Every experience in our Private Trip Collection offers the hallmarks B&R's known for with the flexibility of going with your own group and on your own schedule. Simply pick your dates, pack your bags, and go.
Galapagos Family Vacations
From colonial Quito, head to the natural splendour of the Galapagos Islands – a modern-day Eden with an unmatched trove of exotic endemic wildlife. Here, you will spot sea lions sharing the beach with marine iguanas, explore ancient volcanic tunnels and, yes, cross paths with giant tortoises. This inimitable adventure is sure to provide you and your family with memories to treasure.
While space in the Galapagos Islands is notoriously limited, B&R has secured 8 weeks of space between October and December 2016, and 18 weeks between March and December 2017.
We use premium hotels that are unique expressions of the region. Often they’ve had a previous life as a monastery or a castle, but in every case they offer an exceptionally comfortable stay.
These are stylish 4-star properties that offer a casual and comfortable stay. Often without a 24-hour concierge or room service, they tend to be smaller family-run hotels that are perfect for the region.
“I can’t say I really ‘work out,’ but I’m in good shape and am relatively active.”
“I enjoy a good walk or ride, and feel comfortable while on the move.”
“I get moving at least once a week, and don’t mind a little sweat.”
“I get moving a few times per week and enjoy some exertion.”
“I want to feel invigorated each day and going hard is how I like to do that.”
The right number of like-minded travellers to make new friends.
Your dates. Your group. Our expertly-designed itinerary.
Tailored to your interests, a bespoke travel experience.
Combines the hallmarks of any B&R itinerary (excellent hotels and beautiful routes) with the freedom of pacing each day exactly the way you like.
Throughout the day, a knowledgeable local guide provides insider access and expert tips. At night, you can explore and dine on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
10 Days / 9 Nights
Best Time to Visit
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Day by Day
You’ll be met at the airport and escorted to Casa Gangotena, where you’ll spend the first evening. Depending on your flight’s arrival time, you may have a chance to explore Quito on your own.
After a short flight to the Galapagos Islands, board the M/V Eclipse, where you'll be welcomed with an introductory briefing and lunch. This afternoon set sale for Santa Cruz's Black Turtle Cove.
Journey to Rábida Island, a small island with red volcanic rocks surrounding a beautiful red sand beach, where there's a colony of sea lions and a pelican nesting site!
Explore Tagus Cove on Isabela Island, historically used as an anchoring place for pirates, buccanees and whalers. Go kayaking or for a panga ride where you'll see blue-footed boobies perched on cliffs, dolphins and whales!
Head to Urbina Bay, known for it's penguin and flightless cormorant sightings.
Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to see the famous Galapagos tortoises! Search for these giant tortoises in their natural surroundings.
Visit Genovesa Island, where coralline white sand is only the beginning! A trail from the beach takes you into lush mangroves where red footed boobies nest. Other locals include sea lions, swallow-tail gulls, frigates and more. Snorkeling is a must here as sharks, colorful reef fish, rays and tortoises are common.
Explore Bartolome Island today! Snorkel around Pinnable Rock, where penguins are usually seen. This afternoon climb to the highest point on the island for incredible views of Sullivan Bay.
Enjoy Las Bachas Beach, it's soft white sand is a favourite nesting site for sea turtles. After, enjoy the VIP Lounge at the Baltra Airport while you wait for your flight back to Quito.
Casa Gangotena, Quito
Glimpse the heart of old Quito as it was meant to be enjoyed, amidst the generous comforts of this handsomely restored mansion. Sumptuously appointed rooms bask in the warmth of natural light as towering windows overlook the Plaza San Francisco. Stately and sophisticated, yet perfectly intimate thanks to the Ecuadorean hospitality. View hotel website »
One of the best ships sailing in the Galápagos Islands, the Eclipse is an upscale expedition vessel that offers unparalleled levels of comfort and service. Large enough to travel the Pacific in comfort and safety, small enough to dock at remote ports and negotiate inter-island landings with agility, the Eclipse is the perfect size for an expedition-style adventure and the choice for travelers who prefer the intimate, comfortable atmosphere and attentive service of a smaller boutique vessel to a larger cruise ship. She features outstanding open-air spaces, comfortable cabins, and spectacular al fresco dining. View hotel website »
This walking trip features plenty of uneven footing and dirt trails—but its focus is not on covering distance. Transportation to and from the day’s event is provided in most instances. The change in elevation (Quito is 2,800 metres above sea level) may interfere with the breathing of some travellers.
Walking Sticks &
Included with all walking trips are Leki telescoping walking sticks and custom-made padded hip holsters, which comfortably carry one full half-litre water bottle. And while the walking sticks get “recycled” for use by another B&R traveller, the holsters are yours to keep at trip’s end.
- All transfers
- 2 nights in Quito + breakfast
- Galapagos Cruise 7 nights/8 days including all excursions, meals and transfers
- internal flights to/from Quito to Galapagos Islands
- All park fees and taxes
- VIP lounge at the airport in Baltra on outgoing flights
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We take pride in choosing guides who are not only exceptional travelling companions, but who’ll go far beyond the call of duty to ensure an unforgettable experience.
“We had high expectations for this Galapagos trip and were blown away with how 'other worldly' and incredible it was. Cannot wait for our next B&R trip!”
— Donald Holzworth,
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8 Days / 7 Nights
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