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Baja California and the
Sea of Cortez:
Among the Great Whales




March 9 – 16, 2013

Seeing gray whales in their natural habitat is one of the great delights of this voyage. In Bahia Magdalena, venture out in Zodiacs among these magnificent creatures. In the Sea of Cortez, whales, dolphins, sea lions, blue-footed boobies, huge cardon cacti, mangroves and stunning sand dunes are among the wonders you'll encounter. Join Bryn Mawr alumnae/I, family and friends on this wonderful expedition - the entire experience will be illuminated by an expert Expedition Team including an Undersea Specialist from Lindblad.

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Preliminary Itinerary
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FULL ITINERARY

DAY 1 - March 9: LOS ANGELES/LA PAZ/SAN CARLOS/EMBARK

Upon arrival in La Paz, transfer to San Carlos where we embark. (D)

DAYS 2-4 - March 10 – 12: BAHIA MAGDALENA

Navigate through an immense system of protected coves and channels, surrounded by a fringe of mangrove channels at one edge of a vast, windswept plain. Each winter, during their long migration, gray whales travel south from their Arctic feeding grounds to breed and raise their calves in these sheltered waters. Observe migrating whales from the ship and up close from our Zodiacs. Discover dense mangroves by kayak and watch for magnificent frigate birds, pelicans, cormorants, terns, great blue herons, ibis and willets. (B,L,D)

DAY 5 - March 13: LOS CABOS AND GORDA BANKS

Excursion: Keukenhof Gardens. This morning cruise past Friars Rocks at Land's End. For those who wish, we will arrange a visit to the historic town center of San Jose del Cabo. The afternoon is spent at the Gorda Banks seamount, a gathering place for whales, especially humpbacks, as well as dolphins and other sea life. (B,L,D)

DAY 6 - March 14: ISLAS LOS ISLOTES AND ESPIRITU SANTO

At Los Islotes, don flippers, a mask and snorkel (which we'll gladly provide) and swim with curious sea lions. We have a leisurely afternoon to swim, kayak or hike at Espiritu Santo. Brown pelicans, gulls and boobies are all part of the landscape. Finish the day with a relaxing beach barbecue complete with a campfire and a star-filled sky. (B,L,D)

DAY 7 - March 15: EXPLORING THE SEA OF CORTEZ

With the luxury of no specific plan, search for whales among the islands of the southern Sea of Cortez, an area that has proven to be one of the best for finding blue whales, and often common and bottlenose dolphins. Explore the many uninhabited islands such as Isla San Jose or Isla Santa Catalina to walk among huge cacti and observe the diverse bird life. Swim or snorkel with king angelfish, butterfly fish, damselfish and the beautiful parrotfish. (B,L,D)

DAY 8 - March 16: LA PAZ/DISEMBARK/HOME

Disembark in La Paz after breakfast and drive to the airport for flights home. (B)


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Cost & Program Inclusions:

2013 Cost Per Person Double Occupancy

Category 1.............................$5,550
Category 2.............................$6,410
Category 3.............................$7,190

Sole Occupancy
Category 1............................ $8,330
Category 2............................ $9,610

Advance Payment:...............$550

Sample Airfares:

Round Trip Los Angeles/La Paz:
Economy...............from $700
Business...............from $1,759

Cost Includes:
Accommodations; meals indicated; excursions; services of Lindblad Expeditions' Leader, Naturalist staff and expert guides; use of kayaks; snorkel gear; all port charges and service taxes.

Not Included: Air transportation; voyage DVD; personal items such as alcoholic beverages, emails, etc.; discretionary tips to ship's crew.

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS
  • Get an up close view of gigantic gray whales.
  • Swim, snorkel with sea lions & kayak in the azure waters of the Sea of Cortez, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Experience the pristine beauty, abundant wildlife and peerless light of Baja California
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Accommodations

National Geographic Sea Bird

Linblad's twin expedition ship, National Geographic Sea Bird , can reach places inaccessible to larger ships due to their small size, yet comfortably accommodates 62 guests in 31 outside cabins. All cabins face outwards with windows, private facilities and individual climate control.

Thanks to Linblad's sturdy fleet of Zodiacs and virtually untippable kayaks, you can be off the ship and out exploring within a moment's notice. Launch your kayak from a picturesque beach, hike with our Bryn Mawr Faculty Lecturer or Linblad's naturalists into the rain forest or walk easily along a sandy dune.

The Public Areas of the ships include a Library; Lounge with full-service bar and facilities for films, slide shows and presentations; Observation Deck; partially covered Sun Deck with chairs and tables, and LEXspa. Linblad's "Open Bridge" policy provides guests and opportunity to meet their Officers and Captain and learn about navigation.

All meals are served in single a seating with unassigned tables for an informal atmosphere and easy mingling. Breakfast is a wide selection buffet and lunch is often served family style. Menu emphasizes local flair.

Linblad's state of the art Expedition Equipment includes: Bow Camera, hydrophone, kayaks, snorkeling gear, Splash-Cam, underwater video camera, video microscope and, Zodiac landing craft. Special Features: Guest internet access, Wellness Program and LEXmarket. A Video Chronicler onboard all voyages.

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