Galápagos

  • 10 days
  • Explore by Zodiac, kayak, snorkeling, and hiking with a team of naturalists aboard the National Geographic Endeavour or Islander

Expedition Details

 

The Galápagos Archipelago, Darwin's living laboratory, is home to an abundance of wildlife. Isolated from the mainland for millions of years, it is that rare wilderness where animals have no instinctive fear of humans. Traveling aboard the National Geographic Endeavour or National Geographic Islander, experience up close encounters with unique species such as flightless cormorants, marine iguanas, and domed giant tortoises.

Trip Highlights

    • Snorkel amid shimmering fish, sea turtles, penguins, and playful sea lions.
    • Cruise to pristine islands and walk among colonies of animals and birds unfazed by your presence.
    • Observe rare giant tortoises at the Charles Darwin Research Station.
    • Explore the waters of the Galápagos by kayak, glass-bottom boat (Endeavour only), or Zodiac.

Itinerary - 10 Days

Day 1 — U.S./Guayaquil, Ecuador

Depart for Guayaquil and upon arrival, transfer to our hotel.
Hotel Hilton Colón

Day 2 — Guayaquil/Galápagos

This morning, fly to the Galápagos Islands and board our comfortable expedition ship. During lunch, we begin our exploration of the islands and their diverse wildlife.
National Geographic Endeavour or National Geographic Islander
(B,L,D)

Days 3 through 8 — Exploring Galápagos

In keeping with the nature of an expedition, our itinerary is flexible, allowing you to take advantage of this extraordinary wildlife sanctuary. You will have the opportunity to go on nature walks with local naturalists; swim; snorkel; or explore the waters by kayak, glass-bottom boat (Endeavour only), or Zodiac.
(B, L, D daily)

Listed below are some of the islands we may visit during our expeditions:*

Isla Bartolomé
Walk to the top of Bartolomé's volcanic cone for a stunning view of Pinnacle Rock and the surrounding white sand beaches. You may also have the opportunity to swim with Galápagos penguins.

Isla Santiago
Follow a path along a series of tide pools and underwater caverns in search of Galápagos fur seals, marine iguanas, sea lions, and Sally Lightfoot crabs.

Isla Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz is home to the Charles Darwin Research Station, a breeding station for endangered native species. Learn about the Darwin Foundation and their giant Galápagos tortoise breeding program. Later, travel into the highlands where wild tortoises forage.

Isla Isabela
Spend the early morning on the lookout for dolphins, whales, sea turtles, and the unusual ocean sunfish, the Mola mola. Explore caves and hidden lagoons by Zodiac, and snorkel among sea turtles.

Isla Floreana
At Champion Islet, snorkel among sea lions, or peer into an underwater world in a glass-bottom boat (Endeavour only) while keeping an eye out for the endangered Floreana Mockingbird. Those interested can visit Post Office Bay—if you see a letter addressed to someone who lives near you, the tradition is to deliver it by hand.

Isla Fernandina
Discover the marine iguana haven of Punta Espinoza as we hike over lava flows. Galapagos hawks and sea lion nurseries are also found as we explore this island.

Isla Española
See Darwin's finches, boobies, and waved albatross on this birder's paradise. Walk among vivid green and red marine iguanas, and observe sea lions up close on a pristine white-sand beach.

Day 9 — Galápagos/Guayaquil

After breakfast, disembark the ship and fly to Guayaquil. The evening is at your leisure.
Hotel Hilton Colón (B)

Day 10 — Guayaquil/U.S.

Depart Guayaquil this morning, arriving home the same day.
(B)

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Special Offer

Complimentary Airfare

Book a voyage by October 31, 2015 and receive complimentary round-trip airfare from Miami to the Galápagos (up to $1,250 per guest value) on the following 2015 departures: Aug. 15, 21, 22, 28, 29; Sept. 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26; Oct. 17; Nov. 28; Dec. 5. Offer applies to new bookings only and is subject to availability.

A donation of $1,000 per person will be made towards Galápagos conservation for any new reservation made for travel to Galápagos from August 15 to September 26, 2015.

Lindblad/National Geographic Logo

This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.

Dates

2015
  • Sep 04 - 13, 2015 [END]
  • Sep 05 - 14, 2015 [ISL]
  • Sep 11 - 20, 2015 [END] (waitlist only)
  • Sep 12 - 21, 2015 [ISL] (waitlist only)
  • Sep 18 - 27, 2015 [END]
  • Sep 19 - 28, 2015 [ISL]
  • Sep 25 - Oct 04, 2015 [END]
  • Sep 26 - Oct 05, 2015 [ISL] (waitlist only)
  • Oct 03 - 12, 2015 [ISL] (waitlist only)
  • Oct 10 - 19, 2015 [ISL] (waitlist only)
  • Oct 30 - Nov 08, 2015 [END]
  • Oct 31 - Nov 09, 2015 [ISL]
  • Nov 06 - 15, 2015 [END]
  • Nov 13 - 22, 2015 [END]
  • Nov 14 - 23, 2015 [ISL] (waitlist only)
  • Nov 20 - 29, 2015 [END] (waitlist only)
  • Nov 28 - Dec 07, 2015 [ISL] (waitlist only)
  • Dec 05 - 14, 2015 [ISL]
  • Dec 11 - 20, 2015 [END]
  • Dec 12 - 21, 2015 [ISL]
  • Dec 18 - 27, 2015 [END] (waitlist only)
  • Dec 19 - 28, 2015 [ISL] (waitlist only)
  • Dec 25, 2015 - Jan 03, 2016 [END] (waitlist only)
  • Dec 26, 2015 - Jan 04, 2016 [ISL] (waitlist only)
2016
  • Jan 01 - 10, 2016 [END]
  • Jan 02 - 11, 2016 [ISL]
  • Jan 08 - 17, 2016 [END]
  • Jan 09 - 18, 2016 [ISL]
  • Jan 15 - 24, 2016 [END]
  • Jan 16 - 25, 2016 [ISL]
  • Jan 22 - 31, 2016 [END]
  • Jan 23 - Feb 01, 2016 [ISL]
  • Jan 29 - Feb 07, 2016 [END]
  • Jan 30 - Feb 08, 2016 [ISL]
  • Feb 05 - 14, 2016 [END]
  • Feb 06 - 15, 2016 [ISL]
  • Feb 12 - 21, 2016 [END]
  • Feb 13 - 22, 2016 [ISL]
  • Feb 20 - 29, 2016 [ISL]
  • Feb 27 - Mar 07, 2016 [ISL]
  • Mar 04 - 13, 2016 [END]
  • Mar 05 - 14, 2016 [ISL]
  • Mar 11 - 20, 2016 [END]
  • Mar 12 - 21, 2016 [ISL]
  • Mar 18 - 27, 2016 [END]
  • Mar 19 - 28, 2016 [ISL] (waitlist only)
  • Mar 25 - Apr 03, 2016 [END]
  • Mar 26 - Apr 04, 2016 [ISL]
  • Apr 01 - 10, 2016 [END]
  • Apr 02 - 11, 2016 [ISL]
  • Apr 08 - 17, 2016 [END]
  • Apr 09 - 18, 2016 [ISL] (waitlist only)
  • Apr 15 - 24, 2016 [END]
  • Apr 16 - 25, 2016 [ISL]
  • Apr 22 - May 01, 2016 [END]
  • Apr 23 - May 02, 2016 [ISL]
  • Apr 30 - May 09, 2016 [ISL]
  • May 07 - 16, 2016 [ISL]
  • May 14 - 23, 2016 [ISL]
  • May 21 - 30, 2016 [ISL]
  • May 27 - Jun 05, 2016 [END]
  • May 28 - Jun 06, 2016 [ISL]
  • Jun 04 - 13, 2016 [ISL]
  • Jun 11 - 20, 2016 [ISL]
  • Jun 17 - 26, 2016 [END]
  • Jun 18 - 27, 2016 [ISL]
  • Jun 25 - Jul 04, 2016 [ISL]
  • Jul 08 - 17, 2016 [END]
  • Jul 09 - 18, 2016 [ISL]
  • Jul 15 - 24, 2016 [END]
  • Jul 16 - 25, 2016 [ISL]
  • Jul 22 - 31, 2016 [END]
  • Jul 29 - Aug 07, 2016 [END]
  • Jul 30 - Aug 08, 2016 [ISL]
  • Aug 12 - 21, 2016 [END]
  • Aug 19 - 28, 2016 [END]
  • Aug 20 - 29, 2016 [ISL]
  • Aug 26 - Sep 04, 2016 [END]
  • Aug 27 - Sep 05, 2016 [ISL]
  • Sep 02 - 11, 2016 [END]
  • Sep 03 - 12, 2016 [ISL]
  • Sep 09 - 18, 2016 [END]
  • Sep 10 - 19, 2016 [ISL]
  • Sep 16 - 25, 2016 [END]
  • Sep 23 - Oct 02, 2016 [END]
  • Sep 30 - Oct 09, 2016 [END]
  • Oct 07 - 16, 2016 [END]
  • Oct 14 - 23, 2016 [END]
  • Oct 21 - 30, 2016 [END]
  • Oct 28 - Nov 06, 2016 [END]
  • Nov 04 - 13, 2016 [END]
  • Nov 11 - 20, 2016 [END]
  • Nov 12 - 21, 2016 [ISL]
  • Nov 18 - 27, 2016 [END]
  • Nov 19 - 28, 2016 [ISL]
  • Nov 25 - Dec 04, 2016 [END]
  • Nov 26 - Dec 05, 2016 [ISL]
  • Dec 03 - 12, 2016 [ISL]
  • Dec 10 - 19, 2016 [ISL]
  • Dec 16 - 25, 2016 [END]
  • Dec 17 - 26, 2016 [ISL]
  • Dec 23, 2016 - Jan 01, 2017 [END]
  • Dec 24, 2016 - Jan 02, 2017 [ISL]
  • Dec 30, 2016 - Jan 08, 2017 [END]

[ISL] National Geographic Islander
[END] National Geographic Endeavour

* Please note: Itineraries vary subject to the Galápagos National Park regulations. Each itinerary will include Isla Santa Cruz, San Cristóbal, and a selection of the other stops listed in the itinerary.

Expedition Cost

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2015
Endeavour Islander
Category 1 $6,290 $6,760
Category 2 $6,990 $7,590
Category 3 $7,650 $8,270
Category 4 $8,290 $8,750
Category 5 $10,280 $10,650

For a single room on the Endeavour, add $1,570 in Category 1 and $1,740 in Category 2. For a single room on the Islander, add $3,380 in Category 1 and $3,800 in Category 2.

2015 Holiday

For departures between December 18-26, 2015.

Endeavour Islander
Category 1 $7,120 $7,660
Category 2 $7,990 $8,570
Category 3 $8,590 $9,190
Category 4 $9,290 $9,750
Category 5 $11,320 $11,720

For a single room on the Endeavour, add $1,820 in Category 1 and $2,000 in Category 2. For a single room on the Islander, add $3,830 in Category 1 and $4,280 in Category 2.

2016
Endeavour Islander
Category 1 $6,590 $6,990
Category 2 $7,490 $7,890
Category 3 $7,990 $8,780
Category 4 $8,790 $9,290
Category 5 $10,890 $11,290

For a single room on the Endeavour, add $1,650 in Category 1 and $1,870 in Category 2. For a single room on the Islander, add $3,490 in Category 1 and $3,940 in Category 2.

2016 Holiday

For departures between December 17-30, 2016.

Endeavour Islander
Category 1 $7,550 $7,990
Category 2 $8,450 $8,990
Category 3 $8,990 $9,780
Category 4 $9,890 $10,380
Category 5 $11,990 $12,450

For a single room on the Endeavour, add $1,890 in Category 1 and $2,110 in Category 2. For a single room on the Islander, add $4,000 in Category 1 and $4,500 in Category 2.

Prices are per person, double occupancy.

International airfare to/from Guayaquil and airfare within Ecuador is not included in the expedition cost. The group flight between Guayaquil and Galápagos is $520 (subject to change).

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