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Blue-footed boobies

Galapagos island-hopping tour

12 days from £7,170pp

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Tour highlights

  • Carefully step past sleeping sea lions on a pristine beach.

  • See the famous Galapagos giant tortoises at close quarters.

  • Spot marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, penguins, land iguanas and a feast of fearless birdlife.

  • Explore the old town of Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Price includes:

  • Scheduled international flights
  • In-destination transfers
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • All accommodation
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Itinerary idea in detail

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

  • Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Quito. On arrival in Quito, you will be met and driven to your hotel in the city. You'll have the afternoon to settle in and explore the city.

  • Today's Quito tour will take you through the UNESCO World Heritage Site by way of senses, with different stops designed to touch, taste, feel, hear and smell the city. You'll visit chocolatiers, handicraft workshops, street food vendors and markets in a unique tour of this diverse city.

  • You'll be transferred in the morning to the airport in time for your flight to the Galapagos Islands, where you'll start on San Cristobal Island with a two-night stay. The afternoon is at leisure to visit the Interpretation Center, a nearby beach or the sea lion colony.

  • This morning you'll board a small yacht on a trip to Española Island, home to the waved albatross, blue-footed and Nazca boobies and some excellent snorkelling with sea turtles and plenty of fish species.

  • You'll enjoy a scenic small craft flight across the islands to Isabela, where you'll spend the next three nights in a beachfront hotel. In the afternoon you can walk the pristine white sand beaches or maybe rent a bike to explore the island.

  • Sierra Negra is one of the highlights of a Galapagos trip with the active volcano dominating the landscape. This private tour will allow you to hike toward the summit as well as to the lesser visited Volcan Chico.

  • A morning shared tour will take you by boat to Los Tuneles, a series of volcanic formations which provides excellent snorkelling opportunities with its calm waters, minimal tide and bountiful wildlife.

  • Leaving Isabela by speedboat, you'll be transferred to Puerto Ayora, the main hub of Santa Cruz Island. You'll spend three nights in town with plenty of restaurants and sightseeing possibilities within walking distance.

  • Today you will join a small group tour which will take you to the north end of the island from which you'll board a cruise to South Plazas Island, a colourful stop filled with prickly pear cactus, land iguanas and sea lions cover the land.

  • Today's tour will take you into the highlands of Santa Cruz, visiting the famous giant tortoises in the wild as well as Cerro Mesa for spectacular views of the islands.

  • You'll be transferred to the airport in Baltra in time for your flight back to mainland Ecuador.

  • Arrive home today to complete your journey.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodation, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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The specialist who designs your trip to the Galapagos Islands will have explored the country many times and, in some cases, lived there. Their first-hand knowledge gives us the belief that no other travel company can match our expertise in helping you plan your trip.

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The Galapagos Islands

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