Galapagos cruise options, tailor made

“Top selling tailor made small ship cruise, you choose from a selection of boats, catamaran to schooner, to take you around a gorgeous selection of the Galapagos Islands for 8 days.”


San Cristobal Island | Genovesa Island | Santa Cruz Island | Floreana Island | Hispanola Island | Santa Fe Island | naturalist guide

Description of Galapagos cruise options, tailor made

A visit to the Galapagos is one of the world's greatest wildlife experiences and there are plenty of Galapagos cruise options, fully tailor made, to choose from. Explore this unique environment, an archipelago right on the equator, 600 miles west of the Ecuadorian coast, where a remarkable range of life exists with absolutely no fear of man.

Some of the famed inhabitants of the islands include the blue-footed boobies, frigate birds, flightless cormorants, the Galapagos waved albatross, sea lions and fur seals, land iguanas and marine iguanas (the only sea-going lizard in the world), and of course the giant Galapagos tortoise. The islands are all very different and they each have specific landing sites and visitor sites. The nature trails are carefully marked out to avoid disrupting the wildlife, and we follow these accompanied by our expert on-board naturalist guide.

Exact itineraries depend on the yacht you choose, but as well as the land trails, you will also have an opportunity to go swimming and snorkelling, perhaps even being joined by sea lions!

Much of the longer distances are covered at night, ensuring that your time visiting the islands is put to the best use.

- The most comprehensive range of Galapagos yachts and cruise ships of any UK tour operator.

- From a tall ship (16 passengers), to elegant motor cruisers (12-30 passengers), to larger expedition vessels (48-100 people).

- We can recommend 'Smart Voyager' certified boats which help conserve the islands.

- Choice of itineraries, with lots of information such as deck plans, and photos and details of cabins.

- We can add any tailor made services for you before or after your cruise. Perhaps on the islands, on mainland Ecuador, or even in Peru, Chile or Costa Rica.

- If cruising is not for you, we can arrange Galapagos island hopping or you can stay in a hotel on one of the islands and take day trips.

- We can offer charters for private groups.

- Diving liveaboards or day diving excursions are also available.

A sample itinerary for a Galapagos cruise aboard the Beagle is listed below. This, and most yachts, have two itineraries on offer. Please ask us for specific details.
Images show the Mary Anne (tall ship) and the Grace, as well as the Beagle.

Day-by-day experiences

Day 1:You will fly to Baltra, then meet The Beagle at the harbour to start your cruise. First stop is Santa Cruz where you will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station.
Day 2:A day on Floreana Island where you can see a fresh water spring, an underwater lava cone (Devil's Crown) and a tortoise enclosure before a trek to Punta Cormorant to see flamingos at a salt water lagoon.
Day 3:Today you will be on Espanola, in the south of the archipelago, with its rich bird population.
Day 4:From Punta Pitt on San Cristobal you will trek to a high plateau. Later on, from the comfort of Beagle's deck you can enjoy the views of Kicker Rock on the way to Isla Lobos.
Day 5:The cruise continues to Santa Fe where you can enjoy some swimming and snorkelling and in the afternoon you will reach South Plaza.
Day 6:From the sea lion covered shore on North Seymour you will trek inland to discover the local wildlife. In the afternoon you will see Bartolome - an iconic view.
Day 7:†Sombrero Chino is the destination this morning, followed by an afternoon walk on Santa Cruz.
Day 8:After a morning panga ride amidst the mangroves at Black Turtle Cove, you will be transferred back to the airport for your return flight to the mainland.

Travel Team

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Departure information

This tailor made trip has a variety of options and can be arranged on a budget and at a time to suit you and adapted to your requirements as necessary.
Our top tip:
Add on some time in Ecuador. Rainforest, cloud forest and the Andes are three mammothly good reasons.
Trip type:
Tailor made.
Solo travellers welcome, with some boats offering single cabins.
On board cabins, on choice of boats.
Accommodation, flights from Quito to Galapagos, meals, naturalist guide, most excursions.
Holiday type

Tailor made holidays

This trip can be tailor made to create a unique holiday for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. It is a more luxurious trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments before relaxing in comfort. As this trip can be tailor made it would be helpful if you could you provide the following information: rough budget per person (stating with or without flights), your address and postcode, contact phone number, preferred date of travel, length of trip, number of passengers, preferred countries and areas within those countries, specific interests & type of accommodation.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

The Galapagos Islands are a very fragile and unique environment. It is a strange concept but were it not for the value of tourism in this area the islands would undoubtedly have been allowed to be plundered and destroyed decades ago.

By supporting responsible tourism in this sensitive area we are actively contributing to the massive conservation task. There is a National Parks tax of $100 per person which goes directly to the islands conservation initiatives. But most importantly, we work with a number of boats that are Ecuadorian owned and whose owners can demonstrate a positive ecological and social responsibility policy. This encompasses the broader issues of the human population on the islands as well as the more obvious wildlife conservation.

We were voted most responsible tour operator by UK NGO Tourism Concern. On average 75% of the cost of your trip with us - excluding flights - remains in the destination.

Flights are automatically carbon offset through The Travel Forest, which plants 10 indigenous trees on your behalf (currently in northern Tanzania). Whilst the primary motivation for planting the trees is to offset carbon emissions, the project also works as a poverty alleviation and environmental improvement scheme.


3 Reviews of Galapagos cruise options, tailor made

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 09 May 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

There was no one part that stood out as it was a high all through. A good group of 11 who all got on well together.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Visits to the inhabited parts (both) help local people earn their living. The guide and crew ensure safety and reduced environmental impact. Conservation is
helped by our presence (revenues) and sticking to a tight timetable without being rushed so that the maximum number of people can both enjoy and
appreciate the work done here in preserving and expanding naturally the natural life.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

We also had been to Machu Piccu, organised by the tour operator and these two so very different holidays were both brilliant but in different ways.

Reviewed on 28 May 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The luck of seeing a turtles nest hatch in broad day light, though it heart breaking to see none of them make it to the sea.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

To make sure they have got adequate currency on them as there is no means of getting cash on the Island of Isabela. There are no cash machines here and the only bank is not International and will not therefore exchange currency. When withdrawing cash on Santa Cruz - you can only use the Yellow international cash machine, by the harbour.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Definitely, our guides were all local and very good at their job.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Excellent. The guides, accommodation, food, wildlife was better than I had expected. My only disappointment was the some of the other holidaymakers on the yatch! I had assumed everyone going to the galapagos would be a wildlife enthusiast and was very annoying when they were not - but I appreciate the travel company cannot be responsible for this.

Reviewed on 11 Apr 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

The Galapagos - the wildlife was just awesome! Even more amazing than we'd expected! The crew were fantastic - really friendly and welcoming and the guides were exceptional.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Plenty of sun screen, good walking shoes and prepare to be amazed. Also remember that although the boat is spacious, cabins can be quite cosy. But itís not a big deal as you really don't need to spend much time in the cabin. And they are comfortable.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?

Absolutely - and everyone was incredibly sensitive to the need to protect the eco-system.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

I can never say that any one holiday is the best, but this was certainly up there - truly memorable. The location was just fantastic complemented by a wonderful crew and very efficiently and effectively organised via the company in the UK.

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