Encounter the central Galapagos Islands on this adventure sailing tour

Encounter the Galapagos on a sailing voyage that takes in the very best of the central islands. Rub shoulders with the local wildlife as sea lions, iguanas, giant tortoises and exotic birds of all shapes and sizes go about their daily business all over this wild slice of paradise. Go snorkelling in the presence of mighty manta rays and lively turtles, and see tropical fish fill the surrounding water with fluorescent colour. Experience firsthand the natural, rugged landscapes of the Galapagos, and see what Charles Darwin saw when he arrived on the isles more than 180 years ago and began formulating his theory of evolution. Prepare to get fully acquainted with the natural wonder of these far-flung islands on this breathtaking Galapagos Encounter.

Quito, Ecuador
Quito, Ecuador
Sailing, Wildlife
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 Max 16
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip



This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2015 to 31 December 2017. Other seasons in this trip: 01 January 2015 - 31 December 2017, 01 January 2015 - 31 December 2017.

Arrive in Quito, the highest capital city in the world and home to a uniquely Ecuadorian merging of ancient architectural charm and modern, vibrant personality. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon strolling around the Old Town or sit in the shade of a local cafe.
Fly to Baltra and be welcomed by a Galapagos National Park Guide. Travel to the highlands of Red Hill to visit a tortoise breeding program and information centre in the national park. Be shell-shocked by the giant tortoises as they mooch around their natural habitat and learn more about the thick-shelled giants of the Galapagos.
Explore the otherworldly, volcanic landscapes of Bartolome. Witness the much photographed Pinnacle Rock and hike to the top of a once-active volcano to enjoy superb views across to Sullivan Bay.
Visit the idyllic Espumilla Beach, which is covered in remarkable lava formations, and make the journey to the infamous pirate hangout of Caleta Bucanero (Buccaneer Cove). Then, wander along the black-sand beach of Puerto Egas that is often covered in marine iguanas, California sea lions and Galapagos fur sea lions.
Learn about the plight of the giant tortoise at the Charles Darwin Research Station before flying back to Quito, where an overnight stay offers one last chance to explore this fascinating city.
All good things must come to an end – and the Galapagos Encounter does just that after a delicious breakfast in the Ecuadorian capital.
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5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Motorised catamaran
Included activities
  • Espumilla Beach and Buccaneer’s Cove
  • Isla Bartolome
  • Puerto Egas
  • San Cristobal Highlands
  • Santa Cruz Highlands
  • Sullivan Bay


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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. ** Please note that effective from 01 March 2015, the transit card fee will be US$20 **
3. Prices for this trip vary depending on cabin type - please select your preferred cabin type for exact trip price.
4. Dietary requirements need to be advised at least 10 days prior to departure so that any included meals can be properly catered for.
5. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking.

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Galapagos Encounter - Central Islands (Queen Beatriz) , August 2015

Galapagos Encounter - Central Islands (Queen Beatriz) , August 2015