Explor-Tours opens bookings, launches website

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Dick WestDick West launched a website for his new company, Explor-Tours, and began taking bookings for the Galapagos cruises and the Ecuador and Peru add-ons that the new firm offers.

The site, at www.explor-tours.com, shows the inaugural trip as a 12-day cruise-tour that includes a Galapagos sailing and an Ecuador land portion departing Jan. 23. Several early booking discounts are offered on 2012 trips.

Galapagos beachTo locate itinerary and pricing information, click the Galapagos, Ecuador or Peru links on the home page. Agents also can call or email for details, (855) 397-5671 or [email protected]. The site has a booking request form for consumers, but it advises customers to book through a travel agent.

Cruise-tours range from five to 12 nights with fares starting at about $4,500 per person, based on itinerary. Fares do not include air.

West, whose family operated the small-ship line Cruise West until its bankruptcy filing in the fall of 2010, had anticipated he'd start selling Explor-Tour packages last summer. Delays in launching the website, however, postponed the launch, he said. Explor-Tours does not operate its own ships. Rather it is selling inventory on small vessels already operating in the Galapagos.

For cruise news and updates, follow Donna Tunney on Twitter @dttravelweekly.

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