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.
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 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.
Our friends on the ground are there to set you up with insider access and expert tips—then disappear when you’d prefer to be 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
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.
Spend the day exploring the ins and outs of this colonial and pre-Colombian capital as you head out for a private exploration of Quito and its historical centre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
After a short flight to the Galapagos Islands, board the Athala II yacht where you’ll be welcomed with an introductory briefing and lunch. This afternoon set sale for Mosquera Islet, a tiny islet with a huge population of sea lions and shorebirds.
Today we’ll take a visit to Santa Fe Island’s sandy white beach. Here, Galapagos hawks are often easily observed, while the endemic land iguana, unique to this island, may be spotted during our day’s walk.
An early morning walk will take us along the coast and to the interior of North Seymour Island, a favourite of many visitors, observing numerous bird colonies as well as sea lions and marine iguanas.
This morning, a Galapagos icon awaits: Bartolomé Island. Following a scenic walk, take a boat ride around the colossal Pinnacle Rock and spend the afternoon enjoying the beach, snorkelling, or riding in the glass-bottom boat.
Land on Urbina Bay’s black-sand beach to observe sea turtle nesting sites, penguin sightings and Darwin’s finches. Hike through the volcanic landscape of Darwin Volcano before kayaking to see a large number of blue-footed boobies!
Explore Fernandina Island, one of the most pristine ecosystems in the world, as well as Punta Espinoza, a narrow piece of land where some of the most unique Galapagos species can be seen. Spend the afternoon snorkelling with the turtles at Punta Vicente Roca.
After breakfast (and perhaps one last dip in the ocean) fly back to Quito to spend one last night at the Casa Gangotena, bidding fare thee well to Ecuador and all her splendour.
This morning you will be driven to the Quito Airport to catch your return flight home.
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 »
Athala II, Quito
One of our favourite ships on the seas in the Galapagos, this 16-passenger vessel will be your home for five nights of the trip as you gallivant around the islands Darwin found so fascinating. The food, the crew, the rooms, all of the above will wow as your hotel becomes your wheels as well. View hotel website »
This 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. The activities on this trip are geared for children 6 years old and up. If you will be travelling with smaller children, let us know and we can revise the itinerary to suit your group.
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 hotel accommodation
- Meals as indicated
- Services of guide(s)
- Use of two lightweight, telescoping walking sticks
- Detailed maps, route suggestions and water bottle
- All special events and private tours
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
- All baggage transportation
- All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service
At Your Service
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,
Galapagos By Sea 2010
Ecuador & Galapagos By Sea Private
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