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Sail the Galapagos Islands

  • TAILOR-MADE

Duration

9 Days

Prices Start from

£4,300 (ex. flights)

A transformative sailing voyage around the world’s most treasured archipelago, staying aboard anything from a whimsical sailboat to a state-of-the-art catamaran, an exploration of the Galapagos Islands is the quintessential adventure for wildlife-loving wayfarers.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Blue footed bobbies, Galapagos Islands 1

Unique Birdlife

Encounter the array of unique bird species that inhabit this archipelago, ranging from Galapagos penguins to blue-footed boobies.

Land iguana, Galapagos Islands 2

Iguanas & Sea Lions

Explore remote islands on foot, stepping over land iguanas and sidestepping sea lion pups.

Roberto Plaza, Guide, Galapagos Islands 3

Expert Guiding

Travel with naturalist guides, learning about the biodiversity and history of the islands.

Snorkelling with Penguin, Galapagos Islands 4

Swimming & Snorkelling

Snorkel with playful penguins, curious sea lions and fast-paced white-tipped reef sharks.

Why we like it

A sailing voyage around the pristine Galapagos Islands, with their explosion of unmatched biodiversity, is an enchanting and remarkable adventure that brings a series of complex micro worlds to the fore. Accompanied by our team of expert naturalist guides, find yourself surrounded by the world’s most peculiar wildlife scenes as penguins swim beneath turtles, blue-footed boobies congregate with sally lightfoot crabs, and sea lion pups play with marine iguana tails. When you book a trip to the Galapagos Islands with Steppes Travel, you will also benefit from a complimentary, six-month membership to the Galapagos Conservation Trust.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1-2

    Quito (La Casona de la Ronda)

  • Day 3

    Quito - Galapagos (Natural Paradise)

  • Day 4

    Isabela Island and Fernandina Islands (Natural Paradise)

  • Day 5

    Isabela Island (Natural Paradise)

  • Day 6

    Isabela Island (Natural Paradise)

  • Day 7

    Chinese Hat and Mosquera Islets (Natural Paradise)

  • Day 8

    Floreana Island (Natural Paradise)

  • Day 9

    Espanola Island (Natural Paradise)

  • Day 10

    San Cristobal (Natural Paradise)

Day 1-2

Quito (La Casona de la Ronda)

Arrive in Quito and transfer to your hotel. The following day, set out on a guided tour of the city.

Day 3

Quito - Galapagos (Natural Paradise)

Transfer to the airport in the morning and fly to the Galapagos Islands. Here, enter the national park and transfer by dinghy to the Natural Paradise.

Day 4

Isabela Island and Fernandina Islands (Natural Paradise)

In the morning, stop on North Seymour Island where sea lions, marine iguanas, blue-footed boobies, pelicans and frigate birds can be found. In the afternoon, visit South Plaza Island. This small island features steep cliffs formed by rising lava and is home to of the largest sea lion colonies.

Day 5

Isabela Island (Natural Paradise)

Visit Rabida Island, one of the most colourful and volcanically varied islands in the archipelago and a great snorkelling site. The island is a birdwatcher’s delight with some of the rarest species found here. Afterwards, stop at Bartolome, home to Galapagos penguins and sea lions. Hike the 600-metre trail to Bartolome’s summit and be rewarded with spectacular views of Santiago Island and Sullivan Bay.

Day 6

Isabela Island (Natural Paradise)

In the morning, visit Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island. Walk across a recent lava flow that was only formed in the late 19th century. In the afternoon, visit Dragon Hill on Santa Cruz Island. One of the lengthier Galapagos walking trails will lead you along a beach and up a trail to the lagoon lookout where bright flamingos, pintail ducks and land iguanas can be spotted.

Day 7

Chinese Hat and Mosquera Islets (Natural Paradise)

In the morning, travel to the highlands of Santa Cruz and visit Los Gemelos. These formations were created by the collapse of surface material in underground fissures and chambers. In the afternoon, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to see the giant tortoise and land iguana breeding program.

Day 8

Floreana Island (Natural Paradise)

In the morning, visit El Barranco on Genovesa Island, where a steep, rocky path leads up to a high cliff face. Red-footed and Nazca boobies, short-eared lava owls, Galapagos swallows and Galapagos doves can all be seen here. After lunch, visit the white-sand coral beach of Darwin Bay, where sea lions swim playfully in tidal pools.

Day 9

Espanola Island (Natural Paradise)

In the morning, visit Espumilla Beach, a popular place for marine iguanas and Sally Lightfoot crabs. In the afternoon, stop at Puerto Egas, home to the curious Galapagos hawks and quick-footed lava lizards.  Have the chance to snorkel and see reef sharks, turtles, rays and sea lions.

Day 10

San Cristobal (Natural Paradise)

On your final morning, visit Bachas Beach, home to flamingos, Sally lightfoot crabs, hermit crabs, black-necked stilts and whimbrels. Afterwards, transfer to Baltra airport in time for your flight back to the mainland.

Our travel experts can tailor this itinerary to suit you.

Sea lion pup, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Sea lion pup, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Why Sail the Seas?

These historically and geologically dense islands cannot be experienced in their entirety without taking to the seas and navigating around the archipelago, witnessing their incredible diversity of terrains and respective indigenous wildlife populations. Since these remote and uninhabited islands are only accessible by zodiacs, those who choose to sail can get up close and personal with the native flora and fauna of the region in almost complete tranquillity.

Natural Paradise, Galapagos Islands
Natural Paradise, Galapagos Islands

The Natural Paradise

A 34-metre-long motor yacht that can accommodate 16 passengers, Natural Paradise is made up of nine cabins that vary from standard cabins with porthole windows to suites with private balconies.

With a spacious dining area, a bar and large sundeck with loungers, a jacuzzi and a covered alfresco dining area, the yacht balances luxurious surroundings with plenty of space to unwind and relax. Snorkelling equipment and sea kayaks are available to use during the trip.

View Boat

Snorkelling with sea lions
Snorkelling with sea lions
Hammerhead Sharks, Galapagos Islands
Hammerhead Sharks, Galapagos Islands
Rays, Genovesa Island, Galapagos Islands
Rays, Genovesa Island, Galapagos Islands
Snorkelling with Penguin, Galapagos Islands
Snorkelling with Penguin, Galapagos Islands

Ocean Experiences

As the vessel anchors in far-flung waters off the coast of dramatic islands, disembark to snorkel in deep blue waters where silhouetted sharks can appear in the distance and elusive sun fish may even make an appearance. In shallower turquoise waters with white sandy floors that are teeming with marine life, perhaps free dive to marvel at the starfish or dart out of the way of a fever of golden rays. Take a kayak out before lunch as the vessel rests in anchor, watching as graceful green Pacific turtles glide by, or simply swim through calm waters next to darting penguins.

Blue footed bobbies, Galapagos Islands
Galapagos islands, Galapagos islands
Galapagos penguin, Isabela island, Galapagos Islands
Galapagos penguin, Isabela island, Galapagos Islands

Island Experiences

Choosing to sail the Galapagos Islands certainly does not mean being confined to the boat and waters – in fact the opposite is true, since the boat navigates through the night to different islands and coastlines. Partake in leisurely daily walks on these remote islands, bypassing the fearless creatures that play and bask in the sunshine, pausing to discuss the fascinating evolving archipelago with your expert naturalist guides or to sit in sandy solitude and observe the magnificence of the islands.

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We would recommend Steppes for anyone travelling to the Galapagos Islands- they are lovely company to deal with from start to finish, and James not only listened but went out of his way to accommodate our requests. Thank you!

Destination: Galapagos Islands
Travel Expert: James

John at Steppes has been excellent, brilliantly helpful, so knowledgeable and always happy to answer questions. He was brilliant at really listening to us in our first conversations, and tailored a trip that suited us perfectly.

Destination: Galapagos Islands
Travel Expert: John

What a wonderful trip. I especially enjoyed snorkelling with playful sea lions, swimming with penguins, seeing a huge manta ray and spotting the occasional shark.

Destination: Galapagos Islands
Travel Expert: Roxy

Roxy was excellent at knowing what we needed from our family trip to the Galapagos Islands. Despite booking it with little time to spare, everything was seamlessly arranged with very little effort from us.

Destination: Galapagos Islands
Travel Expert: Roxy

Roxy recommended that we should add on a trip to the Amazon ahead of our Galapagos Islands journey, and what a brilliant addition it was. We loved every moment of our time in both places, and were impressed with Roxy's advice.

Destination: Amazon & Galapagos Islands
Travel Expert: Roxy

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  • Galapagos Islands

A high-end 34-metre-long yacht that can accommodate 16 passengers, Natural Paradise is made up of nine cabins that vary from standard cabins with porthole windows to suites with private balconies. With a spacious dining area, a bar and large sundeck with loungers, a jacuzzi and a covered alfresco dining area, the yacht balances luxurious surroundings with plenty of space to unwind and relax. Snorkelling equipment and sea kayaks are available to use during the trip.

View Boat

A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

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