For guaranteed wildlife up close, there is no match for the Galápagos Islands
A trip to the Galápagos is universally accepted to be one of the most unforgettable encounters with wildlife on the planet. Nothing can prepare you for the thrill that you will experience through the intimate contact with the creatures that inhabit these extraordinary islands.
As part of our Galapagos Islands luxury travel plans, Cazenove+Loyd has always worked only with those smaller yachts that operate at the highest level in this sensitive area. Their guides know how best to engage with you for the long-term benefit of the archipelago. We have good relationships which end up making your experience all the fuller and more memorable. Every evening the guides will talk you through the activities for the following day. These will include everything from snorkelling or diving to hiking along lava tunnels, swimming with sea lions and bird watching.
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It is best to visit the islands via a seven-night cruise. We favour the smaller yachts which give a more personal experience and crucially an excellent guide to passenger ratio.
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Galapagos Islands Luxury Travel
Snorkel with hammerheads from Kicker Rock
Snorkelling with hammerhead sharks at Kicker Rock is an exhilarating, unforgettable experience. This iconic dive site, located off the coast of San Cristobal Island, boasts rich marine biodiversity and dramatic volcanic rock formations rising from the water. As you enter the crystal-clear waters, you’ll encounter not only hammerhead sharks but also an array of other marine species such as sea turtles, rays, colourful fish and perhaps even Galápagos sea lions.
Consider exploring the islands by land and benefiting from private guides, deserted beaches and a bespoke itinerary
Exploring the islands by land with a private guide affords a unique and personalised experience. You’ll have the freedom to follow a bespoke itinerary tailored to your interests, discovering hidden gems and secluded beaches, away from the crowds. Immerse yourself in the untouched beauty of the islands, observing endemic wildlife, hiking volcanic trails and snorkelling in pristine waters, enhancing your understanding of this remarkable ecosystem with experts.
Take the kids to meet the world's most northerly penguins
Taking kids to meet the world’s most northerly penguins is an incredible educational and adventurous experience. As they encounter the Galapagos penguins, the only penguin species found in the Northern Hemisphere, children will witness their playful antics and learn about their unique adaptations to the islands’ environment. Guided by knowledgeable naturalists, kids can observe these charismatic birds up close, while also discovering other fascinating wildlife, snorkelling and exploring volcanic landscapes.
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We work in some of the most ecologically and culturally sensitive parts of the world, so have always been conscious of operating in a way that has a positive impact on both the environment and the people.
When you travel with us, we will make a contribution on your behalf to one of the following charities: All About the Light Foundation in Africa, ABOUTAsia Travel & Schools in Cambodia, the Alalay Foundation in Bolivia and Scott Polar Research Institute in the Polar Regions.
If clients are interested, we are always keen to get them involved in local projects and conservation efforts. Whether it be whale counting in Antarctica or rhino relocation in Kenya, you will leave knowing your actions have made a difference.
Our service includes booking and managing all your international and domestic flights. However, you can also book your own international flights if you would prefer. We can also organise private charters and private jet travel for both international and domestic flights.
We have a fantastic VIP service in place to help you navigate the airport and make your journey as smooth and easy as possible. We can collect you from your home, take you to the airport and escort you through check-in and immigration to avoid any queues, straight through to the airport lounge before boarding your flight. The same service can be put in place on your return journey.
We understand that one of the most important factors to our clients is flexibility to give you as much assurance as possible when booking your next trip. We are extremely flexible and are on hand to discuss with you the latest updates on flexibility in any one of our destinations.
We have excellent relationships with a handful of insurance companies who provide various forms of cover. Each one offers a different policy with varying terms and conditions, so we strongly recommend getting a series of quotes and discussing your personal requirements in detail with them in order to find the best one for you.
Booking and travelling with an accredited tour operator is more important than ever. cazenove+loyd is a bonded tour operator and is ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Our ATOL number is 3208. This means that the UK government guarantees all funds paid out to a bonded operator and is bound to pay in full if the bond holder is unable to deliver as contracted. This gives our clients peace of mind and full financial protection. Please see our booking conditions for further information.
We have put the relevant measures in place so that our destinations are ready to welcome you safely. In all of our destinations, sanitation and hygiene in our vehicles and the properties we work with are extensive, with cleaning protocols rigidly followed as well as other necessary safety requirements. We always arrange private vehicles and guides for our clients when travelling in a destination.
The price of our service is dependent on the intricacies of the itinerary. No two trips are the same. Our philosophy is to make every detail tailored just to you.
For the latest details on deposit and balance payments and schedules, please get in touch to speak to an expert.
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Each of our dedicated experts has extensive knowledge of the destinations they specialise in. They are continuously re-visiting, trying and testing so that they can offer you up to date and little-known insights into the regions they are so passionate about.
ECUADOR AND THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
Stories from The Galápagos Islands
MATT ORTON AND KATIE EMERSON
LISA GRAINGER, EDITOR TIMES LUXX