Two zodiac boats take passengers between the Galapagos Islands and the Yacht Isabela II, one of the most luxurious cruises in the area.
Two passengers of the Isabela luxury yacht sit on a blanket on a red sand beach, near seals basking in the evening sun, with the ocean in the foreground, at the Galapagos Islands.
Two passengers of the Isabela luxury yacht set up camera equipment and tripods on lava rocks to photograph the Galapagos Islands.
Two adults and a child take a good look at cacti growing out of black lava rock on the Galapagos Islands, with a sandy beach and the ocean in the background.
Seals rest on a red-sand beach while a couple kayaks on the ocean, just beyond the shoreline, at the Galapagos Islands
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Isabela II Galapagos Cruises

Cruise to the Galapagos Islands aboard the 40-passenger Yacht Isabela II, one of the most upscale motor yachts in the Galapagos Islands. The yacht Isabela II offers an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere for experiencing the full adventure of the Galapagos Islands. 

Isabela II offers the efficiency and intimacy of a smaller yacht yet retains the amenities of a small ship cruise. She is the perfect size for travelers seeking the ultimate in comfort and adventure, and offers family cabins that make her a great option for Galapagos family cruises. Three expert naturalists lead daily hikes and snorkeling, to point out finches, boobies, sea lions, tortoise and more incredible Galapagos wildlife. On board the Yacht Isabela II expect excellent service, comfortable cabins, fine dining, sundeck bar, hot tub, snorkeling and a glass-bottom boat. 

Isabela II operates three Galapagos cruise itineraries (one 7-day cruise and two 5-day cruises), which can be combined in various ways to create longer 9-, 11- or 15-day cruises. View the Itinerary for more details, and contact our Galapagos small ship cruise experts for the inside scoop on which route is best for you. AdventureSmith Explorations’ award-winning crew has personal experience sailing in the Galapagos Islands and can recommend the best options to suit your travel interests and timeline. 

Highlights of the 7-day Isabela II Central Galapagos Itinerary include San Cristobal Island’s colossal giant tortoises at Cerro Colorado and a bevy of different booby species at Punta Pitt; Espanola Island’s magnificent views and wildlife from mockingbirds to colorful marine iguanas; Floreana Island’s historic Post Office Bay and green beach of Cormorant Point; Isabela Island’s young lava formations at Punta Moreno; Fernandina Island’s fascinating mangroves; and North Seymour Island’s beauty.

Highlights of the 5-day Isabela II Northern Galapagos Itinerary include Santa Cruz Island’s Highlands; Santiago Island’s sleepy fur seals and marine iguanas; the sandy beach of Chinese Hat; “Bird Island,” Genovesa’s remote colonies of nesting birds, including the rare red-footed booby; and Santa Fe’s Galapagos hawk, sea lions, rays, and sharks.

Highlights of the 5-day Isabela II Western Galapagos Itinerary include exploring Santa Cruz Island’s lush vegetation of the Highlands, world-famous Charles Darwin Research Station and Dragon Hill’s dusty-yellow land iguanas; Bartolome Island’s panoramic views and Sullivan Bay’s white coral sand beach and dramatic lava field; Isabela Island’s wildlife at Punta Vicente Roca; and Fernandina Island’s pristine environment, where life has evolved in its natural state.

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



Itinerary

7-Day Central Itinerary (2021)

The 7-day Isabela II Central Galapagos Itinerary visits the islands of Baltra, Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, Espanola, Floreana, Isabela, Fernandina and North Seymour, for a comprehensive tour of the archipelago.

Route map for 7-Day Central Isabela II Galapagos Cruise with visits to Baltra, Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, Espanola, Floreana, Isabela, Fernandina and North Seymour islands.
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Day 1
FRI - Embark Baltra to Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz)

Arrive in the morning by plane to Baltra Island and transfer to Yacht Isabela II for cabin assignments, an introductory briefing, boat drill and lunch. After lunch, visit Bachas Beach on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, a glorious white beach with a couple of brackish lagoons only a few steps away from the sea. These lagoons are the feeding grounds of various wading birds, from stilts to flamingos. Possibly enjoy swimming at this beach too. Back on the ship, settle in with a welcome cocktail, a briefing on the next day’s expedition plan and a delicious dinner.

Accommodations

Isabela II

Meals

lunch, dinner

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Day 2
SAT - Cerro Colorado & Punta Pitt (San Cristobal)

In the morning, disembark at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno and drive 40 minutes to the island’s southern shore. At Cerro Colorado, visit the breeding center for highly endangered giant tortoises amid a fantastic deciduous forest, home to dozens of bird species, including the San Cristobal mockingbird, as well as the endemic San Cristobal lava lizard.

In the afternoon, 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 Galapagos where the three species of boobies can be found together, as well as the two frigatebird species, plus a colony of bachelor sea lions. If conditions are favorable, there is a chance to swim, kayak, or snorkel from the beach or take a panga ride. 

Accommodations

Isabela II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
SUN - Gardner Bay & Punta Suarez (Espanola)

In the morning, set foot on this beautiful, white coral beach and go on a short walk to observe the sea lions, mockingbirds and finches, or enjoy the beach. There is excellent snorkeling in this area. Kayaking, a panga ride, or a ride on the glass-bottom boat are also offered. 

Following lunch on board, begin an afternoon outing at Punta Suarez, on an exciting trail across lava/boulder terrain. Along the way, look for unique sea bird colonies, including the beautiful waved albatrosses, boobies, swallow-tail gulls and the famous blowhole. This island is also renowned for its colorful and sizable marine iguanas. All in all, a wonderful visit. 

Accommodations

Isabela II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
MON - Cormorant Point, Post Office Bay & Baroness Cove (Floreana)

Disembark in the morning at the curiously green-tinged, olivine-crystal beach that makes for an easy walk to a brackish water lagoon where bird species like American flamingos can be observed. Crossing over to the other side of the island, come to a white-sand beach where sea turtles come out at night to nest. At Champion Islet, choose between snorkeling, a panga ride, or a ride in the glass-bottom boat. After lunch, land at Post Office Bay to visit the historic barrel that has served as an informal post office in the archipelago for over two centuries. Snorkeling off the beach will be offered afterward.

Accommodations

Isabela II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
TUE - Punta Moreno (Isabela) & Punta Mangle (Fernandina)

In the morning, following a meander through the mangroves in search of sea turtles, disembark amid a landscape dominated by the giant volcanoes of southern Isabela Island, some still active. The rugged trail loops inland from the coast, providing plenty of opportunity to enjoy unique lava formations, pioneer lava cactus and exotic scalesia trees; as well as plenty of wildlife including Galapagos penguins, flightless cormorants, brown pelicans, herons, sea lions, marine iguanas and dozens of Sally Lightfoot crabs. The inland lagoons are home to Bahama-pintail ducks, common stilts, Galapagos flamingos and even Galapagos hawks and mockingbirds. Following the walk, take to the glass-bottom boats or deep-water snorkel. 

In the afternoon, explore Fernandina’s coastline aboard pangas. The archipelago’s youngest ecosystem is home to small Galapagos penguins and green-eyed flightless cormorants that rest on the shore’s black rocks. Beneath the waves, rays and sea turtles might glide by. The nutrient-rich waters of the Bolivar Channel, which separates Fernandina and Isabela islands, attract dolphins and whales; with luck, spot them. Depending on sea conditions, end the visit with a glass-bottom boat ride or deep-water snorkel.

Accommodations

Isabela II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
WED - Eden Island & North Seymour Island

panga ride to Eden Islet, located off the coast of Santa Cruz, enables observation of blue-footed boobies, reef sharks and frigates. There’s a chance to snorkel and, if weather conditions permit, to ride in the glass-bottom boat. The volcanic setting of this area is quite stunning. In the afternoon, disembark for a walk along the coast and the interior of the beautiful and flat North Seymour island. Look for numerous nesting frigatebirds as well as land iguanas and sea lion colonies along the coastline. Explore the coast by panga too, seeking out fur seals and enjoying a fun, deep-water snorkel. Complete the day with an evening briefing, farewell cocktail and dinner. 

Accommodations

Isabela II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
THU - Disembark Baltra

The journey ends at Baltra Island where you will be transferred to the airport to take the flight back to the mainland.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations; all meals; island sightseeing; naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish only; snorkeling gear; internet (internet connections onboard consist of 2 computer stations in the business center and Wi-Fi in the yacht’s social areas; due to the Galapagos’ remote location, internet connections are intermittent and low-bandwidth); luggage handling; medical care on board (excluding cost of medication); taxes and transfers in the islands; shared transfers from main hotels in Quito (Casa Gangotena, Hilton Colon, Mercure, Sheraton, Marriott, Dann Carlton; for Casa Gangotena, a further feeder service is provided to/from Hilton Colón, this service does not have additional cost) and in Guayaquil (Hilton Colon, Oro Verde, Sheraton, Wyndham) to airport for flights to/from Galapagos.

Exclusions

Air transportation to/from Galapagos and airport taxes (subject to change without previous notice); Galapagos National Park entrance fee (US $100 subject to change without previous notice); TCT-Galapagos Transit Control Card (US $20 subject to change without previous notice); fuel surcharge; insurance of any kind; wetsuit rentals (US $17 + VAT per guest for 5-day cruise and US $33 + VAT per guest for 7-day cruise); nonalcoholic beverages, gratuities, laundry or valet services, gifts and items of a personal nature; alcoholic beverages (there is a corkage fee of US $27+taxes for guests wishing to bring their own bottles of wine and/or spirits).

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 15% of the total trip cost 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:
Up to 61 days – 100% of deposit
60 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

Most flights to the Galapagos will depart Quito or Guayaquil between 6:00am and 11:00am on day 1 and return between 2:00pm and 6:00pm on the final day. We highly recommend travelers arrive to Ecuador two days prior to their Galapagos cruise. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Flights from mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) to the Galapagos are not included in the cruise price, but are arranged for you by AdventureSmith Explorations through your ship. Your Adventure Specialist will book these flights for you on the scheduled Galapagos flight for your particular departure. Airfares vary by departure; your Adventure Specialist will detail these for you in their proposal and on your invoice. On flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands, baggage weight limits are currently 50 pounds for checked items, and 17 pounds for carry-on plus a small personal item. Subject to change.

Activities

There are numerous opportunities to hike, kayak, swim and snorkel. The underwater experience is an integral part of any Galapagos cruise. We encourage all travelers to try snorkeling. Snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins, floating vest and net bag) are provided. Wetsuits are available, either free of charge or to rent for a fee, and are recommended from June to December.

Daily excursions from the boat to the islands will be made in pangas (inflatable skiffs). Trip members will hike from the landing point to specific areas for wildlife observation. Hiking time for most landings will be a couple of hours round-trip with lots of time to stop to study, photograph and enjoy the flora and fauna. Some landings are dry but many are “wet,” requiring cautious footing on slippery rocks. The boat staff will be on hand to assist.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 100% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. There are no triple cabins for three adults aboard the Isabella II.

Families & Children

Kids 6 years and older are welcomed aboard the yacht La Pinta. Kids under 12 years old at the time of sailing receive 10% off when sharing the cabin with 2 adults (applies only to one child per adult paying full fare). No child discounts apply on Peak Season dates, when an additional fee of $106 (2020) or $115 (2021) per child is incurred.

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. Due to the active nature of volcanoes in the Western Galapagos, alternate excursions may be offered.  The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

5-Day North Itinerary (2021)

The 5-day Isabela II North Galapagos Itinerary begins with lunch at the Santa Cruz Highlands. After evening embarkation, spend the next 5 days cruising the exciting islands of Baltra, Santa Cruz, Genovesa, Santiago and Santa Fe.

Route map for 5-Day Northern Isabela II Galapagos Cruise with visits to Baltra, Santa Cruz, Genovesa, Santiago and Santa Fe islands.
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Day 1
MON - Baltra to Highlands & Embark (Santa Cruz)

Arrive at the Baltra airport in the morning and be escorted to the Itabaca Channel and take a ferry to Santa Cruz Island. Take a 30-minute bus ride to a restaurant in the Santa Cruz Highlands for a great introduction to Galapagos wildlife and lunch at a local restaurant. Please dress comfortably upon arrival: wear walking shoes, bring sun protection and a small backpack with any essentials for the day. You will be reunited with your luggage in the evening upon embarkation.

After lunch, drive to a nearby reserve that is one of the best places in the archipelago to see giant tortoises in their natural habitat. The tortoises are easy to spot, lumbering around, munching on grass and leaves, and wallowing in small pools. There are several lava tunnels to explore in the reserve, too. Take a short bus ride Puerto Ayora to board the ship. 

Accommodations

Isabela II

Meals

lunch, dinner

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Day 2
TUE - Puerto Egas (Santa Fe) & Chinese Hat

Following a wet landing on Puerto Egas’s black, sandy beach, take the trail to enjoy close-up encounters with recently reintroduced land iguanas, plus land and marine birds, amid a landscape of tuff-stone layers, jagged rocks and lava flows. At low tide, marine iguanas graze upon the algae beds. Observe a colony of fur seals, usually dozing in the shade of some rocks.

After lunch, visit Chines Hat, an islet formed only relatively recently. Explore the wildlife along its 1,312 ft long trail, which begins at a crescent-shaped, white sandy beach. The cove offers excellent swimming and snorkeling opportunities amid white-tipped reef sharks and Galapagos penguins.

Accommodations

Isabela II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
WED - Prince Philip's Steps & Darwin Bay (Genovesa)

The day kicks off with a panga ride along the cliffs of Bird Island, as Genovesa is affectionately nicknamed, followed by a landing at a steep staircase that connects with a flat plateau. From here, the trail winds its way through large colonies of Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, great frigatebirds and storm petrels. With luck, be able to spot the short-eared owl. Those who do not wish to disembark can enjoy a longer panga  ride along the cliffs, weather conditions permitting. Snorkeling and kayaking activities are available. 

Land after lunch at the beautiful white beach of Darwin Bay. Here, walk amid literally hundreds of birds, most of which are frigatebirds, red-footed and Nazca boobies, as well as gulls, herons, finches and mockingbirds. 

Accommodations

Isabela II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
THU - Santa Fe & Punta Carrion (Santa Cruz)

This morning, take the dinghy over to the idyllic sandy-white beach  of Santa Fe, populated by colonies of sea lions. Galapagos hawks are often easily observed, perched atop salt bushes. The Santa Fe land iguana may be spotted during this outing. Following the walk, snorkel and swim along a natural wave barrier or ride the glass-bottom boat. 

In the afternoon, the ship makes her way around to the northern coast of Santa Cruz Island to the eastern mouth of the Itabaca Channel. Boarding the pangas, explore this rocky coastline’s interesting formations, plant life and wildlife, before enjoying the marine world, either with a mask and snorkel or aboard the glass-bottom boat. With luck, come across playful sea lions, dozens of reef fish—different types of puffers, surgeonfish, angel fish, groupers, hog fish, hawk fish, parrot fish, blenny, etc.—and hopefully catch a glimpse of white-tipped reef sharks.

Accommodations

Isabela II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
FRI - Disembark Baltra

After breakfast, depart for the airport to take the flight back to the mainland.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations; all meals; island sightseeing; naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish only; snorkeling gear; internet (internet connections onboard consist of 2 computer stations in the business center and Wi-Fi in the yacht’s social areas; due to the Galapagos’ remote location, internet connections are intermittent and low-bandwidth); luggage handling; medical care on board (excluding cost of medication); taxes and transfers in the islands; shared transfers from main hotels in Quito (Casa Gangotena, Hilton Colon, Mercure, Sheraton, Marriott, Dann Carlton; for Casa Gangotena, a further feeder service is provided to/from Hilton Colón, this service does not have additional cost) and in Guayaquil (Hilton Colon, Oro Verde, Sheraton, Wyndham) to airport for flights to/from Galapagos.

Exclusions

Air transportation to/from Galapagos and airport taxes (subject to change without previous notice); Galapagos National Park entrance fee (US $100 subject to change without previous notice); TCT-Galapagos Transit Control Card (US $20 subject to change without previous notice); fuel surcharge; insurance of any kind; wetsuit rentals (US $17 + VAT per guest for 5-day cruise and US $33 + VAT per guest for 7-day cruise); nonalcoholic beverages, gratuities, laundry or valet services, gifts and items of a personal nature; alcoholic beverages (there is a corkage fee of US $27+taxes for guests wishing to bring their own bottles of wine and/or spirits).

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 15% of the total trip cost 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:
Up to 61 days – 100% of deposit
60 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

Most flights to the Galapagos will depart Quito or Guayaquil between 6:00am and 11:00am on day 1 and return between 2:00pm and 6:00pm on the final day. We highly recommend travelers arrive to Ecuador two days prior to their Galapagos cruise. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Flights from mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) to the Galapagos are not included in the cruise price, but are arranged for you by AdventureSmith Explorations through your ship. Your Adventure Specialist will book these flights for you on the scheduled Galapagos flight for your particular departure. Airfares vary by departure; your Adventure Specialist will detail these for you in their proposal and on your invoice. On flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands, baggage weight limits are currently 50 pounds for checked items, and 17 pounds for carry-on plus a small personal item. Subject to change.

Activities

There are numerous opportunities to hike, kayak, swim and snorkel. The underwater experience is an integral part of any Galapagos cruise. We encourage all travelers to try snorkeling. Snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins, floating vest and net bag) are provided. Wetsuits are available, either free of charge or to rent for a fee, and are recommended from June to December.

Daily excursions from the boat to the islands will be made in pangas (inflatable skiffs). Trip members will hike from the landing point to specific areas for wildlife observation. Hiking time for most landings will be a couple of hours round-trip with lots of time to stop to study, photograph and enjoy the flora and fauna. Some landings are dry but many are “wet,” requiring cautious footing on slippery rocks. The boat staff will be on hand to assist.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 100% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. There are no triple cabins for three adults aboard the Isabella II.

Families & Children

Kids 6 years and older are welcomed aboard the yacht La Pinta. Kids under 12 years old at the time of sailing receive 10% off when sharing the cabin with 2 adults (applies only to one child per adult paying full fare). No child discounts apply on Peak Season dates, when an additional fee of $106 (2020) or $115 (2021) per child is incurred.

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. Due to the active nature of volcanoes in the Western Galapagos, alternate excursions may be offered.  The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

5-Day West Itinerary (2021)

The 5-day Isabela II Western Galapagos Itinerary begins with lunch at the Santa Cruz Highlands followed by a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station. After evening embarkation, spend the next 5 days cruising the exciting islands of Baltra, Santa Cruz, Bartolome, Santiago, Isabela and Fernandina.

Route map for 5-Day Western Isabela II Galapagos Cruise with visits to Baltra, Santa Cruz, Bartolome, Santiago, Isabela and Fernandina islands.
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Day 1
THU - Baltra to Highlands & Charles Darwin Station (Santa Cruz)

Arrive at the Baltra airport in the morning and be escorted to the Itabaca Channel and take a ferry to Santa Cruz Island. Take a 30-minute bus ride to a restaurant in the Santa Cruz Highlands for lunch. Please dress comfortably upon arrival: wear walking shoes, bring sun protection and a small backpack with any essentials for the day. You will be reunited with your luggage in the evening upon embarkation.

After lunch, drive down from the highlands to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the giant tortoise pens 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. In the late afternoon stroll along the main street of Puerto Ayora before an evening embarkation onto the ship. Enjoy a captain’s welcome cocktail and dinner then review the expedition plans for the next day.

Accommodations

Isabela II

Meals

lunch, dinner

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Day 2
FRI - Bartolome & Sullivan Bay (Santiago)

This morning, a Galapagos icon awaits at Bartolome Island. A great way to start the day, with a steep climb up a wooden staircase: the panoramic view from the top is well worth the effort! Following the walk, take a panga ride around colossal Pinnacle Rock in search of Galapagos penguins and other wildlife. 

After lunch, board the pangas and land at Sullivan Bay on the east coast of Santiago, a white coral sand beach that is ideal for swimming. A trail runs along a lava field that flowed here around 100 years ago. This is the perfect place to see and understand the volcanic origin of the Galapagos.

Accommodations

Isabela II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
SAT - Dragon Hill (Santa Cruz) & James Bay (Santiago)

The north coast of Santa Cruz hosts the fascinating landscapes of Dragon Hill. After disembarking, the first part of the walk passes a brackish-water lagoon frequented by shorebirds, ducks and American flamingos. Further inland, the trail offers a beautiful view of the bay and the western islands of the archipelago, as well as the chance of observing land iguanas (for which the visitor site is named, following a concerted effort to conserve them by the Galapagos National Park). After the walk, snorkel from the shore, hoping to spot rays, green turtles and sharks. 

Following lunch, make a wet landing on James Bay to follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin. The young naturalist spent about 6 days exploring this island in 1835, enthralled not only by the species he encountered—finches, mockingbirds, lava lizards and yellow warblers, as well as Galapagos doves, hawks and flamingos—but also by the vegetation and the fascinating geological formations. Hike uphill for panoramic views of a crater filled with brackish water. The salt from this lagoon was mined in the 20th century, but the businesses didn’t prosper. More active explorers can hike all the way around the cone. 

Accommodations

Isabela II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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

Since there is no landing site at Punta Vicente Roca, explore the captivating coast by panga, seeking out abundant wildlife including colonies of Galapagos fur seals and the nesting sites of Nazca boobies, not to mention flightless cormorants, penguins and marine iguanas. Depending on the conditions of the ocean, possibly to snorkel along the cliffs, hopefully in the company of green sea turtles. Back on board, navigate along the Bolivar Channel, where nutrient-rich upwellings provide fertile fishing grounds for cetaceans.

End the journey on a high note by visiting the island of Fernandina, the youngest island of the archipelago and arguably one of the most pristine ecosystems on the planet. The visitor site of Punta Espinoza boasts a fantastic combination of apparently barren landscapes and abundant wildlife, all dominated by the lofty volcano at the heart of the island. Hope to spot hawks, penguins, vast numbers of marine iguanas and the famous flightless cormorant with its beguiling blue eyes.

Accommodations

Isabela II

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
MON - Disembark Baltra

The journey ends at Baltra Island where you’ll be transferred to the airport to take the flight back to the mainland.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

Accommodations; all meals; island sightseeing; naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish only; snorkeling gear; internet (internet connections onboard consist of 2 computer stations in the business center and Wi-Fi in the yacht’s social areas; due to the Galapagos’ remote location, internet connections are intermittent and low-bandwidth); luggage handling; medical care on board (excluding cost of medication); taxes and transfers in the islands; shared transfers from main hotels in Quito (Casa Gangotena, Hilton Colon, Mercure, Sheraton, Marriott, Dann Carlton; for Casa Gangotena, a further feeder service is provided to/from Hilton Colón, this service does not have additional cost) and in Guayaquil (Hilton Colon, Oro Verde, Sheraton, Wyndham) to airport for flights to/from Galapagos.

Exclusions

Air transportation to/from Galapagos and airport taxes (subject to change without previous notice); Galapagos National Park entrance fee (US $100 subject to change without previous notice); TCT-Galapagos Transit Control Card (US $20 subject to change without previous notice); fuel surcharge; insurance of any kind; wetsuit rentals (US $17 + VAT per guest for 5-day cruise and US $33 + VAT per guest for 7-day cruise); nonalcoholic beverages, gratuities, laundry or valet services, gifts and items of a personal nature; alcoholic beverages (there is a corkage fee of US $27+taxes for guests wishing to bring their own bottles of wine and/or spirits).

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 15% of the total trip cost 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:
Up to 61 days – 100% of deposit
60 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

Most flights to the Galapagos will depart Quito or Guayaquil between 6:00am and 11:00am on day 1 and return between 2:00pm and 6:00pm on the final day. We highly recommend travelers arrive to Ecuador two days prior to their Galapagos cruise. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Internal Flights

Flights from mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) to the Galapagos are not included in the cruise price, but are arranged for you by AdventureSmith Explorations through your ship. Your Adventure Specialist will book these flights for you on the scheduled Galapagos flight for your particular departure. Airfares vary by departure; your Adventure Specialist will detail these for you in their proposal and on your invoice. On flights from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands, baggage weight limits are currently 50 pounds for checked items, and 17 pounds for carry-on plus a small personal item. Subject to change.

Activities

There are numerous opportunities to hike, kayak, swim and snorkel. The underwater experience is an integral part of any Galapagos cruise. We encourage all travelers to try snorkeling. Snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, fins, floating vest and net bag) are provided. Wetsuits are available, either free of charge or to rent for a fee, and are recommended from June to December.

Daily excursions from the boat to the islands will be made in pangas (inflatable skiffs). Trip members will hike from the landing point to specific areas for wildlife observation. Hiking time for most landings will be a couple of hours round-trip with lots of time to stop to study, photograph and enjoy the flora and fauna. Some landings are dry but many are “wet,” requiring cautious footing on slippery rocks. The boat staff will be on hand to assist.

Room Configuration

Single travelers wishing to book a double-occupancy cabin may do so at a 100% supplement of the per-person listed rate in select cabins upon availability. There are no triple cabins for three adults aboard the Isabella II.

Families & Children

Kids 6 years and older are welcomed aboard the yacht La Pinta. Kids under 12 years old at the time of sailing receive 10% off when sharing the cabin with 2 adults (applies only to one child per adult paying full fare). No child discounts apply on Peak Season dates, when an additional fee of $106 (2020) or $115 (2021) per child is incurred.

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. Due to the active nature of volcanoes in the Western Galapagos, alternate excursions may be offered.  The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

Galapagos Cruise Rates & Dates

Sep 22 - Sep 28, 2020
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Sep 28 - Oct 02, 2020
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Oct 02 - Oct 06, 2020
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Oct 06 - Oct 12, 2020
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Oct 12 - Oct 16, 2020
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Oct 16 - Oct 20, 2020
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Oct 20 - Oct 26, 2020
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Oct 26 - Oct 30, 2020
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Oct 30 - Nov 03, 2020
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Nov 03 - Nov 09, 2020
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Nov 09 - Nov 13, 2020
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Nov 13 - Nov 17, 2020
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Nov 17 - Nov 23, 2020
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Nov 23 - Nov 27, 2020
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Nov 27 - Dec 01, 2020
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Dec 01 - Dec 07, 2020
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Dec 07 - Dec 11, 2020
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Dec 11 - Dec 15, 2020
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Dec 15 - Dec 21, 2020
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Dec 21 - Dec 25, 2020
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Dec 25 - Dec 29, 2020
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Dec 29 - Jan 04, 2021
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Jan 04 - Jan 08, 2021
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Jan 08 - Jan 12, 2021
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Jan 15 - Jan 21, 2021
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Jan 21 - Jan 25, 2021
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Jan 25 - Jan 29, 2021
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Jan 29 - Feb 04, 2021
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Feb 04 - Feb 08, 2021
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Feb 08 - Feb 12, 2021
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Feb 12 - Feb 18, 2021
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Feb 18 - Feb 22, 2021
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Feb 22 - Feb 26, 2021
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Feb 26 - Mar 04, 2021
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Mar 04 - Mar 08, 2021
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Mar 08 - Mar 12, 2021
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Mar 12 - Mar 18, 2021
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Mar 18 - Mar 22, 2021
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Mar 22 - Mar 26, 2021
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Mar 26 - Apr 01, 2021
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Apr 01 - Apr 05, 2021
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Apr 05 - Apr 09, 2021
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Apr 09 - Apr 15, 2021
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Apr 15 - Apr 19, 2021
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Apr 19 - Apr 23, 2021
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Apr 23 - Apr 29, 2021
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Apr 29 - May 03, 2021
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May 03 - May 07, 2021
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May 07 - May 13, 2021
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May 13 - May 17, 2021
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May 17 - May 21, 2021
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May 21 - May 27, 2021
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May 27 - May 31, 2021
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May 31 - Jun 04, 2021
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Jun 04 - Jun 10, 2021
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Jun 10 - Jun 14, 2021
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Jun 14 - Jun 18, 2021
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Jun 18 - Jun 24, 2021
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Jun 24 - Jun 28, 2021
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Jun 28 - Jul 02, 2021
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Jul 02 - Jul 08, 2021
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Jul 08 - Jul 12, 2021
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Jul 12 - Jul 16, 2021
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Jul 16 - Jul 22, 2021
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Jul 22 - Jul 26, 2021
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Jul 26 - Jul 30, 2021
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Jul 30 - Aug 05, 2021
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Aug 05 - Aug 09, 2021
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Aug 09 - Aug 13, 2021
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Aug 13 - Aug 19, 2021
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Aug 19 - Aug 23, 2021
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Aug 23 - Aug 27, 2021
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Aug 27 - Sep 02, 2021
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Sep 02 - Sep 06, 2021
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Sep 06 - Sep 10, 2021
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Sep 10 - Sep 16, 2021
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Sep 16 - Sep 20, 2021
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Sep 20 - Sep 24, 2021
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Sep 24 - Sep 30, 2021
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Sep 30 - Oct 04, 2021
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Oct 04 - Oct 08, 2021
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Oct 08 - Oct 14, 2021
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Oct 14 - Oct 18, 2021
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Oct 18 - Oct 22, 2021
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Oct 22 - Oct 28, 2021
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Oct 28 - Nov 01, 2021
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Nov 05 - Nov 11, 2021
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Nov 05 - Nov 05, 2021
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Nov 11 - Nov 15, 2021
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Nov 15 - Nov 19, 2021
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Nov 19 - Nov 25, 2021
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Nov 25 - Nov 29, 2021
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Nov 29 - Dec 03, 2021
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Dec 03 - Dec 09, 2021
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Dec 09 - Dec 13, 2021
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Dec 13 - Dec 17, 2021
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Dec 17 - Dec 23, 2021
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Dec 23 - Dec 27, 2021
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Dec 27 - Dec 31, 2021
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Dec 31 - Jan 06, 2022
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