Galapagos - Origin of the Species Cruise

Enjoy the wonders of these remote islands on this captivating vacation cruise.

Galapagos - Origin of the Species Cruise


"This trip was unbelievable! We will never forget the feeling of being so close to nature, with a naturalist that fed us information constantly about the history of Galapagos and the plant, marine and wildlife there. Being on a yacht with such a small group made it so much more wonderful -- and to top it off, the food and all of the staff on the yacht gave the trip a five star feel. We came home with the most incredible memories and photos of wildlife that we will treasure forever." —Sonya W.

If you want to explore the Galapagos in a small, luxurious ship, the 16-passenger Integrity is an excellent choice. The guides and service personnel are superb and there is never a crowd when you go on excursions ashore, or while kayaking or snorkeling.

If you want an active Galapagos adventure, the Integrity is a good choice - you can walk, swim, snorkel and kayak almost every day. There’s plenty of time to relax too. It’s up to you how you spend your time during this Galapagos Island cruise.

If you want to experience the wildlife and natural history that are the main attractions of the Galapagos Islands, the naturalist guides on the Integrity will provide an in depth, nuanced introduction. There are no better trained or friendlier guides in the archipelago.

Our expedition begins on Thursdays in Quito, Ecuador, then continues on to Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos where you have a day and a half ashore at the Royal Palm Resort to visit the Charles Darwin Research Center and the Santa Cruz highlands. You board the Integrity on Saturday in time for dinner, then spend the next six days sailing, swimming, hiking, kayaking, and relaxing on deck enjoying tropical breezes. The following Saturday you disembark and fly back to Quito for a final overnight before catching flights home on Sunday.

It’s a wonderful, well paced experience and we highly recommend it if the Galapagos are on your wish list.


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Galapagos Islands Tour Itinerary in Brief

Day 1: Arrive in Quito, Ecuador. Transfers and overnight.

Day 2: Fly to Galapagos Islands. Transfer to the Royal Palm Resort. Visit Santa Cruz Highlands, search for giant tortoises.

Day 3: Visit Puerto Ayora and the Charles Darwin Research Station. Board the yacht at dinnertime.

Days 4-9: Live aboard the yacht and spend as much time exploring the islands as park rules permit. We have at least two shore visits each day, timed to avoid the large cruise ship groups. We have several chances to swim and snorkel during our week. Each night we travel on to the next island.

Day 10: We have breakfast then fly back to Quito for dinner and overnight.

Day 11: Depart for home, or on to other adventures.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Quito, Ecuador
  Fly from your home city to Quito, Ecuador. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the Hilton Colón Quito hotel with check-in to your Club Floor accommodations.
Day 2
To the Galapagos--Santa Cruz
  Galapagos Islands Wildlife TourTransfer to the airport for an early morning flight to Baltra, Galapagos. While our luggage is being collected, we enjoy refreshments in the air conditioned Royal Palm Resort's VIP airport lounge. We transfer to the Island of Santa Cruz where we travel with our naturalist in a spacious air conditioned vehicle up into the highland rain forest to the Royal Palm Resort where we'll spend the night. After a rest (or a dip in the pool) we enjoy lunch. Later, we explore the Santa Cruz Highlands to view endemic Galapagos plant species and visit lava tubes and sinkholes. We'll hike through tall grasses among the grazing tortoises and then have some leisure time before dinner. Afterwards, we retire for a good night's sleep in the very quiet Royal Palm Resort. B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Day 3
Santa Cruz, boarding your yacht
  Travel to the Galapagos Islands on this luxury cruise packageWe head down to the village of Puerto Ayora to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station where we learn about conservation issues and the tortoise and iguana hatching and rearing programs. We'll even get to view some of the hatchlings. After an exploration of the village of Puerto Ayora, we lunch at a waterside restaurant overlooking Academy Bay. We board the luxurious 141 foot yacht Integrity mid- to late afternoon in Academy Bay. BLD
Days 4-9
On the Boat— Exploring Darwin’s Galapagos
  We live aboard the spacious Integrity for a week, spending as much time ashore as the Park rules permit. With our licensed Class III naturalist, we learn about the birds and animals, geology, marine life and oceanic systems of the Galapagos Islands. We swim and snorkel with tropical fish, sea lions and sometimes with penguins! BLD
Day 10
Galapagos, Quito
  From our anchorage in the Baltra harbor, we say "adios" to the Integrity and its dedicated crew, and adjourn to the Baltra airport Royal Palm Resort's VIP lounge to await our mid-morning flight to the Ecuador mainland and Quito. On arrival, we transfer to the Hilton Colón Quito hotel for an overnight. BLD
Day 11
Quito—home or elsewhere
  Transfer to the airport with check-in to your homeward bound flight unless you are remaining for more adventures.


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We hike, swim, snorkel, and meander among birds and animals that have no fear of us - that return our curiosity as we enter their world.

A trip exclusive: by starting in Galapagos with a stay at the Royal Palm Resort and visits to the Darwin Research Station and the Santa Cruz Highlands, we have an entire extra day to spend in the outer islands. That's why we can offer both Hood (Espanola) and Tower (Genovesa ) in a one-week, small yacht cruise.


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The Ship

All cabins are located on the main deck and feature lower twin or king beds.

The Integrity is a 141-ft. luxury yacht customized to carry 16 adventurers in luxury. It’s very comfortable due to the large stabilizers and all systems, including engines, transmissions, electronics, water filtration and sterilization are new, as are the interior decoration and furnishings.

There are double cabins, an owner’s suite and one single cabin. Each cabin has large picture windows, individual climate control, satellite telephone, a stocked refrigerator, and an entertainment center with CD/DVD, VHS, and LCD monitor. Bathroom facilities are en suite with a shower, lavatory and toilet. In the second deck salon, you’ll find the bar and lounge seating.

Meals are served at tables of 4 to 6, not far from a galley designed for the Integrity's gourmet chefs. On the covered top deck, you'll find a spa, a bar, barbecue and comfortable chaise lounges where you can relax, enjoy a beverage or nap in the gentle breezes.

Standard cabins (#3-8)
Standard w/queen bed (#9)
Suite (Cabin #1)


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Pricing & Dates

Galapagos Islands Cruise Dates
Departures throughout the year every Thursday, return ten days later on Sunday.
No departures in September.

$6,195 for 11-day Origin of Species itinerary
$5,895 for cruise only; excludes Quito and Santa Cruz Island overnight.
  Rates are per person, double occupancy
Single supplement $1,800 for the cruise, $450 for hotels
Owners suite surcharge $1,800 per person
Full ship charter $99,120 for entire 11-day itinerary
  $94,320 for cruise only
Surcharges for Holiday departures
$400 per person for 11-day Origin of Species itinerary
$200 per person cruise only
Full Ship Charter $105,520 for entire 11-day itinerary
  $100,720 for cruise only
2013 Departure Dates  
October 3 - October 13 B November 7 - November 17
October 10 - October 20 A November 14 - November 24 B
October 17 - October 27 B November 21 - December 1 A
October 24 - November 3 A November 28 - December 8 B
October 31 - November 10 B December 5 - December 15 A
  December 12 - December 22 B


  • All airport transfers
  • Rooms at Hilton Colon, Quito, Day 1 & 10 (Executive Floor)
  • Rooms at the Royal Palm Resort Day 2
  • Excursions on Santa Cruz Island
  • All meals from breakfast on Day 2 through breakfast Day 11
  • An expert naturalist who leads you on shore visits and snorkeling
  • Snorkel equipment (fins and masks included)
  • Use of kayaks
  • Non-alcoholic beverages and draft beer on the ship
  • Fuel Surcharge
Not Included:
  • International and Galapagos flights (you will be billed for the Quito-Baltra-Quito flights as part of your final payment)
  • Galapagos Park entrance fee ($110)
  • Tips
  • Airport departure taxes

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Abby Liell - Orvis Travel

Abby Liell
Galapagos Cruise Contact
0808 234 3718
00 1 802 362 8790

I have taken a lot of trips over the years. This was my first Orvis Travel trip, and I wish I would have used you sooner. The entire experience was excellent, and very easy.
- Bryan R., Lambertville, NJ

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