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Private Galapagos: Santa Cruz and Isabela Islands

8 days from £6,826pp

Ecuador & Galapagos Islands / Galapagos Islands

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Overview & Highlights

Discover an astonishing array of wildlife sheltered among the hidden coves and sparkling bays of the Galápagos Islands. From Quito, you’ll stay in the unique Scalesia Lodge and stylish Finch Bay hotel.

  • Scheduled excursions to nearby islands from Scalesia Lodge
  • Visit Los Gemelos volcanic sinkholes
  • Scheduled excursions to neighbouring islands from Finch Bay
  • Stargazing workshop at Finch Bay hotel
  • Excursion to Divine Bay and Charles Darwin Research Station

Encounter basking sea lions, chattering penguins and giant tortoises on this journey across the Enchanted Isles of the Galápagos. Explore both land and sea by staying in two top-quality lodges on contrasting volcanic islands, and setting out each day to explore nearby islets by motor yacht.
Begin in Quito, Ecuador’s charming Andean capital, where you’ll spend a night in an ornate Renaissance-inspired mansion in the heart of the Old City. You’ll travel by air to Isabela Island, taking in the breathtaking scenery from a twin engine light aircraft, before ascending into the highland forests that envelop modern safari-style tents at Scalesia Lodge. Nearby volcanic islands of twisted lava and sparkling sandy coves await exploration, with daily excursions from the lodge to encounter the graceful marine creatures and trusting wildlife that make the archipelago so unique. You’ll round off your trip at the stylish Finch Bay hotel, located on a tranquil beach within easy reach of the region’s oldest and most beautiful islets.

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