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GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS EXPEDITION CRUISE

Silver Galapagos

Lava fields. Tidal pools. Mangroves. As you make your way through the wild landscapes of the western Galapagos, see what Charles Darwin once saw: creatures unafraid of predators and open to human interaction. On this cruise, snorkel with turtles and marvel at marine iguanas and blue-footed boobies as you travel through—and learn about—the distant islands Darwin made famous.




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Date Duration Voyage code Starting From Ship
8-day voyages all year 7 Days Voyage 8837 $ 7,900.00 Silver Galapagos


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Expedition Highlights
  • Day 1 — San Cristobal
    Embark Silver Galapagos for your exciting Silversea Western Galápagos Expedition. After settling in and attending a mandatory safety drill we will be setting sail. This afternoon you will be introduced to your Expedition Team. During the late afternoon Silver Galapagos will circumnavigate Kicker Rock. We will be looking for frigatebirds, Swallow-tailed Gulls and Nazca Boobies. The geological formation and its impressive height can best be seen from the ship and conditions permitting we will be able to observe one of the most beautiful sunsets of the Galapagos Islands. In the evening you will enjoy the first of many memorable meals in The Restaurant.
  • Day 2 — Bartolomé and Playa Espumilla, Santiago
    Some of the most spectacular landscapes in the islands come into view. Just off the coast of Santiago, Bartolomé boasts some of the most magnificent landscapes in the islands including the famous Pinnacle Rock, a towering obelisk at the edge of the ocean. Go snorkelling or take a walk along the beach to look for the playful Galápagos Penguin, perched on a rock or zooming underwater. Beautiful Espumilla Beach is an important nesting site for the East Pacific green sea turtle. We will walk through the arid vegetation zone of the interior where we will see the largest palo santo trees in the Galápagos, the perfect habitat for several species of Darwin’s finches. At times of the year when conditions are not ideal at Espumilla, you will enjoy a visit to Buccaneer’s Cove. This protected cove once served as a safe harbour for pirates as they repaired their ships and replenished their stores. Today, it offers a wealth of water-based activities, including snorkelling with a kaleidoscopic array of tropical fish, whitetip reef sharks, fur seals and even eagle rays. You can embark on a kayak or Zodiac tour and spy some of the beautiful geologic features of the area—red cliffs, natural caves and unique rock formations—while perhaps spotting seabirds like the Brown Noddy that nest in the cliffs.
  • Day 3 — Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela, and Punta Espinoza, Fernandina
    The arid landscape of Isabela, the largest and youngest island in the Galápagos, is pierced by five majestic shield volcanoes. Snorkelling is probably the best although coldest in the islands at Punta Vicente Roca, located at the base of Ecuador Volcano. Half of this volcano collapsed about 100,000 years ago—meaning that visitors now get a spectacular cutaway view of the caldera. Aboard a Zodiac, we will look for Flightless Cormorants and Galapagos Penguins. The largest colony of marine iguanas in the Galápagos can be seen sunning on the black lava shores of Punta Espinoza at the northeastern corner of Fernandina. One of the most pristine islands in the world, Fernandina hosts an impressive array of wildlife including sea lions, colourful Sally Lightfoot crabs and the rare endemic Flightless Cormorant.
  • Day 4 — Caleta Tagus and Bahía Elizabeth, Isabela
    A short cruise across the Bolivar Strait brings Silver Galapagos to Tagus Cove on Isabela Island. Yellow Warblers and Galápagos Mockingbirds may escort our hike between palo santo trees and yellow cordias, passing the briny Darwin Lake along the way. Join the snorkelling tour to look for penguins, cormorants and the shy Brown Noddy along the sheltered cliffs. You may also explore the area on a kayak. The tallest red mangrove trees in the Galápagos are found in Elizabeth Bay, an idyllic mangrove lagoon and a fascinating place to observe marine life. We will take a Zodiac through the mangroves where sea turtles swim close to the surface, and pelicans and herons stalk for fish or crab. Sea lions and penguins are also prevalent in this marine sanctuary.
  • Day 5 — Post Office Bay and Punta Cormorant or Champion, Floreana
    Floreana has been luring visitors since the 18th century when whalers hunted the island for tortoises and pirates sought shelter in its caves. Sailors established a rustic mailing system still in use today: a box –today a barrel nailed to a pole- where they would drop letters hoping they would be delivered by other mariners sailing home. You can continue the tradition if you choose. Afterwards take a walk along the lovely beach, or go snorkelling in a colourful underwater world. A sea lion rookery has developed on Floreana’s northern shore. Amid lava rocks that are dotted with prickly pear cacti and sesuvium, a small colony of the creatures thrives. Pups are particularly curious when visitors arrive—they love to go in the water and investigate Zodiacs as they pass through their waters. As you travel along the coast, you may find many other creatures that look for shelter amid the red and white mangroves: eagle rays, marine turtles, Brown Pelicans and resting Cattle Egrets. Kayaking through the turquoise waters here is a true pleasure, inviting a sense of peaceful solitude and an invigorating feeling of connection to nature. At Punta Cormorant, one of the most interesting sites in the islands, we will land on the olive-green sand and walk to Flour Beach, a favourite nesting site for green sea turtles, hoping to see flamingos on the way. Floreana also offers some of the best snorkelling sites in the Galápagos.
  • Day 6 — Cerro Dragón and Las Bachas, Santa Cruz
    Cerro Dragon’s land iguanas have played an important part in the conservation program by the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Galapagos National Park. When their numbers declined in the 1970s some animals were taken to breed in captivity, others were put onto the neighbouring islet Venecia. As these programs were successful, we will be heading inland on a trail leading past small saltwater lagoons that periodically feature flamingos to see the reintroduced animals. Once at the hill, we will circle Cerro Dragon, looking for the land iguanas and their burrows. There might also be the possibility to snorkel near the landing site if time and tides permit. Silver Galapagos will relocate to the northern shore of Santa Cruz during the early afternoon. At Las Bachas there will be the chance to swim from one of the two beaches, see White-cheeked Pintails and flamingos at a lagoon behind the beach and look for sea turtles -Las Bachas is one of the major nesting sites for them.
  • Day 7 — Los Gemelos, Puerto Ayora and the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, Santa Cruz
    The second largest island in the archipelago is home to both the largest human settlement and the second largest wild tortoise population. We will visit Los Gemelos, two pit craters in the midst of a forest of tall scalesia trees that look like giant daisies and are endemic to the Galápagos. There is a good chance to spot land birds, especially one of the rare and endemic Galápagos Martins. In the afternoon, the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center gives us the opportunity to see both the domed tortoise and the iconic saddleback tortoise after which the islands were named.
  • Day 8 — Baltra
    Following breakfast, disembark Silver Galapagos for your return flight from Baltra Airport. Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather, wildlife activity and conditions. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.


Departs From
San Cristobal

Day 1

The journey begins

Location:SAN CRISTOBAL

Like so many of the islands in the Galapagos, San Cristobal is formed by dormant volcanoes. It lies to the east of the archipelago and is one of the oldest islands in the group. Approximately 6,000 people live on the island, making their living from tourism, fishing, in government offices, or off the rich volcanic soils with some limited farming existing in the highlands. Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on the southwestern tip of the island is the capital city of the Galapagos Islands. A statue of Charles Darwin graces the harbor, marking one of the first places he likely stepped ashore in the 1830s.

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Location: ROCA LEON DORMIDO

The Silver Galapagos will circumnavigate Kicker Rock, one of the most iconic features of the Galapagos Islands. The small landform is formed by two tall towers of lava rock and when viewed from the south, resembles a sleeping lion. This phenomenon is reflected in the Spanish name “Leon Dormido” or literally, Sleeping Lion. As the ship steers around the islands, your Expedition Team will point out seabirds, such as Swallow-tailed Gulls, Nazca Boobies and frigatebirds.

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Location: BARTOLOME

Our ship anchors in sight of the volcanic moonscape of Isla Bartolomé, at Sullivan Bay. Zodiacs bring guests ashore to ascend a boardwalk of 388 steps. Passing through the arid volcanic landscape provides a chance to watch for lava lizards, Galapagos Hawks, and Blue-footed Boobies. However, the climber’s ultimate reward is one of the most beautiful panoramas in all of the Galapagos Islands – the view towards Pinnacle Rock with black, volcanic cones of Baltra, Daphne Major and Daphne Minor in the distance.

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Location: PLAYA ESPUMILLA (SANTIAGO)

Playa Espumilla is located on the northwestern side of Santiago Island and is home to a variety of wildlife including nesting green sea turtles, and plentiful birds such as flamingos, White-cheeked Pintails, Yellow Warblers, Galapagos Hawks, Whimbrels, and American Oystercatchers. Zodiacs will land you at the center of the white-sand beach to join a trail that passes by a seasonal lagoon hosting a variety of bird life.

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Location: PUNTA VICENTE (ROCA ISABELA)

The agile Silver Galapagos can anchor in deep water right up against the cliffs of Punta Vicente Roca on the northwest side of Isabela Island. From our anchorage Zodiacs set out to cruise beneath the imposing volcanic coastline. The cliffs support endemic Flightless Cormorants, Galapagos fur seals, Blue-footed Boobies, and marine iguanas. The waters below hold scores of Eastern Pacific green sea turtles swimming all around the Zodiacs.

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Location: PUNTA ESPINOZA (FERNANDINA)

With the gentle slopes of La Cumbre volcano in the distance, the low, lava-forged coast of Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island is a spectacular sight. Hundreds of marine iguanas rest on the black rock of recent lava flows absorbing heat from the stone and defending their territories against one another. Galapagos sea lions and their pups also take shelter here, resting on the beach and playing in the shallow tide pools sprinkled along the coast.

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Location: CALETA TAGUS (ISABELA)

Tagus Cove is a sheltered area southwest of Volcán Darwin on Isabela Island. The protected waters of this cove are home to sea turtles, marine iguanas, Flightless Cormorants and Galapagos Penguins. In addition, the cove has offered safe anchorage to visiting ships through the ages. Here you can choose to kayak, snorkel or head ashore to discover centuries-old names of vessels that were painted or carved onto the rock near the landing site. After landing by Zodiac, you may hike through the forest of Palo Santo trees to access the upper reaches of a volcanic cone.

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Location: BAHIA ELIZABETH (ISABELA)

The tranquil inlets of Elizabeth Bay are the perfect spot for a Zodiac cruise. First pass the “Las Marielas” islets, which are home to Blue-footed Boobies, Flightless Cormorants, Galapagos Penguins, Galapagos sea lions and Sally Lightfoot crabs. Then journey on into the bay flanked by the massive volcanoes of Sierra Negra and Alcedo and continue past fresh and desolate lava fields heading towards tall green mangrove trees growing out of black lava shores. In the easternmost embayment lies a hidden inlet.

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Location: POST OFFICE BAY (FLOREANA)

Post Office Bay is steeped in history and received its name thanks to a post box that was placed ashore before 1813. Ships that were visiting the Galapagos on multi-year voyages would leave letters here to be collected and delivered by vessels on their way home. Visitors today can keep the tradition alive by leaving their own postcards in the post box (now a barrel) and looking for any they can deliver by hand back at home. Activities at Post Office Bay can include exploring a cave created by lava that runs underground towards the ocean.

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Location: ISLOTE CAMPEON (FLOREANA)

Isla Champion is a small islet off Floreana Island’s northeast coast. To cruise by it reveals a bare, rocky island without much allure, but to enter the infinitely blue waters around this small landmass is to discover a spectacular underwater realm. The visibility is generally impressive and thanks to this water clarity snorkelers often spot reef sharks patrolling the reef wall, cruising Pacific green turtles, and playful Galapagos sea lions. Encounters in the blue with thousands of small silver minnows, large tuna fish, or oceanic sunfish are not unheard of either.

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Day 6

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Location: PUNTA CORMORANT (FLOREANA)

Floreana Island’s northernmost point is called Punta Cormorant – named after the British naval vessel HMS Cormorant and dating back to the late 19th century. From the landing beach a short track leads to a shallow lagoon that is famous for its flamingos. The brilliantly pink birds skim the salty waters for shrimp and tend to chicks on the nest. The trail then scales a low hillside through scattered Palo Santo trees to reveal an idyllic white-sand beach on the other side of the point.

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Location: CERRO DRAGON (SANTA CRUZ)

Cerro Dragón’s land iguanas once played an important part in a conservation program headed by the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Galapagos National Park. When the reptiles’ numbers declined in the 1970s, some animals were taken to breed in captivity and were released back into undeveloped areas. Today, it is an honor to see the success of this program firsthand at Cerro Dragón. Walk inland on a trail past small saltwater lagoons that periodically feature flamingos, to see the reintroduced animals.

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Location: SANTA CRUZ (LAS BACHAS)

On the northern shore of Santa Cruz stretch the Las Bachas beaches. The two beaches together span a full kilometer. A short track leads visitors inland towards a shallow pond with the opportunity to spot flamingos, migratory birds in season, and scavenging shorebirds. The name “Las Bachas” derives from the mispronounced term “barges” –which the American forces had left behind after World War II. On our visit to Las Bachas there will be the chance to swim from one of the two sandy beaches and to look for sea turtles that use Las Bachas as one of their major nesting sites in the islands.

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Location: SANTA CRUZ (LOS GEMELOS)

Los Gemelos is Spanish for “the twins” and true to the name, Los Gemelos are twin sinkholes, one on either side of the road running from Puerto Ayora to the north side of the island. The mammoth scale of the landmarks often elicits exclamations of wonder from visitors at first sight. The vertical walls of the sinkholes fall deep into the ground covered in a veil of greenery hiding the bottom of the pit. Walk along the craters’ edges before stopping at Rancho El Manzanillo to see giant Santa Cruz tortoises in the wild.

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Location: ESTACION DARWIN & PUERTO AYORA (SANTA CRUZ)

Silver Galapagos will anchor in front of Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, where the prestigious Charles Darwin Research Station is located. The station also houses the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center for giant tortoises and land iguanas where guides interpret the center’s captive breeding and reintroduction programs. In addition to these star species, throughout the station there are huge prickly pear cactus trees being fed upon by the pretty Galapagos Cactus Finch. To round out the stay in Puerto Ayora, enjoy free time in town where local artists have created charming art galleries and corner cafés.

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Location: BALTRA

Baltra Island, also known as South Seymour, is the gateway through which most people enter and depart the Galapagos Island. Upon arrival and once through immigrations procedures, visitors are transferred directly to a nearby dock to join the ship by Zodiac. The runway was first constructed here during World War II when the island was used as a US Army Air Base. Located near the geographic center of the Galapagos, the island itself is small, flat and arid.

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Location
Baltral

EXPLORER SUITE

Explorer Suites can accommodate three guests.

Suites 334 and 335 only accommodate two guests.

Bedroom one: DECKS 3 & 4: 250 – 235 SQ. FT. / 23 – 22 M2 WITH VIEW WINDOW

Bedroom one: DECK 2: 240 – 210 SQ. FT. / 22 – 20 M2 WITH THREE PORTHOLES

FEATURES
  • View Window (Decks 3 and 4)
  • Three Portholes (Deck 2)
  • Sitting area with convertible sofa to accommodate an additional guest
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with local Toiletries
  • Large wardrobe or walking closet (deck 2) with personal safe
  • Writing desk
  • Vanity table with hair dryer
  • Mini-bar with local snacks a range of soft and alcoholic drinks
  • Flat screen television
  • Radio alarm with iPod docking station
  • Wifi available (fees apply)

TERRACE SUITE

A quiet sanctuary where large picture windows provide panoramic ocean views. Terrace Suites provide splendid repose for three guests, along with easy access to public observation area with patio furniture.

Bedroom one:287 SQ. FT. / 26.38 M2

FEATURES
  • Large picture window providing panoramic views
  • Easy access to public observation area with patio furniture
  • Sitting area with convertible sofa to accommodate an additional guest
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with local Toiletries
  • Large wardrobe with personal safe
  • Writing desk
  • Vanity table with hair dryer
  • Mini-bar with local snacks and a range of soft and alcoholic drinks
  • Flat screen television
  • Radio alarm with iPod docking station
  • Wifi available (fees apply)

VERANDA SUITE

A Silversea signature, complete with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open onto a private balcony with patio furniture.

Veranda Suites lavishly accommodate three guests

Bedroom one:268 SQ. FT. / 25 M2 INCLUDING a private balcony (53 SQ. FT. / 5 M2)

FEATURES
  • Teak style veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Sitting area with convertible sofa to accommodate an additional guest
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with local Toiletries
  • Large wardrobe with personal safe
  • Writing desk
  • Vanity table with hair dryer
  • Mini-bar with local snacks a range of soft and alcoholic drinks
  • Flat screen television
  • Radio alarm with iPod docking station
  • Wifi available (fees apply)

DELUXE VERANDA SUITE

The spacious Veranda Suite’s plush comfort with more space to relax. The private balcony with patio furniture vaunts panoramic views throughout the cruise. Three guests can rest comfortably in deluxe elegance.

Bedroom one:303 SQ. FT. / 28 M2 INCLUDING a private balcony (68 SQ. FT. / 6 M2)

FEATURES
  • Teak style balcony with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Sitting area with convertible sofa to accommodate an additional guest
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with local Toiletries
  • Large wardrobe with personal safe
  • Writing desk
  • Vanity table with hair dryer
  • Mini-bar with local snacks and a range of soft and alcoholic drinks
  • Flat screen television
  • Radio alarm with iPod docking station
  • Wifi available (fees apply)

SILVER SUITE

Spacious, with a welcoming sitting area, a marbled bathroom and your own private balcony with patio furniture. Silver Suites can accommodate three guests in luxury.

Bedroom one:361 SQ. FT. / 34 M2 INCLUDING a private balcony (74 SQ. FT. / 7 M2)

FEATURES
  • Teak style veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors
  • Sitting area with convertible sofa to accommodate an additional guest
  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed
  • Marbled bathroom with local Toiletries
  • Large wardrobe with personal safe Writing desk
  • Vanity table with hair dryer
  • Mini-bar with local snacks and a range of soft and alcoholic drinks
  • Flat screen television
  • Sparkling wine served with Pacari Ecuadorian organic chocolates and a bowl of fruits
  • Laundry service
  • Illy Espresso machine
  • Radio alarm with iPod docking station
  • Wifi available (fees apply)
Silver Privilege Fares

All Silver Privilege Fares shown are cruise-only, in US dollars, per guest, based on double-occupancy. Fares are capacity controlled, and subject to change at any time without notice. Availability of all suite categories cannot be guaranteed. Fares for single guests are available upon request. Additional restrictions may apply

Single Occupancy and Third Guest Rates are available upon request. Call us at 1800 - 345 - 3324

All fares, savings, offers, itineraries and programmes are subject to change without notice. Voyage highlights, excursions and enrichment programmes are subject to change and/or cancellation without prior notice. All information contained herein is accurate and in effect at time of publication. Silversea reserves the right to correct any errors and omissions, and to cancel any offered product or service in the event of such error or omission. Additional restrictions may apply.

Included in this Cruise

  • Included flights between Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands
  • Included Transfers
  • Included pre cruise Hotel in Quito (2 nights)
  • Included National Park fees
  • Included "Quito by Night" Tour
  • Personalised service – the best crew-to-guest ratio in expedition cruising
  • Butler service in every suite and stateroom – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • In-suite dining and room service – available 24 hours aboard Silver Explorer, and from 06:00 to 23:00 aboard Silver Galapagos and Silver Discoverer
  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Gratuities always included in your fare
  • Unlimited Free Wifi

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