Helena, AL (PRWEB) July 13, 2011
Budget conscious explorers can take advantage of $1,000 savings or waived single supplements on select International Expeditions Galapagos Islands expedition cruises. While reaping extraordinary savings of up to 20 percent off regular voyage pricing, travelers enjoy an in-depth look at the legendary wildlife and history of the Galapagos Islands.
Couples and even multi-generational explorers will save $1,000 per person on Galapagos voyages departing October 14, October 28, November 11 and November 25, 2011. Solo travelers can take advantage of no single supplement — a $1,200 per person savings — on the September 30, October 14 and November 11, 2011 Galapagos cruise departures. This deal is perfect for the 25% of Americans who travel solo according to a 2009 survey by D.K. Shifflet & Associates.
Guests travel aboard the 32-guest yacht M/V Evolution, enjoying a 2-to-1 crew-to-guest ratio, spacious cabins and casual atmosphere while exploring. Plus, traveling with small groups of curious, like-minded travelers ensures everyone feels comfortable even in this remote archipelago.
“Never have I seen people from all different backgrounds having so much fun together,” said Janie King of Las Vegas, Nev., a recent IE traveler in the Galapagos. “The Evolution had a great group of travelers and a great group of staff.”
On the 10-day Galapagos Islands cruise, International Expeditions’ yacht navigates to nine captivating islands, and unlike larger vessels, is small enough to access outlying Genovesa (Tower) Island. Genovesa features thousands of red-footed boobies, short-eared owls and storm petrels. The ship’s pangas (landing craft) are used several times a day to go easily ashore. 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.
While touring, travelers visit Fernandina Island and Tagus Cove on Isabela Island. Here, guests snorkel in crystal waters with green sea turtles, see marine iguanas nesting, and hike uphill for a stunning view of volcanic craters. Guests also enjoy leisure time in Puerto Ayora, the largest human settlement in the archipelago, with ample time to browse in colorful art galleries and boutiques.
In addition to daily snorkeling and hiking through deserts, rainforests and volcanic terrain, other highlights include a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Center, famous for its tortoise breeding programs; an exploration of Santiago Island, a haven for finches, doves and Galapagos hawks; and a sailing to iconic Kicker Rock.
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 October 14, October 28, November 11 and November 25, 2011 Galapagos Islands vacations start at $3,798 per person, double occupancy ( price reflects $1,000 discount). Single pricing for September 30, October 14 and November 11, 2011 departures starts at $4,798. Prices include accommodations pre- and post-cruise in Guayaquil, snorkeling gear and wetsuits, Galapagos tax and transit fees, all excursions, all on-board meals, transfers and tips to porters and waiters for included meals.
To order a brochure or for more information on the Galapagos cruise, contact International Expeditions at 800-234-9620 or nature(at)ietravel(dot)com.
About International Expeditions
Celebrating 31 years of engaging nature travel, International Expeditions specializes in small-group journeys to Earth’s most exhilarating destinations, including Brazil’s Pantanal, Costa Rica, Patagonia, Panama, East Africa, West Africa, Borneo, and Papua New Guinea. A pioneer of environmentally responsible travel, IE is committed to preserving natural habitats and improving the welfare of the people and communities it visits. This mission is reflected in the 12 conservation, education, and community-service projects IE supports in Peru, Laos, East Africa, India, and the Galapagos Islands. International Expeditions has been named to Travel + Leisure’s list of “World’s Best” tour operators & safari outfitters for seven years (2004-2010) and to National Geographic ADVENTURE magazine’s list of “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth.”