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Galapagos from Ashore

10 days from $6,070pp

What is tailor made? 100% custom | Exceptional experiences | Hand-picked guides | Lodging with character | Designed to your schedule, budget & interests

    Places visited:

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

  • See the famous Galapagos giant tortoises at close quarters.

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

  • Snorkel with an abundance of underwater marine life.

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

Michael, an Audley Travel specialist

What our specialists say...

The perfect trip for those who want to explore some of the best visitor sites of the central islands within the Galapagos but do not want to sleep on a boat. This itinerary includes the necessary surrounding arrangements ensuring a comprehensive but not overly-rushed trip.

We recommend this trip for:

  • Quito
  • Galapagos Islands

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Day 1 Quito

Quito

On arrival in Quito you will be met and taken to your hotel.

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Day 2 Quito

Quito

Enjoy a guided tour of the highlights of the historical centre of Quito.

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Day 3 Galapagos Islands

Quito , Galapagos Islands

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the Galapagos Islands. Here you will be met by your guide and transferred to the Finch Bay hotel via the highlands of Santa Cruz.

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Day 4 Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands

From your hotel you'll head out by boat to Santa Fé Island. On your short guided hike through woods of prickly pear cacti and palo santo trees, the aim is to spot the island's endemic species of land iguana. Its cove is one of the most sheltered in the Galapagos, so it's an ideal place for a swim. While snorkeling, you might see striking underwater lava formations. It's also a great island for observing lively colonies of sea lions.

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Day 5 Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands

Today sees you hike to Tortuga Bay for a morning of birdwatching. After lunch, the afternoon is yours to spend as you wish. Relax by the hotel pool, or explore the town of Puerto Ayora.

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Day 6 Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands

Today you'll embark on a full day trip to Bartolomé Island. It's distinguished by its basaltic obelisk, Pinnacle Rock, as well as tuff cones and other striking lava formations. Snorkeling here is a real highlight, as you're likely to be joined in the water by playful sea lions, Galapagos penguins and many tropical fish. The rocks are encrusted with sea urchins and anemones.

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Day 7 Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands

Today is yours to relax and unwind at your hotel. Alternatively, go hiking at Las Grietas or try mountain biking in the highlands of Santa Cruz.

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Day 8 Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands

A visit to North Seymour Island is in store for today. This low-lying island is teeming with wildlife: as well as marine iguanas, you could observe pelicans engaged in a feeding frenzy. Other birds include blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigate birds. During mating season, you can usually witness the magnificent frigate birds puffing up their scarlet throat sacks. The afternoon sees you visiting Las Bachas beach on Santa Cruz. Named after US military barges abandoned there during World War II, it's a haven for wading birds such as flamingos and common stilts.

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Day 9 Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands

Today you'll visit the tiny crescent-shaped South Plaza Island. Its cliffs and rocks are thick with green seaweed and low-lying succulent sesuvium plants. Sally Lightfoot crabs can often be seen on the beaches. Look out for sea lions and land iguanas while walking on a guided trail around the island. A walk to an overlook sometimes offers a glimpse of some of the larger marine life to be found in the Galapagos: manta rays.

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Day 10 Return home

Galapagos Islands

Transfer back to Baltra where you will fly back to the Ecuadorian mainland in time for your flight home.

Andrew Riley
Audley Travel specialist Ryan

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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. Your dedicated specialist will take the time to understand your preferences and build them into an itinerary to match, working to your budget. He or she will keep perfecting it until you’re completely happy and ready to book.

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