Galapagos Tours & Cruises

What To Expect on Your Galapagos Tour?

Are you overwhelmed by the number of options you have seen for Galapagos? Are you wondering what to expect in the Enchanted Islands? Or perhaps what it is, exactly, that makes the islands so special? The Galapagos is a lifetime experience, and all you need to do to “prepare” is brace yourself for the amazing. With highly unusual wildlife and otherworldly landscapes that aren’t found anywhere else on Earth, Galapagos dazzles with its vistas. Sunsets will cast a golden spotlight over the surrounding beaches and scenery as delectable gourmet dinner is prepared by our world-class chef. On top of this you’ll also get a truly luxurious and remarkably comfortable experience, where every detail has been thought of before you even considered it. Naturalist guides will provide the perfect touch of narrative of information to complement your expedition throughout the archipelago as you snap hundreds of wonderful pictures. In fact, there’s often so many different things to see and do in the archipelago that it is important to receive the advice from a destination expert!

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Transfer in Quito
1 night at Casa Gangotena (luxury room)
Air ticket to/from Galapagos
Galapagos Family Vacation
Galapagos Family Vacation
Galapagos Family Vacation
Galapagos Family Vacation
Galapagos Family Vacation
Galapagos Family Vacation
Galapagos Family Vacation
Galapagos Family Vacation

Galapagos Family Vacation – Travel in summer and choose the best cruise for your kids!

7 Days/6 Nights program
  • Regular price: $ 4,257 pp
  • Package price: $ 3,833 pp
Home on the Equator
Home on the Equator
Home on the Equator
Home on the Equator
Home on the Equator
Home on the Equator
Home on the Equator
Home on the Equator

Quito & Galapagos Islands Tours – Head up into the Andes mountains, walk down the very first UNESCO World Heritage Site that is the Historic Centre of Quito and top it off with an eye-opening exploration of the enchanted isles

8 Days / 7 Nights program
  • Regular price: $ 4,551 pp
  • Package price: $ 3,864 pp
Luxurious Modern Exploration
Luxurious Modern Exploration
Luxurious Modern Exploration
Luxurious Modern Exploration
Luxurious Modern Exploration
Luxurious Modern Exploration
Luxurious Modern Exploration
Luxurious Modern Exploration

Luxurious Modern Exploration: Quito, Galapagos, Guayaquil – Quito, Galapagos Islands & Guayaquil Tours – Check out the historic highlands, majestic Galapagos Islands, and the cultural coast of Ecuador in a single journey!

9 Days / 8 Nights program
  • Regular price: $ 6,127 pp
  • Package price: $ 4,450 pp

Galapagos cruises

Santa Cruz II

Santa-Cruz-II-Ship

  • Small groups – average just 11 guests per guide
  • Medical doctor on board for free consultations
  • 99% of visitor sites are not shared with other vessels
  • Glass-bottom boat, kayaks, snorkelling, swimming, panga coastal exploration (all aquatic activities authorised by the National Park)
  • A Cordon-Bleu gastronomy Director

Yacht La Pinta

Yacht-La-Pinta-Ship

  • Upscale design throughout, ideal for travellers who are looking for a luxury experience
  • Features some of the largest cabins of any Galapagos expedition vessel
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows in all cabins and panoramic windows in common areas
  • Medical doctor on board for free consultations

Yacht Isabela II

Yacht-Isabela-II-Ship

  • Small groups – average just 13 guests or less per guide
  • Medical doctor on board for free consultations
  • Gourmet meals created by a Cordon-Bleu gastronomy director
  • Best itinerary for sensitive guests: The 4-night central islands cruise shows the best of the islands while avoiding long open water travel (less than 20 nautical miles per day, and still showing up to 12 BIG15)

Galapagos hotel

Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel

Finch-Bay-Galapagos-Hotel

  • Perfect Land & Sea Holiday: Combination of yacht exploration with a land-based stay
  • Puerto Ayora’s sole beachfront property, located in a pedestrian-only zone
  • A perfect combination for families and groups of all ages thanks to numerous activities including hiking, mountain biking, snorkelling, and surfing
  • The best way to explore Galapagos for guests concerned about seasickness
  • Gourmet meals created by a Cordon-Bleu gastronomy director

Galapagos Island Hopping

Island-Hopping

  • Daily Yacht Tours: Take a trip to the nearby Islands of Santa Cruz
  • Finch Bay Gastronomy: a Le Cordon Bleu trained gastronomic director oversees all operations to offer the best-of-the-best culinary experiences in Galapagos.
  • Isabela Island: One of the biggest and most incredible islands, replete with beautiful beaches and one of the world’s biggest craters.
  • A Luxurious Safari “Glamping” Experience
  • Take to the skies and experience Galapagos from a bird-eye perspective

Galapagos Cruise vs. Galapagos Hotel

Should you stay at a hotel or choose a Galapagos Cruise? It’s important to know that both options will give you a great experience, but they will provide you with different ways to go about it. It will depend on whether you’re more oriented towards land-based, sea-based or, through a combination of the two, both types of experiences. How can you know which option is the best for you? Well, it just so happens that we’ve prepared a list of things you should know about prior to making your decision.

Galapagos Itineraries

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Yacht La Pinta

Yacht Isabela II

Santa Cruz II

Galapagos-Tours

Tips You Should Consider Before Your Galapagos Tour

  • Choose a multi-guided vessel, as this will allow you to choose from a greater number of different activities.
  • Does your vessel have a doctor on board? This is very important considering that you’re travelling in a remote region.
  • What is the guest-space-ratio of your vessel? It should be more than 26 in order to have plenty of space in public areas.

When Is The Best Time To Travel to Galapagos?

The good thing about the Galapagos Islands is that they can be visited all year long. During both hot and dry season, the Galapagos wildlife is always on display. Choosing a time to go really depends on your interests.

  • Warm Season: December through May. Temperatures are hot and humid, and range anywhere from 26ºC-30ºC (79ºF-85ºF), while the water temperature averages 26ºC (79ºF). 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, and; benefitting 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: June through November. Sea temperatures drop to 20ºC-23ºC (70ºF-72ºF), cooling the air temperatures to 23ºC-26ºC (72ºF-79ºF). 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, providing an excellent time for breeding and reproduction. Mating rituals are commonly seen among several bird species, not to mention the adorable fluffy chicks that begin appearing in the islands.

Galapagos FAQS

General

Where is it located?
What’s the weather like?
Which country does it belong to?
What languages are spoken in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands?
Which currency is used?
What is the time zone?
Who lives in the Galapagos?
Are there any indigenous groups in the Galapagos?
Where does the name Galapagos come from?

Travel Tips

Packing tips?
Will I need binoculars? What kind of binoculars is best for Galapagos wildlife viewing?
What shoes do I need to bring?
What additional photographic equipment should I bring on my trip?
Are there any restrictions on photographing or filming the islands?
Will I need my own snorkelling gear?
Can I fish in the Galapagos?
Can you recommend at least three-four good books for reading prior to this trip?
Is it easy to purchase media thumb drives/digital memory?

Why Travel with Metropolitan Touring?


  • More than six decades of operations in Ecuador and Galapagos Islands
  • Pioneers of Galapagos Islands cruises and the industry
  • Environmental and Community Responsibility are an important component of our operations
  • Team of experts who know the area like the back of their hand
  • Owners of 3 vessels and 1 hotel in the Galapagos Islands
  • Owners of Mashpi Lodge, a natural reserve in the Andean Rainforest of the Choco
  • Owners of the most luxurious hotel in Quito: Casa Gangotena
  • Regional offices in Colombia, Peru and Ecuador allow visitors to combine all three experiences into a seamless South American adventure

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