Galápagos Islands Cruises
Walk in the footsteps of Charles Darwin.
Galápagos Expedition Cruises
Join us on a once-in-a-lifetime voyage of discovery as we witness the iconic wildlife and spectacular landscapes of the Galápagos Islands. This remarkable archipelago is where Darwin developed his theory of evolution, and even today it remains an ecology hotspot and a haven for nature lovers. Sailing aboard our comfortable and small expedition ship Santa Cruz II, and with a team of expert local guides to accompany us, you’ll find out for yourself just why these islands are one of the most inspiring places on the planet.
Galápagos Islands expedition cruises
Choose from 10 to 14-day Galápagos expeditions, travelling between January and March or July and December. Extend your trip to visit Machu Picchu or stay in an eco-lodge in Ecuador’s Chocó rainforest.
Activities in Galápagos
The Galápagos Islands are all about wild nature, and you’ll get closer to it with activities ranging from snorkelling and hiking, to kayaking and stand up paddleboarding.
Wildlife in Galápagos
Meet the iconic wildlife of the islands, from Galapagos giant tortoises and marine iguanas to Blue-footed Boobies and Waved Albatrosses. You’ll see these wonderfully unabashed animals in their natural habitat.
Expedition Team in Galápagos
Your friendly Expedition Team are locally hired, multilingual Galápagos experts. They’ll accompany you as you explore the islands, guiding you on nature walks and landings, and teaching you about the history and ecology of their home.
Galápagos Islands FAQ
Find what you need to know about the Galápagos Islands before your expedition cruise in our FAQ section.
Cruises to the Galápagos Islands
South America Expedition Cruise | Machu Picchu & Galápagos
Oct 14, 23, Oct 28, 23 + 10 more departures
MS Santa Cruz II
Galápagos Islands Wildlife Expedition Cruise
Oct 16, 23, Oct 30, 23 + 10 more departures
MS Santa Cruz II
Activities in the Galápagos Islands
Galápagos is one of the planet’s most beautiful and ecologically fascinating destinations. You’ll find out why conservation efforts are so important here as you experience the wonders of these unique islands first hand. Immerse yourself in nature as you venture to off-the-beaten track locations to try sea kayaking, SUP boarding, reef snorkelling and more. Here are some of the activities you can join.
Get set for one continuous Galápagos wildlife watching experience. Each island offers something unique, and as we sail between them we’ll bel earning about the endemic species that have evolved here. Ever since naturalist Charles Darwin put the islands on the map in 1835, these remote and beautiful islands have held us in their thrall. The list of what you can see is long: giant tortoises, turtles, land and marine iguanas, Darwin’s finches, numerous bird species including blue and red-footed boobies and Galápagos penguins, and much more besides.
Expedition Team Galápagos Islands
Your Expedition Team are experts in Galápagos tours with many years of experience showing guests their home islands. They’ll join you on shore landings, hikes, kayaking and boat trips, sharing their knowledge of ecology and natural history, and explaining conservation efforts as you explore. With only around 11 guests per expedition guide, you’ll enjoy a more tailored Galápagos cruise.
Expedition Ships to the Galápagos Islands
When travelling to Galápagos with Hurtigruten Expeditions you are supporting nature-based projects that mitigate the impacts of climate change and seek to protect biodiversity in the region. Specifically Fundación Futuro, an Ecuadorian NGO, with the protection of the rainforest in the Choco Bioregion, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Stories from Galápagos Islands Expedition Cruises
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