Galapagos Islands 9-Day Tours & Itineraries

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Marine iguanas walking on Tortuga Bay beach on Isla Santa Cruz
Map of Explore Two Islands in the Galápagos: San Cristobál & Santa Cruz - 9 Days
Explore Two Islands in the Galápagos: San Cristobál & Santa Cruz - 9 Days

Discover two large islands in the Galápagos archipelago—and enjoy day trips to smaller islands—on this land-based itinerary. Over nine days, you'll base yourself on Isla San Cristóbal and Isla Santa Cruz, taking time to hike, snorkel, kayak, interact with giant tortoises, and look for wildlife with expert naturalist guides. Venture to a pair of uninhabited islands on shorter boating excursions before the trip comes to an end.

Discover the lava tunnels of Isla Isabela as you explore the Galápagos Islands
Map of Highlights of Quito & the Galápagos Islands - 9 Days
Highlights of Quito & the Galápagos Islands - 9 Days

On this nine-day adventure, you'll fly into Quito, tour the city, then head to Isla Santa Cruz for your first look at Galápagos giant tortoises. Hike to Tortuga Bay Beach for wildlife spotting and visit an interpretation center to learn more about Galápagos National Park, then fly to Isla Isabela. You'll tour natural rock formations, see spectacular marine life, visit a tortoise breeding center, and hike up Sierra Negra volcano before returning to Isla Santa Cruz for more exciting excursions.

Observe wildlife as you explore the smaller islands of the Galápagos, like Isla Floreana
Map of Galápagos Small Island Adventures: Isla Santa Cruz, Isla San Cristóbal & Isla Isabela - 9 Days
Galápagos Small Island Adventures: Isla Santa Cruz, Isla San Cristóbal & Isla Isabela - 9 Days

Get familiar with the small untamed islands of the Galápagos on this nine-day adventure. Discover environment conservation projects in Isla Santa Cruz and get to know giant tortoises and their habitat. Explore smaller islands like Isla Floreana and Isla Pinzón, where you can swim, snorkel along secluded coves, and lounge with sea lions and marine iguanas. Revel in Isla San Cristóbal's diverse landscapes and stunning marine life. Kayak and swim with penguins, sea lions, and rays off Tintoreras Islet.

Spend a week aboard a luxury cruise and enjoy land-based activities on several islands
Map of Luxury Cruise Adventure in the Galápagos Islands - 9 Days
Luxury Cruise Adventure in the Galápagos Islands - 9 Days

This is the ultimate luxury cruise for travelers who are drawn to the exotic landscapes and wildlife of the Galápagos Islands. After a night in Ecuador's high-altitude capital of Quito, you'll jet off to the volcanic archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. Spend a week on a yacht cruise visiting a number of islands —including lesser-visited ones—while taking part in various activities that include fun encounters with rare bird species, vibrant marine life, and giant tortoises.

See blue-footed boobies on your adventure in and around Isla Santa Cruz
Map of Galapágos Island Hopping: Isla Santa Cruz  - 9 Days
Galapágos Island Hopping: Isla Santa Cruz - 9 Days

Enjoy the Galápagos Islands while based on Isla Santa Cruz. Explore the island by bike and appreciate the evidence of its volcanic past. Pop over to Isla Floreana for hiking and hear its mysterious history. Venture to untamed, uninhabited islands for swimming and snorkeling with sea turtles and other marine life. Learn about giant Galápagos tortoises and meet them up close. When in doubt, there's always time to laze on the beach or enjoy tropical drinks while watching the sunset.

Enjoy six days of exploring the Galápagos' diving hotspots
Map of Galápagos Diving Adventure - 9 Days
Galápagos Diving Adventure - 9 Days

Among the great dive sites in the world, the Galápagos easily ranks among the very best. Over nine days of aquatic adventures, you'll see why on multiple dives around the diverse underwater ecosystems here. During these excursions, you'll swim with tropical fish, sea lions, rays, sea turtles, various species of sharks, and much more.

Discover the Galápagos island of Santa Cruz, starting with Puerto Ayora
Map of Highlights of Quito & Isla Santa Cruz - 9 Days
Highlights of Quito & Isla Santa Cruz - 9 Days

On this exciting nine-day trip, you'll discover some highlights of mainland Ecuador in Quito and Otavalo before departing for Isla Santa Cruz in the Galápagos Islands. Spend the next five days taking in the island's unique flora and fauna. You'll visit a coffee farm, go kayaking, explore uninhabited islands, visit a tortoise breeding center, and get to know Santa Cruz's beaches and bays. Finally, return to Quito and enjoy one last tour of the city.

Meet colorful birds and exotic creatures on this island adventure
Map of History, Wildlife & Active Adventure in the Galápagos Islands- 9 Days
History, Wildlife & Active Adventure in the Galápagos Islands- 9 Days

This nine-day island-hopping adventure in the Galápagos is perfect for well-rounded travelers interested in a mix of activity, history, and wildlife. It begins on Isla San Cristóbal, where you'll meet sea lions and take a snorkeling excursion at Kicker Rock. Then, speedboat to Isla Santa Cruz to meet giant tortoises, kayak among marine life, and visit lesser-known islands with pirate caves and untouched natural habitats.

Enjoy a morning in the inviting waters of Tortuga Bay, Isla Santa Cruz
Map of Best of the Galápagos: Isla Santa Cruz & Isla Isabela - 9 Days
Best of the Galápagos: Isla Santa Cruz & Isla Isabela - 9 Days

Explore the stunning Galápagos archipelago with this nine-day itinerary. Begin in Isla Santa Cruz and visit a research station to see giant tortoises, then head to an uninhabited island. Go kayaking, learn how coffee is made at an organic coffee farm, and take a day trip to a nearby island before transferring to Isla Isabela for snorkeling, volcano hiking, and biking. Keeping an eye out for the islands' unique flora and fauna along the way, you'll return to Isla Santa Cruz for one last beach visit before your departure.

Hop between several unique islands in the Galapagos and meet the residents
Map of Island-Hopping Wildlife Cruise in the Galápagos - 9 Days
Island-Hopping Wildlife Cruise in the Galápagos - 9 Days

This incredible cruise itinerary explores countless species of distinct wildlife—and marine life—in the Galápagos Islands. Over the course of nine days, you and your nature guide will hop between the best places on this famous volcanic archipelago and meet rare birds, giant tortoises, marine iguanas, jolly sea lions, and friendly sharks. You'll also take part in hiking, kayaking, swimming, and snorkeling as well as relaxing on soft coral sand for the ultimate feel-good getaway.

Snorkel, surf, or lie out on the white sands of Isla San Cristóbal's Puerto Chino Beach
Map of Highlights of the Galápagos: Isla San Cristóbal & Isla Santa Cruz - 9 Days
Highlights of the Galápagos: Isla San Cristóbal & Isla Santa Cruz - 9 Days

Experience the natural wonders of the Galápagos on this nine-day journey. Begin on Isla San Cristóbal. There, you'll spot colorful frigatebirds, sea lions, turtles, and marine life, as you go hiking on Tijeretas Hill, enjoy snorkeling at Kicker Rock, visit nearby Isla Española, and explore local beaches. Try standup paddleboarding and visit a crater lake, then transfer to Isla Santa Cruz, where you'll see giant tortoises, watch for wildlife on an uninhabited island, and enjoy more spectacular snorkeling and beaches.

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