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Western Northern Adventure

Geonvesa - Isabela - Fernandina

from $4,500
8 days

Ship Name

M/Y Eric / Letty

Trip Type

Sea

Family Travel

Western Northern

When To Go

Year Round

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Trip Summary

Experience moment after moment of wonder in a land where time stands still. This comprehensive 7-night cruise itinerary explores the Western Northern portion of the famed archipelago. Thanks to an outstanding guide-to-guest ratio, you’ll venture ashore in small groups of no more than ten fellow explorers, experiencing this magical realm in the most authentic and educational way possible.  Shore excursions include hiking ancient lava fields where you will encounter prehistoric reptiles such as the iconic giant Galapagos tortoise, endemic land and marine iguanas. On this itinerary, see the Nazca and red-footed boobies on the spectacular Genovesa Island, snorkel with Galapagos Penguins, and marvel at the antics of the Flightless Cormorants atop the volcanic formations on Fernandina.  Explore beaches of black, red and green sand and venture into into the Pacific to snorkel and kayak to experience up close a range of ocean life, including sea lions, dolphins, rays, sea turtles and whales in the marine reserve surrounding these extraordinary islands.

Activities
Zodiac Tours
Snorkeling
Birding
Child Friendly
Kayaking

Itinerary Day By Day

Day 1

San Cristobal Island

Upon arrival to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, San Cristobal, our crew is waiting at the airport to escort you by bus to the dock and then by Zodiac to your yacht anchored in the bay. After the welcome briefing and safety drill, a delicious buffet lunch is served. We travel by bus to the highlands to visit La Galapaguera Cerro Colorado where the National Park has established a breeding program for the giant land tortoises that you will encounter in their natural habitat.  Join your fellow yacht mates this evening for your first briefing followed by our Captain’s welcome cocktail party and dinner prepared by our well-trained chefs.

Day 2

Genovesa Island

We spend the entire day on Genovesa (Tower) Island, considered to be one of the most spectacular islands in Galapagos for bird species. We have a wet-landing on Darwin Bay, a coral sand beach where Swallow-tailed and Lava gulls gather near the tide pools. Enter a forest of Optuntia cactus and mangroves where colonies of Great Frigate birds nest. The males inflate their red-throated pouches to attract females as they fly overhead. After lunch, we have a dry landing at Prince Philip’s Steps to observe red-footed and Nazca boobies, storm petrels and possibly the elusive short-eared owl. You can choose to swim or snorkel from the beach with sea lions in these northern warmer waters or for those with experience, we offer snorkeling in deeper water. Return to the yacht for briefing and dinner before we cross the equator.

Day 3

Santa Cruz Island

Today we visit Las Bachas, a long stretch of a soft white sand beach and interior lagoons where we find the Greater Flamingo, pelicans, white-cheeked pintail ducks, stilts and iguanas. There is also a wonderful chance to take a stroll along the beach or swim from the shore. At Black Turtle Cove we have a zodiac ride through a series of coves and inlets surrounded by mangroves. Here you can view pairs of mating sea turtles (Sept to Feb), white-tipped reef sharks and golden cow-nosed rays. Located on the northern tip of Santa Cruz is Cerro Dragon or Dragon Hill. Along the trail, we find Darwin Finches, Galapagos Flycatchers, Yellow Warblers, Audubon Shearwater and the endemic land iguanas. We find pink flamingos and other lagoon birds feeding in the salt-water lagoon. From the top of the hill, we enjoy a majestic view of the bay island. 

Day 4

Isabela & Fernandina Islands

We have a semi-wet landing at Punta Espinoza on Fernandina the youngest and most pristine Island in Galapagos with no introduced mammals. Recent lava flows formed by an active volcano stretch their way around the coast. Hundreds of Marine Iguanas, the largest colony in Galapagos, bask in the sun along the rugged shoreline. Observe sea lion harems with resident bulls carefully guarding their territory. Flightless Cormorants build their nest on the point and Galapagos Hawks fly overhead. There is a chance to snorkel here with sea turtles and marine iguanas. After lunch, we cross the Bolivar Chanel where we often spot whales and dolphins riding the bow wave.  We next disembark at Urbina Bay, Isabela Island where we find 4 miles of its coastal seabed, with marine life exposed due to a dramatic uplift in 1954 when the volcano erupted. The marine remnants of coral skeletons, some of them waist-high, are visited after a wet landing on the beach. Urbina is home to the very large and colorful Galapagos land iguanas, giant tortoises and Darwin Finches. Brown Pelicans and Flightless Cormorants also nest here. Giant Marine Iguanas are seen along the coast. You may encounter penguins while snorkeling here. At Punta Vicente Roca, a Zodiac ride offers an incredible view of the tuff walls, we can enter the wave-sculpted cave and find sea turtles and penguins, flightless cormorants and fur seals who frequent this area. You may spot the dorsal fin of a Mola Mola, an odd looking giant sun fish. Return to the yacht for briefing and dinner.

Day 5

Isabela Island

We visit Elizabeth Bay on Isabela Island by Zodiac starting with a visit to a secluded cove, lined with large red mangrove trees. Here, turtles, rays, and shore birds can be seen. We motor to the rocky islets known as “Las Marielas”, where a colony of nesting Penguins, Flightless Cormorants and giant Marine Iguanas are found. Today, lunch is served out on the sun deck in a calm bay. We have a dry landing at Tagus Cove and a favorite anchorage for pirates and whalers over the centuries. Old graffiti dating back to the 1800’s is written on the rocky cliffs. Explore the Coves by Zodiac or kayak to find Galapagos Penguins, Flightless Cormorants, Boobies, Pelicans and other seabirds. An uphill hike brings us to a salt-water lagoon, a scenic overlook with a spectacular view of the ocean, lava fields and volcanic formations. An excellent snorkeling site is offered from the zodiac or take out a Kayak and explore the shoreline. 

Day 6

Santiago & Rabida Islands

We stroll along the shoreline at Puerto Egas on Santiago Island looking for octopus, starfish and other sea life caught in the tide pools. At low tide, catch a glimpse of marine iguanas as they feed on exposed green algae. Watch for great blue herons, lava herons, American oystercatchers and yellow-crowned night herons. Our walk ends at the grottos, deep pools of clear water where we encounter fur sea lions once on the verge of extinction. Before returning to the yacht, there is a snorkeling opportunity. We disembark after lunc on Rabida located near James Island. Rabida is considered the geographic center of Galapagos because this island sports the most diversified volcanic rocks. While strolling along the trail, you may find marine iguanas, mocking birds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin Finches leading to a salt water lagoon. After the walk, there is not-to-miss snorkeling option with tropical fish, white tipped sharks and sea lions. 

Day 7

Santa Cruz Island

We travel by bus to the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. The scenery gradually changes as we wind our way through all seven vegetation zones found in Galapagos. Here, we visit the tortoise reserve at “Las Primicias” one of the private farms in the highlands where we encounter giant tortoises in their natural habitat. We stop at “the tunnels”, the largest lava tubes found in Galapagos. After lunch, we visit the Charles Darwin Research Station to see all 3 tortoise corals and the breeding center with new hatchlings and miniature tortoises not yet ready to be repatriated. Scientists from all over the globe work at the station and conduct biological research from anatomy to zoology. We stop at Van Straelen Hall where there are exhibits. Visitors can see the tortoise and land iguana corrals. This evening you have the option to return to your yacht for the Captain’s Farewell Cocktail and dinner. Zodiacs will be provided for those who chose to return to town to shop for souvenirs or stop at an internet café.

Day 8

San Cristobal Island

We visit the Interpretation Center opened on San Cristobal Island in 1999. Here we gain a more complete understanding of the natural and human history of the Islands. Afterwards, we spend an hour in port before heading to the airport for our flight back to the mainland departing before noon time.

Dates & Rates

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Departure DateIguana DeckBooby DeckDolphin Deck
 Jan 1 - Jan 84500 4900 5400
 Jan 15 - Jan 224500 4900 5400
 Jan 29 - Feb 54500 4900 5400
 Feb 12 - Feb 194500 4900 5400
 Feb 26 - Mar 54500 4900 5400
 Mar 12 - Mar 194500 4900 5400
 Mar 26 - Apr 24500 4900 5400
 Apr 9 - Apr 164500 4900 5400
 Apr 23 - Apr 304500 4900 5400
 May 7 - May 144500 4900 5400
 May 21 - May 284500 4900 5400
 Jun 4 - Jun 114500 4900 5400
 Jun 18 - Jun 254500 4900 5400
 Jul 2 - Jul 94500 4900 5400
 Jul 16 - Jul 234500 4900 5400
 Jul 30 - Aug 64500 4900 5400
 Aug 13 - Aug 204500 4900 5400
 Aug 27 - Sep 34500 4900 5400
 Sep 10 - Sep 174500 4900 5400
 Sep 24 - Oct 14500 4900 5400
 Oct 8 - Oct 154500 4900 5400
 Oct 22 - Oct 294500 4900 5400
 Nov 5 - Nov 124500 4900 5400
 Nov 19 - Nov 264500 4900 5400
 Dec 3 - Dec 104500 4900 5400
 Dec 17 - Dec 244500 4900 5400
 Jan 7 - Jan 144700 5100 5600
 Jan 21 - Jan 284700 5100 5600
 Feb 4 - Feb 114700 5100 5600
 Feb 18 - Feb 254700 5100 5600
 Mar 4 - Mar 114700 5100 5600
 Mar 18 - Mar 254700 5100 5600
 Apr 1 - Apr 84700 5100 5600
 Apr 15 - Apr 224700 5100 5600
 Apr 29 - May 64700 5100 5600
 May 13 - May 204700 5100 5600
 May 27 - Jun 34700 5100 5600
 Jun 10 - Jun 174700 5100 5600
 Jun 24 - Jul 14700 5100 5600
 Jul 8 - Jul 154700 5100 5600
 Jul 22 - Jul 294700 5100 5600
 Aug 5 - Aug 124700 5100 5600
 Aug 19 - Aug 264700 5100 5600
 Sep 2 - Sep 94700 5100 5600
 Sep 16 - Sep 234700 5100 5600
 Sep 30 - Oct 74700 5100 5600
 Oct 14 - Oct 214700 5100 5600
 Oct 28 - Nov 44700 5100 5600
 Nov 11 - Nov 184700 5100 5600
 Nov 25 - Dec 24700 5100 5600
 Dec 9 - Dec 164700 5100 5600
 Dec 23 - Dec 304700 5100 5600

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 Rate 2017: $7700 per person | Single Rate 2018: $8225 per person
  • Triple Rate 2017: $4400 per person | Triple Rate 2018: $4500 per person
  • Galapagos National Park Fee of $100 per adult | $50 per child 11 and under
  • Transit Control Card: $20 per person
  • Airfare to the Galapagos: $400 - $575 per adult | $250 - $350 per child 11 and under
  • Pre and Post Hotels and Transfers: Package rates available

Single Share Rates: Females willing to share (WSF) or Males Willing to share (WSM) can be confirmed at the single rate as indicated above and request to be placed on a wait list and only if matched will the share rate (double occupancy) apply. Otherwise, the single rate will apply.

Holiday Sailings:  Dec 24 - 31, Dec 31 - Jan 07 2017, Apr 1 - 8, Dec 23 - 30 & Dec 30 - Jan 6, 2019

Child Policy: Children 11 years and under are 25% off the double occupancy rate and children ages 12-17 years are 15% off double occupancy rate (on designated Family Departures only, inquire for dates). Discount is based on their age at the time of sailing. One child discount per each adult fare paid with a limit of two per family. No child discounts are permitted during holiday weeks.

Included: Cabin accommodation; all meals and snacks aboard ship; non-alcoholic beverages; purified water; Captain’s welcome and farewell cocktail; house wine and local beer with dinner; guided shore excursions; use of wetsuits (or reserve size in advance for $25), snorkeling equipment and kayaks; transfer between island airport and dock 

Not Included: Airfare; hotel nights before/after cruise; transfers in Quito or Guayaquil; Galapagos National Park entrance fee; Galapagos Transit Card; gratuities are left to the discretion of the passenger; wetsuit advance reservation; traveler’s insurance; alcoholic beverages not mentioned above; purchases on board; fuel surcharge (if applicable)

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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Ship Information

M/Y  Eric / Letty - 20 Passengers

The Eric & Letty are 2 identical expedition yachts that were custom-designed for Galapagos cruising in 1991.  Refurbished annually, they accommodate no more than 20 guests and feature 3 decks of spacious staterooms with polished teak interiors. All interior cabins are fully air-conditioned for comfort. There’s a dining room, well-stocked bar and conference area with a flat screen TV and a library with panoramic picture windows. Enjoy the freedom to take out one of the many single or double kayaks available for guest use. Back on board, relax in a lounge chair on the sun deck, enjoying sea breezes and a sky full of stars.

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Zodiac Tours, Snorkeling, Birding, Child Friendly, Kayaking

Ship: M/Y Eric / Letty

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Western Northern Adventure

This 8 day itinerary explores the Western Northern portion of the famed archipelago including the famous Bird Island of Genovesa. Thanks to an outstanding guide-to-guest ratio, you’ll venture ashore in small groups of no more than ten fellow explorers, experiencing this magical realm in the most authentic and educational way possible. This is one of the best and most conservation-minded Galapagos operators and your guide experience will be top notch.

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Trip Policy

Included: Cabin accommodation; all meals and snacks aboard ship; non-alcoholic beverages; purified water; Captain’s welcome and farewell cocktail; house wine and local beer with dinner; guided shore excursions; use of wetsuits (or reserve size in advance for $25), snorkeling equipment and kayaks; transfer between island airport and dock 

Not Included: Airfare; hotel nights before/after cruise; transfers in Quito or Guayaquil; Galapagos National Park entrance fee; Galapagos Transit Card; gratuities are left to the discretion of the passenger; wetsuit advance reservation; traveler’s insurance; alcoholic beverages not mentioned above; purchases on board; fuel surcharge (if applicable)

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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