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Galapagos Islands Holidays & Tours, Ecuador + Galapagos Cruise (ships & deals)

Galapagos Islands holidays & tours to Ecuador will take you to 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 the mainland.
 
Named after the giant tortoises found here ('galapago' in Spanish), these islands were brought to the attention of the world by Charles Darwin on his historic voyage on the HMS Beagle, after which he developed his famous theory of evolution. It is easy to see why he found the wildlife here so fascinating, as many of its creatures can't be found anywhere else on earth. The birds, reptiles and mammals of the Galapagos Islands have no fear of humans, making sightings spectacular. You will need to take care not to step on land iguanas or nesting birds, whilst observing them up close.
 
Galapagos Islands holidays & tours to Ecuador offer one of the most famous wildlife watching destinations in the world, with a Galapagos cruise the most popular way to explore, with a wide choice of ships & deals. Where Africa has its Big Five, the Galapagos Islands have their '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 and pink flamingos - the list goes on.
 
When planning Galapagos Island holidays & tours to Ecuador, you have the choice of a Galapagos 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 Galapagos cruise, there is a wide choice of ships at different prices, ranging from 16 to 100 passengers, offering many deals. Smaller ships are more intimate, but have less space, fewer facilities and are more susceptible to choppy waters. Larger ships are better for those with poor sea legs. Having decided on the best ships & deals, 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 right itinerary is key, as some species are found only on specific islands.
 
We suggest timing your Galapagos cruise for when the waters are at their calmest or, if this is not possible, then choose one of the larger ships where you will be more protected from the elements, or a Galapagos cruise that navigates the more sheltered inner islands.
  
Combine your ideas with our expertise and let us help you create a holiday of a lifetime. We offer a wide range of options at different price points, all of which can be tailor made to your needs.
 
For expert advice on Galapagos Islands holidays & tours in Ecuador and Galapagos cruises (with wide choice of ships & deals), email or call us on +44 (0)1582 766122 to speak with a specialist travel consultant. Download our Ecuador/Galapagos brochure (PDF 0.4 Mb).
 
We have been arranging Galapagos Islands holidays, tours in Ecuador & Galapagos cruises (with many ships & deals) for over 20 years.
ALL OUR GALAPAGOS ISLANDS HOLIDAYS, TOURS IN ECUADOR & GALAPAGOS CRUISE SHIPS DEALS ARE FINANCIALLY PROTECTED wherever in the world you live.
 
More information on Galapagos Islands holidays, tours in Ecuador & Galapagos cruises (with wide choice of ships & deals):
 
Sitting more or less on the equator, Galapagos Islands holidays & tours offer 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.
 
Although the total human population of the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador is around 25,000 and there are some fine beaches, this is no island paradise. The volcanic landscape is often bare like a moonscape with little vegetation, but you will find Galapagos Islands holidays & tours fascinating and thrilling - as it's all about the animals, birds and sea life and the unwavering dedication to keeping them safe and protected.
 
There are eighteen main islands of which only three are inhabited and the rest belong to the incredible array of wildlife. Endemic species seen on Galapagos islands holidays & tours or on a Galapagos cruise 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 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 Islands. Their mating dance is a special attraction. Colonies of magnificent frigatebirds also breed on the islands and are genetically distinct, though again they are also found elsewhere in the world. The male frigatebird inflates its neck pouch to display a huge red breast during courtship. On a Galapagos cruise, the courtship ritual of the waved albatross is 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 Islands.
 
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, mantas and leopard rays, with seals and sea lions, penguins, turtles, barracuda, moray eels, stunning coral and reef fish, with all that a snorkeller could possibly wish for, and some of the best diving in the world. Scuba diving is live-aboard, as a Galapagos cruise is classified as either tourist or diving (they cannot be combined). Some diving can also be done from a base on one of the islands.
 
There are several breeding programmes on the Galapagos Islands for endangered giant tortoises, the largest of which is the Charles Darwin Research Station at Puerto Ayora on the island of Santa Cruz.
 
The best way to see as much wildlife as possible is on a Galapagos cruise that takes in a number of the islands. There is a wide choice of ships & deals, and the cruise length can vary from a few days to two weeks.
Ecuador Tour: Galapagos (Santa Cruz Island) + Quito
EYG8Q
8 NIGHTS
FROM £1,995
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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Tour Ecuador, Quito
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TelefériQo (cable car)
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Galapagos Islands Tour, Ecuador
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Puerto Ayora Bay
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Guayaquil
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Santa Cruz Island
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Quito City Tour
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Galapagos Islands by Yacht
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Centre of World Monument
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Giant Tortoise Reserve
Ecuador + Peru Tour: with Galapagos (Santa Cruz)
EYJ14G
14 NIGHTS
FROM £2,595
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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Giant Tortoise Reserve
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Quito, Ecuador
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Sacred Valley of the Incas
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Peru and Galapagos Tour
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Guayaquil
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Cusco & Temple of the Sun
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Machu Picchu
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Centre of World Monument
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Santa Cruz Island
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Lima
Ecuador: Quito + Galapagos Cruise
ERA8Q
8 NIGHTS
FROM £3,795
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Ecuador Holidays Quito Galapagos Islands Cruise Boats Ships Deals Offers

Our Ecuador holidays combine historic Quito in the Andean Highlands, with a spectacular Galapagos Islands cruise viewing its unique wildlife. Disembark twice daily by zodiac to walk among nesting blue-footed boobies, see giant tortoises, marine & land iguana, frigatebirds and so much more (with separate cruises for divers). Galapagos flights, marine fees & all transfers included, with many boats, ships, deals & offers.

Ecuador Holidays Quito Galapagos Islands Cruise Boats Ships Deals Offers
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Isabela Island
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Punta Vicente Roca
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Santa Cruz Island
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Galapagos Islands Cruise
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Ecuador Holidays
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Fernandina Island
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Many Boats, Ships, Deals & Offers
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North Seymour Island
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Charles Darwin Research Station
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Quito & Galapagos Islands
Ecuador: Quito + Avenue of Volcanoes + Galapagos Cruise
EPV12Q
12 NIGHTS
FROM £4,795
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Ecuador Holidays: Quito Avenue of Volcanoes Tour Galapagos Cruise

Our Ecuador holidays start in the old Inca capital of Quito situated high in the Andes, continuing with a private Avenue of Volcanoes tour & an unforgettable Galapagos Cruise. Explore the cultures & volcanic landscapes of this small country situated on the equator, before embarking on your expedition cruise to view the unique wildlife of the Galapagos. All transfers, marine park fees & sightseeing with English speaking guides included.

Ecuador Holidays: Quito Avenue of Volcanoes Tour Galapagos Cruise
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Baltra Island
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Equador Holidays: Quito
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San Cristobal Island
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Cuenca
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Giant Tortoises
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Avenue of Volcanoes Tour
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Centre of World Monument
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Galapagos Cruise, Ecuador
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Guayaquil
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Ingapirca Ruins
Ecuador: Quito + Amazon + Galapagos Cruise
ERG12Q
12 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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Bird Watching Holiday Ecuador
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Amazon Vacation
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Cloud Forest
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Canopy Tour
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Cock of the Rock displays
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Quito
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Galapagos Cruise
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Wildlife & Bird Watching Holiday
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Centre of World Monument
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Tropical Birds
Peru + Ecuador: Machu Picchu + Galapagos Cruise
PPE14L
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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Cusco
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Unique Wildlife
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Peru and Ecuador Holiday
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Inca Markets
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Galapagos Cruise
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Machu Picchu
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Ollantaytambo
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Lima
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Quito
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Sacred Valley
Ecuador: Galapagos Cruise + Santa Cruz Island
ERH10L
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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Finch Bay
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Charles Darwin Research Centre
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Giant Tortoises
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Quito
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Galapagos Islands Cruise
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Ecuador Holiday, Galapagos
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Birds & Marine Life
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Centre of World Monument
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Santa Cruz Island
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Diving Options
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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Quito
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Amazon Rainforest
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Charles Darwin Centre
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Giant Tortoises
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Yasuni National Park
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Ecuador Wildlife Holiday
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Santa Cruz Island
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Galapagos Cruise
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Clay Licks
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Cloud Forest
Costa Rica Highlights + Galapagos Cruise
RRL16S
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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Quito Vacation
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Holiday, Wildlife of Costa Rica
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Manuel Antonio
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Hanging Bridges & Hot Springs
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Costa Rica & Galapagos Islands
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Arenal Volcano
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Sloths, Turtles & Tropical Birds
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San Jose
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Tortuguero Wetlands
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Galapagos Islands Cruise
Grand Peru + Ecuador: Amazon + Galapagos Cruise
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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Colca Canyon
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Lima
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Galapagos Cruise
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Peru & Ecuador Wildlife Holiday
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Amazon Rainforest
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Machu Picchu
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Cloud Forest
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Arequipa
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Quito
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Lake Titicaca