Two blue footed boobies with brown wings, white bodies, blue beaks and webbed feet flap wings in front of green mangrove trees
2 men paddle a yellow inflatable kayak in calm water under a sunny sky on a National Geographic Wild Galapagos Escape Cruise.
A close-up animal portrait of a giant tortoise taken from behind a green plant during a National Geographic Wild Galapagos cruise.
Blue-footed booby bird stands atop green & red ground & points its beak to the blue sky on a Wild Galapagos Escape Cruise.
Woman in red shirt & black shorts walks a white-sand beach beside turquoise water on the Wild Galapagos Escape Cruise.
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National Geographic Wild Galapagos Escape Cruise

The perfect blend of activity and education, Wild Galapagos Escape cruises aboard the 48-passenger National Geographic Islander II feature renowned experts from National Geographic in addition to well-trained expedition leaders and naturalist staff. This 7-day cruise is ideal for the traveler seeking an unrivaled intellectual experience. 

From the first steps on a Galapagos island it’s clear that freedom and fearlessness are a way of life. Whether strolling the islands’ pristine beaches, searching for the spectacular waved albatross, having a chat with a particularly friendly sea lion or snorkeling with Galapagos penguins, a glorious feeling of freedom abounds. And, thanks to the legacy of Jacques Cousteau, that feeling is kept alive via a fleet of nimble Zodiacs that can nose into landfalls and cruise along reefs, affording intimate views of the action. Meanwhile, expert National Geographic naturalists are always there to point out particularly unusual wildlife behaviors and characteristics so that guests may observe, inquire and react as it unfolds. The naturalists’ specialized knowledge and interests—marine biology, zoology, botany and geology—will transform this experience into a biology classroom in real-time. Here in Darwin’s natural laboratory, the animal world is your oyster.

Our Galapagos luxury cruises aboard the National Geographic Islander II feature nimble Zodiacs and kayaks that cruise to the volcanic shores and pristine beaches of Galapagos, and an undersea program that utilizes underwater video, glass-bottom boat and hydrophone to bring seldom seen or heard worlds to life. Every expedition in the Galápagos is led by a team of naturalists, a videographer and expedition leader, providing a multitude of resources for a rich and unmatched understanding of all the sights and sounds. Plus, each ship’s unique exploration-based family program, National Geographic Global Explorers, caters to kids and teens, making each an excellent option for Galapagos family cruises

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Galapagos cruises and Galapagos trips.  



Itinerary

Wild Galapagos Escape Itinerary

The 8-Day National Geographic Wild Galapagos Escape Cruise begins and ends in Baltra and features a diverse selection of islands optimized for wildlife viewing, landscapes and experiences.

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Day 1
Arrive Guayaquil, Ecuador

Arrive in Guayaquil and 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. If you wish, you may instead fly into Quito, Ecuador’s historic capital city in the highlands, and book a pre-cruise tour.

Accommodations

Hotel del Parque

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Fly to Baltra, Galapagos & Embark

Fly to Baltra in the center of Galápagos, a little world unto itself in the Tropical Pacific. Be welcomed by the naturalist staff and start exploring the islands.

Accommodations

National Geographic Islander II

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Explore the Galapagos Islands

The following days include visits to Isla Santa Cruz and a careful selection of diverse islands. Each itinerary offers an optimal balance of wildlife, landscapes and experiences. All itineraries are subject to Galápagos National Park regulations.

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.

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National Geographic Islander II

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breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Disembark Baltra, Galapagos, Fly to Guayaquil & Overnight

Return by air to Guayaquil, and enjoy dayrooms at the Hotel del Parque before flights home—or continue to Quito for an optional two-night extension. You may be able to take advantage of overnight flights. Ask your Adventure Specialist for details.

Accommodations

Hotel del Parque

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Depart Guayaquil Ecuador

Stay and relax or take an early flight home todayor consider a trip extension with AdventureSmith Explorations to the Amazon or Machu Picchu, Peru.

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations; meals indicated; non-alcoholic beverages aboard ship; beer, wine & full bar; transfers to and from group flights; one hour of WiFi per person per day; excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff, expert guides, and a ship’s doctor; use of kayaks, snorkeling gear, wetsuits and stand-up paddleboards; special access fees; port charges; service taxes; Galapagos National Park entrance fee ($100: adult, $50: child) and Galapagos transit card ($20).

Exclusions

Air transportation; extensions; meals not indicated; reserve wines & premium spirits; gratuities; passport, visa and immigration fees; personal items such as emails, laundry, voyage DVD, etc.; insurance of any kind; round-trip economy flights between Guayaquil and the Galapagos (2023-2024 sample airfares: $520 per person or $350 per child, subject to change); optional international group flights (2023 sample airfares: $700 economy or $1,600 business; 2024 sample airfares: $525 economy or $1,450 business, subject to change).

Payment & Cancellation

For expeditions departing prior to January 1, 2024:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $750 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days – $350*
119 to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 25% of total trip cost
59 to 45 days – 50% of total trip cost
44 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

*$350 USD will be credited in the form of a Lindblad Expeditions Travel Certificate, valid for 12 months from the date of cancellation, and which only may be applied towards final payment on any future booking.

For expeditions departing January 1, 2024 onward:
In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 15% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 120 days before the departure date. Special payment terms apply for groups of 8 or more; inquire for details. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days – 100% of deposit**
119 to 90 days – 50% of total trip cost
89 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

**Advance payments will be credited in the form of a Lindblad Expeditions Travel Certificate, valid for 12 months from the date of cancellation, and which may only be applied towards final payment on any future booking.

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations’ Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all guests 5 years and older must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot). There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

This trip begins and ends in Guayaquil, Ecuador (GYE). Plan flights to arrive at any time on Day 1 and depart anytime on Day 7. Optional group flights depart Miami around 4:00pm on Day 1 and depart Guayaquil around 6:30am on Day 8. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page. Note: Your passport must be valid 6 months after your Ecuador trip concludes.

Internal Flights

Flights from mainland Ecuador (Guayaquil) to the Galapagos are not included in the cruise price, but are arranged for you by AdventureSmith Explorations through your ship. Your Adventure Specialist will book these flights for you on the scheduled Galapagos flight for your particular departure. Airfares vary by departure; your Adventure Specialist will detail these for you in their proposal and on your invoice. See Exclusions for sample airfare rates. On flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands, baggage weight limits are currently 50 pounds for checked items, and 17 pounds for carry-on plus a small personal item. Subject to change.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include opportunities to swim, snorkel, kayak, Zodiac cruise and stand-up paddleboard. Wetsuits are available, either free of charge or to rent for a fee (see Inclusions and Exclusions), and are recommended from June to December. Scuba diving for advanced divers may be available on select voyages at an additional cost, with a local dive outfitter that will supply both gear and dive guides. Contact AdventureSmith to check availability on scuba diving options.

Daily excursions from the boat to the islands will be made in pangas (dinghies). Trip members will hike from the landing point to specific areas for wildlife observation. Hiking time for most landings will be a couple of hours round-trip with lots of time to stop to study, photograph and enjoy the flora and fauna. Some landings are dry but many are “wet,” requiring cautious footing on slippery rocks. The boat staff will be on hand to assist.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Children under the age of 18 are eligible for $500 off the double occupancy rate. Skilled staff members trained with National Geographic Education organize activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Note that Galapagos Province requires foreign travelers to show proof of medical insurance coverage for entry. If you are traveling to the Galapagos Islands, confirm with your travel insurance provider that your policy contains medical coverage to meet this entry requirement.  Be certain to bring your insurance plan ID documents with you when you travel.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. Due to the active nature of volcanoes in the Western Galapagos, alternate excursions may be offered. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

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Galapagos Cruise Rates & Dates

Rates are variable per remaining availability and are subject to change.

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National Geographic Islander II

Get aboard the all-suite, 48-passenger Nat Geo Islander II. On this purpose-fit Galapagos expedition ship, enjoy indoor-outdoor dining, spacious accommodations and special expedition amenities.

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Hotel del Parque

A tropical oasis located within a historical park in the city of Guayaquil, this luxury hotel offers the perfect refuge complete with a wildlife sanctuary, riverside dining and acres of bio-diverse parkland to explore. Set within a beautifully restored historical building, this boutique hotel is the perfect pre/post option for a Galapagos trip.

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"Worth Every Penny"

The entire trip was excellent; a lot of different activity options everyday - hiking, snorkeling, swimming, lectures, zodiac rides - something for everyone. Lindblad was one of the most expensive trips we could choose from to see the Galapagos and it was worth EVERY penny.

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