Day 1: San Cristobal Island

Arrive in San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos on your hour and a half morning flight. From the airport, take a short transfer to the waiting zodiac that will take you to board the anchored M/V Evolution where you will have lunch and a quick briefing en route to your first excursion: Kicker Rock. Kicker Rock is a spectacular rock formation that rises 500 feet out of the Pacific. It takes the form of a sleeping lion, but from another angle you can see that the rock is actually split, forming a colossal tablet and, piercing the sea, a great chisel ready for etching. Spend some time snorkeling this afternoon to get a closer look. Enjoy your first sunset and dinner aboard. Perhaps have a cocktail on the deck as the Evolution sails to your next days adventure.

Day 2: South Plaza Island & Santa Cruz Island

After a delicious breakfast, and early morning kayak if you choose, board the zodiacs and head to South Plaza Island. The land iguanas here wander through bright red carpet weed. Look up for swallow tailed gulls nesting around the overhang tops and red-billed tropicbirds, frigatebirds and shearwaters flying with dancing displays. Blue footed boobies mess about along the cliff's edge, as well as the famous waved albatross.

After lunch, enojy some early afternoon snorkeling at Punta Carrion followed by a visit to Daphne Island. The geology of this island is extremely interesting as it is essentially one large tuff cone – a giant pile of compressed volcanic ash shaped like a cone. Zodiac rides to explore the islands shore are also available.

Day 3: Chinese Hat & Santiago Island

This mornings adventure takes you to Chinese Hat Islet, a fairly recent volcanic cone with the shape of a down-facing Chinese hat. On the rocky shoreline of nearby Santiago, Galapagos penguins are often seen. There is a small sea lion cove on the north shore, where the zodiacs will land and anchor. Wade into the crystal blue waters of the cove to snorkel and swim with playful sea lions and penguins.

After lunch, head to James Bay where the zodiacs land on a black beach with intriguing eroded rock formations. Pick up the trail that leads to a series of crystal-clear grottos, formed of broken lava tubes, which are now home to sea lions, fur seals, marine iguanas and tropical fish.

Kayaking and Zodiac rides are also available today.

Day 4: Genovesa Island

Tower Island could serve as a film set for a secret submarine base! The southwestern part of the island is an ocean-filled caldera ringed by the outer edges of a sizable and mostly submerged volcano. The island sits to the northwest, slightly removed from the Galapagos archipelago. It is also known as "Bird Island," a name it lives up to in a spectacular way. Spend the day hiking around the island with your guide, learning about the different flora and fauna and snapping amazing photos. Swim and snorkel in the perfect waters, head out on the kayaks or join a guide in the zodiac to sail along the shore and learn even more about the island and its formation.

Day 5: North Seymour Island & Santa Fe Island

This morning, board the zodiacs and head to North Seymour Island which is teaming with wildlife. Cliffs only a few meters high form the shoreline are home to swallow-tailed gulls. A tiny forest of silver-grey Palo Santo trees stands just above the landing, where a hike along the trail will lead you to see sea lions, marine iguanas, blue footed boobies, pelicans, magnificent frigatebirds and land iguanas.

After lunch and some free time to rest or enjoy the sun atop the ships upper deck, head to Santa Fe Island. This magnificent island is home to one of the most beautiful and sheltered bays of the archipelago, and offers some of the best snorkeling in its crystal clear waters. Certainly one of the best locations to float in the current with large sea turtles, swim with sea lions and catch a glimpse of the Galapagos White-tipped Shark. After a wet landing you will walk up to a nearby cliff to see the land iguanas through an area of Opuntia Cactus.

Day 6: Floreana Island

Floreana has had a colorful history: Pirates, whalers, convicts, and a small band of somewhat peculiar colonists—a Baroness among them—who chose a Robinson Crusoe existence that ended in mystery and death. Today visit Post Office Bay where in 1793 British whalers set up a barrel, as the island's Post Office, to send letters home on passing ships. The tradition continues even now. Drop a post card into the barrel without a stamp in hopes that the next ship to wander through will carry on your note to its final destination.Take another great opportunity to snorkel along the rocks with sea lions and tropical fish.

This afternoon, visit Punta Cormorant which offers two highly contrasting beaches; a green-olivine beach and an iron-red beach. Between the two beaches is a salt lagoon frequented by flamingos, pintails, stilts and other wading birds. Enjoy late afternoon snorkeling at Devil's Crown, which is home to a myriad of marine species including a variety of corals, pencil sea urchin, wrasses, angelfish and amberjacks - making for some of the best snorkeling in the Galapagos.

Day 7: Santa Cruz Island

This mornings adventure takes you to the Highlands, where the dry coastal vegetation transitions to lush wet fields and forests overgrown with moss and lichens. Your destination is the Tortoise Reserve, where you will have the chance to sit with these amazing, prehistoric animals in the wild. Track down a flight of wooden stairs to visit the lava tunnels also found in the reserve. Enjoy a cup of tea in the pavilion, while taking in your jungle like surroundings, before heading back into town.

Santa Cruz is the second largest island in the Galapagos and its capital, Puerto Ayora, is the economic center of the Islands. In the afternoon, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to explore the Giant Tortoise and Land Iguana Breeding and Rearing Program center. Here was once where Lonesome George could be found (now deceased), the last of his particular race of tortoise.

Day 8: Santa Cruz Island

Today your Galapagos cruise comes to an end. Before you bid farewell to the Evolution and her crew, board the zodiacs one last time for a trip to Black Turtle Cove. A beautiful mangrove estuary where your will quietly drift along to see spotted eagle rays, diamond shaped mustard rays, white-tipped reef sharks, pacific green sea turtles and a large variety of shore birds. Next, head to Baltra Island airport for the flight back to the Ecuadorian mainland to continue your adventure or bid farewell and head home.

Rates - 2017
Dates Per Person Double Single Supplement
Sept 9, 23; Oct 7, 21; Nov 4, 18; Dec 2 from $4,620 depending on cabin from $2,310 depending on cabin
Jan 1, 15, 29; Feb 11, 25; March 11, 25; April 8, 22; May 6, 20; July 1, 15, 29; Aug 12, 26; Dec 16, 30 from $5,780 depending on cabin from $2,890 depending on cabin
Pricing does not include regional flights (approx. $550 per person), Galapagos National Park Entrance fee ($100 per person), Galapagos Tourist Card ($20 per person).
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