2023 The Galapagos Islands

July 8 – 15, 2023
Trip Operator: Orbridge (Learn more, and book online.)
Price: From $6,995 (airfare additional)
Tour Length: 10 days
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Explore the Galapagos Islands with fellow alumni and friends. 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 : Santiago: Puerto Egas | Chinese Hat Islet
  • Day 5 : Genovesa: Prince Philip's Steps | Darwin Bay
  • Day 6 : Santa Fe/South Plaza
  • Day 7 : Baltra – Disembarkation/Flight to Quito, Ecuador
  • Day 8 : Quito/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 Carolina Alumni 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 become a Carolina Alumni member 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.

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All 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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