5day NORTHERN ITINERARY – Santa Cruz II – Expedition- Luxury

5 Days

Visit Baltra & Santa Cruz Islands, Santiago Island, Rabida & Bartolome Islands,and Genovesa Island.

The Santa Cruz II was conceived for operations in remote areas. This vessel offers the perfect mix of comfort, style, and safety for a remote area like the Galapagos Islands. As one of the newest vessels in the Galapagos, the Santa Cruz II is capable of welcoming up to 90 guests.

Tour Overview

5-day northern itinerary

Starts Monday to Friday
Category: luxury cruise
Style: expedition cruise

Guests with the optimal means for exploring the islands in contemporary style.

Flexible cabin arrangements are available for any type of group –including solo travelers – and its intelligent and ample social areas give guests room to find their own space on their Galapagos journey.

Guests will also get to enjoy all Park-approved aquatic activities, including a proper glass-bottom boat! Dine inside or grab a quick BBQ snack on the outdoor terrace. The crew aboard the Santa Cruz II loves to indulge guests with exceptional onboard service!

Itinerary - 5 Days

Baltra & Santa Cruz Islands

You will land on Baltra Island by plane in the morning and then take a guided transfer to the dock to board the Santa Cruz II Galapagos Cruise.

After an introductory briefing onboard, all passengers will partake in an emergency boat drill. Afterward, you will be assigned to your cabin and then be invited to lunch.

Las Bachas Beach (Santa Cruz Island)

This beautiful visitor site is located on the northern shore of Santa Cruz Island, where a glorious white beach awaits, along with a couple of brackish lagoons that are just a few steps away from the sea. These lagoons actually serve as the feeding grounds of various wading birds, from stilts to flamingos. You are more than welcome to enjoy swimming and snorkeling activities at this beach, too. Afterward, we will head back aboard for a welcome cocktail and an expedition briefing about the following day. Dinner is served shortly after this.

Buccaneer Cove

After breakfast, we will get to explore the coastline along the impressive cliffs of Buccaneer Cove, all while learning about the area’s history. This cove is home to many marine birds, sea lions, and inter-tidal organisms. We will also get to marvel at the fantastic geological formations such as “Elephant Rock” and “The Bishop” as well as an impressive natural cave. Here, you will have the chance to go snorkeling, and take a ride on the dinghy or the glass-bottom boat.

Puerto Egas

After disembarking at the beach here, you will get to enjoy a swim or snorkel along the rocky shorelines, typically in the company of marine turtles. From here, the excursion will head off on a walk that gives you a great opportunity to see some Galapagos iconic species as they skitter about a landscape that consists of tuff-stone layers and lava flows. At low tide, marine iguanas can oftentimes be found grazing upon the algae beds nearby. We can also observe a colony of fur-sea lions. After the visit, the whole group will have some additional time for swimming and/or snorkeling.

Rabida Island

Some groups here will opt to go for a fascinating dinghy ride along the shores, while others may choose to disembark on Rabida Island’s mesmerizing, red-colored beach. The color of this beach is the result of the unusually high levels of iron that are found within its sand. The walk here will bring guests close to a colony of Galapagos sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers, and several species of Darwin’s finches. Not far from the beach here, a saltwater pond is occasionally seen hosting American flamingos. This is also a great place to take a dip and snorkel along the beach, thanks in large part to the unique combination of underwater species and aquatic terrain. As the Santa Cruz II Galapagos Cruise sails to the next island from Rabida, we might even be lucky enough to spot dolphins!

Bartolome Island

Today’s afternoon activities begin with a wet landing on the golden beach of this famous island, dominated by the imposing Pinnacle Rock. This is another great place for all of us to go for a swim and snorkel from the beach. A chance to ride the glass-bottom boat is also offered. After returning to the ship, guests will be split into two groups: the first group will go for a hike to the summit of this relatively small island, the viewpoint of which boasts fantastic views of the archipelago. This “climb” consists of a moderately steep incline that’s made even easier thanks to the presence of a wooden staircase, complete with resting platforms and handrails. The view from the top is well worth the effort! The second group, in the meantime, will get to explore the rugged and volcanic shoreline aboard the dinghies. The groups will then swap spots so that each one experiences the full beauty of this iconic island.

Prince Philip’s Steps

The morning starts with a steep climb (only 90 feet/28 meters) up a flight of stairs to reach a flat and rocky plateau. Once there, you can walk along comfortably and check out large colonies of Nazca boobies, red-footed boobies, great frigatebirds, and storm petrels. Otherwise, you can opt for enjoying a longer dinghy ride along the cliffs, weather permitting. Kayaking here is optional.

Darwin Bay

In the afternoon, we will land at the beautiful beach that lines this bay to enjoy some swimming and/or snorkeling. Following this refreshing dip, the excursion will head out to take a stroll and observe hundreds of birds, mainly: frigatebirds, red-footed and Nazca boobies, gulls, herons, finches, and mockingbirds. Opportunities for snorkeling, kayaking, and swimming are available here.

Tortoise Reserve

You will begin your last morning on the north shore of Santa Cruz Island. After breakfast, your luggage will be taken to the airport while guests themselves head out for one last visit over to the Giant Tortoise Reserve. Following a dry landing at a passenger’s wharf and a bus ride to the higher region of the island, guests will get to experience the final highlight of this itinerary: giant tortoises roaming around in the wild. These lush highlands include dense forests consisting of Galapagos daisies, orchids, and bromeliads as well as several endemic land birds.

Baltra Airport

After this final visit, you will take your transfer vehicle to Baltra airport and say farewell to Galapagos Islands!



Deposit: $500

4 or more adults

Available until 45 days before departure

Perfect for groups or families

Price per person

Based on double or triple accommodation

* Fuel surcharge not included



Deposit: $500

2 or 3 adults

Available until 45 days before departure


Available options
– Tips for travel Assistant $50
– Fuel Surcharge $90




  • Smart service & TIPS
  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Naturalist guides
  • Conferences and lectures
  • Visits to the islands
  • Transportation
  • Snorkeling equipement
  • Kayaks
  • Glass-bottom boat
  • Paddleboards
  • Medical Officer24/7 Onboard Medical Officer
  • Luggage handling
  • Shared transfers


  • Airline tickets
  • Entrance fee
  • Transit Control Card
  • Wetsuits (available for rent)
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Tips
  • Gifts
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Laundry
  • Wi-Fi internet
From $4,259.00
/ 2 or 3 adults
From $4,046.00
/ 4 or more adults

Trip Facts

  • 5 Days
  • Northern Islands
  • Yes

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