Galapagos Islands Luxury Tours

Private adventures in the Galapagos Islands from the comfort of luxury lodges

LUXURY TOURS GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

Your luxury tour of the Galapagos Islands begins with your international arrival in Ecuador’s capital, Quito. With your expert guide, visit the highlights of the city’s colonial center, such as the Archbishop’s Palace and the famous golden interior of the Compañía de Jesús church. From there, a commercial flight takes you to Baltra Island in the Galapagos, where you will connect with your private flight to Isabela Island, the largest in the archipelago. During your time in Isabela, enjoy some of the Galapagos’ most varied hiking, and explore underwater lava tunnels by snorkel. Next, your private tour of the Galapagos continues with a short private flight to Santa Cruz Island. There, embark on a variety of sea-based excursions to experience the wildlife of surrounding islands, together with land-based explorations of Santa Cruz. Mingle with sea lions, giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, and more as you snorkel off the coast, or embark on an inland hike in the highlands. In the evenings, relax and enjoy the amenities of your luxury lodge.

A Taste of Blue Parallel's Insider Access

  • Private aerial sightseeing tour over the Galapagos
  • Private scuba diving excursions
  • Access to the best guides and biologists in the Galapagos
  • Exclusive access to one of Quito’s most picturesque colonial churches at night

The Discovery

  • Quito
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Isabela Island
  • Santa Cruz Island

The Adventure

  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling
  • Scuba diving

DURATION

9 days

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PRIVATE TOUR GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

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Note: This private tour to the Galapagos is an example, as all of our luxury journeys are custom-made

Note: This private tour to the Galapagos is an example, as all of our luxury journeys are custom-made

Quito (2 nights)

Your luxury Ecuador tour starts in Quito, where your personal host will greet you after your international flight arrival in the evening. They will accompany you by private transfer to Casa Gangotena, a luxurious boutique hotel in the historical center of Quito. On the first full day of your journey, you’ll explore Ecuador’s historical capital. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is nicknamed “the Florence of South America” for the artistic traditions of its colonial period. Visit the city’s picturesque churches and indulge in gourmet meals. Blue Parallel will provide you with exclusive access to the Convent of Santo Domingo in the evening, an opulent church constructed in a Latin American Baroque style, known for its breathtaking interiors and beautiful views of the city from its rooftop.

Isabela Island (2 nights)

Following a commercial flight to the airport in Baltra Island, continue via a short private flight to Isabela Island and arrive at your beachfront property. Then, head out on your first hiking excursion along the  Humedales trail, ending with a stop at a flamingo lagoon and tortoise breeding site, where you will learn about these impressive creatures. The following day, explore the island’s volcanic tunnels, wading through caverns on foot or snorkeling with white-tip reef sharks, manta rays, and parrotfish at Las Tuneles.

Santa Cruz Island (4 nights)

Depart Isabela Island for Santa Cruz Island via private flight. During your time at either Pikaia Lodge or Galapagos Safari Camp, you will embark on daily excursions with your naturalist guide. Discover nearby islands by boat or participate in land-based explorations of the highlights of Santa Cruz Island. Options include hiking, snorkeling with sea lions, visiting a penguin colony, or relaxing on beautiful secluded beaches. In the evenings, enjoy a waterfront barbeque, indulge in a massage, or simply relax in the outdoor pool.

Map showing route, destinations, and flights for Galapagos Islands Luxury Tour
DESTINATIONS TRAVEL TIME
Quito Baltra 2 hrs 10 min
Baltra Isabella 30 min
Isabella Baltra 30 min
Baltra Guayaquil 1 hr 45 min

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PRICE REFERENCE

Recommended stay 8-11 days
Price reference
(9 days, private party of 2)
Starting at $17,000 per passenger
Price reference
(9 days, private party of 4)
Starting at $13,500 per passenger
Price reference
(9 days, private party of 6)
Starting at $12,500 per passenger

Note: Prices will vary based on the specifics of your itinerary and the number of passengers in your party

What is included in your private land-based Galapagos tour:

  • Luxury accommodations at
    • Casa Gangotena (Quito)
    • Iguana Crossing (Isabela Island)
    • Pikaia Lodge or Galapagos Safari Camp (Santa Cruz Island)
  • Internal flights, including private flights to/from Isabela Island
  • Services of Blue Parallel hosts and private specialized guides throughout the journey
  • All special events, private guided tours, private excursions, private outdoor activities, entrance fees
  • A Blue Parallel team composed of a personal travel expert, private hosts in each destination, and a “behind the scenes” logistical expert who monitors every step of your luxury tour. The team is on call 24-hours a day during a trip
  • All internal transportation
  • Some meals
  • A Blue Parallel customized travel kit that you will receive prior to departure

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