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2019 – 2020 Galapagos Tour

7 days / 6 nights Eastern Galapagos Itinerary, Friday to Thursday

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Galapagos tour 7 days – Eastern Islands itinerary

From Baltra, a quick jump by ship brings us to Mosquera Islet where we check out the sea lions before sailing towards San Cristobal. A stop at the Cerro Colorado Tortoise Breeding Centre will open our eyes to the beauty of the Galapagos giant tortoise and to the important scientific work that continues to be performed on the islands. In the afternoon, we travel to the most eastern tip of the archipelago, Punta Pitt, the only stop on this journey where we can see red-footed boobies. From here, it’s on to the central islands, starting with Santa Fe, with its beautiful tranquil bay, before continuing to the wild cliffs of South Plaza with their lofty cacti, land iguanas and stunning marine birds. The following day we visit the world-famous Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island. Española Island, voted the #1 island by guides and expedition leaders, awaits us with its remarkable visitor site of Punta Suarez, home to hundreds of marine iguanas, sea lions, marine birds, and even albatross (between April and December) – a truly stunning site! In the afternoon, we enjoy the water in Gardner Bay. The following morning we will wake up at Eden Islet and finish the day at North Seymour, famous for its land iguanas and sea lions as well as bird colonies of blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, and Nazca boobies. We finish at Baltra after a moving and memorable experience.

Eastern Galapagos Islands

  • Baltra
  • Mosquera
  • San Cristobal
  • Santa Fe
  • South Plaza
  • Santa Cruz
  • Española
  • North Seymour

Galapagos tour 7 days – Highlight Sites

  • Charles Darwin Research Station
  • Kicker Rock (sail-by)
  • Punta Suarez
  • Punta Pitt
  • North Seymour

Iconic Species

  • Galapagos Albatross (From April to December) (BIG15)
  • Blue Footed Boobies (BIG15)
  • Nazca Boobies (BIG15)
  • Red Footed Boobies (BIG15)
  • Great & Magnificent Frigatebirds (BIG15)
  • Galapagos Hawks (BIG15)
  • Land Iguanas (BIG15)
  • Marine Iguanas (BIG15)
  • Santa Fe Land Iguana (BIG15)
  • Galapagos Sea Lion (BIG15)
  • Galapagos Giant Tortoises (BIG15)
  • Galapagos Fur Seal (BIG15)
  • American Flamingo (BIG15)
  • Galapagos Doves
  • Galapagos Mockingbirds
  • San Cristobal Mockingbirds
  • Española Mockingbirds
  • Darwin Finches
  • Brown Pelicans
  • Swallow-Tailed Gulls
  • Lava Gulls
  • Lava (striated) Herons

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Friday

Baltra Island

We land at Baltra Island by plane in the morning and transfer to the dock to board the Santa Cruz II, where we receive a welcome introductory briefing, boat drill, and lunch

Mosquera Islet

After lunch, the Santa Cruz II will sail to Mosquera Island – a small piece of volcanic uplift that sits between the larger islands of Baltra and North Seymour. An easy, enjoyable walk along the coastline allows visitors to admire the young sea lions and give snorkeling a go, too!

Day 2: Saturday

Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (San Cristobal Island)

After breakfast, we disembark (dry landing) at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the island’s capital, and drive 40 minutes to the island’s southern shore. At Cerro Colorado, we visit the breeding centre for highly endangered giant tortoises in the midst of a fantastic deciduous forest, home to dozens of bird species, including the San Cristobal mockingbird, and the San Cristobal lava lizard, both island endemics.

Punta Pitt (San Cristobal Island)

In the afternoon, we disembark (wet landing) on the eastern tip of the island at Punta Pitt, an eroded tuff cone, whose trail provides spectacular views of the shoreline. This is the only site in the Galapagos where the three species of boobies can be found together. We can walk or enjoy a panga ride along the coast. Opportunity for snorkelling, swimming and kayaking.

Day 3: Sunday

Santa Fe Island

After breakfast, we take the dinghy over to this idyllic sandy-white beach populated by many sea lions (wet landing). The endemic land iguana, unique to this island, may be spotted during the morning walk amid the giant prickly pear cactus. Snorkeling and swimming from the panga rounds off our rewarding experience, or if guests prefer, the glass bottom boat is available for non-snorkelers.

South Plaza Island

Following lunch and a rest, we disembark (dry landing) in this channel, whose turquoise waters contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline. Beyond, a carpet of scarlet sesuvium succulents serves as groundcover for a grove of luminescent green prickly-pear cactus. Yellow-grey land iguanas sit beneath these, waiting patiently for pears to drop. Along the coastline one finds sea lion colonies, while frigates, swallow-tailed gulls and shearwaters glide, playing with the thermals.

Day 4: Monday

Puerto Ayora & Charles Darwin Research Station

In the morning, we disembark (dry landing) for our visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station’s giant tortoise Breeding Centre within an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest home to many land birds. These are the headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation and the National Park administration. Following our visit, we board our transport to enjoy lunch in the cooler highlands of Santa Cruz Island, a completely different ecosystem.

Santa Cruz Island

We have several options available for the afternoon, which can be discussed in advance with your Expedition Leader. At the end of the afternoon’s activities, we return to Puerto Ayora and embark on the Santa Cruz II.

Day 5: Tuesday

Punta Suarez (Española Island)

(Dry landing) – An exciting walk awaits at this site, where we enjoy its unique sea bird colonies, including albatross (April-December), Nazca boobies, blue-footed boobies, and swallow-tailed gulls as well as a view of the Galapagos’ famous “blow-hole”. Also, look out for red-green-black marine iguanas. Back on board for lunch.

Gardner Bay & Osborn Islet (Española Island)

(Wet landing) In the afternoon, the picture-postcard white coral beach of Gardner Bay and the nearby islet of Osborn provides a beautiful setting for observing sea lions, mockingbirds, and finches as we relax. We can expect great snorkelling in this area. Opportunity for swimming and kayaking as well.

Day 6: Wednesday

Eden Islet

After breakfast, a panga ride takes us to Eden Islet, a small islet located off the coast of Santa Cruz, where we can observe blue-footed boobies diving into the water, reef sharks and frigates. There’s a chance to snorkel and, if weather condition permits, ride in the glass-bottom boat and kayak.

North Seymour Island

North Seymour was lifted from the ocean floor by a volcanic event, and its origins as a seabed give the island its low, flat profile. A tiny forest of silver-grey Palo Santo trees stands just above the landing (dry landing), usually without leaves, waiting for the rains to burst into bloom. This is a great introductory site to the islands and their wildlife, full of bird colonies of blue-footed boobies, two species of frigate birds, swallow-tailed gulls, as well as sea lions and marine iguanas.

Day 7: Thursday

Baltra Airport

On our last day, we disembark at Baltra Island and transfer to the airport to take the flight back to the continent.

Eastern Galapagos 7-Day Itinerary Map

Itinerary highlights

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*This itinerary departs every second Friday. If a Friday does not appear in the list below, it is either because we are fully booked for that Friday departure period or simply because we do not operate this specific itinerary on that Friday departure period due to our 15-day sailing cycle (to cover each separate region of the archipelago).

Eastern - 7 Days
From $5,714

Friday to Thursday

2019 Dates

Apr 05 to 11
Apr 19 to 25
May 03 to 09
May 17 to 23
May 31 to Jun 06
Jun 14 to 20
Jul 12 to 18
Jul 26 to Aug 01
Aug 23 to 29
Sep 20 to 26
Oct 18 to 24
Nov 01 to 07
Nov 15 to 21
Nov 29 to Dec 05
Dec 13 to 19

Eastern - 7 Days
From $5,600

Friday to Thursday

2020 Dates

Jan 10 to 16
Feb 07 to 11
Feb 21 to 25
Mar 06 to 12
Mar 20 to 26
Apr 03 to 09
Apr 17 to 23
May 15 to 21
May 29 to Jun 04
Jun 12 to 18
Jul 10 to 16
Jul 24 to 30
Aug 07 to 13
Aug 21 to 27
Sep 04 to 10
Sep 18 to 24
Oct 02 to 08
Oct 16 to 22
Oct 30 to Nov 05
Dec 11 to 17

Prices per person

Horizon Deck Explorer Family (Triple) (2)$ 5,372$ 5,264
Horizon Deck Explorer (Twin/Double) (23)$ 5,714$ 5,600
Horizon Deck Voyager (Single) (2) *$ 6,590$ 6.458
Expedition Deck Explorer (Twin/Double) (17)$ 5,942$ 5,822
Panorama Deck Explorer (Twin/Double) (3)$ 6,116$ 5,996
Panorama Deck Darwin Suite (Twin/Double) (3)$ 6,932$ 6.794

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* Only 5 cabins are available for single use.

* During Peak Season, Christmas and New Years, an extra fee per person applies and discounts do not apply.

Important Notes:
1) During Peak Season dates, Metropolitan Touring reserves the right to prioritise reservations taking into account factors such as payment and confirmation dates.
2) Metropolitan Touring reserves the right to limit the number of twin/double cabins for single use dependent on availability.
3) Twin / Double Cabins for single use have a surcharge of 15%.
4) Triple cabins (2) for twin/double use incur a 50% surcharge per person.
5) Regardless the number of cabins occupied, the ship’s authorized maximum operating capacity cannot exceed 90 guests.
* () number of cabins per category

Validity: January 01, 2019 through December 31, 2020 (except Peak Season)
All rates are subject to change. In case of increase in fuel, prices fuel surcharge will apply.

Packing List

  • 1 small backpack
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sneakers with rubber soles
  • Shorts
  • Long pants
  • T-shirts
  • Long and short sleeved shirts
  • Wind breaker
  • Bathing suit or a wetsuit for snorkelling in cold months
  • Hat or cap
  • Sunblock and repellent
  • Sunglasses
  • Binoculars
  • Camera & video recorder
  • Any medicine you may be taking
  • Book/Notebook

Our itineraries include:

  • Transportation to/from the airport in Galapagos*
  • Accommodations
  • All meals while on board
  • Bilingual naturalist guides
  • Conferences and lectures
  • Island excursions and activities + optional activities on Santa Cruz Island
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Sea kayaks
  • Glass bottom boat

    * Restrictions apply

Do not include:

  • Airfare to /from Galapagos
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee ($100 per person) and Migration Control Card ($20 per person). Subject to changes withour previous notice.
  • Beverages and tips
  • Wetsuit rental
  • Internet service**
    **Due to the remote location, Internet connections are intermittent and low-bandwidth.

Itineraries for reference only. Our routes and programmes may vary according to National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety and operational reasons, and wildlife viewing opportunities.

Important Notes

Please remember that the exact route and programme may vary according to weather and ocean conditions and the wildlife we encounter. It’s also subject to change without previous notice due mainly to readjustment of the National Park policies and regulations.

  • Dry landing: guests step from the panga (dinghy) onto rocks or a dock.
  • Wet landing: as the dinghy edges onto a sandy beach, guests step into around 20 cm (8 inches) of water and wade ashore.

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