- Wild Galapagos Escape: Free Airfare
Book by March 31, 2019 and receive free round-trip economy airfare between mainland Ecuador and the Galápagos on select 2019 and 2020 departures.
Offers are for new bookings only, may not be combined with other offers, and are subject to availability. Please call for details.
- Experience the diverse wonders of the Galápagos during a compact, weeklong trip.
- Take interpretive island walks with our naturalists to learn about endemic 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.
- Snorkel and kayak in waters rich with shimmering fish, sea turtles, penguins, and playful sea lions.
Experience the incredible world of the Galápagos, now in a shorter itinerary aboard the yacht-style, 48-guest National Geographic Islander. Immersed in Darwin’s living laboratory, discover a rare and abundant wilderness where animals have no instinctive fear of humans. Walk among giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, and frigatebirds; and enjoy close encounters with unique species and volcanic landscapes, exploring by kayak, paddleboard, and Zodiac.
This trip is offered in partnership with Lindblad Expeditions.
Fly to Guayaquil. Upon arrival, transfer to our boutique hotel, set amid lush gardens.
This morning, fly to the Galápagos Islands. Meet our naturalist staff for an introduction to the islands and their diverse wildlife; then board our ship.
Our expedition begins and ends in Baltra. Each day we will have the opportunity to go on nature walks with our naturalists; swim; snorkel; or explore the coast by kayak or Zodiac. Listed below are some of the islands we plan to visit during our expedition.
ISLA NORTH SEYMOUR: Follow trails that lead from the coast to an inland forest of silvery Palo Santo trees. Encounter sea lions, marine and land iguanas, Galápagos fur seals, and colonies of sea birds.
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 RÀBIDA: Land on a red-sand beach and snorkel the rocky shores. Spot migratory flamingos feeding in a brackish lagoon and brown pelicans nesting along the coast.
ISLA FERNANDINA: On the youngest, most pristine island in the group, walk among brightly colored Sally Lightfoot crabs and a large population of marine iguanas. Head ashore to discover tide pools populated by playful sea lions and rare flightless cormorants.
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 SANTIAGO: Hike among tide pools and 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 in the town of Puerto Ayora, and tour the neighboring captive breeding program for endangered Galápagos giant tortoises run by the Galápagos National Park Service and supported by the National Geographic–Lindblad Fund. In the highlands, observe and photograph giant tortoises in the wild.
ISLA SAN CRISTÓBAL: Discover one of the oldest islands in the group, home to the archipelago’s largest colony of sea lions, roaming tortoises, nesting blue- and red-footed boobies, San Cristóbal mockingbirds, and lava lizards. See the iconic volcanic formation of Kicker Rock.
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.
ISLA FLOREANA: Hike to a turtle nesting beach and a lagoon that is home to flamingos. 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.
After breakfast, disembark the ship and fly to Guayaquil. Enjoy day rooms at the Hotel del Parque before your evening flight, or continue on to Quito for an optional two-night extension. Or, take advantage of a complimentary night at the hotel and fly home on Day 8.