Come face to face with giant tortoises and sea lions, and stroll pristine beaches alongside blue-footed boobies on a journey to the Galápagos that includes a seven-night cruise on 'Eclipse.'
Guests on the A&K Family version of this journey, Family Galápagos, experience these glorious islands in the company of a Children's Activity Coordinator, a seasoned naturalist guide dedicated to bringing the Galápagos to life for young explorers. Throughout the journey, children and teens participate in a wealth of on-board and on-shore activities tailored to their interests, including wildlife photography, scavenger hunts, Spanish-language lessons, movie nights and art-making sessions. Children also enjoy earlier meal times and a special kid-friendly menu. Explore the Galápagos and experience some of nature's most inspiring treasures - and return with memories your family will cherish for years to come.
Luxury Small Group Journeys 2013
Cruise the Galápagos on board 'Eclipse,' a Readers' Choice for Condé Nast Traveler readers
Discover the Galápagos on twice-daily island excursions that include nature walks limited to 12 guests for more interaction with your naturalist guide
Kayak wildlife-rich waters and snorkel alongside sea lions and fish
Enjoy a wide range of on-board activities, including star gazing, whale watching and an equator-crossing celebration
Cruise in comfort in 'Eclipse's' fully air-conditioned staterooms and common areas
On A&K Family departures, Children's Activity Coordinator and child-friendly programming are included throughout the journey
Expedite your arrival at the Galápagos thanks to arrangements made in advance by A&K
Enjoy VIP lounge access in Baltra and Guayaquil for maximum comfort prior to your departure flight
Arrive in Guayaquil to begin your Galápagos adventure.Hilton Colón Guayaquil
After a private welcome breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to the Galápagos. Upon arrival, you are met by your naturalist guides and escorted to a private vehicle that whisks you to the pier to board ‘Eclipse,’ your home for the seven-night cruise at the heart of your itinerary. After settling in, attend an introductory briefing and a fitting for your wetsuit and snorkeling gear.'Eclipse' | Meals: B L D
Lying about 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, the Galápagos Islands are a haven for some of the world’s most varied wildlife. It was this diversity that first led naturalist Charles Darwin to propose that species evolved in response to their environment. Darwin’s work also helped to alert the world to the need — urgent even in his own day — to preserve these islands from degradation by humans. Today, tourism to the Galápagos is closely managed, and your visit adheres to the strictest standards of environmental responsibility. Because weather, water and wildlife conditions are subject to constant change, your islands itinerary is not fixed, but two daily excursions are planned to the main sites and islands, which vary depending on the route you choose. You may explore landmarks such as Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island, the volcanoes of Isabela Island, El Barranco on Genovesa Island, Pinnacle Rock on Bartolome Island and the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz Island. Each cruise day begins with an early breakfast, perhaps taken al fresco on ‘Eclipse’s’ spacious deck. You then board a sturdy rubber raft called a panga for the morning shore excursion.
As soon as your feet touch terra firma, expect to spot flora and fauna (all different depending on the island), take photographs and confer with your naturalist guide. See sunbathing sea lions; skittering Sally Lightfoot crabs; tangles of marine iguanas; penguins, finches, terns and blue-footed boobies overhead and underfoot; even a century-old tortoise diligently trudging over the sand. Return to ‘Eclipse’ for a refreshing lunch, followed by time at leisure to nap or socialize on deck. Keep your binoculars close by for a possible sighting of whales or seabirds. In the afternoon, return to the pangas for the second excursion of the day, perhaps with an opportunity to swim, kayak or snorkel. Back on board ‘Eclipse’ for the evening, there is time to shower and relax before gathering in the dining room for another wonderful meal.
In the evening, your time is your own: attend a lecture on board by one of your affable guides, recapping the day’s sights and gaining a sneak peek at tomorrow’s itinerary; explore the mysteries of the night sky with a fascinating astronomy lecture on deck; peruse the ship’s excellent library; or gather for cocktails in the lounge to cap a day of extraordinary discoveries.'Eclipse' | Meals: B L D
Disembark today and fly to Guayaquil, where the remainder of your evening is at leisure. Reminisce on your journey with fellow guests during a farewell dinner tonight.Hilton Colón Guayaquil | Meals: B D
Board your homebound flight.Meals: B
Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.
|Dec. 20, 2013 - Dec. 29, 2013||$7,695||Stateroom||Call for Availability|
|Dec. 20, 2013 - Dec. 29, 2013||$8,485||Superior Stateroom||Sold Out|
|Dec. 20, 2013 - Dec. 29, 2013||$8,750||Deluxe Stateroom||Sold Out|
2013 Child Pricing:
Mar 29 - Apr 7, Jun 21 - 30, Jul 5 - 14, Jul 12 - 22, Aug 2 - 11, 2013
Child (under 12 sharing with 1 adult) from..... $5,795
Child (under 12 sharing with 1 adult) from..... $6,420
Child (under 12 sharing with 1 adult) from..... $6,590
Child (under 12 sharing with 2 adults) from.... $5,790
Dec 20 - 29, Dec 27, 2013 - Jan 5, 2014
Child (under 12 sharing with 1 adult) from..... $7,530
Child (under 12 sharing with 1 adult) from..... $8,310
Child (under 12 sharing with 1 adult) from..... $8,570
Child (under 12 sharing with 2 adults) from.... $7,530
Internal airfare (child under 12) from..... $335
Fuel surcharge $260 per person
Combine your tour with a journey to Peru for a visit to the Wonders of Peru & the Galápagos.
This program contains some active elements, and a minimum level of fitness is required. Please contact A&K for more details or if you have questions regarding your MV 'Eclipse' cruise.