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Tip Top IV - Northwest Galapagos Cruise 8 day/7 night

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Tip Top IV - Northwest Galapagos Cruise 8 day/7 night
The Tip Top IV Northwest Galapagos Cruise cruises around Isabela, the largest island in the Galapagos, over 8 days. This comprehensive cruise visits 6 islands for a well-rounded view of the archipelago and its wildlife. Head as far north as Genovesa Island, famed for its birding, and as far south as Floreana Island, a historic human-history site that lets you visit Post Office Bay and th e Cave of Pirates site that was home to some of the Galapagos' first settlers, including Tip Top IV's Wittmer family. Your explorations will be active, with hiking, kayaking, swimming and snorkeling available aboard Tip Top IV.

The Tip Top IV Northwest itinerary is one of the ship's main 8-day routes; combine it with Tip Top IV's South-Central itinerary for a comprehensive 15-day Galapagos cruise. View the Northwest route's details on this page, or click the following links to see details of Tip Top IV's other itinerary options.

Tip Top IV - South-Central Galapagos Cruise 8 day/7 night
Tip Top IV - Central Galapagos Cruise 5 day/4 night
Tip Top IV - Eastern Galapagos Cruise 4 day/3 night
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read more The Tip Top IV Northwest Galapagos Cruise cruises around Isabela, the largest island in the Galapagos, over 8 days. This comprehensive cruise visits 6 islands for a well-rounded view of the archipelago and its wildlife. Head as far north as Genovesa Island, famed for its birding, and as far south as Floreana Island, a historic human-history site that lets you visit Post Office Bay and the Cave of Pirates site that was home to some of the Galapagos' first settlers, including Tip Top IV's Wittmer family. Your explorations will be active, with hiking, kayaking, swimming and snorkeling available aboard Tip Top IV.

The Tip Top IV Northwest itinerary is one of the ship's main 8-day routes; combine it with Tip Top IV's South-Central itinerary for a comprehensive 15-day Galapagos cruise. View the Northwest route's details on this page, or click the following links to see details of Tip Top IV's other itinerary options.

Tip Top IV - South-Central Galapagos Cruise 8 day/7 night
Tip Top IV - Central Galapagos Cruise 5 day/4 night
Tip Top IV - Eastern Galapagos Cruise 4 day/3 night
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Day 1 - FRI - Baltra to North Seymour

Day 2 - SAT - Darwin Bay & Prince Phillip's Steps (Genovesa)

Day 3 - SUN - James Bay & Buccaneer Cove (Santiago)

Day 4 - MON - Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela) & Punta Espinoza (Fernandina)

Day 5 - TUE - Tagus Cove, Urbina Bay & Elizabeth Bay (Isabela)

Day 6 - WED - Las Tintoreras, Sierra Negra Volcano & Giant Tortoises (Isabela)

Day 7 - THU - Point Cormorant, Champion Islet & Post Office Bay (Floreana)

Day 8 - FRI - Charles Darwin Station (Santa Cruz) & Disembark Baltra


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Day 1 - FRI - Baltra to North Seymour

Fly from mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) to Baltra, with AEROGAL Airlines (flight included in cruise rate). A guide meets you and accompanies you on a bus to the Itabaca Channel, where you'll cross by barge and then we continue to Puerto Ayora on Santa Cruz Island by bus. Board the Tip Top IV yacht, and the crew greets you with a light snack and an orientation. In the afternoon, make a dry landing for a walk along the coast and the interior of North Seymour Island, a low, flat island that was uplifted from the sea by underground seismic activity. Observe blue-footed boobies (they nest from May to November), marine iguanas, pelicans, frigate birds, shore birds, sea lions and endemic Palo Santo. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel and/or kayak. Back on board, enjoy a welcome cocktail with the entire crew, and dinner.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Tip Top IV
MEALS:
dinner

Day 2 - SAT - Darwin Bay & Prince Phillip's Steps (Genovesa)

After breakfast, make a wet landing on Darwin Bay to walk and observe frigatebirds, herons, mockingbirds, boobies, shorebirds, turtles, marine iguanas, etc. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel or kayak. Come aboard for a delicious lunch then make a dry landing on Prince Phillips’s Steps (Barranco). Here walk and observe the interesting lives of the many birds Genovesa Island is famed for. Enjoy dinner on the yacht, and then an orientation about conservation efforts made to protect the Galapagos Islands.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Tip Top IV
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 - SUN - James Bay & Buccaneer Cove (Santiago)

After breakfast make a wet landing on Santiago Island at James Bay (Puerto Egas), to walk and observe sponges, snails, hermit crabs, a variety of shore birds, barnacles and the endemic four-eyed blenny, marine iguanas and sea lions. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel or kayak. Return to the boat for a delicious lunch. In the afternoon, make a wet landing on Espumilla, a brown sand beach that is an important site for nesting marine turtles. Here also observe a lot of land birds like yellow warblers, Darwin’s finches and Galapagos flycatchers. A trail takes you through a Palo Santo forest. Walk behind the beach to see a salt-water lagoon where occasionally flamingos are seen; unfortunately, during the last “El Niño” phenomenon, one of the two lagoons in this site, underwent a process of sedimentation, thus causing the disappearance of a representative colony of flamingos. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/or snorkel. Then visit an abandoned salt mine. After this excursion return to the yacht to navigate around Buccaneer Cove (Caleta Bucanero), an area of steep cliffs and dark beaches. The cliffs and pinnacle are the nesting areas of several species of seabirds. This was a popular place for 17th- & 18th-century buccaneers to careen their vessels. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel or kayak. Return to the yacht for dinner and the nightly orientation.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Tip Top IV
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4 - MON - Punta Vicente Roca (Isabela) & Punta Espinoza (Fernandina)

Today take a panga ride around Punta Vicente Roca to observe plenty of sea lions, marine iguanas, blue-footed and masked boobies, and flightless cormorants. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/or snorkel. Then come aboard for a delicious lunch. In the afternoon, we make a dry landing on Punta Espinoza to observe and see a large colony of sea lions, marine iguanas and the flightless cormorants and clumps of lava cactus. Return to the yacht for dinner and orientation.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Tip Top IV
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 - TUE - Tagus Cove, Urbina Bay & Elizabeth Bay (Isabela)

After breakfast, enjoy a panga ride at Tagus Cove, a protected cove between the shoulders of two volcanic craters that protect it from the open sea; observe penguins, marine iguanas, sea lions and a variety of birds including flightless cormorant and blue-footed boobies. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel and/ or kayak. Then, make a wet landing on Urbina Bay to take a walk and observe a coral area, land iguanas, flightless cormorants and giant tortoises. Optional: time for those who would like to swim, snorkel and/ or kayak. Return to the yacht for lunch, then spend the afternoon riding in pangas around the islets of Elizabeth Bay to see marine iguanas, penguins, marine turtles, seabirds and shorebirds, herons and blue-footed boobies. Return to the yacht for dinner and the nightly orientation.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Tip Top IV
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 - WED - Las Tintoreras, Sierra Negra Volcano & Giant Tortoises (Isabela)

Today make your first dry landing to the islet Las Tintoreras, which has a small bay of completely calm turquoise waters. Here you can observe hundreds of marine iguanas, sea turtles, sea lions, Galapagos penguins, rays and white-tip sharks. Then make an expedition to Sierra Negra Volcano. Considered the oldest of the volcanoes on Isabela, the crater of Sierra Negra has a 6-mile diameter and it’s the second largest in the world; its last eruption occurred in 2005. The sulfur, iron and the cooled magma make up a colorful landscape. The adventure begins with a 45-minute ride on a bus to the highlands of Isabela. Arrive at the “Paradero Sierra Negra," and from here walk through slopes of the volcano or you can ascend by horseback for an additional cost. The trail leads to Volcan Chico (on the northeast of Sierra Negra Volcano), a fissure composed of scum and lava. This fissure had its last eruption on 1979 and the volcanic activity lasted for a week. From here take in the amazing view of the island's north end and if the day is clear you will have a majestic view of the Perry Isthmus, a surrounding island. This expedition allows you to step through volcanic features and over lava flows formed in very recent years. You also see the formations of petrified lava of many different colors and textures and fumaroles scattered throughout this area. Return to the yacht for a delicious lunch. In the afternoon visit the Breeding Center “Arnaldo Tupiza,” where you can observe tortoise of different ages and sizes (in total there are 330 between juvenile and adult tortoises) and where you can learn about their reproduction. Later visit the Wall of Tears, a historic place in Galapagos Islands that was for 13 years a penal colony. The prisoners here built a wall with huge blocks of lava as punishment. At this site, observe lava lizards, Galapagos finches and hawks. Before returning to the yacht visit Humedales to see a series of lagoons, mangrove species, flamingos and numerous migratory birds. Return to the yacht for dinner and the nightly orientation.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Tip Top IV
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7 - THU - Point Cormorant, Champion Islet & Post Office Bay (Floreana)

This morning make a wet landing on Point Cormorant for a short walk to the flamingo lagoon of Floreana Island. Then continue farther to the beach called "La Picona" to see marine turtles and their spawning grounds. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/or snorkel. Later, make a panga ride on Champion Islet, a small island off the Coast of Floreana Island. The principle attraction of Champion Islet is the nearly extinct Charles (Floreana) mockingbird. Visitors can also observe bird species such as Swallow-tailed Gulls, Nazca Boobies or Brown Noddies. It is a great place for snorkeling. Underwater and along the rocky shore look for sea turtles, reef fishes, Galapagos penguins and white-tipped reef sharks. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/or snorkel. Return to the yacht for lunch. In the afternoon make a wet landing at Post Office Bay, a historic site that recalls the days of the whalers, who presumably placed a wooden barrel in the 18th century to use it as a post office. Optional: time for those who would like to swim and/or snorkel. Later, take a bus for a short ride from the small town Puerto Velasco Ibarra to the Asilo de la Paz. A human historic site, this area was inhabitanted by the early settlers who found a freshwater spring and refuge in the “cave of pirates.” This was the home of the first settlers of the island: Patrick Watkins lived there first, then Dr. Ritter and his companion Dora Strauch, and then the Wittmer family. Here walk through a path and visit the cave of pirates and a corral built by the National Park Service where you can see Galapagos tortoises (from various islands) in captivity. At the end of the afternoon, return to Tip Top IV for dinner and the nightly orientation.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Tip Top IV
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8 - FRI - Charles Darwin Station (Santa Cruz) & Disembark Baltra

After breakfast disembark early on the Puerto Ayora pier for a visit to the Charles Darwin Station and its Interpretive Center. Then the bus takes you directly to the airport (Baltra); your guide accompanies you on this ride.
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.

Activities

Snorkeling and kayaking are available while on the Tip Top IV cruise, with masks, snorkels and fins (sizes 3-5 to 11-13) included in the cruise price. Each passenger will receive a bag to store and transport the equipment for the duration of the cruise. There are two kayaks on board to use without additional cost.
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1       Nov 21 - Nov 28, 2014Tip Top IV$4014 - $4521View Details

Lower Deck - $4014

6 cabins (#1-6) with two single lower berths are located on the Lower Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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Upper Deck - $4521

4 cabins (#7-10) with two single lower berths are located on the Upper Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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2       Jan 02 - Jan 09, 2015Tip Top IV$4221 - $4749View Details

Lower Deck - $4221

6 cabins (#1-6) with two single lower berths are located on the Lower Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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Upper Deck - $4749

4 cabins (#7-10) with two single lower berths are located on the Upper Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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3       Jan 16 - Jan 23, 2015Tip Top IV$4221 - $4749View Details

Lower Deck - $4221

6 cabins (#1-6) with two single lower berths are located on the Lower Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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Upper Deck - $4749

4 cabins (#7-10) with two single lower berths are located on the Upper Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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4       Jan 30 - Feb 06, 2015Tip Top IV$4221 - $4749View Details

Lower Deck - $4221

6 cabins (#1-6) with two single lower berths are located on the Lower Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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Upper Deck - $4749

4 cabins (#7-10) with two single lower berths are located on the Upper Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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5       Feb 27 - Mar 06, 2015Tip Top IV$4221 - $4749View Details

Lower Deck - $4221

6 cabins (#1-6) with two single lower berths are located on the Lower Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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Upper Deck - $4749

4 cabins (#7-10) with two single lower berths are located on the Upper Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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6       Mar 13 - Mar 20, 2015Tip Top IV$4221 - $4749View Details

Lower Deck - $4221

6 cabins (#1-6) with two single lower berths are located on the Lower Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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Upper Deck - $4749

4 cabins (#7-10) with two single lower berths are located on the Upper Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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7       Mar 27 - Apr 03, 2015Tip Top IV$4221 - $4749View Details

Lower Deck - $4221

6 cabins (#1-6) with two single lower berths are located on the Lower Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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Upper Deck - $4749

4 cabins (#7-10) with two single lower berths are located on the Upper Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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8       Apr 10 - Apr 17, 2015Tip Top IV$4221 - $4749View Details

Lower Deck - $4221

6 cabins (#1-6) with two single lower berths are located on the Lower Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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Upper Deck - $4749

4 cabins (#7-10) with two single lower berths are located on the Upper Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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9       Apr 24 - May 01, 2015Tip Top IV$4221 - $4749View Details

Lower Deck - $4221

6 cabins (#1-6) with two single lower berths are located on the Lower Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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Upper Deck - $4749

4 cabins (#7-10) with two single lower berths are located on the Upper Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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10       May 08 - May 15, 2015Tip Top IV$4221 - $4749View Details

Lower Deck - $4221

6 cabins (#1-6) with two single lower berths are located on the Lower Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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Upper Deck - $4749

4 cabins (#7-10) with two single lower berths are located on the Upper Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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11       May 22 - May 29, 2015Tip Top IV$4221 - $4749View Details

Lower Deck - $4221

6 cabins (#1-6) with two single lower berths are located on the Lower Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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Upper Deck - $4749

4 cabins (#7-10) with two single lower berths are located on the Upper Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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12       Jun 05 - Jun 12, 2015Tip Top IV$4221 - $4749View Details

Lower Deck - $4221

6 cabins (#1-6) with two single lower berths are located on the Lower Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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Upper Deck - $4749

4 cabins (#7-10) with two single lower berths are located on the Upper Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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13       Jun 19 - Jun 26, 2015Tip Top IV$4221 - $4749View Details

Lower Deck - $4221

6 cabins (#1-6) with two single lower berths are located on the Lower Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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Upper Deck - $4749

4 cabins (#7-10) with two single lower berths are located on the Upper Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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14       Jul 03 - Jul 10, 2015Tip Top IV$4221 - $4749View Details

Lower Deck - $4221

6 cabins (#1-6) with two single lower berths are located on the Lower Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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Upper Deck - $4749

4 cabins (#7-10) with two single lower berths are located on the Upper Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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15       Jul 17 - Jul 24, 2015Tip Top IV$4221 - $4749View Details

Lower Deck - $4221

6 cabins (#1-6) with two single lower berths are located on the Lower Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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Upper Deck - $4749

4 cabins (#7-10) with two single lower berths are located on the Upper Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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16       Jul 31 - Aug 07, 2015Tip Top IV$4221 - $4749View Details

Lower Deck - $4221

6 cabins (#1-6) with two single lower berths are located on the Lower Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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Upper Deck - $4749

4 cabins (#7-10) with two single lower berths are located on the Upper Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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17       Oct 23 - Oct 30, 2015Tip Top IV$4221 - $4749View Details

Lower Deck - $4221

6 cabins (#1-6) with two single lower berths are located on the Lower Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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Upper Deck - $4749

4 cabins (#7-10) with two single lower berths are located on the Upper Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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18       Nov 06 - Nov 13, 2015Tip Top IV$4221 - $4749View Details

Lower Deck - $4221

6 cabins (#1-6) with two single lower berths are located on the Lower Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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Upper Deck - $4749

4 cabins (#7-10) with two single lower berths are located on the Upper Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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19       Nov 20 - Nov 27, 2015Tip Top IV$4221 - $4749View Details

Lower Deck - $4221

6 cabins (#1-6) with two single lower berths are located on the Lower Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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Upper Deck - $4749

4 cabins (#7-10) with two single lower berths are located on the Upper Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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20       Dec 04 - Dec 11, 2015Tip Top IV$4221 - $4749View Details

Lower Deck - $4221

6 cabins (#1-6) with two single lower berths are located on the Lower Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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Upper Deck - $4749

4 cabins (#7-10) with two single lower berths are located on the Upper Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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21       Dec 18 - Dec 25, 2015Tip Top IV$4221 - $4749View Details

Lower Deck - $4221

6 cabins (#1-6) with two single lower berths are located on the Lower Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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Upper Deck - $4749

4 cabins (#7-10) with two single lower berths are located on the Upper Deck. Upon request, all the cabins can be converted to king-size berths.
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Included

Air ticket from Quito/Guayaquil to Galapagos (roundtrip), accommodation on board (double or single occupancy), transfers between Baltra Airport and the yacht in the Galapagos, full pension (3 meals a day and 2 snacks), excursions on the islands with a bilingual naturalist guide, snorkeling equipment and use of kayaks.

Exclusions

Galapagos National Park Entrance ($100), Transit Control Card ($10), alcoholic drinks, tips, personal expenses. Wetsuits are available to rent upon request; it's necessary to notify AdventureSmith at least one month prior to the cruise. A fuel surcharge is in effect for all 2014 and 2015 departures. Per person fuel surcharge varies by trip length: 4 day $33, 5 day $39, 8 day $78, 11 day $111, 15 day $156.

Room Configuration

Rooms may be booked for single occupancy with a single supplement; contact AdventureSmith Explorations for pricing. Rooms cannot accommodate triple occupancy.

Families & Children

For every two adults that book, one child that is 11 years or younger receives a 10% discount. Not applicable/combinable with other special offers.

Payment & Cancellation

A nonrefundable cruise deposit of $1,000 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. Final payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. For cancellations received 60 days or less prior to departure, the full trip price will be applied as the cancellation penalty. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply; contact AdventureSmith for details.

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.

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Extended Itinerary Pricing

11- and 15-day Galapagos Tip Top IV itineraries are available by combining the ship's shorter routes. For pricing, visit the main Tip Top IV Galapagos Cruises rate page.
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Tip Top IV

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Tip Top IV, launched in 2006, is a first-class 16-guest yacht cruising the Galapagos Islands.
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