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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 II or National Geographic Islander and join our team of local naturalists to learn about the unique wildlife and geology of the islands.
Discover the fascinating wildlife and geology of the Galapagos Islands on a family adventure aboard the National Geographic Endeavour II or National Geographic Islander.
Cruise to pristine islands and walk among colonies of animals and birds unfazed by your presence.
Snorkel amid sea turtles, quirky penguins, and playful sea lions; gaze into the old eyes of a giant sea tortoise; and sit among a colorful band of marine iguanas .
Participate in special kids' activities, such as stargazing, scavenger hunts, drawing and poetry workshops, and knot-tying lessons.
Itinerary - 10 Days
Day 1 — U.S./Guayaquil, Ecuador
Depart for Guayaquil and upon arrival, transfer to our hotel.
Hilton Colón Guayaqui
Day 2 — Guayaquil/Galápagos
This morning, fly to the Galápagos Islands and board our comfortable expedition ship. During lunch, we begin our expedition of the islands. (B,L,D)
Days 3 through 8 — Exploring Galápagos
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 our team of naturalist guides, swim, snorkel, and explore the waters by kayak 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
Isla Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz is home to the Charles Darwin Research Station. Learn about the Darwin Foundation and their giant Galápagos tortoise breeding program. Later, travel into the highlands where wild tortoises forage.
Spend the 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.
Snorle; among sea lions, or peer into an underwater world in a glass-bottom Zodiac (Endeavour II only). 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. Galápagos hawks and sea lion nurseries are also found here.
See Darwin's finches, boobies, and waved albatrosses in 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. Hilton Colón Guayaqui (B)
Day 10 — Guayaquil/U.S.
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.
Lynn 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.
National Geographic Islander National Geographic Endeavour II
All Galápagos expedition departures are family friendly. For a full list of our weekly departures, Visit our Galápagos expedition page.
* Please note: Itineraries vary subject to the Galápagos National Park regulations. Each itinerary will include Isla Santa Cruz, San Cristóbal, and a selection of the other stops listed in the itinerary.
For children under 18, deduct $500 from the adult rate.
Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin on the Endeavour II in 2017, add $1,990 in Category 2 and $2,190 in Category 3. For a single cabin on the Islander in 2017, add $3,660 in Category 1 and $4,150 in Category 2.
Airfare to/from Guayaquil and airfare between within Ecuador are not included in the expedition cost. Charter airfare between Guayaquil and the Galápagos is $520 per adult and $260 per child under age 12.