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Set out on this expedition June 8-17, 2014 with paleoanthropologist Bill Kimbel and cosmologist Lawrence Krauss. Kimbel is the Director of the Institute of Human Origins and, as a two-time leader of this tour, is the ideal guide to the Galápagos’ “laboratory of evolution.” As Director of the The Origins Project at ASU and author of both scientific and popular books on the origins of the universe, Lawrence Krauss will fascinate travelers with an understanding of the heavens and the earth’s place within it.
The Galápagos Islands will forever be linked with Charles Darwin and his groundbreaking ideas about evolution. As in Darwin’s time, this remarkable archipelago amazes visitors with its diverse array of animal and plant life and volcanic landscape. Isolated from the mainland for millions of years, it is that rare wilderness where animals have no instinctive fear of humans, and the night sky is untouched by city lights. It remains one of the world’s last wild places.
Share the voyage aboard the 40-passenger Isabella II, a 125-foot luxury cruise ship built in 2000 especially for exploring the Galápagos archipelago. The ship features delicious cuisine, excellent facilities, and rooms with private showers/bathrooms. The cruise itinerary allows travelers to take advantage of this extraordinary wildlife sanctuary. You will have the opportunity to go on nature walks with local naturalists and swim, snorkel, or explore the waters by kayak or Zodiac. A fitness room, sundeck, and Jacuzzi feed your need to relax after a day exploring the islands. An onboard chef provides scrumptious meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) for the group each day of the cruise, and the captain and crew make sure that travelers have every amenity at their fingertips. Each evening during the cruise, our two experts will lead informal talks about Darwin and the Galapagos, human origins and evolution, and the origins of the universe. Learn about Darwin’s voyage and understand Darwin’s discoveries and the effect this new knowledge had on him and the history of the world through short evening discussions by Bill Kimbel. Lawrence Krauss will guide discussions of the night sky, current ideas about the origins of the universe, and how our home, the Earth, fits into understanding the cosmos.
Families with children over aged 10 are welcome.
Double occupancy cost: $6,659 per person,* plus a $2,500 gift per adult to the Institute of Human Origins and The Origins Project at ASU.**
Single supplement is an additional $5,117.
A deposit of $1,000 is requested immediately to hold your reservation or by April 1, 2013 (see payment schedule below).***
*Cost is based on current exchange rates. Single supplement is an additional $5,117 (due to the ship size and availability of berths). If you are a single traveler and would like to share a cabin to avoid paying the single supplement, please let us know and we will make every effort to match you with another single traveler.
**Your gift will be deposited with the ASU Foundation for a New American University, a separate nonprofit organization that exists to support ASU. Gifts in support of ASU are subject to foundation policies and fees. Please consult with your tax advisor regarding the deductibility of charitable contributions.
***Your reservation is not confirmed until the deposit has been paid. Due to the high demand for this trip, all travelers are first-come, first-served by payment of deposit.