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Galapagos

Galapagos Cruise aboard National Geographic Islander

At a glance

Duration: 10 Days

Coverage: Roundtrip Guayaquil, Ecuador

From: $6,960

Season: January - December

Activities: Birding, Hiking, Natural history, Photography, Sightseeing, Snorkeling, Zodiac cruises

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Lindblad Expeditions in Partnership with National Geographic

Experiencing the Galápagos Islands on an expedition is an unrivaled experience. And our 360º approach is your guarantee of an in-depth encounter with all its wonders. The 48-guest National Geographic Islander 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, too
  • Benefit from our 40+ years of experience and relationships in Galápagos to see all you came for and more.

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. For those who prefer to stay dry, there’s the service of our undersea specialist, who’ll share undersea video footage with you during the cocktail hour. And each day you’ll have the option to walk, hike, kayak, or Zodiac cruise, and to join a different naturalist as you choose: there are no assigned groups. See more of what you’ll do.

Travel in excellent company

Explore under the sure guidance of an expedition leader, three 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 the key to your once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 — U.S./Guayaquil, Ecuador

Depart U.S. and arrive Guayaquil by late evening; it’s a short drive to Hotel Hilton Colón, where we spend the night.

Day 2 — Guayaquil / Galápagos / Embark

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 — Galapagos Islands

The following is a representative sample of the islands we may visit during your week on board: (B,L,D)

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 / Disembark / Guayaquil

Disembark and fly to Guayaquil. The late afternoon and evening are free to explore the city. Overnight Hotel Hilton Colón. (B)

Day 10 — Guayaquil / Home

This morning fly home. (B)

Please note: All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.

Dates & Rates

Sailing Dates 1 2 3 4 5 1 Single 2 Single
Sep 23, 2017 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
Oct 28, 2017 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
Nov 4, 2017 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
Nov 18, 2017 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
Nov 25, 2017 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
Dec 2, 2017 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
Dec 9, 2017 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
Dec 16, 2017 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
Dec 23, 2017 $8,390 $9,440 $10,270 $10,900 $13,070 $12,590 $14,160
Dec 30, 2017 $8,390 $9,440 $10,270 $10,900 $13,070 $12,590 $14,160
Jan 6, 2018 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
Jan 13, 2018 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
Jan 20, 2018 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
Jan 27, 2018 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
Feb 3, 2018 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
Feb 10, 2018 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
Feb 17, 2018 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
Feb 24, 2018 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
Mar 3, 2018 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
Mar 10, 2018 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
Mar 17, 2018 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
Mar 24, 2018 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
Mar 31, 2018 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
Apr 7, 2018 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
Apr 14, 2018 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
Apr 21, 2018 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
Apr 28, 2018 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
May 5, 2018 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
May 12, 2018 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
May 19, 2018 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
May 26, 2018 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
Jun 2, 2018 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
Jun 9, 2018 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
Jun 16, 2018 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
Jun 23, 2018 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
Jun 30, 2018 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
Jul 7, 2018 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
Jul 14, 2018 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
Jul 21, 2018 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
Jul 28, 2018 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
Aug 4, 2018 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
Aug 11, 2018 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
Aug 18, 2018 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
Aug 25, 2018 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
Sep 1, 2018 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
Sep 8, 2018 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
Sep 15, 2018 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
Sep 22, 2018 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
Sep 29, 2018 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
Oct 6, 2018 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
Nov 10, 2018 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
Nov 24, 2018 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
Dec 1, 2018 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
Dec 8, 2018 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
Dec 15, 2018 $7,330 $8,290 $9,170 $9,750 $11,860 $10,990 $12,440
Dec 22, 2018 $8,390 $9,440 $10,270 $10,900 $13,070 $12,590 $14,160
Dec 29, 2018 $8,390 $9,440 $10,270 $10,900 $13,070 $12,590 $14,160

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Ships

National Geographic Islander

National Geographic IslanderThe National Geographic Islander is a versatile 164-foot twin-hulled vessel with 24 spacious cabins comfortably accommodating 48 guests. She is a sturdy expedition ship, designed for year-round discovery and active exploration of the Galápagos and can reach places inaccessible to larger ships due to its small size. View ship details...

Cruise Reviews

National Geographic Islander - June 2015

National Geographic IslanderAs you know we were on the National Geographic Islander, the 44 passenger ship. It was a lovely ship and your recommendation of what cabins were available when we booked (8 months in advance) was spot on. We had a Category 4 cabin which was nice. All the cabins on the ship seem to be good size. We had previously been on the National Geographic Sea Bird and the Islander was a totally different type of ship, both appropriate for the destination they were exploring.

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National Geographic Islander - May 2014

National Geographic IslanderPhenomenal is the first word that come to my mind. The whole trip, the whole experience.

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National Geographic Islander - April 2012

National Geographic IslanderI had a wonderful time Linda. As you know I had never traveled solo before and was very anxious to do so. I had booked the trip with a friend but he unfortunately had to cancel. I started looking at every spec of detail and was concerned if I was going to be able to do this on my own. Well I should not have worried and realize I have grown from this experience.

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National Geographic Islander - June 2011

National Geographic IslanderMagical is the only word that comes to mind. Both in the destination and the whole experience. Linda, you are the best, you prepared us for everything. We came to you with other ideas and you cleared out the junk and crystallized what was important and what to look for in our choice of a ship.

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National Geographic Islander - January 2011

National Geographic IslanderJust returned from our trip of a lifetime. We planed and planed and worked with Linda, and every inch exceeded our expectations.

Due to storms we didn't want to have any issues with missing flights so we flew into Miami a night early and stayed at the hotel right in the airport. We were first in line for our flights out to Guayaquil the next day.

We arrived in Guayaquil late at night and were picked up and taken to the Hilton along with many others who would be our sailing. Hilton was a a nice hotel and seemed to be the best in the area. A good night's sleep, an early breakfast and off we were on our charter flight to the Islands.

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