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Almost everyone comes Galapagos to see to the amazing fearless animals that call the Galapagos home, and those animals and islands are still the same regardless of which boat you are on or how much you paid for your trip. Economical Galapagos cruises may lack some of the onboard comforts and VIP service of luxury class cruises, but by choosing the right boat and itinerary, you can have an amazing experience on a lower-priced cruise. We have taken the risk out of low-priced Galapagos cruises because since the 1990's we have worked only with yachts that have good levels of service that result in excellent value. The Aida Maria and the Nemo I have been a reliable performers over the years, while the San Jose and Guantanamera are excellent values for the money. Contact one of our Galapagos experts to find the best deal. 

Best Budget-Priced Cruises in Galapagos

Trip NameFromDaysLevelSummary
Southern Islands Cruise$24855RelaxedThis 5-day all inclusive cruise of the Galapagos Islands aboard the Galaxy catamaran explores the Southern Islands of Floreana, Espanola, San Cristobal, Santa Fe and Santa Cruz. Snorkel among sea turtles, playful sea lions, marine iguanas, rare colorful fish, sharks and even penguins on one of the best cruises in the Galapagos.
Central-East Islands$16604RelaxedBoard the Galapagos Legend for this 4-day Galapagos cruise. Snorkel, hike and encounter wildlife such as Sea lions, marine iguanas, and giant tortoises who all wait to greet you on their islands.
East-Central Islands$24606RelaxedBoard the Cachalote for a 6-day cruise of the east and central islands of the Galapagos archipelago. Enjoy the opportunity to view and watch the unique wildlife in their natural habitat. In addition, explore each islands landscape, shaped by years of volcanic activity. Get ready for the trip of a life time!
Western Islands$22155RelaxedExplore the remote, less-visited Western islands of Isabela, Fernandina, Santiago and Santa Cruz on an unforgettable 5-day cruise on the 100-passenger capacity Galapagos Legend small ship.
Southern Islands$21855RelaxedThis 5-day Southern Islands Galapagos cruise on the ship, San Jose, explores the wildlife-rich shores of San Cristobal, Espanola, Floreana, and more! Observe many unique and rare bird species, swim with sea lions, investigate amazing lava flows, and snorkel with beautiful tropical fish.
North Central Islands$23454RelaxedEnjoy an amazing 4-day cruise exploring the highlights of the North Central Islands of the Galapagos archipelago aboard the Natural Paradise.
Southern Islands$24254RelaxedThis Galapagos cruise gives you the amazing opportunity to explore the highlights of the southern islands on this 4-day cruise full of exploration and adventure! Explore pristine crystalline waters via outstanding snorkeling and swimming, roam the striking volcanic landscape, and observe fascinating native wildlife as you cruise through the …
Northeast Islands$14854RelaxedThis 4-day Northeast Islands Galapagos cruise on the ship, San Jose, explores the wildlife-rich shores of Mosquera, Genovesa, San Cristobal, and more! Enjoy fantastic bird watching on Genovesa, swim with sea lions in San Cristobal, and snorkel with amazing tropical fish and other marine life throughout the 4 days!
Western Islands$22155RelaxedSpend 5 days exploring the western islands of the Galapagos on board the Corals. Explore beautiful Santa Cruz, Isabela´s rich wildlife, lava formations of Fernandina, and the amazing Santiago´s black beaches. Spot a myriad of native species including Galapagos giant tortoises, penguins, sea lions, and sharks.
South East Islands$22155RelaxedThis 5-day small ship cruise explores the southeastern islands of the Galapagos, including San Cristobal, Española, Floreana & Santa Cruz. The vast and endemic species of the islands makes this tour a unique and exciting experience for wildlife enthusiasts!
Northern Islands$24754RelaxedSail on the Seaman Journey for an introductory cruise to the Galapagos Islands. This 4-day Galapagos cruise takes you to Baltra, North Seymour, Genovesa, South Plaza, and San Cristobal. Experience swimming with sea lions, viewing the giant Galapagos tortoise, and scouting for the sea birds which call the islands their home.
Eastern Islands$24208RelaxedExplore the Galapagos Islands on this cruise of the Galapagos archipelago. This budget friendly cruise ship allows travelers to explore the vast wildlife and remote shore of the Galapagos in style.

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Traveling to Galapagos on a Budget

Galapagos can be a pricey destination, but there are several tactics you can use to lower the cost of your trip. 

Travel in the Low Season
Most of the year is low season in Galapagos. High seasons are July, August, the end of November, and the Christmas & New Year holiday. 

Galapagos Land-Based Tours
Land-based Galapagos tours can be a less expensive versus cruises. 

Take a Short Cruise
Cruise prices are based upon a per day rate, so taking a 4 or 5-Day cruise can be nearly half as much as an 8-day cruise. 5-Day cruises are recommended, as you spend the first and last days in transit. A 4-day cruise gives you only 2 full days on the islands - not enough!

Extend Your Cruise
By staying in a hotel before or after your cruise, you can extend a 4-Day cruise a few days to be frugal. 

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