January 15 to 23, 2018
February 12 to 20, 2018
Join us for this incredible, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience firsthand 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.” Today, the natural biodiversity of this UNESCO World Heritage-designated archipelago is still intact, much as it was when first encountered by a galleon that drifted off course and happened upon its shores in 1535. Home to the amazing exotic birds, plants and animals that inspired Darwin, this “living laboratory of evolution” continues to offer the excitement of original discovery to every visitor.
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 Galápagos experience complete, from complimentary snorkeling gear to a fleet of Zodiacs and a glass-bottom boat. Certified onboard naturalists lead excursions and share their knowledge to enhance your understanding and enjoyment of this captivating and mysterious natural realm.
These islands, each with its own ecosystem, are teeming with vibrant flora, fascinating fauna and species unknown anywhere else in the world, like the flightless cormorant and the marine iguana. With few natural predators on the islands, the abundant wildlife is nearly fearless and innocently receptive to up-close human company, unlike any other place on our planet! Here, you can almost touch spiny-backed iguanas and snorkel alongside playful seals and tropical penguins.
On mainland Ecuador, explore picturesque Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for magnificent colonial churches with opulent gold interiors; walk through the historic Old Town; and straddle the Equator with one foot in either hemisphere.
To complement your Galápagos Islands cruise, we are pleased to offer an exclusive Pre-Tour Option to Mashpi, a protected reserve of rainforest and cloud forest abundant with wildlife found nowhere else on Earth, and a Post-Tour Option to experience 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 travel program through the “Islands of the Tortoises” is an exceptional value.
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