Set sail on a Galapagos Adventure and explore this unique island paradise

Travel to Ecuador and fly from Quito to Las Bachas to set sail on an adventure cruise around the Galapagos Islands. Visit the islands of Santa Cruz, Espanola and Floreana, following in the footsteps of Charles Darwin. Discover what makes the Galapagos archipelago such a fascinating geological and wildlife region. Meet the almost-extinct Galapagos tortoise, gaze up at the epic wing-span of the waved albatross and scale the lava-formed foothills of the Galapagos' volcanoes.

Quito, Ecuador
Quito, Ecuador
Sailing, Wildlife
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 18
Group size
Min 1 Max 16
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0kg pp per trip


  • Discover the vibrant culture of Ecuador's capital, Quito
  • Spot boobies, penguins, flamingos and pelicans enjoying their natural habitat
  • Encounter the world famous Galapagos giant tortoises
  • Stroll along the endless sands of Gardener Bay
  • Mail a letter at Post Office Bay
  • Snorkel in the pristine waters of Santa Fe Island


The Galapagos Adventure begins in Quito, Ecuador's capital, where the rustic cobbled streets of the Old Town meet the vibrant and growing nightlife of a thriving modern city. Arrive early to wander through the narrow streets and discover Plaza Grande and Plaza San Francisco. Or perhaps venture to the nearby El Panecillo for panoramic views of the endless white houses of the city and the volcanoes which line the horizon.
Fly to the Galapagos Islands and board the M.V.Darwin. Once on the water, the first stop is Las Bachas beach on Santa Cruz Island, a major egg-laying site for the famous Galapagos sea turtles.
Stop by South Plaza to search for blue-footed and masked boobies before sailing on to Santa Fe Island. Keep an eye out for the Santa Fe land iguana, which is unique to the island. Walk through prickly pear forests and make the most of the radiant green waters that are a favourite for sea lions.
Cruise to Espanola, one of the oldest islands in the archipelago. As well as being the breeding site for thousands of waved albatrosses, the island has an abundance of hood mockingbirds, marine iguanas, Galapagos hawks and boobies. And there is no wonder fauna find the location so appealing as it boasts one of the longest stretches of white sand beach in the region.
Journey to Floreana and send a post card back home from Post Office Bay, where passing boats have picked up letters for hundreds of years. Learn the history of human settlement on the island and keep an eye out for the impressive forms of hammerhead sharks off the coast.
Learn the history of the Galapagos at the Charles Darwin Research Station in Puerto Ayora. As well as detailing conservation efforts to preserve the unique ecosystems, the station gives visitors the best chance to have an up-close encounter with giant tortoises. Return to Quito later in the day.
Wind up this Galapagos adventure among the lively nightlife, authentic cuisine and endless entertainment of Quito.
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6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
Hotel (2 nights), Motorised yacht (4 nights)


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Important notes

1. Price includes Quito - Galapagos return flights.
2. Compulsory Galapagos park entry fee US$100 and Transit control card fee US$10 (subject to change) are payable locally to the relevant government authorities.
3. Prices for this trip are seasonal - please select your preferred travel date for exact trip price.
4. Please note that prices for this trip increased in January 2012 due to a fuel surcharge imposed by the Ecuador government on flights to/from the Galapagos Islands. The prices printed in the brochure are therefore incorrect.

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