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Yosemite & Sequoia: John Muir’s California | Tauck

Yosemite National Park, California

At his first breathtaking view of Yosemite in 1869, young John Muir had a life-changing moment – a surge of euphoria as he wandered, overwhelmed in the great natural beauty of a landscape unlike anything he had seen before.

On this compelling Yosemite and Sequoia Tour from Tauck, you’ll follow Muir’s path from San Francisco to the Sierra Nevada, embracing Muir Woods, Sequoia National Park and his beloved Yosemite, experiencing the powerful beauty of glacier-carved mountains, soaring redwood and sequoia forests, and the story of why they remain for us exactly as he found them.

This vacation is available as a Small Group Tour,  limited to 24 guests and led by an experienced Tour Director. Tauck  offers a collection of Small Group   travel experiences .

Trip Highlights

  • Tauck Exclusive:  Filmed vignettes by filmmakers Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan that tell the stories of the history and ideals of the people behind the creation and preservation of the national parks.
  • Explore the incredible landscapes of Muir Woods, Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks, from the famed Giant Sequoias and redwoods to mountains, lush forests, and amazing waterfalls.
  • Visit the Presidio in San Francisco, a former army base that was the home of the Buffalo Soldiers, African-American cavalrymen who played a key role in the history of the national parks.
  • Discover the night sky over Sequoia National Park as a naturalist guides you through the spectacular constellations that are visible in the absence of “light pollution”.

San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge

DAY 1: Arrive San Francisco, California

Transfer from the airport to the St. Francis. Join everyone in the evening for a welcome cocktail reception and dinner.

DAY 2: San Francisco & Muir Woods

Drive through the Presidio and over the Golden Gate Bridge to Muir Woods, a coastal redwood forest preserved as a national monument. Enjoy a self-guided tour along its winding walkways with dense flora and tranquil streams. Lunch in picturesque Sausalito and return to San Francisco. The rest of the day is at your leisure.

DAY 3: Central Valley to Sequoia National Park

Drive a route that follows the Buffalo Soldiers’ path across the agricultural Central Valley. Stop in Fresno for lunch, then board a motor coach for the 7,000-foot climb to Sequoia National Park. Learn how John Muir found and documented the “Giant Forest” in 1875 and, after dark, a naturalist will guide you through the constellations that fill the night skies.

DAY 4: Land of Giants & Sequoia National Park

Begin the day with privately guided walks among ancient Giant Sequoias. Enjoy a private barbecue style western lunch. In the afternoon, tour the Sequoia National Park via 10-passenger vehicle accompanied by a guide who’ll regale you with stories. Climb the 400 steps to the top of Moro Rock for stunning views.

DAY 5: Yosemite National Park

Drive to Fresno via Kings Canyon National Park, arriving at the south entrance to Yosemite National Park. Your visit begins with a film by Ken Burns describing Muir’s passion for the Yosemite Valley, and his activism to preserve it for future generations. Lunch is at Wawona Hotel, followed by an afternoon tour.

DAY 6: Yosemite National Park

Discover Yosemite’s power to move your spirit on a guided tour with opportunities to explore on foot. The afternoon is yours to enjoy the park at your own pace. Optional activities are available (some at additional cost): bicycling, a hike over the footbridge at Vernal Falls, and a visit to the Yosemite Indian Cultural Museum and Village.

DAY 7: Central Valley & San Francisco

Depart Yosemite, visiting the Mariposa Museum and followed by a stop for lunch. Filmed narratives by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan weave together the history and nature of these parks, with insights you won’t get anywhere else. Arrive late afternoon at The Fairmont San Francisco. Farewell cocktail reception and dinner.

DAY 8: Depart San Francisco

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

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The Westin St. Francis | San Francisco, California Reigning over Union Square from a landmark location in the heart of the city for over a century, The Westin St. Francis welcomes guests with an ambiance of elegance, charm and grace.

Wuksachi Lodge | Sequoia National Park, California Highlighted by stone fireplaces and natural woods, the Wuksachi Lodge® enjoys a spectacular forest setting surrounded by mountains in the heart of Sequoia National Park, just minutes from the most popular attractions.

The Ahwahnee | Yosemite National Park, California Completed in 1927, The Ahwahnee is known for its magnificent façade and architecture, and was specifically designed to highlight its natural surroundings, featuring Yosemite Falls, Half Dome and Glacier Point.

Fairmont San Francisco | San Francisco, California This renowned, landmark hotel has been reigning over the City by the Bay from atop Nob Hill since 1907. The hotel is the only spot in the city where all of the cable car lines meet, making it convenient to all that San Francisco offers.

Dates and Pricing

September 2022 – October 2023 | From $6,390 per person

This is a Ken Burns American Journeys Tour. Prices are per person, double occupancy for the itinerary as published, and subject to availability. 

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  • Tauck Tour Director and expert Local Guides
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • 17 meals as noted in itinerary
  • Gratuities to local guides and drivers, service charges, taxes and porterage

About Tauck

Tauck prides itself on delivering outstanding personal service, uncompromising standards for quality, and a steadfast commitment to making the most of your vacation time – a brand promise Tauck made in 1925 and hasn’t deviated from since. 

Tauck has developed longstanding relationships with its travel partners to bring guests incomparable travel experiences around the world, on all seven continents. Tauck Directors are experts at handling all your travel details seamlessly, and along with local experts and guides, are extremely knowledgeable about the destinations you visit.

Ken Burns American Journeys: Leading storyteller and filmmaker Ken Burns and filmmaker Dayton Duncan have teamed with Tauck to bring to life the films, stories, and insights that shaped the history of the United States, creating over 100 original film vignettes and exclusive tours.

Contact us for more information about travel adventures with Tauck.

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  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Special dinner celebrating the magic of Hollywood
  • Tour and lunch at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum
  • Private early-opening visit to "The Vault" in LA's Petersen Automotive Museum
  • Private catamaran cruise on San Francisco Bay
  • Private tour, lunch, and tasting at Presqu’ile Winery in Santa Maria Valley

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Day 1: Arrive In Beverly Hills

Los Angeles, California

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Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

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Tour begins: 5:30 PM, Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. A transfer is included from Los Angeles International Airport to Four Seasons Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, an urban oasis of understated glamour; keep your eyes peeled for celebrities. Join us this evening for a private welcome reception followed by dinner in the hotel's Wetherly Gardens.

Day 2: Amazing Autos & More In Downtown La

Breakfast, Dinner

Because Southern Californians have a legendary passion for cars, you'll begin exploring the dynamic city of Los Angeles with a tour of the historic automobiles, Hollywood cars, hot rods, and altogether extraordinary vehicles at the acclaimed Petersen Automotive Museum... including a private, early-opening visit to the museum's recently renovated "Vault" – now featuring more than 250 remarkable vehicles from around the world. Batmobile, anyone? Then you're off to downtown Los Angeles for a walking tour. Tonight, there's magic in the air at a private Tauck dinner – featuring a presentation by a veteran LA warm-up comedian whose credits include American Idol , Dancing With the Stars , and over a decade with The Ellen DeGeneres Show ... and a performance by a two-time Close Up Magician of the Year from Hollywood's celebrated private club for magicians, The Magic Castle.

Day 3: Beverly Hills, Reagan Library & Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, California, USA

Belmond El Encanto

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy a tour through Beverly Hills, along Sunset Boulevard, and to the TCL Chinese Theatre movie palace on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where you'll see the handprints of many celebrities; Groucho Marx left an imprint of his cigar, Jimmy Durante his nose, and the stars of Harry Potter immortalized their magic wands. Then you're off to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum for a guided tour and lunch. The museum and grounds are spectacular, with sweeping views of the Simi Valley, the surrounding mountains, and the Pacific Ocean. View an Air Force One aircraft that flew seven presidents, a recreated Oval Office, an exhibit on the Berlin Wall featuring parts of the wall itself, and more. Drive north to Santa Barbara, on the "American Riviera," where you'll dine at your hotel tonight.

Day 4: Santa Barbara's Old Mission & A Choice Of Activities

Breakfast, Lunch

Embark on a guided tour of 18th-century Old Mission Santa Barbara, home to an active Franciscan parish for more than 200 years. On a city tour, get a feel for the quiet beach community of Santa Barbara, long a celebrity hideaway, and visit the 1929 Courthouse, surrounded by lush gardens. Inside you'll find murals depicting scenes of the city's past, painted by a self-taught artist whose illustrations appeared in the novels of Joseph Conrad and Jack London. This afternoon, a choice is yours in Santa Barbara. One is a visit to the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, California's oldest botanical garden. Here, a guided tour reveals the diversity of the state's native flora and vegetation. Your other choice is a city tour through Santa Barbara. This evening you'll have free time to enjoy your resort or explore downtown Santa Barbara as you please.

Day 5: California's Central Coast

Solvang, California, USA

Get ready for scenic delights as you pass through rolling hills to begin today's road trip. Entering the Central California wine region, you'll find microclimates where morning fog and ocean breezes encourage varieties such as pinot noir and chardonnay, and others where low-lying mountains are ideal for full-bodied reds. Discover picturesque Solvang, a town with a distinctive Danish heritage (and a location featured in the wine-lovers' film, Sideways ), and enjoy a Tauck Exclusive lunch, tour, and tasting at Presqu'ile, a small family-owned winery. Continue on to Pismo Beach, known for its long white beaches and ocean views. The evening is spent at The Cliffs Resort, overlooking the Pacific.

Day 6: Hearst Castle & The Big Sur Coastline

Monterey, California, USA

InterContinental The Clement Monterey

Drive along stunning Pacific Coast Highway 1 to San Simeon and Hearst Castle, a national and California Historical Landmark designed by revered California architect Julia Morgan. A guided walking tour of this elaborate estate, created for newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, takes you back to the opulent era of the early 20th century; the castle was the inspiration for Xanadu, the over-the-top, never-finished mansion of publisher Charles Foster Kane in Orson Welles' film classic,  Citizen Kane . After your guided tour, it's nature's opulence that will impress you as you continue along the Pacific Coast, hundreds of feet above crashing surf and remote, rocky beaches, to the Big Sur Coast. Your destination today is the coastal city of Monterey, where you'll dine at your hotel on Monterey Bay.

Day 7: The Monterey Peninsula & Carmel-By-The-Sea

Today's tour of the incredibly scenic Monterey Peninsula takes in the beauty of Pacific Grove, famed 17-Mile Drive, and Pebble Beach, before you arrive in Carmel-by-the-Sea, which was named one of the "most romantic cities of the world" by Travel + Leisure . Enjoy free time to explore the town's galleries and find an appealing spot for lunch, before heading off to the award-winning Monterey Bay Aquarium on historic Cannery Row to discover the delights of marine life, from cuttlefish to whales.

Day 8: Monterey To San Francisco

San Francisco, California, USA

The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square

Make your way from Monterey up the coast to San Francisco, arriving early this afternoon; feel the breezes of San Francisco Bay (and enjoy a boxed lunch courtesy of the famed Boudin Bakery) on a private catamaran cruise. Then check in to The Westin St. Francis and enjoy time to rest, relax, or explore the area surrounding Union Square. Your hotel is in a vibrant retail and cultural area in the heart of the city – and at your doorstep you'll discover a favorite city square where you might just see musicians, artists, or speakers doing what they do best. Your Tauck Director can recommend restaurants in this city known for its range of cuisines inspired by fresh ingredients.

Day 9: Inimitable San Francisco

A sightseeing tour takes you up and down San Francisco's hills with views of San Francisco Bay as you see Chinatown and the Marina District, rows of Victorian gingerbread houses, Lombard Street, Coit Tower and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. Head to the salty atmosphere of Fisherman's Wharf for free time for lunch and checking out its historic ships, sea lions, seafood stalls, and sourdough bread bakeries as you please. This evening, join us at your hotel for our farewell festivities – a Tauck Exclusive farewell reception and dinner at your historic hotel in the heart of Union Square, complete with a live swing band.

Day 10: Journey Home

Tour ends: San Francisco. Fly home anytime. A transfer from The Westin St. Francis San Francisco on Union Square to the San Francisco International Airport is included; you should allow a minimum of two hours for flight check-in.

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Reviews from travellers on this tour, california gold coast may 2017.

Memorable trip with our tour director. Great itinerary. Wonderful hotels. Very good meals. We met great people. Great weather. Yosemite National Park.

CAL Gold Coast

Twelve days of beautiful hotels, wonderful food, good company with interesting sites. Each was great. Yosemite was spectacular especially to Glacier Point . The views and vistas were incredible.

Beautiful Coastal CA

Loved starting in San Diego. Then going all the way up the coast, into the sierra's to Yousemete then ending in San Fran. The restaurants were all up to Tauck standards and more. The hotels all up and more to Tauck standards except the Inn at Moro Bay. Below average in rooms and service. Tour Dir. Excellent. Meeting new people always + The CA Coastal scenery. Especially The Big Sur area. Wow!! The 4 Seasons Hotel Biltmore- what a pleasure. And of course the food, a dining experience.

We travelled from the UK to the US for our son's wedding and added the TAUCK trip as an adventure to follow the wedding. We are glad we added the trip and delighted that we chose TAUCK. TAUCK, think of everything from pick up at San Diego to departure at San Francisco. We stayed in First class hotels and visited superb locations. We were treated to seeing the Pandas at San Diego Zoo and to envying those playing golf at Pebble Beach then touring Yosemite. The trip exceeded expectations. It would only have been bettered had I been allowed to play golf at Pebble Beach. But one of the most memorable moments was eating breakfast at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara

Very good but adjustments required..

Very good overview of the coast. Super Tour director and coach driver. Except for the beautiful Getty Museum, nothing interesting in LA, I would skip the city tour. Yosemite: give 1 more day ; unfortunately, we did not get to the falls! Also, since it was the highlight of the trip, I would have appreciate a visit within smaller groups. Santa Barbara, 17 miles drive. Getty museum in LA ( not enough time, need 2-3 hrs more). Hearst Castle. Hotels: Magnificient spanish style 4 Seasons Biltmore and The Langham. Yosemite ( although we did not get the best hotel...we were expecting the Ahwahnee) Monterey and beautiful aquarium and hotel Intercontinental Clement.

California Gold Coast Trip 04302015

Overall, the trip was excellent and I would recommend it highly. We saw some beautiful sights along the Big Sur and enjoyed our visits to the Getty Museum and Hearst Castle. CA is a beautiful state and our Tour Director and driver showed us just how beautiful. Our Tour Director provided a bit of history with all the beautiful scenery. I would have to say it was the drive along CA Hwy 1 in the Big Sur area. We stopped at Ragged Point which had beautiful views, a beautiful garden, etc. The color of the water, the crashing waves against the rocks, the flowers blooming made for an unforgettable experience.

Westbound Panama Canal Jan. 27

This was my first trip with Tauck. I have previously travelled with National Geographic, VBT, and Vantage. Our tour leader, the ship, and the canal also great. Most of the "rainforest" visits were disappointing except La Paz. The Manuel Antonio visit walking along a gravel road with power lines overhead and dozens of tourists in sight was bad. Canal transit La Paz Doka coffee plantation Sarchi Ox cart factory

Panama Canal and Costa Rica

This is our 11th trip with Tauck and certainly will not be the last. However, this trip was not up to Tauck's usual standards. The hotel in Panama, the Hilton, was disappointing. There was no snorkeling at Isla Parida, as advertised. The morning walk in Punta Marenco was a boring lecture on the local environment with no fauna sightings. There were 3 memorable events. The Canal crossing, the canal boat cruise in the Gamboa Rainforest, and the rapids river float. The Windstar Star Breeze experience was wonderful, largely due to the extraordinary shipboard staff and their efforts to make our stay a memorable experience.

Panama Canal is great

We took the West Bound Panama Canal trip. We liked the trip, but there were too many filler days and most of us would have preferred a trip of a shorter duration. Going through the canal itself and all the information about the canal and how it was built.

If you are an experienced traveler, this is NOT the trip for you. Too much bus time; too much time spent wandering aimlessly in rundown towns; too little time spent at important sites. This was my third Tauck trip, and to say I was disappointed is an understatement. The only reason I gave it two stars was because the hotels were very nice. The day spent at Yosemite.

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Yosemite and Sequoia: John Muir's California 2023

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  • At his first breathtaking view of Yosemite in 1869
  • young John Muir had a life-changing moment – a surge of euphoria as he wandered
  • overwhelmed in the great natural beauty of a landscape unlike anything he had seen before…Follow Muir's path on Tauck's compelling Yosemite tour that traces his trajectory from San Francisco to the Sierra Nevada
  • embracing Muir Woods
  • Sequoia National Park and his beloved Yosemite
  • experiencing the powerful beauty of glacier-carved mountains
  • soaring redwood and sequoia forests
  • and the story of why they remain for us exactly as he found them.

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  • TAUCK EXCLUSIVE – Filmed vignettes by filmmakers Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan that tell the stories of the history and ideals of the people behind the creation and preservation of the national parks Meet a naturalist from the Sequoia Field Institute to hear stories about John Muir's discovery of the Giant Forest before discovering it yourself on guided walks, drives and a hike to the top of Moro Rock Explore the incredible landscapes of Muir Woods, Sequoia and Yosemite national parks, from the famed Giant Sequoias and redwoods to mountains, lush forests, amazing waterfalls... Discover the night sky over Sequoia National Park as a naturalist guides you through the spectacular constellations that are visible in the absence of "light pollution"

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It's easy to see the world's sights. To stand in long lines, push through the crowds, and generally have the same standard-issue vacation as everyone else. But that's not good enough for us, and it's not good enough for you. We believe that travel should be easy. It should be fun. It should be worth your time and the price you paid. It should re-energize and transform. And above all else, it should be beyond the ordinary. Because how you see the world matters.

In 1882, Herman Tauck arrived in New York City from Germany in search of the American dream. His determination and values were passed on to his son, Arthur Tauck, who would realize that dream. With ingenuity and an innovative spirit, Arthur started Tauck Motor Tours, a travel company that would give birth to a new industry. The first tour, through the back roads of New England, was created by this 27-year-old in 1925. It embodied the same successful formula used by Tauck today: do the right thing. Craft a life-enriching travel experience; provide it at a single all-inclusive price; ensure there is great value for money; and rely on recommendations of satisfied customers to build a following and grow the business.

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Pacific Northwest & California

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From the wilds of Mount St. Helens to the shadow of giants in the Redwoods, fall under the spell of the Pacific Northwest and California. Travel along Oregon’s beautiful coast, making stops at, Yaquina Head Lighthouse, Newport, Bandon and Coos Bay. Explore Oregon's wilderness on a Rogue River cruise. Visit Redwood National Park's Avenue of the Giants. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge and discover the “City by the Bay,” San Francisco. Explore the natural beauty from Seattle to San Francisco.

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  • Mount St. Helens Visitor Center
  • Columbia River Gorge

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  • Embark on a sightseeing tour of Seattle, the "Emerald City."

Explore Oregon’s diverse coast featuring sea stacks and rock formations.

  • Behold the majestic beauty of the Redwood Forest's "Avenue of the Giants."

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  • Visit lively Pike Place Market, Seattle's famous fish and vegetable market.

Venture to Mount St. Helens Visitor Center to learn about its volcanic activity.

Visit Columbia River Gorge and Multnomah Falls.

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Savor a wine-tasting while gazing at views of Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams.

  • Yaquina Head Lighthouse
  • Bandon State Natural Area
  • Rogue River Cruise
  • Redwood National Park
  • Avenue of the Giants
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Add a night in Seattle before your tour begins. Your hotel, the Thompson Seattle, is conveniently located steps away from Pike Place Market on a bustling street lined with cafes, shops and restaurants (the original Starbucks is right around the corner from your hotel). Also within walking distance are museums and local landmarks. Enjoy a guided "Insider's" tour of Pike Place market followed by a visit to the Space Needle and Chihuly Garden and Glass, a monument to art as glass featuring an astounding display of Dale Chihuly's installations.

  • Seattle, Washington
  • Arrive in Seattle, the Emerald City on Puget Sound. Check into your hotel and enjoy time on your own to settle in. A local representative will meet you at the hotel to assist with recommendations on how you can spend your afternoon and evening.
  • After breakfast, join a local guide on a walking tour of the famed Pike Place Market – one of the country’s oldest farmers markets – on Seattle’s bustling waterfront. All of your senses will be engaged as you have fun exploring the historic arcade and winding alleys. Later, travel like a local on Seattle’s Monorail to the Seattle Center. Take your time visiting the Space Needle and Chihuly Garden and Glass – a monument to art as glass featuring an astounding display of Dale Chihuly’s installations. Your entry includes 8 galleries, the central Glasshouse, and a sculpture garden.

Hotel-Hyatt Regency San Francisco Downtown SOMA

Embark on a sightseeing tour of Seattle, the "Emerald City."

Behold the majestic beauty of the Redwood Forest's "Avenue of the Giants."

Visit lively Pike Place Market, Seattle's famous fish and vegetable market.


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Spirit of the Desert: The National Parks of the Southwest

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Stunning landscapes so arresting that they'll live forever in your mind's eye… impossible red rock arches opening before you like grand entryways, offering a sense of endless possibility… canyons and immense cliffs, seemingly carved by a giant to form an island in the sky… fanciful hoodoos come alive while gods and legends linger everywhere… how the human spirit is cheered and fortified by the spirit of the desert. On the ground or by air, explore Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, Zion and Grand Canyon national parks. Fly over the remote reaches of Capitol Reef and see the Grand Canyon from the air en route to Las Vegas. Spend two nights on the Grand Canyon's North Rim for a fresh, "new" perspective of the park, enjoyed by fewer than 10% of park visitors. Enjoy independent sunrise and sunset spirit-of-the-moment experiences in the national parks… and gain insights through filmed vignettes by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan, sharing their own personal stories and of those who shaped the creation of the national parks.

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Peru Galapagos Guided Tour


Private Tauck Shore Excursions in the Galápagos Islands with expert naturalist guides – averaging two daily – for an up-close experience with some of the most unusual and intriguing species in the world


On-Tour Air (5 flights)

All gratuities to Tauck Director, guides, naturalists and ship staff

Exclusive 6-night Galápagos Cruise aboard the expedition ship, Isabela II – with no more than 40 Tauck guests


Active components such as hiking, bicycling and walking longer distances may be included, and hills and/or uneven terrain may be encountered on several days. Guests should be able to walk two to three miles and stand for long periods of time with no difficulty.

Moderately paced, and may include some early morning hotel departures, one or two on-tour flights, and extended motor coach travel.

Cultural journeys and expeditions

Where the timeless natural world of the Galápagos Islands combines with exploration of the ancient empire of the Incas...

See for yourself what small ship cruising is all about, enchanted islands - the galápagos.

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Klaus Fielsch, Product Manager and expert naturalist for our travel partner Metropolitan Touring

Naturalist Klaus Fielsch has spent 20+ years working with Metropolitan Touring, our partner in the Galápagos; he shares his years of experience and insights in an informative, charming 1:00 hour insideTauck video presentation. Learn about life in Ecuador and the Galápagos, as well as wildlife and natural habitats you might see on a cruise to the "Enchanted Islands" – and we've also included a selection of videos, documentaries and podcasts for additional information.

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"Lost" Machu Picchu

Exploring mystical machu picchu in peru's sacred valley.

The abandoned Incan "city" of Machu Picchu in Peru's Andes Mountains is a mystery. No one knows for sure why it was built, some 500 years ago – or why it was deserted. In fact, this ancient citadel was hidden from the western world until Hiram Bingham, an archaeologist from Yale University who was searching for other ruins from the empire of the Incas, stumbled upon it by accident in 1911, and dubbed it the "Lost City of the Incas." Maybe you can figure it out as you explore this amazing maze of a place, with what experts guess was a palace, dungeons, and over 100 staircases.

Sanctuary Lodge, A Belmond Hotel

At the gateway to the inca empire.

The only hotel located at the entrance to Machu Picchu, Sanctuary Lodge, A Belmond Hotel, lets you beat the daily crowds that flock to Peru's centuries-old Inca citadel. Sitting in the shadows of the Lost City, this stylish retreat is an oasis of calm before or after a day exploring Machu Picchu. Unwind with a yoga session, take part in a traditional shaman ceremony in the garden, or sip muña tea in Tampu Bar. Tranquility, wonder and beauty are at the heart of the lodge's unique experience.

An amazing adventure. Machu Picchu was everything it was hyped up to be. It was very special to spend the night up there in a lovely 5 star hotel.

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If you are a U.S. citizen , you will need a passport valid for six months beyond the completion of your Tauck journey for entry into Peru and Ecuador. You do not need a visa for this tour provided that you do not stay in Peru or Ecuador longer than 90 days.

If you are a citizen of another country , you should contact a consulate or embassy of Peru and of Ecuador to determine what travel documentation is required.

You will be issued a boarding card, which you must present before embarking the ship in each port. This security measure also ensures that only Tauck guests are permitted onboard.

We recommend that you make at least two photocopies of all the travel documents that you bring with you. Include copies of the photo page of your passport that contains the date of issuance, the date of expiration and your citizenship. Secure one set of copies in the safe in your room while traveling and leave one set behind with someone at home who will assist you in the event your documents are misplaced, lost or stolen.

To facilitate Travel Requirements, destinations are increasingly utilizing online forms that require digital proof that you've successfully completed your submission (via an email, QR code, etc.) To ensure smooth travels and peace of mind, we strongly recommend all guests carry a personal smart phone and sign up for international data plans before traveling overseas.

Cruise Regulations

International maritime security guidelines require that your passport information be provided to us prior to your embarkation. You need to provide this information to us as soon as you book your cruise or boarding may be denied. Once you board the ship, your passport will be held by the purser until you disembark.

Note: For activities marked with an asterisk (*) in day-by-day descriptions, participation is at your own risk; a signed liability waiver will be required.

TRAVELING WITH CHILDREN AS A GUARDIAN: If you are traveling as the guardian of a child/children, we strongly suggest that you carry a letter from both parents of the child authorizing emergency treatment in the event of illness or accident. For travel abroad, many foreign countries have specific entry requirements for children under 21 who are traveling internationally without BOTH parents. (These requirements are in response to the increased incidence of children being abducted and taken abroad.) PLEASE NOTE THAT TAUCK IS NOT RESPONSIBLE for the disruption of travel caused by improper documentation for children traveling without both parents.

How to Book a Tour

See your travel advisor, or call Tauck at 800-468-2825 to make a reservation.

At the time of booking, please have the following information ready for all members of your party:

  • Tour Name and Departure Date
  • Traveler's Name: First and last names as they appear on your passport or driver's license
  • Traveler's Address(es)
  • Email Address*
  • Traveler's Phone Number(s)*
  • Emergency Contact Information: Please provide the name and phone number  of a relative or friend (not travelling with you) whom we could contact during the tour in the unlikely event of an emergency
  • Interest in purchasing a travel protection plan (US and Canada)
  • Interest in extending your trip by staying in a Tauck recommended hotel before your trip begins or after it ends
  • Interest in our specially negotiated airfares

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Deposits & Final Payment

The deposit and the fees for the optional Protection Plan or Cancel Fee Waiver [CFW] coverage are due at time of booking.

The deposit amount is $1,500 per person

Final Payment is due to Tauck  90  days before departure for lands trips, and  120  days before departure for cruises and rail journeys. If your deposit was made by credit card, final payment will be automatic unless you opted out at time of booking. Bookings without full payment at this time may be subject to cancellation without notice. Failure to make payment will be a considered a cancellation by the guest and all applicable cancellation fees will apply.

Cruise Protection Plan

Effective for plans purchased as of July 1, 2021:

Tauck's Cruise and Event Protection

Tauck's Cruise & Event Protection provides you with cancellation protection before your journey begins as well as insurance benefits while you are traveling. It must be purchased within 10 days of your initial deposit. Guest Protection includes the following:

Cancellation Waiver – Provided by Tauck:

Under Tauck's Cancellation Fee Waiver you can cancel your tour for ANY REASON and Tauck will  reduce the regular cancellation fees outlined herein, provided we are notified of cancellation before your cruise departs. Certain terms and restrictions apply (see below*).

*Extreme Circumstances:  In the event of an act of God, war (whether declared or undeclared), terrorism, accident, natural disaster, outbreak of disease, or other event or circumstance beyond our control that contributes to or results in cancellation rates above our historical cancellation rates in the absence of such event or occurrence, Tauck reserves the right to issue a credit to you in lieu of a money-back refund, applicable to a future Tauck journey.  Travel Insurance Benefits – Underwritten by United States Fire Insurance Company.

  • Trip Cancellation –  Should you cancel for covered reasons, the plan reimburses cancellation fees imposed, up to your total trip cost. 
  • Trip Interruption –  If you have to interrupt your tour for covered reasons, the plan provides reimbursement to catch up to your tour or return home.
  • Travel Delay –  Provides reimbursement for missed, prepaid travel arrangements if you are delayed by a common carrier, natural disaster, unannounced strike, or other reasons as cited in the plan.
  • Medical Expense –  Reimburses covered medical expenses incurred in the event you become injured or sick during your trip. 
  • Baggage / Personal Effects Protection –  Provides reimbursement in the event your luggage or personal effects are, lost, stolen, damaged or delayed during your trip.

Worldwide Emergency Assistance Services –  Provided by Carefree Travel Assistance; 24-hour emergency telephone assistance hotline for medical and travel related problems.

The cost of Tauck's Cruise and Event Protection is:   $799   per person

This plan provides cancellation coverage for your trip and other insurance coverages that apply only during the covered trip. You may have coverage from other sources that provides you with similar benefits but may be subject to different restrictions depending upon your other coverages. You may wish to compare the terms of this policy with your existing life, health, home and automobile policies. If you have any questions about your current coverage, call your insurer, insurance agent or broker.

This optional Cruise and Event Protection must be requested at time of booking and fee must be included in initial payment. Details will be provided with written confirmation of your reservation. Cruise and Event Protection does not protect travel agent commissions. Reimbursements will be made according to original method of payment. The amount of any refund shall be reduced by any recoveries obtained by you from any third parties.

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If You Have To Cancel

If you cancel within 10 days of initial deposit

Within the first 10 days after you place your initial deposit, you may cancel your reservation for any reason with no cancellation fees.

If you cancel more than 10 days after initial deposit

Regardless of reason, cancellations result in costly charges from our travel and hotel providers covering penalties and fees incurred by canceling confirmed bookings. These fees vary from tour to tour. Therefore, the following fees apply for this tour.

Cancellation Fees with Tauck's Cruise Protection Plan:

120 days or more before departure: Loss of cost of Tauck's Cruise and Event Protection fee per person 119 – 60 days before departure: Loss of 25% of the cost of the cruise, not including air (if applicable), plus loss of Cruise and Event Protection fee, per person 59 – 1 days before departure: Loss of 50% of the cost of the cruise, not including air (if applicable), plus loss of Cruise and Event Protection fee, per person Cancellation Fees without Tauck's Cruise Protection Plan: 120 days or more before departure: $1500 per person 119 – 60 days before departure: Loss of 50% of the cost of cruise, not including air (if applicable), per person 59 - 1 days before departure: Loss of 100% of the cost of cruise, not including air (if applicable), per person Time of cancellation will be when notice is received in our Wilton Woods, CT office.

Tour Interruption Fees

If you have to interrupt your tour en route, you may be entitled to a refund for the unused land portion if it exceeds 24 hours; certain restrictions apply. Such refunds are based upon the number of overnights missed less a fee of $40 per person per day for unused transportation and other fixed expenses.

Partial Room Cancellation

A person who cancels or leaves a tour while a roommate remains constitutes a cancellation of one type of accommodation and rebooking of another type of accommodation. The price charged to the remaining person is the new, higher price for the new accommodation.

In the event of an unforeseen circumstance beyond our control, Tauck reserves the right to amend the cancellation and transfer terms outlined herein. Note: All Guests, regardless of residency, who book a Tauck journey have the option of purchasing the Cancellation Waiver provided by Tauck in the event they need to cancel their trip after making their reservations. Tauck's Cruise & Event Protection, which includes both the Cancellation Fee Waiver and the Travel Insurance Benefits and Assistance Services described above, is not available to residents of Puerto Rico.

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Travel Requirements For This Tour

Air Information and Luggage Restrictions

AIRFARE: Airfare to and from this destination is not included in the journey cost. If purchasing your air elsewhere, it is very important to provide us with your confirmed arriving and departing flight information no later than 3 weeks before your arrival date. Flight information can be submitted to Tauck (or verified, if you've already provided it) in the My Account section of

TAUCK AIRPORT TRANSFERS are included at the start and end of the journey between the airport and the Tauck hotel. Airport transfers are available for any pre tour or post tour hotel stays immediately consecutive to the tour, providing flight information is received in the Tauck office no later than three weeks in advance. Details on locating your transfer upon arrival to the tour start city will be included in your final documents.

AIRLINES and CHECKED LUGGAGE: Due to space limitations during your Tauck journey, we ask that you please limit your checked luggage to one average-size suitcase per person. Besides complying with the Tauck restriction noted above, you should also be sure to research and comply with all airline baggage restrictions relating to your flights to and from your Tauck journey. Airlines have become much more strict in enforcing size and weight limits in recent years, and are free to revise luggage policies without notice. Researching and complying with airline luggage restrictions is the responsibility of the guest, and Tauck cannot be held responsible for any costs or disruptions to travel caused by the failure to research and comply with airline policies. PLEASE NOTE that if you are booked on a tour that includes on-tour flights, the checked luggage weight restrictions for these flights may be lower than the weight restrictions for your international flights.

Special Luggage Restrictions for this Tour

Due to space limitations aboard the motor coaches and local aircraft, we urge that only one piece of checked luggage be brought on this trip. Additionally, space constraints and weight limitations aboard the train to Machu Picchu require guests to carry limited personal belongings. Each passenger is restricted to no more than 50 lbs (23 kg) of luggage. Therefore, we will provide you with a duffel bag (roughly 1 ft by 1 ft by 2 ft in overall dimensions, or 30.5 cm by 30.5 cm by 60 cm) to carry your clothing and personal items for your one-night stay in Machu Picchu. Meanwhile, checked luggage will be stored, at the Belmond Monasterio in Cusco during the Machu Picchu excursion and, if desired, the Oro Verde Hotel, in Guayaquil during the cruise. Small carry-on bags are permitted, but Ecuadorian airlines will check large wheeled carry-on's, if desired with the larger luggage. If you reside in the Continental United States the duffel bag will be sent to your home and should arrive approximately two weeks prior to your departure for Peru. Guests residing in Alaska, Hawaii or outside of the U.S will receive their duffels upon arrival in Lima. Each guest is also restricted to one carry-on bag weighing no more than 17 lbs (8 kg).

Checked Luggage – General

Besides complying with the Tauck restriction noted above, you should also be sure to research and comply with all airline baggage restrictions relating to your flights to and from your Tauck journey. Airlines have become much more strict in enforcing size and weight limits in recent years, and luggage exceeding airline standards for size or weight may result in expensive overage fees or other consequences.

Airlines are free to revise luggage policies without notice, and certain airlines have different baggage allowances for different classes of service. Researching and complying with airline luggage restrictions is the responsibility of the guest, and Tauck cannot be held responsible for any costs or disruptions to travel caused by the failure to research and comply with airline policies.

Tauck luggage tags will be provided by your Tauck Director on Day 1 of your itinerary. Please do not attach a Tauck luggage tag to any carry-on items, as the Tauck tags designate luggage that is to be handled and transferred by ground operators and hotel staff during your journey.

Carry-on Luggage - General

Although oversize bags and wheeled, carry-on luggage are popular for airline travel, they are often not convenient or appropriate for motor coach travel or for many on-tour flights. Most modern sightseeing motor coaches offer limited space for numerous or larger items. Space under seats or in the overhead rack is typically small, and designed to accommodate items like coats, hats, purses, and small camera bags, etc. For your day-to-day travel while on tour, we recommend that you limit your hand luggage to a small, soft-sided carry-on piece, and that you bring only those items you need handy during the day such as make-up, medications, cameras, film, etc. Items too large to fit under the motor coach seat or on the overhead rack must be stored in the luggage bays beneath the motor coach, and may be inaccessible during daytime travel.

Health, Safety and Mobility

Tauck Care and Global Response

Keeping our guests safe and secure has always been of paramount importance at Tauck. While we cannot predict or prevent events outside of our control, we have learned to expect the unexpected. In fact, we've planned for it and have safeguards, protocols and teams in place to deal with any eventualities. You'll travel with a comprehensive, built-in support system that starts with the care and local knowledge of our Tauck Directors and extends to our network of partners around the world, including hoteliers and transportation companies.

Our Global Response Team stands ready to respond to situations around the world. Over the past two decades, they have successfully led us through a variety of challenges around the world, from weather events, high and low water on rivers, work stoppages and more. We are well prepared for Covid. We provide assurance and comfort in knowing that help is readily available if and when it's ever needed.

Enhanced Covid Protocols:

Tauck has worked closely with our supplier partners around the world to deliver the comfort and safety you expect. To learn more about the enhanced protocols we have put in place for Covid, please visit: .

To fully enjoy this tour's itinerary, participants must be in good health. This is a rigorous tour and you need to be in good physical condition with good balance as the terrain varies from sandy beaches to uneven lava and rocks. Proper walking shoes with ankle support are essential. You may want to bring a walking stick – there are a few available on board Isabela II for the Galápagos section of your journey. Walks range from 1 to 2 mi (3 to 6 km) in length and last from 1.5 to 2.5 hours.

You will spend several days touring at high altitudes in Peru [especially Cusco at 11,200 ft (3,414 m)]. At these altitudes some visitors may suffer varying degrees of altitude sickness, including nausea. We have found that some guests may be more affected by the altitude than others. Medications are available to prevent altitude sickness, and we urge you to speak with your physician prior to your departure from home to discuss prophylaxis for safe travel.

All ship-to-shore transfers use Zodiacs or Pangas (capacity 9 to 12 persons). Occasionally you will get wet with spray. Some wet landings require guests to wade through knee-high deep coastal water.

There are three decks on Isabela II ; however, there is no elevator.

AN IMPORTANT NOTE ON SUPPLEMENTAL OXYGEN AND MOBILITY ISSUES:  This Tauck itinerary cannot accommodate oxygen tanks, wheelchairs or motorized scooters.  Oxygen tanks are strictly prohibited in many foreign countries on regional flights aboard small aircraft, such as those intra-tour flights featured on this Tauck journey.  Likewise, the very limited cargo capacity on such flights prohibits the transport of wheelchairs or motorized scooters.

Guests should also bear in mind that the infrastructure in many foreign countries, particularly in developing countries, often presents severe and even insurmountable challenges for those with walking difficulties or other mobility issues.  The responsibility of the Tauck Director is to ensure that the larger group enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing individual assistance to any one guest.  Guests requiring such individualized assistance must be accompanied by an able-bodied companion who can provide it.

Isabela II does not have mechanical stabilizers because the water around the Galápagos Islands is very calm. However, the ship has a rounded hull that helps minimize rocking. We travel between the various islands so the areas in which we cruise are sheltered. If you are prone to seasickness, bring a non–drowsy, over-the-counter, anti-nausea medication. Anti-nausea wristbands are also a good idea. The anti-nausea patch is NOT recommended for use in the islands as it tends to impair vision in direct sunlight.

Bottled water is available throughout the trip, both in Peru and Ecuador, on board Isabela II and during onshore excursions.

Guests bringing a quantity of medication with them are advised to carry a doctor's certificate to avoid possible problems with customs officials.

Smoking is not permitted in any interior space on board Isabela II.  Smoke and open fire will activate the smoke detectors. Smoking is allowed on Deck 2 forward the stern only, and there are ashtrays placed in specific exterior deck areas. Please do not throw your cigarettes overboard, as it is a violation of international maritime pollution laws and they can easily be blown back onto the ship. Please refrain from smoking on shore and in shore excursion vehicles and ship tenders. Smoking is also not permitted on the motor coaches. These regulations pertain to e-cigarettes as well.

The only islands with bathroom facilities are San Cristobal and Baltra, where there are visitor centers and airports. We will be returning back to the ship for lunch and dinner, and Zodiacs or Pangas will travel back and forth to the ship during shore excursions.

The infirmary on Isabela II is staffed by a licensed Ecuadorian doctor. If you avail yourself of his/her services, a charge will be posted to your personal shipboard account. Isabela II is registered in Ecuador. Please check with your insurer to determine if coverage applies while you are traveling, and purchase appropriate travel insurance if necessary.

If you are traveling as the guardian of a child or children, we strongly suggest you bring along a letter from both parents of the child authorizing any emergency treatment, as medical facilities may require permission from the child's parent or parents.

If you have a medical condition that might limit your participation in activities, please consult your physician for pre-departure health advice and notify us as soon as possible, if you have not already done so. We will advise your Tauck Director accordingly.


Visit our COVID-19  Travel Requirements  page to learn about Tauck's universal vaccination requirement and destination-specific COVID policies.

Some of the countries visited on this itinerary may require travelers to provide proof of vaccination against certain diseases in order to enter the country.  These requirements are subject to frequent change as outbreaks occur and subside in different areas, and it is therefore crucial that you obtain the very latest information on entry requirements as you prepare for your journey.

For the most current information, please consult the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by clicking here  and the World Health Organization (WHO) by clicking here . You may also wish to visit the web sites for the embassies of the countries you will be visiting.  Besides providing details on vaccination requirements, these sites can also provide information on vaccinations that may be recommended (but aren't required) and other potential health issues for which no vaccines are available.

Any decisions relating to your health, of course, should not be based solely on information provided by a web site.  It is critically important that you consult with your personal physician prior to your journey to obtain any required vaccinations and to review any optional recommendations offered by the CDC or other sources.

Please be sure to discuss your journey with your physician at least four to six weeks in advance of your departure, as certain vaccinations take time to become fully effective.  Also, be certain to ask your physician for proof of any vaccinations you receive, and to pack this proof along with your other travel documents in your carry-on luggage (not in your checked luggage).

Researching and complying with vaccination entry requirements for the countries visited on this itinerary is the responsibility of the traveler and not Tauck. Tauck is therefore not responsible for any expenses incurred or disruptions to travel caused by improper or incomplete vaccinations, or by the failure to provide proof of required vaccinations.

If you do not obtain the necessary vaccinations and proper documentation, you may be denied entry into one or more countries, or temporarily quarantined until the necessary vaccinations are administered, or until proper documentation is provided.


The restaurants, hotels, caterers and numerous other partners we work with all do their best to accommodate special dietary requests from Tauck guests. However, given the diverse nature of those food providers (from small wineries to grand hotels to world-famous restaurants in more than 70 countries worldwide), some of our partners are better able than others to accommodate such requests. We therefore cannot guarantee that all dietary requests can be accommodated at every meal. Also, please note that where dietary requests can be accommodated, choices will frequently be limited.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued a guidance letter that requires airlines and travel agents to disclose to consumers countries that require the use of insecticides by airlines. Please click  here for more information.

Reading List

We have compiled a reading list of recommended books to give you more information about the destinations you will be traveling to on your upcoming journey!

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The Peruvian coast is generally sunny and hardly ever receives any rain, but from April to November there is a heavy sea mist. The highlands have a wet season (October to April) and a dry season (May to September), when the days are clear and sunny but cold at night especially at higher altitudes.

The Galápagos Islands lie almost on the equator about 650 miles (1,046 kilometers) west of the coast of Ecuador. The islands have an unusual climate in view of their proximity to the equator; rainfall is low and temperatures are lower than would be expected. There are no extremes of heat or cold, and temperatures range from 75° to 86°F (24° to 30°C) year round. The weather is hot and sunny in the islands and sea temperatures average 67° to 72°F (19° to 22°C). For guests planning on swimming, most swimming takes place at midday hours. Although there is more rain on the larger islands which are hilly (such as Seymour Island), rainfall is low at sea level and comes during the months of January to April. Light drizzle and even fog, however, are not uncommon at other times of the year.

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This is a very casual tour.  Dressy clothing is not required for the farewell dinner.  You may, however, want to bring one dressy outfit for our dinner at a private home on Night 2.  Most important are comfortable walking shoes with ankle support for walks over rocky, uneven terrain.  You will also need reef shoes or aqua shoes for beach landings. Your feet will get wet.  Bring a windbreaker, sweater or jacket for the cool nights at sea.

Bring a bathing suit for swimming and snorkeling (snorkeling equipment is provided or you can bring your own).  If you use a prescription snorkeling mask, you will need to bring it with you.  A wetsuit is recommended for snorkeling in September and October, as the water tends to be cooler.  Shortie wet suits are provided on the ship for your convenience.

To assist in early morning wake-ups, we suggest bringing a compact, battery operated alarm clock. You can also arrange a wake-up call while on board. 

A small backpack will be very useful during Galapagos shore excursions and our visit to Machu Picchu.

IMPORTANT: Sundries and toiletries are difficult to find in the Galapagos Islands.  Provided for you in your stateroom are biodegradable shampoo, body wash and a bar of soap.

Consider packing a number of garment combinations you can mix and match over four or five days before needing to do laundry. There are no guest laundry facilities available aboard ship, only a clothes dryer to dry wet clothing. 

Beyond your normal wardrobe and personal grooming items, we suggest you also bring along:

  • Comfortable walking shoes (VERY IMPORTANT!)
  • Rain gear (lightweight slicker)
  • Sunscreen, sunhat, lip balm with SPF 15 or higher
  • Travel alarm clock/cell phone with alarm function
  • Small flashlight
  • Prescription medicines (an adequate supply to last your entire journey), and written copies of your prescriptions from your doctor.  While it may be possible to refill prescriptions during your journey, the availability of refills cannot be guaranteed.  What's more, refilling prescriptions in foreign countries can be difficult and time-consuming.
  • Insect repellent
  • Swimming attire
  • Teva-style sandals or water shoes
  • Seasickness / high altitude medication
  • Reusable zipper lock bags or other waterproof bags for cameras during ship-to-shore transfers
  • Antibacterial lotion
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We recommend that you pack any prescription medicines (an adequate supply for your entire journey) along with your travel documents and a change of clothing in your carry-on bag, in order to minimize any inconvenience should your luggage be lost or delayed.  We also recommend, for your peace of mind and personal security, that all expensive jewelry and other valuables be left at home.

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