Why are there two
M/V Evolution Itineraries?

Charles Darwin

Itinerary From Baltra Island
"In the Steps of Pirates & Darwin"

When visiting the Galapagos Islands for one week there are tradeoffs regarding the landing sites you can and can't see, in a place where one can encounter as great a variation crossing from one side of a bay or island to another, as traversing the entire archipelago. This has always been the case. Recently the Galapagos National Park decided to reduce the environmental impact on its 40 + visitor landing sites by requiring that yachts wait 14 days before returning to a given National Park visitor site. As a result of this ruling each of our yachts operates two different week long itineraries. These 8 day / 7 night itineraries run Saturday-to-Saturday and alternate each week. Through our complete itineraries, guests are able to see all of the Galapagos wildlife that made the Islands famous and inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. You can also combine these itineraries back-to-back to experience one, all encompassing two week long voyage.

If you only have a week to spend in the Galapagos you will be happy to know that there is no better or worse itinerary, just different. We continue to receive rave reviews for both itineraries aboard both our yachts. Passengers continue to have amazing animal encounters while experiencing the depth and breadth of what the islands offer including top notch landing sites on all itineraries.

We have put a lot of effort into obtaining permits from the Galapagos National Park that allow our yachts to visit all of the most important sites on the Islands. Many cruise operators on the islands avoid the long navigations to save costs, but we are firm believers that a true Galapagos experience involves visiting the most remote islands as well.

Footsteps in Time Galapagos

Itinerary From San Cristobal Island
"Footsteps back in Time"

evolution itinerary - from baltra island
"in the steps of pirates and darwin"
evolution itinerary in brief - from baltra island

7 nights / 8 days: saturday to saturday


  • Walks & Hikes =

  • Snorkeling =

  • Kayaking =

  • Panga (zodiac) Ride =

Saturdays AM Arrive to Baltra Island
PM Daphne Major Islet
Sunday AM Isabela Island (Albemarle Island): Punta Vicente Roca
PM Fernandina Island (Narborough Island): Punta Espinoza
Monday AM Isabela Island: Urvina Bay
PM Isabela Island: Tagus Cove
Tuesday AM Bartolome Island (Pinnacle Rock & Overlook)
PM Santiago Island (James Island): Sullivan Bay
Wednesday AM Santa Cruz Island: Bachas Beach
PM Radiba Island
Thursday AM Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Research Station
PM Santa Cruz Island Wild Tortoise Reserve (highlands), tunnels
Friday AM Española Island: (Hood Island): Punta Suarez
PM Española Island: Gardner Bay / Gardner Islet / Osborn Islet
Saturday AM San Cristobal: Interpretation Center
PM Depart for Mainland Ecuador

Important Note: Quasar Expeditions' Galapagos cruise itineraries are subject to change without prior notice for various factors including, but not limited to: safety, weather, mechanical breakdown, unforeseen emergencies, and the discretion of the Captain, Guide, Dive Master, Quasar Expeditions and the Galapagos National Park.

EVOLUTION ITINERARY - MAP OF VOYAGE - FROM BALTRA ISLAND Hover over the red dots to view the day by day itinerary.

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evolution itinerary - from san cristobal island
"footsteps back in time"
evolution itinerary in brief from san cristobal island

7 nights / 8 days: saturday to saturday


  • Walks & Hikes =

  • Snorkeling =

  • Kayaking =

  • Panga (zodiac) Ride =

Saturday AM Arrive to San Cristobal Island
PM San Cristobal - Isla Lobos
Sunday AM South Plaza Island
PM Santa Cruz Island: Punta Carrion/Mosquera Islet
Monday AM Chinese Hat Islet
PM Santiago Island: James Bay
Tuesday AM Genovesa Island (Tower Island): Darwin Bay
PM Tower Island: Prince Phillip’s Steps
Wednesday AM North Seymour Island
PM Santa Fe Island
Thursday AM Floreana Island: Post Office Bay
PM Floreana Island: Cormorant Pt/Devil’s Crown or Champion
Friday AM Santa Cruz Island: Charles Darwin Research Station
PM Santa Cruz Island: Wild Tortoise Reserve (highlands), tunnels
Saturday AM Santa Cruz Island: Black Turtle Cove
PM Depart for Mainland Ecuador

Quasar Expeditions' Galapagos cruise itineraries are subject to change without prior notice for various factors including, but not limited to: safety, weather, mechanical breakdown, unforeseen

emergencies, and the discretion of the Captain, Guide, Dive Master, Quasar Expeditions and the Galapagos National Park.

EVOLUTION ITINERARY - MAP OF VOYAGE - FROM SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND Hover over the red dots to view the day by day itinerary.

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ACTIVITIES

While in the Galapagos you will find that you are constantly active, doing nature hikes, snorkeling, swimming and sea kayaking all in an effort to get up close to the islands’ amazing animals. The way in which the Galapagos National Park has structured activities translates into the Galapagos not being a strenuous multi-sport destination centered on being rigorous. Instead, the Park has structured activities around interaction with wildlife and the habitat. That is really what the Galapagos is all about. We make our trips more active by planning landings in places that offer better hikes like at Tagus Cove or to the top of Bartolome Island. We also offer itineraries that take in the more remote sites and outer islands, rather than staying solely in the more traveled inner islands (not all yachts are equipped to travel to the outerislands). We maximize our opportunities to snorkel and kayaking on each trip. We also offer opportunities for diving, for both advanced and intermediate divers.



walks & hikes
Walks & Hikes

During each day of your Galapagos cruise aboard M/V Evolution you will have two expeditions to a visiting point on a specific island where you will be able to walk and hike on beaches, lava fields, alongside cliffs and around mangrove estuaries. Our walks and hikes include wildlife encounters, scenic views and detailed lectures and explanations from your naturalist guide on many issues concerning the islands. This activity is great to get amazing shots of wildlife from up-close.


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Snorkeling
Galapagos Snorkeling

Snorkeling is one of the favorite activities of all people that visit the Galapagos Islands and requires no previous experience to be enjoyed immensely. You will be offered the opportunity to go snorkeling almost every day at various snorkeling sites around the archipelago. You will have the chance to snorkel with playful sea lions (watch video), marine iguanas (watch video), green sea turtles (watch video) and many other wonderful creatures. For non-divers, this is an incredible way to get a glimpse of the marine.


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panga rides
Dinghy Panga Rides

On all of our cruises we offer dinghy of "panga" rides (inflatable zodiacs) on most of the visitor sites that we take you to. The group, of up to 9 guests per zodiac, is taken for a ride alongside cliffs and shores, secluded coves and beautiful mangrove estuaries. This activity is great to see volcanic formations as well as shore birds from up-close. In the mangrove estuaries it is very common to see green sea turtles mating, golden & eagle rays and sleeping reef sharks! This activity provides various chances to get some great photographs of marine creatures from up close!


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kayaking
Galapagos Kayaking

Sea kayaking is offered on all of our departures and you require no previous experience to enjoy this activity. Our sea kayaks are the ideal means by which to get some good exercise and explore the cliffs and shores of the various visitor sites around the archipelago. A typical cruise week offers great opportunities to go kayaking around secluded coves, shores, mangrove estuaries and beautiful beaches. Galapagos penguins, flightless cormorants, sea lions and many other animals can be seen from up-close on a kayak and even as they swim!


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scuba diving
Galapagos Scuba Diving

Scuba diving is offered as an additional activity for those guests who are looking to take a peek at the underwater world of the Galapagos. On the day your yacht visits the port town of Puerto Ayora, you can choose to go on a day diving trip instead of the visit planned for that day. If you do not want to miss the activities planned for the day at Port, you can also choose to go diving either by arriving a couple of days before the start of your cruise or by staying on the islands a couple of days after the cruise. Please inquire with us for more information on our Galapagos diving adventures.


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itinerary calendar - departure dates

EVOLUTION ITINERARY - FROM BALTRA ISLAND
"In The Steps of Pirates & Darwin"

Charles Darwin


Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
7 - 14
21 - 28
4 - 11
18 - 25
4 - 11
18 - 25
1 - 8
15 - 22
29 - May 6
13 - 20
27 - Jun 3
10 - 17
24 - Jul 1
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
8 - 15
22 - 29
5 - 12
19 - 26
2 - 9
16 - 23
30 - Oct 7
14 - 21
28 - Nov 4
11 - 18
25 - Dec 2
9 - 16
23 - 30

EVOLUTION ITINERARY - FROM SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND
"Footsteps Back in Time"

Footsteps in Time Galapagos


Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
14 - 21
28 - Feb 4
11 - 18
25 - Mar 4
11 - 18
25 - Apr 1
8 - 15
22 - 29
6 - 13
20 - 27
3 - 10
17 - 24
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1 - 8
15 - 22
29 - Aug 5
12 - 19
26 - Sep 2
9 - 16
23 - 30
7 - 14
21 - 28
 
4 - 11
18 - 25
2 - 9
16 - 23
30 - Jan 6

EVOLUTION ITINERARY - FROM BALTRA ISLAND
"In The Steps of Pirates & Darwin"

Charles Darwin


Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
6 - 13
20 - 27
3 - 10
17 - 24
3 - 10
17 - 24
31 - Apr 7
14 - 21
28 - May 5
 
12 - 19
26 - Jun 2
9 - 16
23 - 30
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
7 - 14
21 - 28
4 - 11
18 - 25
1 - 8
15 - 22
29 - Oct 6
13 - 20
27 - Nov 3
10 - 17
24 - Dec 1
8 - 15
22 - 29

EVOLUTION ITINERARY - FROM SAN CRISTOBAL ISLAND
"Footsteps Back in Time"

Footsteps in Time Galapagos


Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
13-20
27 - Feb 3
10 - 17
24 - Mar 3
10 - 17
24 - 31
7 - 14
21 - 28
5 - 12
29 - 26
2 - 9
16 - 23
30 - Jul 7
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
14 - 21
28 - Aug 4
 
11 - 18
25 - Sep 1
8 - 15
22 - 29
6 - 13
20 - 27
 
3 - 10
17 - 24
1 - 8
15 - 22
29 - Jan 5
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