HELENA, Ala., Aug. 14, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Budget-conscious adventurers can explore the Galapagos for just $3,999 on the October 26, 2018 departure of International Expeditions’ small-ship cruise aboard the M/V Evolution.

While the Galapagos Islands are popular year-round, October is a particularly rewarding month for snorkelers. A strong Humboldt Current makes nutrients in the water more abundant. During twice-daily swimming and snorkeling excursions, guests 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, especially between Fernandina and Isabela Islands.

In addition to daily snorkeling and hiking through deserts, rainforests and volcanic terrain, other highlights include snorkeling and kayaking off uninhabited Rabida 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 both the youngest and oldest islands in the archipelago — Fernandina and Espanola respectively.

On International Expeditions’ 10-day Galapagos cruises, guests travel aboard the newly renovated 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. The yacht boasts the largest cabins of any vessel in her class.

Discounted pricing for the October 26, 2018 Galapagos cruise is $3,999 for a double occupancy cabin in any category — a savings of up to $4,200, and includes accommodations, all excursions, snorkeling gear, all meals, transfers and tips to porters and waiters for included meals. Airfare and park fees are not included.

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


About International Expeditions

Celebrating 38 years of nature travel, International Expeditions specializes in small-ship voyages and escorted journeys to more than 20 countries worldwide. Hosted by knowledgeable local naturalists, International Expeditions’ travelers survey the habitats, cultures, cuisine and traditional lore of 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.


Emily Harley
International Expeditions