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Baja: A Remarkable Journey

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Baja: A Remarkable Journey
This special Baja photo expedition is one of our most exciting and comprehensive cruises to Baja and offers the unique opportunity to explore — and photograph — the gray whale lagoons along Baja’s Pacific Coast and the richness of the vast Sea of Cortez. Travel is aboard the 62-guest National Geographic Sea Bird expedition ship with National Geographic photographers on board to sha re tips and years of expertise.

Linger with the grays up close at water level from zodiacs, then with the luxury of a flexible itinerary island hop across the Sea of Cortez. During your Baja Mexico cruise you will discover that this region's wild shores and desert islands are a photographer’s paradise — a place where awesome wildlife and scenic landscapes meet. Photo leaders from National Geographic take an almost personal pride in introducing guests to its uninhabited islands, cactus forests, whales and dolphins, astonishing seabird colonies, expansive sand dunes and some of the world’s most memorable sunsets. Benefit from coaching in the field; back onboard, enjoy an array of presentations on Baja's natural history and on the creative and technical aspects of capturing its beauty with your camera.
read more This special Baja photo expedition is one of our most exciting and comprehensive cruises to Baja and offers the unique opportunity to explore — and photograph — the gray whale lagoons along Baja’s Pacific Coast and the richness of the vast Sea of Cortez. Travel is aboard the 62-guest National Geographic Sea Bird expedition ship with National Geographic photographers on board to share tips and years of expertise.

Linger with the grays up close at water level from zodiacs, then with the luxury of a flexible itinerary island hop across the Sea of Cortez. During your Baja Mexico cruise you will discover that this region's wild shores and desert islands are a photographer’s paradise — a place where awesome wildlife and scenic landscapes meet. Photo leaders from National Geographic take an almost personal pride in introducing guests to its uninhabited islands, cactus forests, whales and dolphins, astonishing seabird colonies, expansive sand dunes and some of the world’s most memorable sunsets. Benefit from coaching in the field; back onboard, enjoy an array of presentations on Baja's natural history and on the creative and technical aspects of capturing its beauty with your camera.
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Day 1 - Arrive in La Paz

Day 2 - Bahia Magdalena

Days 3 - 4 - Laguna San Ignacio

Day 5 - At Sea

Days 6 - 14 - Islands of the Sea of Cortez

Day 15 - La Paz/Disembark/Return U.S.


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Day 1 - Arrive in La Paz

Arrive in La Paz and transfer to the ship in San Carlos in the late afternoon.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Sea Bird
MEALS:
dinner

Day 2 - Bahia Magdalena

In kayaks and Zodiacs, explore the winding canals of the dense mangrove swamps of Bahia Magdalena. Bird watching here can be excellent — magnificent frigate birds, pelicans, cormorants, terns and great blue herons, ibis, whimbrels and willets are among the species we might see. It's not unusual to see forty species of birds in just one day along these fertile shorelines where they refuel for their destinations ahead.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Sea Bird
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 3 - 4 - Laguna San Ignacio

Laguna San Ignacio is a large bay and favored haunt of the gray whales in Baja. The ship will linger in this remote and important locale while you observe the mother and calf pairs — from the ship, and from water level in zodiacs. For some reason, the whales here seem to be friendlier than they are elsewhere. It’s not unusual for mothers and calves to approach the boats, the calves often playing hide and seek — even wanting to be petted and scratched.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Sea Bird
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 - At Sea

Traveling south along the Pacific coast of the peninsula, there is a chance of seeing a wide variety of marine life, including the largest animal on earth, the blue whale.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Sea Bird
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 6 - 14 - Islands of the Sea of Cortez

Cruise past the spectacular Friars Rocks at Land's End. For those who wish, a visit can be arranged to the historic town center of San Jose del Cabo.

Espiritu Santo. Los Islotes. Santa Catalina. Rasa. These are some of the melodious names of these islands scattered throughout this beautiful sea. After over 20 years of exploration here, we are still discovering new places and experiencing exciting events: one hundred bottlenose dolphins leaping over sperm whales near our ship; a pod of fin whales feeding around a convergence zone; thousands of Heermann’s gulls and royal terns arriving on the shores of Isla Rasa to begin incubating their eggs; the vision of hundreds of Humboldt squid illuminated in the ship’s bow lights. The best areas for whale watching remain consistent — the waters south of Isla Carmen, Canal de Ballenas up north, and near the mouth of Bahia Concepcion. Whether on the bridge of the ship, on zodiacs or kayaks, you will be in prime position to observe them all.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Sea Bird
MEALS:
breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 15 - La Paz/Disembark/Return U.S.

After a visit of La Paz, enoy lunch. Transfer to the airport for your flight to the U.S.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
n/a
MEALS:
breakfast

Itinerary Notes

Read this itinerary as a guide only; our exact route and program varies according to weather conditions - and the wildlife we encounter. Flexibility is the key to the success of this expedition.

Arrival & Departure

The Baja Remarkable Journey Cruise begins and ends in La Paz, Mexico. Embarkation and disembarkation time may vary as it is based upon arrival of group flights from Los Angeles, California. Contact AdventureSmith before scheduling flights.
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Start/End DateShipPrice 
1  Alternate Itinerary Available  Mar 21 - Apr 04, 2015National Geographic Sea Bird & Sea Lion$10390 - $17790View Details
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Themed Departure

  Every departure of Baja: A Remarkable Journey is a designated Photo Expedition. These special expeditions feature award-winning photographers that have graced National Geographic pages and are designed expressly to move at a photographer's pace so that you can take advantage of some of the most photogenic places on the planet.

Category 1 - $10390

Main Deck #300, 301, 302, 303. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature twin lower beds, and a large view window.
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Category 2 - $11860

Upper Deck #200-212, 215; Bridge Deck #100-104, 108. These well-located cabins include twin lower beds and a large view window.
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Category 3

Category 3 - $13830

Upper Deck #214, 216-219; Bridge Deck #105, 106. These large cabins feature a seating arrangement with table and two view windows. Certain cabins include twin lower beds. Cabins #214, 216, 217, 219 can be configured to accommodate three travelers.
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Category 1 Solo - $15590

Main Deck #300, 301, 302, 303. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature twin lower beds, and a large view window.
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Category 2 Solo - $17790

Upper Deck #200-212, 215; Bridge Deck #100-104, 108. These well-located cabins include twin lower beds and a large view window.
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2  Alternate Itinerary Available  Mar 30 - Apr 13, 2015National Geographic Sea Bird & Sea Lion$10390 - $17790View Details
  Alternative Itinerary

Themed Departure

  Every departure of Baja: A Remarkable Journey is a designated Photo Expedition. These special expeditions feature award-winning photographers that have graced National Geographic pages and are designed expressly to move at a photographer's pace so that you can take advantage of some of the most photogenic places on the planet.

Category 1 - $10390

Main Deck #300, 301, 302, 303. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature twin lower beds, and a large view window.
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Category 2 - $11860

Upper Deck #200-212, 215; Bridge Deck #100-104, 108. These well-located cabins include twin lower beds and a large view window.
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Category 3

Category 3 - $13830

Upper Deck #214, 216-219; Bridge Deck #105, 106. These large cabins feature a seating arrangement with table and two view windows. Certain cabins include twin lower beds. Cabins #214, 216, 217, 219 can be configured to accommodate three travelers.
Book This Cabin

Category 1 Solo - $15590

Main Deck #300, 301, 302, 303. Conveniently positioned between the dining room and lounge, these cabins feature twin lower beds, and a large view window.
Book This Cabin

Category 2 Solo - $17790

Upper Deck #200-212, 215; Bridge Deck #100-104, 108. These well-located cabins include twin lower beds and a large view window.
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Included

Accommodations aboard ship; meals as indicated; non-alcoholic beverages; excursions; services of Expedition Leader, Naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; all port charges and service taxes.

Exclusions

Air transportation (sample airfare La Paz/Los Angeles, economy from $600); voyage DVD; personal items such as alcoholic beverages, emails, insurance, etc.; discretionary tips to ship’s crew.

Room Configuration

Arrangements can be made for roommate shares for solo travelers at the double occupancy rate in Category 2 only. You will be matched with a cabin mate(s) of the same gender. Even if a cabin mate is unable to be found for you, no single supplement will be charged.

Families & Children

Travelers aged 17 years old and under save $500. Specially skilled staff who are trained in organizing activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. These staff members have gone through a course designed by travel experts with years of experience in childhood and environmental education. This course has also been created in conjunction with the National Geographic Education department and NG Kids Magazine.

For your party of 8 or more, you will each receive 5% off your expedition. A 10% deposit is due at time of reservation, and an additional 25% is required 120 days in advance.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $600-$1000 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. 2014 departures are subject to the following per-person cancellation fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
Up to 91 days - 50% of deposit
90 to 31 days - 50% of total trip cost
30 to 0 days - 100% of total trip cost

Departures in 2015 are subject to the following per-person cancellation fees, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days - $350, in form of a Lindblad Travel Certificate
119-90 days - Advance payment cost
89-60 days - 25% of trip cost
59-45 days - 50% of trip cost
44-0 days - No refund

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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