The Galápagos Islands

Lying on the Equator, the Galápagos consists of 13 main islands and several small islets 600 miles off Ecuador. In 1835 the naturalist Charles Darwin spent 19 days observing their ecology, flora and fauna and noting the adaptation of species like finches and tortoises. His findings informed his theory of natural selection and evolution presented in his radical ‘The Origin of the Species’ in 1859. In 1959, the archipelago became a national park, opening the way for the Galápagos Islands cruises that visit today. Galápagos Islands cruises provide a rare and mesmerising insight into the untouched landscapes and creatures of this volcanic archipelago, from turquoise ocean views, lava formations and white beaches to giant tortoises, sea lions, penguins and incredible birdlife. Avalon Galápagos Islands cruises offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness these enchanting islands and the extraordinary flora and wildlife that are their signatures.

Highlights of our Galápagos Islands cruises

  • Santa Cruz
    • The base of the Charles Darwin Research Centre, this stunning island consists of lush hills, volcanic craters and amazing flora, together with mossy highlands roamed by the Galápagos’ giant tortoises.
  • Santiago
    • The island’s coves draw colonies of sea lions, marine iguanas, colourful Sally Lightfoot crabs and innumerable sea birds.
  • Rábida
    • A haven for boobies, pelicans, sea lions, flamingos and finches. Its dolphin-dotted waters are ideal for snorkelling.

Discover the Galápagos & Peru

Truly the experience of a lifetime, marvel at the magnificence of Machu Picchu and the Inca ruins of the Sacred Valley, the enchanting beauty of Ecuador and the captivating natural wonders of the Galápagos.

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Ecuador and Galápagos

Explore Ecuador and experience the captivating natural wonders of the incredible Galápagos Islands archipelago

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Cruises to the Galápagos Islands

Discover the Galápagos & Peru


from £7,447 per person

  • 16 days
  • Price based on 23 Jun 19
  • 6 dates available

Was from £7,748pp, now from £7,448pp Offer prices based on two sharing and subject to real-time flight price fluctuations Fantastic treasures await you on this cruise 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 colourful fish, sea lions and perhaps a penguin or shark! For travellers 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!