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Save Money, Save the Planet: Cost-effective Eco Travel with the Whole Family

Save Money, Save the Planet:

Cost-effective Eco Travel with the Whole Family


Tahoe City, CA > As families gear up for their summer vacations, AdventureSmith Explorations is offering eco-friendly adventures at family-friendly prices on select departures to Alaska and the Galapagos. And best of all, through the company’s Carbon Free campaign, each traveler’s carbon footprint is calculated and offset by investments in climate friendly projects around the world.


Alaska: Three Ways for Families to Save

  1. On a nine-day Alaska Family Safari, families explore their way through Alaska's diverse wilderness in style, visiting the original and recently renovated Kenai Riverside Lodge, exploring the vast wilderness of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, and enjoying an in-depth deluxe camping adventure in Denali National Park. On any 2009 Alaska Family Safari, kids aged six to 18 years old travel for 50% off the regular youth price. Rates for adults are $3,995; rates for kids are $1,748 (50% the regular youth price).


  1. If exploration by sea is the preferred method of travel, AdventureSmith Explorations is offering 25% off a full charter cruise aboard the 12-passenger yacht Discovery. At $375 per person, per day, it’s the perfect option for extended families or two to three families traveling together, to enjoy a blend of luxury, comfort and utility with active and personalized exploration of Alaska’s Prince William Sound, viewing glaciers, fjords and abundant wildlife, with daily hiking and kayaking adventures. Rates are $4500 per day (25% off the regular charter rate) and include the fully crewed, 12-passenger Discovery plus accommodations, meals and guided excursions.


  1. Also by sea, kids under 12 save 25% and adults save $500 each on the eight-day Alaska Kids in Nature Cruise, departing June 19, 2009 aboard the 36-passenger Safari Explorer. Utilizing a luxury yacht as a schoolhouse, a naturalist as the teacher, and the wildlife-rich waters of Alaska's Inside Passage as a laboratory, kids and adults alike will certainly enjoy this style of learning. Families explore Alaska’s rugged landscape by kayak, hop shore-to-shore by Zodiac, hike among ancient glacial ice and temperate rain forests, enjoy a full-scale picnic and hot springs excursion, view whales and other sea life, try their hand at fishing and crabbing, and listen to the musical antics of marine life via an underwater hydrophone. This is an exceptional experience for the entire family at exceptional savings. Adult rates start at $5,395 (not including $500 savings); kids under 12 save 25% off the regular adult rate.


The Galapagos Islands: Four Ways for Families to Save

  1. Kids aged six to18 years old save 50% on 11-day Galapagos Family Cruises, departing July 1-11, 2009 or July 22-August 1, 2009 aboard the luxurious 40-passenger yacht La Pinta. Each departure incorporates the company’s “Young Pirates Program,” designed for children six to 12 years old to fully absorb the Galapagos at their own pace. Young guests will enjoy a different educational approach with children only activities, special meals, interpretative recreational materials and books. The vessel is also specially outfitted to accommodate families, with six cabins conveniently connected to each other and four triple cabins. It’s the perfect blend of discovering the Galapagos Islands on a family oriented expedition aboard a luxurious 40-passenger yacht, while saving money. Rates for adults are $6,095 (50% for kids) per person, double occupancy.
  2. Kids age 11 and under save 50% on select summer family cruises to the Galapagos Islands aboard the 36-passenger yacht Evolution. Each 11-day, family departure is designed with younger travelers in mind, with naturalist programs, shore landings, meals and presentations geared to help families appreciate the nature and wildlife of the Galapagos Islands. Galapagos Family Cruises aboard the Evolution depart June 18-28, July 2-12, July 9-19, July 23-Aug 2, July 30-Aug 9 and Aug 13-23, 2009. Adult rates start at $5,595 per person (50% for kids), double occupancy.
  3. Families seeking an intimate and affordable exploration of the Galapagos Islands will appreciate a cruise this summer aboard the 20-passenger yacht Flamingo.  Her small size and outstanding guides have made this AdventureSmith Explorations’ most popular Galapagos Family Cruise. Kids age six to 17 receive 15% off on all summer family Galapagos cruises from June 5 through August 21, 2009 aboard the Flamingo. Adult rates start at $4,245 per person (15% off for kids), double occupancy.
  4. Children 16 and under cruise two-for-the-price-of-one on all summer Galapagos Family Cruises aboard the 48-passenger yacht Eclipse. For families traveling with one child only, AdventureSmith Explorations will apply the same discount of 50%. Family cruises are scheduled weekly aboard the Eclipse from June 11 through August 20, 2009. Adult rates start at $5,995 per person, double occupancy.


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About AdventureSmith Explorations
AdventureSmith Explorations specializes in small ship cruise expeditions and wilderness tours. Company founder Todd Smith pioneered the concept of wilderness cruising – combining the comforts of a small cruise ship with the adventure of sea kayaking and exploring ashore in remote wilderness areas. Founded in 2003, AdventureSmith Explorations strives to create connections with the world's exotic natural environments and native cultures through travel, combining fun and exciting activities such as sea kayaking, hiking, small ship cruising and rafting in places not found on more conventional itineraries; extraordinary, off-the-beaten-path places in such destinations as Alaska, the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Belize, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Guatemala, the Arctic, Antarctica and New Zealand.


In addition to the company’s Carbon Free Cruising campaign, it is AdventureSmith’s mission to give something back to the individuals, communities and environments encountered on every trip through connecting travelers with a network of grassroots and global nonprofit partners worldwide including the Alaska Natural History Association, Neotropica Foundation, and Galapagos Conservancy, among others.


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