Situated west of South America in the eastern Pacific Ocean, the Galápagos Islands are renowned for their exquisite beauty and unique array of wildlife and fauna.
Avalon cruises provide a rare and enthralling insight into the untouched landscapes and inhabitants of this unique volcanic archipelago – from the turquoise ocean views, lava formations and white beaches to giant tortoises, sea lions, penguins and bird life.
It was here, in 1835, that the naturalist Charles Darwin, sailing on the Beagle, spent 19 days observing the islands’ ecology, flora and fauna, noting the adaptation of species like finches and tortoises to each island.
Somewhere between open-air museums and living laboratories, these lava-sculpted gems are a utopia for all travellers, from wildlife and nature lovers to adventurers and history buffs.
Before your cruise, there’s time in the Ecuadorian capital of Quito. Backed by the Andes Mountains, this absorbing city offers elegant colonial plazas, ornate churches and the nearby Equatorial Monument, which marks the end of the world!
Lush hills, volcanic craters, coralline beaches, and home to the Charles Darwin Research Centre.
Colonies of sea lions, marine iguanas and colourful Sally Lightfoot crabs live in its coves.
Look out for Galápagos penguins on snorkelling trips.
Famed for having its own endemic species of mockingbird and lava lizard, and where Darwin first landed.
A sightseeing tour of the Ecuadorian capital which includes the historic stone murals of the Legislative Palace, Independence Plaza, and the 16th-century San Francisco Monastery.
This exciting cruise vacation lets you sample the natural wonders of Ecuador and its Galápagos Islands. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Quito and have your photo taken at the “Center of the World.” You’ll also explore one of the oldest streets in Quito to visit with local artists and taste some Ecuadorian chocolate at a chocolate factory. Before taking to the sea, a highlight of your trip will be a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station to learn about conservation efforts for the giant tortoises. Then, embark on an exciting 4-night cruise among various Galápagos Islands on the recently refurbished Treasure of Galápagos. Have your camera ready as your Naturalist points out colonies of sea lions, pelicans, albatross, several species of Darwin’s finches, marine iguanas, flamingos, masked boobies, blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, storm petrels, short-eared owls, and other birds. Each day venture to a new island which is home to species found nowhere else in the world! During your cruise, you’ll also have a chance to snorkel in the tropical waters and perhaps get a look at sea turtles, sharks, and rays. A remarkable cruise adventure!
Fantastic treasures await you on this cruise vacation to Peru and the Galápagos Islands. Enjoy a walking tour of Lima; guided sightseeing in Quito, where you can have your photo taken at the “Center of the World,” and also in Cusco, the former capital of the Inca Empire; and an excursion to Otavalo’s famous Indian market, where you can shop for beautiful textiles, artwork, and other unique souvenirs. Also, visit the fascinating Inca constructions of ancient Puca Pucara, which translates to “Red Fortress,” the magnificent Temple of Sacsayhuaman, which overlooks the city of Cusco, the Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo, and mystical Machu Picchu. Then, fly to San Cristobal Island for a fantastic 4-night Galápagos Islands cruise onboard the recently refurbished Treasure of Galápagos. In the company of a local Naturalist, you’ll encounter indigenous plants and animals found only in the Galápagos Islands, such as giant tortoises, Galápagos fur sea lions, and marine iguanas—just to name a few. Also, enjoy an amazing opportunity to snorkel in the turquoise waters and see the colorful fish, sea lions, and perhaps a penguin or shark! For travelers who want to see ancient ruins, learn about new cultures, and be awed at the amazing natural world, this cruise adventure is not to be missed!