- National Geographic Endeavour
- Expedition Ship
- 96 Capacity
- 10 Days
- 2013, 2014
- Price from
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, Diving, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Snorkeling
Just-Released Offer Receive free round-trip airfare (value $1,300 per person).
Free Chronicle: Receive a free video chronicle of your trip, compliments of ExpeditionTrips!
Free Subscription: Complimentary 1-year subscription to National Geographic Magazine (one per booking).
$4,990 to $10,480
Depart the United States and arrive in Guayaquil by late evening; it’s a short drive to Hotel Hilton Colón, where you will spend the night.
After the flight to the Galapagos, you’ll immediately board the ship. Over the course of the week, the exact routing of the trip depends on the National Park Service.
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:
Have up-close encounters with colonies of nesting blue-footed boobies (seasonal) and magnificent frigate birds, plus sea lion harems. Spot swallow-tailed gulls, marine iguanas, land iguanas and fur seals along the cliffs. You can choose from walks and Zodiac rides.
You can land on one of the most important sea turtle nesting sites in Galápagos. Go on walks past a salt water lagoon to see shore birds; up a small hill to land bird and endemic vegetation terrain. There are opportunities for snorkeling, plus Zodiac rides and kayaking to Buccaneer Cove. Visit Puerto Egas for a coastal trek to fur seal grottoes, masses of marine iguanas, sea birds, and more against vivid green sea mosses. Enjoy swimming and snorkeling from the beach.
Look for fur seals, blue-footed boobies, pelicans, sea lions and more. Enjoy walks in the El Chato tortoise preserve for encounters with giant tortoises in the wild. Return to sea level and explore bustling Puerto Ayora before embarking the ship.
A small black sand beach, a sea turtle nesting site, offers wonderful morning swimming. Travel on a more challenging hike over a rugged area of shoreline, then inland through a land iguana nesting colony; and a shorter walk within the iguana colony. Walking, birding, kayaking and deep water snorkeling, with Zodiac rides are available.
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.
Snorkel among sea lions in the clear waters off Champion Islet. You 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.
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 ambience. 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.
This morning disembark the ship and fly to Guayaquil. The late afternoon and evening are free for exploring the city and preparing for your journey home. If you would like to visit Quito, please inquire about optional Quito extensions.
This morning fly home.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Certified Photo Instructor:
Every expedition aboard the National Geographic Endeavour 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! On select departures, a National Geographic Photographer will join you: 6/7/2013, 6/14/2013, 10/25/2013, 11/1/2013, 2/21/2014, 2/28/2014, 6/13/2014, 6/20/2014, 10/24/2014, 10/31/2014
For experienced SCUBA divers, opportunities for dives can be arranged on select departures. Please contact ExpeditionTrips for details.
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; transfers; gratuities to local guides; Galapagos Transit Card; use of snorkeling equipment, wet suits and kayaks; services of the ship physician, Expedition Leader, Naturalist staff and expert guides; transfers; gratuities to local guides; all port charges and service taxes.
Not Included (Package):
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–$550 per adult; $250-$325 per child under 12 (copy of passport required).
PHOTO (Sea Lion) © Michael S Nolan