Small Ship Cruising

Cruising the Galápagos Islands

Journey Type
Small Ship
Time of Year
Jul - Aug, Dec
Cities & Landmarks
Galápagos Islands, Barolomé Island, Santa Cruz Island, North Seymour Island, Eden Islet
Cruising the Galapagos Islands
Sunset in the Galápagos


Uniquely Tauck



Private Tauck Shore Excursions in the Galápagos Islands with expert naturalist guides – averaging two daily – for an up-close experience with some of the most unusual and intriguing species in the world




All gratuities to Tauck Director, guides, naturalists and ship staff


Exclusive 6-night Galápagos Cruise aboard the expedition ship, Isabela II – with no more than 40 Tauck guests


Two nights at Oro Verde Guayaquil, gateway to the Galápagos Islands





Active components such as hiking, bicycling and walking longer distances may be included, and hills and/or uneven terrain may be encountered on several days. Guests should be able to walk two to three miles and stand for long periods of time with no difficulty.



Moderately paced, and may include some early morning hotel departures, one or two on-tour flights, and extended motor coach travel.

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Join us on a Galápagos cruise that is enriching and informative, adventurous and in-depth. Throughout the archipelago, your Galápagos cruise takes you past breathtaking scenery and a plethora of exotic animals unique to only this part of the world

Enjoy a six-night Galápagos cruise aboard one of the finest expeditionary-style yachts in the region, Isabela II – with no more than 40 Tauck guests – and experience amazing wildlife viewing and an opportunity to get up-close to creatures such as blue-footed boobies, sea lions, iguanas and penguins. Our Galápagos cruise itinerary is flexible, allowing the ship to access many remote islands, choosing beaches that are full of wildlife for shore excursions with our expert naturalists. Landings are made in a panga, a Zodiac-style raft. Dry landings mean stepping from the panga onto rocks or a dock – with the helpful hand of a Tauck naturalist; wet landings require stepping into knee-deep water from the panga, then wading ashore onto a sandy beach. Read Less

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Amazing San Cristóbal Island

San Cristóbal Island, home to the rarest of the rare

When you cruise to San Cristóbal Island in the Galápagos Archipelago , you'll encounter wildlife you won't find anywhere else on Earth – on shore excursions aboard panga (Zodiac-style rafts) for "wet landings" in shallow water or dry landings on rocky beaches. At Cerro Colorado, the breeding center of giant Galápagos Tortoises, you'll see some of the ongoing conservation efforts underway to save these endangered behemoths... although the elusive tortoises, who nap up to 16 hours a day, are not easy to spot in the wild. Not so with Galápagos sea lions, however; chances are good that you'll find yourself splashing around in the water with some of these sociable, whiskered locals.

The natural treasures of Isabela Island

One of the Galápagos Islands' "youngsters," Isabela

At between five and ten million years old, Isabela is one of the youngest of the Galápagos Islands... and it's still growing; as recently as the 1950s, geological forces pushed part of the island's surface up about 15 feet, suddenly stranding some marine life ashore. At Urbina Bay, where the surface was upended after a 1954 earthquake, you'll hike across what used to be the ocean floor. Wildlife you may encounter on Isabela includes land iguanas, Galápagos penguins, Nazca and blue-footed boobies, flightless cormorants, Noddy Terns, penguins, Darwin's finches and, in season, endangered green sea turtles.

This was an outstanding trip. All of the activities onboard the Isabella II gave us wonderful options each day both morning and afternoon.

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More Time – For all 2021 bookings, final payment will not be due until 60 days prior to departure – giving you more time and flexibility should your plans change.

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This trip was a non-stop adventure. Starting with our walk in Guayquil through the parks and to the riverfront. Then on to the islands. One of us took almost every opportunity to climb the volcanoes, walk the paths or lava fields lined with birds or iguanas; and snorkel with fish, turtles and sea lions. The other took shorter walks and boats.

Most Memorable Moment:

Snorkeling with 200+ turtles. Being careful where you stepped to avoid iguanas. Climbing Prince Phillip's Stairs to see Red Footed Boobies and Nazca Boobies.

Trip was wonderful. Guides were tremendous, itinerary was great as well as the weather. Only issue was the engine noise and vibration in cabin 21 was such we couldn't sleep well.

Most Memorable Moment:

My wife's favorite was swimming with sea lions

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