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Galapagos

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The Galapagos Islands are located about 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, way out in the Pacific Ocean.

As a result of their extreme isolation, they boast an extraordinarily diverse population of wildlife, marine, airborne and land-based, who are virtually fearless.

On a Galapagos Islands holiday, you will view wildlife ranging from the comical blue footed booby to the magnificent albatross, from the playful fur seals and sea lions to the pristine white belly of the manta ray, from the dinosaur-like marine iguanas to the lumbering giant tortoise.

Each island features different vegetation, topography and inhabitants, so whilst many people on holiday in the Galapagos take just a three or four day trip around the islands, we thoroughly recommend at least a week to make the most of this extraordinary experience.

Only Ecuadorian registered vessels can cruise the islands, and they range from small yachts and catamarans carrying ten or twelve guests, up to a maximum capacity of one hundred. When you take a holiday in the Galapagos Islands you will find that each vessel carries park rangers who are expert naturalist guides, and the locations where tourists are allowed to land are strictly limited.

Ecuador & the Galápagos Islands

Day 1 – Fly London to Quito, Ecuador. Transfer to the J.W. Marriott in Quito for a two night stay.
Day 2 – Quito. Discover the colonial city of Quito, which earned the honour of being the first UNESCO World Heritage Site and straddle both hemispheres at once at Mitad del Mundo (the Middle of the World).
Day 3 – Quito/Guayaquil/Galápagos. Fly from Quito (via Guayaquil) to the Galápagos & embark M/V Eclipse. Find yourself surrounded by sea lions, blue footed boobies and marine iguanas at North Seymour Island.
Day 4 – Cruising the Galápagos Islands. Visit South Plaza Island and Santa Fe Island where playful sea lions will usually accompany swimmers and snorkelers.
Day 5 – Cruising the Galápagos Islands. Enjoy kayaking, snorkelling and panga rides at San Cristobal Island – this is where Charles Darwin made his first steps on the Archipelago.
Day 6 – Cruising the Galápagos Islands. Explore Florena Island, which is home to a very unique ‘post office’ inspired by 18th century pirates and buccaneers.
Day 7 – Cruising the Galápagos Islands. Discover Elizabeth Bay and Moreno Point on Isabela Island - a refuge for sea turtles, blue-footed boobies, penguins herons and more.
Day 8 – Cruising the Galápagos Islands. Search for giant tortoises in their natural surroundings and visit the Charles Darwin Research Station at Santa Cruz Island.
Day 9 – Cruising the Galápagos Islands. Today explore Espanola Island, which is a nesting site for sea turtles.
Day 10 – Fly Galápagos to London (via Guayaquil).
Day 11 – Arrive London. 
 

Highlights:

  • Straddle both hemispheres at once at Mitad del Mundo (the Middle of the World)
  • Meet “Lonesome George”, perhaps the Galapagos Islands’ most famous inhabitant
  • Walk in Darwin’s footstep and find yourself surrounded by sea lions, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, frigates, and swallow-tailed gulls.

Extend your trip:
 

  • Discover the magnificent Inca city of Machu Picchu and the Andean city of Cusco
  • See Chile’s stunning Atacama Desert
  • Visit Lake Titicaca on the Peru/Bolivia boarder

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10 Nights fly-cruise
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£6,240pp

Departures: Year Round

Silversea Opportunity for Adventure… Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands

Day 1 - Fly London to Lima via Madrid
Day 2 - Lima. Transfer to the Marriott for a 1-night stay
Day 3 - Fly Lima to Cusco. Transfer to The Sacred Valley for sightseeing and a 1-night stay at the Rio Sagrado
Day 4 - Machu Picchu. Take the morning train to Aguas Calientes and visit the extraordinary Inca Site of Machu Picchu. Enjoy a 1-night stay at the Sanctuary Lodge
Day 5 - Cusco. Return to Cusco for a 2-night stay at the Palacio Nazarenas
Day 6 - Cusco. Explore the lovely city of Cusco
Day 7 - Fly Cusco to Guayaquil via Lima. 1-night stay in Guayaquil at The Hillton
Day 8 - Fly Guayaquil to Baltra and embark Silver Galapagos
Day 9 - Bartolome / Playa Espumilla
Day 10 - Punta Vicente Roca / Punta Espinoza
Day 11 - Caleta Tagus / Bahia Elizabeth
Day 12 - Post Office, Floreana / Punta Cormorant / Corona del Diablo / Champion
Day 13 - Galapaguero Cerro Colorado / Wizard Hill
Day 14 - Los Gemelos / Estacion Charles Darwin / Puerto Ayora
Day 15 - Fly Baltra to London via Guayaquil and Madrid. Disembark Silver Galapagos and fly from Baltra to Guayaquil, to join your homeward flight from Guayaquil to London via Madrid
Day 16 - Arrive London

Includes:

  • Guide book to the Galapagos Islands
  • Private VIP airport lounge in Heathrow, Madrid and Guayaquil

Highlights:

  • Discover The Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu – one of the New Seven Wonders of the World
  • Swim and snorkel with green sea turtles, sea lions and marine iguanas in the Galapagos Islands

Extend your trip:

  • The Amazon - Board the 24-guest M/V Aqua for a luxurious Amazon River cruise. View wild monkeys and three-toed sloths in the jungle and pink dolphins playing in the waters
  • Lake Titicaca - High in the Andes Mountains, cruise Lake Titicaca and meet the Uros people who live on floating man-made reed islands. Visit the pre-Incan archaeological site of Sillustani

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15 Night fly-cruise
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£7,995pp

29th March 2014

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Silversea North Central Galápagos

Day 1 - Fly London to Quito, Ecuador. Transfer to the J.W. Marriott in Quito for a 1-night stay
Day 2 – Quito / Guayaquil / Baltra / Cerro Dragon. Fly from Quito (via Guayaquil) to Baltra & embark Silver Galapagos
Day 3 - Bahia Darwin / El Barranco
Day 4 - Seymour Norte / El Chato Reserve
Day 5 - Punta Pitt / El Junco Lagoon
Day 6 - Centro de Interpretation / Frigatebird Hill
Day 7 - Bahia Gardner / Islote Gardners / Islote Osborn / Punta Suarez
Day 8 - Estacion Charles Darwin / Puerto Ayora / Plazas Sur
Day 9 – Baltra / Guayaquil. Transfer to the Hotel Oro Verde in Guayaquil for a 1-night stay
Day 10 – Fly to London

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9 Night fly-cruise

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Departures: Departures year round from September 2013

Silversea Western Galápagos

Day 1 - Fly London to Quito, Ecuador. Transfer to the J.W. Marriott in Quito for a 1-night stay
Day 2 – Quito / Guayaquil / Baltra / Bahia Sullivan. Fly from Quito (via Guayaquil) to Baltra & embark Silver Galapagos
Day 3 - Bartolome / Playa Espumilla
Day 4 - Punta Vicente Roca / Punta Espinoza
Day 5 - Caleta Tagus / Bahia Elizabeth
Day 6 - Post Office, Floreana / Punta Cormorant / Corona del Diablo / Champion
Day 7 - Galapaguero Cerro Colorado / Wizard Hill
Day 8 - Los Gemelos / Estacion Charles Darwin / Puerto Ayora
Day 9 – Baltra / Guayaquil. Transfer to the Hotel Oro Verde in Guayaquil for a 1-night stay
Day 10 – Fly to London
 

Galapagos West Silversea
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Sanctuary Retreats Ecuador & The Galapagos Islands

Day 1 – Fly London to Quito, Ecuador. Transfer to the J.W. Marriott in Quito for a two night stay.
Day 2 – Quito. Discover the colonial city of Quito.
Day 3 – Quito/Guayaquil/Galápagos. Fly from Quito (via Guayaquil) to the Galápagos & embark M/V Eclipse.
Day 4 – Cruising the Galápagos Islands. Visit South Plaza Island and Santa Fe Island.
Day 5 – Cruising the Galápagos Islands. Enjoy kayaking, snorkelling and panga rides at San Cristobal Island.
Day 6 – Cruising the Galápagos Islands. Explore Florena Island.
Day 7 – Cruising the Galápagos Islands. Discover Elizabeth Bay and Moreno Point on Isabela Island.
Day 8 – Cruising the Galápagos Islands.  Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station at Santa Cruz Island.
Day 9 – Cruising the Galápagos Islands. Today explore Espanola Island.
Day 10 – Fly Galápagos to London (via Guayaquil).
Day 11 – Arrive London.
 

Galapagos
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10 Nights fly-cruise
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£5,495pp

Departures: Weekly departures year round

Sanctuary Retreats Galápagos Islands

Day 1 – Fly Quito, Ecuador to Baltra Island. Embark MC Athala and cruise to Sombrero Chino Island.
Day 2 – Cruising the Galápagos Islands. Discover the land iguanas of Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill) on Santa Cruz Island and snorkel at Rabida Island.
Day 3 – Cruising the Galápagos Islands. Visit the tortoise breeding centre on Isabela Island.
Day 4 – Cruising the Galápagos Islands. Explore Florena Island.
Day 5 – Cruising the Galápagos Islands. Enjoy kayaking, snorkelling and panga rides at San Cristobal Island.
Day 6 – Cruising the Galápagos Islands. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station at Santa Cruz Island.
Day 7 – Cruising the Galápagos Islands. Today explore Espanola Island.
Day 8 – Cruising the Galápagos Island followed by a transfer to Baltra Airport.
 

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7 Night cruise only
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£3,210pp

Departures: Weekly departures year round

When to go:

From June to December the colder Humbolt current flows north to the Galapagos. This means that the water is cooler, and as a result it is often misty, with rain falling on the highlands of the larger islands so they are green and lush. From December to May, the warm season, expect daily rain and cloudier skies. The ocean temperature is warmer for swimming and snorkelling. Most cruise vessels carry wetsuits for year round snorkelling.

What to pack: 

A visitors permit is essential to visit the Galapagos Islands, and you can obtain this as you join your flight to the islands. This destination is all about the wildlife and therefore very appealing to photographers – remember to come well equipped as you are unlikely to be able to get everything you need locally.