Unique, immersive style of travel
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 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, too
Benefit from our 50 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. And advanced scuba divers are invited to dive incredible sites of stunning biodiversity over two days at an additional charge. For those who prefer to stay dry, there’s the adventure of Endeavour II’s glass bottom boat. 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 for your Galápagos adventure travel. See more of what you’ll do.
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 the key to your once-in-a-lifetime experience.
- All accommodations aboard ship or in hotels per itinerary
- Alll meals and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship
- Alcoholic beverages (except premium brands)
- One hour of Wi-Fi per person per day
- Internal Air & transfers
- Shore excursions, sightseeing and entrance fees
- Use of snorkeling equipment and wet suits, use of kayaks and stand-up paddle-boards
- Gratuities to ship’s crew are at your discretion.
- International Air & Baggage Fees if promotional air not offered
- Premium Alcohol Brands
- Travel Protection
- Visa & Immigration Services if required
DAY 1: U.S./Guayaquil, Ecuador
Upon arrival in Guayaquil, transfer to the Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil
DAY 2: Guayaquil / Galápagos / Embark
This morning, fly to the Galápagos Islands and board Endeavour II. After lunch, we begin our exploration of the islands and their remarkable wildlife. (B,L,D)
DAY 3-8: Galápagos Islands
Listed below is a sample of islands we may visit during our expedition.* (B,L,D Daily)
North Seymour: Follow coastal trails past playful Galápagos sea lions on this wildlife-rich central island. Continue inland through a silvery forest of endemic palo santo trees, where frigatebirds nest, blue-footed boobies dance, and where we may also encounter prehistoric-looking land iguanas feeding on cactus.
Isabela: Cross the Equator at Volcán Ecuador, northernmost of Isabela’s six great shield volcanoes. Keep an eye open for whales and dolphins, sea turtles and the elusive ocean sunfish. Over two days, land in the footsteps of Darwin and Melville, and look for wildlife along the wildly eroded volcanic shore.
Fernandina: One of the most active oceanic volcanoes in the world, Fernandina is the youngest and most pristine island in Galápagos—and home to the strange flightless cormorant, Galápagos penguins and the largest marine iguanas. Hikes ashore lead across impressive recent lava flows.
Española: See swallow-tailed gulls, Española mockingbirds, Nazca boobies and, seasonally, the world’s only population of waved albatross at this birdy paradise, also home to vividly colored marine iguanas. Watch sea lions on the wide sand beach, and snorkel offshore, at Gardner Bay.
Floreana: Follow a trail past a rose pink-tinted lagoon frequented by flamingos. Snorkel among sea lions and abundant fish, or cruise along Champion Islet by Zodiac. Visit the famous barrel at Post Office Bay.
Santa Cruz: Visit Puerto Ayora, the largest town and headquarters of both the Galápagos National Park and Charles Darwin Research Station. See the monument to Lonesome George, and tour the giant tortoise breeding corrals. See the giant tortoises roaming in the wild in the lush, green highlands.
Bartolomé: Climb the steps to the summit of this 300-foot volcanic wonderland for stunning views. Explore, swim and snorkel from the beach. You might even see Galápagos penguins, one of world’s rarest.
Santiago: Explore tide pools and look for fur seals sheltered in quiet grottos of black basalt. Swim, snorkel, kayak and paddleboard along Santiago’s spectacular coast, and explore an enchanting coastal forest where Charles Darwin once walked.
Genovesa: Sail across the Equator to the remote northern realm of the Galápagos, surrounded by warmer tropical waters.
San Cristobal: Search for red-footed boobies and the endemic mockingbird and lava lizard—found only on this easternmost island, and dig your toes into the powdery white sand at a gorgeous beach fronted by iconic Kicker Rock. Explore Baquerizo Moreno, where sea lions thrive in the middle of town.
DAY 9: Galápagos / Disembark / Guayaquil
Return this morning to Guayaquil, where we transfer to our hotel. The late afternoon and evening are free to explore the city. Overnight Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil.(B)
DAY 10: Guayaquil / Home
Transfer to the airport for flights home. (B)