15 Nov November 15, 2016 by Vision Travel in Active Travel, Escorted Tours, Expedition Cruising, Group Tours Long a draw for the nature buff, birder and wildlife enthusiast, the Galapagos Island are a special destination indeed. There are a variety of ways to experience the islands, but we find most Canadians choose the fly/cruise option. You fly from Canada to Quito, the country’s capital for an overnight, and the next day board your flight to the island of Baltra where the cruise ships depart. Cruises last usually from four to twelve days, and your vessel options range from yachts to larger ships, from basic accommodation to luxury afloat, complete with room service, high-end linens and fine cuisine. As the islands are fairly far apart, your boat will cruise during the night so each day you discover a new destination. It’s worth visiting multiple islands as the fauna can vary in each, and chances are you’re here for the wildlife! Couple of blue footed boobies performing mating dance It’s no exaggeration to say the islands are a nature lover’s paradise. Not only are the diverse creatures so different from what we have at home – albatrosses, iguanas, sea lions, flamingos, penguins and giant tortoises – but they do not appear threatened by man so you can walk amongst many of them, including the magnificent giant tortoises. It’s no exaggeration to say that people who are lucky enough to visit the Galapagos Islands find it a life changing trip. And something that may surprise you: not only do many of the island offer lovely beaches, from dramatic black sand to idyllic white, but you can also snorkel here, with water temperatures averaging 70F+. Or experience the thrill of skimming across these famous waters in a kayak. We’re delighted to let you know that we have a special Vision Travel departure to the Galapagos coming up in September 2017. On board the renowned and respected National Geographic Endeavour (part of the legendary Lindblad fleet of expedition ships), our group will visit several islands during this week-long cruise and have some free time in Guayaquil the day before travelling home. The National Geographic Endeavour accommodates just 96 guests and every cruise includes excursions within the islands, the services of a Lindblad Expeditions’ naturalist staff, expert guides and use of kayaks, snorkelling gear and wetsuits. This special Vision Travel group, departing on September 22, 2017, will be hosted by a Vision Travel Representative. For more information click here or speak with your Vision Travel Advisor. To read more about what it’s like to travel with an Exclusive Vision Travel Group you can click here to read about our recent owner’s cruise on the Danube or click here to read about our Exclusive Rocky Mountaineer adventure.