A wonderful and comprehensive family tour of the Galapagos Islands

Personalised journeys from start to finish

Every trip helps support Conservation

Every detail taken care of

  • Personalised journeys from start to finish

  • Every trip helps support Conservation

  • Every detail taken care of

Itinerary highlights

  • A four-night Galapagos cruise where you can explore the islands and their majestic wildlife
  • Snorkel and swim with playful sea lions
  • Two nights in a Galapagos lodge for a contrasting experience
  • Discover Quito's charms on a privately guided tour

What's included

  • Meet and greet airport service
  • Luxury accommodation throughout
  • Full support from your travel designer and concierge before, during and after your trip
  • All internal flights
  • Two nights in Quito prior to your Galapagos departure
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At a glance

It’s hard to find a more wonderful destination for a multi-generational family trip than the Galapagos Islands. Its wildlife, endemic and iconic of the islands, has no fear of predators, meaning you can get right up close to them, and there are adventurous activities that everyone in the family can enjoy.

This luxury family vacation to the Galapagos has been designed so that you and your family get to experience every angle of this incredible archipelago and spend quality time together. After a short time in Ecuador’s charming capital, Quito, begin your exploration of the Galapagos with a four night luxury cruise hopping between the islands on daily water-based expeditions and guided tours with your naturalist guides. Snorkel off of pristine sand beaches, walk among fields of lava and interact with inquisitive sea lions, sun bathing iguanas and marvel at countless bird species.

Then there are two further nights on dry land, discovering the island of Santa Cruz at your own pace whilst staying in a luxury lodge. This is the place to get up close to giant tortoises in the wild, mountain bike and relax with your family before returning to the mainland.

Example trip itinerary

Days 1-3


Flights & transfers


Meet and greet at Quito airport


Private transfer to your hotel in Quito

Accommodation in Quito

Three days exploring Quito Three days exploring Quito

Enjoy Ecuador's capital, the first ever UNESCO World Heritage city. You'll have our list of recommendations as well as private guides on hand to enjoy the best of this historical city and contemporary hub. We can arrange a number of private, interest-led tours to booking fine restaurants for you. Talk to your travel designer about how you would like to spend your time here.

Live Quito Like a Local half-day tour Live Quito Like a Local half-day tour

Head out for a walking tour of the Old Town, intent on understanding more about the people who live in the largest and best-restored historical centre in the Americas. Begin by meeting our local resident guide, part of a grassroots NGO organization that has created a walking tour of its Quito neighbourhood, called San Roque. The guide takes us through the nearby streets, stopping to meet artisans, shopkeepers, hat makers and sweet confectioners. Up the hill on Calle Rocafuerte, we explore the San Francisco Market, one of the oldest in the capital. Here, we learn all about the fruit and vegetables produced in Ecuador and some culinary traditions.

We also have the chance to meet and learn from one of the local herbal healers who have locales in the market. Continue on to the Monastery of San Francisco, one the of great religious buildings of the New World; its impressive façade and atrium that lead to its Baroque interior influenced by Moorish style, with the winged Virgin of Quito at its main altar. We will visit the temple of La Compañía de Jesús and its awesome gilded interior. We will stroll at the Independence Plaza, flanked by the Cathedral, the Presidential Palace, the Municipal Building and the Archbishop’s Palace.

Flights & transfers


Private transfer to Quito airport


Flight to the Galapagos Islands (via Guayaquil)

Days 3-7

Galapagos Islands

Yachts in the Galapagos

Four night Galapagos cruise Four night Galapagos cruise

Spend your time cruising and exploring the Galapagos Islands on your choice of Jacada's selected luxury expedition cruises. The exact itinerary will depend on which you choose - our travel designer will help you pick the best for you and your family.

Nature walks on the Islands Nature walks on the Islands

There will be a number of varied nature trails with your guides to the different islands on your itinerary to explore both the wildlife up close and the astonishing geology of the islands.

Turtle underwater
Panga rides and snorkelling Panga rides and snorkelling

Small group excursions by inflatable 'panga' Zodiac boats to snorkel and see the dense marine wildlife.

Days 7-9

Santa Cruz Island

Flights & transfers


Private transfer from Santa Cruz port to your hotel on Santa Cruz

Accommodation in Santa Cruz Island

Two days exploring Santa Cruz Island Two days exploring Santa Cruz Island

Enjoy time relaxing on land and exploring the Galapagos from a different angle while based at a luxury lodge of camp on the island of Santa Cruz. This can include mountain biking, scuba diving, nature and bird watching, or simply some laid back family time around the pool.

Flights & transfers


Private transfer to Santa Cruz airport


Flight to Guayaquil

Days 9-10


Flights & transfers


Private transfer to your hotel in Guayaquil

Accommodation in Guayaquil

One night in Guayaquil One night in Guayaquil

The largest city in Ecuador and located on the Pacific coast, Guayaquil is the country's economic hub. With a good selection of fine restaurants and cultural establishments, we can help you make the most of your short time here.

Flights & transfers


Private transfer to Guayaquil airport


Flight to Quito

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