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Best 10 Tours to the Galapagos on a Budget Trips & Tours

10 Best Tours, Trips, and Cruises to the Galapagos on a Budget. Find the best guided trips and expert planned vacation and holiday packages from over 600 tour companies. 6 trips found.

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Galapagos Islands Sailing tour

Nature & Wildlife, Small Ship Cruise

5.0 | Excellent | 16 Reviews
8 Days
$ 311 per day
Type: Small Ship Cruise
Lodging:
Value - 3 star

Value - 3 star Lodging LevelMid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.

Physical:
Easy

Easy Physical LevelSome walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises.

Visits: Ecuador, Galapagos, Isabela Island
From
$ 2,488

Highlights

  • Experience the Galapagos
  • See thousands of marine iguanas at Fernandina
  • Visit Tagus Cove, used as a sheltered anchor point for ships since the 1800s
  • Explore Isabela Island
  • Snorkel in crystal clear water 
  • Swim with playful sea lion pups
  • Learn all about animals, plants, geology and other natural history
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Galapagos Extension - Central Islands     tour

Small Ship Cruise

4.6 | Excellent | 65 Reviews
7 Days
$ 413 per day
Type: Small Group Tour
Lodging:
Value - 3 star

Value - 3 star Lodging LevelMid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.

Physical:
Easy

Easy Physical LevelSome walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises.

Visits: Ecuador, Galapagos, Isla Baltra, Isla Bartolome, Isla Santiago, Quito, Santa Cruz Island
From
$ 2,605

Highlights

  • Galapagos Cruise -Three nights exploring the Galapagos Islands aboard the comfortable Monserrat boat
  • Puerto Ayora - spend one night on land in the Galapagos on Santa Cruz Island
  • Bartolome Island - Explore its dramatic volcanic features and hike to a panoramic viewpoint for spectacular views
  • Charles Darwin Research Station - Learn more about the history of the Galapagos and visit a Galapagos tortoise nursery
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Galapagos Islands Family Adventure tour

High Adventure, Family Friendly, Nature & Wildlife

5.0 | Excellent | 1 Review
9 Days
$ 299 per day
Type: Private Guided
Lodging:
Value - 3 star

Value - 3 star Lodging LevelMid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.

Physical:
Moderate

Moderate Physical LevelRegular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps.

Visits: Ecuador, Andes Mountains, Galapagos, Guayaquil, Isabela Island, Quito, Santa Cruz Island
From
$ 2,690

Highlights

  • Explore Isabela Island by mountain bike
  • Snorkel with sea lions and friendly sharks
  • Surf the Galapagos with instructors
  • Sleep on the rim of a dormant volcano
  • Cook a traditional meal with a local family
  • Walk through a colony of marine iguanas
  • Traverse a cloud forest canopy zip-line
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The Galápagos Islands & Ecuador tour

Nature & Wildlife, Small Ship Cruise

4.6 | Excellent | 14 Reviews
10 Days
$ 360 per day
Type: Group Tour
Lodging:
Premium - 4 star

Premium - 4 star Lodging Level3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.

Physical:
Moderate

Moderate Physical LevelRegular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps.

Visits: Ecuador, Galapagos, Isabela Island, Quito, Santa Cruz Island
From
$ 3,599

Highlights

  • Quito’s UNESCO-recognized historic center
  • One-of-a-kind animal encounters
  • Snorkeling with sea lions & penguins
  • Dramatic volcanic landscapes
  • Flightless cormorants & fearless hawks
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Cruising the Galápagos on the Galápagos Legend tour

Cultural

4.7 | Excellent | 100+ Reviews
7 Days
$ 416 per day
Type: Self-guided / Independent Tour
Lodging:
Value - 3 star

Value - 3 star Lodging LevelMid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.

Physical:
Very Easy

Very Easy Physical LevelMinimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises.

Visits: Ecuador, Guayaquil, Quito
From
$ 2,909

Highlights

  • Visit North Seymour, a landmass formed by a series of underwater volcanic eruptions, which deposited layers of lava on the ocean floor
  • Visit a lagoon where migratory bird species can be seen: black-necked stilts, ruddy turnstones, whimbrels, other sandpiper species, and white-cheeked pintails
  • Visit includes time to swim with the sea lions and other marine life
  • Visit the Giant Tortoise Reserve on San Cristobal
  • Visit the port village for a last chance at souvenirs before bidding farewell to the enchanted Galápagos Islands
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Galapagos Island Hopper - South America Vacation Tours tour

Nature & Wildlife, Singles Travel

6 Days
$ 343 per day
Type: Group Tour
Lodging:
Value - 3 star

Value - 3 star Lodging LevelMid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.

Physical:
Moderate

Moderate Physical LevelRegular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps.

Visits: Ecuador, Galapagos, Guayaquil, Isabela Island, San Cristobal, Santa Cruz Island
From
$ 2,055

Highlights

  • Discover Guayaquil
  • Enjoy the Guided tour to Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre
  • Visit Galápagos National Park
  • Snorkel through the clear blue water in Isabela Island
  • Explore Kicker Rock
  • Visit Tortuga Bay beach
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