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.
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.
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
Extend your trip:
This is not all we can offer. If you would like to discuss more ways to visit this destination give us a call. Contact us for more options.
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
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.
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.