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The Galápagos

Nature in its purest form

Galápagos tailor-made holidays & cruises


The Galápagos Islands lie more than 1,000km from mainland Ecuador but have a reputation and place in the history of science and evolution that far exceeds their small size. Rugged and often rough, there's little vegetation or cover as the majority of islands here are the remains of shield volcanoes, created by intense seismic activity.

Incredible wildlife

What makes these islands so special is the sheer quantity and diversity of wildlife, which still behaves as if people weren't a threat. Species to watch out for include Galápagos land iguanas, giant tortoises, fur seals, sea lions and a lot of birds including frigatebirds, Galápagos penguins and the delightfully named blue-footed boobies, as well as the many types of finch that so inspired Darwin.

Luxury Galápagos cruises

Boutique expedition cruise ships are the most explore the islands, and meet their inhabitants. These sailings offer the chance to visit a wide selection of islands, taking in a huge variety of habitats and discovering the diversity of life on display. They also offer a degree of flexibility, which in turn lends itself to the best wildlife encounters. A single cruise itinerary might combine the southern islands of Espanola and Floreana, central and western Fernandina and Isabella, and the northern Genovesa Islands, with most ships visiting two or maybe three islands over the course of several days.

Galápagos lodges

If cruising isn't for you, there's also the option to stay in lodges, hopping between islands to go snorkelling and diving and explore by kayak or on foot to get up close to the wildlife. Indeed, some of the hiking trails are truly stunning, such as the route to the Wall of Tears historic site on Isabella and Cerro Tijeras on Santa Cruz. And, lodges offer all the comforts you'd expect, from gourmet dining to swimming pools and spa treatments.


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Special offers in The Galápagos

Blue-footed Booby, Galapagos Islands

Luxury Quito & Galápagos Cruise

15-day tailor-made holiday from £10,390 pp incl. flights


Free Galapagos flights for travel in 2024 – Save up to £625pp
Book by: 31 August 2024

Enjoy the stunning beauty of the Galápagos aboard a luxury yacht with fore and aft observation decks, a glass-bottom boat, daily excursions and quality service.

Galápagos with Silversea

Western Galápagos on Silver Origin

11-day expedition cruise from £9,500 pp incl. flights

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Save £1,500 per person
Book by: 31 July 2024

When it comes to the great wonders of our natural world, there are few to rival the unique beauty and diversity of Ecuador's Galápagos islands. And, this itinerary on Silversea's smallest ship, Silver Origin, is perhaps its ultimate showcase.

Top itineraries in The Galápagos

Pinnacle Rock, Bartolome Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Mashpi Lodge & the Galápagos Islands

12-day tailor-made holiday from £7,170 pp incl. flights


Free Galapagos flights for travel in 2024 – Save up to £625pp
Book by: 31 August 2024

Combine the history of Quito and the unique biodiversity of the Amazon with perhaps the ultimate in wildlife-watching experiences – a luxury Galápagos cruise.

Eagle Ray, the Galápagos

Wonders of Peru and the Galápagos

15-day tailor-made holiday from £9,015 pp incl. flights

Take in the unique history of Peru's archaeological treasures before flying out across the Pacific for a four-night cruise exploring the wildlife-rich islands of Ecuador's Galápagos.

Cotopaxi Volcano, Ecuador

Grand Tour of Ecuador & the Galápagos

17-day tailor-made holiday from £9,710 pp incl. flights

Straddling the equator, mainland Ecuador hosts colonial cities, beautiful haciendas, towering volcanoes and green, steamy jungles. Combined with the incredible diversity of nature that can only be found on the Galápagos, it's a truly compelling destination.

Isabela Island

Quito, Otavalo & Galápagos Island Hopping‬‬

12-day tailor-made holiday from £6,770 pp incl. flights

This is a comprehensive appreciation of the Galápagos’ natural world, taking in its spectacular scenery and wildlife on a range of guided excursions. You’ll also have time to explore Ecuador’s colonial heritage and indigenous culture.

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Top places to stay in The Galápagos

La Pinta Yacht, Galapagos

La Pinta Yacht

Luxury cruise ship

La Pinta offers access to the Galápagos in style, and daily excursions from kayaking, glass-bottom boats to island tours.

Pool, Finch-Bay Eco Hotel, Puerto Ayora, Galapagos

Finch Bay Galápagos Hotel, Galápagos

Contemporary hotel

Based on the south of Santa Cruz island, this eco-friendly hotel is provides private, spacious terraces with fabulous views of the bay. Activities include kayaking, mountain biking, surfing, guided walks and sea excursions on board the hotel's own yacht.

Galápagos Habitat

Galápagos Habitat Hotel

Contemporary eco-accommodation

Take in the views of a wildlife-dotted bay from this eco offering’s sundeck, plush rooms and superb grill restaurant.

Isabela II Yacht, Galapagos

MV Isabela II


Be guided by an expert naturalist through the blue waters of the Galápagos to giant turtles and mesmerising views as you kayak, snorkel and trek your way through this stunning archipelago.

The Galápagos articles

  • Seal in the Galápagos

    Trip report: Ecuador and the Galápagos

    Galápagos specialist Debbie Mayger recently visited the Galápagos Islands and Ecuador's capital, Quito. Read her review of both for some honest insight into the accommodation, facilities and overall experience, as well as her advice for anybody thinking about going to visit.

  • Silver Origin, Silversea

    Introducing Silversea's Silver Origin

    Introducing Silver Origin. A luxury ship designed specifically with Ecuador's Galápagos Islands in mind.

  • Silver Galapagos

    Why book a cruise to Latin America?

    Latin America is spectacularly varied and unimaginably vast, from rainforests in the Amazon to glaciers in Patagonia. We explore why cruises are of the best ways to fully immerse yourself in the dramatic landscapes of the region.

  • Wild at sea

    Tess Richmond, a Wexas Latin America and Cruise specialist, reports on her recent trip to The Galápagos Islands aboard MV Eclipse.

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