Galapagos Island Cruises

QUESTIONS?  CALL US TODAY -  877-784-5400

As humans, we arrive in the Galapagos as second class citizens, the way we hope it will always remain. This status is perhaps felt most strongly on Galapagos cruises, kept at bay from the living museum of the archipelago. In the Galapagos, wildlife rule. Some vessels travel to the central islands, some to the most remote islands to the north and longer itineraries travel to both. Itineraries differ by vessel and class. Species vary by location. All travel is strictly controlled in the Galapagos, confined to official land and marine visitor sites, aboard sanctioned vessels with credentialed naturalist guides. Cruise ships, the largest vessels that visit the islands, may not book more than 100 passengers.

NATURE ADVENTURE FOR THE MIND

Observing wildlife that you’ve only seen in zoos or perhaps never heard of makes the Galapagos a nature lover’s paradise. It is also a stimulating intellectual adventure, given how Charles Darwin’s Galapagos discoveries have shaped human thought in the modern world. Akin to gazing at Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel instead of a book, seeing the Galapagos as Darwin did is an experience of a lifetime, a destination like no other. Darwin first traveled to the Galapagos in 1835 aboard the HMS Beagle during a trip around the world by a group of scientists at the start of his career. Knowing that the theories he developed on his return to London would likely turn the ecclesiastical and scientific worlds upside down, he waited until 1858 to publish them in The Origin of Species, and he was right. The debate among scientists, theologians and the rest of us continues today.

LEARNING FROM PARADISE

Travel between islands aboard Galapagos cruises happens mostly at night when passengers are asleep so everyone awakens refreshed and ready for different wildlife excursions than the day before. Most days during a Galapagos cruise include two excursions. Landings from the small, flat-bottomed panga boats that bring passengers ashore are either “wet,” that requires wading to shore from a few feet out, or “dry,” when a dock is available or the beach is rocky, depending on the site. You return to your vessel sometimes for lunch and at day’s end, in time for a shipboard sunset, cocktails and dinner on the deck, perhaps a wildlife lecture and an opportunity to share photos with fellow passengers. Guides brief passengers on what wildlife they will be seeing before each excursion.

The period of North American holidays and summer continue to be the busiest travel times in the Galapagos when cruises sell out or at least reduce your vessel options. All passengers may fly to the islands from the capital, Quito, or Ecuador’s western port city of Guayaquil. Most flights land on Baltra and transfer to another island on arrival. If like Darwin, you are prone to seasickness you may be better off with a land-based tour, although if you are set on a cruise, there are locations on boats where passengers feel the pitch less than others. There are always pills and wrist bands to help.

The countless options for vessels and itineraries can make planning a Galapagos island cruise a challenge. Wildlife tends to keep to the same schedule every year which helps travelers to plan their trips. Tell us your timeframe, any specific wildlife interests and desired activities you have in mind, and we’ll help you pick out the perfect Galapagos tour.
7, 8 & 10 days $2,230
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling & Sea Kayaking
11+ Days $3,480
Galapagos Islands , Amazon Jungle , Wildlife , Birding, Snorkeling , Hiking
6, 7 & 10 Days $2,660
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
Mountain Biking & Hiking, Amazon Whitewater Rafting , Galapagos Islands , Sea Kayaking & More...
7-10 Days $1,825
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
7 & 10 Days $3,025
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
8/10 Days $4,695
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
10 Days $3,995
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
7, 8 & 10 Days $3,015
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
8 & 10 Days $2,795
Wildlife, Biriding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
6, 7 & 10 Days $2,350
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
6, 7 & 10 Days $2,350
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
6, 7 & 10 Days $3,195
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
6, 7 & 10 Days $2,075
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
8 & 10 Days $4,925
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
7, 8 & 10 Days $2,685
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
6, 7 & 10 Days $1,930
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
10 Days $6,290
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
10 Days $5,395
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
6, 7 & 10 Days $2,195
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
11+ Days $3,480
Cotopaxi National Park, Papallacta Hot Springs, Otavalo Market, Galapagos Islands Cruise, Wildlife & Snorkeling
10+ Days $5,350
Live Onboard, Best Dives in Galapagos
10 Days 5375
Wildlife, SCUBA Diving, Hammerhead Sharks, Whale Sharks, Wolf & Darwin Islands
Amazon Jungle Lodge, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Machu Picchu, Galapagos Island Cruise
6, 7 & 10 Days $2,350
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
7, 8 & 10 Days $2,595
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
10 Days $5,850
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
7 & 8 Days $4,695
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
7/9 Days $3,715
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
10 Days $6,290
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
6, 7 & 10 Days $3,150
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
6, 7 & 10 Days $2,350
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
Cusco, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Machu Picchu, Galapagos Island Cruise, Wildlife
Cusco, Sacred Valley of the Incas, Machu Picchu, Galapagos Island Cruise, Wildlife
6, 7 & 10 Days $2,890
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling
10 Days $4,495
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
7, 8 & 10 Days $2,950
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
7 & 10 Days $3,295
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
6, 7 & 10 Days $2,090
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
10 Days $3,545
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
6, 7, 8 & 10 Days $3,195
Wildlife, Birding , Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
7 & 8 Days $2,925
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
7 & 10 Days $3,795
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
10 Days $3,925
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, HIking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
10 Days $3,295
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
6, 7 & 10 Days $2,165
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
7 & 8 Days $3,220
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling
6, 7 & 10 Days $2,395
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
6, 7 & 10 Days $2,825
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
6, 7 & 10 Days $2,825
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
6, 7 &10 Days $2,880
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, HIking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
7 & 9 Days $3,075
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
7 & 10 Days $3,140
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking
6, 7, 10 Day $1,855
Wildlife, Birding, Penguins, Hiking, Snorkeling, Sea Kayaking

Contact Us