Northwestern Islands Cruise

Departs

  • Apr 27, 2014
  • May 11, 2014
  • May 25, 2014
  • Jun 08, 2014
  • Jun 22, 2014
  • Jul 06, 2014
  • Jul 20, 2014
  • Aug 03, 2014
  • Aug 17, 2014
  • Aug 31, 2014
  • Sep 14, 2014
  • Sep 28, 2014
  • Oct 12, 2014
  • Oct 26, 2014
  • Nov 09, 2014
  • Nov 23, 2014
  • Dec 07, 2014
  • Dec 21, 2014

Private Independent Travel

This Galapagos cruise highlights the archipelago's beautiful northwestern islands. Known for their striking volcanic features, pristine white sand beaches, and peaceful lagoons, these islands are a great place to get to know the Galapagos! Kayaking, snorkeling, and wildlife viewing opportunities abound on this 10 day cruise.

Day 1

    Baltra - Dragon Hill - Santa Cruz Island

    Begin your Galapagos adventure on the island of Baltra, part of a pair known as the Seymour Islands. Baltra was created by geological uplift and has a variety of endemic species such as salt bushes, prickly pear cactus and palo santo trees. Bird life is also plentiful here, and very entertaining!

    In the afternoon, travel on to Dragon Hill. Located on Santa Cruz Island, this area boasts a hyper-saline lagoon, a favorite site of native flamingos. Climb up the hill and enjoy breathtaking views of the bay below.

    Day 2

      Black Turtle Cove - Rabida - Chinese Hat

      Today's adventures begin with a trip to Black Turtle Cove. Black Turtle is a unique and secluded destination; a quiet red mangrove lagoon that serves as a nursery for large schools of reef and hammer head sharks, as well as golden and spotted eagle rays. Paddle into the cove and enjoy viewing these fascinating creatures up-close.

      In the afternoon, head to Chinese Hat. This small islet is named for its conical shape. It features many interesting lava tubes and flows, in addition to other evidence of its recent volcanic formation. The island is also home to sea lion colonies, marine iguanas, and Galapagos penguins.

      Day 3

        Genovesa

        This morning will find you in Darwin Bay, on lovely Genovesa Island. This island is a birdwatcher's paradise, home to an array of species. Enjoy the beautiful white coral beach and wander along a trail through nesting sites and mangrove forests. The trail's terminus is at cliff's edge, rewarding visitors with an incredible view of the island below.

        The southern portion of Darwin Bay features El Barranco, a trail leading hikers up to a gorgeous plateau, perfect for admiring the picturesque beach.

        Day 4

          Bartolomé - Santiago

          This morning head to Bartolomé Island, site of some of the most beautiful landscape in the archipelago. Volcanic evidence is all over the island: volcanic cones, lunar-like craters, and the famous Toba pinnacle. Bartolomé's two beaches are not only breathtaking, they're also home to marine turtles and a small colony of Galapagos penguins.

          After leaving Bartolomé, travel to Santiago Island. Santiago is an active volcano and the fourth largest island in the archipelago.

          Day 5

            Santa Cruz Island - Charles Darwin Center - Highlands

            This morning explore the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. Hike through the island's agricultural zone, Miconia zone, as well as the Fern and Sedge zone. Take in the beautiful scenery of the rolling hills and grassy volcanic cones as you peruse the island.

            This afternoon visit the Charles Darwin Station. Here you will learn about Galapagos conservation efforts, visiting the Van Staelen Exhibition Hall, the Breeding and Rearing Center for Galapagos tortoises, and the general information center. Enjoy learning about the protection of the species you've been observing throughout your trip.

            Day 6

              Isabela

              This morning enjoy a zodiac ride through the Tintoreras, a group of small islands off of Isabela's coast. The Tintoreras are named for the white-tipped reef sharks that call these waters home, and are also a great place to spot Galapagos penguins and sea lions.

              In the afternoon, explore Isabela's Sierra Negra Volcano. Hike up the highland slope to the rim of Sierra Negra. From here, take in breathtaking vistas of the volcano's 5-mile-wide crater, nearby Perry Isthmus, and the surrounding islands. Continue on to Chico Volcano, observing striking lava flows along the way.

              Day 7

                Isabela

                Visit Punta Moreno this morning, on the north coast of Isabela. Wander along a trail that follows a Pahohoe lava flow into a group of coastal lagoons. This area is know for the spectacular bird species that inhabit its lakes and mangroves.

                In the afternoon, take a zodiac ride through to Marielas Islet, home of the largest and most prominent Galapagos penguin colony. Your journey will take you into a red mangrove cove where turtles, flightless cormorants, spotted eagle rays, golden rays, brown pelicans, sea lions, and schools of pompano and dorado fish are frequently spotted.

                Day 8

                  Fernandina - Isabela

                  Explore Punta Espinoza this morning, on the northeastern tip of Fernandina Island. This site is a mecca for rare wildlife, most notably the flightless comorant and marine iguanas.

                  In the afternoon, tour the cliffs of Tagus Cove in a zodiac, disembarking for a 30 minute hike to the cliff-top. From here, enjoy views of Darwin Lake, surrounding volcanoes, and cliff-side graffiti written by pirates centuries ago.

                  Day 9

                    Santiago

                    Today journey to Santiago Island, hitting Espumilla beach in the morning. This beach provides an important nesting site for marine turtles and is abutted by the beautiful Palo Santo forest.

                    After Esupmilla, head to the west side of the island for a visit to Puerto Egas. This black sand beach was formed by volcanic tuff deposits and is considered Santiago's main attraction.

                    Day 10

                      Lobos - San Cristobal

                      Before departing the Galapagos today, travel to Isla Lobos. Traverse this quaint island, admiring blue-footed boobies, frigate birds and sea lions along the way.

                      After visiting Lobos, transfer to the airport in San Cristobal for your departing flight.


                      All itineraries are subject to change due to weather or changes by the National Park Service or yacht operator.
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                      $8,365$8,265$9,915

                      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.

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                      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 $6 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