South America Galapagos Islands Cruise

Alya Galapagos Cruises

The 16-guest Alya small, luxury catamaran cruises through the spectacular Galapagos Islands on 4-, 5- or 8-day excursions. Explore the archipelago’s unique environment and experience up-close wildlife encounters on daily naturalist-led hikes and dinghy rides. Wetsuits and snorkeling gear are on board to help guests experience the diverse marine world. 

Back on board the Alya, enjoy a soak in the Jacuzzi on the Sundeck as the sun slips behind the horizon, or sip a cocktail from your private balcony as you watch the wildlife beside the ship. A Galapagos cruise aboard Alya provides an intimate, luxurious Galapagos experience. 

The Alya operates two main 8-day Galapagos cruise itineraries, which can be combined to create a 15-day/14-night cruise with no repeated landing sites. There are also two shorter 5- and 4-day routes that offer a variation of the 8-day Alya Eastern Galapagos Islands Cruise. You may also customize your trip to be 11 or 12 days.

The 8-day Alya Eastern Galapagos Islands small ship cruise begins on San Cristobal Island then visits Española, Santa Cruz, North Seymour, Genovesa, Santiago and Bartolome islands before disembarking in Baltra. Easy nature hikes and snorkeling opportunities are led by a naturalist guide, who helps spot diverse wildlife and explains the natural history of the Galapagos Islands.  The 8-day Alya Eastern Galapagos Islands Cruise can be combined with the 8-day Alya Western Galapagos Islands Cruise to create a longer 15-day trip with no repeated landing sites.

The 8-day Alya Western Galapagos Islands Cruise embarks in Baltra, then visits Santa Cruz, Isabela, Fernandina, Santiago, Rabida and South Plaza Island before disembarking in San Cristobal. This western itinerary boasts some of the best snorkeling and bird-watching opportunities a Galapagos small ship cruise has to offer, which pairs perfectly with easy nature hikes led by a naturalist guide. The 8-day Alya Western Galapagos Islands Cruise can be combined with the 8-day Alya Eastern Galapagos Island Cruise, the 5-day Alya Northern Galapagos Island Cruise or the 4-day Alya Southern Galapagos Islands Cruise to create longer trips with no repeated landing sites. 

The 5-day Alya Northern Galapagos Islands small ship cruise begins and ends in Baltra, visiting North Seymour, Genovesa, Santiago, Bartolome and Santa Cruz islands. The greatest variety of Galapagos birds are found on Genovesa Island, making this itinerary a great choice for birders. Snorkeling and hiking opportunities are with a top naturalist guide, allowing for up-close experiences with Galapagos wildlife.  The 5-day Alya Northern Galapagos Islands Cruise encompasses the final 5 days of the longer 8-day Alya Eastern Galapagos Islands Cruise. 

The 4-day Alya Southern Galapagos Islands small ship cruise begins in San Cristobal, visits Santa Cruz and Española islands and ends in Baltra. An onboard naturalist guide leads snorkeling and hiking excursions, pointing out Galapagos wildlife and the islands’ natural and human histories. The 4-day Alya Southern Galapagos Islands Cruise encompasses the first 4 days of the longer 8-day Alya Eastern Galapagos Islands Cruise.

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