Galapagos Cruises & Tours

The Galapagos Islands are one of the world’s most impressive natural treasures. Most visitors travel to the Galapagos on a cruise, though increasingly travelers book land-based tours and stay in hotels which are frequently more economical than a cruise. Occasionally, last-minute deals to the Galapagos are also available, though it’s advisable to book your Galapagos vacation well in advance, especially in the high seasons of summer (in the northern hemisphere) and the Christmas to New Year seasons, as cruises are frequently booked months, or even years, in advance.

Galapagos SCUBA diving is also praised for being some of the best in the world, especially for mega species such as Whale Sharks and Hammer Head Sharks. See a list of  Galapagos diving tour operators here.

Cruise the Galapagos with one of the tour operators or agencies below. Most of the businesses listed below are based in Ecuador and we have confirmed the reputation of each company.

Galapagos Galaxy Cruises – has been welcoming guests on cruises to the Galapagos since 2008 aboard their yachts Alya Luxury Catamaran, EcoGalaxy Catamaran, and Galaxy Yacht. They are known for personalized service, family cruises, a fusion of Ecuadorian and international cuisine, and a high level of environmental stewardship with several environmental certificates. Their English speaking guides lead excellent hiking, snorkeling, swimming, kayaking animal watching, photography-focused excursions.

Andando Tours – offer exceptional Galapagos sailing adventures. If you are looking for a truly nautical experience, the Mary Anne presents the best choice to explore the Galapagos under full sails as Charles Darwin did centuries ago.

Happy Gringo’s -team of experienced travel experts offer quick and easy booking of Galapagos cruises, Galapagos Island-Hopping tours, diving packages,
Ecuador Trips, and Rainforest trips in Ecuador.

Adventure Life Galapagos Tours – offers Galapagos cruises on a wide variety of hand-selected yachts and have US-based Galapagos experts to help plan your trip.  Their mission may say it best: “Our greatest concern is assisting travelers in selecting quality Galápagos tours & ensuring the uniqueness of Galapagos is preserved for future generations.” As active members of the International Galapagos Tour Operators Association, part of your travel cost goes directly to grassroots conservation efforts in Galapagos.

Bertini Tours – A wide selection of tours to the Galapagos Islands and mainland Ecuador. They offer mini-tours, customized tours, city tours, and extra services like airport pick-up and drop-off. In addition, Bertini Tours also offer spectacular Galapagos Cruise Tours on outstanding cruise ships. They can also provide information about Ecuador, its climate, and where to go and what to do.

Columbus Travel – is one of Ecuador’s most highly-rated tour operators bringing thousands of guests to the Galapagos since 1996. They have an excellent reputation and offer a wide selection of cruise boats in  Galapagos, last-minute Galapagos dealstours of the Ecuador Mainland including lodges in the Amazon rainforest. They offer trips in all price ranges from economical to luxury guided trips that use top-shelf accommodation and guides.

Enchanted Expeditions – Specialists in Galapagos Islands cruises and mainland Ecuador vacations. We are pioneers in the Galapagos Islands, operating our own vessels, and offering the highest standards of service and personal attention to all our clients. Our published itineraries and custom made tours for groups or independent travelers consider our clients’ special areas of interest: highlighting culture, nature, adventure, spiritual focus, ecotourism, and much more.

Charter a Private Exclusive Galapagos Cruise by EQ Touring. Travel to the Galapagos Islands with the advantages of a Charter cruise. Reduced costs and privacy.

Galapagos Cruises with EQ Touring – Long-time Galapagos & Ecuador specialists with offices in Miami and Quito have an excellent reputation for personalized service, the best guides and top-shelf accommodations in their tour packages. Spend Christmas and/or New Years in the Galapagos on the Odyssey, La Pinta or Santa Cruz II.

Galapagos Insiders – give you the inside scoop when planning your trip to the Galapagos Islands. They offer most of the top-rated Galapagos cruise boats and can assist you in planning the perfect Galapagos adventure to fit your precise budget, interests, and needs.

Galapagos Islands .com – the “Galapagos Supersite, offers the easiest way to plan your Galapagos cruise with highly personalized professional service”. Also known as the Galapagos Travel Center, they have conveniently located offices at Plaza Foch in Quito and are one of the top-rated agencies that sell dozens or the top Galapagos boats and operate some of their own mid-range and luxury-class yachts.

Golden Galapagos Cruises – will be launching the Endemic Galapagos, the most stylish luxury catamaran to ever cruise the Galapagos Islands in summer of 2018. It’s recommended to reserve early as her 9 luxuriously appointed cabins are sure to fill well in advance.

Gulliver Travel – offers a wide selection of tours and cruises in Galapagos including hard to find day tours to islands like Espanola and plenty of helpful Galapagos travel info. They are a well-respected agency that has operated since the 1990’s and specializes in active tours in Galapagos, Ecuador, and Peru.

Haugan Cruises – are the operators of luxury Galapagos catamarans: the Ocean Spray, Petrel and Cormorant. These are some of the newest, and perhaps the most luxurious vessels to sail the Galapagos. Excellent service, cuisine, and guides.

Luxury Cruises Galapagos .com by Columbus Travel – offer competitive prices on virtually every luxury vessel sailing the Galapagos Islands. They have a very helpful luxury cruise deals page that is updated daily. Their site is an excellent, informative source for luxury Galapagos travel.

Masked Boobies in the Galapagos.

Latin Trails – See, listen, smell, touch and taste Ecuador. Biking, horseback riding, hiking, community stays, and yoga. Soft adventures and off the beaten path travel. Focus on custom designed and interactive travel experiences, so you can immerse yourself in Ecuador and the rest of South America, be it a Galapagos cruise, Amazon adventure, Machu Picchu expedition, a Titicaca lake cruise.

Red Mangrove Hotel by Haugan Cruises – offers highly-lauded Galapagos land tours and SCUBA diving packages out of a spectacular oceanfront eco-luxury hotel. Sleep on solid ground at night and explore the islands with day trips boating to other islands and National Park visitor spots. The hotel is located in the heart of Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos. Lounging seaside, you’ll share the deck with playful sea lions admiring the panoramic view of Academy Bay. The Red Mangrove is newly owned by Haugan Cruises, a luxury Galapagos cruise line based in Quito with a longstanding reputation for top-tier service and guides.

Scuba Iguana – offering the highest quality scuba diving day trips, cruises, courses, and expeditions in the Galapagos Islands since 1995. Scuba Iguana is your passport to discovering the underwater Eden of the Galapagos. Owned and operated by pioneers in Galapagos diving, Scuba Iguana can show you the Galapagos like nobody else can.

Updated September 10, 2018