Galápagos

  • 10 days
  • Explore by Zodiac, kayak, snorkeling, and hiking with a team of naturalists aboard the National Geographic Endeavour or Islander

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 or 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 only), 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 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 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 white sand beaches. 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, and Sally Lightfoot crabs.

Isla Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz is home to the Charles Darwin Research Station, a breeding station for endangered native species. Learn about the Darwin Foundation and their giant Galápagos tortoise breeding program. Later, travel into the highlands where wild tortoises forage.

Isla Isabela
Spend the early morning on the lookout for dolphins, whales, sea turtles, and the unusual ocean sunfish, the Mola mola. Explore caves and hidden lagoons by Zodiac, and snorkel among sea turtles.

Isla Floreana
At Champion Islet, snorkel among sea lions, or peer into an underwater world in a glass-bottom boat (Endeavour only) while keeping an eye out for the endangered Floreana Mockingbird. Those interested can visit Post Office Bay—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. Galapagos hawks and sea lion nurseries are also found as we explore this island.

Isla Española
See Darwin's finches, boobies, and waved albatross on this birder's paradise. Walk among vivid green and red marine iguanas, 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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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:

Nov 15 - 24, 2014
Nov 29 - Dec 08, 2014
Dec 06 - 15, 2014
Mar 07 - 16, 2015
Mar 14 - 23, 2015
Mar 21 - 30, 2015
Mar 28 - Apr 06, 2015
Jun 06 - 15, 2015
Jun 13 - 22, 2015
Jun 20 - 29, 2015
Jun 27 - Jul 06, 2015

Lindblad/National Geographic Logo

This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.

Dates

2014
  • Nov 01 - 10, 2014 [ISL]
  • Nov 07 - 16, 2014 [END]
  • Nov 08 - 17, 2014 [ISL]
  • Nov 14 - 23, 2014 [END]
  • Nov 15 - 24, 2014 [ISL] (waitlist only)
  • Nov 21 - 30, 2014 [END]
  • Nov 28 - Dec 07, 2014 [END]
  • Nov 29 - Dec 08, 2014 [ISL]
  • Dec 05 - 14, 2014 [END]
  • Dec 06 - 15, 2014 [ISL] (waitlist only)
  • Dec 12 - 21, 2014 [END]
  • Dec 13 - 22, 2014 [ISL]
  • Dec 19 - 28, 2014 [END] (waitlist only)
  • Dec 20 - 29, 2014 [ISL] (waitlist only)
  • Dec 26, 2014 - Jan 04, 2015 [END] (waitlist only)
  • Dec 27, 2014 - Jan 05, 2015 [ISL] (waitlist only)
2015
  • Jan 02 - 11, 2015 [END]
  • Jan 03 - 12, 2015 [ISL]
  • Jan 09 - 18, 2015 [END]
  • Jan 10 - 19, 2015 [ISL]
  • Jan 16 - 25, 2015 [END]
  • Jan 17 - 26, 2015 [ISL]
  • Jan 23 - Feb 01, 2015 [END]
  • Jan 24 - Feb 02, 2015 [ISL]
  • Jan 30 - Feb 08, 2015 [END]
  • Jan 31 - Feb 09, 2015 [ISL]
  • Feb 06 - 15, 2015 [END]
  • Feb 07 - 16, 2015 [ISL]
  • Feb 13 - 22, 2015 [END]
  • Feb 14 - 23, 2015 [ISL]
  • Feb 21 - Mar 02, 2015 [ISL]
  • Feb 28 - Mar 09, 2015 [ISL]
  • Mar 06 - 15, 2015 [END]
  • Mar 07 - 16, 2015 [ISL]
  • Mar 13 - 22, 2015 [END]
  • Mar 14 - 23, 2015 [ISL]
  • Mar 20 - 29, 2015 [END]
  • Mar 21 - 30, 2015 [ISL]
  • Mar 27 - Apr 05, 2015 [END]
  • Mar 28 - Apr 06, 2015 [ISL]
  • Apr 03 - 12, 2015 [END]
  • Apr 04 - 13, 2015 [ISL]
  • Apr 10 - 19, 2015 [END]
  • Apr 11 - 20, 2015 [ISL]
  • Apr 17 - 26, 2015 [END]
  • Apr 18 - 27, 2015 [ISL]
  • Apr 24 - May 03, 2015 [END]
  • Apr 25 - May 04, 2015 [ISL]
  • May 01 - 10, 2015 [END]
  • May 08 - 17, 2015 [END]
  • May 15 - 24, 2015 [END]
  • May 22 - 31, 2015 [END]
  • May 29 - Jun 07, 2015 [END]
  • May 30 - Jun 08, 2015 [ISL] (waitlist only)
  • Jun 06 - 15, 2015 [ISL]
  • Jun 13 - 22, 2015 [ISL]
  • Jun 19 - 28, 2015 [END]
  • Jun 20 - 29, 2015 [ISL]
  • Jun 27 - Jul 06, 2015 [ISL]
  • Jul 10 - 19, 2015 [END]
  • Jul 11 - 20, 2015 [ISL]
  • Jul 17 - 26, 2015 [END]
  • Jul 18 - 27, 2015 [ISL]
  • Jul 24 - Aug 02, 2015 [END]
  • Jul 31 - Aug 09, 2015 [END]
  • Aug 01 - 10, 2015 [ISL]
  • Aug 08 - 17, 2015 [ISL]
  • Aug 14 - 23, 2015 [END]
  • Aug 15 - 24, 2015 [ISL]
  • Aug 21 - 30, 2015 [END]
  • Aug 22 - 31, 2015 [ISL]
  • Aug 28 - Sep 06, 2015 [END]
  • Aug 29 - Sep 07, 2015 [ISL]
  • Sep 04 - 13, 2015 [END]
  • Sep 05 - 14, 2015 [ISL]
  • Sep 11 - 20, 2015 [END] (waitlist only)
  • Sep 12 - 21, 2015 [ISL] (waitlist only)
  • Sep 18 - 27, 2015 [END]
  • Sep 19 - 28, 2015 [ISL]
  • Sep 25 - Oct 04, 2015 [END]
  • Sep 26 - Oct 05, 2015 [ISL]
  • Oct 03 - 12, 2015 [ISL]
  • Oct 10 - 19, 2015 [ISL]
  • Oct 30 - Nov 08, 2015 [END]
  • Oct 31 - Nov 09, 2015 [ISL]
  • Nov 06 - 15, 2015 [END]
  • Nov 13 - 22, 2015 [END]
  • Nov 14 - 23, 2015 [ISL]
  • Nov 20 - 29, 2015 [END]
  • Nov 28 - Dec 07, 2015 [ISL]
  • Dec 05 - 14, 2015 [ISL]
  • Dec 11 - 20, 2015 [END]
  • Dec 12 - 21, 2015 [ISL]
  • Dec 18 - 27, 2015 [END]
  • Dec 19 - 28, 2015 [ISL] (waitlist only)
  • Dec 25, 2015 - Jan 03, 2016 [END]
  • Dec 26, 2015 - Jan 04, 2016 [ISL]

[ISL] National Geographic Islander
[END] National Geographic Endeavour

* Please note: Itineraries will vary slightly from week to week subject to the Galápagos National Park regulations. Each itinerary will include Isla Santa Cruz and a selection of the other stops listed in the itinerary.

With temperate weather year-round, any month is a great time to visit the Galápagos. Peak prices have been established for popular travel periods (i.e. summer vacation). See below for details.

Expedition Cost

2014 Prime

For departures between January 3-February 8, February 21-22, April 25-May 31, and Sept. 5-Dec. 13, 2014.

Endeavour Islander
Category 1 $5,490 $6,060
Category 2 $6,390 $6,890
Category 3 $6,950 $7,440
Category 4 $7,490 $7,990
Category 5 $9,420 $9,910

For a single room, add $1,370 in Category 1 and $1,600 in Category 2 on the Endeavour and $3,030 in Category 1 and $3,450 in Category 2 on the Islander.

2014 Peak

For departures between February 14-15, February 28-April 19, and June 6-August 30, 2014.

Endeavour Islander
Category 1 $5,990 $6,560
Category 2 $6,890 $7,390
Category 3 $7,450 $7,940
Category 4 $7,990 $8,490
Category 5 $9,920 $10,410

For a single room, add $1,500 in Category 1 and $1,720 in Category 2 on the Endeavour and $3,280 in Category 1 and $3,600 in Category 2 on the Islander.

2014 Holiday

For departures leaving on December 19, 20, 26, and 27, 2014.

Endeavour Islander
Category 1 $6,590 $7,110
Category 2 $7,440 $7,940
Category 3 $7,990 $8,490
Category 4 $8,550 $9,040
Category 5 $10,480 $10,970

For a single room, add $1,650 in Category 1 and $1,860 in Category 2 on the Endeavour and $3,560 in Category 1 and $3,970 in Category 2 on the Islander.

2015

For departures between January 2 and December 12 in 2015.

Endeavour Islander
Category 1 $6,290 $6,760
Category 2 $6,990 $7,590
Category 3 $7,650 $8,270
Category 4 $8,290 $8,750
Category 5 $10,280 $10,650

For a single room, add $1,570 in Category 1 and $1,740 in Category 2 on the Endeavour, and $3,380 in Category 1 and $3,800 in Category 2 on the Islander.

2015 Holiday

For departures leaving on December 18-26 in 2015.

Endeavour Islander
Category 1 $7,120 $7,660
Category 2 $7,990 $8,570
Category 3 $8,590 $9,190
Category 4 $9,290 $9,750
Category 5 $11,320 $11,720

For a single room, add $1,820 in Category 1 and $2,000 in Category 2 on the Endeavour and $3,830 in Category 1 and $4,280 in Category 2 on the Islander.

Prices are per person, double occupancy.

International airfare to/from Guayaquil and airfare within Ecuador is not included in the expedition cost. The group flight between Guayaquil and Galápagos is $495 (subject to change).