Explore the beauty of the Galapagos Islands on this in depth adventure

Get on board this comprehensive journey through the unforgettable Galapagos Islands. Encounter the region’s incredible wildlife up close – unique birdlife, giant tortoises, gnarled iguanas and playful sea lions are just some of the animals you’ll see. Cruise from Santa Cruz to the islands of Isabella, Floreana, Espanola, North Seymour and more, and explore the diverse landscapes that range from lava flows, rocky outcrops, forests, mangroves and sands of green red and white. Spend evenings and down time on the spectacular Queen Beatriz, with its spacious sundeck, chilled bars and bubbling jacuzzi. For a relaxed discovery of the Galapagos that is filled with beauty, wildlife, fascinating landscapes, snorkelling and plenty of sunshine, this Grand Galapagos adventure ticks all the boxes.

Start
Quito, Ecuador
Finish
Quito, Ecuador
Countries
Ecuador
Themes
Sailing, Wildlife
Code
GLGG
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip


Highlights


Itinerary

Welcome to the beautiful city of Quito. Maybe enjoy some time exploring the Old Town or one of the many fascinating museums.
Take an early morning flight to the Galapagos. Settle into your new home –there’s even a hot tub on board! – and sail to Punta Carrion for some awesome snorkelling and bird-watching.
Wander the pathway through Las Tintoreras checking out reef sharks, sea lions, boobies and marine iguanas and discover the unique beauty of the island’s lava flow.
Get a taste of the Galapagos’ history at Post Office Bay. Then after admiring sea lions on olive-green beaches, change up the colour palette to pink – Punta Cormorant is home to a colony of flamingos. A green sea turtle nesting site is next on the agenda before snorkelling in the wildlife-rich waters of Devil’s Crown.
Visit the Charles Darwin Research Centre to learn about the history of the islands and the conservation efforts being made. Then spend time with the island’s locals in Puerto Ayora before heading up to Santa Cruz’s highlands and taking a walk through its cloud forest.
Take a swim in the clear waters of Santa Fe, where friendly sea lions may just come say hi. Spend time admiring the birdlife, turtles, iguanas and lava lizards before traipsing through the Opuntia Forest to see giant cacti and the islands’ tallest trees.
Sail to the beautiful island of Espanola. A massive array of wildlife is waiting to greet you, from bird colonies and marine iguanas to lumbering sea lions. Then snorkel or swim at Gardner Beach – keep an eye out for reef sharks, turtles and angelfish.
Walk up a volcanic hill for great views of the landscapes of ancient volcanic ash cone. Then cruise through the channel in Kicker Rock, which has an immense amount of sea birds, sea lions and marine iguanas in every nook and cranny. Snorkelling here is an experience not to be missed.
Get to know the ins and outs of the history, geography and wildlife of the Galapagos at the fascinating Interpretation Center.
Parasitic spatter cones, lava flows and lava lizards… no you’re not in some weird sci-fi movie; this is simply the island of Bartolome. Wander this volcanic landscape to view the imposing Pinnacle Rock and to get up close with the remarkable wildlife.
Spend the day on the idyllic beaches, fascinating forests and spectacular lava flows of Isla Santiago. Visit Buccaneer Cove, which used to be a hideout for pirates, and encounter marine iguanas, pelicans, finches, mockingbirds and hermit crabs – and even snorkel with sea lions.
Return to Santa Cruz and if you missed it the first time, head up to the impressive highlands or spend time at the fascinating research station.
Get overloaded with animals on the fabulous North Seymour Island – blue footed boobies, frigate birds, iguanas and California sea lions are just some of the wildlife that live here. Explore the island and go snorkelling in the aquamarine waters before sailing to Isla Mosquera.
Jump on a panga and head to Caleta Tortuga Negra (Black Turtle Cove) to explore its red mangrove wetland, where turtles birds and Galapagos sharks roam.
Explore Sombrero Chino, an island that’s shaped like a Chinese hat but is actually a miniature volcano. Wander along trails and learn about the island’s volcanic origins. Then make tracks to Rabida Island, where a red-sand beach and a lagoon full of flamingos await.
Relax on the white-sand beaches of Las Bachas, keeping an eye out for the Pacific green turtles who nest here and snorkelling among the rocks. Say you goodbye to this wildlife-laden paradise and head back to Quito.
You are free to depart anytime today, but perhaps stay on a few extra days to explore this charming city.
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Inclusions

Meals
16 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 14 dinners
Transport
Motorised catamaran
Included activites
  • Arnoldo Tupiza Tortoise breeding center
  • Bachas Beach Visit
  • Bahia Gardner
  • Black Turtle Cove Visit
  • Cerro Dragon
  • Charles Darwin Research Station
  • Espumilla Beach and Buccaneer’s Cove
  • Isla Bartolome
  • Isla Lobos
  • Isla Mosquera Beach
  • Isla North Seymour Walk and Snorkel
  • Isla Rabida Snorkelling
  • Isla Santa Fe
  • Kicker Rock - Snorkelling
  • Las Tintoreras visit
  • Plaza Sur
  • Post Office Bay
  • Puerto Egas
  • Punta Cormorant and Devil's Crown
  • Punta Pitt
  • Punta Suarez
  • San Cristobal Highlands
  • San Cristobal Interpretation Centre
  • Santa Cruz Highlands
  • Snorkelling Punta Carrion
  • Sombrero Chino
  • Sullivan Bay

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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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