Galapagos Voyage: Pirates & Darwin – Premium Adventure

enquire now 9 Days From NZD $15,649 pp twinshare
Small group
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  • Enjoy a full week of expedition cruising in the Galapagos Islands, with two landing sites visited every day, focusing on the east and west
  • Immerse yourself in the diverse scenery with guided nature walks, snorkelling excursions, Zodiac rides and use of kayaks
  • Sail on the MV Evolution, an intimate yacht featuring the most public space and largest cabins of any yacht in its class
  • Discover the rugged highlands of Santa Cruz to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat
  • Enjoy the best guest-to-guide ratio (10:1) in the archipelago with all guides Level III certified
  • Learn about extraordinary local conservation efforts at the Charles Darwin Research Station


Evolution route map in the Galapagos
Day 1

Arrive Guayaquil

Day 2

Guayaquil/Baltra/Daphne Major

Day 3

Isabela Island/Fernandina Island

Day 4

Isabela Island

Day 5

Bartolomé/Santiago Island: Sullivan Bay

Day 6

Santa Cruz Island: Bachas Beach/Rabida Island

Day 7

Santa Cruz Island

Day 8

Española Island

Day 9

San Cristóbal Island/Guayaquil

Fantastic accommodation awaits you on this Premium Adventure.

Oro Verde Guayaquil

  • Enjoy a stay at the premium five-star Oro Verde in Guayaquil
  • Relax in your spacious room with contemporary, fresh design and modern bathrooms with rain showers
  • In the heart of Guayaquil, this premium accommodation is the perfect base for exploring local attractions
  • Unwind in the outdoor pool, Jacuzzi and bar and sample local cuisine at one of the four restaurants

MV Evolution

  • Our highlight accommodation and base for the week we are in the Galapagos is the classically styled MV Evolution
  • This yacht was built to allow guests to experience the islands in comfort
  • The interior is fully air-conditioned and offers cabins of four categories on three decks
  • All cabins have ample storage space, a writing desk, bedside tables and private facilities. The cabins are the largest on average in the Galapagos and act as the perfect haven to rest between your excursions
  • The Evolution has more outside space than any other yacht in its class with 360-degree exterior walkarounds

While the Evolution may carry a group of just 32 guests, it is generous in size with a host of amenities. From relaxing on the sundeck to reading in the lounge, you’re sure to relish the ambience. Enjoy briefings by naturalist guides in the comfortable lounge or spend time with a snack and your fellow passengers at the canopied bar – a superb place for watching the sun set over the Pacific. After excursions, relax in the hot tub or find a comfortable deckchair to soak in the views.

Because there is an ‘open bridge’ policy aboard the Evolution, you are welcome to visit the captain and crew and learn all about the operation and navigation of the ship. A convenient boarding platform makes it easy and safe to board our excursion boats.


All cabins feature private bathrooms with hair dryers and toiletries, climate controls, a writing desk and safe boxes, plus ample storage space. During every excursion, stewards will service your cabin. There are four cabin categories


  • One night in premium accommodation in Guayaquil and seven nights on the premium yacht MV Evolution
  • Starts in Baltra and ends in San Cristobal
  • Islands visited: San Cristóbal, Santa Cruz, Isabela, Fernandina, Bartolomé, Santiago, Española and Rabida
  • Group normally 26-32 passengers plus crew
  • Countries visited: Ecuador


  • Eight breakfasts, seven lunches and seven dinners
  • One night at the Premium Oro Verde hotel in Guayaquil and seven nights in premium accommodation onboard the MV Evolution
  • Arrival transfers in Guayaquil (to/from Hotel Oro Verde)
  • Internal flights from Guayaquil to the Galapagos
  • Daily shore excursions, interpretive walks, swimming, snorkelling, hiking and panga rides
  • Snorkelling gear and wetsuits
  • Use of kayaks during the expedition cruise
  • Full educational program, including lectures on history, ecology, marine life and field interpretation
  • Tips to the crew of the Evolution are included (only the cost of tipping the naturalist guide will be extra)
  • Named tour leaders who meet Level III Certification in the Galapagos National Park, all chosen for their extensive experience and great customer feedback


  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Compulsory Galapagos taxes US$120, paid locally
  • Tipping for the naturalist guide



Images courtesy of Exodus Travel