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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.

  • Map of the Galapagos Islands
  • Sally Lightfoot Crab
  • Get close to fascinating wildlife
  • Our expedition crusies offer kayak trips to get up close

About Galapagos Islands Cruises

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.

Blue Footed Boobies Marine Iguanas Frigate Bird Giant Tortoise

Cruise Collection 2018 / 2019 / 2020

  • Southern Galapagos Islands

    7 Nights - Baltra and Back

    Celebrity Xpedition Choice of Ships

    Explore the breathtaking Galapagos archipelago, where each island has its own distinct landscapes and fascinating wildlife, on this expedition cruise accompanied by a team of experienced naturalist guides 2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec 2020 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec Book a fly-cruise package and save £800pp!

    Santa Cruz Island Cruise Only
    From £3192pp
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  • Northern Galapagos Islands

    7 Nights - Baltra and Back

    Celebrity Xpedition Choice of Ships

    Observe the fascinating wildlife of the remote Galapagos archipelago and explore the wilderness of the islands on this expedition cruise, with guided shore excursions accompanied by a team of experienced naturalist guides 2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May 2020 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec Book a fly-cruise package and save £800pp!

    Bartolome Island Cruise Only
    From £3462pp
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  • Galapagos Islands Expedition Cruise

    7 Nights - Baltra Island and Back

    Celebrity Flora Choice of Ships

    Discover the unique wildlife and stunning natural beauty of the Galapagos archipelago on this luxury expedition cruise on board brand new Celebrity Flora, accompanied by a team of experienced naturalist guides 2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec 2020 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec Book a fly-cruise package and save £800pp!

    Blue footed boobies Cruise Only
    From £3595pp
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  • Inca Highlights and Galapagos Islands

    12 Nights - Quito to Valparaiso

    Fram Fram

    Explore the remarkable Galapagos Islands and sail the west coast of South America to see the mysterious Nazca Lines and discover the historic cities of Quito and Lima on this unique cruise holiday. Includes hotel stays in Quito, Santa Cruz Island and Lima, with two days exploring the Galapagos Islands 2019 - Oct Exclusive £100pp discount!

    Quito Cruise Only
    From £4420pp
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  • Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands

    14 Nights - Puntarenas to Guayaquil

    Roald Amundsen Roald Amundsen

    This spectacular Hurtigruten cruise expedition begins in lush Costa Rica and journeys along the coast of South America to fascinating Peru and the Galapagos Islands; one of the world’s most remarkable destinations. Including hotel stays in Quito and Santa Cruz with two days touring the Galapagos Islands 2019 - Oct Exclusive £100pp discount!

    Galapagos Islands Cruise Only
    From £4496pp
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  • Galapagos Islands to Peru and Chile

    13 Nights - Quito to Valparaiso

    Roald Amundsen Roald Amundsen

    Discover the unique wildlife of the Galapagos Islands, see the enigmatic Nazca Lines and explore the breathtaking scenery of Chile's Luaca National Park on this superb cruise holiday. Includes hotel stays in Quito, Santa Cruz Island and Lima, with two days exploring the Galapagos Islands 2019 - Oct Exclusive £100pp discount!

    Quito Cruise Only
    From £4835pp
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  • Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands

    15 Nights - San Jose to Guayaquil

    Fram Fram

    An exciting expedition voyage exploring some of South America's most intriguing archaeological sites, uncovering pristine beaches in Costa Rica, transiting the Panama Canal and discovering the Galapagos Islands; one of the most remarkable places on Earth. Includes pre and post-cruise overnight hotel stays in Quito, Santa Cruz Island and San José, with two days exploring the Galapagos Islands 2019 - Oct Exclusive £100pp discount!

    Blue footed Boobies, Galapagos Islands Cruise Only
    From £4937pp
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  • North Central Galapagos Luxury Expedition

    9 Nights - Quito to Guayaquil

    Silver Galapagos Silver Galapagos

    Snorkel in the tranquil waters, discover an abundance of wildlife and learn about conservation projects on this fascinating all-inclusive expedition exploring the unspoilt North Central Galapagos Islands aboard Silver Galapagos. Includes pre-cruise hotel stay in Quito 2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Oct, Nov, Dec 2020 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep Save 5% PLUS $1000 OBC and one-category suite upgrade!

    Dragon Hill, Santa Cruz Island Fly Cruise Package
    From £5310pp
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  • Western Galapagos Luxury Expedition

    9 Nights - Quito to Baltra Island

    Silver Galapagos Silver Galapagos

    Discover an abundance of wildlife, from the endemic Flightless Cormorant to Saddleback tortoises, enjoy guided hikes through breathtaking scenery and snorkel in the turquoise waters with sea turtles and sea lions on this luxury holiday exploring the unique Western Galapagos, combining an all-inclusive expedition aboard Silver Galapagos with a pre-cruise hotel stay in Quito plus return flights from the UK 2018 - Dec 2019 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Dec 2020 - Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep 10% Early Booking Discount!

    Galapagos Sea Lion Fly Cruise Package
    From £5490pp
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  • Antarctica in Depth with Ecuador Highlights

    24 Nights - Buenos Aires to Quito

    Scenic Eclipse Scenic Eclipse

    Spend six days exploring the remarkable Antarctic Peninsula, witness some of the greatest wildlife on the planet in the intriguing Galápagos Islands, then discover the wildlife-rich surrounds of Mashpi Reserve on this 24-night expedition cruise from Buenos Aires. Includes return flights from the UK, overnight hotel stays, zodiac landings and the chance to enjoy thrilling submarine and helicopter excursions 2019 - Nov 2020 - Feb FREE private door-to-door transfers and complimentary hotel stay!

    Blue-footed Boobies, Galapagos Islands Fly Cruise Package
    From £16925pp
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