Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview

SPECIAL OFFERS

Early Booking Savings: 2023 Dates for 2022 Rates

2022 prices guaranteed for select 2023 departures if booked by Jan. 31, 2022. Valid on the cabin fare only. Does not include rate protection on offers that may have been promoted for 2023 departures, extensions or land-only programs. This promotion is valid only on itineraries that repeat in 2023 from 2022. If a product is offered in 2023 and was not available in 2022, there is no special rate for it. This offer excludes expeditions on the Sea Cloud and Lord of the Glens.

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Book by February 28, 2022 for a free 2-day/1-night Loreto Mission & Hike pre-extension. This exclusive extension includes 3 meals, an overnight stay at Hotel La Mision, and the mission entrance fee. Subject to availability, and must be requested at time of booking. Not redeemable for cash or credit. Call for details.

Air Credit on Select Expedition Cruises

Book by February 28, 2022 to receive a $350 air credit per person on select departures. Valid for new bookings only, subject to availability, not applicable on extensions, and may not be combined with other offers. Credit will be deducted from cabin fare, prior to any additional applicable savings. Call for details.

Special Offer for Solo Travelers

Book by February 28, 2022 and we will waive the solo traveler premium on select 2022 departures. Solo travelers will pay double occupancy rates for solo occupancy in designated cabins/categories. Valid for new bookings only, subject to availability, not applicable on extensions, and may not be combined with other offers. Call for details.

  • Aboard a state-of-the-art expedition ship, cruise the Sea of Cortez in the springtime—the best season for spotting many whale species and large pods of dolphins.
  • Enjoy a flexible itinerary that allows us to maximize opportunities for wildlife sightings.
  • Explore sea caves by kayak or expedition landing craft, hike uninhabited beaches, and snorkel among fish and acrobatic sea lions.
  • Meet researchers on Isla Rasa and witness the nesting of thousands of Heermann’s gulls, as well as elegant and royal terns.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Journey to Baja California in the spring, a season that welcomes multiple species of whales—including blue, sperm, pilot, fin, humpback, and Bryde’s—to the Sea of Cortez. Search for these majestic creatures from the decks of the National Geographic Venture, and at water level from nimble Zodiacs. Explore a vibrant archipelago of untouched islands inhabited by myriad bird species, and go ashore to hike through spiny cactus forests and soaring red canyons. Navigate along rugged coastlines by kayak, and don snorkeling gear to explore the world beneath the waves, home to frolicking sea lions and colorful fish.

This trip is operated in collaboration with Lindblad Expeditions.

Day 1: U.S./Loreto, Mexico

Fly into Loreto, located on the Pacific coast of Mexico's Baja peninsula. Transfer to the National Geographic Venture and set sail on the Sea of Cortez.

Meals Included:Dinner
Days 2-7: Exploring the Sea of Cortez

Our routing is designed with flexibility in mind to maximize opportunities for wildlife sightings. It will most likely include the islands and activities listed below, although the order may vary.

ISLAS SAN ESTEBAN AND SAN PEDRO MÁRTIR: Walk up a desert wash to search for desert songbirds and the endemic pinto chuckwalla—a harmless desert lizard. Later, visit Isla San Pedro Mártir, a 1,000-foot-high guano-covered island that is home to thousands of seabirds. Blue-footed boobies, red-billed tropicbirds, pelicans, and frigatebirds are all found here.

ISLA SAN JOSE: One of the larger islands in the Sea of Cortez, San Jose offers several landing possibilities. Photograph the ochre cliffs of the island's eastern shore, hike an "enchanted" arroyo, or visit an abandoned salt works. Discover rare wildlife, from lizards to songbirds, amid towering cactus groves.

ISLA SAN MARCOS: At Isla San Marcos there is a beautiful cove for swimming, snorkeling, and kayaking. In the afternoon, we’ll navigate the whale-rich waters near the mouth of Bahía Concepcion, where we stand a good chance of sighting several species, particularly fin or sperm. With luck, these beautiful animals may join us on our journey, whether bow-riding, spy-hopping, or breaching high above the waves.

BAHIA LORETO: Start the day searching for marine life in the waters south of Isla Carmen, an area that has proven to be one of the best for finding blue and fin whales, as well as bottlenose and common dolphins. In the afternoon, visit one of the islands of Bahía Loreto Marine Park, where we’ll have ample time for kayaking, snorkeling, stand-up paddleboarding, and possibly hiking. In the evening, enjoy a beach barbecue under the desert sky.

LOS ISLOTES AND ISLA SAN FRANCISCO: At Isla Los Islotes, snorkelers have one of life’s great opportunities—swimming with sea lions. In the afternoon, we sail to Isla San Francisco. With pink sea cliffs and a stunning half-moon bay, it is one of the most beautiful islands in the Sea of Cortez. We have a leisurely afternoon for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and bird-watching.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Day 8: Loreto, Mexico/U.S.

After breakfast, disembark in Loreto and spend a day exploring this quaint seaside town. Visit the first Jesuit mission established in Baja California and a museum dedicated to Loreto's history. Wander down vibrant side streets and stop into charming shops on sunlit plazas. After lunch, transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Meals Included:Breakfast