Pack a ton of adventure into one action-packed week aboard the 48-guest National Geographic Islander. With multiple adventures each day on land and undersea—including options for walks and hikes, kayaking, paddle-boarding and snorkeling—you’ll be assured of the full Lindblad-National Geographic Galápagos experience. Each voyage is crafted to offer you a diverse experience of the archipelago.
Experience all Galápagos offers in just one week!
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 every day.
Encounter abundant wildlife
Blue-footed boobies. Flightless cormorants. Darwin’s finches. Pink flamingos. Sea lions on beaches or gamboling underwater. Giant tortoises grazing in the highlands. The wildlife of Galápagos is legendary for its uniqueness and lack of fear, allowing you the rare experience of being treated as an equal in the wild world. Each island contains endemic species, and you’ll have the opportunity to see a panoply of Galápagos’ creatures in their native habitats—on land and in the sea.
Every day is active and engaging
You’ll be able to snorkel nearly every day. 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. And each day you’ll have the option to walk, hike, kayak, or Zodiac cruise, and to join a different naturalist as you choose: there are no assigned groups. See more of what you’ll do.
Hotel del Parque - A guest exclusive
Set along the banks of the Río Daule, Hotel del Parque is housed in a lovingly restored 19th-century building nestled within the secluded haven of Parque Histórico’s lush botanical gardens. Intimate and welcoming with a gracious, golden-age aura, this elegant boutique hotel—the first in the city—makes a fitting bookend to your expedition aboard the yacht-scaled National Geographic Islander. Click here to learn more.
Travel in excellent company
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. Their knowledge and passion for the islands is the key to your once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Day 1: U.S. / Guayaquil, Ecuador
Day 2: Guayaquil / Galápagos / Embark
Day 3-6: Galápagos
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.
Day 7: Disembark / Baltra / Guyaquil / Depart
Leslie Butler is an Associate Professor of History and has been a member of the History Department since 2003. She is an expert in nineteenth-century United States history, with an emphasis on American thought and culture.
Her forthcoming book Democracy and the Woman Question in Nineteenth-Century America examines debates over women’s political participation and reconsiders how Americans understood their democratic experiment. She teaches courses on American thought and culture, on debating democracy, and on voting in American history. She earned her PhD at Yale University and her BA at the University of Rochester.
Robert Bonner is the Kathe Tappe Vernon Professor in Biography and has been a member of the History Department since 2009. His scholarship and teaching focuses on nineteenth century North American history, and he is an expert on the 1860s crisis of Union and emancipation. Among his books are The Soldier’s Pen: Firsthand Impressions of the American Civil War. He was an undergraduate at Princeton and then earned his doctorate at Yale.