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2018 – 2020 Galapagos Tour

5 Days / 4 Nights Western Galapagos Itinerary, Thursday to Monday

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Western Galapagos Itinerary


Our itinerary together begins at Baltra where we will board the ship and sail towards Dragon Hill on Santa Cruz Island for an interesting hike through palo santo forests full of Galapagos’ famed land iguanas. Overnight, we sail round the seahorse-shaped Isabela Island to two great visitor sites: Punta Vicente Roca on Isabela Island with the fascinating geology of collapsed Ecuador volcano, and then wild and pure Punta Espinoza on Fernandina, one of the most pristine islands in the world, with one of the islands’ densest colonies of marine iguanas and opportunities to see flightless cormorants. From there, we sail back round to Santa Cruz to visit the world-famous Charles Darwin Research Station where scientists are involved with research and conservation efforts, the most well-known of which involves a captive breeding program for giant tortoises, and then spend the afternoon enjoying a range of active options. The following day finds us on Floreana Island, exploring its human history and stunning wildlife at both Post Office Bay and Punta Cormorant. The next day we say goodbye to the islands after an amazing journey! The entire crew aboard the Santa Cruz will do our utmost to ensure that your Galapagos experience is truly, deeply moving and memorable.

Western Galapagos Islands

  • Baltra
  • Isabela
  • Fernandina
  • Santa Cruz
  • Floreana

Highlight Sites

  • Post Office Bay
  • Charles Darwin Research Station
  • Punta Espinoza

Iconic Species

  • Blue-Footed Boobies (BIG15)
  • Nazca Boobies (BIG15)
  • Flightless Cormorant (BIG15)
  • American Flamingos (BIG15)
  • Great & Magnificent Frigatebirds (BIG15)
  • Galapagos Hawks (BIG15)
  • Land Iguanas (BIG15)
  • Marine Iguanas (BIG15)
  • Galapagos Penguins (BIG15)
  • Galapagos Sea Lion (BIG15)
  • Galapagos Fur Seal (BIG15)
  • Galapagos Giant Tortoises (BIG15)
  • Galapagos Doves
  • Darwin Finches
  • Brown Pelicans
  • Swallow-tailed Gulls
  • Lava Gulls
  • Lava (striated) Herons
  • Galapagos Mockingbirds
  • Floreana Mockingbirds

Western Galapagos 5-Day Itinerary

Western Galapagos 5-Day Itinerary

Western Galapagos BIG15 Itinerary

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Itinerary Highlights

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Western - 5 Days
From $3,798

Thursday to Monday

2018 Dates

Sep 27 to Oct 01
Oct 11 to 15
Oct 25 to 29
Nov 08 to 12
Dec 20 to 24

Western - 5 Days
From $3,910

Thursday to Monday

2019 Dates

Jan 03 to 07
Jan 31 to Feb 04
Feb 28 to Mar 04
Mar 14 to 18
Mar 28 to Apr 01
Abr 11 to 15
Abr 25 to 29
May 09 to 13
May 23 to 27
Jun 06 to 10
Jun 20 to 24
Jul 04 to 08
Jul 18 to 22
Aug 01 to 05
Aug 15 to 19
Aug 29 to Sep 02
Sep 12 to 16
Sep 26 to 30
Oct 10 to 14
Oct 24 to 28
Nov 07 to 11
Nov 21 to 25
Dec 05 to 09
Dec 19 to 23

Western - 5 Days
From $4,066

Thursday to Monday

2020 Dates

Jan 02 to 06
Jan 16 to 20
Jan 30 to Feb 03
Feb 13 to 17
Feb 27 to Mar 02
Mar 12 to 16
Mar 26 to 30
Abr 09 to 13
Abr 23 to 27
May 07 to 11
May 21 to 25
Jun 04 to 08
Jun 18 to 22
Jul 02 to 06
Jul 16 to 20
Jul 30 to Agu 03
Aug 13 to 17
Aug 27 to 31
Sep 10 to 14
Sep 24 to 28
Oct 08 to 12
Oct 22 to 26
Nov 05 to 09
Dec 17 to 21
Dec 31 to 04

Prices per person


Horizon Deck Explorer Family (Triple) (2)$ 3,570$ 3,678$ 3,822
Horizon Deck Explorer (Twin/Double) (23)$ 3,798$ 3,910$ 4,066
Horizon Deck Voyager (Single) (2) *$ 4,378$ 4,510$ 4,690
Expedition Deck Explorer (Twin/Double) (17)$ 3,950$ 4,070$ 4,230
Panorama Deck Explorer (Twin/Double) (3)$ 4,066$ 4,186$ 4,350
Panorama Deck Darwin Suite (Twin/Double) (3)$ 4,606$ 4,742$ 4,930

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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, 2018 thru December 31, 2019 (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:

  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Island sightseeing
  • Naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish (guiding in other languages – French, Italian – is available upon request for groups larger than 10 guests and for German groups is a minimum of 4 guests)
  • Snorkelling gear
  • Luggage handling
  • Medical care on board (not including the cost of medication)
  • Taxes
  • Transfers in the islands
  • Shared transfers from main hotels in Quito (Casa Gangotena, Hilton Colon, Sheraton, Marriott, Dann Carlton) and in Guayaquil (Hilton Colon, Oro Verde, Sheraton, Wyndham, Unipark) to airport for flights to/from Galapagos are included in these rates. To coordinate these transfers, we must have guests’ hotel contact information.

Not included:

  • Wet Suits: Available for rent, NET rate US$ 15 + VAT per guest for 5- or 6-day expeditions
  • Air transportation to / from Galapagos and airport taxes (subject to change without previous notice)
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee (US$ 100 subject to change without previous notice)**
  • Migration Control Card (US$ 20 subject to change without previous notice)**
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Alcoholic ***- and non alcoholic beverage
  • Internet / Wi-Fi ****
  • Gratuities
  • Gifts and additional items
  • Travel insurance

Special Notes

**At your request, we can include the Galapagos National Park entrance fee of US$ 100 and Migration Control Card Fee of US$ 20 (subject to change). However, please note that, due to administrative and operational reasons, these fees can only be included when guests travel on the operation departure date. This service does not apply for guests who travel before a departure date (even if the departure is with us).

*** Please note, we charge guests who wish to bring bottles of wine and/or spirits aboard our vessels a corkage fee of US$ 25+taxes.

**** Internet connections onboard consist in computer stations and wifi in the vessel’s social areas; due to the Galapagos’ remote location, internet connections are intermittent and low-bandwidth.

Important Notes

  • Our company guarantees air space space for all Galapagos products
  • Galapagos itineraries are subject to change due to weather, logistical, Galapagos Park regulations or operational reasons
  • All rates are subject to change. If fuel prices increase, additional charges may apply
  • During peak season dates, our company reserves the right to prioritise reservations taking into account factors such as payment and confirmation dates
  • Our company reserves the right to limit the number of Explorer and Voyager cabins (twin/double) for single use dependent on availability
  • Explorer and Voyager cabins (twin/double) for single use incur a 15% surcharge. Only 7 cabins are available for single use
  • Regardless the number of cabins occupied, the ship’s authorized maximum operating capacity cannot exceed 90 guests
  • There’s no laundry service on-board but there are two domestic dryers for your use


Baggage important notes:

  • Airlines are strict with baggage limitations. The current limits are 23 kg (50.6 pounds) for checked items, 8 kg (17 pounds) for hand luggage and 1 personal item (handbag, camera bag, laptop, etc.)
  • All baggage must be securely packed, properly and clearly labeled. Liquid, fragile, perishable and other articles not suitably packed are transported at guests’ own risk.
  • Our company is not responsible for loss or damage to baggage or any other personal item during air travel. Baggage and personal belongings will be taken off the ship upon guest disembarkation. Under no circumstances will baggage be stored on board without the owner of such baggage being on the vessel.
  • Our company is not responsible for baggage stored in shoreside facilities.
  • Under no circumstances may dangerous items (including but not limited to: explosives, firearms, combustible or illegal substances) be taken aboard the ship. We recommend that you hand-carry travel documents (passport, visa, cruise tickets), medications and valuables. These items are the full responsibility of the guest at all times. Our company shall not be responsible for the loss of, or damage to, such personal items.
  • Our company reserves the right to charge for the return of personal items left on board or lost and subsequently found.


Restricted Baggage in the Galapagos

Local authorities manage the quarantine system of the Galapagos National Park in order to reduce the possibility of foreign species invading the archipelago. All cargo and luggage that arrives to Galapagos National Park or that is transferred from one island to another must be inspected. All aircrafts are disinfected with Permethrin before landing. To preserve the human health and the native species of the Galapagos Islands, the following products may not be transferred to Galapagos: fresh vegetables and fruits, animal products and or their derivatives, dairy products. Other live animals, pathological samples, dry coffee beans, genetically modified organisms, forest species or their disseminative parts, grass and its disseminative parts, fresh flowers, medicinal plants and their disseminative parts, banana tree leaves, micro-organisms (fungi, bacteria, etc.) soil and sand, and animal vaccines.

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