Faculty

Karen McGlathery, Director, Environmental Resilience Institute, and Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences

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Pricing

Starting at $5,630, per person, double occupancy, based on cabin selection,  land and cruise only.
A limited number of single rooms are available – from $8,370 per person

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Overview

Amazing, enchanting, and wonderfully wild, no other corner of the world delivers the kind of exhilarating encounters Galápagos can. Experience all the magic of the archipelago in one action-packed week aboard the yacht-scaled, 48-guest National Geographic Islander. You’ll walk up-close among lively colonies of wildlife, all legendary for their lack of fear—see marine iguanas, frigatebirds, blue-footed boobies, flightless cormorants, and more. Plus, explore the dazzling undersea as you paddleboard, kayak, Zodiac cruise, and snorkel in rich waters teeming with fish, sea turtles, penguins, and curious sea lions. And discover the islands’ array of interesting habitats—from lush green highlands and stark volcanic landscapes to pristine beaches and mangrove thickets.

You’ll share the adventure with an exceptional expedition team whose knowledge and passion for the islands is the key to your once-in-a-lifetime experience. They’ll go above and beyond to ensure you see, do, and learn more. A Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor helps you capture all the unforgettable moments at the heart of your voyage; while an undersea specialist screens video footage aboard ship to further illuminate the fascinating underwater world. With multiple options to choose from each day, this thrilling itinerary is crafted to offer you a diverse experience of the islands.

Program Highlights

  • Like a floating safari camp, our ship will be your base for an unforgettable Galápagos expedition.
  • Walk among colonies of wildlife and seabirds unfazed by your presence.
  • Snorkel and kayak in waters with shimmering fish, sea turtles, penguins, and playful sea lions.
  • Choose your activities, activity levels, and staff members to join every day. There’s no one-size fits all scheduling.
  • Benefit from our 50 years of experience and relationships in Galápagos to see all you came for, and more.
  • Add a two-night post-expedition extension to Quito and Otavalo in the Andes of Ecuador.

Faculty

Karen McGlathery, Director, Environmental Resilience Institute, and Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences

Karen leads the Virginia Coast Reserve Long Term Ecological Research program, based at UVA’s Coastal Research Center on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Karen also directs the University’s new pan-university Environmental Resilience Institute focusing on interdisciplinary solutions to the challenges of environmental change. Her research focuses on the effects of climate, land-use, and species invasions on coastal marine ecosystems. She has led multi-institution, interdisciplinary projects addressing strategies for coastal resilience. In addition to Virginia’s Eastern Shore, she and her students have worked in New England, Florida, Bermuda, Denmark, New Zealand, and Mozambique. Before coming to UVA in 1998, Karen received her B.S. from Connecticut College, her Ph.D. from Cornell University, and worked as a program officer for the Earthwatch Institute and as a Research Fellow at the University of Copenhagen and Danish Ministry of the Environment. She was inspired to study the ocean by a sea-faring British grandfather.

Itinerary

DAY 1 - Saturday, April 27, 2019

U.S. / 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. Our expedition specialists can assist with your international flights. Just four-hours by air, Miami is the most popular Ecuador gateway. Additional nights at the hotel are available on request and recommended.
Hotel del Parque
Meals in flight

Day 2 - Sunday, April 28, 2019

Guayaquil / Baltra, Galápagos / Embark

Fly this morning to Galápagos and aboard the National Geographic Islander. We are welcomed by our naturalist staff and start exploring the islands.
National Geographic Islander
B, L, D daily

DAYS 3-6 - Monday-Thursday, April 29 – May 2, 2019

Galápagos Islands

Part of the magic of our Galápagos voyage is the varied nature of the terrain, wildlife and experiences that each island offers. The following island descriptions are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.

Blue footed booby

NORTH SEYMOUR
On this wildlife-rich small island, follow trails past coastal groups of Galápagos sea lions and marine iguanas inland through a silvery forest of Palo Santo to colonies of magnificent and great frigatebirds, blue-footed boobies, and other seabirds. See land iguanas clambering over rocks in search of cactus and other flowers. Like neighboring Baltra, this island was created by not by lava flows but by geologic uplift.

BARTOLOMÉ
Climb to the summit of this 360-foot-high volcanic wonderland of spatter and scoria cones and tuff formations, well-worth the effort for the stunning view. Later, stroll the golden sand beach below, backed by a tangle of mangroves under famous Pinnacle Rock. Here lucky swimmers and snorkelers might encounter Galápagos penguins, one of world’s rarest and the only tropical penguin species.

RÁBIDA
Land on a red sand beach on this volcanically varied island, where we explore inland and may see migratory flamingos feeding in a brackish lagoon. Clownish brown pelicans entertain from their nests along the coast, where sea lions often play. Prepare for some magnificent sunsets.

ISABELA
Galápagos SnorklingToast crossing the Equator at Volcán Ecuador on Isabela, formed of six great shield volcanoes that make up 2/3 of the land area in Galápagos. Over two days, cruise, kayak and snorkel along wildly eroded formations of volcanic ash, hike along the uplifted coastline, land in the footsteps of Darwin and Melville for a hike at Tagus Cove. Fed by the upwelling of cool, nutrient-rich currents, this is a rich oceanic realm, once the haunt of whalers and pirates, and a good place to see whales, dolphins and other marine life.

FERNANDINA
One of the most active oceanic volcanoes in the world, Fernandina is a privilege to visit: the youngest, and most pristine island in Galápagos. In the remote western archipelago, walk among brightly colored Sally Lightfoot crabs, and the largest and most numerous population of marine iguanas. Hike over lava flows past tide pools where young sea lions play and the strange flightless cormorant nests.

SANTIAGO
Follow in the wake of Darwin and HMS Beagle at rugged Santiago, where we explore tide pools and look for fur seals sheltered in quiet grottos of black basalt at Puerto Egas. Swim, snorkel, kayak and paddleboard along the spectacular coast of Buccaneers Cove, a secluded atelier where pirates once careened their ships. Explore a dense coastal forest, home to Galápagos hawks and other land birds, at Playa Espumilla.

SANTA CRUZ
Galápagos TortoiseGalápagos TortoiseCall at Puerto Ayora on Isla Santa Cruz, headquarters of both the Galápagos National Park and Charles Darwin Research Station. See wild tortoises roaming free in the green highlands of this central Island.

Day 7 - Friday, May 3, 2019

Guayaquil, Ecuador

This morning fly to Guayaquil and check-in at Hotel del Parque, with time to explore before a late flight tonight—or continue to Quito and Otavalo for an optional two-night extension. Or elect to fly home on Day 8 at no additional cost. Ask us for details.
Return home, or Hotel del Parque
B

Please note: Itinerary is subject to the Galápagos National Park regulations and therefore may be subject to change.

Extension:

Quito & Otavalo Post-Voyage Extension
Ecuador’s Beautifully Preserved Colonial Capital and Otavalo in the Andean Highlands
Follow the mystery and magic of Galápagos with a 3-day cultural experience in the Andes of Ecuador on this post-voyage extension.

Day 1
Galápagos/Quito
Continue by air from Galápagos to Quito, the capital and cultural center of Ecuador. Heralded as one of Latin America’s most beautifully preserved cities, the historic center of Quito is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upon arrival, transfer to the convenient Hotel Hilton Colon in the convenient Mariscal neighborhood. This evening we venture into the center for a festive welcome dinner and panoramic overview of the colonial plazas, impressive churches and baroque splendors on Quito’s Old Town.

Day 2
Otavalo
After breakfast this morning drive north with our guide through the Andean highlands to Otavalo—crossing the Equator along the way. We take the day to explore the celebrated handicraft markets, visit a nearby weaving village and relax over lunch at a historic hacienda. Evening at leisure.

Day 3
Quito/Home
This morning transfer to the airport for flights home. You may also elect to extend your stay in Quito at additional cost.

Cost & What’s Included
Extension Cost Per Person:
Double: $425
Single: $650

Cost includes:
Accommodations, meals as indicated, sightseeing tours, gratuities, transfers in conjunction with group recommended flights.

Not included:
Personal Items, international or domestic airfare (return flight to Galápagos may be extended from Guayaquil to Quito at no additional charge).

Note: Quito is at 9,200 feet and Otavalo at 8,400 feet. Temperatures are constant throughout the year with daytime temperatures in the 70s°F and nighttime temperatures in the 50s°F.

Accommodations

The Ship:

National Geographic Islander
Exploring Galápagos aboard the 48-guest National Geographic Islander allows you to experience the islands on an up-close, personal scale.

Yacht-scaled and trim, her mahogany and gleaming brass fittings create a gracious and welcoming environment. Guests of this twin-hulled expedition ship often compare her to being aboard a private yacht—one that’s as smart as she is lovely and dedicated to discovery.

Islander accommodates 48 guests in 24 outside cabins, including two suites. At 164 feet, she is perfectly sized and offers a full range of facilities. With such an intimate community, life aboard is friendly and bright. A community at sea quickly develops between guests and staff. Names are quickly learned and personal preferences remembered—shipboard services are impeccable. From broad open decks (complete with comfy hammocks perfect for iguana-like basking in the sun) to delectable dining on fresh, local food, Islander delivers a sophisticated and amiable expedition.

PUBLIC AREAS: Open-air observation deck, second covered outside deck with hammocks, tables and chairs. Lounge and bar accommodating all guests for presentations and gatherings, dining room, library, Mac kiosks and internet. The captain and officers’ welcome guests to visit the open bridge.
CABINS: All have a window with an outside view, private facili¬ties, ample storage and climate controls. Bed can be configured as two twins or as a single queen.
EXPEDITION EQUIPMENT: Zodiacs, a fleet of kayaks and stand-up paddleboards, snorkel gear and wet suits for both adults and children, video microscope and underwater video camera.
SPECIAL FEATURES: Shipboard doctor, Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor, National Geographic Global Explorers program for kids and teens, video chronicler, snorkel instruction. Wi-Fi access, laundry service, Global Gallery.
WELLNESS: LEXSpa and fitness center, exercise classes, and wellness specialist.

Pre/Post-cruise

Hotel del Parque
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.
With just 44 beautifully appointed rooms, two courtyards, a 19th-century chapel, and a gourmet café facing the river, this serene tropical refuge will elevate your Galápagos experience.

Meals

National Geographic Islander’s elegant dining room wraps around the stern with large windows and accommodates the entire expedition community in a single seating. You are free to dine with whom you like and independent travelers will find a warm welcome on board. Dress is always casual and the general ambiance is relaxed and informal.

Every meal is a delight and often a discovery—a window, so to speak, on the region you’re exploring. All food served aboard is fresh, local, and delicious; sourced from suppliers that share our values of sustainability whenever possible, and often inflected with regional flavors.

Breakfast is served buffet-style, with eggs and other dishes made to order. Enjoy freshly-baked pastries, and a bounty of fresh, tropical fruits and fresh-squeezed fruit juices. An early riser continental breakfast is also served each morning. Lunch is most often buffet, though occasionally served family style, and there is often an option of a light lunch served on deck. Dinners are plated and served in the dining room, except for the evening when an extravagant barbecue is held on the open deck. Whether a meal is buffet-style or served, our gracious waitstaff is ever-present to attend to your every need.

During lunch and dinner your expedition leader, naturalists, and any guest speakers will join you for meals. During breakfast they often sit together to plan the logistics of the exciting day ahead.

Program Fees

All prices are double occupancy, land and cruise only.
A limited number of single rooms are available – from $8,370 per person

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Category 1 – $ 5,630
Main Deck: #201-206 – Cabins feature two lower single beds which can convert to a queen bed and a window.

Category 2 – $ 6,420
Main Deck: #207-210; Bridge Deck: #301-302 – Centrally located cabins feature a window and two lower single beds which can convert to a queen bed.

Category 3 – $ 7,090
Bridge Deck: #303-306 – Conveniently located, cabins feature two lower single beds which can convert to a queen bed and a window. Cabins #305 & 306 can accommodate a third person.

Category 4 – $ 7,490
Upper Deck #403-408 – Spacious cabins feature two lower single beds which can convert to a queen bed. All cabins feature a window and outside glassed in terraces with seating. There are large window in the top half of the terrace doors.

Category 5 – $ 9,060
Upper Deck #401 and 402 – These are the largest cabins onboard. These cabins feature two lower single beds which can convert to a queen bed and wrap around windows. Both have a desk, chairs, and table. They also feature outside glassed in terraces with seating.

Note: Limited single occupancy cabins are available in Categories 1 and 2 only for $ 8,370 and $ 9,520

Price includes:

GUAYAQUIL, ECUADOR:

  • Round-trip transfers and luggage handling for guests using (or coinciding) with the scheduled group flights
  • One or two nights’ hotel accommodations at the Hotel del Parque (or similar) with breakfast
  • Hospitality desk and assistance with check-in
  • Gratuities to local guides and drivers on included excursions and transfers
  • Complimentary round-trip internal charter air: Guayaquil/Galápagos/Guayaquil

GALÁPAGOS, ECUADOR

  • Five nights’ accommodations aboard the yacht-like, 48-guest, National Geographic Islander
  • All meals as indicated
  • All beverages and alcohol while onboard the ship (except certain premium brands)
  • Captain’s Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Evening lectures and ‘re-caps’ over hors d’oeuvres
  • All excursions and visits, as noted in the itinerary, with experienced naturalists and expedition team
  • Use of snorkeling equipment, wetsuits, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards
  • The expertise of our Expedition Team:
    • Expedition leader
    • Naturalist staff and expert guides, including:
      • Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor
      • Undersea specialist
    • Video chronicler
    • Wellness specialist
    • Ship physician
  • Free WIFI while onboard: up to one hour a day, per person
  • Entry fee to the Galápagos National Park & the Galápagos Transit Card
  • Complimentary stainless-steel water bottle
  • All port charges and service taxes
  • Detailed pre-voyage travel information (also available online – by request only)

Does not include:

  • International airfare
  • Transfers to and from airports for individuals not using or meeting group flights
  • Passport or visa expenses (if necessary)
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Discretionary gratuities to he ship’s crew
  • Voyage DVD
  • Travel protection plan
  • Post-voyage extension to Quito and Otavalo (does not include flights)
  • Any other items not specifically mentioned as included

 

General Terms & Conditions

RESERVATIONS: To confirm your place, an advance payment of $750 per person is required at the time of reservation and is payable by Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or a check payable to: Lindblad Maritime Enterprises.

AIRFARE: Airfare is an additional cost, unless otherwise noted. Lindblad Expeditions will assist in making your air arrangements, if needed, for a $50 per person service fee.
IMPORTANT FLIGHT INFORMATION: International and internal Ecuador tickets must be issued separately for all Galápagos voyages.
FINAL PAYMENT: Due no later than 90 days prior to departure.

CANCELLATION:

Date Prior to Expedition Start Per Person Cancellation Fee
120 or more days $350
119-90 days Advance payment cost
89-60 days 25% of trip cost
59-45 days 50% of trip cost
44-0 days No refund

TRAVEL PROTECTION PLAN: Travel protection and medical insurance are available at extra cost. Information will be sent upon registration.

SMOKING POLICY: Allowed only in designated outdoor areas.

RESPONSIBILITY AND OTHER TERMS & CONDITIONS: Certain other provisions concerning, among other things, limitations of Lindblad Expeditions liability for loss of property, injury, illness, or death during the voyage will be provided to all guests on the ship’s ticket sent prior to departure or upon request. By registering for a trip, the guest agrees to all such terms and conditions.