THE LUX LIFE (RELAIS & CHATEAUX)

Why a multi-generational family trip to Galapagos offers something for all ages, by Kimberly Bloom

AUTHOR The Ecoventura Team

Family reunion? Anniversary? Annual family trip? Milestone birthday? Or just because? A multigenerational trip to the Galapagos with Ecoventura is perfect for your special occasion or celebration. Not, of course, that you need any specific reason to book a trip to see this stunning archipelago with your loved ones!

Following a trip with Ecoventura to the Galapagos Islands with her family, US travel writer Kimberly Bloom explains why such a trip is ideal for families of all generations.

Traveling with a wide range of ages can be challenging. On a typical multigenerational trip, there is so much to navigate, organize and schedule – it is NOT an easy undertaking. Find lodging that meets everyone’s needs? Lots of work. Rent a house and cook? Time-consuming to shop for food and prepare meals. Stay in a hotel and eat out? Difficult to find reservations for large groups and restaurants suitable for all. Plan activities? Tough to find something everyone will enjoy. Even basic logistics like transfers can be problematic, spending hours finding a vehicle large enough for the group, or having to rent more than one.

So say goodbye to all the hassle – a multigenerational trip with Ecoventura is a breeze!

Absolutely everything is included and arranged for you, with the exception of your mainland flights. The Ecoventura team will even handle your inter-island flights! So, when you choose a multigenerational trip with Ecoventura on the Origin or Theory, all you need to do is wake up each day, enjoy the gorgeous scenery, and create beautiful memories with your family.

Here are the indisputable reasons to choose Ecoventura for your family’s multigenerational trip to the Galapagos Islands:

It’s easy, comprehensive, and all-inclusive: a stellar, stress-free vacation.

A cruise with Ecoventura on the luxury yachts Origin and Theory is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. And the team make it so easy to arrange a multigenerational trip. From your first interaction, Ecoventura’s staff will work with you to find the right timing, itinerary, and cabins to ensure you and your family have the absolute best experience. The per person rate on these Relais & Chateaux vessels includes accommodation in a deluxe stateroom, all meals, snacks and drinks, wifi, guided excursions twice daily, evening briefings and lectures, use of wet suits and snorkelling gear, and transfers between the airport and islands.

Ecoventura will also help with inter-island flights, hotel accommodation the night before your cruise, and Galapagos Park entrance fees. Packing lists, book suggestions, and pre-trip reminders make it simple to prepare, making it an effortless, stress-free way to plan a trip to experience the beautiful Galapagos Islands. No debates, disagreements or disappointments for multigenerational families! While on board, the Origin and Theory crews make sure that you are comfortable and happy whilst catering to your every need. You pack and arrive, and the rest of the time is pure fun. You will visit stunning sites and see a plethora of wildlife. It doesn’t get better than that!

There is something for everyone; opportunities for time together and time apart.

Ecoventura’s itineraries offer a range of activities and are structured to keep entire families active and engaged. Each day there are two guided hikes and the option (depending on the location) of one or two snorkel sessions, kayaking, paddle boarding or a zodiac or glass-bottom boat tour. Ecoventura recognizes the wide range of guest abilities and can tailor options based on your family.

If a hike is too long or strenuous for grandkids or grandparents, they will arrange an alternative, perhaps a shorter or less steep hike. Your teenagers want to snorkel but others in your family do not? Perhaps the alternative of a zodiac tour. No desire to kayak or paddle board? Perhaps a glass-bottom boat tour or time relaxing on the yacht enjoying the beautiful views. This approach is perfect for a multi-generational family trip. There is fun for all ages and everyone gets to experience the beauty of the Galapagos, but in a way that best fits with their desires and abilities. Plenty of experiences together, but for those times you choose different activities, you all come back together later in the day to swap stories and enjoy each other’s company.

And there are many special activities for children. Paddle-boarding, pizza-making, ceviche-making, games, a party night, and much more will keep the younger ones in your family occupied while you have some adult time to relax or socialize.

Luxury yachts and amenities that provide comfort for all.

Ecoventura’s yachts are gorgeous, well-designed, and spacious with spectacular views throughout. The air-conditioned cabins offer comfy beds, plush towels, bathrobes and slippers, and large windows with stunning views. For families, there are the options of connecting cabins or setting up a triple room. There are numerous communal areas where views abound including a lovely dining room, comfortable lounge, seating areas in the bridge and stern, and a spacious sun deck with lunch tables, a bar area, and outdoor shower. Even a small gym and library area if you need some me time!

The crew caters to multigenerational families. Adventurous foodies? Picky eaters? Food allergies or preferences are accommodated. Ecoventura takes care of everything so you can concentrate on fun.

Relaxing, quality time together.

Most importantly, because Ecoventura ensures that everything is under control and the details are taken care of, you can focus on making beautiful memories with your family. Time to relax, explore, learn, and experience all the Galapagos has to offer while sharing endless bonding time. A walk on the beach. A snorkel. A hike. Relax on the deck of the sumptuous yacht. Savor the stunning sunsets.

Share the beauty, appreciate the world together, and enjoy the moments. During my family’s trip with Ecoventura, our yacht had two families traveling with three generations, ranging in age from 12 to 85 years old. One family consisted of a grandmother, aunt and granddaughter/niece and the other family consisted of grandparents, parents, and 2 grandchildren/children. Every single guest raved about their experience aboard the Origin. It was beautiful to see the memories being created. And when you choose a family departure, your children will have the chance to meet other children on your cruise. All three families and their children from our Ecoventura adventure have kept in touch! Schedule your multigenerational trip now and create beautiful memories to last a lifetime.

For more details, or to book your multigeneration trip, don’t hesitate to contact us or get in touch with the team – we look forward to welcoming you and your family on board!