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 and enjoy free round-trip air from Miami. See below for more details.
Immerse yourself in Galápagos wildness
Explore Darwin’s Islands 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 over 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
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 expedition. 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 paddleboard. 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 Miami/Galápagos on all 2023 departures aboard National Geographic Islander II. Book by January 13, 2023. 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.
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.
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.
EARLY BOOKING SAVINGS
Book 2024 departures and get 2023 rates if booked by January 13, 2023. Valid for new bookings on departures on Lindblad-National Geographic ships, Delfin II, and The Jahan, subject to availability, not applicable on extensions, and may not be combined with other offers. Call for details.
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.
CELEBRATE LIFE'S MILESTONES
Join us and celebrate your great milestones, including birthdays, anniversaries, family reunions, retirements, and more. Beginning in 2023, groups of 8 or more traveling together in celebration receive 5% off and a complimentary group photograph, while the cabin-of-honor receives onboard ship credit, beautiful cake, and more onboard celebrations. Milestone celebration must be communicated at time of booking. Milestone amenity package is one per group, intended for the guest celebrating the Milestone event. Group discount is applicable to cruise portion only, and does not apply towards additional services such as hotels, extensions, airfare, etc. Group cancellation terms also apply. Not combinable with certain offers.
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.
4TH GUEST TRAVELS FREE
4th person travels free on select 2022 departures. 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 2022 departures, for new bookings only, subject to availability, not applicable on airfare or extensions, and is not combinable with other offers. Call for details.
FREE AIR IN 2022
Free round-trip air from Ecuador to Galápagos on select 2022 departures. 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.
Our day started with a very relaxing hike at Punta Pitt on the north side of San Cristobal. We climbed all the way from the beach area to the very summit of a tuff cone where we were able to spot a lot of red footed boobies, with a few chicks as well. As we came back to the beach, we had the lovely chance to snorkel from the beach to refresh ourselves. In the afternoon we closed out a beautiful week onboard with a visit to Cerro Brujo Beach where we could relax a little bit as well.
After a long navigation from Floreana Island, early in the morning we arrived at Española or Hood Island, which is located in the southeasternmost part of Galapagos and considered the oldest island of the archipelago. Although the lack of rainfall had a significant bearing on the adaptation process that took place here, that was not an impediment to producing great endemism. Many species are only found here, such as mockingbirds, lava lizards, and the waved albatross, which is the largest seabird of the archipelago. Early in the morning, our early birders had a chance to kayak along the calm waters of the island. We spotted seabirds in a feeding frenzy and some mockingbirds fluttering among the rocks. In the water, sea turtles and playful sea lions delighted our guests. After breakfast we headed to Gardner Islet, which is located a short distance from Española Island. With brilliant sun and a warmer ocean than yesterday, our snorkelers had an opportunity to discover the incredible marine life, observing many different species of colorful fish, stingrays, and playful sea lions. After the first activities, we headed to the white beach of Gardner Bay. It was interesting to observe the tameness of the sea lions and their interactions with our guests who enjoyed taking pictures of them. We observed some lava lizards walking across the rocks and sea lions trying to catch insects, while blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, sea gulls, and finches flew about looking for their own meals. In the afternoon, we weighed anchor and started sailing to Punta Suarez at the western corner of the island. At 3:15 PM we landed on a small dock heading inland to spot the colorful marine iguanas, whose reddish color contrasted with the black rocks. After few minutes, we arrived at a small beach, where two Galapagos hawks fed on sea lion placenta. Just beside them some mockingbirds, like good scavengers, tried to steal a little of that food. Behind this scene, dozens of marine iguanas warmed themselves on the beach. It was windy and a little bit sunny, but it wasn’t an impediment to our reaching the nesting regions of Nazca boobies. Close to the cliffs, we observed many of them displaying their attractive courtship dances. Walking inland, we arrived at the waved albatross’ nesting area and observed many couples incubating their eggs, flying, or performing an elaborate courtship dance before mating. Just before the sunset, we returned to National Geographic Islander II , observing as the sun disappeared in the west, coloring the sky with a special reddish color. Meanwhile in the air, seabirds came back home to a beautiful place that captivated naturalist Charles Darwin many years ago.
Today we spent the day visiting Floreana Island. In the morning, we disembarked for an early pre-breakfast visit to Post Office Bay where we had fun learning about the days when whalers came to the Galapagos Islands and established the first post office. This old tradition has continued, and we had the chance to drop off some postcards and take others to deliver ourselves. We also had an incredible snorkeling experience in the clear waters of Champion Islet, where we observed a number of the fish species that are common to these islands, including the white tip reef shark. We ended our visit to this island with a natural history walk at Punta Cormorant, where we had the chance to see blue-footed boobies hunting. We ended the day by enjoying a delicious dinner on the sky deck onboard National Geographic Islander II .
These two Islands show a very interesting contrast, since both are around the same age and just a few miles from each other. The first is small in size, almost barren and volcanic all around; the latter is larger, lush and green in the higher points. They are both on our schedule for the day and we have the opportunity to understand their process of erosion as well as the colonization of plants and animals. Bartolome Island displays the iconic landscape of the archipelago, while Santa Cruz is fertile and commercially active. Both are amazing stops on our expedition.
Today we woke for an early pre-breakfast walk at Espumilla Beach on Santiago Island. Here we observed a number of bird species such as blue footed boobies, brown pelicans and even Galapagos hawks. After a delicious breakfast, kayakers and paddle boarders went along the shore while other guests went for a snorkel near Buccaneer’s Cove. In the afternoon, after lunch, we visited Puerto Egas. This wonderful shoreline provided great scenery for photographers who had a chance to spend some time with the sea lions and marine iguanas basking on the beach and rocks. We finished this last full day in the Galapagos Islands with a cocktail on the lounge of National Geographic Islander II .