Welcome to the Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos Islands offer a profound and unique experience of being on equal terms with nature in an arcadian paradise. Their physical beauty, world-class wildlife, and the quality of the best yachts that cruise the archipelago, combine to make a well planned trip to the Galapagos a truly memorable experience that ranks near the top of many travellers’ lifetime ‘must go there’ lists.
Beautiful and remote, the Galapagos was visited so little in history and settled so recently that its animals have not developed a fear of man.
Walking on the islands will bring you right up close to courting or nesting sea birds, sun bathing iguanas, relaxing sea lions or perhaps even a rare giant tortoise ambling to its lunch. More often than not it will be you, not the wildlife, that decides how close you approach.
Snorkelling is wonderful, with the thrill of swimming with penguins, turtles and curious young sea lions who seem to like nothing better than to show off their underwater acrobatics around you.
The only practicable way to see the Galapagos Islands is by boat on a short cruise.
The number and standard of boats that the authorities allow to take passengers around the islands is strictly controlled.
Even so, there is a wide choice of boats sailing to a variety of itineraries allocated by the National Park. Choosing between them can be perplexing.
Choosing your Galapagos cruise
How to choose your Galapagos cruise
There is no 'right' type of boat for the Galapagos: you will need to decide the size and style of boat you would prefer, the length of the cruise, and the islands you would most like to see ...
Galapagos cruises: boats & prices
Our selection of boats is among the best, and our prices for Galapagos cruises are very competitive...
Finch Bay Hotel
Round off your visit to the Galapagos with a few days at this stylish low rise hotel by a secluded bay.
Planning your visit to the Galapagos
You will want plan your visit to the Galapagos carefully. The cost of a cruise is necessarily quite high, and you'll want to be sure that you make the most of your visit while minimising its impact on the islands' environment. These pages will help you make the right decisions for you. Go here to check the best times to visit the Galapagos, flight options, and how best to combine a visit to the Galapagos with time in Ecuador or other countries in the area.
Remember: our Galapagos specialists are here to assist and advise you.
Types of Galapagos holiday
The first priority is to choose the right Galapagos cruise. After that, we offer a choice of several ways to build a holiday around it:
› Tailor-made holidays We'll help you choose your Galapagos cruise, and design other parts of your holiday around it, to suit your dates, style and budget, often with one of our example holiday ideas as a starting point.
› Family holidays Some Galapagos cruises have special provision for families, including some family-only sailings. We'll help you choose your cruise and design the other parts of your holiday to suit your family best.
› Honeymoons The Galapagos Islands is a very special place for a honeymoon focussed on wildlife. We can help you choose the Galapagos cruise that will suit you best and plan a holiday around it with the combination of relaxation, romance and memorable experiences that you are looking for.
Bird watching holidays
Galapagos has just 120 species of birds, but 23 are endemic and 4 are near endemic. Nesting birds untroubled by your presence, spectacular sea bird colonies, and the chance to identify each of Darwin's finches, make a visit to the Galapagos a lifelong ambition for any birder...
Diving on the Galapagos
The Galapagos is one of the world's best dive locations for divers with sufficient experience...
Guide to the Galapagos Islands
Browse our short guide to the Galapagos Islands for inspiration and the practical information you need.
Order a Galapagos brochure
Order your copy of our in-depth Galapagos travel brochure, packed with inspiration and information on holidays in Galapagos.
Contact our Galapagos specialists
Geodyssey brings you an exclusive selection of thoughtfully designed holidays in amazing locations throughout our destinations in Latin America and the Caribbean. Our holidays focus on what is natural, authentic, comfortable, stylish and affordable, and on what works best in each country. Our tailor-made holidays are individually designed by our experienced team on the basis of in-depth knowledge, a real enthusiasm for our destinations, and a desire to make sure we get it right for each and every customer. All our customers have 100% financial protection. All the land-based holidays on this website are exclusive to Geodyssey. Geodyssey is an independent company managed by its owners, based in London, founded in 1993.