Following a 2-night stay in Quito, travel in style through the remote and breathtakingly beautiful Galapagos archipelago and discover its abundant variety of wildlife. In between islands, guests can enjoy the extensive leisure facilities on board the luxury Silver Galapagos, one of Silversea's purpose-built and more intimate expedition vessels.
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Overnight flight from London to Quito via Bogotá with Avianca. (N)
Late morning arrival. Transfer to the Hilton Colon for 2 nights. Afternoon and evening at leisure. Upgrade to the luxurious Casa Gangotena (prices are available on request). (N)
Optional tour of Quito's historic centre and the Middle of the World equatorial line monument. (B)
Fly to the Galapagos islands and board Silver Galapagos for a 7-night cruise. The remainder of the day will be spent circumnavigating Daphne Major, a volcanic tuff crater island. (B, L, D)
Enjoy a full-day excursion to Genovesa (Tower Island), considered to be one of the most spectacular islands in the Galapagos for bird species. This morning visit Darwin Bay, a coral sand beach, and visit a forest of opuntia cactus and mangroves. Here you can swim and snorkel from the beach with sea lions. The afternoon is spent at El Barranco (Prince Philip's Steps). Follow a gentle hiking trail to the other side of the island to observe red-footed and Nazca boobies. (B, L, D)
This morning disembark on North Seymour, a small geological uplift, and follow a trail that leads to swallow-tailed gulls, blue-footed boobies and endemic land iguanas. Visit the largest colony of frigatebirds to be found in the Galapagos. In the afternoon, take a panga ride to Sullivan Bay on the volcanic Santiago island. Enjoy a hike over the lava flows. After the walk there may be a chance to swim or snorkel from the beach (B, L, D)
This morning disembark on the red-coloured beach of Rabida island. A stroll along the beach of this small island allows you to observe a large colony of sea lions, marine iguanas, mockingbirds, yellow warblers and several species of Darwin's finches. In the afternoon, sail to Eden islet for snorkelling and Zodiac trips. Along the way, dolphins may be spotted. (B, L, D)
Morning visit to La Galapaguera Cerro Colorado, a roaming area where semi-captive giant Galapagos tortoises can be observed in their natural habitat. The afternoon is spent visiting Punta Pitt on the north-eastern tip of the island, home to spectacular volcanic land formations. Enjoy stunning views of the shoreline along a walking trail. After the walk, if conditions are favourable, there is a chance to swim from the beach or take a ride in a glass-bottomed boat. (B, L, D)
Today, visit Española, the southernmost island of the archipelago. Due to its isolated location it has a large population of indigenous wildlife. Disembark in the morning at Bahia Gardner (Gardner Bay) for a short walk along a white coral beach where you will find large colonies of sea lions. Snorkel or swim from the beach. The afternoon is spent exploring Punta Suarez, where you will look for sea lions and groups of iguanas. You can hike a trail on lava / boulder terrain towards the cliffs to the blowhole. (B, L, D)
This morning you will visit the Charles Darwin station on Santa Cruz island. The Galapagos tortoise breeding and rearing centre is a Unesco world heritage site and offers the opportunity to learn about the research conducted on the island. Afterwards, stroll through Puerto Ayora, the most populous town in the archipelago. The afternoon is spent enjoying the natural beauty on South Plaza island. (B, L, D)
This morning disembark from Silver Galapagos at San Cristobal and fly to Guayaquil. Transfer to the Wyndham Guayaquil for 1 night. Alternatively, stay at the boutique Hotel del Parque (prices available on request). (B)
Morning at leisure. Evening flight to London, via Bogotá with Avianca. (B)
Afternoon arrival. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast,
L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
There are two different 7-night cruise itineraries from which to choose, which run alternately, sailing every Saturday.
The alternative Western itinerary visits the islands of San Cristobal; Bartolome; Santiago (Playa Espumilla); Isabela (Punta Vicente Roca, Caleta Tagus, Elizabeth Bay); Fernandina (Punta Espinoza); Floreana (Post Office Bay & Punta Cormorant); Santa Cruz (Los Gemelos in Highlands, Charles Darwin Station & Puerta Ayora, Cerro Dragon, Bachas Beach).
The itinerary is subject to change at the captain's discretion. Sightings of any of the birds or animals mentioned in the itinerary cannot be guaranteed, although experience gives a reasonable expectation of what is described. All excursions from the cruise are on a group basis.
This tour is based in 4- and 5-star accommodation.
Extend your time and explore mainland Ecuador visiting the Ecuadorian Amazon or the cloud forest. Alternatively, take a pre-tour to Peru and discover Machu Picchu and the former Inca capital of Cuzco.
For a price quote based on alternative accommodation standards, to discuss flight options or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 7808 6783 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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