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Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands

Cruise the Galapagos Islands with Sue Flood

  • EXPERT-LED CRUISE
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07/04/21 07/13/2110 days $9,706 ex. flights $5,828Sue Flood14 Max LIMITED Reserve place

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Sue Flood 1

Sue Flood

Explore the Galapagos Islands with Sue Flood, a photographer, author and wildlife filmmaker

Pinnacle Rock, Bartolome Island, Galapagos Islands 2

Island exploration

Visit eight different islands from west to east, covering a diverse mix of wildlife

Waved albatross grooming on Espanola Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. 3

Excellent wildlife

Travel in July, to witness Albatross chicks hatching on Espanola

Natural Paradise, Galapagos Islands 4

Natural Paradise

Spend seven nights sailing on Natural Paradise, a yacht purpose-built for cruising the Galapagos

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Days 1 - 2

    Quito

  • Day 3

    Fly Quito to Santa Cruz Island

  • Day 4

    Fernandina Islands and Isabela Island

  • Days 5 - 6

    Isabela Island

  • Day 7

    Chinese Hat and Mosquera Islets

  • Day 8

    Floreana Island

  • Day 9

    Espanola Island

  • Day 10

    San Cristobal to Guayaquil

Days 1 - 2

Quito

Basilica del Voto Nacional, Quito, Ecuador

Arrive into Quito, a historical city sitting at 2,850 metres. Meet with Sue Flood and spend these days exploring this beautiful UNESCO World Heritage city.

Day 3

Fly Quito to Santa Cruz Island

Natural Paradise, Galapagos Islands

Fly from Quito to Santa Cruz Island in the Galapagos. On arrival, you will be met by a national park guide who will accompany you on the dock, to embark the Natural Paradise. Set sail towards Eden Islet.

Day 4

Fernandina Islands and Isabela Island

Snorkelling with Penguin, Galapagos Islands

Snorkelling and panga rides are possible today. Search for blue-footed and Nazca boobies, terns and sea lions, Galapagos penguins and the strange yet fascinating mola mola (sun fish).

Days 5 - 6

Isabela Island

Volcan Chico, Isabela Island, Galapagos Islands

Spend the next two days exploring Isabela Island. The archipelago’s largest island, Isabela, was formed by the joining of five young volcanoes and offers unique flora and fauna not seen on the other islands.

Day 7

Chinese Hat and Mosquera Islets

Snorkelling with sea lions

Explore Chinese Hat islet. This small islet is located near the southeast coast of Santiago Island. Its name comes from the distinct shape of the islet’s summit. Afterwards, visit Mosquera Islet, offering one of the largest populations of sea lions and great snorkelling.

Day 8

Floreana Island

Punta Cormorant, Floreana Island, Galapagos Islands

There is the opportunity to swim in the crystal clear waters of the Devil’s Crown, an extinct volcano that peaks out of the waters just off Floreana’s coast and offers a magnificent snorkelling experience.

Day 9

Espanola Island

Galapagos Sea Lions, Gardner Bay, Espanola, Galapagos Islands

After landing, walk across a lovely white sand beach amongst a busy sea lion colony or dive into the water to swim and snorkel with sea lion pups.

Day 10

San Cristobal to Guayaquil

Galapagos Giant Tortoise, Galapagos Islands

This morning disembark early and visit the Galapagos Science Centre, a state of the art research facility. Fly to Guayaquil.

Our travel experts can tailor this itinerary to suit you.

Natural Paradise, Galapagos Islands
Natural Paradise, Galapagos Islands
Sundeck, Natural Paradise, Galapagos Islands
Natural Paradise, Galapagos Islands, Galapagos Islands
Sundeck, Natural Paradise, Galapagos Islands
Natural Paradise, Galapagos Islands, Galapagos Islands
Suite, Natural Paradise, Galapagos Islands
Natural Paradise, Galapagos Islands, Galapagos Islands
Suite 1, Natural Paradise, Galapagos Islands
Natural Paradise, Galapagos Islands, Galapagos Islands
Social area, Natural Paradise, Galapagos Islands
Natural Paradise, Galapagos Islands, Galapagos Islands

Natural Paradise

A high-end 111-foot-long yacht which can accommodate 16 passengers, Natural Paradise is made up of nine cabins that vary from standard cabins with porthole windows to suites with private balconies.

With a spacious dining area, a bar and large sundeck with loungers, jacuzzi and a covered alfresco dining area, the yacht balances luxurious surroundings with plenty of space to unwind and relax. Snorkelling equipment and sea kayaks are available to use during the trip.

Galapagos Tortoise, Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands
Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Conservation Trust

Steppes is a Gold Corporate Member of the Galapagos Conservation Trust, the only UK charity that is focussed solely on conservation in the archipelago. As such, we continue to support ongoing conservation projects in the archipelago and recently donated to the development of a citizen’s science website on which the public can post information about single-use plastic pollution in the Galapagos. When you book a trip to the Galapagos Islands with Steppes Travel, you will also benefit from a complimentary, six-month membership with the Galapagos Conservation Trust.

Expert-Led Cruise FAQs

What happens on a typical day on a Galapagos cruise?

Wake up for breakfast at around 07:00 am. There may then be a morning land-based excursion. This may include a short hike, a research centre visit, or searching for local wildlife. Return to your boat for lunch. Afterwards, there will be some time at leisure before your water-based excursion. This could include a Panga (small boat) cruise, or a chance to see the marine life from the water with a snorkel trip. Return to the boat for pre-dinner drinks and a short briefing on the plan for the following day. After dinner, enjoy a talk by one of your expert Naturalists or specialist expert.

Is July a good time to visit the Galapagos?

Although the weather is cooling down in July, it is still a lovely time of year to travel to the Galapagos Islands. The days cool down slightly with clear skies and temperatures averaging 22 °C.

What wildlife can I expect to see in July in the Galapagos?

Whilst not guaranteed, you are likely to see a huge number of both land and sea birds and an eclectic mix of mammals and marine life. Some of the seabirds likely to been seen are magnificent frigate birds, Nazca and blue-footed boobies as well as the Galapagos penguin, the only penguin to nest in the Tropics. Land birds such as the endemic waved albatross, Galapagos hawk, the curious mockingbird and most of the 13 species of Darwin finches are likely to be seen during the cruise. Marine creatures may include rays, turtles, marine iguanas and playful sea lions that love to swim with snorkellers.

Do I need to be an expert photographer to join this cruise?

Whether you have a simple point and shoot camera or a sophisticated SLR, Sue Flood will be on hand to give you tips on how to improve your photography skills. Therefore, you don’t need to be an experienced photographer to join. The maximum group size of just fourteen people will allow Sue time to spend time with you at different locations to help you get the perfect shot and develop your wildlife photography skills.

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Includes / Excludes

Important Information

Activity Level
Moderate Activity
Single Supplement

Travelling on your own? Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places provides security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a Tour expert.

Flexibility

To allow flexibility, our group tours do not include international flights as standard. We can arrange international flights on your behalf, please get in touch with our travel experts for a quote. All international flights from the UK are ATOL protected.

What is included

  • Accompanied by Sue Flood throughout
  • Full board accommodation, meals and snorkelling equipment on the Natural Paradise
  • Domestic flights between mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos
  • Group transfers throughout
  • Six-month membership to the Galapagos Conservation Trust
  • English speaking National Park guides in the Galapagos
  • £25 to help fund the communities, conservation agencies and NGOs that we work with
  • £25 contribution to ‘Trees and Science’ in mitigation of your carbon emissions

What is excluded

  • International flights to and from Ecuador
  • Gratuities
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks onboard
  • Items of a personal nature

Why a Steppes expert-led group tour

1.Experience matters

We have been running insightful and groundbreaking group tours since our inception in 1989. We have worked with institutions such as the British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum and run wildlife tours in conjunction with conservation agencies such as Fauna & Flora International, Wildlife Conservation Society, the Orangutan Foundation, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and the Jane Goodall Institute.

2.Like-minded travellers

Steppes Travellers are like-minded people; interesting, interested and curious. Our group tours, usually consisting of eight to ten travellers, aim to create an easy and informal atmosphere – we have a lot of fun on our tours and many friendships have been formed.

4.Peace of mind

When you travel on one of our group tours, you will be looked after by our local agents and your tour expert with the back-up of our 24-hour emergency number and duty manager. All our holidays are fully bonded and protected – our ATOL number is ATOL 6495.

3.It’s about who you know

We have developed an enviable pool of expertise from which to choose our tour experts, who we carefully select based on their knowledge, companionship and personality. Often, these experts can use their influence to facilitate private access to sites not typically open to the public.

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