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Northern Vistas

Isabela - Genovesa - Rabida

from $4,902
7 days

Ship Name

M/Y Isabela II

Trip Type

Sea

When To Go

Year Round

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We found Kristy to be hugely helpful, as would anyone, due to her extensive experience in the Galapagos. She was able to give great advice as to which itineraries, boats and companies would be ideal for us. I think without Kristy's help we would have been shooting in the dark!

Jennifer King
Westerly, RI

Trip Summary

Experienced a well-rounded journey to discover some of the most beautiful islands in the Galápagos on the beautiful and beloved Isabella II, a 48 passenger mid-sized luxury yacht. An unparalled 7-day exploration brings you from the pirate history of Bucaneer's Cove to the beaty of the views over Tagus Cove.  Famous Genovesa Island with its abundant birdlife awaits, as do many opportunities to snorkel, kayak or enjoy the glass bottom boat. You'll never forget the "dragons" of Cerro Dragon or the antics of the Galapagos penguin. The ambience and impeccable service of the Isabella II will be your reward after full days spent exploring the central portion of the "Enchanted Isles".

Activities
Zodiac Tours
Birding
Child Friendly
Snorkeling
Kayaking

Itinerary Day By Day

Day 1

San Cristobal Island

Arrive by plane at San Cristóbal Island and transfer to the Isabela II for cabin assignment, introductory briefing and lunch. After lunch, land back at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and drive a few minutes along the shore to the Visitor Centre, near Mann Beach, a resting place for Galápagos sea lions. The visitor centre offers a perfect introduction to the islands' natural and human history in a modern museum setting. After the visit, return ashore for a welcome cocktail, briefing on the next day's activities and dinner. 

Day 2

Genovesa

Overnight, the ship will navigate northbound to the incredible bird island, Genovesa, crossing the equator on the way. The morning starts with a panga ride along the cliffs of this dramatic island, followed by landing with a steep climb (90 feet) up some stairs to reach a flat plateau. 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) or snorkelling and kayaking. In the afternoon, land at the beach for an easy stroll observing hundreds of birds, mainly frigate birds, red footed and Nazca boobies, gulls, herons, finches and mockingbirds. There’s an optional walk over sharp lava and uneven terrain for dramatic views, or else return to the beach to enjoy snorkelling at this beautiful natural harbour.

Day 3

Santiago Island

After breakfast, enjoy a coastal exploration along the impressive cliffs of Buccaneer’s 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 snorkelling too! Or ride in our glass-bottom boat. This is a great opportunity to see land and marine birds amid a landscape of tuff-stone layers and lava flows. At low tide, marine iguanas graze upon the algae beds and we can also observe a colony of fur-sea lions. Back at the beach,  there’s very good snorkelling and swimming.

Day 4

Fernandina & Isabela Islands

In the morning, visit the youngest island of the archipelago, Fernandina. Punta Espinoza has an amazing combination of barrenness and abundant wildlife, and highlights include hawks, penguins and the flightless cormorant. There is also an opportunity to snorkel here. Across the narrow Bolívar Channel, anchor at this cove on the northwest of Isabela which provided a favourite anchorage for pirates and whalers over the centuries. An uphill hike takes you to the rim of Darwin Crater, filled with salt water and to a dramatic viewpoint. Later, a panga ride to spot local wildlife, with the possibility of swimming, kayaking or snorkelling.

Day 5

Isabela Island

After breakfast disembark at Urbina Bay, the result of an uplifting of the ocean in 1954. Here you can find corals, shells and many other calcareous organisms exposed above water. This area is also home to large and very colourful Galápagos land iguanas, and occasionally to giant tortoises. Along the shoreline, after the hike, guests may encounter flightless cormorants and see penguins while snorkelling. Since there is no landing site at this location, the coastal exploration is by Zodiac, while the naturalist guide explains the dramatic geology of the area, with remains of lava flows and tuff stone layers. There is abundant wildlife and, depending on the conditions of the ocean, we’ll be able to snorkel along the cliffs, hopefully in the company of green sea turtles. 

Day 6

Rabida Island & Dragon Hill

In the morning,  disembark at Rábida Island’s red-coloured beach. A stroll allows for observation of a large colony of sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin’s finches. This is a great place to snorkel from the beach or enjoy a panga ride, kayaking or ride in our glass-bottom boat. The afternoon's visit to the north shore of Santa Cruz brings you to Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill) which includes circling a brackish water lagoon frequented by lagoon birds, while further inland the trail offers a beautiful view of the bay and the western islands of the archipelago

Day 7

Baltra Island

Our journey ends at Baltra Island where we transfer to the airport to take the flight back to the mainland.

Dates & Rates

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Departure DateStandard Cabin DoubleClassic CabinMaster Suite
 Jan 3 - Jan 94902 5202 5442
 Jan 17 - Jan 234902 5202 5442
 Jan 31 - Feb 64902 5202 5442
 Feb 14 - Feb 204902 5202 5442
 Feb 28 - Mar 64902 5202 5442
 Mar 14 - Mar 204902 5202 5442
 Mar 28 - Apr 34902 5202 5442
 Apr 11 - Apr 174902 5202 5442
 Apr 25 - May 14902 5202 5442
 May 9 - May 154902 5202 5442
 May 23 - May 294902 5202 5442
 Jun 6 - Jun 124902 5202 5442
 Jun 20 - Jun 264902 5202 5442
 Jul 4 - Jul 104902 5202 5442
 Jul 18 - Jul 244902 5202 5442
 Aug 1 - Aug 74902 5202 5442
 Aug 15 - Aug 214902 5202 5442
 Aug 29 - Sep 44902 5202 5442
 Sep 12 - Sep 184902 5202 5442
 Sep 26 - Oct 24902 5202 5442
 Oct 10 - Oct 164902 5202 5442
 Oct 24 - Oct 304902 5202 5442
 Nov 7 - Nov 134902 5202 5442
 Nov 21 - Nov 274902 5202 5442
 Dec 5 - Dec 114902 5202 5442
 Dec 19 - Dec 254902 5202 5442
 Jan 2 - Jan 84998 5304 5550
 Jan 16 - Jan 224998 5304 5550
 Jan 30 - Feb 54998 5304 5550
 Feb 13 - Feb 194998 5304 5550
 Feb 27 - Mar 54998 5304 5550
 Mar 13 - Mar 194998 5304 5550
 Mar 27 - Apr 24998 5304 5550
 Apr 10 - Apr 164998 5304 5550
 Apr 24 - Apr 304998 5304 5550
 May 8 - May 144998 5304 5550
 May 22 - May 284998 5304 5550
 Jun 5 - Jun 114998 5304 5550
 Jun 19 - Jun 254998 5304 5550
 Jul 3 - Jul 94998 5304 5550
 Jul 17 - Jul 234998 5304 5550
 Jul 31 - Aug 64998 5304 5550
 Aug 14 - Aug 204998 5304 5550
 Aug 28 - Sep 34998 5304 5550
 Sep 11 - Sep 174998 5304 5550
 Sep 25 - Oct 14998 5304 5550
 Oct 9 - Oct 154998 5304 5550
 Oct 23 - Oct 294998 5304 5550
 Nov 6 - Nov 124998 5304 5550
 Nov 20 - Nov 264998 5304 5550
 Dec 4 - Dec 104998 5304 5550
 Dec 18 - Dec 244998 5304 5550

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 use have a surcharge of 100%
  • Triples: Available at the double rate in limited selection of staterooms
  • Peak season / Holiday surcharge 2017: $150 per adult | $110 per child (no discounts applicable)
  • Peak season / Holiday surcharge 2018: $155 per adult | $112 per child (no discounts applicable)
  • 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 Dates: Dec 19 - 25, 2017, Dec 24 - 28, 2018, Dec 28 - Jan 1, 2018

Child Policy: Children accepted ages 6 and up. Children under 12 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 $15 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.

ExploringCircle Insurance Provider: TravelEx

ExploringCircle Terms and Conditions

Ship Information

M/Y Isabela II - 40 Passengers

This lovely mid-size luxury expedition yacht is ideally-designed for Galápagos expedition cruising. It features a bar, a pool and an exercise room. 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. Zodiacs tender visitors to the Islands and on explorations. The Isabella II's crew has remained virtually unchanged for years, their dedication, attention to detail and passion for service touching every one of her guests.

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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 $15 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

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Trip Testimonials

Jennifer King

March 2017 | Westerly, RI

We found Kristy to be hugely helpful, as would anyone, due to her extensive experience in the Galapagos. She was able to give great advice as to which itineraries, boats and companies would be ideal for us. I think without Kristy's help we would have been shooting in the dark!

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