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Classic Galapagos

Example 10 Day Cruise aboard National Geographic Endeavour II
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Take an incredible journey through the unique world of the Galapagos on this 10-day adventure aboard the Endeavour II. Spend your days exploring the archipelago, encountering sea lions, Galapagos penguins, frigatebirds, flightless cormorants, tortoises, and many more incredible native species. Have the chance to really immerse yourself in the magnificent wonder of these islands and enjoy a plethora of awesome activities including kayaking, snorkeling, swimming, and wandering the trails of this magnificent archipelago.
Wooden boardwalk in BartolomeGetting up close with a crab in the GalapagosThe Frigatebird puffs up its bright red chest.Kayaking through the beautiful tropical waters.A Green Sea Turtle swimming around the reefs.
Highlights
  • Have up-close encounters with endemic wildlife, like the Galápagos tortoise
  • Discover the scenic coastlines and enchanting landscapes of the Galapagos
  • See more of the archipelago’s varied islands and habitats
  • Experience the Galápagos undersea
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Full Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrive in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Arrive Guayaquil by late evening; it’s a short drive to Hotel Hilton Colón, where you spend the night.

Day 2: Fly to the Galápagos | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After the 1 1⁄2-hour flight to the Galápagos, you’ll immediately board the ship. Over the course of the week, your exact routing depends on the National Park Service.

Day 3-8: Galápagos Islands

  • Ship
  • 6 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
The following is a representative sample of the islands you 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
Santiago offers 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. You 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: Disembark in the Galápagos | Fly to Guayaquil

Disembark and fly to Guayaquil. The late afternoon and evening are free to explore the city. Overnight Hotel Hilton Colón. 

Day 10: Guayaquil | Home

  • 1 Breakfast
This morning fly home. 

Ship/Hotel

National Geographic Endeavour II

Endeavour II, Deck
Endeavour II

Guayaquil - Hotels

Dates & Prices

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$7,710
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Category 1
Upper Deck #201, 202—All cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a queen bed, armchair, and a large window.
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Category 2
Upper Deck #214-219, 221-222, 224-231—All cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a queen bed, armchair, and a large window. Cabins 230 & 231 can accommodate a third person in an upper fold-down Murphy bed.
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Category 2 Single
Upper Deck #203-209, 211, 213—All cabins feature a single bed, armchair, and a large window.
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Category 3
Lounge Deck #311, 313-318, 322, 324, 326, 328, 330—All cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a queen bed, armchair, and a large window. Cabins 326 & 328 can accommodate a third person in an upper fold-down murphy bed.
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Category 3 Single
Lounge Deck #325, 327—All cabins feature a single bed, armchair, and a large window.
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Category 4
Bridge Deck #409, 411-418—All cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a queen bed, armchair, and a large window.
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Category AS
Lounge Deck Suite #320—Cabin features two lower single beds that can convert to a queen bed, writing desk, bathroom suite, armchair, and a large window.
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Category BS
Bridge Deck Suites #420, 422—All cabins feature two lower single beds that can convert to a queen bed, writing desk, bathroom suite, convertible sofa to accommodate a third person and a floor to ceiling window.
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Category CS
Bridge Deck Suite #415 —The largest cabin on the ship featuring two windows, separate sitting area, arm chairs and sofa that can be converted into a single bed.Twin bed convertible to a queen, extra closet space, writing desk and chair, and larger bathroom.

Notes

Please Note:
This itinerary consists of 2 hotel nights in Guayaquil, with an 8-night Galapagos cruise aboard the Endeavour II. Rates include hotel nights as listed.

The exact routing of the Galapagos portion of your tour is dependent upon the National Park Service. The above is a sample itinerary only.

Cost Includes:
  • All accommodations aboard ship or in hotels per itinerary or similar,
  • All meals and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship, alcoholic beverages (except premium brands)
  • One hour of Wi-Fi per person per day
  • Meals on land as indicated,
  • Air transportation where indicated as included,
  • Shore excursions,
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees, special access permits
  • Transfers to and from group flights
  • Use of snorkeling equipment and wet suits, use of kayaks and stand-up paddle-boards
  • Tips (except to ship’s crew)
  • Taxes and service charges
  • Services of a ship physician and services of our expedition staff.

Cost Not Included:
  • Air transportation (except where shown as included)
  • Extensions
  • Optional Scuba excursions
  • Passport, visa, immigration fees,
  • Meals not indicated
  • Travel protection plan
  • Items of personal nature
  • Select premium alcoholic beverages
  • Voyage DVD
  • Laundry
  • Gratuities to ship’s crew are at your discretion


Rates are capacity-controlled and are subject to change without notice.

Child Discount

Children under 12 may receive discounts on Galapagos flight fares and entrance fees. Contact us for details.
Included
  • 9 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 9 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Snorkeling equipment, wetsuits, transparent sea kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards are all included in the cruise cost and are available for your use onboard.
  • Bilingual Naturalist Guide 
  • Hotels Ashore as Indicated in the Itinerary
  • Sightseeing & Entrance Fees
  • Special Access Permits, Park Fees, Port Taxes
  • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
  • Shore Excursions, Swimming and Snorkeling 
  • Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos
  • One hour of Wifi per person per day 
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee
  • Nonalcoholic beverages and alcoholic beverages (except premium brands).
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Galapagos Park Entrance Fee: $100 per adult, $50 per child under 12
  • Scuba Diving
  • Passport and Applicable Visa Expenses
  • Internal Flights: Mainland Ecuador - Galapagos - Mainland Ecuador: $475-675
  • Additional Hotel Nights 
  • Expedition Extensions 
  • Laundry 

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