Galapagos

  • 10 days
  • Explore by Zodiac, kayak, snorkeling, and hiking with a team of naturalists aboard the National Geographic Endeavour or Islander

National Geographic Expedition Galapàgos

10 days Exploring by Zodiac, kayak, snorkeling, and hiking with a team of naturalists aboard the National Geographic Endeavour or Islander

Expedition Details 

The Galápagos Archipelago, Darwin’s living laboratory, is home to an abundance of wildlife. Isolated from the mainland for millions of years, it is that rare wilderness where animals have no instinctive fear of humans. Traveling aboard the National Geographic Endeavour or National Geographic Islander, experience up close encounters with unique species such as flightless cormorants, marine iguanas, and domed giant tortoises.

Trip Highlights

    • Snorkel amid shimmering fish, sea turtles, penguins, and playful sea lions.
    • Cruise to pristine islands and walk among colonies of animals and birds unfazed by your presence.
    • Observe rare giant tortoises at the Charles Darwin Research Station.
    • Explore the waters of the Galápagos by kayak, glass-bottom boat (Endeavour only), or Zodiac.

 

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Day 1 — U.S./Guayaquil, Ecuador

Depart for Guayaquil and upon arrival, transfer to our hotel.

Day 2 — Guayaquil/Galápagos

This morning, fly to the Galápagos Islands and board our comfortable expedition ship. During lunch, we begin our exploration of the islands and their diverse wildlife.
National Geographic Endeavour or National Geographic Islander 
(B,L,D)

Days 3 through 8 — Exploring Galápagos

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:*

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, 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.

Isla Isabela
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.

Isla Floreana
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.

Isla Fernandina
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.

Isla Española
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.

Day 9 — Galápagos/Guayaquil

After breakfast, disembark the ship and fly to Guayaquil. The evening is at your leisure.
(B)

Day 10 — Guayaquil/U.S.

Depart Guayaquil this morning, arriving home the same day.
(B)

  • Aug 04 – 13, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Aug 11 – 20, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Aug 12 – 21, 2017 [ISL]
  • Aug 18 – 27, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Aug 19 – 28, 2017 [ISL]
  • Aug 25 – Sep 03, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Aug 26 – Sep 04, 2017 [ISL]
  • Sep 01 – 10, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Sep 15 – 24, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Sep 16 – 25, 2017 [ISL]
  • Sep 22 – Oct 01, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Sep 23 – Oct 02, 2017 [ISL]
  • Sep 29 – Oct 08, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Oct 06 – 15, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Oct 13 – 22, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Oct 20 – 29, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Oct 27 – Nov 05, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Oct 28 – Nov 06, 2017 [ISL]
  • Nov 03 – 12, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Nov 04 – 13, 2017 [ISL]
  • Nov 10 – 19, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Nov 17 – 26, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Nov 18 – 27, 2017 [ISL]
  • Nov 25 – Dec 04, 2017 [ISL]
  • Dec 02 – 11, 2017 [ISL]
  • Dec 08 – 17, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Dec 09 – 18, 2017 [ISL]
  • Dec 15 – 24, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Dec 16 – 25, 2017 [ISL]
  • Dec 22 – 31, 2017 [ENDII]
  • Dec 23, 2017 – Jan 01, 2018 [ISL]
  • Dec 29, 2017 – Jan 07, 2018 [ENDII]
  • Dec 30, 2017 – Jan 08, 2018 [ISL]
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  • Jan 05 – 14, 2018 [ENDII]
  • Jan 06 – 15, 2018 [ISL]
  • Jan 12 – 21, 2018 [ENDII]
  • Jan 13 – 22, 2018 [ISL]
  • Jan 19 – 28, 2018 [ENDII]
  • Jan 20 – 29, 2018 [ISL]
  • Jan 26 – Feb 04, 2018 [ENDII]
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Expedition Cost

2017

 

Category 1

Category 2

Category 3

Category 4

Category 5

Suite A

Suite B

Endeavor II

$6,960

$7,940

$8,740

$9,590

N/A

$11,440

$12,280

Islander

$7,330

$8,290

$9,170

$9,750

$11,860

N/A

N/A

 For a single cabin on the Endeavour II, add $1,990 in Category 2 and $2,190 in Category 3. For a single cabin on the Islander, add $3,660 in Category 1 and $4,150 in Category 2.
2017 Holiday

For departures between Dec 23-30, 2017

 

Category 1

Category 2

Category 3

Category 4

Category 5

Suite A

Suite B

Endeavor II

$7,780

$8,880

$9,780

$10,720

N/A

$12,810

$13,760

Islander

$8,390

$9,440

$10,270

$10,900

$13,070

N/A

N/A

 For a single cabin on the Endeavour II, add $1,990 in Category 2 and $2,190 in Category 3. For a single cabin on the Islander, add $3,660 in Category 1 and $4,150 in Category 2.

 

 

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