On the Galápagos Archipelago, sea lions loll and frolic, 100-year-old giant tortoises roam, blue-footed boobies strut their stuff, and pre-historic-looking iguanas pile themselves on lava rocks to soak up the sun. The magic of these islands is that their creatures are full of personality and unafraid—of people or each other. Travel aboard the National Geographic Endeavour or National Geographic Islander and join our team of local naturalists to learn about the unique wildlife and geology of the islands.
Depart for Guayaquil and upon arrival, transfer to our hotel.
This morning, fly to the Galápagos Islands and board our comfortable expedition ship. During lunch, we begin our expedition of the islands.
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:*
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After breakfast, disembark the ship and fly to Guayaquil. The evening is at your leisure.
Depart Guayaquil this morning, arriving home the same day.
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.
National Geographic Fellow Greg Marshall is a marine biologist and a filmmaker. Greg invented Crittercam, a system of animal-borne cameras that capture video showing the world through animals' eyes. His work has been featured in numerous films covering more than 70 species, from emperor penguins to blue whales and house cats to grizzly bears. Greg uses media to connect audiences to wildlife with the aim of inspiring a conservation ethic and call to action.
Greg will join the following departure:
Jul 01 - 10, 2016
This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.
National Geographic Islander
National Geographic Endeavour
*Please note: Itineraries 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 on these pages.
For children under 18, deduct $500 from the adult rate.
Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin on the Endeavour in 2015, add $1,570 in Category 1 and $1,740 in Category 2. For a single cabin on the Islander in 2015, add $3,380 in Category 1 and $3,800 in Category 2.
For a single cabin on the Endeavour in 2016, add $1,650 in Category 1 and $1,870 in Category 2. For a single cabin on the Islander in 2016, add $3,490 in Category 1 and $3,940 in Category 2.
International airfare to/from Guayaquil and airfare between Guayaquil and Galápagos is not included in the expedition cost. The group flight between Guayaquil and Galápagos is $450 for adults and $225 for children under 12 (subject to change).