Our Galapagos vacations

Just one of the many reasons to recommend our Galapagos Islands vacations is their flexibility. You can enjoy island-hopping aboard small ship cruises piloted by local skippers, land-based multi activity vacations (perfect for families), or a combination of the two. What they all have in common is a focus on the wildlife. The Galapagos Islands are a model of ecotourism, and Darwin would probably approve of the efforts that go into protecting their natural heritage. Our partners follow strict rules to ensure that the tortoises, sea lions and iguanas remain as friendly and fearless of humans as ever.

Our top Galapagos Islands vacations

Galapagos cruises

From US $3300
8 days ex flights
Sail in a charming red schooner

Galapagos land based adventure vacation

From US $3032 to US $4310
10 days ex flights
Amazing wildlife, both on land and underwater
Small groupTwo or three departure dates each week

Galapagos Islands cruise, 10 days

From £4999 to £7199
10 days ex flights
A fantastic, in-depth Galapagos experience
Tailor made

Costa Rica and Galapagos wildlife vacation

From £6500
17 days ex flights
Galapagos wildlife cruise plus Costa Rica nature/beach week
Tailor made

Ecuador and Galapagos tour

From £3040
12 days ex flights
Explore the Andean landscapes in Ecuador and the Galapagos
Tailor made

Flexible Galapagos Islands tailor made tour

From US $2125 to US $4385
5 days ex flights
Your choice of four to eight-day land-based adventure

Galapagos cruise vacation

From US $5535 to US $7340
10 days ex flights
Discover rich marine life, abundant bird colonies and stunning landscapes
Small group2022: 27 Dec, 2023: 24 Jan, 7 Feb, 21 Feb, 7 Mar, 18 Apr, 16 May, 30 May, 22 Aug, 19 Sep, 3 Oct, 31 Oct, 14 Nov, 26 Dec

Classic Galapagos Island hopping

From US $3679
8 days ex flights
Discover the highlights of the main islands in Galapagos
Small groupDaily departures available, this vacation can start anyday- inquire for more info.

Budget Ecuador and Galapagos vacation, 23 days

From US $7186
23 days ex flights
Experience Ecuador & Galapagos in our complete classic tour
Tailor made

About our Galapagos vacations

Wildlife vacations in the Galapagos

Galapagos comes from the word ‘giant tortoise’ in Spanish – and these gentle animals have become the symbol for the island’s friendly, easy-going wildlife. But there is a wider cast of strange beasts on the islands: a belligerent chorus of sea lions and fantastically coloured iguanas on the beaches, and birdlife – from the world’s only nocturnal gull to the charming albatross and flightless cormorants. Charles Darwin realised the significance of the wildlife here when he arrived in 1835, but it was 100 years later, in 1934, that the islands’ wildlife was officially protected – and they remain remarkably free of invasive species.

How to choose a Galapagos cruise

If you’re taking the time and effort to make the great leap to the Galapagos, then you’re likely to be agonising over how to choose a cruise. First thing to know is that passenger numbers are small: by law, the maximum capacity for a vessel is 100 passengers, and you can find really small, boutique trips in eight-cabin motor yachts and little catamarans. Most cruises visit the central islands of Isabela, Santa Cruz and San Cristóbal. Then you need to decide whether you want to add on remoter islands in the north, like Genovesa, or south, like Española and Floreana.

Land based tours in the Galapagos

Less popular than going by boat, but really worth considering, land based tours can be great if you don’t want to confine your family to a cabin. You might find locally owned accommodation is a lot cheaper than a boat, and you’ll get home cooking and a taste of the area – something you can miss out on when you’re anchoring at night. Staying on shore doesn’t mean never leaving dry land – in fact, there are plenty of speed boat excursions and snorkelling trips and it’s a great way to have a more adventurous, activity-based vacation of hiking and biking.

Family vacations in the Galapagos

There’s the joy of watching your kids discover something for the first time. Then there’s the very special joy of discovering the world together – and on a Galapagos family vacation, you get just that. These safe, friendly islands are amazing for children. Whilst many wildlife vacations require a good deal of patience and quiet – frustrating and boring for kids – Galapagos wildlife is more likely to be found right at their feet posing for a photograph. Congratulations: your children will now be spoilt for life. You can go on a specialised family cruise, or opt for land based accommodation.

Where to go in the Galapagos Islands

You’re likely to plan to visit more than one island on your Galapagos vacation, and there around 50 to choose between. If you choose to cruise on a small ship or yacht, you can see a different island every day, including smaller islands like Bartolomé, famous for penguins, or Santa Fe, with its strange forests of cacti. Most people will make stops in Santa Cruz for the Charles Darwin Research Station, and to see giant tortoises. If you choose to be land based, staying on Isabela, the largest island, means you can hike volcanoes and enjoy fantastic snorkelling from the shore.

Types of cruises & vacations to Galapagos

The standout reason for stopping in the Galapagos is for a wildlife vacation. Like Darwin before you, you can study unique animals – though the baby sea lions are far too playful to sit still for long. Small ship cruises visit a different island every day, but for a family vacation you may prefer land based accommodation so you all have a bit more space. Being land based also works well for multi activity vacations. Discover all the different ways you can get up close to nature – by hiking and kayaking, or by diving in the marine reserve.
[Wildlife in the Galapagos : Vince Smith] [How to choose a cruise : vau902] [Land based tours : Michael R Perry] [Families : Jeremy T. Hetzel] [Where to go : David Ceballos] [Types of vacations : Derek Simeone]
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