Galápagos Islands

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SEP. 18-27, 2015 From $6,290
Bartolomé, Santiago, Santa Cruz, Isabela
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Galápagos Islands

SEP. 18-27, 2015
Bartolomé, Santiago, Santa Cruz, Isabela
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 $6,290
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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DAY 1 | Sept. 18. U.S. / Guayaquil, Ecuador
Depart U.S. and arrive in Guayaquil by late evening. Overnight at Hotel Hilton Colón.

DAY 2 | Sept. 19. Guayaquil / Galápagos / Embark
This morning fly to Galápagos and embark ship. (B, L, D)

DAYS 3-8 | Sept. 20-25. 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 snorkeling options are on offer.
  • 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.

DAY 9 | Sept. 26. 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 | Sept. 27. Guayaquil / Home
After breakfast, transfer to the airport 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: $6,290 – $10,280
Lindblad Expeditions

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.

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How to Book

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 $850 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 120 days prior to departure will be assessed a minimum administrative fee of approximately $450; within 120 days of departure, refunds vary according to the policies of each tour operator.

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.