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Cruising Galapagos Isabela II

Duration
5-7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,558

There is no wildlife adventure on earth like the Galapagos. Protected from the mainland, this unique ecosystem supports more endemic species than any other destination, and is a once in a lifetime holiday.


This 7-day cruise through the Galapagos takes you to many of the most intriguing islands, visiting the most colourful and unique species of this vibrant archipelago.

Check into your accommodation aboard the Isabela II for an introductory briefing and lunch, then explore San Cristobal island, home to a giant tortoise breeding centre, plus dozens of bird and lizard species. This is a taste of what’s to come, as you go on to Genovesa Island, where a steep climb is rewarded with a visit to large colonies of boobies and other birds. The island is also noted for impressive lava formations. Go on to Santiago Island, which has a rich human history that includes whalers and pirates, not to mention Charles Darwin. Santiago has also been reclaimed from feral animals, allowing native birds and sea lions to flourish.

Head to Fernandina, geologically the youngest island in the archipelago. It supports a wide variety of iguanas, sea lions, penguins, and other birds. That afternoon, sail to Isabela Island and Tagus Cove, home to some early pirate graffiti, along with six volcanos. You’ll even have the chance to swim, snokel or kayak for a close look at the wildlife. This is one of the larger islands, so an extra day lets you explore it properly, with hiking opportunities and, conditions permitting, the chance to snorkel along the cliffs of a partly sunken volcano. Marine birds, fur seals, and penguins are just some of your animal companions on the island.

Visit the flamingos of colourful Jervis island, then keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and even whales on the way to Santa Cruz. The conditions on this island are a bit more arid, encouraging land iguanas and a spectacular range of birds. Return to Baltra Island for your flight back to the mainland.


 

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Duration
5-7 Days
Prices From:
US$ 4,558

Itinerary

Day 1

Mainland to the Galapagos

Baltra Airport (Santa Cruz Island)
Arrival at Baltra Airport and transfer to the Itabaca Channel to take a ferry across to Santa Cruz Island. A 30-minute bus ride takes us to a restaurant in the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island to enjoy lunch, and then continue to Puerto Ayora.

Note: Please dress with comfortable shoes and clothes, bring a small backpack with any medicine, sunblock, insect repellent, camera and anything else you may need during the excursion as you will not board the ship until the end of the day.

Charles Darwin Research Station
After driving down from the highlands, you visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the giant tortoise pens, including tortoise celebrities like "Lonesome George" within an impressive giant prickly-pear cactus forest home to many land birds. These are the headquarters of scientific investigation, conservation and the National Park administration. Late afternoon stroll along the main street of Puerto Ayora before embarking on Yacht Isabela II to receive the expedition plan for the next day, a captain's welcome cocktail and dinner.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration4 Nights
Accommodation

Isabela II

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    Isabela II



    Yacht Isabela II offers the perfect, intimate space for exploring Darwin's islands in comfort. With just 20 guest cabins, the yacht's convivial atmosphere leads to a close-up experience of this unique world. On board, guests find delicious cuisine, faultless service and excellent facilities, including a …

    Yacht Isabela II offers the perfect, intimate space for exploring Darwin's islands in comfort. With just 20 guest cabins, the yacht's convivial atmosphere leads to a close-up experience of this unique world. On board, guests find delicious cuisine, faultless service and excellent facilities, including a Jacuzzi, fitness room, bar and outside deck for al fresco meals, drinks, and sunbathing. Expect to experience top facilities and equipment, delicious meals, and safe and stimulating expert-planned expeditions on the islands.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Boutique(s)
    • Jacuzzi
    • Safety Deposit Box

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Day 2

Galapagos Islands

Santa Fe Island
After breakfast, a wet landing on a sandy white beach with many sea lion harems. Bulls vie for the right of "Beach Master", while smaller males masquerading as females make stealthy mating moves. Galapagos hawks are often easily observed, perched atop salt bushes. The giant prickly pear cactus found here live up to their name with tree-sized trunks! The endemic land iguana, unique to this island, may be spotted during the afternoon walk. Snorkelling, kayaking and/or swimming from the beach rounds off the rewarding experience. Return to the ship for lunch.

South Plaza Island
Disembark (dry landing) in the channel between North and South Plaza Islands, where the island tilts toward the water, the approach makes for a lavishly colourful sight! The turquoise waters of the channel contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline. The rocks have grown thick with green seaweed in places, speckled with bright orange 'Sally Lightfoot' crabs. Further up the shore a carpet of scarlet sesuvium succulents serves as groundcover for a grove of luminescent green prickly pear cactus. Yellow grey land iguanas sit beneath these, waiting patiently for pears to drop. Along the coastline one finds sea lion colonies, while frigates, swallow tailed gulls and shearwaters glide playing with the thermals that form along the cliffs of this small but amazing island. Return to the ship to receive the expedition plan for Wednesday and dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Galapagos Islands

North Seymour Island
The morning starts with a dry landing for a view of the coast and the interior of North Seymour Island, one of the few uplifted islands in the Galapagos Archipelago. The trail leads guests to explore colonies of blue footed boobies, magnificent frigate birds, and swallowtail gulls. The sandy shore teems with Galapagos sea lions and marine iguanas. Vegetation is made up of cacti, palo santo (torchwood) trees and salt bushes. Advanced snorkelling near the cliffs is possible after the walk. Lunch on board the ship today.

Las Bachas (Santa Cruz Island)
After WWII, US military barges were beached and abandoned here. Locals referred to the beach as the barges beach, a name that morphed to "bachas". Today it is an important nesting area for the east Pacific green sea turtle. Located on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, it is a glorious white beach, with several brackish lagoons only a few steps away from the sea. These lagoons are the feeding grounds of various wading birds, from stilts to flamingos. Swimming and/or snorkelling from the beach before returning to the ship for tomorrow's expedition plan and dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Galapagos Islands

Bartolome Island
Disembark at Bartolome Island (dry landing) for a hike to the summit. A great way to start the day! This is a steep climb up a wooden staircase with handrails and several resting and observation stops; the view from the top is worth the effort. Following the walk, a dinghy ride around colossal Pinnacle Rock, is rewarding, followed by time to enjoy the beach (wet landing) and some snorkelling, with possible Galapagos penguin sightings. Guests can also ride on the glass-bottom boat for great views of the underwater world, before lunch on board the ship.

Sullivan Bay (James Island)
After lunch, board the panga for the short trip to the landing site at Sullivan Bay on the east coast of Santiago. Wet landing on a white coral sand beach and begin the walk over lava that flowed less than 100 years ago. This is the perfect place to see and feel the volcanic origin of Galapagos and learn first hand the initial steps of pioneering plants and animals over recently produced volcanic ground. Memorable scenes of the film Master and Commander where shot at these two locations. Return to the ship for a farewell cocktail, departure briefing and dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Galapagos Islands to Mainland

Baltra Island
After breakfast, departure to the port and airport to take your flight back to the mainland.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES: 

2019

Northern Islands Oct 8, 22; Nov 5, 19; Dec 3, 17, 31
Central Islands Oct 14, 28; Nov 11, 25; Dec 9, 23
Southern Islands Oct 14, 28; Nov 11, 25; Dec 9, 23

 

2020

Northern Islands

Jan 14, 28; Feb 11, 25; Mar 10, 24; Apr 7, 21; May 5, 19; Jun 2, 16, 30;
Jul 14, 28; Aug 11, 25; Sep 8, 22; Oct 6, 20; Nov 3, 17; Dec1, 15, 29

Central Islands Jan 6, 20; Feb 3, 17; Mar 2, 16, 30; Apr 13, 27; May 11, 25; Jun 8,22; Jul 6, 20; Aug 3, 17, 31; Sep 14, 28; Oct 12, 26; Nov 9, 23; Dec 7, 21
Southern Islands

Jan 10, 24; Feb 7, 21; Mar 6, 20; Apr 3, 17; May 1, 15, 29; Jun 12, 26;
Jul 10, 24; Aug 7, 21; Sep 4, 18; Oct 2, 16, 30; Nov 13, 27; Dec 11, 25

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • International Airfare and taxes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Gratuities unless otherwise stated
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Optional excursions
  • Beverages unless otherwise stated
  • Visa fees if applicable

OTHER INFORMATION:

The domestic flights Quito - Galapagos - Quito (approx. $550 USD), Galapagos Park entrance fee of $100 USD and visitors ticket of $20 USD are included in the trip price. (Subject to change).

Itineraries: Due to government regulations designed to control and protect the impact of tourism, each vessel, based on length of cruise has its own distinct itinerary. The itineraries are designed to allow visitors to visit all regions of the islands and we suggest you request the advice of Goway's Latin specialists as to which itinerary would suit you best.

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9 Nov 2020
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