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Galapagos Family Holiday

8 Days | Experience nature on this Galapagos Islands expedition

4.8 out of 5 based on 8 reviews submitted.
Family
Wildlife
From
ZAR  41,663
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The Galapagos Islands are home to some of the rarest animals on the planet and this trip gives the whole family a unique opportunity to learn about the biology and diversity of this paradise. Everyone will enjoy spotting the myriad animals in their natural environment as they graze, sleep and play on the beaches, mountains and rocks of the islands of Santa Cruz and San Cristobal. Snorkel beside sea lions, marvel at the plodding majesty of giant tortoises, spot frigatebirds, blue-footed boobies and Galapagos crabs, and keep an eye out for marine iguanas, whales, dolphins and sharks as you explore this natural paradise. You’ll experience (animal) life like never before together on this beautiful family-focused expedition to the Galapagos.

Trip overview

Map of Galapagos Family Holiday including Ecuador
Start
Quito, Ecuador
Finish
Quito, Ecuador
Theme
Family, Wildlife
Destinations
Ecuador
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 5
Group size
Min 2 - Max 16
Trip code
GLFB
This trip generates 103.76 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Swimming beside sea lions is an incredible and surreal experience, and there are few better places to do so than Isla Lobos: home of the world's second largest sea lion colony.
  • You'll get to know the locals by staying in small hotels on the Galapagos islands, as well as exploring the islands and coves by boat.
  • Be surrounded by birds like blue-footed boobies and frigates, who land so close, and often have not even the slightest interest you're there!
  • Incredible photo opportunities await around every corner – not least of Kicker Rock, the marvellous twin volcanic peaks seen sitting in the ocean from the top of Cerro Tijeratas.
  • With spare time in Quito and Isla Santa Cruz, you can spend quality time with the family – perhaps with further hiking or visiting the colourful local markets.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This is a well-rounded family adventure, and there are many reasons to fall in love with the Galapagos Islands. That said, wildlife is the major focus of this trip, so it's especially suited to animal-lovers and birdwatchers.
  • There's a lot of boat travel between the various islands. If you're prone to seasickness or motion sickness, it might be wise to consult your doctor about preventative medication before you go.

Itinerary

Map of Galapagos Family Holiday including Ecuador

Inclusions

Meals

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Transport

Boat, Speed boat

Accommodation

Hotels (7 nights)

Activities
  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • Quito - Leader led city tour + the Equator line
  • Isla Santa Cruz - Tortuga Bay walk
  • Isla Santa Cruz - Purto Ayora Walking Tour
  • Isla Santa Cruz - Charles Darwin Research Centre (45 Minutes)
  • Isla Santa Cruz - Highlands
  • Isla San Cristobal - Interpretation Center Visit (1 hour) - Dry Landing
  • Isla San Cristobal - Snorkelling in Las Loberias
  • Isla Lobos - Swimming and Snorkelling
Add on activities
  • Quito - Compania de Jesus - USD4
  • Quito - La Ronda Walk - Free
  • Quito - Ballet Folklorico Ecuatoriano de Jacchigua - USD40
  • Cotopaxi - National Park Hiking Tour - USD95
  • Quito - Mindo Cloud and Tropical Forest - USD160
  • Quito - Market Discovery Urban Adventure - USD99
  • Quito -The Otavalo Indigenous market and Condor Park - USD90

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Important notes

FAMILY TRIP: Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you.
MINIMUM AGE: Age restrictions apply to this trip: minimum age 5 years old. 
DISCOUNT: A discount of 10% applies on this trip to children 17 or younger at the time of travel.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:  A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
FIRST DAY: This trip starts in Quito on Day 1 at 5 pm. This allows time after the welcome meeting to explore Quito.
AIRPORT TRANSFER: A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.
LAST DAY: This trip finishes upon arrival in Quito on Day 8. Please do not book any flights until after 8pm this evening.
GALAPAGOS PARK, TRANSIT CARD AND ISABELA PORT FEE
The Galapagos park fee (US$100), transit card fee (US$20) and Isabela Port fee (USD5) are payable upon arrival to the islands (cash only). This amount is in addition to your trip payment.
When booking, please ensure that your details are correct, and double check them on your documents prior to departure. If your passport does not match your booking details, you may be refused entrance to Galapagos National Park. Please make sure that your name is spelt correctly, and that you book using the name in your passport (particularly if you are recently married). If you are issued a new passport with a different number between the time that you book and the time you travel, please take both the old and new passports with you.
TRAVEL INSURANCE: The Ecuadorian government has declared that travel insurance is compulsory for all travelers entering Ecuador. Proof of insurance may be requested at upon entering the country by immigration officials, so please ensure you carry this with you.
SNORKELLING: Snorkelling equipment is included in this tour (mask & flippers). If you wish to hire a wetsuit this can be arranged locally for an additional cost.

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Reviews

4.8 out of 5 based on 8 reviews submitted.
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Susan · Traveled July 2023
galapagos was the ultimate bonding experience for myself and grandson. he has come home with a new passion towards our wildlife, environment and new international friends
Review submitted 28 Jul 2023

Anthony · Traveled July 2023
Review submitted 28 Jul 2023

Colette · Traveled April 2023
This was an absolutely AMAZING trip and we had an absolute blast. As a mother traveling alone with my 11 year old daughter, I felt safe, comfortable, and happy the entire time. Our tour leader Jacinto was absolutely PERFECT and we could not have asked for a leader who wad more knowledge and patience. The accommodations were far better than I expected and the itinerary was the perfect mix of activities and down time. The Galapagos Islands were one of the most beautiful places this well traveled traveler has ever been. I strongly recommend Intrepid, this family tour in general, and the Galapagos Islands. Kudos to Intrepid for making this a perfect trip. Thank you!
Review submitted 21 Apr 2023

Michelle · Traveled April 2023
We had a great time on this lovely family trip! The activities included were all amazing and the leaders were thoughtful guides who made the experience even better. Our children are 7 and 11 and had a great time. I would recommend that if you have little ones, you practice snorkeling in pools before going on the trip so the kids can enjoy all the snorkeling. One tip is to not book pre- or post-accommodation through Intrepid for the La Cartuja Hotel - there are much nicer, cheaper options in better locations.
Review submitted 19 Apr 2023

Erik · Traveled August 2022
Great family trip. Kids loved the giant tortoises and marine life on the Galapagos! Our guide, Genesis, was amazing! Snorkeling with turtles and sea lions will not be forgotten. What a beautiful country!
Review submitted 22 Aug 2022
Galapagos Family Holiday
From
ZAR  41,663