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.
The National Geographic Islander and new
National Geographic Endeavour II are each
equipped with kayaks, paddleboards, and
Zodiacs, allowing for up close exploration.
Join our naturalists on interpretive island walks
to learn about Galápagos wildlife, and witness
incredible interactions between animals in
their natural habitat.
Meet endangered Galápagos giant tortoises
at a National Geographic–supported captive
breeding program, and then observe these
creatures in the wild.
Depart for Guayaquil and upon arrival, transfer to our hotel. Hotel Hilton Colón or Hotel del Parque (National Geographic Islander departures beginning January 2018)
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:*
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 or Hotel del Parque (National Geographic Islander departures beginning January 2018) (B)
Day 10 — Guayaquil/U.S.
Depart Guayaquil this morning, arriving home the same day.
*Scuba diving is available on select National Geographic Endeavour II departures. Please call for details.
Book by December 31, 2017 and receive free round-trip international airfare between Miami and the
Galápagos on nearly every departure from August 18 to December 9, 2017 aboard the National Geographic Endeavour II and the National Geographic Islander, plus select departures through May 2018 aboard both ships. In addition, receive free airfare to Peru on select combinations of Galápagos with Peru: Land of the Inca and/or Upper Amazon.
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.
Offers are for new bookings only, may not be combined with other offers, and are subject to availability. Please call for details.
Savings on Extended Photo Departure
Join underwater photojournalist Brian Skerry and National Geographic photographer Michael Melford on both the November 24, 2017 and December 1, 2017 departures aboard the National Geographic Endeavour II for an epic 17-day photography expedition and receive a 10% savings. Please call us at 1-888-966-8687 for details and to book this special departure.
A diverse team of experts, including an expedition leader, naturalists, and certified photo instructors, will accompany this trip. See one of the members of our extraordinary team below.
Brian Skerry is a photojournalist and marine biologist who specializes in underwater and marine-related subjects and stories. Since 1998 Skerry has been a contributing photographer for National Geographic magazine, covering a wide range of assignments including the July 2008 article "An Uneasy Eden," which documented some of the most pristine reefs of the Pacific. While on assignment, he has lived on the bottom of the sea, spent months aboard fishing boats, and traveled in everything from snowmobiles to canoes to helicopters to get the picture. He spends months at a time in the field, and in the course of any given year frequently finds himself in environments of extreme contrast, from tropical coral reefs to the waters beneath Arctic ice. National Geographic magazine's assignment photographers honored Brian by voting him the Photographer's Photographer in 2017.
National Geographic Endeavour II National Geographic Endeavour National Geographic Islander
*Please note: All departures are family friendly. 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.
The following departures are dedicated photography expeditions, and will be accompanied by a team of National Geographic photographers and National Geographic-Lindblad certified photo instructors:
2017: November 24, December 1
2018: November 23, November 30
Please note: The 2019 pricing above is valid for 2019 departures booked by December 31, 2017.
Prices are per person, double occupancy, except those marked solo, which are based on single occupancy.
For a single cabin on the Islander during the regular season, add $3,660 in Category 1 and $4,150 in Category 2. For a single cabin on the Islander during the holiday season, add $4,200 in Category 1 and $4,720 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).
Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives, or easy hikes, with options for more physical activities such as hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and biking.
Click here for a description of all activity levels.