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Galapagos Ocean Cruise Multi-Adventure Tour

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Wildlife & Wonder in Ecuador's Enchanted Isles

From $8,298 - $10,399 pp dbl. occ. | 8 days / 7 nights

(+$1,500 to $2,200 for sgl. occ.)

Internal air: $500 to $575


Embark on an island escapade like no other. The Galápagos archipelago is an isolated natural sanctuary, home to some of the world's most unique tropical ecosystems above and below the sea. Encounter Galápagos giant tortoises and blue-footed boobies. Explore volcanic calderas and stunning beaches. Each day aboard our expedition ship brings a new adventure.

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Ecuador

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Highlights

  • Immerse yourself in especially designed activities in some of the most phenomenal and captivating ecosystems on Earth
  • Sail to uninhabited islands accessible only by our cruise-based itinerary and enjoy epic (including face-to-face!) animal encounters
  • Snorkel and kayak for a special extended time exclusive to Backroads guests, then return to our ship to indulge in creature comforts
  • Bike through the misty highlands of Santa Cruz, keeping an eye out for wildlife and sensational views
Ecuador

Start/End Quito

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Itinerary

Days 1-8 Your journey begins in Baltra, the gateway to the Galápagos Islands | Explore the far reaches of this archipelago, which offers endless opportunities for exploration on land and sea | Journey each day to unique coves and remote islands with opportunities to hike, snorkel and kayak at world-class sites | Experience firsthand the rugged beauty of the islands' fiery legacy by hiking along dried lava flows | Watch tiny Galápagos penguins dart and dive among the waves and Nazca boobies perched on rocky cliffs | Donning a snorkel and mask, discover an underwater wonderland of fascinating sea life | Hike through land iguana habitat en route to craggy cliffs where nesting red-billed tropic birds and swallow-tailed gulls play in the currents | Get up close and acquainted with iconic blue-footed boobies | View giant tortoises and learn about the breeding and life cycle of the islands' most famous residents | Look for lava lizards and frigate birds as you hike among cacti and acacias with panoramic views of picturesque bays and white-sand beaches | Take to the water in sturdy sea kayaks to gain a new perspective of the coastline and wildlife—if luck is on your side, you might spot rays, sea turtles, dolphins or sharks! | Discover a wide variety of endemic inhabitants found only in the Galápagos | Relax on idyllic sandy beaches with sunbathing sea lions | Bike through Santa Cruz's verdant highlands and visit an eco-farm that produces coffee and sugarcane | Savor a final evening under the stars while moored in the turquoise waters of a sheltered lagoon.

Please note: Due to the multiple stateroom options available on this trip, reservations can only be made by contacting one of our Trip Consultants at 800-462-2848 or via email. Also note that the islands we visit vary by departure. Download a Detailed Itinerary for specifics on each departure date.

PORTS OF CALL Baltra | Genovesa | Santa Cruz | Santa Fe | Mosquera | Santiago | Rábida | Isabela | Fernandina

Also note that the Galápagos Special Administrative Region Council has postponed until further notice their previously announced requirement that all visitors must provide proof of health insurance covering the duration of their stay in the Galápagos Islands.

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Prices

From $8,298 - $10,399 pp dbl. occ.
8 days / 7 nights

(+$1,500 to $2,200 for sgl. occ.)

Internal air: $500 to $575


Casual Plus Ship

Galapagos Legend
KleinTours Ship

Galápagos Legend (7 nights)

Activity Level

This trip is rated Levels 1-2

What's Included

Services and equipment are included.

Why Backroads

Why Travel with Backroads in Ecuador

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Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.

Galapagos Legend

KleinTours Ship

Galápagos Legend (7 nights)

This intimate yet spacious boutique expedition ship delivers comfort, personalized service and amenities including an outdoor bar, hot tub and star gazing deck. (pool)

View the deck plans. See Dates & Prices for specific ship, stateroom category availability and embarkation/disembarkation details.

This Trip Is Rated Levels 1-2

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options (drag to see full )

Daily Route Options
Day Activity EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 Other Flight to Baltra Island (3.5 Hours with layover in Guayaquil)
Other El Chato Reserve Hike (2 Hours)
2 Other El Barranco Hike (2 Hours)
Other Morning Snorkeling & Kayaking (2 Hours)
Other Afternoon Snorkeling (1 Hour)
Other Darwin Hike (2 Hours)
3 Other Dragon Hill Hike (2 Hours)
Other Santa Cruz Island Snorkeling (1.5 Hours)
Kayaking Santa Fe Kayaking (1 Hour)
Other Santa Fe Island Hike (1.5 Hours)
4 Biking 9* 400
Biking 19 500
Other Coffee & Sugarcane Farm Visit (1 Hour)
Other Optional North Seymour & Mosquera Scuba Excursion (Full Day)
5 Other Salt Mine Hike (Half Day)
Other Santiago Island Snorkeling (45 Minutes)
Other Rábida Island Kayaking & Snorkeling (2 Hours)
Other Rábida Trail Hike (1.5 Hours)
6 Other Urbina Bay Hike (1.5 Hours)
Other Urbina Bay Snorkeling (1 Hour)
Other Tagus Cove Kayaking & Snorkeling (2 Hours)
Other Caleta Tagus Hike (2 Hours)
7 Other Espinosa Point Hike (1.5 Hours)
Other Fernandina Snorkeling (1 Hour)
Other Vicente Roca Point Snorkeling & Panga Ride (Half Day)
8 Other Disembark at Baltra Island; Shuttle to Baltra Airport; Flight to Quito (3.5 Hours with layover in Guayaquil)
 

Note: Our Galápagos walking routes are generally easygoing on beach or dirt paths, but some trails require more agility navigating over dried lava flows or rocky surfaces. The terrain is predominantly flat and rolling with few steep or technical sections. If it rains, the trails can become muddy. Biking in the Galápagos is mainly along paved roads with some bike lanes and some short stretches of dirt road.We take multiple boat rides during this trip including 2- to 3-hour ocean crossings between the different islands in the archipelago. We also spend a good amount of time doing water-related activities such as snorkeling and kayaking in the open ocean. If you're prone to seasickness, we recommend you bring non-drowsy motion sickness medication such as Dramamine (especially in the summer months when water can be a bit rougher).

* Includes shuttle.

Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.

Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies and other external factors.

Meals

All breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners

Available Bike Options

The key to a stellar day’s ride is a bike that’s perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip.

Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)

Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.

Touring Bike (Included)

Also Included

  • Expert Backroads Trip Leaders, on ship and on shore
  • Off-the-beaten path exploration
  • Access to all ship amenities
  • Impeccable and personalized service from ship staff and Backroads Leaders
  • Exclusive activities that amplify your appreciation and understanding of the local culture
  • Exclusive routes
  • Gratuities on ship and on shore handled by your Backroads Leaders
  • Exploring lesser known routes away from busy ports
  • Easy-to-use route directions so you're free to explore independently
  • Private walking tours with expert guides
  • Access to all ship activities and excursions

Get the Straight Talk about This Trip

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Ships

The ship we sail on is like a floating expedition boutique hotel, so you can visit a new destination each day without touching your suitcase once you've settled in. Our ship is custom‐designed with a variety of inviting spaces that offer plenty of room for both relaxing and socializing. Our ship is vastly smaller than most cruise ships, with up to just 100 passengers. We sail with up to 30 Backroads guests on the Galápagos Legend ship.

Backroads Cruising Life

If you're new to Backroads active cruise trips, there are a few things you need to know. Our cruises are smaller, and much more intimate than a typical cruise. They are also quite lively, social experiences, shaped by both our Backroads group and the larger ship community. Additionally, even with an itinerary subject to fixed nautical schedules and National Park regulations that may occasionally limit our time on shore, we get out and explore far beyond the cruise norm. If you love meeting new people, enjoy the ease of unpacking once, and don't mind a set schedule of port departure times, you'll love our approach to active river and ocean cruising. Nobody does it like we do.

Meals

All meals are served onboard. On-ship meals, though delightful, are meant to appeal to a wide cross section of passengers and may at times feel more conventional for some, and less reflective of the region than on Backroads hotel trips.

Internal Flights

On this trip we travel by plane to and from the Galápagos Islands. We will be flying on commercial flights with Avianca or LATAM Airlines aboard twin-jet planes.

National Park Regulations

The Galápagos Islands are a welcoming and fascinating place, yet complex and at times logistically challenging due to national park regulations. So while mid-trip itinerary changes are possible, rest assured your Trip Leaders will be at the ready with excellent alternate activities. Also, in accordance with the national parks' environmental protection regulations, hikers in the Galápagos need to be accompanied by our local naturalist and hike in designated areas.

Terrain & Trail Support

Most hikes on this trip are remote and do not intersect with roads. Vehicles or boats will get us to and from the trailheads, but the nature of these trails is such that we won't see our vehicles along the route. Ample trail support in the form of water and encouragement is provided by your Backroads leader and local guides.

Why Travel with Backroads in Ecuador

The Best Leaders in Ecuador

Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Ecuador, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.

Our Cultural Roots Run Deep

Thanks to our extensive connections in Ecuador, Backroads takes you off the beaten track and deep into the region's culture in ways that traditional travel can never hope to do. We know the people and their customs, the legacy of art and architecture, the complex history and politics – and if we're not sure, our amazing local experts can fill in the blanks.

We Speak the Language

If we told you many companies' leaders can't actually speak the language where they lead trips, you'd say incroyable... ridicolo... không the tha thú. At Backroads, fluency in the local language is a given. Find out more on the best leader recruitment, training and development in the business. (And by the way, that was "unforgivable" in Vietnamese.)

Our Superb Bikes Included

A great bike is obviously critical for a great multi-adventure trip; you don't want to gamble on one that's been sourced locally to trim costs. This trip features our acclaimed Backroads Custom Titanium bikes, expertly tuned and fitted, and included in your trip price. Learn why our titanium bikes are ideal for most riders.

Choose Your Fellow Travelers

With Backroads you won't end up with kids on what you thought was an adult trip; we have exclusive departures for families, so they're off having their own adventures. As you browse our unrivaled selection of trips and dates, you can count on finding a trip in Ecuador that's geared exclusively to your choice of traveling companions.

We Stand Behind Our Trips

Most companies' trips in Ecuador are run by local operators. At Backroads we manage our own trips; we would never subcontract your precious vacation to a third party. So as you enjoy the support of your seasoned Trip Leaders, along with our expert local guides and drivers, you have the confidence of knowing we're with you every step of the way.

Quality You Can Measure

Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.

We Know Where We're Going

Tom Hale has been keeping Backroads on track, with one eye on the horizon, since 1979. His passion for active travel, and for ensuring the highest-quality travel experience, is evident in every detail we add to make a guest's trip unforgettable—and the fact he's right there in the office, making it happen. To hear Tom describe his vision, watch our video.  

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Straight Talk

We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Ships

The ship we sail on is like a floating expedition boutique hotel, so you can visit a new destination each day without touching your suitcase once you've settled in. Our ship is custom‐designed with a variety of inviting spaces that offer plenty of room for both relaxing and socializing. Our ship is vastly smaller than most cruise ships, with up to just 100 passengers. We sail with up to 30 Backroads guests on the Galápagos Legend ship.

Backroads Cruising Life

If you're new to Backroads active cruise trips, there are a few things you need to know. Our cruises are smaller, and much more intimate than a typical cruise. They are also quite lively, social experiences, shaped by both our Backroads group and the larger ship community. Additionally, even with an itinerary subject to fixed nautical schedules and National Park regulations that may occasionally limit our time on shore, we get out and explore far beyond the cruise norm. If you love meeting new people, enjoy the ease of unpacking once, and don't mind a set schedule of port departure times, you'll love our approach to active river and ocean cruising. Nobody does it like we do.

Meals

All meals are served onboard. On-ship meals, though delightful, are meant to appeal to a wide cross section of passengers and may at times feel more conventional for some, and less reflective of the region than on Backroads hotel trips.

Internal Flights

On this trip we travel by plane to and from the Galápagos Islands. We will be flying on commercial flights with Avianca or LATAM Airlines aboard twin-jet planes.

National Park Regulations

The Galápagos Islands are a welcoming and fascinating place, yet complex and at times logistically challenging due to national park regulations. So while mid-trip itinerary changes are possible, rest assured your Trip Leaders will be at the ready with excellent alternate activities. Also, in accordance with the national parks' environmental protection regulations, hikers in the Galápagos need to be accompanied by our local naturalist and hike in designated areas.

Terrain & Trail Support

Most hikes on this trip are remote and do not intersect with roads. Vehicles or boats will get us to and from the trailheads, but the nature of these trails is such that we won't see our vehicles along the route. Ample trail support in the form of water and encouragement is provided by your Backroads leader and local guides.
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