Galapagos Islands Cruises and Expeditions

Follow in Darwin’s footsteps and discover what makes this volcanic archipelago off the coast of Ecuador so special

On a voyage of discovery around the Galapagos Islands, you will meet a huge variety of wildlife that has had no experience of man's existence and therefore has never feared it. Limited number of visitors are able to observe and photograph at remarkably close range.

Stroll the white sand beaches with friendly sea lions, snorkel with inquisitive Galapagos penguins and observe blue-footed boobies and other unique birds. A close up view of the famous Galapagos tortoises and prehistoric land and marine iguanas will make your cruise an unforgettable experience.

With a massive diversity of flora and fauna on 13 major islands, 8 smaller islands and 40 islets, the Galapagos islands can offer many different cruises. Each island has its own distinct character, with vastly differing wildlife, climate and terrain.

The most densely populated island of Santa Cruz is the home of the Charles Darwin Research Centre, where there is the opportunity to learn more about the preservation of this distinctive wildlife habitat. Travel up into the lush highlands to see lava tunnels, the Twin Craters and giant tortoises foraging for food.

Santiago island is home to land and marine iguanas that bask on the long, lava shoreline, and offers the chance to explore tide pools and meet Galapagos fur seals.

The famous Pinnacle Rock towers over the mangroves and golden sands of Bartolomé, where it is possible to snorkel with penguins and see white tipped reef sharks.

The largest of the islands, Isabela, boasts 5 active volcanoes as well as salt water lagoons full of flamingos, and a beautiful shoreline with dolphins, whales, sea turtles and the ocean sunfish – mola mola.

Fernandina is the youngest of the islands, a place to see evolution in action with the flightless cormorant. It is also a haven for the marine iguana, whilst Floreana island is snorkelling heaven, home to a large colony of sea lions.

Espanola island is a fabulous island of boobies, doves and mocking birds, and is the only nesting place of the waved albatross.

The Galapagos Islands are in the Pacific Ocean, 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador on the equator, and also cooled by the Humboldt Current, which makes them suitable for both hot and cold weather flora and fauna. The islands were designated a National Park in 1959 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. Numbers of visitors are limited, giving a sense of freedom and adventure as like-minded travellers can observe the wildlife, explore the wilderness of the islands and also take time to relax on golden beaches.

Most of the cruises operate nimble zodiac boats to take passengers to shore, with some offering kayaking trips to get even closer to the natural beauty and wildlife of the Galapagos Islands.

Galapagos Islands Cruises

Eastern Galapagos Luxury Expedition

7 Nights - Baltra Island and back

Silversea Ship - Silver Galapagos Silver Galapagos

Snorkel in the tranquil waters, discover an abundance of wildlife and learn about conversation projects on this all-inclusive luxury expedition exploring the unspoilt Galapagos Islands aboard Silver Galapagos Luxury Expedition

2014 - Dec

Luxury All-Inclusive Expedition Cruise to the Eastern Galapagos Islands
From £3550pp

Celebrity Xpedition Galapagos Islands

11 Nights - Quito and back

Celebrity Ship - Celebrity Xpedition Celebrity Xpedition

Explore the unique Galapagos archipelago on this fascinating voyage on board luxury ship Celebrity Xpedition. Includes hotel stays in Quito and return flights from the UK Luxury Expedition

2014 - Dec
2015 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec; 2016 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr

Galapagos Islands Cruise and Land Tour on Celebrity Xpedition
From £3999pp

Ecuador and the Galapagos

9 Nights - Quito and back

Avalon Waterways Ship - Isabela II Isabela II

A fascinating 9-night holiday combining hotel stays in the cosmopolitan capital of Ecuador, Quito, and on Santa Cruz Island with a 4-night Galapagos Islands exploration on Isabela II. Includes flights, transfers and home pick up service Cruise and Land Tour

2014 - Dec

Ecuador land tour with a Galapagos Islands cruise
From £4809pp

Western Galapagos Luxury Expedition

7 Nights - Baltra Island and back

Silversea Ship - Silver Galapagos Silver Galapagos

Discover an abundance of wildlife, explore magnificent lava fields and snorkel in the turquoise waters on this all-inclusive luxury expedition exploring the unique Galapagos Islands aboard Silver Galapagos Luxury Expedition

2014 - Nov, Dec

Luxury All-Inclusive Expedition Cruise to the Western Galapagos Islands
From £5470pp

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Galapagos Islands and Peru

15 Nights - Lima to Quito

Avalon Waterways Ship - Isabela II Isabela II

A 15-night holiday exploring the natural wonders of Peru and Ecuador, including the breathtaking Sacred Valley and the magnificent Machu Picchu with a 4-night Galapagos Islands voyage. Includes flights, transfers and home pick up service Cruise and Land Tour

Peru and Ecuador land tour with a Galapagos Islands cruise
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