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Explore colonial Quito and stand with one foot on each side of the equator

Snorkel with sea lions and watch in delight as marine iguanas spray salt from their nostrils

Sit face to face with a giant tortoise in the Santa Cruz Highlands

Learn the dances of the blue-footed boobies and waved albatrosses

Faculty leader

Robert Siegel

Dr. Robert “Bob” Siegel, ’76, MA ’77, MD ’90, is a professor of microbiology and immunology at Stanford’s School of Medicine and also holds appointments in the Center for African Studies, the Master of Liberal Arts Program, the Program in Human Biology, and the Woods Institute for the Environment. He’s the recipient of numerous teaching and advising awards including Stanford’s highest teaching accolade, the Walter J. Gores Award. Dr. Bob’s courses cover a wide range of topics including virology, photography, Darwin, island biogeography, global health and The Stanford Safari. He has served as an advisor and consultant to TeachAIDS, Free the Children, Support for International Change, Ocean Medicine Foundation, Wonderfest: the Bay Area Beacon of Science, and the Discovery Channel. An avid traveler and photographer, he has led numerous Stanford Travel/Study trips and has taught field seminars on six continents. On this program, he will lecture on the natural history of the Galápagos, as well as modern threats to the islands and conservation efforts today.


June 21–July 1, 2022
Day 1

Quito, Ecuador

Saturday, July 10

Day 2


Day 3

Bartolomé Island

Day 4

South Plaza Island / North Seymour Island

Day 5

San Cristóbal Island

Day 6

San Cristóbal Island

Day 7

Española Island

Day 8

Floreana Island

Day 9

Santa Cruz Island

Day 10

Santa Cruz Island / Baltra Island / Quito

Day 11


Day 12

Day 13

Map of trip's locations
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Map of trip's ship

Our ship

Trip details

Group size / age

84 participants / Minimum age: 6


See ship details for cabin category descriptions and rates.

*Stanford Alumni Association nonmembers add $300 per person.


3 nights of hotel accommodations in Quito (2 nights at the Hilton Colon and 1 night at the Wyndham Quito Airport Hotel) · 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 8 dinners · Welcome and farewell cocktail receptions · Gratuities to porters, waiters, guides, drivers and ship crew for all group activities · All tours and shore excursions as described in the itinerary · Transfers and baggage handling on program arrival and departure days · Round-trip flights between Quito and the Galápagos · Minimal medical, accident and evacuation insurance · Educational program with lecture series for adults and Young Explorer program for kids · Predeparture materials, including a recommended reading list, a selected book (one for adults, one for each child based on their age), a map and travel information · Services of our professional tour manager to assist you throughout the program

Not included

International and U.S. domestic airfare · Passport and visa fees · Immunization costs · Meals and beverages other than those specified as included Independent and private transfers · Trip-cancellation/interruption and baggage insurance ·Excess-baggage charges · Personal items such as internet access, telephone and fax calls, laundry and gratuities for nongroup services

Air arrangements

International and U.S. domestic airfare · Passport and visa fees · Immunization costs · Meals and beverages other than those specified as included Independent and private transfers · Trip-cancellation/interruption and baggage insurance ·Excess-baggage charges · Personal items such as internet access, telephone and fax calls, laundry and gratuities for nongroup services

Room arrangements

What to expect

Travelers should be in good health and good physical condition. This program includes some long days with early wake-up calls and activities scheduled throughout the day (and sometimes into the evening). Walking tours and hikes range from one to three miles, sometimes on uneven terrain. Snorkeling excursions require a degree of comfort about swimming independently. Travelers should be able to climb into and out of Zodiacs, with crew assistance, and feel comfortable disembarking from Zodiacs into several inches of water on wet landings.

Located on the Equator, the Galápagos Islands have a surprisingly cool, sub-tropical climate. Temperatures during our program can be variable, ranging from the mid to upper 70s (°F) during the day in the Galápagos Islands to lows in the high 40s in the early mornings and evenings in Quito (altitude: 9,200 feet). The equatorial sun can be strong, and as such, sun protection is highly recommended. We welcome travelers six years of age and older on this program.

Request information

This program is still in development. Dates are subject to change and details on trip costs are not yet available. Submit your request to be among the first to receive notification when final details are available. At that time, you will have the opportunity to place a deposit, ahead of our general audience.


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If you’re ready to reserve your trip, click on the “reserve” button below to place a deposit. Please note: you’ll need to log into your Stanford Alumni Association account to complete the transaction. You do not need to be a Stanford Alumni Association member or an alum to create an account.

Questions? Call the Travel/Study office at (650) 725-1093.


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Stanford Travel/Study Terms and Conditions


We encourage membership in the Stanford Alumni Association as the program cost for nonmembers is $300 more than the members' price. A person traveling as a guest paid for by a current member will not be charged the nonmember fee. To purchase a membership, call (650) 725-0692 or visit for more information.

Deposits, Payments and Cancellations

A $1,000 deposit is required to reserve space. Deposits and any payments are refundable, less a $500-per-person cancellation fee, until 120 days prior to departure. After that date, refunds can be made only if the program is sold out and your place(s) is resold, in which case a $1,000-per-person cancellation fee will apply.


Stanford Travel/Study provides all travelers who are U.S. or Canadian citizens with minimal medical, accident and evacuation coverage, as well as on-tour quarantine-related trip-cancellation, -interruption and -delay insurance coverage, under our group-travel insurance policy. Our group policy is intended to provide minimal levels of protection while you are traveling on this program. You may choose to subscribe to optional nonquarantine-related trip-cancellation, -interruption and -delay insurance coverage and/or baggage insurance. Information offering such insurance will be included in your confirmation materials. The product offered includes special benefits if you purchase your insurance within 14 days of receiving your welcome email.


The Stanford Alumni Association, Stanford University and our operators act only as agents for the passenger with respect to transportation and ship arrangements and exercise every care possible in doing so. However, we can assume no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity in connection with the service of any automobile, motorcoach, launch or any other conveyance used in carrying out this program or for the acts or defaults of any company or person engaged in conveying the passenger or in carrying out the arrangements of the program. We cannot accept any responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strike, war, quarantine, force majeure or other causes beyond our control. All such losses or expenses will have to be borne by the passenger as tour rates include arrangements only for the time stated. We reserve the right to make such alterations to this published itinerary as may be deemed necessary. The right is reserved to cancel any program prior to departure in which case the entire payment will be refunded without further obligation on our part. The right is also reserved to decline to accept or retain any person as a member of the program. No refund will be made for an unused portion of any tour unless arrangements are made in sufficient time to avoid penalties. Baggage is carried at the owner's risk entirely. It is understood that the ship's ticket, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the passenger and the cruise company. The airlines concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not on board their plane or conveyance. Neither the Stanford Alumni Association, Stanford University nor our operators accept liability for any carrier's cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a nonrefundable ticket in connection with the tour. Program price is based on rates in effect at the time the brochure is published and is subject to change without notice to reflect fluctuations in exchange rates, tariffs or fuel charges. As a condition of participation, all confirmed participants are required to sign an Assumption of Risk.

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