Custom Galapagos Island Tours

If you’ve dreamed of coming to the Galapagos but have no interest in set cruises, consider a land-based walking tour.

These programs can be custom-tailored to your wishes, combining guided wildlife tours with explorations of less visited locations.

Additional active adventure options include sea kayak excursions, horseback riding, volcano hikes, snorkeling, and mountain biking.

Galapagos Island passport stamp on blue page of US Passport showing a giant galapagos tortoise

Single and Multi-Island Tours

Single-island and multi-island tours can be arranged, usually focusing on the islands of Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, and Isabela.

Accommodations are provided at a selection of comfortable hotels and lodges.

Mid-range and top-hotel options are also available. Itineraries can be designed to include stays at Galapagos Safari Camp.

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Bespoke Itineraries: Birdwatching, Wildlife Tours & Beyond

Most itineraries span for four, five, or seven days, although longer trips are possible.

Tours can be adapted to fit specific interests, such as geology, bird watching, botany, and photography.

Tours can also be arranged for families with young travelers.

Yellow sulfur steaming from rock formation, spotted during private Galapagos charter yacht expedition in the Galapagos Archipelago

The following multi-island, multi-sport itinerary provides a good example of the possibilities:

Day 1:

Fly to San Cristobal Island from the Ecuadorian mainland. Upon arrival, you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel.

After lunch, ride mountain bikes to the Interpretation Center, and then on to the Loberia—an ideal spot for observing sea lions.

Dinner is included in today’s tour.

A sea lion perched on a rock in the Galapagos Islands, stretching its head back as if howling at the moon

Day 2:

After breakfast, take to the water. Start with an introduction to sea kayaking, paddling from the Puerto Baquerizo beach to the Frigate Hill nesting area.

Afterward, snorkel at Leon Dormido and enjoy kayaking near cliffs that brim with birdlife.

Later, snorkel in a colorful rock channel, abound with tropical fish. Lunch and dinner are included in today’s tour.

Frigate Red Magnificent, spotted on a birding expedition as part of a Private Galapagos Charter Yacht Tour of the Archipelago

Day 3:

Board an early morning flight to Isabela Island and check in to your hotel in Puerto Villamil.

After breakfast, depart for the nearby Tintoreras Islands—a Galapagos in miniature.

Here you can observe white-tipped reef sharks, sea lions, sea turtles, rays, and penguins. Enjoy snorkeling in the turquoise bay.

In the afternoon, visit the giant tortoise breeding center. Lunch and dinner are included in today’s tour.

Giant Galapagos tortoise in a green field during a private yacht cruise of the Galapagos Islands

Day 4:

After breakfast, depart for a hiking tour of Sierra Negra, the largest crater in the Galapagos.

On this moderate hike, you’ll learn about the geologic history of the archipelago while enjoying spectacular vistas.

A box lunch and dinner are included in today’s tour.

Aerial view of the Galapagos Islands shot from a private plane charter from Ecuador

Day 5:

After breakfast, visit Turtle Cove and snorkel through a maze of small islands and arches in the company of fish, sea turtles, rays and disinterested white-tipped sharks.

In the afternoon, walk the Wetlands Trail through the mangroves and marine iguana colonies.

As the day winds down, visit the Wall of Tears constructed by prisoners during World War II. Lunch and dinner are included in today’s tour.

A School of Pacific Creole fish, photographed on a scuba expedition at a Galapapgos Island dive site.

Day 6:

After breakfast at your hotel, depart by speedboat to Santa Cruz Island. Check in to your next hotel and head to the Highlands for a day of biking.

In the afternoon, you’ll be guided to the white sand beach at Tortuga Bay for swimming, snorkeling and kayaking amongst marine iguanas, sharks and sea turtles.

Lunch and dinner are included in today’s tour.

Gorgeous clear blue sky over perfect white sand beach of Tortuga Bay in the Galapagos Islands

Day 7:

After breakfast at your hotel and a morning visit to the Charles Darwin Research Center, transfer to Baltra for your return flight to mainland Ecuador.

Alternatively, you could extend your stay with scuba diving and wildlife viewing day trips to other islands.

Galapagos Hawk sweeping down towards prey (Buteo galapagoensis) landing on a cliff. Vulnerable and endemic to the Galapagos islands. Puerto Egas, James Island, Galapagos, Ecuador.

Our tours include nightly accommodations, activities, and equipment as indicated in the itinerary, in addition to expert, English-speaking, adventure and naturalist guides.

They also include meals as noted in the itinerary, and air, land and sea transportation while in the Galapagos.

Private Galapagos yacht charters are also available

M/V Origin Galapagos Island Charter Yacht. Large blue yacht with white accents cruising the waters of the Galapagos

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