Day-By-Day

Our itinerary & experience make the most of your time & curiosity


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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  • 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 del Parque.

     

    For more about the exclusive Hotel del Parque, a restored 19th-century building nestled within the secluded haven of Parque Histórico’s lush botanical gardens, please click here.

  • 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: Galápagos Islands

    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 / Disembark / Guayaquil

    Disembark and fly to Guayaquil. The late afternoon and evening are free to explore the city. Overnight at Hotel del Parque.
    Click here to learn more about Hotel del Parque. (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.

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