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Covering 138,000 km2 (that’s over 53,000 m2), the Galapagos’ islands are where visitors travel back in time. No other archipelago can compete; 200-plus years of untouched landscape have resulted in some of the most fascinating flora and fauna on the planet. Travel with our Galapagos guides to learn how the islands rose explosively from the oceans, how the species have adapted and survived in such remote conditions.

Inclusions
  • Round trip international airfare from Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal & Toronto to Ecuador
  • Economy Class Roundtrip between Ecuador and Galapagos
  • 2 pre nights hotel in Quito
  • 7 night cruise aboard the luxury Silver Origin (Silversea)
  • Private Executive Transfers (between home and airport)
  • Transfers (between airport, hotel and ship)
  • “Quito by Night” Tour
  • National Park fees
  • 1 post cruise day room in Guayaquil for guests with flights after 10pm
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
  • Spacious suites
  • Butler service in every suite
  • Unlimited Free Wifi
  • Personalised service – nearly one crew member for every guest
  • Choice of restaurants, diverse cuisine, open-seating dining
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship, including champagne, select wines and spirits
  • In-suite dining and room service
  • Onboard entertainment
  • Onboard gratuities
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November 24, 2022
Baltra to San Cristobal
Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal & Toronto
Classic Verandah Suite $13080
Superior Verandah Suite $14250
Deluxe Verandah Suite $14880
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Baltra to San Cristóbal, San Cristóbal
Baltra

DAY 1 Baltra ECUADOR SAT, NOVEMBER 26

Baltra Island, also known as South Seymour, is truly the entrance to the Galapagos Islands. Despite not being considered as part of the National Park proper, Baltra definitely offers a taste of the weird and wonderful nature that thrives on the islands. The island is located in the central part of the archipelago. At just eight sq. mi it is one of smallest islands, yet its flat, volcanic rock surface and central location in the archipelago makes it an ideal place for one of the islands’ two airports. The airport was built by the US Air Force, who used it as an army base during WWII. As a travel destination in itself it offers few attractions, and all travellers who come here are just passing through, either on either way to or from the islands. There is no tourism infrastructure (save a few agencies that offer tours of the islands) or shops on Baltra and any purchases that you might wish to make should be done at the airport if they can. However, land iguanas and Galapagos finches are popular sights, and the iguanas are often seen running across the runway itself. You will be amazed how playful sea lions and some sea birds welcomed you at the pier.
Daphne Major

DAY 1 Daphne Major ECUADOR SAT, NOVEMBER 26 ARRIVAL 12:00

Prince Philips Step's, Genovesa

DAY 2 Prince Philips Step’s, Genovesa ECUADOR SUN, NOVEMBER 27

Genovesa is one of the northernmost islands of the archipelago. Genovesa’s southern side of the shield volcano’s crater collapsed and a protected bay known as Darwin Bay was formed. The island is often referred to as the “Bird Island” as the numbers and species of land and seabirds on Genovesa are quite extraordinary. There are two visitor sites, and Prince Philip’s Steps give access to the flat plateau above the bay. Named after Prince Philip who visited the Galapagos on two occasions, the “steps” are mostly natural. The steep cliffs are home to Red-billed Tropicbirds, while Magnificent Frigatebirds, Nazca and Red-footed Boobies prefer the top. The plateau above Prince Philip’s Steps has a palo santo forest and an extensive lava field. This is an area where one of the Galapagos’ top predators, the Short-eared Owl, is hunting storm petrels. The Short-eared Owls are extremely well camouflaged and are not always easy to spot in between the rocks.
2 Included Shore Excursions
Hiking with Silversea Expedition team
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Physically fit
Deep Water Snorkeling with Silversea Team
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Moderate
Darwin Bay, Genovesa

DAY 2 Darwin Bay, Genovesa ECUADOR SUN, NOVEMBER 27 ARRIVAL 12:00

2 Included Shore Excursions
Hiking with Silversea Expedition team
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Minimal
Snorkeling with Silversea Expedition team
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Minimal
North Seymour

DAY 3 North Seymour ECUADOR MON, NOVEMBER 28

The landing at North Seymour Island is onto black lava rock. After a short climb, visitors arrive on the island’s flat plateau where a number of sea lions nurse pups and frigatebirds nest. The island is dry, and so the predominant tree is the prickly pear cactus favored by the Galapagos land iguanas that live here in number. The undulating terrain is littered with red-brown volcanic boulders and large male Magnificent Frigatebirds can be seen inflating their vivid red gular sacs in hopes of impressing females flying overhead. At certain times of the year, pairs of Blue-footed Boobies dance here in a ritualized mating dance that reinforces their pair bond and shows off their vivid blue feet. The snorkeling here is well-known for schools of colorful creole wrasses and parrot fish.
3 Included Shore Excursions
Zodiac Cruise with Silversea Expedition team
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Minimal
Hiking with Silversea Expedition Team
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Physically fit
Deep Water Snorkeling with Silversea Team
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Moderate
Sullivan Bay (Santiago)

DAY 3 Sullivan Bay (Santiago) ECUADOR MON, NOVEMBER 28 ARRIVAL 12:00

2 Included Shore Excursions
Hiking with Silversea Expedition team
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Physically fit
Snorkeling with Silversea Expedition team
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Minimal
Punta Mangle, Fernandina

DAY 4 Punta Mangle, Fernandina ECUADOR TUE, NOVEMBER 29

Among the impressive new lava fields of Fernandina Island hides a cove surrounded by mangroves. A rewarding place for bird-watching as the bay is the point where the land meets the sea, joining the two environments, with sea birds, shorebirds and land birds all in the same place. The different species of mangroves: Red, White and Black, have formed a root system that serves as a nursery for many species of fish, including juveniles’ sharks and green sea turtles. Snorkeling is as rewarding with some unique sightings as Marine Iguanas feeding on algae, or flightless cormorants diving for their prey.
2 Included Shore Excursions
Zodiac Cruise with Silversea Expedition team
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Minimal
Deep Water Snorkeling with Silversea Expedition team
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Moderate
Punta Moreno, Isabela

DAY 4 Punta Moreno, Isabela ECUADOR TUE, NOVEMBER 29 ARRIVAL 12:00

2 Included Shore Excursions
Zodiac Cruise with Silversea Expedition team
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Minimal
Hiking with Silversea Expedition team
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Physically fit
Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz)

DAY 5 Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz) ECUADOR WED, NOVEMBER 30

Silver Origin 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 centre’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.
2 Included Shore Excursions
Hiking with Silversea Expedition team
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Moderate
Expedition activities with Silversea Expedition team
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Minimal
Isla Santa Fé

DAY 5 Isla Santa Fé ECUADOR WED, NOVEMBER 30 ARRIVAL 12:00

4 Included Shore Excursions
Zodiac Cruise with Silversea Expedition team
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Minimal
Hiking with Silversea Expedition team
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Physically fit
Kayaking with Silversea Expedition team
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Physically fit
Deep Water Snorkeling with Silversea Expedition team
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Moderate
Gardner Bay, Española

DAY 6 Gardner Bay, Española ECUADOR THU, DECEMBER 1

Located on the northern coast of Española, the turquoise colour water and white sandy beach stand out from far away. This beach is made out of pulverised shells and corals offers a sandy patch of up to 1 kilometre in length. Española is considered one of the oldest in thev Galapagos and has thus developed species that are endemic. Along the coast of Gardner a subspecies of colourful Marine iguanas are living among Hood Mockingbirds. The apex predators Galapagos Hawks commonly visit the coastline and a couple of times a Giant tortoise has been seen here.
5 Included Shore Excursions
Hiking with Silversea Expedition team
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Minimal
Kayaking with Silversea Expedition team
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Moderate
Snorkeling from the beach with Silversea Expedition team
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Minimal
Deep Water Snorkeling with Silversea Expedition team
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Moderate
Expedition activities with Silversea Expedition team
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Minimal
Punta Suarez, Española

DAY 6 Punta Suarez, Española ECUADOR THU, DECEMBER 1 ARRIVAL 12:00

1 Included Shore Excursion
Hiking with Silversea Expedition team
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Physically fit
Rodriguez Breeding Centre, San Cristóbal

DAY 7 Rodriguez Breeding Centre, San Cristóbal ECUADOR FRI, DECEMBER 2

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 8,000 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.
2 Included Shore Excursions
Hiking with Silversea Expedition team
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Moderate
Expedition activities with Silversea Expedition team
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Minimal
Cerro Brujo, San Cristóbal

DAY 7 Cerro Brujo, San Cristóbal ECUADOR FRI, DECEMBER 2 ARRIVAL 12:00

2 Included Shore Excursions
Hiking with Silversea Expedition team
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Physically fit
Expedition activities with Silversea Expedition team
ACTIVITY LEVEL
Minimal
San Cristóbal, San Cristóbal

DAY 8 San Cristóbal, San Cristóbal ECUADOR SAT, DECEMBER 3

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 8,000 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.

photoclaire's recommendation “ Travelling to the Galápagos Islands with my family was one of the trips I will never forget. ”

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