Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview

SPECIAL OFFERS

Galápagos: Special Offer for Kids

Book by December 31, 2018 and save $1,000 for each child under 18 on select July and August 2019 departures aboard National Geographic Islander and National Geographic Endeavour II. Credit will be deducted from cabin fare, prior to any additional applicable savings. Offer is for new bookings only, may not be combined with other offers, and is subject to availability. Please call for details.

Complimentary Bar Tab and Wi-Fi

Travel aboard any 2019 voyage and we will cover your bar tab*, as well as free Wi-Fi for up to one hour a day per person. Offer is for new bookings only, may not be combined with other offers, and is subject to availability. Please call for details. *Complimentary bar tab excludes super premium brands of alcohol.

Galápagos: Free Airfare

Book by December 31, 2018 and receive free international round-trip airfare between Miami and Guayquil on select 2018 and 2019 departures. Offer is for new bookings only, may not be combined with other offers, and is subject to availability. Valid for new bookings only, must be ticketed by Lindblad Expeditions and subject to availability at time of booking. Please call for details.

Special Offer for Solo Travelers

Book by October 31, 2018 and we will waive the solo premium for solo travelers on select 2018 departures aboardNational Geographic Islander and National Geographic Endeavour II. Solo travelers will pay double occupancy rates for solo occupancy in designated cabins/categories. Valid for new bookings only and subject to availability.

  • The National Geographic Islander and 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.
  • Through our new National Geographic Global Explorers program, young travelers learn to explore like scientists and tell the stories of this legendary archipelago.

Itinerary

Itinerary

The Galápagos Archipelago, Darwin's living laboratory, is home to an abundance of wildlife. Isolated from the mainland for millions of years, it is a 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 giant tortoises.

Day 1: U.S./Guayaquil, Ecuador

Depart for Guayaquil and upon arrival, transfer to our hotel. Hotel Hilton Colón (National Geographic Endeavour II) or Hotel del Parque (National Geographic Islander).

Accommodations: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 expedition ship, equipped for comfort as well as in-depth exploration. After lunch, we begin our discovery of the islands and their diverse wildlife.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:National Geographic Endeavour II or National Geographic Islander
Days 3-8: Exploring Galápagos

Our expeditions travel between Baltra and San Cristóbal and include Santa Cruz and a selection of the other islands listed below. Each day 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 IIonly), or Zodiac.

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 beaches. After the hike, immerse yourself among schools of multicolored reef fish. 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, shore birds, and Sally Lightfoot crabs.

ISLA SANTA CRUZ: Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station, home to several endemic species of giant tortoise. Then tour the neighboring captive breeding program for endangered Galápagos giant tortoises run by the Galápagos National Park Service and supported by the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Fund. Take a walk through the town of Puerto Ayora before traveling into the highlands to observe and photograph giant tortoises in the wild.

ISLA ISABELA: 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.

ISLA FLOREANA: 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; then 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.

ISLA FERNANDINA: Discover the marine iguana haven of Punta Espinoza as we hike over hardened 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.

ISLA ESPAÑOLA: 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.

*Scuba diving is available on select National Geographic Endeavour II departures. Please call for details.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Day 9: Galápagos/Guayaquil

After breakfast, disembark the ship and fly to Guayaquil, with the remainder of the day at your leisure. Hotel Hilton Colón.

Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations: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.

Meals Included:Breakfast