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.

Latin Excursions – and CEO Eric Sheets have a long-established reputation for designing high-end exclusive tours and cruise adventures to the Galapagos Islands. If you want a unique villa not available anywhere else, or access to exclusive destinations and experiences, Eric is the guy to call.

Small Ship Luxury Cruises – are specialists in matching the perfect luxury-class yacht or small ship and providing you with a travel concierge service that assists you with every detail of your trip to assure a seamless luxury-class experience.

Ecuador Unlimited – offers a wide variety of Galapagos cruise options bookable online from their office in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. The owner lived and worked for several years in Ecuador and has excellent first-hand knowledge of both Galapagos and the Ecuadorian mainland.

Surtrek – has organized trips to the Galapagos for families, groups, and independent travelers for over 25 years. Their founder and CEO Alfonzo Tandazo has been an active and influential member of the local travel community for decades. They have an extensive selection of Galapagos cruises that are bookable on their website.

Adventure Life Galapagos Tours – offers Galapagos cruises on a wide variety of hand-selected yachts and has 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.

Andando Tours – offers exceptional Galapagos sailing adventures as the owners and operators of their own Galapagos cruising yachts. 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.

Bertini Tours – has 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 offers spectacular Galapagos Cruise Tours on outstanding cruise ships. They can also provide information about Ecuador, its climate, 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 the Galapagos, last-minute Galapagos deals, and tours 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 – are specialists in Galapagos Islands cruises and mainland Ecuador vacations. They have been pioneers in the Galapagos Islands operating our own vessels and offering the highest standards of service and personal attention to clients. Their 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 Year 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 of the top Galapagos boats and operate some of their own mid-range and luxury-class yachts.

Golden Galapagos Cruises – Golden Galapagos Cruises introduced a new era for luxury cruises in the Galapagos islands with the introductions of luxurious Endemic and Elite catamarans, among the newest yachts cruising the Galapagos. They can help you plan the ultimate small yacht luxury cruise in Galapagos.

Gulliver Travel – offers a wide selection of tours and cruises in the 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 1990s and specializes in active tours in Galapagos, Ecuador, and Peru.

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, or a Titicaca lake cruise.

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 as nobody else can.

Updated October 28, 2022