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Classic Galapagos: The Natural Habitat Experience

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01/17/2019 01/26/2019 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days
02/14/2019 02/23/2019 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days
03/14/2019 03/23/2019 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days
03/21/2019 03/30/2019 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days *
04/04/2019 04/13/2019 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days *
04/18/2019 04/27/2019 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days *
04/25/2019 05/04/2019 Aboard the Ocean Spray | Photo Trip | 10 Days
05/02/2019 05/11/2019 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days *
05/23/2019 06/01/2019 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days
05/31/2019 06/09/2019 Aboard the Nemo III | 10 Days
06/20/2019 06/29/2019 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days
07/04/2019 07/13/2019 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days
07/11/2019 07/20/2019 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days *
07/18/2019 07/27/2019 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days
07/25/2019 08/03/2019 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days *
08/01/2019 08/10/2019 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days
08/23/2019 09/01/2019 Aboard the Nemo III | 10 Days
11/21/2019 11/30/2019 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days
12/19/2019 12/28/2019 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days
*This departure follows an alternate island itinerary in the Galapagos. Click here for our Ocean Spray alternate itinerary or click here for the Nemo III alternate itinerary. All departures visit Nat Hab's Tortoise Camp.

Private Charters & Custom Trips: For travel on dates not listed above, please call us at 800-543-8917.

Learn more about the seasonal variations of Galapagos weather and wildlife viewing.
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01/16/2020 01/25/2020 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days
02/07/2020 02/16/2020 Aboard the Nemo III | 10 Days
02/13/2020 02/22/2020 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days
02/23/2020 03/01/2020 Aboard the Nemo III | 8 Days
03/06/2020 03/15/2020 Aboard the Nemo III | 10 Days
03/12/2020 03/21/2020 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days
03/22/2020 03/29/2020 Aboard the Nemo III | 8 Days
03/26/2020 04/04/2020 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days
04/02/2020 04/11/2020 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days *
04/09/2020 04/18/2020 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days
04/16/2020 04/25/2020 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days *
04/19/2020 04/26/2020 Aboard the Nemo III | 8 Days
04/23/2020 05/02/2020 Aboard the Ocean Spray Photo Departure | 10 Days
05/15/2020 05/24/2020 Aboard the Nemo III | 10 Days
05/21/2020 05/30/2020 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days
06/04/2020 06/13/2020 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days
06/12/2020 06/21/2020 Aboard the Nemo III | 10 Days
06/18/2020 06/27/2020 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days
07/02/2020 07/11/2020 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days
07/12/2020 07/19/2020 Aboard the Nemo III | 8 Days
07/16/2020 07/25/2020 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days
07/23/2020 08/01/2020 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days *
07/30/2020 08/08/2020 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days
08/07/2020 08/16/2020 Aboard the Nemo III | 10 Days
08/13/2020 08/22/2020 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days
08/23/2020 08/30/2020 Aboard the Nemo III | 8 Days
10/08/2020 10/17/2020 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days
11/19/2020 11/28/2020 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days
12/17/2020 12/26/2020 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days
12/24/2020 01/02/2021 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days *
*This departure follows an alternate island itinerary in the Galapagos. Click here for our Ocean Spray alternate itinerary or click here for the Nemo III alternate itinerary. All departures visit NHA's Tortoise Camp.

Private Charters & Custom Trips: For travel on dates not listed above, please call us at 800-543-8917.

Learn more about the seasonal variations of Galapagos weather and wildlife viewing.
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01/14/2021 01/23/2021 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days
02/05/2021 02/14/2021 Aboard the Nemo III | 10 Days
02/11/2021 02/20/2021 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days
02/18/2021 02/27/2021 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days *
02/21/2021 02/28/2021 Aboard the Nemo III | 8 Days
02/25/2021 03/06/2021 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days
03/05/2021 03/14/2021 Aboard the Nemo III | 10 Days
03/11/2021 03/20/2021 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days
03/18/2021 03/27/2021 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days *
03/21/2021 03/28/2021 Aboard the Nemo III | 8 Days
04/01/2021 04/10/2021 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days *
04/04/2021 04/11/2021 Aboard the Nemo III | 8 Days
04/08/2021 04/17/2021 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days
04/15/2021 04/24/2021 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days *
04/23/2021 05/02/2021 Aboard the Nemo III | 10 Days *
05/02/2021 05/09/2021 Aboard the Nemo III | 8 Days
05/06/2021 05/15/2021 Aboard the Ocean Spray Photo Departure | 10 Days
05/20/2021 05/29/2021 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days
06/03/2021 06/12/2021 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days
06/11/2021 06/20/2021 Aboard the Nemo III | 10 Days
06/17/2021 06/26/2021 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days
06/27/2021 07/04/2021 Aboard the Nemo III | 8 Days
07/01/2021 07/10/2021 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days
07/15/2021 07/24/2021 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days
07/22/2021 07/31/2021 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days *
07/25/2021 08/01/2021 Aboard the Nemo III | 8 Days
07/29/2021 08/07/2021 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days
08/06/2021 08/15/2021 Aboard the Nemo III | 10 Days
08/12/2021 08/21/2021 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days
10/07/2021 10/16/2021 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days
11/18/2021 11/27/2021 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days
12/23/2021 01/01/2022 Aboard the Ocean Spray | 10 Days *
*This departure follows an alternate island itinerary in the Galapagos. Click here for our Ocean Spray alternate itinerary or click here for the Nemo III alternate itinerary. All departures visit Nat Hab's Tortoise Camp.

Private Charters & Custom Trips: For travel on dates not listed above, please call us at 800-543-8917.

Learn more about the seasonal variations of Galapagos weather and wildlife viewing.
Trip Pricing
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  • Ocean Spray 10-Day Trip Price (+internal air/permits)
    Category 1: $9595 to $10995
    Category 1 Solo: $11595 to $12995
    See deck plan and photos



Internal Air Cost:
$550 per person for adults, $400 per person for children 11 years old and younger
Permit Fees: $120 per person for adults, $70 per person for children 11 years old and younger
Single Occupancy: For a single room add 50% to the trip price (except for the solo cabin on the Ocean Spray, which is designed for single-occupancy). If requested, we can also match you with a roommate. If we are unable to find you a match, you will not be charged for a single room.
Deposit: $500 per person (nonrefundable)

Other Notes: Trip prices are per person based on double occupancy and are given in U.S. dollars. Children 11 years old and younger and under will receive a $500 discount off all departures. Triple cabins are available on the Nemo III in Category 3 rooms (one lower double bed and one raised single bed) at a $500 discount per person. Cabin categories are confirmed in advance, but the exact cabin numbers are not guaranteed prior to arrival. This enables us to retain flexibility in assigning travelers to different cabins or decks based on the makeup of our group.

Please read our Payment & Refund Policy here.

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  • Ocean Spray 10-Day Trip Price (+internal air)
    Category 1: $9995 to $11495
    Category 1 Solo: $11995 to $13495
    See deck plan and photos

 

 


Internal Air Fee:
$550 per person for adults, $400 per person for children 11 years old and younger
Single Occupancy: For a single room add 50% to the trip price (except for the solo cabin on the Ocean Spray, which is designed for single-occupancy). If requested, we can also match you with a roommate. If we are unable to find you a match, you will not be charged for a single room.
Deposit: $500 per person (nonrefundable)


Make It Private: View pricing for just you and your select travel companions on our Ocean Spray, Nemo III 10-Day, Nemo III 8-Day or Photo itinerary.

Other Notes:
Trip prices are per person based on double occupancy and are given in U.S. dollars. Children 11 years old and younger and under will receive a $500 discount off all departures. Triple cabins are available on the Nemo III in Category 3 rooms (one lower double bed and one raised single bed) at a $500 discount per person. Cabin categories are confirmed in advance, but the exact cabin numbers are not guaranteed prior to arrival. This enables us to retain flexibility in assigning travelers to different cabins or decks based on the makeup of our group.

Please read our Payment & Refund Policy here.

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  • Ocean Spray 10-Day Trip Price (+internal air)
    Category 1: $9995 to $11495
    Category 1 Solo: $11995 to $13495
    See deck plan and photos

 

 


Internal Air Fee:
$550 per person for adults, $400 per person for children 11 years old and younger
Single Occupancy: For a single room add 50% to the trip price (except for the solo cabin on the Ocean Spray, which is designed for single-occupancy). If requested, we can also match you with a roommate. If we are unable to find you a match, you will not be charged for a single room.
Deposit: $500 per person (nonrefundable)

Other Notes:
Trip prices are per person based on double occupancy and are given in U.S. dollars. Children 11 years old and younger and under will receive a $500 discount off all departures. Triple cabins are available on the Nemo III in Category 3 rooms (one lower double bed and one raised single bed) at a $500 discount per person. Cabin categories are confirmed in advance, but the exact cabin numbers are not guaranteed prior to arrival. This enables us to retain flexibility in assigning travelers to different cabins or decks based on the makeup of our group.

Please read our Payment & Refund Policy here.

Group Size
14–16 Travelers
A very important feature of our Galapagos tour is the limited group size, as the islands and their unique wildlife are best encountered in the lower-impact presence of a small group. And our guests get far more personalized attention from our guides, including a richer interpretive experience, in a small-group context. 
Specialized 4x4 Land Rovers and Land Cruisers
Our Private Leaders
Included
  • Trip price includes: Accommodations including the Ocean Spray or the Nemo III, Nat Hab's deluxe private Tortoise Camp, and hotel on the mainland, services of Nat Hab's professional Expedition Leaders, all meals from breakfast on Day 2 through breakfast on final day, local beer and house wine with dinner aboard the ship, snorkeling gear and wetsuit, most gratuities, airport transfers on Day 1 and final day, all activities and entrance fees, all taxes and service fees.
  • Internal air cost includes: Round-trip flights between Quito and the Galapagos.
  • Permit fee includes: Galapagos National Park permit and transit card fees, through 2019. Starting in 2020, the Galapagos National Park permit and transit card fees are included in the trip price.
Not Included
Travel to and from the start and end point of your trip, some alcoholic beverages, some gratuities, passport and visa fees (if any), optional activities, items of a personal nature (phone calls, laundry and internet, etc.), airline baggage fees, airport and departure taxes (if any), required medical evacuation insurance, optional travel protection insurance.
Physical Requirements
Easy to Moderate
Our Galapagos adventures feature a full agenda each day, with early mornings and long days filled with various activities. Activities primarily include island walks, swimming and snorkeling. Trails are often rough and uneven, crossing sharp lava fields and loose rocks and gravel. Walking over slippery rocks is sometimes necessary when stepping ashore. Passengers must be able to walk a minimum of two miles to participate in this trip, walk up and down stairs, and be able to get in and out of motorized pangas (rigid inflatable rafts), which can be very unsteady in rough water. A few wet landings, where we disembark from the panga directly into the water and walk up onto the beach, are required. Itineraries that feature a visit to Bartolome include a walk with more than 300 wooden steps to reach the viewpoint at the top of the island and itineraries that visit Española include a 2-mile hike on a trail made of primarily lava and rock. Snorkeling is a big component of this trip, with excursions offered nearly every day, sometimes twice a day. While no snorkeling experience is required, prior practice is recommended, and travelers should be comfortable swimming in moderate currents and in deep water where you can see the bottom but cannot stand up. Our Expedition Leaders will also offer instruction for those in need of additional snorkeling guidance. Travelers are not required to participate in every activity.

Elevation: Please note that our first two nights are spent in Quito at an elevation of 9,300 feet. The relative lack of oxygen at this elevation may manifest in altitude-sickness symptoms that can include headaches, dizziness, tiredness and nausea during the first few hours or days spent at elevation. Hydration and rest usually help symptoms to resolve, though participants may wish to talk with their doctor about taking along a prescription for a medication such as Diamox to better manage potential physical reactions to high altitude.
Important Information About This Trip
There may be no more appropriate destination on Earth for Natural Habitat's nature-loving guests than the Galapagos Islands. With rare and amiable wildlife found at every turn, the islands provide a wonderland for nature travelers, which our Expedition Leaders unveil in a warm and intimate manner. The key to the success of our Galapagos adventures is our small group size. The Nemo III accommodates just 14 guests and two Expedition Leaders. The Ocean Spray holds a maximum of 16 guests and two Expedition Leaders. Once we step ashore, we divide up into even smaller groups. Splitting the group also allows our guests to move at varied paces, although all guests must be able to walk over uneven terrain up to two miles, as well as disembark the panga in sometimes-rough conditions. In addition to land excursions, we have the opportunity to snorkel almost every day while in the islands. Another important and exciting element of this trip is a unique opportunity (optional, but included) to stay in the highlands of Santa Cruz at our private Tortoise Camp, with accommodations in walk-in safari-style tents and treehouses overlooking the distant Pacific Ocean. On this private land, Galapagos tortoises roam freely in their natural habitat most months of the year, and often wander right into camp.

Please note: The itinerary provided is meant as a guideline and is subject to change without notice. On rare occasions, it may be necessary to deviate from our regular itinerary for reasons beyond our control. In these instances we will provide the best available alternative.

Age Limit on Galapagos Trips

We welcome children ages 7 and older on scheduled departures. However, while some 7-year-olds are well suited for our Galapagos adventures, others may not be ready for the requirements of group travel. We believe it's best to consider this minimum age limit a guideline. You, as a parent or guardian, are best qualified to decide whether your child would enjoy the experience without compromising the comfort of others. We strongly encourage you to speak with one of our Adventure Specialists about the specific requirements of the trip so you can make an informed decision. We do not permit children younger than 7 on our scheduled departures due to safety regulations, physical limitations and concerns regarding group dynamics.
Mandatory Insurance
Since the areas you will travel to on this trip are remote and wild (that's why we go there!), we require medical evacuation insurance for this program. If you decline the medical evacuation insurance coverage offered by Natural Habitat Adventures, we require that you send us documentation of the independent coverage you have selected. We recommend that your chosen independent insurance plan includes at least $250,000 in medical evacuation coverage. Please note that we will add the cost of Natural Habitat Adventures' medical evacuation policy (currently $48 per person) to your tour invoice until you provide our office with proof of coverage including your insurance company's name, phone number and your individual policy number. Thank you for understanding that our policy exists exclusively in the interest of our guests' safety.

To protect your investment and to provide peace of mind while you travel, we also strongly recommend purchasing comprehensive travel insurance. Plans may cover everything from medical treatment to trip cancellations and delays and lost luggage. Please contact our office if you would like more information about the medical evacuation and comprehensive travel insurance policies we offer by calling 800-543-8917.
Getting There & Getting Home
Arrival: Arrive in Quito any time on Day 1.
Departure: On the final day, you are free to depart from Quito after 9 pm.

We can best serve you if our Natural Habitat Adventures Travel Desk makes your reservations, as we are intimately familiar with the special requirements of this program and can arrange the most efficient travel. Please call us at 800-543-8917. Note that while we offer you the best possible rates available to us on airfare and additional nights' accommodations, you may find special web rates or better fares online.
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