Creatures feature in islands Darwin made famous

Galapagos cruises beckon, with free Ecuador tours thrown in

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ECO-FRIENDLY: Cruises aboard MV Evolution provide intimate wildlife encounters and 100 per cent plastic-free adventures.

ECO-FRIENDLY: Cruises aboard MV Evolution provide intimate wildlife encounters and 100 per cent plastic-free adventures.

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Autumn is the best time to visit, with fewer tourists and maximum dolphins and whales.

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INTREPID explorers can retrace the footsteps of Charles Darwin on a luxury Galapagos cruise and for a limited time get an overnight tour of Ecuador thrown in too.

Travellers can now take advantage of Quasar Expeditions' complimentary three-day/two-night and two-day/one-night tours of mainland Ecuador when booking a Galapagos Islands cruise holiday on board MV Evolution.

Designed for 32 passengers, MV Evolution yacht was designed for guests to experience the islands through Darwin's eyes.

This special offer, valued about $600, applies to selected departures between September 21 and December 14. Airport transfers, entrance fees and most meals are included as well.

September to December is also the best time to cruise the Galapagos with fewer tourists and plenty of dolphins and whales to spot.

The autumn weather is mild and excellent for wildlife viewing and photography - especially the giant Galapagos tortoises, which nest at Santa Cruz Island this time of year.

Featuring 16 cabins the Evolution offers eight day/seven-night itineraries departing from San Cristobal Island and Baltra Island.

The cruises provide a small group experience, expert guides, well-paced itineraries, intimate wildlife encounters and 100 per cent plastic-free adventures.

There are also special departures geared towards families, food, photography, birdwatching, geology, science and more.

Valid for new twin-share bookings, prices for the Galapagos cruise start from $US6200 per person twin share. See travel agents for bookings.

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