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North America Baja California Cruise

Baja: A Remarkable Journey

Enjoy 15 days on this exciting and comprehensive small ship cruise. Baja: A Remarkable Journey offers an excellent opportunity to explore the gray whale lagoons along Baja California’s Pacific Coast, the most pristine beaches in the Pacific and the richness of the vast Sea of Cortez. Travel is aboard the 100-guest National Geographic Venture or 62-guest National Geographic Sea Lion, with National Geographic photographers and photo instructors on board to share tips and years of expertise. 

Watch for gray whales up close from expedition landing craft, including possible observations of mothers and playful calves. The flexible itinerary enables island hopping across the Sea of Cortez, maximizing opportunities to view and photograph wildlife. Wildlife can be viewed from the ship, guided expedition landing craft, or kayaks, with options for various levels of activity. An optional visit to the historic town center of San Jose del Cabo provides a cultural component to this expeditionary voyage, as well. 

This Baja, California, small ship cruise is a photographer’s paradise: the region’s wild shores and desert islands where awesome wildlife and scenic landscapes meet. Photo leaders from National Geographic take an almost personal pride in introducing guests to Baja’s 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, and back on board, an array of presentations on Baja’s natural history and the creative and technical aspects of capturing its beauty by camera.

Read on for details about this trip, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s Baja cruises.



Itinerary

Baja: A Remarkable Journey Itinerary

The 15-day Baja: A Remarkable Journey Cruise begins in Loreto with an overland transfer to San Carlos for embarkation. Explore the Pacific coastline before sailing southbound around the tip of the Baja Peninsula, then northbound in the Sea of Cortez and returning to Loreto.

Route map of 15-day main & reverse Baja: A Remarkable Journey small ship cruise, operating between Loreto and San Carlos with visits to Bahia Magdalena, Laguna San Ignacio & islands within the Sea of Cortez.
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Day 1
Arrive Loreto to Embark San Carlos, Baja

Upon arrival in Loreto, transfer to San Carlos and embark the ship.

Accommodations

National Geographic Venture, National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Bahia Magdalena

Explore the ever-shifting sand dunes of Isla Magdalena, on a cross-island walk to one of the most pristine beaches in the Pacific. Bird watching here can be excellent, with possible sightings of magnificent frigatebirds, pelicans, cormorants, terns and great blue herons, ibis, whimbrels and willets. 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

National Geographic Venture, National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 3 - 4
Laguna San Ignacio

Laguna San Ignacio is a large bay and favored haunt of the gray whales in Baja. While the ship lingers in this remote and important locale, observe the mother and calf pairs both from the ship and from water level in expedition landing craft and local pangas. 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.

Accommodations

National Geographic Venture, National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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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

National Geographic Venture, National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 6 - 14
Islands of the Sea of Cortez

Cruise past the spectacular Friars Rocks at Land’s End. Perhaps visit the historic town center of San Jose del Cabo. Espíritu Santo, Los Islotes and Santa Catalina are some of the melodious names of these islands scattered throughout this beautiful sea. After over 20 years of exploration here, there are still discoveries of new places and exciting events to experience, including bottlenose dolphins and sperm whales near the ship and a pod of fin whales feeding around a convergence zone. 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 Concepción. Whether on the bridge of the ship, or expedition landing crafts or kayaks, enjoy being in prime position to observe it all.

Accommodations

National Geographic Venture, National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 15
Disembark Loreto, Baja

Disembark in Loreto after breakfast and transfer to the city center. Enjoy the opportunity to visit the first mission in Baja California, as well as the nearby museum, to learn more about what makes this town so special. Enjoy free time to explore quaint shops and vibrant side streets. After lunch, transfer to the Loreto Airport for flights home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations; meals indicated; excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; all port charges and service taxes.

Exclusions

Air transportation; personal items such as alcoholic beverages, emails, laundry, etc.; discretionary tips to ship’s crew; insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $1,500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days – $350 of deposit retained (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
119 to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 25% of total trip cost
59 to 45 days – 50% of total trip cost
44 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

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 Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure
Baja: A Remarkable Journey Cruise begins and ends in Loreto, Baja, Mexico (LTO) with a group transfer to San Carlos on day 1 (a roughly 2.5-hour transfer). Embarkation time may vary based upon arrival of group flights from Los Angeles, California. Plan to depart Loreto in the afternoon on day 8 of the itinerary. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, photography, whale watching and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Kids under the age of 18 at time of travel save $500, at double occupancy. Skilled staff members are trained in organizing activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

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.

Reverse Baja: A Remarkable Journey Itinerary

The 15-day Reverse Baja: A Remarkable Journey Cruise begins in Loreto, sails northbound in the Sea of Cortez then turns southbound to sail around the tip of the Baja Peninsula to explore the Pacific coastline before disembarking in San Carlos, with a final overland transfer back to Loreto.

Route map of 15-day main & reverse Baja: A Remarkable Journey small ship cruise, operating between Loreto and San Carlos with visits to Bahia Magdalena, Laguna San Ignacio & islands within the Sea of Cortez.
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Day 1
Embark Loreto, Baja

Upon arrival in Loreto, transfer to the port and embark the National Geographic Venture.

Accommodations

National Geographic Venture, National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 2 - 10
Islands of the Sea of Cortez

Cruise past the spectacular Friars Rocks at Land’s End. For those who wish, visit to the historic town center of San José del Cabo. Isla San Pedro Mártir, Los Islotes, Isla San Francisco are some of the melodious names of islands scattered throughout this beautiful sea. After over 20 years of exploration here, new places are still being discovering. Experience exciting events like bow-riding bottlenose dolphins, sperm whales near the ship, or a pod of fin whales feeding around a convergence zone. The best areas for whale watching remain consistent—the waters south of Isla Carmen, Canal de Ballenas up north, and near the mouth of Bahía Concepción. Whether on the bridge of the ship, on Zodiacs, or kayaks, you’ll be in prime position to observe them all.

Accommodations

National Geographic Venture, National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 11
At Sea

While 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

National Geographic Venture, National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Days 12 - 13
Laguna San Ignacio

Laguna San Ignacio is a large bay and favored haunt of the gray whales in Baja. The ship will anchor at the mouth of this remote and important locale to observe the mother and calf pairs in Zodiacs and local pangas. For some reason, the whales here seem to be friendlier than they are elsewhere. It’s not unusual for mothers and calves to approach boats, the calves often playing hide and seek—sometimes even welcoming a touch or a friendly chin scratch.

Accommodations

National Geographic Venture, National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 14
Bahia Magdalena

Explore the ever-shifting sand dunes of Isla Magdalena on a cross-island walk to one of the most pristine beaches in the Pacific. Bird watching here can be excellent—magnificent frigatebirds, pelicans, cormorants, terns, great blue herons, ibis, whimbrels and willets are among the species to look for. 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

National Geographic Venture, National Geographic Sea Lion

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 15
Disembark San Carlos to Loreto, Baja

Disembark in San Carlos after breakfast and transfer to Loreto. Choose to visit the first mission in Baja California, as well as the nearby museum to learn more about what makes this town so special. Enjoy free time to explore quaint shops and vibrant side streets. After lunch, transfer to Loreto Airport for flights home.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast, lunch

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations; meals indicated; excursions; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; all port charges and service taxes.

Exclusions

Air transportation; personal items such as alcoholic beverages, emails, laundry, etc.; discretionary tips to ship’s crew; insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of $1,500 is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms may apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
120 or more days – $350 of deposit retained (may be applied to future trip by trip operator)
119 to 90 days – 100% of deposit
89 to 60 days – 25% of total trip cost
59 to 45 days – 50% of total trip cost
44 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

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 Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Arrival & Departure

The Reverse Baja: A Remarkable Journey Cruise begins and ends in Loreto, Baja, Mexico (LTO) with a transfer from San Carlos on day 8 (a roughly 2.5-hour transfer). Embarkation time may vary based upon arrival of group flights from Los Angeles, California. Plan to depart Loreto in the afternoon on day 8 of the itinerary. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Whether you are looking for light activity options or more challenging outdoor pursuits, the ship’s crew can tailor most excursions to suit your skill level. Adventure activities may include hiking, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, inflatable boat/skiff excursions, photography, whale watching and wildlife observation.

Room Configuration

In addition to listed Solo cabin rates, select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. If you would like to share accommodations with another guest of the same gender, we will be happy to try to accommodate you in select cabin categories. This program allows you to pay the per person double-occupancy rate whether or not a roommate is found. Contact AdventureSmith for further details and availability.

Families & Children

Kids under the age of 18 at time of travel save $500, at double occupancy. Skilled staff members are trained in organizing activities that inspire curiosity in young people of all ages. Programming for kids may include activities like photo workshops, journaling, scavenger hunts, Zodiac-driving lessons, hands-on nature and science programming and kid-friendly menu options.

Travel Insurance

Protect your travel investment with insurance. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. You must purchase your travel insurance policy within 15 or 21 days of booking (depending on plan) for it to cover pre-existing medical conditions; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

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.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

See Deals section for details on flexible booking policies.

Mar 15 - Mar 29, 2021
National Geographic Venture • 15 days
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Mar 15 - Mar 29, 2021
National Geographic Sea Lion • 15 days
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From $10610USD
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Mar 29 - Apr 12, 2021
National Geographic Venture • 15 days
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Learn About the Small Ships on Your Itinerary

Expedition Ship
National Geographic Venture

The 100-guest National Geographic Venture is a state-of-the-art, purpose-built expedition vessel made for exploring coastal waters, shallow coves and fast-moving channels while sailing with the luxury of supreme comfort.

Expedition Ship
National Geographic Sea Lion

National Geographic Sea Lion is a tried and true educational-based 62-guest expedition ship. Onboard experts from National Geographic make this ship, and its twin the National Geographic Sea Bird, unique.

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Kids Save 25% On 2021 Baja: A Remarkable Journey Cruises

Book your 2021 Baja cruise for two full-fare adults and save up to 25% per child in this special deal.

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