We’ve got a crush on the Galapagos Islands. It’s a dream family vacation with education, adventure and animals galore, found in a country bursting with cultural and natural riches. When a longtime client asked us for suggestions for her trip to the Galapagos with kids, we jumped at the opportunity to help.
Our client recently finalized her trip plans and will spend spring break in Quito and the Galapagos Islands. Additionally, our Managing Editor, Amie, and her family set sail this Thanksgiving with Lindblad Expeditions, and I am scheduled to cruise in June 2015 as part of a three-week Ecuador adventure.
We know what families need on a vacation and what questions to ask to evaluate if an experience really is family-friendly. We provide our trip planning services in Italy, France, Ireland, Scotland, England, Switzerland, Germany, the U.S., the Caribbean, and the list goes on.
In regions or countries where we’re experienced — but not experts — or where the infrastructure dictates guided versus independent travel, both true for the Galapagos, we can help you vet and find the right tour operator for your vacation. This is a free service.
We’ve personally experienced the top family tour operators on family trips around the world, including African safaris, European family bike trips, small-ship cruising in Alaska and Peru, multi-country Southeast Asia vacations, desert sand dune trekking in Morocco, multi-sport adventures in Costa Rica, and now the Galapagos.
Beyond our upcoming Galapagos cruises, we have a wealth of experience in Ecuador. I lived in Quito, Ecuador, for two years and traveled the country from top to bottom, literally on top of trains and buses (not recommended with kids). Next year’s Galapagos cruise will be my second trip to the islands. I’ll spend another two weeks volunteering, staying at a hacienda, rediscovering Quito with kids, and biking and hiking in the adventure capital of Ecuador.
Much of the work in planning a vacation is the initial research to find out when, where, how much and what’s of interest. In the scenario where Ciao Bambino refers a client to a tour operator, we’ll do the initial legwork for you. We’ll give you our tour operator recommendation(s) and then you’ll work with the tour operator to plan your trip.
Ciao Bambino is a leading family travel planning site. We offer tips, advice and recommendations on our blog to get families excited about a destination … and then our team of family travel experts make travel dreams reality. When we send our clients to tour operators, we receive a referral fee to compensate us for our time. This referral fee does not affect the rate provided to the client, i.e. pricing is as if the client booked on his/her own, with all the bonus of our assistance, legwork and advice.
Our system is a win for everyone involved, and we love knowing that our clients are in the very best hands!
We can help! Ciao Bambino’s Family Vacation Consulting Team can work with you to find the tour operator that best fits your family’s vacation style. Request assistance on our Connect with a Travel Advisor page.
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This is a challenging time for our clients given the uncertainty around the spread of coronavirus, particularly for those with near-term travel plans in impacted areas. We’re working with our suppliers on being flexible with their booking conditions, and enabling families to postpone travel to a later date without a penalty, when possible. Likewise, given the unpredictability around destinations that may be impacted in the future, we’re helping clients planning new trips and understand ways that they can protect themselves until the situation improves. We are ready to help our clients work through questions and concerns.