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.
Depart for Guayaquil and upon arrival, transfer to our hotel. Hotel Hilton Colón (National Geographic Endeavour II) or Hotel del Parque (National Geographic Islander)
This morning, fly to the Galápagos Islands and board our expedition ship, equipped for comfort as well as in-depth exploration. After lunch, we begin our discovery of the islands and their diverse wildlife.
National Geographic Endeavour II or National Geographic Islander
Our expeditions travel between Baltra and San Cristóbal and include Santa Cruz and a selection of the other islands listed below. Each day 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.
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 Lightfoot crabs.
Isla Santa Cruz
Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, home to several endemic species of giant tortoise. Then tour the neighboring captive breeding program for endangered Galápagos giant tortoises run by the Galápagos National Park Service and supported by the National Geographic–Lindblad Fund. Take a walk through the town of Puerto Ayora before traveling into the highlands to observe and photograph giant 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; then 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 hardened 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.
After breakfast, disembark the ship and fly to Guayaquil. The evening is at your leisure. Hotel Hilton Colón (National Geographic Endeavour II) or Hotel del Parque (National Geographic Islander)
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 July 31, 2018 and receive free round-trip international airfare from Miami on select departures through December 2018 aboard the National Geographic Endeavour II and National Geographic Islander. In addition, receive free airfare to Peru on select combinations of Galápagos with Peru: Land of the Inca and/or Upper Amazon.
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.
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.
Pulitzer Prize–winning photographer Jay Dickman has been a photojournalist for more than 40 years, traveling to over 100 countries and covering topics as diverse as the war in El Salvador, the Olympics, national political conventions, six Super Bowls, and the 40th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. Among his more than 25 assignments for the National Geographic Society, Jay has lived for three months in a Stone Age village in Papua New Guinea and spent a week under the Arctic ice in a nuclear attack sub. A popular photography instructor, he has also published a best-selling guide called Perfect Digital Photography, as well as numerous articles for National Geographic, LIFE, Sports Illustrated, Time, and Forbes.
Jay will join the following departures:
Nov 23 - Dec 02, 2018
Nov 30 - Dec 09, 2018
This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.
National Geographic Endeavour
National Geographic Endeavour II
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.
Special Photography and Video Expeditions
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:
November 23 and 30, 2018 with Jay Dickman
January 18 and 25, 2019 with Todd Gipstein
May 24 and May 31, 2019 with Jonathan Irish
November 29 and December 6, 2019 with Thomas Peschak
From May 7-26, 2018, join National Geographic photographer Ralph Lee Hopkins on our first ever photo expedition in Peru and Ecuador, combining three trips: a Mashpi pre-voyage extension, Galápagos, and Peru: Land of the Inca.
The June 1 and 8, 2018 departures are dedicated video expeditions, and will be accompanied by filmmaker and National Geographic Emerging Explorer Sandesh Kadur.
Please call for details. Learn more about photo expeditions here >>
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|Category 3 Solo||$11,240||N/A|
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Please note: The 2019 pricing above is valid for 2019 departures booked by October 31, 2018.
Prices are per person, double occupancy, except those marked solo, which are based on single occupancy.
2018 Departures: For a single cabin during the regular season, add $3,660 in Category 1 and $4,150 in Category 2. During the holiday season, add $4,200 in Category 1 and $4,720 in Category 2.
2019 Departures: For a single cabin during the regular season, add $3,840 in Category 1 and $4,340 in Category 2. During the holiday season, add $4,410 in Category 1 and $4,990 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 per person (subject to change).
Travelers can choose between a light or moderate activity level. For a light level of activity, they 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 on bumpy roads, or easy hikes.
For a moderate level, travelers should be prepared for multiple hours of physical activity (e.g. hiking, kayaking, biking) each day.
Click here for a description of all activity levels.