Family Wildlife Escape to the Galapagos

Swimming with Penguins

Galapagos Islands, Quito & Northern Highlands

Duration: 8 nights

Price: From £7,150 per person in low season based on two adults and two children under 12 travelling together and including all flights in economy class, accommodation, some meals, Galapagos cruise, private transfers and taxes

People of all ages are captivated by wildlife, and the Galapagos Islands, home to numerous iconic and unique species, are fantastic for a family wildlife adventure. This luxury holiday, perfect for a half-term escape, begins in the Ecuadorian capital of Quito, where kids will love the interactive museums and volcano cable car and adults will appreciate the beautiful Spanish colonial architecture. You’ll then fly to the Galapagos Islands for a seven-night luxury cruise, spotting unique wildlife such as Galapagos penguins, giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies and Galapagos turtles. 
Perfect forFamilies looking for an adventurous yet accessible adventure in Ecuador and the Galapagos.
In the knowAdd some time at Hacienda Zuleta to experience the culture of the Otavalo area.

Best for

  • Adventure
  • Cruise
  • Family-friendly
  • Water activities

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2 nightsQUITO

Your Ecuadorian family adventure begins in the capital, Quito, a city high in the foothills of the Andes famous for the Spanish colonial architecture of its old town. Quito is a great family destination and has much to offer kids of all ages. For children who are old enough, a walking tour of the old town can be a rewarding experience, taking in the elaborate Church of the Company of Jesus and the art collections of the Monastery of San Francisco.

If legs are starting to drag, just south of the old town is the brilliant Science Museum, home to a range of interactive exhibits that are by turns fun and educational. The Aviation Museum, meanwhile, housed in a military base, will capture young imaginations with its outdoor collections of old planes and indoor exhibit of model aircraft.

Those of all ages will love the view over the city from the neighbouring Pichincha volcano, reachable by a ride in the TeleferiQo cable car. Your home for two nights is the grand Casa Gangotena, a restored classical mansion in the heart of the old town.
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6 nightsGALAPAGOS

Next, your Galapagos adventure begins as you board a short flight from Quito to to Baltra Island. Transferring to the harbour, you’ll board the luxury yacht La Pinta, your home for the next six nights. You and your family will enjoy a brilliant cruise on a western route through the Galapagos Islands, encompassing the unique volcanic landscapes and distinctive wildlife for which this region is famous.

On Fernandina you’ll spot a vast array of bird life, including hawks, flightless cormorants and blue-footed boobies, before continuing to Isabela, where at Urbina Bay you can enjoy an opportunity to swim with adorable Galapagos penguins. Children will also love visiting Tagus Cove on Isabela, a former hideaway for pirates and smugglers. On Santa Cruz, you’ll meet the iconic giant tortoise in the wild in the highlands, while on Floreana you’ll have the chance to snorkel (or take a glass-bottomed boat ride) with sea turtles, spotted eagle rays, and sea lions.

Throughout the cruise, you’ll be very well looked after aboard the luxurious La Pinta, which has comfortable guest facilities as well as expert guides who will ensure you and your family have a fun, safe and educational experience. Children in particular are well catered for with the Pirates Aboard programme of fun and educational activities.
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