Central + South America
The Galapagos Islands
For guaranteed wildlife up close, there is no match for the Galapagos Islands
A trip to the Galapagos is universally accepted to be one of the most unforgettable encounters with wildlife on the planet. Nothing can prepare you for the thrill that you will experience through the intimate contact with the creatures that inhabit these extraordinary islands.
cazenove+loyd has always taken a strong stand on only working with those smaller yachts which operate at the highest level in this sensitive area. Their guides know how best to engage with you for the long-term benefit of the archipelago. We have good relationships which end up making your experience all the fuller and more memorable. Every evening the guides will talk you through the activities for the following day. These will include everything from snorkelling or diving to hiking along lava tunnels, swimming with sea lions and bird watching.
Getting it Right Every Time
Your Destination Expert will build a relationship with you and a nuanced understanding of what you want from your holiday.
CREATING AN ITINERARY
Once we know you, we can match our years of specialist knowledge to you and begin designing your extraordinary trip.
We will continue refining your itinerary adding in those special touches and leaving no stone unturned to make sure that every day is spectacular.
From the moment you leave home, we will be on hand to ensure a totally seamless experience.
We work in some of the most ecologically and culturally sensitive parts of the world, so have always been conscious of operating in a way that has a positive impact on both the environment and the people.
When you travel with us, we will make a contribution on your behalf to one of the following charities: All About the Light Foundation in Africa, ABOUTAsia Travel & Schools in Cambodia, the Alalay Foundation in Bolivia and Scott Polar Research Institute in the Polar Regions.
If clients are interested, we are always keen to get them involved in local projects and conservation efforts. Whether it be whale counting in Antarctica or rhino relocation in Kenya, you will leave knowing your actions have made a difference.
Our service includes booking and managing all your international and domestic flights. However, you can also book your own international flights if you would prefer. We can also organise private charters and private jet travel for both international and domestic flights.
We have a fantastic VIP service in place to help you navigate the airport and make your journey as smooth and easy as possible. We can collect you from your home, take you to the airport and escort you through check-in and immigration to avoid any queues, straight through to the airport lounge before boarding your flight. The same service can be put in place on your return journey.
We understand that one of the most important factors to our clients is flexibility to give you as much assurance as possible when booking your next trip. We are extremely flexible and are on hand to discuss with you the latest updates on flexibility in any one of our destinations.
We have excellent relationships with a handful of insurance companies who provide various forms of cover. Each one offers a different policy with varying terms and conditions, so we strongly recommend getting a series of quotes and discussing your personal requirements in detail with them in order to find the best one for you.
Booking and travelling with an accredited tour operator is more important than ever. cazenove+loyd is a bonded tour operator and is ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). Our ATOL number is 3208. This means that the UK government guarantees all funds paid out to a bonded operator and is bound to pay in full if the bond holder is unable to deliver as contracted. This gives our clients peace of mind and full financial protection. Please see our booking conditions for further information.
We have put the relevant measures in place so that our destinations are ready to welcome you safely. In all of our destinations, sanitation and hygiene in our vehicles and the properties we work with are extensive, with cleaning protocols rigidly followed as well as other necessary safety requirements. We always arrange private vehicles and guides for our clients when travelling in a destination.
The price of our service is dependent on the intricacies of the itinerary. No two trips are the same. Our philosophy is to make every detail tailored just to you.
For the latest details on deposit and balance payments and schedules, please get in touch to speak to an expert.
ECUADOR AND THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
From cloud forests to jungle lodges and unrivalled wildlife, discover what makes our holidays to Ecuador and the Galapagos so extraordinary.
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Each of our dedicated experts has extensive knowledge of the destinations they specialise in. They are continuously re-visiting, trying and testing so that they can offer you up to date and little-known insights into the regions they are so passionate about.
Stories from The Galapagos Islands
I wanted to follow-up from our fantastic trip to the Galápagos. All of the travel went incredibly smoothly and we truly had an incredible experience. We ended up on the MV Theory, which was Relais & Chateaux's newest ship... I think it was only about three months old. All of the guests were younger and relatively close to us in age, which made for some great dinners and conversation. I can't say enough about the quality of our guides and the hikes and snorkels we got to do over the course of trip... Truly incredible! Our time at Galapagos Safari Camp was also exceptional. The service went above and beyond our expectations, and every day was well organised with good activities. Also, my day of diving was fantastic... I got to play with sea lions and swim with full-grown hammerhead sharks. I wanted to thank you for all of your help. It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience – except that we may go back in the future to do the southern route! :)
"Just as Machu Picchu has to be seen to be believed, so do the Galapagos. I would not have been at all surprised to see Adam and Eve emerge from behind a candelabra cactus and hear them talk about evolution by natural selection. It was probably they who planted signs by the cliffs and along the paths saying "stop." As often as not there was a blue-footed booby on its nest the other side of the sign or in the middle of the path, or a red-footed booby nesting in a tree below."
"An enormous thank you for the incredible trip that you organised for me to Ecuador. The entire trip was wonderful, from the pretty Hotel del Parque to the Theory to the gorgeous Zuleta, which I fell in love with. What a lovely place, and what gorgeous people. It's so rare to find places like that anymore, that still reek of history and family, so it was extremely special.”
"Caroline was enamoured at the sea lions and one of them was enamoured with her. The voyage of the Experience, nee Eclipse, took the southern route. It was well orchestrated. For me it was a bit like reliving the chapter in The Voyage of the Beagle, mixed only slightly with scenes of Russell Crowe in Master and Commander when we were in Elizabeth Bay bordering Isabella. We got on well with the rest of the 40 or so passengers, who mostly came from Canada, the UK, US and Australia, so English was the lingua franca. I admit to having taken advantage of the complimentary drinks."
"Had a great time – what an extraordinary place The Galapagos is. Lived up to all expectations and more."
"Just to say - we loved our stay on The Eclipse. I didn't know what to expect but the boat was so solid and comfortable and roomy. I expected the cabins to be tiny but in fact they were light and airy and very comfortable. There was always plenty of room in the reception rooms. The dinning room had windows down two of the walls and light flooded in. It was like staying in a comfortable house on the sea. I didn't feel sea sick once nor did any of us."
"It was magical. I had forgotten what a special place the Galápagos Islands is. I was determined to bring my son and he fell in love too. The boat was lovely. The staff was amazing. They never stopped. They were really fantastic – friendly, helpful and super-efficient. Thank you for all your help, answers, suggestions and all. It was a superb trip!"