experiences we were having. I will definitely look at the other trips that Orvis offers and will expect similarly wonderful experiences.

  • 5/5 stars 5/5

    Memories we will treasure forever - 5/8/2013
    By: from Georgia

    This trip was unbelievable! We will never forget the feeling of being so close to nature, with a naturalist that fed us information constantly about the history of Galapagos and the plant, marine and wildlife there. Being on a yacht with such a small group made it so much more wonderful -- and to top it off, the food and all of the staff on the yacht gave the trip a five star feel. We came home with the most incredible memories and photos of wildlife that we will treasure forever.

Contact the expert at Orvis Travel:
Abby Liell
Galapagos Cruise
800-547-4322
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