Ultimate Galapagos

July 16, 2015
13 Days
Aboard the Isabela II
38 Guests
From $11,780
Ultimate Galapagos

Expedition Highlights

  • Accommodations aboard the intimate, 38-guest Isabela II; her small size enables easy navigation of the islands.
  • The waved albatross on Punta Suarez, one of the Islands’ largest birds; the walk over lava terrain is yet another hallmark of a Galápagos expedition.
  • Zodiac expedition to Prince Philip’s Steps to see resident red-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, short-eared owls, and fur seals.
  • Charles Darwin Research Station, a special stop on this Galápagos tour, to learn about conservation efforts; meet giant tortoises and land iguanas.
  • Come face to face with sea lions, snorkel with Galápagos penguins, and meet the unique marine iguana.

What an extraordinary experience! The ability to travel to so many of the islands in the company of outstanding naturalists, and in such a comfortable ship, made this a memorable expedition. 

Don & Pam M.

Expedition Team

Isabela II

The 38-guest Isabela II, with 20 ocean-view staterooms, is one of the most luxurious yachts cruising the Galápagos. All guest staterooms are spacious and include private bathrooms. The Isabela II is fully air-conditioned and has the amenities of a larger vessel, including a bar, dining room, and sun deck. She carries sea kayaks, Zodiacs, and a glass-bottom boat.

Gear Up!

  • UPF Rash Guard & Snorkel Top
UPF Rash Guard & Snorkel Top

Protecting you from the occasional encounter with “stingy things” and keeping you comfortable while getting up close and personal with the Galápagos’ playful sea lions, sea turtles, rays, and penguins, this UPF 50-rated, versatile top is a must for your marine adventures in Darwin’s living laboratory.

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Beyond the Destination

  • Chan Chan, Peru

    The Evolution of...Charles Darwin

    May 27, 2015 | Blog Post

    You’re exploring some of the most wildlife-rich regions of Mother Earth, in particular the nutrient-rich Humboldt Current, and have been schooled in the remarkable research and discoveries of Alexander von Humboldt.

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    Wild Galapagos

    Inspiration in the Galapagos

    April 25, 2015 | Blog Post

    In 2012 Zegrahm cofounder, Jack Grove, led our annual journey to Las Islas Encantadas, Ultimate Galápagos. The trip was spectacular in every way, but Jack made a special connection with one of our passengers—10-year-old Ben Perez.

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    Inspiration in the Galapagos

    The Galapagos: A Living Laboratory of Evolution

    August 6, 2012 | Blog Post

    The Galápagos Islands have been referred to by Herman Melville as ‘enchanted,’ and by Charles Darwin as ‘a living laboratory of evolution.’ I was privileged to live there for seven years and carried out marine research in the archipelago for more than three decades.

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  • James Island, Galapagos Islands

    The Best of All Possible Trips

    July 10, 2012 | Blog Post

    Can't say enough good things about the trip. Jack, Socratese, and Antonio were fantastic guides. They went out of their way to make our experience the best it could possibly have been. Jack and I even did a rendition of Ernie Ford's 16 Tons, though truth be told we may have enjoyed it even more than our audience!

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    Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands

    Imprinting in the Galápagos

    September 30, 2010 | Blog Post

    The Isabela II has just crossed the equator and has anchored off the shallow cliffs of Genovesa in the Galápagos Islands. It’s 6 a.m. and a partial eclipse is devouring the moon like a giant wafer. Jack Grove springs into a yogic shoulder stand as he does every morning, despite the rocking movement of the boat.

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    James Island, Galapagos Islands

    News: Jack Grove contributes to climate change report on Galapagos Islands

    December 16, 2009 | Blog Post

    Dr. Jack Grove, Zegrahm Expeditions’ cofounder and expedition leader, recently contributed to a report that outlines how climate change, overfishing, and tourism have negatively impacted the Galapagos Islands’ delicate ecosystem. In just a few decades, 45 Galapagos species are thought to have already disappeared or are teetering on the verge of extinction.

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