Travel to the Galapagos Islands - Cruise and Island Hopping

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Galapagos Islands Travel Information

It is our goal to help you travel to the enchanting paradise of the Galapagos Islands with our individual and comprehensive services like no other travel operator in the world.

Our expertise is available at your fingertips as we include insider tips and everything we know about the islands on this website. Feel free to design a trip which caters to your needs using our extensive and excellent selections of hotels, cruises, tours, and excursions. As our team works directly together with cruise providers, hotels, and local vendors, we can guarantee you the most competitive prices available. The national parks make up an astounding 97% of the land area in the Galapagos Islands. Therefore to ensure ample environmental protection and conservation of the islands, a new travel law for the Galapagos Islands has been put in place. The national park authorities require every traveller to present their itinerary before their departure from Quito or Guayaquil. Travellers are now required to present documents, including their flight and hotel bookings. Very soon the presentation of a complete trip itinerary (expected for the beginning of 2019, at the latest) will be required. Hence only travellers with pre-booked hotels, excursions, and transfers are allowed to fly to the Galapagos Islands.

There are three ways to travel across the Galapagos Islands – with a cruise, island hopping tour or a combination of both. To gain an authentic insight into the unique daily life of the locals and animals on the islands, we highly recommend the last option.

Explore the Galapagos by Cruise

Travelling on a cruise enables you to reach even the most remote islands of the Galapagos Archipelago. This way, you would not miss out on the wildlife that can only be found on specific islands. Besides shorter cruises, we also offer an extensive 15 days and 14 nights cruise package for all the knowledge seekers and explorers out there. Please refer to our travel suggestions below.

The Galapagos Classic is a short 5-day, 4-night cruise which offers four different routes as shown below:

  • The Great Cormorant Route (West) – to Fernandina and Isabela Island
  • The Red-footed Booby Route (North) – to Genovesa Island
  • The Albatross Route (South) – to Española as well as Floreana Island
  • The Land Iguana Route (Central) – around the island of Santa Cruz

We named the routes after the animals which can only be found on these specific islands. For example, the Great Cormorant can only be seen on the Cormorant Route to Fernandina Island and the Galapagos Albatross, only on the Albatross Route to Española Island. You can find all the details you need regarding the routes below.

Galapagos Island Hopping Tours

A cheaper alternative to explore the Galapagos Islands is an Island Hopping tour. You will have the luxury to travel at your own pace and to participate in more land-based activities. However, you would only be able to cover the middle sections of the Archipelagos as the remote islands are out of reach due to time constraint. Nevertheless, with an Island Hopping, you would still have the possibility to experience 80% of the wildlife on the Galapagos through excursions and tours. The central province of the Galapagos Islands is Puerto Baquerizo, which is located on Island San Cristóbal. There are more than 500 sea lions on this island, and you can find them sunbathing on park benches, waterfronts and lazing around at the beachside hotels.

We have put together some of the most inclusive Island Hopping options for you to explore below:

Mission Paradise – This is our best selling island hopping tour where you will spend seven days on Isabela Island.

Luxurious Galapagos Island Hopping Tour – We offer stays at the highest rated luxurious hotels in the Galapagos Islands (Finch Bay, Scalesia Lodge, and Pikaia Lodge) which are located on Isabela Island and Santa Cruz.

(Alternative Island Hopping routes can be provided, let us know how we can help you.)

Our Travel Recommendation

We encourage our travelers to do a combination of a cruise and an island hopping tour. With this, you can experience both the authenticity and intricacies of the daily life on the Galapagos Islands and not miss out on the islands and animals that you are longing to see. We recommend the following itinerary as you travel to the Galapagos Islands:

Start off in Quito (the capital city of Ecuador and the oldest UNESCO world heritage site – Quito’s Old Town)

Fly from Quito to the Galapagos – Explore the Galapagos by Cruise – Stay on  Isabela Island for a few days

Feel free to make adjustments to your travel plans, as our recommendations can simply serve as a point of reference for you. Click on ‘Show Details’ for an overview of your possible upcoming trip and to select your cruise. Click on ‘Check prices’ to select your desired hotels, excursions and transfers. If you have further questions and inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us at (+1) 206 445 3010.

Tours and Travel Offers

Land Iguana - Plaza Sur

Galapagos Island Hopping

Duration: 4 - 6 days
Highlights: Santa Cruz Island, Seymour Island, Bartolomé, Giant Tortoises in the Highlands, Land Iguanas on Seymour Island, Blue Footed Boobies and Frigate Birds, Tortuga Bay, Santa Cruz Bay Tours, Charles Darwin Station

Intensive Galapagos Tour: 4 Islands beginning in Santa Cruz - Customised hotels and excursions

From 1030,- USD
Price per person
Galapagos Leon Dormido

Galapagos Island Hopping: San Cristóbal and Santa Cruz

Duration: 6 - 8 days
Highlights: Kicker Rock, Española, Seymour, Santa Cruz Island , Charles Darwin Station , Bartolomé Island, Sullivan Island , Plaza Sur Island , Giant Tortoises in the Highlands

6 Islands: fully customisable with hotels and excursions

From 1210,- USD
Price per person
Animal Encounters

Galapagos Island Hopping with Children

Duration: 7 - 9 days
Highlights: Penguins, Sea Lions, Giant Tortoises in the Highlands, Land Iguanas on Seymour, Blue Footed Boobies and Frigate Birds, White Sand Beaches

Child-friendly accommodation and exciting excursions for the whole family including animal encounters on Isabela Island

From 1360,- USD
Price per person
Wittmer Statue on Floreana Island

Galapagos Island Hopping: Settlers Trail

Duration: 7 - 9 days
Highlights: Santa Cruz Island, Floreana Island, Pirate Cove, Giant Tortoises in the Highlands, Land Iguanas in Plaza Sur , History of the early settlers, Charles Darwin Station, Bartolomé Island

Galapagos Explorer - 5 Islands - Stay with the descendants of the first settlers

From 1460,- USD
Price per person
Isabela Island beach

Galapagos Island Hopping: Santa Cruz - Isabela

Duration: 7 - 8 days
Highlights: Floreana, Seymour, Las Tintoreras, Giant Tortoises in the Highlands, Land Iguanas on Seymour, Blue Footed Boobies and Frigatebirds, White Sand Beaches, Penguins at the Equator

Galapagos Pro invites you to explore the gorgeous Galapagos Islands, where nature dominates the landscape

From 1530,- USD
Price per person

✪ Galapagos Travel Offers ✪

Land Iguana - Plaza Sur

Galapagos Island Hopping

Duration: 4 - 6 days
Highlights: Santa Cruz Island, Seymour Island, Bartolomé, Giant Tortoises in the Highlands, Land Iguanas on Seymour Island, Blue Footed Boobies and Frigate Birds, Tortuga Bay, Santa Cruz Bay Tours, Charles Darwin Station

Intensive Galapagos Tour: 4 Islands beginning in Santa Cruz - Customised hotels and excursions

From 1030,- USD
Price per person
Galapagos Leon Dormido

Galapagos Island Hopping: San Cristóbal and Santa Cruz

Duration: 6 - 8 days
Highlights: Kicker Rock, Española, Seymour, Santa Cruz Island , Charles Darwin Station , Bartolomé Island, Sullivan Island , Plaza Sur Island , Giant Tortoises in the Highlands

6 Islands: fully customisable with hotels and excursions

From 1210,- USD
Price per person
Animal Encounters

Galapagos Island Hopping with Children

Duration: 7 - 9 days
Highlights: Penguins, Sea Lions, Giant Tortoises in the Highlands, Land Iguanas on Seymour, Blue Footed Boobies and Frigate Birds, White Sand Beaches

Child-friendly accommodation and exciting excursions for the whole family including animal encounters on Isabela Island

From 1360,- USD
Price per person
Wittmer Statue on Floreana Island

Galapagos Island Hopping: Settlers Trail

Duration: 7 - 9 days
Highlights: Santa Cruz Island, Floreana Island, Pirate Cove, Giant Tortoises in the Highlands, Land Iguanas in Plaza Sur , History of the early settlers, Charles Darwin Station, Bartolomé Island

Galapagos Explorer - 5 Islands - Stay with the descendants of the first settlers

From 1460,- USD
Price per person
Isabela Island beach

Galapagos Island Hopping: Santa Cruz - Isabela

Duration: 7 - 8 days
Highlights: Floreana, Seymour, Las Tintoreras, Giant Tortoises in the Highlands, Land Iguanas on Seymour, Blue Footed Boobies and Frigatebirds, White Sand Beaches, Penguins at the Equator

Galapagos Pro invites you to explore the gorgeous Galapagos Islands, where nature dominates the landscape

From 1530,- USD
Price per person
Incredible Snorkelling

Galapagos's Best Snorkelling Tour

Duration: 11 - 12 days
Highlights: Kicker Rock, Pizón - Santa Fé, Los Tuneles, Santa Cruz Island, Las Tintoreras, North Seymour and Las Bachas, Charles Darwin Station

Snorkelling in the paradise of the Galapagos - visit the Galapagos Islands and discover 7 unique islands

From 1900,- USD
Price per person
Ikala Galapagos Hotel

Galapagos Island Hopping Deluxe: Santa Cruz and Isabela

Duration: 8 - 10 days
Highlights: Ikala Galapagos Hotel, La Casa de Marita , Giant Tortoises in the Santa Cruz highlands, Land iguanas on Seymour, Blue-footed boobies and frigatebirds, White sand beaches, Penguins at the equator, Hike the volcano, Expert nature guides, Luxury excursion boats

Luxury abounds in the gorgeous Galapagos Islands, where nature dominates the landscape

From 1940,- USD
Price per person
Golondrina I

Galapagos Island Cruise on a Budget

Duration: 8 - 14 days
Highlights: 5 Routes to Choose, Magical Landscapes, Selection of Hand-Picked Cruises, To and From Baltra Island, Includes Quito Hotel, Includes Domestic Flight, Includes Cruise, Includes All Meals During Cruise, Includes All Excursions, Includes Transfers, English Speaking Guides, Individual Tour Connections

Enjoy the perfect Galapagos experience with a short cruise on a basic ship.

From 2030,- USD
Price per person
Friendly Locals on Isabela Island

Galapagos Island Hopping - Mission Paradise on a budget

Duration: 12 - 14 days
Highlights: San Cristóbal, Santa Cruz, Isabela - 7 days, Santa Cruz, English Speaking Guides, Charming Hotels , English Speaking Hosts, Including Domestic Flights, Including Inter-Island Flights, Including Speedboat Tickets, Including Transfers, Excluding Day Excursions, Prebook Your Day Excursions Now

Galapagos Pro offers 15 days in paradise - best routes, customised excursions and hotels, gorgeous beaches

From 2060,- USD
Price per person
Albatross couple

Galapagos Cruise: Southern Albatross Route

Duration: 7 - 7 days
Highlights: Post Office Bay, Punta Suarez, Snorkelling the Devil's Crown, Albatross Island - Española, Return flight to Guayaquil, Sea Lions, Return flights to Guayaquil

See the unique Galapagos albatrosses on Española during this journey through the southern archipelago.

From 2220,- USD
Price per person
Red-footed Booby

Galapagos Cruise: Northern Red-footed Booby Route

Duration: 8 - 10 days
Highlights: Red-footed boobies, Bartolomé, Santa Cruz, Plaza Sur, Land Iguanas

Discover the smallest boobys - the rare red-footed boobys in the enchanting Galapagos Islands

From 2250,- USD
Price per person
Flightless Cormorants

Galapagos Cruise: Western Cormorant Route

Duration: 8 - 12 days
Highlights: Flightless Cormorants, Volcano, Urbina Bay, Santa Cruz Island, Isabela Island

Discover the endemic flightless cormorant on the island of Fernandina

From 2910,- USD
Price per person
The boats Coral I and II

Galapagos Cruise Classic

Duration: 8 - 25 days
Highlights: 45 Ships to choose, budget or deluxe, Expert nature guides, Various routes, To and from Baltra Island, Includes Quito hotel, Includes domestic flight, Includes cruise, Includes all meals during cruise, Includes all excursions, Includes transfers, English speaking guides, Individual tour connections

Enjoy the highlights of the Galapagos with a short cruise through the islands - departures daily.

From 3290,- USD
Price per person
Galapagos Legend

Galapagos Cruise: Smoother Sailing Tours

Duration: 11 - 14 days
Highlights: Large stable ships, Onboard doctors, All Routes, Island Paradise - Isabela, Intra-Island Flights, Domestic Flights, Includes All Transfers, English Speaking guides, Calm Cruising

Don't let seasickness hold you back! Choose from the finest large ships with maximum stability and terrific itineraries.

From 3350,- USD
Price per person
Family Travel Galapagos

Galapagos Cruises for Families

Duration: 12 - 14 days
Highlights: Quito - World Heritage City, Long White Sand Beaches, Baby Turtles, Swimming with Penguins, Playful Sea Lions, Marine Iguanas, Volcano Hike

The Galapagos Islands are ideal for families.

From 4420,- USD
Price per person
Iguana Crossing Hotel

Galapagos Cruise Deluxe: Mission Paradise

Duration: 13 - 13 days
Highlights: Golden Bay Hotel, Iguana Crossing, Finch Bay Ecolodge, Isabela, Santa Cruz, English speaking guides, Boutique hotels, First class cruise ships, Includes intra-island flights, Includes domestic flights, Includes transfers, Excludes international flights

Live in the lap of luxury with Galapagos PRO.

From 5300,- USD
Price per person
Mary Anne

Galapagos Cruise for Solo and Single Travelers

Duration: 12 - 14 days
Highlights: Fantastic itinerary, beautiful sailing ship, other cruise options available: Petrel and Ocean Spray

The wistful Mary Anne yacht offers 6 single cabins - the perfect option for single travelers!

From 5310,- USD
Price per person
Isabela II

Galapagos Cruise Complete

Duration: 12 - 18 days
Highlights: Genovesa, Fernandina, Española, Bartolomé

Take your time to discover the true essence of the Galapagos

From 5990,- USD
Price per person
Cormorant

Galapagos Cruise Deluxe: Quito to the Islands in Luxury

Duration: 10 - 14 days
Highlights: Luxurious ships, Selection of 5 star hotels, Fantastic day trips, Selection of 5 star cruises, Domestic flights included, Personalised service, Fisr class nature guides

Discover the beloved animal paradise in first-class style with Galapagos Deluxe

From 9340,- USD
Price per person