A Galapagos trip is focused on the expedition cruise of course.  For our natural history workshops, we offer trips that with the option of 11 or 15 days on board.  We also offer you extra days pre- and post-cruise designed to reduce the risk of missing your embarkation date, and to give you a chance to get your land legs back after several days at sea.   


CRUISE ONLY (11 or 15 days):  This is "just the cruise" 

  • Choice of the 11 or 15 day cruise on the Monserrat - meals, excursions, wetsuits / snorkel equipment, kayaks, paddle boards, tow hand-picked naturalist guides for an ideal 8:1 ratio of guests to guide;
  • Emergency medical evacuation insurance - US$200,000 coverage;
  • Carbon offsets - offsetting the impacts of trip emissions - Click here for more details.

BREEZE (13 or 17 days):  Includes two nights "pre-cruise" in Quito, at a boutique hotel, plus a Quito City Day Tour.  Arriving 2 days before your embarkation date will provide an important cushion against potential travel disruptions on you way to Quito (missed connections, cancelled flights).  Same as "cruise only", but add on:

  • 2 nights in Quito, including 2 nights in a very comfortable and unique Mama Cuchara Arts Hotel;
  • Quito World Heritage city day tour with cable car to upper slopes of Pichincha volcano (weather permitting);
  • Transit control card and park entrance fee;
  • Airport transfers with dedicated airport check-in assistance (domestic flights);
  • Domestic flights, cruise and more included;
  • Emergency medical evacuation insurance (US$200,000);
  • Carbon offsets - offsetting the impacts of trip emissions - Click here for more details. 

LEISURE(15 or 19 days):  Enjoy some down time after an active trip - wander about town, go to the local beach, do a bit of shopping, taste the local craft beer, coffee shops and more.  Same as breeze, but add on:

  • 2 extra nights in Galapagos post-cruise in the lovely Ikala boutique hotel with pool;
  • Visit an organic coffee farm in the highlands;
  • Lunch at a highlands restaurant;
  • Services of a naturalist guide to help plan any excursions or accompany you;
  • A guided visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station;
  • A farewell dinner on your last night in Galapagos;
  • Accompanied transfer to the hotel for your flight back to the continent, includes check-in assistance.



We chose to work with the Monserrat in part because it's one of the only ships that includes Genovesa, Española and Fernandina Islands on an 11 day itinerary.  To reach these three very different, but much appreciated places on just about all other ships, a full 15 day itinerary would be required. 

Our departures during the year follow EITHER an 11 day OR a 15 itinerary.  We provide the itinerary routes for both options below:





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Hola Heather!  Just to let you know that everything about our trip & time on the Samba (May 6-13) was better than perfect. First up, the roses in our hotel rooms was a lovely welcome surprise and everything went swimmngly well. Heather, the whole experience was second to none and your attention to detail really paid off. Thank you, & muchas gracias for your very big part in making this the trip of a lifetime. I am so glad I picked up on your name on Tripadvisor and in relation to the Samba. I wouldn't have wanted to be on a different boat that's for sure, she was beautiful. I also must praise the crew who were simply amazing. I did not expect or want to be spoilt, but we were, by every crew member.

Catherine G


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