– International Expeditions is offering budget-conscious travelers a chance to reconnect with nature and take advantage of free airfare — up to $1,400 per person — on three small-ship Galapagos expedition cruises departing August 23, September 6 and September 20, 2013.
August and September are ideal months for avid snorkelers to visit the Galapagos Islands, as this is the time of year when the Humboldt Current brings more nutrients to the waters making the marine life more active. Guests can take advantage of International Expeditions’ daily water swimming and snorkeling opportunities to spot golden rays, white-tipped reef sharks and green sea turtles in the cool Pacific waters. These are also the prime months for dolphin and whale watching in the islands.
On these 10-day Galapagos Islands cruises, guests travel aboard the newly renovated 32-guest yacht M/V Evolution, enjoying a 2-to-1 guest-to-crew ratio, spacious cabins and a casual atmosphere while exploring.
Plus, traveling with small groups of curious, like-minded travelers ensures everyone feels comfortable even in this remote archipelago.
This immersive expedition navigates to captivating islands, where the small group size allows for easy access to the wildlife and far more personal attention than guests find aboard larger cruise ships. Onboard, guests sail in comfort with spacious accommodations, fine cuisine and a host of amenities including an observation deck (perfect for whale watching) and canopied bar, plus complimentary snorkeling equipment, wetsuits and kayaks.
In addition to daily snorkeling and hiking through deserts, rainforests and volcanic terrain, other highlights include a visit to the volcanically active island of Fernandina to search for flightless cormorants and the largest marine iguanas.
IE travelers will also stop at the Charles Darwin Research Center, famous for its tortoise breeding programs, and explore of Santiago Island, a haven for finches, doves and Galapagos hawks.
Highly trained Galapagos naturalist guides enhance travelers’ experiences by sharing their in-depth knowledge and bringing them within inches of giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, sea lions, penguins and other animals.
Prices for the Galapagos Islands cruises start at $5,098, and include accommodations, all excursions, most meals, transfers and tips to porters and waiters for included meals.
About International Expeditions
Celebrating 33 years of engaging nature travel, International Expeditions specializes in small-group journeys to Earth’s most exhilarating destinations.
A pioneer of environmentally responsible travel, IE is committed to preserving natural habitats and improving the welfare of the people and communities it visits. IE is a founding member of the International Galapagos Tour Operators Association (IGTOA), an association of travel companies and conservation organizations dedicated to the complete and lasting protection of the Galapagos.