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 are sold out - all 13 of them.  That represents 182 very happy alumni.  Thank you for your confidence.  Consider booking your 2015 cruise now to avoid disappointment...

* 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 FebNW1 spaces leftBook Now
Booby08 Feb20 FebNWSOLD OUT
Cormorant22 Feb06 MarNW8 spaces leftBook Now
Dolphin22 Mar03 AprNWSOLD OUT
Finch29 Mar10 AprSE8 spaces leftBook Now
Flamingo19 Apr01 MayNWSOLD OUT
Gecko26 Apr08 MaySE2 spaces leftBook Now
Hawk03 May15 MayNWSOLD OUT
Iguana10 May22 MaySE4 spaces leftBook Now
Penguin28 Jun10 JulNW10 spaces leftBook Now
Plover05 Jul17 JulSE8 spaces leftBook Now
Nazca18 Oct30 OctNW14 spaces leftBook Now
Pelican20 Dec01 JanSE8 spaces leftBook Now
Tortoise27 Dec08 JanNW11 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.