Galápagos

  • Trip Type: Expedition Cruise
  • 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

    • 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.
    • Snorkel amid shimmering fish, sea turtles, penguins, and playful sea lions.

Itinerary - 10 Days

Day 1 — U.S./Guayaquil, Ecuador

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:*

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 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.

(B)

*Scuba diving is available on select National Geographic Endeavour II departures. Please call for details.

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Special Offer

Complimentary Airfare

Book by March 31, 2018 and receive free round-trip international airfare from Miami on select departures through December 2018 aboard the National Geographic Endeavor 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.

Limited Time 2019 Offer

Book any 2019 departure by December 31, 2017 and we’ll honor the 2018 expedition cost.

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.

Expedition Team

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.

Thomas Peschak

Thomas PeschakThomas P. Peschak is an assignment photographer for National Geographic magazine and a National Geographic Explorer. He has shot eight feature stories on a range of subjects (including Manta Rays, Pipeline through Paradise, Seas of Arabia, Tale of Two Atolls, Currents of Plenty, and Return of the Seychelles). His work on "Galápagos: Life in the Balance and Stewards of the Sea" appeared in the June 2017 issue of National Geographic magazine. Originally trained as a marine biologist specializing in human–wildlife conflict, he became a wildlife photojournalist after realizing that he could have a greater conservation impact through photographs than statistics. His work now focuses on documenting some of the most critical marine and island conservation stories of our time. Thomas is a Founding/Associate Director of the Manta Trust, the former Director of Conservation for the Save our Seas Foundation, and a Senior Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers. He has written and photographed seven books and is a multiple winner in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year and World Press Photo Awards. He is also a speaker for the National Geographic Live! Series and gave his TED talk, Dive into an Ocean Photographer’s World, at Mission Blue in 2015.

Thomas will join the following departures:

Nov 29 - Dec 08, 2019
Dec 06 - 15, 2019

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Lindblad/National Geographic Logo

This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.

Dates

2017
  • 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]
2018
  • Jan 05 - 14, 2018 [ENDII]
  • Jan 06 - 15, 2018 [ISL]
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  • Oct 06 - 15, 2018 [ISL]
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  • Dec 28, 2018 - Jan 06, 2019 [ENDII]
  • Dec 29, 2018 - Jan 07, 2019 [ISL]
2019
  • Jan 04 - 13, 2019 [ENDII]
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  • Nov 29 - Dec 08, 2019 [ENDII]
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  • Dec 07 - 16, 2019 [ISL]
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  • Dec 27, 2019 - Jan 05, 2020 [ENDII]
  • Dec 28, 2019 - Jan 06, 2020 [ISL]

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

2017: November 24 and December 1 with Brian Skerry
2018: November 23 and 30 with Jay Dickman

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 >>

Expedition Cost

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
Category 2 Solo $11,120 N/A
Category 3 Solo $12,240 N/A

2018: Jan. 1 - Dec. 15
Endeavour II Islander
Category 1 $6,960 $7,330
Category 2 $8,100 $8,290
Category 3 $8,990 $9,170
Category 4 $9,970 $9,750
Category 5 N/A $11,860
Suite A $11,950 N/A
Suite B $12,890 N/A
Suite C $13,660 N/A
Category 2 Solo $10,130 N/A
Category 3 Solo $11,240 N/A

2018 Holiday: Dec. 21 - Dec. 29
Endeavour II Islander
Category 1 $7,780 $8,390
Category 2 $8,990 $9,440
Category 3 $10,050 $10,270
Category 4 $11,150 $10,900
Category 5 N/A $13,070
Suite A $13,390 N/A
Suite B $14,450 N/A
Suite C $15,400 N/A
Category 2 Solo $11,240 N/A
Category 3 Solo $12,560 N/A

2019: Jan. 1 - Dec. 15
Endeavour II Islander
Category 1 $6,960 $7,330
Category 2 $8,100 $8,290
Category 3 $8,990 $9,170
Category 4 $9,970 $9,750
Category 5 N/A $11,860
Suite A $11,950 N/A
Suite B $12,890 N/A
Suite C $13,660 N/A
Category 2 Solo $10,130 N/A
Category 3 Solo $11,240 N/A

2019 Holiday: Dec. 21 - Dec. 29
Endeavour II Islander
Category 1 $7,780 $8,390
Category 2 $8,990 $9,440
Category 3 $10,050 $10,270
Category 4 $11,150 $10,900
Category 5 N/A $13,070
Suite A $13,390 N/A
Suite B $14,450 N/A
Suite C $15,400 N/A
Category 2 Solo $11,240 N/A
Category 3 Solo $12,560 N/A

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).

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Activity Level

Light/Moderate

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.

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