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

Ecuador & the Galápagos 2020/21

£4,158 pp
Cruise only

£5,348 pp
Cruise with flights & transfers

  • 8 day River Cruise Quito to Quito
  • Price based on 05 Feb 20
  • 11 dates available

Discover the Galápagos & Peru 2020/21

£6,605 pp
Cruise only

£7,701 pp
Cruise with flights & transfers

  • 15 day River Cruise Lima to Quito
  • Price based on 02 Feb 20
  • 12 dates available