Be the first to sail on National Geographic Islander II
Deepen your understanding of the Galápagos Islands through Lindblad Expeditions' 50-year history leading voyages through this iconic archipelago. Reserve your seat now on select November sailings and enjoy special savings plus free round-trip air from Miami. See below for more details.
Immerse yourself in Galápagos wildness over just one week
Explore Darwin’s Islands in one action-filled week aboard the newest member of the fleet, the all-suite National Geographic Islander ll. This all-suite vessel has just 26 suites and feels like your own private yacht sailing the Galápagos. Witness the iconic wildlife that sparked the theory of evolution, snorkel pristine, well-protected waters teeming with sea lions and sea turtles, and hike black-sand beaches and lush highlands. As with our classic, 10-day expeditions, honed over more than 50 years, each voyage is crafted to offer you a diverse perspective of the archipelago with multiple adventures daily on land and undersea.
Experience all Galápagos offers in just one week, with departures on Saturday and Thursday
Add a two-night post-expedition extension in Quito, Ecuador
Snorkel and kayak in rich waters among shimmering fish, sea turtles, penguins, and playful sea lions
Walk among colonies of wildlife and seabirds unfazed by your presence
Maximize your time in the islands with options for exploration every day including hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, and more
Reserve your suite now and be one of the first guests to enjoy the next-level comfort of the new, all-suite National Geographic Islander ll's inaugural season. Enjoy $1500 special savings and free round-trip air from Miami on the Nov 5 Wild Galápagos Escape sailing.
If you are unable to join us on one of these special voyages, we are delighted to extend free round-trip air from Miami to Galápagos on the Nov 10 Wild Galápagos Escape sailing. For the ultimate experience, book an Islander Suite (category IS) on any of these select departures and we will upgrade you to business class from Miami to Guayaquil round-trip. New bookings only. Book by Oct. 31, 2022.
Galápagos, Wild Escapes
Day By Day
Drawing from 50+ years of sharing the wild wonder of Galápagos with adventurous guests and a top expedition team, you can look forward to an action-packed week. You’ll 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. Make the expedition as active as you choose with options to snorkel, hike, kayak, and paddle. 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.
Upon arrival in Guayaquil, Ecuador transfer to the 44-room Hotel del Parque, a tranquil haven surrounded by lush gardens set in a lovingly restored 19th-century building. Most flights arrive in the late evening. Choose to arrive early for an optional extra night to rest, relax and prepare for your voyage. Or opt for the full-day excursion from Guayaquil to Hacienda La Danesa. Ask your expedition specialist about options, including flying into Quito, Ecuador's capital, instead of Guayaquil. We offer an post-voyage extension to Quito and Otavalo in the Andean Highlands.
Guayaquil / Galápagos / Embark
Fly to Baltra in the center of Galápagos, a little world unto itself in the Tropical Pacific. We are welcomed by our naturalist staff and start exploring the islands. (B,L,D)
Listed below is a sample of islands we may visit during our expedition. Our expeditions begin and end at Baltra, and include visits to Isla Santa Cruz and a careful selection of diverse islands. Each of our itineraries offers an optimal balance of wildlife, landscapes and experiences. All ship itineraries are subject to Galápagos National Park regulations. (B,L,D Daily)
North Seymour: Encounter nesting frigatebirds, plus land and marine iguanas, and enjoy a beautiful coastal walk.
Santa Cruz: Call at Puerto Ayora, the largest town and headquarters of both the Galápagos National Park and Charles Darwin Research Station. Head to the lush, green highlands to see giant tortoises roaming in the wild.
Isabela: Toast crossing the Equator at Volcán Ecuador, northernmost of Isabela’s six great shield volcanoes. Keep an eye open for whales and dolphins as you ply these rich waters, once the haunt of whalers and pirates.
Fernandina: One of the most active oceanic volcanoes in the world, it’s the youngest and most pristine island in Galápagos—and home to the strange flightless cormorant and the largest marine iguanas.
San Cristobal: Search for red-footed boobies and the endemic mockingbird and lava lizard—found only on this easternmost island. Explore Baquerizo Moreno, where sea lions thrive in the middle of town.
Española: Home to swallow-tailed gulls, Española mockingbirds, Nazca boobies and seasonally, the world’s only population of waved albatross at Punta Suarez.
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.
Disembark / Baltra / Guayaquil
Return by air to Guayaquil, where we transfer to the Hotel del Parque, or continue to Quito for an optional two-night extension. You may be able to take advantage of overnight flights. Ask your Expedition Specialist for details. (B)
Guayaquil / Depart
Stay and relax or take an early flight home today.
Free round-trip air from Ecuador to Galápagos on select 2022 departures. Book by October 31, 2022. New bookings only and subject to availability. All air offers are based on economy group flights that must be ticketed by Lindblad Expeditions. Baggage fees may be additional.
FREE AIR IN 2023
Free Round-Trip Air from Miami/Galápagos on all 2023 departures aboard National Geographic Islander II. Book by October 31, 2022. New bookings and subject to availability. All air offers are based on economy group flights that must be ticketed by Lindblad Expeditions. Baggage fees may be additional.
SOLO TRAVELER SAVINGS IN 2022
Book by October 31, 2022, and we will waive the solo premium on solo cabins on select departures. Valid for new bookings only on select departures in 2022, subject to availability, not applicable on extensions, and may not be combined with other offers. Call for details.
4TH GUEST TRAVELS FREE
4th person travels free on select 2022 departures. Book by October 31, 2022. Bookings of three full-paying guests may bring a fourth person for free. Offer applicable only on bookings of two double-occupancy cabins, and second cabin must be in same category or lower as first cabin. Valid on select departures, for new bookings only, subject to availability, not applicable on airfare or extensions, and is not combinable 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.
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.
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.
We started our day early on Santa Cruz Island, located in the center of the archipelago. We passed through town, the biggest settlement in the archipelago, on our way to the highlands, where our visit took place. We visited El Trapiche farm, where we met a family that farms coffee and sugarcane. We learned how the people of the highlands live, and we also tried some of the products they grow. Afterwards, we visited Los Gemelos, big geological formations in the middle of a Scalesia forest. Surrounded by this special vegetation, we explored the ecosystem, birds, and epiphytes. To end the morning, we visited El Manzanillo Ranch, where tortoises are found everywhere. The ranch is located right in the middle of the migration route of these prehistoric animals, so we had the opportunity to see them up close and learn all about them while they were feeding, sleeping, and walking around. In the afternoon, we visited the Charles Darwin Research Station and the National Park Headquarters. We walked on a special path created to educate visitors about the projects these institutions are working on. We explored a small part of town and the fish market, where we saw the catch of the day on display.
The misty weather of the dry season covered the sky as our first activities started in the early morning. From the deck, we looked for marine mammals and enjoyed the magnificent volcanic landscape of the northern side of Isabela. We explored Vicente Roca in our Zodiacs as we traveled along the walls. Wildlife is very abundant on this site since the area is an upwelling zone. Marine birds and reptiles were the highlights of the morning. Blue-footed boobies, brown noddy terns, pelicans, Nazca boobies, marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, and penguins made our morning special. We then went snorkeling in the same area, an incredible site for sea turtles. In the afternoon, we visited Fernandina, the youngest island. The site is a nesting place for marine iguanas. Here they congregate in big numbers, so they were the stars of the afternoon. We hiked around an uplifted basaltic lava flow, and we spotted flightless cormorants, sea lions, and a beautiful Galapagos hawk. This site offers a view of La Cumbre, the huge volcano on the island. We could also see the volcanoes that form Isabela Island right across the channel. We were lucky to witness activity in one of the volcanoes today!
Today was another amazing day in the paradise we call the Galapagos. We visited the very small island of North Seymour, which happens to be one of the few nesting sites for blue-footed boobies that can be visited by foot. Blue-footed boobies are not the only attraction at this site, though. The site is also home to the largest colony of frigatebirds on the islands and a large and healthy population of land iguanas. Charismatic Galapagos sea lions stole the attention of our guests, who tried to photograph the sea lions from various angles. Photographing in the Galapagos can be quite easy because of the very short distance between animals and visitors. It is truly one of the last pristine national parks in the world, and the animals live in harmony in the presence of humans. In the afternoon, we engaged in our first snorkeling activity on Rabida Island, which is famous for its red sand and dramatic landscapes. A colony of sea lions mesmerized our guests, who enjoyed observing a sea lion pup move gracefully while waiting for his mom to come back from fishing.
Santa Cruz Island is located in the central part of the archipelago. It is the most populated island with around 20,000 residents. The island is the home of giant tortoises, and it is the location of the Charles Darwin Research Station. Guests of National Geographic Islander II started their day early by disembarking in the town of Puerto Ayora. On buses, we crossed the island on its only highway. As the altitude increased, the vegetation changed and became lusher. We visited Los Gemelos (in English, “The Twins”). This pair of craters formed by a ground collapse over a radial fissure, and the area is surrounded by Scallesia sp., an endemic plant. Our next stop was a farm, the home of giant tortoises. It was the perfect place for pictures. We crossed over an easy terrain and found a large group of tortoises resting or eating. The tortoises weigh up to 500 pounds, and they remained still while we walked beside them. The Charles Darwin Research Station was our last stop, and we had the unique chance to observe the breeding center of giant tortoises. We saw where the eggs hatch and the small reptiles are kept for four years before they are released in the wild to avoid attacks by introduced species.
Today we visited the island of San Cristobal. We started our day with a hike at Punta Pitt, where we walked uphill along a beautiful landscape made of tuff. Here we observed the last of the three species of boobies that we can find in the Galapagos, the red-footed booby. To our surprise, we also found nesting blue-footed boobies and chicks. After a delicious lunch, we visited Cerro Brujo, one of the most beautiful beaches found on these islands. This beach was a great place to relax on the last full day of our trip. We spent time walking around and observing the sea lions and a few seabirds feeding along the shore. We ended our day by navigating around Kicker Rock, a tuff cone in the middle of the ocean, just a few miles off the coast of San Cristobal.