Current Photo Tours 2017/2018 Schedule 

            - Kenya & Tanzania Tour - September 12th to 26th, 2017

                 - Franklin Islands Workshops - September 15th thru October 6th, 2017

                    - Fall Foto Fest September 30th & October 1st, 2017

                        - BC Interior Grizzly Bear Tour - September 16th to 21st, 2017

                          - Sicily Photo Tour - October 3rd to 15th, 2017

                               - Machu Picchu Photo Tour - November 3rd to 10th, 2017

                                   - Galapagos Islands Photo Tour - Nov 30th to Dec 12th, 2017 

                                       - Download our New 2017/2018 Tour Brochure

Galapagos Islands - "Explore the possibilities, photograph the beauty"    

Download Galapagos Islands Photo Tour November 2017 Brochure

Galapagos Islands Photo Tour ... 
                        " A wonder of the natural world"

   The Galapagos Islands are situated in the Pacific Ocean, approximately 1000 km from the continent of South America. Seismic and volcanic activity reflect the process that formed the islands.  This resulted in the development of unusual animal life such as the Land Iguana, the Giant Tortoise, assorted marine life and many species of birds unique to this region.

                                                                                                           James Cowie



Galapagos Islands Photo Tour - November 30th to December 12th, 2017

   What's spectacular about the creatures that call the islands home is that they act as if humans are nothing more than slightly annoying paparazzi.

Day One: Thursday November 30th, 2017  Morning coach departure offered from London to Toronto. Toronto and area guests will meet at Pearson International. We are flying from Terminal 1 via Avianca Airlines to Quito International Airport. After clearing customs and immigration, we will be met by local tour representative who will assist with luggage claims and transfer to our hotel for check-in. Four nights Hilton in Quito City.

Day Two: Friday December 1st, 2017 After breakfast at our hotel we will will have opportunity to do a walking tour of Quito.Today we will pay a visit to the Botanical Gardens and old quarter. We will return to the hotel early in the afternoon for time to relax. This evening we will meet in the hotel lobby then travel into the Spanish Quarter for our group welcome dinner. Overnight Quito City Hilton.(B) (D)

Day Three: Saturday December 2nd, 2017  After breakfast at our hotel we will visit the Markets, touring some of the old world streets, and the Spanish Quarter. Overnight Quito City Hilton. (B)

Day Four: Sunday December 3rd, 2017 After breakfast at our hotel we have an optional cable car adventure. This is an opportunity to for a high vantage view of Quito and the surrounding mountains. We will watch the weather offering this on day three if day four forecast is for clouds. Those who do not wish to do the cable care we will visit the central quarter of Quito and visit where the equator crosses the city. Overnight Quito City Hilton (B)


Frigate Bird, Galapagos Islands 

Day Five: Monday December 4th, 2017  After breakfast at our hotel we will check-out and take our shuttle transfer to Quito airport to board the flight departing from Quito to San Cristobal, Galapagos Islands, which is approximately a two and a half hour flight. We will meet our guide at the airport and board our shuttle bus to our ship the Queen of the Galapagos. We will have time to settle into our cabins, have lunch and then in the afternoon we will visit a tortoise breeding centre located on the Island. (B) (L) (D)

Day Six: Tuesday December 5th, 2017  Our Galapagos adventure will begin with a visit to the Island of Santa Fe, also called Barrington Island after British Admiral Samuel Barriington. It is a small relatively flat island at the centre of the archipelago to the southeast of Santa Cruz Island. It is also one of the oldest volcanoes, with rock formations below the surface of the water dating back to 3.9 million years. Our morning with a wet landing on the small beach in Barrington Bay.  Large numbers of sea lions are found on the beaches, in the bay and can often be seen surfing in the waves. Our photo shoot will be on a guided walk with our naturalist to observe the wildlife of the island and the marine iguanas. In the afternoon we will take an excursion by Zodiac to Black Turtle Cove and explore the mangroves for water birds, white tipped shark and rays. (B) (L) (D)

Blue Footed Boobies, Galapagos Islands

Day Seven: Wednesday December 6th, 2017 Santiago Island. We will start our morning excursion to Playa Espumilla, one of the most idlic beaches in the Galapagos Islands, with thick mangroves along with flamingo and sea turtle nesting sites. We will also have opportunity to photograph the Great Blue Herons, Striated Herons, Yellow-crowned Night Herons and American Oystercatchers. The Marine Iguanas grazing upon algae beds alongside Red Sally Light-foot Crabs always make for great images. A trail leads inland from the beach, weaving through the mangroves alongside a salty lagoon into thick vegetation, this island is also home to Darwin’s finches and fly catchers.

In the afternoon we will continue to Puerto Egas to see the salt crater as well as the dark sand beach and tidal pools. Santiago Island was the second of the Islands visited by Charles Darwin. In 1835 Darwin’s record of land iguanas is the only one that indicates there was a thriving population, as today land iguanas are extinct on Santiago. Darwin wrote in The Voyage of the Beagle, “I cannot give a more forcible proof of their numbers, than by stating that when we were left a James Island (now Santiago Island), we could not for some time find a spot free from their burrows on which to pitch our single tent.” (B) (L) (D)


Fur Seals, Santiago Island, Galapagos

Day Eight: Thursday December 7th  Genovesa Islands or the Land of Genovesa, an old imploded volcano. Its distinct shape (like a horse-shoe) was formed from the eruption of a shield volcano, that is a volcano with broad gentle sloaps built up over time by repeated lava flows. We will visit Darwin Bay and El Barranco while on the Islands. 

Genovesa has developed the reputation as being know as bird island because of the numerous and varied bird species that nest here. You will have opportunity to photograph an abundance of Frigate birds, Nazca and Red-footed Boobies, Swallow-tailed Gulls, Storm Petrels, Red-billed Tropic birds, Finches and Mocking birds. Genovesa is one of the few places in the Galapagos Islands where Red-footed Boobies are found in masse. The marine iguanas found along the shoreline are the only reptile on Genovesa and are the smallest in the archipelago.(B) (L) (D)


Marine Iguanas

Day Nine: Friday December 8th, 2017 This morning we will have a dry landing on Bartolomé.  We will see volcanic formations such as lava bombs, spatter, and cinder cones.  After hiking to the summit you can enjoy a great view of the surrounding islands, including Pinnacle Rock’s eroded tuff cone.   On the way to the summit, we should see colonies of Marine Iguanas, Lava Lizards, Tequila and various cacti.  Later in the morning we will also photograph the Galapagos Penguin, Sea Turtles, and White Tipped Sharks from a safe distance.

Later Friday we will visit Sulivan Bay on Santiago (Egas Port) another wet landing on a beach of dark sand (volcanic ash). Most of the landscape is comprised of layers of rocks and lava flows. Here we will photograph the Great Blue Herons, Striated Herons, Yellow-crowned Night Herons and American Oystercatchers.  We will also photograph Marine Iguanas grazing upon algae beds alongside Red Sally Light-foot Crabs.  There is also a colony of Fur-Seals swimming in pools of cool water to be found close by. (B) (L) (D)

Giant Galapagos Tortoise, Santa Cruz
Day Ten: Saturday December 9th, 2017  Rábida (Jervis) and Cerro Dragon. This will be a wet landing on the volcano-formed beach, which is dark red in colour and frequented by Sea Lions.  It’s considered the geographic center of Galapagos because it has the most diverse volcanic rocks on the Islands. Then we will sail to Cerro Dragon on the west coast of Santa Cruz Island, to observe land iguanas and a saltwater lagoon frequented by flamingos and other species of birds. (B) (L) (D)

Day Eleven: Sunday December 10th, 2017  Today we will visit the Darwin Research Station on the Island of Santa Cruz to see the giant Galapagos tortoises. The research station is 10 minutes from the centre of town and conducts research and provides technical assistance to other researchers and governmental agencies, including the Galapagos National Park. We will then take an excursion to the Santa Cruz highlands to see the giant tortoises that inhibit the region. Beginning at the coast and traveling north along the road to Baltra, the road climbs through the agricultural zone and into the mist covered forests of the highlands. In the afternoon we will return to Puerto Ayora village for lunch and some free time to explore the village. (B) (L) (D)

Day Twelve: Monday December 11th, 2017  San Cristobal today we will return to the Island where we begun our journey and disembark, saying goodbye to the crew and our ship the Queen of the Galapagos. We will then transfer back to the airport for our flight back to the mainland and on to Quito. On arrival in Quito we will transfer to our hotel for check in and over night Quito Hilton. (B)

 Day Thirteen: Tuesday December 12th, 2017  Travel Day, we will transfer to the Quito airport for our flight home, via Avianca Airlines arriving into Toronto Pearson International Airport at 3:30 p.m. After clearing customs those from London and region will meet our motor coach arriving for 6:30 p.m.(B)





Our Ship: 

Queen of the Galapagos - The Queen is a stylishly appointed catamaran ship featuring comfortable cabins and handsomely appointed common areas inside and out. The ship is stocked with snorkeling equipment, wetsuits and beach towels all included with your tour cost. Comprehensive breakfast and gourmet Ecudorian and international cuisine prepared fresh daily. All meals on board are also included. Ship refurbished in dry dock September 2016.

** Please note, this ship will be a private charter for our Photo Group.

Ships Capacity:  

18 PAX (16 PAX Max) Crew: 10 plus 1 Naturalist Guide  Speed: 8 to 10 Knots 

Facilities on Board

All the social areas are fully air conditioned, comfortable lounge, deck bar, dining room, library, observation deck, 5 solariums and a spacious back and sun deck with chairs for enjoying the scenery. 

Cabin Facilities:  

8 exterior double cabins and one two room suite. All her charming cabins have ocean views and air conditioning. The beds may combine to form double beds, or separate to form twin beds.

December Temperatures:

The Galapagos Islands are Max 27 C (81F) Min 19.5 C (67F) Sea Temperature 21C (70F), and minimal rainfall the highest average of clears skies in the year.

The Galapagos is a place that can be visited at any time of the year, from June to December the southern trade winds bring the colder Humboldt Current north to the Galapagos. This means that the water is cooler, and a layer of high atmosphere mist pervades the island skies. In effect, the highlands of the larger islands are kept green and lush while the sea level islands and shorelines have little precipitation. Thus, June to December is generally called the "dry season" which is known for its blue skies and mid-day showers. Temperatures range from 24C to 26C daytime and 16C to 20C overnight.


The cost of Galapagos Island Tour is $6410.00 per person CAD based on double occupancy, plus air taxes of $151.81 CAD plus HST $11.47. You may upgrade to the two room deluxe suite onboard the ship for an additional $500.00 CAD per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is available only for Hilton Quito Hotel 5 nights for an additional $500.00 CAD.

Your Tour Includes:

  • Round trip coach for those joining us from London region to Pearson Airport, Toronto
  • Departures from London, Woodstock, and Toronto,
  • Round Trip Toronto to Quito Airfare via Avianca Airlines,
  • Round Trip Airfare Quito to San Cristobal Airport, Galapagos Islands,
  • Five nights accommodations in Quito 4 nights pre and 1 night post cruise with breakfast,
  • All airport and hotel transfers,
  • Seven nights onboard the Queen of the Galapagos,
  • Three Meals per day while onboard the ship,
  • Daily visits to the islands as per itinerary with naturalist guide,
  • Snorkelling, all transfers to / from the Islands to the ship, snorkelling equipment included,
  • Fuel Surcharge,
  • Photo Workshops, Briefings about the Islands,
  • Welcome Dinner Quito,
  • Tour hosted and escorted by photographer James Cowie,


  • Ingala Tourist control card $20 US,
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee $100 US,
  • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks onboard the ship, laundry and crew tips, 

** Cruise Schedule may vary according to Galapagos National Park Rules        

A non refundable deposit of $675.00 CAD is required at time of booking. You may select one of two payment options. 6 payments of $983.05 - May 10th, Jun10th, Jul 10th, Aug 10th, Sep 10th, Oct 10th 2017 or balance of $5898.28 on October 10th, 2017.

Carlson Wagonlit Travel recommend the purchase of travel and health insurance as tour takes us out of the country. Health insurance is highly recommended.  You may also redeem RBC points for this tour, and this tour pays RBC points.

 Link to Registration - Click Here to Register

Link to Download Copy of our November 2017 Galapagos Islands Photo Tour Brochure

If you have any other questions or require booking assistance please contact:

James Cowie at Carlson Wagonlit Travel London
1-866-614-7717 or 519-679-8520 ext 5
or by email 
Bernice Bryant at Carlson Wagonlit Travel Summerhill Branch, Toronto
or by email
1-877-510-2751 or 416-929-1381 ext 2222

Carlson Wagonlit Travel / Photo Tour Trekkers
1248 Yonge St. Toronto, Ont. M4T 1W5

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