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June 17, 2002
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GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

METROPOLITAN TOURING INTRODUCES GALAPAGOS
FAMILY-TRAVEL CRUISES IN JULY WITH A 50% DISCOUNT
FOR CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS UNDER 18

In July, Metropolitan Touring is introducing its first family-travel cruises in the Galapagos Islands. Its year-round 50% discount for children under 12 is being extended to include teenagers under age 18 on two family-travel sailings scheduled on the Isabela II, a 40-passenger yacht, from July 9 to 16 and on the Santa Cruz, the 90-passenger flagship, from July 18-22.


On the isolated Galapagos Islands, 600 miles offshore from Ecuador, families can experience the wonder of close contact with creatures found nowhere else on earth. Giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, iguanas, sea lions, frigate birds, penguins, flightless cormorants and other wildlife are unafraid of humans and can be seen and photographed at close range.

Family-travel coordinators aboard the vessels design activities to enhance the wildlife experience and allow the entire family to share quality time. The cruises provide child-friendly nature walks and activities, special children's menus, early meal times and healthy snacks. Children learn about conservation, bio-diversity and other topics through games, videos and interactive programs providing a truly educational eco-tourism experience. Shore excursions include nature walks of various lengths, swimming, snorkeling with sea lions, rides in a glass-bottom boat and in pangas (Zodiacs), and time for close encounters with abundant wildlife and enjoying the beaches.

Rates for family-travel cruises of $1,202.00 to $2,070.00 per adult, double occupancy, on the four-night sailing and $2,955.00 for the seven-night itinerary include accommodations, all meals, activities and sightseeing excursions, guide and lecture services, and airport transfers. The 50% discount applies to children age six through 17. The minimum age for travel to the Galapagos is six.

For more information call (800) 527-2500 or visit http://www.metropolitan-touring.com.

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