In 1986, a Notre Dame alumnus, Eduardo Diez and his wife Dolores Gangotena, pioneered high-end adventure cruises in the remote Galapagos Islands with his company Quasar Expeditions.
Celebrate this 30 year milestone with other Notre Dame alumni, as we invite you to be marvelled by the Galapagos Islands on a 7 night itinerary aboard the M/Y Grace. Guests will enjoy a short extension in the colonial city of Quito, the World’s First Unesco World Heritage Site, before venturing into the land of Darwin.
For a period in their history, the Galapagos Islands were known around the world as the “Enchanted Isles”.
There is a mysterious and fascinating serenity that can be sensed while navigating these waters. For thousands of years, countless species have evolved and adapted to these treacherous lands and, despite the extremely limited resources, they have made the Galapagos their home.
It is only when we immerse ourselves in this remarkable archipelago, that we are able to fully comprehend what captivated Charles Darwin to formulate a new understanding of the origins of life.
Dragons that dive to over 30 feet beneath the waves in search for food, flightless birds that swim and fish underwater like bullet torpedo's and prehistoric giant tortoises with elephant-like feet that once roamed the earth with dinosaurs, are just a small fraction of the nearly 9,000 species, most found nowhere else in the world, that make the Galapagos Islands a haven for life.
There is no doubt the Galapagos archipelago is a living laboratory, for scientists, naturalists and passionate travelers, and should be preserved for future generations.
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The University of Notre Dame, through its Alumni Association, is pleased to provide this service of facilitating travel opportunities for its Alumni and Friends. We strive to work with the nest partners to make available interesting and enriching travel options for the Notre Dame family. Please note that the University does not conduct tours, nor does it act as an agent for guests interested in tours. The Alumni Association acts as a facilitator with tour operators, with whom tour participants make arrangements for completing travel. We are pleased to act as liaison with tour operators should you have any questions or concerns that may arise before, during, or after your tour. The Alumni Association encourages you to familiarize yourself thoroughly with the tour operator’s cancellation and refund policies, and also to investigate available services such as trip cancellation insurance. The University is not responsible for changes to trips or travel arrangements, nor for losses or additional expenses resulting from travel. The Alumni Association reserves the right to withdraw its affiliation with any individual tour should conditions warrant.