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The Galapagos Archipelago lies 1,000 kilometres from Ecuador's coastline in the Pacific Ocean. Each of the thirteen islands and countless smaller islets has a unique ecosystem of its own, a living laboratory that inspired Darwin to write his Theory of Evolution while on the voyage of the HMS Beagle. Never connected with the continent, the islands contain many endemic species - only here will you see Galapagos penguins, flightless cormorants and marine iguanas, and the giant tortoises that give the archipelago its name.

Most expeditions with your expert naturalist guide are by panga - inflatable rubber craft with outboard motor. Snorkels are available for you to explore the fascinating underwater world, a myriad of colourful fish, playful sea lions, dolphins and sunken volcanic craters.

On your Galapagos Island cruise, you choose the style of vessel you wish to cruise on. Galapagos Eclipse carries just 48 passengers but has all the amenities of a larger ship. Alternatively choose an even smaller vessel of around 20 passengers - such as one of the three motor yachts Eric, Letty and Flamingo that sail in flotilla.

Different ships may also offer varying duration of itineraries from 3,4,5 and 7 nights to fit in with the rest of your itinerary. You can easily combine your Galapagos cruise with some time exploring the Andean landscapes and Amazon forests of Ecuador or the Incan treasures of neighbouring Peru.

With our selection of Galapagos Islands holidays there are a fantastic selection of cruises that can be taken through and around the Galapagos Islands, including Eric, Letty and Flamingo, Galapagos Journey I, Integrity, La Pinta and Santa Cruz. There are also some magnificent accommodations, including Royal Palm and Villa Escalesia.

Galapagos Boats
All boats operating in the Galapagos Islands are, essentially, expedition vessels. Whilst several describe themselves as 'luxury', and are certainly very comfortable, it is important to make this distinction. No boat in the Galapagos operates to the high specification of international luxury cruise liners or upmarket river boats operating elsewhere in the world. All cruisers and yachts in the Galapagos leave the Islands for dry dock on a  24 month cycle. In order to protect the marine reserve and the fragile ecosystem, there are many restrictions in place which the boats must adhere to, such as the use of certain types of paint. A&K use the most comfortable and responsible boats available in the Galapagos - those which offer the best experience and are most sympathetic to the unique Galapagos environment - but it is essential that you expect an expedition vessel first and foremost.

Galapagos Islands Holidays Offers

Cormorant, Galapagos Islands

Cormorant, Galapagos Islands

Save up to £930 per adult on Galapagos Cormorant
Observe the amazing wildlife and get up close and personal with the Galapagos' many amazing creatures when staying on the elegant and stylish Cormorant. Valid for travel now until 30th June 2015. Subject to availability, excludes international flights and any additional touring.


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Suggested itineraries in Galapagos Islands Holidays

Classic Ecuador & Galapagos

Nights: 13 | from £5,735

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Discover the iconic Galapagos Islands on a 7 night luxury cruise aboard before staying in a boutique hotel in the grounds of a working hacienda.

Quintessential Galapagos & Ecuador

Nights: 14 | from £4,995

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Dugout canoes, Parrot clay clicks, volcanos, geothermal pools, local markets, historic towns, rafting, hiking and horseback riding only make up a portion of your Ecuadorean adventure.

Highlights of Ecuador

Nights: 9 | from £3,050

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A thrilling exploration of the UNESCO-listed city of Quito and a cruise to the Galapagos Islands in search of owls, land iguanas and sea lions.

Quito & Galapagos Islands Cruise

Nights: 5 |

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A fascinating look at the beautiful UNESCO declared "World Heritage Cultural Site" city of Quito and the Galapagos Islands which have captivated naturalists for centuries...

Family Ecuador & Galapagos

Nights: 12 | from £4,995

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A 12 night adventure cruise to Ecuador and the Galapagos; with professional guides and educational activities to entertain the children while you relax.

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