Galapagos Islands Cruise

  • Overview
    Starts at



    9 days

    Activity Level


    Our moderate adventures are similar to our easy adventures, but you’ll spend more time on your feet.

    7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners

    Come aboard a small cruise ship and hop around from island to island in the world’s most protected archipelago, the Galapagos. On this Galapagos family vacation not only will you cruise to several different islands but also get to experience the rich culture of the Andes and mainland Ecuador.

    Recommended Age: 8+

    Cruise Around the Galapagos Islands

    Avoid packing and unpacking and moving hotels and just relax on a small cruise ship as you explore the Galapagos Islands.

    See Giant Tortoises in the Wild

    Quite possibly the most famous inhabitant of the Galapagos, you’ll find the Giant Tortoise lumbering around protected fields looking for food to snack on.

    Explore Several of the Galapagos Islands

    Experience a wide array of islands, discovering the different intricacies and what makes each island special and unique while searching for blue-footed boobies, magnificent frigate birds, sally lightfoot crabs, albatrosses, marine iguanas, sea lions, and fur seals.

    Discover Otavalo Market

    Visit one of the largest craft markets in South America and shop for hand crafted goods from sweaters and ponchos to paintings and jewelry.

    Visit a Village in the Highlands

    Experience a cultural connection that will stay with your family forever as we take you to visit a school in the Andean Highlands to meet local kids.


    Itineraries vary depending on travel dates. Please give us a call for specifics.

  • Itinerary

    Day 1

    Fly to Quito, Ecuador

    Days 2-5

    Galapagos Islands

    Sorcerer's Mountain (Cerro Brujo), San Cristobal Island

    After arriving in the shadow of Cerro Brujo – the “Sorcerer’s Mountain” – on San Cristóbal Island, we will go to the beach for swimming and snorkeling. Wildlife sightings include blue footed boobies, brown pelicans, coastal birds, and Darwin’s finches.

    Explore Sea Lion Island

    Sea Lion Island, also known as Isla Lobos, is a long islet parallel to the coastline of San Cristobal Island. This calm waterway has become one of the best spots in the Galapagos for snorkeling and kayaking!

    Punta Suárez - Discover the Wildlife

    Explore the archipelago’s southernmost island, Española, at Punta Suárez, one of the most spectacular spots in the Galaìpagos that’s home to sea lions surfing the breaking waves, groups of iguanas basking in the sun, and masked and blue-footed boobies nesting along the walking trails.

    South Plaza Island

    A large colony of sea lions, numbering about 1,000 bulls, cows and pups, occupy the smooth rocks here. Along the cliff edge nesting swallow-tailed gulls are the predominant seabirds, along with tropicbirds and shearwaters.

    Santa Fé Island

    Here, sea lions lounge in the bay, and two species can be found that don’t exist anywhere but this small island: the Barrington Land Iguana and the Santa Fé Rice Rat.

    Days 6-7

    Andean Highlands

    Angla School Visit

    Head to the little town of Angla to visit a local school where your family can spend some time with kids and teachers and, time permitting, help with their daily activities.

    Treasure Hunt

    At our hacienda, we’ll go on an exciting treasure hunt around the beautiful grounds. There will be puzzles to solve and a real life treasure chest to find!

    Otavalo Market

    You cannot leave Ecuador without visiting Latin America’s second largest indigenous market! At Poncho Plaza we’ll be able to shop for many things. Otavaleños are most famous for their weavings including sweaters, blankets, gloves and ponchos. You’ll also find Panama hats and colorfully embroidered blouses and shirts. Good-natured bargaining is expected here!

    Day 8


    Lunch at a Rose Plantation

    We’ll enjoy a delicious lunch at the Hacienda la Compania de Jesus as we take a break from exploring the gorgeous property.

    Day 9

    Depart Quito / Arrive home in the US

  • Hotels

    Hosteria San Jose de Puembo

    The Hosteria San Jose de Puembo was once an 18th century private hacienda, but is now a quaint hotel in the hills of Quito. The transformation from hacienda to hosteria has left the hotel with a personal charm that’s hard to replicate. Every piece of the hacienda tells a small story of the past and embraces its beautiful natural surroundings. With comfortable rooms, a friendly and helpful staff, a fully equipped gym and spa, heated pools, free Wi-Fi, and a delicious kitchen the Hosteria San Jose de Puembo is a wonderful place for your family to stay!

    Galapagos Endemic

    The Galapagos Endemic is one of the most comfortable and luxurious catamarans to cruise the famed archipelago. The boat is modern and designed to give the best viewing experience of the Galapagos Islands to all of the passengers. With an open sundeck outfitted with lounge chairs and observation platform, a sky deck Jacuzzi, and rooms with private balconies there is no shortage of ways to take in the magic of the Galapagos Islands. There is also a TV lounge to watch movies during the evenings and kayaks and snorkeling gear to use during the day. This luxury catamaran is the perfect boat to cruise around the Galapagos Islands.

    Hacienda Cusin

    Hacienda Cusin is a restored 17th-century Andean estate about 90 minutes north of Quito. The hotel features 43 beautiful, individually decorated rooms, each with a mountain-view and most of which have a beamed ceiling and a functional fireplace. The beautiful gardens surrounding the hotel contain countless species of flowers, bushes, and trees, and attract over 50 species of birds. Other highlights include animals, horseback riding, a game room, massages, mountain biking, an internet café, laundry service and a fully-staffed kitchen with a great menu.

    Thomson Family Adventures will attempt to adhere to this itinerary and its hotels as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, cultural, or availability) may necessitate changes in the accommodations.

  • Why Thomson

    Guaranteed Departures

    No matter what happens, once your family books a trip you’re going.

    Small Groups

    With a small group you’ll have plenty of time for spontaneity and to develop a connection with your fellow travelers and guide.


    Be accompanied for your entire trip by an expert local in-country guide who will know all of the ins and outs of the adventure and destination.

    Friends Across Borders

    Your child will have a cultural connection like no other by meeting kids the same age from the country you’re traveling by playing games, throwing a Frisbee, kicking a ball around, or just chatting. Ask us about our pen pal program.

Starts at



8 days

Activity Level


Your family will spend most of your time relaxing and not expending too much energy. These adventures are easy! Every member of your family will be comfortable and able to take part in this adventure no matter their fitness level.
Starts at



9 days

Activity Level


Active trips revolve around multi-sport activities that keep your family outside and having fun! Your family will spend more time interacting with the elements and exploring than sitting on a beach or inside of a museum. These activities are not always physically demanding but they can be and do require a basic level of fitness.