If you are looking to vacation over the Christmas holiday in the Galápagos Islands, Galápagos Unbound has more Christmas holiday offerings than any other tour operator. With a variety of options ranging from land based tours, island hopping, family-focused trips, Christmas cruises and even our signature Unbound tour, we are the Enchanted Isles #1 option for vacationing during the Christmas season.
Christmas is a popular time of year that books almost a year in advance with many of our Galápagos tours. However, be sure to call or email for any last-minute cancelations or other openings that still may be available. We have exclusive contracts and permits and bulk up our offerings during the Christmas holiday to meet the high demand of anxious Galápagos travelers!
Go to the "itinerary tab" to explore all of your Galápagos Christmas options!
Galapagos Unbound (Signature Land-Based Tour)
Galapagos Unbound - December 9 - 17, 2017 December 23 - 31, 2017
The one that started it all, the signature, "Galápagos Unbound,” is a unique, multisport tour that includes sea kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, and amazing wildlife viewing. Unlike most tours of the Galápagos Islands, This journey transports small, personal groups to visit sites that are not on the main tourist routes and allows you to navigate your own adventure. Simply put, there is nothing else like it because of our exclusive access to parts of the National Park nobody else explores!
- Top Rated on TripAdvisor
- Exclusive beach camping
- Swim with sea lions, snorkel with sea turtles, explore the truly un-touched parts of the Galapagos like Darwin did!
- Rates: $4599 per guest
Land-Based (Three Islands)
Galapagos Island Adventure Tours(December 24-29) (December 31-January 5)
6 Days/5 Nights on the islands.
Itinerary in Brief:
Day 1: Arrive Baltra Island to Santa Cruz
Day 2: Santa Cruz to Isabela Island
Day 3: Isabela
Day 4: Isabela to San Cristóbal
Day 5: San Cristóbal
Day 6: San Cristóbal -Baltra-Guayaquil or Quito
- Rates: $3649 per guest (includes flights!)
Land-Based (Four Islands)
Galapagos Island Explorer Tours (December 14 - 24, December 18-27, December 23 - January 1, December 29 - January 7)
10 Days/9 Nights on the islands.
Day 1: Arrive in Quito, Ecuador
Day 2: San Cristóbal
Day 3: San Cristóbal
Day 4: Floreana
Day 5: Isabela
Day 6: Isabela
- Rates: $4849 (includes flights!)
Galapagos Christmas Sailing
Galapagos Island Sailing - December 18 - 25, 2017, December 23 - 30, 2017 and December 28, 2017 - January 3, 2018
By special arrangement, we have chartered the lovely yacht Encantada (Enchanted) for three special winter holiday departures in late December 2017. On this Galapagos Islands sailing tour, you travel aboard the charming 70’ yacht Encantada, with just 12 passengers in total. This is an ideal trip for those who want to explore the Galapagos Islands with a small group of like-minded, curious people. Each of these unique sailing itineraries is different and visits different islands. They can be joined together for those wishing to spend more time in the Galapagos and visit even more of this fabulous National Park. These special winter-vacation departures offer an excellent value during an ideal time of year to visit the Galapagos Islands.
The Western Loop: Dec 18-Dec 25
The Southeastern Loop: Dec 23-Dec 30
The Northern Loop: Dec 28-Jan 3, 2018
- Yacht Class: Tourist Superior
- Days: 7 or 8
- Rates: $3395-3645 Includes Galapagos Round trip flights and Park fee
Galapagos Christmas Land and Sea Adventure
Galapagos Christmas Land and Sea Adventure - December 22, 2017 - December 29, 2017
We invite you to break away from the habitual this Christmas holiday in favor of the exotic unknown. Tour the Galapagos Islands with us and embrace your voyaging spirit as you follow in the steps of great explorers like Charles Darwin. The unique, secluded beauty of the Galapagos Islands will doubtlessly inspire you and captivate you, for the islands are filled with wonders you cannot buy but must experience.
- Yacht Class: First
- Hotel Class: Standard
- Days: 8
- Rate: $5750 per guest
Galapagos Cruise - Luxury Class
Galapagos Islands Luxury Adventure Cruise - December 21, 2018 - December 26, 2018
Travel the Galápagos as Darwin did, voyaging from island to island, on our new Galápagos Islands Luxury Adventure Cruise. On board the Petrel, a luxury catamaran, you explore the archipelago with all the freedom, thrill, and adventure that only sailing can provide. Our catamaran cruise is designed around the adventurous spirit of the Galápagos.
- Yacht Class: Luxury
- Days: 6
- Rate: $5600 per guest
Galapagos by Kayak
Galapagos by Kayak December 16, 2017 - December 24, 2017
We've designed this exclusive Galapagos kayak tour for people who are passionate about kayaking and want an adventure with more miles of paddling and more nights spent camping under the stars. This is the only expedition-style kayak tour in the Galapagos Islands that combines five nights of camping with kayaking along the shores of two distinct islands - Santa Cruz and San Cristobal. While there are other kayak tours offered in the Galapagos, be aware that they are boat-based and offer limited time for paddling.
- Kayak-centric tour
- Exclusive beach camping experience
- One date only!
Dates & Rates
|Dates||Adult (USD)||Child (USD)|
|Dec 09, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017 |
Inquire for Specific Departure Dates and Rates
Dates in bold are confirmed departures.
Three-Island Lodge-Based Adventures
Galapagos Island Explorer - Four Island Tour
Galapagos by Kayak
8 Day Itinerary
Departures: December 18; December 23, 2017
Adult Price: $3645 - includes Galapagos round trip flights and National Park fee
7 Day Itinerary
Departures: December 28, 2017
Adult Price: $3395 - includes Galapagos round trip flights and National Park fee
Single supplement 50%
Galapagos Islands Luxury Adventure Cruise
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FAQ & More
The Galapagos Islands (or Archipelago de Colon)are a Province of Ecuador located about 500 miles (800 kilometers) west of the Ecuadorian coast and are located directly on the equator.
You can visit our Galapagos When To Go page for more details on each month. Here is what December looks like in the Galapagos:
• Air Temp (Max / Min): 27 / 22C, 81 / 72F
• Hours of clear skies: 4.0
• Average Rainfall: 1.3cm, 0.50in (in the highlands)
• Average Water Temperature: 22.5C / 73F
During Christmas break, with temperatures in the low 80s, it's a perfect time for wildlife activity and breeding. If you are looking to swim with sea lions, see an abundance of iguanas, amazing Frigate birds and Blue-footed boobies, Christmas is the perfect time of year!
• Blue-footed boobies nesting
• Red-footed boobies and masked boobies breeding and nesting (year-round)
• Waved albatross nesting
• Magnificent and Great Frigate birds nesting (year-round on North Seymour Only)
• Green sea turtles begin mating
• Marine Iguanas and Land Iguanas begin mating
• California sea lions breeding
• Fur Sea lions breeding
• Flightless Cormorants, Penguins and Greater Flamingoes breeding and nesting (year-round, depending on food supply)