Galapagos Islands

Offering unique wildlife encounters and spectacular volcanic landscapes, a Galapagos small ship cruise is an experience like no other. Come face-to-face with blue-footed boobies, witness giant tortoises lumbering in the wilds and swim alongside playful sea lions and penguins. Whether you’re after a luxury small ship Galapagos cruise, first-class, superior or even a family-friendly cruise, we offer Galapagos expeditions to suit all style of traveler and budget. Select from intimate yachts and spacious catamarans, as well as cruise ships staffed by highly experienced naturalists. Contact our team of Galapagos experts for a personalized itinerary and we’ll help you create your dream Galapagos adventure.

Top 5 Small Ships in Galapagos Islands

Evolution

The spacious and luxurious 32-passenger Evolution yacht offers once-in-a-lifetime expeditions through the Galapagos Islands. Outstanding naturalists will guide you around some of the archipelago’s...

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Galapagos Grace

A wedding gift from Aristotle Onassis to Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco, the 16-passenger Galapagos Grace is one of the most luxurious vessels cruising the archipelago. Spacious...

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Galapagos Legend

The Galapagos Legend is a 100-passenger deluxe expedition cruise vessel which offers exciting itineraries throughout the Galapagos Islands. It is one of the larger ships sailing the archipelago...

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Mary Anne

Gracefully cruising through the Galapagos Islands is the 16-passenger sailing ship Mary Anne which combines fine service and delicious meals with unforgettable island adventures. Talented...

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National Geographic Endeavour II

Led by renowned naturalists and experts from National Geographic, the 96-passenger National Geographic Endeavour II is one of the Galapagos’ premier expedition vessels. It combines a diverse array...

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All Galapagos Islands Small Ship Cruises

Baby Galapagos Tortoise

Petrel South-Eastern 4 Day

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4 Days
Galapagos Islands

Encompassing the first four days of the Petrel's more extensive 8-day Eastern Galapagos Islands Cruise, this itinerary is the perfect introduction for those short on time. Visit the giant tortoise...

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Petrel North-Central 5 Day

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5 Days
Galapagos Islands

Visiting the islands of Bartolome, North Seymour, Santa Cruz, Santiago and Genovesa in the archipelago’s north and central regions, this 5-day itinerary visits some of the Galapagos’ most iconic...

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Galapagos Swimming with Sea Lions

Petrel South-Central 6 Day

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6 Days
Galapagos Islands

Exploring six islands in the Galapagos’ southern and central regions, this 6-day itinerary offers an adventurous round-trip from Baltra. It is particularly appealing for those interested in the...

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Galapagos Marine Iguanas

Petrel West-Central 6 Day

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6 Days
Latin America, Galapagos Islands

Sailing round-trip from Baltra, this action-packed 6-day itinerary loops around Isabela Island to explore North Seymour, Fernandina and Santa Cruz islands. Witness the endemic marine iguanas and...

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Galapagos Bartolome's Pinnacle Rock

Petrel Eastern 8 Day

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8 Days
Galapagos Islands

Exploring the islands in the northern, central and eastern regions of the archipelago, this 8-day Galapagos cruise provides an adventurous insight into this unique part of the world. Get up close to...

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Galapagos Frigate Birds

Petrel Western 8 Day

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8 Days
Galapagos Islands

Focusing on the western and central regions of the archipelago, this 8-day Galapagos itinerary explores the unique fauna, flora and geology of seven islands. Witness the fascinating bird and marine...

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Galapagos Kicker Rock

Cormorant Southern 4 Day

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4 Days
Galapagos Islands

Sailing from San Cristobal to Baltra, this 4-day itinerary offers a fascinating introduction to the Galapagos for those short on time. Explore the wildlife-rich shores of Espanola, visit iconic...

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Galapagos Blue Footed Booby Baby

Cormorant Central 5 Day

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5 Days
Galapagos Islands

Cruising from Baltra to San Cristobal, this 5-day itinerary explores the islands of Santa Cruz, Bartolome, Santiago, South Plaza and Santa Fe. Take in the spectacular views of Pinnacle Rock, witness...

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Galapagos Sally Lightfoot Crab

Cormorant Northwest 8 Day

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8 Days
Galapagos Islands

This wildlife-focused 8-day Cormorant Northwest itinerary explores some of the Galapagos Islands’ most iconic sights, as well as a few off-the-beaten-track destinations. Witness the abundant wildlife...

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Galapagos Sunset

Cormorant South-Central 8 Day

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8 Days
Galapagos Islands

This round-trip 8-day itinerary from Baltra explores the wildlife-rich islands and spectacular volcanic landscapes of the Galapagos’ central, eastern and southern islands. Cruise around spectacular...

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Galapagos Sea Turtle

Tip Top IV Central 5 Day

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5 Days
Latin America, Galapagos Islands

Exploring the islands of Santa Cruz, Chinese Hat, Rabida, Santiago, Bartolome, Santa Fe and South Plaza, this 5-day Tip Top IV Central Galapagos features short distances between islands to maximize...

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Tip Top IV South-Central 8 Day

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8 Days
Latin America, Galapagos Islands

Touring the islands of Santa Cruz, Santa Fe, South Plaza, Chinese Hat, Rabida, Floreana, Espanola and San Cristobal, this 8-day Tip Top IV South-Central Galapagos itinerary offers a fascinating...

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Tip Top IV Northwest 8 Day

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8 Days
Galapagos Islands

Exploring the islands of Isabela, Genovesa, Floreana, North Seymour, Santiago and Santa Cruz, this 8-day Tip Top IV Northwest Galapagos Cruise offers a well-rounded introduction to this unique...

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Tip Top II Eastern 5 Day

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5 Days
Galapagos Islands

Touring the islands of Santa Cruz, Floreana, Espanola and San Cristobal, this 5-day/4-night route offers an exciting introduction to the Galapagos Islands. Explore the birdlife of towering Kicker...

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Tip Top II Central 4 Day

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4 Days
Galapagos Islands

Cruising around the islands of Santa Cruz, Santa Fe, South Plaza, Chinese Hat and Rabida, this 4-day itinerary is ideal for those who are short on time, with short distances between visitor sites....

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Tip Top II South-Central 8 Day

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8 Days
Galapagos Islands

Visiting the islands of Santa Cruz, Santa Fe, South Plaza, Chinese Hat, Rabida, Floreana, Espanola and San Cristobal, this 8-day itinerary explores the wildlife-rich south and central Galapagos. Get...

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Tip Top II Northwest 8 Day

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8 Days
Galapagos Islands

Cruising around Santa Cruz, Santiago, Bartolome, Genovesa, Isabela and Fernandina Islands, this 8-day itinerary ventures into the magnificent northwest Galapagos. Go snorkeling off beautiful Las...

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Sea Star Journey Central 6 Day

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6 Days
Galapagos Islands

Exploring the central islands of Santa Cruz, Isabela, San Cristobal, Santiago and Fernandina, this 6-day/5-night cruise offers a comprehensive insight into this unique destination. Visit the Charles...

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Sea Star Journey Eastern 6 Day

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6 Days
Galapagos Islands

Cruising from San Cristobal to Santa Cruz Island, this 6-day/5-night itinerary explores the eastern islands of the Galapagos archipelago. Witness flamingoes feeding in the lagoon at Cormorant Point,...

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Sea Star Journey Northern 5 Day

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5 Days
Galapagos Islands

Visiting some of the Galapagos’ most iconic destinations, this 5-day/4-night itinerary offers an exciting introduction to the north of the archipelago. Take in the breathtaking volcanic landscapes of...

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Seaman Journey Southern 5 Day

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5 Days
Galapagos Islands

Exploring the fascinating southern islands of the Galapagos, this 5-day itinerary offers an unforgettable introduction to the archipelago. Discover the whaling history at Post Office Bay, get up...

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Seaman Journey Northern 4 Day

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4 Days
Galapagos Islands

Sailing from Baltra to San Cristobal Island, this 4-day Galapagos itinerary visits Genovesa’s Darwin Bay, renowned for its outstanding birdlife, together with the small islands of North Seymour,...

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Seaman Journey Eastern 8 Day

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8 Days
Galapagos Islands

Exploring the islands in the east of the archipelago, this 8-day Galapagos itinerary offers a little bit of everything. Go birdwatching in magnificent Darwin Bay, learn about the historic whaling...

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Seaman Journey Western 8 Day

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8 Days
Galapagos Islands

Visiting eight islands and islets in the Western Galapagos, this 8-day itinerary explores the fascinating diversity of the archipelago. Venture into the Santa Cruz Highlands to see giant tortoises in...

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Beluga James 4 Day

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4 Days
Galapagos Islands

Touring the islands of Santiago (James), Santa Cruz and Genovesa (Tower), this 4-day/3-night cruise offers a fascinating introduction to the Galapagos archipelago. Witness giant tortoises in their...

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Beluga Hood 5 Day

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5 Days
Galapagos Islands

Cruising the islands of Espanola (Hood), Santa Cruz, Santa Fe and San Cristobal, this 5-day/4-night cruise explores the rich wildlife diversity and volcanic origins of the Galapagos archipelago....

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Beluga Tower 8 Day

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8 Days
Galapagos Islands

Exploring the islands of Genovesa (Tower), Santa Cruz, Espanola (Hood), Santa Fe, Santiago (James) and San Cristobal, this 8-day/7-night cruise offers an unforgettable Galapagos adventure. Witness...

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Beluga Fernandina 8 Day

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8 Days
Latin America, Galapagos Islands

Touring the Central and Western Galapagos, this 8-day/7-night cruise explores the islands of Fernandina, Santa Cruz, Floreana, Isabela and Santiago. Learn about the archipelago's ongoing conservation...

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$4,600
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Ocean Spray Eastern 4 Day

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4 Days
Galapagos Islands

Exploring the islands of San Cristobal, Floreana and Santa Cruz, this 4-day Galapagos itinerary offers a fascinating introduction to this unique archipelago. Explore the birdlife of Kicker Rock by...

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Ocean Spray Central 5 Day

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5 Days
Galapagos Islands

Visiting the islands of Bartolome, Genovesa, Santiago and Santa Cruz, this 5-day itinerary explores some of the Galapagos’ most iconic destinations. Witness the incredible birdlife of Genovesa,...

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Ocean Spray Southern 6 Day

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6 Days
Galapagos Islands

Visiting the islands of Española, San Cristobal, Floreana and Santa Cruz, this 6-day itinerary explores the lush landscapes and idyllic beaches of the archipelago’s south. Witness waved albatross,...

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Ocean Spray Western 6 Day

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6 Days
Galapagos Islands

Visiting the islands of Isabela, Fernandina, Santa Cruz and South Plaza, this 6-day Galapagos itinerary explores the cool waters of the archipelago’s west. Spot blue-footed boobies and Galapagos...

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Ocean Spray South-Central 8 Day

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8 Days
Galapagos Islands

Visiting eight islands in the archipelago, including San Cristobal, Floreana, Bartolome and Genovesa, this comprehensive 8-day itinerary explores the southern and central region of the Galapagos...

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Ocean Spray Southwest 8 Day

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8 Days
Galapagos Islands

Visiting ten islands in the archipelago, including Isabela, Fernandina, Santa Cruz and Española, this incredible 8-day itinerary offers the best of the Galapagos Islands. Go snorkeling in the marine...

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Beyond the Footsteps of Darwin

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8 Days
Galapagos Islands

Exploring the islands of San Cristobal, Espanola, Floreana, Santa Cruz and Santiago, this 8-day/7-night itinerary takes you Beyond the Footsteps of Darwin to delve deeper into the history and...

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Following in Darwin’s Footsteps

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8 Days
Galapagos Islands

Exploring the islands of Santa Cruz, South Plaza, Santa Fe, Genovesa, Isabela and Fernandina, this 8-day/7-night Following in Darwin's Footsteps itinerary lets you see the Galapagos Islands as he did...

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In the Steps of Pirates and Darwin

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8 Days
Galapagos Islands

Venture to the islands of Floreana, Genovesa, Fernandina, Isabela, Bartolome and Santa Cruz on this comprehensive 8-day itinerary in the footsteps of Charles Darwin and the Galapagos’ pirates. Get up...

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Footsteps Back in Time

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8 Days
Galapagos Islands

Explore the islands of Santa Cruz, Fernandina, Isabela, Floreana, Espanola and San Cristobal on this 8-day Footsteps Back in Time itinerary. Discover the unique flora and fauna of the Galapagos’...

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Origin Western/Northern 8 Day

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8 Days
Galapagos Islands

Focusing on the islands of San Cristobal, Genovesa, Isabela and Fernandina, the Western/Northern itinerary aboard the Origin offers an action-packed adventure through the Galapagos Islands. Learn...

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Origin Southern/Central 8 Day

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8 Days
Galapagos Islands

Focusing on the islands of San Cristobal, Espanola, Floreana, Isabela, Santa Cruz, Bartolome, South Plaza and North Seymour, the Southern/Central itinerary aboard the Origin offers a fascinating...

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Natural Paradise Northern 4 Day

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4 Days
Galapagos Islands

The Natural Paradise Northern Islands itinerary explores the islands of Santa Cruz, Isabela, Fernandina, Chinese Hat, Mosquera, Floreana, Espanola and San Cristobal. Hike up Prince Phillip’s steps...

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Natural Paradise Eastern 5 Day

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5 Days
Galapagos Islands

Cruising through the islands of San Cristobal, North Seymour, Santa Fe, Santa Cruz, Bartolome, Santiago and South Plaza, this 5-day itinerary offers a fantastic introduction to this unique...

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Natural Paradise Western 8 Day

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8 Days
Galapagos Islands

Focusing on the islands of Santa Cruz, Isabela, Fernandina, Chinese Hat, Mosquera, Floreana, Española and San Cristobal, this 8-day Western Galapagos itinerary offers an exhilarating adventure...

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Natural Paradise Northeastern 8 Day

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8 Days
Galapagos Islands

Explore the islands of San Cristobal, North Seymour, Santa Fe, Santa Cruz, Bartolome, Santiago, South Plaza, Rabida and Genovesa on this comprehensive 8-day Galapagos itinerary. See giant tortoises...

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La Pinta Eastern Galapagos 5 Day

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5 Days
Galapagos Islands

Explore the geology, wildlife and natural beauty of Santa Cruz, San Cristobal and Espanola Islands on this exciting 5-day Galapagos itinerary. Visit the Cerro Colorado Giant Tortoise Breeding Center...

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La Pinta Northern Galapagos 5 Day

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5 Days
Galapagos Islands

Visit the wildlife-rich islands of Santa Cruz, Santiago and Genovesa on this action-packed 5-day itinerary. Venture into the highlands of Santa Cruz to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat,...

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La Pinta Western Galapagos 7 Day

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7 Days
Galapagos Islands

Focusing on the islands of Baltra, North Seymour, Fernandina, Isabela, Santa Cruz and Floreana is this fascinating 7-day Galapagos itinerary. Witness the high density of marine iguanas, sea lions and...

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Isabela II Southern Galapagos 5 Day

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5 Days
Galapagos Islands

Focusing on the islands of Santa Cruz, Floreana, Espanola and San Cristobal is this 5-day itinerary, combining a range of activities with a fascinating insight into the natural and human history of...

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Isabela II Central Galapagos 5 Day

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5 Days
Galapagos Islands

Exploring the islands of Santa Cruz, Santa Fe, North Seymour, Bartolome and Baltra, this 5-day itinerary includes visits to the iconic Charles Darwin Research Station and the twin craters at Los...

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Isabela II Northern Galapagos 7 Day

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7 Days
Galapagos Islands

This fascinating 7-day Northern Galapagos itinerary aboard the Isabela II's focuses on the islands of San Cristobal, Genovesa, Santiago, Fernandina, Isabela, Rabida and Santa Cruz. Visit the Cerro...

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Eric & Letty Western/Northern 8 Day

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8 Days
Galapagos Islands

Exploring the islands of San Cristobal, Genovesa, Isabela, Fernandina and Santiago, as well as the Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island, the Western/Northern itinerary offers an action-packed...

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Eric & Letty Southern/Central 8 Day

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8 Days
Galapagos Islands

Explore the islands of San Cristobal, Espanola, Floreana, Isabela, Santa Cruz, Bartolome, South Plaza and North Seymour in style aboard the 20-passenger sister yachts Eric & Letty. Witness giant...

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Coral I & II Southern 5 Day

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5 Days
Galapagos Islands

Explore the islands of Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, Espanola and Floreana on this action-packed 5-day Southern Islands itinerary. Take in the magnificent views towards Kicker Rock from Cerro Brujo,...

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Coral I & II Central 4 Day

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4 Days
Galapagos Islands

Focusing on the islands of Santa Cruz, Bartolome and Rabida, this 4-day Central Galapagos itinerary offers a fascinating insight to this spectacular archipelago. Visit the Charles Darwin Research...

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Coral I & II Western 5 Day

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5 Days
Galapagos Islands

Cruising through the islands of Isabela, Fernandina, Santiago and Santa Cruz, the 5-day Western Galapagos itinerary offers an unforgettable adventure in this unique destination. Take in the views...

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$2,215
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Coral I & II Eastern 4 Day

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4 Days
Galapagos Islands

Exploring the islands of Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, South Plaza and Santa Fe, the 4-day Eastern Galapagos itinerary offers an exhilarating introduction to this unique archipelago. See giant tortoises...

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Santa Cruz II Western Islands 6 Day

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6 Days
Galapagos Islands

Cruise through the magnificent islands of the Galapagos during this 6-day/5-night itinerary on board the Santa Cruz II. Explore the landscapes, fauna and flora of North Seymour, Isabela, Fernandina,...

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Santa Cruz II Northern Islands 5 Day

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5 Days
Galapagos Islands

Venture to the Northern Islands of the Galapagos during this 5-day/4-night itinerary on board the Santa Cruz II. Explore the magnificent landscapes, fauna and flora of San Cristobal, Santa Cruz,...

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Santa Cruz II Eastern Islands 5 Day

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5 Days
Galapagos Islands

Explore the Galapagos’ Eastern Islands on this action-packed 5-day/4-night adventure on board the Santa Cruz II. The Eastern Galapagos is renowned for its lush green landscapes, giant tortoises and...

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Galapagos Aboard NG Endeavour II

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10 Days
Galapagos Islands

Explore the islands of Bartolome, Santa Cruz, Isabela, Fernandina, Floreana and Espanola on this 10-day itinerary aboard the National Geographic Endeavour II.

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Galapagos Legend Southern 5 Day

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5 Days
Galapagos Islands

This fascinating 5-day Southern Galapagos Cruise centers around the remote islands of Floreana and Espanola, beginning on San Cristobal Island and ending on Baltra Island. Witness the incredible...

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Galapagos Legend Central 4 Day

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4 Days
Galapagos Islands

Focusing on Santa Cruz and Santiago Islands, the Legend Central Galapagos Cruise offers a fascinating introduction to the geology, fauna and flora of this unique archipelago. Explore the dramatic...

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Galapagos Legend Western 5 Day

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5 Days
Galapagos Islands

This exhilarating 5-day Western Galapagos itinerary focuses on the largest island in the Galapagos, Isabela, together with Santa Cruz and Fernandina islands. Witness the largest marine iguanas in the...

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Galapagos Legend Eastern 4 Day

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4 Days
Galapagos Islands

Focusing on the wildlife-rich islands of Santa Cruz and San Cristobal, the 4-day Legend Eastern Islands Galapagos Cruise provides a fascinating introduction to this unique destination. Daily small...

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Passion Eastern 8 Day

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8 Days
Latin America, Galapagos Islands

Cruising from the northernmost island of Genovesa down to Española, Santa Cruz and Santa Fe islands, the Passion's Eastern 8-day small ship itinerary offers an intimate insight into the unique...

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Passion Western 8 Day

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8 Days
Galapagos Islands

Venturing to the islands in the Galapagos’ far west, this 8-day/7-night itinerary offers some of the archipelago’s most incredible wildlife encounters. Snorkel in the marine species-rich waters of...

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Mary Anne Eastern 8 Day

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8 Days
Galapagos Islands

Explore the charismatic Eastern Galapagos Islands on this 8-day itinerary to discover the subtle differences in wildlife and geology which make each island unique. Take a panga ride through the...

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Mary Anne Western 8 Day

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8 Days
Galapagos Islands

Venture to the Galapagos’s far west on this fascinating 8-day itinerary to see some of the Galapagos’ most iconic destinations, as well as a few well-kept secrets. Witness giant tortoises in the wild...

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