Experiencing the Galápagos Islands on an expedition is an unrivaled experience. And our 360º approach is your guarantee of an in-depth encounter with all its wonders.
A Lindblad-National Geographic expedition is arguably the most exhilarating overseas adventure travel experience a person can have. Nothing else comes close to approximating its authenticity and all-five-senses engagement. We offer you the world’s ultimate, authentic expedition experience. Discover the planet’s most remarkable places accompanied by experts able to illuminate all you see, and with cool tools to use to explore up close and personally.
Wildlife in the Galapagos lack fear of humans so you’re guaranteed up-close and personal animal encounters.
You’ll come home with extraordinary photos thanks to the onboard National Geographic photographer instructors.
Variety of daily activities for all activity levels including kayaking, walking, hiking or snorkeling — all launching from Zodiac landing craft.
DAY 1: U.S./Guayaquil, Ecuador
Depart U.S. and arrive Guayaquil by late evening; it’s a short drive to Hotel Hilton Colón, where we spend the night.
DAY 2: Guayaquil / Galápagos / Embark
After the 1.5-hour flight to the Galápagos, we’ll immediately board the ship. Over the course of the week, our exact routing depends on the National Park Service. (B, L, D)
DAYS 3-8: Galápagos Islands
The following is a representative sample of the islands we may visit during your week onboard:
This is an enchanting landscape where lava, mangroves and golden sand converge. Great walks and views abound, with a chance to snorkel with Galápagos penguins.
Santiago offers close encounters with Galápagos fur seals along with an opportunity to study the inhabitants of the island’s countless tide pools.
Home to the Charles Darwin Research station. Learn about the science done here and visit the neighboring captive breeding program for endangered species of Galápagos giant tortoises, run by their partners in conservation, the Galápagos National Park Service.
A small black-sand beach offers wonderful morning swimming. Enjoy a more challenging hike over rugged shoreline and a shorter walk within an iguana colony. Kayaking and deep water snorkeling opportunities are available.
This is the youngest island in the Galápagos and one of the most pristine tropical islands left on earth. Look forward to hikes over relatively recent lava flows, and spot marine iguanas, flightless cormorants and Sally Lightfoot crabs.
Snorkel among sea lions in the clear waters off Champion Islet. We may also find flamingos, pintail ducks and various shorebirds. Hike to a pristine white-sand beach, a favorite nesting site for sea turtles.
The exclusive home to waved albatross (seasonal) and particularly colorful marine iguanas, Española is also a paradise for Darwin’s finches, sea lions galore and the famous blue-footed boobies. Snorkel and stroll along the island’s lovely beaches.
DAY 9: Galápagos / Disembark / Guayaquil
Disembark and fly to Guayaquil. The late afternoon and evening are free to explore the city. Overnight Hotel Hilton Colón. (B)
DAY 10: Guayaquil / Home
This morning, fly home. (B)
Pricing starts at $6,590 per person for double occupancy (cost will vary based on date and room category selected)
Ship capacity: 96 passengers
Meals indicated above
Services of a Lindblad Expeditions' leader, naturalist staff, expert guides and ship doctor
Kayaks, snorkeling gear and wet suits
Accommodations are based on double occupancy. If you prefer single accommodations, and if such are available, you can pay a single supplement fee.