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Expedition Details


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.

Trip Highlights

    • 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.

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:*

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. 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 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
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.

Isla Fernandina
Discover the marine iguana haven of Punta Espinoza as we hike over lava flows. Galápagos hawks and sea lion nurseries are also found here.

Isla Española
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

Day 10 — Guayaquil/U.S.

Depart Guayaquil this morning, arriving home the same day.

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Expedition Team

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.

Greg Marshall

Greg  MarshallNational 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:

Jun 24 - Jul 03, 2017

Lindblad/National Geographic Logo

This trip is offered in association with Lindblad Expeditions.


  • Jun 24 - Jul 03, 2017 [ISL]
  • Jun 30 - Jul 09, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Jul 01 - 10, 2017 [ISL]
  • Jul 22 - 31, 2017 [ISL]
  • Aug 05 - 14, 2017 [ISL]

[ISL] National Geographic Islander
[ENDII] National Geographic Endeavour II

* 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.

Expedition Cost

Islander Endeavour II
Category 1 $7,330 $6,960
Category 2 $8,290 $7,940
Category 3 $9,170 $8,740
Category 4 $9,750 $9,590
Category 5 $11,860 N/A
Suite A N/A $11,440
Suite B N/A $12,280

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.

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