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Galápagos

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

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.
(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 by June 30, 2016 and receive complimentary round-trip airfare from Miami to the Galápagos on select departures through Dec. 10, 2016. Solo travelers save 15% on select departures during our Make Art, Make A Difference program. Book any 2017 Galápagos expedition and we’ll honor the 2016 prices. Holiday departures excluded. Offers are for new bookings only, may not be combined with other offers, and are subject to availability. Please call for details.

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This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.

Dates

2016
  • 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 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]
2017
  • Jan 06 - 15, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Jan 07 - 16, 2017 [ISL]
  • Jan 13 - 22, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Jan 14 - 23, 2017 [ISL]
  • Jan 20 - 29, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Jan 21 - 30, 2017 [ISL]
  • Jan 27 - Feb 05, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Jan 28 - Feb 06, 2017 [ISL]
  • Feb 04 - 13, 2017 [ISL]
  • Feb 11 - 20, 2017 [ISL]
  • Feb 17 - 26, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Feb 18 - 27, 2017 [ISL]
  • Feb 24 - Mar 05, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Feb 25 - Mar 06, 2017 [ISL]
  • Mar 03 - 12, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Mar 04 - 13, 2017 [ISL]
  • Mar 10 - 19, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Mar 11 - 20, 2017 [ISL]
  • Mar 17 - 26, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Mar 18 - 27, 2017 [ISL]
  • Mar 24 - Apr 02, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Mar 25 - Apr 03, 2017 [ISL]
  • Mar 31 - Apr 09, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Apr 01 - 10, 2017 [ISL]
  • Apr 07 - 16, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Apr 08 - 17, 2017 [ISL]
  • Apr 14 - 23, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Apr 15 - 24, 2017 [ISL]
  • Apr 22 - May 01, 2017 [ISL]
  • Apr 29 - May 08, 2017 [ISL]
  • May 05 - 14, 2017 [ENDII]
  • May 06 - 15, 2017 [ISL]
  • May 13 - 22, 2017 [ISL]
  • May 20 - 29, 2017 [ISL]
  • May 26 - Jun 04, 2017 [ENDII]
  • May 27 - Jun 05, 2017 [ISL]
  • Jun 02 - 11, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Jun 03 - 12, 2017 [ISL]
  • Jun 10 - 19, 2017 [ISL]
  • Jun 16 - 25, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Jun 17 - 26, 2017 [ISL]
  • Jun 23 - Jul 02, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Jun 30 - Jul 09, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Jul 07 - 16, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Jul 08 - 17, 2017 [ISL]
  • Jul 14 - 23, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Jul 21 - 30, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Jul 28 - Aug 06, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Aug 04 - 13, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Aug 11 - 20, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Aug 12 - 21, 2017 [ISL]
  • Aug 18 - 27, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Aug 19 - 28, 2017 [ISL]
  • Aug 25 - Sep 03, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Aug 26 - Sep 04, 2017 [ISL]
  • Sep 01 - 10, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Sep 02 - 11, 2017 [ISL]
  • Sep 08 - 17, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Sep 09 - 18, 2017 [ISL]
  • Sep 15 - 24, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Sep 16 - 25, 2017 [ISL]
  • Sep 22 - Oct 01, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Sep 23 - Oct 02, 2017 [ISL]
  • Sep 29 - Oct 08, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Oct 06 - 15, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Oct 13 - 22, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Oct 20 - 29, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Oct 27 - Nov 05, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Oct 28 - Nov 06, 2017 [ISL]
  • Nov 03 - 12, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Nov 04 - 13, 2017 [ISL]
  • Nov 10 - 19, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Nov 11 - 20, 2017 [ISL]
  • Nov 17 - 26, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Nov 18 - 27, 2017 [ISL]
  • Nov 25 - Dec 04, 2017 [ISL]
  • Dec 02 - 11, 2017 [ISL]
  • Dec 08 - 17, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Dec 09 - 18, 2017 [ISL]
  • Dec 15 - 24, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Dec 16 - 25, 2017 [ISL]
  • Dec 22 - 31, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Dec 23, 2017 - Jan 01, 2018 [ISL]
  • Dec 29, 2017 - Jan 07, 2018 [ENDII]
  • Dec 30, 2017 - Jan 08, 2018 [ISL]

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

* 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

2016: Jan. 1 - Dec. 16
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

2016 Holiday: Dec. 17 - Dec. 30
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

2017: Jan. 1 - Dec. 22
Endeavour II Islander
Category 1 $6,960 $7,330
Category 2 $7,940 $8,290
Category 3 $8,740 $9,170
Category 4 $9,590 $9,750
Category 5 N/A $11,860
Suite A $11,440 N/A
Suite B $12,280 N/A

2017 Holiday: Dec. 23 - Dec. 30
Endeavour II Islander
Category 1 $7,780 $8,390
Category 2 $8,880 $9,440
Category 3 $9,780 $10,270
Category 4 $10,720 $10,900
Category 5 N/A $13,070
Suite A $12,810 N/A
Suite B $13,760 N/A

Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin on the Endeavour in 2016, add $1,650 in Category 1 and $1,870 in Category 2. For a single cabin on the Islander in 2016, add $3,490 in Category 1 and $3,940 in Category 2. For a single cabin on the Endeavour II in 2017, add $1,990 in Category 2 and $2,190 in Category 3. For a single cabin on the Islander in 2017, add $3,660 in Category 1 and $4,150 in Category 2.

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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