Antarctica & Arctic
Have an intimate experience of this unique world aboard the luxury M/Y Isabela II where you can appreciate the marine life from aboard the ship's glass-bottom boat.
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Four nights cruise accommodation, meals as indicated, Galapagos Transit Control Card, scheduled island excursions and island transfers.
Fridays and Mondays. Note: A seven day itinerary is also available.
Accommodating up to 40 guests with delicious cuisine, faultless service and excellent facilities. The Isabela II offers enriching wildlife encounters, whether amid the islands' haunting volcanic landscapes or beneath the waves of its marine reserve, all in the company of passionate, dedicated and expert naturalist guides. The islands' marine life can be appreciated with a snorkel and mask, paddling a kayak or aboard our glass-bottom boat.
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The historic site of Post Office Bay.
Charles Darwin Research Centre
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Arrive at Baltra Airport and transfer to the Itabaca Channel to take a ferry across to Santa Cruz Island. Have lunch at a restaurant in the Highlands of Santa Cruz Island then continue to Puerto Ayora. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and then embark on Yacht Isabela II. (L)(D)
This morning land at Post Office Bay to visit the historic barrel that has been serving as a post office in the archipelago for over two centuries. Time for snorkelling off the beach.
Visit Punta Cormorant for an easy walk by a brackish water lagoon where bird species like greater flamingos may be observed. On the other side of the island, come to a white-sand beach where sea turtles come out at night to nest. Snorkel at the "Champion Islet" site, inflatable dinghy ride or ride in the glass-bottom boat. (B)(L)(D)
Visit Punta Suárez for an exciting walk on lava/boulder terrain to visit its unique sea bird colonies, including the waved albatrosses (April - January), boobies, swallow-tail gulls, and the famous "blowhole". Also, look for red-green-black marine iguanas. Back on board for lunch.
In the afternoon, set down on the white coral beach for a short walk to observe the sea lions, mockingbirds, finches or enjoy the beach. There is great snorkelling in this area, or else there's time to kayak, inflatable dinghy-ride or ride the glass-bottom boat. (B)(L)(D)
In the morning, we land on the eastern tip of the island. The trail that ascends from the beach provides spectacular views of the shoreline and is the only site in the Galápagos where the three species of boobies can be found together, as well as the two frigate species, plus a colony of bachelor sea lions. In the afternoon following lunch on board, a dinghy ride along the shores of tuff-stone layers takes us to Cerro Brujo's expansive, white coraline beach, great for walking, with rewarding birdwatching including good views of seabirds and shore birds. Also, look out for Galápagos sea lions. (B)(L)(D)
After breakfast, we depart to the pier and airport for your flight back to the mainland. (B)
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