Small Ship Cruising

Cruising the Galápagos Islands

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Jan - Feb, Jul - Aug, Nov - Dec
Cities & Landmarks
Galápagos Islands, Barolomé Island, Genovesa Island, Santa Cruz Island
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EXPERIENCE WITH TAUCK

 

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

 

TAUCK VALUE INCLUDES

 

All gratuities to Tauck Director, guides, naturalists and ship staff

 

Exclusive 6-night Galápagos Cruise aboard the expedition ship, Isabela II – with no more than 40 Tauck guests

 

Private Tauck Shore Excursions in the Galápagos Islands with expert naturalist guides – averaging two daily – for an up-close experience with some of the most unusual and intriguing species in the world

 

Two nights at Oro Verde Guayaquil, gateway to the Galápagos Islands

 

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Active components such as hiking, bicycling and walking longer distances may be included, and hills and/or uneven terrain may be encountered on several days. Guests should be able to walk two to three miles and stand for long periods of time with no difficulty.

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Moderately paced, and may include some early morning hotel departures, one or two on-tour flights, and extended motor coach travel.

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Learn about species found nowhere else on Earth aboard our 6-night Galápagos Island cruise.

Cultural journeys and expeditions

Join us on a Galápagos cruise that is enriching and informative, adventurous and in-depth. Throughout the archipelago, your Galápagos cruise Earth Journeys experience features custom-made BBC Earth on-tour film vignettes and other select BBC Earth touches.

Enjoy a six-night Galápagos cruise aboard one of the finest expeditionary-style yachts in the region, Isabela II – with no more than 40 Tauck guests – and experience amazing wildlife viewing and an opportunity to get up-close to creatures such as blue-footed boobies, sea lions, iguanas and penguins. Our Galápagos cruise itinerary is flexible, allowing the ship to access many remote islands, choosing beaches that are full of wildlife for shore excursions with our expert naturalists. Landings are made in a panga, a Zodiac-style raft. Dry landings mean stepping from the panga onto rocks or a dock – with the helpful hand of a Tauck naturalist; wet landings require stepping into knee-deep water from the panga, then wading ashore onto a sandy beach. Read Less

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Amazing San Cristóbal Island

San Cristóbal Island, home to the rarest of the rare

When you cruise to San Cristóbal Island in the Galápagos Archipelago , you'll encounter wildlife you won't find anywhere else on Earth – on shore excursions aboard panga (Zodiac-style rafts) for "wet landings" in shallow water or dry landings on rocky beaches. At Cerro Colorado, the breeding center of giant Galápagos Tortoises, you'll see some of the ongoing conservation efforts underway to save these endangered behemoths... although the elusive tortoises, who nap up to 16 hours a day, are not easy to spot in the wild. Not so with Galápagos sea lions, however; chances are good that you'll find yourself splashing around in the water with some of these sociable, whiskered locals.

The natural treasures of Isabela Island

One of the Galápagos Islands' "youngsters," Isabela

At between five and ten million years old, Isabela is one of the youngest of the Galápagos Islands... and it's still growing; as recently as the 1950s, geological forces pushed part of the island's surface up about 15 feet, suddenly stranding some marine life ashore. At Urbina Bay, where the surface was upended after a 1954 earthquake, you'll hike across what used to be the ocean floor. Wildlife you may encounter on Isabela includes land iguanas, Galápagos penguins, Nazca and blue-footed boobies, flightless cormorants, Noddy Terns, penguins, Darwin's finches and, in season, endangered green sea turtles.

This was an outstanding trip. All of the activities onboard the Isabella II gave us wonderful options each day both morning and afternoon.

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All Inclusive, One Upfront Price

Distinctively "inclusive" means just that – virtually every cruise cost is included in one upfront price, from shore excursions (private to Tauck), all gratuities, premier hotels on land stays, port charges and more. There are no options sold – no extra charges, no hidden costs, no "surprise" expenses.

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Amazing nature-inspired travel experiences are hallmarks of our Earth Journeys Small Ship Cruises; enjoy compelling on-tour film vignettes custom-made for Tauck by BBC Earth natural history experts plus other BBC Earth touches.

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Traveling with Tauck ensures more than a memorable travel experience; it also enables you to take advantage of additional do-it-for-you travel services that take the hassle out of arranging them yourself. As an added service, we can make flight arrangements for your journey, if your travels originate in Canada or the United States, offering you a number of welcome advantages. With Tauck, you can reserve your flights now and pay later when tickets are issued; benefit from Tauck’s lenient change and refund policies; earn Frequent Flyer mileage on most airlines; and more.

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No matter where your destination may be, you should bring identification with you; a valid passport is always an appropriate form of identification. Contact your booking agent for information about all necessary documents required for your journey, such as passport and visa information or documentation required for transportation security measures.

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Health and Activity

You'll find Activity and Pace Levels on all of our trips to give you a better idea of physical activity level – higher numbers mean a more active journey. To fully enjoy most journeys, you should be in good health and able to walk reasonable distances; some of the most memorable sightseeing can only be accomplished on foot and may include unpaved and uneven surfaces. Please consult your physician for pre-departure health advice.

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Your cruise is an important investment – and to help you protect it, Tauck's Cruise Protection Product provides you with important benefits before your trip and while you are traveling, including 24-hour worldwide emergency assistance services; you'll also find deposit details and information should you have to cancel. Truly peace of mind travel at its best!
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