This journey is a memorable adventure for families. Lessons on Darwin's theory of evolution are brought vividly to life with face-to-face encounters with fearless iguanas, tame sharks, friendly dolphins and inquisitive sea lions. Family-only yacht charters with activities just for children ensure the journey is appreciated by children and parents alike.


  • Exploring Quito and enjoying the views from the Teleferiquo.
  • Observing the magnificent land and marine life, including sea lions, dolphins and marine iguanas.
  • Watching the courtship dance of the blue-footed boobies.
  • Snorkelling and kayaking on clear waters.
  • Children's activities such as learning navigation skills and King Neptune competitions.
  • Exploring the wildlife of the ancient lava fields , including the Galapagos tortoise.
  • Learning about the natural and geological history of the archipelago at the San Cristobal Interpretation Centre.
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Destination Expert Charlie Lockwood


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  1. Arrive
  2. Day 1 Arrive Quito

    Upon arrival, transfer by private car to your hotel. After some free time to rest after your flight, meet your local guide for a short, leisurely orientation walk of the city. This evening, enjoy an Ecuadorian meal in the old city or at your hotel. Your hotel, the Casa Gangotena, is a former mansion house overlooking the beautiful Plaza San Francisco.Decor is classic in style, and in keeping with the hotel's heritage, but has the very highest modern technology. The restaurant serves Andean and Coastal cuisine, with wines of South America featuring heavily on a superb wine list.

    Overnight: Casa Gangotena

  3. Day 2 Quito

    Meet your guide in reception for a full day exploring Quito with a private driver. If the weather is clear, there are spectacular views over the city from the TelefériQo (cable car), which climbs to 4,000 metres on the flanks of the Pichincha Volcano.

    Overnight: Casa Gangotena

  4. Day 3 Quito - Galapagos Islands

    Be ready for an early start for your transfer to the airport and your onward flight to the San Cristobal in the Galapagos Islands. Upon arrival, transfer to your yacht.You will board one of three yachts, M/Y Origin, Letty or Theory. Each of these sister yachts accommodate no more than 20 guests. Cabins are arranged over three decks with window or porthole and social areas include the dining room, bar, library and deck space with sun loungers. This is an intimate sailing experience through one of the world's most perfect natural environments. Several family-only departures are organised each year, with activities specially arranged for children, such as snorkeling, kayaking, learning navigation skills, King Neptune competitions and a visit to the bridge.

    Overnight: MY Origin, Letty or Theory

  5. Day 4 - 8 Galapagos Islands

    Enjoy four whole days exploring from island to island stopping off en route to visit ancient lava fields where prehistoric reptiles such as the Galapagos tortoise and land and marine iguanas roam. It is possible to see, quite close up, such magnificent creatures as sea lions, dolphins, Galapagos penguins and to watch the courtship dances of the blue-footed boobies.Your itinerary will depend on a number of factors, not least weather, but you can expect to visit some of the following places: Cerro Brujo, Punta Suarez, Bartolome and Las Bachas, Black Turtle Cove, Gardner Bay Espaniola, Punta Suarez, El Chato Highlands, North Seymour, as well as the Darwin Research Centre on Santa Cruz island. Darwin sailed to Galapagos in 1835 aboard HMS Beagle and his research here helped him to create his pinnacle masterpiece, On the Origin of Species. The islands surpass any classroom lecture on natural history and bring science to life in the most life-enhancing, unforgettable way imaginable.

    Overnight: MY Origin, Letty or Theory

  6. Day 9 Depart Galapagos - Ecuador

    Disembark at San Cristobal for a visit to the Interpretation Centre before your return journey home, via Ecuador.

  7. Depart


Low £ 4,995 $ 6,785
Mid £ 6,200 $ 8,421
High £ 7,300 $ 9,915


  • Per person based on two people sharing one room, excluding flights


  • All accommodation as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Daily breakfast.
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees and guide services as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Internal flights where detailed in the itinerary.


  • International flights.
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary.
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, drinks, gratuities (discretionary).
  • Entrance fees and excursions not specifically mentioned as included.
  • Travel insurance or visa fees.

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