The Comfort of Cruising Galapagos

Galapagos Islands

The islands are the land of superlatives. It is one of the most important national parks on earth and one of the world’s largest marine reserves.


Arrive to the city in the Middle of the World and enjoy a slow pace introduction to the city. Stand with your feet on both hemispheres and learn more about the geodesic mission in the country. Enjoy a private tour of old Quito, the best well preserved Historic Centre in the region. Continue to the Galapagos, on board of the Isabela Cruise. This is a 40 passengers’ boat that will take you around the archipelago mixing the comfort of its facilities and the knowledge of the naturalists



As soon you arrive to Quito an airport representative will be waiting for you at your airplane gate; he will assist during the migration and customs procedures. After customs a Link Experiences representative will be waiting for you with a special welcome gift and to accompany you during the transfer from the airport to hotel. Quito’s airport is located 45 minutes away from the main city.


After breakfast, your local guide will pick you up from your hotel and take you to visit the Middle of the World Monument, situated at 0o0’0” latitude. Take a picture with your feet on both hemispheres! Continue the tour to the Intiñan Museum where you can see various demonstrations of natural phenomena, gravity and balance manifested in the equatorial zone. This is a really fun and interactive museum. Afternoon at leisure.


After breakfast, discover Quito’s beautiful Historic Center, named World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. Quito is a city with a rich history, hiding the most fascinating legends, forbidden love stories, political insurrection plans, and more. Learn about the different architecture styles in the Old Town, stroll through cobblestoned streets and meet some artisans who’ve kept traditions alive for centuries. Take a private visit to La Compañia, San Francisco and Basilica churches and experience an exclusive tasting of the best chocolate in the world! Afternoon at leisure. Meals included: breakfast


Private transfer to the airport for your flight to Galapagos Domestic flight to Galapagos Transfer to the cruise for introductory briefing and lunch Puerto Ayora and the Charles Darwin Research Station After driving down from the highlands, we visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the giant tortoise pens within an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest home to many land birds. These are the headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation and the National Park administration. Late afternoon we stroll along the main street of Puerto Ayora before embarking on Yacht Isabela II. We review the expeditions plan for next day, and enjoy the Captain’s welcome cocktail and dinner. Meals included: All meals


Santa Fe Island A stunning anchorage provides our jumping-off point for our visit to this sandy white beach with many sea lion harems. Galapagos hawks are often easily observed, perched atop salt bushes. The endemic land iguana, unique to this island, may be spotted during the walk. Snorkelling from our skiffs, kayaking or a ride in our glass-bottom boat rounds off the rewarding experience. South Plaza The turquoise waters here contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline, while a carpet of scarlet sesuvium succulents serves as groundcover for a grove of luminescent green prickly-pear cactus beyond, populated by Galapagos land iguanas. Keep an eye open for the remarkable beaks of cactus finches. Along the coastline one finds sea lion colonies, while sea birds play with the thermals that form along the cliffs of this small but amazing island. Meals included: All meals


North Seymour Island The morning starts with an enjoyable walk along the coast and the interior of this island, a favourite of many visitors, observing numerous bird colonies as well as sea lions and marine iguanas. There are opportunities for snorkelling and coastal exploration with chances of spotting fur seals along the rocky coastline. This uplifted island is also home to a nesting colony of frigatebirds, and provides great views of the surrounding islands due to its central location in the archipelago. Las Bachas (Santa Cruz Island) After WWII, US military barges were beached and abandoned here. Locals referred to the beach as the “barges” beach, a name that morphed to “bachas”. Today it is an important nesting area for the east Pacific green sea turtle. Located on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, it is a glorious white beach, with several brackish lagoons only a few steps away from the sea. These lagoons are the feeding grounds of various wading birds, from stilts to flamingos. We can swim and/or snorkel from the beach. In the evening, Thursday’s expedition plan briefing and dinner. Meals included: All meals


Bartolome Island This morning, a Galapagos icon awaits for us: Bartolome Island. A great way to start the day, with a steep climb up a wooden staircase: the view from the top is worth the effort! Following the walk, we take the dinghies for a ride around colossal Pinnacle Rock, followed by time to enjoy the beach and do some snorkelling. Explore the shores and look for Galapagos penguins too. We can also ride in the glass-bottom boat for great views of the underwater world. Sullivan Bay (Santiago Island) After lunch, we get on board the pangas to land at Sullivan Bay on the east coast of Santiago, a white coral sand beach great for swimming with a trail over a lava field that flowed here a little over 120 years ago. This is the perfect place to see and feel the volcanic origin of Galapagos while observing its wildlife. Many label this location as an open textbook of geologic wonders. Meals included: All meals


After breakfast, disembar at San Cristóbal Island. Transfer to the airport for domestic flight to Quito Domestic flight Assistance at the airport and transfer to your hotel close to the airport in Quito Meals included: Breakfast


Your private driver and transportation will pick you up to transfer you to the international airport. Assistance at the airport for international flight. Meals included: Breakfast



  • English-Spanish speaking – guide and driver in private basis



  • Double accommodation with daily breakfast. Accomodation is subject to availability until confirmation.



  • Air Tickets from Quito – Galapagos – Quito
  • All transfers & private ground transportation as mentioned in the itinerary



  • All excursions as mentioned in the itinerary with private bilingual speaking naturalist guide (English & Spanish)
  • Assistance with the check-in procedure at Galapagos and Quito airport
  • Galapagos Cruise, Isabela 5d/4n
  • Galapagos National Park Fees and Ingala Card
  • Meals as detailed on the program, Ecuadorian and international gastronomy.
  • Personalized assistance 24/7


  • Personal expenses, Extras and Tips.
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Meals not stated in the program
  • International air tickets to Ecuador
  • Medical services
  • Personal travel insurance


  • Itinerary is subject to change in case of force majeure caused by exceptional and natural circumstances.
  • All rates are per person and apply only to foreign passengers.
  • Prices may change without warning and can only be guaranteed once the reservation has been made.
  • Bookings shall include the passenger’s full name, nationality, passport number, age and birthdate.
  • Any deposit or payment made by the Client to the Company, for the services that the Company will provide, constitute acceptance for any person that will receive the services of the Company of the Terms and Conditions described at //
  • Galapagos itineraries are subject to change due to weather conditions or Galapagos National Park regulation.
  • Although Galapagos wildlife is rich, observation of specific species can never be guaranteed..


In the domestic flight to Galapagos, each passenger may bring one checked luggage of 23kg + a carry-on baggage of 8kg.


The checked allowance is:

  • Weight: 23kg
  • Dimension: 158cm/62in


The carry-on allowance is:

  • Weight: 8kg.
  • Dimension: 55cm x 35cm x 25cm


Comfortable and light clothes, wind breaker jacket, bathing suit and comfortable walking shoes are convenient when visiting Galapagos, while warmer clothes are required for stays in Quito and Andean mountain areas. Visitors should not wear sleeveless shirts, shorts, short skirts or skimpy clothing when visiting religious or official buildings. Sun protection, sun glasses, one small backpack, a hat and mosquito repellent can be very useful during your stay.

“Thank you Link Experiences for making our trip so magical!”

Jasmine Tookes

California, USA

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