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What’s What: ExpeditionTrips takes you to the most remote corners of the Earth and brings you closer to our planet’s most awe-inspiring destinations. Whether you like seeing wildlife in flip-flops or fleece, award-winning ExpeditionTrips has you covered with expertly planned and guided once-in-a-lifetime trips to the Galapagos or the Antarctic Peninsula with the Citizen Science Program. 

Flip-Flops: Get aboard The National Geographic Islander, a 48-guest classic expedition ship or the 96-guest National Geographic Endeavour II, both with beautiful panoramic views, designed for active exploration in the Galapagos. You’ll delight in the abundant, unusual, and surprisingly approachable wildlife from Galapagos giant tortoises to playful sea lions to the fascinating blue-footed boobies. Intrigued?  Learn more about this escape to the Galapagos

Fleece: Hebridean Sky, a 114-guest luxury all-suite expedition vessel, offers an exclusive and stylish base for adventurous exploration in Antarctica. Explore the majestic beauty, amazing wildlife and pristine scenery of Antarctica. It is unlike any in the world. You’ll see penguins, seals and whales, and classic sites of historic and scientific interest. 

 Amava Take: The Galapagos adventures offer superior education programs. The naturalist guides and expedition leaders are some of the best in the Galapagos. On all departures, a Nat Geo certified photo instructor will be at your side and at your service to inspire and assist you. All you need to participate is a camera – point-and-shoot, smart phone, DSLR – and a sense of adventure. You’re sure to return home with amazing photos. Take advantage of talks, presentations, slideshows and “laptop gallery” sharing events. 

If you’re more into fleece than flip-flops, an adventure on the Antarctic Peninsula is a signature offering from ExpeditionTrips. The Citizen Science Program is part of the package and open to anyone onboard who wants to help with real-world scientific research. From penguin surveys to measuring ocean salinity, there are a number of projects you can take part in. Camping and Kayaking in this unique environment are also available for extra fees.  

From the Front Lines:

What’s included in the escape to the Galapagos?

One pre-cruise hotel night in Guayaquil; post-cruise day room or hotel night in Guayaquil; transfers between airport/hotel/ship if booked on the recommended flights; Galapagos National Park entry fee; Galapagos Transit Card; shipboard accommodations; certified photo instructor; kayaking, snorkeling, stand up paddleboarding; one hour of free Wi-Fi per person/per day onboard ship; gear on loan (snorkeling gear, wetsuit); video chronicle of your trip; all meals onboard ship; most beverages onboard ship. Subject to change without notice.

What’s included in the Antarctic Peninsula trip?

One pre-voyage hotel night at the Arakur Ushuaia Resort and Spa; transfer from the Ushuaia airport to the group hotel (if arriving on Day 1 of the itinerary); transfer from the group hotel to the ship for embarkation; group transfer from ship to airport, hotel in Ushuaia, or central location following disembarkation; cabin accommodations and meals onboard ship; scheduled landings and excursions; Citizen Science Program; complimentary house beer/wine/soft drink with dinner onboard ship; gear on loan (a pair of boots); and a waterproof jacket (yours to keep). Subject to change without notice.

Any ways to save money? 

Amava members receive a $100 shipboard credit for bookings made by 12/31/2019 (one per booking). Ask for details!

From the Trenches:

How was the crew on the ship?

The crew made every moment seem effortless. I loved how much the naturalists loved the islands and their enthusiasm was contagious. The small groups really made each moment personal.

How was the snorkeling in the Galapagos?

The snorkeling was amazing, especially with the sea lions. 

How was Hebridean Sky and the whole experience with ExpeditionTrips?

The ship was fantastic—just the right size to get to know the crew and fellow passengers. The whole experience was awesome, including all of the help and support that ExpeditionTrips provided in the planning and preparation phases. Expect to be delighted!

Can you share anything about the Citizen Science Program?

Being a participant in the Citizen Science Program on board was enlightening and being a part of the information collection was so rewarding. 

Should I do the camping? Is it worth it?

The overnight camping on the Peninsula of Antarctica was outstanding. 

Special Requirements: Make sure your passport situation is all set up! For kayaking, hiking, camping and snorkeling options, you’ll want to be fairly active and in good shape.

Setting it Up: Click here to book either of these memorable adventures or get answers to any questions you have.