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Galapagos: Wildlife Wonderland

Galapagos: Wildlife Wonderland

Cruise Highlights:

  • Family-friendly exploration of the Galapagos Islands
  • Experience a Wildlife Wonderland
  • Ride aboard a Zodiac-style panga
  • Come nose-to-nose with a giant tortoise
  • Swim with friendly sea lions

At a glance

Duration: 8 Days, 7 Nights

Coverage: Quito, Ecuador to Guayaquíl, Colombia

From: $5,190

Season: March – August

Activities: Birding, Hiking, Natural history, Photography, Sightseeing, Snorkeling, Zodiac cruises

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Tauck Bridges

Note: For the holiday sailing, please view our Holiday Galapagos Wildlife Wonderland itinerary.

If you ever wanted to explore lands time forgot, this is your chance to do it in style.

Join us for an Earth Journeys family travel experience highlighted by BBC Earth on-tour films and a specialist wildlife filming kit. Set sail for amazing tropical islands, truly a land that time forgot, on Tauck Bridges' family Galápagos tour that features a four-night cruise aboard M / V Santa Cruz.

A treasure trove of unique creatures live below the ocean's surface, and with the aid of a Go Pro camera you can capture what can't be seen from above. Have you ever seen birds wearing bright red or blue "shoes"? You will during this eco-cruise because the Galápagos is one of their favorite places to kick up their heels. How about prehistoric-looking iguanas? Or penguins and sea lions so friendly that they might swim right alongside you in brilliant blue water? Even the crabs are different here, with their bright red and yellow shells that provide quite a contrast to the black-lava rocks of these volcanic islands. Parabolic microphones bring the voices of nature to your ears... learn from Galápagos naturalists who travel with you... take walks on lave terrains... travel ashore via pangas... swim and snorkel... and spend two nights in colonial Quito.

We went on the July Tauck Bridges trip to the Galapagos aboard the Santa Cruz with our 9-year-old son and had the time of our lives! We heartily recommend this location to anyone, especially families. You will have an unforgetable experience!

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 ~ Arrive in Quito, Ecuador

A transfer is included from Mariscal Sucre International Airport to the Swissôtel Quito. After your flight to Ecuador, get a good a night’s sleep so you’ll be rested and ready for your family's unforgettable Galápagos tour.

Day 2 ~ A visit to the Equator & exploring Quito

Along with being 9,200 feet above “seal” level, Quito is also right near the Equator... so you'll have the opportunity to stand on both hemispheres at the same time before lunch near a volcanic crater. Later, enjoy a guided tour of the colonial heart of Ecuador's capital city, and join us tonight for a welcome reception and dinner back at your hotel. Meal BLD

Day 3 ~ Board your ship for your Galápagos cruise

After landing on Santiago Island, take a walk through a mangrove forest to see sea turtles and flocks of pink flamingos. Put on your bathing suit for a swim and a snorkel, and learn more about the sea lions and marine iguanas who live here. Meals BLD

Day 4 ~ Turtles, flamingos & more on Santiago Island

After landing on Santiago Island, take a walk through a mangrove forest to see sea turtles and flocks of pink flamingos. Put on your bathing suit for a swim and a snorkel, and learn more about the sea lions and marine iguanas who live here. MEals BLD

Day 5 ~ Finches and friendly sea lions

Meet Darwin's finches and other rare birds today on Rabida (Jervis) Island, with its red-colored beaches. At Bartolomé Island, hike up to the summit and drink in amazing vistas of its volcanic features and the neighboring islands. Ride a panga around Pinnacle Rock, and view sea lions, sea turtles and tiny tropical Galápagos penguins in a panorama of life found only here. Tonight you'll find out more about the Galápagos Islands with our shipboard naturalists. Meals BLD

Day 6 ~ Genovesa Island & Darwin Bay

Explore Genovesa (Tower) Island today and climb up Prince Philip’s steps for a hike across the island. An afternoon cruise to Darwin Bay views blue- and red-footed boobies. Celebrate the end of your cruise – and your family's most unforgettable of Galápagos tours – at our Captain’s farewell dinner. Meals BLD

Day 7 ~ Disembark & fly to Guayaquil

Disembark M/V Santa Cruz on San Cristóbal (Chatham) Island, and fly to Guayaquil on the mainland. Join us this evening for a poolside farewell party as your family's most memorable of Galápagos tours comes to a close.

Day 8 ~ Homeward bound

A transfer from the Hilton Colón Guayaquil to Guayaquil International Airport is included.

Dates & Rates

Dates Ships Explorer Cabin Horizon Deck Explorer Cabin Expedition Deck Explorer Cabin Panorama Deck Darwin Suite Panorama Deck
Jun 11, 2016 Santa Cruz II $5,290 $5,446 $5,696 $6,728
Jul 9, 2016 Santa Cruz II $5,290 $5,446 $5,696 $6,728
Jul 14, 2016 Santa Cruz II $4,990 $5,146 $5,396 $6,428

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Galapagos: Wildlife Wonderland Itinerary Map


M/V Santa Cruz

M/V Santa CruzThe 44-cabin M/V Santa Cruz was built exclusively for Galápagos Islands cruising and has gained recognition for excellent standards, including superb service, an expert crew, knowledgeable, multi-lingual naturalist guides and menus that feature international cuisine and celebrated Ecuadorian dishes. For comfortable cruising, the entire ship is air conditioned. Staterooms vary by deck and size, but all have similar standards for amenities, comfort and style. On the Boat Deck, there are two master suites with double beds and a private balcony, as well as two junior suites with twin beds. Standard staterooms on the Boat, Upper and Main Decks offer a variety of accommodations. View ship details...