CNH Tours - Cultural and Natural Heritage Tours Galapagos
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.
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 Code||Start Date||End Date||Itinerary||Spaces Remaining|
|Floreana||07 May||19 May||SE||1 spaces left||Book Now|
|Genovesa||25 Jun||07 Jul||NW||5 spaces left||Book Now|
|Indefatigable||02 Jul||14 Jul||SE||2 spaces left||Book Now|
|Isabela||09 Jul||21 Jul||NW||5 spaces left||Book Now|
|Marchena||16 Jul||28 Jul||SE||6 spaces left||Book Now|
|Pinta||23 Jul||04 Aug||NW||10 spaces left||Book Now|
|Pinzon||01 Oct||13 Oct||NW||10 spaces left||Book Now|
|Rabida||08 Oct||20 Oct||SE||10 spaces left||Book Now|
|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 Code||Start Date||End Date||Itinerary||Spaces Remaining|
|Anemone||14 Jan||26 Jan||SE||6 spaces left||Book Now|
|Cormorant||21 Jan||02 Feb||NW||4 spaces left||Book Now|
|Dolphin||04 Feb||16 Feb||NW||6 spaces left||Book Now|
|Finch||18 Feb||02 Mar||NW||8 spaces left||Book Now|
|Flamingo||04 Mar||16 Mar||NW||14 spaces left||Book Now|
|Fur Seal||11 Mar||23 Mar||SE||10 spaces left||Book Now|
|Giant Tortoise||18 Mar||30 Mar||NW||14 spaces left||Book Now|
|Lava Lizard||25 Mar||06 Apr||SE||12 spaces left||Book Now|
|Manta Ray||15 Apr||27 Apr||NW||12 spaces left||Book Now|
|Marine Iguana||22 Apr||04 May||SE||10 spaces left||Book Now|
|Mockingbird||29 Apr||11 May||NW||14 spaces left||Book Now|
|Muyuyo||06 May||18 May||SE||12 spaces left||Book Now|
|Night Heron||27 May||08 Jun||NW||14 spaces left||Book Now|
|Noddy||03 Jun||15 Jun||SE||14 spaces left||Book Now|
|Opuntia||24 Jun||06 Jul||NW||12 spaces left||Book Now|
|Orca||01 Jul||13 Jul||SE||12 spaces left||Book Now|
|Oystercatcher||08 Jul||20 Jul||NW||14 spaces left||Book Now|
|Penguin||15 Jul||27 Jul||SE||14 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||16 Dec||28 Dec||SE||14 spaces left||Book Now|
|Tropicbird||23 Dec||04 Jan||NW||14 spaces left||Book Now|
2. PRICE DETAILS
- 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 Manuel Salcedo (South Plaza Island)
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.
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.
The Galapagos Islands have been a place that I'd wanted to visit for a long time, but I had no idea where to start looking to make it happen. After a quick initial search I almost immediately stumbled upon CNH Tours, and despite my usual habits of over-researching every possible option, I stopped looking as I knew I'd found the right fit.