Travel aboard the
Spend 10 days aboard the 48-guest National Geographic Islander, fully equipped with elegant, spacious accommodations and five-star cuisine. Indulge in this highly specialized, in-depth itinerary under the sure guidance of three top-rated naturalists, including a NatGeo certified photo instructor and an undersea specialist who’ll share undersea video footage everyday during cocktail hour. Snorkel, hike, paddleboard, and cruise by Zodiac, exploring the islands and all of its wonders on this once-in-a lifetime opportunity.
Arrive in Guayaquil by late evening. Miami tends to be the most convenient gateway to the Galápagos from the US, but there are alternatives. If you take the non-stop American Airlines group flight from Miami, departure is in the early evening with a flying time of approximately 4 hours. Upon arrival in Guayaquil, you’ll stay at the exclusive Hotel del Parque, a restored 19th-century building nestled within the secluded haven of Parque Histórico’s lush botanical gardens.
Guayaquil / Galápagos / Embark
Take the short hour and a half flight to the Galápagos, after which you’ll immediately board the ship.
Exploring the Galápagos Islands
This is a sample of the islands you may visit during your week on board:
An enchanting landscape where lava, mangroves, and golden sand converge. Great walks and views abound with a chance to snorkel with Galápagos penguins.
Santiago offers close encounters with Galápagos fur seals along with an opportunity to study the inhabitants of the island’s countless tide pools.
Home to the Charles Darwin Research Station and the Galápagos National Park Service, learn about their breeding program for endangered species of Galápagos giant tortoises and see these incredible creatures in their natural habitat.
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. Kayak along the shores or deep water snorkel amongst the colorful varieties of tropical fish.
This is the youngest island in the Galápagos and one of the most pristine tropical islands left on earth. Hike over relatively recent lava flows and spot marine iguanas, flightless cormorants, and scarlet-colored Sally Lightfoot crabs.
Snorkel among sea lions in the clear waters off Champion Islet. You may also find flamingos, pintail ducks, and various shorebirds. Hike to a pristine white sand beach, a favorite nesting site for sea turtles.
The exclusive home to waved albatross (seasonal) and particularly colorful marine iguanas, Española is also a paradise for Darwin’s finches, sea lions, and the famous blue-footed boobies. Snorkel and stroll along the island’s lovely beaches.
Galápagos / Disembark / Guayaquil
Disembark the vessel and fly to Guayaquil. The late afternoon and evening is yours to explore the city. Spend one last night at Hotel del Parque.
NOTE: The above itinerary reflects the intended program, however, should be read as a guide only. The actual itinerary will depend on weather conditions, wildlife encounters, and any unforeseen circumstances beyond the operator’s control.