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  • Islander, Galapagos ex Guayaquil Return | House of Travel
    of our expedition style the following is a representative sample of the islands we may visit during your week on board DAY 1 Guayaquil Ecuador Stay at Hotel Hilton Colón DAY 2 Guayaquil Galápagos Embark After the 1 1 2 hour flight to the Galápagos we ll immediately board the ship Over the course of the week our exact routing depends on the National Park Service B L D DAY 3 8 Galápagos Islands Galápagos Islands The following is a representative sample of the islands we may visit during your week on board B L D Bartolome This is an enchanting landscape where lava mangroves and golden sand converge Great walks and views abound with a chance to snorkel with Galápagos penguins Santiago Santiago offers close encounters with Galápagos fur seals along with an opportunity to study the inhabitants of the island s countless tide pools Santa Cruz Look for blue footed boobies pelicans sea lions and more Enjoy walks in the highlands and encounter giant tortoises in the wild Isabela A small black sand beach offers wonderful morning swimming Enjoy a more challenging hike over rugged shoreline and a shorter walk within an iguana colony Kayaking and deep water snorkeling opportunities are on offer Fernandina This is the youngest island in the Galápagos and one of the most pristine tropical islands left on earth Look forward to hikes over relatively recent lava flows and spot marine iguanas flightless cormorants and Sally Lightfoot crabs Floreana Snorkel among sea lions in the clear waters off Champion Islet We may also find flamingos pintail ducks and various shorebirds Hike to a pristine white sand beach a favorite nesting site for sea turtles Española The exclusive home to waved albatross seasonal and particularly colorful marine iguanas Española is also a paradise for Darwin

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  • Aqua, Amazon River Expedition (High Water) Cruise ex Iquitos Return | House of Travel
    sip a nightcap on the Upper Deck under the stars before retiring Day 2 Sunday AMAZON RIVER YARAPA RIVER NAUTA CAÑO PACAYA SAMIRIA NATIONAL RESERVE Amazon River Expedition Wake up early to watch the sunrise for the first time on the Amazon River a first dramatic glimpse of your upcoming adventures Breakfast Our sumptuous daily breakfast buffet features a wide variety of dishes plus Peruvian specialties and fresh fruit juices Yarapa River Exploration and Fishing in Moringo Lake This morning you will board our comfortable skiff to sail from the Amazon River to the Yarapa River Life jackets ponchos rubber boots and fresh water are always available in our private boats As you float down the Yarapa past the occasional fishermen paddling in their canoes keep your binoculars ready to spot wildlife terns tropical songbirds black collared hawks and sloth share this wonderful world with us Upon our arrival at Lake Moringo use your hooks to try to catch some of the ferocious piranhas and other fish species As you fish trained naturalist guides will tell the story of the lake and its inhabitants Cold towels await you back aboard the AQUA AMAZON As the ship continues down the Amazon River you have free time to rest or take a nap before lunch Lunch Enjoy a light lunch in our dining room with air conditioning Lecture in the lounge by our naturalist guides Excursion to Nauta Caño Nauta Caño is part of the Pacaya Samiria Reserve also known as the Forest of Mirrors due to its dark lagoons which reflect the scenery In this area we will observe toucans macaws and iguanas among many other species In this area we may observe and hear toucans macaws and iguanas As we head back to the AQUA AMAZON you will enjoy one of the most incredible sunsets reflected in the black water of the flooded forest Before dinner sip a pisco sour on the upper deck at dusk Dinner Day 3 Monday MARAÑON RIVER YANAYACU PUCATE RIVER PACAYA SAMIRIA NATIONAL RESERVE Yanayacu Pucate River Excursion with Breakfast This morning we visit the Yanayacu Pucate River in Pacaya Samiria National Reserve On the black water river you can observe the vibrant flora and fauna while looking for macaws and several species of primates like the capuchins and squirrel monkeys as well as the famous Amazon River dolphins either pink or gray Amazonian people hold the belief that these dolphins possess the magical power to turn into men and women of great beauty We will enjoy a light breakfast on board consisting of homemade baked goods hot coffee and fresh juice We stop near a quiet place where you will see and hear quite a show put on by Mother Nature while you enjoy your meal Cooking Lesson Lunch Marañon Exploration and Walk Along the Casual trail We sail along the Marañon River watching the different species of flora and fauna as we approach the Casual community where we will hike on land Here

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  • Aqua, Amazon River Expedition (High Water) Cruise ex Iquitos Return | House of Travel
    an eye out for the beautiful and eye catching but poisonous frogs along this fascinating trail as well as trees and medicinal plants Return to AQUA AMAZON Crew Presentation Towards the Birth of the Amazon River and Dinner While you dine we continue our journey upstream toward the headwaters of the Amazon River where the Ucayali and Marañon Rivers merge Day 4 Tuesday BIRTHPLACE OF THE AMAZON VILLAGE VISIT NAUTA CITY Breakfast Travel Briefing Birthplace of the Amazon This morning the AQUA AMAZON skirts the edge of the vast Pacaya Samiria National Reserve a flooded forest covering five million acres at the headwaters of the Amazon basin Get up early to see one of the great spectacles of the Southern Hemisphere the sun rising over the origin of the Amazon River Here the junction of two major tributaries the Ucayali and the Marañon form one of the greatest waterfalls in the world certainly this is nature at its most captivating Your morning excursion will be accompanied by abundant bird song as you glide in our small boats past large billed terns laughing falcons exotic short tailed parrot and dozens of other vibrantly hued birds Village Visit We will travel by boat to a community located along the Marañon River where you will meet and interact with local villagers in this remote part of the world and learn about their traditions and folklore Walk around with our naturalist guides to see how Aqua Expeditions works with these communities to improve their natural resource management You will also have the opportunity to shop for local handicrafts directly from the artisans Return to AQUA AMAZON Lunch Visit to the City of Nauta This afternoon we will visit the town of Nauta founded in 1930 Nauta is the main point where villagers from around Amazonia come to sell the products they harvest in their rural communities We ll walk around Nauta to gain insights into the life of these coastal peoples We will also visit the local fresh market with your guides on hand to point out the different fish caught by the fishermen of Amazonia and all types of indigenous fruits Later you may explore the Lupunillo or Marayali Creek a tributary of the Marañon River Return to AQUA AMAZON Dinner Meet new passengers who have signed on for the four night trip and enjoy your gourmet meal as we start our journey along the Marañon River Day 5 Wednesday UCAYALI YANALLPA DORADO RIVER PACAYA SAMIRIA NATIONAL RESERVE Breakfast River Expedition Ucayali Yanallpa This morning board the skiffs to explore a fascinating black water stream part of the vast Amazon flooded forest within the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve Your guides will tell you about the jungle as we explore what scientists call a gallery forest because of its dense vegetation that creates a tunnel of leaves As we explore this type of riparian vegetation watch above for parrots macaws and fluffy monk saki monkeys Return to AQUA AMAZON Lunch Lecture in the lounge

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  • Cuba Catamaran, Sailing Cuba ex Havana Return | House of Travel
    exclude the best parts Hop over the wall and get to know Cuba like you never have before on this unique eight day journey through the islands of the Canarreos Archipelago aboard an exclusive catamaran Snorkel the crystal clear waters in search of colourful fish relax on the beach and dine on some of the best seafood you ll ever have Experience all inclusive G Adventures style we don t leave anything out Day 1 Havana Cienfuegos Arrive in time for the 3pm welcome meeting at the joining point hotel After travel to Cienfuegos and spend the night aboard the catamaran Day 2 Cienfuegos Spend the day exploring Cienfuegos then enjoy dinner on board Day 3 Cienfuegos Archipiélago de los Canarreos Travel among the islands of the Canarreos Archipelago and spend the next five days soaking in everything these island communities have to offer Discover paradise among the rustic sparsely populated islands go snorkelling explore secluded beaches or simply relax on deck Days 4 6 Archipiélago de los Canarreos Explore the remote and beautiful islands of the Canarreos Archipelago Snorkel the crystal clear waters in search of colourful fish relax on the beach and dine on some of the best seafood you ll ever have Day 7 Archipiélago de los Canarreos Cienfuegos Wake up and admire the view from the lighthouse in Cayo Guano Enjoy one last snorkel before sailing back from the Canarreos Archipelago to the town of Cienfuegos Enjoy some final time on deck and keep an eye out for fish and other marine life along the way Day 8 Cienfuegos Havana Depart Cienfuegos after breakfast and arrive back into Havana around midday where the trip will end Click title to display Sale Period until further notice or until sold out Sailing Date 30 Apr 16 Enquire Now

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  • Queen of the West, Columbia River Cruise ex Portland Return | House of Travel
    See rare wildlife including bald eagles learn the intricate engineering behind the turbine generators of the Bonneville Dam hydroelectric source and gaze upon the waterfalls that make up the National Scenic Area known as the Columbia River Gorge Day 1 Portland OR The largest city in Oregon Portland is located near the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers Prior to American pioneers Portland was home to two Native American tribes the Upper Chinook and Multnomah Portland was incorporated as a city on February 8 1851 when only 800 people called it home The city merged with Albina and East Portland in 1891 and annexed the cities of Linnton and St Johns in 1915 The city s proximity to the Columbia River and Pacific Ocean played a major role in its rapid growth Day 2 Stevenson WA Named after early settler George H Stevenson this port town in Washington quickly grew due to its being an important river transit for passengers cargo and logging Today the town of Stevenson is home to the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center and also features the engineering marvel of the Bonneville lock and dam system Day 3 The Dalles Located between Mt Hood and Mt Adams The Dalles is famous for being the last stop on the historic Oregon Trail The treacherous terrain of the region made it impossible for wagons to cross and the rushing rapids formed by the columnar basalt rocks carved by the river made river transit difficult at best Today The Dalles offers travelers stunning views as well as The Discovery Center and the Fort Dalles Museum Oregon s oldest history museum Day 4 Hood River OR A charming port city on the Columbia River Hood River began with the establishment of a post office in 1858 before being incorporated as a town in 1895 The town rests in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge where the Columbia and Hood River meet and just south is Hood River Valley famous for its production of apples pears and cherries The town is located 30 miles north of Mt Hood the tallest peak in the state Day 5 Portland OR Welcome back to Portland With its picturesque views and thriving downtwon scene this city is a great place to explore Enjoy popular destinations including the Portland Art Museum the International Rose Test Garden and Powell s Bookstore Day 6 Port of Kalama WA Located in Southwest Washington on the Columbia River the Port of Kalama is home to one of the tallest single log totem poles in the world carved by Chief Lelooska Unofficially incorporated in 1871 Kalama would be instrumental in the development of the Northern Pacific Railway More famous than the city itself the towering Mt St Helens can be seen from the port and provides visitors with a destination offering a scenic overlook with amazing views Day 7 and 8 Portland OR End your cruise back in the city of Portland Enjoy the sights of one of the largest

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  • Amadeus Silver III, Tulip Cruise ex Amsterdam Return | House of Travel
    viewing the city Many of the houses date back to the 17th century These narrow fronted merchants houses are characterised by the traditionally Dutch ornamented gables The oldest part of the city is Nieuwmarkt located near the first canals Herengracht Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht built to protect the city against invasion in the 17th century Today Amsterdam s famous liberalism has survived in the city s coffee shops and thriving sex industry The city has also long been a centre of diamond cutting and it is still possible to see diamond cutters at work Amsterdam has a booming cultural life boasting 53 museums 61 art galleries 12 concert halls and 20 theatre A special canal boat the museum boat links 16 of the major museums In the local countryside it is still possible to see working windmills There are annual events such as the Amsterdam Arts Week and the Holland Festival Middleburg Middleburg Capital of the province of Zeeland lies on the Veere Vlissingen Canal on the former island of Walcheren surrounded by a star shaped ring of grachten and canals The town is over 1000 years old and has a rich history boasting 1 100 heritage buildings and monuments Middleburg is a beautiful place the Gothic town hall and the market square lined with cafes restaurants and a hotel or two must be seen There are picturesque old alleys streets and gateways with great views There are also stately old town residences and warehouses which date back to the East India Company Antwerp Antwerp is a city and municipality in Belgium and the capital of the Antwerp province in Flanders one of Belgium s three regions It is the second largest city in Belgium after Brussels and it has a major European port It is renowned for being the world

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  • Armonia, Italy France Spain Malta ex Genoa Return | House of Travel
    swimming pools work out at our gym relax at the wellness center while enjoying amazing views dance the night away in the glittering disco sample culture and entertainment in the onboard theatre with a different show each night or try your luck in the ritzy casino Children will love the kids club and can even take part in a game of basketball mini golf or a myriad of fun youth club activities Stop in for a refreshing libation at the The Red Bar or the White Lion English Pub Enjoy a taste of la bella vita in our 2 restaurants or cozy pizzeria grills and savor the casually elegant Italian ambiance MSC Cruises has completely restored MSC Armonia one of our early cruise ships Now fitted out with modern amenities you can get down to the serious business of relaxation amidst fine elegant surroundings that are carefully designed with Italian panache and flair right down to the last important detail MSC Armonia is a dream come true an extraordinary floating universe designed for one purpose only so you can get the most enjoyment from your magical cruise vacation Highlights of this cruise Genoa Genoa is a city and a seaport in northern Italy the capital of the Province of Genoa and of the region of Liguria Famous as the birthplace of Christopher Columbus Genoa remains a bustling seaport The city s Renaissance heritage is preserved in splendid palaces overlooking the harbor The Old Quarter of Genoa is especially enthralling for those who like to explore It is best to travel on foot through the narrow streets called carruggi which are meticulously kept as are the expansive palazzi mansions of medieval merchants which line them Around the Palazzo Reale many shops sell Turkish carpets and the best of silk Other attractions in Genoa include the Palazzo Ducale now used for exhibitions and concerts the Via Garibaldi art gallery and the original waterfront or Porto Antico The waterfront is also full of atmosphere and there are many bars and restaurants where one can watch the world go by The 16th century lighthouse the Lanterna which rises over 120 meters 325 steps above the sea can be seen 50 kilometers away and has guided mariners to the port for 100s of years Marseilles Marseille is the second largest city of France and forms the third largest metropolitan area Paris and Lyon are larger Located on the Mediterranean Sea it is France s largest commercial port and the capital of the Provence Alpes Côte d Azur région The Old Port or Vieux Port is the main harbour and marina of the city It is guarded by two massive forts Fort St Nicolas and Fort Saint Jean and is one the main places to eat in the city Dozens of cafés line the waterfront The Quai des Belges at the end of the harbour is the site of the daily fish market Rome Rome is one of the most popular cities in the world and

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  • Magic, West Caribbean ex Port Canaveral Return | House of Travel
    Canaveral departs from a coastline of sugary sand beaches and protected islands for native wildlife See a rocket up close at the Kennedy Space Center Walk the bustling Cocoa Beach boardwalk before your cruise from Port Canaveral Ride the intertwining coasters of the Dragon Challenge at Universal Orlando Pick out colorful clothing at the Ron Jon Surf Shop Get your hands dirty with the pit crew at Daytona International Speedway Cozumel Long before Cancun became a popular destination Cozumel was well known as a diving spot and home to the world famous Palancar Reef which gives divers the opportunity to view thousands of brilliantly colored fish Non divers can kick back on a sun drenched beach or enjoy any number of seaside activities such as shopping in colorful marketplaces or dining in an open air café Belize This tropical paradise promises adventure both onshore and off Crystalline rivers flow through impressive lowland jungles home to a myriad of rare wildlife Silky sand beaches waving palms and colorful coral gardens are just part of Belize s natural wonders Whether mountain biking through a lush rainforest or snorkeling with sharks you ll experience things you ve only imagined Isla Roatan Mahogany Bay is located on the southwest coast of the island of Roatan about 40 miles off the north coast of Honduras and is part of the Bay Islands which also include Guanaja and Utila Known for its crystal clear water blue skies and warm sun Roatan is the perfect place for swimming kayaking snorkeling and sightseeing from the Magical Flying Beach Chair Explore the exotic undeveloped East End of Roatan with a narrated trip aboard an island style boat Learn about the island s history meet the local Garifuna people and sample delicious jams from locally grown flowers and fruits Costa

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