Active Galapagos Tour Prices & Details

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12 nights / 13 days in total (from 2022, we are going to 11 nights / 12 days, eliminating the last night in Quito)  

  • 8 days on the highly acclaimed Samba;
  • 3 days on land in Galapagos;
  • 2 days in Quito;
  • Domestic fligths, cruise, hotels, transfers and more included.

We are happy to accommodate itinerary / hotel variations to better meet your needs - e.g. families, singles, Amazon or Machu Picchu extensions... contact us to discuss. 

Consider booking your cruise earlier to ensure you get the cruise dates / cabin you prefer.

** Contact us if you have time only for the 8 day cruise, or if you wish to do the full "Grand Galapagos" 15 day circumnavigation **

Prices are per person, double accommodation.  Contact us for solo prices.

Price guarantee:  Once you have paid your deposit, our published price will be locked in - any unforeseen increases will not be applied to your invoice.

* OPEN CRUISES: 
Cruise and domestic flight only, reduced low season pricing offered by ship owner. These departures are sold by other agencies as well and are not exclusive CNH Tours departures.  We would be delighted to arrange the full traditional 13 day Active Galapagos trip if you like.  Contact us for prices and details.

NOTE:  If the SAMBA is sold out during your preferred travel time, we would be happy to help you find a good alternative.

1.   DATES 

2020 Active Tours

US$5,655 per person (double accommodation)

COVID-19 has severely disrupted travel worldwide, including to Galapagos.  We have modified our cancellation policies.  Should a "do not travel" advisory be in place 40 days before your ship departure date, any payments you will have made will be fully refunded.  You can thus secure a space on the trip of your choice at very little risk.  See our terms and conditions for further details. 


Tour CodeStart DateEnd DateItinerarySpaces Remaining
Tropicbird 20 Dec 01 Jan NW SOLD OUT  
Whale Shark 27 Dec 08 Jan SE 8 spaces left Book Now

2021 Active Tours

SPECIAL "TOURISM REACTIVATION" PRICE:  US$4,500 per person (double accommodation).  This is $1,500 off the 2020 price.  

COVID-19 has severely disrupted travel worldwide, including to Galapagos.  We have modified our cancellation policies.  Should a "do not travel" advisory be in place 40 days before your ship departure date, any payments you will have made will be fully refunded.  You can thus secure a space on the trip of your choice at very little risk.  See our terms and conditions for further details. 


Tour CodeStart DateEnd DateItinerarySpaces Remaining
Albany 17 Jan 29 Jan NW 10 spaces left Book Now
Albemarle 24 Jan 05 Feb SE 10 spaces left Book Now
Baltra 31 Jan 12 Feb NW 12 spaces left Book Now
Bartolome 07 Feb 19 Feb SE 14 spaces left Book Now
Bindloe 14 Feb 26 Feb NW 14 spaces left Book Now
Caldwell 21 Feb 05 Mar SE 14 spaces left Book Now
Camaaño 28 Feb 12 Mar NW 14 spaces left Book Now
Champion 07 Mar 19 Mar SE 12 spaces left Book Now
Covington 14 Mar 26 Mar NW SOLD OUT  
Cowley 21 Mar 02 Apr SE 12 spaces left Book Now
Culpepper 28 Mar 09 Apr NW SOLD OUT  
Daphne 04 Apr 16 Apr SE SOLD OUT  
Darwin 25 Apr 07 May NW SOLD OUT  
Eden 02 May 14 May SE SOLD OUT  
Enderby 23 May 04 Jun NW SOLD OUT  
Fernandina 30 May 11 Jun SE 4 spaces left Book Now
Floreana 20 Jun 02 Jul NW 12 spaces left Book Now
Gardner 27 Jun 09 Jul SE 10 spaces left Book Now
Genovesa 04 Jul 16 Jul NW SOLD OUT  
Indefatigable 11 Jul 23 Jul SE SOLD OUT  
Isabela 18 Jul 30 Jul NW SOLD OUT  
Marchena 25 Jul 06 Aug SE 11 spaces left Book Now
Marielas 01 Aug 13 Aug NW SOLD OUT  
Marlborough 08 Aug 20 Aug SE SOLD OUT  
Pinzon 15 Aug 27 Aug NW SOLD OUT  
Rabida 22 Aug 03 Sep SE SOLD OUT  
Open - Cruise Only* 31 Aug 07 Sep NW 12 spaces left Book Now
Open - Cruise Only* 05 Oct 12 Oct SE 5 spaces left Book Now
Sedney Private Charter 12 Oct 19 Oct NW 1 spaces left Book Now
Open - Cruise Only* 19 Oct 26 Oct SE 14 spaces left Book Now
Open - Cruise Only* 26 Oct 02 Nov NW SOLD OUT  
Santa Cruz 21 Nov 03 Dec NW SOLD OUT  
Santiago 28 Nov 10 Dec SE 2 spaces left Book Now
Seymour 19 Dec 31 Dec NW 14 spaces left Book Now
Wolf 26 Dec 07 Jan SE 14 spaces left Book Now

2022 Active Tours

US$6,044 per person for the full 11 night / 12 day trip (double accommodation)

US$5,295 per person for "just the cruise" (7 nights / 8 days) - includes domestic flight and transit control card (double accommodation).

Contact us for custom itinerary options built around the 7 night / 8 day itinerary on the Samba.

COVID-19 has severely disrupted travel worldwide, including to Galapagos.  We have modified our cancellation policies.  Should a "do not travel" advisory be in place 40 days before your ship departure date, any payments you will have made will be fully refunded if requested.  You can thus secure a space on the trip of your choice at very little risk.  See our terms and conditions for further details. 

NOTE:  From 2022, we have eliminated the final night's accommodation in Quito, after your flight back from Galapagos.  As many outbound international flights leave later in the evening, it is entirely feasible to connect with your flight home after flying back to Quito from Galapagos.   We remain available for those who may want to adopt a more leisurely approach and still wish to spend a night in Quito after their Galapagos trip - just let us know and we'll make the arrangements.  

 


Tour CodeStart DateEnd DateItinerarySpaces Remaining
Anemone 16 Jan 27 Jan Born of Fire 14 spaces left Book Now
Cormorant 23 Jan 03 Feb Island Diversity 14 spaces left Book Now
Dolphin 30 Jan 10 Feb Born of Fire 14 spaces left Book Now
Finch 06 Feb 17 Feb Island Diversity 14 spaces left Book Now
Flamingo 13 Feb 24 Feb Born of Fire 14 spaces left Book Now
Fur Seal 20 Feb 03 Mar Island Diversity 14 spaces left Book Now
Giant Tortoise 27 Feb 10 Mar Born of Fire 14 spaces left Book Now
Lava Lizard 06 Mar 17 Mar Island Diversity 14 spaces left Book Now
Manta Ray 13 Mar 24 Mar Born of Fire 14 spaces left Book Now
Marine Iguana 20 Mar 31 Mar Island Diversity 14 spaces left Book Now
Mockingbird 27 Mar 07 Apr Born of Fire 12 spaces left Book Now
Muyuyo 03 Apr 14 Apr Island Diversity 14 spaces left Book Now
Nigh Heron 24 Apr 05 May Born of Fire 1 spaces left Book Now
Opuntia 01 May 12 May Island Diversity 14 spaces left Book Now
Orca 22 May 02 Jun Born of Fire 14 spaces left Book Now
Osprey 29 May 09 Jun Island Diversity 14 spaces left Book Now
Oystercatcher 19 Jun 30 Jun Born of Fire 14 spaces left Book Now
Penguin 26 Jun 07 Jul Island Diversity 14 spaces left Book Now
Peperomia - Dedicated Family Departure 03 Jul 14 Jul Born of Fire 14 spaces left Book Now
Peregrine Falcon - Dedicated Family Departure 10 Jul 21 Jul Island Diversity 14 spaces left Book Now
Phalarope 17 Jul 28 Jul Born of Fire 14 spaces left Book Now
Pintail 24 Jul 25 Aug Island Diversity 14 spaces left Book Now
Sea Lion 20 Nov 01 Dec Born of Fire 14 spaces left Book Now
Sea Star 27 Nov 08 Dec Island Diversity 14 spaces left Book Now
Tropicbird 18 Dec 29 Dec Born of Fire 14 spaces left Book Now
Whale Shark 25 Dec 05 Jan Island Diversity 14 spaces left Book Now

 

 2.   PRICE DETAILS

 PRICE INCLUDES: 

  • 8 day cruise on an upscale tourist superior ship (all meals, top quality naturalist guide, private double occupancy rooms, private bathroom, hot water, shower, air conditioning)
  • Return flight: Quito or Guayaquil, to Galapagos, and back to either Quito or Guayaquil + Transit control card
  • 3 nights' accommodation in an upscale boutique hotel (Mansion del Angel), with breakfast, on the continent (2 night pre-tour, and until the end of 2021, 1 night post-tour)
  • Full day tour: Quito - World Heritage colonial Andean city.
  • Host in Quito to help with transfers
  • Airport transfers in Quito for the Galapagos departure and arrival
  • Free use of kayaks (6) and paddle boards (2) on-board the ship (used only at dedicated visitor sites)
  • Wetsuit, snorkel, mask and fins
  • Two additional nights in Puerto Ayora in a well-located, comfortable boutique style hotel
  • Most meals, as indicated in the itinerary
  • Our help with trip extensions (e.g. Amazon jungle, Machu Picchu, cloud forest...)
  • Our comprehensive Galapagos Voyage Guide (electronic version)

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Tip for naturalist guide (sug. $150/person), ship's crew (sug. $250/person)
  • Alcoholic beverages, drinks
  • International arrivals and departures transfers
  • Galapagos National Park entrance fee ($100 - may change moderately)
  • Trip insurance (always strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenses
  • Corkage fee ($10/bottle)
  • Some meals, as indicated in itinerary

 

3.   YOUR NATURALIST GUIDES

You will enjoy top services from one of a small team of carefully selected guides that serve our Active Galapagos cruises.  Our guides are chosen for their passion and for their in-depth knowledge of Galapagos and conservation.  They have a canny knack for conveying this passion to their guests and should be able to handle your most challenging questions. 

The Samba's principle guide is Juan Manuel Salcedo.   We believe that Juan is at the vanguard of a new generation of naturalist guides in Galapagos - he is promoting a new way to seeing/knowing the islands (see:  The Samba Way).  Juan is a father of two young girls - his family lives in the highlands of Santa Cruz island.   He carried out most of his studies in Ecuador, but also spent some time in California obtaining a "skipper's" certificate.  He is personally in charge of selecting the colleagues with whom he shares the CNH Tours Active Galapagos trips. 

  

Juan in his element  
Juan Manuel Salcedo (South Plaza Island)   

 

4.   ITINERARIES

SOUTH EAST:   Island diversity

# islands visited:  10

The Southeast itinerary will have you visit a great diversity of islands, from the tiny South Plaza to the "brought-back-from-the-brink" Española island, once overrun by goats and with only a handful of giant tortoises remaining.   See the red and green iguanas, the rare hybrid land/marine iguanas, snorkel at Devil's Crown and watch penguins at the iconic Bartolome Island.  Enjoy the best beaches in the islands - and for shark lovers - this itinerary gives you more opportunities for close observations  

CLICK HERE FOR THE DAY BY DAY SOUTH EAST ITINERARY

 

NORTH WEST:   Born of fire

# islands visited:  5

This itinerary takes you to the western shores of the archipelago, and the most geologically active.   Volcanos frequently erupt here - and most of the land consists of wide expanses of sterile lava fields interspersed with small islands of life.   Waters are more nutrient rich and cooler - making for a richer diversity of marine life.  The flightless cormorant survives here, but in small numbers.

CLICK HERE FOR THE DAY BY DAY NORTH WEST ITINERARY 

  

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The traditional equatorial line crossing celebration on the Samba.   Can you spot Poseidon, Charles Darwin, the tortoise, the penguin, the mermaid... 

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We cannot say enough good about CNH Tours, particularly Heather Blenkiron who handled our request. Throughout the whole process of planning our Galapagos island vacation, the personal attention that she paid us made us feel like we were her only clients, knowing full well that we weren't. We found out later that she was a Canadian consular officer on the Islands for several years. She was very knowledgeable and very open and honest in her suggestions. We felt like she was working for us, not for the boat companies.  Their pre-tour information book (44 pages!) covered every conceivable issue.

For the full trip report, on an independent website, click here

Gene McCullough, party of 4, on the Eric

 

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