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Galapagos Islands - one week cruise

Tour Code: ECU12

A 13-day holiday incorporating a 1-week cruise around the 'Enchanted Isles' in our elegant 2-masted topsail schooner, a visit to Antisana volcano or Otavalo, plus an optional Amazonian extension.

13 days from £4095(inc flights) Land Only Price: £3295 SRS: £160 + an optional 3-day extension


The Galapagos Islands form a volcanic archipelago straddling the equator some 960 kilometres off the coast of Ecuador. They consist of volcanic peaks, strange lava fields, beautiful sandy bays, and clear seas. Their natural history is outstanding, and much of it is endemic. There are Giant Tortoises, prehistoric-looking Land and Marine Iguanas, and countless breeding seabirds; most appealing of all is the ‘tame’ and obliging nature of the islands’ extraordinary wildlife. Our week-long cruise avoids the routine, large and luxury motor vessels. Instead we charter our own comfortable 2-masted Topsail Schooner (accommodates 16 passengers), boasting an outstanding itinerary, first-class natural history leadership and high class service from the boat's crew.

  • Led by expert natural history guide, born & raised in Galapagos
  • Daily landings at wildlife-rich visitor sites for Giant Tortoise, Blue-footed Boobies & more
  • 28 endemic bird species
  • Ample time & superb opportunities for photography
  • Snorkel in crystal-clear, fish-filled waters with inquisitive young Galapagos Sea Lions
  • Look for seabirds & cetaceans as we cruise between islands
  • Exciting Amazon rainforest extension at Sacha Lodge

 

Food

Included in the price, except for main meals in Quito. Allow £30.

Accommodation

Comfortable hotel, Quito; 2-masted topsail schooner, Galapagos. Sacha Lodge (Amazon extension).

Outline Itinerary Download

1 Fly Quito

2 Quito

3/10 Galapagos cruise

11 Antisana/Otavalo

12 Depart Quito

13 Arrive UK

Marine Iguanas (John Willsher)Blue-footed Boobies (Jane Hodgson)Returning to the Cachalote (John Willsher)Blue-footed Boobies (Jennifer Nisbet)Magnificent Frigatebird (John Willsher)Nasca Booby Chick (Jennifer Nisbet)Larva Heron (John Willsher)Sally Lightfoot Crab (John Willsher)Greater Flamingo (John Willsher)Galapagos Giant TortoiseSealion (John Willsher)Short-eared Owl (John Willsher)Magnificent Frigatebird (Jane Hodgson)Brown Pelican (John Willsher)Pinnacle Rock and Santiago (Geoff Carr)Volcan Sierra Negra (Andy Smith)Antisana volcano (Geoff Carr)Pond (John Willsher)Galapagos Hawk (S. W. Birch)Nazca Booby (John Willsher)Land Iguana (John Willsher)Marine Iguana (Jane Hodgson)The Cachalote and Pinnacle Rock (Jane Hodgson)CachaloteCachalote DeckCachalote DeckCachalote KitchenCachalote , CabinCachalote, Cabin
P.T.
Essex
The tour content was a very nice balance. As a general nature photographer I felt that this tour gave everyone’s interests a chance, and didn’t focus only on birds. Darwin on the Cachalote and Fausto (assisted by Wilson) at Sacha were brilliant and really went the extra mile to make sure everyone was happy.
J.G.
Surrey
The highlight for me was Genovesa Island. The birdlife there was outstanding. I would strongly recommend that this is included in future tours, if possible. Very knowledgeable guides in all three places - Quito, Galapagos and Sacha.
Mr & Mrs E.
Essex
Excellent holiday. Galapagos - Absolutlely brilliant. Excellent guide, 'Darwin', so knowledgeable in all matters.
Dr & Mrs C
Cornwall
Another wonderful Naturetrek holiday - thank you. Also a very nice group of people, many of whom we hope to stay in contact with. The highlight of the holiday was every aspect of the Galapagos; the wildlife, the snorkelling (with penguins, sea lions and a shoal of approximately 100 yellow cownose rays), the island trips and the lovely yacht Cachelote with superb service and food. We also loved the trip to Antisana and Sacha Lodge.
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Mon 2nd March 2015 - Sat 14th March 2015

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Mon 23rd November 2015 - Sat 5th December 2015

YES

£4095

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Mon 18th April 2016 - Sat 30th April 2016

YES

£4195

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Land only cost: £3395 More info

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Mon 14th November 2016 - Sat 26th November 2016

YES

£4195

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Tour extension: Sacha LodgeMore info

Visiting: Ecuador

Tour Extensions

If you wish to prolong your holiday we offer the following extensions.

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Tour Reviews

The tour content was a very nice balance. As a general nature photographer I felt that this tour gave everyone’s interests a chance, and didn’t focus only on birds. Darwin on the Cachalote and Fausto (assisted by Wilson) at Sacha were brilliant and really went the extra mile to make sure everyone was happy.
P.T., Essex