Galapagos Islands Luxury Cruise

Discover a living museum and showcase of evolution aboard a luxury yacht

LUXURY CRUISES GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

Experience one of the world’s most unique ecosystems when you take a Galapagos Islands luxury cruise. The adventure begins in Ecuador’s lively capital Quito, a cityscape nestled among the picturesque volcanoes of the Andes. With your private local guide, admire the impressive architecture as you wander the charming streets of the city’s colonial center. From there, head to the Galapagos Islands, where you will embark on one of our handpicked luxury cruises. As you spend the following days cruising the Galapagos Islands, you will witness the unique flora and fauna that characterizes this volcanic archipelago, including penguins, sea lions, giant tortoises, red-and-blue-footed boobies, and land iguanas – just to name a few. In addition, as you island-hop with your expert natural guide, there will be ample opportunities for hiking, swimming, and snorkeling. Your luxury cruise aboard one of our carefully chosen shared vessels will be well equipped for a memorable experience, featuring spacious observation decks, luxe interiors, a comfortable personal cabin, and delicious food.

A Taste of Blue Parallel's Insider Access

  • Private scuba diving excursions
  • Access to the best guides and biologists in the Galapagos
  • Exclusive access to one of Quito’s most picturesque colonial churches at night

The Discovery

  • Quito
  • Galapagos Islands

The Adventure

  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Snorkeling
  • Scuba diving

DURATION

10 days

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CRUISING THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

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Note: This private tour to the Galapagos is an example, as all of our luxury journeys are custom-made.

Note: This private tour to the Galapagos is an example, as all of our luxury journeys are custom-made.

Quito (2 nights)

Your luxury Ecuador tour starts in Quito, where your personal host will greet you after your international flight arrival in the evening. They will accompany you by private transfer to Casa Gangotena, a luxurious boutique hotel in the historical center of Quito. On the first full day of your journey, you’ll explore Ecuador’s historical capital. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is nicknamed “the Florence of South America” for the artistic traditions of its colonial period. Visit the city’s picturesque churches and indulge in gourmet meals. Blue Parallel will provide you with exclusive access to the Convent of Santo Domingo in the evening, an opulent church constructed in a Latin American Baroque style, known for its breathtaking interiors and beautiful views of the city from its rooftop.

Galapagos Islands Cruise (7 nights)

If you are traveling as a couple or small group, we recommend experiencing the Galapagos Islands on one of our preferred shared cruises. The boats have been handpicked for our clients and are fitted with stabilizers to minimize the effects of seasickness. In addition, each one features beautiful interiors, observation decks with lounge chairs, first-class restaurants, and spacious cabins, which we have personally vetted.

On each day of your luxury Galapagos Islands tour, you will explore different islands, beaches, and bays with expert bilingual naturalist guides. Activities include hiking, swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and more. Blue Parallel will select the best vessel and cruise itinerary based on your profile and preferred activity level. Islands you may visit include Santiago Island, where a hike at Puerto Egas takes you through an abandoned salt mine. Then, continue past teeming tidal pools on your way to grottoes of Galapagos fur seals. Depending on the cruise itinerary, you may also stop by Española Island, hiking among the island’s dramatic cliffs to Suarez Point.  This site is home to a thriving population of seabirds, including the rare Waved Albatross, which dramatically launch themselves off the cliffs toward the ocean. Also on Española Island, Gardner Bay boasts one of the most picturesque beaches for relaxing. In addition, its colorful reef is ideal for snorkeling, as Galapagos green sea turtles frequent it.

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Map showing route, destinations, and flights for Galapagos Islands Luxury Cruise
DESTINATIONS TRAVEL TIME
Quito Baltra 2 hrs 10 min
Baltra Guayaquil 1 hr 15 min

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PRICE REFERENCE

Recommended stay 9-12 days
Price reference
(10 days, private party of 2)
Starting at $15,500 per passenger
Price reference
(10 days, private party of 4)
Starting at $15,000 per passenger
Price reference
(10 days, private party of 6)
Starting at $14,500 per passenger

Note: Prices will vary based on the specifics of your itinerary and the number of passengers in your party

What is included in your luxury sea-based Galapagos tour:

  • Luxury accommodations at
    • Casa Gangotena (Quito)
    • Cabin on a luxury motor yacht or catamaran (Galapagos Islands)
  • Internal flights
  • Services of Blue Parallel hosts and private specialized guides throughout the journey
  • All special events, private guided tours, private excursions, private outdoor activities, entrance fees
  • A Blue Parallel team composed of a personal travel expert, private hosts in each destination, and a “behind the scenes” logistical expert who monitors every step of your luxury tour. The team is on call 24-hours a day during a trip
  • All internal transportation
  • Some meals
  • A Blue Parallel customized travel kit that you will receive prior to departure

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