Galápagos Islands: National Geographic Endeavour II


10-Day Escorted Tour

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The Tour

Lindblad Expeditions takes a 360º approach to their Galápagos expeditions — and guarantees guests have an in-depth encounter with all the wonders the Galápagos Islands have to offer. The newly-refitted 96-guest National Geographic Endeavour II is fully equipped with tools for exploration that will enable you to see more of the archipelago’s varied islands and habitats, have up-close encounters with incredible wildlife, experience the Galápagos undersea,and benefit from Lindblad Expeditions’ 50 years of experience and relationships in Galápagos.

Encounter abundant wildlife
Blue-footed boobies. Flightless cormorants. Darwin’s finches. Pink flamingos. Sea lions on beaches or gamboling underwater. Giant tortoises grazing in the highlands. The wildlife of Galápagos is legendary for its uniqueness and lack of fear, allowing you the rare experience of being treated as an equal in the wild world. Each island contains endemic species, and you’ll have the opportunity to see a panoply of Galápagos’ creatures in their native habitats—on land and in the sea.

Every day is active and engaging
You’ll be able to snorkel nearly every day, sometimes twice a day (SCUBA opportunities are also available at charge on select departures). For those who prefer to stay dry, there’s the adventure of Endeavour II’s glass bottom Zodiac. And each day you’ll have the option to walk, hike, kayak, paddleboard or Zodiac cruise, and to join a different naturalist as you choose: there are no assigned groups.

Travel in excellent company
Explore under the sure guidance of an expedition leader, four handpicked naturalists, including a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, and an undersea specialist, plus a wellness specialist. Their knowledge and passion for the islands is your key to this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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The Itinerary

Day 1: Guayaquil Arrival
Depart U.S. and arrive Guayaquil by late evening. We’ve found that Miami is a convenient gateway for most, but other air alternatives are available. If you choose to take the non-stop American Airlines group flight from Miami, we depart in the early evening with a flying time of approximately 4 hours. Upon arrival in Guayaquil, a Lindblad representative meets you outside customs and accompanies you on your transfer to the Hotel Hilton Colón.

Day 2: Guayaquil to Galapagos // Embarkation
After the 1 1⁄2-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)

Day 3 – 8: Galápagos Islands
Because of the sensitivity of the islands and the Galápagos National Park Service rules that govern tourism here, you will not have a day-by-day itinerary until several weeks before you travel. The following is a representative sample of the islands we may visit during your week on board:

Bartolomé
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
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.

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
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.

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 (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.
(B,L,D Daily)

Day 9: Galápagos Disembarkation // Guayaquil
Disembark and fly to Guayaquil. The late afternoon and evening are free to explore the city. Overnight at the Hotel Hilton Colón. (B)

Day 10: Guayaquil Departure
This morning, transfer as a group to the Guyaquil airport for flights home. (B)

Legend for Meals: B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner

2017 Dates:

December 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

2018 Dates:

January 5, 12, 19, 26
February 2, 9, 16, 23
March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
April 6, 13, 20, 27
May 4, 11, 18, 25
June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
July 6, 13, 20, 27
August 3, 10, 17
October 5, 12, 19, 26
November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
December 7, 14, 21, 28

The Prices

2017 & 2018* Pricing:

Accommodations Price
Category 1 $6,960
Category 2 $7,940
Category 3 $8,740
Category 4 $9,590
Suite A $11,440
Suite B $12,280
Suite C $12,980
Cat. 2 Single Traveler $9,930
Cat 3. Single Traveler $10,930
Deposit: $750
Please note: prices are per person, double occupancy, unless specifically stated. 
 
Holiday Pricing: Dec. 29, 2017; Dec. 21 & 28, 2018: Cat. 1: $7,780; Cat. 2: $8,880; Cat. 3: $9,780; Cat. 4: $10,720; Suite A: $12,810; Suite B: $13,760; Suite C: $14,530; Cat. 2 Solo: $11,120; Cat. 3 Solo: $12,240. Deposit: $1,000.
*2018 prices are as listed above for bookings made prior to June 1, 2017. After June 1, new pricing will be announced for 2018 departures.

Other

 

Optional 8-Day Post-Voyage Extension: Peru’s Land of the Inca
Direct from Galapagos Islands, fly to Lima, Peru. Visit Cusco, capital city of the Inca Empire, the Sacred Valley of the Inca, and Machu Piccu, where you will have the opportunity to hike to the Sun Gate and watch day break over the sacred ruins.Extension includes most meals, all hotel nights (at 5-star properties including Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, Belmond Monasterio Hotel, Belmond Miraflores Park), and all sightseeing. Call or e-mail us for details.

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The Highlights

  • See the archipelago’s varied islands and habitats
  • Frequent hiking, kayaking, and paddleboarding opportunities
  • Have up-close encounters with incredible wildlife
  • Experience the Galápagos undersea — snorkeling offered almost every day, some times twice a day (SCUBA opportunities also available on select departures for intermediate / advanced divers) — and glass-bottom Zodiac boat allows guests who do not snorkel the opportunity to see animals underwater
  • Benefit from Lindblad / National Geographic’s 50 years of experience and relationships in Galápagos – top-rated naturalists and guides
  • 7 dinners, 7 lunches, and 9 breakfasts included. Snacks and non-alcoholic drinks included on board the ship.
Rachel Hardy on a hike on Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill), Santa Cruz, so-named because it is home to endemic Galapagos land iguanas. The National Geographic Endeavour II is in the background. IRT Photo by Rachel Hardy.
Rachel Hardy on a hike on Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill), Santa Cruz, so-named because it is home to endemic Galapagos land iguanas. The National Geographic Endeavour II is in the background. IRT Photo by Rachel Hardy.
A sea lion pup wakes up from an afternoon nap on Española Island. IRT Photo by Rachel Hardy.
A sea lion pup wakes up from an afternoon nap on Española Island. IRT Photo by Rachel Hardy.
Suite B on the Endeavour II. All cabins on the ship have large picture windows. Photo by  Lindblad Expeditions.
Suite B on the Endeavour II. All cabins on the ship have large picture windows. Photo by Lindblad Expeditions.
A giant tortoise in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. IRT Photo by Rachel Hardy.
A giant tortoise in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. IRT Photo by Rachel Hardy.