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Galapagos Islands

Galápagos Islands Holidays


Follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin with an unforgettable holiday to the Galápagos Islands. Set 600 miles off the mainland, a visit to this archipelago will undoubtedly be a very special and unforgettable experience.

The wildlife on these volcanic islands are fearless so it is possible to get remarkably close to them. The variation of flora and fauna here is constantly surprising - at times seemingly intentionally so. Giant cacti with long, threatening spines, which are actually soft. Birds with bright blue feet, iguanas that swim....the list goes on. Beneath the waves marine iguanas, penguins and dolphins compete for your attention and wild sea lions actively come to play with snorkelers, peering at you through your mask and swirling round, under and above you.

Explore the islands with expert guides and either choose to stay on board a boat or in a hotel on one of the Islands.

Our South & Central America specialists will advise you on the best options. Senior professionals with a passion for travel and a wealth of experience, with their knowledge of the destination they will inspire you by recommending places to visit and things to do as well as suggesting the best way to do them

OUR HOLIDAYS TO GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS

Northern Ecuador & the Galapagos in Style
15 days / 14 nights
from €8,405
  • A Land of Contrasts
  • Galápagos Islands
  • Santa Cruz II
  • Luxury Accommodation

  • Ecuadorian Adventure
    13 days / 12 nights
    from €5,092
  • Historic Quito
  • Amazon
  • Galápagos Islands
  • Coral I & II

  • Machu Picchu & Galapagos Islands
    13 days / 12 nights
    from €6,981
  • Machu picchu
  • Cusco
  • Quito
  • Galápagos islands

  • Island Hop Galapagos
    11 days / 10 nights
    from €5,355
  • Historic Quito
  • Galápagos Islands
  • Stylish Lodge Accommodation

  • Galapagos - West, Central & East Islands aboard the Estrella
    10 days / 9 nights
    from €Please contact us
  • See giant tortoises in their natural environment
  • Hike to the rim of Sierra Negra Volcano
  • Meet some of the largest colonies of marine iguanas in the Galápagos
  • See fantastic bird life including flightless cormorants, flamingos and pelicans
  • Visit the Giant Tortoise Breeding Centre
  • Tour the Charles Darwin Research Station
  • Explore lava flows and lava tunnels
  • Search for the elusive Galápagos hawk

  • Classic Galapagos - Southern Islands
    10 days / 9 nights
    from €5,599
  • Watch the playful sea lions whilst snorkelling off Santa Fe Island
  • See Giant Tortoise in their natural environment
  • Visit the fascinating Charles Darwin Research Station
  • Enjoy the incredible birdlife, including the iconic blue-footed boobies
  • Lookout for marine iguanas and sea lions on spectacular Floreana Island
  • See pink flamingos wading the shallow lagoons
  • Relax on the white sands of Gardner Bay
  • Snorkel in the pristine waters of Punta Carrion

  • Galapagos with Silversea
    7 nights
    from €0
    Experience the Galápagos Islands in style with Silversea Expeditions, aboard either the luxurious Silver Origin or Silver Galapagos. Dedicated to cruising the Galápagos Islands year round, with Silversea can you combine outstanding quality with an in-depth discovery of Darwin’s ‘Living Laboratory of Evolution’.
    Galapagos with Celebrity
    10 nights
    from €6499
    Experience the beauty of the Galápagos with award-winning Celebrity Cruises. Repeatedly rated as one of the world’s best cruise lines, Celebrity’s two superb vessels sail year round in this stunning destination, offering visitors the usual outstanding Celebrity Cruises experience with a difference.

    WHERE TO GO IN GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS

    Galapagos Islands map
    Santa Cruz Island
    Santa Cruz Island
    The most populated island in the Galápagos, the main town of Puerto Ayora is home to the Charles Darwin Research Station and its giant tortoise breeding centre. Enjoy the spectacular highland scenery and watch out for turtles, rays and white-tipped sharks in the mangrove lagoon on the north shore.
    Bartolomé Island
    Bartolomé Island
    This small arid island boasting volcanic scenery, beautiful bays and the iconic Pinnacle Rock, has become one of the most photographed in all of the Galápagos. There is fantastic snorkelling around the shoreline and the island offers great wildlife viewing including playful sea lions and charming Galápagos penguins.
    North Seymour Island
    North Seymour Island
    A small island north of Baltra, formed by a volcano and famous for its seabird colonies. Frigates and blue-footed boobies share the same nesting area and visitors can walk amongst them and observe their fascinating courtship rituals. Also look out for sea lions enjoying the surf.
    Genovesa Island
    Genovesa Island
    A lesser visited island due to its more remote location; here visitors can sail into a spectacular submerged volcanic caldera, known as Darwin Bay. Also known as ‘bird island’, the main attraction is the rare red-footed booby but it is also home to thousands of frigate birds, lava gulls and Darwin’s finches. There are also excellent snorkelling opportunities.
    San Cristóbal Island
    San Cristóbal Island
    Characterised by eroded volcanic peaks in the north and densely vegetated slopes in the south, this island is home to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the provincial capital. The Chatham mockingbird is unique to the island and the beautiful white sand beach of Cerro Brujo is home to boobies, frigates and sea lions.
    Española Island
    Española Island
    One of the most beautiful islands in the Galápagos, Española is famous for being home to the only waved albatross colony (Apr - Dec). Gardner Bay has a stunning white sand beach with one of the archipelago’s largest populations of sea lions which happily bask in the sun and play in the gentle waves.
    Isabela Island
    Isabela Island
    Isabela is the largest island and has remarkable and beautiful volcanic scenery. Explore the rugged landscapes and look out for the flightless cormorants and giant tortoises that make their home on land. Search for turtles, rays, sharks and penguins in the mangrove lined coves. In addition Isabela is one of the best places in the Galápagos for whale watching.
    Fernandina Island
    Fernandina Island
    One of the most volcanically active and pristine islands, visits here are a unique experience even for the Galápagos Islands. Walk among countless marine iguanas which inhabit the black lava landscape at Punta Espinosa. Also spot rare flightless cormorants, hawks, sea lions, turtles and Galápagos penguins.
    Floreana Island
    Floreana Island
    Best known for its long maritime history, Floreana Island is the site of Post Office Bay. Once used as a way for sailors to stay in touch with their loved ones, it is now visitors who test the service by leaving postcards here for others to deliver. Wildlife is also abundant, including flamingos, finches and sea turtle nesting sites.

    OUR RECOMMENDED BOATS AND HOTELS IN THE GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS

    La Pinta
    Galapagos Cruises
  • Sun deck
  • Jacuzzi
  • Indoor & outdoor dining
  • Soft drinks included
  • Small gym
  • Library
  • Kayaks
  • Glass-bottom boat
  • Wetsuits included

  • Santa Cruz II
    Galapagos Cruises
  • Sun deck
  • 2 outdoor Jacuzzis
  • Lounge bar
  • Small gym
  • Library
  • Kayaks
  • Glass-bottom boat

  • Isabela II
    Galapagos Cruises
  • Sun deck
  • Jacuzzi
  • Indoor & outdoor dining
  • Lounge bar
  • Small gym
  • Library
  • Kayaks
  • Glass-bottom boat

  • Finch Bay Galápagos Hotel
    Galapagos
  • Pool
  • Fantastic range of activities
  • Hiking and mountain bike trails
  • Restaurant & bar

  • Scalesia Lodge
    Galapagos
  • Stunning highlands location
  • Safari-style tents
  • Restaurant & bar

  • Mary Anne
    Galapagos Cruises
  • Tall ship
  • Indoor & outdoor dining
  • Bar
  • Kayaks
  • Library
  • No single supplement

  • WildAid`s Passion
    Galapagos Cruises
  • Sun deck with barbecue area
  • Jacuzzi
  • Indoor & outdoor dining
  • Lounge bar
  • Library
  • Kayaks
  • Wetsuits included

  • Ocean Spray
    Galapagos Cruises
  • Sun deck
  • Jacuzzi
  • Indoor & outdoor dining
  • Bar
  • Lounge
  • Kayaks
  • Wetsuits included

  • Camila
    Galapagos Cruises
  • Sun deck
  • Jacuzzi
  • Indoor & outdoor dining
  • Bar
  • Library
  • Kayaks
  • Wetsuits included

  • About the Galápagos

    Getting There
    Getting There
    International flights to Ecuador operate via Europe or the USA and arrive into either Quito or Guayaquil. There are 2 main airports in the Galápagos Islands; one on Baltra Island (just to the north of Santa Cruz) and the other on San Cristóbal Island. The airport you will fly to will be determined by the itinerary of the cruise or your choice of hotel. Flights are approximately 3.5 hours from Quito (including a touchdown in Guayaquil) or 2 hours from Guayaquil.

    Climate
    Climate
    The Galápagos Islands are considered a year round destination. Amazing wildlife interactions are possible every month as most species are non-migratory. In general, the climate can be divided into two seasons. The warmer but wetter season from January to June and the cooler and drier season from July to December. Sea conditions can be choppy in August and September when trade winds bring cooler temperatures, however wildlife is often more active and it is pupping season for sea lions.

    Boats
    Boats
    The most popular Galapagos holiday option. Boats range from small catamarans to larger expedition vessels. With intimate, smaller boats getting to know the crew and other passengers is part of the experience plus meals are generally eaten together at one table. Large vessels benefit from greater stability at sea, more facilities and a greater choice of cabins.

    Cruise Itineraries
    Cruise Itineraries
    Each cruise follows a carefully planned itinerary, designed to maximise time in each landing site around the islands. Itineraries range from 3-7 nights in length and each departure will visit a number of islands around the archipelago. It is often possible to combine two or more itineraries on the same vessel for a more comprehensive trip of up to 14 nights.

    Excursions
    Excursions
    Shore excursions are always conducted in small groups and led by an expert guide. At each site you will either reach the island with a ‘dry landing’ (stepping from the dinghy directly onto land) or a ‘wet landing’ (stepping from the dinghy into shallow water and wading ashore). Snorkelling offers the opportunity to view the world below the water but for those who prefer not to snorkel, many of the larger ships offer glass bottom boat rides.

    Hotels
    Hotels
    For those who prefer to stay on dry land, there are some properties which offer a great alternative, or even addition, to a cruise itinerary. It is possible to book packages which include activities on the island you are staying on, plus day trips to other nearby islands, but returning each evening to the comfort of your own room. Our Island Hop Galápagos tour showcases a great way to combine our featured properties featured on one fantastic itinerary.

    When is the best time to visit the Galápagos?

    Galapagos

    JAN

    28
    8h  18cm

    FEB

    30
    8h  15cm

    MAR

    30
    8h  17cm

    APR

    30
    8h  16cm

    MAY

    28
    7h  8cm

    JUN

    27
    6h  11cm

    JUL

    25
    6h  12cm

    AUG

    24
    6h  8cm

    SEP

    24
    6h  9cm

    OCT

    24
    6h  7cm

    NOV

    25
    7h  7cm

    DEC

    26
    7h  13cm
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    Top Tips From Our Experts

    Expert Travel Consultants
    Amy Alexander

    The Galapagos Islands should be on everyone's bucket list and I suggest that you push the boat out and book as long a trip as you can. The wildlife on each island is unique and spectacular - you will treasure every minute you spend here.

    Expert Travel Consultants
    Georgia Wiseman

    Adventure tours offer both cruising and land based touring options. Land based touring offers fantastic opportunities to see a lot more wildlife and nature walks, whereas cruising offers diving and a lot more marine life viewing opportunities.

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    Galapagos Islands Fast Facts

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    Time Zone

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    -6 hours

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    Flight Time to Galapagos Islands

    Approx
    18 hours

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