Galapagos Islands Adventure

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per person, double occupancy* based on Nov. 23, 2018 departure
$600 Early Bird Discount. Expires May 17, 2018.*   All prices reflect savings.


Featuring Explore the flora, fauna & spectacular scenery of two biodiverse Galapagos Islands: Santa Cruz & Isabela
Style Small Group TourTravel with a small, intimate group of 15-24 likeminded travelers escorted by an English speaking guide and/or tour manager for some or all of your journey. More of these packages
18 travelers max, dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures Scheduled Dates; select from 12 open departures, June – November 2018
Price Includes
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Guides
  • Round-trip flights from Miami (MIA) including fuel surcharges and taxes and fees
  • All transfers, ground transportation & Galapagos flights
  • Transportation between islands in shared charter speedboat
  • Superior class accommodations in Quito and in the Galapagos
  • 13 Meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 4 dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours with a naturalist guide on the islands
  • Snorkeling gear
  • Galapagos National Park Fee ($100), Transit Control Card ($20), & Isabela Port Fee ($10)
  • Amazon Optional Extension
Highlights Visit Los Gemelos lava chambers and a Giant Tortoise Reserve, See Concha de Perla, Explore Tortuga Bay
Departs Miami (MIA); other gateways on request (flight schedule)
Themes ActiveNature & Wildlife
What to Expect This fast-paced, locally hosted tour involves a significant amount of walking or hiking, often on uneven terrain, and reaches high altitudes requiring a high level of physical fitness to fully enjoy the trip.
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Galapagos Islands Adventure itinerary

The Galapagos Islands are among Ecuador’s jewels. More than 600 miles offshore in the Pacific, these islands are home to fascinating species of birds and animals such as marine iguanas, giant tortoises, blue and red-footed boobies, pelicans and even a few penguins. Follow in the intrepid footsteps of Charles Darwin on an active adventure and discover the unique wildlife that inspired his theory of evolution. Stay on Santa Cruz and Isabela Islands traveling from island to island via speedboat rides for an incredible Galapagos experience, which includes flights, first-class hotels and most meals, as well as a fast-paced program of hiking, exploration, and observation of the islands' delicate ecosystems. So lace up your boots, strap on your daypacks, and don't wait a moment longer to book our new Galapagos Islands Adventure package. Space is truly very limited, and at these prices, you won't find a better value-for-money vacation anywhere.

Dates, Prices & Options

Departure Dates & Prices

Early Bird Discount: Save up to $600 per person if you book by May 17, 2018!
Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
Depart / Return Package Price Early
Early Bird
Good Thru
Departs: Fri, Mar. 9, 2018
Returns: Thu, Mar. 15, 2018
Mar 9 – Mar 15 $2999 Departed
Departs: Fri, Mar. 16, 2018
Returns: Thu, Mar. 22, 2018
Mar 16 – Mar 22 $2599 Departed
Departs: Fri, Mar. 23, 2018
Returns: Thu, Mar. 29, 2018
Mar 23 – Mar 29 $2999 Departed
Departs: Fri, Mar. 30, 2018
Returns: Thu, Apr. 5, 2018
Mar 30 – Apr 5 $2599 Closed
Departs: Fri, Apr. 6, 2018
Returns: Thu, Apr. 12, 2018
Apr 6 – Apr 12 $2699 Closed
Departs: Fri, Apr. 13, 2018
Returns: Thu, Apr. 19, 2018
Apr 13 – Apr 19 $2499 Closed
Departs: Fri, Apr. 27, 2018
Returns: Thu, May 3, 2018
Apr 27 – May 3 $2499 Closed
Departs: Fri, May 4, 2018
Returns: Thu, May 10, 2018
May 4 – May 10 $2459 Closed
Departs: Fri, May 11, 2018
Returns: Thu, May 17, 2018
May 11 – May 17 $2999 Closed
Departs: Fri, May 18, 2018
Returns: Thu, May 24, 2018
May 18 – May 24 $3099 Closed
Departs: Fri, May 25, 2018
Returns: Thu, May 31, 2018
May 25 – May 31 $3199 Closed
Departs: Fri, Jun. 1, 2018
Returns: Thu, Jun. 7, 2018
Jun 1 – Jun 7 $3099 Closed
Departs: Fri, Jun. 8, 2018
Returns: Thu, Jun. 14, 2018
Book by Thu, May 17, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Jun 8 – Jun 14 $3499 –$600 May 17 $2899 Select
Departs: Fri, Jun. 15, 2018
Returns: Thu, Jun. 21, 2018
Jun 15 – Jun 21 $3099 Closed
Departs: Fri, Jun. 22, 2018
Returns: Thu, Jun. 28, 2018
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Jun 22 – Jun 28 $3499 –$600 May 17 $2899 Select
Departs: Fri, Jun. 29, 2018
Returns: Thu, Jul. 5, 2018
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Jun 29 – Jul 5 $3599 –$600 May 17 $2999 Select
Departs: Fri, Jul. 6, 2018
Returns: Thu, Jul. 12, 2018
Jul 6 – Jul 12 $3399 Closed
Departs: Fri, Jul. 13, 2018
Returns: Thu, Jul. 19, 2018
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Jul 13 – Jul 19 $3549 –$600 May 17 $2949 Select
Departs: Fri, Jul. 20, 2018
Returns: Thu, Jul. 26, 2018
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Jul 20 – Jul 26 $3599 –$600 May 17 $2999 Select
Departs: Fri, Jul. 27, 2018
Returns: Thu, Aug. 2, 2018
Jul 27 – Aug 2 $3699 Closed
Departs: Fri, Aug. 10, 2018
Returns: Thu, Aug. 16, 2018
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Aug 10 – Aug 16 $3749 –$600 May 17 $3149 Select
Departs: Fri, Aug. 24, 2018
Returns: Thu, Aug. 30, 2018
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Aug 24 – Aug 30 $3699 –$600 May 17 $3099 Select
Departs: Fri, Sep. 7, 2018
Returns: Thu, Sep. 13, 2018
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Sep 7 – Sep 13 $3599 –$600 May 17 $2999 Select
Departs: Fri, Sep. 21, 2018
Returns: Thu, Sep. 27, 2018
Sep 21 – Sep 27 $3299 Closed
Departs: Fri, Oct. 12, 2018
Returns: Thu, Oct. 18, 2018
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Oct 12 – Oct 18 $3399 –$600 May 17 $2799 Select
Departs: Fri, Oct. 26, 2018
Returns: Thu, Nov. 1, 2018
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Oct 26 – Nov 1 $3599 –$600 May 17 $2999 Select
Departs: Fri, Nov. 9, 2018
Returns: Thu, Nov. 15, 2018
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Nov 9 – Nov 15 $3399 –$600 May 17 $2799 Select
Departs: Fri, Nov. 23, 2018
Returns: Thu, Nov. 29, 2018
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Nov 23 – Nov 29 $3299 –$600 May 17 $2699 Select

Want to stay longer? We may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates. Ask us about prices and availability when you reserve (details).

Options & Fees

Galapagos Islands Adventure
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement +$499
Taxes & Fees
Galapagos National Park Fee of $100 included
INGALA Tourist Control Card of $20 included
Isabela Port Fee of $10 included
Amazon Optional Extension1
Amazon Optional Extension +$799
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement +$199

1. This extension requires a minimum of 2 passengers to operate. Flights for the extension must be confirmed separately by the airline, which typically takes 3-5 business days after you place your booking. We will notify you immediately when confirmed.

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
Miami (MIA)1 included

1. For flights from MIA, upgrades may be available to Business Class starting from $1,000. For actual prices and availability from this or other cities, please make your request during the reservation process so that our air team can check the availability and provide you with the exact rate for your chosen travel date. Rates and space are subject to availability with the airline, an increased deposit may be required to confirm a seating upgrade.

This package includes round-trip flights from the cities listed above. Please review the flight schedule, especially if you're booking connecting flights.

Coming from somewhere else? Ask us about availability and prices for flights from other cities when you reserve (details).

How to Make a Reservation

To make a reservation, simply select an available departure date and reserve online using our secure booking system. Or call one of our travel specialists at 800-555-5765. But first, check out our Things to Know section.

We only require a per-person deposit payment, which you can pay with your credit card or PayPal account. This deposit will be applied towards the cost of your package, and is generally non-refundable (details). The balance is due 75 days prior to departure (or within 72 hours, if you're booking less than 75 days prior to departure), and can be paid by credit card, PayPal, check or money order.

Deposit $900


Notice Notice: Effective May 2018, Ecuador's Ministry of Foreign Affairs have approved a new law requiring all travelers entering Ecuador to present proof of medical and emergency travel insurance. Visitors who do not have a medical and emergency travel insurance coverage during their stay in Ecuador may be denied entry.

Day 1: Depart Miami/Arrive Quito, Ecuador

Accommodations: 1 night Wyndham Quito Airport Hotel or similar, Quito.

  • Today, make your way to Miami International Airport and check-in for your flight
  • Arrive in Quito this evening and transfer by hotel shuttle service to your hotel for check-in

Old Town, QuitoFull Day Itinerary: Today, make your way to Miami International Airport and check-in for your flight. Later this evening, arrive in Quito (9,500 feet above sea level) and after customs formalities, you will be met and transferred by scheduled shuttle service to your hotel for check-in and overnight.

Day 2: Quito, Baltra Island & Santa Cruz Island

Accommodations: 1 night Hotel Solymar or similar, Puerto Ayora. Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Transfer to the airport for your flight to Baltra Island
  • Take a short ferry ride to Santa Cruz Island
  • See Los Gemelos lava chambers
  • Explore a 600-acre private giant tortoise reserve
  • Continue to Puerto Ayora for check-in and welcome drink

Sea lionFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your flight to Baltra, gateway to the Galapagos Islands to begin your adventure. Next, take a short ferry ride across Itabaca Channel to Santa Cruz Island, then drive through the various micro climates on your way to the village of Puerto Ayora on the south side of the island.

Today you'll see Los Gemelos (The Twins), two enormous collapsed lava chambers - an awe-inspiring visual reminder of the power of nature. The path to the lava chambers a wonderful introduction to the great biodiversity of the Santa Cruz Highlands, teeming with endemic flora and fauna, including a Scalesia Forest draped in liverwort and mosses, as well as numerous birds such as Darwin Finches.

Giant tortoise, Santa Cruz IslandAfterward, drive to a 600-acre private reserve where giant Galapagos tortoises freely roam, graze and sleep. Feel free to mingle with these gentle giants. As prehistoric as these creatures look, wait until you hear what they sound like! Galapago is Spanish for tortoise, and the islands were named for these amazing creatures. There will be a selection of field boots for your use if conditions are muddy.

Next, you'll have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore the remnants of an illuminated lava tunnel. Created by ancient lava flows, the tunnel is 1350 feet long with a ceiling nearly 20 feet high in most places, adorned with stalagmites & stalactites, mineral-colored walls, and a rippled lava floor.

Continue to Puerto Ayora to check into your hotel.

Day 3: Santa Cruz Island & Isabela Island

Accommodations: 1 night Iguana Crossing or similar, Puerto Villamil. Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Board a speedboat and set off for Puerto Villamil on Isabela Island
  • See Concha de Perla
  • Afternoon at leisure for optional activities

Isabela IslandFull Day Itinerary: Early this morning, board a shared charter speedboat embarking at approx. 7:00am and set off for Puerto Villamil on Isabela Island. The trip takes approximately two hours, and you may see some marine life such as whales, dolphins and manta rays among others. Upon arrival at Puerto Villamil, check in at your hotel.

After breakfast at the lodge, set out to see Concha de Perla. Return to the lodge for lunch. The balance of the day is at leisure for optional activities.

Day 4: Isabela Island & Santa Cruz Island

Accommodations: 2 nights Hotel Solymar or similar, Puerto Ayora. Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Explore a small group of islands called Las Tintoreras
  • Take a walk through a lava field that is home to a colony of marine iguanas
  • Board a speedboat and return to Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island

Blue footed boobiesFull Day Itinerary: After an early breakfast at the lodge, board a small craft and head out to Las Tintoreras, a small group of islands located just off the coast of Puerto Villami. Here, you’ll take an intriguing walk through a jagged lava field, passing abundant colonies of nesting marine iguanas and sea lions, to see a small canal of shallow waters, full of resting white-tipped reef sharks. After the walk, you have the opportunity to snorkel in this warm, shallow bay surrounded by mangroves, for an opportunity to see white-tipped reef sharks, sea lions, sea turtles, and, of course, the mystery of the mangrove below the surface.

This afternoon board a shared charter speedboat heading back to Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island. Upon arrival at the hotel, check in and enjoy some free time to explore the town of Puerto Ayora.

Day 5: Tortuga Bay & Santa Cruz Island

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Set out on tour of beautiful Tortuga Bay
  • See exotic native species on a walk through a cactus forest
  • Continue to a sandy beach to observe marine creatures in the shallow water
  • After a chance to swim, take a short hike to an iguana nesting site
  • Walk through a prickly pear forest then continue back to the lodge
  • Visit the Charles Darwin Research Center independently after lunch

IguanaFull Day Itinerary: Depart after breakfast for a tour of Tortuga Bay. A short hike down a path will take you through a cactus forest, home to numerous Darwin Finches, Mockingbirds, Yellow Warblers, Lava Lizards and many more of the Galapagos’ endemic and native species. From the white sandy beach, you will have a chance to observe different marine species, like sting rays and baby reef sharks in the shallow waters of the mangroves.

After an opportunity to swim, take a short hike to a marine iguana nesting site. The walk back is through a prickly pear forest carpeted in crimson sesuvium with black lava outcroppings. Continue on foot back to the hotel or if a water taxi is available, you can pay for a short boat ride back to the hotel (approx. $10 per person). Visit the Charles Darwin Research Center independently in the afternoon after lunch. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Santa Cruz Island & Quito

Accommodations: 1 night Wyndham Quito Airport Hotel or similar, Quito. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Transfer to the Baltra airport for your flight back to Quito
  • Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check-in

Full Day Itinerary: After breakfast, head north along the Santa Cruz highway through the various vegetation zones of the island. The highway ends at a small port where you will board the ferry to Baltra Island. Continue to the Seymour Airport by bus passing through the rocky terrain and the remains of a strategic U.S. Army Air Force base constructed during World War 2. If time permits, take advantage of the souvenir shops at Seymour Airport before boarding your flight to Quito. Upon arrival, transfer by scheduled shuttle service to your hotel for check-in.

Day 7: Depart Quito/Arrive Miami

  • Transfer by hotel shuttle to the airport for your return flight
  • Arrive in Miami later today

Inter-Island Transportation

The Galapagos Islands are connected by shared charter speedboats that take travelers from one island to another. Unfortunately, most of the boats tend to be small, and the trip from island to island can be choppy. Be patient with this means of transport, as it is not possible to enjoy the incredible experiences found only on these islands without being able to get from place to place. Generally the trips can last 2 hours. While the inter-island trips can be bumpy at times due to rough seas, you'll travel in the relative comfort of our boats, which are among the best in the islands.

Important Travelers Notes

Due to the fragile ecosystem on the islands, there are very few roads accessible by motorized vehicles. Some venues within the islands may be accessed by foot only. When touring the islands, you may expect considerable amount of walking, often on uneven terrain. If you are prone to motion sickness, we highly recommend that you bring medication to counter the effects of motion sickness. We strongly recommend that you consult with your physician regarding any concerns.

The hotels on this tour are the finest properties available on the Galapagos, These are small, intimate and unique hotels, with all the necessary amenities, but accommodations are more basic than lavish, as the delicate island ecosystems cannot support large luxury hotels. Click the hotel names above for more details.

Amazon Optional Extension

Why not take advantage of your already-included international airfare to visit the fascinating Ecuadorian Amazon. Passengers taking the post-tour extension will arrive in the U.S. 3 days later than the dates listed.

Day 7: Quito, Papallacta & Ecuadorian Amazon

Accommodations: 2 nights Casa del Suizo or similar, Punta Ahuano. Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Drive to the Ecuadorian Amazon
  • Stop en route at Papallacta hot springs
  • Continue to Punta Ahuano for a canoe ride on the Napo River to the lodge
  • Welcome cocktail and dinner

Casa del Suizo, AmazonFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast today, set out along a scenic stretch of road overlooking lush green valleys and sparkling waterfalls. En route, stop at Papallacta, a small resort town known for its thermal springs tucked high away in an Andean valley (11,000 feet above sea level). You’ll have the option to bathe in the hot springs ($19 per person, includes hot springs entrance, towel, and locker) or independently explore the surrounding area by foot.

Continue by van/coach and arrive this afternoon at Punta Ahuano, a tiny port town on the north bank of the Napo River, where piraguas (canoes) await you for a short ride downstream to your lodge. After check-in, sip a refreshing welcome cocktail and dinner.

Day 8: Amazon

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Enjoy a full day of activities at the Amazon lodge

Quechua face painting, Casa del SuizoFull Day Itinerary: Enjoy a full day exploring the wonders of the Napo River Amazon region. After a short walk through the jungle, your guide will present you with the itinerary for the day. Some of the activities available include a visit to a Quechua family, a demonstration of indigenous animal trapping techniques, nature hikes and river rafting or tubing along the Napo River. The activities for the day will be determined at the discretion of the tour guide to best fit your group’s abilities and interests. Time permitting, other independent activities may be available at additional cost.

Day 9: Amazon & Quito

Accommodations: 1 night Wyndham Quito Airport. Included meals: 2017 departures: Breakfast; 2018 departures: Breakfast & lunch.

  • Today, return to Quito
  • Check-in at your airport hotel for overnight

Canoe ride, Napo RiverFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast, set out on canoes again to return to Punta Ahuano. Continue by van/coach along the scenic Andes Mountain range back to Quito. Arrive at your airport hotel for check in. The balance of the day is at leisure to enjoy the amenities at the hotel and rest before your return flight home tomorrow.

Day 10: Depart Quito/Arrive Miami

  • Take the hotel shuttle to the airport for your return flight
  • Arrive in the USA later today


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Our family just returned from our first Friendly Planet trip. We went to the Galapagos Islands. The arrangements went so smoothly. All the hotels were even nicer than we had anticipated and the guides were wonderful. There was not one hitch or issue. We can't recommend Friendly Planet highly enough. We had one glitch when the airline that provided transportation between the US and Ecuador stopped flying certain routes but Friendly Planet worked with us to find an alternative route.

Maura McMullen, Silver Spring, MD

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