• 8 days/7 nights
  • Next Departure: Call (800) 575-1540
  • From $5,998 / person
  • (Varying single supplement)

Luxury Galapagos Cruise!

Darwin’s natural laboratory beckons to be explored on this luxury, small ship cruise around the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador. Discover this UNESCO World Heritage Site from the comfort of The Eclipse, a 48-passenger luxury cruise ship replete with cozy amenities, fine wining and dining, and English-speaking naturalists to share the mystery and history behind the Galapagos stunning environment. By day, venture to the many islands of this wild region to swim, snorkel, hike, and learn about the fascinating wildlife, dynamic geological features, and unique flora and fauna. By night, enjoy a dip in the Jacuzzi, relax on the observation deck, dine al fresco, or take some private time in your beautiful, ocean view state room on this all-inclusive Galapagos vacation package. All the while, Austin’s signature touch of inspired, thoughtful service invites you to unwind and soak in Ecuador’s enchanting islands as you cross the Equator, savor spectacular sunsets and experience unforgettable encounters with the world’s most remarkable collection of biodiversity.

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  • Adult Only Vacations
  • Multi-Sport
  • Hiking
  • Paddling
  • Safari / Wildlife
  • Small Ship
  • Snorkeling / Swimming

Activity Level: Easy

This Tour

Enjoy the luxuries of your upscale expedition vessel as you explore an unmatched array of marine and wildlife in the Galapagos Islands, the planet's very first World Heritage Site. This custom, eight-day itinerary has been carefully crafted to introduce you to the natural wonders, underwater treasures and countless wildlife animating the volcanic shores and mangrove forests of one of the world's most classic destinations. An adventure-of-a-lifetime awaits!

  • Visit a sea lion colony on South Plaza Island as boobies and swallow-tailed gulls soar overhead
  • Paddle by panga to Black Turtle Cove, a tranquil mangrove-clad maze of salt-water inlets, a perfect refuge for sea turtles, rays, and sharks
  • Step carefully over a myriad of sunning marine iguanas and watch for waved albatrosses on Espanola
  • Drop a postcard in a barrel once used as a mail drop by 18th-century pirates and buccaneers on Floreana
  • Explore a moonscape of spatter cones and lava tubes on a hike up Bartolome
  • Snorkel with penguins in the pristine waters surrounding Pinnacle Rock before retiring to the comfort of your luxurious small-ship


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When our guide told us the rule in the Galapagos was to not let the wildlife touch us (not vice-versa) I thought he was joking...until a sea lion pup waddled over and played tug of war with my shoelaces!

Georgia H Guide

Great Guides, awesome experience, staff very friendly

Cindy L Boxford, MA

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Tour Itinerary

8 days/7 nights

Quito, Ecuador or Guayaquil, Equador

Day 1: Quito, Galapagos, North Seymore Island
Day 2: Plaza Island, Santa Fe Island
Day 3: San Cristobal Island
Day 4: Floreana Island
Day 5: Isabela Island
Day 6: Santa Cruz island
Day 7: Espanola Island
Day 8: Mosquera Islet, Guayaquil/Quito/Departure
Note: There are two different itineraries. Please call for details.

Eclipse Cruise

The Eclipse offers all the amenities and services of other luxury cruise ships in the Galapagos with only a fraction of the number of passengers.  She is extremely spacious for 48 passengers and boasts an English-speaking naturalist for every 12 passengers.

On-board amenities include a Jacuzzi, an observation deck, al fresco dining area, entertainment center and a gift shop.  Her spacious cabins and staterooms are well equipped with lovely hardwood furnishings, ocean views and private bathrooms.  Guests will enjoy many amenities such as safety deposit boxes in each room, internal communication between rooms and laundry service.

Dates, Rates
& Details

Stop daydreaming and start planning your adventure today. Confirmed departure dates and rates are listed below. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Not finding what you're looking for? Over 33% of our itineraries are tailored to fit your group or family needs. Feel free to call one of our travel specialists for information on custom trips. Let us plan your next adventure of a lifetime!

  • 8 days/7 nights
  • Next Departure: Call (800) 575-1540
  • From $5,998 / person
  • (Varying single supplement)

Additional Trip Information

  • Please arrive in Quito no later than the evening prior to your cruise (we recommend arriving a minimum of 2 nights to allow for potential flight delays and misconnection).
  • Flights to Galapagos for Ecoventura's passengers are serviced by AEROGAL Airlines from Quito and Guayaquil.
  • On the day of departure, please be at the airport in Quito or Guayaquil one and a half hours prior to departure for check-in.
  • Please look for the Ecoventura representative at the AEROGAL Airline ticket counter to collect your boarding pass, transit card (if prepaid) and get assistance with check in.
  • On your last day, head to the airport for a flight back to the mainland (departing San Cristobal at 11:20 am, arriving in Guayaquil at 2:15 pm flight schedule subject to change)
  • Transfer to your hotel in Guayaquil or continue the flight on to Quito (arriving at 4:00 pm) to connect with your departing flight to the U.S.
  • If you would like assistance in arranging your pre or post cruise details, please contact your Austin Adventures trip consultant (800.575.1540).
  • Hiking: 1 to 2 miles per hike, easy to moderate terrain.
  • Sea Kayaking: No experience necessary.
  • Snorkeling: Equipment provided, no experience necessary.
  • Boating: Inflatable Zodiac touring with naturalist guide.

The hallmark of an Austin Adventures vacation is our exceptional dining. All meals: breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, refreshments and receptions are included as indicated by itinerary. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner). Most alcoholic beverages and related gratuities are not included in the trip price.

Included in Trip Price
  • Cabin accommodation on board.
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners, snacks and refreshments.
  • Non-alcoholic beverages and filtered water throughout cruise / House wine and beer with dinner.
  • Fully trained, bilingual, professional guides and knowledgeable local partners.
  • Guided shore excursions.
  • Use of snorkeling equipment, wet suits, and sea kayaks.
  • Transports between the airport and dock in Galapagos.
  • Austin Adventures T-shirt & luggage tags.
  • Pre-departure and packing information.
Not Included in Trip Price
  • Gratuities to Austin Adventures / Ecoventura guides & crew.
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Transfer to Quito or Guayaquil airport from your pre-trip hotel.
  • Airfare to Galapagos & airfare fuel surcharge.
  • Galapagos Entrance Fee & Transit Card.
  • Pre-and post-trip accommodations/packages and associated expenses.
  • Air and land transportation to/from host cities.
  • All types of personal insurance.
  • Personal expenses & purchases on board / from boutique.

With over 20-years of experience in the adventure travel industry, we've perfected the recipe for crafting award-winning small group trips and custom itineraries on all seven continents. On every departure, we aim to exceed your expectations with best-in-class service, expert guides and the finest in regional cuisine and accommodations. From first-time travelers to seasoned alumni, our guests agree that on each Austin Adventures journey , the hardest part truly is going home. We're happy to share that 99.26% of these travelers say they'd join us again...and again...and again. But don't take our word for it. Our guests say it best:

The trip was amazing -more than I could have hoped to see. Everything went smoothly and we had a trip of a lifetime. Thanks, AA!

Diana B, Spring Grove, IL

Excellent. thorough and well taken care of.

Heather B, Washington, DC

The staff on the Liddy where very attentive to meet our needs. The naturalists kept us well informed of the upcoming day's activities. They where knowledgeable about the islands and responded to all questions.

Donald L, Manchester, MO

It was very well organized. We adored our ship crew. Service was fantastic.

Caterina, F, Cherry Hills Vlg, CO

Excellent program, great service.

Nan M, Houston, TX
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A few more reasons why you've gotta go:
  • 1. For a step back in time: Follow in Darwin's footsteps and experience first-hand where his Theory of Evolution all began.
  • 2. The fearless wildlife: Without any natural predators, the raptors, reptiles and marine mammals of the Galapagos are clearly as interested in you as you are in them.
  • 3. The giant tortoise: For a true definition of longevity, come face to face with the world's most enduring creature (whose average life span is 150-175 years!).
  • 4. Did we already mention the wildlife? Most of the animals seen on our Galapagos adventure tours can only be seen in this group of beautiful islands.
  • 5. In-the-field expertise: From spinning fascinating regional interpretation to orchestrating seamless group dynamics, our guides keep their eyes on the details, ensuring that the toughest part of your vacation truly is going home.

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