Discover the Galapagos Islands with Ross Kaminsky

Where else in the world can you snorkel with penguins, turtles, and sea lions at the same time? Walk in the footsteps of Charles Darwin, exploring one of the most unique environments on the planet! On this “best of the Galapagos” adventure, you’ll encounter giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, land and marine iguanas, Darwin finches, magnificent frigatebirds, penguins, flamingos, and more. And that’s just on land! You’ll also have numerous chances to snorkel in waters teaming with tropical fish, playful sea lions, sea turtles, rays, and even sharks (but don’t worry, they’re friendly)! Whether your interest is marine biology, geology, photography, or unique and rare wildlife species, a journey to the Galapagos Islands is unlike any other.

Meet Your Host: Ross Kaminsky

Ross Kaminsky brings a fresh perspective to the news, politics, culture, and everyday life. For Ross, it's all about great ideas, freedom, and fun.
While most of Ross's career has been in financial markets trading (waving his hands and yelling on a trading floor in Chicago for many years), Ross has been involved in political media since college and in radio for the past decade, He loves radio and hopes you can tell when you tune in to the show or listen to a podcast.
Ross is an adventure traveler, Navy brat, science geek, and NFL fan. Having escaped the People's Republic of Boulder, Ross lives near Denver with his wonderful, beautiful, and talented Australian wife, Kristen, their two children, and their ridiculous bulldogs, Agnes and Reuben.

Per Person Double Occupancy
From $7,499

Single Supplement: $899
(Limited Availability)

March 14 – 22, 2025

9 Days / 8 Nights

Itinerary

1
Friday, March 14, 2025

Depart USA for Ecuador
Welcome to Quito, the capital of Ecuador. Upon arrival, you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel for the evening.

2
Saturday, March 15, 2025

Quito
Today, explore the vibrant city of Quito, surrounded by snow-capped volcanos and just a short distance from the equator. Locals nicknamed it “la Carita de Dios,” meaning “the little face of God.” Enjoy a sightseeing tour by foot and by coach to explore the mix of well-preserved colonial churches and convents, shining glass, and sleek contemporary architecture that makes Quito one of the most beautiful cities in Latin America. (B, L, D)

3
Sunday, March 16, 2025

Fly to Galapagos – Baltra – Sink Holes – Puerto Ayora
After breakfast at our hotel, we transfer to the airport and depart on our flight to the Galapagos Islands. Upon arrival in Baltra, our Naturalist Guide will accompany us to a wonderful restaurant in the middle of the cloud forest, where lunch awaits. En route to the restaurant, we will be stopping to visit “Los Gemelos,” two massive pit craters located in the cloud forest, where we will see a few of Darwin’s famous finches and endemic plants of the area. After lunch, we will continue to our hotel to check in and participate in a “Snorkeling Safety Briefing,” where you will practice in the hotel swimming pool. Tonight, we will gather for dinner at a local restaurant. (B, L, D)

4
Monday, March 17, 2025

North Seymour – Bachas Beach
Following a delicious breakfast, we’ll be transported across the island to board our tour boat heading to North Seymour Island. North Seymour Island is the only place where we will see the male frigate bird displaying his big red pouch. We’ll also see blue-footed boobies, gulls, marine iguanas, and sea lion pups. After our adventure on shore, we’ll return to the boat for lunch.
After lunch, we will navigate to Bachas Beach, a beautiful white coral beach located on the northern side of Santa Cruz Island. This is a sea turtle nesting site where we will also see a flamingo lagoon, mockingbirds, ghost crabs, and pelicans. We will have time here for more snorkeling or a stroll along this gorgeous beach and its crystal-clear water. Tonight, enjoy a festive meal with your fellow travelers, toasting all the wildlife you have seen so far. (B, L, D)

5
Tuesday, March 18, 2025

Tortuga Bay Beach***
This morning, you’ll embark on a nature walk, taking in the beauty of one of the world’s most stunning beaches, Tortuga Bay. As we stroll through a typical cactus forest at a slow, leisurely pace, our naturalist will point out the many species of birds, including the Galapagos mockingbird. Our walk concludes as we arrive on the gorgeous white sandy coral beach, where the remainder of the day’s activities are up to you. Delight in the clear turquoise water, whether swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, or simply relaxing on the shore. Plenty of Galapagos wildlife can be found here, such as marine iguanas, sea turtles, lava herons, pelicans, and finches. Our crew will set up a picnic lunch on the beach for us to enjoy and supply towels and any additional gear you’ll need to make the most of your day. Later, we’ll re-board the boat to head back to town and our hotel. This evening, join Ross for a chocolate tasting show. (B, L)

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Wednesday, March 19, 2025

Highlands – Giant Tortoises – Lava Tunnel – Coffee Farm
Our first stop this morning is the famous Charles Darwin Station, where we’ll learn about the different conservation programs carried out by the Galapagos National Park and Darwin Station. We’ll also tour the tortoise breeding center, where we’ll see baby tortoises before they are old enough to return to their original island. Later, we will travel by bus to the highlands of Santa Cruz, passing through private farmland to a location where giant tortoises roam in their natural habitat. While here, you’ll see one of its natural wonders, a lava tube, and you’ll have the opportunity to walk underground and appreciate this magnificent geological formation. Your busy morning will conclude with a delicious lunch at one of the local farms on the island.
After lunch, we’ll continue onward and make a stop at an old farm run by a true Galapagos farmer. Here, you’ll see a small coffee, banana, and sugar cane plantation, along with many interesting plants in the area. (B, L, D)

7
Thursday, March 20, 2025

Bartolome Island***
After enjoying coffee at the hotel, we will travel by bus to the other side of the island where our boat will be waiting. This morning, we will navigate to Bartolome. This 1-hour and 30-minute beautiful journey will provide you with a good chance to see the playful bottlenose dolphins, jumping rays, and hopefully even bigger creatures.
Bartolome is one of the most beautiful islands in the Galapagos. First, we’ll hike the 372 steps and enjoy a wonderful volcanic view of one of the most photographed places in the Galapagos, Pinnacle Rock, along with many volcanic splatter cones. Then, take a short boat ride to look for endemic Galapagos penguins, which are found on the rocky shoreline and in these waters hunting fish.
Later, we’ll have a chance to get ourselves back in the water and explore the diverse marine life. Snorkel in the water surrounding Pinnacle Rock and, with a little luck, swim with penguins and many different fish. You’ll return to the hotel smiling, happy, tired, and ready for more adventure! Tonight, enjoy a farewell feast in town as we say goodbye to our Galapagos Naturalist Guide. (B, L, D)

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Friday, March 21, 2025

Fly To Quito
Today, we say goodbye to our new friends in the Galapagos Islands and return to the airport for our flight to mainland Ecuador. (B)

9
Saturday, March 22, 2025

Quito – Flight Home
After an early morning breakfast, we’ll transfer to the airport to check in for our international flight home. (B)

Bartolomé Island, Ecuador Ave Charles Darwin 854, Puerto Ayora 200350, Ecuador 6MQ8+HXF Tortuga Bay, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador Las Bachas, Ecuador North Seymour Island, Ecuador Puerto Ayora, Ecuador Baltra Island, Ecuador Santiago Island, Ecuador Quito, Ecuador

Inclusions

Included

  • Economy Class Roundtrip Airfare from Denver, CO (DEN) to Quito, Ecuador (UIO)*
  • Local, In-Country, Flights between Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands
  • Hotel Accommodations in Quito and Santa Cruz**
  • All Ground Transportation
  • All Activities as Specified in Your Itinerary.
  • Expert English-Speaking Naturalist Guides in the Galapagos and Tour Guide on the Mainland
  • Gratuities for Cruise Staff, Drivers, Local and Naturalist Guides, Porters, and Included Meals
  • 19 Meals (8 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 5 Dinners)
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee
  • Migration Card (TCT) in the Galapagos
  • Snorkeling Gear and a Mesh Bag
  • Soft Drink or Water with Your Meals and a Water Dispenser with Purified Water at Your Hotel in the Galapagos Islands
  • One Day of Laundry Service in the Islands, during the middle of the trip
  • Taxes and Fees as of 5/10/2024
  • Complete Services of Cruise & Tour Including Tour Director
 

*Please call to request alternate gateways (additional fare may apply)
**Hotels may be substituted due to unforeseen circumstances
***Please note smaller boats are used to travel to some islands in the Galapagos due to restrictions on the number of people allowed to visit per day. This greatly enhances the experience while allowing the wildlife to thrive.  As a result, everyone will experience the same islands in a different order, as our group will be split between two boats traveling to different islands on some of the days.

Extraordinary Experiences

  • Meet Ross Kaminsky in an engaging Q&A session.
  • Immerse yourself in expert insights with top Galapagos naturalists throughout your time on the islands.

 

Not Included

  • Changes in Taxes and Fees after 5/10/2024
  • Air Upgrades
  • Airline Baggage Fees (if applicable)
  • Travel Insurance (travelers must have a minimum of medical-only travel insurance to participate)
  • Scuba Diving
  • Items of a Personal Nature (such as passport fees, laundry, alcoholic beverages, medical care, etc.)
  • Meals Not Specified in the Itinerary

 


 

Activity Level 4

At an active pace, this tour requires travelers to be physically fit and expect some physical effort. Planned activities often operate at a faster pace with extended distances. Days may begin earlier or end later in the evening. You can expect to be standing and walking for longer periods of time, climbing steps, and walking uphill. Your itinerary may include relaxed-paced hikes along unpaved trails or uneven terrain, swimming, snorkeling, walking to cities where buses are prohibited, climbing in and out of boats, along with other active activities not mentioned. This tour is not suitable for individuals with mobility challenges or those who rely on wheelchairs or walkers consistently.

 

Testimonials

I would like to tell you that I had an amazing trip to the Galapagos!!! The only thing that could have been better was the temperature of the water, but I understand it's Spring there, and couldn't be helped. Bolo was exceptional! He selected great restaurants, had great information as to the activities scheduled, told us a lot about living on the islands, arranged for a pizza night, and even stopped with a bus full of people for ice cream! He was also very attentive to everyone's needs. Valentine and Alejandro were also gems!!! Very informative, and helpful, and went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable, safe, and informed!! The snorkeling we did on the last day was unforgettable! I can't say enough about the whole experience and compliment your team for putting together an unforgettable trip!!! - Thanks again!
- Jean
Our adventure in the Galapagos was exceptional, a nonpareil experience, and much more than anticipated, organized, and carried out in every detail. Excellent guides were available to find and discuss all the wondrous birds, sea lions, iguanas, and, of course, the huge tortoises. Most importantly we had the pleasure of our local naturalist to share with us the beauty and wonder of this unique “world within a world.
- Gary

Accommodations

Swissotel, Quito, Ecuador
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Villa Laguna, Puerto Ayora, Ecuador
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Wyndham Quito Airport Hotel, Quit, Ecuador
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Rates

Per Person Double Occupancy
$7,499
Single Supplement (Limited Availability)
$899
Travel Insurance
Quoted at time of Booking

 


Deposit/Payment

      • A $1,000 per person deposit is required with your reservation.
      • A second deposit in the amount of $2,000 is due 8/16/24.
      • Final payment due 11/14/24.
      • All payments can be made by credit card or check.

Cancellation/Refund

      • Your initial $1,000 deposit is refundable through 8/15/24, less a $500 per person cancellation fee.
      • Between 8/16/24 and 11/14/24, the cancellation charge is 50% of deposits paid.
      • After 11/14/24 or non-appearance on departure day, 100% of the cost of your travel arrangements is forfeited.

 

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