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Lindblad debuts shorter Galapagos trips for the first time ever

Lindblad debuts shorter Galapagos trips for the first time ever

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

NEW YORK — The Galapagos is no longer the unattainable destination it once was, thanks to Lindblad Expedition’s brand new, shorter itineraries.

For the first time in the company’s 50+ history, the bucket-list destination is now available in shorter durations, which is significant considering travellers have traditionally had to commit to an extended voyage in the past.

The new one-week ‘Wild Galápagos Escape’ departs on Saturday and Thursday aboard the newly refurbished 48-guest National Geographic Islander. The expedition features five days in the archipelago, with one night pre-voyage in Guayaquil, as well as the option of another night post-voyage at no additional charge. Multiple adventures are included each day on land and undersea, including walks and hikes, kayaking, paddleboarding and snorkelling.

Dr. Sylvia Earle, marine biologist and Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society, will join the first two Wild Galápagos Escape voyages (Nov. 24 and 29, 2018) as a special guest speaker.

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The remaining departures for Wild Galápagos Escape are April 27, May 2, 11 and 16, Sept. 5, 14 and 19, and Oct. 31, 2019. Rates start at US$5,450 per person, based on double occupancy in category 1 cabins.

Another option is the nine-day ‘Wild Galápagos & Peru Escape, which starts in Lima on a Saturday night, followed by two nights in the Sacred Valley and stops in Machu Picchu and Cusco. Guests will journey to the Galapagos for a five-day voyage aboard National Geographic Islander, returning home on Sunday. Departures are Dec. 1, 2018; May 4 and 18; Sept. 7 and 14; and Nov. 2, 2019. Rates start at $6,250 per person, double occupancy in a category 1 cabin.

As an added bonus, Lindblad is providing complimentary roundtrip charter flights from Ecuador to Galapagos for guests who book ‘Wild Galápagos Escape’ or ‘Wild Galápagos & Peru Escape’ on the above noted departures.

Other Galapagos news for 2018 and 2019 include:

  • Hotel del Parque: Guests books on National Geographic Islander will stay at the Hotel del Parque in Guayaquil, featuring 44 rooms, two courtyards, a 19th-century chapel, and gourmet café facing the river.
  • Free air: Lindblad is offering free roundtrip air from Miami to Guayaquil, Ecuador for guests travelling aboard National Geographic Island and National Geographic Endeavour II on select departure on the longer 10-day expeditions through December 2018. Guests can also opt for an upgrade to Business Class for $500 on Miami/Guayaquil flights on select departures. Both offers are subject to availability and must be ticketed by Lindblad Expeditions.
  • Drinks and Wi-Fi: New for 2019 aboard any Lindblad voyage in Galapagos, guests will receive complimentary bar (excluding certain premium brands) and an hour of free wi-Fi a day, per person.
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For more information go to expeditions.com.

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