›You are hereHome›Grand Galapagos Overview
Grand Galapagos Overview
Travel to Ecuador and fly to the Galapagos Islands – a paradise for nature lovers. Learn about Charles Darwin, see giant tortoises and go birdwatching on the islands of Santa Fe, Santa Cruz and Santiago
Get the definitive Galapagos tour on this sailing adventure
A world lost in time, the Galapagos never fails to intrigue and inspire those who make the journey to this remote archipelago. From Ecuador’s lively capital of Quito, embark on the definitive Galapagos tour and get the most out of your time in this prehistoric landscape. Whether you’re a birdwatcher, botanist or simply curious, the Galapagos will astound with its incredible wildlife, warm waters and diverse landscapes. From the volcanic sands of Isabela Island to the idyllic beaches of Santiago Island, sail away to a world like no other – and enjoy a Grand Galapagos adventure of your own.
What's included in this trip
Grand Galapagos SummaryAdd to Shortlist
Arrive in colonial Quito, where the high altitude and incredible scenery will literally take your breath away.
Board a flight bound for the Galapagos, where a national park guide will be waiting. Hop on a boat and head to the white sandy shores of Las Bachas, a great place to spot some of the famed Galapagos wildlife – including the marine iguana.
Roam the volcano strewn landscape of Isabela and spot blue-footed boobies and penguins. In the afternoon, drop in on the giant tortoise breeding centre to meet the Galapagos’ oldest residents.
Sail to Isabela’s west coast and spot unique birdlife circling high above the crater filled landscape. Keep an eye out for dolphins in the clear waters below.
Travel to Fernanadian to walk on pahoehoe lava and see lava cacti before returning to Isabela for some snorkelling.
Head to Espumilla Beach and relish one of the most idyllic locations in the Galapagos Islands.
Head south for a peek at some flamingos on Rabida Island and check out the hat-shaped island of Sombrero Chino.
Island hop to Santa Cruz, the site of the Charles Darwin Research Station. Learn about the important conservation work being undertaken to protect the Galapagos Islands for future generations to enjoy.
Rise early and discover the peculiar red mangroves of Black Turtle Cove before relaxing on the small, sandy island of Mosquera.
Take an overnight cruise to Genovesa, an isolated island outpost that is bursting with birdlife and unique flora. Continue to Darwin Bay to spot colonies of sea birds resting on the shore.
Get close to sea lions in Plaza Sur before heading inland on Santa Fe, a great place to see the fascinating Prickly Pear Cactus.
Pass a magnificent lion shaped rock en route to San Cristobal, where there is a chance to go hiking, swimming and snorkeling.
Make tracks to Española island, the most southern point of the Galapagos and the breeding ground of or nearly all of the world's waved albatrosses.
See sand made up of fine olivine crystals and drop into Post Office Bay while exploring Floreana.
Be captivated by the lunar landscape of Bartolome Island.
Clamber up the rocky coast of North Seymour Island before flying back to Quito.
Perhaps stay on after the trip to explore the curious alleyways and lively nightlife in Quito.
More trips like this...
Our small group style of travel means you’ll stay under the radar, travel the local way, eat the local way and sleep the local way.
Small groups, big adventures.
Create your account today to manage your subscriptions and user preferences in one place.
Your travel home online.
Log in here
For groups of all sizes, organise a special departure of one of our pre-existing adventures, or tailor-make an itinerary to one of our destinations around the world.