Galápagos Islands

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OCT. 10-19, 2014 From $5,490
Bartolomé, Santiago, Santa Cruz, Isabela, North Seymour, San Cristobal
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Galápagos Islands

OCT. 10-19, 2014
Bartolomé, Santiago, Santa Cruz, Isabela, North Seymour, San Cristobal
Aboard National Geographic Endeavour

Experience a place where animals live without fear of humans on this exploration of the enchanted islands of Galápagos from aboard the National Geographic Endeavor. See a region teeming with unusual and remarkable wildlife. Swim and snorkel with sea lions, walk among ancient giant tortoises and watch as blue-footed boobies perform courtship dances. Experienced naturalists enhance our journey on this tour, including the islands of Bartolomé, Santiago, Santa Cruz, Isabela, Fernandina, Floreana and Española.

Cost: From $5,490
Lindblad Maritime Enterprises, Ltd.
Activity Level: Active
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  • Spend a week exploring the legendary Galápagos aboard a comfortable expedition ship
  • Have rare close encounters with giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, penguins, frigate birds, and more
  • Travel with expert naturalists, an undersea specialist, and a Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic certified photo instructor
  • Explore remote shorelines and secluded beaches in sturdy Zodiacs and kayaks
  • Snorkel with sea turtles, sea lions, even a penguin or two, or view live underwater video from the comfort of the ship’s lounge
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310.206.0613 (P)
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  • The most surprising characteristic of Galápagos fauna is its complete innocence: These species have evolved without predation and as such have lost all ‘fear or flight’ response, including towards us! It is unforgettable to pass through their world as though we were invisible – whilst they continue with their lives, blissfully unconcerned with our presence."
    Emma Ridley, Expedition Leader
  • The Galápagos Islands trip was wonderful! It was a trip of a lifetime!"
    Jim Dyer ’57, Ph.D. ’65, Traveler

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DAY 1 | Oct. 10. U.S. / Guayaquil, Ecuador
Depart U.S. and arrive in Guayaquil by late evening. Overnight at Hotel Hilton Colón.

DAY 2 | Oct. 11. Guayaquil / Galápagos / Embark
This morning fly to Galápagos and embark ship. (B, L, D)

DAYS 3-8 | Oct. 12-17. Galápagos Islands
A new island to explore daily over the course of our expedition. And the promise of genuine discovery every day. Routing is subject to Galápagos National Park approval—but our in-depth knowledge of the geography guarantees days steeped in joy, wonder, and engaging activities. (B, L, D)

Here is a representative sampling of islands we 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 this island’s countless tide pools.
  • Santa Cruz: Learn about vital preservation work being done at the Charles Darwin Research Station. Then, head up into the highlands to roam the moss-draped landscape where wild giant tortoises forage.
  • Isabela: Enjoy a challenging hike over a rugged area ofshoreline, then inland through a land iguana nestingsite. Walking, birding, kayaking, and snorkelingoptions are on offer.
  • North Seymour: Have up-close encounters with colonies of blue-footed boobiesand magnificent frigate birds, and sea lion harems.
  • Fernandina: This is the youngest island in the Galápagos. Discover the marine iguana haven of Punta Espinoza, and take in the dramatic backdrop of Isabela’s volcanoes off in the distance.
  • Floreana: Snorkel among sea lions in the clear waters off Champion Islet. We 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 particularly colorful marine iguanas and the most inquisitive mockingbirds in the islands. 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.
  • San Cristobal: Wet landing on a green, olivine beach for a hike and spectacular scenery—tuff stone cliffs created by sea and wind. Zodiac rides along the coastline reveal blue-footed and red-footed boobies.

DAY 9 | Oct. 18. Galápagos / Disembark / Guayaquil
Disembark and fly to Guayaquil. The late afternoon and evening are free to explore the bustling port city. Overnight at Hotel Hilton Colón. (B)

DAY 10 | Oct. 19. Guayaquil / Home
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flights home. (B)

Peru Extension: As magnificent as the Galápagos Islands are for wildlife, so is Peru from a historical and archaeological perspective. Take advantage of Peru’s proximity to Galápagos and journey from the islands to Lima. While here, expert guides will join you for an exploration of the Sacred Valley on the Inca, the majesty of Machu Picchu, and the winding colonial streets of Cusco.

DAY 9 | Oct. 18. Galápagos / Guayaquil / Lima, Peru
Depart Galápagos this morning and fly to Lima, Peru via Guayaquil, arriving in early evening. Overnight at the conveniently located Costa del Sol Ramada hotel. (B,L)

DAY 10 | Oct. 19. Lima / Cusco / Sacred Valley of the Inca
This morning fly from Lima to Cusco and drive to Awanacancha, a farm where South American llamas and alpacas are bred. Visit Pisac, gateway to the Sacred Valley, and walk through the local food market before visiting the ruins. Enjoy an afternoon lecture by historian Peter Frost. Check in to Sol y Luna Hotel. (B, L, D)

DAY 11 | Oct. 20. Sacred Valley of the Inca
Peter Frost will join us as we visit the massive Inca fortress of Ollantaytambo. Then attend a traditional weaving demonstration by National Geographic grantee Nilda Callañaupa. Enjoy an outdoor lunch with a Paso horse demonstration, then visit a local pottery studio, featuring ceramics made with ancient Peruvian techniques and designs. After dinner, watch a folkloric dance performance. (B, L, D)

DAY 12 | Oct. 21. Sacred Valley / Machu Picchu
Continue from the valley to Machu Picchu for a guided visit. Overnight at the luxurious 31-room Orient Express Sanctuary Lodge, with splendid gardens offering stunning views of Machu Picchu and a great variety of the region’s colorful flowers and birds. (B, L, D)

DAY 13 | Oct. 22. Machu Picchu / Cusco
Early morning, hike to the Sun Gate, the ancient final checkpoint to Machu Picchu, and watch daybreak over the quiet ruins. The morning is free to explore. After a train and bus ride, we arrive in Cusco in the late afternoon for two nights at the Orient Express Monasterio Hotel. (B, L, D)

DAY 14 | Oct. 23. Cusco
Explore the Inca Empire’s capital city of Cusco and visit the vast Sacsayhuaman Fortress. The afternoon is open to stroll around the city. Relax, shop, or visit one of the museums or convents, including the magnificent 17th-century cathedral and convent of Koricancha. Dinner is on your own. This evening, experience the music of the Andes at a presentation of indigenous instruments. (B, L)

DAY 15 | Oct. 24. Cusco / Lima
Return to Lima and check in to the Miraflores Park Hotel. Visit the Larco Herrera Museum and stroll the Plaza Mayor. Lunch is traditional Latin American style. Dinner is on your own. (B, L)

DAY 16 | Oct. 25. Lima / Home
After breakfast, we proceed to the airport in Lima for flights home. (B)

Accommodations
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National Geographic Endeavour

Capacity: 96 guests in 56 outside cabins
Registry: Ecuador
Overall Length: 295 feet
Public Areas: Ship is fully air-conditioned. Covered deck with chairs and tables; doctor’s office; fitness center; LEXspa; global market; library; lounge with full-service bar and facilities for films, slide shows and presentations; sauna and small swimming pool; and observation deck. The Ecuadorian captain and officers welcome guests to the bridge in accordance with the “open bridge” policy.
Meals: Served in single seatings with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. Menu is international with Ecuadorian flair.
Cabins: All cabins face outside with windows or portholes. Each has private facilities and climate controls.
Expedition Equipment: Zodiac landing craft, kayaks, glass-bottom boat, snorkeling gear, wetsuits, Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), underwater video camera and video microscope
Special Features: Guest Internet access, laundry service, floating massage platform and wellness program. Ship’s doctor and video chronicler are also on board.

 

Pricing

Pricing: $5,490-$7,990
Lindblad Maritime Enterprises, Ltd.

Special Programs Available

  • Bring the Kids: We believe sharing an expedition with your kids or grandkids is a life-enhancing experience. Take $500 off the double occupancy price for each person under 18.
  • Peru Extension: Oct. 18-25, Single: $6,090, Double: $4,890
Download Reservation Form Download Brochure (1.3 MB) Request Brochure In Mail
310.206.0613 (P)
310.209.4271 (F)
travel@alumni.ucla.edu
  • The most surprising characteristic of Galápagos fauna is its complete innocence: These species have evolved without predation and as such have lost all ‘fear or flight’ response, including towards us! It is unforgettable to pass through their world as though we were invisible – whilst they continue with their lives, blissfully unconcerned with our presence."
    Emma Ridley, Expedition Leader
  • The Galápagos Islands trip was wonderful! It was a trip of a lifetime!"
    Jim Dyer ’57, Ph.D. ’65, Traveler

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STEP 1
Download the tour Reservation Form here. This tour is booked quickly, so sign up early to reserve space.

STEP 2
Enclose a check or provide credit card information for $500 per person, per tour, as a deposit for the selected tour. Make check payable to Lindblad Maritime Enterprises, Ltd. Deposits are provisional and fully refundable pending your acceptance of final brochure terms.

STEP 3
Mail completed reservation form and your deposit to:
UCLA Alumni Association
Attn: Alumni Travel
James West Alumni Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1397

A brochure will be mailed to you as soon as it is available.

Terms & Conditions

Written cancellations from time of booking up to 90 days prior to departure will be assessed a minimum administrative fee of approximately $250; within 90 days of departure, refunds vary according to the policies of each tour operator. Please download brochure for this tour here.

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance to cover the possibility of trip cancellation or interruption, emergency medical evacuation, medical expenses and baggage loss incurred while traveling. All confirmed passengers will receive travel insurance information in your confirmation packet. It’s one of our many membership benefits! For information about travel insurance, visit alumni.ucla.edu/travel-insurance. Coverage for pre-existing medical conditions, terrorist incidents and travel supplier financial insolvencies will be provided if the insurance is purchased within 15 days of your trip deposit. Please read the insurance brochure carefully.

Download Reservation Form Download Brochure (1.3 MB) Request Brochure In Mail
310.206.0613 (P)
310.209.4271 (F)
travel@alumni.ucla.edu
  • The most surprising characteristic of Galápagos fauna is its complete innocence: These species have evolved without predation and as such have lost all ‘fear or flight’ response, including towards us! It is unforgettable to pass through their world as though we were invisible – whilst they continue with their lives, blissfully unconcerned with our presence."
    Emma Ridley, Expedition Leader
  • The Galápagos Islands trip was wonderful! It was a trip of a lifetime!"
    Jim Dyer ’57, Ph.D. ’65, Traveler