Galapagos cruise on the Yolita II

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Boulder-like giant tortoises, diving marine iguanas, waved albatrosses taking flight… on a tailor-made holiday to the Galapagos Islands with Audley, you’ll see all their wildlife highlights — and much more — your way. We’ll design your ideal trip with you, paying close attention to your interests, your travel style and your budget. Our Galapagos specialists k...
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Private Guided
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
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Trip pace
Full schedule

What's this trip about?

    Boulder-like giant tortoises, diving marine iguanas, waved albatrosses taking flight… on a tailor-made holiday to the Galapagos Islands with Audley, you’ll see all their wildlife highlights — and much more — your way. We’ll design your ideal trip with you, paying close attention to your interests, your travel style and your budget. Our Galapagos specialists know the islands and their wildlife inside out, and can lead you to experiences and encounters you won’t find in a guidebook. Take an adventure cruise around the archipelago, stopping to snorkel in waters brimming with tropical fish and sea turtles. Stroll among sea lions basking on beaches, and hike the cindery caldera of Cerro Negro Volcano. Pass blue-footed, red-footed and masked boobies on a guided walk with a conservation expert: the wildlife here has no fear of humans. Watch frigate birds’ showy, chest-puffing mating rituals.

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Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeIntimate group - 12 max
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityQuito
End CityQuito

Travel Themes

  • Cultural
  • Eco, Sustainable & Green Travel
  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Small Ship Cruise


  • South America
  • Ecuador


  • Galapagos
  • Quito


  • Bird watching
  • Culture
  • Nature
  • Short Cruise
  • Snorkeling
  • Wildlife viewing

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Day 1 : Quito

Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Quito. On arriving in Quito you're met by your private guide and taken to your hotel by private transfer. It usually takes an hour to get there, and your guide will provide you with all the relevant introductory information needed for your trip, such as hotel vouchers. Relax in your hotel after your flight.

Day 2 : Quito

Take a private guided walking tour of the highlights of Quito. Your guide shows you the city's highlights, such as colonial temples, monasteries and plazas. They'll also help you unravel the grand architecture of the Church of San Francisco. The tour lasts for three h...

Day 3 : Galapagos Islands

A private transfer will take you to the airport in time for your two hour flight to the Galapagos Islands. On arriving, you're met by members of the crew who will take you to the Yolita II.After being welcomed aboard and given a safety briefing, you'll set sail to Las Bachas, a beautiful beach area to get your Galapagos experience started. You'll begin excursions in the afternoon.

Day 4 : Galapagos Islands

Genovesa Island is a highlight of many Galapagos trips with the collapsed volcano formation playing host to large populations of frigates and the unforgettable red footed booby. You'll spend the day walking the paths of Darwin Bay and El Barranco as well as snorkelling in the sunken caldera.

Day 5 : Galapagos Islands

The cruise continues on to Bartolome Island where you'll hike to the summit, offering panoramic views over Pinnacle Rock. After you'll experience the volcanic rock of Sullivan Bay which makes way to a white coral sand beach, home to Sally Lightfoot crabs and sea lions.

Day 6 : Galapagos Islands

This morning enjoy a visit Isabela Island's tortoise breeding centre to see and learn about the iconic Galapagos Tortoise. In the afternoon you take a guided hike to the top of Sierra Negra Volcano. It's a steep climb but the views from the crater rim (the second largest in the world) are expansive.

Day 7 : Galapagos Islands

Continuing up the western coast of Isabela, the ship will stop at Elizabeth Bay for a panga ride to explore the mangroves, spotting sea turtles and penguins along the way. The afternoon will be spent at Urbina Bay, a reef that was raised out of the water from tectonic movement. You'll be able to snorkel here in addition to spotting land iguanas, sea turtles, rays and flightless cormorants.

Day 8 : Galapagos Islands

The morning visit to Tagus cove will allow you to walk this former whaler and pirate shelter, with stunning views of Darwin and Wolf volcanoes in the distance. The afternoon visit to Punta Espinoza will get you up close to the largest marine iguana colony in the Galapagos. The beauty of this remote part of Isabela puts the amazing wildlife into perspective.

Day 9 : Galapagos Islands

Today you'll visit Rabida Island for a walk along the red sand beaches created by unusually high iron deposits. Sea lions are typically abundant here and the trails will take you past an interesting lagoon surrounded by palo santo trees. After lunch you'll be able to relax at Playa Espumilla, one of the Galapagos' most beautiful beaches, with snorkelling options available to explore the coast.

Day 10 : International return flight

The trip finished with a visit to Daphne Island where the blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds and finches will wish you farewell. You'll then transfer to the airport in time for your flight back to mainland Ecuador and connection home.

Day 11 : International return flight

Arrive home today to complete your journey.

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Last Updated: 0/11/2022

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