Galapagos Islands 8-Day Tours & Itineraries

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Hike through prickly pear forests to reach Tortuga Bay
Map of Jewels of the Galápagos: Isla Santa Cruz & Isla Isabela - 8 Days
Jewels of the Galápagos: Isla Santa Cruz & Isla Isabela - 8 Days

Enjoy a week-long escape from civilization as you explore the Galápagos Islands. Visit the Santa Cruz highlands and Charles Darwin Research Station and learn all there is to know about giant tortoises and their conservation. Explore an uninhabited island and snorkel to discover an underwater world where you'll swim with fish and sea turtles. Hike the Sierra Negra volcano and bike along the coast of Isla Isabela. Learn about the islands' coffee and enjoy the sea breezes of Tortuga Bay.

Sunset along the waterfront on Isla San Cristóbal
Map of Galápagos Island Hopping: Santa Cruz, Isabela & San Cristóbal - 8 Days
Galápagos Island Hopping: Santa Cruz, Isabela & San Cristóbal - 8 Days

On this eight-day trip, get to know the unique and extraordinary wildlife of three Galápagos islands. You'll begin on Isla Santa Cruz, where you'll see giant tortoises, go kayaking, and tour the island's scenic bays. Then head to Isla Isabela for snorkeling, a volcano hike, and more wildlife spotting. Finish your journey in Isla San Cristóbal, where you'll relax on beautiful beaches, enjoy more snorkeling, and keep an eye out for tropical fish, sea turtles, marine iguanas, and rays.

Marine iguanas pause for their close-up on Tortuga Bay Beach
Map of Gems of the Galápagos Islands & Quito: Isla Santa Cruz & Isla Isabela - 8 Days
Gems of the Galápagos Islands & Quito: Isla Santa Cruz & Isla Isabela - 8 Days

Your eight-day holiday begins in Ecuador's capital, Quito, where you'll get a dose of culture as you visit its key landmarks. Next, jet off to Isla Santa Cruz in the Galápagos Islands to observe giant tortoises and various bird species. Take speedboat rides as you island-hop with grand ocean views, and go snorkeling off Isla Isabela to spot penguins and whitetip sharks. Finally, laze on the beach alongside playful sea lions and colorful Sally Lightfoot crabs.

Spot 10-legged, brightly colored Sally Lightfoot crabs against the black lava rock of the Galápagos
Map of Galápagos Islands in Darwin's Footsteps: Quito, Isla Santa Cruz & Isla Isabela - 8 Days
Galápagos Islands in Darwin's Footsteps: Quito, Isla Santa Cruz & Isla Isabela - 8 Days

Soak up a little culture in Ecuador's capital before heading to the Galápagos Islands and enjoying all the wild archipelago has to offer. Start in Quito, where you'll visit key colonial highlights; then, it's off to Isla Santa Cruz, where you'll mingle with and learn about giant tortoises. Explore uninhabited islands and rub shoulders with blue-footed boobies before hiking Sierra Negra volcano and snorkeling, swimming, and kayaking near Las Tintoreras and Garrapatero Beach.

Boat to an uninhabited island, like Bartolomé, for hiking and swimming
Map of Classic Galápagos Tour: San Cristóbal, Santa Cruz & Isabela - 8 Days
Classic Galápagos Tour: San Cristóbal, Santa Cruz & Isabela - 8 Days

First-timers to the Galápagos Islands will love this amazing introduction to the distinct wildlife that can only be found on this archipelago off the coast of Ecuador. Over the course of eight days, you'll base yourself on three islands—each with its own scenery and highlights—partaking in boat tours, snorkeling excursions, volcano hikes, and encounters with friendly residents like giant tortoises and marine iguanas.

Spot plenty of exotic wildlife, including green and orange lava lizards like this one
Map of Best of the Galápagos: Isla San Cristóbal & Isla Santa Cruz - 8 Days
Best of the Galápagos: Isla San Cristóbal & Isla Santa Cruz - 8 Days

See the best of the Galápagos Islands' display of incredible biodiversity. This eight-day itinerary focuses on the "Enchanted Islands" of San Cristóbal and Santa Cruz, with daily private or small-group tours. Meet giant tortoises, snorkel with sea turtles, kayak among sea lions, and explore beaches of marine iguanas and blue-footed boobies. You'll also take a day trip to an uninhabited island to witness a thriving ecosystem untouched by humankind.

Relax on the inviting white-sand beach of Playa Cerro Brujo
Map of Galápagos Islands Highlights - 8 Days
Galápagos Islands Highlights - 8 Days

Pack your bags for a brisk eight-day jaunt around a couple of the Galápagos' most famous islands. On Isla San Cristóbal, you'll relax on soft white-sand beaches and go snorkeling at the region's most renowned dive sites. Then, after enjoying nature excursions on uninhabited isles, you'll transfer to Isla Santa Cruz for more boat tours, diving excursions, and wildlife outings.

Dive, swim, and snorkel the wildlife-rich Galápagos Islands
Map of Galápagos Under the Sea Adventure - 8 Days
Galápagos Under the Sea Adventure - 8 Days

Experience the highlights of the Galápagos Islands both above and below the water on this eight-day adventure. It begins on Isla Santa Cruz, where you'll meet the local wildlife on dive tours and at the famous Charles Darwin Research Station. After enjoying kayak and boat tours, hop over to Isla Isabela for snorkeling and wildlife excursions before returning to Santa Cruz for some downtime before heading home.

Buccaneer Beach on Isla Santa Cruz
Map of Relaxing Galápagos Adventure - 8 Days
Relaxing Galápagos Adventure - 8 Days

This easygoing itinerary in the Galápagos Islands, specifically Isla San Cristóbal and Isla Santa Cruz, is by no means lacking in adventure. Over the course of eight days, you'll volunteer with locals, snorkel at Kicker Rock, and boat to Darwin Bay to see rare bird species. You'll also partake in light hiking, biking, and swimming, mixed in with plenty of free time to relax on glorious beaches—often accompanied by sea lions.

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