Galapagos Island-Hopping Tours are a combination of day tours and time to explore by yourself. This extended adventure is a comprehensive tour that introduces you to the diverse landscapes of Santa Cruz, Isabela, Floreana, and other captivating islands. Organized day tours take you on thrilling activities like snorkeling, hiking, kayaking, and close wildlife encounters. It’s the perfect blend of exploration and relaxation.
Bartolome, Plazas, Floreana or North SeymourExplore one of the uninhabited islands from Puerto Ayora.
Los TunelesSnorkel in the clear waters and swim with a lot of different unique animal species.
Santa Cruz HighlandsYou will be surrounded by impressive flora and fauna including giant tortoises in their natural habitat and unique volcanic features.
Kicker RockThe favorite place for an array of marine birds, and great underwater life.
DAY 1 QUITO – SAN CRISTOBAL – FREE AFTERNOON
Our English-speaking guide will be waiting for you at the San Cristobal Airport. If you arrive before 02:00 PM you will get lunch. If you arrive later, lunch is not included. This day will be self-guided. Optional activities: you can visit The San Cristobal Interpretation Center, where you will learn about the islands, the evolution of their species, fauna, migration, and how humans came to live here. Then you can go to Playa Mann for your first contact with the stunning waters of these islands.
Activity:Exploring, Relaxing, Sightseeing.
Accommodation:Hotel Casa Opuntia or similar.
DAY 2 KICKER ROCK
After breakfast, you go by boat to snorkel at Kicker Rock, one of the most spectacular landmarks in the Galapagos Islands. Two volcanic rocks 140 meters tall are located off the coast of San Cristobal Island. Viewed from the south, the rocks look like a sleeping lion, which is why the Spanish name is León Dormido (sleeping lion). From another side it looks like a boot, hence the English name: Kicker Rock. This tiny island is the favorite place for an array of marine birds and great underwater life. The natural erosion of this ancient cone has created a channel between the rocks that provides the ideal habitat for a variety of sharks and rays. In the afternoon, you go back to the hotel.
You have the morning for yourself when you can visit Playa Mann, La Loberia or just relax in your hotel. At 14:00 PM, you take the public speedboat to Puerto Ayora (about 2,5 hours). Upon arrival, you will be taken to your hotel.
Accommodation:Hotel Fiesta or similar.
DAY 4 BARTOLOME, PLAZAS, FLOREANA, OR NORTH SEYMOUR
Today you go on a full-day tour by speedboat to one of the uninhabited islands Bartolome, Plazas, Floreana, or North Seymour. All the trips include some snorkeling and hiking. The chosen island you will visit depends on availability and Galapagos National Park regulations. You can let us know your preference.
DAY 5 SANTA CRUZ ISLAND HIGHLANDS – ISABELA ISLAND
In the morning you will go to the Highlands of Santa Cruz to make closer contact with the Giant Galapagos Tortoises in their natural habitat. You will be surrounded all the excursion by the endemic vegetation of the Galapagos. Around 1:30 PM, you will take a public speedboat to Isabela Island, which takes approximately 2,5 hours. Upon arrival in Isabela, you will be taken to your beachfront hotel. You can walk around or visit by yourself the Flamingo Lagoon (10 min walking). This place is the largest coastal lagoon found in the Galapagos and is one of the main reproductive sites for the majority of flamingos.
After breakfast, your guide will take you to what is said to be one of the best snorkeling places in the world, Los Tuneles. The water is shallow, calm, and very clear- a sea sanctuary. A series of lava flows have produced unique geological formations, a series of arcs and tunnels underneath and above the water- a habitat for many local Galapagos Species. The entrance to the site is shallow and the waves can be strong, for this reason, the access can be complicated. You will have a snack on board and then return to Puerto Villamil.
After breakfast, the guide will accompany you for a kayak excursion in the bay of Puerto Villamil. In the afternoon you have time to enjoy the beautiful beach or to do another optional activity.
Accommodation:Hotel Albemarle or similar.
DAY 8 FLIGHT TO BALTRA AIRPORT
This is the last day of your visit to the Galapagos with our Classic Island Hopping tour. After breakfast, you take a flight from Isabela Airport to Baltra Airport (about 45 minutes). Your tour ends at Baltra Airport.
Accommodation next to the beach in a single, double or triple room.
Airport pickup at San Cristóbal Airport and drop off at Baltra Airport at your arrival/departure time.
Transportation on and between the Islands as described in the itinerary.
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 from and returning to Ecuador mainland.
+ 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.
+ Isabela dock fee $ 10 p.p. cash only.
+ Water Taxi (small boat that takes you from the speedboat to the harbor and back).
+ For rent: wetsuit (recommended between May – November).
+ 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.