“It was the trip of a lifetime”
“A life-changing experience”
“The most amazing week of my life – it exceeded all my expectations!”
Whether you’re planning a corporate retreat, recognition program, or family/friends reunion, wouldn’t you love to hear your participants describe their experience with these words? They will – if you take them to Galápagos with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic.
How do I know? I heard these words – and spoke them myself.
Last year, I sailed on National Geographic Endeavour to Galápagos islands, and it changed me. Since my Lindblad expedition, I’ve become an avid bird watcher and wildlife photographer (much to the amazement of my family and friends). And although we were strangers at the beginning of our journey, my travel companions and I have stayed in touch; we all want to keep the memories of our expedition alive.
Can you honestly say that your last incentive program or group travel event had that kind of profound effect on the participants?
A Lindblad expedition is so much more than a passive “through the bus window” travel program. It’s a richly immersive destination experience. Your participants will return, as I did, with incredible stories to share, a priceless stock of memories, great photos, and bonds that can only be forged through shared adventures and inspiring experiences.
What Makes a Lindblad-National Geographic Expedition Experience Extraordinary?
No one knows Galápagos like Lindblad Expeditions - they’ve been traveling there longer than any other operator. You’ll benefit from Lindblad’s 40+ years of experience and relationships in Galápagos, as well as their partnership with National Geographic.
With Lindblad’s unique 360º approach to Galápagos, you and your group will discover the islands as Darwin did—aboard an expedition ship equipped to give you the most authentic experience possible. Each new day brings the excitement of new discoveries! Shared adventures strengthen camaraderie as you explore the islands and encounter fascinating wildlife, up close and personal.
A Few Highlights of Your Galápagos Expedition Experience
Abundant Wildlife Encounters
Blue-footed boobies and Darwin’s finches. Marine Iguanas. Pink flamingos. Sea lions lounging on the beaches and giant tortoises grazing in the highlands.
Your group will have the opportunity to see and photograph the unique animals and birds of Galápagos, legendary for their lack of instinctive fear of humans. Being able to get so close to wild creatures in their native habitats is an experience they’ll never forget! (How many people do you know who have witnessed the blue-footed booby mating dance?)
Daily Discoveries and Choice of Activities
There are plenty of ways for your participants to discover Galápagos – they can hike, kayak, or take a Zodiac cruise to and around intriguing islands. Lindblad-National Geographic ships are outfitted with tandem and single kayaks for personal, water-level exploration of the scenic coastlines. Shoreline cruises aboard Zodiacs are perfect for relaxed exploration with a naturalist, and a great platform for photography.
It’s easy to see the mind-body connection at work during your expedition – stress is simply not an option! If the hiking, kayaking and snorkeling in pristine settings aren’t enough, there are early morning stretching sessions led by your Wellness Specialist and nature-inspired treatments in the ship’s spa. The floating massage platform on National Geographic Endeavour also received rave reviews during my expedition!
Exploring the Undersea
The waters of Galápagos are teaming with marine life, and everyone in your group will have the chance to snorkel almost every day – sometimes twice a day. Snorkeling with playful Galápagos sea lions is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that’s sure to be on their list of favorite memories (it’s one of mine)!
The ships carry complete snorkel gear, including wetsuits in every size, so they won’t have to tote gear from home. If some folks in your group prefer to stay dry, that’s OK, too. They can visit the undersea via video shot by Lindlbad’s undersea specialist, on the lounge’s plasma screens. National Geographic Endeavour also has a glass-bottom boat for dry undersea exploring.
Each evening at cocktail hour the entire expedition community gathers in the lounge for “Recap.” While your group enjoys cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, various naturalists will give talks, the undersea specialist may show video, and your expedition leader will outline the following day’s schedule.
During my expedition, we were privileged to travel with Alexandra Cousteau, who regaled us with fascinating stories of her famous grandfather, Jacques Cousteau. This was our group’s favorite time to bond over shared experiences and make plans for the next day.
The Expedition Team
The Lindblad Expeditions – National Geographic expedition team is the best in the business. Every voyage sails with a veteran Expedition Leader and team of highly skilled naturalists who are dedicated to sharing their passion for the Galápagos islands.
Other members of the team include an Undersea Specialist and a Lindblad-National Geographic certified Photo Instructor. All are deeply knowledgeable, friendly, and more than happy to share information or answer any questions from your group.
Take Your Best Shot – Photography Experts Sail with You
With unique landscapes and beaches teeming with wildlife, Galápagos is a photographer’s paradise. What makes it even better? Your group will have the benefit of a trained professional as a traveling companion. The service of a Lindblad-National Geographic certified Photo Instructor is included on every Galápagos voyage to make sure everyone captures the best moments and brings home extraordinary photos.
Fresh and Delicious Food, Outstanding Service
While the feeling on board a Lindblad ship is relaxed and casual, the service from staff and crew is superb – always friendly, but professional and attentive.
Chefs use fresh, local ingredients whenever possible, including locally grown produce, sustainably-caught fish, and other local and indigenous products. There are fish or meat choices at every meal, and the chef will happily accommodate vegetarian or other special diet requests. Open seating in the dining room makes for easy mingling.
Sociable Spaces, Quiet Corners
The lounge is the heart of the ship; this is where your group will gather for talks, daily Recap, and perhaps some local entertainment. During my expedition, a few traditional musicians and dancers were brought on board one evening – an unexpected treat that got everyone on their feet!
The bow is another place where guests mingle with staff to scan the sea for marine mammals; our group enjoyed a champagne toast here with the Captain during a sunset reception. But the ship offers any number of places to pass time enjoyably alone, or with a small group—from the library to the furnished outdoor decks.
Two Ships, Year-round in Galápagos
Lindblad Expeditions is the only U.S. company who owns and operates two ships in Galápagos, 96-passenger National Geographic Islander and 48-passenger National Geographic Endeavour. The two ships operate year-round and both offer full-week itineraries.
If you want a completely customized and exclusive experience, either vessel would be great for a full-ship charter program, depending on the size of your group.
It’s Always the Best Season in Galápagos
Any time of year is a great time to visit Galápagos – due to its equatorial temperatures, the weather is pleasant year-round, and wildlife is always abundant. No matter when you’re considering a Galápagos expedition, you can be sure that the wildlife will be plentiful and active.
You can also rest assured your group will return from their Galápagos expedition inspired, motivated, and possibly changed – for good!
For more information about these Lindblad expeditions to Galápagos or any other amazing places they visit, give us a call at 888.713.1371 or contact Karen Kuttner-Dimitry: 212.261.9030 / 800.783.6656 ext 1030. You can also email Karen: email@example.com
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