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.
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.
EARLY BOOKING SAVINGS
Book 2023 departures and get 2022 rates if booked by January 31, 2022. Valid for new bookings on departures on Lindblad-National Geographic ships, Delfin II, and The Jahan made by Jan. 31, 2022, subject to availability, not applicable on extensions, and may not be combined with other offers. Call for details.
FREE ROUND-TRIP AIR ON SELECT DATES
Book by February 28, 2022, for Free Air from Miami—or from $249 and $349 from popular home cities—on select 2021-23 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.
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.
4TH GUEST TRAVELS FREE
4th person travels free on select departures. Book by February 28, 2022. 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.
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.
Our day began with a sunny walk on Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island. We spotted many iguanas and a bunch of sea lions. In the afternoon, we had the chance to observe many geological features as we rode in dinghies alongside a massive flank of Ecuador Volcano in Punta Vicente Roca. At night, we had the lovely chance to see Wolf Volcano erupting, which was the cherry on top of the ice cream.
This morning we visited North Seymour, an island that is the product of uplifted seafloor due to volcanism. Although flat and dry, North Seymour is quite a highlight. The island is home to seabirds like the ever-popular blue-footed booby, which seems to be at the beginning of a new breeding season. Great and magnificent frigates also live on the island, and today, we walked amidst their colonies. In the afternoon, we visited the island of Rabida. The red sandy beach is quite stunning, and we had the opportunity to snorkel amongst endless schools of fish and some Galapagos sea lions. After dinner, our captain navigated along the northeastern coast of Isabela Island. An eruption that began in the early days of January still continues, offering us magnificent views of red glows and incandescent rivers of lava. What a spectacular way to end an amazing first day in the Enchanted Isles!
We left behind Sombrero Chino Island, and navigated all night long, crossing the Equator Line south to north. We arrived at Genovesa, or Tower Island, one of the northern islands in the archipelago. An impressive caldera has been opened to the sea, and we anchored inside this stunning geological formation. This island has remained isolated from the rest of the islands, so Genovesa doesn’t have land reptiles or Galapagos hawks, but it is home to the rarest species of finches in the archipelago, such as the sharp billed ground finch (well known as vampire finch) and the large ground finch. With the first beams of sun, we went to the outer decks to observe hundreds of seabirds flying above us! Genovesa is a paradise for birds, and of course for birdwatchers. In fact, more than a million birds live here (marine and land birds). After breakfast, we disembarked at Darwin Bay on a beautiful white-sand beach covered with red mangroves. Red-footed boobies and frigatebirds were in these trees, while the sandy beach was occupied by swallow-tailed gulls and Nazca boobies, all in different stages of their nesting cycles. We saw frigatebirds in flight earlier, but today we were able to see them closer. Walking along the beach, we had the opportunity to see a new variety of prickly-pear cactus. Featuring spines as soft as hair, this cactus evolved without predators such as land reptiles. We returned to National Geographic Endeavour II , to prepare for the next outing. Some of our guests enjoyed the rest of the morning on the beach, while snorkelers left Darwin Bay to go swimming along the caldera, observing a great amount of marine life such as trumpetfish, Moorish Idols, pompanos, white-tipped reef shark and the incredible hammerhead shark. In the afternoon, we went to Prince Philip’s Steps with the important goal of finding the short-eared owl. We went straight to a cliff where thousands of storm petrels come to nest. Owls love to feed on petrels, so what better place to start our search? Success: we spotted two owls from a distance and one close to us, on top of a lava tube. Just before the sunset, we went back onboard to behold the sunset coloring the walls of the caldera, remembering the incredible week and the incredible creatures that will be part of our memories forever.
Our day started with a very relaxing hike in the morning at Dragon Hill on Santa Cruz Island. We had the chance to spot a few land iguanas on the path and close to their burrows. We also had the opportunity to take a Zodiac ride around the shore of that area and got to see a few blue-footed boobies looking for fish in the ocean. Later, we snorkeled off Guy Fawkes Islet and saw loads of reef fish.
What comes to mind when you think about the Galapagos Islands? Is it the image of gigantic tortoises roaming over fresh lava flows? On Tuesday, those aboard National Geographic Endeavour II had the chance to live the dream. We witnessed the origin of islands, and we saw how life evolves as dozens of tortoises moved around the island. Galapagos is an archipelago isolated from the rest of the world by the vast hugeness of the Pacific Ocean. Why did this group of islands appear so far from any other piece of land? More than 120 rocks, islets and islands that never attached to any continent! The answer: these are oceanic islands, formed by the action of a hotspot underneath a moving plate, the Nazca Plate. The hot spot is located beneath the western islands; therefore, the western realm is where we encounter the youngest volcanoes. As we started our week on the easternmost islands of San Cristobal and Española, we saw the older volcanoes. As soon as we learned that Wolf Volcano was active, we changed our itinerary. We left behind the four to one million-year-old islands and sailed 90 nautical miles to reach the northern part of Isabela. Wolf is the island’s highest volcano, 1.710 meters high. It is one of the six volcanoes that give Isabela its seahorse shape. We arrived in the vicinity of Cape Marshall at 9:00 PM, with Cassiopeia constellation clear in the skies, reminding us where to find north. The moon competed in brightness with Sirius, but never with the red majestic glow coming from the active fissure of Wolf. Within hours today, we have traveled in time, from the oldest islands inhabited by giant tortoises to the very beginning, to the origin. Isn’t this what comes to mind when you think about the Galapagos? Giant tortoises and active volcanoes.