The Adventure Company offers over 250 activity holidays to many destinations spanning every continent. We have many perfect destinations for your adventure travel, whatever your needs
Featured private group holidays
Fancy one of our fantastic adventures but only want to travel with people you know? Do it your way as a private group. We make private group trips for everyone, from big families to scouts and cadets.
- Activity Holidays – all action adventure
- Cultural Tours – lost cities & local life
- Wildlife Holidays – global wildlife encounters
- Trekking Holidays – peaks & summits
- Hands On Trips – conservation & your help
- Collection Trips – added comfort & style
- Astronomy Tours – eclipses & stargazing
- Expedition Cruises – polar experiences
- Photographic Holidays - photos for families
- Charity Holidays - do something amazing
- School Trips - exciting school trips abroad
- Northern Lights Tours - aurora borealis
- Private Groups - Create your own group
Feature adventure holidays
We’ve developed a range of dedicated solo holidays & solo travel packages; exclusively for people booking on their own. Around 40% of all our passengers are solo travellers.
Transport - Bus, on foot, domestic flight, cruise boat.
Accommodation - Hotels (3nts), twin berth cabin with private facilities (3nts).
Meals - 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
We often have multiple itineraries so please check to see which itinerary is suitable for you, by selecting the relevant tab.
Fly to Quito
You will receive full details of exactly where to meet your Group Leader on the Joining Instructions which will be sent to you 2-3 weeks before your trip starts. For information on when the trip ends please refer to the itinerary as described below. This trip operates with small numbers, and in Quito you may not necessarily be part of a tour group, so there is no Group Leader as such.
Please bear in mind that Quito is at 2800m above sea level therefore you may feel slightly breathless when you arrive. You may suffer from mild altitude sickness with symptoms such as a headache and mild nausea. This will pass as you acclimatise. During this period it is advisable to drink plenty of fluids and not to eat too much. Hotel – 2 nights
Quito & Equator
Today, you’ll be picked up from your hotel. First, you’ll be driven to the colonial center of Quito. The guide will tell us all about the history of Ecuador and Quito, the Inca Empire, Spanish invasion and the independence period as you pass some of the most famous squares, churches and colonial buildings in the capital. From the foot of the angel on top of the Panecillo hill, you get a fantastic view across the city.
You will then continue to the Mitad del Mundo (centre of the earth). This monument marks the spot that in 1736 Charles-Marie de la Condamine declared to be the equator, according to his measurements. It is possible to see how water drains clockwise on one side of the equator and anti-clockwise on the other. You then drive back into Quito. (B)
This morning you transfer to the airport for your flight to the Galapagos. In the departure lounge of the domestic airport you will meet the representative of the M.V. Darwin who will assist you with your group check-in and payment of the $10 transit card fee. On arrival you will be asked to pay the Galapagos National Park fee ($100 per person). You are then met in the arrival hall and then bussed to the M.V. Darwin.
The small town of Puerto Ayora is the economic hub of the archipelago and is also home to the Charles Darwin Research Station. The station’s visitor centre and museum are essential stops for anyone interested in the archipelago’s natural and human history and keen to learn more about conservation efforts to preserve the unique ecosystems of the Galapagos. It also offers visitors their best chance for close-up encounters with giant tortoises, including ‘Lonesome George’, the last of his sub-species. You also see many newborn and young giant turtles – part of the breeding program to reintroduce them into their natural habitat. Afterwards you take a bus to the Santa Cruz highlands, where the lush humidity makes it seems worlds away from the island’s arid coastal regions. The interior of the Santa Cruz contains inactive volcanic cones, the rich soil home to many crops, miconia bushes and scalesia, a species that has been called ‘the Darwin’s finches of the plant world’. You visit the largest lava tunnels in the Galapagos and observe great local bird life, including the vermilion flycatcher, Galápagos rail, Galapagos dove and paint-billed cake. The highlands are also the natural habitat of the Galapagos tortoise and there's a good chance you may see them here. Boat – Twin Cabins – 3 nights (BLD)
Today you visit some great sites on and around Santiago Island. You start at Puerto Egas, a black sand beach located on the west side of James Bay. South of the beach is Sugarloaf Volcano, which has deposits of volcanic tuff. The walk along the beach gives you many encounters with the locals: hundreds of marine iguanas, fur seals and sea lions, and you also
see amazing tidal pools formed from ancient lava flow, home to sponges, snails, hermit crabs, barnacles and fish. your next stop, Espumilla Beach, is a well-known beauty spot. Located on Santiago Island’s northern coast, in James Bay, this idyllic beach is an important nesting site for sea turtles. Nearby are fine lava formations, and the beach is backed by mangrove, through which a short trail leads to a lake where flamingos, pintail ducks and stilts can be seen. Turtle nests are often found under the mangrove trees in the sand. your third site for the day is Caleta Bucanero (Buccaneer Cove), a natural monument of rocks caused by sea erosion, and a place of local legends and stories, where pirates used to careen their ships, and where later Darwin camped for a few days while making his study of the islands and its wildlife. (BLD)
Beautiful Bartolome is one of the youngest islands in the archipelago and is home to spectacular lava formations, wonderful beaches and rich wildlife - both on land and among its waters. Upon arrival, the evidence of the island’s volcanic past is immediately evidence with lava bombs, spatter and cinder cones. The summit trail leads you to the iconic view of the Galapagos: looking out towards Pinnacle Rock, the twin beaches of the island backing on to each other, the turquoise waters lapping the shores. During the ascent you see a large colony of marine Iguanas and lava lizards. Red mangroves and various cacti all add to the diverse landscape. After your hike you cool off with a snorkel, where you swim among Galapagos penguin, turtles and white tipped reef sharks! Opposite Bartolome on Santiago’s eastern coast sits Bahia Sullivan which you visit in the afternoon. You walk across a 100-year old lava flow, a black carpet of intricate markings and patterns, where iguanas and Sally Lightfoot Crabs crawl. On a walk across this lava field and along white sand beaches, your guide informs you of the geological history of the islands as you enjoy the view back across to Bartolome. (BLD)
North Seymour; Quito
North Seymour is probably one of the Galapagos’ most visited islands. A short loop takes one along the sandy beach with good views of Daphne Major and Minor. The trail takes you inland into a palo santo forest and low, bushy vegetation. Enjoyable for both its wildlife and views from the beach, the island is also the nesting ground for the magnificent frigate bird. Also look out for blue-footed booby, sea lion and marine iguana. You then cruise back to Baltra, where you say goodbye to the amazing Galapagos Islands and take your return flight to Quito. As you will be leaving the boat today, Please remember that if you have enjoyed the services provided by your guide and crew, a tip would be very much appreciated by them. As a guideline you recommend each passenger consider US$10 per day for the crew and US$6 per day for your guide. You can leave tips in envelopes that are placed in your cabin on this last day of your journey. On arrival in Quito you are met and transferred to your hotel for you last night. Hotel – 1 night (B)
Quito; trip ends
The trip ends in Quito. (B)