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Galapagos Islands Tours

Discover the wonders of the Galapagos Islands with our multi-day cruises, hotel packages, yacht tours, and trips for 2024 - 2025.

Experience the ultimate adventure with our Galapagos tours.

Explore this iconic archipelago’s extraordinary wildlife and breathtaking landscapes, where evolution can be witnessed in fascinating ways.

Dive into our Galapagos Islands tours for an unforgettable journey that showcases giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, and plenty more remarkable creatures—all in their natural habitats! Our Galapagos Tour deals provide an immersive and educational experience that will leave you in awe of this ecological paradise.

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MACHU PICCHU & GALAPAGOS ISLANDS TOUR PACKAGE

Embark on an outstanding adventure to the enchanting Galapagos Islands and majestic Machu Picchu, where nature’s wonders and ancient history come together in spectacular harmony!

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Our Galapagos Tour Reviews

Have a quick look at what our travelers and guests are saying about us!

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Raul M
Raul M
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The most fascinating trip we have taken in many years. A five-star vessel and Crew, all the comforts aboard managed by a highly qualified professional team, and in the islands experienced and knowledgable expedition guides with all the information you need to know what's going on. Metropolitan Touring does an outstanding job of delivering a five-star product end-to-end.
Kyrsten B.
Kyrsten B.
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This trip exceeded our expectations! Excellent in all aspects! Our family of 11 ranged in age from 21-76. We booked directly through Metropolitan Touring, and it was fabulous. Our manager at La Pinta answered all the questions. Our guides were incredibly knowledgeable. Our waiter took special care to deal with our family members with food allergies. Our cabin attendant took special care of our wet clothes and shoes.
Deepak S.
Deepak S.
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This was one of the best trips we have ever taken. Everything was exceptional, from the booking process to the pickup/drop-offs to and from the airports. The crews on La Pinta and Mashpi were very knowledgeable; their service was exceptional. The food was terrific. The daily water and land activities were just fabulous and the highlight of the trip. I recommend Metropolitan Touring, who created the best-ever itinerary.
Elisabeth C.
Elisabeth C.
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It was a superb trip with a helpful and friendly crew and a great food and everything aboard was very comfortable. Every day, We had opportunities to see unique wildlife in a small group. We also snorkeled most days and went on small boat trips, too. The naturalists were well-informed, entertaining, and caring and took a marvelous set of photos, which they sent us for free. The best way to see the Galapagos.
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Galapagos Hotels & Island Hopping Tours

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Relaxing By The Finch Bay Pool

Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel

  • The Perfect Land & Sea Holiday: A combination of yacht exploration with a land-based hotel stay with this fantastic Galapagos Tour Deal.
  • Puerto Ayora’s sole beachfront property, located in a pedestrian-only zone.
  • A perfect option for families and groups of all ages thanks to numerous activities, including hiking, mountain biking, snorkeling, kayaking, and surfing.
  • The best way to explore Galapagos for guests concerned about seasickness.
  • The ideal “wind down” site to pair with Galapagos Islands Tours.
  • Gourmet meals crafted by our Cordon-Bleu Gastronomy Director.

Island-to-island Hopping Experience

  • Take to the skies and experience our Galapagos Island-to-Island Hopping Experience from a birds-eye perspective.
  • Experience Isabela Island: One of the most extensive and incredible islands, replete with beautiful beaches and one of the world’s most prominent craters.
  • Revel in a Luxurious Safari “Glamping” Experience on Isabela Island.
  • Galapagos Yacht Day Tours: Alternatively, we also offer convenient trips to the nearby islands of Santa Cruz that form a part of the National Park.
Galapagos Islands Distance View
Amazing Shot Of The Galapagos Coastline

What can you expect from Your Galapagos Tours?

Are you overwhelmed by the number of options you’ve seen for Galapagos Tours? Do you need help figuring out how to plan your trip to the Galapagos? Are you hoping to choose the best Galapagos cruise to ensure you have the most amazing trip? Or are you still wondering what, exactly, makes the islands so unique? 

Talk to one of our Destination Experts for the best Galapagos Tour Tips and Information!

Galapagos Islands Trips: Get informed

The Galapagos Islands are a once-in-a-lifetime experience—all you need to do to “prepare” for them is brace yourself for the amazing! With highly unusual wildlife and otherworldly landscapes that aren’t found anywhere else on Earth, the Galapagos dazzles with its vistas. Sunsets will cast a golden spotlight over the surrounding beaches and scenery, all as a delectable gourmet meals are prepared by our world-class chef.

On top of all this, you’ll also be treated to a luxurious experience, where every detail has been thought of before you even consider it. Naturalist Guides will provide the perfect touch of an insightful narrative to complement your expedition activities throughout the archipelago as you snap hundreds of beautiful pictures. There are often so many different things to see throughout our comprehensive Galapagos itineraries that it is essential to receive the proper advice from a Destination Expert!

Speaking about expertise, be sure to read this blog on the Best Galapagos Cruise Hacks (as well as our other one about which types of Galapagos cruises to avoid and the curiosities about Galapagos)! From a myriad of options, choosing the right one can be challenging— that’s why we’ve narrowed them down for you.

Our handy Choose Wisely e-book offers the best Galapagos Tour Tips to make your decision-making easier.

How do you choose the right Galapagos tour?

You’ve dreamt of it for a lifetime.

The Galapagos Islands are a place where history has been made. Over the course of centuries, it was home to pirates and whalers but primarily to highly unusual fauna, which served as the inspiration for Darwin’s theory as presented in On the Origin of Species.

It’s also one of the few places on Earth where the wildlife shows no fear of humans, meaning you can observe it from just a few meters away. You’ll want to see and do everything! But with so many options available in this magical, exhilarating, and iconic destination, be aware that there are some trade-offs when it comes to choosing from all the Galapagos Tours out there.

Couple With Galapagos Islands Blue Footed

Tips You Should Consider Before Your Galapagos Tour

All of these Tips are met (and even surpassed!) in all our Galapagos Islands Tours.

When Is The Best Time To Travel to Galapagos?

The good thing about Galapagos Islands Tours is that they can be enjoyed at anytime of year! Regardless of whether it’s the hot or dry season (detailed below), the Galapagos weather is always fantastic and the wildlife is always on display. Choosing a time to go will actually depend more on which Galapagos Tours speak to you. So, make sure you know how you want to experience the Galapagos before booking your tour.

Don’t hesitate to us about the best Galapagos Tour Tips, and be sure to check out our Galapagos Tour Deals!

  • Warm Season: Lasts from December through May. Temperatures are hot and humid, and range anywhere from 79 ºF-85 ºF (26 ºC-30 ºC), while the water temperature averages 79 ºF (26 ºC). An average day is primarily sunny, but may experience a short, sharp tropical storm similar to those that dictate Florida summers. At the height of the warm season (March), the islands begin to develop a lush, tropical look. During this season, the waters that surround the islands are much warmer and clearer, with visibility reaching over 30 feet (9 meters) and benefiting those who enjoy a more relaxed swim. This season is also marked by increased numbers of tropical fish, as well as the occasional manta ray.
  • Dry Season: Lasts from June through November. Sea temperatures drop to 70 ºF-72 ºF (20 ºC-23 ºC), cooling the air temperatures to 72 ºF-79 ºF (23 ºC-26 ºC ). This season is particularly popular among professional divers as the cool waters are also extremely rich in nutrients and attract an astonishing assortment of marine life. The rich waters also provide more food for terrestrial life that depends on the ocean for food, such as sea birds and sea lions, creating the ideal environment for breeding and reproduction. Mating rituals are commonly seen among several bird species, not to mention the adorable fluffy chicks that begin appearing on the islands.

It's time to start your expedition!

We offer an unparalleled experience with activities that allow you to explore your destinations and live an adventure surrounded by magical nature. With Metropolitan Touring, you’re guaranteed to get the best Galapagos Islands Tours and serve as the ground for building truly unforgettable experiences.

So, don’t think twice—check our comprehensive Galapagos Islands Tours that offer the experience of a lifetime!

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Frequently Asked Questions: Galapagos Islands Tours

Consider these Galapagos Tours FAQs

Galapagos ISLANDS General Questions

Where are the Galapagos archipelago located?

The archipelago sits 575 mi (926 km) off the coast of Ecuador and covers an area of almost 3,030 mi2 (8,000 km2). Flights to the Galapagos from Guayaquil and Quito on mainland Ecuador take under 2 hours. Fun fact: As a result of its equatorial location, days in the archipelago are 12 hours long, no matter when you go!

Traditional seasons don’t really exist in the Galapagos Islands because due to their location along the equator. However, two weather patterns are recognizable throughout the year:

  • The Hot Season is from December to May, which is when humidity is slightly higher and average temperatures hover around the 80s °F (26-30 °C). There may be occasional showers (downpours), but days are generally hot and sunny.
  • The Dry Season is from June to November, which is when you can expect cool breezes, occasionally bringing with them a light misty-type of drizzle called “garua.” Temperatures average in the 70s °F (20–24° C) during the day and get slightly lower at night. The islands experience subtropical weather patterns during this time.
  • They have belonged to Ecuador since 1831. Before that, they had remained unclaimed.

Eleven languages are spoken in Ecuador, but Spanish and Kichwa are the official languages of the country. Kichwa is mainly spoken by indigenous groups in the Andes region and, to a lesser extent, in the Amazon region. Most tourism-related services and providers have multilingual staff, particularly in English, with some German, French, and Italian speakers. You will find that most people in Galapagos can converse in English and various European Languages.

The United States dollar is the official currency of Ecuador. All services and products in the Galapagos can be purchased in US dollars. Currency exchange services for major forms of tender are widely available. 

Galapagos Time is 6 hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). This is 6 hours behind standard UK time, 2 hours behind standard time in New York, and 14 hours behind Canberra. The mainland of Ecuador is 5 hours behind UTC.

Locals of the islands are known as galapagueños. As per the last census, their population is at around 25,000. Most have come from mainland Ecuador to live on the islands in recent years. Many of them are part of the Mestizo ethnic group and, as such, are descendants of Spanish and indigenous ancestors. A small minority consists of recent European immigrants.

Near the end of the century, members of the ethnic group called the Salasacas started migrating from the mainland to the most populated islands of the archipelago and formed small colonies. They keep mostly to themselves in closed communities, in which they have their own schools and speak only Kichwa. However, there are no indigenous groups that are autochthonous to the Galapagos Islands.

The name Galapagos is said to come from the Galapagos giant tortoises that are endemic to the archipelago. The Spanish word for a type of saddle happens to be galapago, and the Spanish explorers often used it to refer to the giant tortoises that populated the islands with their iconic saddle-like shells.

Galapagos Tour Tips

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  •  Hat
  •  Sunglasses
  •  Sandals
  •  Sneakers
  •  Swimsuit
  •  Umbrella (for sun protection during island hikes)
  •  Waterproof Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher)
  •  Binoculars
  •  Flashlight/head lamp
  •  Water bottle
  •  Dry bags (to keep things from getting wet)
  •  Snorkel and mask (if you wish to use your own instead of the boats’)
  •  Windbreaker jacket
  •  Light sweater
  •  Extra memory cards
  •  Extra batteries

Our naturalist guides always have a pair of binoculars that will be available for use. Feel free to bring your own if you are really into wildlife viewing, though!

A good pair of walking shoes, ideally with a good level of traction and grip on the bottom.

Batteries, weatherproof camera bags, and extra memory cards will come in handy. Waterproof housings will be necessary if you wish to take your camera underwater.

Flash photography is not permitted when taking photos of wildlife. Professional photography and videos recorded for commercial purposes must be authorized by the Galapagos National Park. Drones can only be used with a special permit.

Yes! You’ll really want a pair of goggles to properly enjoy everything that the Galapagos offers underwater. But don’t worry! Snorkeling gear is provided free of charge on our cruises!

No. Sports fishing is prohibited inside the Marine Reserve. Local fishermen are allowed to fish, however.

Of course! Check out this blog on our Top 7 Galapagos Books.

Yes. In fact, we sell these on our ships and you can find them on the inhabited islands!

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