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Silversea Expeditions
Dec 19, 2015 7 Days
Silver Galapagos 8548
US$7,250
Date: Day: Port: Arrive: Depart:
December 19th, 2015 Saturday Baltra, Galapagos    
December 20th, 2015 Sunday Bahia Darwin, Genovesa    
December 20th, 2015 Sunday El Barranco, Genovesa 12:00 PM  
December 21st, 2015 Monday Seymour Norte    
December 21st, 2015 Monday El Chato Reserve, Santa Cruz 12:00 PM  
December 22nd, 2015 Tuesday Rábida    
December 22nd, 2015 Tuesday Bahia Ballena, Santa Cruz 12:00 PM  
December 23rd, 2015 Wednesday Galapaguera Cerro Colorado,San Cristobal    
December 23rd, 2015 Wednesday Punta Pitt, San Cristobal 12:00 PM  
December 24th, 2015 Thursday Gardner Bay, Española    
December 24th, 2015 Thursday Punta Suarez, Espanola 12:00 PM  
December 25th, 2015 Friday EstacionDarwin & Puerto Ayora,Santa Cruz    
December 25th, 2015 Friday Plazas Sur 12:00 PM  
December 26th, 2015 Saturday Baltra, Galapagos    
Included in this cruise
  • Personalised service – the best crew-to-guest ratio in expedition cruising
  • Butler service in every suite – 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

Pre-Post Cruise Hotel

Situated in a newly-restored historic mansion overlooking Plaza San Francisco, the three-story Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel harbours 31 rooms, a showcase of eye-catching style, contemporary design, antiques, fine furnishings, modern technologies and quintessential comforts.

Beautifully- and eclectically-appointed, the hotel invites its guests to explore and to relax, whether in the dining room, glassed-in patio, garden redolent with the perfume of native flowers, wood-panelled library, or else atop its panoramic third-floor terrace.

Beyond its doors, the world heritage wonders of Quito, as well the vastly-different and diverse worlds of Ecuador itself, await. Sophisticated and eclectic, historic yet contemporary, at Casa Gangotena style, passion and service blend seamlessly and delightfully.

Pre-Post Cruise Hotel

The JW Marriott Hotel Quito, located in the oldest city in the Western Hemisphere, attracts visitors from all countries to enjoy our churches and the 16th Century European architecture as well as natural sanctuary like rain forests and the highest active volcano of the world.

Pre-Post Cruise Hotel

WHERE EUROPEAN SERVICE MEETS WARM ECUADORIAN HOSPITALITY

Welcome to the Hotel Oro Verde in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where elegant service in a timeless European service is our promise. This full-service, downtown hotel offers the ultimate in sophistication and comfort for business and leisure travelers alike.

The hotel's superb location in the Guayaquil commercial and financial district means you are within walking distance of popular tourist attractions, entertainment and shopping, and cultural and historical sites.

Pre-Post Cruise Hotel

WHERE EUROPEAN SERVICE MEETS WARM ECUADORIAN HOSPITALITY

Welcome to the Hotel Oro Verde in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where elegant service in a timeless European service is our promise. This full-service, downtown hotel offers the ultimate in sophistication and comfort for business and leisure travelers alike.

The hotel's superb location in the Guayaquil commercial and financial district means you are within walking distance of popular tourist attractions, entertainment and shopping, and cultural and historical sites.

Land Programmes

Indulge your senses with the scenic splendour and unique history of Peru.  Travel via Peru Rail's Vistadome train for the journey up and back from the historic site.  Upon arrival, explore the 'Lost City of the Incas'.  Overnight nearby in Machu Picchu Pueblo (formerly called Aguas Calientes).    



Please note: Participants in this program should schedule their arrival flight into Lima, Peru.


Please check with your travel professional for details regarding Peruvian and Ecuadorian visas. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain appropriate visa documents prior to cruising.


DAY 1 - LIMA

Upon arrival in Lima, you are met and transferred from the airport to the Westin Hotel.   After check-in, the remainder of the day and evening are at your leisure. Lunch and dinner are on your own.


Overnight at the Westin Hotel - Lima, Peru


DAY 2 - LIMA / MACHU PICCHU

A very early departure from the hotel takes you to the airport for your flight to Cusco.  Once there, transfer directly to the train station in the Sacred Valley where the Vistadome train awaits.   As you make your way to Machu Picchu the train passes through villages and mountain gorges.  Along the way you get a glimpse of a snow-covered Andean peak.   As you approach the end of your journey, the outside temperature rises and jungle vegetation appears.  


Upon arrival at the site, commence a guided tour of the marvellous Citadel, then take a stroll through this impressive archaeological site on your own.   Explore the famous "Lost City of the Incas" and feel its pulse while visualizing the lives of the priests, craftsmen, and servants who lived in this seemingly incredible site.  Excavations have only added to the mystery, revealing the skeletons of 173 people along with artifacts and woolen clothing, though no gold.    


A buffet lunch will be served at the famous Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge just outside the entrance to the ruins.  The afternoon is then free to continue your exploration of the citadel.  At the end of the afternoon, transfer to your hotel in Machu Picchu Pueblo (formerly called Aguas Caliente).  Settle in for the evening in a room with a skylighted ceiling that provides much-needed light through the lush vegetation.  Dinner this evening is served at the hotel.  


Overnight at the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel


DAY 3 - MACHU PICCHU / CUSCO

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning, followed by some free time to explore the area on your own.  There's a local handicraft market near the train station, or join one of the hotel's staff for a guided nature walk.  


Later in the morning, transfer to the Aguas Calientes Station and board Peru Rail's Vistadome train for the return trip to Cusco.  A box lunch is provided.  


Transfer to the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Cusco.  This afternoon you are free to explore the area.  Dinner this evening is on your own account.


Overnight at the J.W. Marriott Hotel - Cusco, Peru


DAY 4 - CUSCO / QUITO

Depart for the airport this morning for the flights (via Lima) to Quito.   Arriving in the early afternoon, you can check in to your hotel.  The local Silversea representative will have several Optional Excursions on offer, or you are free to explore the area on your own.  Dinner this evening is on your own.


Overnight at the Hilton Quito (or similar) - Quito, Ecuador


DAY 5 - GALÁPAGOS

After breakfast at the hotel, return to the airport for the onward flight to the Galápagos.  Bon voyage!



Program Inclusions:

One-night stay in a Superior Room at the Westin Hotel - Lima, Peru

One-night stay in a Superior Room at the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel - Machu Picchu Pueblo, Peru

One night stay in a Superior Room at the J.W. Marriott Hotel - Cusco, Peru

One night stay in a Deluxe Room at the Hilton Quito (or similar) - Quito, Ecuador

Scheduled, Economy-Class flights: Lima /Cusco/Lima/Quito - upgrades to Business Class are available for an additional cost only on the Lima/Quito portion of this trip.

Meals:  Four breakfasts; two lunches and one dinner

Train: Roundtrip Vistadome service Cusco/Machu Picchu/Cusco

Guided tour of Machu Picchu

Transfers between airports and hotels in air-conditioned vehicles


Upgrade to Machu Picchu Grande Explorer for a modest surcharge

Comparison of Machu Picchu Explorer vs. Machu Picchu Grande Explorer

The following are the highlights of the features for each level of service:


Machu Picchu Explorer                                             Machu Picchu Grande Explorer

*Lima: Superior room-Westin Hotel                               *Lima: Deluxe Ocean View room-Miraflores Park Hotel

*Roundtrip Vistadome train service                                *One-way service aboard the Hiram Bingham train,

  Cuzco & Machu Picchu                                                plus one-way service aboard the Vistadome train

*Overnight stay- Machu Picchu Pueblo                          *Overnight stay - Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge

*Free time in Machu Picchu Pueblo & Cusco                 *Additional free time at Machu Picchu and Cusco

*Cusco: Superior room-J.W. Marriott                              *Cusco: Superior room-Monasterio Hotel

*Quito: Deluxe room -Hilton Quito                                   *Quito: Deluxe room-Hilton Quito


Flight Details:

Day 2 - Lima/Cusco - approximately one hour and 15 minutes

Day 4 - Cusco/Lima - approximately one hour and 15 minutes

         Lima/Quito - approximately two hours and 30 minutes

         Flight durations may vary due to changes in flight schedules


Luggage Information:

According to Peruvian law, only the following baggage will be allowed on the trains travelling between Cusco and Machu Picchu (Vistadome, Hiram Bingham, etc.):


1 personal item per person (such as a purse)

1 carry-on per person conforming to the following requirements:

·        Maximum 5kg/11lbs

·        Maximum 157cm/62 inches combined height, length, width


Luggage is restricted to a maximum of 44 pounds (20 kilograms) for domestic flights in Peru.  Weight restrictions are very strict on domestic Peruvian flights; at the time of printing, overweight charges are US $35.40 for overweight luggage/ $70.80 per extra piece of luggage. Guests are responsible for any charges imposed by the airlines for overweight luggage. Please pack a small overnight bag to travel to Machu Picchu on Day 3.  The remainder of your luggage will be held at the hotel in Cusco.

Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding Peruvian and Ecuadorian visas. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain appropriate visa documents prior to cruising.


Accessibility:

The sights visited on this program are not well-equipped for mobility-impaired guests; therefore, this tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair.


Vaccinations:

Consult your physician for information regarding vaccinations or medications that may be appropriate for your state of health.


Please note: Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour.  Silversea Air Programme guests may be provided flights on LAN Peru in order to participate in this program.   Flights are subject to availability, and any changes to the carrier will affect the selling price of the program.


All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described.  If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure.  Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect.  All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing.  This description is a general overview of this programme.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require.  The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

Land Programmes

Indulge your senses with the scenic splendour and unique history of Peru.  Board the legendary 'Hiram Bingham' for a picturesque train-ride to Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, explore the 'Lost City of the Incas'.  Your overnight stay at the famed Sanctuary Lodge allows you to spend additional time at the historic site with fewer tourists.  


Please note: Participants in this program should schedule their arrival flight into Lima, Peru.


Please check with your travel professional for details regarding Peruvian and Ecuadorian visas. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain appropriate visa documents prior to cruising.


DAY 1 - LIMA

Upon arrival in Lima, you are met and transferred from the airport to the Miraflores Park Hotel, which is renowned for its location overlooking the Pacific Ocean. After check-in, the remainder of the day and evening are at your leisure. Lunch and dinner are on your own.


Overnight at the Miraflores Park Hotel - Lima, Peru


DAY 2 - LIMA / MACHU PICCHU

A very early departure from the hotel takes you to the airport for your flight to Cusco.  Once there, transfer directly to the train station in the Sacred Valley where the Hiram Bingham awaits.   Your rail journey celebrates the spirit of expedition and perseverance that is the hallmark of the railways of Peru, taking its name from the explorer Hiram Bingham who discovered the 'Lost City of the Incas'.


Brunch is served en route. Upon arrival at the site, commence a guided tour of the marvellous Citadel, then take a stroll through this impressive archaeological site on your own. Explore the famous "Lost City of the Incas" and feel its pulse while visualizing the lives of the priests, craftsmen, and servants who lived in this seemingly incredible site.  Excavations have only added to the mystery, revealing the skeletons of 173 people along with artifacts and woolen clothing, though no gold.  


Afterward, relax with afternoon tea at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, the only hotel located within the very grounds of the Machu Picchu Sanctuary citadel.  Dinner is served at the Lodge.


Overnight at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge


DAY 3 - MACHU PICCHU / CUSCO

After an early-morning breakfast at the lodge, depart for an opportunity to witness an incomparable sight (weather permitting); the sun rising over Machu Picchu.  Due to the proximity of the hotel to the site, overnight guests have time in the morning to enjoy the citadel with very few other visitors around.  


Later in the morning, transfer to the Aguas Calientes Station and board Peru Rail's Vistadome train for the trip to Ollytaytambo station where transportation is waiting to continue on to Cusco.  A box lunch is provided.


Transfer to the Hotel Monasterio in Cusco.  This afternoon you are free to explore the area.  Dinner this evening is served at a local restaurant.  


Overnight at the Monasterio Hotel - Cusco, Peru


DAY 4 - CUSCO / QUITO

Depart for the airport early this morning for the flights to Quito.   A late lunch is served upon your arrival at the hotel.  The balance of the afternoon is at your leisure.  The local Silversea representative will have several Optional Excursions on offer, or you are free to explore the area on your own.


Overnight at the Hilton Colon - Quito, Ecuador


DAY 5 - GALÁPAGOS

After breakfast at the hotel, return to the airport for the onward flight to the Galápagos.  Bon voyage!


Program Inclusions:

One-night stay in an Deluxe Ocean View at the Miraflores Park Hotel

One-night stay in a Superior Room at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge Hotel

One-night stay in a Superior Room at the Hotel Monasterio

One night stay in a Deluxe Room at the Hilton Colon

Scheduled, Economy-Class flights: Lima /Cusco/Lima/Quito

Meals:  Daily breakfast; one brunch; two lunches and two dinners

Train: Hiram Bingham - Cusco to Machu Picchu; Vistadome - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Guided tour of Machu Picchu

Transfers between airports and hotels in air-conditioned vehicles

Flight Details:

Day 2 - Lima/Cusco - approximately one hour and 15 minutes

Day 4 - Cusco/Lima - approximately one hour and 15 minutes

         Lima/Quito - approximately two hours and 30 minutes

         Flight durations may vary due to changes in flight schedules


Luggage Information:

According to Peruvian law, only the following baggage will be allowed on the trains travelling between Cusco and Machu Picchu (Vistadome, Hiram Bingham, etc.):


1 personal item per person (such as a purse)

1 carry-on per person conforming to the following requirements:

·        Maximum 5kg/11lbs

·        Maximum 157cm/62 inches combined height, length, width


Luggage is restricted to a maximum of 44 pounds (20 kilograms) for domestic flights in Peru.  Weight restrictions are very strict on domestic Peruvian flights; at the time of printing, overweight charges are US $35.40 for overweight luggage/ $70.80 per extra piece of luggage. Guests are responsible for any charges imposed by the airlines for overweight luggage. Please pack a small overnight bag to travel to Machu Picchu on Day 3.  The remainder of your luggage will be held at the hotel in Cusco.

Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding Peruvian and Ecuadorian visas. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain appropriate visa documents prior to cruising.


Accessibility:

The sights visited on this program are not well-equipped for mobility-impaired guests; therefore, this tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair.


Vaccinations:

Consult your physician for information regarding vaccinations or medications that may be appropriate for your state of health.


Please note: Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour.  Silversea Air Programme guests may be provided flights on LAN Peru in order to participate in this program.   Flights are subject to availability, and any changes to the carrier will affect the selling price of the program.


All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described.  If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure.  Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect.  All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing.  This description is a general overview of this programme.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require.  The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

Land Programmes

Enjoy a day exploring the highest navigable lake in the world.  Meet local villagers who make their homes on floating villages made of reeds. Visit the Sillustani tombs, whose construction has baffled experts for years .            



Please note: Participants in this program should schedule their arrival flight into Lima, Peru.


Please check with your travel professional for details regarding Peruvian and Ecuadorian visas. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain appropriate visa documents prior to cruising.


DAY 1 - LIMA

Upon arrival in Lima, you are met and transferred from the airport to the Westin Hotel.   After check-in, the remainder of the day and evening are at your leisure. Lunch and dinner are on your own.


Overnight at the Westin Hotel - Lima, Peru


DAY 2 - LIMA / JULIACA / PUNO

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel.  A short flight to Juliaca lands you in the Peruvian highlands.  En route to your hotel, stop and visit the Sillustani tombs.  Sillustani comes from a Quechua word that means "fingernail" and refers to the peninsula on which the site is situated.

The highlight of this site are the chulpas (burial towers) of the Colla, an Aymara-speaking civilization that pre-dated the Inca occupation. Simple though these circular stone towers seem to be, the engineering that went into building them was quite complicated. In fact, to date, archeologists have been unable to rebuild one of the damaged towers. The consensus amongst the experts is that the Collas had a more sophisticated mortarless construction style than the Incas who invaded them in the 15th century. The towers, some of which are 40 feet (~12 m) tall, were used as burial chambers for the nobility, who were entombed with not just their worldly goods, but with their entire families.

Continue on to your hotel, located on a private island on Lake Titicaca.  With a complete 360° view of the lake, this excellently located property connects you immediately to the stunning surroundings.  

Dinner this evening is served at the hotel.

Overnight at the Libertador Isla Esteves - Puno, Peru


DAY 3 - PUNO (LAKE TITICACA)

Enjoy a breakfast at the hotel this morning.  Then, head out for a full day of sailing on Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. Depart early in the morning for the floating islands of Uros, where the inhabitants still live as they did centuries ago. The artificial islands are made from the totora reeds that grow along the lake.  


The name Uros was used to name a very particular ethnic group that coexisted in Lake Titicaca with the Incas, Aymaras and possibly with older civilizations. In fact, it is believed that the Uros were one of the first ethnic groups populating the Andean region. These people were simple fishers and bird hunters and preferred to remain isolated from the more advanced civilizations. Their search for isolation may be one reason why they decided to live in mobile houses on the lake. When the Spanish chroniclers encountered the Uros by the end of the XVI century, the Uros were still living on the lake in small reed-boats that they used as floating houses. Only in the early 60, did the Uros start to build small artificial islands with reeds for their homes. Nowadays, the reeds are still very important material for the Uros. They eat the reeds, build boats and houses with it, feed their few animals with reeds, and they use the reeds to make fire and cook.


Following your visit, continue sailing towards Taquile Island for a 30 minute hike toward a small town inhabited by Quechua speaking natives who have, over the generations, developed both an efficient and original social system as well as a refined hand weaving technique.  In 2005, "Taquile and Its Textile Art" were honored by being proclaimed "Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity" by UNESCO.  Taquileños are known for their fine handwoven  textiles and clothing, which are regarded as among the highest-quality handicrafts in Peru. Knitting is exclusively performed by males, starting at age eight. The women exclusively make yarn and weave.


Lunch is served in a local house that serves as a restaurant. After lunch there's time to explore the island and appreciate the magnificent views of Lake Titicaca.  After this trek, return to the boat and make your way back to the hotel.  

Dinner this evening is on your own account.  

Overnight at the Libertador Isla Esteves - Puno, Peru


DAY 4 - QUITO

Depart for the airport this morning for the flights (via Lima) to Quito.  


Please note: LAN airlines made changes to their flight schedules after this program was published.  You will now have a lengthy layover in Lima before continuing on to Quito.  During this time, the local Silversea representative will provide you with a complimentary panoramic tour of the city, that will include a stop for dinner on your own.


Arriving in Quito very late this evening, you are met by Silversea's Ecuadorian representative and transferred to the hotel.  For your convenience we recommend that you have a small overnight case for your immediate needs and check the balance of your luggage with the bell staff at the hotel.  


Overnight at the J.W. Marriott Hotel - Quito, Ecuador


DAY5 - GALÁPAGOS

After breakfast at the hotel early this morning, return to the airport for the onward flight to the Galápagos.  


Program Inclusions:

v        One-night stay in a Superior Room at the Westin Hotel - Lima, Peru

v        Two-night stay in a Superior Room at the Libertador Isla Esteves - Puno, Peru

v        One night stay in a Deluxe Room at the J.W. Marriott Hotel - Quito, Ecuador

v        Scheduled, Economy-Class flights: Lima / Juliaca / Cusco / Lima / Quito

v        Meals:  Daily breakfast; two lunches (one is a boxed lunch) and one dinner

v        Transfers between airports and hotels in air-conditioned vehicles


Flight Details:

Day 2 - Lima/Juliaca - approximately 1 hour 40 minutes

Day 4 - Juliaca/Lima - approximately 1 hour 30 minutes

        Lima/Quito - approximately 2 hours

        Flight durations may vary due to changes in flight schedules


Luggage Information:

Luggage is restricted to a maximum of 44 pounds (20 kilograms) for domestic flights in Peru. Weight restrictions are very strict on domestic Peruvian flights; at the time of printing, overweight charges are US $35.40 for overweight luggage/ $70.80 per extra piece of luggage. Guests are responsible for any charges imposed by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage.


Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding Peruvian and Ecuadorian visas. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain appropriate visa documents prior to cruising.


Accessibility:

This program requires participants to be physically fit and able to walk through uneven and/or slippery terrain. The sights visited on this program are not well-equipped for mobility-impaired guests; therefore, this tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair.


Vaccinations:

Consult your physician for information regarding vaccinations or medications that may be appropriate for your state of health.


Please note:

Gratuities to guides, drivers and meals other than those noted in itinerary, are not included in the price of this program.  Individual, personal expenses are not included in the price of this program.


This description is a general overview of this programme. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require. The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.



Updated 2.13.14

Land Programmes

Travel to a destination where new species are still being discovered.  A destination that few travellers can lay claim to.  Explore the Peruvian jungle in a luxury that few would expect to find.  



Please note: Participants in this program should schedule their departure flight from Lima, Peru for departure after 10:00PM.


Please check with your travel professional for details regarding Peruvian and Ecuadorian visas. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain appropriate visa documents prior to cruising.


DAY 1 (Saturday) - BALTRA / LIMA

Disembark in Baltra and transfer to the airport.  Upon arrival in Guyaquil, you are provided a boxed lunch and assisted with your transfer within the airport for the flight to Lima.  Once there, you are met and transferred from the airport to the Westin Hotel.  After check-in, the remainder of the evening is at your leisure. Dinner this evening is on your own account.


Overnight at the Westin Hotel - Lima, Peru


DAY 2 (Sunday) - LIMA

Enjoy breakfast this morning at the hotel before you embark on a city tour beginning with a visit to the Plaza Mayor, the official center of the city and the original site upon which Lima was founded.  Visit the historic Cathedral, which is an architectural masterpiece.  From the Cathedral, walk past the Presidential Palace where the soldiers guarding the palace offer an excellent photo opportunity, and on to the Church of San Francisco and its library and collection of fine paintings and frescoes.  Then, leaving the historic center, you are driven through modern Lima to visit the residential districts of Miraflores and San Isidro.


Return to the hotel at the end of the morning.  The balance of the day, as well as lunch and dinner, are at your leisure.


Overnight at the Westin Hotel - Lima, Peru  


DAY 3 (Monday) - ABOARD THE M/V ARIA

Following breakfast, enjoy the morning at your leisure.  You may wish to take some time to visit the Larco Museum.  Housed in a former mansion, itself built on the site of a pre-Columbian temple, the museum offers a varied collection of 3,000 years of ceramic, textile and precious metal artifacts. There are also mummies that show off the different ways ancient cultures, including the Incas, preserved their dead.   This is one of the rare museums that permit visitors into their store rooms to see items that are not on display.


Shortly after you enjoy lunch on your own it's time to depart for the airport for the flight to Iquitos. Upon arrival, you are met and transferred to the town of Nauta, 95 km away.  Here, the m/v Aria is waiting.  As you begin your voyage, enjoy the fantastic view from the upper Deck.  You are embarking on a spectacular adventure, to a place visited by only a few of even the most experienced world travellers.


This evening participate in the safety drill and introductory briefing before dinner is served in the Dining Room.  Afterward, you may wish to enjoy a nightcap on the Upper Deck, under the stars, before retiring.


DAY 4 (Tuesday) - ABOARD THE m/v ARIA

Enjoy an early breakfast this morning before you disembark the ship.  Activities for today vary slightly by season with December to May considered the 'high water' season and June to November as the 'low water' season.  Though the excursions are relatively similar all year long, during the high-water season you are able to explore further afield in the launches while in the low-water season you're on the ground hiking along trails.


In the morning, climb aboard the launch to explore a beautiful section of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, known as the "Forest of Galleries", where two eco-zones come together allowing the sightings of different species of birds and monkeys. This area is very rich in flora.  You have the opportunity to see a great diversity of bromeliads and learn more of the amazing ecosystem generated in their leaves.  Sightings may include parrots, macaws, monkeys, and, with luck, one of the many hawks in the area.


This morning's activities have surely piqued your appetite and the chef is happy to introduce you to the finest of Peru's cuisine.   Following lunch, take some time for a siesta or simply relax on deck with a good book (and your binoculars!).  


Late in the afternoon, debark from the ship for a guided walk and a visit to a local village.  Native people engage in subsistence farming and are happy to show how they learned to cultivate wild plants and trees for income.  A Walk deeper into the jungle as your guide points out several important trees and plants still used for medicinal purposes.


Dinner this evening is another delight-filled adventure.  Later, relax on deck and look up at the sky, where the feast continues, with millions of sparkling stars set against the deep black night or perhaps a full moon that lights up the entire river.



DAY 5 (Wednesday) - ABOARD THE m/v ARIA

An early start to the day is scheduled for all guests.  Today, you have your choice of excursions:  


Option 1 is a full-day guided hike with a naturalist through the jungle.  Spend today at the very heart of the Pacaya Samiria National Reserve, by far the largest protected wetland reserve in the world.   Filled with lakes, palm swamps, and streams, the reserve becomes a flooded forest in the rainy season.   As the launch navigates the waterways, watch for parrots, macaws, toucans, kingfishers, black collared hawks, southern swallows, white winged swallows, and manikins. Search for different species of monkeys, such as small family groups of red howler monkeys, the largest in the Amazon basin, with its bright rust-colored fur and long prehensile tail.


A generous picnic lunch is served in the forest at mid-day.  As the day starts to heat up, continue along the shores of the Pacaya river, spotting huge ceiba or kapok trees, mahogany trees, strangler figs, epiphytes such as bromeliads and orchids, palm trees and woody vines.


Option 2 offers two different experiences.  In the morning your guide provides an explanation of various sustainable resource management projects in Amazonia.  Visit one of these projects where villagers are planting palms from which to draw palm oil.  Then, your guide accompanies you on a walk  in the forest where you can learn about the numerous plants that grow so abundantly in this pristine environment.  Many are used by local peoples for traditional medicine.  Keep an eye open for a wide variety of birds and monkeys.


Return to the ship for lunch and some free time.  An afternoon siesta is a time honoured tradition in South America!   As the afternoon comes to a close, depart the ship for a second excursion that focuses on the caiman population in this area.  Though smaller than their North American cousins, the caiman is important to maintaining the balance of nature in the Amazon.


All guests return to the ship in the early evening where, once again, the chef and his team have prepared a very sophisticated meal in the midst of the jungle.  Relax and enjoy the evening as the ship continues on its course.


Day 6 (Thursday) - ABOARD THE m/v ARIA

Board the launch as dawn breaks over the jungle.  As the light comes up, a host of wildlife including parrots, macaws, toucans and monkeys join in a raucous greeting.  A 'bag breakfast' of light sandwiches and fresh juice is served on board.  The highlight of the morning is the stop near a popular dolphin feeding spot.


Return to the m/v Aria for lunch.  


In 'high water' season, the launch takes you straight to Lake Charo.  Once there,  it's time to break out the fishing gear to fish for piranhas and other species.  These small, sharp-toothed carnivorous fish have a big reputation for being scary.  Imagine the 'fish tales' you'll be able to tell when you get home!


In 'low water' season, this afternoon's excursion sees you navigating from the Amazon River through the Huaysi Canal to explore the dark waters of the Tahuayo River. Lifejackets, ponchos, rubber boots and freshwater are provided.  Keep your binoculars handy to see the abundant wildlife: sparrows, hawks, monkeys and sloths that share this marvellous location with you.  Spend some time fishing in Lake Charo before heading back to the ship.


Your farewell dinner is served back on board the ship.


Day 7 (Friday) - DEPART THE AMAZON

An early breakfast is served again this morning.  This allows you a final opportunity to board the launches and meet visit the lively riverside community of Belen, near Iquitos.  Learn about the local culture and traditions as you visit the local food market.  


As the morning comes to a close, return to the m/v Aria.  A special lunch menu that highlights the best of Amazon cuisine is served.  


Finally it's time to disembark the ship.  But, if time permits, there is one more special experience in store before you reach the airport.   A quick stop at the Manatee Rescue Center will introduce you to these gentle giants and you may actually be able to feed one if you like.  


Check-in at Iquitos Airport for the flight to Lima.  Once there, you should make your connection for your international flight home.  


Please Note:  Do not schedule your international departing flight for any earlier than 10:00 PM.  As of December, 2012 the flight intended to take you from Iquitos to Lima is scheduled to land in Lima at approximately 7:50PM.  Flight delays are quite common and any additional expenses incurred as a result are the responsibility of the guest.  


Program Inclusions:

Two one-night stays in a Superior Room at the Westin Hotel - Lima, Peru

Four-night stay aboard the m/v Aria, First Deck Suite Accommodations

Scheduled, Economy-Class flights: Guayaquil/Lima/Iquitos/Lima - upgrades to Business Class are available for an additional cost only on the Guayaquil / Lima portion of this trip.

Meals:  Six breakfasts; three lunches and three dinners

Transfers between airports and hotels in air-conditioned vehicles

Flight Details:

Day 1 - Guayaquil / Lima - approximately one hour and 55 minutes

Day 2 - Lima / Iquitos - approximately one hour and 40 minutes

Day 5 - Iquitos / Lima - approximately one hour and 15 minutes

Flight durations may vary due to changes in flight schedules


Luggage Information:

Luggage is restricted to a maximum of 44 pounds (20 kilograms) for domestic flights in Peru.  Weight restrictions are very strict on domestic Peruvian flights; as of January, 2013, overweight charges are US $35.40 for overweight luggage/ $70.80 per extra piece of luggage. Guests are responsible for any charges imposed by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage.

Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding Peruvian and Ecuadorian visas. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain appropriate visa documents prior to cruising.


Accessibility:

This program requires participants to be physically fit and able to walk through uneven and/or slippery terrain.  The sights visited on this program are not well-equipped for mobility-impaired guests; therefore, this tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair.


Vaccinations:

Consult your physician for information regarding vaccinations or medications that may be appropriate for your state of health.



Please note:

·        Families & Children: 7 year old age minimum.

·        Arrival & Departure: The m/v Aria Amazon Luxury cruise begins and ends in Iquitos, Peru. Embarkation aboard M/V Aria is at approximately 6:00pm on Day 3 (Monday) of the itinerary above. Disembarkation is at 4:00pm on Day 7 (Friday).   Please plan your international flights to depart from Lima after 10:00PM.  

·        We highly recommend our travelers protect their investment with travel insurance.

·        Gratuities to guides, drivers and shipboard staff,  and meals other than those noted in itinerary, are not included in the price of this program.  

·        Individual, personal expenses are not included in the price of this program.

·        Charges for alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and other personal expenditures aboard the m/v Aria are the sole responsibility of the guest.

·        Silversea Air Programme guests may be provided flights on LAN Peru in order to participate in this program.   Flights are subject to availability, and any changes to the carrier will affect the selling price of the program.


All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described.  If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure.  Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect.  All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing.  This description is a general overview of this programme.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require.  The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

Land Programmes

Indulge your senses with the scenic splendour and unique history of Peru.  Travel via Peru Rail's Vistadome train for the journey up and back from the historic site.  Upon arrival, explore the 'Lost City of the Incas'.  Overnight nearby in Machu Picchu Pueblo (formerly called Aguas Calientes).    


Please note: Participants in this program should schedule their departure flight from Lima, Peru for departure after 8:00PM.


Please check with your travel professional for details regarding Peruvian and Ecuadorian visas. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain appropriate visa documents prior to cruising.


DAY 1 - BALTRA / LIMA

Disembark in Baltra and transfer to the airport.  Upon arrival in Guyaquil, the local Silversea representative is on hand to meet you and provide the tickets for your onward flight.  Once in Lima, you are met and transferred from the airport to the Westin Hotel.   Lunch and dinner are on your own.


Overnight at the Westin Hotel - Lima, Peru


DAY 2 - LIMA / CUSCO

Enjoy a very early breakfast at the hotel this morning before returning to the airport for the short flight to Cusco.  Once there, transfer to the hotel.  After a quick stop to freshen up, continue on for lunch at a local restaurant.  


Begin this afternoon on a city tour of Cusco and the main sights including the Korikancha Temple, a Dominican church and convent that was built on the foundations of the Korikancha, or palace of gold, the principal Inca religious building, dedicated to the worship of the sun.   Continue to the beautiful square surrounded by stone arches and a spectacular arcade constructed during colonial times.  Visit the Cathedral, whose construction was begun in 1560 and was consecrated in 1669. This incredible structure exhibits Gothic, Mannerist-Renaissance and Baroque influences.


Overnight at the J.W. Marriott - Cusco, Peru


DAY 3 - CUSCO / MACHU PICCHU

Breakfast is served at the hotel this morning.  Later, transfer to the train station in the Sacred Valley where the Vistadome train awaits.   As you make your way to Machu Picchu the train passes through villages and mountain gorges.  Along the way you get a glimpse of a snow-covered Andean peak.   As you approach the end of your journey, the outside temperature rises and jungle vegetation appears.  


Upon arrival at the site, commence a guided tour of the marvellous Citadel, then take a stroll through this impressive archaeological site on your own.   Explore the famous "Lost City of the Incas" and feel its pulse while visualizing the lives of the priests, craftsmen, and servants who lived in this seemingly incredible site.  Excavations have only added to the mystery, revealing the skeletons of 173 people along with artifacts and woolen clothing, though no gold.    


A buffet lunch is served at the famous Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge just outside the entrance to the ruins.  The afternoon is then free to continue your exploration of the citadel.  At the end of the afternoon, transfer to your hotel in Machu Picchu Pueblo (formerly called Aguas Caliente).  Settle in for the evening in a room with a skylighted ceiling that provides much-needed light through the lush vegetation.  Dinner this evening is served at the hotel.  


Overnight at the Inkaterra Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel  


DAY 4 - DEPART FROM LIMA  

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning, followed by some free time to explore the area on your own.  There's a local handicraft market near the train station, or join one of the hotel's staff for a guided nature walk.  


Lunch is served at the hotel before your departure for the airport for the return flight to Lima.  


Please Note:  Do not schedule your international departing flight for any earlier than 8:00 PM.    


Program Inclusions:

One-night stay in a Superior Room at the Westin Hotel - Lima, Peru

One night stay in a Superior Room at the J.W. Marriott Hotel - Cusco, Peru

One-night stay in a Superior Room at the Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel - Machu Picchu Pueblo, Peru

Scheduled, Economy-Class flights: Guayaquil/Lima /Cusco/Lima - upgrades to Business Class are available for an additional cost only on the Guayaquil / Lima portion of this trip.

Meals:  Three breakfasts; two lunches and one dinner

Train: Roundtrip Vistadome service Cusco/Machu Picchu/Cusco

Guided tour of Machu Picchu

Transfers between airports and hotels in air-conditioned vehicles

Flight Details:

Day 1 - Guayaquil / Lima - approximately one hour and 55 minutes

Day 2 - Lima / Cusco - approximately one hour and 15 minutes

Day 4 - Cusco / Lima - approximately one hour and 15 minutes

         Flight durations may vary due to changes in flight schedules



Upgrade to Machu Picchu Grande Explorer for a nominal surcharge

Comparison of Machu Picchu Explorer vs. Machu Picchu Grande Explorer

The following are the highlights of the features for each level of service:


*Lima: Westin Hotel - Superior Room                                  *Lima: Miraflores Park Hotel-Deluxe Ocean View Room

*Roundtrip Vistadome train service                                      *One way service aboard Hiram Bingham train,

   between Cuzco & Machu Picchu                                                plus one-way service aboard the Vistadome train

*Overnight stay in Machu Picchu Pueblo                             *Overnight stay at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge

*Free time in Machu Picchu Pueblo                                    *Additional free time at Machu Picchu with fewer tourists

*Cuzco: J.W. Marriott - Superior Room                                *Cuzco: Monasterio Hotel - Superior Room



Luggage Information:

According to Peruvian law, only the following baggage will be allowed on the trains travelling between Cusco and Machu Picchu (Vistadome, Hiram Bingham, etc.):


1 personal item per person (such as a purse)

1 carry-on per person conforming to the following requirements:

·        Maximum 5kg/11lbs

·        Maximum 157cm/62 inches combined height, length, width


Luggage is restricted to a maximum of 44 pounds (20 kilograms) for domestic flights in Peru.  Weight restrictions are very strict on domestic Peruvian flights; at the time of printing, overweight charges are US $35.40 for overweight luggage/ $70.80 per extra piece of luggage. Guests are responsible for any charges imposed by the airlines for overweight luggage. Please pack a small overnight bag to travel to Machu Picchu on Day 3.  The remainder of your luggage will be held at the hotel in Cusco.

Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding Peruvian and Ecuadorian visas. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain appropriate visa documents prior to cruising.


Accessibility:

The sights visited on this program are not well-equipped for mobility-impaired guests; therefore, this tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair.


Vaccinations:

Consult your physician for information regarding vaccinations or medications that may be appropriate for your state of health.


Please note: Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour.  Silversea Air Programme guests may be provided flights on LAN Peru in order to participate in this program.   Flights are subject to availability, and any changes to the carrier will affect the selling price of the program.


All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described.  If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure.  Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect.  All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing.  This description is a general overview of this programme.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require.  The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

Land Programmes

Indulge your senses with the scenic splendour and unique history of Peru.  Board the legendary 'Hiram Bingham' for a picturesque train-ride to Machu Picchu. Upon arrival, explore the 'Lost City of the Incas'.  Your overnight stay at the famed Sanctuary Lodge allows you to spend additional time at the historic site with fewer tourists.  



Please note: Participants in this program should schedule their departure flight from Lima, Peru for departure after 8:00PM.


Please check with your travel professional for details regarding Peruvian and Ecuadorian visas. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain appropriate visa documents prior to cruising.


DAY 1 - BALTRA / LIMA

Disembark in Baltra and transfer to the airport.  Upon arrival in Guyaquil, the local Silversea representative is on hand to meet you and provide the tickets for your onward flight.  Once in Lima, you are met and transferred from the airport to the Miraflores Park Hotel, which is renowned for its location overlooking the Pacific Ocean. After check-in, the remainder of the day and evening are at your leisure. Lunch and dinner are on your own.


Overnight at the Miraflores Park Hotel - Lima, Peru



DAY 2 - LIMA / CUSCO

Enjoy a very early breakfast at the hotel this morning before returning to the airport for the short flight to Cusco.  Once there, transfer to the hotel.  After a quick stop to freshen up, continue on for lunch at a local restaurant.  


Begin this afternoon on a city tour of Cusco and the main sights including the Korikancha Temple, a Dominican church and convent that was built on the foundations of the Korikancha, or palace of gold, the principal Inca religious building, dedicated to the worship of the sun.   Continue to the beautiful square surrounded by stone arches and a spectacular arcade constructed during colonial times.  Visit the Cathedral, whose construction was begun in 1560 and was consecrated in 1669. This incredible structure exhibits Gothic, Mannerist-Renaissance and Baroque influences.


Overnight at the Monasterio Hotel - Cusco, Peru


DAY 3 - CUSCO / MACHU PICCHU

Breakfast is served at the hotel this morning.  Later, transfer to the train station in the Sacred Valley where the Hiram Bingham train awaits.   Your rail journey celebrates the spirit of expedition and perseverance that is the hallmark of the railways of Peru, taking its name from the explorer Hiram Bingham who discovered the 'Lost City of the Incas'.


Brunch is served en route. Upon arrival at the site, commence a guided tour of the marvellous Citadel, then take a stroll through this impressive archaeological site on your own. Explore the famous "Lost City of the Incas" and feel its pulse while visualizing the lives of the priests, craftsmen, and servants who lived in this seemingly incredible site.  Excavations have only added to the mystery, revealing the skeletons of 173 people along with artifacts and woolen clothing, though no gold.  


Afterward, relax with afternoon tea at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, the only hotel located within the very grounds of the Machu Picchu Sanctuary citadel.  Dinner is served at the Lodge.


Overnight at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge


DAY 4 - MACHU PICCHU / LIMA

After an early-morning breakfast at the lodge, depart for an opportunity to witness an incomparable sight (weather permitting); the sun rising over Machu Picchu.  Due to the proximity of the hotel to the site, overnight guests have time in the morning to enjoy the citadel with very few other visitors around.  


Later in the morning, transfer to the Aguas Calientes Station and board Peru Rail's Vistadome train for the return trip to Cusco.  A box lunch is provided.   From Cusco's train station, you are transferred to the airport for the flight to Lima.

Please Note:  Do not schedule your international departing flight for any earlier than 8:00 PM.    


Program Inclusions:

One-night stay in a Deluxe Ocean View Room at the Miraflores Park Hotel - Lima, Peru

One-night stay in a Superior Room at the Hotel Monasterio - Cusco, Peru

One-night stay in a Superior Room at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge Hotel - Machu Picchu, Peru

Scheduled, Economy-Class flights: Guayaquil/Lima /Cusco/Lima - upgrades to Business Class are available for an additional cost only on the Guayaquil / Lima portion of this trip.  

Meals:  Three breakfasts; one brunch; two lunches and one dinners

Train: Hiram Bingham - Cusco to Machu Picchu;  Vistadome - Machu Picchu - Cusco

Guided tour of Machu Picchu

Transfers between airports and hotels in air-conditioned vehicles

Flight Details:

Day 1 - Guayaquil / Lima - approximately one hour and 55 minutes

Day 2 - Lima / Cusco - approximately one hour and 15 minutes

Day 4 - Cusco / Lima - approximately one hour and 15 minutes

         Flight durations may vary due to changes in flight schedules


Luggage Information:

According to Peruvian law, only the following baggage will be allowed on the trains travelling between Cusco and Machu Picchu (Vistadome, Hiram Bingham, etc.):


1 personal item per person (such as a purse)

1 carry-on per person conforming to the following requirements:

·        Maximum 5kg/11lbs

·        Maximum 157cm/62 inches combined height, length, width


Luggage is restricted to a maximum of 44 pounds (20 kilograms) for domestic flights in Peru.  Weight restrictions are very strict on domestic Peruvian flights; at the time of printing, overweight charges are US $35.40 for overweight luggage/ $70.80 per extra piece of luggage. Guests are responsible for any charges imposed by the airlines for overweight luggage. Please pack a small overnight bag to travel to Machu Picchu on Day 3.  The remainder of your luggage will be held at the hotel in Cusco.

Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding Peruvian and Ecuadorian visas. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain appropriate visa documents prior to cruising.


Accessibility:

The sights visited on this program are not well-equipped for mobility-impaired guests; therefore, this tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair.


Vaccinations:

Consult your physician for information regarding vaccinations or medications that may be appropriate for your state of health.


Please note: Gratuities to guides/drivers, meals and alcoholic drinks other than those noted in itinerary, and other personal expenses are not included in the price of this tour.  Silversea Air Programme guests may be provided flights on LAN Peru in order to participate in this program.   Flights are subject to availability, and any changes to the carrier will affect the selling price of the program.


All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described.  If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure.  Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect.  All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea.   All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing.  This description is a general overview of this programme.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require.  The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

7 days North Central Galápagos

Baltra to Baltra

You will visit one of the most unusual islands in the Galápagos on the North Central Route: Genovesa with its collapsed caldera. The island is a birder’s paradise. Española is the most southerly island and one of the richest in terms of wildlife; it is the only nesting place in the world for the Waved Albatross.

Expedition Highlights:

  • Visit “Bird Island” home to over 30 bird species
  • Climb Prince Philip’s Steps through a thriving seabird colony
  • Observe sea lion families and the famed giant tortoises
  • Search for the GalápagosShort-earedOwl.
  • Admire the antics of Red-footed and Blue-footed Boobies
  • Find corals and bones on raised North Seymour Island
  • Explore natural underground lava tunnels and hike across lavaflows
  • Hike up the sides of an extinct volcano
  • See spectacular water-spouting “blowers”
  • Swim and snorkel in tranquil, clear waters
  • Photograph colourful marine iguanas
  • Marvel at the fearless behaviour of wildlife
  • Cruise by Zodiac along scenic coastlines
  • Learn about conservation efforts at the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center

Day 1 — Baltra

Embark Silver Galapagos and depart on your exciting Silversea Expedition – North Central Galápagos. After settling in and setting sail, you will be introduced to your Expedition Team and enjoy the first of many memorable meals onboard.

Day 2 — Bahía Darwin, Genovesa Island

El Barranco, Prince Philip Steps, Genovesa Island

Genovesa (“Tower “in English) is dubbed “Bird Island”, a name it lives up to in a spectacular way. Huge colonies of seabirds create a birdwatcher’s paradise. Take a walk on the sandy beach of Darwin Bay, home to one of the world’s largest Red-footed Booby nesting colonies. Yellow-crowned Night Herons feed near tidal lagoons, while hundreds of Swallow-tailed Gulls nest in the cliffs. Climb the “steps”, a steep path named after the Duke of Edinburgh who visited the island in 1965, and you will be well rewarded: a remarkable spectacle of Nazca Boobies nesting on the ground, Great Frigatebirds with their fiery red sacs, and, if you are lucky, you might see the elusive Short-eared Owl on a daytime hunt for Storm Petrels, a favourite prey. After a morning walk, we will have a chance to enjoy our first snorkelling excursion and experience the diverse, underwater wonderland that surrounds the island. We will also have the opportunity to kayak around Darwin Bay—which is actually a flooded caldera—and admire the island’s craggy landscape.

Day 3 — North Seymour

Sullivan Bay, Santiago

North Seymour is a small up-lifted island close to Baltra filled with a spectacular profusion of wildlife — above and below the sea. Two species of frigatebirds nest here; one of which, the Magnificent Frigatebird, is an opportunistic breeder. At any month of the year we may see males displaying their bright-red gular pouch to attract females. Galápagos Sea Lions snooze in the sand. Blue-footed Boobies perform their courtship dance called “sky-pointing”. Marine iguanas and Galapagos land iguanas patrol the beach, while Brown Pelicans and Brown Noddy Terns look for food in the shallow coastal waters. We will walk through this spectacular landscape, and afterwards have an opportunity to go snorkelling—perhaps even spotting the impressive whitetip shark.

Coming ashore on the east coast of Santiago Island, we will witness the marks Nature has left on the islands through its geological forces.

Our landing will be on a white sandy beach or directly onto lava –depending on the conditions. In either case we will see the lava flows that are not much older than a hundred years –dating back to 1897. Here the very high temperature of the molten material, as well as its gas content, had caused the surface to be quite smooth. The appearance this lava has is almost like frail rope and the technical term for it is pahoehoe (a Hawaiian name that supposedly suggests the swirls left behind by a paddle (=hoe) in the water). Since the lava has not moved equally in all places, the “design” of the surface texture induces one to see different objects and images in the lava. As the sun heats up the lava during the day, at the time of our visit the temperatures will have you back at the sandy beach and getting ready for snorkelling in due time. While we will look for shelter from the heat at the beach, be aware that animals like beaches, too. Apart from rays, turtles are quite fond of the beaches and come there to lay their eggs.

 

Day 4 — Rabida and Bahia Ballena – Eden, Santa Cruz

Rabida and Bahia Ballena

Rabida is a small picturesque island with red rock cliffs and maroon sand. Here we can see Darwin’s finches, lava lizards and Galápagos Mockingbirds. Take a walk along the cliffs where the red rocks, green Palo Santo trees and the blue turquoise sea create landscapes of stunning contrast, while an underwater world teeming with colourful tropical species and vibrant submarine landscapes is equally amazing. After a short but rewarding hike, we will have the opportunity to swim or simply stroll along the beach and admire the sea lions snoozing along the shore. You can also go for a stunning snorkel-excursion with sea lions, reef sharks, marine iguanas, colourful anemones and parrotfish, or kayak along the picturesque Rabida cliffs.

Bahia Ballena or Eden islet

Depending on the landing conditions, the Expedition Leader and Captain will decide whether we can go for a walk at Bahia Ballena where whalers left behind some of their pottery, or sail to Eden Islet for snorkelling, kayaking and Zodiac rides. Eden is a small, eroded tuff cone and an excellent example of the unique geology of the Galápagos. It is home to Great Blue Herons, sea lions, and Blue-footed Boobies, while the small tidal areas can be a resting place for reef sharks, eagle rays and green turtles, and make an excellent spot for kayaking as well.

Day 5 — La Galapaguera & Punta Pitt, San Cristobal

The most emblematic animal in the archipelago is the Galápagos Giant Tortoise. Over-hunting and competition with introduced animals has left its numbers close to extinction. Nonetheless, since the late 1950s, the tenacious work of the Galápagos National Park Service park rangers and the scientists of the Charles Darwin Research Station has been bringing those numbers back. We’ll see these ancient reptiles and their babies, and learn more about current conservation efforts at the Galapaguera Cerro Colorado. Breeding and rearing endemic animals in captivity is part of a much broader conservation programme aimed at restoring and protecting the Galapagos Islands’ natural biodiversity.

San Cristóbal is one of the oldest islands in Galápagos and the well-eroded landscape of Punta Pitt creates a dramatic landscape. We may see all three species of boobies here: Red-footed, Blue-footed and Nazca, as well as both the Great and Magnificent Frigatebird. After a wet landing on an olivine beach where sea lions doze, we’ll climb up a ravine to view one of the most scenic panoramas in the archipelago. San Cristóbal or Chatham Lava Lizards guide our way, while Red-footed Boobies and Nazca Boobies fly overhead.

Day 6 — Bahía Gardner; or Islote Gardner, Española

Punta Suárez, Española

Don’t miss a chance to swim with sea lions from the gorgeous beach at Gardner Bay. Relax on the white sands of this idyllic beach as the water laps gently in front of you. You may even spy some iguanas on the shore. Further out you can snorkel with large schools of colourful tropical fish and an occasional manta ray, while a whitetip shark naps on the bottom. You may wish to experience this from a kayak: paddling through crystal-clear waters while marvelling at the natural wonders all around you.

In the afternoon we will visit Punta Suárez at the western point of Española, the oldest island in the Galápagos. Sheer cliffs provide superb thermals for seabirds. Swallow-tailed Gulls, Nazca Boobies and Blue-footed Boobies can easily be seen. The largest seabird to nest in the Islands, the Waved Galápagos Albatross, may be seen seasonally from April through December, and has made Española its home. Mockingbirds, doves, and occasional Galápagos Hawks can also be found, as well as sea lions and colourful marine iguanas.

Day 7 — The Fausto Llerena Breeding Centerand Puerto Ayora Town Visit, Santa Cruz

Plazas Sur

We will cruise overnight to Santa Cruz, an island in the central part of the archipelago with the largest human population. The headquarters of the Galápagos National Park Service and the Charles Darwin Research Station are located in the small town of Puerto Ayora. The Station is the operative branch of the Charles Darwin Foundation, an organisation established in 1959 to provide conservation counsel to the Ecuadorian government. Its flagship program is the restoration of Galápagos Giant Tortoises.

At the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, we will get to see tortoises of both morphotypes: dome-shaped and saddle-backed, as well as baby Giant Tortoises up to 5 years old that are waiting to be returned to their home island. There is also an exhibit on Galápagos land iguanas; their numbers were once diminished due to introduced animals such as dogs and cats, but they have had a comeback thanks to the efforts of the National Park Service and Research Station. Towards the end of the morning, there will be time to do some sightseeing and shopping in town.

If instead you want to see the Giant Tortoises in the wild, a bus will take you to a farm where they are roaming free in the highlands of Santa Cruz.

You could also visit “Trapiche”, a local farm with a coffee and sugar plantations to experience the social side of the islands. You will be taken by bus to the farm and there you can taste all the different forms of sugar and there will be an explanation of how alcohol is produced –you can even try some if you want. You will be offered fresh roasted coffee produced on this farm.

If you take these options, there will be no time to do sightseeing or shopping in town.

South Plaza is a neat little island located close to the eastern coast of Santa Cruz. Its main attraction is a colony of Galápagos land iguanas, but the setting is also a highlight — Giant Prickly Pear Cactus, the reddish Sesuvium plant, a mat-like ground cover, and a large nesting colony of Swallow-tailed Gulls make this small island an excellent stop. Marine iguanas and Galápagos Sea Lions are also around.

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.