Sail aboard the Santa Cruz II with your family and discover every nature lover's dream come to life on the Galápagos Islands.

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Galápagos Islands Voyage: A Family Journey

Aboard the 90-guest Santa Cruz II

9 days from $6,995

Sail aboard the Santa Cruz II with your family and discover every nature lover's dream come to life on the Galápagos Islands.

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details

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The Smithsonian opens doors to sites that you could not see on your own and to travel with a Smithsonian Journeys expert brings life to the history and romance of the experience.

- Barbara C.

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Overview

Give your family an adventure that will provide memories to last a lifetime. With your family, learn about Darwin, geology, and unique wildlife—and enjoy snorkeling, swimming, and nature walks—as you visit six of the Galápagos Islands.

Highlights Include

  • Unique Wildlife: Watch the antics of Blue-footed Boobies and observe the beauty of Nazca Boobies, flamingos, and Frigate birds. Get up close to sea lions, seals, Sally Lightfoot crabs, iguana, penguins, and giant land tortoises in their native habitat.
  • Family Adventure: Cruise roundtrip from Baltra Island to San Cristobal, where you'll encounter sea lion colonies and dozens of bird species and reptiles. See prickly pear cacti and scarlet succulents during a nature walk on Santa Fé. At the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island, you'll learn about efforts to protect rare giant tortoises, plus go for a nature walk or kayak in the clear blue waters of Tortuga Bay. Then cruise to Española Island—the southernmost and one of the oldest islands—where you'll see the famous Punta Suarez blowhole spray water nearly 100 feet high. And on North Seymour, swim, snorkel, or sea kayak off Gardner Bay's picturesque white coral beach and watch Blue-footed Boobie dive into the ocean for prey.

The Smithsonian opens doors to sites that you could not see on your own and to travel with a Smithsonian Journeys expert brings life to the history and romance of the experience.

- Barbara C.

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Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S. for Guayaquil, Ecuador

Fly to Guayaquil, once a favored haven for 17th- and 18th-century English and Dutch buccaneers, and check into the hotel. 

Day 2 — Guayaquil / Galápagos Islands

Fly to the small Galápagos island of Baltra and embark the Santa Cruz II in time for lunch. Attend your first briefing by the ship’s English‑speaking Ecuadorian naturalists as you cruise toward the Mosquera Islet—a small, volcanic uplift surrounded by lava reefs between Baltra and North Seymour islands while Young Explorers are briefed on the exciting week ahead, filled with activities and the wonders of nature in the Galápagos. Make a wet landing by Zodiac and wade to shore along a shallow reef as your naturalist guides point out sea lion colonies. Attend the Captain’s Welcome Gathering on board the ship this evening. (B,L,R,D)

Please note that both the itinerary and cruise pattern are dependent on weather, sea conditions and Galápagos National Park Service regulations.

Day 3 — San Cristóbal Island

In the midst of an abundant deciduous forest on San Cristóbal Island, visit a conservation and breeding center for endangered giant tortoises and see these amazing creatures up close in their natural habitat. Keep an eye out for dozens of bird species and two endemic species, the San Cristóbal mockingbird and lava lizard!

This afternoon, explore Punta Pitt and enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the San Cristóbal shoreline. Be greeted by hundreds of barking sea lions as you make your way to the only site in all of the Galápagos Islands where all three species of boobies congregate in one place—the blue‑footed, red-footed and Nazca boobies. Look for two species of frigate birds, plus swallow-tailed gulls and storm petrels. (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Santa Fe Island / South Plaza Island

Pristine white beaches, prickly pear cacti, droves of sea lions and prehistoric‑looking endemic iguanas make Santa Fe Island an essential stop for explorers of all ages! Enjoy snorkeling and swimming, glass-bottom boat rides or even kayaking in the lagoon’s crystal clear waters.

On South Plaza Island, watch as gray and yellow land iguanas wait patiently for sweet pear fruit to drop from the cactus grove among a landscape of crimson succulents. Join your naturalist guides for an evening of stargazing (weather permitting) and learn more about how explorers once used the night sky to navigate. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Santa Cruz Island

Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn more about efforts to protect the island’s rare giant tortoises. Continue to Santa Cruz’s cool, lush highlands for lunch amid mist‑covered forests.

This afternoon, choose from a variety of leisure activities for the whole family. Swim in the clear blue waters of secluded Tortuga Bay, home to black turtles, colorful reef fish, marine iguanas and lava gulls. Hike the island’s wilderness trails or walk the sparkling white sandy beaches and look out for seashells, Galápagos crabs and brown pelicans in search of their prey. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Española Island

This morning, visit Punta Suarez on Española Island for a look at the unique wildlife during a nature walk guided by your expert naturalists. This island is known for its unique sea bird colonies, including the Galápagos albatross, Nazca boobies, blue‑footed boobies and swallow-tailed gulls. Watch the geyser-like spray of the famous Punta Suarez blow‑hole, and see the island’s red‑and‑green marine iguanas up close.

Cruise to Gardner Bay and the pristine Osborn Islet while scanning the skies and shorelines for sightings of endemic mockingbirds, yellow warblers and Darwin’s finches. In the islet’s turquoise waters, snorkel, swim or kayak and keep an eye out for seahorses, sea turtles, sea lions, coral hawk fish and other fantastic aquatic wonders. (B,L,D) 

Day 7 — Eden Islet / North Seymour Island

Visit Eden Islet off the coast of Santa Cruz Island for more encounters with the incredible Galápagos wildlife. From a Zodiac, watch as blue-footed boobies dive into the lagoon, frigate birds flit about and reef sharks glide smoothly along the ocean floor.

Enjoy a walk through the natural wonders of North Seymour Island, with more chances to encounter blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, sea lions, swallow-tailed gulls and marine iguanas.

Attend the Captain’s farewell reception this evening. (B,L,R,D)

Day 8 — Baltra Island and Fly to Guayaquil, Ecuador

Disembark the ship in Baltra and fly to Guayaquil. Enjoy a day room in the hotel. Depart late this evening for the U.S., or continue on the post-tour extension. (B)

Day 9 — Arrival

Arrive in the U.S.

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)