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.
     

Itinerary - 10 Days

Day 1 — U.S./Guayaquil, Ecuador Depart for Guayaquil and upon arrival, transfer to our hotel. Hotel Hilton Colón

 

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. Hotel Hilton Colón (B)

 

Day 10 — Guayaquil/U.S.
Depart Guayaquil this morning, arriving home the same day. (B)

 

Price

Pricing starts at $6,600 per person, double occupancy. For a single cabin on the Endeavour, add $1,890 in Category 1 and $2,110 in Category 2. For a single cabin on the Islander, add $4,000 in Category 1 and $4,500 in Category 2. International airfare to/from Guayaquil and airfare within Ecuador are not included in the expedition cost. The group flight between Guayaquil and Galápagos is approximately $520 (subject to change).

 

Solo Travelers

Accommodations (hotels, tents and cruise cabins) are based on double occupancy. If you prefer single accommodations, and if such are available, you can pay a single supplement fee. If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we can assign a roommate of the same gender. If there is no one with whom you can share, a single supplement fee will apply.


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Galapagos Adventure Cruise

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Starting at $6,600 Per Person