The Galapagos Islands are an isolated group of volcanic islands belonging to Ecuador in the Pacific Ocean.
They are one of the only places left in the world where humans are kept to a minimum. The Galapagos Marine Reserve is filled with wildlife extending from marine mammals to corals.
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These islands are not your classic tropical beach island; they each showcase their own distinctive landscape. Some islands are completely barren looking similar to the moons with layers of volcanic rock, whilst other are covered in glistening white sand that melts into the surrounding azure waters.
These mystical islands may just make you feel differently about the world. Many of the creatures that reside on the islands are not found anywhere else in the world. Thanks to the lack of predators, the only disturbance to the wildlife is humans, who are widely ignored by animals.
The archipelago of 19 islands and plenty of smaller islets are double World Heritage sites, both protecting the land and sea.
Galapagos Tours – Suggested Itineraries
*The below prices are “tour-only” and do not include flights to the tour’s starting point, transfers outside of the itinerary or pre/post tour accommodation
7-Day North & Central Islands – Small Group Tour
From £2,239 per person
With standard-level accommodations, this enchanting Galapagos tour promises to bring nature documentaries to life, bringing you close to a fascinating array of species. With an average physical rating, this tour is perfect for those daunted by high-fitness level adventures. Simply step onboard and sail, taking in the breath-taking views and take part in a wonderful array of activities.
Itinerary: Quito (join the tour group) • Baltra Island • Genovesa Island • Bartolome Island/Sullivan Bay • Black Turtle Cove/Cerro Dragon • Santa Cruz Island • Quito (end of tour)
Board Basis – Full Board from Day 2 (Departure from Quito) – Bed & Breakfast on days 6 & 7
Example Activities – Snorkelling at Darwin Bay, Hiking to Bartolome’s Summit, Visiting Lava Formations, Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, Up-Close Wildlife Encounters.
10-Day East, Central, & West Islands – Small Group Tour
From £3,059 per person
Another small-ship adventure with comfortable amenities and average physical rating but with a more in-depth Galapagos experience. Trek across fascinating lava fields, explore cactus forests and visit flamingo filled lagoons in this epic 10-day adventure. With a promise to take you to the prime locations for a large variety of exotic species, this tour is perfect for wildlife enthusiasts.
Itinerary: Quito (join the tour group) • San Cristobal Island • Santa Fe Island/South Plaza • Puerto Ayora • Isabela Island • Tagus Cove/Fernandina Island • Puerto Egas/Rabida Island • Santa Cruz Island • Quito (end of tour)
Board Basis - Full Board from Day 2 (Departure from Quito) – Bed & Breakfast on days 9 & 10
Example Activities – Hike Along the Cliffs of Santa Fe Island, Adventure through Cactus Forests, Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, El Chato Reserve, Walk Across the Surreal Lava Fields of an Active Volcano, Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre, Visit the Largest Coastal Lagoon in the Galapagos – Home to the Flamingo’s Principal Breeding Ground, Discover Coves once Occupied by Pirates, Snorkel Amongst Vibrant Marine Life at Puerto Egas.
17-Day Complete Galapagos – Small Group Tour
From £5,439 per person
Promising the same level of comfort both in accommodation and activities but with a breath-taking array of inclusions, this tour is the ultimate guide to the illusive Galapagos Islands. Soak up the sun and the views from the boat’s sun deck or relax at the quaint bar area, anticipating your next adventure. The comfortable lounge area is the perfect spot to engage with other members of the group, making lasting relationships with like-minded travellers. As you disembark on each island, prepare to be astounded by the fantastic range of activities and once-in-a-lifetime wildlife encounters. With over 16 ports included in this itinerary, passengers are guaranteed an in-depth tour of this bucket-list destination.
Itinerary: Quito (join the tour group) • Baltra Island • Genovesa Island • Bartolome Island/Sullivan Bay • Black Turtle Cove/Cerro Dragon • Puerto Ayora • Floreana Island/Punta Cormorant • Punta Suarez/Bahia Gardner • San Cristobal Island • Santa Fe Island/South Plaza • Puerto Ayora • Isabela Island • Tagus Cove/Fernandina Island • Puerto Egas/Rabida Island • Santa Cruz Island • Quito (end of tour)
Board Basis - Full Board from Day 2 (Departure from Quito) – Bed & Breakfast on days 16 & 17
Example Activities – Snorkelling with Colourful Schools of Tropical Fish and Exotic Marine Life, Hike to Bustling bird Colonies, Venture to the Top of Bartolome’s Summit, Swim in the Shores of Bartolome Island – a Favoured Resting Place for Sea Lions, Sea Turtles and Galapagos Penguins, Walk Across Striking Lava Formations, Discover the Variation of Wildlife Between Fresh and Salt Water Areas, Discover a Hypersalinic Lagoon Occupied by Flamingos and Other Species of Bird, Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, El Chato Reserve, Continue a Long Lasting Letter-Trade Tradition at Post Office Bay, Step Foot onto a Green Sand Beach – An Effect Created by Tiny Olivine Crystals, Snorkel at the “Devil’s Crown” – An Under-Water Volcanic Cone Filled with Tropical Fish and Sharks, Visit the Fascinating Interpretation Center, Wander Through an Iguana-Filled Cactus Forest, Hike to a Remote White-Sand Beach and Relax or Rent a Kayak, Hike to the Rim of an Active Volcano, Visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre, Visit the Flamingo’s Principal Breeding Ground, Witness Black Lava Flows on Punta Moreno, Explore Coves Once Occupied by Pirates and, Visit a Salt Crater and a Dark Sand Beach.
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