Darwin's Enchanted Isles: Exclusive Escape for Two to the Galápagos

Darwin's Enchanted Isles: Exclusive Escape for Two to the Galápagos

Galápagos, Ecuador

£19,720

“I have now returned three times to the Galápagos and each time the excitement has been undiminished” Sir David Attenborough

Why we love it

The Galápagos Islands are probably the most famous wildlife-watching destination in the world. In this once-in-a-lifetime experience, you’ll stay on its three most geographically diverse islands, while your private boat takes you to the best natural spots in the archipelago. Track Darwin’s famous finches, swim with Galápagos penguins, journey through the highlands, and get exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the renowned Charles Darwin Foundation Research Station - not usually open to the general public.

What's Included?

  • Five nights aboard the luxurious boat, Athala II
  • Tour the islands by private boat, living on board with all excursions, meals and beverages included
  • After five days, enjoy two nights at the exclusive Galápagos Safari Camp
  • Guided throughout by a professional, knowledgeable and certified National Park Guide
  • Go snorkelling with sea turtles at Concha de Perla Bay
  • Take a private behind-the-scenes tour of the Charles Darwin Foundation Research Station; usually closed to the public
  • Hone your photography skills with a National Geographic Certified Photographer

Exclusive to TRULY

  • This experience is unique to TRULY guests

Description

Best-known as the islands of inspiration for Darwin’s masterpiece, 'The Origin of Species', this remote archipelago features stark volcanic formations, cactus-deserts, lush green highlands and pristine beaches. During this week-long adventure, you’ll stay on the three most geographically diverse islands – San Cristobal, Santa Cruz and Isabela – while your private boat will take your party out to the best natural spots in the archipelago.

This tailor-made, exclusively-to-TRULY experience, ensures that no highlight of the Galápagos Islands is missed, providing exposure to a whole range and diversity of geography and wildlife around the entirety of the archipelago.

For the first time, the Charles Darwin Research Station will open its doors for unique behind-the-scenes access. Your guide will show you areas unavailable to other members of the public, including a private viewing of the natural history collections and specimens. The tour also includes a presentation on the history of the islands, given by one of the Charles Darwin Foundation’s most senior scientists.

Most luxury tourism on the Galápagos Islands is by cruise or boat, but you will also have a chance to stay ashore, meeting and interacting with the local communities and gaining a more personal and authentic view of the Islands. You'll enjoy two nights at the family-owned Galápagos Safari Camp; an African Safari-style, tented camp that is unobtrusively eco-friendly in its architecture, designed with discreet luxury and is immersed in nature.

Nestled in the wild highlands of Santa Cruz Island with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the National Park, the stylish camp offers a panoramic lodge, nine charming tents and an infinity pool under a canapé of endemic trees. The canvass tents are raised on wooden stilts among the endemic trees of the 10-hectare reforestation project and feature private balconies with ocean views and custom-made safari furniture.

The exclusive accommodation puts you in close proximity of a tortoise reserve, 10 hectares of reforestation projects and a 55-hectare farm. Rich in birdlife, including warblers, mockingbirds, Galapagos doves, egrets and owls, the farm also provides the chef with the necessary ingredients to design the daily farm-to-table menu, using the freshest, organic ingredients.

Over five days on your private boat you will be guided on a number of expeditions. While taking in the beauty of the Islands, you will track Darwin’s famous finches, swim with Galápagos penguins and journey through the highlands, identifying a number of species unique to the Galápagos along the way.

Nearing the end of your adventure, your boat will transport you back in time to the prehistoric Bartolomé Island. Here you will hike to the summit of a small volcano, passing a variety of parasitic cones. This is followed by snorkelling with sharks, rays and variety of tropical fish in this undisturbed paradise, before toasting the sunset with a complimentary bottle of champagne. This once in a lifetime experience is an epic crossroads of exploration, science, and adventure.

Description

Best-known as the islands of inspiration for Darwin’s masterpiece, 'The Origin of Species', this remote archipelago features stark volcanic formations, cactus-deserts, lush green highlands and pristine beaches. During this week-long adventure, you’ll stay on the three most geographically diverse islands – San Cristobal, Santa Cruz and Isabela – while your private boat will take your party out to the best natural spots in the archipelago.

This tailor-made, exclusively-to-TRULY experience, ensures that no highlight of the Galápagos Islands is missed, providing exposure to a whole range and diversity of geography and wildlife around the entirety of the archipelago.

For the first time, the Charles Darwin Research Station will open its doors for unique behind-the-scenes access. Your guide will show you areas unavailable to other members of the public, including a private viewing of the natural history collections and specimens. The tour also includes a presentation on the history of the islands, given by one of the Charles Darwin Foundation’s most senior scientists.

Most luxury tourism on the Galápagos Islands is by cruise or boat, but you will also have a chance to stay ashore, meeting and interacting with the local communities and gaining a more personal and authentic view of the Islands. You'll enjoy two nights at the family-owned Galápagos Safari Camp; an African Safari-style, tented camp that is unobtrusively eco-friendly in its architecture, designed with discreet luxury and is immersed in nature.

Nestled in the wild highlands of Santa Cruz Island with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the National Park, the stylish camp offers a panoramic lodge, nine charming tents and an infinity pool under a canapé of endemic trees. The canvass tents are raised on wooden stilts among the endemic trees of the 10-hectare reforestation project and feature private balconies with ocean views and custom-made safari furniture.

The exclusive accommodation puts you in close proximity of a tortoise reserve, 10 hectares of reforestation projects and a 55-hectare farm. Rich in birdlife, including warblers, mockingbirds, Galapagos doves, egrets and owls, the farm also provides the chef with the necessary ingredients to design the daily farm-to-table menu, using the freshest, organic ingredients.

Over five days on your private boat you will be guided on a number of expeditions. While taking in the beauty of the Islands, you will track Darwin’s famous finches, swim with Galápagos penguins and journey through the highlands, identifying a number of species unique to the Galápagos along the way.

Nearing the end of your adventure, your boat will transport you back in time to the prehistoric Bartolomé Island. Here you will hike to the summit of a small volcano, passing a variety of parasitic cones. This is followed by snorkelling with sharks, rays and variety of tropical fish in this undisturbed paradise, before toasting the sunset with a complimentary bottle of champagne. This once in a lifetime experience is an epic crossroads of exploration, science, and adventure.

Plan Your Trip Around The Islands' Seasonal Highlights

  • January to March: Giant tortoise egg laying season and best underwater visibility
  • April to May: Peak rainy season in the highlands and regularly the hottest months
  • June to July: Humpback whale watching
  • August to September: Pupping for sea Lions and maximum seabird activity
  • October to December: Tropical fish increase and giant tortoise eggs hatch

Additional Information

This experience is valid for redemption within six months from the date of issue, with travel dates within 12 months.

All excursions, meals and beverages (including welcome and departure champagne) are included.

Note that flights are not included, to give you maximum flexibility with your travel.

Note that at least 60 days' notice is required for any cancellations or amendments to bookings.

Gratuities (tips) are not included in the price of the experience.

The Galapagos Islands are a UNESCO world heritage site, and are thus governed by the Galapagos National Park to ensure that all visitor sites are monitored to control the impact of tourism. As a result, the precise order of the itinerary is subject to change.

All bookings are subject to availability. We advise booking at least 3 months in advance to guarantee the desired date and time.

Plan Your Trip Around The Islands' Seasonal Highlights

  • January to March: Giant tortoise egg laying season and best underwater visibility
  • April to May: Peak rainy season in the highlands and regularly the hottest months
  • June to July: Humpback whale watching
  • August to September: Pupping for sea Lions and maximum seabird activity
  • October to December: Tropical fish increase and giant tortoise eggs hatch

Additional Information

This experience is valid for redemption within six months from the date of issue, with travel dates within 12 months.

All excursions, meals and beverages (including welcome and departure champagne) are included.

Note that flights are not included, to give you maximum flexibility with your travel.

Note that at least 60 days' notice is required for any cancellations or amendments to bookings.

Gratuities (tips) are not included in the price of the experience.

The Galapagos Islands are a UNESCO world heritage site, and are thus governed by the Galapagos National Park to ensure that all visitor sites are monitored to control the impact of tourism. As a result, the precise order of the itinerary is subject to change.

All bookings are subject to availability. We advise booking at least 3 months in advance to guarantee the desired date and time.

How it works

  • Choose your experience

    Treat yourself or share with someone you truly care about.

  • We arrange everything

    Our concierge will arrange everything, even the little extras.

  • Relax and enjoy

    Simply show up and savour the memory that will last a lifetime.

Location

Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Charles Darwin Foundation Puerto Ayora, Ecuador

Darwin's Enchanted Isles: Exclusive Escape for Two to the Galápagos

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