For a few discerning travelers, nothing beats the allure and mystery of the untouched islands of Galapagos and the frozen-continent of Antarctica. Two “must sees” for any adventure seeker that wants to check off the ultimate bucket list destinations.
The Galapagos Islands are a province of Ecuador, lying about 600 miles off its coast, and are considered one of the world’s foremost destinations for wildlife-viewing. Their isolated terrain shelter a diversity of plant and animal species, many found nowhere else.
Antarctica is Earth’s southernmost continent, containing the geographic South Pole. With an area of over 5.4 million square miles, it is situated in the Antarctic region of the Southern Hemisphere, almost entirely south of the Antarctic Circle.
We have sent quite a few clients on these adventures, but they are not for everyone. First off, you have to do a lot of planning, at least two or three years in advance, and because these trips sell out fast they are already sold out for 2016!
Secondly, you need to work with travel professionals like us who can tailor your trip to your specifications. Luxury or rustic? Are you a full-bore offshore explorer? These destinations are both physically challenging and can take 10+ days to complete. It would be very difficult to book these trips successfully without a knowledgeable professional.
Visit the GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
The creatures that inhabit this famous archipelago are as engaging as they are unique because they don’t fear humans. Here’s your once in a lifetime opportunity to experience this living museum of natural history.
One option is aboard the Celebrity Xpedition. This 98-guest mega-yacht sails to the islands seven days a week, 365 days a year. The knowledgeable crew and Galapagos National Park-certified on-board naturalists all help to preserve this delicate archipelago, while enlightening you to its natural and evolutionary significance. You can also travel to one of the last uninhabited places on Earth in style aboard Silversea Cruises. You can snorkel with sea lions, hike along lava tunnels, and experience this living museum of natural history while indulging in the unrivaled all-suite comfort and elegant sophistication of these small luxury ships. All accommodations are spacious, ocean-view suites and most include butler service and private verandas.
Cruise to ANTARCTICA
On board Silversea’s luxury cruise ship the Silver Explorer you can revel in the beauty and overwhelming power of nature as you pass giant prisms of ice riding in an ink-blue sea. You can take a Zodiac boat to get up close and personal with whales, and walk among elephant seals and penguins, all unafraid of your presence. Hurtigruten Explorer ships also visit Antarctica, and they offer numerous planned and unplanned field landings ashore designed to challenge you mentally and physically, including everything from long hikes, kayaking, and glacier traversing to camping onshore and even multi-day ski expeditions. Quark Expeditions is more affordable and somewhat “rustic,” but not inexpensive. For over two decades they have been leading polar adventures, including many first-ever passenger voyages to Antarctica, including the circumnavigation of the Antarctic continent. In February 2014 we planned a fabulous Antarctic cruise for two of our clients aboard a Quark Expedition cruise. If you would like to see what their trip looked like, click here: Norton and Herb’s Excellent Antarctic Adventure.
So you have many options that include using the Cruise Planners’ layaway plan, which will help you save for these once-in-a-lifetime trips. We will help you pick what’s best for your situation and budget. And our computerized rate alerts advise us in the event prices drop and we always pass those savings on to you.
Sound exciting? Give us a call now at 631-893-4232 and we will start planning your adventure holiday to the Galapagos Islands or Antarctica for 2017!
CHRIS & SHEILA KORTE, ACC
Winners of Best of Long Island Travel Agency 2014
Toll Free: (631) 893-4232 ~ 866-81-KORTE (56783)
Babylon, NY 11702
Korte Travel Long Island Travel Agent located in Babylon, NY