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 (National Geographic Endeavour II) or Hotel del Parque (National Geographic Islander)
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
Our expeditions travel between Baltra and San Cristóbal and include Santa Cruz and a selection of the other islands listed below. 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 (National Geographic Endeavour II) or Hotel del Parque (National Geographic Islander)
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 March 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.
Limited Time 2019 Offer
Book any 2019 departure by March 31, 2018
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.
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 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.
National Geographic Islander National Geographic Endeavour National Geographic Endeavour II
*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:
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 >>
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 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.