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, Dedicated Solo Cabins, Triple/Quad Cabins
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2019 Trips for 2018 Rates
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NEW National Geographic Global Explorers kids and teen program.
NEW Diving Program for intermediate to advanced divers.
$6,960 to $15,400
Depart the United States and arrive in Guayaquil by late evening; it’s a short drive to your hotel, 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.
Meals: B, L, D
While your exact routing depends on the Galapagos National Park Service, the following is a representative sample of the islands you might visit during your week on board.
Meals: B, L, D daily
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, 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. Kayaking and deep water snorkeling opportunities are on offer.
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 for marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, and Sally Lightfoot crabs.
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 a 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 relaxing to one of the ship’s cozy nooks with a good book is always an option.
This morning disembark the ship and fly to Guayaquil. The late afternoon and evening are free for exploring the city. Overnight at your hotel.
This morning fly home.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Special Guest Photographer: Ralph Lee Hopkins (5/11/2018 only)
National Geographic Global Explorers: All Departures
Launching in June, kids and teens will develop the mindset of an explorer through a range of cool activities: recording wildlife, plant, and undersea sightings in their Field Notebook, using photos, video, drawing and more to tell a story about the wonders they'll encounter, snorkeling with sea lions, and earning their Zodiac "driver's license!" Plus, National Geographic certified field educators—a brand-new addition to our expedition team—will help optimize Galápagos' daily learning opportunities.
Lindblad-National Geographic Certified Photo Instructor:
On all departures, a certified photo instructor will be at your side and at your service to inspire and assist you. Take advantage of talks, presentations, slideshows and “laptop gallery” sharing events. All skill and interest levels are welcome; the instructors can meet you wherever you are on your journey. All you need to participate is a camera— point-and-shoot, smartphone, DSLR, whatever—and a sense of adventure. And you’re sure to return home with amazing photos.
Optional Pre-Trip Extension: 6 Days
Tropical Andes (Mashpi Lodge) & Colonial Quito: Before your Galapagos adventure, discover the lesser-known wonders of mainland Ecuador on this six-day adventure in the Andes. Explore Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage site, from the comfort of historic Casa Gangotena on Plaza San Francisco. See dazzling colonial churches and bustling traditional local markets. Then immerse yourself in the heart of the Ecuadorian Chocó, one of the world’s top five biodiversity hotspots, at Mashpi Lodge. From $2,190 per person (2017) and from $2,390 per person (2018). Contact ExpeditionTrips for details.
Shipboard accommodations; one pre-cruise hotel night and one post-cruise hotel night in Guayaquil; meals and non-alcoholic drinks (coffee, tea, water, soda) aboard the vessel; Galapagos National Park entry fee; transfers to/from group flight; gratuities (except to ship's crew); Galapagos Transit Card; use of snorkeling equipment, wetsuits, kayaks and stand up paddleboards; services of the ship physician, Expedition Leader, Naturalist staff and expert guides; port charges and service taxes. Subject to change without notice.
Airfare; meals not indicated as included; optional extensions; passport and visa expenses; baggage/accident/cancellation insurance; items of a personal nature, such as laundry, alcoholic beverages and Internet/Wi-Fi; gratuities to ship's crew; travel health insurance (required to enter Ecuador); fuel surcharge may apply.
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): $500-$700 per adult; $300-$450 per child under 12 (copy of passport required).
Photo Credit: © Sven-Olof Lindblad (Rays); © Michael S. Nolan (Iguanas, Tortoise, Sea Lions, Red-footed Booby, Kayak); © Ralph Lee Hopkins (Crab); © Lindblad Expeditions (Frigatebird, Blue-footed Booby)