Galapagos Classic – Islander

Galapagos Cruise

  • National Geographic Islander
  • Expedition Ship
  • 48 Capacity
  • 10 Days
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Summary : The Galapagos Islands are considered one of the most spectacular and pristine National Parks in the world. Visitors delight in the abundant, unusual, and surprisingly approachable wildlife—from Galapagos giant tortoises to playful sea lions to the fascinating blue-footed boobies. All departures will have a certified photo instructor onboard.

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Snorkeling

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Itinerary
Day 1
U.S. / Guayaquil, Ecuador

Depart the United States and arrive Guayaquil by late evening. Miami is a convenient gateway for most, but other air alternatives are available. If you choose to take the non-stop group flight from Miami, it departs in the early evening with a flying time of approximately 4 hours. Upon arrival in Guayaquil, it’s a short drive to the Hotel Hilton Colón.

Day 2
Guayaquil / Galapagos / Embark Ship

This morning fly to the Galapagos. Flying time is approximately 1½ hours; upon arrival immediately board the National Geographic Islander. Over the course of the week, your exact routing depends on the National Park Service.

Day 3 – 8
Exploring the Galapagos Islands

While your exact routing depends on the Galapagos National Park Service, the following is a representative sample of the islands you may visit during your week on board:

Bartolome
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
Santiago offers close encounters with Galápagos fur seals along with an opportunity to study the inhabitants of the island’s countless tide pools.

Santa Cruz
Look for fur seals, blue-footed boobies, pelicans, sea lions and more. Enjoy walks in the highlands for encounters with giant tortoises in the wild. Return to sea level and explore bustling Puerto Ayora before embarking the ship.

Isabela
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 on offer.

Fernandina
Fernandina Island is the youngest island and one of the most pristine tropical islands left on Earth. Look forward to hikes over relatively recent lava flows, and to Cormorant point for marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, Sally Lightfoot crabs, and intriguing tide pools. Activities also include Zodiac forays and snorkeling, perhaps with sea turtles, penguins, or cormorants.

Floreana
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.

Española
The exclusive home to waved albatross (April - December) 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.

In between the sights and activities throughout the Galapagos, life aboard your expedition ship is rich and varied — marvelous meals to enjoy in an always-casual ambiance. Engaging talks by your Naturalists are part of the daily recap ritual that binds your expedition community and increases the fun. Socializing with staff and fellow guests, or retreating to one of the ship’s nooks and crannies with a good book is always an option. Also, you can enjoy a relaxing massage or revitalizing Wellness treatment.

Day 9
Galapagos / Disembark Ship / Guayaquil

This morning disembark the ship and fly to Guayaquil. The late afternoon and evening are free to explore the city and prepare for your journey home. If you would like to visit Quito, please inquire about optional Quito extensions.

Day 10
Guayaquil / Home

This morning fly home.

Notes

This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.

Certified Photo Instructor:
Every expedition aboard the National Geographic Islander will offer a certified photo instructor. Guests of any interest or skill level can rely on assistance with their camera model, instruction on elements of composition and more, plus useful shooting tips—in the field, where it counts!

Included:
Seven nights shipboard accommodations in the Galapagos; two nights’ accommodations on mainland (Guayaquil) at a fine hotel with private facilities; all meals and soft drinks aboard the vessel; Galapagos National Park entry fee; Galapagos Transit Card; use of snorkeling equipment, wet suits and kayaks; services of the ship physician, Expedition Leader, Naturalist staff and expert guides; all port charges and service taxes; transfers; gratuities to local guides.

Not Included:
Airfare Miami/Guayaquil/Galapagos/Guayaquil/Miami; meals not indicated as included; extensions; passport expenses; baggage/accident/cancellation insurance; items of a personal nature, such as laundry, alcoholic beverages and emails; gratuities to Naturalist staff and ship crew.

Airfare between Guayaquil and the Galapagos Islands:
The flights between mainland Ecuador (Guayaquil) and the Galapagos Islands are an additional cost. For your cruise security, ExpeditionTrips must reserve these flights for you at the time of cruise booking. Approximate cost (including service fee): $450–$600 per adult; $250-$325 per child under 12 (copy of passport required).