- See the biggest selection of islands and greatest variety of wildlife in the shortest time
- A fully inclusive experience with expert Galapagos National Park guides, meals, snorkelling and kayaking
- A big selection of boats from 12 to 100 passenger and to suit every budget and taste
Hotel Based Galapagos Holiday
- Stay longer on each island and fully explore and integrate with local people and wildlife
- There are four inhabited islands to stay on, Santa Cruz, Isabela, San Cristobal and Floreana
- Choose from simple lodges, high end tented camps or luxury hotels in beach or highland locations
Our Galapagos Specialists recommend
What to Expect on your Galapagos Cruise
Begin your Galapagos cruise by flying from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands. Here you will meet the crew and board your chosen boat. Most of the travelling will be done overnight, so straight after breakfast you are ready to start exploring the islands. There will be twice daily excursions with expert Galapagos National Park guides that consist of either trail walks, kayaking or snorkelling adventures. Meals are all served on board the boat and can be buffet style, à la carte or barbeque. In the evening the guides will give lectures about the wildlife, history and volcanic geography of the Galapagos archipelago, which will leave you reeling with knowledge, information and trivia.
A cruise is hard to beat if you want to see as much as possible on your Galapagos holiday. It is a great way for you to fully experience the huge variety of terrain and the richness of flora and fauna of the many different islands. There's the added advantage that you travel whilst you sleep, making the most of every moment. The standard Galapagos cruise lasts for eight days, but there are options to stay longer.
The choice of boats can sometimes be confusing as they vary in terms of size, comfort, stability and facilities. We have handpicked our favourite boats, ranging from the smallest sailing yachts, catamarans and motor boats sleeping up to 20 passengers, to midsize boats carrying between 32 and 48 passengers and the largest boats carrying 90 to 100. Our Galapagos specialist team have first-hand expereince of these having been aboard all during their travels around the Galapagos Islands, they can help you choose the right boat.
Family Holidays to the Galapagos Islands
A Galapagos holiday has many highlights. Stepping around the endearing courtship ritual of the blue-footed booby. Sitting on a beach face-to-face with a seal who does not flinch as you watch every twitch of its whiskers. Snorkelling with turtles. Sea lions blowing bubbles at you. What adult would not be enthralled by such encounters? Consider then what it is like for children. A holiday to the Galapagos Islands really is one of the most magical travel experiences, whatever your age.
No other destination is more family friendly; family holidays to the Galapagos Islands are a winner. Where else in the world can you get so close to animals that have no fear of humans? Your family can learn all about Darwin’s natural selection whilst having fun in the process. Kids will love the comical nose-snorting of the marine iguanas, lie in awe on the grass in front of giant tortoises and laugh at the curiosity and playfulness of somersaulting sea lions as they snorkel with them on your Galapagos family holiday. Some of the boats also offer special family departures with activities, walks and games aimed at children, earlier meal times and cabins furnished more to a younger taste.
Island based Galapagos holidays
Whilst our Galapagos holiday experts often recommend a cruise, a growing number of visitors never set foot on a live-aboard boat as the choice of lodges and camps in the Galapagos is now at an all-time high. To quote Spike Milligan, 'a sure cure for seasickness is to sit under a tree' so if you want to explore the Galapagos but don't have the sea legs for a cruise, speak to our experts. They know the best 'trees' under which to sit in the Galapagos or, for the more active, can arrange walking tours on volcanic islands or birding excursions into the islands' interiors.
Our Galapagos Island experts
Roxy, James and John regularly visit the Galapagos Islands and have between them been on board all the boats we offer, inspected pretty much all the hotels and explored all the islands. They can offer first-hand knowledge on most aspects of a Galapagos holiday.
Advice from our Galapagos Islands Experts
“Do not over-stress about what camera equipment to take, the up close encounters are frequent and large lens are not needed. If you are going to invest, then an underwater camera or waterproof camera case to capture the incredible underwater marine life would be useful.”
Roxy Dukes | Steppes Travel Galapagos Specialist
“Unless you have a specific animal or species that you would like to see, don’t worry too much about which itinerary to follow and which islands to visit. All the cruises visit a large number of islands and you will see a vast selection of wildlife including sea lions, blue footed boobies, giant tortoises and marine iguanas.”
James Armitage | Steppes Travel Galapagos Specialist
Making a difference | Galapagos Conservation Trust
Steppes is a Gold Corporate Member of the Galapagos Conservation Trust, the only UK charity that is focussed solely on conservation in the archipelago. As such we continue to support ongoing conservation projects in the archipelago and recently donated to the development of a citizen’s science website on which the public can post information about single-use plastic pollution in the Galapagos. When you book a trip to the Galapagos Islands with Steppes Travel, you will also benefit from a complimentary, six-month membership with the Galapagos Conservation Trust.