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The red-footed booby is found only on Genovesa (photo by Roy & Danielle, used with permission)
  • Thursday biweekly departures (cruise departs on Saturday). Call for dates.
  • Duration 11 days
    Group Size 48
    Land Cost $5,400-$6,400 Details
    Single Supplement $2,800-$6,400 Details
    Lodging 3 stars
    Grade I-II
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    Aboard M/V Eclipse, Northern Circuit

    Cruise the islands on one of the newest, medium-sized ships

    The Eclipse is a perfect base for any Galapagos cruise: a generously proportioned ship with a small yacht atmosphere. Ever since her arrival in 1999, the Eclipse has been considered the finest boutique cruise ship in the Galapagos Islands, offering unparalleled levels of comfort and service. She was converted specifically for upscale cruising in the islands, and was designed to meet the exacting demands of luxury travel. Whether you are snorkeling with sea-lions, watching a blue-footed booby feed its young, or following a giant tortoise through the forest, the Galapagos Islands will surpass all expectations, and there is no better way to enjoy the wonders of the islands than on board the Eclipse.

    From your comfortable base aboard the Eclipse, you will be able to explore the islands’ best visitor sites. There are many opportunities to hike, swim, snorkel, bird-watch, and take great close-up photographs of the flora and fauna. For land visits, guests are divided into groups of a maximum of 12 people, each with its own naturalist guide. The Eclipse anchors off shore at two visitor sites per day, and passengers are ferried to landing points in small boats, locally called “pangas.” On the islands you follow marked trails, walking at a leisurely pace, with your guides explaining the unusual sights you see. Afterwards, there is often an opportunity to swim and snorkel before returning to the ship.

    Taking children to the Galapagos Islands is an immensely rewarding experience. For this reason, we offer selected family departures during the months of July, August, and December. Specialist guides educate and entertain the children throughout the day, while adults enjoy the cruise at your own pace, knowing that the children are in safe hands and making their own discoveries about the history of evolution and the wonders of the islands.

    Starting in 2012, two itineraries are offered to adhere to new touring regulations established by the Galapagos National Park and Marine Reserve to limit tourist visits for the islands' health and recovery.  Choose between this northern itinerary, which includes Genovesa Island, and its companion tour of the south which includes Espanola, based on your preferences and dates.  If you want the complete Galapagos experience and have the time, take both!

    Brief Itinerary

    Day 1Quito or Guayaquil
    Day 2Quito or Guayaquil
    Day 3Arrive Galapagos/Baltra/Santa Cruz
    Day 4Rabida Island/Puerto Egas/Santiago
    Day 5Isabela & Fernandina Islands
    Day 6Urbina Bay/Punta Vicente Roca/Isabela
    Day 7Santa Cruz/Darwin Station/Highlands
    Day 8El Barranco/Darwin Beach/Genovesa
    Day 9Bartolome/Cerro Dragon/Santa Cruz
    Day 10Bachus Beach/Fly to Quito or Guayaquil
    Day 11Quito or Guayaquil/Onward

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