5 Day Galapagos Cruise: Your Ultimate Guide to Adventure and Wildlife - Hermes Catamaran

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The Galapagos Islands, located in Ecuador, offer a truly breathtaking experience for those interested in exploring diverse wildlife and landscapes. This unique destination is an ideal spot for providing unforgettable memories of up-close encounters with nature. With a carefully planned 5-day Galapagos cruise, you can immerse yourself in the pristine paradise of the archipelago, witnessing volcanic vistas, crystalline azure waters, and an incredible variety of flora and fauna. From the historical engravings at Tagus Cove on Isabela Island to the breathtaking views of the Alcedo Volcano, the Galapagos offers a one-of-a-kind adventure that caters to both avid explorers and wildlife enthusiasts alike.

Included in these specially curated itineraries are visits to iconic sites such as Espinosa Point on Fernandina Island, Puerto Egas on Santiago Island, and North Seymour Island where the possibility of sighting incredibly diverse wildlife is ever-present. By embarking on a Galapagos cruise, you can discover not only the exotic life on land but also the rich underwater world, which offers unforgettable snorkeling experiences, allowing you to connect with the magic of the Galapagos on a whole new level.

Key Takeaways

  • Embark on a 5-day Galapagos cruise for an unparalleled wildlife experience
  • Visit iconic sites like Tagus Cove and Espinosa Point for unforgettable adventures
  • Experience the underwater world with snorkeling opportunities in beautiful locations like Vicente Roca Point

Full Itinerary

5 Day Galapagos Itinerary

Day 1: Baltra Island | Embarking | Bachas Beach

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Upon arrival at Baltra Island, meet your guide and transfer to the Monserrat, before sailing to Bachas Beach. Enjoy your first exploration of the Galapagos, taking the opportunity to see frigatebirds, blue-footed boobies, and sea lions. Relax and swim in the clear waters of Bachas Beach, a nesting site for green turtles. Activities: Hike, Snorkeling

Day 2: Tagus Cove | Urbina Bay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Embark on a journey to the remote western region of the Galapagos, visiting Tagus Cove and Urbina Bay on Isabela Island. Encounter flightless cormorants, penguins, giant tortoises, and stunning landscapes. Enjoy amazing snorkeling opportunities. Activities: Hike, Kayak, Panga Ride, Snorkeling, Standup Paddleboard

Day 3: Espinoza Point | Vicente Roca Point

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Visit the pristine Espinoza Point on Fernandina Island and witness an abundance of wildlife, including marine iguanas, sea lions, and flightless cormorants. Next, visit Vicente Roca Point, an underwater paradise home to green turtles, sharks, and rays. Activities: Hike, Snorkeling

Day 4: Puerto Egas | Playa Espumilla | Buccaneer Cove

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Experience the wildlife-rich Puerto Egas, known for its salt crater, dark sand beach, and tidal pools. Head to Playa Espumilla, an idyllic beach with thick mangroves and nesting sites for flamingos and sea turtles. Finally, explore Buccaneer Cove and witness its breathtaking cliff rock formations. Activities: Hike, Snorkeling

Day 5: North Seymour Island | Baltra Airport | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast

Visit North Seymour Island to observe birds and wildlife, including vast colonies of sea lions. Conclude your Galapagos adventure and disembark at Baltra Island for your departure. Activities: Guided Walks

Itinerary Map

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5 Day Galapagos Itinerary Includes

  • Accommodation in double cabin.
  • Fuel Surcharge.
  • All activities and excursions as depicted in the itineraries in company of a bilingual naturalist guide.
  • Snorkeling equipment.
  • Kayak
  • Wetsuits
  • Stand up Paddle Board
  • Cooking and cocktail lessons.
  • Internet
  • All meals on board.
  • Purified water, tea, coffee
  • Non – alcoholic beverages
  • Selected menu premium wines, beer and cocktails
  • Laundry service
  • Mini bar consumption
  • Butler service

5 Day Galapagos Itinerary Does not Include

  • Air ticket to and from Galapagos.
  • Gratuities to guides and crew.
  • Personals expenses.
  • Alcoholic drinks not included in menu selection
  • Travel insurance.

Meals Included

  • Breakfast Served Daily
  • 4 Dinners
  • 5 Lunches
Playa Las Bachas | Sea turtle | Galapagos Islands
Playa Las Bachas | Galapagos Islands
Playa Las Bachas | Flamingos | Galapagos Islands

More information about the Galapagos Islands you visit in this 5 day itinerary:

5 Day Galapagos Cruise: Your Ultimate Guide to Adventure and Wildlife - Hermes Catamaran
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From $8,195.00 per person

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Dates & Prices

Experience an unforgettable 5-day Galapagos cruise aboard the luxury Hermes Catamaran. This ultra-luxury vessel accommodates 20 passengers in 14 elegant suites, each featuring:

  • Private balconies
  • Mini bars
  • Walk-in closets
  • Jacuzzis

Onboard amenities include:

  • Butler service
  • Cruise director
  • Salon
  • Fitness center
  • Boutique hotel-like ambiance

The Hermes Catamaran offers top-notch service and an all-inclusive, national geographic experience where you can immerse yourself in the extraordinary Galapagos wildlife.

Pricing for this 5-day cruise on the Hermes luxury catamaran varies, so we recommend checking the available dates and prices for the latest information.

Child Discount

Children below the age of 12 are eligible for a 15% discount when traveling with two adults. Moreover, they may also receive discounts on Galapagos flight fares and entrance fees. For further information, it's recommended to contact the travel agent.

Apart from the child discount, the package includes a range of services and amenities. These are:


  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners
  • 4 nights of accommodation
  • Ground transportation and listed activities
  • Access to a 24/7 emergency line while traveling
  • Snorkeling gear and wetsuits onboard
  • Bilingual naturalist guide
  • Kayaking gear
  • Pre-departure services and in-country assistance
  • Shore excursions, swimming, and snorkeling
  • Coffee, tea, and water
  • Baggage handling and transfers in the Galapagos


  • Gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Flight costs
  • Additional excursions
  • Fuel surcharges
  • Galapagos park entrance fees ($100 for adults, $50 for children below 12)
  • Internal flights within Ecuador
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Hamam spa service

Considering the benefits, this comprehensive package offers great value for families looking for an enjoyable and hassle-free vacation experience.

When to Go

The ideal period to travel offers numerous visitors a pleasant experience, with minimal environmental impact.


When planning a trip to the Galapagos Islands, it's essential to consult with Galapagos travel experts to ensure an unforgettable experience. By choosing the Hermes luxury catamaran, you are ensured an exceptional level of comfort and service.

Key Features:

  • Spacious cabins with private balconies
  • Large social areas, including sun deck and Jacuzzi
  • Fine dining with gourmet cuisine
  • Knowledgeable and experienced guides
  • Hamam spa

Popular Activities:

  • Snorkeling with colorful marine life
  • Hiking through unique landscapes
  • Wildlife encounters with giant tortoises and endemic species
  • Sea Kayaking and Stand Up Paddle excursions

When inquiring about a Galapagos trip, it's essential to communicate your preferences and needs to your travel expert, so they can recommend the best options for your journey. Trust their experience and expertise to create an once-in-a-lifetime experience in the Galapagos Islands.

Frecuently Asked Questions

What can travelers expect on a 5-day Galapagos cruise?

On a 5-day Galapagos cruise, visitors can expect to explore a variety of islands, such as Santa Cruz and San Cristóbal. They will encounter unique wildlife species, including giant tortoises, sea lions, Darwin's finches, and blue-footed boobies. Additionally, they can experience pristine beaches, stunning landscapes, and various activities, such as snorkeling, birdwatching, and hiking.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a shorter Galapagos cruise?


  • More affordable
  • Perfect for visitors who have limited time
  • Allows for added flexibility if combined with a land-based trip


  • Less time to explore the islands
  • May miss out on more remote and less-visited islands
  • Limited wildlife encounters compared to longer cruises

How does a 5-day Galapagos cruise differ from 10-day or longer itineraries?

A 5-day Galapagos cruise typically covers a smaller number of islands compared to 10-day or longer cruises. With a shorter cruise, you may not have the opportunity to visit more remote and less-developed areas. Longer itineraries offer a more in-depth exploration of the archipelago, increasing the chances of encountering a wider variety of wildlife and unique ecosystems.

What type of activities are usually included in a 5-day Galapagos cruise?

During a 5-day Galapagos cruise, visitors can expect to participate in a range of activities, such as:

  • Wildlife observation
  • Snorkeling
  • Sea kayaking
  • Guided hikes on the islands
  • Zodiac rides through mangroves and along rocky shorelines
  • Educational presentations on natural history and conservation

How should travelers prepare for a 5-day cruise in the Galapagos Islands?

To best prepare for a 5-day Galapagos cruise, travelers should:

  • Pack comfortable, versatile clothing (e.g., shorts, long pants, T-shirts, a light jacket, and a raincoat)
  • Bring proper footgear for walking and hiking
  • Carry essential items, such as sunscreen, a hat, a swimsuit, a reusable water bottle, a camera, and insect repellent
  • Obtain travel and medical insurance
  • Research any visa or vaccination requirements for entering Ecuador

What is the best season to take a 5-day cruise in the Galapagos?

The Galapagos Islands can be visited year-round, but there are two main seasons to consider:

  • Dry season (June to November): Cooler temperatures, stronger currents, greater marine wildlife activity, and better opportunities for snorkeling and diving.
  • Warm season (December to May): Warmer temperatures, calmer seas, clearer skies, and more active land wildlife, such as mating and nesting birds.

The choice of season for a 5-day Galapagos cruise depends on individual preferences for weather conditions and the types of wildlife they want to encounter.

Book your 5-day Galapagos tour now and create memories to last a lifetime!