Helena, AL (PRWEB) February 18, 2014
Wildlife enthusiasts can explore the diverse Amazon Basin or famed Galapagos Islands under the guidance of celebrity wildlife experts Joan Embery or Grant Kemmerer as they each lead a May 2, 2014 small-ship cruise with International Expeditions. Known for its focus on environmental education, IE journeys will also be accompanied by native naturalists and an expedition leader who all provide lectures and field interpretation during immersive daily excursions.
Prior to kicking off a regular guest spot on this fall’s new Meredith Vieira show, wildlife trainer Grant Kemmerer highlights the Amazon tour. Hosting the Galapagos cruise is longtime wildlife and conservation advocate Joan Embery, who travels again with IE just six months after leading the company’s Amazon trip.
“I was impressed that International Expeditions supports local conservation efforts and strives to educate its passengers about all aspects of the region,” said Embery of her experience in the Amazon. “They are an excellent example of ecotourism at its best!”
Galapagos Guest Lecturer: Joan Embery
Dedicated animal and environmental advocate Joan Embery has served as a champion of conservation issues around the world, most notably as spokeswoman for the Zoological Society of San Diego and founder of her own non-profit foundation, which connects people to wildlife and conservation issues and the role each individual plays in insuring healthy environments. Embery’s public education and outreach work includes hundreds of television shows from PBS’s Nature to The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.
On the 10-day Galapagos Islands cruise, IE’s 32-guest yacht M/V Evolution navigates to captivating islands, where the small group size allows for easy access to the wildlife and more personal attention than guests find aboard large ships. In addition to daily snorkeling and hiking, other highlights include a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Center; an exploration of Fernandina Island, a haven for flightless cormorants; and a sailing to iconic Kicker Rock. Highly trained Galapagos naturalist guides enhance travelers’ experiences by sharing their in-depth knowledge and bringing guests within inches of giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, sea lions, penguins and other animals. Special pricing for the May 2 cruise starts at $4,798.
Amazon Guest Lecturer: Grant Kemmerer
Grant Kemmerer has been working with wild animals ranging from large carnivores to primates and reptiles for over 25 years. Kemmerer has trained and supplied animals for commercials, television and feature films. In addition he has performed live stage shows for some of the largest events in the country. He has been a featured guest on Anderson Cooper Live, The CBS Early Show and Martha Stewart.
Daily outings on IE’s 10-day Amazon River cruise take travelers deep into the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve to spot diverse wildlife, hike into the rainforest, and even fish for piranha. During excursions into narrow tributaries, guests may spot more than 130 kinds of birds, pink and gray river dolphins, sloths and nocturnal animals. Guests also spend time in remote river villages, handing out school supplies to children and meeting with a local shaman. Highlighting IE’s new riverboat La Estrella Amazonica are private balconies for every cabin, multimedia lecture room, fitness center, Hobie kayaks, a nightly reception with complimentary wine and beer, and the Amazon’s largest observation deck — more than 1,000 square feet. Pricing for the May 2 special departure starts at $4,398.
For more information, call International Expeditions at 1-800-234-9620 or visit http://www.IEtravel.com.