Galapagos adventure vacation
One of our bestselling Galapagos vacations and certainly one of our most adventurous as you hike, cycle, kayak and snorkel your way around the islands. Our expert partner handpicks locally-owned accommodations and yachts, supporting the Galapagos Conservation Trust.
Quito San Cristobal Island Underwater volcano Kicker Rock Snorkeling Floreana Island Isabela Island Tintoreras Sea kayaking Hike to Sierra Negra Volcano Volcano Chico Giant Tortoise Breeding Center Wall of Tears Santa Cruz Island
US $5309 excluding flights
Ecuador, Galapagos Islands
Includes 9 nights ensuite accommodation, meals as specified, experienced naturalist guide, Galapagos flights Extras: Xmas and New Year dates: +USD 250 / GBP 200pp surcharge Galapagos entrance fee USD 100, INGALA tourist card USD 20 (pay locally)
Description of Galapagos adventure vacation
2021: 1 Oct, 15 Oct, 29 Oct, 12 Nov, 26 Nov, 10 Dec, 17 Dec, 20 Dec, 24 Dec
Small group tour:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
Our top tip:
Travel light in terms of packing but heavy in terms of cash, with dollars welcome on all the islands.
Small group vacation.
Moderate with emphasis on fun not fitness. Min. age 10.
Small, standard 2* island hotels.
Accommodation, most meals, airport transfer on last day, transport, activity equipment, wetsuit, guide.
This vacation is suitable for grandparents, parents and children.
We can cater for vegetarian and vegan diets.
17 Reviews of Galapagos adventure vacation
4.5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed on 10 Dec 2018 by Barbara GrayThe most memorable part of our vacation was probably swimming with sea lions and turtles but this was closely followed by observing birds interact with each other. Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Jul 2018 by Helen HoneyballToo many (highlights) to mention - maybe snorkelling beside Kicker Rock (Galapagos) seeing giant turtles; or zip lining 40 meters above the cloud forest floor (Ecuador) Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Feb 2018 by Sarah DalyThe highlight was the snorkelling with penguins sharks rays sea lions turtles cormorants pelicans and then of course the fish. Excellent. Completely incredible. The yacht was amazing and the crew were great. Our guide was so professional but fun he made the trip so interesting. Read full review
Reviewed on 10 Jan 2017 by Chris GoldthorpSo much to list! I think snorkelling with the turtles on Galapagos and having humming birds at my finger tools feeding from a nectar pot was the most memorable. Unbelievably fantastic! All enhanced by the fantastic guides we had in Quito, Galapagos and Bella Vista Cloud forest! Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Jul 2017 by Van SchwiebertThe opportunity to see so many varieties of flora and fauna in their native environment, the opportunity to swim with penguins and sea lions, and the wonderful array of settings in which to view all. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Feb 2017 by Rachel BalenI spent a week riding in the Andes and a week sailing round the Galapagos Islands. Both weeks were fantastic - well organised, knowledgeable and friendly guides , good accommodation, plentiful food etc Read full review
Reviewed on 31 Aug 2015 by Mei Yoke ChanThis has to be one of my best trips ever!! Highly recommended! The Galapagos has to be on everyone's bucket list! Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Jan 2014 by Robert CoifmanWe feel we've had many 5-star vacations but this was certainly one of them. Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Apr 2014 by Sue JohnsonVery enjoyable....We hiked the Inca trail; catching sight of Machu Picchu through the cloud as we approached was spectacular! Read full review
Reviewed on 25 Mar 2013 by Camilla ReeveSnorkelling with the wonderful under-sea creatures - as well as scores of beautiful fishes, I swam with marine iguanas and sea turtles. Plus the kayaking was a high point for me. Read full review
Reviewed on 31 Jul 2013 by Sarah PajwaniAn incredible experience and privilege like no other Read full review
Reviewed on 26 Jul 2012 by Sarah InkpenAt first thought I would say the Bryde whale and her baby playing along side the boat but then well maybe swimming with the penguins!...This vacation was my gift to my daughter for her 21st birthday! I would say the best birthday ever!! Read full review
Reviewed on 29 May 2012 by Trish DooleyPretty much all of it - it was fantastic. Maybe snorkelling with sharks and meeting a great group of people. A wonderful, passionate guide...The Best Ever. Literally. Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Mar 2012 by Sandra ThomasThe most memorable parts of this vacation were sea lions nibbling your knees, boobies all over the place nothing disturbed by our presence, swimming with both sharks and sea lions the fantastic crew and the food on board. Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Oct 2012 by Pamela KruegerFor me, every day was a "highlight", not only because of daily changing activities and scenery, but also because of our daily discoveries of new endemic species (in both flora and fauna). The marine life however is definitely one of its kind! Read full review
Reviewed on 15 Apr 2012 by Gareth NewtonThe most memorable part was having ample opportunity to see most of the wildlife the islands are famous for, and to be able to get some amazing photographs. Read full review
Reviewed on 10 Apr 2012 by Moira ButcherThe most memorable part was watching a pelican fishing from the black volcanic rocks next to the white sandy dunes of Isabella island, in the western part of the Galapagos. Read full review
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
Planet and peopleThe Galapagos was the first natural site to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site - 1979. It is also a Biosphere Reserve and Whale Sanctuary.
The Galapagos is a worldwide model for eco-tourism. Here you are able to visit an area of great natural beauty and encounter, at close quarters, animal species that have no fear of humans. Strict regulations govern all tourist activities and are rigidly enforced and tourist numbers are restricted.
For every visitor we take to the Galapagos we donate £25 to the Galapagos Conservation Trust www.gct.org who work to protect and conserve the Galapagos islands.
We are also an active member of IGTOA http://www.igtoa.org/, a non profit association of travel companies, conservation organizations, and other groups that seek a lasting protection of the Galapagos Islands. We lobby for conservation, fund projects, and promote and practice sustainable tourism.
The boats we use on our Galapagos adventure vacation are all locally owned and operated yachts, equipped to accommodate 10-16 passengers and accompanied by professional naturalist guides certified by the Darwin Research Station.
On our Galapagos adventure vacation give people free membership to the Conservation Trust, we have IGTOA membership who campaign to protect the islands, we employ local staff all the way one the trip, only use hotels owned by locals, all the food is sourced locally, we take people to locally-owned restaurants to help keep the money in the islands, we don’t use plastic bottled water, instead one huge cylinder is used to fill people’s own water containers so cutting down on use of plastics, lunches onboard served in tupperware containers which can be resused, no rubbish is left anywhere by us or guides. No wildlife is disturbed and we operate a strict policy leaving the animals and flora alone.
We are supporting two charities, the UK registered charity Amantani - which is very much in keeping with our ethos of small scale, targeted help that is educational & sustainable - and Huchuy Yachaq, a Cusco-based project which we support by paying a for a full time teacher. A percentage of our income goes to support those projects.