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 Vacation
Lands of Lava
Beginning in Quito, Ecuador’s capital city, you’ll explore the many charms of this UNESCO World Heritage Site before journeying into the majestic Northern Andes, past the Cayambe volcano and through the historic market of Otavalo. You’ll then board a flight bound for the Galapagos Islands: a modern-day Eden with an unmatched abundance of exotic, endemic wildlife. Spot sea lions sharing the beach with marine iguanas, explore archaic volcanic tunnels, and, like Darwin before you, cross paths with giant tortoises. This inimitable adventure is sure to provide your family with memories they’ll treasure endlessly.
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. Your way—always.
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.
11 Days / 10 Nights
Best Time to Visit
Day by Day
After being picked up from the airport and checking into the kingly Casa Gangotena hotel, you will have the first night to explore vibrant Quito on your own.
Check out the Art Workshop School, peruse La Ronda Street (considered the oldest in the city) and visit the house and private art collection of painter Oswaldo Viteri.
Enter the Northern Andes, passing by the valleys of the Cayambe volcano and visiting the ancient Indian market of Otavalo, famed for its textiles and tapestries.
Spend the day enjoying the Hacienda Zuleta and its surroundings: from a condor rookery, cheese factory and organic garden to onsite embroidery workshops and horseback riding.
Fly from Quito to the Galapagos Islands, where you will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and unwind on Tortuga Bay's spectacular white sands.
Embark on a sweeping, full-day boat tour to the unforgettable islands of Bartolome, North Seymour and Bachas Beach, or South Plaza accompanied by your own certified naturalist guide.
Take a mid-morning tour of the Santa Cruz Highlands, explore the ancient lava tunnels beneath your feet, and and visit Garrapatero, a pristine beach offering buzzing wildlife.
Take in the local flora with a trip to a coffee plantation before boarding the ship to Las Palmas beach and La Fe to swim, snorkel, and play with the sea lions and iguanas.
Take a bike ride and explore the island and lava tunnels, or head out on the ship to another of the smaller outlaying islands. Tonight, celebrate your time spent in this magical land with a special festive event!
Fly from the Galapagos Islands back to Quito, Ecuador for a night on your own exploring the vibrant city.
Enjoy a farewell breakfast at the hotel, soak in the Plaza Independencia, and board your 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 »
Hacienda Zuleta, Otavalo
Boasting antique gardens, the Hacienda is beautifully decorated and every bedroom has a fire place. Delicious Ecuadorian cuisine is offered daily, prepared with organic vegetables, trout and dairy products produced on the Hacienda. View hotel website »
Galapagos Safari Camp, Santa Cruz Island
This eco-luxury tented camp borders the National Park in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island’s "transition zone" and is close to the tortoise reserve. Located on 55 hectares with magnificent views over the Pacific Ocean and the famous Western & Northern islands of Isabela, Santiago, Pinzón, Baltra, Rabida, Guy Fawkes & Daphne. 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. 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 accommodations on a shared twin/double room basis
- Most meals
- All entrance fees and tours
- All transfers and baggage handling
- All internal flights
- All the local experts and specialists
- Services of a local guide(s)
- All special events and on-trip surprises
- All gratuities to porters, drivers, restaurants and other service staff
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.
“There were too many moments on this trip to pick one that was the most memorable, honestly. Each day seemed to surpass the one before it. And being able to stay together as a family in Villa Escalesia in the Galapagos was absolutely the best thing for us!”
— Gail Burke,
Bespoke Independent Ecuador & Galapagos 2013
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