Itinerary Highlights
    • Enjoy some sightseeing in the colonial capital of Quito, before settling into island life in the Galapagos
    • Hop between three wildlife-rich islands, admiring sea lions, nesting birds, manta rays, reef sharks and giant tortoises
    • Make memories at every turn with snorkelling trips, sailing excursions, bike rides and optional guided hikes

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Combine the city charms of the colonial capital with the natural treasures of the Galapagos Archipelago on a 12-day getaway to exciting Ecuador. You’ll touch down in beautiful Quito, so it’s only natural to savour the sights of the city before jetting off to the remote Pacific Ocean. Here, you’ll have one full day to discover the best of the capital’s historic sights, beautiful architecture and indulgent culinary specialities with a private guide. Then it’s off to the Galapagos, where you’ll be stopping to walk among giant tortoises in a protected reserve before you even reach your first hotel. The next eight days of your island-hopping adventure follow the same pattern, across three of the archipelago’s most beautiful islands.
From Santa Cruz Island, head out to tiny islets to snorkel with manta rays and multicoloured fish; on Isabela Island, sail through ancient lava tunnels that are home to beautiful nesting birds; and on San Cristobal Island, stroll along a white-sand beach to admire a colony of native sea lions lazing in the sun. Swimwear and sunnies packed, let the adventure begin…


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Your exciting Ecuadorian adventure begins today. Head to the airport, whizz through security and enjoy a glass of bubbly in the airport lounge as you await the departure of your 15-hour journey, transiting through a major European city. A private driver will be waiting for you at the airport on arrival, to whisk you off to your first hotel: a beautiful property located in the historic centre of Quito. Spend the rest of today settling into your new surroundings, with a walk through the colonial streets of Quito, the oldest capital city in South America.



Rise and shine early to make the most of your first full day in Ecuador. After a hearty breakfast this morning, you’ll be met by a knowledgeable private guide, who’ll be taking you on a grand tour of the colonial capital. As a city preserved for hundreds of years, Quito instantly dazzles new visitors with its colourful houses and Spanish balconies overlooking the hustle and bustle below. Enjoy a visit to some of the religious and civic buildings that surround the Plaza Grande, and learn about the long history of Quito from your personal tour guide. You’ll stop at some of the neighbourhood’s most important historic buildings, such as the Cathedral, Carondelet Palace and the Saint Francis Church, which houses the the Virgen de Quito, a wooden sculpture of the Virgin Mary venerated throughout the northern Andes. Between stops, sip on an indulgent mug of Canelazo, an alcoholic tea made with aguardiente, sugar, water and cinnamon. If you’d prefer to kick off your adventure in Ecuador with a visit to an Andean natural wonder, then our team are happy to arrange a day spent hiking or horse riding around Cotopaxi National Park.



Wave goodbye to the bright lights of Quito as you return to the airport and board your flight to the island of Santa Cruz, situated in the Galapagos archipelago. A private driver will be waiting to take you to your hotel, but first you’ll stop at El Chato Reserve to walk among giant tortoises, a true natural relic of the archipelago. When your camera roll is full to the brim with pictures of these gentle giants, continue on to your hotel: an elegant beachside property, where you’ll be staying for the next three nights. Spend the rest of today settling into your beautiful new island surroundings with a walk around your local area. As the main tourist hub of the Galapagos, the island skilfully pairs energy and excitement with serene nature.



After an energy-giving breakfast at your hotel this morning, get kitted out with top-notch snorkelling gear and set off for a diving trip around neighbouring Santa Fe, a beautiful basalt lava island covered in cacti. Begin your trip on dry land, learning about the diverse native wildlife from your naturalist guide. Once you’re acquainted with the Galapagos buzzards, iguanas and nesting sea birds that call this sliver of the Pacific Ocean home, head into the clear blue waters for a spot of snorkelling with stingrays, colourful fish, manta rays and even small (and harmless) reef sharks.



Today is yours to spend further discovering the island of Santa Cruz at your own pace, and there’s plenty to keep you busy. Learn about the groundbreaking work Darwin did here in the early 1800s with a visit to the Charles Darwin Scientific Station, take a leisurely walk through the scenic lava tunnels and forests that make up the cliffs of Santa Cruz, and walk along the idyllic black volcanic sand beaches, savouring the crisp air of the Pacific Ocean. Our team could also arrange for you to spend today visiting Seymour Island to further admire the archipelago’s diverse native flora and fauna.



Bid Santa Cruz a warm farewell as you sail two hours across the Galapagos archipelago to Isabela Island, a breathtaking island that takes its name from Isabela of Castile, the former queen of Spain who financed the expeditions and endeavours of Christopher Columbus. A private driver will be waiting for you at the port to whisk you off to Puerto Vilamil, a charming fishing village full of colourful houses and luscious palm trees. Your home for the next three nights here is a beautiful hotel surrounded by floral gardens, perfect for some R&R after a busy day of exploring. Spend the rest of today settling into your new surroundings with a stroll through the quaint yet bustling streets of Puerto Vilamil.



On today’s agenda is a sailing trip around the lava tunnels of Cabo Rosa, a network of ancient lava formations that are home to numerous colonies of nesting birds and other spectacular wildlife, including blue-footed boobies, pelicans and sea lions. Round off your adventure with a spot of snorkelling in the ocean to observe the island’s rich underwater fauna. The rest of today is then yours to play with. We recommend taking a leisurely stroll through the fine sand of your local beach, keeping an eye out for giant land turtles and marine iguanas, while listening to the gentle lapping of the waves.



Hop onto a comfortable bike and spend today pedalling around the island’s best spots. Soak in the delights of Puerto Vilamil before heading to the Wall of Tears, a trail that lines a wall of lava rock built by prisoners during the island’s stint as a penal colony. We also recommend making a stop at the Tortoise Breeding Centre to admire the island’s endemic species of Giant Turtles. If you prefer exploring on foot, our team would be happy to arrange for you to instead spend today hiking around the splendid Sierra Negra and Chico volcanoes with an experienced guide.



Wave goodbye to the serene shores of Isabela Island as you’re privately transferred to the airport, ready for a swift flight over to San Cristobal Island. A private driver will collect you at the airport and whisk you off to your final hotel: a quaint and cost guesthouse, where you’ll be spending the last two nights of your Ecuadorian adventure. Spend the rest of today soaking in your new surroundings with a sunset stroll along one of the island’s idyllic sandy beaches.

DAY 10


It’s your final full day in the beautiful Galapagos Archipelago and you’ll want to make the most of every moment. Spend your time discovering the scenic wonders of San Cristobal at your own pace; head to the beach to admire a large colony of native Sea Lions, trace the island’s geological and natural history at the Interpretation Centre near Playa Mann, or embark on a hike along one of many trails winding around the coast to secret coves. If you want to make the most of the diving activities, our team can arrange a snorkel diving trip at Leon Dormido (also known as Kicker Rock), a splendid rock formation home to exquisite marine life.

DAYS 11 & 12


Sadly the time has come to bid one last adios to the beautiful Galapagos Archipelago and embark on the journey home. After a delicious breakfast this morning you’ll be collected by a private driver and transferred back to the airport. After whizzing though security, take the opportunity to stock up on any last-minute souvenirs before departure. Flight time to the UK is around 19 hours, including at least one layover in mainland Ecuador. Take this time to sit back, read, relax and let your mind drift back to the lands of sea lions and giant turtles…

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Located just sixty miles outside the bustling capital is a natural wonder of epic dimensions: Cotopaxi National Park. This sweeping protected area boasts the tallest active volcano in the world, Cotopaxi Volcano; a rich Andean fauna of condors, llamas and wild horses; and a network of well-marked roads and trails winding through different volcanoes. Head into this one-of-a-kind park in the company of an experienced naturalist guide, to delve into the world of volcanology while admiring breathtaking Andean landscapes. You can opt to discover the park on foot or on horseback, and the most intrepid of travellers can even choose to embark on a guided hike up to an altitude of 15,700ft.


Small, uninhabited, volcanic and covered in dry vegetation, such as the famous Opuntia cactus, Seymour Island is a paradise for nature lovers seeking the undiscovered. Set off in the company of a knowledgeable guide to explore the island’s riches. You can observe and admire numerous land iguanas, blue-footed boobies and frigate-birds, as well as racket cacti, which some land iguanas feed on. Round off the day’s adventure with a snorkelling session in the island’s clear shallow waters.


The dramatic volcanoes of Isabela Island offer visitors the chance to soak in superb panoramic views of the island and its luscious nature. The Sierra Negra Volcano hollows out an impressive six-mile wide crater, making it the second largest active crater in the world. In the company of an experienced guide, you’ll set off from the park’s entrance towards the volcano, savouring the magical lunar scenery of red and black lava flows. As for wildlife, keep an eye out for friendly finchers, warblers and mockingbirds cruising over head. You can opt for an easier walk along the Sierra Negra Caldera or a more challenging hike to the domes of the Chico volcano.


Rising out of the ocean just a few miles off the coast of San Cristobal is a pair of dramatic rocks separated by a 50ft-wide corridor. This sliver of sea is home to a dizzying selection of marine life, including multicoloured fish, rays and harmless reef sharks. Spend some time snorkelling with an experienced guide at this remarkable site before feasting on a delicious lunch onboard the yacht.

A Rough Idea of Price

Dependent on season, accommodation and activities
The cost for this trip starts from £4,540 to £6,085 per person.

The final cost of the trip depends on the way we tailor it especially for you. The final cost varies according to several factors, which include the level of service, length of trip and advance booking time. The exact price will be provided on your personalised quote.

The average starting price for this trip is £5,300 per person.

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