The Galpagos archipelago is world-renowned for its unique and fearless wildlife- much of which was inspiration for Charles Darwin's Theory of Natural Selection. The islands are therefore very popular amongst natural historians, both professional and amateur. Giant tortoises, sea lions, penguins, marine iguanas and different bird species can all be seen and approached. The landscape of the islands is relatively barren and volcanic, but beautiful nonetheless.

The Galpagos Islands are a small archipelago of islands belonging to Ecuador in the eastern Pacific Ocean. The islands are quite remote and isolated, lying some 1000 km (620 miles) west of the South American continent. The Galapagos archipelago consists of 13 main islands and 6 smaller isles, which together embrace some 50,000 sq km.

Visitors to the Islands are strctly controlled to ensure the preservation of this natural wonder.

Celebrity Cruises are one of the very few cruise lines to offer the chance of exploring the islands. The Celebrity Xpedition ship offers just 92 passengers the quality and luxury of 5 star cruising around the fantastic waters of the Galpagos.

Here is a cruise and stay package one of my customers has enjoyed booking today.

Day 1 - Fly London Heathrow to Madrid, Madrid to Guaya Quil in the Galpagos.
Day 2 - Private transfer to the Celebrity Xpedition, board the Xpedition for 7 night and 14 ports around the Islands.
Day 9 - Private transfer to Airport for flight to Quito, transfer to Radisson Hotel for 7 nights B&B
Day 16- Private transfer back to Airport, fly to Madrid
Day 17-Arrive Madrid for connecting flight to Heathrow.

The cruise is very intensive and a stay either end of it is recommended. Sometimes you will visit 3 ports in one day and all by tender, so good shoes and reasonable fitness is required.

If you have been to the Galpagos and have any travel tips to share please let us know.