Galapagos Family Cruises: The Ultimate Family Travel Experience
Days: 8 | From: $7,850/per adult (significant child discounts available)
A family trip to the Galapagos is sure to be one of your best family travel experiences ever. We have arranged thousands of family trips to the Galapagos, aboard a wide range of vessels. On this page we are highlighting departures aboard the Origin (and its sister ship the Theory) that are specially designed for families with children, with activities and guides chosen to make sure everyone has an unforgettable experience. You'll enjoy daily excursions to remote islands with top quality naturalist guides, who have deep experience working with families. You'll view a stunning array of wildlife at close range, and enjoy snorkeling and kayaking together. Families are generally organized into groups based on the age similarities between the children.
This is one of our top recommendations for a family trip to the Galapagos, but there are many Galapagos vessels that can be a great option for a family trip. The correct one for YOUR family will depend on your travel style, the ages of the kids, your interests, and the specifics of the itinerary. Our Galapagos Destination Specialists know how to match you up with the ideal option for your family, and will give you unbiased advice. Just contact us to discuss your plans.
Dates for Family Departures: There are numerous family departures provided throughout the year. Just let us know when your family would like to travel and we will provide the best available departures for your family.
Please Note: For trips to the Galapagos, two nights before the cruise in either Quito or Guayaquil are strongly recommended. We will be happy to assist you with any land arrangements during your trip, including hotels, transfers, and tours in Quito or other areas of the country. Amazon Lodges are a short flight from Quito over the Andes and are a great addition to a Galapagos family adventure; there are also beautiful family-friendly historic haciendas in the Andes not far from Quito.
- Regular departures throughout the year
- Available for private charter
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We tailor itineraries to your dates and interests, adjusting ships, excursions and length as desired.
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The Origin/Theory have 10 Deluxe Double Staterooms (140 square feet) located on the Main Deck. Each cabin has two twin beds that can be converted to one king bed. Two of the cabins can be converted to triples to accommodate a third passenger. All cabins have panoramic windows, private bathrooms, individual climate controls and ample storage space for clothing and luggage.
Construction: completed in 2016 (Origin), 2019 (Theory)
Type: Motor Yacht
Length: 142 ft. / 43.3 mts.
Beam: 27.4 ft. / 8.4 mts.
Engine: 454HP at 1800RPM
Speed: 10-12 knots
Accommodations: 10 Deluxe Double Staterooms with private facilities
Crew: Captain, 2 Bilingual Naturalist Guides, Cruise Director, plus crew members
Itineraries & Pricing
Itinerary A - Southern/Central Route (8 days)
Arrive to San Cristobal / El Junco Lake
San Cristobal: Punta Pitt / Cerro Brujo
Española: Punta Suarez / Gardner Bay
Floreana: Punta Cormorant / Post Office Bay
Santa Cruz: Highlands / Charles Darwin Research Station
Sombrero Chino / Las Bachas or Black Turtle Cove (Santa Cruz)
South Plaza Island / North Seymour
San Cristobal: Interpretation Center / Return to Mainland
Itinerary B - Western/Northern Route (8 days)
Arrive to San Cristobal / La Galapaguera
Tower Island: Prince Philip´s Steps / Darwin Bay
Las Bachas or Black Turtle Cove / Cerro Dragon
Isabela: Punta Vicente Roca or Elizabeth Bay / Urbina Bay
Isabela: Punta Espinosa (Fernandina) / Tagus Cove (Isabela)
Rabida Island / Puerto Egas (Santiago)
Santa Cruz: Charles Darwin Research Station / Highlands
San Cristobal: Cerro Tijeretas or Isla Lobos / Return to Mainland
Displayed itineraries are just summaries. Our travel specialists will help you select the best cruise based on your interests, timing and budget.
Trip length: 8 day itineraries
Max number of passengers: 20, in 10 cabins
Included: All meals, guides & activities, soft drinks, juice, coffee and tea, select alcoholic beverages, use of snorkeling equipment, wet suits, & kayaks
Not included: Park fees (about $120 per person), Galapagos airfare (about $530 per person), gratuities
8 day cruise: $7,850 per person (double cabin) $7,650 per person (triple cabin) $13,735 per person (single cabin)
7 day cruise: Passengers can disembark on Saturday for a shorter, 6 night cruise. On seasonal departure dates, there is a 10% discount off the 8 day cruise rate and this cannot be combined with any other promotional or child discounts. The discount does not apply for peak or holiday departures.
Children 7 – 11 years old receive a 25% discount and children 12 – 17 years old receive a 15% discount during family departure dates College students between the ages of 18 and 21 years old receive a 10% discount on all peak or seasonal departure dates. No discount applies during holiday departures.
Charters: from $157,000 (8 days)
Reviews from this trip
We loved the trip. The Origin and her crew were amazing. Truly a trip of a lifetime.Wendy Papasan
The Origin was a beautiful boat and the crew was superb, perfectly attuned to the needs of the passengers.Taylor S.
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