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Galápagos

  • Trip Type: Small Ship
  • 10 Days | Round-trip Guayaquil
  • Group Size: Max 96

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 II or the 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 II only), paddleboard, 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 II 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 II 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 beaches. After the hike, immerse yourself among schools of multicolored reef fish. 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, shore birds, and Sally Lightfoot crabs.

Isla Santa Cruz
Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, a breeding area for endangered endemic species. Then tour the neighboring captive breeding program for endangered Galápagos giant tortoises run by the the Galápagos National Park Service, and supported by the National Geographic–Lindblad Fund. Travel into the highlands to observe and photograph these tortoises in the wild.

Isla Isabela
Explore the largest island in the group, home to marine iguanas, abundant sea turtles, the only species of flightless cormorant in the world, and the only penguin species that inhabits the equator. Cruise by Zodiac and hike against a backdrop of giant shield volcanoes, and snorkel in the cool waters that often draw whales and dolphins to the area.

Isla Floreana
Hike to a turtle nesting beach and a lagoon that is home to flamingos and other bird species. At Champion Islet, snorkel among sea lions and visit Post Office Bay, founded by whalers in the 18th century. 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. Galápagos hawks, sea lion nurseries, and rare flightless cormorants can be found while exploring this island. Snorkel among sea turtles, penguins, and the occasional marine iguana.

Isla Española
See swallow-tailed gulls, Española mockingbirds, boobies, and waved albatrosses in this birder’s paradise. Walk among vivid green-and-red marine iguanas and unique lava lizards, 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

Receive free round-trip international airfare between Miami and the Galápagos on the following 2017 departures:

The National Geographic Endeavour II: January 6 through March 31, May 5, and August 25 through November 17.

The National Geographic Islander: April 29, August 26, September 16 and 23, November 4 and 18, and December 9.

Extend Your Stay and Save

Make the most of your time in the region and save 10% off the total expedition cost when you combine your Galápagos expedition with a voyage to Upper Amazon. Please call for details.

National Geographic Expert

Accompanying each expedition is a diverse team of experts — from naturalists to regional specialists — who will share their knowledge and insights on the wildlife, landscapes, and local culture. See one of the members of our extraordinary team below.

Lynn Fowler

Lynn FowlerLynn Fowler arrived in the Galápagos in 1978 and became one of the first female naturalist guides working for Galápagos National Park. She completed a doctorate in 1983 based on her research on the giant tortoises of Alcedo Volcano on Isabela Island, where she lived for more than a year on the rim of the caldera collecting data. She then received a National Geographic research grant to study wildlife in the Ecuadorian Amazon basin. Lynn began leading expeditions in the Galapgos in 1990, and in November 2007 she was elected to the Charles Darwin Foundation’s General Assembly.

Lynn will join the following departures:

Dec 17 - 26, 2016
Jan 28 - Feb 06, 2017
Feb 04 - 13, 2017
Feb 18 - 27, 2017
Feb 25 - Mar 06, 2017
Apr 29 - May 08, 2017
May 06 - 15, 2017
May 13 - 22, 2017
Jun 10 - 19, 2017
Jun 17 - 26, 2017
Jul 08 - 17, 2017
Aug 04 - 13, 2017
Aug 12 - 21, 2017
Aug 26 - Sep 04, 2017
Nov 18 - 27, 2017
Nov 25 - Dec 04, 2017

Lindblad/National Geographic Logo

This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.

Dates

2016
  • Dec 17 - 26, 2016 [ISL]
  • Dec 24, 2016 - Jan 02, 2017 [ISL]
  • Dec 31, 2016 - Jan 09, 2017 [ISL]
2017
  • Jan 06 - 15, 2017 [ENDII]
  • 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 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]
  • 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 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 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]

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

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

Expedition Cost

2016 Holiday: Dec. 17 - Dec. 31
Endeavour II 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. 16
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
Suite C $12,980 N/A

2017 Holiday: Dec. 22 - 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
Suite C $14,530 N/A

Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin on the Endeavour II 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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