Northern Islands Cruise

stuartwhite
Snorkeling at Pinnacle Rock
Sandra Dave
Sea lions napping on a dock in the Galapagos
Whitetip reef sharks swim in the water below.
Seals rest on the rocky shores with brightly colored crabs while sea turtles swim below.
Glory Moore
(Seymour) Male Blue Footed Boobie
Relax on the sun deck of the Grand Odyssey.
Grand Odyssey's dining room.

Departs

  • Nov 09, 2014
  • Nov 23, 2014
  • Dec 07, 2014
  • Dec 21, 2014
  • Jan 03, 2015
  • Jan 04, 2015
  • Jan 18, 2015
  • Mar 29, 2015
  • Apr 12, 2015
  • Apr 26, 2015
  • May 10, 2015
  • May 24, 2015
  • Jun 07, 2015
  • Jun 21, 2015
  • Jul 05, 2015
  • Jul 19, 2015
  • Aug 02, 2015
  • Aug 16, 2015
  • Aug 30, 2015
  • Sep 13, 2015
  • Sep 27, 2015
  • Oct 11, 2015
  • Oct 25, 2015
  • Nov 08, 2015
  • Nov 22, 2015
  • Dec 06, 2015
  • Dec 20, 2015

Private Independent Travel

Experience the highlights of the Galapagos' northern islands on this 5 day adventure! Travel from beautiful Santa Cruz, to wildlife-rich Genovesa, to exclusive Black Turtle Cove, exploring many destinations in between. Snorkel, kayak, and become acquainted with the archipelago's endemic wildlife species during your cruise on the Grand Odyssey.

Day 1

    Baltra - Dragon Hill - Santa Cruz Island

    Begin your adventures in the Galapagos on Baltra Island. Fly into Baltra, an arid, uplifted island dotted with salt bushes, prickly pear cactus, and palo santo trees. Head to the harbor and board your cruise ship.

    Journey across to Santa Cruz Island for a visit to Dragon Hill in the afternoon. Located on the northwest side of Santa Cruz, this site features a trail leading to a hyper-saline lagoon, home to a variety of bird species. Take a short walk up the Hill and soak in the stunning view of the islands and bay below.

    Day 2

      Black Turtle Cove - Chinese Hat

      Today begins with a visit to Black Turtle Cove, a small, exclusive destination nestled into the northern side of Santa Cruz. Surrounded by red mangroves, this quiet cove constitutes an ideal nursery for a variety of sharks and rays. No landing sites exist in the cove, so you can either paddle in with a kayak or a panga. Observe large groups of white and black-tip reef sharks, hammerhead sharks, and schools of golden and spotted eagle rays. It is also possible to spot sea turtles, pelicans, and herons in this unique environment.

      In the afternoon, journey on to Chinese Hat, a small islet off of Santiago. Named for its distinctive shape, Chinese Hat is a recent volcanic cone that exhibits fascinating lava formations. Admire its lava tubes and flows, and observe its entertaining colonies of sea lions and penguins.

      Day 3

        Genovesa

        Cruise to Genovesa Island today, beginning at Darwin Bay. Darwin came into existence when Genovesa's crater collapsed into the sea, leaving beautiful white coral sand beaches in its stead. This island is favored by bird-watchers, boasting numerous species including red footed and masked boobies, wandering tattlers, lava gulls, whimbrels, and various herons. A trail takes you across the island and up to a cliff edge. From here, admire the incredible view of the island landscape below.

        In the afternoon, ascend the southern plateau of Darwin Bay, known as El Barranco. This area is a popular nesting site for masked and red-footed boobies as well as storm petrels and short-eared owls.

        Day 4

          Bartolomé - Santiago

          Venture to Bartolomé this morning, an island boasting some of the most beautiful scenery in the archipelago. Bartolomé's landscape consists of a spectrum of features including volcanic cones, lunar-like craters, lava fields, and Toba. Its two breathtaking beaches are home to sea turtles and a rare colony of Galapagos penguins.

          This afternoon, visit Santiago Island, located in the west-central part of the Galapagos. It is still volcanically active, spotted with young lava flows and cones visible from many vantage points, including outerspace!

          Day 5

            Highlands - Santa Cruz Island - Baltra

            Today get to know Santa Cruz Island, beginning with a tour of the picturesque highlands. Take a trail from Bellavista, through an agricultural area, along the National Park boundary, the Miconia zone, and into the Fern and Sedge zone. On a clear day, enjoy views of rolling hillsides and extinct volcanic cones.

            Journey back to Baltra for your departing flight.


            All itineraries are subject to change due to weather or changes by the National Park Service or yacht operator.
             Galapagos SuiteMatrimonial SuiteOdyssey Suite
            2014-Nov-09
            2014-Nov-23
            2014-Dec-07
            2014-Dec-21
            $3,835$3,835$4,600
            2015-Jan-03
            2015-Jan-04
            2015-Jan-18
            2015-Mar-29
            2015-Apr-12
            2015-Apr-26
            2015-May-10
            2015-May-24
            2015-Jun-07
            2015-Jun-21
            2015-Jul-05
            2015-Jul-19
            2015-Aug-02
            2015-Aug-16
            2015-Aug-30
            2015-Sep-13
            2015-Sep-27
            2015-Oct-11
            2015-Oct-25
            2015-Nov-08
            2015-Nov-22
            2015-Dec-06
            2015-Dec-20
            $4,063$4,063$4,876

            Child Discount

            20% discount for children under age 12 at the time of Galapagos cruise.
            Children under 12 receive a discount of $135 off adult flight rates, and discounted Galapagos Entrance Fee of $50

            Cancellation Policy

            Days Prior to departureFee
            70 days or moreDeposit
            0-69 days100% Cruise Cost

            Single Supplement

            This yacht requires single travelers to pay a supplement for private accommodations unless a roommate can be found.

            Deposit & Payment

            Initial deposit is 25% ($400 minimum), and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, and Discover. Alternatively, you can send a check to our Missoula, Montana, office or register online at: https://www.adventure-life.com/forms/register

            Final payment is due 70 (10 weeks) days prior to departure.

            Booking last minute? No problem! Please contact one of our trip planners, and we can get you on your way if booking less than 70 (10 weeks) days prior to departure.

            Click here to see a copy of our Terms and Conditions.

            Includes

            • Accommodations on board Grand Odyssey based on double occupancy
            • Meals while in the Galapagos
            • Bilingual Naturalist Guide
            • Shore Excursions
            • Swimming and Snorkeling
            • Adventure Life Pre-departure Services and In-Country Assistance (Quito Representative)
            • Transfers and Baggage Handling in the Galapagos
            • Snorkeling Equipment
            • Sea Kayaking

            Excludes

            • Airfare (see Galapagos Flights)
            • Quito/Guayaquil Hotel and Transfers
            • $100 Galapagos Park Fee
            • $35 Galapagos Transit Card and Airport Assistance
            • $45 International Departure Tax
            • Wetsuit rental available for $7 a day
            • Gratuities and drinks aboard the ship
            • Travel Insurance

            Galapagos Flights

              Quito - Galapagos Roundtrip

            • $530 - $590

              Guayaquil - Galapagos Roundtrip

            • $475 - $520

            Optional Hospitality Packages