The Galapagos Islands by Land Itinerary

Discover the wildlife, scenery and history of the Galapagos Islands

An itinerary designed for families to explore the Galapagos Islands without being at sea. 

The first question you are likely to be asked about your Galapagos trip is “Which boat are you going on?”, but did you know that you don’t have stay on a boat at all?

This itinerary is designed primarily with families in mind but it can be adapted for anyone who does not like the idea of being at sea for days at a time. Travelling with a private guide at your own pace means that you can take in these incredible islands in a different way. You will have the opportunity to climb volcanos, meet giant tortoises in the wild, snorkel in hidden coves and eat in a variety of restaurants, meeting the people who live here along the way. This itinerary includes the islands of Santa Cruz, Isabela and San Cristóbal meaning that you will see some of the very best wildlife that the islands have to offer.




From GBP £5,750 USD $7,250 pp excl. flights


11 days


15 hours 40 mins from London
6 hours 40 mins from NYC


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Where you'll go


Santa Cruz Island

Isabela Island

San Cristóbal Island


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In 2024 136 juvenile giant tortoises were successfully released into the wild on Isabela Island.

The itinerary


Quito Ecuador

Your journey will start in the Ecuadorian capital of Quito with a full-day immersion tour including chocolate tasting for the kids and an agave experience for the grown-ups. Along the way, your personal guide will introduce you to the rich culture of Ecuador and take you to the city’s main sites from 16th century churches to vibrant food markets.

Baltra to Santa Cruz

Sally Light Foot Crab Galapagos, Ecuador

The adventure starts as soon as you land in the Galapagos as the journey from Baltra to Santa Cruz Island includes a chance to kayak, paddleboard or snorkel. Keep your eyes open for Sally Lightfoot crabs, blue-footed boobies, sea lions, pelicans and even white-tipped reef sharks.

Explore remote islands

Milly Galápagos

The Galapagos archipelago consists of 13 large islands and over 60 smaller outcrops, A day trip from Puerto Ayora could take you many of these, perhaps to Bartolomé and her penguins, North Seymour with its frigatebird colony or Santa Fe where you’ll find land iguanas and Darwin’s finches. Remember to pack your swimmers as snorkelling equipment is provided.

Inland Volcanic Explorations

Exploring with your guide, discover the world’s second-largest volcanic crater, hiking through the atmospheric mist of early morning you’ll meet giant tortoises, and spot hawks, owls and finches. You’ll discover martian landscapes and endemic trees before returning to the coast to relax with a cool dip.

Sharks in the Water

The Tintoreras Islands lie just off the coast from Puerto Villamil and a famous for the harmless white-tipped reef sharks that live here. Grab a snorkel and jump in to spot them swimming among the fish, sea-lions, turtles, rays and penguins. With pelicans and blue-footed boobies present this is an incredible selection of wildlife.

Kicker Rock

One of the most iconic sites of the Galapagos Islands, Kicker Rock is also one of the very best snorkelling spots and a fabulous place to swim with sea lions.

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Where to stay

Nothing but the best. On this suggested Galapagos itinerary these are our handpicked, tried-and-tested choices.

Illa Experience Hotel + Spa, Quito

In the heart of Quito, this award winning hotel epitomizes elegance, culture, and luxury.

In Quito's colonial centre Illa is a meticulously thought out boutique hotel designed to feel like a home from home. Each floor is inspired by a different historical period and each room is unique. With beautiful views from the rooftop bar and a fabulous restaurant this is a perfect base in the capital city.

Luxury family holiday galapagos

Finch Bay Hotel, Santa Cruz

The Finch Bay Eco Hotel lies just steps from the beach in a secluded location, across the bay from Puerto Ayora on the island of Santa Cruz.

Its natural surroundings, the ocean, the swimming pool and bar area, the chef’s culinary creations, the fact that it's close to everything and yet set apart and the warm and sincere service makes it one of the best places to stay in the Galapagos.


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