The Columbus Archipelago is the official title of the Galapagos Islands situated some 600-miles west of mainland Ecuador. The islands consist of thirteen main islands and six smaller islands and were discovered by Tomás de Berlanga Bishop of Panama in 1535. He christened them as the Enchanted Isles and that appellation still holds true today. These cradles of evolution are ever- changing and your luxury Galapagos vacation will take you on a voyage through the colonial streets of Quito and then across the Pacific Ocean to the Galapagos lands of fire straddling the Nazca and South America tectonic plates. If Charles Darwin were to visit today he would still witness the evolutionary wonders that so fascinated him in 1835. Our expertly guided cruises will allow you explore and learn of the wide diversity of land and aquatic life that abound in this flourishing bastion of creation.
Cruise the Galapagos Archipelago, and discover a distant land where endemic animals dominate the landscapes. Reignite your inner-spirit and connect deeply with nature…
QUICK OVERVIEW BY DAY:
- Day 01 – Arrive Quito
- Day 02 – Morning City Tour of Colonial Quito
- Day 03 – Luxury Galapagos Cruise
- Day 04 – Luxury Galapagos Cruise
- Day 05 – Luxury Galapagos Cruise
- Day 06 – Luxury Galapagos Cruise. Fly to mainland Ecuador and Depart.
NOTE: Due to Galapagos National Park regulations, tour descriptions are subject to change at any time. Photos shown on this page are for reference only. The cruise ship included in the program may vary depending on the level you require and departure availability.
Our trips are tailor-made to suit your requirements. Contact a luxury Galapagos Vacations expert for a comprehensive itinerary and pricing:
- US$ 750+ per person per day (based on 5-star hotels)**
- US$ 700 – 750 per person per day (based on 4-star hotels)**
- US$ 600 – 700 per person per day (based on 3-star hotels)**
**NOTE: The price of the trip varies greatly depending on the level of cruise and hotels that are included in your trip. Talk to a travel expert about the level of cruise and hotels that best meets your budget expectations.
Included in the Price:
- Guided excursions as described in itinerary.
- Hotel nights + breakfasts.
- Airport collections and drop-offs with check-in and baggage assistance.
- 24 Hour emergency contact number and assistance (in-country).
Not Included in the Price:
- International flights.
- Domestic flight package. Flights needed Quito – Galapagos – Quito/Guayaquil. Approximate cost US$ 460 – 600. We can purchase these flights on your behalf.
- INGALA Transit Control Card – US$ 20 pp (subject to change at any time).
- Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee: US$ 100 pp (adult) / US$ 50 pp (child) (subject to change at any time).
- Tips or gratuities.
- Other meals not stated in the itinerary.
- Travel insurance.
You can travel to the Galapagos anytime of the year. There isn’t really a good or bad time to travel, simply different times. When you travel could depend on the wildlife that you want to see, breading patterns or when the water is warmer for snorkeling. There are many considerations! December – February offers a warmer climate, and sea temperatures also start to increase meaning that you’ll probably not need a wet suit for snorkeling come February. Over Christmas and New Year cruise prices are usually higher and cruises are usually difficult to find (often booked up 12-16 months in advance). March – April: These are the warmest months of the year and an increasingly popular time to travel. During these months you’ll want air-conditioning in your hotel / cruise to offset the scorching sun. May – July: Temperatures in the Galapagos start to cool off, so a great time for exploring the islands. This is a popular period to travel, so booking with lots of anticipation is important during this period. Towards the end of these months, nighttime temperatures can get a little nippy, so you’ll need to be prepared with a light jacket or jumper. August – November: These are the coolest months in the Galapagos. This period is known as the “garua” period as the islands and seas are encapsulated in a light mist. If hiking in the highlands you may require a light water-proof jacket. August and September are known for having choppier seas. These months are good for snorkeling as the water is clearer, but due to the lower sea temperatures a wetsuit is usually required. This would be considered low season in the Galapagos.
Booking With Anticipation
We highly recommend that you plan your Galapagos vacation with as much anticipation as possible. It is not uncommon over holiday periods and during high-season (April – July) that cruises are booked up 12- 16 months in advance.
Dates are flexible and customized to meet your needs. Let us know which dates work best for you and we will tailor the itinerary accordingly.
This Galapagos vacation package is suitable for people looking for an active trip that includes light-adventure. It is suitable for all ages, but consider carefully taking young children or babies to the Galapagos. We recommend a minimum age of 8 years for children.
Easy – Moderate: This Galapagos travel package is suitable for most people. It is recommended to have a good level of fitness and mobility as island excursions can include moderately-challenging hikes of 1-2 hours (often in warm conditions). Some island excursions require wet landings, meaning that you’ll be taken close to the shore in a zodiac boat, and you’ll disembark in shallow water.
- Galapagos Islands
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