Join us for this incredible, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience with your family what Charles Darwin keenly observed of the Galápagos Islands: “The natural history of this archipelago is very remarkable … the greater number of its inhabitants, both vegetable and animal, being found nowhere else.” Home to the amazing exotic birds, plants and animals that inspired Darwin, this “living laboratory of evolution” and UNESCO World Heritage site continues to offer the excitement of original discovery to explorers of all ages.
Cruise aboard the recently refitted first-class exploration vessel Santa Cruz II, designed specifically to navigate remote archipelagos such as these. The ship is fully equipped to make your family’s adventure of a lifetime complete, from a glass-bottom boat to a fleet of Zodiacs, complimentary snorkeling gear and adjoining cabins. Certified onboard naturalists lead small group excursions and share their in-depth knowledge with you and your Young Explorers.
Visit seven of these biodiverse islands, and observe vibrant flora, and fascinating fauna, from pricky pear cacti and daisy trees to iconic finches, the clownish blue-footed booby, the Humboldt penguin, and the giant tortoise. With few natural predators on the islands, the abundant wildlife is nearly fearless and innocently receptive to up-close human presence, unlike any other place on our planet! Here, you can almost touch spiny-backed iguanas and snorkel alongside playful sea lions—an amazing experience for the entire family.
To complement your Galápagos Islands cruise, we are pleased to offer an exclusive family Pre-Tour Option in Quito to visit the Equator and stand in two hemispheres at once, explore the fascinating Ethnographic Museum and tour Quito’s picturesque World Heritage‑designated colonial district; and an incredible Post-Tour Option to discover the marvels of the UNESCO World Heritage site of the legendary “lost city” of Machu Picchu and the breathtaking Sacred Valley.
This once-in-a-lifetime family travel program through the “Islands of the Tortoises” is an exceptional value and sells out quickly, so reserve your place now as space is limited!
The Travel Program outlined here is subject to the features, final pricing and terms and conditions set forth in the published Travel Program brochure.
Machu Picchu, Peru