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Mexico Expedition Cruise: Baja California and the Sea of Cortez

13 days from £4,375pp

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Mexico Expedition Cruise: Baja California and the Sea of Cortez

13 days from £4,375pp

Price excludes international flights at the beginning and end of the trip

 

Private Journey

 

Transport

Two domestic flights. 8 day expedition/adventure cruise.

Accommodation

This holiday incorporates an adventurous cruise on board a comfortable mid-range expeditionary cruise ship, Safari Endeavour, accommodating 84-88 guests and 34-37 staff and crew. The many facilities includes covered wine bar, two hot tubs, sauna, exercise equipment and massage rooms. Equipment is available for the following activities: snorkelling, paddle boarding and kayaking.  

Your hotels are good quality mid-range properties with plenty of Mexican character.  

Meals

Breakfast daily; full board on the cruise ship days 4-11.

Guides

We carefully select our local partners, some of whom we have worked with for over 30 years. Their English-speaking guides understand the expectations of our clients very well, and are consistently singled out for praise by the latter on their return. Your guides on the Safari Endeavour cruise are specialists in adventure activities, wildlife, geology and history. Themed departures feature guest lecturers prominent in their fields: biology, ornithology, wellness, photography. 

Included excursions

• Full-day guided tour of Mexico City and Anthropology Museum
• A choice of activities from the ship - all are included in the price..

Summary of nights

12 days, 11 nights: Mexico City 2; San José del Cabo 1; cruise 7; La Paz 1.. 

Included in the journey price

• Services of our team of experts in our London office.
• Services of Journey Latin America local representatives and guides.
• All land and air transport within Latin America.
• Accommodation as specified.
• Meals as specified.
• Excursions as specified, including entrance fees.

Not included in the journey price

• Tips and gratuities.
• Meals other than specified.
• International flights to Latin America.
• Airport taxes, when not included in the ticket
• Optional excursions.

Currency

The unit of currency in Mexico is the Mexican peso.

Daily spend

It is very difficult to give a guideline for essential expenses but a budget of around US$40 (for the days when you are not on the cruise, will cover food, drinks and the odd souvenir. Eat at the best restaurants in Mexico City and you may pay more.. 

How to take it

Cash machines are available in all major cities and towns, and so taking a debit or credit card with a PIN number is the most convenient way of withdrawing money while on your trip, and in most shops and restaurants you can also pay by card. However, since cards can get lost, damaged, withheld or blocked, you should not rely exclusively on a card to access funds. We recommend that additionally you take a reasonable quantity of US dollars cash (no more than is covered by your insurance), which you can exchange into local currency. Dollar bills should be in good condition, soiled or torn bills may be refused. You can take sterling, but the exchange rate is not always competitive or even available, restricting the number of places where you can change money.

Tipping

The cruise staff and local guides onshore will welcome a gratuity: they often rely on their tip as a significant proportion of their income. Most service industry workers will hope for a tip so it is useful to have spare change for waiters, hotel porters, taxi drivers etc. It is common to leave 10 - 12% in restaurants

Tipping guidelines can be found in our Briefing Dossier.
 

Insurance

Travel insurance is essential. Details of our recommended policy can be found on our Travel Insurance page. 

Airport taxes

If you have purchased your flights through Journey Latin America, the international departure tax is usually included in the ticket.

Journey grade

This holiday is suitable for all able, reasonably fit visitors. If you have doubts about your fitness for the cruise, we will send you a medical questionnaire. 

Families are welcome but children must be over 8 years old. There is no special entertainment programme on board for children. Children and and teenagers who are interested in the wildlife and nature as well as water sports should enjoy the cruise. 

Climate

In Mexico City and the mountains towns the climate is temperate all year round and, because of the altitude it never gets too hot. Temperatures can drop to freezing in Mexico City over the winter months.

The islands of the Sea of Cortez enjoy 300-360 days of sunshine a year, year round temperatures in the 20°s and 30°s C tempered by sea breezes, and little rain. The sea is colder on the Pacific side because of cold currents. 

Clothing and special equipment

Bring practical, comfortable clothing and a light-weight jumper. If you plan to eat in smart restaurants in Mexico City, although clothing is not formal (no need for jacket and tie), something quite smart would be appropriate. 

For the kayaking light and protective clothing, a sun hat and practical sandals (they will get wet) are advised. For both the evenings and nights, bring warm and comfortable clothing; a light fleece jacket. Trousers, skirt or shorts made from light, quick-drying synthetic materials work well. 

Strong, comfortable shoes or trainers are advisable and you should bring insect repellant, sun block, sun glasses, goggles and swim wear. 

Please get in touch with the office before departure if you have any doubts.

Vaccinations

Preventative vaccinations are recommended against the following; typhoid; polio; tetanus; hepatitis A. For specific requirements you must consult your GP.

You can also find helpful information on the Masta Travel Health website. 

Visas

Holders of a full British passport do not require a visa, although passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the trip begins.   Holders of a full British passport do not require a visa, although passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the trip begins. 

APIS and ESTA - important flight information:

ESTA - if flying to the US, or via the US, you will need to fill in an ESTA application online at ESTA online.

This costs $14 per person, and must be applied for by you personally.

Passports must also be e-passports with an embedded digital chip  Avoid locking suitcases when transiting the USA, as their customs authorities retain the right to break into them.

APIS - Many countries now oblige airlines to provide additional information about passengers prior to the flight departure. This Advance Passenger Information (APIS) must be supplied to us promptly in order to issue tickets and avoid fare increases. We will provide the airlines with the relevant details if we are booking your international flights. If the information is not provided you may be denied boarding.

Clients with a different nationality should refer to our Briefing Dossier and check with the Mexican Consulate.

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