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Eco-Friendly Vacations

Planning to travel this summer? An eco-friendly vacation will have you enjoying the outdoors while simultaneously preserving the environment. Better yet, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of how your environmental contribution positively impacts local culture, wildlife, flora, and more.

Help to preserve your favorite destination for years to come by booking the eco-friendly vacation of your choice. And remember, going green starts with you.

Barceló Hotels & Resorts

Various Green initiatives at Barceló Hotels & Resorts include:

  • Gold Certification from Green Globe
  • Established beach clean-up programs
  • Education stations available for guests to learn about care of local ecosystems and wildlife
  • Reusing towels and sheets to conserve water and energy
  • Automatic light control in public areas and eco-friendly light bulbs
  • On-site nursery that produces 60% of the plants used in local reforestation
  • Nesting areas on the beach during turtle season to protect baby turtles

Couples Resorts

Various Green initiatives at Couples Resorts include:

  • Environmentally-friendly cleaning products
  • Energy efficient air conditioners
  • 85% of menu items prepared with products from local farmers and growers
  • Use of electronic hand dryers instead of paper towels

Dreams Resorts & Spas

Various Green initiatives at Dreams Resorts & Spas include:

  • Rainforest Alliance Verification
  • Distintivo “S”
  • Beach clean-up programs
  • Participation in the Amigos de Sian Ka’an Program, which promotes community and environmental development
  • Actively involved in Planet Hour and Earth Day
  • Plant and wildlife preservation
  • Eco-friendly cleaning products

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Unique Experience in Chilean Patagonia on Nomads of the Seas

 

Nomads of The Seas invites you to explore the unseen Chilean Patagonia on board our ship The Atmosphere form December 01st to December 08th. You will experience the thrill of soft outdoor activities such as trekking, jet boating, kayaking, rafting, etc.. in the midst of pristine and virgin surroundings. Yes, that is a helicopter landing on the ship and yes it is included in the price of your trip!

What’s Included:

Breakfast, lunch, dinner and appetizers.
Open bar (except for special liquors).
All activities on board (sauna, hot tubs, lectures, etc.).
Double or single occupancy according to the requested reservation.
Daily fly fishing excursions as scheduled.
Daily whale watching and wildlife excursions as scheduled.
Complimentary in and out transfers while in Puerto Montt.

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Galapagos Islands: 5 Nights Cruise for the Price of 4!

Book NOW a 5-night Galápagos expedition aboard M/V Santa Cruz and pay just for 4 nights!!!

M/V Santa Cruz Vessel information

THE M/V SANTA CRUZ REFRESHES THE GALÁPAGOS EXPLORATION EXPERIENCE

Our flagship, 90-guest M/V Santa Cruz emerged from its period in dry dock refreshed, revamped and ready to give its passengers an experience of the Galápagos Islands you’ll never forget.

Underwater discovery

We have added an extra naturalist guide to the crew – an Underwater Naturalist – who will lead guests by the hand during swimming and snorkeling activities, helping them with masks, snorkels and techniques, and we’ve added new flotation aids, too. We’re confident far more of our guests will enjoy the ship’s snorkeling activities, revealing another world of wonder in the Galápagos that they might otherwise have missed.

Expedition equipment

In order for guests to get closer and understand more about the islands’ marine world, the ship now has a hydrophone for listening to the calls of dolphins and whales, as well as a ‘splashcam’ video camera which will let us film these creatures in action underwater from the pangas. To record our guests’ fun in the water, our high-quality staff camera has an underwater housing – and photos of the expeditions are always shown on the last night before disembarking. The Santa Cruz also has a spotting scope for improved observation of wildlife.

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Cruise Information
Included:
· Full board expedition cruise
· Guided visits to the islands.
· On board lectures given by Naturalist guides.
· Use of snorkeling equipment.

Not included:
· Airfare to/from Galapagos.
· Galapagos National Park entrance fee.
· Migration Control Card.
· Tips and gratuities.
· Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Promotion valid on 2012 departures during April, May, June, September and December 1-17 for new bookings until May 31, 2012.

Note: promotion may not be combined with any other promotional rate.

Holiday Journeys in the Sea of Cortez

8 Days | 2012 Departures: Dec 15, 22, 29
Free Round-Trip Air, Los Angeles to La Paz on the Dec. 15 departure only*

& $500 Off Kids Under 18

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Embark on an unforgettable adventure this holiday season exploring Baja California and the Sea of Cortez aboard the 62-guest National Geographic Sea Bird. Hike a forest of gigantic cacti, kayak pure blue seas, snorkel with sea lions and explore 18th-century missions on the Baja California peninsula — plus, kids-only activities: Zodiac driving lessons and smartphone photo sessions.

Why Baja California?

Top ten reasons to explore this eco-playground of pure wildness with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic.

U.S./Los Cabos or La Paz, Mexico/Embark La Paz
DAY 1 — U.S./Los Cabos or La Paz, Mexico/Embark La Paz
Transfer from Los Cabos Airport or La Paz Airport to the ship at La Paz and embark. (D)
Exploring the Sea of Cortez
DAY 2-7 — Exploring the Sea of Cortez

Along with their designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the islands of the Sea of Cortez are a playground of exploration. Throughout your voyage you will have a tremendous selection of activities — from Zodiac cruising and snorkeling to kayaking and hiking. Or take part in yoga and stretching classes on deck. We’ll put our 30 years of experience in the Sea of Cortez to work and, with many options in place, find the best possible opportunities each day.

Track whales and bottlenose dolphins near Isla Danzante. Explore islands such as Isla San Jose or Isla Santa Catalina, with its giant cacti and extraordinary bird and marine life. Take in a beach barbecue beneath a starry sky. Spend time searching for whales, dolphins, sea lions and other wildlife amid the rich waters.

Explore the seaside town of Loreto and journey into the Sierra de la Giganta mountains to visit San Javier Mission, the second oldest mission in the peninsula. Kayak along the cliff-lined coast of Isla Espiritu Santo and swim and snorkel with sea lions at Los Islotes. (B,L,D)

La Paz/Disembark/Home
DAY 8 — La Paz/Disembark/Home
After breakfast, disembark in La Paz and tansfer to the airport for your flights back home. (B)

*Offer must be booked by June 30, 2012 and is only valid on the December 15, 2012 departure. Free airfare is subject to availability at the time of booking. Airfare is based on round-trip economy group flights that must be ticketed by Lindblad Expeditions. In the case that Lindblad’s group flights are not available at time of booking, Lindblad reserves the right to issue an air credit. Offers are valid for new bookings only, and may not be combined with other offers. Please call your travel agent for full details.

$1,000 Off Two June Amazon River Cruises

International Expeditions, the world leader in engaging and authentic nature travel, is offering travelers a special $1,000 per person savings on its June 1 and 22, 2012 Amazon River cruises. While reaping a rare savings of more than 25 percent off regular fares, budget savvy travelers enjoy an in-depth look at the legendary nature and vibrant culture of the Peruvian Amazon.

IE is also offering a Virtuoso exclusive on the June 1 and 22 Amazon departures. Virtuoso guests will not only receive the $1000 savings, they will also receive a $100 gift certificate from IE Gear, an online boutique offering clothes, luggage and accesories to help gear up for your nature travel adventure.

Guests on the 10-day Amazon Voyage expedition travel more than 600 miles into the narrow tributaries of the Amazon aboard the 24-passenger riverboat Aquamarina, enjoying chances of rare wildlife sightings. Daily outings on this small-ship adventure take travelers deep into the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve to spot diverse wildlife, hike into the rainforest, and even fish for piranha. During excursions into the narrow river tributaries, guests may spot more than 100 kinds of birds, pink and gray river dolphins, sloths, giant otters and nocturnal animals such as caimans and capybaras.

“There were so many highlights of our trip to Peru with International Expeditions,” said Amazon cruise guest Peg Smith of Toledo, Ohio. “The voyage on the river itself was awesome. The naturalists and expedition leader were so professional, friendly and full of knowledge about all of the plants and animals and birds. The staff on the boat was wonderful, and food was interesting and good.”

Amazon cruise passengers also spend time with the ribereños, native people of the Amazon’s remote villages, handing out school supplies to children and meeting with a local shaman. Guests enjoy a penetrating glimpse into daily life while also taking time to participate in a blessing ceremony, learn about local agriculture and crafts, or sing Peruvian songs. Ensuring a high level of authenticity, IE varies the villages guests visit during their Amazon expedition.

When not discussing the rainforest or village life with the local guides, guests can stargaze on the open-air top deck or sip cocktails while enjoying the evening entertainment, courtesy of the ship’s local crew of 16. A high staff-to-guest ratio — better than 2:1 — ensures that guests are well looked after during their days aboard the 24-guest Aquamarina.

Prices for the June 1 and 22, 2012 Amazon River expedition cruise start at $2,898 per person (with discount), and include accommodations, excursions, complimentary laundry aboard Aquamarina, most meals, guides, transfers, and tips to porters and waiters for included meals.

Celebrating 32 years of nature travel, International Expeditions specializes in small-group journeys to Earth’s most exhilarating destinations. A pioneer of environmentally responsible travel, IE is committed to preserving natural habitats and improving the welfare of the people and communities it visits. International Expeditions has been named seven times to Travel + Leisure’s list of “World’s Best” tour operators & safari outfitters and to National Geographic ADVENTURE magazine’s list of “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth.”

Other savings from IE:

Special Spring & Summer Amazon Savings

  • Save $500 per person on NEW 4-night Amazon River cruise expeditions.
    • Machu Picchu & Amazon River Cruise – June 29 or July 27
    • Rainforest Tour & Amazon Cruise – June 29 or July 27
  • Join select Amazon River cruises this summer and save $500 per person on select departures — May 11, 18 & 25; June 8 & 15; July 6 & 20
  • Save $1,000 per person on June 1 & 22 Amazon cruise departures!
    • Note: Applies to new bookings only.
amazon river travel special

Save on Summer Galapagos Adventures

  • SAVE $500 per person on Galapagos cruises departing June 8 & July 6, 2012. Cabin space is limited.
  • Save $500 per person on ALL April AND May 2012 Galapagos Islands cruises. 
    • Note: Applies to new bookings only.
galapagos islands travel special

Early Booking Discount

  • SAVE $250 when you reserve space on 2012 journeys at least nine months prior to departure.

Save on Back-to-Back Journeys

  • Book any combination of two small-group journeys and save 5% off the lesser-priced expedition. Note: Back-to-back journey discount not applicable to extensions.

No Single Supplement

Solo travelers save with NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT FEE on select Amazon and Galapagos departures.

  • Amazon: June 1; July 6; August 3, 17 & 24
  • Galapagos: April 13 & 27; June 8; July 6; October 12 & 26

Kids Save Too

Kids 7-18 enjoy special discounts year-round.

  • Amazon: Save $150 on January-November voyages
  • Galapagos: Save $500 on January-November voyages
  • Machu Picchu: Save $150 all year
family travel specials

Travel Twice in One Year

  • Save $250 per person when you travel on any two IE journeys within one year.

Please Note: Offers valid on new bookings only. All offers are based on availability and cannot be combined with any other discount, travel special or certificate. Offers not valid on the following departures: December 21 or 28, 2012 Amazon; December 21, 2012 Galapagos. Kids discounts are based on double occupancy price and based on child sharing cabin.