Discover the wonder of Galápagos aboard 96-guest National Geographic Endeavour II
Experiencing the Galápagos Islands on an expedition is an unrivaled experience. Going aboard the 96-guest National Geographic Endeavour II, equipped with tools for exploration, promises an in-depth encounter with all its wonders. Zodiac to pristine beaches, kayak or stand-up paddleboard along volcanic shores, and discover the undersea through daily snorkeling or the glass-bottom boat. You’ll encounter abundant wildlife—blue-footed boobies, flightless cormorants, Darwin’s finches, pink flamingos, giant tortoises. The wildlife of Galápagos is legendary for being without fear in the presence of humans. Many islands have their own endemic species, and you’ll see a panoply of Galápagos’ creatures in their native habitats—on land and in the sea.
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 in Galápagos and deep knowledge of the archipelago to see all you came for and more
Drawing from 50+ years of sharing the wild wonder of Galápagos with adventurous guests and a top expedition team, you can look forward to the most in-depth experience possible. Because the undersea is just as important as life on land, you’ll have opportunities to snorkel every day, sometimes twice a day. Advanced scuba divers are invited to dive incredible sites of stunning biodiversity over two days at an additional charge on select departures. For those who prefer to stay dry, there’s the adventure of National Geographic 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.
Book by November 30, 2021, for Free Air from Miami—or from $249 and $349 from popular home cities—on select 2021 and 2022 departures. Business class upgrade starting at $750.
Offer on American Airlines only, economy class. Upgrade to Business Class flights starting at $750, subject to availability. Free air offer includes internal flights between mainland Ecuador and Galápagos. All offers are valid for new bookings only, must be ticketed by Lindblad Expeditions and are subject to availability at time of booking. In the case that offered Miami flights are no longer available, Lindblad reserves the right to issue a credit. Baggage fees may be additional.
SOLO PREMIUM WAIVED ON SELECT 2021 DATES
Book by November 30, 2021, and waive the solo traveler premium on select 2021 departures aboard National Geographic Endeavour II. Solo travelers will pay double occupancy rates for Solo occupancy in designated cabins/categories.
Valid for new bookings only and subject to availability. The solo supplement is waved in categories 2 and 3 only. May not be combinable with other offers.
4TH GUEST TRAVELS FREE
4th person travels free on select departures aboard National Geographic Venture, National Geographic Quest, National Geographic Sea Lion, National Geographic Endeavour II and National Geographic Islander. Book by November 30, 2021. Bookings of three full-paying guests may bring a fourth person for free on select departures. Offer applicable only on bookings of two double-occupancy cabins, and second cabin must be in same category or lower as first cabin. Valid for new bookings only, subject to availability, not applicable on airfare or extensions, and is not combinable with other offers. Call for details.
EARLY BOOKING SAVINGS
Book 2023 departures and get 2022 rates if booked by November 30, 2021. Valid for new bookings on departures on Lindblad-National Geographic ships, Delfin II, and The Jahan made by Nov 30, 2021, subject to availability, not applicable on extensions, and may not be combined with other offers. Call for details.
Certain offers may be combinable, up to two savings opportunities, except where noted otherwise. For example, travel with a group of 8 or more on back-to-back expeditions, and take advantage of both savings.
BRINGING THE KIDS
We believe sharing an expedition with your kids or grandkids is a life-enhancing experience. So take $500 off for each child under the age of 18.
Save 10% on any consecutive journeys taken on board one of our expedition ships. This savings is applicable on voyage fares only, and are not valid on extensions or airfare.
TRAVELING AS A GROUP
Save 5% when traveling as a group of 8 or more people. Take advantage of these great savings, while enjoying traveling with your friends and family. This savings is applicable to voyage fares only, and is not valid on extensions or airfare. Deposit, final payments, and cancellation policies for group travel vary from our regular policies.
Dates, Rates & Cabins
Travel on this itinerary from $7,560 per person
Exclusive Photography Expeditions
Travel alongside National Geographic photographers on select Galápagos Aboard National Geographic Endeavour II departures. Guests can add an optional pre-voyage extension, Ecuador’s Amazon: Yasuní Wildlife Photo Extension, to their voyage, featuring the following National Geographic photographers:
National Geographic Photographer Ralph Lee Hopkins; Apr. 29, 2022 (Pre-trip extension departs Apr. 25)
Tropical Andes & Colonial Quito Pre-Voyage Extension
Tropical Andes & Colonial Quito Pre-Voyage Extension
$2,690 per person
Before your Galapagos adventure, discover the lesser-known wonders of mainland Ecuador on this six-day adventure in the Andes. Explore Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage site, from the comfort of historic Casa Gangotena on Plaza San Francisco. See dazzling colonial churches and bustling traditional local markets. Then immerse yourself in the heart of the Ecuadorian Chocó, one of the world’s top five biodiversity hotspots, at Mashpi Lodge. Mashpi is a strikingly contemporary base on a 2,600-acre biodiversity reserve on the Pacific slope of the Andes, with resident biologists, naturalist guides, a life center, and remarkable access to the wild rainforest. It offers extensive hiking trails, a stunning open-air tram, observation towers, and even an ingenious aerial bicycle, all designed to get you out into nature. At 3,000-feet in the Equatorial tropical forest, Mashpi is less than three hours from our arrival point, Quito, with a moderate, semi-tropical climate.
We started our morning with a wonderful hike in Urbina Bay. This place is very special because land Iguanas are all over the place, and today was no exception. We saw them digging their borrows and feeding on flowers! After this warm-weather hike, jumping into the water was the best option for some of our guests. The water was just in the right temperature to relax. After this activity, Naturalist Salvador Cazar shared with us a very interesting talk about Galapagos human history and then it was time for the Ecuadorian Lunch, pride of our ship’s galley. We love this moment because it is our opportunity to share our culture and food. After a deserved siesta, it was time to go kayaking or snorkeling along Tagus Cove. Penguins, sharks, rays, marine iguanas, sea turtles, flightless cormorants, and different kinds of fish swam next to us. Galapagos animals are so calm around humans that we could take all the pictures we want and they stayed still for us. To end the day, we had a perfect sunset with purple colors.
During our first full day into the itinerary, the guests of the National Geographic Endeavour II explored North Seymour Island. In the morning, everybody went on a hike to observe and photograph marine birds like blue-footed boobies and magnificent frigatebirds. During the afternoon, our guests had the chance to snorkel and hike on Rabida Island.
Tower, or Genovesa, it’s home to over one million seabirds. Our highlights here were diverse, from Nazca, red- and blue-footed boobies, to gulls, owls, fur seals, hammerhead sharks, turtles and manta rays. Our adventure began with a walk starting at the famous Prince Philip’s Steps where we were surrounded by Nazca, red-footed boobies and Frigatebirds. My colleague, Christian, was able to find the first elusive short-ear owl and save the day! All of us felt rewarded to have a unique view to the only camouflage diurnal raptor. Today was a red-footed booby day, and also we were able to spot Frigatebirds with their chicks. They were everywhere, and Nazca boobies who were also in the middle of their mating season and more chicks. Back aboard we prepared for our last snorkel outing in search the undersea realm, though some of us opted for an early kayak outing. Those of us snorkeling had close encounters with many fish and playful sea lions, large female stingray and fur seals for our last snorkel; seeing them close brought excitement and admiration. After this great adventure, we came back to our ship anchored inside the Genovesa Caldera to be briefed about our departure and enjoyed our last delicious lunch, compliments of our culinary staff. We were then ready to start off our next adventure, which was a wet landing on a white coralline beach inside Darwin Bay, named by celebrity visitor William Beebe, in honor of renowned naturalist Charles Darwin, who greatly impacted modern human thinking around evolutionary biology. At high tide and over a platform we walked surrounded by birds of all kids, their chicks, behavior and colors. We were first moved by so much active seabirds and parents taking care of juveniles hoping one day they can fend for themselves. We were also happy to find a few marine iguanas which are smaller and darker as this northern hemisphere island has much different ecology and like a petri dish, different results. Taking this walk was like being transported back in time. There were birds flying all over, like in prehistoric times, and lava formations resembling the first foundation of Earth. Later, it was time to return to the ship and reminisce about the many experiences of such a wonderful week. As we look back and gaze at the islands for the last time, this place now seems to be timeless to us. It is now deep within our hearts and our experience has been unforgettable on these special islands, where the wildlife that has no fear and allows us to realize that we are not so different. “We must not acknowledge the methodical saying ‘don’t humanize the animals’ but instead ‘animalize the human’ by perceiving our surrounding with all our senses; embracing nature by coexistence and respect for one another, so we can become one with nature as we once were.” —Celso Montalvo We have all bonded as a family, united by this invisible mysticism. At the end of our journey we hope to stay in touch and that the experience our guests had this week will stay with them for a lifetime. Adiós, amigos.
Today we anchored in the central part of this enchanted archipelago. As our journey nears completion, there are still surprises. Bartolome is a great place for geology fans. Here and there you see many types of volcanic formations. The island is relatively young and, walking there, it seems like the lava cooled off just few days ago. We went to the summit of Bartolome for a breathtaking view of Santiago and Sullivan Bay, a large pahoehoe lava field formed just few decades ago. Spatter and cinder cones add to a moonscape scenery, while Pinnacle Rock emerges from the ocean as an iconic natural monument appearing in books, postcards, and documentaries about Galapagos. The morning outing was super spectacular, with the perfect light for photography. After breakfast, we had more activities, such as swimming and snorkeling on a nice beach at the foot of Pinnacle Rock. Glass-bottom boat rides were available for those who preferred to stay dry, sitting and enjoying the wonders of the Galapagos submarine world. Some guests went snorkeling along the shoreline. The place is full of marine wildlife, including lobsters, stingrays, sharks, many types of multicolor fish, and sea stars. At the end, we enjoyed swimming with penguins! Later in the afternoon we moved to Sombrero Chino, a beautiful islet that is home to tons of creatures. Again, we snorkeled in the company of sharks, sea lions, and penguins. At sunset, we went on a Zodiac ride to photograph penguins basking on the rocks. We ended our day happy and pleased. Galapagos is a magical experience.
At sunrise, a clear sky greeted us next to Santa Cruz Island. We started our morning visiting the western side of the island, one of the oldest in Galapagos. The exploration began on a rocky shore, where the low tide created several pools that were full of life. Right by the shore, we saw marine iguanas eating algae straight from the rocks and sea turtles resting in the shallow waters. The trail then took us inland, passing by several brackish ponds and an opuntia cactus forest. Finally, we arrived at the nesting site of the land iguanas, where burrows had been dug both for nesting and hiding from the heat. Immediately we found land iguanas in the middle of the trail. Most were still sun basking on the cleared areas formed by the trails, and others had started making their way into the bush as they had reached the body temperature they needed for their activities. As the dry season continues, the forest has almost no food for land animals but for the few leaves of endemic species and a couple of flowers from the opuntia cactus. We found one iguana climbing up a thin bush to get to the leaves. The morning ended with a spectacular snorkel near Guy Fawkes islets. In the afternoon, we visited a sheltered mangrove area called Borrero Bay. Here some groups went kayaking as the rest of us explored the area on Zodiacs. We got very close to the mangroves, and we could see nesting pelicans and herons, as well as the baby sharks. The day ended with a beautiful sunset, which we enjoyed while the National Geographic Endeavour II circumnavigated Daphne Major islet.