The Galapagos Beagle operates two 7-night itineraries on alternate weeks. You can see both see detailed itineraries of both options below.
Itinerary South & Central
Day 1: Fly to the Galapagos, board the Beagle and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station
Fly to the Galapagos Islands, famous as inspiration for Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. This archipelago off Ecuador’s west coast is home to some of the most unique wildlife in the world, as your cruise will help you discover. Board your boat, the Galapagos Beagle sailing yacht, your home for the next seven nights. In the afternoon, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to see the work done in the conservation of the flora and fauna of the islands. There is also a series of walkways which takes you through the captive breeding program where you will see juvenile and adult tortoises from different islands and also the final resting place of the late Lonesome George, the very last of his species.
Day 2: Visit the Devil’s Nose and Punta Cormorant on Floreana Island
The island of Floreana was inhabited as early as the 1920s and has a colorful history of pirates, whalers, convicts and colonists. Drive to the highlands to the fresh water spring of Asilo de la Paz and the nearby giant tortoise corral before heading to the Devil’s Crown, a sunken cone home to a superb variety of marine life, for your first taste of snorkelling under the waves. After lunch, continue to the olive green beach at Punta Cormorant, known for its olive green sand beach and fantastic flamingo lagoon, exquisitely set between two tuff lava cones that give the area a special atmosphere. Follow a trail over hills and dunes to a stunning white beach where green sea turtles nest
Day 3: Visit Punta Suarez and Gardner Bay on Española Island
Visit Punta Suarez and walk amongst the blue-footed and Nazca boobies. This area is particularly rich in birdlife and you will also get a chance to the Galapagos hawks, Darwin finches, swallow-tailed gulls and Española mockingbirds. Waved albatrosses nest here from April to November. After lunch, visit Gardner Bay, a beautiful beach with sea lions, which is excellent for swimming, snorkelling and observing Galapagos sea lions.
Day 4: Visit Punta Pitt and Isla Lobos on San Cristobal Island
A morning visit to Punta Pitt. Climb up a steep narrow path onto a plateau surrounded by reddish hills and enjoy the stunning views over the island. Depending on the time of year there may be nesting marine iguanas, all three species of Galapagos booby and other marine birds down on the cliffs. After the visit, the Beagle will then navigate to Kicker Rock, a large rock which juts 500 feet out of the ocean and is said to resemble a sleeping lion. After lunch, visit Isla Lobos, a small island of rocky lava with many sea lions and sea birds and also an endemic species of lava lizard. Swim and snorkel alongside sea lion pups and, if you are lucky, enjoy the sight of frigate birds puffing out their chests and building their nests.
Day 5: Visit Santa Fe and Plaza Sur Islands
Morning visit to Santa Fe, one of the most beautiful coves in the Galapagos, with s sandy beach beautifully sheltered by a peninsula extending from the shore and the rocks here are covered in a forest of Opuntia cactus. See land iguanas, sea turtles, Galapagos hawks, sea lions and enjoy a peaceful swim or snorkel in the clear turquoise sea. In the afternoon visit Plaza Sur, one of the best spots in the archipelago to see land iguanas, whose nests are scattered all over the hill. Walk across the hills and visit the sheer cliffs of the southern shore, a great place for spotting magnificent frigate birds, tropicbirds and sea lions basking in the sun.
Day 6: Visit North Seymour and Bartolome Islands
Visit North Seymour Island, home to blue-footed boobies, noddy terns, frigate birds, land and marine iguanas, which can regularly be found lazing in the sun. After lunch, enjoy the great views from the summit of Bartolome and visit the small rookery of Galapagos penguins near the beach. You can swim and snorkel from the beach or walk to the other side of the island to see sea turtles nesting (from January to March) and sharks and turtles swimming close to the shore.
Day 7: Visit Chinese Hat islet and Cerro Dragon on Santa Cruz Island
Morning visit to Chinese Hat, a little island shaped, as its name implies, like a Chinese Hat with fascinating lava tunnels and flows. Its small, white beach is home to sea lions, marine iguanas and penguins. The snorkelling here is usually very good, and with luck you might see the Galapagos penguins in the water. After lunch, walk through Palo Santo trees and Opuntia cactus to the impressive Cerro Dragon (‘Dragon Hill’) on Santa Cruz Island where land iguanas and flamingos live near the two lagoons.
Day 8: A final Galapagos excursion to Black Turtle Cove before your flight to Guayaquil
Make the most of your last day in the magical isles with a morning panga ride through mangrove swamps to Black Turtle Cove, where lagoons provide a refuge to rays, sharks, and sea turtles that are clearly visible alongside the boat. Then transfer to the airport for your flight to Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city located in tropical lowlands.
Itinerary North West
Day 1: Fly to the Galapagos, board the Beagle and visit Bachas Beach
Fly to the Galapagos Islands, famous as inspiration for Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. This archipelago off Ecuador’s west coast is home to some of the most unique wildlife in the world, as your cruise will help you discover. Board your boat, the Galapagos Beagle sailing yacht, your home for the next seven nights. Enjoy a light lunch before setting out on your first Galapagos excursion to Bachas Beach, a white sand beach which is a major nesting site for green sea turtles.
Day 2: Visit Prince Phillip’s Step and Darwin Bay on Genovesa Island
Explore Genovesa Island, where you can see all three types of boobies – the Blue Footed, the Red Footed and the Nazca or Masked booby. Begin the day with a climb up the fairly steep Prince Philip’s Steps, which leads you up to a beautiful area of lava rock trail and Palo Santo forest, home to masked boobies and short-eared owls. After lunch, visit Darwin Bay, a beautiful white sandy coral beach where you can see boobies, tropic birds, frigate birds, storm petrels and marine iguanas. You can swim from the beach here.
Day 3: Visit James Bay on Santiago Island
After a wet landing at James Bay onto a black sand beach, take an easy stroll along the coastline to where several species of birds, marine iguanas, sea lions can be seen near the tidal pools. This is also a good place to observe the Galapagos hawk. The trail ends at the fur seal grotto. On returning to the beach you can snorkel or swim. After lunch, the Beagle starts navigating to the west side of Isabela Island.
Day 4: Visit Punta Vicente Roca on Isabela Island and Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island
Set off in the morning with a panga ride around Punta Vicente Roca. There is excellent marine life here and there are good opportunities for snorkelling. In the afternoon, visit Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island: as you disembark be careful not to step on the marine iguanas piled up together to retain body heat. This area is rich in wildlife with sea lions, flightless cormorants, penguins, herons and sally light-foot crabs living side-by-side.
Day 5: Visit Tagus Cove and Urbina Bay on Isabela Island
Begin the day with a visit to Tagus Cove, an ancient pirate hideaway, and climb to the top of a cliff for views of Darwin Volcano and Darwin Lake. The latter is an uplifted ultra-saline lake saltier than the sea. After lunch, navigate to Urbina Bay, a beautiful black sand beach home to a large colony of land iguanas. The bay is also a nesting site for green sea turtles, and you can swim and snorkel off the coast here.
Day 6: Visit Elizabeth Bay and Punta Moreno on Isabela Island
Take a zodiac ride around Elizabeth Bay. Visit the Mariela Rocks, where there is an important colony of Galapagos penguins, before continuing the boat ride into a cove surrounded by red mangroves. Here-in these quiet lagoons, there may be green sea turtles, rays, pelicans, sharks and flightless cormorants. After lunch, explore Punta Moreno, a desolate and pristine landscape of impressive black lava flows with great views of the Alcedo and Sierra Azul volcanoes. See Darwin’s finches, Galapagos doves, penguins, blue-footed boobies, mockingbirds and visit a lagoon with flamingos.
Day 7: Visit Sierra Nevada Volcano and Puerto Villamil on Isabela Island
Morning visit to Sierra Negra volcano, the second largest active volcanic crater in the world, in the southern part of Isabela Island. Take a 45-minute walk to the top of the volcano for spectacular views. After the walk, visit the Arnaldo Tupiza Breeding Centre to see the giant tortoises. In the afternoon, you can swim in the coves of Puerto Villamil, before the boat begins to travel towards Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island.
Day 8: Visit the Los Gemelos craters before your flight to Guayaquil
On route to the airport visit the twin craters of Los Gemelos. Located in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. Then continue to the airport for your flight to Guayaquil, Ecuador’s largest city located in tropical lowlands.