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NOVEMBER 16-25th, 2018

IN THIS special expedition, we will explore Española – a highlight for any TORTOISE-minded VISITOR.  The Island is Home to the Hood Island Giant Tortoise, A species once down to 14 individuals. We WILL see the famous "Diego," the father of the Hood Island species, at the Center in Santa Cruz...AND so MUCH MORE!

  • Explore the legendary Galápagos Islands on a panoramic 10-day expedition with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic: November 16-25, 2018. Book by July 31, 2018 and receive free round-trip airfare from Miami. View offer details here.

  • A perfect base camp for exploration: Completely refitted, christened, and launched in Galápagos in 2017, the new National Geographic Endeavour II is the ideal platform for experiencing the islands. Endeavour II accommodates 96 guests in 52 thoughtfully appointed cabins, including dedicated solo cabins, connecting cabins, and suites. Learn more about life aboard the Endeavour II and view the deck plan.

  • The carefully crafted itinerary is designed to provide an optimal balance in terms of terrain and wildlife. The following are a sample of the islands we may visit during this expedition*: Isla Española, Isla Floreana, Isla Santa Cruz, Isla Bartolomé, Isla Genovesa

*Please note: All ship itineraries are subject to Galápagos National Park regulations. Expeditions, which travels between Isla San Cristóbal and Isla Baltra, include Isla Santa Cruz and a handpicked selection of these and other visitor sites.

  • The expedition is also designed to give you the freedom and flexibility to follow your personal interests. Snorkel with sea lions off a pristine arc of beach, paddleboard along rocky coves teeming with birdlife, take a meandering photo walk or an energetic hike, or cap the day with a tranquil, sunset Zodiac ride. The options each day are endless–all you have to do is decide.

  • Every ship in the Lindblad-National Geographic fleet sails with an onboard video chronicler—so every video is shot on location and offers an accurate sense of what you might see and do. Watch now!

The Team

Lindblad Expeditions: Since the first international tourist expedition to Galápagos in July 1967 with Lars-Eric Lindblad, we’ve introduced generations of guests to these strange and wonderful islands, the world’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sailing twice weekly, all year round. Explore the undersea on our Galápagos cruise tours. In the nearly 50 years we’ve been exploring here, we’ve introduced generations of guests to the magic and mystery of cruising the Galápagos Islands— the best islands in the world.

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Dr. Russ  Mittermeier

is Chief Conservation Officer of Global Wildlife Conservation and a board member of the Turtle Conservancy. Prior to this position, he served for three years as Executive Vice Chair at Conservation International and as President from 1989 to 2014. Named a “Hero for the Planet” by TIME magazine, Mittermeier is regarded as a world leader in the field of biodiversity and tropical forest conservation. Trained as a primatologist & herpetologist, he has traveled to 169 countries on seven continents, and conducted field work in more than 30, focusing on Amazonia , the Atlantic forest region of Brazil, and Madagascar.


Dr. James Liu

is a wildlife veterinarian, field biologist, photographer, and filmmaker. He grew up in Northern California and went on to work for the National Park Service, San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, Los Angeles Zoo, and Turtle Conservancy. James’ work centers around the human-wildlife relationship, studying everything from the bushmeat trade in Indonesia to the health of indigenous hunting tribes of Nicaragua. A graduate of UCLA with degrees in Conservation Biology and Evolution, Behavior & Ecology, James later attended UC Davis for veterinary medicine. His writings and photos span scientific and popular publications and he speaks around the world on turtle and tortoise conservation. 



Dr. Robin Moore

is a photographer with National Geographic Creative, a Senior Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers, and Communications Director with Global Wildlife Conservation. Robin’s photographs have been published by National Geographic, Esquire, TIME and the New York Times among others, and his images grace the walls of such prestigious galleries as National Geographic Fine Art and Beetles+Huxley, London. He has received Awards from Nature’s Best, National Geographic, Sony Art of Expression, and is a finalist in the 2017 BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Robin is a naturalist and a committed conservationist, with a PhD in Biodiversity Conservation. 


Max Maurer

is a 2007 graduate of Emory University with a major in Economics and minor concentrations in German and French Studies. In 2008 Max followed his life-long love of wildlife and became a husbandry intern at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center under the direction of Dr. Terry Norton. Max has also done field work in the Mojave Desert for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Desert Tortoise Recovery Office and has in the West Indies on the nesting of Leatherback Sea Turtles on St. Kitts. He also has experience doing conservation education and public outreach with the Great Basin Institute in Nevada.