Create lasting memories for your family this summer in the highlands of Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands. This family adventure features a combination of the rich culture of the Andean Highlands with a cruise aboard the Isabela II, a versatile 166-foot expedition vessel with 20 spacious cabins to the amazing Galápagos Islands. Your adventure begins in the capital city of Quito, Ecuador with a tour of with its gilded churches, cobblestone streets, and Spanish Baroque architecture. From Quito venture into the highlands of Ecuador surrounded by snow-capped volcanoes. Stay in a 17th-century hacienda, your base for exploring Andean landscapes, indigenous markets, a condor sanctuary, rose plantation and artisan villages.
After exploring the mainland, journey to the Galápagos Islands with nature walks, beautiful beaches, a glass-bottomed boat, snorkeling, kayaking, sightseeing, and science lectures. Located 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, these legendary islands feature 26 species found nowhere else on earth including the marine iguana, Darwin's Finches, and giant tortoises. The islands offer a varied terrain to explore including lava fields, lush green vegetation in the highlands, and sandy beaches. Among these spectacular geological features, one can encounter flocks of frigate birds, colonies of marine iguanas, and Galápagos Penguins, along with other fascinating sea life. No other place on earth affords such close access to wildlife, for none of the animals or birds has ever learning to fear man.
**Discount for children available starting from $7,245 for children age 6-11 and from $7,995 for teens age 12-17. Children age 6-11 must share a hotel room and cabin with an adult or teen.