Galapagos Island-Hopping Tours are a combination of day tours and time to explore by yourself. On this 5-day classic tour, you will visit Santa Cruz, Isabela, and Floreana. This immersive exploration is an enriching journey across the Enchanted Isles. Do some snorkeling, hiking, and wildlife observation for an in-depthGalapagos experience!
Santa Cruz HighlandsYou will be surrounded by impressive flora and fauna including giant tortoises in their natural habitat and unique volcanic features.
Bartolome / Floreana / North SeymourVisit one of these uninhabited islands and find lots of endemic species.
Kicker RockExplore the favorite place for an array of marine birds, with a high chance to see different Galapagos sharks.
Charles Darwin Research StationKnown for its amazing turtles, born from 3 inches to 4 feet long. You can also see the memorial site of Lonely George.
Twin CratersFormations that were created by the collapse of the surface due to the lava flow hundreds of years ago.
DAY 1 TRANSFER IN – TWINS – HIGHLANDS
Your Galapagos Island Hopping Classic tour will start at Baltra Airport, where your guide will pick you up and take you to the highlands of Santa Cruz. First, you will make a stop at the Twin Craters, also known as “Los Gemelos”, which are rock formations located opposite each other. You will have lunch in the highlands (if your arrival is before 2 PM). Today’s trip includes a visit to the famous Lava tunnels. Then, you will visit Rancho Primicias, located on the top of the Santa Cruz island. This is a humid tropical forest and offers varied landscapes. Its major tourist attraction is the tortoises that migrate from the park to this property at certain times of the year. Afterward, you will be brought to Puerto Ayora.
Activity:Sightseeing, Walking, Wildlife Watching.
Transport:Boat, Bus, Car.
Accommodation:Hotel Fiesta or similar.
DAY 2 BARTOLOME / FLOREANA / NORTH SEYMOUR
Today, you will visit an uninhibited island by boat. It will be either Floreana, Bartolome, or North Seymour Island. You can let us know about your preference and we will do everything we can to get you to that island. Unfortunately, due to availability and National Park regulations, we cannot guarantee the island you have chosen. You will navigate for about 30 minutes up to 2,5 hours to get to the uninhabited island of your trip. Once there, you will have a short hike to get to know the land species, and afterward, you will go snorkeling. Around 4:00 PM, you will be back in the village.
DAY 3 CHARLES DARWIN STATION – SAN CRISTOBAL – LA LOBERIA SELF-GUIDED
In the morning, you will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station. This guided activity will show you the history of the Galapagos Islands and will give you more information about the famous giant Galapagos tortoises. In the afternoon, you will take a public speedboat to San Cristobal. Once here, you will be picked up by the driver who will take you to your hotel. The rest of the afternoon is free, and you can visit La Loberia Beach on your own.
Activity:Sightseeing, Wildlife Watching.
Accommodation:Hotel Casa Opuntia or similar.
DAY 4 KICKER ROCK
After breakfast, you will go by boat to snorkel at the famous Kicker Rock, which is composed of two volcanic rocks 140 meters in height, located off the coast of San Cristobal Island. When it is viewed from the south, the rocks look like a sleeping lion, which is why the Spanish name is León Dormido. On the other hand, the rocks look more like a boot, hence the English name: Kicker Rock. On this trip, you will see the great underwater life for which this site is famous. The channel formed between the rocks is the ideal habitat for a variety of sharks and rays. After this activity, you will go back to your hotel.
Today is the last day of your Galapagos Island Hopping Classic tour. After breakfast, you will have a drop-off at San Cristobal Airport (just 5 minutes). In the morning, you usually have some time to enjoy a bit more of the sea lions at Playa Mann, or you can go to the interpretation center by yourself. The tour will end upon arrival at the airport, where you will depart to Quito or Guayaquil.
Airport pickup at Baltra Airport and drop off at San Cristobal Airport at your arrival/departure time.
Transportation on and between the Islands as described in the itinerary.
Transportation between Baltra Airport – Itabaca Channel fee each way.
Local naturalist guide (English & Spanish speaking).
All activities as described in the itinerary.
Snorkeling equipment: mask, snorkel, fins and life vest.
24/7 assistance in English, Dutch and Spanish.
+ Flights between mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.
+ Food & drinks that are not mentioned in the itinerary.
+ Entrance fee for the Galapagos National Park: $ 100 p.p. (cash only).
+ Migratory Control Card / Ingala Transit Card: $ 20 p.p. (cash only).
+ Water Taxi (small boat that takes you from the speedboat to the harbor and back).
+ Wetsuits for rent (recommended between May – November).
+ Personal travel & health insurance.
+ Personal expenses.
+ Optional tips for the guide.
Prices for 2025 are subject to change.
For children under the age of 12, there is a 10% discount.
Please note that the activity sequence depends on your flight schedule and the availabilities of the different tours and transportation. The sequence of your complete tour might change but you won’t miss any tours if you have an afternoon flight back toEcuador on the last day.
It is recommended to book flights with an early arrival time to the Galapagos Islands and a late departure time from the Galapagos Islands to make sure you can enjoy all of the activities of the tour. Late arrivals and/or early departures mean you might miss some activities.
Try to only bring small baggage/bags since public transportation on the Galapagos Islands is quite small.
There are no guides on the transportation by public speedboat between islands.
It is suggested to have valid travel and medical insurance that includes COVID-19 coverage. Please inform the team of any known medical conditions you have.
Essential items to bring include comfortable and lightweight clothing (with a jacket as a precaution), water, sunblock, sunglasses, and your passport.
Pictures may be taken during your tour, so it is recommended to bring a USB.
Inform yourself aboutfood safety when traveling to tropical countries. Take the necessary precautions to avoid food poisoning (always wash your hands before eating, don’t eat street food, only eat peeled fruits, etc.).
Tap water on the Galapagos Islands might contain bacteria and should not be consumed, not even for brushing your teeth. Bottled or purified water is always recommended.
Rebecca Adventure Travel and the respective cruise operator reserve the right to change the itinerary without prior notice due to weather conditions, availability, National Park regulations or notifications, and unforeseeable circumstances.
When flying to Galapagos from Quito or Guayaquil, we recommend arriving in the city at least 24 hours before your flight, to avoid inconveniences in case of flight delays. Cruise departures have fixed schedules and extra fees may occur for reaching the cruise on another day.
All cruises are subject to availability. Since cruises have fixed departures, please check dates and itineraries with the team before booking the cruise and flight tickets. Because the Galapagos is a high-demand destination, availability changes every day. Rebecca Adventure Travel will try to fix your dates with the options available at the time of booking.
Keep in mind that some cruises require you to arrange the flight tickets directly with them, otherwise, they will charge an extra fee. Please check with the team and they will share the complete information before proceeding with your flight ticket arrangement.
ADVANTAGES OF BOOKING WITH REBECCA ADVENTURE TRAVEL
Authenticity: Rebecca Adventure Travel offers unique and authentic experiences. All tours are personally selected byRebecca, which guarantees authentic hotels (preferably family-owned), high-quality tours, great service, and, last but not least, value for money.
Tailor-made design: Whether travelers prefer a Galapagos island-hopping tour, a cruise, or a tailor-made tour of Ecuador, our local and international destination experts use their own travel experiences to create the right travel plan for every traveler.
Safety & 24/7 assistance: Rebecca Adventure Travel possesses all official tour operating insurance up to EUR 3 million. The team can be reached 24/7 for emergencies, by phone, e-mail, Skype, and WhatsApp. This service is available in English, Spanish, and Dutch!
Face-to-face assistance throughout your travels: Although online communication is essential, in-person service is very important, too. This is why travelers can get face-to-face travel advice at theTravel Concept Store in Zutphen, Netherlands. During your trip, there will be local personal hostesses at each destination, e.g., the Galapagos Islands.
Zero credit card fee: For guests who book a cruise with Rebecca Adventure Travel, there is no extra charge for credit card payment.