A Galápagos Safari: Holiday Departures

Revel in fearless creatures, volcanic landscapes, and an exclusive highland retreat

  • One-of-a-kind holiday adventure, with water activities and World Heritage Sites
  • Santa Cruz Island’s famed giant tortoises right outside your door
  • Days spent island hopping, nights spent at luxurious tented retreat
Galapagos with GeoEx
Trip Type: Scheduled Departure
Trip Length: 8 Days
Activity type(s): Cultural Tour, Day Hiking, Kayaking, Water and Beach, Biking
Trip Extensions: Ecuador Extensions
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Simply put, the Galápagos are extraordinary, and, in our opinion, they’re one of the world's best places to spend the December holidays. Our remarkable week-long journey is based from Santa Cruz Island’s Galápagos Safari Camp (modeled after Africa’s best permanent luxury tented camps), which we have exclusively booked for our guests.

With help from our expert naturalist, our small group will get acquainted with some of Santa Cruz Island’s finest beaches, its geologic, floral, and faunal wonders, and with its famed Giant tortoises, both at the conservation-focused Charles Darwin Research Station and up in the highlands (our camp is located next to a tortoise reserve). We also spend a three full days island hopping aboard a sleek 16-passenger yacht, navigating the neighboring isles which are peacefully populated by sea lions, blue-footed boobies, land and sea iguanas, frigate birds, and a healthy cast of other fascinating wildlife characters. Each night, after snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, and hiking around this fabled archipelago, we return to the incredible comfort and hospitality of our cloud forest retreat.

Galapagos travel map

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1: arrive Guayaquil
  • Day 2: fly to Galápagos, arrive Safari Camp
  • Day 3: full-day yacht excursion: swimming, snorkeling, and hiking
  • Day 4: full-day yacht excursion: swimming, snorkeling, and hiking
  • Day 5: Santa Cruz Island, Charles Darwin Research Station
  • Day 6: full-day yacht excursion: swimming, snorkeling, and hiking
  • Day 7: morning at camp, afternoon flight to Guayaquil
  • Day 8: depart Guayaquil.