Active Galapagos Tour Details

12 nights / 13 days in total:  8 days on the Samba, 3 days on land in Galapagos, 2 days in Quito.  Flights to Galapagos, cruise, hotels, transfers and more included (we can accommodate itinerary variations to better meet your needs - contact us to discuss).

Our 2014 Active Galapagos cruises were sold out - all 13 of them.  It's hard to believe that until 2011, we were offering only 4 Active cruises per year.  But they are immensely popular - and word of mouth is working its magic.   The year 2014 has delivered 182 very happy Active Galapagos alumni into the world.  Thank you for your confidence.  The 16 departures for 2015 are already just about booked up to July - consider booking your 2016 cruise now to ensure you get the cruise and cabin you prefer.

* Contact Heather if you have time only for the 8 day cruise, or if you wish to do the full "Grand Galapagos" 15 day circumnavigation *

If the SAMBA is sold out during your prefered travel time, please contact Heather to discuss alternatives.

1.   DATES

2015 Active Tours

Our 2015 price is US$4,410 per person for the 13 day trip, flights included (+$300 for the Christmas sailing - imposed by the ship owner). We've managed to keep prices under control from 2014 - a rare possibility in Galapagos! If a full 13 day trip is too much, or if you want to do a "Grand Galapagos" 15 day cruise, don't hesitate to contact us.
Tour CodeStart DateEnd DateItinerarySpaces Remaining
Albatross25 Jan06 FebNWSOLD OUT
Booby08 Feb20 FebNWSOLD OUT
Cormorant22 Feb06 MarNWSOLD OUT
Dolphin22 Mar03 AprNWSOLD OUT
Finch29 Mar10 AprSESOLD OUT
Flamingo19 Apr01 MayNWSOLD OUT
Gecko26 Apr08 MaySESOLD OUT
Hawk03 May15 MayNWSOLD OUT
Iguana10 May22 MaySESOLD OUT
Penguin28 Jun10 JulNW1 spaces leftBook Now
Plover05 Jul17 JulSESOLD OUT
Pintail30 Aug11 SepSE4 spaces leftBook Now
Nazca18 Oct30 OctNW7 spaces leftBook Now
Oystercatcher15 Nov27 NovNW12 spaces leftBook Now
Pelican20 Dec01 JanSE2 spaces leftBook Now
Tortoise27 Dec08 JanNW7 spaces leftBook Now

2016 Active Tours

Our 2016 dates are posted below. New this year: 2 October departures. The price is US$4,660 per person for the 13 day trip, flights included (+$300 for the Christmas / New Year's sailing - imposed by the ship owner). If our full 13 day trip doesn't quite fit into your schedule, or if you want to embark on a "Grand Galapagos" 15 day cruise, don't hesitate to contact us. Prices may be subjected to a tax currently being considered by the government of Ecuador. Should it be imposed, an additional $312 would be applied.
Tour CodeStart DateEnd DateItinerarySpaces Remaining
Dolphin24 Jan05 FebNW14 spaces leftBook Now
Flamingo07 Feb19 FebNW14 spaces leftBook Now
Fur Seal21 Feb04 MarNW14 spaces leftBook Now
Giant Tortoise20 Mar01 AprNW12 spaces leftBook Now
Lava Lizard27 Mar08 AprSESOLD OUT
Manta Ray17 Apr29 AprNW14 spaces leftBook Now
Marine Iguana24 Apr06 MaySE8 spaces leftBook Now
Mockingbird01 May13 MayNW10 spaces leftBook Now
Muyuyo08 May20 MaySE14 spaces leftBook Now
Noddy26 Jun08 JulNW14 spaces leftBook Now
Opuntia03 Jul15 JulSE14 spaces leftBook Now
Orca02 Oct14 OctNW14 spaces leftBook Now
Penguin09 Oct21 OctSE14 spaces leftBook Now
Plover18 Dec30 DecSE14 spaces leftBook Now
Sea Horse25 Dec06 JanNW14 spaces leftBook Now




  • 8 day cruise on an upscale economy class ship (all meals, top quality naturalist guide, private double occupancy rooms, private bathroom, hot water, shower, air conditioning)
  • Return flight Quito/Galapagos/Quito (or Guayaquil) + Transit control card
  • 3 nights accommodation in an upscale boutique hotel (Mansion del Angel), with breakfast, on the continent (2 night pre-tour, and 1 night post-tour)
  • Full day tour: Quito - World Heritage colonial Andean city, lunch at the "Caldera's Rim" restaurant, and a visit to the "monument to the Equator"
  • Host in Quito to help with transfers
  • Airport transfers in Quito for the Galapagos departure and arrival
  • Free use of kayaks (3) on-board the ship (used only at dedicated visitor sites)
  • Wetsuit, snorkel, mask and fins
  • Two additional nights in Puerto Ayora, (Hotel Fernandina)
  • Most meals, as indicated in the itinerary
  • CNH Tours advice on pre or post trip extensions in the region
  • Our very own, personally written Galapagos Voyage Guide (electronic version)



  • Tip for naturalist guide (sug. $60-$80/person), ship's crew (sug. $120-$160/person)
  • Alcoholic beverages, drinks
  • International arrivals and departures transfers
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee ($100 - may change moderately)
  • Trip insurance (always strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenses
  • Some meals, as indicated in itinerary


3. Your Naturalist Guides

You will enjoy top services from one of two guides on our Active Galapagos Cruises.  Both are passionate and extremely knowledgeable about Galapagos and about conservation.  They have a canny knack for conveying this passion to their guests and should be able to handle your most challenging questions. 

The Samba's principle guide is Juan Manuel Salcedo.   We believe that Juan is at the vanguard of a new generation of naturalist guides in Galapagos - he is promoting a new way to see the islands (see:  The Samba Way).  Juan carried out most of his studies in Ecuador, but also spent some time in Califorina obtaining a "skipper's" certificate.  

The Samba also enjoys the services of Fausto Rodriguez.   Born on the mainland, in 1990 his mother sent him on a two week holiday to Galapagos.  He met people there, made new friends and fell in love with the islands. He began working as a mate aboard different boats, leading Spanish speaking groups.  In 1996 he was officially certified as a Galapagos National Park naturalist guide.  After 3 years getting language and tourism degree in the UK, he returned to the islands and has since been a much sought after guide by the higher end tour companies.

Luiz Alfredo Rodriguez Carrera, otherwise known as Champi - a former neighbour of ours when we lived in the islands, will also be guiding some of our cruises.  Champi is a passionate Ecuadorian Naturalist Guide and dive instructor who was educated in Ecuador, the United States and France.  Champi has been hand picked in the past to accompany high end television production crews in the islands, and recently, Sir Richard Branson.   He is a recent past president of AGIPA, the Interpretive Naturalist Guide's Asssociation of Galapagos. 


Pictured from left to right:  Juan Manuel Salcedo and Fausto Rodriguez. We're still looking for a picture of Champi!

Juan in his elementFausto Rodriguez


SOUTH EAST:    Island diversity

# islands visited:  9

The Southeast itinerary will have you visit a great diversity of islands, from the tiny South Plaza, where the odd land/marine iguana hybrids thrive, to the "brought-back-from-the-brink" Española island, once overrun by goats and with only a handful of giant tortoises remaining.   You'll be among the very few people to see the waved albatross breeding colony, one of the world's rarest and most endangered species (from mid-April to end November).


NORTH WEST:   Born of fire

# islands visited:  5

This itinerary takes you to the more remote reaches of the archipelago, and the most geologically active.   Volcanos frequently erupt here - and most of the land consists of wide expanses of sterile lava fields interspersed with small islands of life.   Waters are more nutrient rich and cooler - making for more diversity of marine life.  The flightless cormorant survives here, but in small numbers.