HELENA, Ala., July 6, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Budget-conscious adventurers can take advantage of buy one, get one free savings on the October 7, 2016 departure of International Expeditions' Galapagos Islands tour.

While the Galapagos Islands are popular year-round with visitors, October is a particularly rewarding month for snorkelers. The strong, nutrient-rich Humboldt Current means marine life will be especially active in October. Guests can take advantage of International Expeditions' daily swimming and snorkeling excursions, where they are likely to be joined in the water by sea lion pups and some of the archipelago's 86 endemic marine species. Opportunities for whale watching also increase during October.

In addition to daily snorkeling and hiking through deserts, rainforests and volcanic terrain, other highlights include snorkeling in an extinct volcanic cone at Devil's Crown off the coast of Floreana Island, and calling on a family run sugar cane farm, which also produces small-batch moonshine. IE travelers also stop at the Charles Darwin Research Center, famous for its tortoise breeding programs, and explore outlying Genovesa (Tower) Island, with an opportunity to swim, kayak and snorkel in the calm caldera of this partially eroded volcano.

On International Expeditions' 10-day Galapagos cruise, 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.

Discounted pricing for the October 7, 2016 Galapagos cruise starts at $5,998 for a double occupancy cabin, and includes accommodations, all excursions, most meals, transfers and tips to porters and waiters for included meals.

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
International Expeditions

Media Relations Director

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