As the BBC prepares to screen its exploration of the Galápagos Islands, would-be explorers can enjoy an unforgettable journey through this inspirational archipelago with leading tour operator Travelsphere.

Starting on 30th March, the BBC One three-episode series sees Liz Bonnin and a team of scientists take on one of the most ambitious scientific expeditions ever attempted in the Galápagos Islands, a region forever linked to Charles Darwin.

Travelsphere’s Darwin’s Galápagos  tour begins with a two night stay in Quito, Ecuador’s capital, before flying out to Isla Baltra in the Galápagos where the group joins the cruise ship, Celebrity Xpedition, their home for the next seven nights.

“The Galápagos Islands tour is a journey that has to be made by anyone who wants to explore a truly different part of the world with amazing and unique wildlife. I am sure that the upcoming BBC series will whet the appetite for discovery, our Travelsphere tour allows customers to enjoy the adventure without having to do any of the planning,” said Josh Cliffe, Travelsphere’s Destination Expert.

During the cruise there will be plenty of opportunities to explore the water surrounding the islands either by a small inflatable boat or snorkelling amongst the fascinating sea creatures.

After departing Baltra, the cruise sails to Gardner Bay on Isla Espanola and then on to Punta Suarez, home to the Red Marina Iguana, a species unique to this island. The journey continues to Cormorant Point on the Isla Floreana, a former penal colony.

Isabela is the next stop, an island dominated by jet-black pahoehoe lava that extends as far as the eye can see. Here the Travelsphere explorers can see the large land iguanas, giant turtles and the colourful blue-footed boobies. 

A real highlight of the tour is a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station on the island of Santa Cruz. At the Centre, scientists work on research and projects for the conservation of the Galápagos terrestrial and marine ecosystems.

The visit to the Research Centre is followed by a farewell cocktail party on board the Xpedition, hosted by the captain, before the explorers make their way back to the UK via Quito.

Darwin’s Galápagos is a 12 day tour with prices starting at £5,399 which includes three nights in a 4-star hotel in Quito and seven nights on board Celebrity Xpedition.

Travelsphere holidays include scheduled flights – many from regional airports, all overseas transfers, accommodation, 24-hour helpline available seven days a week and the services of a Travelsphere Tour Manager and local guide.