Tauck Bridges Family Travel

Galápagos: Wildlife Wonderland

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Guayaquil, Quito, Barolomé Island, Genovesa Island, Santa Cruz Island, Rábida Island
Wildlife Wonderland Galapagos Escorted Family Tour
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Experience with TAUCK

 

TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – On-tour film vignettes custom-made for Tauck by BBC Earth natural history experts plus other select BBC Earth touches

 

TAUCK VALUE INCLUDES

 

All gratuities to Tauck Directors, local guides, drivers, naturalists, and ship staff

 

On-Tour Air included (2 flights)

 

4 nights aboard the new 90-guest Santa Cruz II, designed especially for Galápagos Islands cruising; dry and wet landings

 

Your cruise may be a shared ship experience with non-Tauck guests onboard as well; all Tauck guests will be accompanied by one Tauck Director for approximately every 40 Tauck guests, and your itinerary will always be highlighted by exclusive, private Tauck shore excursions

 

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Active components such as hiking, bicycling and walking longer distances may be included, and hills and/or uneven terrain may be encountered on several days. Guests should be able to walk two to three miles and stand for long periods of time with no difficulty.

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Moderately paced, and may include some early morning hotel departures, one or two on-tour flights, and extended motor coach travel.

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On these remote islands off the coast of Ecuador, our Galápagos cruise introduces you to an ecosystem unlike anywhere else in the world.

World Travel. Family Discovery.

Mysteries of the “enchanted islands” that time forgot, a virtual wildlife wonderland... but how did the birds, reptiles and small mammals, found nowhere else on Earth, first make their way here... what is the real story behind the disappearance of the Galápagos Tortoise... how did naturalist Charles Darwin miss the pink iguana – discovered 150 years after his visit but millions of years old... Get ready to sleuth!

This eight-day family adventure takes guests to the exotic Galápagos Islands, a region rich with a variety of local wildlife, flourishing flora and on-island excursions. Sailing through the four-island system by panga and by expedition ship, Santa Cruz II, as you and your family take in the beautiful views on both land and sea. Across this island society; explore the lagoons on Baltra Island that have a variety of birds within its ecosystem including pintail ducks, flamingos and stilts. Snorkel in Santiago Island in Buccaneer Cove where local sea lions may sneak up alongside you and surprise you. Hike up Bartolomé Island accompanied by incredible views at the summit. See the intricacies of the island firsthand! From the red sand of Jervis Island to the marine iquanas who forage for food in the sea, even the crabs are different here, with their bright red and yellow shells that provide quite a contrast to the black-lava rocks of these volcanic islands. Learn from Galápagos naturalists who travel with you... take walks on lave terrains... travel ashore via pangas... swim and snorkel... And much more!

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Wildlife of the Galápagos Islands

Visit a tortoise conservation reserve

Day 7

Meet the giant tortoises...

A visit to the tortoise reserve on Santa Cruz Island provides a unique opportunity to observe a rare form of wildlife that continues to thrive in the Galapagos archipelago – the giant tortoise. You'll learn about the amazing conservation efforts to preserve and protect these magnificent creatures in their natural environment on the islands and have an opportunity to see them first-hand.

The Galápagos' "Big 15"

Introducing the "Big 15" of the Galápagos Islands

When it comes to wildlife, no place on Earth compares to the Galápagos Islands. The vast diversity of animal life is what attracts visitors to this remote, far-flung paradise, spread out over 138,000 square kilometers (3,040 square miles). The "Big 15" list was created to identify the archipelago’s most unique and fascinating wildlife... so on your journey, your family may spot Galapagos Albatross, Blue-Footed Booby, Nazca Booby, Red-Footed Booby, Flightless Cormorant, American Flamingo, Great and Magnificent Frigatebirds, Galapagos Hawk, Land Iguana, Marine Iguana, Santa Fe Land Iguana, Galapagos Penguin, Galapagos Sea Lion, Galapagos Fur Seal and the Galapagos Giant Tortoise.

Go snorkeling... and see what lives under the sea

Ever wondered what it's like to swim with sea lions?

Chances are, while you're snorkeling in the warm Galápagos waters you'll find yourself splashing around in the water with a few of these whiskered locals for company – they're sociable, and as curious about you as you are about them.

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Darwin Suite

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Expedition Deck

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Horizon Deck

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Explorer Double Cabin

Explorer Triple Cabin

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Distinctively "inclusive" means just that – virtually every cruise cost is included in one upfront price, from shore excursions (private to Tauck), all gratuities, premier hotels on land stays, port charges and more. There are no options sold – no extra charges, no hidden costs, no "surprise" expenses.

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International Air is additional. Contact Tauck for rates on international air for travel originating in the UK (subject to availability).

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No matter where your destination may be, you should bring identification with you; a valid passport is always an appropriate form of identification. Contact your booking agent for information about all necessary documents required for your journey, such as passport and visa information or documentation required for transportation security measures.

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Health and Activity

You'll find Activity and Pace Levels on all of our trips to give you a better idea of physical activity level – higher numbers mean a more active journey. To fully enjoy most journeys, you should be in good health and able to walk reasonable distances; some of the most memorable sightseeing can only be accomplished on foot and may include unpaved and uneven surfaces. Please consult your physician for pre-departure health advice.

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