2022 The Galapagos Islands

July 5 – 12, 2022
Tour Operator: Orbridge – Learn more and reserve online
Price: From $4,995 (airfare additional)
Tour Length: 8 days
UNC Lecturer: Steve Walsh, Lyle V. Jones Distinguished Professor of Geography, Director, UNC Center for Galapagos Studies, Co-Director, UNC-USFQ Galapagos Science Center, San Cristobal Island, Ecuador
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Join fellow alumni and friends as you explore the Galapagos Islands. Designated the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978, the Galapagos Islands have been described as a “unique living museum and showcase of evolution.” They are home to a fascinating array of wildlife inhabiting an unspoiled ecosystem, living in harmony with their human visitors.

This exciting journey features a day of guided touring in Quito plus an intimate cruise through the archipelago with up-close access to endemic species. Expert naturalists guide you through the wonders of this national park, whale sanctuary, and marine reserve.

Accommodations for this adventure are aboard the Isabela II, a 40-guest vessel with spacious cabins, local cuisine, and a staff dedicated to ensuring both your comfort and maximum enjoyment of this truly extraordinary destination and its diverse inhabitants. And sailing by small ship allows for flexibility in the itinerary to maximize wildlife viewing, as well as access to exclusive ports.

Schedule of Events

  • Day 1 : Depart U.S./Quito
  • Day 2 : Quito
  • Day 3 : Quito / Flight to Baltra / Santa Cruz: Highlands / Puerto Ayora – Embarkation
  • Day 4 : Bartolomé / Santiago: Sullivan Bay
  • Day 5 : Santa Cruz: Dragon Hill / Santiago: Salt Mine James Bay
  • Day 6 : Isabela: Punta Vicente Roca / Fernandina: Punta Espinoza
  • Day 7 : Baltra – Disembarkation / Flight to Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • Day 8 : Guayaquil / Depart for U.S.


We offer the Tar Heel Travel program as a service to our alumni and friends of the University. As travel is a GAA member perk, we require one traveler per room to be a member of the General Alumni Association in order to be eligible to travel. For more information or to join the GAA, contact the membership office at (800) 962-0742 or join online.

Additional Information

Note: Tour schedule is subject to change due to local conditions. Many excursions in this program involve an element of walking as some of the finest attractions are located in areas not closely accessible by motorcoach.

Please review all tour documents carefully, especially visa, vaccine and health and safety information. Dietary accommodations cannot be guaranteed. Please contact the tour operator directly if you have any concerns participating in the tour.

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All 2022 prices and itineraries (including port order) are tentative and subject to change; final pricing adjustments may occur after the release of marketing materials.


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