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Ecuador’s Natural Wonders

An exploration of the Ecuadorian cloud forest combined with an island hopping adventure in the Galapagos aboard the Isabela II

  • 21 October 2019
  • Wildlife Tours/ Natural World
  • Expedition Cruising
  • Sea lions

For a relatively small country, Ecuador has an astounding wealth of natural treasures and cultural splendours. From the charming colonial architecture of Quito and the colourful markets of Otavalo to the exotic flora and fauna of the cloud forest and unique wildlife of the Galapagos Islands, our escorted tour will introduce you to the country’s many marvels. After exploring the country’s capital of Quito, we spend three nights at Mashpi Lodge which is located in the heart of the Equatorial Chocó Bio-Region, regarded as one of the planet’s most important ‘hot spots’ of biodiversity. A hideaway in the forest, only accessible to its privileged guests and located on a scenic plateau, Mashpi features amazing views of the surrounding forested mountains right up close through its floor-to-ceiling panoramic glass windows. Hummingbirds are among the highlights of any visit to Mashpi, with 32 species observed in the wild to date. Following our stay at Mashpi we will enjoy four nights aboard the Isabela II discovering the curiosity and fearlessness of the wildlife on the Galapagos Islands. Our time on the islands will be spent following the nature trails, snorkelling with the sea lions, discovering the underwater world by glass bottom boat and strolling along the islands pristine beaches. 

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Isabela II

Isabela II

There are many vessels in the Galapagos accommodating up to 100 passengers but we have chosen to charter the 21-cabin Isabela II for our explorations from our associates and leaders in Galapagos voyages, Metropolitan Touring. Refurbished in 2012, the Isabela II is a stylish yacht ideal for exploring the Galapagos Islands. This accommodates just 40 guests in comfort, and is equipped with Zodiacs for landing on these remote islands. The ship is also equipped with sea kayaks, a glass bottom boat and snorkelling equipment for making the most of your journey around this breathtaking archipelago. Onboard you will be accompanied by a team of passionate and dedicated naturalist guides who will add greatly to  you overall experience.

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Itinerary

  • Toucan
  • Sea lions

Day 1 - London to Quito, Ecuador.

Fly by scheduled indirect flight arriving in Quito this afternoon. On arrival transfer to the Hilton Colon Hotel for our three night stay.

Day 2 - Quito.

After breakfast in the hotel we will have a guided city tour of Quito. During the 13th century Quito was the prosperous centre of the Kingdom of Quitus. It later became the northern capital of the Inca Empire and in the 16th and 17th centuries colonial architects built formidable temples, monasteries and mansions, creating an urban jewel designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. We will continue to the Equatorial Monument, located a short drive north of Quito, which marks latitude 0º, where we can stand with a foot on each hemisphere.Enjoy lunch at El Crater restaurant followed by an afternoon at leisure in Quito.

Day 3 - Otavalo.

This morning we drive to the north of Quito and the textile market of Otavalo, where we visit the many stalls full of ponchos, scarves, blankets, wall hangings, woven belts (fajas), hats, handbags and much more. We then proceed to Peguche, an Indian village near Otavalo which is home to the artisans who do the weaving in their homes; here we can learn about their culture and everyday life. We will enjoy lunch at a charming country inn or hacienda before returning to Quito this afternoon for some time at leisure.

Day 4 - Quito to Mashpi Lodge.

This morning we drive to Mashpi Lodge for our three night stay. The Lodge is perched at 930 metres above sea level amid pristine lower montane rainforest and cloud forest. Here we will be surrounded by a profusion of plant species, from ferns and bromeliads to hundreds of orchid species, many rare and endangered. Monkeys, peccaries and even puma make their homes inside the reserve which is crisscrossed with waterfalls between dramatic, verdant hills. A staggering 400 species of bird – including some 35 endemics – have been spotted to date, not to mention 112 species of amphibians and reptiles. On arrival the naturalist guides will briefly speak about the cloud forest and its conservation before we enjoy lunch. This afternoon we will take our first walk along the Cucharillo Trail, named after an Ecuadorian endemic tree common at Mashpi but otherwise threatened throughout the country. At the end of the trail we will find a large waterfall and rocky riverbed with beautiful ponds. At sunset there will be an opportunity to enjoy a nature walk as the sounds and smells intensify and if we turn off our torches, we will be able to observe sparkling fireflies and feel bats zipping by.

Day 5 - Mashpi Lodge.

At dawn we will embark on a walk to the Life Centre via the Howler Monkey’s Trail. This path crosses primary forest dominated by many ancient trees, the ‘copal’ the most emblematic of them. Early in the morning, the trail is buzzing with activity and we should get to hear and hopefully view, rare birds such as the Rufous-fronted Wood-quail or the Rufous-crowned Antpitta. Visit the Life Centre which offers a marvellous view of the forest from the comfort of an expansive wooden deck. Here we will explore the life of butterflies, the many species found in the Mashpi area and their metamorphosis from egg, larva, caterpillar, and chrysalis to winged wonder. We will also discover various species of host plants that butterflies use to lay their eggs on, such as passion flowers, birds of paradise and milk weeds. Not far from the centre, we visit the ‘tropical orchard’ where many varieties of fruit trees and plants, including banana, manioc, cacao, hot chili peppers, coffee and wild raspberries, are grown. Enjoy lunch at the lodge and this afternoon you may want to join the excursion along the Napa Trail. This trail crosses a variety of habitats including secondary and regenerative forests, as well as large patches of primary forest. The walk is a great opportunity to learn about the ecological realities at Mashpi and the importance of forest conservation within the Chocó bioregion. This is also a trail of great scenic beauty and an excellent opportunity for bird watching. Towards the end, we will encounter one of Mashpi’s most unique attractions: the ‘iron palm’. This evening there will be a lecture on the different scientific research projects that take place at Mashpi and includes footage from hidden camera traps in the forest.

Day 6 - Mashpi Lodge.

After breakfast we walk the short distance to the Observation Tower. Looming above the treetops, Mashpi´s observation tower allows us to enjoy the protected forest in all its glory. At 30 metres above the ground, this is an ideal site for nature lovers, allowing us not only to appreciate the forest’s complex structure, but also the incredible species richness that thrives throughout the canopy, where 70% of the forest’s biodiversity is found. Choose to walk back down or take the sky bike which traverses a 200 metre section above the canopy. Return to the lodge via a strenuous walk via the San Vicente Waterfall or take the easier Oxibelis Trail that takes us to a small waterfall. At the lodge we will enjoy a varied and delicious lunch. This afternoon we head towards the Hummingbird Station. Mashpi boasts a total 32 hummingbird species identified to date, many of which inhabit different altitudinal ranges, with around 19 species considered common at our specially designed feeder station. Not only will we observe hummingbirds of all kinds, but also toucans, tanagers, squirrels, and more. The site is located at a natural viewpoint, which, on clear days, provides breathtaking views of the reserve’s forested hills.

Day 7 - Mashpi Lodge to Quito.

This morning there will be another chance to take a dawn walk to observe the birds of the forest or take a walk to the 50 metre Copal Waterfall amongst a landscape of moss-covered trees, bromelias and orchids at every corner. We return to the lodge for lunch and check out for our drive back to Quito and an overnight stay at the Hilton Colon Hotel with the remainder of the day at leisure.

Day 8 - Quito to Santa Cruz, Galapagos.

Transfer this morning to Quito airport for our scheduled flight to Baltra in the Galapagos Islands. On arrival we will take a short ferry to Santa Cruz Island before lunch in a highlands restaurant. After lunch we will visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the giant tortoise pens within an impressive giant pricklypear cactus forest, home to many land birds. Enjoy a stroll along the main street of Puerto Ayora before we embark the Isabela II.

Day 9 - Santa Fe & South Plaza.

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 and we may see the endemic land iguana on an island walk. There will also be the chance to snorkel from the skiffs, kayak or take a ride in the glass-bottom boat. After lunch the turquoise waters at South Plaza island 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. Along the coastline we find sea lion colonies, while sea birds play with the thermals that form along the cliffs of this small but amazing island.

Day 10 - North Seymour & Las Bachas.

The morning starts with an enjoyable walk along the coast and the interior of North Seymour island, observing numerous bird colonies as well as sea lions and marine iguanas. There will be opportunities for snorkelling 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. Over lunch we relocate to Las Bachas where US military barges were beached and abandoned after World War Two. 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 and we can swim or snorkel from the beach.

Day 11 - Bartolome Island & Sullivan Bay.

Today a Galapagos icon awaits for us at Bartolome Island. A great way to start the day, with a steep climb up a wooden staircase with wonderful views over the island. Following the walk, we will take the dinghies for a ride around colossal Pinnacle Rock, followed by time to enjoy the beach and do some snorkelling or explore the shores and look for Galapagos penguins. After lunch, we 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.

Day 12 - Baltra to London.

Disembark this morning and transfer to the airport for our scheduled flight to Guayaquil and connect to our onward indirect flight to London.

Day 13 - London.

Arrive this afternoon.

  • Blue-footed Boobies
  • Albatross, Galapagos
  • Tree frog

Dates and Prices

Prices per person based on double occupancy
21 October to 2 November 2019
Category Price
Wayra Room at Mashpi Lodge & Classic Cabin on Isabela II £7295
Suite at Mashpi Lodge & Classic Cabin on Isabela II £8125
Suite at Mashpi Lodge & Owners Cabin on Isabela II £8895
Wayra Room at Mashpi Lodge & Standard Cabin on Isabela II for sole use £9795

Tour Reference Code: SCI2221018

Price Includes: Economy class scheduled air travel, four nights hotel accommodation in Quito on a bed and breakfast basis, three nights accommodation at Mashpi Lodge on a full board basis, four nights aboard Isabela II on a full board basis, shore excursions, lunch on days 2 and 3, Galapagos transit fee and tourist card, Noble Caledonia Tour Manager, gratuities, airport taxes.

Not Included: Travel insurance. 

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Isabela II

There are many vessels in the Galapagos accommodating up to 100 passengers but we have chosen to charter the 21-cabin Isabela II for our explorations from our associates and leaders in Galapagos voyages, Metropolitan Touring. Refurbished in 2012, the Isabela II is a stylish yacht ideal for exploring the Galapagos Islands. This accommodates just 40 guests in comfort, and is equipped with Zodiacs for landing on these remote islands. The ship is also equipped with sea kayaks, a glass bottom boat and snorkelling equipment for making the most of your journey around this breathtaking archipelago. Onboard you will be accompanied by a team of passionate and dedicated naturalist guides who will add greatly to  you overall experience.

 
  • Isabela II
  • Sun Deck
  • Isabela II Zodiacs
  • Library
    Library
  • Onboard shop
    Onboard shop
  • Fitness room
    Fitness room
  • Restaurant
    Restaurant
  • Bar
    Bar
  • Standard cabin
    Standard cabin
  • Classic Cabin
    Classic Cabin
  • Your Cabin/Suite

    Your Cabin/Suite 

    Carrying a maximum of only 40 guests, all 21 cabins aboard the Isabela II are en-suite and have outside views with ample storage space, a safety box and a hairdryer. Divided between two decks, there are 20 cabins on the Cabin deck whilst the master cabin is located on the Main Deck next to the dining room. There are 16 Classic Cabins measuring 12.8m² and these have twin beds, Standard Cabins measure 12m² and have double beds. The Master Cabin on the Main Deck is larger and measures 18.9m² and has a double bed, with an additional sitting area. 

  • Your Space

    Your Space 

    The vessel features three decks and is air-conditioned throughout to ensure that the temperature onboard is comfortable at all times. The Lounge features soft furnishings and is where daily briefings and films on the natural world will be shown throughout your voyage. Here you will find a well stocked bar where you can enjoy a drink in the evenings, or perhaps relax with a good book and a cup of tea from the coffee and tea station which is available 24 hrs a day.

    In the reception area you will be welcomed by friendly faces and informative staff and it is here you will find the small gift shop and internet point although quality of reception will depend on location.

    The Sun deck offers breathtaking views of your surroundings and opportunities to look out for nature. Relax on the comfortable deck furniture with a book, keep a look out for passing wildlife or perhaps enjoy a refreshment from the bar. There is also a hot tub and gym available on this deck, and here you will pick up your wetsuits and snorkelling equipment. The Sun deck is also where the Bridge is located which passengers will have access to throughout.  

  • Your Dining

    Your Dining

    The spacious single seating dining room is tastefully decorated and affords outside views and on occasion meals can be enjoyed on the Sun deck. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style, with a wonderful selection of local fresh produce and both hot and cold dishes. For lunch there is a selection of soup and salad, main courses and dessert. Dinner is a set menu served at your table. Coffee, tea and water are included in the price of your cruise, whereas soft drinks, as well as alcoholic beverages, are in addition. 

  • Life On Board

    Life Onboard 

    If you are looking for a relaxed atmosphere and comfortable surroundings, the Isabela II is the perfect choice. The three naturalist guides onboard will always be on hand to answer queries and share their expertise. The emphasis of your trip will be on adventure and exploration and your guides will be able to answer any of your questions or point out unique wildlife along the way. Whether snorkelling, exploring by Zodiac, discovering one of the breathtaking islands by foot, or looking out for whales from the sun deck, your journey promises to be one of discovery shared with like minded travellers. 

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    Please find below further details pertaining to the vessel or click on the booklet to download.

    We are delighted that you have chosen the Isabela II, which we have chartered from our associates at Metropolitan Touring, for your exploration of the Galapagos Islands. Carrying a maximum of only 40 guests, the yacht Isabela II is the perfect choice if you are looking for a relaxed atmosphere and real comfort. The three naturalist guides on board will always be on hand to answer queries and share their expertise. The spacious public areas ensure there is always somewhere to relax with a book or simply enjoy the stunning scenery.

    We hope that this information booklet answers any questions you may have pertaining to the vessel and wish you a pleasant voyage.

    AIR CONDITIONING

    Air temperature can be individually controlled in each cabin.

    BAR HOURS

    The Boat Deck Bar is open from 11:00 to 12:30 and from 14:30 to 18:30 and in the Main Lounge from 18:30 until it closes. All drinks, including those ordered in the dining room, are charged to your shipboard account.

    BULLETIN BOARD

    It is conveniently located at the lobby. The daily programme will be posted here, as well as natural history information regarding Galapagos subjects, announcements and news. Another informative bulletin can be found next to the Reception desk.

    BUSINESS CENTRE

    Located on the Main Deck, right next to the Gift Shop. Please check with the Expedition Leader for books to read during the voyage. After reading, guests are kindly requested to return the books to the library. This quiet location will give you the chance to catch up with your reading. There are also two computers with Internet access, please ask for your code at Reception.

    CABINS

    Carrying a maximum of only 40 guests, all cabins aboard the Isabela II are en-suite and have outside views with ample storage space, a safety box and a hairdryer. There are 18 Classic Cabins measuring 12m² and these have twin beds except for cabins 11 and 12 which feature a double bed. Standard Cabins measure 12.8m² and have double beds. The Master Cabin on the Main Deck is larger and measures 18.9m² and has a double bed, with an additional sitting area.

    COMMUNICATIONS

    Internet connections onboard consist of two computer stations in the business centre and WiFi in the yacht’s social areas; due to the Galapagos’ remote location, internet connections are intermittent and low-bandwidth. During the welcome briefing, you will receive information about these services. There is a satellite phone located at the Reception. Charges will be added to your shipboard account.

    DECK CHAIRS

    Lazy chairs and observation chairs are available on the Boat Deck.

    DINING ROOM

    An open seating policy applies for all meals, with tables unassigned. Meal hours will vary depending on the programme each day, and will be announced and posted daily on the bulletin board. Guests are kindly requested to observe the established meal hours. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style, while dinner is served directly at your table. Coffee, tea, snacks and cookies are always available at the coffee station in the Main Lounge. If you have any special requirements regarding meals, please contact the Hotel Manager. There is always a vegetarian option available.

    DISABLED FACILITIES

    There is no lift or chair lift on board. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, step on and off small boats and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Some of the excursions involve a good deal of walking on uneven trails and sometimes slippery terrain. The ship reserves the right to deny passage to passengers whose physical limitations could disrupt group operations or make it unfeasible for them to accompany the group.

    DRESS CODE

    There is an informal dress code at all times. For dinner and evening programmes, women will find casual outfits entirely suitable. Men will be comfortable in sports shirts and slacks. Please note that bathing suits or bare-feet are not permitted in the dining room at any time. Also, guests are kindly requested not to enter the public areas or cabins with wet or dirty shoes.

    EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

    There is an emergency button in your cabin. Pressing the button signals an alarm on the bridge, whereupon a crew or staff member will immediately come to your cabin. PLEASE USE IT FOR EMERGENCIES ONLY. Life jackets can be found in the wardrobe in your cabin. In the event of an emergency, proceed to the designated MUSTER STATION and await instructions.

    ELECTRICITY

    All electrical outlets in the cabins and bathrooms are 110V. Guests are requested not to plug electrical equipment into other areas of the ship without consulting a ship’s officer about the voltage of the outlets in public areas. Special outlets for 220V are available at Reception. The Hotel Manager can assist you if you need adapters.

    EXERCISE ROOM

    Air conditioned, indoor gym with glass panels, open 24 hours, with a bike, elliptical and a treadmill.

    FACILITIES

    • Bars (two) • Boutique & Gift Shop • Glass Bottom Boat • Jacuzzi • Lounge/Saloon • Medical Officer on board • Use of computers with internet & WiFi internet access (service in this remote region cannot be guaranteed) • Reading Room & Natural History Library • Restaurant • Sea Kayaks • “Shorty” wetsuits ($17 US Dollars per person plus 14% V.A.T.) for snorkelling • Snorkelling Equipment

    GIFT SHOP

    The gift shop is located on the Main Deck, next to Reception. Opening hours of the boutique will be found posted on the bulletin board. All purchases are added to your shipboard account.

    HOT TUB

    For a relaxing time you can use this facility, located on the Sun Deck. Please ensure you read the safety instructions. Open from 10:00 to 20:00 hours, and by request after dinner.

    HOUSEKEEPING

    You will be provided with at least two full services per day.

    ICE

    You may request ice at the Bar. For your convenience, an ice maker machine is also located on the Boat Deck, right behind the Hot Tub. Your cabin is provided with a pitcher and glasses.

    KEYS

    Isabela II does not issue keys to the cabins. For your convenience all cabins are provided with a safe, located within the closet. The instructions for its use are found next to it. If you have difficulties, please do not hesitate to contact the reception.

    LANDINGS

    You will be transferred from the ship to shore in Pumar inflatable landing craft and/or a glass bottom boat. Landings are either wet (where you might have to wade ashore in shallow water) or dry (which make use of a dock or other landing stage). There will generally be an excursion ashore immediately after breakfast, after which you will return to the ship for lunch. There may then be time for a short ‘siesta’ before the afternoon shore excursion. The naturalist-guide will accompany you on all shore excursions.

    LAUNDRY

    Please note that there is no laundry facility on board Isabella II.

    LUGGAGE STORAGE

    Your cabin has been designed so that luggage may be stored under your bed. There is sufficient space in each cabin to hang and store clothing.

    MEDICAL

    Although the seas around the Galapagos tend to be calm, seasickness can still be an issue. We recommend that you take the appropriate precautions, even if you have never previously suffered from motion sickness. There is a doctor on board at all times, therefore please feel free to visit him/her at any time should you need to. Passengers requiring special medications are advised to bring a supply with them.

    MONEY MATTERS

    The official on board currency is the US Dollar. Throughout your cruise you will be signing for all purchases, you will then be presented with your final bill at the end of the cruise. Your final bill can be settled onboard by cash, Travellers’ Cheques (both in US Dollars) or by Credit card (Visa, American Express and Mastercard only). Gratuities are included for all services on the ship and ashore. 8 www.noble-caledonia.co.uk +44 (0)20 7752 0000 9 PHONE CALLS You can make a phone call from Reception. Please ask for assistance. RATE: US$ 2. per minute (subject to change). POST Mailing postcards is possible in Galápagos (Santa Cruz Island, Baltra Island and San Cristóbal Island). The Ecuadorian postal service on the mainland, however, will be faster. We are not responsible for postal delays incurred by the local postal system.

    PUBLIC ADDRESS

    All announcements can be heard on the public address (PA) system in your cabin. Music programming will be selected daily. Please adjust the volume level to your own preference.

    RECEPTION DESK

    The Hotel Manager has an office at the reception area. If there is no one at the reception desk, please leave a message. If there is an urgent matter, please notify any member of the staff or crew and they will be glad to assist you.

    SHOWER & BATHROOM

    The shower in your cabin is equipped with dual controls, for both hot and cold water. If you have any questions about the shower, please don’t hesitate to ask the Hotel Manager. Since the vessel converts salt water into fresh water (desalination), water conservation is always a concern since it uses valuable natural resources. Whenever possible, please save water. Please only flush toilet paper and body-waste. All other items should be placed in the bin. Towels are changed according to our environmental policy: towels lying on the floor will be changed.

    SMOKING

    For the consideration of non-smoking fellow guests, please note that all indoor areas, including cabins, dining room and reception lounge, have been designated as non-smoking areas. Smoking is therefore allowed exclusively outside the bar, located in the Main Deck. Please refrain from smoking on shore, in shore excursion vehicles and in inflatable boats. Smoke and open fire will activate the smoke detectors. Please do not throw your cigarettes overboard, as it is a violation of international maritime pollution laws and they can easily be blown back onto the ship.

    TAX & SERVICE CHARGE

    Because the Yacht Isabela II is an Ecuadorian flagged ship operating in Ecuadorian waters, it is subject to Ecuadorian tax laws. All purchases in the Gift Shop as well as bar charges are subject to the 12% VAT (Value Added Tax). Additionally, the law requires a 10% Service Charge on purchases of all beverages.

    WATER

    The vessel is self-supplied with water. Equipped with two reverse osmosis desalination plants, Isabela II produces sufficient potable water for an ample daily consumption. You will find water bottles in your cabins, as well as a refilling station in the Bar and on the Main Deck.

    ZODIACS

    An asset to the operation in the Galapagos are the inflatable boats, recognised as the safest and most versatile small boats afloat. The inflatable boats on board are 191/2 feet long, powered by four-stroke outboard engines and accommodates12 to 14 guests plus crew.

    PLEASE NOTE:

    The above information is accurate and correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publishing. Noble Caledonia accepts no responsibility for any errors or omissions and none of the facilities or features of the vessel described herein which are not specifically described in our advertisements and on your holiday invoice as being included in your holiday price will be deemed to be included in your holiday package. If you would like further information about the vessel or about any of your holiday arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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  • Your Cabin/Suite

    Your Cabin/Suite 

    Carrying a maximum of only 40 guests, all 21 cabins aboard the Isabela II are en-suite and have outside views with ample storage space, a safety box and a hairdryer. Divided between two decks, there are 20 cabins on the Cabin deck whilst the master cabin is located on the Main Deck next to the dining room. There are 16 Classic Cabins measuring 12.8m² and these have twin beds, Standard Cabins measure 12m² and have double beds. The Master Cabin on the Main Deck is larger and measures 18.9m² and has a double bed, with an additional sitting area. 

  • Your Space

    Your Space 

    The vessel features three decks and is air-conditioned throughout to ensure that the temperature onboard is comfortable at all times. The Lounge features soft furnishings and is where daily briefings and films on the natural world will be shown throughout your voyage. Here you will find a well stocked bar where you can enjoy a drink in the evenings, or perhaps relax with a good book and a cup of tea from the coffee and tea station which is available 24 hrs a day.

    In the reception area you will be welcomed by friendly faces and informative staff and it is here you will find the small gift shop and internet point although quality of reception will depend on location.

    The Sun deck offers breathtaking views of your surroundings and opportunities to look out for nature. Relax on the comfortable deck furniture with a book, keep a look out for passing wildlife or perhaps enjoy a refreshment from the bar. There is also a hot tub and gym available on this deck, and here you will pick up your wetsuits and snorkelling equipment. The Sun deck is also where the Bridge is located which passengers will have access to throughout.  

  • Your Dining

    Your Dining

    The spacious single seating dining room is tastefully decorated and affords outside views and on occasion meals can be enjoyed on the Sun deck. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style, with a wonderful selection of local fresh produce and both hot and cold dishes. For lunch there is a selection of soup and salad, main courses and dessert. Dinner is a set menu served at your table. Coffee, tea and water are included in the price of your cruise, whereas soft drinks, as well as alcoholic beverages, are in addition. 

  • Life On Board

    Life Onboard 

    If you are looking for a relaxed atmosphere and comfortable surroundings, the Isabela II is the perfect choice. The three naturalist guides onboard will always be on hand to answer queries and share their expertise. The emphasis of your trip will be on adventure and exploration and your guides will be able to answer any of your questions or point out unique wildlife along the way. Whether snorkelling, exploring by Zodiac, discovering one of the breathtaking islands by foot, or looking out for whales from the sun deck, your journey promises to be one of discovery shared with like minded travellers. 

  • Ship Directory

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    Please find below further details pertaining to the vessel or click on the booklet to download.

    We are delighted that you have chosen the Isabela II, which we have chartered from our associates at Metropolitan Touring, for your exploration of the Galapagos Islands. Carrying a maximum of only 40 guests, the yacht Isabela II is the perfect choice if you are looking for a relaxed atmosphere and real comfort. The three naturalist guides on board will always be on hand to answer queries and share their expertise. The spacious public areas ensure there is always somewhere to relax with a book or simply enjoy the stunning scenery.

    We hope that this information booklet answers any questions you may have pertaining to the vessel and wish you a pleasant voyage.

    AIR CONDITIONING

    Air temperature can be individually controlled in each cabin.

    BAR HOURS

    The Boat Deck Bar is open from 11:00 to 12:30 and from 14:30 to 18:30 and in the Main Lounge from 18:30 until it closes. All drinks, including those ordered in the dining room, are charged to your shipboard account.

    BULLETIN BOARD

    It is conveniently located at the lobby. The daily programme will be posted here, as well as natural history information regarding Galapagos subjects, announcements and news. Another informative bulletin can be found next to the Reception desk.

    BUSINESS CENTRE

    Located on the Main Deck, right next to the Gift Shop. Please check with the Expedition Leader for books to read during the voyage. After reading, guests are kindly requested to return the books to the library. This quiet location will give you the chance to catch up with your reading. There are also two computers with Internet access, please ask for your code at Reception.

    CABINS

    Carrying a maximum of only 40 guests, all cabins aboard the Isabela II are en-suite and have outside views with ample storage space, a safety box and a hairdryer. There are 18 Classic Cabins measuring 12m² and these have twin beds except for cabins 11 and 12 which feature a double bed. Standard Cabins measure 12.8m² and have double beds. The Master Cabin on the Main Deck is larger and measures 18.9m² and has a double bed, with an additional sitting area.

    COMMUNICATIONS

    Internet connections onboard consist of two computer stations in the business centre and WiFi in the yacht’s social areas; due to the Galapagos’ remote location, internet connections are intermittent and low-bandwidth. During the welcome briefing, you will receive information about these services. There is a satellite phone located at the Reception. Charges will be added to your shipboard account.

    DECK CHAIRS

    Lazy chairs and observation chairs are available on the Boat Deck.

    DINING ROOM

    An open seating policy applies for all meals, with tables unassigned. Meal hours will vary depending on the programme each day, and will be announced and posted daily on the bulletin board. Guests are kindly requested to observe the established meal hours. Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style, while dinner is served directly at your table. Coffee, tea, snacks and cookies are always available at the coffee station in the Main Lounge. If you have any special requirements regarding meals, please contact the Hotel Manager. There is always a vegetarian option available.

    DISABLED FACILITIES

    There is no lift or chair lift on board. Travellers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, step on and off small boats and carry their own luggage at a minimum. Some of the excursions involve a good deal of walking on uneven trails and sometimes slippery terrain. The ship reserves the right to deny passage to passengers whose physical limitations could disrupt group operations or make it unfeasible for them to accompany the group.

    DRESS CODE

    There is an informal dress code at all times. For dinner and evening programmes, women will find casual outfits entirely suitable. Men will be comfortable in sports shirts and slacks. Please note that bathing suits or bare-feet are not permitted in the dining room at any time. Also, guests are kindly requested not to enter the public areas or cabins with wet or dirty shoes.

    EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

    There is an emergency button in your cabin. Pressing the button signals an alarm on the bridge, whereupon a crew or staff member will immediately come to your cabin. PLEASE USE IT FOR EMERGENCIES ONLY. Life jackets can be found in the wardrobe in your cabin. In the event of an emergency, proceed to the designated MUSTER STATION and await instructions.

    ELECTRICITY

    All electrical outlets in the cabins and bathrooms are 110V. Guests are requested not to plug electrical equipment into other areas of the ship without consulting a ship’s officer about the voltage of the outlets in public areas. Special outlets for 220V are available at Reception. The Hotel Manager can assist you if you need adapters.

    EXERCISE ROOM

    Air conditioned, indoor gym with glass panels, open 24 hours, with a bike, elliptical and a treadmill.

    FACILITIES

    • Bars (two) • Boutique & Gift Shop • Glass Bottom Boat • Jacuzzi • Lounge/Saloon • Medical Officer on board • Use of computers with internet & WiFi internet access (service in this remote region cannot be guaranteed) • Reading Room & Natural History Library • Restaurant • Sea Kayaks • “Shorty” wetsuits ($17 US Dollars per person plus 14% V.A.T.) for snorkelling • Snorkelling Equipment

    GIFT SHOP

    The gift shop is located on the Main Deck, next to Reception. Opening hours of the boutique will be found posted on the bulletin board. All purchases are added to your shipboard account.

    HOT TUB

    For a relaxing time you can use this facility, located on the Sun Deck. Please ensure you read the safety instructions. Open from 10:00 to 20:00 hours, and by request after dinner.

    HOUSEKEEPING

    You will be provided with at least two full services per day.

    ICE

    You may request ice at the Bar. For your convenience, an ice maker machine is also located on the Boat Deck, right behind the Hot Tub. Your cabin is provided with a pitcher and glasses.

    KEYS

    Isabela II does not issue keys to the cabins. For your convenience all cabins are provided with a safe, located within the closet. The instructions for its use are found next to it. If you have difficulties, please do not hesitate to contact the reception.

    LANDINGS

    You will be transferred from the ship to shore in Pumar inflatable landing craft and/or a glass bottom boat. Landings are either wet (where you might have to wade ashore in shallow water) or dry (which make use of a dock or other landing stage). There will generally be an excursion ashore immediately after breakfast, after which you will return to the ship for lunch. There may then be time for a short ‘siesta’ before the afternoon shore excursion. The naturalist-guide will accompany you on all shore excursions.

    LAUNDRY

    Please note that there is no laundry facility on board Isabella II.

    LUGGAGE STORAGE

    Your cabin has been designed so that luggage may be stored under your bed. There is sufficient space in each cabin to hang and store clothing.

    MEDICAL

    Although the seas around the Galapagos tend to be calm, seasickness can still be an issue. We recommend that you take the appropriate precautions, even if you have never previously suffered from motion sickness. There is a doctor on board at all times, therefore please feel free to visit him/her at any time should you need to. Passengers requiring special medications are advised to bring a supply with them.

    MONEY MATTERS

    The official on board currency is the US Dollar. Throughout your cruise you will be signing for all purchases, you will then be presented with your final bill at the end of the cruise. Your final bill can be settled onboard by cash, Travellers’ Cheques (both in US Dollars) or by Credit card (Visa, American Express and Mastercard only). Gratuities are included for all services on the ship and ashore. 8 www.noble-caledonia.co.uk +44 (0)20 7752 0000 9 PHONE CALLS You can make a phone call from Reception. Please ask for assistance. RATE: US$ 2. per minute (subject to change). POST Mailing postcards is possible in Galápagos (Santa Cruz Island, Baltra Island and San Cristóbal Island). The Ecuadorian postal service on the mainland, however, will be faster. We are not responsible for postal delays incurred by the local postal system.

    PUBLIC ADDRESS

    All announcements can be heard on the public address (PA) system in your cabin. Music programming will be selected daily. Please adjust the volume level to your own preference.

    RECEPTION DESK

    The Hotel Manager has an office at the reception area. If there is no one at the reception desk, please leave a message. If there is an urgent matter, please notify any member of the staff or crew and they will be glad to assist you.

    SHOWER & BATHROOM

    The shower in your cabin is equipped with dual controls, for both hot and cold water. If you have any questions about the shower, please don’t hesitate to ask the Hotel Manager. Since the vessel converts salt water into fresh water (desalination), water conservation is always a concern since it uses valuable natural resources. Whenever possible, please save water. Please only flush toilet paper and body-waste. All other items should be placed in the bin. Towels are changed according to our environmental policy: towels lying on the floor will be changed.

    SMOKING

    For the consideration of non-smoking fellow guests, please note that all indoor areas, including cabins, dining room and reception lounge, have been designated as non-smoking areas. Smoking is therefore allowed exclusively outside the bar, located in the Main Deck. Please refrain from smoking on shore, in shore excursion vehicles and in inflatable boats. Smoke and open fire will activate the smoke detectors. Please do not throw your cigarettes overboard, as it is a violation of international maritime pollution laws and they can easily be blown back onto the ship.

    TAX & SERVICE CHARGE

    Because the Yacht Isabela II is an Ecuadorian flagged ship operating in Ecuadorian waters, it is subject to Ecuadorian tax laws. All purchases in the Gift Shop as well as bar charges are subject to the 12% VAT (Value Added Tax). Additionally, the law requires a 10% Service Charge on purchases of all beverages.

    WATER

    The vessel is self-supplied with water. Equipped with two reverse osmosis desalination plants, Isabela II produces sufficient potable water for an ample daily consumption. You will find water bottles in your cabins, as well as a refilling station in the Bar and on the Main Deck.

    ZODIACS

    An asset to the operation in the Galapagos are the inflatable boats, recognised as the safest and most versatile small boats afloat. The inflatable boats on board are 191/2 feet long, powered by four-stroke outboard engines and accommodates12 to 14 guests plus crew.

    PLEASE NOTE:

    The above information is accurate and correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publishing. Noble Caledonia accepts no responsibility for any errors or omissions and none of the facilities or features of the vessel described herein which are not specifically described in our advertisements and on your holiday invoice as being included in your holiday price will be deemed to be included in your holiday package. If you would like further information about the vessel or about any of your holiday arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Tour Extensions

    • Before returning to London, we are offering the opportunity to join an exploration of Peru.

      Sacred Valley, Peru Sacred Valley, Peru

      The Itinerary

      Day 1 Galapagos to Lima. Fly by scheduled flight via Guayaquil. On arrival transfer to an airport hotel for an overnight stay.

      Day 2 Lima to Cusco. After breakfast in the hotel we will transfer to the airport for our flight to Cusco. On arrival transfer to the hotel and enjoy an afternoon to acclimatise and relax before we meet tonight for dinner.

      Day 3 Cusco. After a morning at leisure and lunch in a local restaurant, we will explore the city seeing the beautiful buildings such as the Temple of the Sun and old colonial buildings such as the Cathedral and the Museum of Colonial Art. We will then head to the fortress of Sacsayhuaman, a magnificent example of Incan military power, where we find the Qenqo, subterranean galleries and the Incan Baths.

      Day 4 Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu. We leave Cusco this morning and drive to the town of Pisac, famous for its handicraft market but also where the Incas built an observatory to study astronomy as well as an impressive network of cultivated terrace. After lunch continue to the Incan fortress and citadel of Ollantaytambo. After the tour, transfer to the train station for an amazing train journey to the famous Inca Citadel of Machu Picchu, the great mountain-top city abandoned by the Inca Empire, reclaimed by the jungle and lost to humanity until its rediscovery in 1911. Arrive in Aguas Calientes this evening and transfer to our hotel before enjoying dinner.

      Day 5 Machu Picchu to Cusco. Our morning tour will explore the Citadel including the Main Plaza, the Circular Tower, the Sacred Sun Dial, the Royal Quarters, the Temple of the Three Windows and various burial grounds. After lunch we transfer to the train station for our return journey to Cusco. On arrival transfer to our hotel for an overnight stay.

      Day 6 Cusco to Lima. Transfer to the airport for our scheduled flight to Lima. This afternoon join a guided sightseeing tour including Lima’s Historical Centre, Religious Art Museum as well as San Francisco Monastery and its famous underground crypts known as the Catacombs. Continue your visit through the residential Districts of San Isidro and Miraflores. Also visit El Olivar Park with olive trees brought from Spain in the 15th century, the Central Park of Miraflores and El Parque del Amor with views down to the Pacific Ocean. Return to the hotel for an overnight stay.

      Day 7 Lima to London. Enjoy a free morning before we transfer to the airport for our scheduled indirect flight to London.

      Day 8 London. Arrive this afternoon.

    • Prices per person based on double occupancy
      1 to 8 November 2019
      CategoryPrice
      Twin £1995
      Single £2795

      Price Includes: Economy class scheduled air travel from Baltra to Lima and between Lima and Cusco, three nights accommodation in Cusco, two nights in Lima and overnight accommodation in Aguas Calientes on a bed and breakfast basis, dinner on days 2 and 4, lunch on days 3, 4 and 5, excursions, train travel between Cusco and Machu Picchu, transfers, airport taxes.

      Not Included: Travel insurance.

      NB. Please note that the high altitude of this tour may affect some travellers. 

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