- Unmatched wildlife viewing opportunities with the unique terrestrial and marine life of the Galápagos Islands.
- Comfortable island-hopping on one of three luxury yachts.
- Diverse daily activities include hiking, bird watching, beach snorkeling, panga rides, and optional scuba diving.
- Offered on many dates throughout the year—contact us to book.
The Galápagos Islands are one of the greatest nature destinations on Earth. This remote archipelago, 600 miles off Ecuador's coast, provided seeds for Darwin's theory of evolution.
Galápagos plants and animals differ not only from their continental relatives, but many species vary from one island to another. Most of the reptiles, including the giant Galápagos tortoises, many of the birds, and a third of the shore fish are found here exclusively. The archipelago is considered a living laboratory, and the islands are under constant scientific study.
Recognizing the uniqueness of the Galápagos Islands, the government of Ecuador has set aside most of the land as a national park, and tourism is strictly regulated.
Our expedition is aboard a comfortable motor yacht accommodating 20 passengers. The yacht offers offers participants small group intimacy with privacy. While island hopping, our focus is on observing and photographing wildlife.
The Galápagos offer intimate encounters with wildlife. On our trip you can snorkel with penguins, sea lions, marine iguanas, and sea turtles, and walk amid giant tortoises, iguanas, boobies, albatross, and many other species found nowhere else. Our cruise partners have been carefully selected for their sustainability practices and quality of service, and all trips are family-friendly. Each expedition is guided by an experienced, Galápagos-trained guide.
Family and SCUBA programs are also available. Optional Machu Picchu and Amazon extensions available - contact us for details.
The Galápagos Islands offer some of the most reliable, intimate, and unique wildlife encounters of any destination on Earth. After decades of protection, many Galápagos species are largely unafraid of people, allowing travelers to view their natural behaviors up-close. As we travel throughout the islands you will readily see how natural selection has shaped the unique species found in the unique habitats of each island.
Wildlife highlights include endemic species such as Galápagos tortoises, marine and land iguanas, Darwin's famous finches, Flightless Cormorants, Galápagos Hawks, lava lizards, and Galápagos sea lions. Other unique species include Galápagos Penguins, green sea turtles, Great Frigatebirds in courtship, Waved Albatrosses, dolphins, whales, sharks, Blue-footed and Masked Boobies, Greater Flamingos, and many more. All trips yield excellent wildlife sightings, but certain species and behaviors occur seasonally; please inquire if you have a particular wildlife interest.
For more information, see our guide: The Galapagos Islands: What You'll See and When to Go.
Trip Dates & Cost
This 8-day / 7-night cruise (9 day expedition with travel days) is offered on many dates throughout the year. Please contact us to discuss your preferred departure dates. 2017 trip fees are from $5,100 to $5,995 / person.*
* Price includes in-country flights from Quito or Guayaquil to the Galápagos, but does not include international airfare to/from Ecuador. Click here for our full expedition terms and conditions.
Galápagos Naturalist Guides accompany every trip. Since 1975, all visitors to the Galápagos must be accompanied by a certified naturalist guide. Guides undergo intensive training to assure their deep knowledge of Galápagos history, nature, and conservation, and skills as environmental interpreters and safe trip leaders.