Ultimate Galapagos Island Hopping

Ultimate Galapagos Island Hopping



This Galapagos experience is the perfect blend of small-ship cruising, and land-based exploring. By combining styles you get both the incredible wildlife experiences of the remote shore excursion areas, as well as the more independent, flexible adventures and beach time that being land-based — in a premier, luxury tented safari camp — affords.

QUito 2 NIGHTs

Explore the history, architecture and sights and sounds of of the Spanish Colonial empire and the world’s first UNESCO World Heritage site and stay in a restored colonial mansion.

GALAPAGOS small ship expedition  3 NIGHTs

Enjoy some of the world’s unique wildlife experiences on a luxurious small-ship catamaran. Galapagos wildlife know no predators and are as curious about you as you are them!

galapagos land-based safari lodge in highlands 2 NIGHTs

Perched in the highlands this luxury safari style camp is the perfect place from which to base for more independent explorations and relaxation after a cruise, as well as experiencing Galapageño culture.

*Price approximation reflecting seasonality and room category. All Knowmad trips are custom and quoted individually. 

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KEY B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

Knowmad Travel Day

DAY 1 Quito

Fly to Quito arriving likely late evening where you’ll be met and taken to your colonial mansion turned charming hotel situated in historic Old Town Quito.

  • No meals – Patio Andaluz

DAY 2 Quito

Experience an insider’s look at Quito’s historic district, which was the epicenter of the Spanish colonial empire and also the first ever UNESCO World Heritage site.

  • B – Patio Andaluz

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Island hop aboard an intimate catamaran and get face-to-face with an incredible array of animal species. Whether walking, snorkeling, kayaking or in a zodiac, you will be overwhelmed with wildlife such as the giant Galapagos Tortoise, marine iguanas, albatrosses, blue-footed boobies and more. This 4-day Galapagos cruise takes you to some of the famed sites through the islands while stopping at a few lesser-known locations along the way. (Exact itineraries vary depending on your vessel choice. We select partner ships based on expert naturalist guides, fantastic and diverse itineraries, comfortable cabins, food quality, and overall experience. Let us help pair you with your perfect Galapagos experience.)

This evening you’ll visit the Galapagos Interpretation Center as well as La Galapaguera where you’ll witness giant tortoises up close and roaming freely.

  • B, L, D – Petrel small ship catamaran or alternative vessel

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A.M. Gardner Bay & Osborn Islet
Spend the day on Española Island, the breeding site of nearly all of the waved albatrosses in the entire world. Starting at the spectacular Gardner Bay & Osborn Islet, walk across a lovely white sand beach among a busy sea lion colony or dive into the water to snorkel and possibly swim with sea lion pups.

P.M. Suárez Point
Visit Suárez Point to take a trail where you can see the incredible wildlife of the Galapagos, possibly including blue-footed and Nazca boobies, mockingbirds, Darwin finches, doves, hawks and marine iguanas. This hike offers incredible photography opportunities, and you will also have the chance to see the island’s unique blowhole that spurts water into the air.

  • B, L, D – Petrel small ship catamaran or alternative vessel

Galapagos Travel Flamingos


A.M. Cormorant Point & Devil’s Crown
Head to Cormorant Point and hike to a salt-water lagoon that is home to vibrant flamingos. You will be amazed by the green-colored beach, caused by a high percentage of olivine crystals in the sand, and you will get to swim in the crystal-clear waters off of the Devil’s Crown. This extinct volcano peaks out of the waters just off of Floreana’s coast and offers a magnificent snorkeling experience through the colorful marine life and submerged volcanic structures.

P.M. Post Office Bay
Explore the famous Post Office Bay where 18th century whalers once placed a wooden barrel for use as an unofficial mailbox, a custom that continues to this day with Galapagos visitors.

  • B, L, D – Petrel Catamaran

Galapagos Safari Camp


After disembarking you’ll visit the Charles Darwin Research Station getting hands on with their fieldwork. From here you’ll head to the Galapagos Safari Camp perched in the highlands of Santa Cruz exploring two enormous collapsed lava chambers and their tunnels en route. Enjoy a relaxing evening and the creations of arguably Galapagos’ best chef at this luxury safari style oasis.

  • B, L, D – Galapagos Safari Camp

Galapagos Snorkeling


Enjoy the day to relax and/or continue exploring Santa Cruz. You will have a private guide and transportation at your disposal. We recommend visiting the eastern side of Santa Cruz, the Cerro Mesa and Garrapatero for trekking, biking and kayaking options. At 490 meters above sea level, Cerro Mesa offers spectacular views and boasts the largest crater on Santa Cruz. This will all be on a private basis with a guide so you can decide how active you would like to be and do more or less activities or simply soak in the sun and relax on the white sand beach. Enjoy the sunshine and wildlife as you have a delicious picnic on the beach. After lunch you can visit Garrapatero Beach, where the contrast of mangroves, black lava, white sand and turquoise water, along with its birdlife and flamingo lagoon, is magnificent.

  • B – Galapagos Safari Camp

Galapagos Safari Camp Trips


Enjoy one last sunrise from your private perch and a relaxing morning. You’ll be taken to the Baltra airport flying in the late afternoon to Quito where you’ll await your overnight flight home.

  • B – Patio Andaluz

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Day 9

Arrive home


Regional flights required for this trip are round trip flights to/from Galapagos which are not included in sample cost guidelines.

Knowmad has vast knowledge of and operations within Ecuador. This is a private trip, and during the planning stages, your Trip Specialist will collaborate with you in modifying excursions, accommodations, and the flow of the itinerary to perfectly suit your travel style and interests. The following are some ways to customize this Ecuador private tour:

DurationWith more time we absolutely love pairing a couple nights at Galapagos Safari Lodge with your expedition cruise for an even more extensive experience that also allows you to taste more of Galapageño culture as well as wildlife.

accommodation upgrades or AlternativesFrom backcountry camping in tents to luxury, boutique hotels, Knowmad handpicks accommodations based on our travelers’ desires. Talk with us about the nuances of the variety of properties featured in our trips to find the best fit for you.

Visit another regionMaybe wine country or an Andean pueblo has caught your eye, but it’s not in this itinerary. Knowmad Trip Specialists are experts at coordinating inter-regional travel, considering sequencing and the best duration to spend in each destination depending on your interests and travel style.