Family Departures:

"To do so as a family and witness your children or grandchildren first hand taking in the stark beauty of the islands, searching for tortoises under sour apple trees, or blowing bubbles in the ocean with sea lion pups is equal parts amazing and unforgettable."

{Kelly S, California (USA) August 2020, Theory}

Galapagos Luxury Family Cruises

Travelers with children, teens, and young adults in tow may opt for a designated family departure, created to cater to families with similar-aged children. Luxury family departures are offered during major school breaks and feature exclusive age-appropriate activities that bring the magic of the Galapagos to a multi-generational audience.

During departures with teenagers, for example, our excursions will be faster in pace and more physically demanding. Expect longer hikes and more kayaking and snorkeling opportunities. Travelers with teenagers who book on our summer family EPI departures can participate in a cultural exchange with local Galapagueño students through Ecology Project International. This, of course, is only an example of how we can customize the specific family departure based on the age group aboard.

The following 2022 are designated as family oriented on one of the two luxury yachts Origin or Theory or the first-class Letty. As a reminder, Itinerary A is for our Beaches and Bays, Southern and Central Route. Itinerary B is for our Volcanic Wonders, Western and Northern RoutePlease check with us at the time of booking. Some family trip dates may already be sold out.

  • January 2-9 (A)

  • February 20-27 (B)

  • March 13-20 (A)

  • March 20-27 (B)

  • March 27-03 April (A)

  • April 03-10 (B)

  • April 10-17 (A)

  • April 17-24 (B)

  • June 12-19-B

  • June 19-26-A

  • June 26-03 July-B

  • July 3-10-A

  • July 10-17-B

  • July 17-24-A

  • July 24-31-B

  • July 31-7 August-A

  • August 7-14-B

  • August 14-21-A

  • August 21-28-B

  • November 20-27-A

  • December 18-25-A Festive

  • December 25-01 January-B Festive

Discounts for Children on Galapagos Family Trips

Children age 17 years and younger at the time of sailing are entitled to a 15% discount off the cruise rate. Children age 11 and under have 30% discount on airfare and the park entrance fee is $50 with proof of age and a copy of the child’s passport showing date of birth. Children age 5 and under are not accepted unless the parents or legal guardians sign a hold harmless release.  Designated family and family teen departures are offered during school breaks. Children age 4 and under are  permitted on private charter only. 

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Yoga Retreat Sailings:

Join like-minded travelers and pursue your passion for yoga in the most inspiring place on earth with our yoga-themed sailing in December 2018. Your host, Ecuador-born Gustavo Plaza, is a skillful yogi with more than three decades of experience in a variety of practices, including alignment-based yoga, meditation, Pranayama, eastern philosophy, and Yoga Nidra. Onboard the Origin, travelers will begin each morning with a yoga class, before gathering in the dining room for a nutritious, sustainably harvested breakfast. Throughout your journey, Plaza will lead regular afternoon yoga sessions and will prepare you for a restful sleep one evening with a Yoga Nidra to cultivate relaxation and self-awareness.


Departure Dates for 2022 to be confirmed.

Culinary - Tastes of Ecuador:

"The food was sensational, plentiful, fresh and fantastically prepared. I loved the Ecuadorian-inspired dishes and the lunches on the sun deck. Additionally, every excursion was followed by tasty tapas and fresh juices."

{Patricia, Guest, Origin - June 2021.}

Galapagos Islands Culinary Cruises

Food is one of life’s greatest pleasures, so rather than resting on our laurels after our hugely popular culinary departures over the years, we decided to up the ante.

Enter, stage left, Estuardo Vilela, head chef of Ecoventura’s fleet of luxury yachts, Origin and Theory (to be joined in 2023 by sister ship Evolve). Estuardo is responsible for curating menus and feeding 20 passengers three exquisite meals a day, seven days a week (not forgetting the endless amuse bouches and snacks offered up between excursions), as well as the yachts’ hardworking crew.

Estuardo and his team are continuously innovating and experimenting, introducing new ingredients and dishes to create sumptuous menus that challenge and dazzle in equal measure. In anticipation of taking to the seas for another culinary cruise season, the team has recently released their updated menus, and we’re confident they won’t disappoint.

What Dishes to Expect on a Culinary Cruise

Dishes such as Grilled Octopus Basque-style and Crab croquettes served with kiwi chutney and lemon confit are expertly created in quite possibly one of the most compact kitchens on Relais & Chateaux’s prestigious books. But this in no way hampers Estuardo’s efforts.

“Cooking on a yacht that has a small kitchen is not a limitation, as long as there is a passion for cooking” Estuardo explains. With three or four courses for dinner and a menu that changes every day, passengers are guaranteed never to tire of Estuardo’s offerings.

Given the location, and the fact that ingredients are sourced locally where possible – around 70% of ingredients come from the surrounding islands – seafood features heavily. The grilled prawns with cilantro gremolata, and langoustines in garlic aioli, are particularly divine!

But the menus are highly varied, with a host of dishes available to choose from each day, from various soups through to beef filet with tamarind chimichurri, and everything in between, as well as a host of desserts for those with a sweet tooth!

"Cooking on a yacht that has a small kitchen is not a limitation, as long as there is a passion for cooking."

{Estuardo Vilela - Head Chef - Ecoventura}

Media and Accolades

"Our luxury expedition yachts, Origin & Theory, are the only Relais & Chateaux vessels in the Galapagos – an accolade we at Ecoventura take great pride in. Relais & Chateaux is the watchword not only for luxury accommodation and second-to-none service, but mouth-watering cuisine." explains President, Santiago Dunn.

Travel Writer Sam Bradley had the pleasure of chatting with Estuardo about his cooking experiences in the Galapagos and he shares them in the well-known We Said Go Travel blog. It’s heartening to hear how rewarding it is for Estuardo to see happy smiling guests enjoying his food, and in some instances, sharing his kitchen too!

“Not long ago we had a charter group on board, and one of the guests had organized rare white truffles. I was very excited to be preparing these for the first time, and the client happened to also be a chef so together we prepared a delicious risotto!” Estuardo recalls the story.

Whilst the main purpose of our passengers travelling to this unique corner of the globe is typically to admire the phenomenal flora and fauna of the Galapagos Islands, our aim is to elevate their overall experience to the highest degree in terms of luxury, service and cuisine.

Drinks Are On Us!

Alongside Estuardo’s enticing menu for Origin & Theory, we are also very proud of our newly released selection of signature and classic cocktails – all of which are part of our open bar policy.

It’s hard to envisage a better way to reflect on a busy day exploring the Enchanted Isles than relaxing early evening on deck sipping a refreshing Pisco Sour… or might that be a Kicker Rock? Hang on, what about a Rabida Spritz? Perhaps with such a tempting line up, it’s rather hard to imagine after all!

Best come and sample for yourselves, so please do not hesitate to contact the team who would be delighted to help organize your “Gourmet Galapagos” adventure.

Culinary Departure Dates

Truth be told, with our open bar, all-inclusive meal schedule and epicurean delights throughout the day, each an every departure on our luxury yachts have a culinary focus. However, we do occasionally have guest chefs come aboard on specific dates.

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Photography Expeditions:

Famed local photographers will help you capture and preserve your trip to the Galápagos Islands in beautiful photographs. Travelers will learn basic lighting tips, receive a printed guide featuring images of the Galápagos’ endemic creatures, and participate in a farewell slideshow featuring some of the finest work produced during the sailing. This photography sailing will be held on the Origin.

Departure dates:

October 16-23 (B) 2022 – northern & western route

October 23-30 (A) 2022 – southern & central route

Join us on a Focus on Photography departure in 2022 - Ecoventura

Private Moments VIP Package:

Private Moments is a compilation of VIP services we can provide our guests (for an additional charge).

Ecoventura has curated services for clients who want a truly unique experience while in the Galapagos. Whether celebrating a milestone birthday or anniversary or for guests who appreciate spending private moments while on a luxury expedition cruise vacation, Ecoventura offers a magical experience for your guests to last a lifetime.

  • A private naturalist guide just for you and your travel companions

  • Private VIP transfers to/from the airport in San Cristobal (only on our allotment flights with Avianca).

  • A private zodiac ride at sunset including a bottle of wine with our Captain,  offered one time during the week (on A at Baroness Point, Floreana or on B at Tagus Cove, Isabela).

  • A private behind the scenes tour of the Charles Darwin Station (itinerary A only), See collections of scientific research on Santa Cruz Island with a representative from CDF

  • Welcome basket with a personalized note from the travel designer with a box of Ecuadorian chocolates, local fruits, and an item from the boutique,

  • A private table for two in our dining room can be arranged for dinner upon request

Approximate Cost is $ 2000.00 for 2 guests

Note: only one package available per departure date

Scuba Diving: