Our itinerary together begins on Santa Cruz Island, the most populous in the archipelago. Here, we first explore the highlands of the islands with their lush vegetation before venturing down to the world-famous Charles Darwin Research Station to meet giant tortoises face to face. After embarking at the end of the day, we sail to a stunning anchorage at Santa Fe Island for our visit to this sandy white beach with many sea lion harems, a wonderful spot for our first snorkel, kayak or ride aboard our glass-bottom boat. In the afternoon, we disembark amid the waters of Plaza Island, with its yellow-gray land iguanas munching cactus fruits and coastline where we find sea lion colonies and dozens of sea birds.

A favourite among many visitors to the archipelago, our visit to North Seymour Island starts with an enjoyable walk along the coast and the interior of this island, observing numerous bird colonies as well as sea lions and marine iguanas, while later on we disembark on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, at the glorious white beach of Las Bachas, great for a swim or snorkel. We begin Thursday's expedition at Bartolomé Island, with its unbeatable volcanic viewpoint on a hill, golden-sandy beach and excellent wildlife exploration for snorkelers or glass-bottom boat passengers. After lunch, we land at the white coral sand beach of Sullivan Bay, ideal for swimming or snorkelling, and with a trail over a dramatic lava field.

Wherever we sail, whatever we do, all the crew aboard the Isabela II will do our utmost to ensure your Galápagos experience is truly, deeply moving and memorable.
Baltra Island Airport & Santa Cruz Island We arrive at Baltra airport and then we take you to the Itabaca Channel to take a ferry across to Santa Cruz Island. A 30-minute bus ride takes us to a restaurant in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island to enjoy lunch, and then continue to Puerto Ayora. Depending on local weather conditions up in the highlands, we may include a short hike which will be a great introduction to some Galapagos wildlife. Our Expedition Team will advise accordingly. Note: Please dress with comfortable shoes and clothes, bring a small backpack with any medicine you might be taken, sunblock, insect repellent and anything you need during the excursion as you will go on board Yacht Isabela II and the end of the day. Puerto Ayora and the Charles Darwin Research Station After driving down from the highlands, we 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. Late afternoon we stroll along the main street of Puerto Ayora before embarking on Yacht Isabela II. We review the expeditions plan for next day, and enjoy the Captain’s welcome cocktail and dinner.
Santa Fe Island A stunning anchorage provides our jumping-off point for our visit to this sandy white beach with many sea lion harems. Galapagos hawks are often easily observed, perched atop salt bushes. The endemic land iguana, unique to this island, may be spotted during the walk. Snorkeling from our skiffs, kayaking or a ride in our glass-bottom boat rounds off the rewarding experience. South Plaza The turquoise waters here contrast brilliantly with the white sand and black lava of the shoreline, while a carpet of scarlet sesuvium succulents serves as groundcover for a grove of luminescent green prickly-pear cactus beyond, populated by Galapagos land iguanas. Keep an eye open for the remarkable beaks of cactus finches. Along the coastline one finds sea lion colonies, while sea birds play with the thermals that form along the cliffs of this small but amazing island.
North Seymour Island The morning starts with an enjoyable walk along the coast and the interior of this island, a favourite of many visitors, observing numerous bird colonies as well as sea lions and marine iguanas. There are opportunities for snorkeling and coastal exploration with chances of spotting fur seals along the rocky coastline. This uplifted island is also home to a nesting colony of frigatebirds, and provides great views of the surrounding islands due to its central location in the archipelago. Las Bachas (Santa Cruz Island) After WWII, US military barges were beached and abandoned here. Locals referred to the beach as the “barges” beach, a name that morphed to “bachas”. Today it is an important nesting area for the east Pacific green sea turtle. Located on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island, it is a glorious white beach, with several brackish lagoons only a few steps away from the sea. These lagoons are the feeding grounds of various wading birds, from stilts to flamingos. We can swim and/or snorkel from the beach. In the evening, Thursday’s expedition plan briefing and dinner.
Bartolome Island This morning, a Galapagos icon awaits for us: Bartolome Island. A great way to start the day, with a steep climb up a wooden staircase: the view from the top is worth the effort! Following the walk, we take the dinghies for a ride around colossal Pinnacle Rock, followed by time to enjoy the beach and do some snorkeling. Explore the shores and look for Galapagos penguins too. We can also ride in the glass-bottom boat for great views of the underwater world. Sullivan Bay (Santiago Island) After lunch, we get on board the pangas to land at Sullivan Bay on the east coast of Santiago, a white coral sand beach great for swimming with a trail over a lava field that flowed here a little over 120 years ago. This is the perfect place to see and feel the volcanic origin of Galapagos while observing its wildlife. Many label this location as an open textbook of geologic wonders.
Baltra Island Airport After breakfast, we leave for the airport to take the flight back to the mainland.
Galápagos Itineraries are subject to change due to weather, logistical or operational reasons.

Standard Cabin

$3,550 USD pp
Standard Cabin
Cabin Deck. 12.05 m2. 1 standard cabin. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Classic Cabin

$3,766 USD pp
Classic Cabin
Cabin Deck. 12.8 m2. 16 classic cabins. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Classic Family Cabin

$3,766 USD pp
Classic Family Cabin
Cabin Deck. 12.8 m2. 2 classic family cabins. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Owner’s Cabin

$3,938 USD pp
Owner’s Cabin
Main Deck. 18.9 m2. 1 cabin. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Standard Cabin

$3,550 USD pp
Standard Cabin
Cabin Deck. 12.05 m2. 1 standard cabin. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Classic Cabin

$3,766 USD pp
Classic Cabin
Cabin Deck. 12.8 m2. 16 classic cabins. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Classic Family Cabin

$3,766 USD pp
Classic Family Cabin
Cabin Deck. 12.8 m2. 2 classic family cabins. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Owner’s Cabin

$3,938 USD pp
Owner’s Cabin
Main Deck. 18.9 m2. 1 cabin. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Standard Cabin

$3,550 USD pp
Standard Cabin
Cabin Deck. 12.05 m2. 1 standard cabin. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Classic Cabin

$3,766 USD pp
Classic Cabin
Cabin Deck. 12.8 m2. 16 classic cabins. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Classic Family Cabin

$3,766 USD pp
Classic Family Cabin
Cabin Deck. 12.8 m2. 2 classic family cabins. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Owner’s Cabin

$3,938 USD pp
Owner’s Cabin
Main Deck. 18.9 m2. 1 cabin. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Standard Cabin

$3,550 USD pp
Standard Cabin
Cabin Deck. 12.05 m2. 1 standard cabin. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Classic Cabin

$3,766 USD pp
Classic Cabin
Cabin Deck. 12.8 m2. 16 classic cabins. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Classic Family Cabin

$3,766 USD pp
Classic Family Cabin
Cabin Deck. 12.8 m2. 2 classic family cabins. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Owner’s Cabin

$3,938 USD pp
Owner’s Cabin
Main Deck. 18.9 m2. 1 cabin. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Standard Cabin

$3,550 USD pp
Standard Cabin
Cabin Deck. 12.05 m2. 1 standard cabin. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Classic Cabin

$3,766 USD pp
Classic Cabin
Cabin Deck. 12.8 m2. 16 classic cabins. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Classic Family Cabin

$3,766 USD pp
Classic Family Cabin
Cabin Deck. 12.8 m2. 2 classic family cabins. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Owner’s Cabin

$3,938 USD pp
Owner’s Cabin
Main Deck. 18.9 m2. 1 cabin. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Standard Cabin

$3,550 USD pp
Standard Cabin
Cabin Deck. 12.05 m2. 1 standard cabin. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Classic Cabin

$3,766 USD pp
Classic Cabin
Cabin Deck. 12.8 m2. 16 classic cabins. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Classic Family Cabin

$3,766 USD pp
Classic Family Cabin
Cabin Deck. 12.8 m2. 2 classic family cabins. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Owner’s Cabin

$3,938 USD pp
Owner’s Cabin
Main Deck. 18.9 m2. 1 cabin. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Standard Cabin

$3,550 USD pp
Standard Cabin
Cabin Deck. 12.05 m2. 1 standard cabin. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Classic Cabin

$3,766 USD pp
Classic Cabin
Cabin Deck. 12.8 m2. 16 classic cabins. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Classic Family Cabin

$3,766 USD pp
Classic Family Cabin
Cabin Deck. 12.8 m2. 2 classic family cabins. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Owner’s Cabin

$3,938 USD pp
Owner’s Cabin
Main Deck. 18.9 m2. 1 cabin. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Standard Cabin

$3,550 USD pp
Standard Cabin
Cabin Deck. 12.05 m2. 1 standard cabin. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Classic Family Cabin

$3,766 USD pp
Classic Family Cabin
Cabin Deck. 12.8 m2. 2 classic family cabins. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Classic Cabin

$3,766 USD pp
Classic Cabin
Cabin Deck. 12.8 m2. 16 classic cabins. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Owner’s Cabin

$3,938 USD pp
Owner’s Cabin
Main Deck. 18.9 m2. 1 cabin. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Standard Cabin

$3,550 USD pp
Standard Cabin
Cabin Deck. 12.05 m2. 1 standard cabin. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Classic Family Cabin

$3,766 USD pp
Classic Family Cabin
Cabin Deck. 12.8 m2. 2 classic family cabins. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Classic Cabin

$3,766 USD pp
Classic Cabin
Cabin Deck. 12.8 m2. 16 classic cabins. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Owner’s Cabin

$3,938 USD pp
Owner’s Cabin
Main Deck. 18.9 m2. 1 cabin. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Standard Cabin

$3,550 USD pp
Standard Cabin
Cabin Deck. 12.05 m2. 1 standard cabin. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Classic Family Cabin

$3,766 USD pp
Classic Family Cabin
Cabin Deck. 12.8 m2. 2 classic family cabins. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Classic Cabin

$3,766 USD pp
Classic Cabin
Cabin Deck. 12.8 m2. 16 classic cabins. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Owner’s Cabin

$3,938 USD pp
Owner’s Cabin
Main Deck. 18.9 m2. 1 cabin. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Standard Cabin

$3,550 USD pp
Standard Cabin
Cabin Deck. 12.05 m2. 1 standard cabin. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Classic Cabin

$3,766 USD pp
Classic Cabin
Cabin Deck. 12.8 m2. 16 classic cabins. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Classic Family Cabin

$3,766 USD pp
Classic Family Cabin
Cabin Deck. 12.8 m2. 2 classic family cabins. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Owner’s Cabin

$3,938 USD pp
Owner’s Cabin
Main Deck. 18.9 m2. 1 cabin. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Standard Cabin

$3,550 USD pp
Standard Cabin
Cabin Deck. 12.05 m2. 1 standard cabin. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Classic Cabin

$3,766 USD pp
Classic Cabin
Cabin Deck. 12.8 m2. 16 classic cabins. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Classic Family Cabin

$3,766 USD pp
Classic Family Cabin
Cabin Deck. 12.8 m2. 2 classic family cabins. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Owner’s Cabin

$3,938 USD pp
Owner’s Cabin
Main Deck. 18.9 m2. 1 cabin. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Standard Cabin

$3,820 USD pp
Standard Cabin
Cabin Deck. 12.05 m2. 1 standard cabin. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Classic Family Cabin

$4,052 USD pp
Classic Family Cabin
Cabin Deck. 12.8 m2. 2 classic family cabins. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Classic Cabin

$4,052 USD pp
Classic Cabin
Cabin Deck. 12.8 m2. 16 classic cabins. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Owner’s Cabin

$4,236 USD pp
Owner’s Cabin
Main Deck. 18.9 m2. 1 cabin. Air conditioned throughout, Hair dryers

Additional charges:

Galapagos National Park admission fee and transit Control Card for Galapagos: 120 USD pp

Isabela II

Vessel Type: Yacht

Length: 55.9 meters

Passenger Capacity: 40 guests

Built: 1979 / 2000 / 2014 / 2018

Yacht Isabela II offers the perfect, intimate space for exploring Darwin’s islands in comfort. Traditionalists will enjoy feeling at home with a crew that has remained almost unchanged for years, leading to seamless attention to detail that will make your stay extra special.

With just 20 guest cabins, the yacht’s convivial atmosphere leads to a close-up experience of this unique world. On board, guests find delicious cuisine, faultless service and excellent facilities, including a Hut Tub, fitness room, bar and outside deck for al fresco meals, drinks, and sunbathing.

Your groups can expect top facilities and equipment, delicious meals, and safe and stimulating expert-planned expeditions on the islands. Scout the island sites for Big 15 wildlife in groups that average no more than 11-14 guests per naturalist guide which surpass the National Park standard, which permits up to 16 guests per guide. Explore the coast with your guides on our pangas, glass-bottom boat or kayaks, or get wet and snorkel.

In 2018 Isabela II has undergone a 360-degree renovation. Our social areas have had some major changes. In our guest hallways, windows have been replaced and an aesthetic makeover will have our guests making their way about in a warm and modern atmosphere. Our library, which has also been beautified, has been enriched with new literature on natural history. Cabins have received an extreme makeover to provide greater comfort for our guests. In addition, we have listened to our explorers and acquired new expedition gadgets to make their trip a more enriching adventure.

Ship’s features and services:

* Bar – Lounge

* Boutique/Gift Shop

* Reading Room & Natural History Library

* Hot Tub

* Radio, telephone, E-mail, and Fax communications

* PA System

* Air conditioned throughout

* Safety boxes

* Hair dryers

* Multimedia natural history lectures

* Stargazing Programme

* Glass bottom boat

* Sea Kayaks

* Snorkelling Equipment & wet suits

* Digital camera and underwater housing for expedition documenting

Cabin layout for Isabela II

Return flights to the islands. From (550.00 USD)

Extensions

Land tours and pre/post cruise accommodation options are available. Please contact us for more details.

Inclusions


Voyage on board in selected cabin category
All meals while on board
Sightseeing on the islands
Naturalist guides and lecture services in English/Spanish
Snorkeling gear
Port charges/taxes
Transfers in the Galapagos

Trip specific inclusions;
Shared transfers from main hotels in Quito (Casa Gangotena, Hilton Colon, Sheraton, Marriott, Dann Carlton) and in Guayaquil (Hilton Colon, Oro Verde, Hampton Inn, Sheraton) to airport for flights to/from Galapagos are included in these rates. To coordinate these transfers, we must have guests’ hotel contact information.

Exclusions


International and domestic flights
Return flights between Ecuador and Galapagos (Approx USD$550.00 per person)
Galapagos National Park fee and transit card (Approx USD$120.00 per person)
Transfers other than those stated
Beverages purchased on board
Travel Insurance
Passport and visa costs where applicable
Wet suits (Available on board some ships to hire)
Gratuities
During Peak Season (Dec 24 - Jan 01) a surcharge applies

5 Days from
$3,550 USD pp

Highlights

• Highlight Sites: Pinnacle Rock, Charles Darwin Research Station

• Icon Species: Galápagos sea lion, Galápagos fur sea lion, Giant tortoises, Santa Fe land iguana, Galápagos land iguana, Hybrid iguana, Marine iguanas, Blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, Galápagos doves, Galápagos mockingbirds, Darwin finches, Greater flamingos, Galápagos hawks, Brown pelicans, Greater frigates, Magnificent frigates, Galápagos penguins, Swallow-tailed gulls,Lava gulls, Lava (striated) herons

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