Tauck Galapagos Islands Adventure

8-Day Wildlife Wonderland Cruise & Tour

A Family Trip Bucket List! Venture on a 8-Day Wildlife Wonderland family vacation in the Galapagos Islands. Pack your bathing suits, sunscreen, hats and comfortable hiking shoes and prepare to get wet as you set sail for some of the most amazing tropical islands in the world on Tauck Bridges' family Galápagos tour that features a four-night cruise aboard the new expedition ship Santa Cruz II.

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 marine iguanas? Or penguins and sea lions so friendly that they might swim right alongside you in brilliant blue water? Special microphones bring the voices of nature to your ears... thermal imaging cameras bring the nighttime world "to light"... learn from Galápagos naturalists who travel with you... take walks on lave terrains... travel ashore via pangas... swim and snorkel... And much more!
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Ship: Santa Cruz II
Cruise Line: Tauck
Sail Date: Many dates available
From/To: Quito, Ecuador to Guayaquil, Ecuador
Length: 4-day cruise, 3-nights hotel
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What’s Included:

  • All gratuities to Tauck Directors, local guides, drivers, naturalists and ship staff
  • On-tour film vignettes custom-made for Tauck by BBC Earth natural history experts plus other select BBC Earth touches
  • 4 nights aboard the 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 – USD $100 value
  • 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
  • On-Tour Air (2 flights)
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • 18 meals (7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 6 dinners); gratuities to drivers, service charges, most taxes and porterage
Day Destination
Day 1 Quito, Ecuador (Swissôtel Quito)
Day 2 Quito, Ecuador (Swissôtel Quito)
Day 3 Fly to Baltra & cruise to Santa Cruz Island
Day 4 Santiago Island… iguanas, sea lions & more
Day 5 Finches & Penguins on Rabida and Bartolome
Day 6 Genovesa & Darwin Bay… all kinds of birds
Day 7 Disembark on Santa Cruz & fly to Guayaquil (Wyndham Guayaquil)
Day 8 Galápagos tour ends in Guayaquil

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Swissôtel Quito

Quito, Ecuador

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!

Santa Cruz II

Get ready to embark on a ship built with Galápagos Island cruising in mind! Conceived for operations in remote areas like the Galápagos Archipelago, the new 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. Dining in the colorful Beagle Dining Room or al fresco on the Panorama Deck is a delight for all ages on board Santa Cruz II; shipboard menus include creative Ecuadorian dishes and international cuisine featuring freshly caught seafood and locally grown produce that everyone in your party is sure to enjoy. Bon voyage!

Night  7

Wyndham Guayaquil

Guayaquil, Ecuador

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.

$350 Child Savings: Children 11 and under
Children under 18 must be booked in a room with at least one adult. Triple accommodations are not available for more than two adults, age 18 or older, sharing a room. Interconnecting cabins (subject to availability) can be booked onboard Santa Cruz II. Quads will be accommodated in two double rooms. Aboard ship, triple cabins are two beds and a pull-out couch; they are limited to two adults (age 18 or older) sharing a room with one child under age 18. In hotels, triples are usually a two-bedded room plus one rollaway bed.

Gratuities to Tauck Director, local guides, and ship staff included.

Recommended age: 8+ – the minimum age for this trip is 6 years.


Note: Galápagos: Wildlife Wonderland is a very active journey with considerable walking on uneven terrain. For activities marked with an asterisk (*) in the day-by-day descriptions, participation is at your own risk; a signed liability waiver will be required. Please note activity and pace level details as detailed on the Overview tab. Departures are hosted by one Tauck Director for approximately every 40 guests. We may not visit each of the islands in the order outlined, but we typically visit two different sites per day. Our Galápagos itinerary is subject to change due to wildlife encounters, atmospheric conditions and Galápagos National Park directives.

Note: Tours of Jun 18, Jul 2 & 16 will operate on a Western Islands itinerary.