Best Galapagos Cruise

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Best Galapagos Cruise

Galapagos tours include traditional small boats, cruises and ships. This tour uses one of our hand-picked expedition cruises. Each day, tour different islands with an expert naturalist, and get close to giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas and other iconic Galapagos wildlife. Most exciting for visitors is the lack of fear and even curiosity with which the Galápagos animals typically regard humans. This means visitors can get up close and personal without them scurrying off.

Begin in Quito, the capital of Ecuador and explore its richly decorated churches which are a fusion of Spanish, Italian, Moorish, Flemish and indigenous art. The beautiful Quito town abounds with chic hotels, contemporary restaurants and cool bars. In Galapagos, see the cycle of life, which depending on the season, might include mating rituals, newborns feeding, territorial squabbles, and more. Snorkel or scuba dive among sea turtles, playful sea lions and schools of brightly coloured fish. 

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 11-DAY GALAPAGOS CRUISE…
And, experience snorkelling with sea lions & giant turtles.
 

What We Love
  • In Quito, stay at the luxurious boutique Casa Gangotena hotel. 
  • Snorkel with sea lions, watch bellowing elephant bulls and admire the courtship of a Blue-footed Booby. 
  • Silversea Expedition cruises to explore Galápagos. a nature lover’s dream.
  • Hotel in Quito and cruise can be changed to lower budget.
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience.
What to Know
  • This is a medium active tour and may include walking on rough terrains.
  • You will be in a small group during the cruise in Galapagos. 
  • We carefully select the world's best boutique tour companies in each destination.
  • Around the clock support in each destination during your trip. 
  • This tour is in high demand and we suggest that you book in advance.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

Essence of the Galapagos

Quito, Galapagos Islands (8-day cruise)
(11 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day 1 – Arrive
Quito On arrival in Buenos Aires you will VIP airport assistance and private transfer to your chosen hotel for a two-night stay.  
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Casa Gangotena.

Day 2 – Private Touring
Quito Full-day private touring: With your private local guide, tour the city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with Spanish colonial-era architecture. Explore interesting back streets, hidden courtyards and churches with spectacular interiors. Visit the best museums, traditional workshops, markets and other sites according to your interests. Perhaps also shop for a high-quality Panama hat—an Ecuador original.
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Casa Gangotena (B)

Day 3 – Explore
Galapagos Islands Private transfer to the airport for your flight to Galapagos Islands. On arrival transfer aboard Silversea Galapagos and spend 8-day cruise exploring the Galapagos Islands —a dream destination for nature lovers—on one of our preferred expedition cruises, the Silversea Silver Galapagos. Each day, tour different islands with an expert naturalist, and get close to giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas and other iconic Galapagos wildlife. See the cycle of life up close, which depending on the season, might include mating rituals, newborns feeding, territorial squabbles, and more. Snorkel among sea turtles, playful sea lions and schools of brightly coloured fish. Upon request, we can arrange private yacht charters, SCUBA diving and other options in the Galapagos.
Overnight: Cruise of your choice
Recommended: Silversea Galapagos (B, L, D)

Days 4-9 – Explore
Galapagos Islands Cruise-based excursions and activities
Overnight: Cruise of your choice
Recommended: Silversea Galapagos (B, L, D)

Day 10 – Transfer
Quito/ Guayaquil Transfer to flight to Quito/Guayaquil. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 1 night
Overnight: Hotel of your choice
Recommended: Casa Gangotena (B)

Day 11 – Depart
Quito/ Guayaquil Private transfer to the airport for your connecting flight.
 

 
Best Galapagos Cruise Ecuador & Galapagos

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199


Getting There Ecuador: There are no direct flights to Ecuador from the UK and Ireland, but there are plenty of indirect flights to both Quito and Guayaquil involving a flight change in Europe or the US. Approximate flying times from the US to Quito is four hours from Miami and around five hours from Houston and Atlanta. Iberia and Air Comet offer services via Madrid, and KLM via Amsterdam. Other possibilities include taking a flight to South American hubs, such as Bogotá or Caracas, from where connections to Ecuador can be made. Typical journey times are between 15 to 17 hours.

Galapagos: There are daily flights to Galapagos from Quito and Guayaquil. The airline allows one checked suitcase (maximum 44 lbs.) and one carry-on bag per passenger. We recommend that all passengers travelling to Galapagos consider two nights in mainland Ecuador prior to their cruise to allow for potential flight delays and misconnection.  This is particularly important for passengers travelling over winter holidays when flights tend to be overbooked and/or delayed caused by poor weather conditions.

When to go The Galapagos have a surprisingly cool, sub-tropical climate. There are two seasons, both of which have some precipitation. Galapagos gets an average of ten inches of rain per year, it is never considered “rainy”. During the months of December to May, the cooling currents subside, temperatures rise and the climate is warm and sunny with occasional showers. In June, the trend begins toward cooler temperatures with moderate breezes, which continue through November. This period is referred to as the “garua” season, meaning mist in Spanish.