Bucket List: Cruise the Galapagos Islands

There's something special about the Galapagos Islands that inspires you and reconnects you with nature in a way that you didn't even know was possible. The Galapagos Islands is made up of 19 islands and many smaller islets - each ranging from volcanic rocks to white sand beaches. Many species are unique to the Galapagos because of its isolation, and the wildlife don't mind the tourists and allow you to see wildlife up close. On this journey you will walk among giant tortoises, land lizards, and sea lions while you cruise the Galapagos Islands on a small expedition ship. Each day you will stop twice on the islands where you can kayak, snorkel, join a nature walk, or simply relax on shore.

In the Galapagos, the weather, water, and wildlife conditions are constantly changing, so your tour schedule isn't fixed, but rather adapts to the daily environment of the area, allowing you to relax and enjoy the best of the Galapagos. After an early breakfast you will venture out for your first shore excursion, following your nature guide and exploring the island of the moment, stopping to photograph and observe the marine iguanas, blue footed boobies, and even penguins. For lunch you will return to the ship and enjoy a meal, perhaps eaten outside as you watch for dolphins. After a nice rest, you will get ready for your afternoon shore excursion, perhaps where you will choose between kayaking or snorkeling - both with the opportunity to meet curious sea life face to face. After dinner aboard the ship, you will have the evening to relax. Perhaps you will choose to meet fellow travelers for cocktails in the lounge, or listen to the nature guides talk more about the area, read a book in the ship's library, or even listen to an astronomy lecture on deck. You'll fall asleep to the gentle sounds of the water and the wildlife before you wake up for a new adventure tomorrow.

Think this tour isn't for families? Think again! You can even join a group designed specifically for families, with services and programs designed for younger travelers such as wildlife photography, scavenger hunts, Spanish lessons, and art classes. You will still have the same opportunities with twice-daily shore excursions as well as kayaking, snorkeling, nature walks, and relaxing while you enjoy the islands. With kids in mind, the family itineraries have a wide-range of activities for everyone in the family and include kid-friendly meal options. They also have special pricing for children under 18 sharing a room with an adult. You can't go wrong with a visit to the Galapagos Islands! Let's design your visit now.

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