Galápagos: Family – Wildlife Wonderland

8 Days



TIME OF YEAR – Mar – Apr, Jun – Aug, Dec

Quito Ecuador – Guayaquil Ecuador

This eight-day family adventure takes guests to the exotic Galápagos Islands, a region rich with a variety of local wildlife, flourishing flora and on-island excursions. Sailing through the four-island system by panga and by expedition ship, Santa Cruz II, as you and your family take in the beautiful views on both land and sea. Across this island society; explore the lagoons on Baltra Island that have a variety of birds within its ecosystem including pintail ducks, flamingos and stilts. Snorkel in Santiago Island in Buccaneer Cove where local sea lions may sneak up alongside you and surprise you. Hike up Bartolomé Island accompanied by incredible views at the summit. See the intricacies of the island firsthand! From the red sand of Jervis Island to the marine iquanas who forage for food in the sea, 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. Learn from Galápagos naturalists who travel with you… take walks on lave terrains… travel ashore via pangas… swim and snorkel… And much more!

Only With Tauck

On-tour film vignettes custom-made for Tauck by BBC Earth natural history experts plus other select BBC Earth touches.

Cruise prices are per person in U.S. dollars. All hotel and cruise ship accommodations, motor coach transportation, port charges, land excursions, admissions, entertainment, sightseeing, special dinners, porterage, and the services of the Tauck Directors, hotel and ship staff, and local guides and drivers are included. All-day soft drinks, daily cocktail hour, and wine with dinner aboard the cruise ship are also included. Transportation from Mariscal Sucre International Airport to the Swissôtel Quito is included, provided you have furnished us with accurate flight or train arrival information at least three weeks prior to the start of your tour. Transportation from the Wyndham Guayaquil to Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport is also included when you check out of the hotel. Transportation to and from the airports may be shared with other Tauck guests.

Age Recommendations – Children 8 years of age or older at the time of travel are welcome on this Tauck journey. Based upon our experience with family travelers, we have a minimum recommended age for each journey to encourage comfort and enjoyment for all of our guests. All children must be accompanied on activities by a parent or guardian. At least one guest in the traveling party must be 21 years of age or older in order to make a reservation.

Rates and schedules are not guaranteed until booked and will vary based on departure date.

Tour begins: Swissôtel Quito. A transfer is included from Mariscal Sucre International Airport to the Swissôtel Quito, where you’ll enjoy an Executive Level room. Join us for a special reception with local entertainment before our welcome dinner at the hotel. Then get a good night’s sleep so you’ll be rested and ready for your family’s unforgettable Galápagos experience.

Meals – Dinner

Lodging – Swissôtel Quito

Quito is not only 9,200 feet above “seal” level, it’s also on the Equator… the “middle of the world.” Take the opportunity to stand on both the northern and southern hemispheres at the same time, and learn more about Quito’s unique geography at the Inti Ñan Museum before enjoying an Ecuadorian lunch near a volcanic crater. Explore centuries-old Colonial Quito on a guided tour. Then spend the rest of the day and evening at leisure as you get set for tomorrow… when your Galápagos cruise gets underway!

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch

Lodging – Swissôtel Quito

Your family’s Galápagos tour and cruise* commences today when you fly from Quito to the volcanic island of Baltra and board your new expedition ship, Santa Cruz II. Your first shore excursion features a ride ashore on a panga to the island of Santa Cruz, and a wet landing on Las Bachas Beach (named for the US military barges, referred to as “bachas,” that were beached and abandoned there after WWII) – an important nesting area for the green sea turtle. On a guided hike around a saltwater lagoon today, look for flamingos, pintail ducks, sandpipers and stilts; join our expert naturalists for an informative briefing back aboard ship this evening, prior to the Captain’s welcome reception followed by dinner.

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Start the day with a morning boat ride off Buccaneer’s Cove on Santiago (James) Island – once a favorite haunt of pirates and whalers – to observe seabirds like frigates, pelicans and boobies, and go snorkeling off the panga. After lunch aboard ship, a wet landing at Puerto Egas on Santiago provides even more opportunities to see seabirds, along with a colony of sea lions and marine iguanas; enjoy a swim and a snorkel from the beach before returning to the ship.

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Meet Darwin’s finches and other rare birds today after a wet landing on Rabida (Jervis) Island, with its red-colored

beaches. Experience both wet and dry landings on your excursion to 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 – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Explore Genovesa (Tower) Island by panga and a dry landing; climb up Prince Philip’s steps for a hike across the island, where you’ll see masked boobies, frigate birds, storm petrels and more. An afternoon cruise and a wet landing at Darwin Bay offers more amazing views of thousands of rare birds, including red-footed boobies, gulls, mockingbirds, herons and finches, as well as an optional walk across volcanic terrain. Back aboard the ship, celebrate the end of your cruise – and your family’s most unforgettable Galápagos tour – at our Captain’s farewell dinner.

Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Disembark Santa Cruz II on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, and visit a tortoise reserve to observe in the wild one of the rarest forms of wildlife that continue to thrive here on the Galápagos Islands – the giant tortoise – and efforts being made by the Ecuadorian National Park Service to preserve and protect life on the islands for future generations. Late morning, travel to the airport for your flight to Guayaquil on the mainland, and an overnight at the Wyndham Guayaquil. Join us this evening for a poolside farewell party at your hotel as your family’s Ecuador and Galápagos tour comes to a close.

Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Tour ends: Guayaquil. A transfer from the Wyndham Guayaquil to José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport is included.

You should allow a minimum of 3 hours for flight check-in.

Meals – Breakfast

What's Included

  • All gratuities to Tauck Directors, local guides, drivers, naturalists, and ship staff
  • 4 nights aboard the new 90-guest Santa Cruz II, designed especially for Galápagos Islands cruising; dry and wet landings Your cruise may be a shared ship experience with non-Tauck guests onboard as well; all Tauck guests will be accompanied by one Tauck Director for approximately every 40 Tauck guests, and your itinerary will always be highlighted by exclusive, private Tauck shore excursions
  • Licensed Naturalist Guides of Galápagos National Park accompany shore excursions and hold briefings aboard ship, offering hands-on natural history lessons
  • Private Tauck Shore Excursions with experts, averaging two daily, for wildlife sightings and exciting activities
  • Entrance fee to Galápagos Nat’l Park – $100 value per adult
  • Have brunch near a dormant volcano close to the Equator and explore colonial Quito on a guided tour
  • Learn about the Galápagos' natural history and conservation in the islands during a visit to the Cristóbal Interpretation Center on San Cristóbal
  • Aboard ship – daily cocktail hour; all day soft drinks; wine and beer with dinner
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • 18 meals; service charges, most taxes and porterage

Nights 1-2 Quito, Ecuador

Swissôtel Quito

Known as “the kindest hotel of Latin America,” Swissôtel Quito is recognized as having the finest service in the city. Its convenient location offers easy access to Quito’s Old Town. Blending contemporary style and European elegance, guest rooms provide family-friendly amenities such as a 29-inch color TV with cable, a CD player, individually controlled heat and air conditioning, a healthy minibar, anti-allergic bedding, hair dryer and even an umbrella. Work off some excess energy in the indoor and outdoor swimming pools, on the tennis or squash courts or in the fitness room. If you’re hungry, you can choose between Ecuadorian, Swiss, Japanese, French and American cuisines, steaks and prime rib at six different restaurants, or enjoy a proper afternoon tea.

Tauck Guests enjoy complimentary Internet access in guest rooms!

Nights 3-6

Santa Cruz II

Created especially for operations in remote areas like the Galápagos Islands, the Santa Cruz II boasts five spacious decks with modern interiors designed by renowned Swedish ship designer Richard Nilsson. Just over 70 meters long, the new vessel sleeps 90 guests in 50 contemporary designed staterooms – 36 of which can be interconnected, offering flexibility for families and single travelers. Guests can choose from luxuriously appointed double and triple Explorer cabins, or opt for the more exclusive Darwin Suite, an exceptional standard of accommodation on the Panorama Deck. All staterooms are equipped with air conditioning, a large picture window, hair dryer, iPod / MP3 docking station, numerous electrical outlets, in-room safe, reading lights and more.

From top to bottom, Santa Cruz II features ample, indulgent spaces crafted from choice materials, including wide hallways and broad stairwells. Passengers can truly relax in the beautifully designed communal areas and viewing platforms, including indoor and outdoor dining options, two lounge bars, a well-stocked library, two indulgent ocean view hot tubs and a state of the art gym. Creative Ecuadorian and international cuisine featuring freshly caught fish and seafood and locally grown organic fruit and vegetables is spotlighted on menus served in the colorful Beagle Dining Room and al fresco on the Panorama Deck.

Santa Cruz II offers a refined small ship cruising experience, with a maximum capacity of just 90 passengers. Aboard Santa Cruz II, the Tauck group may share the ship with non-Tauck guests. On all departures, the Tauck group will be accompanied by one Tauck Director for approximately every 40 Tauck guests. Your cruise will be highlighted by exclusive, private Tauck shore excursions, while your time on board Santa Cruz II will provide opportunities for you to interact with the ship’s other non-Tauck guests.

Night 7
Guayaquil, Ecuador

Wyndham Guayaquil

Situated just steps from historic Santa Ana Hill and its famous lighthouse, the Wyndham Guayaquil boasts easy access to Guayaquil’s attractions, including the Las Peñas neighborhood and the World Trade Center Guayaquil. Each of the spacious guest rooms includes thoughtful amenities like plush pillow-top bedding, down pillows, minibar, floor-to-ceiling windows, bathrobe, digital safe and 43-inch flat screen satellite TV. Guests can stay fit at the state-of-art-fitness center or relax with a swim in the heated outdoor pool, which offers glorious views of the city from the 9th floor terrace. The onsite Restaurante Rio Grande serves up bountiful buffets for breakfast and lunch, and a selection of exquisitely prepared local and international à la carte dishes for dinner. And after a day of exploring, the Numa Bar is the ideal spot to relax with a cocktail.

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Galápagos: Family – Wildlife Wonderland