Cruising Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands

2025 Guayquil > Quito | Price from $4799

8 DAYS • 16 MEALS This fascinating journey into the untouched natural wonder of the Galápagos Islands begins in Ecuador’s capital city of Quito. Feel what it’s like to be standing in the middle of the world at the Equator Monument before boarding the Galápagos Legend for a four-night cruise to these remarkable islands. Exotic locales and animals await your discovery with shore excursions on Santiago, Isabela, Fernandina and Santa Cruz Islands. Following your exploration of the islands with a guided city tour and overnight accommodations.

Cruise Itinerary

Day 1: Depart the USA

Depart the USA on a flight to Quito, Ecuador. Upon arrival, you’ll be met by a representative of Mayflower Cruises and Tours and assisted with the transfer to the hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the evening to experience this amazing city on your own.

Day 2: Quito, Ecuador

After breakfast, enjoy a guided tour of Quito. The first city to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978, Quito boasts a historic center and centuries-old landmarks, dating back 500 years. See Independence Square, flanked by Presidential and Archbishop’s palaces. Visit ‘Mitad del Mundo’ and the Equator Monument, which stands at 0 degrees, and feel what it’s like to be standing in the middle of the world. During the included city tour, see a bull fighting ring and the gilded Spanish colonial church. This evening, enjoy the city on your own. Meals: B, L

Day 3: MV Galápagos Legend

After breakfast, board your flight to Baltra. Upon arrival, embark the MV Galápagos Legend for a four-night cruise. Set sail for Mosquera Islet, a tiny, low lying islet covered in coral sand. Experience your first wet landing and see lazy sea lions sunning themselves on the sand as you reach the shore. Shorebirds as well as herons, lava gulls and boobies are also found here. While snorkeling, one can often see sharks, rays and barracuda. Meals: B, L, D

Day 4: Egas Port (Santiago Island) – Rabida Island

This morning, visit the fourth largest island in the Galápagos, Santiago Island. It provides spectacular views of powerful volcanic activity. A wet landing brings you to Egas Port, a black volcanic sand beach, visited by Darwin in 1835. The unique, truly striking layered terrain of the Santiago shore is home to a variety of animals including the bizarre yellow-crowned night heron, sea lions and lava lizards. Marine wildlife including lobster, starfish and marine iguanas graze on algae beds alongside Sally light-foot crabs. You may also see colonies of endemic fur seals swimming in cool-water volcanic rock pools. The afternoon’s adventure is on Rabida Island. Lying at the heart of the archipelago, this dramatic island, with its distinctive red-sand beach, is home to sea lions, mockingbirds, finches, endemic Galápagos doves and vermillion flycatchers. A walk takes you through a forest of palo santo and cacti to a beautiful overview of the bay. During a dinghy ride along the marine cliffs, observe nesting seabirds. Snorkeling here can be excellent, often with large schools of black-striped salemas, sea lions and the ubiquitous turtles. Meals: B, L, D

Day 5: Urbina Bay and Tangus Cove (Isabela Island)

Start your day with a wet landing on the volcanic black beach at Urbina Bay. In 1954, a volcano uplifted the coral reef, leaving marine skeletons that tell of its ancient past. Look for Darwin’s finches, land iguanas and the Galápagos cotton flower in bloom. After a short walk inland, outstanding snorkeling awaits in the crystal clear waters, showcasing fascinating marine life. Amazing views of the Alcedo Volcano, which spewed an unusual combination of rhyolite and basalt lava, stands as a powerful backdrop and reminder of nature’s power. This afternoon, a dry landing takes you into Tangus Cove. A well-known hideout in the days of pirates, it was also one of the few sites visited by Darwin and the HMS Beagle in 1835. A trail walk leads to Darwin’s salt-water crater lake with excellent views of lava fields and volcanic formations. The dinghy ride along the shoreline showcases blue-footed boobies, brown noddys, terns, and other seabirds. You can also snorkel in the deep water, along the submerged wall with turtles and native fish. Meals: B, L, D

Day 6: Punta Espinosa (Fernandina Island) – Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela Island)

Arrive via dry landing at Espinosa Point on Fernandina Island, one of the most well-preserved of the Galápagos Islands. Discover one of the world’s most pristine island ecosystems as you observe hundreds of prehistoric marine iguanas sunbathing on black lava rocks. Quiet now as you encounter flightless cormorants on their nesting site, the only place in the world to find this species. These birds once flew, but over time, adapted to their environment and lost their ability to fly. Be on the lookout for the major predator on the island, the Galápagos hawk. This afternoon, visit Vicente Roca Point. This is a marine-only visitor site with great opportunities for deep-water snorkeling. See plenty of red-lipped batfish, sea horses, frogfish, marine turtles, sunfish, nudibranchs and octopi in these waters. On a dinghy ride along the coast, observe brown pelicans, penguins, flightless cormorants, nazca and blue-footed boobies, all ready to pose for pictures! Meals: B, L, D

Day 7: Santa Cruz Island / Guayaquil

As your cruise comes to an end, you’ll be filled with wonder at the sights and sounds of the Galápagos Islands. Disembark the vessel after a dry landing and journey by coach from the coast to the dense humid forest of the mountains and the Highlands Tortoise Reserve. A variety of birds – tree and ground finches, vermillion flycatchers, paint-billed crakes, yellow warblers and cattle egrets (usually standing on the tortoises’ shell!) make this their home, while the Galápagos giant tortoises are also seen meandering through pastures in their natural habitat. Continue to the Baltra airport for your flight to Guayaquil. Upon arrival, enjoy a city tour with a local guide as you stroll along the charming river promenade and see Centenario Park dedicated to the independence and freedom of the old city. Walking through the legendary colonial district Barrio Las Peñas, admire panoramic views of the city and Guayas River.The evening is free for independent exploration. Meal: B

Day 8: Guayaquil / USA

Bid a fond farewell to Ecuador and its Galápagos Islands and return home filled with so many fond memories of the beauty, animal encounters and life enriching experiences of your small ship adventure. Meal: B

Itinerary and vessel are subject to change based on operating conditions

Tour Highlights

  • 16 Meals: 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours
  • Pre-cruise hotel stay and touring in Quito
  • Local English-speaking guides in Quito and Guayaquil
  • Four-night cruise aboard the MV Galápagos Legend
  • Two excursions per day during the cruise
  • English-speaking Naturalist Guides aboard the vessel
  • Complimentary snorkel gear onboard
  • All meals included onboard the vessel
  • Post-cruise hotel stay and touring in Guayaquil

Hotel Accommodations

Days 1 and 2 – Go Quito, Quito, Ecuador
Days 3 through 6 – MV Galápagos Legend
Day 7 – Oro Verde or similar, Guayaquil, Ecuador

MV GALAPAGOS LEGEND
ecuador-cruise
  • Swimming pool and sun terrace
  • Spa with 2 Jacuzzi’s
  • Library
  • Medical Station
  • Panorama Lounge
  • Glass bottom boat
  • Boutique
  • 24 hour coffee / tea station

Junior Cabin (161 sq. ft): Earth Deck

Features two panoramic windows, lower beds, either two twin or one queen, private bath, telephone service for internal, local and international calls, air conditioning, LCD TV with multi-media system, safe deposit box and hair dryer

Standard Plus Cabin (118 sq. ft): Sea and Earth Decks

Features two port holes, lower beds, private bath, telephone service for internal, local and international calls, air conditioning, LCD TV with multi-media system, safe deposit box and hair dryer

Balcony Cabin (237 sq. ft): Sky and Moon Decks

Features private balcony with door, panoramic window, lower beds (either two twin or one queen), private bath, telephone service for internal, local and international calls, air conditioning, LCD TV with multi-media system, safe deposit box and hair dryer

DATES & AVAILABILITY

April 23, 2024 | Priced from $4,499

Standard Plus Cabin - Sea Deck
$4,499 per person twin / Single Room add $2,399

Junior Cabin – Earth Deck
$4,999 per person twin / Single Room add $2,579

Call for airfare from your gateway city to Quito, returning from Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Please add $600 per person for flights between Quito and Galápagos and to Guayaquil.
Please add $270 per person for park licenses, fees and surcharges.

September 10, 2024 | Priced from $4,499

Standard Plus Cabin - Sea Deck
$4,499 per person twin / Single Room add $2,399

Junior Cabin – Earth Deck
$4,999 per person twin / Single Room add $2,579

Call for airfare from your gateway city to Quito, returning from Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Please add $600 per person for flights between Quito and Galápagos and to Guayaquil.
Please add $270 per person for park licenses, fees and surcharges.

October 1, 2024* | Priced from $4,499

Standard Plus Cabin - Sea Deck
$4,499 per person twin / Single Room add $2,399

Junior Cabin – Earth Deck
$4,999 per person twin / Single Room add $2,579

Call for airfare from your gateway city to Quito, returning from Guayaquil, Ecuador.
* This departure features different ports. Please contact Mayflower Cruises & Tours for details.

Please add $600 per person for flights between Quito and Galápagos and to Guayaquil.
Please add $270 per person for park licenses, fees and surcharges.

April 22, 2025 | Priced from $4,799

Standard Plus Cabin - Sea Deck
$4,499 per person twin / Single Room add $2,399

Junior Cabin – Earth Deck
$5,359 per person twin / Single Room add $2,579

Balcony Cabin – Sky & Moon
$6,169 per person twin / Single Room add $4,425

Call for airfare from your gateway city to Quito, returning from Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Please add $625 per person for flights between Quito and Galápagos and to Guayaquil.
Please add $270 per person for park licenses, fees and surcharges.

September 9, 2025 | Priced from $4,799

Standard Plus Cabin - Sea Deck
$4,499 per person twin / Single Room add $2,399

Junior Cabin – Earth Deck
$5,359 per person twin / Single Room add $2,579

Balcony Cabin – Sky & Moon
$6,169 per person twin / Single Room add $4,425

Call for airfare from your gateway city to Quito, returning from Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Please add $625 per person for flights between Quito and Galápagos and to Guayaquil.
Please add $270 per person for park licenses, fees and surcharges.

September 30, 2025* | Priced from $4,799

Standard Plus Cabin - Sea Deck
$4,499 per person twin / Single Room add $2,399

Junior Cabin – Earth Deck
$5,359 per person twin / Single Room add $2,579

Balcony Cabin – Sky & Moon
$6,169 per person twin / Single Room add $4,425

Call for airfare from your gateway city to Quito, returning from Guayaquil, Ecuador.
* This departure features different ports. Please contact Mayflower Cruises & Tours for details.

Please add $625 per person for flights between Quito and Galápagos and to Guayaquil.
Please add $270 per person for park licenses, fees and surcharges.

October 14, 2025* | Priced from $4,799

Standard Plus Cabin - Sea Deck
$4,499 per person twin / Single Room add $2,399

Junior Cabin – Earth Deck
$5,359 per person twin / Single Room add $2,579

Balcony Cabin – Sky & Moon
$6,169 per person twin / Single Room add $4,425

Call for airfare from your gateway city to Quito, returning from Guayaquil, Ecuador.
* This departure features different ports. Please contact Mayflower Cruises & Tours for details.

Please add $625 per person for flights between Quito and Galápagos and to Guayaquil.
Please add $270 per person for park licenses, fees and surcharges.