2019/ 2020 Prices (please see incidental expenses for additional costs)
One of the most common questions we get is “how much does a Galapagos tour cost?”.
While this may sound like a very easy question to answer, tours come in a wide range of trip lengths and qualities. Therefore we can not give you a specific price for a tour unless we know exactly what tour you are interested in booking.
HOWEVER we can give you very good idea of what you can expect to pay for a Galapagos tour.
There are a number of incidental expenses associated with ALL Galapagos tours. These expenses are the same regardless of which tour you book and include such things as the airfare to Galapagos from mainland Ecuador, the park fee, and a few nights in mainland Ecuador that are required due to international flight schedules (see “trip logisitics”). NOT including the cost of the international flights to Ecuador, these expenses cost approximately $1000 per person (click on the link above to get an itemized list of these expenses). Most yachts and ships charge between $500 to $1000 per person per night including your accommodations, meals, and tours.
Therefore you can figure a 10 day/ 9 night tour including 8 days/7 nights in Galapagos and 2 days/2 nights on the mainland will cost between $4500 (7 nights x 500 plus *$1000) to $8000 (7 nights x 1000 plus *$1000) NOT including the cost of your international flight to Ecuador.
Variables in the cost of a tour
There a wide range of trip lengths. The shortest tours are 3 nights, the longest tours are 14 nights and there are a lot of various tour lengths in between (3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 14). The longer the tour, the more you can expect to pay.
There a wide range of qualities and like everything else in life, the higher the quality, the higher the price.
Some but not all vessels even have high seasons and low seasons.
Money saving things to consider:
Many yachts and ships offer last minute discounts if you book a tour that is 60 days or less until the departure date. However sometimes the increased cost for the international airline tickets will nullify some or all of the savings.
Pre-packaged tours which are advertised by other operators are more expensive than custom packages that Galapagos Adventures builds for you. (see Comparing prices). Some of these pre-package tours will include some or all of the incidental expenses. These costs are simply built into the price. Whenever comparing tours and tour prices ALWAYS count the number of NIGHTS (not days) in Galapagos. Some of the economy tours you see advertised are cheap because they will pad a 3 night Galapagos trip on a low end vessel with 4 nights on the mainland. The services on the mainland are much less expensive than Galapagos and this allows them to advertise a 7 night Galapagos trip (which is really a 3 night Galapagos trip) at a very low price. Buyer beware.
If you are interesting in getting exact prices, please send us your travel dates, number of people in your party, and approximate number of days you would like to be in Galapagos. We will then provide you with as many options/offers as we can locate so you can select the cruise that is right for you.