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Northern Experience

Santiago - Bartolome - Genovesa

from $3,388
5 days

Ship Name

M/V Santa Cruz II

Trip Type

Sea

When To Go

Year Round

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Trip Summary

This Northern itinerary in brief offers everything from iconic landmarks like Pinnacle Rock to abandant wildlife environments such as the rarely visited Genovesa (Tower) Island where you can see Nazca as well as red and blue footed boobies.  Opportunites for guided shore visits, panga rides and snorkeling round out your adventures.  The guides and crew aboard the Santa Cruz II are some of the most experienced and best regarded in the Galápagos and they do their utmost to ensure your experience is truly, deeply moving and memorable. 

Activities
Zodiac Tours
Birding
Photography
Snorkeling

Itinerary Day By Day

Day 1

Santa Cruz Island

You arrive at Baltra by plane in the morning and transfer to the dock to board the Santa Cruz, where you receive a welcome introductory briefing, boat drill and lunch. After you head to Las Bachas, a beautiful white beach with a couple of brackish lagoons only a few steps away from the sea. These lagoons are the feeding grounds of various wading birds, from stilts to flamingos. Welcome cocktail, expedition plans and dinner.

Day 2

Santiago Island

After breakfast, we explore the coastline Santiago Island along the impressive cliffs of Buccaneer Cove, learning about the area’s distant and recent history. The cove is home to a large number of marine birds, sea lions, and inter-tidal organisms. Enjoy fantastic natural formations such as the “Elephant Rock”, “The Bishop” and an impressive natural cave. This is a great site for snorkeling or panga ride. After lunch explore Puerto Egas where you enjoy a swim or snorkel amid a rocky shoreline, usually in the company of marine turtles. Later a walk, during which there is a great opportunity to see land and marine birds amid landscape of tuff-stone layers and lava flows. At low tide, marine iguanas graze upon the algae beds and you can observe a nearby colony of fur-sea lions.

Day 3

Rabida & Bartolomé Islands

This morning some groups will go for a fascinating panga ride along the shores while others will disembark on Rábida Island’s red-coloured beach, caused by the unusually high content of iron in the volcanic material where a walk brings you close to a large colony of sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin’s finches. Very close to the beach, a salt pond hosts migrating greater flamingos at certain times of year. This is a great place to snorkel from the beach, both for beginners as well as for experienced snorkelers, due to the unique combination of underwater species and submarine landscapes. Non-snorkelers will enjoy a ride on the glass bottom boat or a panga ride. During navigation to our next island, dolphins are sometimes spotted! In the afternoon, begin with a wet landing on the golden beach of this famous island, dominated by the imposing Pinnacle Rock. There’s great snorkelling and swimming from the beach plus the chance to ride the glass bottom boat. After returning to the ship, guests split into two groups, the first lands for a hike to the summit of this diminutive island that boasts fantastic views of the archipelago. This is a moderately steep climb aided by a wooden staircase, resting platforms and handrails – the view from the top is worth the effort! The second takes to the pangas to explore the rugged and volcanic shoreline.  The groups then swap over. 

Day 4

Genovesa Island

The morning starts with a steep climb (90 feet) up some stairs to reach a flat rocky plateau. Along your walk, observe large colonies of Nazca boobies, red footed boobies, great frigate birds and storm petrels. Those not wishing to disembark can enjoy a longer panga ride along the cliffs (depending on weather conditions). In the afternoon, a landing at this beautiful beach to enjoy some swimming and/or snorkelling.  Next, take an easy stroll to observe hundreds of birds, mainly frigate birds, red footed and Nazca boobies, gulls, herons, finches and mockingbirds.

Day 5

San Cristobal Island

After breakfast, there’s optional departure to see the breeding programme of giant tortoises at Cerro Colorado. Here, learn about this endangered species and its promising recovery. Following the visit, return to town and transfer to the airport to take the flight back to the mainland.

Dates & Rates

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Departure DateHorizon Explorer TripleHorizon Explorer DoubleExpedition Explorer DoublePanorama Explorer DoubleHorizon Voyager SinglePanorama Darwin Suite
 Jan 2 - Jan 63388 3504 3748 3860 4156 4372
 Jan 16 - Jan 203388 3504 3748 3860 4156 4372
 Jan 30 - Feb 33388 3504 3748 3860 4156 4372
 Feb 13 - Feb 173388 3504 3748 3860 4156 4372
 Feb 27 - Mar 33388 3504 3748 3860 4156 4372
 Mar 13 - Mar 173388 3504 3748 3860 4156 4372
 Mar 27 - Mar 313388 3504 3748 3860 4156 4372
 Apr 10 - Apr 143388 3504 3748 3860 4156 4372
 Apr 24 - Apr 283388 3504 3748 3860 4156 4372
 May 8 - May 123388 3504 3748 3860 4156 4372
 May 22 - May 263388 3504 3748 3860 4156 4372
 Jun 5 - Jun 93388 3504 3748 3860 4156 4372
 Jun 19 - Jun 233388 3504 3748 3860 4156 4372
 Jul 3 - Jul 73388 3504 3748 3860 4156 4372
 Jul 17 - Jul 213388 3504 3748 3860 4156 4372
 Jul 31 - Aug 43388 3504 3748 3860 4156 4372
 Aug 14 - Aug 183388 3504 3748 3860 4156 4372
 Aug 28 - Sep 13388 3504 3748 3860 4156 4372
 Sep 11 - Sep 153388 3504 3748 3860 4156 4372
 Sep 25 - Sep 293388 3504 3748 3860 4156 4372
 Oct 9 - Oct 133388 3504 3748 3860 4156 4372
 Oct 23 - Oct 273388 3504 3748 3860 4156 4372
 Nov 6 - Nov 103388 3504 3748 3860 4156 4372
 Nov 20 - Nov 243388 3504 3748 3860 4156 4372
 Dec 4 - Dec 83388 3504 3748 3860 4156 4372
 Dec 18 - Dec 223388 3504 3748 3860 4156 4372
 Jan 8 - Jan 123556 3784 3936 4052 4364 4592
 Jan 22 - Jan 263556 3784 3936 4052 4364 4592
 Feb 5 - Feb 93556 3784 3936 4052 4364 4592
 Feb 19 - Feb 233556 3784 3936 4052 4364 4592
 Mar 5 - Mar 93556 3784 3936 4052 4364 4592
 Mar 19 - Mar 233556 3784 3936 4052 4364 4592
 Apr 2 - Apr 63556 3784 3936 4052 4364 4592
 Apr 16 - Apr 203556 3784 3936 4052 4364 4592
 Apr 30 - May 43556 3784 3936 4052 4364 4592
 May 14 - May 183556 3784 3936 4052 4364 4592
 May 28 - Jun 13556 3784 3936 4052 4364 4592
 Jun 11 - Jun 153556 3784 3936 4052 4364 4592
 Jun 25 - Jun 293556 3784 3936 4052 4364 4592
 Jul 9 - Jul 133556 3784 3936 4052 4364 4592
 Jul 23 - Jul 273556 3784 3936 4052 4364 4592
 Aug 6 - Aug 103556 3784 3936 4052 4364 4592
 Aug 20 - Aug 243556 3784 3936 4052 4364 4592
 Sep 3 - Sep 73556 3784 3936 4052 4364 4592
 Sep 17 - Sep 213556 3784 3936 4052 4364 4592
 Oct 1 - Oct 53556 3784 3936 4052 4364 4592
 Oct 15 - Oct 193556 3784 3936 4052 4364 4592
 Oct 29 - Nov 23556 3784 3936 4052 4364 4592
 Nov 12 - Nov 163556 3784 3936 4052 4364 4592
 Nov 26 - Nov 303556 3784 3936 4052 4364 4592
 Dec 10 - Dec 143556 3784 3936 4052 4364 4592
 Dec 24 - Dec 283556 3784 3936 4052 4364 4592

View Rate Notes

The above rates are per person, based on double occupancy and in US dollars unless indicated otherwise.

Deposit: 25% of fare per person, higher for Peak Season / Holiday Sailings. Deposits may be paid by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express).

Final Payment: Due 90 days prior to departure.  For Peak Season / Holiday Sailings due 120 days prior to departure.  Final payment is payable by check or wire only.

Additional Costs:

  • Single: Twin / Double Cabins for single surchage of 50% 
  • Galapagos National Park Fee of $100 per adult | $50 per child 11 and under
  • Transit Control Card: $20 per person
  • Airfare to the Galapagos: $420 - $525 per adult | $250 - $320 per child 11 and under
  • Pre and Post Hotels and Transfers: Package rates available

Peak Season: Dec 23 - 26, 2016 & Dec 30 - Jan 6, 2017 

Child Policy: Children accepted ages 6 and up. Children under 15 sharing a cabin with their parents or guardians are 25% off. (Applies only to one child per adult paying full fare and not for Peak Season departures) 

Included: Accommodations on board, all meals, island sightseeing, naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish, snorkeling gear, luggage handling, medical care on board (but not the cost of medication), taxes and transfers in the islands. Shared transfers from main hotels in Quito (Casa Gangotena, Marriott) and in Guayaquil (Hilton Colon, Oro Verde, Hampton Inn, Sheraton) to airport for flights to / from Galápagos are included in these rates. 

Not Included: Wet suits (available to rent $20 per person per departure), air to the galapagos, Galapagos National Park Fee, Transit Control Card, Fuel Surcharge if applicable, alchoholic beverages, internet / wifi,international air, hotels in Quito or Guayaquil pre and post cruise, transfers (other than indicated above) 

Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations must be received in writing. All deposits are refundable up to 120 days, less a per person operator fee (varies by operator) ranging from $250 - $500 per person. Reservations cancelled after final payment due date will lose the full cruise fare.

Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly advised.

ExploringCircle Insurance Provider: TravelEx

ExploringCircle Terms and Conditions

Ship Information

M/V Santa Cruz II - 90 Passengers

Created for operations in remote areas, this state-of-the-art custom expedition vessel evinces the perfect infrastructure for Galápagos exploration. Carrying its crew’s heritage of decades of experience working in the islands and just over 70 metres long, the generous, five-deck craft holds 50 cabins for 90 guests and features ample, luxury-sized social areas indoors and out that allow guests to make the most of their Galápagos cruise experience. From top to bottom, the Santa Cruz II features ample, indulgent spaces with modern, generous social areas laid out with choice contemporary materials feature prominently on four of its five decks. With an intelligent layout, including wide hallways and broad stairwells, guests will immediately know their way around. From dining areas indoors and out, the gymnasium and Jacuzzis to the elegant bar and lounge, not to forget the well-stocked library, the ship is designed to please with sophisticated simplicity. Luxury low ratios of crew and guides to passengers guarantee quality individual attention. Cabins feature iPod docking stations, safe deposit boxes and individual climate controls.

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Trip Policy

Included: Accommodations on board, all meals, island sightseeing, naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish, snorkeling gear, luggage handling, medical care on board (but not the cost of medication), taxes and transfers in the islands. Shared transfers from main hotels in Quito (Casa Gangotena, Marriott) and in Guayaquil (Hilton Colon, Oro Verde, Hampton Inn, Sheraton) to airport for flights to / from Galápagos are included in these rates. 

Not Included: Wet suits (available to rent $20 per person per departure), air to the Galapagos, Galapagos National Park Fee, Transit Control Card, Fuel Surcharge if applicable, alchoholic beverages, internet / wifi 

Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations must be received in writing. All deposits are refundable up to 120 days, less a per person operator fee (varies by operator) ranging from $250 - $500 per person. Reservations cancelled after final payment due date will lose the full cruise fare.

Trip Cancellation Insurance is strongly advised.

ExploringCircle Insurance Provider: TravelEx

ExploringCircle Terms and Conditions

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