Travel Companions: Four eco-cruises of earthly wonders – Toronto Star

From Sri Lanka’s white-sand shores to Iceland’s volcanic ones, there’s no doubt that exploring the world from the water offers a wholly unique view. Here are four far-from-ordinary cruises guaranteed to give travellers an adventure like no other.Galapagos: Ecotourism in an Ecological Masterpiece

What: Origin of Species Luxury Cruise

Length: 10 days

When: Year round

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Departs from: Quito or GuayaquilShip: Integrity

With: INCA (International Nature & Cultural Adventures)

Price: Starting at $6,995 (U.S.) (internal flights included)More info:

After 40 years of hosting guests in the Galapagos Islands, INCA has learned a thing or two about making once-in-a-lifetime memories. From the personal touches found on board this 16-passenger luxury yacht to getting up close and personal with the wildlife that ignited Charles Darwin’s theory, explore these unique Ecuadorian isles with ease and an environmentally conscious perspective.

France: Bring On The Bordeaux

Enjoy the French countryside from the deck of the AmaDolce, an AmaWaterways river-cruise ship set up for sightseeing and sipping on the Taste of Bordeaux Wine Cruise.  (Gerald Lechner/AmaWaterways)  

What: Taste of Bordeaux Wine CruiseLength: Seven nights

When: March to November

Departs from: Bordeaux

Ship: AmaDolce

With: AmaWaterways

Price: Starting at $2,349 (Canadian) (doesn’t include airfare)

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If the idea of floating along a calm river in southwestern France with a glass of wine in hand produced at the very vineyards you’re gazing at sounds like a dream, it’s time to pinch yourself. AmaWaterways has put together a delicious river-cruising itinerary designed to delight wine lovers and the culturally curious. À votre santé.

Sri Lanka: Small-Group Sea Exploration

Sail up to some of Sri Lanka's most breathtaking beaches on a brand-new catamaran designed specifically for G Adventures' recently announced Sailing Sri Lanka tour.

Sail up to some of Sri Lanka’s most breathtaking beaches on a brand-new catamaran designed specifically for G Adventures’ recently announced Sailing Sri Lanka tour.  (G Adventures)  

What: Sailing Sri LankaLength: 7 days

When: February to April, November to December 2018

Departs from: Mirissa

Ship: Catamaran

With: G Adventures

Price: Starting at $1,699 (Canadian) (doesn’t include airfare)

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The guiding experts at G Adventures know that when roads can’t get you somewhere, turn toward the sea. This brand-new catamaran sailing expedition will take you to remote towns, trading forts and fishing villages blessed with breathtaking beaches and a bevy of marine activities from snorkeling to surfing to dolphin spotting.

Iceland: Get Close to Geological Wonders

Experience Iceland's majestic landscapes aboard Adventure Canada's Ocean Endeavour and see this wild island from a whole new view.

Experience Iceland’s majestic landscapes aboard Adventure Canada’s Ocean Endeavour and see this wild island from a whole new view.  (MICHELLE VALBERG/Adventure Canada)  

What: Iceland CircumnavigationLength: 11 days

When: June to July 2018

Departs from: Reykjavik

Ship: Ocean Endeavour

With: Adventure Canada

Price: Starting at $2,995 (U.S.) (doesn’t included airfare)

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See Iceland the way the Vikings did back when they first settled on this spectacular, volcanically active island back in 874 A.D. — from the bow of a boat. With its on-board academic experts and seasoned guides, this ecologically minded Canadian cruise company provides a deep dive into Iceland’s cultural fabric while also safely exploring its spectacular shores.


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