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Le Soleal

Baja Peninsula and the Sea of Cortez with National Geographic

**SPECIAL OFFER**Early Booking Savings of up to 30% may be applied to all cruises on this ship. These savings vary according to the number of available cabins on the ship so please call our agents to get the most up-to-date price on your cruise. Built in the style of the world’s most luxurious mega-yachts and newly launched in 2013, Le Soléal offers an exquisite cruising experience, combining exciting voyages of discovery with the passionate attention to detail that creates an intimate and relaxing setting for this most graceful form of travel. With its sleek and environmentally friendly design, Le Soléal is capable of accessing smaller ports and its unobstructed arching windows expand your view of the most beautiful scenery. All 132 staterooms and suites are furnished with only the most elegant decor; pristine silvers, creamy whites and a style fashioned after today’s luxury yachting world. Enjoy delicious French cuisine at the stunning Gastronomic Restaurant or a casual buffet lunch in the Grill Restaurant. Relax with a cocktail in the Main Lounge and take in live entertainment in the Panoramic Lounge and the state-of-the-art theatre. Unwind in the fitness room, or survey the horizon from the open-air bar and pool deck.

 

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Embark

Embark the ship in San Diego.

Day 1: San Diego

Arrive in the southern city of San Diego located south of California, close to the border with Mexico. Board Le Soleal in San Diego. You will have time to explore your cabin and new surroundings. Later you will join fellow guests for the captains first dinner, drinks and evening entertainment.

Days 2-3: At Sea

Spend the next two days at sea as Le Soleal gently sails towards Cabo San Lucas, located at the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula. Enjoy the ship's fantastic amenities including the onboard Spa.

Day 4: Cabo San Lucas

Spend the day relaxing in this beautiful Mexican beach resort located on the Baja California Peninsular. The resort is famous for its rock formation emerging from the ocean and its magnificent white sand beaches, the small town also has lively nightlife.

Day 5: Coronado Island - Danzante Island

Spend the morning exploring Coronado Island, an uninhabited and designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site among the islands and protected areas of the Gulf of California, the island is home to extremely rich biodiversity. Join a snorkelling trip and be amazed by the underwater marine life including sea lions, sea turtles and multi-coloured fish. In the afternoon the ship sails to Dazante Island, a small island measuring scarcely 5 km2, that will take you on a marvellous journey into nature of magical beauty. Located on the western side of the island you find beautiful white sandy beaches. If you cut inland via the many hiking paths it will enable you to discover the surrounding fauna and flora. During a snorkelling trip, you’ll also be able to explore the underwater world teeming with many endemic species.

Day 6: Monserrat Island - Puerto Agua Verde

Take a Zodiac ride to the island of Monserrat, one of the islands that form the Bahía de Loreto Maritime National Park. Created in 1996 and covering more than 2,000 km2 in the heart of the Sea of Cortez, this park offers many panoramas: rocky shorelines, underwater canyons, mangroves, sea cliffs…It will also be the departure point for another amazing snorkelling trip. To the south of the Bahía de Loreto Maritime National Park, the largest protected area in the Gulf of California, discover Puerto Agua Verde, with its superb rocky formations and its almost surreally coloured waters.

Day 7: Punta Colorada - Bahia Amortajada, San Jose Island

Arrive at the wonderful island of San Jose, located north of the Bay of La Paz. Your first stop is Punta Colorada on the western side boasting huge red and ochre coloured cliffs which you can admire from the Zodiac dinghy. Inland admire the cacti and the underwater world has an unforgettable show in store for you, with angel fish, butterfly fish and damsel fish. Further south, in Bahia Amortajada, your expedition team will lead you into the heart of the mangrove forests to discover completely unspoilt nature.

Day 8: Los Islotes - Isla Partida - Espíritu Santo

In the morning journey by Zodiac dinghy to observe a large colony of Sea Lions which reside on the rocky islets to the south west of the California Bay. You will have the possibility of swimming alongside them: a moving experience. The jewels of the Sea of Cortez, the twin islands of Espíritu Santo and La Partida will reveal the splendour of landscape that is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Only accessible by boat, they will reveal to you the beauty of their sheer cliffs, turquoise bays and stunning beaches. La Partida is particularly rich in secret viewpoints from which you’ll be able to admire exceptional panoramas. Lastly the island of Espíritu Santo, has an exceptionally well-preserved ecosystem that enables the observation of exceptional fauna and flora.

Day 9: Cerralvo Island

Located at the entrance of the Gulf of California, this land of intact beauty is home to superb jagged cliffs and many sandy beaches. The underwater reliefs and surrounding ocean currents have fostered the development of extremely rich marine life. During a snorkelling trip, you may thus perhaps meet golden groupers, sailfish or marlins.

Days 10-11: At Sea

Spend the next two days at sea as the ship sails towards Huatulco, Mexico.

Day 12: Huatulco

Spend the day in Huatulco, a seaside resort on the Mexican Pacific coast in the southern State of Oaxaca. You will be spoilt for choice with no less than 36 beaches to choose from! 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 13: At Sea

Spend the day at sea as the ship sails toward Guatemala.

Day 14: Puerto Quetzal

Your voyage ends in Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala, the largest port in the country. Close to the city, the ravishing little old city of Antigua, is a former colonial capital listed as World Heritage by UNESCO. You’ll admire the wealth of its historical monuments.

Disembark

Disembark the ship in Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala.

Includes

  • 13 Nights' accommodation on board Le Soleal
  • Full Board from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the last day
  • Mineral water, coffee and wine served with lunch and dinner
  • Afternoon tea daily
  • 24 hour room service (selected menu)
  • Evening gatherings and organised entertainment
  • Porterage from the quayside to the ship and vice versa
  • English-speaking guest-speaker (when applicable)
  • Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Port Taxes
  • A cruise in partnership with National Geographic Expeditions offering enrichment with a National Geographic Photographer and an Expert specialised in the destination onboard
  • Shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with your naturalist guides

Excludes

  • International transportation
  • Transfers to and from the ship
  • Port Taxes
  • Optional excursions
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior your departure
  • Visas (where required)
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Possibility of diving (PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or equivalent) with an experienced instructor on board and of snorkelling with your expedition team. (Additional cost)
 

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