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Coronavirus: a message to our customers
If you are due to travel shortly we will be in touch to support and guide you, based on current Foreign Office advice.
 
If you are ready to start planning you next holiday, our 'Book with Confidence' pledge has been created to give you peace of mind. For new bookings made before 31 March 2021, we will not charge if you need to move your holiday dates or change to a new destination due to Covid-19, up to 60 days prior to travel. You can move your holiday to any time up to 31 December 2022.* If you are unsure of your future travel plans when you need to make this change, we will provide you with a 100% credit, valid for travel through to 31 December 2022.
 
* Terms and conditions
We may need to adjust the cost of your trip to reflect any seasonal differences. Sometimes non-refundable deposits are required by local suppliers, which would be specified prior to booking. If you are unable to travel, we would secure a credit note for future travel from these suppliers, but you would not get a cash refund for these items. Flights that have already been issues will be subject to the rules of your airline & therefore may not be refundable or changeable. All other terms and conditions remain as standard.
 
If you are looking to travel closer to home, our sister company Auriel Holidays – offers a wide range of tailor made holidays in the UK & Europe.

Warm regards

Claire Farley, Managing Director
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Galapagos Cruises - Galapagos Holidays

The Galapagos Islands are one of the most iconic wildlife conservation areas in the world, comprising an archipelago of 19 volcanic islands and 40 islets straddling the equator, some 600 miles west of Ecuador of which they are a part.
 
These islands were made famous by Charles Darwin on his historic voyage on the HMS Beagle, after which he developed his famous theory of evolution by natural selection. It is easy to see why he found the wildlife so fascinating, as many of the creatures found here can't be found anywhere else on earth. The birds, reptiles and mammals of the islands also have no fear of humans, making sightings spectacular. Their disregard of human interlopers is strange and almost alien, with visitors having to take care to not to step on them or disturb their nests, whilst observing them up close.
 
Where Africa has its Big 5, the Galapagos has its Big 15. Huge land iguanas, smaller marine iguanas, giant tortoises, penguins, blue-footed boobies performing their mating dance, red-footed boobies diving for fish, fur seals lounging on the beach, scavenging red-throated frigatebirds, waved albatross, flightless cormorants, pink flamingos...the list goes on.
 
When planning a holiday to the Galapagos, you have the choice of an island-hopping cruise (typically from 4 to 7 nights) or a stay on one of the three inhabited islands - Santa Cruz, San Cristobal or Isabela. If you choose a cruise, you need to decide on the size of boat you prefer, as there is a wide selection at different price points -  ranging from 16 to 100 passengers. Smaller boats are more intimate, but they also have less space, fewer facilities and are more susceptible to choppy waters. Having decided on a boat, you then need to choose an itinerary - ie  eastern, western, northern or southern islands - all of which are fascinating and will reveal the unique wildlife of the region. If you are a birder, choosing the best route for specific species is key, as many species are found only on certain islands. We suggest travelling when the waters are at their calmest, or if this is not possible then choose a larger boat where you will be more protected from the elements or a cruise that navigates the more sheltered inner islands.
 
For more information about holidays to the Galapagos islands and Galapagos cruises, contact our expert team on 01582 766122 or by email. Download our Ecuador/Galapagos brochure (PDF 0.4 Mb).
 
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Although the total human population is around 25,000 and there are some fine beaches and towns, this is no island paradise. The landscape is often bare like a moonscape with little vegetation, but you will find it fascinating and thrilling. It is all about the animals, birds and sea-life and the unwavering dedication to keeping them safe and protected.
 
The Galapagos were named by the Spanish after their word for tortoise – galapago. There is a breeding and release programme for the indigenous giant tortoise, the largest of which you can visit at the Charles Darwin Research Station at Puerto Ayora on the island of Santa Cruz.
 
The extraordinary familiarity with human beings is repeated in the sea. This an immense marine reserve with a fantastic mix of friendly sea life. There are a range of exotic sharks, whales, manta and leopard rays, with seals and sea lions, penguins, turtles, barracuda, moray eels, stunning coral and reef fish and all that a diver and snorkeler could possibly wish for. Scuba diving in the Galapagos is all live-aboard and one of the world’s great adventures, either above or below the surface.
 
The best way to see this incredible and unique ecosystem is on one of our Galapagos cruises around the main islands, getting on-shore by zodiac and just walking around. The wildlife will be waiting for you, so prepare to be amazed!
 
Galapagos holidays offer one of the most famous wildlife watching destinations in the world, with Galapagos cruises the most popular way to explore. Sitting more or less on the equator, the islands have a warm climate and each month has its own specific wildlife highlights. During the warmer, slightly rainy season the waters are clear to an extraordinary depth and water temperatures average around 25°C.
 
There are eighteen main islands of which only three are inhabited and the rest belong to the incredible array of wildlife. Some of this wildlife is endemic, with certain bird colonies only breeding on specific islands. Endemic species seen on Galapagos cruises include the Blue-footed booby, Galapagos penguin (the only penguin to live in temperate water), Galapagos tortoise, Galapagos sea lion, three species of iguana, flightless cormorant and of course the famous Darwin finches.
 
The iconic Blue-footed booby can be found in other parts of South America, but over half of the worlds population breeds in the Galapagos. Their mating dance is a special attraction. Colonies of magnificent frigate birds also breed on the islands and are genetically distinct, though again they are also found elsewhere in the world. The male frigate bird inflates its neck pouch to display a huge red breast during courtship.  On Galapagos holidays, the courtship rituals of the waved albatross are another remarkable sight, with the male and female performing an elaborate display of circling and bowing. These birds spend most of their time at sea but breed exclusively on the Galapagos.
 
The best way to see as much wildlife as possible is on a Galapagos cruise that takes in a number of the islands. There are plenty of boat options and the cruise length can vary between a few days to two weeks. The smaller boats are usually cheaper, with medium-sized boats having more extensive communal areas and facilities. Mid-sized boats also tend to be smoother in the water and preferred by those without strong sea legs. In general, the larger the boat the longer it takes to disembark.
 
Galapagos Holidays are increasingly popular and all boats operate under strict ecological rules and regulations.
Ecuador Tour: Guayaquil + Galapagos + Quito
EYG8Q
8 NIGHTS
FROM £2,095
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Galapagos Islands Tour Ecuador Quito Giant Tortoise Reserve Santa Cruz

This shared Galapagos Islands tour in Ecuador combines the capital of Quito, with a Giant Tortoise Reserve on Santa Cruz island & the small town of Puerto Aroya. The Galapagos islands are home to many endemic species found nowhere else of earth. A full day yacht excursion to one of the islands is included. All specified transfers & sightseeing included, but not flights. Departs monthly. Min 2/max 20.

Galapagos Islands Tour Ecuador Quito Giant Tortoise Reserve Santa Cruz
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Galapagos Islands Tour, Ecuador
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Guayaquil
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Santa Cruz Island
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Giant Tortoise Reserve
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Puerto Ayora Bay
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Galapagos Islands by Yacht
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Quito City Tour
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TelefériQo (cable car)
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Centre of World Monument
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Tour Ecuador, Quito
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Galapagos Islands Tour, Ecuador
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Guayaquil
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Santa Cruz Island
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Giant Tortoise Reserve
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Puerto Ayora Bay
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Galapagos Islands by Yacht
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Quito City Tour
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TelefériQo (cable car)
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Centre of World Monument
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Tour Ecuador, Quito
Peru and Galapagos Tour + Quito, Ecuador
EYJ14G
14 NIGHTS
FROM £2,895
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Peru and Galapagos Tour Quito Ecuador Santa Cruz Island Machu Picchu

Enquire about this shared Peru and Galapagos tour, that combines the historic high-altitude city of Quito in Ecuador with the unique wildlife of stunning Santa Cruz Island. Then fly to Peru and explore Lima, the citadel at Machu Picchu, Cusco & the Sacred Valley of the Incas. All specified transfers & sightseeing included, but not flights. Departs monthly. Min 2/max 20.

Peru and Galapagos Tour Quito Ecuador Santa Cruz Island Machu Picchu
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Peru and Galapagos Tour
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Quito, Ecuador
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Centre of World Monument
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Guayaquil
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Santa Cruz Island
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Giant Tortoise Reserve
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Lima
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Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Machu Picchu
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Cusco & Temple of the Sun
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Peru and Galapagos Tour
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Quito, Ecuador
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Centre of World Monument
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Guayaquil
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Santa Cruz Island
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Giant Tortoise Reserve
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Lima
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Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Machu Picchu
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Cusco & Temple of the Sun
Quito + Galapagos Islands Cruise
ERA8Q
8 NIGHTS
FROM £3,795
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
ecuador and galapagos islands cruise holiday - see land and marine iguana

Combine a visit to historic Quito in the Andean Highliands, with an expedition cruise through the pristine Galapagos Islands. The wildlife here is quite unaffected by people and you can walk among nesting blue-footed boobies, see giant tortoises, iguana, frigate birds and so much more. Dive options also available. Galapagos flights, marine fees & all transfers included.

ecuador and galapagos islands cruise holiday - see land and marine iguana
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Quito
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Otavalo
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Galapagos Cruise
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North Seymour Island
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Punta Vicente Roca
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Isabela Island
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Fernandina Island
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Santa Cruz Island
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Charles Darwin Station
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Floreana Island
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Quito
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Otavalo
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Galapagos Cruise
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North Seymour Island
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Punta Vicente Roca
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Isabela Island
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Fernandina Island
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Santa Cruz Island
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Charles Darwin Station
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Floreana Island
Avenue of Volcanoes (guided) + Galapagos Cruise
EPV12Q
12 NIGHTS
FROM £4,795
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Galapagos Cruise Ecuador

Galapagos Cruise Ecuador: This classic holiday combines the history & cultures of mainland Ecuador with an amazing cruise through the Galapagos islands. Visit the old Inca capital of Quito & explore the landscapes of the Avenue of the Volcanoes, including a train ride down the dramatic 'Devils Nose'. All transfers, marine park fees & specified sightseeing with English guides included.

Galapagos Cruise Ecuador
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Quito
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Centre of World Monument
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Avenue of Volcanoes
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Devils Nose Train
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Cuenca
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Guayaquil
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Baltra Island
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Giant Tortoises
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San Cristobal Island
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Galapagos Cruise Ecuador
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Quito
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Centre of World Monument
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Avenue of Volcanoes
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Devils Nose Train
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Cuenca
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Guayaquil
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Baltra Island
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Giant Tortoises
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San Cristobal Island
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Galapagos Cruise Ecuador
Quito + Amazon + Galapagos Cruise
ERG12Q
11 NIGHTS
FROM £4,998
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Wildlife Bird Watching Holiday Ecuador Amazon Vacation Galapagos Cruise

This wildlife & bird watching holiday in Ecuador combines historic Quito with a visit to the Amazon, where you can see a spectacular array of tropical birds & rainforest wildlife. End your vacation with a spectacular Galapagos Cruise, where you can see iconic blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds & waved albatross - as well as iguanas, giant tortoises & sea lions. Amazon & Galapagos flights, all transfers & park fees included.

Wildlife Bird Watching Holiday Ecuador Amazon Vacation Galapagos Cruise
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Wildlife & Bird Watching Holiday
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Quito
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Centre of World Monument
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Cloud Forest
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Cock of the Rock displays
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Amazon Vacation
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Tropical Birds
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Canopy Tour
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Galapagos Cruise
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Bird Watching Holiday Ecuador
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Wildlife & Bird Watching Holiday
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Quito
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Centre of World Monument
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Cloud Forest
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Cock of the Rock displays
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Amazon Vacation
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Tropical Birds
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Canopy Tour
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Galapagos Cruise
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Bird Watching Holiday Ecuador
Essential Peru + Galapagos Islands Cruise
PPE14Q
14 NIGHTS
FROM £4,998
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Peru and Ecuador Holiday: Lima Cusco Machu Picchu Quito Galapagos Cruise

Combine the cultural & wildlife highlights of two beautiful countries on this wonderful Peru and Ecuador holiday. Visit the bustling capital of Lima, the old Inca city of Cusco, the Sacred Valley & the lost city at Machu Picchu. Then fly to Quito, high in the Andes, before embarking on a spectacular Galapagos Cruise to view unique wildlife. Galapagos flights, all transfers & English speaking guides included.

Peru and Ecuador Holiday: Lima Cusco Machu Picchu Quito Galapagos Cruise
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Peru and Ecuador Holiday
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Lima
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Cusco
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Sacred Valley
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Ollantaytambo
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Machu Picchu
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Inca Markets
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Quito
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Galapagos Cruise
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Unique Wildlife
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Peru and Ecuador Holiday
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Lima
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Cusco
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Sacred Valley
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Ollantaytambo
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Machu Picchu
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Inca Markets
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Quito
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Galapagos Cruise
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Unique Wildlife
Galapagos in depth: Cruise + Santa Cruz Island
ERG10L
10 NIGHTS
FROM £5,495
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Ecuador Holiday Galapagos Islands Cruise Santa Cruz Finch Bay Diving

This Ecuador holiday combines Quito & the spectacular Galapagos Islands with their unique birds & marine life.  After an amazing expedition cruise, relax on Santa Cruz island staying at Finch Bay, including a visit to Manzanillo Tortoise Reserve to see giant tortoises in the wild. Diving options on request. All transfers & specified sightseeing with English-speaking guides included.

Ecuador Holiday Galapagos Islands Cruise Santa Cruz Finch Bay Diving
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Ecuador Holiday
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Quito
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Centre of World Monument
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Galapagos Islands
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Birds & Marine Life
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Expedition Cruise
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Santa Cruz Island
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Finch Bay
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Giant Tortoises
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Charles Darwin Research Centre
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Ecuador Holiday
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Quito
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Centre of World Monument
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Galapagos Islands
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Birds & Marine Life
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Expedition Cruise
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Santa Cruz Island
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Finch Bay
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Giant Tortoises
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Charles Darwin Research Centre
Ecuador Wildlife: Cloud Forest + Amazon + Galapagos
ERC15Q
15 NIGHTS
FROM £5,995
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Ecuador Wildlife Holiday: Quito Cloud Forest Amazon Galapagos Cruise

This wonderful Ecuador wildlife holiday combines the old Inca city of Quito, high in the Andes, with the wildlife & birds of both the high altitude Cloud Forest & the low-lying Amazon Basin. Then embark on a spectacular Galapagon Cruise to view the unique marine life and birds that inhabit these islands. Galapagos flights, all transfers & marine fees included.

Ecuador Wildlife Holiday: Quito Cloud Forest Amazon Galapagos Cruise
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Ecuador Wildlife Holiday
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Quito
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Cloud Forest
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Amazon Rainforest
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Yasuni National Park
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Clay Licks
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Galapagos Cruise
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Santa Cruz Island
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Giant Tortoises
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Charles Darwin Centre
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Ecuador Wildlife Holiday
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Quito
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Cloud Forest
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Amazon Rainforest
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Yasuni National Park
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Clay Licks
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Galapagos Cruise
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Santa Cruz Island
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Giant Tortoises
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Charles Darwin Centre
Costa Rica Highlights + Galapagos Cruise
RRM16S
16 NIGHTS
FROM £5,995
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Holiday Wildlife Costa Rica Galapagos Islands Cruise Quito Vacation

This wonderful holiday combines the turtles, sloths, tropical birds & rainforest wildlife of Costa Rica, with a Galapagos islands cruise & the colonial city of Quito. Visit the Tortuguero wetlands; impressive Arenal Volcano & the rainforests of Manuel Antonio. Then fly to Ecuador & complete your vacation with a once-in-a-lifetime cruise in the Galapagos Islands. All transfers, park fees & sightseeing included.

Holiday Wildlife Costa Rica Galapagos Islands Cruise Quito Vacation
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Costa Rica & Galapagos Islands
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San Jose
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Tortuguero Wetlands
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Arenal Volcano
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Hanging Bridges & Hot Springs
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Sloths, Turtles & Tropical Birds
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Manuel Antonio
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Quito Vacation
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Galapagos Islands Cruise
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Holiday to see Wildlife
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Costa Rica & Galapagos Islands
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San Jose
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Tortuguero Wetlands
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Arenal Volcano
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Hanging Bridges & Hot Springs
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Sloths, Turtles & Tropical Birds
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Manuel Antonio
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Quito Vacation
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Galapagos Islands Cruise
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Holiday to see Wildlife
Classic Peru + Amazon + Cloud Forest + Galapagos
PPF26L
26 NIGHTS
FROM £6,995
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Peru Ecuador Wildlife Holiday Colca Canyon Amazon Cloud Forest Galapagos

Combine the cultural sights of Peru & Ecuador with a wonderful wildlife holiday as you visit Lima, Arequipa, Colca Canyon, Lake Titicaca, Cusco, Machu Picchu & the Amazon basin. Then fly to Quito to explore its Cloud Forest, finishing with an Expedition Cruise through the extraordinary Galapagos Islands. All transfers, Galapagos flights & specified sightseeing with English speaking guides included.

Peru Ecuador Wildlife Holiday Colca Canyon Amazon Cloud Forest Galapagos
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Peru & Ecuador Wildlife Holiday
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Lima
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Arequipa
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Colca Canyon
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Lake Titicaca
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Machu Picchu
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Amazon Rainforest
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Quito
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Cloud Forest
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Galapagos Cruise
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Peru & Ecuador Wildlife Holiday
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Lima
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Arequipa
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Colca Canyon
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Lake Titicaca
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Machu Picchu
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Amazon Rainforest
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Quito
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Cloud Forest
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Galapagos Cruise