Discover Darwin's Enchanted Isles onboard the Galapagos Legend. This legendary, 100-passenger deluxe-class vessel offers all the amenities of a large cruise liner without sacrificing the intimacy you would expect on a smaller vessel. Onboard facilities include spacious social areas, dining room, outdoor pool with adjoining sun deck and observation platforms.

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Explore the Santa Cruz highlands where you will find a natural reserve with giant tortoises and walk inside lava tubes.

Discover fascinating landscapes and unique geology on Bartolome Island where you can hike to the summit for impressive views.

Encounter marine wildlife and birdlife - watch for sea lions, land iguanas, flamingoes, mockingbirds and even a Galapagos snake.

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Day by day Itinerary

M/V Galapagos Legend

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Day 1

Baltra Island

AM – Baltra Airport
Arriving in the Galapagos, passengers are picked up at the airport by our natural guides and taken to a ten-minute bus drive to the pier to board the M/V Galapagos Legend.

PM – Mosquera Islet
This tiny, low lying islet, covered in coral sand, is set between North and South Seymour Islands. It is home to a group of sea lions that come to laze on the soft white sand. It is a good spot to observe shorebirds as well as herons, lava gulls and boobies. Snorkelling or diving here one can often see sharks, rays and barracudas. (L) (D)

Day 2

Santiago / Rabida

AM – Egas Port (Santiago Island)
The black volcanic sand sets this landing apart from most. It is best known for the dramatic shoreline where we meet a host of species that chose to live between land and sea. Particular among these are the endemic Galapagos fur seals which maintain a small colony at the end of our walk. Other species of note include American oystercatchers, sea lions, waders, herons, lava lizards and even Galapagos hawks. An optional visit takes us to an abandoned salt mine famous in its day for supplying salt to mainland Ecuador.

PM – Rabida Island
Lying at the heart of the archipelago this dramatic island, with its distinctive red-sand beach, is home to sea lions, mockingbirds, finches, endemic Galapagos doves and vermillion flycatchers. A walk takes us through a forest of palo santo and cacti to a beautiful overview of the bay. Snorkelling here can be excellent, often with large schools of black-striped salemas, sea lions and the ubiquitous turtles. (B)(L)(D)

Day 3

Isabela Island

AM – Urbina Bay (Isabela Island)
Explore the largest island of the archipelago, Isabela Island. This morning you'll land on the volcanic black beaches of Urbina Bay. Depending on the season, you may find giant tortoises, land iguanas and the unusual flightless cormorant. You'll have the chance to swim with sea turtles, sea lions and countless tropical fish. Urbina Bay features a wide variety of plant life that changes depending on the season. You will see the beautiful colours of plants that attract different insects, birds and reptiles and explore the raised coral reef resulting from the 1954 volcanic activity and spectacular views of Alcedo Volcano.

PM – Tagus Cove (Isabela Island)
A well-known hideout and deep water anchorage in the days of pirates, Tagus Cove was also one of the few sites visited by Charles Darwin and the HMS Beagle in 1835. A beautiful hike leads us past an overview of Darwin Lake and on to a stunning volcanic landscape revealing Isabela island’s dramatic northern volcanoes. Once back at sea level the perfect activity is to snorkel along a submerged wall with turtles, lots of fish, penguins and potentially flightless cormorants. You might even be tempted by a panga ride or kayak! (B)(L)(D)

Day 4


AM – Punta Espinosa (Fernandina Island)
The youngest island of Galapagos and one of the most pristine in the world. Fernandina is simply the marine iguana capital of the world. This desolate volcanic backdrop is home to a huge concentration of these enigmatic reptiles. Incongruously, sharing the same shoreline, we can find the diminutive Galapagos penguins. Here we also have the exciting opportunity to snorkel with marine iguanas feeding underwater, penguins, turtles and the bizarre, endemic, flightless cormorants.

PM – Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela Island)
This is a spectacular visitor site, surrounded by immense cliffs of the eroded volcano. Studded with resting sea birds such as brown noddies and Nazca boobies, we will enjoy them in close proximity from our dinghies. Snorkelling here is superb, with certain species of fish only found in the west of the archipelago. We also have a very real chance of swimming with penguins and potentially a plethora of green turtles. (B)(L)(D)

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