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Lindblad Expeditions

5.0 | Excellent
  • 100% Recommend
Service Level
  • Luxury
Type
  • Global Operator
Established
  • 1979
Headquarters
  • New York, NY, United States
Trips
  • 6

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Tour Reviews

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Enjoy the adventure as well as the learning June 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I'd love to join a group going to Antarctica and enjoy the adventure as well as the learning that goes on during these trips. Lindblad Tours are one of the premier travel companies in the world. Live, laugh, learn, love and thrive!
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P

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Absolute trip May 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just returned from a National Geographic/Linblad trip to the Galápagos. Absolute trip of a lifetime that is in no small part thanks to the amazing crew and staff of the National Geographic Endeavor II. I will definitely be recommending this first-rate organization to everyone.
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P

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That was the best vacation of my life. December 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
That was the best vacation of my life. Aboard the Orion to Falklands, South Georgia and Antarctica, with the extension to Easter Island.
Also, thank you for using straws made out of corn. Helping to save our oceans.
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N

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Naturalists were informative and super knowledgeable. October 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Loved the small group of 33 aboard The Islander on our recent Galapagos expedition. The naturalists were informative and super knowledgeable. The food was amazing. The sites were fantastic. The staff were helpful. Truly the trip of my lifetime.
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N

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Naturalists were informative and super knowledgeable. October 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Loved the small group of 33 aboard The Islander on our recent Galapagos expedition. The naturalists were informative and super knowledgeable. The food was amazing. The sites were fantastic. The staff were helpful. Truly the trip of my lifetime.
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N

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Amazing October 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Loved the small group of 33 aboard The Islander on our recent Galapagos expedition. The naturalists were informative and super knowledgeable. The food was amazing. The sites were fantastic. The staff were helpful. Truly the trip of my lifetime.
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Stride Review

Lindblad Expeditions is an expedition cruise specialist with almost 50 years experience. The company was founded by Antarctic explorer, Lars-Eric Lindblad in 1969, who pioneered leisure travel expedition cruises to places like Antarctica and the Galapagos.

What Makes Them Stand Out?

Lindblad is one of the most well-known adventure travel brands in the world, with a rich history of exploring the far corners of the earth. All of their trips have an element of education, such as lectures from naturalists and photographers. In fact, Lindblad has long partnered with National Geographic to provide this enriching, educational aspect to their tours. Although you are on board with a large group, sometimes 100+ people, this is not your typical group tour. Travelers have flexibility and can choose their daily activities based on personal interest. In places like Antarctica, smaller groups form to make landings via a zodiac boat.

Who Travels With Them?

Lindblad attracts a curious, well-educated traveler - someone who wants to truly immerse themselves in nature and their surroundings, versus a more passive traveler. Lindblad travelers have diverse backgrounds such as professional photographers, artists, teachers, and scientists. You can expect your expedition group to be of all ages, although many passengers are 40+.

Where Do They Operate?

Lindblad offers a wide range of tours to classic expedition cruise destinations like the Galapagos, Alaska, and Antarctica as well as non-traditional places like Costa Rica, Panama, and the British Isles. Their fleet of ships numbers 10 in total.

Why Travel With Them?

If you’ve always wanted to explore distant places like Antarctica or tough-to-reach lands like the Galapagos, then Lindblad could be your best bet. They have many years experience fine tuning their hands-on, but comfortable, expeditions to provide a fun, educational experience. This certainly isn’t your classic cruise experience.

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From Lindblad Expeditions

A Lindblad-National Geographic expedition is arguably the most exhilarating overseas adventure travel  experience a person can have. Nothing else comes close to approximating its authenticity and all-five-senses engagement. We offer you the world’s ultimate, authentic expedition experience: Discover the planet’s most remarkable places, accompanied by experts able to illuminate all you see, and with cool tools  to use to explore up close and personally.

Embark on an in-depth exploration of some of the most beautiful and fascinating places on Earth. They’re places we’ve been going to for decades, and our experience and renowned staff ensure the adventure of a lifetime. These are active adventures, engaging the mind and body. Explore by Zodiac, kayak, or on foot, venture to remote beaches and hidden coves, go farther and get closer to nature, wildlife, and intriguing cultures.

In 1979, Sven Lindblad founded Special Expeditions as a division of Lindblad Travel, enabling the company to further its mission of offering innovative and educational travel expeditions that were primarily marine focused. Offerings expanded to Costa Rica, Baja California, and Alaska providing travelers with opportunities to explore, on small ship cruises, the islands, coves, and open spaces of the sea that reminded Lindblad of the remote and vast expanse of the Serengeti plains. The company’s name was later changed to Lindblad Expeditions.

The National Geographic alliance

In 2004, Lindblad Expeditions embarked on one of the travel industry’s most important partnerships when it joined forces with National Geographic to further inspire the world through expedition travel.

Today with offices in New York City and Seattle, Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic operates its own fleet of 10 ship, six owned and four leased, offering life-changing adventures on all seven continents. Sven Lindblad and his team continue to pioneer innovative ways to connect with the places already “discovered”— the first to introduce kayaking to the Arctic, Antarctica, and Galápagos; the only one to offer kayaking on the Upper Amazon; the first to reveal the wonders below the ocean with an unmatched undersea program; the first to offer an unparalleled photography initiative with a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor on each expedition and a National Geographic photographer aboard every departure of National Geographic Explorer and National Geographic Orion.

Twentieth and twenty-first century explorers respectively, Lars-Eric and Sven Lindblad have exposed countless people to the wonders of the world, fostering generations of committed citizens who care about the future of our planet. It’s in the genes.

Our Fleet

Our fleet consists of nimble, intimately-scaled expedition ships, able to safely venture where larger cruise ships cannot, allowing us to offer authentic, up-close experiences in the planet’s wild, remote places and capitals of culture. More than comfortable as your base for exploring, they are outfitted with cool tools that enable a genuine connection with the places we visit, and offer inviting private accommodations, and gracious public spaces for our expedition community to gather.

Family and Multi-Generational Travel

An expedition is the perfect means to travel and experience the wild world with your family—whether it's nuclear or multi-generational—to share an adventure and create lasting, magical memories. On every expedition we see grandparents, parents, and children connecting—sharing shipboard life, sharing activities, sharing the discoveries, and creating a bright, collective family memory. There is something about being in the wild, miles from the rituals of day-to-day life that brings out the vibrant, youthful side of family members of all ages.

Expedition Photography

There is simply nothing like Expedition Photography anywhere else in travel. Born of our expedition heritage, our exclusive program provides three key benefits:

--National Geographic photographers aboard every departure of National Geographic Explorer and National Geographic Orion, and select departures fleet-wide.

--A Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor aboard every ship in our fleet.

--Plus highly immersive Photo Expeditions, designed by photographers for photographers.

Associations:

Alaska Whale Foundation, Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators, Blue Ocean Institute, Charles Darwin Research Station/Charles Darwin Foundation, Children & Nature Network, Google Education, International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators

Awards:

2014

--Top Small Ship Cruise Lines: Condé Nast Traveler’s 2014 Readers' Choice Awards

--Top 20 Small Cruise Ships in the World: National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endeavour - Condé Nast Traveler’s 2014 Readers' Poll

2013

--2013 Global Vision Award for Leadership: Travel + Leisure

--Top Small Cruise Ships in the World: #2 National Geographic Explorer, #3 National Geographic Endeavour - Condé Nast Traveler’s 2013 Readers' Poll

--Top Cruise Lines: Condé Nast Traveler’s 2013 Readers' Poll

--Best for Adventure: 2013 Cruise Critic Editors’ Picks Awards

--2013 Readers’ Choice Awards – Top 25 Cruise Lines: Condé Nast Traveler

--2013 Sustainable Tourism Leadership - Supplier Award: Virtuoso

--2013 World Savers “Doing it All” Award: Condé Nast Traveler

--Top Small Ship Cruise Lines: Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards

--Best Adventure Cruise Lines 2012/2013: Prow’s Edge Cruise Magazine

--2013 Gold List Cruise Lines: Condé Nast Traveler

8 days
Group Tour
Premium - 4 star
Physical :
From: $ 5,690

Highlights

  • See daybreak over the ruins at Machu Picchu from the fabled Sun Gate, with only a handful of visitors
  • Discover Cusco’s array of cultural influences and explore the Sacred Valley of the Inca with a National Geographic expert
  • Explore the massive stone Inca stone fortress of Ollantaytambo
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15 days
Small Ship Cruise
Luxury - 5 star
Physical :
From: $ 10,390

Highlights

  • Sail deep into the fjords and narrow, wildlife-rich channels
  • Encounter abundant and varied wildlife; spend time observing them
  • Enjoy privileged access to Haida Gwaii, the ancestral home of the Haida people, which contains Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Shoot with and learn from a Lindblad-National Geographic certified photo instructor
  • Experience the surprisingly colorful undersea through video shot by our undersea specialist on every expedition
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