Active Galapagos Tour Details

12 nights / 13 days in total:  8 days on the highly acclaimed Samba, 3 days on land in Galapagos, 2 days in Quito.  Flights to Galapagos, cruise, hotels, transfers and more included (unlike the "big boys" of the tourism world, we are happy to accommodate itinerary variations to better meet your needs - contact us to discuss).

Vigorous demand for our Active Galapagos charters has prompted us to add more departures in 2018 - and they still sell out.  Consider booking your cruise earlier to ensure you get the cruise dates 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 preferred travel time, please contact Heather to discuss alternatives.

1.   DATES 

2017 Active Tours

Our 2017 trip price is US$4,926 per person (based on 2 people sharing). The 13 day Active Galapagos trip is one of the best value for money trips to the Galapagos (including cruise, flights, 5 nights hotels, transfers, most meals.). Just the 7 day cruise on many ships come with that price tag or more. Christmas season sailings incur a $300 high season rate increase (imposed by the ship owner). CHRISTMAS 2017: Christmas is THE busiest season. Our own charters sold out a while ago (there is still room in our 2018 trips...) - but we have excellent contacts with several ship owners - please contact us and we'll be sure to find something to meet your needs.
Tour CodeStart DateEnd DateItinerarySpaces Remaining
Santa Cruz 19 Nov 01 Dec SE SOLD OUT  
Santiago 17 Dec 29 Dec SE SOLD OUT  
Seymour 24 Dec 05 Jan NW SOLD OUT  

2018 Active Tours

Our 2018 price is US$5,245 per person (based on 2 people sharing). Contact us for solo prices. Our 13 day Active Galapagos trip is one of the best value for money trips to the Galapagos (including cruise, flights, 5 nights hotels, transfers, most meals.). 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 so that we may help you design your ideal trip.
Tour CodeStart DateEnd DateItinerarySpaces Remaining
Anemone 14 Jan 26 Jan SE SOLD OUT  
Cormorant 21 Jan 02 Feb NW 1 spaces left Book Now
Dolphin 04 Feb 16 Feb NW SOLD OUT  
Finch 18 Feb 02 Mar NW 2 spaces left Book Now
Flamingo 04 Mar 16 Mar NW SOLD OUT  
Fur Seal 11 Mar 23 Mar SE 4 spaces left Book Now
Giant Tortoise 18 Mar 30 Mar NW SOLD OUT  
Lava Lizard 25 Mar 06 Apr SE 12 spaces left Book Now
Manta Ray 15 Apr 27 Apr NW SOLD OUT  
Marine Iguana 22 Apr 04 May SE 8 spaces left Book Now
Mockingbird 29 Apr 11 May NW SOLD OUT  
Muyuyo 06 May 18 May SE 8 spaces left Book Now
Night Heron 27 May 08 Jun NW 5 spaces left Book Now
Noddy 03 Jun 15 Jun SE 4 spaces left Book Now
Opuntia 24 Jun 06 Jul NW 6 spaces left Book Now
Orca 01 Jul 13 Jul SE 14 spaces left Book Now
Oystercatcher 08 Jul 20 Jul NW 6 spaces left Book Now
Penguin 15 Jul 27 Jul SE 10 spaces left Book Now
Phalarope 19 Aug 31 Aug NW 8 spaces left Book Now
Plover 30 Sep 12 Oct NW 14 spaces left Book Now
Reef Shark 07 Oct 19 Oct SE 12 spaces left Book Now
Scalesia 14 Oct 26 Oct NW 14 spaces left Book Now
Sea Horse 21 Oct 02 Nov SE 14 spaces left Book Now
Sea Lion 25 Nov 07 Dec NW 11 spaces left Book Now
Sea Star 16 Dec 28 Dec SE 14 spaces left Book Now
Tropicbird 23 Dec 04 Jan NW 6 spaces left Book Now

2019 Active Tours

Our 2019 trip price is currently set at US$5,452 per person (based on 2 people sharing). Once you are booked, the price is locked in against any future increases. Our Active Galapagos trip is one of the best value for money trips to the Galapagos (including cruise, flights, 5 hotel nights, transfers, most meals...). If you'd rather do "just the cruise", or are considering the "Grand Galapagos" 15 day circumnavigation, let us know and we can work something out.
Tour CodeStart DateEnd DateItinerarySpaces Remaining
Albermarle 30 Dec 11 Jan SE 14 spaces left Book Now
Baltra 20 Jan 01 Feb NW 14 spaces left Book Now
Barrington 03 Feb 15 Feb NW 14 spaces left Book Now
Bartolome 03 Mar 15 Mar NW 14 spaces left Book Now
Bindloe 10 Mar 22 Mar SE 14 spaces left Book Now
Champion 17 Mar 29 Mar NW 14 spaces left Book Now
Chatham 24 Mar 05 Apr SE 14 spaces left Book Now
Covington 14 Apr 26 Apr NW 14 spaces left Book Now
Daphne 21 Apr 03 May SE 14 spaces left Book Now
Enderby 28 Apr 10 May NW 14 spaces left Book Now
Fernandina 05 May 17 May SE 14 spaces left Book Now
Floreana 26 May 07 Jun NW 14 spaces left Book Now
Genovesa 02 Jun 14 Jun SE 14 spaces left Book Now
Indefatigable 23 Jun 05 Jul NW 14 spaces left Book Now
Isabela 30 Jun 12 Jul SE 14 spaces left Book Now
Marchena 07 Jul 19 Jul NW 14 spaces left Book Now
Marielas 14 Jul 26 Jul SE 14 spaces left Book Now
Marlborough 04 Aug 16 Aug NW 14 spaces left Book Now
Pinta 06 Oct 18 Oct SE 14 spaces left Book Now
Pinzon 13 Oct 25 Oct NW 14 spaces left Book Now
Rabida 20 Oct 01 Nov SE 14 spaces left Book Now
Santa Cruz 15 Dec 27 Dec SE 14 spaces left Book Now
Santiago 22 Dec 03 Jan SW 14 spaces left Book Now
Seymour 29 Dec 10 Jan NW SOLD OUT  

 

 2.   PRICE DETAILS

 PRICE INCLUDES: 

  • 8 day cruise on an upscale tourist superior ship (all meals, top quality naturalist guide, private double occupancy rooms, private bathroom, hot water, shower, air conditioning)
  • Return flight: Quito or Guayaquil, to Galapagos, and back to either 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.
  • Host in Quito to help with transfers
  • Airport transfers in Quito for the Galapagos departure and arrival
  • Free use of kayaks (6) and paddle boards (2) on-board the ship (used only at dedicated visitor sites)
  • Wetsuit, snorkel, mask and fins
  • Two additional nights in Puerto Ayora, (family owned and operated 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)

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Tip for naturalist guide (sug. $100/person), ship's crew (sug. $200/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 a small team of carefully selected guides that serve our Active Galapagos cruises.  Our guides are chosen for their passion and for their in-depth knowledge of Galapagos and 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 seeing/knowing the islands (see:  The Samba Way).  Juan is a father of two young girls - his family lives in the highlands of Santa Cruz island.   He carried out most of his studies in Ecuador, but also spent some time in California obtaining a "skipper's" certificate.  He is personally in charge of selecting the colleagues with whom he shares the CNH Tours Active Galapagos trips. 

  

Juan in his element  
Juan Manuel Salcedo (South Plaza Island)   

 

4.   ITINERARIES

SOUTH EAST:   Island diversity

# islands visited:  9

The Southeast itinerary will have you visit a great diversity of islands, from the tiny South Plaza to the "brought-back-from-the-brink" Española island, once overrun by goats and with only a handful of giant tortoises remaining.   See the red and green iguanas, the rare hybrid land/marine iguanas, snorkel at Devil's Crown and watch penguins at the iconic Bartolome Island.

CLICK HERE FOR THE DAY BY DAY SOUTH EAST ITINERARY

 

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.

CLICK HERE FOR THE DAY BY DAY NORTH WEST ITINERARY 

  

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We're back and had a simply extraordinary time. Thank you. Everything was quite wonderful.  I expected to be wowed by the scenery and the animals.  But what I didn't expect was how much we enjoyed "living" on the boat.  The staff was terrific in every way.  We can't imagine a nicer and so incredibly informed guide as Fausto.  And  all are fellow travelers were a delight.

 

 

Arnie and June
Active Galapagos on the Samba

 

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