Galapagos Island Hopper

Galapagos Island Hopper

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Galapagos Island Hopper

6 Days Starting and ending in Quito

Visiting: Quito, Santa Cruz Island, Isabela Island, San Cristóbal Island

Tour operator:

Contiki

Tour code:

GAIH20

Specialist Group:

18-30 Somethings

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

0 - 25

Age range:

18-35

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:

English

Trip Styles:

Adventure Tours

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Tour Overview

Embark on the "Galapagos Island Hopper" tour and explore the natural wonders of Ecuador's Galápagos Islands. Begin your adventure in Quito before flying to the enchanting Isabela Island, where you'll encounter giant tortoises and snorkel with vibrant marine life. Glide over to Santa Cruz Island to marvel at solidified lava tunnels and visit the famous Galápagos residents. Continue to San Cristobal Island, where you'll bike through scenic highlands and relax on pristine beaches. This tour offers a perfect blend of wildlife encounters, breathtaking landscapes, and conservation insights, making it an unforgettable journey through one of the world's most unique ecosystems.

Highlights

  • Quito: Swoop into the phenomenal Galápagos Islands and start your expedition of these natural wonders.

  • Isabela Island: Look out for sea turtles, penguins, sea lions and more as you glide over to the largest island in the Galapagos.

  • Santa Cruz Island: Take a walk inside these incredible tunnels, made from solidified lava.

  • Isabela Island: Your chance to get up close with turtles, angelfish, parrotfish and more at one of the world’s best snorkeling spots.

  • Santa Cruz Island: Marvel at the beauty. Then hike to a secluded beach with only the iguanas for company.

  • San Cristobal Island: Grab your camera and get some pics with these charming locals.

  • San Cristobal Island: On the surface, this may look like a giant red rock shaped like a shoe. But under the water, it’s a rainbow utopia of marine life.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Quito To Isabela Island

Location: Quito, Santa Cruz Island, Isabela Island

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel La Gran Tortuga (or similar)

Meals Included: Dinner

Welcome to Ecuador! Today we're taking to the skies, bound for the glorious Galapagos Islands. Excited much? You should be. On arrival we’ll appease our rumbling stomachs with some munch.
Giant tortoises roaming their natural surroundings and incredible old lava tunnels will welcome us onto the island of Santa Cruz. After lunch, we’ll take to the ocean and make tracks to our home for the night – the impossibly glorious Isabela Island, where we’ll sleep amidst the spellbinding beauty of the Galapagos National Park.
The inspiration behind Charles Darwin’s ‘Origin of Species’, Isabela Island is home to wildlife you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Picture the scene – sandy streets, palm trees, crystal waters and seal pups playing – can it really get any more perfect? Soak it all in, as it’s home for the next little while.

Day 2: Isabela Island

Location: Isabela Island

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Isamar Hotel (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Well good morning paradise. The ocean is calling, and who are we to resist her? Our wildlife kayaking adventure will see us taking to the seas with beady eyes on the lookout for green sea turtles.

Day 3: Isabela Island To Santa Cruz Island

Location: Isabela Island, Santa Cruz Island

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hotel Silberstein (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

We’ll wake up hungry for the day this morning (that’s what island life does to you), and for good reason – Santa Cruz is on the horizon.
After settling in to the Santa Cruz way of life, we’ll stroll down to the beach and the cosy Tortuga Bay. Wildlife fanatics will be in their element – the island is known for sharks, rays, turtles, great blue herons, and even blue footed boobies. Spend your time sunbaking next to a marine iguana, or roam the streets stopping off in cute cafes for fresh juice pit stops.

Day 4: Santa Cruz Island To San Cristobal Island

Location: Santa Cruz Island, San Cristóbal Island

Accommodation Name: Galapagos Planet (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast

Back on our boat we’ll set sail for San Cristobal, keeping our eyes peeled for cute bathing sea lions (we won’t have to look too hard – they’re literally everywhere). Four extinct volcanoes sit across the island creating scenic highlands that are best experienced by bike – mainly cruising downhill, you'll be happy to know. The tiny town of El Progreso will add a splash of colour to our journey, and we’ll also cross five different vegetation zones before arriving at our seaside destination – La Loberia beach.

Day 5: San Cristobal Island

Location: San Cristóbal Island

Accommodation Name: Galapagos Planet (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

It’s our last day soaking up the natural beauty of the Galapagos, and what a day we’ve got planned. Bird-watching will kick us off, followed by a cruise to the 143-metre Kicker Rock – a natural phenomenon that protrudes from the ocean and is one of the greatest icons of the area. Our Local Guide will give us the low-down on the wildlife – both above and below the water – that surrounds the rock, then we’ll jump in and explore for ourselves. Keep a look out for chocolate chip starfish and a Galapagos Shark or two, but remember the golden rule – keep those toes off the coral, as you can do serious damage to the delicate eco-system. Back on board, we’ll make tracks for Puerto Grande beach. Here, we’ll eat lunch on board and enjoy a final afternoon of Galapagos fun, before rounding off the day with a feat to end all feasts. WHAT A DAY.

Day 6: San Cristobal Island To Quito

Location: San Cristóbal Island, Quito

Meals Included: Breakfast

There’s time to relax this morning & take in the beauty of the island before heading back to the mainland where your trip ends on arrival.  Not done yet?  Why not fly to Peru and join our Peru Uncovered trip?

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation is provided at Hotel La Gran Tortuga (or similar), Isamar Hotel (or similar), Hotel Silberstein (or similar), and Galapagos Planet (or similar).

  • Meals

    Meals are included as follows: Day 1 - Lunch, Day 2 - Breakfast, Day 3 - Breakfast, Day 4 - Breakfast, Day 5 - Breakfast and Lunch, Day 6 - Breakfast.

  • Local Guide

    A local guide will provide information on the wildlife and natural phenomena during the tour.

  • Activities

    Activities include wildlife kayaking, bird-watching, and snorkeling at Kicker Rock.

  • Transportation

    Transportation between islands and to various locations within the islands is included.

What's Not Included

  • International Flights

    International flights to and from Ecuador are not included.

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is not included and must be purchased separately.

  • Personal Expenses

    Personal expenses such as souvenirs, additional food and drinks, and tips are not included.

  • Optional Activities

    Optional activities not listed in the itinerary are not included.

  • Visa Fees

    Visa fees for entry into Ecuador are not included.

Mode of Transport

Transportation between islands and to various locations within the islands is included.

Check out our Q&As

  • Are meals included in the tour?

    Yes, meals are included as follows: Day 1 - Lunch, Day 2 - Breakfast, Day 3 - Breakfast, Day 4 - Breakfast, Day 5 - Breakfast and Lunch, Day 6 - Breakfast.

  • Are international flights included in the tour package?

    No, international flights to and from Ecuador are not included.

  • Are visa fees included in the tour package?

    No, visa fees for entry into Ecuador are not included.

  • Will there be a guide during the tour?

    Yes, a local guide will provide information on the wildlife and natural phenomena during the tour.

  • Are there any optional activities available during the tour?

    Yes, there are optional activities available, but they are not included in the tour package and must be paid for separately.

  • What kind of accommodation is provided?

    Accommodation is provided at Hotel La Gran Tortuga (or similar), Isamar Hotel (or similar), Hotel Silberstein (or similar), and Galapagos Planet (or similar).

  • Is travel insurance included in the tour package?

    No, travel insurance is not included and must be purchased separately.

  • Is transportation provided during the tour?

    Yes, transportation between islands and to various locations within the islands is included.

  • What activities are included in the tour?

    The tour includes wildlife kayaking, bird-watching, snorkeling at Kicker Rock, and hiking. You will also have opportunities to explore beaches, lava tunnels, and various islands.

  • What kind of wildlife can I expect to see during the tour?

    You can expect to see a variety of wildlife including giant tortoises, sea turtles, penguins, sea lions, angelfish, parrotfish, marine iguanas, sharks, rays, great blue herons, blue-footed boobies, and even Galapagos sharks.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    In 1961, a guy called John Anderson founded Contiki in New Zealand. Whilst later bought by The Travel Corporation, the tour company had already been using the name ‘Contiki’ since its inception.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Contiki trips are designed & operated exclusively for those aged 18-35 years. Your travelling companions will be like-minded adventurers within that age range. The age range is adhered to strictly.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® is our commitment to protect people, wildlife and the incredible planet we all share. Powered by The TreadRight Foundation, a non-profit organisation and Contiki’s guiding hand when it comes to making travel matter.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    All documentation will be sent via email around 21 days prior to your trip departure. You can also access information on your trip by signing up to My Contiki via the top right icon of the homepage.

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16-Jan-2023

The trip ran so smoothly and was well organised! The extra add ons were amazing and all the services were spot on. Food places were reasonable. I'm definitely booking my next contiki trip again soon!

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Exceptional customer service

14-Jan-2023

Contiki were exceptional in providing customer service. They provided me with lots of information and were quick in responding to all my questions. I found that they were super helpful.

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First time traveling with Contiki. Highly recommend! You’ll have a blast

17-Jan-2023

First time traveling internationally since Covid and glad I spent the trip with Contiki. The travel, lodging, meals, activities everything was planned effortlessly. Going to Greece in may with contiki. Highly recommend

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Amazing trip. Made great friends and memories. Can’t wait for my next trip

15-Jan-2023

I had 24 people on my contiki and I think it was the perfect number, we all got to know each other well and got along great. Our tour guide was fun and knowledgeable, the hotels were nice and in great locations.

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My amazing trip to Africa

13-Jan-2023

Sherif was an excellent tour guide. He was extremely knowledgeable about every single small detail at each site that we visited. In addition to his great service, he has a glowing spirit that made me feel like I had family with me the entire trip. Anything that I was concerned about, he always had an answer and was there to help. I truly enjoyed my experience and will purchase a tour with him in the future

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    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of contiki charges.

    Up to 61 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

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