The Galapagos Islands
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Galapagos about the National Geographic Islander

Galapagos aboard National Geographic Islander

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.

With nearly 50 years exploring Galápagos, we know how incredible the Galápagos Islands are. Travel with us and you’ll tour Galápagos as Darwin did—aboard an expedition ship equipped to give you the most engaging experience possible. Voyage from island to island to make fresh discoveries daily. Hike, kayak, and Zodiac cruise. Have personal encounters with fascinating animals that won’t run in fear from you. Explore the undersea. In the nearly 50 years we’ve been exploring here, we’ve introduced generations of guests to the magic and mystery of Galápagos— the best islands in the world.

Each week aboard National Geographic Islander is crafted to offer you a panoramic experience of the archipelago. Within hours of arriving in Galápagos, you’ll experience an abundance of wildlife. And each day will deliver a new island to discover and explore. And while our exact routing among the islands is always subject to change (flexibility is the hallmark of our expedition style), the following is a representative sample of the islands we may visit during your week on board.

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Itinerary


Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 — U.S./Guayaquil, Ecuador

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, it’s a short drive to the Hotel Hilton Colón.

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)

Days 3-8 – Galapagos Islands

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


Dates & Rates

Sailing Dates123451 Single2 Single
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

Map


Map

Map - Galapagos

Ships


Ships

National Geographic Islander

National Geographic Islander
Yacht-scaled and trim, the 48-guest National Geographic Islander plies Galápagos’ protected waters with grace, supplying an ambience and comfort that perfectly complements our informal expedition style. She departs every Saturday from January to December.
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Cruise Reviews



Average rating:  
 13 reviews
by Margo and Russell on Galapagos Cruise
a trip of a lifetime

This was a Bucket List trip for my husbands 70th birthday. We looked at many options as there are so many ships that go to the Galapagos Islands. We originally thought we wanted smaller than 100 passengers. We thought we wanted maybe a sail boat. But..after doing mounds of research which probably could have been avoided by a single phone call to Linda Androlia at Sunstone Tours. By her recommendation as Lindblad's connection with National Geographic being the best options, as well as it appears Lindblad is the father of tourism in Galapagos. It certainly wasn't the east expensive so we had high expectations.

We had Lindblad book our air from Las Vegas through Miami to Guayaquil and return. We were picked up at the airport by the shuttle of the Hilton Colon Hotel. There were a number on our flight, only we didn't know it until we all got on the same shuttle. Five minute drive and 20 minutes later we were in our room. A good nights sleep and up early for breakfast and back to the airport. Two or so hour flight and we arrived in the islands. Weather was a balmy 80 degrees which was perfect.

The ship..she seems to be old but impeccably maintained. We had a Category 3 cabin on the A Deck. Since there is no elevator we got our exercise. The ship is comfortable not full of luxury and set up for the destination.Food, plentiful and exceptional. They accommodated all my mini allergies and requirements with a smile no less. Little smattering of regional fare. Three meals 2 buffet and dinner sitdown. Full bar, coffee, tea and cookies in the library.

Swimming, hikes, snorkeling, zodiacs, kayaks. We did it all over and over again. Very active, no sitting around reading a book. You could if you wished, but why would you. Everyday one or two islands. Just when you thought the island and sea and land life you saw today could not be beat, the next day it does and so on. Once off the ship the country of Ecuador has many regulations and Lindblad is understandably a stickler for keeping to the rules.

Fellow passengers were like minded. Only two children from So American on the cruise. Otherwise the age range is about 45-75. As the crew is very professional, you some how feel a connection between passenger and crew in a friendship sort of way. Everyone we spoke to was thrilled and proud to be working on this ship.

It really was a trip of a lifetime. I can't find anything to complain or suggest to be done better. Tell your clients to bring heavy sunscreen and a hat, the sun is strong. Good walking shoes are a must. They had walking sticks which I found helpful. Sorry the trip is over in such a short time. After others on our Bucket List I think we would like to return.

by Jeff and Margaret on Galapagos Cruise
Lindblad is the best

As 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.

This was an active trip, always on the move with lots of walking, Snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, MUCH more active than Alaska. We talked to you about the Galapagos experience, we talked to people on the Alaska trip who had done it. I did lots of research as to the best operator and time of year to go. I felt I was well informed of what to expect. A little hesitant to spend the big bucks on Lindblad and the islander. But we can say we had high expectations, and were blown away how everything was in the "exceeded expectation category".

Of course the animals...they walk all over you, they have no fear, the fish the birds the land animals are all in your face. Can't explain this until you experience it. Not at all like Africa...a sea lion I could almost say cuddled up to my wife when she was laying on the beach.

44 passengers three rock star naturalist, expedition guides. All Ecuadorian which is the rule as to protect jobs of their countrymen. We had Salvadore, Paul and Juan Carols. All three excellent, their knowledge, passion, concern for us all made every minute of the trip a joy. As you can not wander off on your own and always have to be with a guide, the quality of this guide can make or break the trip. We understand the Lindblad guides are the top banana and everyone wants to work for Lindblad. We had Lynn as our head person. She was more involved in making sure everything was running well, like a cruise manager. She did give two excellent lectures on Darwin and one on the turtles.

We had very little rain and the weather and sea was very calm. As you never dock you are always out in the open waters. Snorkeling was a top on my list and I was able to do it enough that I was satisfied. I had trouble getting the equipment to fit properly. Our rock star naturalists worked with me each time to make sure all was perfect before I went out. Very much personal care.

If we would fault anything it would be the food. Our trip in Alaska had fresh salmon, halibut, bought from the fisherman. To please the American palette when you are half way across the world would be a challenge. We always had enough to eat and always found something on the menu that we enjoyed. it just wasn't the quality that we remember in Alaska.

To sum it up...Lindblad is the best...worth the price and then some. Linda, thank you for your knowledge. We called you for Celebrity which our neighbor had been on. Oh my goodness, are we glad we found you to explain the differences. Not that Celebrity is bad..just not what type of experience we were looking for. We are saving our pennies for another Lindblad adventure...maybe Artic next time.

by Vicky and Myron on Galapagos Cruise
met our expectations to the fullest

We were on the National Geographic Endeavour in a Category 4 cabin.

The trip met our expectations to the fullest. Firstly, the Galapagos is absolutely fantastic. We were very impressed that all involved have kept the area pristine and yet accessible. It is traveling back in time. The abundant bird and animal life was incredible.

Secondly, Lindblad completely delivered. They were totally organized, the food was excellent, excellent housekeeping, and everyone was extremely helpful. We flew to Miami one day early . The next day we we were met by Lindblad at the Miami airport and they guided everyone through our travels. life was made easy.

This is our second trip with Lindblad, our first being Baja. We would not hesitate to travel with them again.

Finally, you, Linda, did a terrific job in making sure our booking and pre-trip arrangements went smoothly.

Thank you for everything.

by Judy Prentice on Galapagos Cruise
Trip was amazing!

Thank you for the greetings, and the bottle of wine - that was a lovely surprise and a very thoughtful gesture. The trip was amazing! It lived up to all our expectations and more. The ship was very nice, and all of the hospitality people that we met were delightful, pleasant, and did their jobs very well. We really liked our choice of cabin # 106 on the ship. The 100 level was definitely the right one for us. Lindblad does an excellent job of arranging and organizing everything - we were very impressed with the entire operation.

Thank you for your help in arranging things for us. This was really a "once in a lifetime" experience, and we feel that we did it with the right company.

by Barbara, Tom, Chrisie and, Charity Jones on Galapagos Cruise
Clearly a magical destination.

There were so many choices in the Galapagos that I was over whelmed in making a decision. We researched up the gazoo. I came across Linda at Sunstone Tours who has been to the Galapagos and knew the many ships we were contemplating. Our issue was looking at the ships and not the naturalists and the experience. True to what Linda explained, the ship is NOT the focus, you are off the ship most of the time, it is the land, the animals, The Galapagos Islands being the focus. So that said we went with Lindblad/National Geographic since our research showed us they were the best by far in all the reviews mentioned. The highest rated Naturalists and have been sailing the Galapagos longer than any other company.

We were on the Endeavour with 98 passengers. We are a family of four, our kids are 13 and 15 and our trip was during the holiday season. We were prepared with hiking shoes, TEVA shoes for water landings, sun block, bug spray, good sunglasses, poncho, snorkel maskand anything else we could think of to spend more money at BIG 5. We were actually well suited and used everything we brought.

Our days were varied and always thrilling. The Naturalists were the best, they were not on a script nor had to adhere to a tight schedule. For instance we were on the beach and a baby seal came up to one of our children and poked its nose in her purse. The beach was being cleared and everyone was getting in their pangas to go back to the ship for lunch. We with our naturalist stood there forever watching this pup go through my daughters purse and taking everything out and rolling it in sand. It was beyond cute cute. When the pup finished she "walked" away like we weren't even there watching. We just made it back to the ship for lunch. Unfortunately our camera was in this purse and we didn't dare interrupt the pup so we have no pictures.

Galapagis Tortoise in the Galapagos IslandsDaily activity had different levels of difficulty as many times you are walking on volcanic land. There was enough staff to accommodate every ones level. The ship also had walking sticks.

Food was good, breakfast and lunch were buffet style, dinner as meat, fish or vegetarian. Good was very good and fresh but I would not call it gourmet. We had two cabins in Category 4 which were lovely and I think worth the extra money over lower categories.

Most amazing part of the experience is of course the animals. They are fearless of people. We intrude upon their space. You have to realize you never see one of anything, you are surrounded by whatever the island holds. It was a chore not to step on an Iguana as we walked, seals are everywhere on the beach, as well as in the way on the steps when trying to make a landing. Being able to observe behaviors of the species is beyond explanation. Clearly a magical destination.

We were very happy to choose Lindblad. They lived up to their expectation and beyond.

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