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Wonders of the Galapagos

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador Guide

Our friends at Photofly Travel Club ( https://www.photoflytravel.com/ ) have planned an exotic adventure to keep warm this winter & experience the best nature has to offer! We're all invited!

June 17th - June 23rd 2021

Go here to sign up: https://photoflytravel.org/tour/galapagos-small-group-tours/

E-mail us at [masked] for the daily itinerary!

We've built another extremely unique adventure! Anyone with a love for nature, science, wildlife, snorkeling, diving, hiking, photography, or just plain adventure, should have this iconic destination at the top of their bucket list. This Galapagos group tour offers a glorious blend of luxury, adventure, & up close and personal experiences! Our 2018 trip sold out in 2 days so get your deposits in ASAP and don’t miss this one in summer 2021!

The Galapagos is an “up-market” destination but fortunately we’ve again been able to create something special at an amazing value! Take a look at the details below and you will see that our small group trip is arguably the best deal out their when you factor everything we have been able to include!

* 7 days of Darwin’s Diversity

* 3 nights/4 days at the unique and waterfront Galapagos Habitat Lodge

* 3 nights/4 days aboard our very own luxurious private yacht the Coral II

* MOST meals! (6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners)

* Round trip domestic flight Included (Guayaquil (GYE) –> Galapagos (GPS), $500 - $600 value)

* All snorkel gear Included throughout

Part 1: Santa Cruz Island & Her Nearby Gems

Santa Cruz is the most important Island in the Galapagos archipelago with the only substantial port town of Puerto Ayora. The “bustling” town is home to the vast majority of all residents of all islands combined topping out at a staggering 12,000 people. This offers insight into the the amount of conservation and protected land on the island despite having the only major town in the whole volcanic island chain. From white sand beaches teeming with endemic marine iguana, lush highlands where some of the only giant tortoises in the world still roam, turtle coves, thriving reefs, ancient calderas, and of course, Darwin’s Finches all live in harmony with the small human population here.

* Highlands & Tortoise Reserve: Journeying across Santa Cruz into the highlands, we’ll be delighted by the variety of life and geology. Santa Cruz Island offers excellent opportunities for viewing wild giant tortoises, both roaming through pastures in the agricultural zone and in the El Chato Tortoise Reserve. Walk into the forest overgrown with lichens & ferns, and listen carefully for the sound of heavy footsteps and shrubs being slowly crushed as the tortoises make their way through the brush. The pond at El Chato is surrounded by forest where short-eared owls, Darwin’s finches, vermilion flycatchers, yellow warblers, Galapagos rails, and paint-billed crakes can also be seen.

* Charles Darwin Research Station: An awesome and fascinating visit to give true perspective for the rest of the adventure! Founded in 1959, it has a Natural History Interpretation Centre and carries out educational projects in support of the Galapagos National Park Service. The Park has the following development programs: conservation of natural resources, management of flora and fauna, sustainable use of resources. Others are related to environmental education, marine resources, agricultural development, monitoring and vigilance. Their aim is to conserve this natural habitat and allow tourists to appreciate all these unique species.

Day Boat Excursions

*For our two full days staying on Santa Cruz, we’ll head off island on exciting day trips via boat and in search of biological wonders!

* Santa Fe Island, White Sands, Cacti, & Giant Iguanas: White sand beaches surrounded by sea lion colonies lined with endemic cactus forests is just one appeal to this natural wonderland. It is also home to the Santa Fe land iguanas, the largest in the entire archipelago. Other species which reside here are the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snakes, rice rats (one of the few endemic Galapagos rodents), a variety of finches, and one of the four mockingbird species on the islands.

* South Plaza Islet, Land of Red & Yellow: An impressive cactus forest where colorful yellow and red land iguanas live will be our introduction to this small landmass. Another peculiar thing to see in South Plaza is the unique, hybrid iguana (sea and land). During the time of year we’ll be here, the landscape should be gleaming with the vegetative glow of reds, greens, and yellows (great landscape shots!)

* North Seymour Island: Formed by a series of underwater volcanic eruptions, this island is the home to large nesting colonies of blue-footed boobies (awesome to photograph!), great frigate birds, and swallow-tailed gulls. Land iguanas and Galapagos snakes can be encountered on a lucky day as well!

* The tours to all islands listed above are subject to availability and regulation guidelines. The park service sometimes changes regulations and rotates the islands which tourists are allowed to access with little or no prior notice. The above islands are the most likely places we will get to visit and may be substituted with other nearby sites/islands which have similar and/or different flora and fauna.

Part II: Private Luxury Yacht Island Hopping

Our next experience is very special. We’ll board our very own private cruising yacht and embark on a journey throughout the eastern Galapagos Islands. Aboard the Coral II, we’ll live in the perfect combination of classic beauty and exquisite style. Built in Holland, the ship surpasses all the standards you would expect from a high-class yacht, providing a slightly larger than average (and therefore more stable) cruising vessel while maintaining the friendly atmosphere of a small expedition yacht.

Every cabin features handsome wood decoration, along with air-conditioning, a private bathroom, safe deposit box, telephone, and your choice of background music. Additionally, the Coral II has plenty of room to relax with three sundecks (some shaded), a jacuzzi, comfortable dining room, and lounge. Our very own naturalist guide, captain, and full board service staff will pamper us throughout!

*Since we are chartering this amazing boat just for our travel club, the rooms range from standard, standard plus, & jr. suite. The first guests to sign up will automatically be placed in the standard plus rooms. The Jr. Suites have a total supplement of $275 per person (a ridiculous steal!) and first to submit deposit & request these rooms will get them. *More details on rooms within the daily itinerary- e-mail us! ([masked])

* Dragon Hill: Bright, pink flamingos thrive as we walk by a brackish lagoon to the trail which leads across typical dry zone vegetation. Dragon Hill is an important nesting ground for endemic land iguanas, not to mention incredible views & photograph opportunities of the anchored boats and neighboring islands at the top. The surrounding forest is home to mockingbirds, Darwin’s finches, yellow warblers, and Galapagos doves.

* Bartolome Island: Formed by different volcanic parasitic cones known as lava bombs, spatter, & cinder cones, the combination will feel as if we are walking on the moon. En-route to the summit, impressive views of the surrounding islands, including the eroded tuff cone Pinnacle Rock make for incredible & iconic panoramic photographs. We’ll also encounter & photograph marine iguanas, lava lizards, and blue-footed boobies along the way. Next, we’ll make our way down to the beach for snorkeling and a chance to see the famous Galapagos penguins, sea turtles, and white-tipped reef sharks among a great variety of colorful fish.

* Rabida Island: Dark-red sand covers the unique beaches of Rabida, home to thriving sea lions colonies. This island is considered the epicenter of the Galapagos due to the diversity of its volcanic geology. Nine species of the famous Darwin’s finches can also be found here. We’ll take a dinghy ride along marine cliffs to observe nesting seabirds & then jump into the water for a snorkel off the coast where marine life is particularly active.

* Santiago Island; “Buccaneers Cove” & Espumilla Beach: This is an amazing location due to the remains of an eroded shoreline, home to seabirds, fur seals, and playful Galapagos sea lions. Photograph these beautiful creatures along with the cove’s unique shapes created by wave and wind erosion. The white, sandy Espumilla Beach nearby is in James Bay where mangroves and a small palo santo forest lead to salty-water lagoons home to wading birds like pink flamingos. We’ll visit and photograph a nesting site for sea turtles in the upper dunes of this area before another great snorkel to search for rays!

* Black Turtle Cove: Back on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island and accessible only by sea, four species of mangrove crowd and form an internal lagoon & turtle sanctuary where sea turtles visit the calm waters. Peaking their heads above the surface, fish & rays circle below and White-tipped reef sharks can be seen beneath the boat along with sea birds including pelicans, herons, and egrets.

* As always this entire trip will be amazing for photography and our tour leader will be on hand to help those who want to learn more about using their camera’s, taking better pictures, etc. (PhotoFly Travel Club adventures are laid back when it comes to photography. They are not workshop style based tours and you do not need to be an avid photographer to join - all are welcome!)

* Round trip domestic flight Included (Guayaquil (GYE) –> Galapagos (GPS), $450 - $550 value)

* International airfare not included but we’re happy to help you find the best flights as always. (Flying into & out of GYE)

*Don’t forget to e-mail us for the day by day itinerary of these Galapagos small group tours ([masked])
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Join Us!

*For our solo travelers I will pair you up with someone of the same sex unless single occupancy is requested.

Price: $4,395.00
*Single Supplement: $1,495.00

OR

Deposit: $600.00

Go here to sign up: https://photoflytravel.org/tour/galapagos-small-group-tours/

Best of Eastern Europe: Poland, Czech Republic, & Hungary!

Our friends at PhotoFly Travel Club (https://www.photoflytravel.com/) have crafted a brand new trip for us!

July 23rd - August 1st 2021

E-mail [masked] for the daily itinerary!

Go here to sign up: https://photoflytravel.org/tour/eastern-europe-group-tours/

* 9 nights/10 days throughout the best of Eastern Europe

* Breakfast every day

* 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners

Poland: 2 Nights

Krakow

– Privately guided city tour of Krakow

– Royal Wawel Castle: This Gothic Royal Capital is now a necropolis of Polish kings, dukes, and noble citizens.

– Old Town: Visit the market square, cloth hall (iconic central feature of the market), St. Mary’s church, and the Florianska Gate, resembling an open-air art gallery with numerous paintings and water-colors displayed by local artists.

– Auschwitz-Birkenau: Experience & learn about the ever important and tragic history of the world’s most infamous concentration camp during the Nazi Regime.

Czech Republic: 4 nights

Cesky Krumlov

– Sloupsko-Šošůvské Caves: En route to Cesky, we’ll make a must stop at this mind boggling wonder of nature. These are the largest accessible caves in the Czech Republic with an extensive complex of caverns, corridors, and chasms. An exciting guided adventure into the abyss will be a real highlight during our time in this remarkable country.

– Privately guided city tour throughout Cesky Krumlov:

– Chateu Cesky Krumlov

– Castle Tower

– Privately guided walking tour through Old Town: Highlights as we stroll through the medieval streets as if it were still the 13th century include the Renaissance town hall, former Jesuit hall of residents, Gothic Church of St.Vit, former Town Brewery, Renaissance House, Old Mill, Barber´s House, Old Orphanage and Hospital, aqueduct view bridge, Castle Gardens with Baroque Fountain, Roccoco House, & beautifully preserved Latran Quarter Houses.

– Museum Fotoatelier Seidel Photo Exposition

– A host of awesome optional activities during free time (e-mail for daily itinerary and pricing):

– Revolving Auditorium & Open Air Theater Show

– Kayak the Vltava River

– Hike to the Divci Kamen Castle Ruins

– Kutna Hora: Privately guided city tour throughout Kutna Hora: Highlights include the Gothic Cathedral of St. Barbara, Assumption of Our Lady and St John the Baptist Cathedral , and the Little All Saints Church situated in the middle of a picturesque cemetery, famous for its elaborate ossuary decorated with the skulls of former monks!

Prague

- Privately guided city tour of Prague

- Magical old town square with the Tyn Church clock

- Jewish Quarter - Filled with culture, history, and architecture, an iconic treasure of the city

- The atmospheric 15th-century Charles Bridge

- Castle Quarter

Hungary: 3 Nights

- Private guided city tours of Buda & Pest

- Castle Hill: Visit the neo-Gothic Matthias Church and the Fisherman’s Bastion

- Panoramic views of the city atop Gellert Hill next to the citadel (rock church)

- Gellert Thermal Baths (known world-wide, the baths were built in the art nouveau style and opened in 1918)

- Visit the striking 19-century parliament

- Visit the Great Synagogue, the world second largest

- Discover Heroes Square with a mammoth tribute to Hungary’s historic figures

- Full day adventure to Lake Balaton & her surrounding gems!

- Tour Director and photographer to help those interested in photography throughout these Eastern Europe tours

- All taxes & fees included

E-mail [masked] for the daily itinerary!

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Join Us!

* For our solo travelers I will pair you up with someone of the same sex unless single occupancy is requested.

Price: $2,695.00

* Single Supplement: $895.00

OR

Deposit: $600.00

Go here to sign up: https://photoflytravel.org/tour/eastern-europe-group-tours/

Norway: Vikings, Fjords, & the Arctic Circle!

Our friends at PhotoFly Travel Club (https://www.photoflytravel.com/) have crafted a brand new trip for us!

September 2nd – 11th 2021

E-mail [masked] for the daily itinerary!

https://photoflytravel.org/tour/norway-small-group-tours/

* 9 nights/10 Days Norway small group tour

* Private, Local English Speaking Guide Throughout

* Domestic Flight INCLUDED ($300 Value!)

* Breakfast Every Day

* Welcome & Farewell Dinner Included

Oslo (2 Nights)

* Privately guided orientation tour of the city

Highlights:

- Explore different areas and architecture styles from the 1600s to beautiful, ornate buildings of the 19th century.

- Photograph functionalist style City Hall, the site of the annual Nobel Peace Prize ceremony every December

- Baroque style Oslo Cathedral from 1697

- Vigeland Park, a sculpture park and museum which display the works of Gustav Vigeland and other temporary
art exhibitions.

* 48 Hr “Oslo Pass“: The most convenient way to experience Oslo

* Free public transport

* Entrance to museums and attractions

* Holmenkollen Ski Museum & Tower

* Discounts on sightseeing, restaurants, and services

Flåm (1 Night)

The Flåm Railway w/ “Norway in a Nutshell”

“Norway in a Nutshell” takes us through some of Norway’s most beautiful scenery. Experience the scenic Bergen Railway, the breathtaking Flåm Railway, the Aurlandsfjord, the narrow Nærøyfjord and the steep hairpin bends of Stalheimskleiva.

* Flåm-Gudvangen Fjord Cruise: UNESCO’s World Heritage-listed Nærøyfjord is spectacularly narrow and surrounded by steep mountains and snow-covered peaks that stand 5900 ft above sea level, with thundering waterfalls and picturesque villages along the fjord.

Bergen (2 Nights)

* Privately guided tour of Bergen; Highlights:

* Photograph & explore the charming indoor Fish Market

* Stroll around Bryggen – the medieval UNESCO World Heritage Site consisting of the old Hanseatic Wharf & buildings.

* Bergen Fortress area with one of the oldest and best-preserved fortresses in Norway

* Town Square and City Park

* Fløibanen Funicular: Connects the Bergen city center with the mountain of Fløyen. It’s one of Bergen’s must-do activities with mountain walks and magnificent views of the city.

* Free time to explore, hike, visit museums, etc.

Lofoten (4 Nights)

* Silent Fjord Cruise: Experience this Lofoten classic aboard a silent electric catamaran

* Reaching the Top: 3 hikes to choose from (easy, moderate, difficult)

* Very Easy: A simple excursion & beautiful walk immersed in the nature surrounding Svolvær. Enjoy the silence, while admiring extraordinary scenery and landscapes.

* Moderate: Hike along a path that hugs a stunning mountain lake, and passes through green fir tree forests.

* Difficult: Hike through high peaks and follow a path that has the ocean on one side and the imposing mountains on the other!

Lofoten Scenic Road Trip: Learn about the fascinating Viking history among old fishing villages, sit on pure white sand beaches facing crystal seas, and admire imposing mountains & magnificent cliffs, which for billions of years have guarded the settlements like ancient Viking warriors…

Lofotr Viking Museum: The world’s biggest Viking Age longhouse has been found and excavated at Borg in the Lofoten Islands.

* Trekking the famous Reinebringen: This steep scramble leads to one the most beautiful viewpoints on all the Islands: an epic panorama of Reinefjorden and the Lofoten Wall. (*Easier hike or nature walk will also be available)

E-mail [masked] for the daily itinerary!

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Join Us!

*For our solo travelers I will pair you up with someone of the same sex unless single occupancy is requested.

Price: $4,995.00

*Single Supplement:[masked]

OR

Deposit: $1,000.00

Go here to sign up: https://photoflytravel.org/tour/norway-small-group-tours/

Iceland Uncovered

Reykjavík

Sept. 19 - Sept. [masked]

PhotoFly Travel Club ( http://www.photoflytravel.com/ ) have invited us on an adventure to Iceland!

E-mail [masked] for DAILY ITINERARY!

* 7 N /8 D small group tour
* Breakfast daily
* Welcome & farewell dinners, & 2 lunches
* Boutique B&Bs & top rated hotels
* 4×4 custom Mercedes Sprinters
* Local expert guide

Reykjavík Region

* Reykjavík: Explore the city on your own or hire a local guide
* Hallgrimskirkja Church: The tallest & most domineering church
* The Blue Lagoon: A wonder of the world, the water temp is a constant[masked]°F year-round

Sudhurland Region (South)

* Geysir Geothermal Area: Strokkur geyser which shoots water up to 98 ft every 4-8 minutes
* Gulfoss Falls: “Golden Falls” plunges into a deep crevice
* Thingvellir National Park: Largest lake on the island and the meeting point of the American and Eurasian tectonic plates
* Kerid Crater: Gigantic, bright red volcanic depression
* Skogafoss Falls: Awe-inspiring view of south Iceland’s coastline and a 200 ft waterfall
* Vik’s Black Sand Beaches & the ‘Needles’: One of the most beautiful non-tropical beaches in the world; the ‘Needles’ are unique basalt sea stack formations
* Fjadrargljufur Canyon Hike: Spectacular canyon, nature's wild creation stretches 1 mile
* Seljalandsfoss Falls: Walking path that runs behind its curtain of water

Highlands Region

* Landmannalaugar: Colorful rhyolite mountains with varying textures, shapes and sizes; 1 hour hike in this landscape
* Ljotipollur Explosion Crater: The vibrant, red crater walls contrast with the deep blues of the lake at the bottom
* Vatnajokull National Park: Western Europe’s largest national park home to the continent's largest glacier
* Svartifoss (Black Falls): Iconic waterfall that made this park famous; water falls 100 ft over the edge, falls are bordered by tall black basalt columns
* Optional Glacier Hike

Austerland Region (East)

* Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon: White, turquoise, and black streaked icebergs move on this 815 ft deep lagoon
* Boat Cruise: Float among icebergs of Jökulsárlón to get close for fantastic viewpoints

Vesturland Region (West)

* Village of Arnarstapi & Arch Rock: Harbor village of Arnarstapi is home to magnificent basalt rock formations along sea cliffs; Gatklettur Arch, a cliff defined by its unique circular arch
* Hellnar: Iceland’s most peculiar cave, Badstofa, due to the way light enters and bounces off its interior
* Djúpalónssandur Beach: Countless, little black stones shaped by weathering
* Kirkjufell Mountain & Waterfalls: Icon of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula

**International airfare not included

Optional North Iceland Extension

Geothermal Wonderland
Sept. 26 – Sept. [masked]

* 3 N /4 D North Iceland Small Group Tour
* Breakfast daily
* Boutique B&Bs & top rated hotels
* 4×4 custom Mercedes Sprinters
* Domestic Flights Included, $400 Value!

Nordurland Region (North) and Diamond Circle

* Akureyri Town: Small city in north Iceland rated #1 in Lonely Planet’s “Best Places in Europe 2015”!
* Lake Mývatn: Surprising serenity that is ideal for light hiking
* Goðafoss Waterfall: 100 ft. wide around semicircular rim, falls 40 ft. into foaming pool below
* Skutustadagigar: Lush craters to photograph; wetlands are also an excellent for birdwatchers
* Namafjall, Geothermal Zone: Gigantic mud craters surrounded by sulfur crystals, mud pots, steam vents, and other geological wonders
* Dettifoss: ´The Beast’, 18,000 cubic ft. of water plunges over the edge every second, greatest volume of any European waterfall
* Ásbyrgi Canyon: Massive horseshoe-shaped rock formation
* Hljodaklettar, “Cave of Echoes”: Derive their name from the strange acoustics created by uncommon formations

Price: $3,895

*Single Supplement: $859

OR

Deposit: $600

Go here to sign up: https://photoflytravel.org/tour/iceland-uncovered/

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North Island Extension (optional)

Price: $1,945

*Single Supplement: $359

OR

Deposit: $600

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