Follow in Darwin's footsteps on a luxury Galapagos break
Earlier this month, the 204th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth rekindled discussion about his famous theory of evolution.
It is some 154 years since his famous book, 'On the Origin of Species', was first published, in which he detailed the process of natural selection.
Many of the observations that informed this theory of evolution were made not in Darwin's birthplace, England, but in the Galapagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador, South America.
It was here that Darwin discovered incredible creatures that were related to those on the mainland, but that had developed unique characteristics.
And today you can follow in Darwin's footsteps by taking a trip to the Galapagos to witness first hand these amazing endemic species on Scott Dunn's 'The Galapagos in Style' vacation.
But unlike the naturalist, who would have enjoyed rough and ready conditions aboard HMS Beagle, you will be living in the lap of luxury on one of the finest expedition vessels in the Pacific, the Eclipse.
This 210-foot luxury cruiser with staterooms accommodating 48 passengers will take you to the heart of the volcanic islands, where you will be led by expert guides to the habitats of creatures like blue-footed boobies and giant tortoises.
While these might have been used as foodstuffs by the crew of the Beagle, you will merely be observing, as there will be plenty of delicious food awaiting back on the boat - not to mention that the Galapagos is now a protected national park.
The trip also includes some time spent on the mainland in the capital, Quito, where you will be free to stroll among the cobbled streets of the old town and take in the sight of the breathtaking Andean peaks surrounding the city.
These two nights in bustling Quito also provide a fascinating contrast to the remoteness of the Galapagos, of which 97 per cent is protected land.
For a vacation you literally cannot enjoy anywhere else, visit the unique Galapagos.