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6-night Wild Galapagos Escape Cruise

Roundtrip Guayaquil
6-night Wild Galapagos Escape Cruise
October 1, 2024
Lindblad Expeditions: National Geographic Islander II
Roundtrip Guayaquil
Vacation Offer ID 1524378
Reference this number when contacting our travel specialist.
Exclusive Offer
  • $50 per Couple Shipboard Credit
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Cruise Inclusions

  • 6-nights accommodations
  • All meals aboard ship
  • And more

Available Add-Ons

Optional roundtrip airfare.
Optional pre or post cruise nights
  • Destination Guide
  • Suggested Shore Excursions
Destination Arrival Departure
Guayaquil

Guayaquil 10/01/2024

Arrive in Guayaquil and transfer to the 44-room Hotel del Parque. Call for recommended international flights or additional nights at the hotel.,

Optional Private Excursions

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Let us personalize your experience!

Ride Like a Local - 4 hours
One of the best ways to truly get to know a city is by using its public transportation systems. Be it buses, trains, subways or airways, they all give a real taste of what it really is to live in a specific city.  Today you are welcome to be part of the experience of the locals and admire Guayaquil from above onboard the recently inaugurated Guayaquil Airway, an environmentally friendly project that seeks to reduce the emission of carbon dioxide into the air. 
 
You will be picked up from the port and driven onboard the coach towards Parque Centenario Station where you will take the airway and, along with your guide board one of the cabins and go all the way through the Guayas River in a 20 minutes ride towards the station of Daule, where we will disembark and take the ride back to Guayaquil where you will debark at Four Mosqueteros station.
 
Adding the final touch to this exciting half-day visit the Anthropological and Contemporary Art Museum of Guayaquil (MAAC) that has an area of more than 9000 square feet. The museum is a pleasant surprise, not only because of its display of modern art, but because of the size and extent of its archeological collection. The MAAC is a great way to see more of Ecuador’s culture and history – and spend some time out of the sun.
 
At the end, board the bus and drive back to the quayside.

DURATION
4 Hours
 
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Easy (Limited Walking – under 500 meters over flat terrain with some steps)
 
WHAT’S INCLUDED?
  • Touring in luxury private vehicles with A/C & PA-system
  • Airway entrance fee (roundtrip)
  • 1 Bottle of water per person
  • Local English-speaking tour guide
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?
  • Any other services not mentioned above.
IMPORTANT NOTES, OBSERVATIONS & RECOMMENDATIONS
  • This tour is not suitable for guests in wheelchairs or those with mobility issues.
  • Few vendors accept credit cards; we recommend that guests bring cash (USD) if they wish to purchase anything.  In Ecuador $50 or $100 notes are not easily accepted, so guests should try to bring small change. Travelers’ checks are not accepted.
  • All timings are approximate and subject to change. 
  • It is recommended guests wear lightweight clothing, including long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, along with sunblock, sunglasses, a hat, insect repellent (it is a must) and flat, comfortable walking shoes and a camera.
Cerro Blanco Wildlife and Forest Trail - 4.5 hours
Introducing the "Cerro Blanco Wildlife and Forest Trail" - a tour of the largest and best-preserved dry forest in Ecuador. Explore the protected forest, located in the extreme Southwest of the Chongón Colonche mountain range, just outside the city. This adventure departs early in the morning and takes you on a 1.2 km trail, showcasing the breathtaking biodiversity of the area, the trail is called “Canoa”
 
The Cerro Blanco Protected Forest boasts an impressive number of endemic vascular plants, which protect approximately 100 of the 500 species registered in the tropical dry forest region. If we are lucky, you'll discover the magnificent range of wildlife that includes 54 species of mammals, such as monkeys, peccaries, agouti, 6 species of wild cats, including the majestic Jaguar, and 34 species of bats. Bird lovers will have the opportunity to spot a few of the 221 species of birds registered in the area that includes the endangered Great Green Macaw (Papagayo), which is the symbol of Cerro Blanco. Not to mention the 8 species of amphibians and 12 species of reptiles. It is important to note wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.
 
During your walk along the trail, you will experience a variety of landscapes, including the forest and mangrove. The route is divided into two sections. The first section is a mountainous terrain, where you will find small slopes, rocky paths, and a native vegetation of the dry forest. This part of the trail offers the perfect vantage points to take in the stunning scenery. The second section is a second-growth forest, where you can appreciate the beauty of the forest and its natural regrowth.
 
After returning from the hike, a delicious picnic will be waiting for us to refresh and recover energy before heading back to the pier.

SUGGESTED TOUR TIMINGS
 
TIMING ITINERARY & POINTS OF INTEREST TERRAIN W/C FRIENDLY
00:00 – 00:45 Depart the quayside and drive to Cerro Blanco Paved This tour is NOT suitable for guests in wheelchairs; and those with mobility issues, however, they must be able to board the coach on their own
00:45 – 02:45 Walk around the Canoa Trail Uneven, slippery, muddy
02:45 – 03:45 Deluxe Picnic Flat
03:45 – 04:30 Drive back to the pier for embarkation Paved  

DURATION / MIN/MAX NO. OF PAX
4 ½ Hours
MIN 10 guests per departure
MAX 90 guests per departure
 
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Strenuous (walking over 1 km over uneven terrain with many steps)
 
WHAT’S INCLUDED?
  • Touring in luxury private vehicles with A/C & PA-system
  • 1 Bottle of water per person
  • Local English-speaking tour guide
  • Deluxe Picnin
  • 1 ship’s escort free of charge per vehicle
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?
  • Any other services not mentioned above.
IMPORTANT NOTES, OBSERVATIONS & RECOMMENDATIONS
  • This tour is NOT suitable for guests in wheelchairs or those with mobility issues.
  • Few vendors accept credit cards; we recommend that guests bring cash (USD) if they wish to purchase anything.  In Ecuador $50 or $100 notes are not easily accepted, so guests should try to bring small change. Travelers’ checks are not accepted.
  • All timings are approximate and subject to change. 
  • It is recommended guests wear lightweight clothing, including long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, along with sunblock, sunglasses, a hat, insect repellent (it is a must) and flat, comfortable walking shoes and a camera.
10/01/2024 10/01/2024
Guayaquil

Guayaquil 10/02/2024

Fly to Baltra in the center of Galápagos, a little world unto itself in the Tropical Pacific. We are welcomed by our naturalist staff and start exploring the islands. (B,L,D),

Optional Private Excursions

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Let us personalize your experience!

Ride Like a Local - 4 hours
One of the best ways to truly get to know a city is by using its public transportation systems. Be it buses, trains, subways or airways, they all give a real taste of what it really is to live in a specific city.  Today you are welcome to be part of the experience of the locals and admire Guayaquil from above onboard the recently inaugurated Guayaquil Airway, an environmentally friendly project that seeks to reduce the emission of carbon dioxide into the air. 
 
You will be picked up from the port and driven onboard the coach towards Parque Centenario Station where you will take the airway and, along with your guide board one of the cabins and go all the way through the Guayas River in a 20 minutes ride towards the station of Daule, where we will disembark and take the ride back to Guayaquil where you will debark at Four Mosqueteros station.
 
Adding the final touch to this exciting half-day visit the Anthropological and Contemporary Art Museum of Guayaquil (MAAC) that has an area of more than 9000 square feet. The museum is a pleasant surprise, not only because of its display of modern art, but because of the size and extent of its archeological collection. The MAAC is a great way to see more of Ecuador’s culture and history – and spend some time out of the sun.
 
At the end, board the bus and drive back to the quayside.

DURATION
4 Hours
 
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Easy (Limited Walking – under 500 meters over flat terrain with some steps)
 
WHAT’S INCLUDED?
  • Touring in luxury private vehicles with A/C & PA-system
  • Airway entrance fee (roundtrip)
  • 1 Bottle of water per person
  • Local English-speaking tour guide
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?
  • Any other services not mentioned above.
IMPORTANT NOTES, OBSERVATIONS & RECOMMENDATIONS
  • This tour is not suitable for guests in wheelchairs or those with mobility issues.
  • Few vendors accept credit cards; we recommend that guests bring cash (USD) if they wish to purchase anything.  In Ecuador $50 or $100 notes are not easily accepted, so guests should try to bring small change. Travelers’ checks are not accepted.
  • All timings are approximate and subject to change. 
  • It is recommended guests wear lightweight clothing, including long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, along with sunblock, sunglasses, a hat, insect repellent (it is a must) and flat, comfortable walking shoes and a camera.
Cerro Blanco Wildlife and Forest Trail - 4.5 hours
Introducing the "Cerro Blanco Wildlife and Forest Trail" - a tour of the largest and best-preserved dry forest in Ecuador. Explore the protected forest, located in the extreme Southwest of the Chongón Colonche mountain range, just outside the city. This adventure departs early in the morning and takes you on a 1.2 km trail, showcasing the breathtaking biodiversity of the area, the trail is called “Canoa”
 
The Cerro Blanco Protected Forest boasts an impressive number of endemic vascular plants, which protect approximately 100 of the 500 species registered in the tropical dry forest region. If we are lucky, you'll discover the magnificent range of wildlife that includes 54 species of mammals, such as monkeys, peccaries, agouti, 6 species of wild cats, including the majestic Jaguar, and 34 species of bats. Bird lovers will have the opportunity to spot a few of the 221 species of birds registered in the area that includes the endangered Great Green Macaw (Papagayo), which is the symbol of Cerro Blanco. Not to mention the 8 species of amphibians and 12 species of reptiles. It is important to note wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.
 
During your walk along the trail, you will experience a variety of landscapes, including the forest and mangrove. The route is divided into two sections. The first section is a mountainous terrain, where you will find small slopes, rocky paths, and a native vegetation of the dry forest. This part of the trail offers the perfect vantage points to take in the stunning scenery. The second section is a second-growth forest, where you can appreciate the beauty of the forest and its natural regrowth.
 
After returning from the hike, a delicious picnic will be waiting for us to refresh and recover energy before heading back to the pier.

SUGGESTED TOUR TIMINGS
 
TIMING ITINERARY & POINTS OF INTEREST TERRAIN W/C FRIENDLY
00:00 – 00:45 Depart the quayside and drive to Cerro Blanco Paved This tour is NOT suitable for guests in wheelchairs; and those with mobility issues, however, they must be able to board the coach on their own
00:45 – 02:45 Walk around the Canoa Trail Uneven, slippery, muddy
02:45 – 03:45 Deluxe Picnic Flat
03:45 – 04:30 Drive back to the pier for embarkation Paved  

DURATION / MIN/MAX NO. OF PAX
4 ½ Hours
MIN 10 guests per departure
MAX 90 guests per departure
 
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Strenuous (walking over 1 km over uneven terrain with many steps)
 
WHAT’S INCLUDED?
  • Touring in luxury private vehicles with A/C & PA-system
  • 1 Bottle of water per person
  • Local English-speaking tour guide
  • Deluxe Picnin
  • 1 ship’s escort free of charge per vehicle
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?
  • Any other services not mentioned above.
IMPORTANT NOTES, OBSERVATIONS & RECOMMENDATIONS
  • This tour is NOT suitable for guests in wheelchairs or those with mobility issues.
  • Few vendors accept credit cards; we recommend that guests bring cash (USD) if they wish to purchase anything.  In Ecuador $50 or $100 notes are not easily accepted, so guests should try to bring small change. Travelers’ checks are not accepted.
  • All timings are approximate and subject to change. 
  • It is recommended guests wear lightweight clothing, including long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, along with sunblock, sunglasses, a hat, insect repellent (it is a must) and flat, comfortable walking shoes and a camera.
10/02/2024 10/02/2024
Air Travel

Air Travel 10/02/2024

Fly to Baltra in the center of Galápagos, a little world unto itself in the Tropical Pacific. We are welcomed by our naturalist staff and start exploring the islands. (B,L,D),
10/02/2024 10/02/2024
Cruise Starts (Embarkation)

Cruise Starts (Embarkation) 10/02/2024

Fly to Baltra in the center of Galápagos, a little world unto itself in the Tropical Pacific. We are welcomed by our naturalist staff and start exploring the islands. (B,L,D),
10/02/2024 10/02/2024
Isla Baltra

Isla Baltra 10/02/2024

Fly to Baltra in the center of Galápagos, a little world unto itself in the Tropical Pacific. We are welcomed by our naturalist staff and start exploring the islands. (B,L,D),
10/02/2024 10/02/2024
Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands 10/03/2024

Listed below is a sample of islands we may visit during our expedition. (B,L,D Daily); 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 Cristóbal: 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.,
10/03/2024 10/06/2024
Cruise Ends (Debarkation)
10/06/2024 10/06/2024
Air Travel
10/06/2024 10/06/2024
Guayaquil

Optional Private Excursions

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Let us personalize your experience!

Ride Like a Local - 4 hours
One of the best ways to truly get to know a city is by using its public transportation systems. Be it buses, trains, subways or airways, they all give a real taste of what it really is to live in a specific city.  Today you are welcome to be part of the experience of the locals and admire Guayaquil from above onboard the recently inaugurated Guayaquil Airway, an environmentally friendly project that seeks to reduce the emission of carbon dioxide into the air. 
 
You will be picked up from the port and driven onboard the coach towards Parque Centenario Station where you will take the airway and, along with your guide board one of the cabins and go all the way through the Guayas River in a 20 minutes ride towards the station of Daule, where we will disembark and take the ride back to Guayaquil where you will debark at Four Mosqueteros station.
 
Adding the final touch to this exciting half-day visit the Anthropological and Contemporary Art Museum of Guayaquil (MAAC) that has an area of more than 9000 square feet. The museum is a pleasant surprise, not only because of its display of modern art, but because of the size and extent of its archeological collection. The MAAC is a great way to see more of Ecuador’s culture and history – and spend some time out of the sun.
 
At the end, board the bus and drive back to the quayside.

DURATION
4 Hours
 
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Easy (Limited Walking – under 500 meters over flat terrain with some steps)
 
WHAT’S INCLUDED?
  • Touring in luxury private vehicles with A/C & PA-system
  • Airway entrance fee (roundtrip)
  • 1 Bottle of water per person
  • Local English-speaking tour guide
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?
  • Any other services not mentioned above.
IMPORTANT NOTES, OBSERVATIONS & RECOMMENDATIONS
  • This tour is not suitable for guests in wheelchairs or those with mobility issues.
  • Few vendors accept credit cards; we recommend that guests bring cash (USD) if they wish to purchase anything.  In Ecuador $50 or $100 notes are not easily accepted, so guests should try to bring small change. Travelers’ checks are not accepted.
  • All timings are approximate and subject to change. 
  • It is recommended guests wear lightweight clothing, including long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, along with sunblock, sunglasses, a hat, insect repellent (it is a must) and flat, comfortable walking shoes and a camera.
Cerro Blanco Wildlife and Forest Trail - 4.5 hours
Introducing the "Cerro Blanco Wildlife and Forest Trail" - a tour of the largest and best-preserved dry forest in Ecuador. Explore the protected forest, located in the extreme Southwest of the Chongón Colonche mountain range, just outside the city. This adventure departs early in the morning and takes you on a 1.2 km trail, showcasing the breathtaking biodiversity of the area, the trail is called “Canoa”
 
The Cerro Blanco Protected Forest boasts an impressive number of endemic vascular plants, which protect approximately 100 of the 500 species registered in the tropical dry forest region. If we are lucky, you'll discover the magnificent range of wildlife that includes 54 species of mammals, such as monkeys, peccaries, agouti, 6 species of wild cats, including the majestic Jaguar, and 34 species of bats. Bird lovers will have the opportunity to spot a few of the 221 species of birds registered in the area that includes the endangered Great Green Macaw (Papagayo), which is the symbol of Cerro Blanco. Not to mention the 8 species of amphibians and 12 species of reptiles. It is important to note wildlife sightings are not guaranteed.
 
During your walk along the trail, you will experience a variety of landscapes, including the forest and mangrove. The route is divided into two sections. The first section is a mountainous terrain, where you will find small slopes, rocky paths, and a native vegetation of the dry forest. This part of the trail offers the perfect vantage points to take in the stunning scenery. The second section is a second-growth forest, where you can appreciate the beauty of the forest and its natural regrowth.
 
After returning from the hike, a delicious picnic will be waiting for us to refresh and recover energy before heading back to the pier.

SUGGESTED TOUR TIMINGS
 
TIMING ITINERARY & POINTS OF INTEREST TERRAIN W/C FRIENDLY
00:00 – 00:45 Depart the quayside and drive to Cerro Blanco Paved This tour is NOT suitable for guests in wheelchairs; and those with mobility issues, however, they must be able to board the coach on their own
00:45 – 02:45 Walk around the Canoa Trail Uneven, slippery, muddy
02:45 – 03:45 Deluxe Picnic Flat
03:45 – 04:30 Drive back to the pier for embarkation Paved  

DURATION / MIN/MAX NO. OF PAX
4 ½ Hours
MIN 10 guests per departure
MAX 90 guests per departure
 
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Strenuous (walking over 1 km over uneven terrain with many steps)
 
WHAT’S INCLUDED?
  • Touring in luxury private vehicles with A/C & PA-system
  • 1 Bottle of water per person
  • Local English-speaking tour guide
  • Deluxe Picnin
  • 1 ship’s escort free of charge per vehicle
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?
  • Any other services not mentioned above.
IMPORTANT NOTES, OBSERVATIONS & RECOMMENDATIONS
  • This tour is NOT suitable for guests in wheelchairs or those with mobility issues.
  • Few vendors accept credit cards; we recommend that guests bring cash (USD) if they wish to purchase anything.  In Ecuador $50 or $100 notes are not easily accepted, so guests should try to bring small change. Travelers’ checks are not accepted.
  • All timings are approximate and subject to change. 
  • It is recommended guests wear lightweight clothing, including long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, along with sunblock, sunglasses, a hat, insect repellent (it is a must) and flat, comfortable walking shoes and a camera.
10/06/2024 10/07/2024
Lindblad Expeditions: National Geographic Islander II
Lindblad Expeditions is thrilled to announce a new member of the fleet. Launching in August 2022, the sleek and elegant National Geographic Islander II will sail year-round in the Galápagos Islands and elevate the guest experience to an entirely new level. This new ship replaces the National Geographic Islander and carries the same number of guests.
Ship Statistics
Maiden Voyage
August, 2022
Beam
26 Feet
Ship Length
280 Feet
Passenger Capacity
48
Dining / Restaurants
4
Staterooms / Suites
26
The newly reimagined Cove is the gathering spot for pre-dinner Recaps, attentive service, crafted cocktails, and state-of-the-art presentations. Step outside to take in the beauty of the islands from a forward-facing viewing platform.

Suite

Suite (SU) $9,331
Suite
  • Category: SU
  • Bridge Deck
  • Main Deck
All suites are with large windows, convertible king/twin beds, ample closets, sofa, marble double-sink bathrooms, stocked mini-bar, Wi-Fi, and a flat-screen TV.
Islander Suite (IS) $13,002
Islander Suite
  • Category: IS
  • Bridge Deck
  • Main Deck
All suites are with large windows, convertible king/twin beds, ample closets, sofa, marble double-sink bathrooms, stocked mini-bar, Wi-Fi, and a flat-screen TV. Islander Suites have a separate living area, table and chairs, four windows, and a larger bathroom with both a bathtub and glassed-in rain shower.
Solo Suite (SO) Call for pricing
Solo Suite
  • Category: SO
  • Bridge Deck
  • Main Deck
All suites are with large windows, convertible king/twin beds, ample closets, sofa, marble double-sink bathrooms, stocked mini-bar, Wi-Fi, and a flat-screen TV. Connecting suites are available, plus solo and triple options.

Price is per person, double occupancy.

Cost Includes: All accommodations aboard ships or in hotels per itinerary or similar, all meals and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship, 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 (where available), tips (except to ship’s crew), taxes and service charges, services of a ship physician on most voyages, and services of our expedition staff.

Not Included: Air transportation (except where shown as included), extensions, passport, visa, immigration fees, scuba diving (where available), meals not indicated, baggage/accident/travel protection plan, items of a personal nature, such as alcoholic beverages, e-mail, laundry. Gratuities to ship’s crew at your discretion.

All fares are quoted in US Dollars.

Observation Deck

Stateroom Key

  • Islander Suite (IS)
  • Suite (SU)
  • Solo Suite (SO)
Promenade Deck

Stateroom Key

  • Islander Suite (IS)
  • Suite (SU)
  • Solo Suite (SO)
Bridge Deck

Stateroom Key

  • Islander Suite (IS)
  • Suite (SU)
  • Solo Suite (SO)
Main Deck

Stateroom Key

  • Islander Suite (IS)
  • Suite (SU)
  • Solo Suite (SO)
Marina Deck

Stateroom Key

  • Islander Suite (IS)
  • Suite (SU)
  • Solo Suite (SO)