Set Departure

Galapagos Explorer

With Lindblad Expeditions - National Geographic

In the Footsteps of Darwin

National Geographic Endeavour II was originally built for expedition cruising in the waters of Tierra del Fuego but underwent a major refit in 2016 when sophisticated and energy efficient technical features were installed, readying her for year-round operation in the Galápagos. She has made the transition to Equatorial life smoothly and you’ll sense her heritage and world-class cruising character during your warm water adventure.

National Geographic Endeavour II accommodates 96 guests in 52 thoughtfully appointed cabins and suites. She is exceptionally nimble and manoeuvrable, with a shallow draft to get up close, great viewing from all public spaces, an expansive open-air observation deck, large windows in cabins and suites, and state-of-the-art tools for exploration.

The ship caters for a sociable mix of families, friends, couples and solo travelers. Her public spaces are gracious and comfortable, with a dining room that easily accommodates all guests at once for a single seating, and a new forward lounge features a redesigned presentation space that offers all aboard chance to participate in evening Recaps or special guest events. Life aboard is casual in every respect. There is no need for formal clothing, although you are welcome to bring casually festive attire for the fun of it. And you’ll find shipboard services like laundry make packing and travelling more convenient.

A true expedition ship, National Geographic Endeavour II is equipped with cool tools for exploration that help you experience the full range of wildness in Galápagos. Explore the waters and beach coves by zodiac, poke into waterline caves aboard a kayak, snorkel among vibrant sea gardens with playful sea lions, and paddleboard amongst turtles plus much more. Enjoy the magic and mystery of a cruise to the Galápagos Islands – the best islands in the world.

You will love

  • Excellent guiding
  • Walk, kayak, snorkel & zodiac activities
  • Close up encounters with incredible wildlife
  • Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor
  • Small group excursions
  • Post-tour extensions – please enquire

10 UNFORGETTABLE DAYS

DAY 1 | GUAYAQUIL | 1 NIGHT

Upon arrival in Guayaquil, transfer to the Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil.

DAY 2 | GALAPAGOS | 1 NIGHT

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.

DAY 3-8 | GALAPAGOS ISLANDS | 6 NIGHTS

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: For 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.

DAY 9 | GUAYAQUIL | 1 NIGHT

Return this morning to Guayaquil, where we transfer to our hotel. The late afternoon and evening are free to explore the city. Overnight Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil

DAY 10 | END OF ITINERARY

This morning fly home.

NEED TO KNOW

7 nights / 8 days

7 nights / 8 days

From AUD $9,270 per person Twin Share

From AUD $9,270
per person Twin Share

START: Guayaquil, Ecuador     |     Finish: Guayaquil, Ecuador

Inclusions

  • 2 nights in Guayaquil staying at the Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil – 7 nights aboard the National Geographic Endeavour II
  • Transfers to and from group flights
  • All meals and drinks
  • All excursions
  • Zodiac & kayak explorations
  • Snorkeling, including wetsuits, masks, fins and snorkel
  • The expertise of expedition staff
  • Special access permits, park fees & port taxes

Exclusions

  • International and domestic flights
  • Any taxes and/or visas
  • Insurance
  • Any extra or additional accommodation or arrangements
  • Gratuities and any personal purchases

Expeditions take place all year round.
Guests travelling aboard National Geographic Endeavour II will fly to/from Guayaquil, Ecuador.
96 guests on board
Prices from AUD$9,270 to AUD$21,650
Options to extend to Peru are available.
Solo cabins which are designed and costed for solo travel are available. A ‘willing to share’ programme also operates – please enquire.
Flights and insurance on request.
Terms and conditions apply – please request a copy of our booking form for all details.
Please contact us for full pricing, dates and a detailed itinerary.

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