Day 1: Daphne Major Islet

This morning board your hour and a half flight to Baltra Island in the Galapagos. Upon arrival we board M/V Grace where you will have lunch and a quick briefing en route to the first visitor site: Daphne Major Islet. The ship will circumnavigate Daphne Major Islet which is home to a variety of birds including Galapagos martins, blue footed boobies, nazca boobies, short eared owls and red billed tropic birds amongst others.

Take your first of many amazing photos and enjoy the breeze and open waters from the deck before dinner.

Day 2: Santa Fe Island & South Plaza Island

This morning, after a delicious breakfast, board the ships zodiacs and 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.

Today's afternoon excursion takes you 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.

Today also offers the opportunity to kayak and join on of the ships guides aboard the zodiac to sail along the shore and learn more about the formation of the island as well as search for marine wildlife.

Day 3: 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 4: Fernandina Island & Isabela Island

After breakfast, and an early morning kayak if you choose, board the zodiacs and sail to Fernandina Island. This island is home to La Cumbre volcano, which erupts frequently (most recently in May 2005). Sail along Punta Espinosa, a narrow spit of land, where a number of unique species, such as marine iguanas, sea lions, flightless cormorants, herons, egrets and Galapagos hawks can be seen in close proximity.

This afternoon visit Urbina Bay, located directly west of Isabela's Volcano Alcedo. The zodiac will make an easy, wet landing (a hop into a few inches of water). From here, begin your walk along a three mile stretch of marine reef that has been uplifted by as much as 13 feet out of the water. A highlight of this excursion are the giant land iguanas and giant tortoises, as well as the opportunity to snorkel along side playful seals, or just relaxing on the pristine beach and take in the amazing surroundings.

Day 5: Isabela Island

This morning begins on the rocky shore of Tagus Cove on Isabela Island. A wooden stairway rises to the trail entrance and continues around Darwin Lake through a dry vegetation zone, and ends in a promontory formed by spatter cones. The site provides spectacular views of your ship anchored in the bay, as well as Darwin and Wolf Volcanoes. An incredible variety of birds can be found here.

After lunch and time to rest or take in the sun and horizon from the upper deck, head out to visit Punta Vicente Roca on Isabela Island. The snorkeling is incredible here as a result of the nutrient-rich waters of the Humboldt Current that bathe the western side of the archipelago. Put on your masks and jump in for the chance to see colorful fish, sea lions, penguins and large sea turtles drifting with the current. Zodiac excursions along the islands shores with a guide are also available.

Day 6: Santiago Island

Began your morning with a dry zodiac landing and short walk up the beach leaing inland to a mangrove typically inhabited by the Common stilts. Beyond the mangroves is a brackish lagoon where flocks of pink flamingos and white cheeked pintails wade in search of mollusks. The trail makes a pass over a tiny hilltop through a sparse Palo Santo forest before looping back to beach. Galapagos finches and Vermilion fly catchers inhabit the area. The rock tuffs that form the cliffs that surround the cove have created a natural sculptor gallery rising from the sea with formations including the Monk and Elephant Rock.

This afternoon, visit to James Bay where you land on a black beach with intriguing eroded rock formations. A trail 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. Snorkel or swim off this black beach before heading back to the Evolution. This area of Santiago Island is one of the best sites to encounter Green Sea Turtles and Galapagos Penguins.

Day 7: Santa Cruz Island

Santa Cruz is the second largest island in the Galapagos and its capital, Puerto Ayora, is the economic center of the Islands. In the morning depart the Evolution for the docks of Santa Cruz and a visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to visit the Giant Tortoise and Land Iguana Breeding and Rearing Program. Here we used to find Lonesome George (now deceased), the last of his particular race of tortoise.

This afternoon head into 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 can sit with these amazing, prehistoric animals in the wild. Enjoy a cup of tea and take in your lush, green surroundings before heading back to the docks.

Day 8: San Cristobal Island

Today your Galapagos cruise comes to an end, but before you bid farewell to the Grace and her crew, pay a visit to the Galapagos National Park Visitor Centre on San Cristobal Island. The Centre presents a comprehensive exhibit of the islands' natural history, human interaction, ecosystems, flora & fauna and your naturalist will use the exhibits to provide an illustrated overview of life on the Islands. A short trail arrives at Frigate Bird Hill, where both "magnificent-frigates" and "great-frigates" can be seen in the same colony. After collecting your bags, return to the airport to began your return to the Ecuadorian mainland for your next adventure.

Rates - 2017
Dates Per Person Double Single Supplement
Sept 2, 16, 30; Oct 14, 28; Nov 11, 25; Dec 9 from $5,450 depending on cabin from $2,725 depending on cabin
Jan 7, 21; Feb 4, 18; March 4, 18; April 1, 15, 29; May 13, 27; June 10, 24; July 8, 22; Aug 5, 19; Dec 23 from $6,390 depending on cabin from $3,195 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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