HELENA, Ala., May 24, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Adventurous families can reconnect with nature and each other while taking advantage of unprecedented savings on select departures of International Expeditions' Amazon and Galapagos cruises. Children under 18 travel for free, while adults can take advantage of $1,200 off Amazon departures or $1,500 Galapagos sailings between July and November, 2016.

Guests can choose between two distinct Amazon cruises. The classic 10-day Amazon Voyage features a seven-night cruise deep into the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve to spot diverse wildlife, hike into the rainforest, and even fish for piranha. IE's seven-day Amazon Riverboat & Lodge option combines three nights on the river with overnights at the upscale Ceiba Tops Lodge, allowing for more night hikes.

Summer months are ideal for family exploration because the lower water levels allow for more hiking and more concentrated wildlife populations. Families get acquainted with ribereňo (river people) culture on visits to a local village and its school. Kids have also been known to pick up a friendly soccer game. Following the school visit, village elders join guests for guided walks, narrated with folklore and teachings about medicinal plants and traditions. Prior to the cruise, travelers enjoy an interactive visit to the Manatee Research Center in Iquitos.

Discounted pricing for the 10-day Amazon Voyages departing July 15, 22 and 29, August 5, September 23, October 14, and November 4, 18 and 25, 2016 starts at $3,598 for adults. Discounted pricing for the July 1, 2016 Amazon Riverboat & Lodge tour starts at $2,348 for adults.

On International Expeditions' 10-day Galapagos cruises, guests travel aboard the 32-guest yacht M/V Evolution, enjoying a 2-to-1 guest-to-crew ratio led by three naturalist guides. These highly trained guides share their in-depth knowledge during nightly lectures and in the field while bringing guests within inches of giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, penguins and other animals. The Evolution offers ample public areas, including a lounge/library, sun deck, al fresco dining area and bar, where guests are greeted with a towel and glasses of fresh, exotic juices after excursions.

From hiking dormant volcanoes to swimming and snorkeling alongside sea lions, IE's Galapagos departures feature a variety of excursions for travelers of all ages. Additional kid-friendly activities include navigating with the ship's captain, nature walks and hikes, kayaking, movie night with ample popcorn, and a barbecue lunch in the highlands, home to famed Galapagos giant tortoises.

Discounted pricing for the August 19, September 9 and October 7, 2016 Galapagos cruises starts at $4,498.

For additional information on International Expeditions' small-ship cruises, visit www.IEtravel.com or contact 800-633-4734.

About International Expeditions

Celebrating 36 years of 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. International Expeditions has been named to Travel + Leisure's list of "World's Best" tour operators & safari outfitters seven times and to National Geographic ADVENTURE magazine's list of "Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth."

About the TUI Adventure Division

The TUI Adventure Division offers experienced-based expeditions for active travelers. In addition to International Expeditions, the division includes Quark Expeditions and Zegrahm Expeditions; European adventure specialists Exodus Travels, Headwater, World Challenge, Sawadeee, Trek America and Grand American Adventures; as well as US-based destination management company American Adventures. From reaching the top of Kilimanjaro and canoeing on the Zambezi, to tiger cub sightings and breaking ice en-route to the North Pole, the TUI Adventure Division offers inspirational experiences that create lifelong memories.

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Emily Harley

Media Relations Director

International Expeditions

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