A five-day cruise of the Galapagos is great if you’re on a tight schedule and looking for a brief introduction to the islands. It will give you the chance to see four or five islands, each of which is home to different species.
By taking a first-class cruise you will ensure a high standard of service. First-class boats offering a five-day itineraries include the Anahi, Archipel I, Archipel II, Beluga, Coral I, Coral II, Galapagos Legend, Galaxy I, Galaxy II, Queen Beatriz, San José, Santa Cruz II, Seaman Journey, Treasure of Galapagos and Yolita II.
This tour includes
· A bilingual (English/Spanish) guide
· All excursions included in itinerary of chosen boat
· Accommodation on board based on double occupancy rates
· All meals while onboard
· Transfers to and from the airport when in the Galapagos Islands
· Use of all onboard facilities
· Snorkeling equipment
This tour does not include
· Airline ticket to/from mainland Ecuador
· Entrance fee to Galapagos National Park ($100 for adults / $50 for under-12s)
· Tourist Transit Card TCT ($20)
· Fuel surcharge
· Alcoholic beverages
· Travel insurance
· Any other service not mentioned herein
Sample itinerary (Treasure of Galapagos)
Day 1 (Friday) - Arrival & Santa Cruz Island
Arrival in Baltra and transfer to boat. Afternoon visit to Charles Darwin Station to visit giant tortoises, followed by dinner on board.
Day 2 (Saturday) - Santiago & Bartolomé Islands
Morning visit to Sullivan Bay on the south east of Santiago Island to enjoy a moderate hike of approximately 1.5 kilometers. It is a spectacular walk over lava tubes Pagoehoe and AA lava fields. Afternoon visit to Pinnacle Rock beach for swimming and snorkeling to spot penguins, marine turtles, white-tipped reef sharks and tropical fish.
Day 3 (Sunday) - North Seymour Island and Mosquera Islet
Morning visit to North Seymour island to do some bird-watching, looking out for blue-footed boobies, colonies of frigates, fork-tailed gulls, terns, sea lions, lava lizards and land iguanas. You’ll even visit the famous Palo Santo trees. Afternoon visit to Mosquera Islet, located between Baltra and North Seymour islands. There is a reef of rocks and coral, and a fabulous white sandy beach. This island is home to a large population of sea lions and there are occasional sightings of Orcas.
Day 4 (Monday) - South Plazas & San Cristobal Islands
Morning visit to South Plazas island to visit colonies of sea lions and land iguanas, as well as some spectacular bird-watching. Afternoon visit to Cerro Brujo a lovely white sand beach on the northwest coast of San Cristobal and a good place for swimming, snorkeling, walking along the beach and spotting shore birds.
Day 5 (Tuesday) - San Cristobal Island & Departure
Morning visit to the San Cristobal Interpretation Center to learn about the evolution of the Galapagos Islands and animal life on the islands. Transfer to Baltra airport for departure.
Choosing the Right Galapagos Tour
Make sure you understand the options when it comes to booking your once-in-a-lifetime Galapagos tour.