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Ecuador & Galapagos Family Adventure

Private Travel | Family adventures 14 Days & 11 Nights Lead-in price: £5295

Take the family on a trip of a lifetime to experience the truly extraordinary Galapagos islands, a paradise for animal lovers, conservationists and adventurers. Marvel at the spectacular scenery of the archipelago and observe its remarkable wildlife at close quarters. Combine this with a visit to mainland Ecuador and Quito, the second highest capital in South America, and spend the night in Guayaquil, on the banks of the Guayas river.

The Cox & Kings signature experiences

  • Stand on the equator and take the cable car up Pichincha volcano for a bird's-eye view of Quito
  • Soak in natural hot springs & walk in temperate rainforest
  • See unique wildlife in their natural habitat and swim with sea lions or even penguins
  • Land-based Galapagos stay to discover volcanoes, hidden coves and remote beaches
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Superior Private Tour in brief

Day 1: Fly to Quito via Bogotá

Overnight flight to Quito via Bogotá. (N)

Day 2: Quito

Late morning arrival and transfer to the Hilton Colon for 3 nights. Remainder of the day is at leisure. (B)

Day 3: Quito

Today, take a guided tour of Quito and its surrounds. Tour the historic centre, which has delightful Spanish colonial buildings and squares, surrounded by a valley with high peaks. Take a cable car ride up the slopes of the Pichincha volcano for amazing views of the city and the surrounding mountains and drive out to the Middle of the World, where you can stand with one foot in the northern hemisphere and the other in the south. (B)

Day 4: Quito

Optional excursion options today include a full day visit to Papallacta thermal springs, set in the Andean Cordillera at the entrance to the Amazonian jungle. Here one can take a dip in various thermal pools of different sizes and temperatures and hike on paths alongside mountain streams in search of hummingbirds, condors and eagles. Please enquire for prices. (B, L)

Day 5: Fly to the Galapagos (Isabela island)

Fly to the Galapagos archipelago, which straddles the equator far from the mainland in the Pacific Ocean. Spend 3 nights at the luxurious safari-style Scalesia Lodge on Isabela island. (B, L, D)

Days 6-7: Galapagos

Hike volcanoes, snorkel in crystal-clear coves, and take a boat to spot reef sharks, marine iguanas and Galapagos penguins. Due to the islands’ remote location, the wildlife here has evolved separately to mainland species. The main surprise is that the seabirds, sea lions, iguanas and other animals are so tame that you can walk right up to them (B, L, D)

Days 8-11: Galapagos (Santa Cruz island)

Take a scenic inter-island flight to Santa Cruz island and stay for 4 nights at the beachfront Finch Bay Eco Hotel. Explore the Santa Cruz highlands and the Charles Darwin Station to see giant tortoises. Take a boat to discover nearby islands such as North Seymour and Santa Fe or go mountain biking, sea kayaking or snorkelling. (B, L, D)

Day 12: Fly to Guayaquil

Fly to Guayaquil and transfer to the Wyndham Garden or 1 night.

Days 13-14: Fly to London via Bogotá

Morning at leisure or an optional tour to a banana plantation. Overnight flight home via Bogotá, arriving the following day. (B)

Meal basis:

As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

Important information Superior tour:

This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.

Galapagos cruise:

This land- based Galapagos itinerary can be further modified to combine a stay at the Finch Bay Eco Hotel (2 or 3 nights) with a 4-night cruise around the islands on a first class expedition vessel. Please enquire for further details.

Tailor-made travel:

For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call to speak with a Cox & Kings consultant or enquire online.

Superior private tour accommodation

  • Wyndham Guayaquil
    Wyndham Guayaquil

    The Wyndham Guayaquil is located just steps from the Santa Ana hill and its famous lighthouse, and not far from the river promenade. There are 179 well-appointed rooms, a restaurant, a bar and a heated outdoor pool.

  • Scalesia Galapagos Lodge
    Scalesia Galapagos Lodge

    Located in a tranquil highland setting, Scalesia Lodge is nestled within 16 hectares of lush forest. The 16 luxury safari tents are furnished in a contemporary and minimalist style, each with their own private deck with panoramic forest views. The restaurant boasts first class dining and serves a mixture of local and international cuisine. Enjoy spectacular views as the sun rises and sets and take excursions in the surrounding area.

  • Hilton Colon Quito
    Hilton Colon Quito

    The Hilton Colon Guayaquil is located in the commercial area of the city, only five minutes drive from the airport. Facilities include a restaurant, bar, health club and swimming pool.

  • Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel
    Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel

    The charming Finch Bay Eco Hotel, named after the famous Darwin's finches, is just steps from the beach at Punta Estrada on Santa Cruz island, across the bay from Puerto Ayora town. Situated between mangroves, the hotel enjoys a quiet location offering privacy, natural surroundings and superb service. The air-conditioned rooms are modern in design and feature wooden blinds and tiled floors, as well as balconies with hammocks. The hotel has beachfront access to the mangrove-rich coastline and its beautifully landscaped grounds with wooden walkways are ideal for a leisurely stroll. Whether your interests lie in observing the natural wildlife of the Galapagos, enjoying world-class snorkelling, birdwatching, exploring lava fields, relaxing on the beach, or a bit of everything, your stay at the Finch Bay Eco Hotel offers you the freedom to select the activities of your choice. Excursions to the surrounding areas and other Galapagos islands are taken in either the ...

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Dates & prices


Guideline Prices

Low season from £5295 per person

High season from £5395 per person


Vaccination Travel Policy
All clients must be fully vaccinated before travelling with us on a Cox & Kings (C&K) group tour. This means that a customer must have received their full two doses of the COVID‑19 vaccination at least 14 days before travelling with us. This does not apply to our private tours or tailor-made travel. If you have any questions please call us or visit our FAQs page on our website here

Flexible Prices & Itineraries
For a quote based on alternative accommodation standards or flight options, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7873 5000 or send an email enquiry

Guaranteed Departures Where a tour date has ‘yes’ listed, this tour is guaranteed to run.

For all other departure dates, once the minimum number of people booked has been reached, this tour is also guaranteed to run. Our sales consultants will be able to advise how many people are booked for your chosen date at the time of enquiry, giving you the confidence to book safe in the knowledge your tour will go ahead.

Terms & Conditions Guaranteed departures will run except in the circumstances where travel to the destination is advised against by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or entry restrictions relating to COVID-19 preclude travel.

Additional Information

Please call 020 7873 5000 for more information or to make a booking.

Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. The prices which were valid at the time of publication, may be subject to change, particularly as a result of variable flight costs. You will be informed of any such changes prior to booking.

  • • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable)
    • UK departure and overseas airport taxes
    • Accommodation, itinerary & meal basis as described
    • Local Transfers in a private chauffeur-driven vehicle
    • The support (if required) of an English speaking local representative
    • Local guides and entrance fees where applicable

Destinations on this tour

  • Quito

    Quito is the second highest capital in South America (2,850 metres) and lies in a narrow...

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  • Galapagos Islands

    The Galapagos islands are best explored from an expedition cruise at sea, though they can also be visited from a land-based hotel or lodge...

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  • Galapagos Islands

    The Galapagos islands are best explored from an expedition cruise at sea, though they can also be visited from a land-based hotel or lodge...

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  • Guayaquil

    Guayaquil is Ecuador's largest city and is the focus of the nation's economy. Its...

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