Galapagos Island Cruises, Travel & Tours

A luxury Galapagos cruise on a yacht around these enchanted islands is the best way to experience the Galapagos Islands. The Galapagos Islands are a place apart, a truly extraordinary destination in which a unique wildlife experience is guaranteed. The marine life here is phenomenal, the animals - with no reason to run - are incredibly approachable. One can see how Charles Darwin was able to advance his theory of evolution here; it feels like the secret heart of the natural world. 
The volcanic Galapagos Islands are remotely located 970km west of the Ecuadorian coast. A multitude of cruising boats and yachts sail these waters, allowing us to explore, experience and learn more about this incredible natural wildlife sanctuary.The Galapagos Islands intersect the equator at a point where six different ocean currents converge, creating ideal conditions for a huge array of marine wildlife and animals that have all evolved in slightly different ways on the differing islands.

The best Galapagos Holidays

The Galapagos Islands are truly amazing. The best way to visit them is to take a Galapagos naturalist cruise around the archipelago. This allows you to get to see how the animals have evolved differently on each island and it gives you a comprehensive and enjoyable experience of the islands.

A typical day on a Galapagos Tour

A typical day on a Galapagos holiday consist of having brekfast between 7-8am before your first landing. After a few hours with your naturalist guide the pangas will take you back to the boat. You can then refresh or snorkel before a little break then lunch. After lunch you usually have an hour or so to relax, take a siesta, or catch come rays from the comfort of the sundeck. At around 3pm you will land on another island with your naturalist guide. You may then have the opportunity to snorkel again (depending on where abouts you are). Before your evening meal your guide(s) will give you a full debrief and tell you what you will be doing the following day. After your evening meal you may have a night cap or head to your cabin. The captain normally sails at night from one island to the next, so that you wake up with new species to discover, and each new day is very different from the last. This is truly any animal-lover or safari-enthusiast's dream!

Our free and independent guide to Galapagos

We have written a guide to the Galapagos; which you can download here. Obviously nothing beats a good conversation on the phone, but this is a good place to start planning your Galapagos Cruise. 

The best Galapagos yachts for your Galapagos Tour

There are many different yachts, boats and super yachts that cruise around the Galapagos Islands and selecting the best one for you can be overwhelming with so much information and opinions easily available. We are here to offer independent and friendly advice as to which yacht would be perfect for your Galapagos holiday.
·  SIZE: Here at Odyssey Travels we are all firm believers that the smaller boats with a capacity of 16-20 people provide the best Galapagos cruises. The smaller boats give you a more intimate and private experience of the islands, whereas the larger yachts accommodating up to 100 people feel very busy, with too much time spent waiting and queuing.
·  LEVEL OF LUXURY: We only work with boats that we have tried and tested. We have built up fantastic relationships with those that we recommend, as they always deliver. For people seeking the utmost luxury and modern comfort, our favourite yacht by far is the MV Origin, which is one of the islands' most comfortable yachts with the unique USP of a 1:10 guide to passenger ratio; the norm is 1:16. A good value and comfortable option, also with excellent guides, is the Seaman Journey.


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Best time to visit the Galapagos

Galapagos is a year-round destination with a sub-tropical climate, located on the Equator. The Galapagos only receive 10 inches of rain per year, and much of this falls on the highlands that supports the lush vegetation. The coastal areas are more desert-like and the main differences in the seasons are the water temperatures.  Most of the animals are non-migratory and can be seen year round; the 'best time' to visit can only be determined by your interests and priorities for your Galapagos holiday.

Mid-December to May is known as the warmer and wetter Galapagos travel season. The water is warm as the Central American currents move southwards to the islands. This makes snorkelling a little warmer and wet suits are not always required. There are short, yet sometimes strong rain showers during these months. Temperatures are warmer and the days have longer, clearer periods. The seas are also relatively calmer, although most of the modern yachts have been designed with stabilizers so not much can be read into the choppy current claims.
Average daily highs are 29C (85ºF); average daily lows of 24ºC (76ºF); average sea temperatures are 24ºC (76ºF); average monthly rainfall is 71 mm.

Late June to November is relatively cool, with often overcast skies as the cold Humbolt current from Antarctica move north which creates a mist (garua). Drizzle in the highlands in the afternoons is common and a drought on the already arid coastal locations continues. As it is cooler, (August is coolest), the water plankton flourishes -  making the underwater activity exciting and busy. Snorkelling in these months is cooler and you may require a wetsuit. It is the breeding season for lots of birds, marine iguanas, sea lions and fur seals. 
Average daily highs are 25ºC (77ºF); average daily lows of 20ºC (68ºF); average sea temperatures are 24ºC (76ºF); average monthly rainfall is 9mm.

How to get to the Galapagos Islands

To get to the Galapagos Islands you will first need to fly to Quito or Guayaquil in Ecuador, South America. From the United Kingdom you can fly via Miami with American Airlines, via Amsterdam with KLM, or via Madrid with Iberia. There are currently no direct flight from the UK to mainland Ecuador. If you are departing from the US then there are lots of direct options.

Once in Ecuador, you take a domestic flight from Quito, via Guayaquil, to get to the Galapagos Islands. The flight time is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes. Flights from Guayaquil or Quito land on the Galapagos islands of Baltra Island or San Cristobal Island. We will arrange your flight depending on where your luxury Galapagos yacht and cruises departs from. 

We hope to speak to you and offer our guaranteed independent advice and the best prices for your Galapagos holiday.

To download our Galapagos guide please click here
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