Explore Quito with your personal guide and driver before you experience the life-enriching chance to discover a wild, pristine paradise that has long been regarded as a natural laboratory of evolution. Lying just off the western coast of South America, the Galapagos archipelago is inaccessible to most, yet this isolation has allowed nature to develop in ways exclusive to the islands. Uncover remarkable nature and an abundant variety of wildlife species in this remote region of the world on this luxurious expedition cruise. Discover the rich flora and fauna of the Galapagos, with each island presenting its own unique highlights to explore up close and in depth. Complimentary activities during your cruise include Zodiac cruises, snorkelling and nature hikes led by experienced guides. All these with this elegant vessel, ocean-view accommodations, sumptuous gourmet cuisine, the personalised services of a butler, and a generous selection of all-inclusive shipboard amenities, such as complimentary beverages, wines and spirits served throughout the ship and stocked in your suite. What an incredible adventure!
Cruise departs every Saturday starting Sept 28, 2013, rotating between North Central and Western discovery itineraries.
Private vehicle transfer between airport and hotel (includes porterage at airport and hotel)
Experience unmatched elegance at the JW Marriott Quito Hotel in Ecuador, the gateway to the Galapagos Islands and Andean Mountains. Located in the heart of the city, the JW Marriott is located on the famous Amazonas Avenue and features an amazing atrium lobby where you can enjoy a martini or espresso while enjoying the view. Amenities include spacious guest rooms and suites with magnificent views, high-speed Internet access, in-room safe and luxurious bedding. On-site restaurants offer innovative Ecuadorian and international cuisine while the tropical gardens and resort-style pool offer the perfect backdrop for some relaxation. There is also a fitness centre as well as full spa onsite.
Explore the bustling streets and squares of the largest historical centre in the Americas; visit some of its most important churches such as the majestic La Compañía and iconic San Francisco, guardians of a stunning multi-ethnic artistic and cultural heritage. Drive through the traditional neighborhood of San Juan. Finish the morning at the "Panecillo" hillside with its breathtaking views of the old and modern city. At a distance of approximately 11miles (18 km) north of Quito is the "Middle of the World City" complex. Visit the monument of the equatorial line or parallel 0, latitude 0° 0’0”. Afterwards enjoy a delicious lunch (Included) in a typical restaurant where flavors from across the country can be savoured.
Meet your fellow travellers for a group transfer to the airport.
Take a flight from Quito to Baltra Island via Guayaquil.
The $100 entrance fee to the Galapagos Islands Park and the $10 Tourist card are included in your booking. Please note that the itinerary is a guide only - the route and program vary according to National Park policies and regulations, weather conditions, seasonal changes, safety precautions and wildlife encounters.
Welcome aboard! Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom, and to explore the length of your ship. Your expedition begins shortly.
A stop at Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill) will give you an opportunity to see some of the area's Galapagos Land Iguanas.
The 100-guest Silver Galapagos is the newest addition to Silversea's fleet of ultra-luxury ships. With sleek lines and a proven skill for navigating the waterways throughout the Galápagos Islands, she is naturally suited for in-depth explorations of this spectacular region. She offers all the intimate conviviality and elegant sophistication that has made Silversea the preferred choice for today's discerning travellers. All accommodations are ocean-view suites, most feature private balconies – and all offer the personalised services of a professional butler. Relax completely and leave the unpacking to your butler as you sail away on your unforgettable adventure. Like-minded guests from across the globe are your travelling companions, and the intimate ambience is much like a country club where conversations flow as easily as the complimentary drinks.
Making your way to Genovesa, you'll cruise to the cliff-lined Bahia Darwin (Darwin Bay) which was formed by the collapse of a volcanic caldera's wall.
Continue to El Barranco (Prince Philip's Steps), a very steep path along the bird cliffs of a vibrant seabird colony.
Arriving to North Seymour Island today, you'll notice a large population of blue-footed boobies. The island hosts one of the largest frigatebird populations.
Observe giant tortoises in the wild today at Santa Cruz's El Chato Tortoise Reserve.
Your morning stop at Punta Pitt today puts you amidst all three types of Boobies, as well as both types of Frigatebirds. An exceptional stop for birders.
You'll continue to El Junco Lagoon this afternoon, surrounded by ferns, it is the only permanent freshwater lake in the Galapagos.
This morning you'll visit the Interpretation Center on San Cristobal, explaining the natural processes which created such a unique natural environment for the Galapagos Islands.
This afternoon you'll get to explore Frigatebird Hill, featuring both Magnificent and Great Frigatebirds in the same colony.
This morning you can enjoy the lovely beach of Gardner Bay, which typically attracts a number of Galapagos Sea Lions.
The varied bird life of Punta Suarez will dazzle you this afternoon.
Santa Cruz is home to the Charles Darwin Research Station, where the Interpretation Center encourages conservation of this unique environment. You'll visit here this morning.
The small South Plaza Island will be your stop this afternoon, renowned for incredible flora, and its large number of fauna species, including a large Galapagos Land Iguana colony.
This morning you'll disembark your ship and bid farewell to your fellow cruisemates.
Fly directo from Galapagos to Guayaquil. The flight duration is approximately 2 hrs. Please note that flight rates are subject to change without prior notice.
Guayaquil airport transfer with private vehicle and driver.
Conveniently placed in Ecuador, a strategic point in South America, the Hilton Colon Guayaquil hotel combines excellent service and a laid-back resort feel with a convenient location only few minutes from José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport. With 294 fully renovated rooms and suites, you can enjoy your spacious guest room and stay connected with wireless internet access. Get to work at the desk or just relax with a movie on the flat screen TV. Connecting rooms are perfect for those travelling as a family. Step up to an Executive Room or suite and benefit from extra space, a range of special touches and exclusive access to the Executive Lounge where complimentary snacks and refreshments are served.
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