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Isabela II - Central Galapagos Islands 5 day/4 night

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Isabela II - Central Galapagos Islands 5 day/4 night
The Isabela II Central Galapagos Itinerary focuses on the Islands of Santa Cruz, Santa Fe, North Seymour, Bartolome and Baltra. Visit the Puerto Ayora and the Charles Darwin Research Station, and the twin craters at Los Gemalos on Santa Cruz Island. Swim with sea lions on Santa Fe Island, and view iguanas, birds, sea lions and more on the diverse island of South Plaza. North Seymour Isla nd, one of the few uplifted islands in the Galapagos Archipelago offers blue footed boobies, frigate birds, swallowtail gulls, Galapagos sea lions and marine iguanas. Las Bachas Beach is an important nesting area for Pacific green sea turtles. Bartolome Island offers a vigorous hike with spectacular views and a dinghy or glass bottom boat ride around Pinnacle Rock. At Sullivan Bay on James Island experience a newly formed lava landscape. Distances are short between these islands making this cruise appealing to travelers concerned about seasickness.

The Isabela II Central Islands Cruise can be combined with the Northern or Southern Island Cruises to create trips of 11 or 15 days in length. View the Central Islands Cruise details on this page or click on the links to view details of other Isabela II Galapagos cruises.

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read more The Isabela II Central Galapagos Itinerary focuses on the Islands of Santa Cruz, Santa Fe, North Seymour, Bartolome and Baltra. Visit the Puerto Ayora and the Charles Darwin Research Station, and the twin craters at Los Gemalos on Santa Cruz Island. Swim with sea lions on Santa Fe Island, and view iguanas, birds, sea lions and more on the diverse island of South Plaza. North Seymour Island, one of the few uplifted islands in the Galapagos Archipelago offers blue footed boobies, frigate birds, swallowtail gulls, Galapagos sea lions and marine iguanas. Las Bachas Beach is an important nesting area for Pacific green sea turtles. Bartolome Island offers a vigorous hike with spectacular views and a dinghy or glass bottom boat ride around Pinnacle Rock. At Sullivan Bay on James Island experience a newly formed lava landscape. Distances are short between these islands making this cruise appealing to travelers concerned about seasickness.

The Isabela II Central Islands Cruise can be combined with the Northern or Southern Island Cruises to create trips of 11 or 15 days in length. View the Central Islands Cruise details on this page or click on the links to view details of other Isabela II Galapagos cruises.

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Day 1 - MON - Baltra to Charles Darwin Station

Day 2 - TUE - Santa Fe Island & South Plaza Island

Day 3 - WED - North Seymour Island & Las Bachas

Day 4 - THR - Bartolomé Island & Sullivan Bay

Day 5 - FRI - Disembark Baltra


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Day 1 - MON - Baltra to Charles Darwin Station

Arrival at Baltra Airport and transfer to the Itabaca Channel to take a ferry across to Santa Cruz Island. A 30-minute bus ride to the impressive site known as Los Gemelos (The Twins). These are a series of geological sink holes. Be impressed by the Scalesia forest, consisting of endemic daisies that took the niche of trees, growing to spectacular sizes, and now home to several species of endemic birds, such as the rare woodpecker finch, one of the world´s few tool-using species. Visit the nearby Tortoise reserve, where most of the year we see the giant tortoises in the wild. Lunch at a local restaurant, and then continue to Puerto Ayora.
Afternoon visit to 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. Expedition plan for Tuesday, Captain’s welcome cocktail and dinner.
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Isabela II
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lunch and dinner

Day 2 - TUE - Santa Fe Island & South Plaza Island

After breakfast, make a wet landing on a sandy white beach with many sea lion harems. Galápagos 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. Snorkeling, kayaking and/or swimming from the beach rounds off the rewarding experience. Lunch on board.

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 colorful sight! The turquoise waters of the channel contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline. 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. Wednesday’s expedition plan and dinner.
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Isabela II
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 - WED - North Seymour Island & Las Bachas

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 Galápagos Archipelago. The trail leads guests to explore colonies of blue footed boobies, magnificent frigate birds, and swallowtail gulls. The sandy shore teems with Galápagos sea lions and marine iguanas. Vegetation is made up of cacti, palo santo (torchwood) trees and salt bushes. Advanced snorkeling near the cliffs is possible after the walk. Lunch on board.

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, Las Bachas 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 snorkeling from the beach. Thursday’s expedition plan and dinner.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Isabela II
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 - THR - Bartolomé Island & Sullivan Bay

Disembark at Bartolomé 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 snorkeling, with possible Galápagos penguin sightings. Guests can also ride on the glass-bottom boat for great views of the underwater world. Lunch on board.

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 Galápagos 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. Farewell cocktail and departure briefing before dinner.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Isabela II
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 - FRI - Disembark Baltra

After breakfast, departure to the port and airport to take the flight back to the mainland. Spend the evening at your leisure back at the hotel.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
n/a
MEALS:
breakfast

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, National Park regulation or at the captain's discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Arrival & Departure

Most flights to the Galapagos will depart Quito or Guayaquil between 7:00am-9:00am on day 1 and return between 2:00pm-5:00pm on the final day. We highly recommend travelers arrive Ecuador 2 days prior to their Galapagos cruise.

Activities

There are numerous opportunities to swim and snorkel. The underwater experience is an integral part of any Galapagos cruise. We encourage all travelers to try snorkeling. Snorkeling gear is included for the duration of the cruise. Shortie wet suits are also available for rent and are recommended from June to December.
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1       Apr 21 - Apr 25, 2014Isabela II$3070 - $3390View Details
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Standard Cabins - $3070

128 Square feet, double bed for double or single, view window, opens to exterior (enclosed) passageway on Cabin Deck. Cabin numbers 11, 12.
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Classic Cabins - $3250

140 square feet, two twin beds or double bed plus small sofa-bed that can accommodate a child for triple use, view window, opens to exterior (enclosed) passageway on Cabin Deck. Cabin numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21.
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Master Suite - $3390

170 Square feet, double bed view window, private bath, opens to interior passageway on Main Deck. Cabin number 22.
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2       Jul 14 - Jul 18, 2014Isabela II$2940 - $3260View Details
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Standard Cabins - $2940

128 Square feet, double bed for double or single, view window, opens to exterior (enclosed) passageway on Cabin Deck. Cabin numbers 11, 12.
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Classic Cabins

Classic Cabins - $3120

140 square feet, two twin beds or double bed plus small sofa-bed that can accommodate a child for triple use, view window, opens to exterior (enclosed) passageway on Cabin Deck. Cabin numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21.
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Master Suite - $3260

170 Square feet, double bed view window, private bath, opens to interior passageway on Main Deck. Cabin number 22.
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3       Jul 28 - Aug 01, 2014Isabela II$2940 - $3260View Details
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Standard Cabins - $2940

128 Square feet, double bed for double or single, view window, opens to exterior (enclosed) passageway on Cabin Deck. Cabin numbers 11, 12.
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Classic Cabins

Classic Cabins - $3120

140 square feet, two twin beds or double bed plus small sofa-bed that can accommodate a child for triple use, view window, opens to exterior (enclosed) passageway on Cabin Deck. Cabin numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21.
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Master Suite - $3260

170 Square feet, double bed view window, private bath, opens to interior passageway on Main Deck. Cabin number 22.
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4       Aug 11 - Aug 15, 2014Isabela II$2940 - $3260View Details
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Standard Cabins - $2940

128 Square feet, double bed for double or single, view window, opens to exterior (enclosed) passageway on Cabin Deck. Cabin numbers 11, 12.
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Classic Cabins

Classic Cabins - $3120

140 square feet, two twin beds or double bed plus small sofa-bed that can accommodate a child for triple use, view window, opens to exterior (enclosed) passageway on Cabin Deck. Cabin numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21.
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Master Suite - $3260

170 Square feet, double bed view window, private bath, opens to interior passageway on Main Deck. Cabin number 22.
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5       Aug 25 - Aug 29, 2014Isabela II$2940 - $3260View Details
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Standard Cabins - $2940

128 Square feet, double bed for double or single, view window, opens to exterior (enclosed) passageway on Cabin Deck. Cabin numbers 11, 12.
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Classic Cabins - $3120

140 square feet, two twin beds or double bed plus small sofa-bed that can accommodate a child for triple use, view window, opens to exterior (enclosed) passageway on Cabin Deck. Cabin numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21.
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170 Square feet, double bed view window, private bath, opens to interior passageway on Main Deck. Cabin number 22.
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6       Sep 08 - Sep 12, 2014Isabela II$2940 - $3260View Details
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128 Square feet, double bed for double or single, view window, opens to exterior (enclosed) passageway on Cabin Deck. Cabin numbers 11, 12.
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Classic Cabins - $3120

140 square feet, two twin beds or double bed plus small sofa-bed that can accommodate a child for triple use, view window, opens to exterior (enclosed) passageway on Cabin Deck. Cabin numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21.
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170 Square feet, double bed view window, private bath, opens to interior passageway on Main Deck. Cabin number 22.
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7       Sep 22 - Sep 26, 2014Isabela II$2940 - $3260View Details
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128 Square feet, double bed for double or single, view window, opens to exterior (enclosed) passageway on Cabin Deck. Cabin numbers 11, 12.
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Classic Cabins - $3120

140 square feet, two twin beds or double bed plus small sofa-bed that can accommodate a child for triple use, view window, opens to exterior (enclosed) passageway on Cabin Deck. Cabin numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21.
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170 Square feet, double bed view window, private bath, opens to interior passageway on Main Deck. Cabin number 22.
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8       Oct 06 - Oct 10, 2014Isabela II$2940 - $3260View Details
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128 Square feet, double bed for double or single, view window, opens to exterior (enclosed) passageway on Cabin Deck. Cabin numbers 11, 12.
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Classic Cabins - $3120

140 square feet, two twin beds or double bed plus small sofa-bed that can accommodate a child for triple use, view window, opens to exterior (enclosed) passageway on Cabin Deck. Cabin numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21.
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Master Suite - $3260

170 Square feet, double bed view window, private bath, opens to interior passageway on Main Deck. Cabin number 22.
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9       Oct 20 - Oct 24, 2014Isabela II$2940 - $3260View Details
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Standard Cabins - $2940

128 Square feet, double bed for double or single, view window, opens to exterior (enclosed) passageway on Cabin Deck. Cabin numbers 11, 12.
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Classic Cabins

Classic Cabins - $3120

140 square feet, two twin beds or double bed plus small sofa-bed that can accommodate a child for triple use, view window, opens to exterior (enclosed) passageway on Cabin Deck. Cabin numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21.
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Master Suite - $3260

170 Square feet, double bed view window, private bath, opens to interior passageway on Main Deck. Cabin number 22.
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10       Nov 03 - Nov 07, 2014Isabela II$2940 - $3260View Details
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Standard Cabins - $2940

128 Square feet, double bed for double or single, view window, opens to exterior (enclosed) passageway on Cabin Deck. Cabin numbers 11, 12.
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Classic Cabins - $3120

140 square feet, two twin beds or double bed plus small sofa-bed that can accommodate a child for triple use, view window, opens to exterior (enclosed) passageway on Cabin Deck. Cabin numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21.
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Master Suite - $3260

170 Square feet, double bed view window, private bath, opens to interior passageway on Main Deck. Cabin number 22.
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11       Nov 17 - Nov 21, 2014Isabela II$2940 - $3260View Details
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Standard Cabins - $2940

128 Square feet, double bed for double or single, view window, opens to exterior (enclosed) passageway on Cabin Deck. Cabin numbers 11, 12.
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Classic Cabins - $3120

140 square feet, two twin beds or double bed plus small sofa-bed that can accommodate a child for triple use, view window, opens to exterior (enclosed) passageway on Cabin Deck. Cabin numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21.
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Master Suite - $3260

170 Square feet, double bed view window, private bath, opens to interior passageway on Main Deck. Cabin number 22.
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12       Dec 01 - Dec 05, 2014Isabela II$2940 - $3260View Details
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Standard Cabins - $2940

128 Square feet, double bed for double or single, view window, opens to exterior (enclosed) passageway on Cabin Deck. Cabin numbers 11, 12.
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Classic Cabins

Classic Cabins - $3120

140 square feet, two twin beds or double bed plus small sofa-bed that can accommodate a child for triple use, view window, opens to exterior (enclosed) passageway on Cabin Deck. Cabin numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21.
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Master Suite - $3260

170 Square feet, double bed view window, private bath, opens to interior passageway on Main Deck. Cabin number 22.
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13       Dec 15 - Dec 19, 2014Isabela II$2940 - $3260View Details
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Standard Cabins - $2940

128 Square feet, double bed for double or single, view window, opens to exterior (enclosed) passageway on Cabin Deck. Cabin numbers 11, 12.
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Classic Cabins

Classic Cabins - $3120

140 square feet, two twin beds or double bed plus small sofa-bed that can accommodate a child for triple use, view window, opens to exterior (enclosed) passageway on Cabin Deck. Cabin numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21.
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170 Square feet, double bed view window, private bath, opens to interior passageway on Main Deck. Cabin number 22.
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14       Dec 29 - Jan 02, 2015Isabela II$3070 - $3390View Details
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Standard Cabins - $3070

128 Square feet, double bed for double or single, view window, opens to exterior (enclosed) passageway on Cabin Deck. Cabin numbers 11, 12.
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Classic Cabins - $3250

140 square feet, two twin beds or double bed plus small sofa-bed that can accommodate a child for triple use, view window, opens to exterior (enclosed) passageway on Cabin Deck. Cabin numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21.
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Master Suite - $3390

170 Square feet, double bed view window, private bath, opens to interior passageway on Main Deck. Cabin number 22.
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Included

Accommodations, all meals, island sightseeing, naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish (guiding in other languages upon request for groups larger than 10 guests: German, French, Italian), snorkel gear, taxes and transfers in the islands. Transfer from main hotels in Quito (Casa Gangotena, Hilton Colon, Swissôtel, Marriott, Dann Carlton) and in Guayaquil (Hilton Colon, Oro Verde, Hampton Inn, Sheraton) to airport for flights to/from Galápagos are included in these rates. To coordinate these transfers we must have guest's hotel contact.

Exclusions

International airfare; airfare from mainland Ecuador; Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee (US $100 per adult, $50 for children under 12 years old. This can be paid directly by passengers [cash only] or it is included in our INCLUSIVE PACKAGE TOURS), Galapagos National Institute Migration Control Card (US $10 per person); departure tax ($40.80); gratuities for guides, crew, drivers or local staff; alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages; internet/WiFi; other personal expenses; medical services or insurance of any kind. Wet suits available for rent $15 + VAT per guest for 5-day expeditions and $30 + VAT per guest for 7-day expeditions. Fuel surcharges may apply.

Room Configuration

The Isabela II offers two single cabins on specific dates only, please ask our Galapagos cruise experts for details. There are no 'Share Accommodations' or roommate match available. Double cabins are available for single occupancy with a 50% surcharge of the price, or 100% for high season. There are no triple cabins for three adults aboard the Isabella II.

Families & Children

Children under 12 years old at the time of sailing receive 25% off when sharing the cabin with 2 adults (applies only to one child per adult, paying full fare). Minimum child age is 6 years old. Holiday supplement is $100 per child on the following 2013 dates: Mar 25-29, Mar 26-Apr 1, Mar 29-Apr 2, Dec 23-27, Dec 24-30, Dec 30-Jan 3. Galapagos family cruises are available, call for details.

Payment & Cancellation

A cruise deposit of $700 per person is required at the time of booking. For land packages a deposit of $300 per person is required at the time of booking. A Reservation Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. When a trip cancellation is received between 60 and 0 days from departure, the full trip price will be charged.

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information is sent upon confirmation.

Travel Insurance

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Extended Itinerary Pricing

Combine two consecutive Isabela II itineraries and receive a 10% discount on the lowest priced itinerary. Receive a 50% discount on the lower priced itinerary when combining all Isabela II routes for a 15-day itinerary. Applies only to full-rate bookings; not applicable for promotional rates. Contact AdventureSmith for more information.
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Galapagos Cruise Package

Galapagos Cruise Package

Most Galapagos cruise travelers will require pre- and post-cruise accommodations in Quito or Guayaquil, Ecuador, round-trip flights, National Park entrance fees & transit cards etc. We have created this Galapagos Cruise All Inclusive Package to give travelers an easy, cost-effective way to book the most popular land package we offer.
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Isabela II

Isabela II

The 40-passenger Isabela II is one of the most luxurious motor yachts in the Galapagos Islands. She features a sundeck bar, Jacuzzi, snorkeling and a glass-bottom boat.
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