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The Galapagos by Luxury Catamaran

12-day tailor-made journey from £6,090 pp incl. flights


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Experience the unique wildlife and landscapes of Ecuador's Galapagos Islands

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  • Spot unique wildlife only found in the Galapagos, from giant tortoise to marine iguana
  • Snorkel and dive with sea lions, turtles and sharks
  • Enjoy life onboard a luxury catamaran, indulging in gourmet meals taken al fresco
  • Discover the spectacular heights of Quito, from its colonial old quarter to its hidden markets

In Brief

  • 3 Nights Quito
  • 1 Night Isla Santa Fé
  • 1 Night Española Island
  • 2 Nights San Cristóbal Island
  • 1 Night Floreana Island


Recommended for:
Activity adventure | Expedition cruise | Natural world | Wildlife

The spectacular Galapagos islands are undoubtedly best explored by ship, hopping between islands in style in the company of expert naturalist guides. On this itinerary, which includes a stay in Ecuador's capital, Quito, you'll have the chance to walk among reptiles, swim with sea lions, watch iguanas sit motionless on sun-baked lava and catch the courtship displays of blue-footed boobies and red-throated frigate birds. It's all enjoyed enjoying the delights of your luxury catamaran. 

Day by day itinerary

Day 1

After included VIP airport lounge access, depart the UK on an overnight flight, beginning your Ecuador and Galapagos holiday on day two.

Days 2-4

Arrive in Quito and transfer to your hotel. Spend the next few days exploring, from its old colonial quarter, all monuments and historic architecture, to the Ciudad Mitad del Mundo, marking the equator line. The cable car TelefériQo affords spectacular views over the city at nearly 4000m above sea level, while lower down, food stalls in the Parque Navarro provide classic Ecuadorian dishes – best washed down with a craft beer, a scene that's ever-growing in this city.

Stay: Patio Andaluz

Meals: B

Day 5
Santa Fe Island

Fly to the Galapagos Islands and board the Ocean Spray, a luxury catamaran complete with sun deck, Jacuzzi, kayaks for guests and private balconies in each room. Guests are ferried ashore to explore the islands; landings are either 'dry' (at a dock) or 'wet' (stepping ashore through the surf). Start with a visit to Santa Fe Island where you'll see giant tuna and land iguanas. 

Stay: Ocean Spray

Meals: B L D

Day 6
Espanola & Gardner Bay

After breakfast, head to Española Island, the breeding site of nearly all of the world's albatrosses, as well as an abundance of mockingbirds, blue-footed boobies and marine iguanas. Then, this afternoon, visit the spectacular Gardner Bay and Osborn Islet as you walk across a white sand beach teeming with sea lions both on shore and in the water, as well as 12,000 pairs of waved albatrosses. 

Stay: Ocean Spray

Meals: B L D

Days 7-8
San Cristobal & Lobos Island

On day seven, visit the Interpretation Centre that focuses on the interaction between human and nature, before heading to Cerro Colorado and spotting finches, mockingbirds, and the famous Galapagos giant tortoise. This afternoon you'll head to Lobos Island which translates as 'sea lion island' – and, accordingly so, is teeming with them. Take the chance to go snorkelling in one of the Galapagos' best areas and enjoy a dinghy ride to Kicker Rock, the remains of a lava cone eroded by the sea – above waters that are filled with colourful fish and sharks. Spend these days among turtles, rays, sea lions, finches, frigate birds and one of Galapagos' most iconic birds, blue footed boobies. The next day you'll visit Pitt Point and Witch Hill, host to all the species of Galápagos boobies among the volcanic rock formations. Spot sea lion colonies and three species of boobies before visiting Witch Hill, a stunning white sand beach that's filled with sea lions, egrets and great blue herons – it makes for a fantastic snorkelling or kayak excursion, too.

Stay: Ocean Spray

Meals: B L D

Day 9

Today head to Floreana where you'll spot blue-footed boobies, waved albatross, sunbathing sea lions and wading flamingos among a a magnificent blowhole and bizarre green-coloured beach. Stop by the barrel at Post Office Bay, left here by whalers in the 18th century for use as an unofficial post box. Today it's tourists who continue the tradition, leaving postcards for others and picking up any they find addressed to their home towns or cities. You'll also visit Cormorant Point, hiking to a salt-water lagoon home to a huge flock of flamingos and a green beach, caused by olivine crystals in the sand. Enjoy snorkelling in Devil's Crown where an extinct volcano looms out of the water and provides a wonderful snorkelling experience to spot sharks, rays and myriad tropical fish.

Stay: Ocean Spray

Meals: B L D

Day 10
Santa Cruz

Today you'll visit the inlet Black Turtle Cove on the north side of Santa Cruz for a two-hour dinghy ride through the mangrove forest. Spot both black-tip and white-tip reef sharks, sea turtles, spotted eagle rays and even hammerhead sharks. Then, transfer to Baltra airport for your returning flight back to Ecuador’s mainland  where you'll connect to your international flight home. Seven night and four night itineraries are also available on the Ocean Spray as well as on their sister ships Petrel or Camila that both have varying itineraries. 

Meals: B

Days 11-12

Depart the Galápagos for your flight home, via Guayaquil, arriving the next day.

Meals: B



Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Superior Deluxe

12-day tailor-made journey from £6,090 incl. flights


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from £6,090 pp. incl. flights

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from £6,380 pp. incl. flights


  • Complimentary UK airport lounge access
  • Return flights from London to Quito and Guayaquil to London
  • Domestic flights from Quito to Galapagos and Galapagos to Guayaquil
  • Private airport transfers
  • 3 nights accommodation in a 4+* (Superior) hotel on a B&B basis 
  • 5 nights luxury Galapagos cruise accommodation aboard the Ocean Spray on a full-board basis, with champagne reception, including daily shared land and sea excursions, use of snorkelling gear, wetsuits and kayaks

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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