Galapagos Islands 7-Day Tours & Itineraries

Explore 18 trips designed by local kimkim specialists to get ideas for your trip to Galapagos Islands.

Discover the Galápagos Islands with our 7-day itineraries, each offering a different way to experience this extraordinary archipelago. For those wanting to learn about the island and the animals that live there, consider a trip like this natural history and wildlife itinerary, which includes visits to the Charles Darwin Research Station, snorkeling at Kicker Rock, and exploring the diverse ecosystems on foot and by standup paddleboard. If you're interested in visiting multiple islands with an emphasis on underwater experiences, opt for an adventure similar to this island-hopping trip, where you can snorkel with sea lions, meet giant tortoises, and swim with Humboldt penguins. Families wanting a laid-back pace without missing out on fun adventures might prefer something like this relaxed family trip that features private boat excursions, kayaking in Tortuga Bay, and snorkeling among colorful reef fish.

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Sea Lions Playing Under the Waves
Map of Best of Ecuador: Quito & the Galapagos Islands - 7 Days
Best of Ecuador: Quito & the Galapagos Islands - 7 Days

This whirlwind trip takes you to many of Ecuador's top highlights in a single week. Stroll the colonial streets of Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and stand on the equator at Mitad del Mundo. Then it's off to the Galapagos Islands for four days of hiking, snorkeling, kayaking, wildlife viewing, and relaxing on the beach. From snow-capped peaks to deep waters filled with sea turtles and penguins, this diverse itinerary has something for everyone.

A giant Galápagos tortoise
Map of Island-Hopping in the Galápagos: Santa Cruz & Isabela - 7 Days
Island-Hopping in the Galápagos: Santa Cruz & Isabela - 7 Days

During this Galápagos Islands adventure, you will explore the famous archipelago, swim with playful sea lions, and see giant tortoises up close. The itinerary is land-based, meaning you'll sleep on the islands instead of on a yacht. But you'll still spend plenty of time on the water as you navigate to various islands by speedboat, enjoying hiking, snorkeling, and guided wildlife viewing walks along the journey.

Sea lions in the Galapagos
Cruise the Galapagos Islands - 7 Days

On this weeklong cruise around the Galapagos Islands, you'll travel around the archipelago on a yacht, stopping at various islands for activities led by a naturalist guide. Kayak through pristine waters, snorkel with penguins and sea lions, hike to see blue-footed boobies in the wild, and get up close with giant tortoises.

Marine iguanas in Tortuga Bay
Galapagos Islands Adventure: San Cristobal Island & Puerto Ayora - 7 Days

Discover the natural wonders of the Galapagos Islands on this weeklong journey around the archipelago. Instead of getting on a yacht, you'll base yourself on dry land, enjoying various excursions from island towns. Snorkel with sea turtles, hike to see blue-footed boobies in their natural habitat, view giant tortoises up close, island-hop on a speedboat, and relax on pristine beaches.

Father and daughter on white sandy beach in the Galapagos
Map of Relaxed Family Trip to the Galápagos - 7 Days
Relaxed Family Trip to the Galápagos - 7 Days

Calling all wildlife and nature lovers! Experience the natural beauty of the Galápagos Islands with this gentle weeklong family trip to Isla Santa Cruz. From giant tortoises, playful sea lions, and adorable penguins to lava lizards, iguanas, and flamingoes, you and the kids will discover the archipelago's unique creatures as you explore the highlands and relax on pristine beaches in "the land that time forgot."

See the rare Galápagos penguin among other remarkable wildlife
Map of Galápagos Snorkeling & Wildlife Tour: Isla Santa Cruz & Isla Isabela - 7 Days
Galápagos Snorkeling & Wildlife Tour: Isla Santa Cruz & Isla Isabela - 7 Days

Get to know the Galápagos' coastal and underwater worlds on this week-long, island-hopping trip. Follow the lands of the penguins, and delve into clear waters for thrilling snorkeling experiences with turtles, rays, reef sharks, and seals. With a series of small group tours and all transfers taken care of, all you need do is enjoy the splendor of one of Earth's most biodiverse destinations.

Sail to remote Galápagos islands on this week-long exploration of the archipelago
Map of Active Galápagos Islands Adventure: Isla Santa Cruz & Isla Isabela – 7 Days
Active Galápagos Islands Adventure: Isla Santa Cruz & Isla Isabela – 7 Days

Hike, bike, and paddle your way around the Galápagos Islands on this active, seven-day tour. Hop between Isla Santa Cruz and Isla Isabela, where you'll trek to the top of the mighty Sierra Negra and Chico volcanoes, cycle along seal-spotted coastlines, and explore lava tunnels. Watery adventures include snorkeling among rays, turtles, and sharks and kayaking through the crystal-clear waters surrounding the Tintoreras Islet.

Dive into the clear waters of the Galápagos for family snorkeling adventures
Map of Family Adventure in the Galápagos: Snorkeling, Kayaking & Hiking - 7 Days
Family Adventure in the Galápagos: Snorkeling, Kayaking & Hiking - 7 Days

Get ready for a week of adventure and discovery on this family-friendly expedition to the Galápagos. Explore the Ecuadorian capital of Quito, then jet off to Isla Santa Cruz to meet giant tortoises, explore the fun-filled exhibits of the Charles Darwin Research Center, and kayak alongside sea lions, marine iguanas, and friendly whitetip sharks. Hop over to Isla Isabela for a family hike up a crater volcano, and end the journey playing explorers as you sail to an uninhabited island and spot rare endemic wildlife.

Kids will love seeing friendly wildlife of Isla San Cristóbal up close
Map of Family Fun & Wildlife in the  Galápagos: Quito & Isla San Cristóbal - 7 Days
Family Fun & Wildlife in the Galápagos: Quito & Isla San Cristóbal - 7 Days

Discover the famous flora and fauna of the Galápagos with this seven-day family trip that kicks off in the Ecuadorian capital of Quito. Explore the city's kid-friendly parks and cafés, then fly to San Cristóbal, the easternmost island in the UNESCO-listed archipelago. Here you'll experience the perfect mix of chilled beach time and aquatic adventures for all ages as you sunbathe, swim, and snorkel while getting up close and personal with the friendly local wildlife.

Snorkel alongside sea lions in the Galápagos
Map of A Week of Wildlife Encounters & Outdoor Adventures in the Galápagos - 7 Days
A Week of Wildlife Encounters & Outdoor Adventures in the Galápagos - 7 Days

Hike around an island populated by blue-footed boobies, then dive beneath the surface of the ocean to swim with sea lions and pufferfish: this week-long itinerary in the Galápagos is filled with wildlife and outdoor activities. You'll explore Isla Santa Cruz and Isla San Cristóbal, as well as a pair of uninhabited islands, enjoying boat tours, a snorkeling excursion, and guided nature hikes along the way.

Explore the Galápagos with family-friendly snorkeling, kayaking, and boating adventures
Map of Family-Friendly Galápagos - 7 Days
Family-Friendly Galápagos - 7 Days

Experience the wonders of the Galápagos Islands on this active seven-day family adventure. Your tour starts in the Ecuadorian capital of Quito, where you'll take a deep dive into local culture and cuisine with a family cooking class. Then it's off to Isla Santa Cruz for visits with giant tortoises, sea lions, and the infamous blue-footed boobie! Walk among the natural beauty and wildlife of uninhabited islands, swim and snorkel with colorful fish at Los Túneles, and kayak to the breathtaking islets of Las Tintoreras.

Hike to the rim of an active volcano and enjoy the views of nearby islands
Map of Galápagos Active Adventure on Isla Santa Cruz & Isla Isabela - 7 Days
Galápagos Active Adventure on Isla Santa Cruz & Isla Isabela - 7 Days

This exciting week-long adventure in the Galápagos is perfect for travelers who want some moderate activity. You'll spend most of your time on two key islands in the archipelago—Santa Cruz and Isabela—partaking in hiking, biking, kayaking, and snorkeling while observing a wide range of landscapes from active volcanoes to white-sand beaches. Of course, this being the Galápagos, every activity involves looking for exotic species like whitetip reef sharks, penguins, and giant tortoises.

See giant tortoises in their natural habitat on Isla Santa Cruz
Map of Natural History & Wildlife of the Galápagos – 7 Days
Natural History & Wildlife of the Galápagos – 7 Days

Discover the natural history and exotic wildlife of the Galápagos Islands on this seven-day highlights tour. Follow in Charles Darwin's footsteps, observing giant tortoises and rare bird species in the wild and sailing to uninhabited islets where you'll snorkel among colorful marine life and enjoy standup paddleboard adventures. Along the way, you'll learn about the islands' history and biodiversity at the Galápagos Interpretation Center and the world-famous Charles Darwin Research Station.

Spend a morning on Isla Plaza Sur, known for its carpet of opuntia cacti
Map of Quito & Galápagos Family Cruise - 7 Days
Quito & Galápagos Family Cruise - 7 Days

This incredible family adventure combines the oldest capital in South America with a cruise around the Galápagos Islands. You'll land first in Quito, with time to ride a cable car and step foot in both hemispheres. Then fly to the Galápagos, where you'll board a three-night cruise. Enjoy a range of kid-friendly excursions, like easy hikes, panga rides, and snorkeling, while looking for rare birds, sea lions, and other exotic (yet friendly) creatures. Return to Quito for some museum-hopping to finish this trip of a lifetime.

Focus on smaller, lesser-visited islands like Genovesa and Plaza Sur on this luxury cruise around the Galápagos
Map of Luxury Galápagos Voyage: Ecuadorian Highlights & Archipelago Cruise - 7 Days
Luxury Galápagos Voyage: Ecuadorian Highlights & Archipelago Cruise - 7 Days

This weeklong Ecuador escape takes you to historic cities and biodiverse islands offering the best wildlife viewing on the planet. It begins in the capital of Quito for a tour of its well-preserved colonial streets, followed by a getaway to highland hot springs and ecological reserves. Then you're off to cruise around the Galápagos by luxury catamaran, spending time with iguanas, tortoises, and sea lions on the beaches of Santa Fé, San Cristóbal, Santa Cruz, and other highlight isles.

Stay in your own private villa on a sprawling estate in the Galápagos highlands
Map of Luxury Quito & Galápagos Experience - 7 Days
Luxury Quito & Galápagos Experience - 7 Days

Celebrate conservation and biodiversity on this weeklong escape that includes the best of the Ecuadorian capital and an introduction to the Galápagos archipelago. After a whirlwind tour of Quito's UNESCO-listed center, jet off to the island of Santa Cruz. Here you'll spot exotic creatures on nature hikes, explore the rugged coast by kayak, witness baby tortoise hatchlings, enjoy relaxing spa treatments, and participate in a plant-a-tree conservation program from your base at a secluded luxury estate.

Escape to an eco-friendly luxury retreat with views across Isla Santa Cruz (photo courtesy of Pikaia Lodge)
Map of Eco-Friendly Luxury in the Galapagos: Santa Cruz & Isabela Islands - 7 Days
Eco-Friendly Luxury in the Galapagos: Santa Cruz & Isabela Islands - 7 Days

Spend a week in the famous Galapágos archipelago on wildlife encounters and nature tours, keeping your footprint light with stays at stylish and eco-friendly luxury retreats. Upon arrival on Isla Santa Cruz, you'll hit the water on boat trips to uninhabited isles, fishing excursions, and snorkeling adventures. Hop over to Isla Isabela next, for hikes to awe-inspiring landmarks, like the Sierra Negra volcano, and walks alongside exotic creatures like giant tortoises, penguins, iguanas, and much more.

Experience a taste of mainland Ecuador and the biodiverse wonders of the Galápagos on this romantic escape (photo courtesy of Finch Bay Galápagos)
Map of Luxury & Romance in the Galápagos - 7 Days
Luxury & Romance in the Galápagos - 7 Days

An island getaway with that special someone is always a good idea—even better when the islands in question are the legendary Galápagos. Enjoy the romantic escape of a lifetime as you travel between highlight isles, staying in luxury accommodations the entire time. Between candlelit dinners and al fresco breakfasts, you'll kayak, hike, and spend time with animals like giant tortoises—plus you'll get a taste of mainland Ecuador with cultural tours of Quito and a trip to the Andean highlands.

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