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ECUADOR/GALAPAGOS

Set along the equator, some 600 miles off the South American coast of Ecuador is a crown jewel of the natural world. The Galapagos Islands live up to our dreams of a sheltered place far removed from the usual concerns. But what will make your visit here truly exceptional are the many opportunities for close encounters with wildlife. The islands and surrounding waters are quite literally teaming with exotic and curious creatures

Each of our itineraries has unique offerings allowing for cultural engagement and community give-back. Here are some of the things that will make your trip to Ecuador special:

HIGHLIGHTS FOR FAMILIES

WITH TEENAGERS

 

Special Activity:

 CHOCOLATE TASTING &

TAILORED LECTURES

 

There is no better chocolate than that of Ecuador. Known for it's purity and relatively few ingredients you will taste this and be ruined for any other chocolate.

 

Take advantage of tailor excursions and lectures designed for you and other teens while you are on your ship.

 

Chose one of our two three-day extensions to learn what life is like in the Northern or Central Andes. These three day cultural immersions itineraries will give you families one of a kind opportunities to learn about Ecuador and make lasting memories.

 

 

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS FOR

ADULT ONLY TRAVELERS

Special Activity:

STAR GAZING &

TAILORED LECTURES

 

Take advantage of tailor excursions and lectures designed for you and other teens while you are on your ship.

 

Spend the evening under the night sky looking at stars you have never seen before. Learn about the constellations that are located in this hemisphere.

 

Chose one of our two three-day extensions to learn what life is like in the Northern or Central Andes. These three day cultural immersions itineraries will give you families one of a kind opportunities to learn about Ecuador and make lasting memories.

 

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS FOR FAMILIES

WITH CHILDREN UNDER 12

Special Activity:

GALAPAGOS SCOUTS

& BE THE STAR OF A

NEPTUNE PRODUCTION

 

Follow the lead of your ship's captain or guide cruise director as you dress up as a one of the treasured Galapagos creatures and act out a play with your shipmates.

 

Take advantage of kid specific excursion or lecture while you are on your ship.

 

Partner with local children your age in the  Galapagos Scouts program. Learn about their culture, way of life and partner with them in a preservation project for the islands.

 

Chose one of our two three-day extensions to learn what life is like in the Northern or Central Andes. These three day cultural immersions itineraries will give you families one of a kind opportunities to learn about Ecuador and make lasting memories.

 

 

 

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Galapagos Itineraries

When choosing your Global CommUnity Galapagos itinerary you can choose between the elegant 18 passenger M/Y Grace, an authentic classic adventure yacht for those seeking to explore the Galapagos in true style. Her history includes distinguished service in the British Navy during WWII and a pedigree that lays claim to ownership by tycoons, industrialists and royalty.  Or sail on the M/V Evolution where the golden age lives on today and the destination is designed to be experienced as a voyage through one of the world’s most remarkable natural wonders, the Galapagos archipelago. From the rich wood paneling and brass appointments of the dinning saloon, to the rattan furnishings of the outdoor sky lounge under shade, the 32 passenger M/V Evolution is designed to evoke warmth and richness, while providing all the modern comforts and amenities, including a state of the art navigation system.

 

When visiting the Galapagos Islands for one week there are tradeoffs regarding the landing sites you can and can't see, in a place where one can encounter as great a variation crossing from one side of a bay or island to another, as traversing the entire archipelago. This has always been the case. Recently the Galapagos National Park decided to reduce the environmental impact on its 40 + visitor landing sites by requiring that yachts wait 14 days before returning to a given National Park visitor site. As a result of this ruling each of our yachts operates two different week long itineraries. These 8 day / 7 night itineraries run Saturday-to-Saturday and alternate each week. Through our complete itineraries, guests are able to see all of the Galapagos wildlife that made the Islands famous and inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. You can also combine these itineraries back-to-back to experience one, all encompassing two week long voyage.

 

If you only have a week to spend in the Galapagos you will be happy to know that there is no better or worse itinerary, just different. We continue to receive rave reviews for both itineraries aboard both our yachts. Passengers continue to have amazing animal encounters while experiencing the depth and breadth of what the islands offer including top notch landing sites on all itineraries.

 

 

GLOBAL COMMUNITY GIVE-BACK

 

The Boy Scouts of Galapagos Coming soon, we will offer opportunities to meet and engage the participants of The Boy Scouts of Galapagos. This group of local boys and girls celebrate their heritage while participating in projects to protect and maintain the local ecosystem. You can make a difference not only as you meet and get to know these children but also through a direct donation (like an old laptop for example), a one-time monetary donation through your trip invoice, or a longer-term, monthly donation to sponsor a particular Scout in the group.  These donations will fund scholarships to send the most promising kids to college on the mainland, so that they can return to the Islands well prepared to make a difference. Please inquire if you are interested in supporting this program.