Current Photo Tours 2018/2019 Schedule 

    - India Tigers Photo Expedition Tour April 29th to May 13th, 2018

           - Uganda Photo Tour August 11th to 22nd, 2018 

              - Kenya & Tanzania Photo Tour August 21st to September 4th, 2018

                  - Franklin Island Workshops September 7th thru October 4th, 2018

                     - Polar Bear Photo Tour Oct 27th to Nov 1st, 2018

                        - Galapagos Islands Photo Tour Nov 30th to Dec 11th, 2018

                           - Costa Rica Photo Tour February 6th to 15th, 2019

                                 - Bulgaria Photo Tour May 30th to 11th, 2019

                                 - Our 2018 Tour Brochure available for download

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  We are pleased to offer a 10:30 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. Our flight AV627 departs at 3:15 p.m. Check -in 3 hours prior to departure. Fly via El Salvadore and after clearing customs and immigration in Quito, we will be met by our 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 walk along the 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, 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 the Archipell 1. We will have time to settle into our cabins, have lunch and then in the afternoon we will visit north Seymour Island. (B) (L) (D)

 Day Six: Tuesday December 5th, 2017 Our Galapagos continues with our visit to 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 slops 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 large populations. This evening we sail for Baratolme Island. (B) (L) (D)


Blue Footed Boobies, Galapagos Islands

Day Seven: Wednesday December 6th, 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 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 along the shoreline. (B) (L) (D)   


Fur Seals, Santiago Island, Galapagos

Day Eight: Thursday December 7th 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. (B) (L) (D)


Marine Iguanas

Day Nine: Friday December 8th, 2017 This morning we will visit Commorant Point on Floreana Island. The island offers two contrasting beaches; the first is a green sand beach, made green by the presence of olivine crystals, and the second Flour Beach, made of fine, pulverized coral. The main highlight is the flamingo lagoon. Then later in the afternoon we sill sail to Post Office Bay. This is the old meeting point of 18th century ships. A group of whalers placed a wooden barrel in 1793 and called it post office. Traveling seamen would leaved addressed letters in the barrel and hope that the next seaman to come along might be headed in the direction of their letters destinations. Today you can leave your own postcard and sift through the current pile of cards -  if they find one that you can hand deliver or mail when you get home take it with you. (B) (L) (D)

Giant Galapagos Tortoise, Santa Cruz
Day Ten: Saturday December 9th, 2017 Today we visit the island of Espanola  which is best known for being the sole breeding ground for the entire population of the world’s Waved Albatrosses. The beach of Gardner Bay offers one of the best beach experiences in the Galapagos. Three species of Darwin’s finches and Espanola Mockingbirds may be seen at this site. This afternoon we will visit Suarez Point to experience the sea lions and the brightly coloured red and green marine iguanas. These are the only marine iguanas that remain brightly coloured throughout the year.(B) (L) (D)

Day Eleven: Sunday December 10th, 2017 We will visit San Cristobal Island and travel to Punta Pitt Islet where we will experience spectacular landscapes and if lucky all three species of boobies. This afternoon visit Cerro Brujo which is located on the north side of San Cristobal Island. Cerro Brujo offers an excellent landscape, from where you can see the Leon Dormido (Sleeping Lion) rock formation. We will have opportunities to photograph lake and coastal birds. A day of beauty. (B) (L) (D)

Day Twelve: Monday December 11th, 2017 This morning we will visit Isla Lobos home of two different species of sea lions and a small population of blue footed boobies and common frigate birds. Then we return to San Cristobal where we begun our journey and disembark, saying goodbye to the crew and our ship. 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 1:45 p.m. After clearing customs those from London and region will meet our motor coach arriving for 5:30 p.m. (B)





Our Ship: 

The Archipell I offers space and comfort; the stability and speed make this catamaran a perfect partner for the adventure of discovering the Galapagos Islands. The catamaran has 6 cabins (Twins and matrimonials) all in main deck. and 2 cabins with matrimonial beds. All of the cabins have private bathrooms, hot water and air-conditioning. The ArchipellL I also has a comfortable dining room, TV, DVD, stereo, library, an indoor bar, a bar on the upper deck and a spacious tanning deck with reclining chairs. In addition, all cabins are located on the main deck with an outside view. The boat also has a complete crew including a naturalist guide level III, who has been trained and licensed by the Galapagos National Park at the Charles Darwin Research Station.

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

Ships Capacity:  

18 PAX Crew: 8 plus 1 Naturalist Guide

Facilities on Board

All the social areas are fully air conditioned, comfortable lounge, deck bar, dining room, library, observation deck. 

Cabin Facilities:  

8 exterior cabins. All cabins have ocean views and air conditioning.

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 $ per person CAD based on double occupancy, plus air taxes of $ CAD plus HST . Single supplement is available only for Hilton Quito Hotel 5 nights for an additional $ 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 Archipell I,
  • 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 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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