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Watching the interactions among the bizarre Swallow-tailed Gulls on South Plaza
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Discovering the unique Chocolate Chip Sea Star clinging to the rocks while snorkelling
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Walking amongst dozing Galapagos Sea Lions on Espanola Island
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Challenging ourselves to distinguish the Darwin's Finches
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Observing Galapagos Giant Tortoises foraging peacefully on Santa Cruz

Galapagos Islands

Feb 06-16, 2023

11 days | Ecuador | Alumni Expeditions

One cabin remaining on this confirmed departure! Please e-mail Donna to book!

This tour is presented by the alumni associations of the University of Alberta, the University of Saskatchewan, Western University, York University, McGill University, and McMaster University. All are welcome!
 
Our Galapagos private yacht expedition remains one of our most highly rated natural history programs and is consistently our travellers’ “trip of a lifetime”. Our Alumni Study Leader and our Galapagos naturalist guide are on board to lead island walks and on-board talks as we set sail to discover these remarkable island ecosystems, skirting past nesting boobies, scouting the seas for breaching whales and snorkeling among colourful fish. Desolate at first sight, these rough and rocky isles are home to wonderfully strange and abundant wildlife. As Charles Darwin did almost 200 years before us, we will marvel at the highly adapted creatures found nowhere else on Earth.

All of the reptiles, half the birds, 32% of the plants, and 25% of the fish are unique to this amazing archipelago. It is a living museum of evolutionary changes. And what is so special about the Galapagos experience is that these creatures act as though humans are nothing more than a passing interest, allowing us to observe them up close. Undisturbed by our nearness, they engage in intriguing courtship displays, groom one another, forage for food and nurture their young. Giant Tortoises graze in the lush highlands and dinosaur-like Marine Iguanas sun themselves on black lava rocks along the shores. Tiny Galapagos Penguins and playful Galapagos Sea Lions dart through the waters like torpedoes, while both Magnificent and Great Frigatebirds patrol the skies.

There is no place in the world quite like the Galapagos Islands!

Dan made a video to personally invite you on his Galapagos adventure:
 
 

 

 
 
Have you ever wanted to explore the Amazon rainforest, see Machu Picchu or discover the tremendous bird diversity in Ecuador's cloud forest? We offer three different extensions in conjunction with our Galapagos expedition. Please enquire!
Alumni Expeditions Quest Nature Tours Expedition Cruise
Tour Cost (per person):
US$7295 - $7495 (based on cabin) Incl. taxes, gratuities
Group Size:
12 - 14 participants

What’s included: Accommodation in Quito and onboard the M/Y Beluga; all meals; all activities and entrance fees; all ground transportation; airport transfers; airfare from Quito to Galapagos; taxes and gratuities; services of bilingual naturalist guide on board, trained by the Darwin Research Station; services of your Quest leader Dan Riskin.

"The Galapagos Islands inspire you to think differently about the world." - Quest Traveller
"A fantastic experience, saw unique ecosystems, learned a lot, trip of a lifetime and we made some new friends" - Jeff. A

Itinerary at a Glance

DayActivity
1Arrive in Quito
2Quito City tour, including the Botanical Gardens
3Flight to Baltra, Galapagos and board the M/Y Beluga
4 - 9Exploring Galapagos Islands, including Santa Fe, South Plaza, San Cristóbal, Española, Floreana, Santa Cruz, Santiago, and Genovesa
10Turtle Cove, Baltra, fly to Quito
11 Depart Quito
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Ship Information

We charter the M/Y Beluga exclusively for our group. This steel-hulled motor yacht is 33.5 metres long, accommodating 16 passengers and 8 crew. She travels at a speed of 12 knots, allowing us to get to 8 islands comfortably during our 8-day expedition cruise. She is well-appointed with comfortable private cabins and ample lounge and observation deck space.

Your Tour Leader

Dan Riskin, PhD, is a television personality, scientist, and author. He is best known in Canada as the co-host of Discovery's flagship science program, Daily Planet, and elsewhere as the host of Animal Planet's hugely successful show about parasites, Monsters Inside Me. He is passionate about wildlife, especially the underappreciated creatures that he thinks deserve a closer look.

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Alumni Expeditions Quest Nature Tours Expedition Cruise
Tour Cost (per person):
US$7295 - $7495 (based on cabin) Incl. taxes, gratuities
Group Size:
12 - 14 participants

What’s included: Accommodation in Quito and onboard the M/Y Beluga; all meals; all activities and entrance fees; all ground transportation; airport transfers; airfare from Quito to Galapagos; taxes and gratuities; services of bilingual naturalist guide on board, trained by the Darwin Research Station; services of your Quest leader Dan Riskin.

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