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Galápagos Islands Expedition Cruise

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This trip includes:
9 Days
23 Meals
15 Sites

Unleash your adventurous spirit as you travel on a unique expedition cruise, where you’ll explore the diverse islands and ecosystems of the Galápagos Archipelago. Experience the pristine beauty of this equatorial region where you may get up close with the many endemic species, including marine iguanas, Giant Land Tortoises, sea lions, blue-footed boobies and many more. Choose from 3 different routes, each offers amazing adventure as only Adventures by Disney can provide.

Trip Price Starting From $8,699USD

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      As we welcome you back to exploring the world with us, promoting health and safety is a top priority.  We are resuming trips with multiple layers of health and safety measures developed in consideration of guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, local and international health authorities, the U.S. Travel Association and the Walt Disney Company's team of health experts.  Learn more about Guest Health and Safety Protocols here.

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      If you are a U.S. citizen, you will need a valid passport to enter Ecuador and return to the United States. U.S. passport holders traveling to Ecuador for 90 days or less for tourism or business purposes do not need visas.

      Your passport must be valid six months beyond your intended stay and have 1-2 blank pages remaining. Allow yourself sufficient time to have your application processed if you are applying for a new passport or renewing an expired passport. Refer to the U.S. Department of State for further details.

      In addition, Guests 17 years of age or younger may be required to show additional documentation when traveling with a single parent.

      If you are not a U. S. citizen, please check with the Ecuadorian Embassy for information on documentation requirements.

      Passport/Visa Services
      You can apply for a passport and/or visa through CIBT, Inc., a third party travel document company servicing the travel industry (not affiliated with the Walt Disney Company). Learn more or call CIBT at (800) 406-1523. Be sure to mention Adventures by Disney, account #55134, for special pricing options.

      PLEASE NOTE: ADDITIONAL CHARGES WILL APPLY FOR TELEPHONE CALLS made to access CIBT specialists.

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      Please limit your baggage to one piece of luggage per person plus one carry-on. With frequent security changes, we recommend that you check with your air carrier as well as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for current restrictions.

      Flights to and from the Galápagos Islands restrict each passenger to no more than 44 lbs. (20 kg) of luggage. If you are taking a carry-on piece of luggage with you, it must weigh no more than 10 lbs. (4.5 kg) and the dimensions cannot exceed 24 x 15.5 x 8 in (61 x 39 x 20 cm). To ensure a smooth transfer for all Guests on these internal flights, Adventures by Disney will enforce the domestic baggage policies of the airlines on the flight to/from Galápagos. Guests will be charged additional fees at the airport for overweight baggage.

      Please note: Adventures by Disney is not responsible for excess baggage fees.

      Luggage Information

      Photography Equipment


      Although photography is a key component on Expedition Cruises, it is still very important to follow the baggage weight restrictions when planning for specific photographic equipment that you intend to bring on your journey.

      Since you will be visiting several of the Galápagos Islands, attire for your adventure should be casual and comfortable, and you should bring one additional change of clothes per day. However, you may wish to don business casual attire for dinner on the vessel. The following is a list of clothing and other items you may want to bring:

      Clothing

      • T-shirts (short and long-sleeved, moisture wicking material)
      • Collared shirts
      • Long pants (moisture wicking material), capris, khakis
      • Casual dress/skirt (optional)
      • Shorts
      • Lightweight rain jacket
      • Hat/visor/sun hat
      • Swimsuits/swim suit/rash guard
      • Long knee high socks
      • Close-toed shoes
      • Comfortable walking shoes with sturdy soles
      • Sandals
      • Long sleeve wetsuit (optional)
      • Sweater/jacket
      • Beach/water shoes

      Miscellaneous
      • Passport
      • Insect repellent
      • Medication
      • Camera/video camera
      • Sunglasses
      • Sunscreen
      • Umbrella
      • Toiletries
      • Binoculars
      • Small flashlight

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      Travel insurance with $100,000 in emergency evacuation coverage is highly recommended due to the remote locations Guests will visit during the expedition. Adventures by Disney is partnering with USI Travel Insurance Services to provide travel insurance for this adventure which includes this coverage. Please call USI at 855-874-0935 for more information. If Guests opt to purchase insurance elsewhere, they should review the policy details to verify if it has this coverage.

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      Upon arrival at Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO), follow airport signage to the passport control/immigration area. Once through passport control, you will follow additional airport signage directing you to Baggage Claim. Retrieve your luggage and exit the Baggage Claim area by passing through Customs and then into the main terminal. As soon as you arrive in the Arrival area of the terminal, look for a representative holding an orange-colored Adventures by Disney sign. This representative is available to assist you with your luggage and will escort you to your pre-arranged ground transportation to your hotel.

      On the final day of the adventure, you will fly out of the Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO). You may depart anytime after 8:00 PM on the departure day. Guests that choose a post night stay will be transferred to the Wyndham Quito Airport for their stay.

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      The unit of monetary currency is the U.S. dollar. In Quito, ATM machines are available and credit or debit cards are usually accepted. Since ATMs are scarce in the Galápagos and nonexistent in the Amazon, Guests should be sure to carry cash or credit cards. For cash, carry mostly $1, $5, and $10 bills, and make sure they are in good condition. Guests can pay all Galápagos Legend incidentals with Credit Card or cash (no personal or travelers’ checks). Your Adventure Guides can help you with any currency issues or language barriers you may have.

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      Adventures by Disney has taken care of gratuities for all included meals and activities, such as tips for porters, housekeepers, drivers, activity providers, local experts and all crew. Gratuities for your Adventure Guides are also included.

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      Adventures by Disney has arranged for all of your accommodation and transportation needs during your stay in Ecuador and on the Galápagos Islands as specified in your trip itinerary. If you choose to visit other sites on your own, please ask your Adventure Guide for any assistance regarding any transportation arrangements you may need.

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      The primary language spoken in Ecuador and throughout the Galápagos Islands is Spanish.

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    We've been working to develop health and safety measures after considering guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as local and international health authorities. Learn more.

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    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) requires anyone 2 years of age and over entering or reentering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents) to present a negative COVID-19 test, taken within 3 calendar days before boarding their flight​, or proof of recovery from the virus within the previous 90 days.

    Prior to the trip, Adventures by Disney will provide Guests with information on how to obtain the required testing. Details will be unique to the specific point of departure for reentry.

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    Please check the Centers for Disease Control website for requirements on vaccinations for travel to this destination.

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    To book your vacation, please call our Reservation Center at (800) 543-0865 and speak with a Vacationista or contact your Travel Agent.

    If you are outside the U.S., please call (866) 983-7872 and speak with a Vacationista or contact your Travel Agent.

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    ARRIVAL: You will fly into Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) on your arrival day.

    DEPARTURE: On the final day of the adventure, you will fly out of the Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO). You may depart anytime after 8:00 PM on the departure day. Guests that choose a post night stay will be transferred to the Wyndham Quito Airport for their stay.

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    No. Transfers are only included from the specified arrival/departure airports and hotels. For Ecuador, transfers are included from the Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) to the Wyndham Quito Airport on your arrival day. On your departure day, transfers are included to the Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO).

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    Yes, you may stay in Ecuador before or after our itinerary. Extended stays are available at special rates if booked through Adventures by Disney Travel Services, Inc. in conjunction with an expedition cruise package and cannot be combined with any other offer. Please contact a Vacationista at (800) 543-0865† for further information.

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    On this adventure, your group will travel by motor coach, airplane, panga and ship.

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    This is a very active journey that includes transitioning to and from small watercraft and walking on uneven surfaces. Activities include swimming, snorkeling, biking, sea kayaking and hiking. Many of the activities are outdoors in the prevailing conditions, which may include insects and weather with intense sun, rain, heat and humidity. The full range of activities requires a moderate amount of stamina in order to get the most out of your vacation.

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    For the safety of parent and child, and depending on various circumstances, passengers who are at an advanced stage of pregnancy (after 5 months) will not be allowed to board the ship. The ship does not have facilities for giving birth on board. Please inform us immediately if you will be at such an advanced stage of pregnancy at any time during sailing. Adventures by Disney cannot be held responsible or liable for any complications relating to pregnancy at any stage.

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    Due to restrictions with the Galápagos Islands, children must be at least 7 years old at the time of travel on our Galápagos Expedition Cruise. The minimum recommended age is 8 years old. This is based on several factors, such as flight time and jet lag, time zone differences in the destination, duration of the vacation, high altitude in Quito, extended hours of daily activity programming, number of internal transports between experiences, potential for extreme temperatures, and amount of physical activity (e.g., snorkeling, walking on uneven surfaces, up and down stairs). Because each child is different, call a Vacationista at (800) 543-0865† to discuss whether this is the right trip for your kids.

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    Typically, breakfast is served family style. Most lunches and dinners offer a limited-choice menu. Dinners and lunches usually including fish, meat, chicken and pasta or rice entrées; soup and vegetables; and desserts and fruit—along with a chance to try Ecuadorian specialties. While the menus have been planned to give you a taste of typical Ecuadorian cuisine, they are always balanced with limited American fare. Given the nature of group travel, we regret that á la carte menu choices are not available. Child-friendly choices are available at all meals. Menu items are subject to change due to the availability and seasonality of foods. If you have any questions or concerns about dining at any time during your vacation, your Adventure Guides will be happy to assist you.

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    Alcoholic beverages are typically not included with your scheduled meals. However, you may purchase them at your own expense.

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    Adventures by Disney will make a reasonable effort to accommodate some special dietary needs at no additional charge. Unfortunately, we may not be able to accommodate all special dietary needs requested. Please contact a Vacationista at (800) 543-0865 in advance of your departure to advise us of your needs.

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    Please note that this vacation includes activities that present certain challenges to Guests with special needs. Access to the Galápagos Legend ship is by steep stairs. Guests must be able to individually ascend and descend steep stairs in order to participate in this trip. Guests also have to go on a motorized panga to reach the ship. Neither Adventures by Disney nor its suppliers may physically lift or assist Guests onto transportation vehicles. It is strongly recommended that persons requiring assistance be accompanied by a companion who is capable of and solely responsible for providing assistance. Contact your Vacationista at (800) 543-0865† to discuss your needs. Mainland Ecuador has very limited accessibility; the Galápagos Islands, including the vessels that we will be traveling on, are not wheelchair accessible.

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    We reserve the right to cancel a trip at any time prior to its commencement for any reason, such as if there are too few Guests, or if the quality of the trip or the safety of the Guests would, in our opinion, be compromised, such as may result from unforeseen circumstances (acts of God) or other circumstances beyond our reasonable control. If we cancel your trip prior to its commencement because there are too few Guests: (i) we will attempt to re-book you on another departure of the same itinerary, subject to availability, and we will bear any reasonable airline re-booking charges; however, if we are unable to rebook you, we will issue a full refund of your Expedition Cruise package price and Plan (unless you have filed a claim); and (ii) if you booked airfare through us, we will issue a full refund of your airfare; and (iii) if you did not book airfare through us, we will reimburse you for your reasonable out-of-pocket (subject to proof) airline cancellation charges or, in the case of bookings using frequent flier miles, a reasonable cancellation service fee, provided you have exercised best efforts to mitigate such charges/fees; and (iv) the aforesaid payments and/or rebooking by us shall constitute a full settlement. The immediately preceding sentence does not apply to any cancellation (or deemed cancellation under the agreement between the group travel organizer and us) of a group travel reservation by the organizer of the group travel experience, for whatever reason, and in the event of such cancellation you will not be entitled to any refund or reimbursement from us of any amounts.

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    Yes, Adventures by Disney is partnering with USI Travel Insurance Services to provide travel insurance for this adventure. Please call USI at 855-874-0935 for more information.

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