A seven-day itinerary lazily looping around the islands should provide all of the highlights and the chance to hole up for lounging by the pool, sipping sundowners and some quality time spent spread-eagled on the sand. For the safari cruise, we’d recommend a launch with a more intimate capacity of 12-16 – and one that can provide suites with a private balcony and, if you so wish, a private Jacuzzi too. Those endeavouring to sail on a more stable platform can secure this and all of the privacy they wish on the Athala II or Ocean Spray catamarans. On dry land, the beachside Finch Bay Eco Hotel and Galapagos Safari Camp – both situated on the main island of Santa Cruz with its Tortoise Centre – offer two different ways to immerse yourself in the island idyll.
Why not top or tail the experience with a trip into the sultry splendour of the Ecuadorian jungle?