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Sea of Cortez Discovery

Discover unique landscapes and unrivalled biodiversity on this exceptional voyage discovering the Sea of Cortez, with exciting Zodiac landings led by the experienced Expedition Team

Luxury Expedition Holiday
San Diego
Cabo San Lucas
Isla San Jose

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Enjoy an unforgettable luxury expedition cruise to the Sea of Cortez, an area offering biodiversity, rich marine life and stunning landscapes.

Join your stylish ship in the Californian city of San Diego and set sail along the spectacular Baja California peninsula, before entering the Sea of Cortez, named in tribute to conquistador Hernan Cortes. Spend an incredible four days observing the abundant marine life of this UNESCO-listed Eden. See playful dolphins and tortoises, as well as an array of colourful fish gliding through the crystal clear waters.

Enjoy exciting Zodiac landings with the experienced Expedition Team. There is no better way to discover the beautiful islands of the Sea of Cortez. Take the opportunity to snorkel or enjoy guided hikes. Your ship then cruises to Huatulco in Mexico, renowned for its well-preserved bays and gorgeous beaches, before continuing to Puerto Quetzal, gateway to the colonial town of Antigua.

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Sea of Cortez Luxury Expedition Itinerary

Day 1 - San Diego (USA)

Embark your ship in San Diego.

Days 2-3 - At sea

Relax on board and make use of the facilities during a couple of days at sea.

Day 4 - Cabo San Lucas (Mexico)

The seaside resort of Cabo San Lucas is located on the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula and has a lot to offer. It is renowned for its rock formation rising from the ocean and its stunning white sand beaches. The town also has lively nightlife.

Day 5 - Monserrat - Puerto Agua Verde

Land by Zodiac on the island of Monserrat, one of the islands which makes up the Bahia de Loreto Maritime National Park. Monserrat's pristine white sand beach will be the starting point for a snorkelling trip accompanied by the Expedition Team. Continue to Puerto Agua Verde and admire the striking rock formations. Explore by Zodiac, snorkel and swim.

Day 6 - Punta Colorada - Bahia Amortajada

North of the bay of La Paz is San Jose Island. In the west is Punta Colorada with its red and orche cliffs which you'll be able to admire as you approach the coast by Zodiac. Inland you'll find giant cacti, while the turquoise waters are home to a variety of fish including angel fish and butterfly fish. Continue to Bahia Amortajada where the Expedition Team will lead you into the heart of the mangrove forests.

Day 7 - Los Islotes - Isla Partida - Espiritu Santo Island

Los Islotes are rocky islets situated to the south west of California Bay and renowned for their large colony of California sea lions. A Zodiac excursion is the perfect way to see these animals and you may have the opportunity to swim alongside them. Continue to the twin islands of Isla Partida and Espiritu Santo, considered jewels of the Sea of Cortez. Discover sheer cliffs, turquoise bays and sublime beaches, as well as a variety of flora and fauna.

Day 8 - Cerralvo Island

Cerralvo Island is also called Jacques Cousteau Island in honour of the famous French oceanographer. Outstanding natural beauty awaits. During a snorkelling trip, you may be lucky enough to see golden groupers, sailfish and marlins. There will also be a walk along a dry river bed with the Expedition Team.

Days 9-10 - At sea

Enjoy the facilities on board during relaxing days at sea.

Day 11 - Huatulco

The seaside resort of Huatulco has 36 incredible beaches, four of which are ecological preserves. In addition to the beautiful bays and beaches, you can explore and shop in the small communities of the Huatulco area, such as La Crucecita, Santa Cruz or old Santa Maria Huatulco.

Day 12 - At sea

Enjoy the facilities on board during a relaxing day at sea.

Day 13 - Puerto Quetzal (Guatemala)

Disembark your ship in Puerto Quetzal.

Due to the nature of this itinerary, the Captain reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 12-night full board expedition cruise
  • Open bar with wine, beer and house champagne
  • Welcome Cocktail Reception and Captain's Farewell Dinner
  • 24 hour room service (selected menu)
  • Evening entertainment
  • All landings and trips by zodiac
  • Expert guides
  • Complimentary unlimited Wi-Fi on board

Price Does Not Include

  • International flights - please contact us for a quote
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional shore excursions
  • Personal expenses and gratuities
  • Port charges

Cruise Extensions

  • San Diego Extension Extend your holiday with a pre-cruise overnight hotel stay in San Diego with city tour. Please contact us for more details
  • La Antigua Extension Extend your holiday with a post-cruise overnight hotel stay in La Antigua de Guatemala. Please contact us for more details

Please contact us for the latest dates and prices

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