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.
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:
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 on offer.
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 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
2020 Dates:January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
February 7, 14, 21, 28
March 6, 13, 20, 27
April 3, 10, 17, 24
May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
June 5, 12, 19, 26
July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
August 7, 14, 21, 28
September 11, 18, 25
October 2, 9, 16
November 20, 27
December 4, 11, 18, 25
|Cat. 2 Single Traveler||$10,690|
|Cat. 3 Single Traveler||$11,880|
Holiday Pricing: Dec. 20 & 27, 2019; Dec. 18 & 25, 2020: Cat. 1: $8,270; Cat. 2: $9,720; Cat. 3: $10,870; Cat. 4: $12,180; Suite A: $14,600; Suite B: $15,750; Suite C: $16,670; Cat. 2 Solo: $12,300; Cat. 3 Solo: $13,670. Deposit: $1,000.
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.