The Galápagos need little fanfare. Darwin brought this astonishing place to public attention more than 170 years ago, and the excitement surrounding it is still palpable. Imagine exploring South America's remote archipelago with your closest friends and family: meandering the isles aboard a private luxury yacht. Trekking alongside an expert naturalist who points out blue-footed boobies and giant tortoises. Swimming beside bottle-nosed dolphins in a crystal-clear sea.
Aboard the 16-passenger motorized catamaran, Athala II, a devoted crew will make you feel as rare as a mangrove finch. Laze dreamily on the upper teak sundeck, swing by an evolution talk in the lounge, or simply sit back in your cabin, savoring unbelievable views through two picture windows. As added perks, GeoEx handpicks an expedition leader specifically tailored to you and can also arrange for additional specialists, such as a private chef or massage therapist.
From island to island, by foot, kayak, and snorkel, you'll come face-to-face with colorful critters like marine iguanas (endemic to the islands), ancient giant tortoises, and hundreds of types of birds and tropical fish. All in the quiet company of your chosen few.
Special holiday dates now available: December 19–28, 2013
Itinerary at a Glance
- Day 1: arrive in Quito late evening
- Day 2: private tour of Quito
- Day 3: fly to the Galápagos, board Athala II
- Days 4–9: island hop, exploring wildlife and geology with naturalist (hiking, kayaking, and snorkeling)
- Day 10: fly to Quito, depart for home.