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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
to Valparaiso

Silversea Cruises
Jan 07, 2015 18 Days
Silver Shadow 3501
US$8,250
Date: Day: Port: Arrive: Depart:
January 07th, 2015 Wednesday Fort Lauderdale, Florida   6:00 PM
January 08th, 2015 Thursday Key West, Florida 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
January 09th, 2015 Friday Day at Sea    
January 10th, 2015 Saturday Day at Sea    
January 11th, 2015 Sunday Puerto Limón 8:00 AM 4:00 PM
January 12th, 2015 Monday Panama Canal Transit 6:00 AM 7:00 PM
January 13th, 2015 Tuesday Day at Sea    
January 14th, 2015 Wednesday Manta 9:00 AM 7:00 PM
January 15th, 2015 Thursday Day at Sea    
January 16th, 2015 Friday Salaverry 8:00 AM 2:00 PM
January 17th, 2015 Saturday Callao (Lima) 8:00 AM  
January 18th, 2015 Sunday Callao (Lima)   10:00 PM
January 19th, 2015 Monday Pisco 8:00 AM 11:00 PM
January 20th, 2015 Tuesday Day at Sea    
January 21st, 2015 Wednesday Matarani 7:00 AM 6:00 PM
January 22nd, 2015 Thursday Arica 8:00 AM 5:00 PM
January 23rd, 2015 Friday Day at Sea    
January 24th, 2015 Saturday Coquimbo 1:00 PM 6:00 PM
January 25th, 2015 Sunday Valparaiso 8:00 AM  
Included in this cruise
  • Spacious suites – over 85% with private verandas
  • Personalised service – nearly one crew member for every guest
  • Butler service in every suite – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Diversity of dining venues – casual, romantic, regional delicacies, and gourmet cuisine inspired by Relais & Châteaux
  • 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 24-hour room service – always complimentary, always available
  • Sophisticated entertainment from live music to production shows
  • Enrichment lecturers and destination consultants
  • Complimentary transportation into town in most ports
  • Gratuities always included in your fare
Gentleman Hosts
Bridge Sailing
Wine Series
Overnight in Port

Excursions

Experience the diverse natural beauty and marine life of Key West during this scenic excursion to the Butterfly and Nature Conservatory, and a memorable visit to the Key West Aquarium.


Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory

Depart Mallory Pier for the brief transfer via shuttle-bus to the Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, one of Key West's premier attractions. The facility houses a 14,000-square-foot (1,300-square-metre) state-of-the-art, climate-controlled greenhouse. It includes an impressive collection of flowering plants and trees, cascading waterfalls, colourful birds, and 50 to 60 different butterfly species from around the world.

Your visit to the beautiful and tranquil Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory offers a unique opportunity to experience walking amongst hundreds of butterflies in a lush tropical garden. Other features here include the Conservatory's Learning Centre, where you can view a 15-minute film describing the life cycle and basic facts about butterflies, and an upscale gift shop offering a wide array of souvenirs for sale.


Key West Aquarium

Next, take a brief shuttle-bus transfer to Mallory Square. Upon arrival, proceed to the Key West Aquarium for a self-guided tour. One of the nation's oldest open-air aquariums, the Key West Aquarium is home to a variety of marine animals that thrive in the warm waters of the Florida Keys. Your up-close view of this picturesque underwater world includes touch tanks, shark feedings and the Atlantic Shores exhibit. Following your visit, transfer back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 250 yards (about 229 metres), and is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair; prior notice is required if a hydraulic lift is needed to transfer guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing and sun protection are recommended. The tour sequence may vary.

Excursions

Experience the splendid history and landmarks of Key West during this scenic and informative excursion aboard the Old Town Trolley or Conch Tour Train.


Key West Trolley/Train Tour

Depart the pier via the Old Town Trolley or Conch Tour Train for a 14-mile (23-kilometre) picturesque tour of Old Key West. Situated between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, Key West is only 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometres) wide and four miles (6.4 kilometres) long. During this narrated tour, learn about the history of Key West as you pass by the Hemingway House, Southernmost Point, Audubon House, Duval Street, old conch homes, and other landmarks of the largest historical district in the United States. Your tour ends in the heart of the Old Town at Mallory Square.


Harry S. Truman Little White House

Next, you are escorted on-foot to the nearby Harry S. Truman Little White House. Built in 1890 as the first officers' naval quarters on the harbours waterfront, the Little White House was converted into a single-family dwelling to house the base commandant in the early 20th century. The house has been host to many distinguished guests, including Thomas Edison and US presidents Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, and Bill Clinton. Following your guided visit, walk back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking from the ship to the tour vehicle of approximately 250 yards (229 metres), and from the tour vehicle to the Little White House Museum of approximately 250 yards (229 metres). This tour involves approximately 20 steps to negotiate. Due to the historic nature of the building, the second level of the Little White House is not wheelchair-accessible. A video of the second floor is shown on the main level for guests unable to climb the stairs. Lightweight, comfortable clothing and sun protection are recommended.

Excursions

Explore the city of Key West with the opportunity to re-visit the sites at your leisure during this morning overview tour.


City View Trolley Tour of Key West combines the best of all worlds with a fully narrated tour lasting one hour that also includes unlimited "hop on hop off" privileges. The deluxe trolleys are equipped with padded seats and panoramic windows providing superior views and comfort.  Enjoy the scenes as the professional guide offer a fully narrated tour, combining history, folk lore, facts and fun to entertain you.


The Trolley has eight different stops within the historic district of Key West where tales of pirates, spongers, shrimpers, millionaires and less well-off merge to create a fusion of fun in the sun.


The Trolleys run every 15 minutes or so depending on traffic, and offers you time to enjoy the southernmost city in the continental USA at a pace you command. Pause to shop on Duval Street, visit the attractions and museums and then hop back on the City View Trolley to complete you tour of this truly unique island city.


Please note: This tour involves minimal walking to the start point approximately 300 yards (275 metres) depending upon the ship's berth location. Additional walking is at the guest's own discretion. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests must be able to embark and disembark the trolley with little assistance.

Excursions

Experience a guided tour of the colourful history and characters of Key West on comfortable beach cruiser bikes.


Bike to where Jimmy Buffet lived, wrote, first performed, and Margaritaville, of course. Visit top destinations like Captain Tony's, Sloppy Joe's, Ernest Hemingway House, and the gates leading to Truman's Little White House. We'll cruise by the marker of the Southernmost Point of the United States, just 90 miles north of Cuba. Make a stop at the famous Key West Cemetery, the final resting place of many of Key West's most colorful characters. Along the way, you will learn about the history of the "Conch Republic", ship wrecking, and pirates.


Since this is the Key Lime Bike Tour, finish with a complimentary piece of frozen Key Lime pie dipped in Belgian chocolate - a must do experience in Key West!


Highlights:- Take a guided cruise on beach cruiser bikes- Visit top destinations and historical sites and learn about the colorful history and characters of the island- Enjoy a complimentary piece of frozen Key Lime pie dipped in Belgian


What to Bring:

- You should always take your SeaPass card (provided onboard the ship) and photo identification when in port.

- Camera

- Sun protection and sunglasses

- Money for incidentals


What to Wear:- Recommend wearing light clothing and comfortable walking shoes


Please note: Guests should consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate.  Guests with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition should take particular caution when selecting a tour.  Guests who have concerns should consult with their personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be strenuous for them.

Excursions

Spend a day exploring the tropical flora of the Keys. Begin this peaceful day with a brief transfer from the pier, in your survey of this splendid natural setting, enjoying a guided walk along paved pathways.


You will learn about the history of the gardens and about how they showcase flora native to South Florida, Cuba and the Caribbean, with an emphasis on protecting and cultivating endangered species of the Keys. Not only do the gardens display wondrous blooms, but they also host an arboretum, wildlife refuge and education center. In all, 7,000 different plants and trees thrive here, making the Tropical Forest and Botanical Gardens a treasure of the Florida Keys, and of the world.


Enjoy a cold beverage made from native Key West fruits before concluding your garden discovery and returning to the pier.


Please note: This tour requires a moderate amount of activity. The venue is wheelchair accessible, however due to the amount of the walking that required to see the gardens, this tour is not recommended for those with limited mobility. Expect hot and humid weather; dress in lightweight clothing and bring adequate protection from the sun.

Excursions

Experience the traditional lifestyle and commercial operation of a unique, century-old hacienda during this memorable, full-day excursion to the mountains of Turrialba.


Hacienda Tayutic

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximate two-hour drive to the Hacienda Tayutic. Nestled in the mountains of Turrialba, this unique, century-old hacienda offers splendid views of the valley, magnificent Reventazon River and its impressive dam, sugarcane and coffee plantations, macadamia trees, tropical flowers, and regal fields dotting the landscape. The owners of the hacienda, the Ortuño family, have been involved in sugarcane and coffee production for generations.


Sugarcane Processing

Upon arrival, learn about the traditional methods employed in the processing and cultivation of coffee, macadamia and sugarcane produced in the Hacienda. First, observe how the extract of the cane is cooked, poured into moulds and converted into a deliciously sweet treat with macadamia nuts.


Coffee Cultivation

Next, receive an introduction to coffee cultivation. See the process as it progresses from the red coffee berry to the peeled coffee bean covered with the inside parchment, then to the roasted coffee bean. Your coffee introduction culminates in a coffee-tasting session. From here, a visit is made to the Orchid House, one of the country's largest and most exotic collections of orchids, followed by a stop at the macadamia drying and peeling plant.


Lunch, Chapel Visit and Hacienda Store

Lunch is served in a covered hall surrounded by flowering exotic gardens. After lunch, visit the picturesque Colonial chapel brought by German pilgrims in 1880, then proceed to the hacienda's store. Some time is made available here to browse for products produced at the hacienda, including coffee, macadamia nuts, organic sugarcane products, cooking recipes, and other local keepsakes at factory prices. Following your visit, commence the approximate two-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.28 miles (0.45 kilometres) over uneven terrain, with some steps to negotiate. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. The distance between the pier and the hacienda is approximately two hours in each direction. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing and closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and a rain poncho from the ship. The tour sequence may vary.

Excursions

The pristine natural beauty of Costa Rica is yours to discover during this picturesque, half-day eco-cruise along the Tortuguero Canals with an opportunity to 'Give Back' to the community.


Depart the pier for the scenic, approximate 30-minute drive to the Moin private dock of Eco Jungle Cruises. Upon arrival, embark a jungle pontoon boat specially-designed to cruise in comfort through the jungle canals, part of a river system that parallels Costa Rica's Caribbean coast.


Eco-Cruise

The Tortuguero Canals are known as Costa Rica's Amazon because of their surrounding rainforest. The heavy annual rainfall fills the area with an extremely rich flora and fauna. During your eco-cruise, you may see birds, monkeys, crocodiles, sloths, and toucans in this unique system of natural and man-made canals used as waterways for transportation and exploration. Orchids, water lilies and lush jungle foliage mirrored in the canal's waters are truly a sight to behold.


Following your eco-cruise and a comfort stop, some time is made available to relax with complimentary soft drinks, beer, tropical fruits. At the conclusion of your relaxation time, re-board the coach for the approximate 20-minute drive to visit the SOS Children's Village.


SOS Children's Village

This non-profit organisation based in the United Kingdom provides a loving home for more than 78,000 children in 125 countries. Silversea Cruises is proud to donate the proceeds of this tour to this worldwide organisation.  Guests who wish to learn more about this exceptional charity may wish to visit www.soschildrensvillages.org.uk.  "SOS Children - a charity where deeds speak louder than words" The Dalai Lama.


Following your visit to the SOS Children's Village, return to the pier and your awaiting ship.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking, and is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a foldable wheelchair. If necessary, a ramp can be employed to embark/disembark the boat. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing and closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and a rain poncho from the ship.

Excursions

Navigate the Reventazon River in a fun-filled and exciting new way during this memorable Silver Shore Expedition white water rafting adventure.


Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to the Outdoor Explorers' private station. After a comfort stop, drive to the river rafting launch site. Upon arrival, receive your safety instruction and equipment before launching your raft and commencing your white water rafting excursion.


The new 'El Carmen' Class II+ section on the Reventazon River offers the thrill of moderate white water rafting and gets you wet but keeps you safety in your raft. This area is a great introduction to river rafting because the river enters the true lower-Caribbean Sea at this point. As a result, the river maintains very good water levels, the rapids are gentler and the surroundings take on a true jungle character.


Paddle on the wide-open waters of the river through small waves with little manoeuvring, and take in scenic views of the flora, fauna and abundant bird-life. Along the way, a stop is made on the riverbank for snacks. Following your river rafting experience, drive from the take-out site to the main station. After changing into dry clothes, some time is made available for shopping before commencing the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This Silver Shore Expedition tour involves an extensive amount of activity, and is recommended for guests that are in good physical condition and can swim. All participants are required to paddle. River stones will be encountered at the riverbanks. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with water shoes, and bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, a towel, and a change of clothing from the ship. A signed waiver is required to participate on this tour. The minimum weight to participate on this tour is 99 pounds and the maximum weight is 235 pounds. Guests must be at least 12 years old to participate on this tour; a parent or guardian must accompany all guests under 18 years old.  Guests participating in this programme will return to the ship too late to dine in La Terrazza or The Restaurant.  Room Service and The Pool Bar & Grill are both available for late lunch options.

Excursions

Explore the rich bio-diversity of Costa Rica's tropical rainforest during this picturesque, half-day visit to the Aviarios del Caribe.


Aviarios del Caribe and Sloth Video

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to the Aviarios del Caribe. Upon arrival, meet Luis and Judy Arroyo, the owners and operators of the centre, then view a seven-minute video about the scientific studies of the sloths being conducted here.


Canoe Ride

Next, board a canoe and commence your 40-minute ride through the lush tropical vegetation surrounding the Estrella River. Along the way, experience the rich bio-diversity of Costa Rica's tropical rainforest. Monkeys, sloths, river otters, caimans, butterflies, amphibians, and a myriad of bird species are common to this area.


Animal Viewing and Nature Walk

Following your canoe ride, view and learn about the individual animals in the Arroyo's care, and take an optional guided nature walk through the humid tropical lowland forest on a well-kept path. Afterward, refreshing tropical fruit juices and a tropical seasonal fruit buffet are served. Your tour concludes with some time at your leisure before re-boarding your coach for the approximately 45-minute transfer back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 300 yards (about 274 metres), with ten steps to negotiate and an optional nature walk on a dirt path. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests must follow the guides' instructions at all times. Flash pictures of the sloths are not permitted. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with closed-toe walking shoes, sun protection, insect repellent and bring a rain poncho from the ship.  Tour sequence may vary.

Excursions

Experience the breathtaking natural beauty of Costa Rica from a unique perspective during this memorable excursion to the Veragua Rainforest and Research Centre.


Veragua Rainforest and Animal Exhibits

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to the Veragua Rainforest and Research Centre, a world-class, sustainable development private reserve and Costa Rica's newest private rainforest adventure. Upon arrival, your naturalist guide leads you through the live snake, frog and butterfly exhibits. This unparalleled interactive set-up was designed by the National Biodiversity Institute (INBio), a world-renowned research and conservation organisation and operated by the University of Costa Rica.


Aerial Tram and Nature Walk

Next, enter the open-air tram system for an enchanting gondola ride through the canopy level of the rainforest, a nature walk on the 'Trail of the Giants' and, for those in good physical condition, a visit to the Puma Waterfall. Along the way, take in breathtaking panoramic views of the vibrant rainforest.


Afterward, take the aerial tram back to the main station for a comfort stop, a snack at the cafeteria and an opportunity to browse the souvenir shop for a memento of your visit. Your tour concludes with an approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking for approximately 500 yards (about 457 metres), with frequent stops. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair; however, the bus can only accommodate folding wheelchairs. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and a rain poncho from the ship.  A minimum number of guests per guide is required for operation of this tour.  Guests participating in this programme will return to the ship too late to dine in La Terrazza or The Restaurant.  Room Service and The Pool Bar & Grill are both available for late lunch options.

Excursions

Unlock the secret to preparing Ecuadorian specialities during this interactive, half-day cooking class with lunch.


Ecuadorian Cooking Class

Depart the pier for the short drive to the Oro Verde Hotel. Upon arrival, meet your talented local chef and begin your fun-filled, interactive cooking experience. Learn about the different ingredients, spices and sauces utilised in Ecuadorian cooking, and how they enhance the natural taste of food. Your chef also reveals valuable cooking tips and secrets whilst teaching you how to prepare an extraordinary Ecuadorian meal.


Lunch and Tropical Beach

Following your cooking class, relax with lunch consisting of the meal you've helped to prepare, accompanied by an Ecuadorian beer and the wonderful scenery of a tropical beach.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 30 steps at the sites visited. An elevator is available at the venue. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least ten years old to participate on this tour. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Excursions

Discover the splendid traditions, forests and flavours of Ecuador during this memorable, half-day excursion to the Pacoche Wildlife Refuge.


Coastal Forests, Beaches and Towns

Depart the pier for the brief drive to the Pacoche Wildlife Refuge. En route, take in panoramic views of the spectacular dry forest, humid forest, beaches, wildlife, and picturesque typical towns along coastal Ecuador. Experience the climatic change of this area as you ascend to the Pacoche Wildlife Refuge.


Pacoche Wildlife Refuge

Your visit to the refuge begins with a refreshing fruit juice served upon arrival, followed by a guided walking tour along the trail inside this ecological sanctuary. The refuge is home to 31 howler monkeys, and over 152 species of native and regional bird species. Pass by banana plantations, toquilla straw used to weave hats, sugar cane fields and the palms that produce tagua nuts.


Panama Hat-Making and Ceviche Cooking Class

Afterward, see a mill, or trapiche, that is used to extract the juice from sugarcane, then observe a demonstration of a local artisan making a Panama hat from toquilla straw. Following this demonstration, hats are available for purchase. From here, proceed for a ceviche cooking class and an opportunity to sample the ceviche with fried plantains, or patacones, and a cold beer. Your visit to the Pacoche Wildlife Refuge concludes with a brief drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 0.6 miles (about one kilometre), at times over uneven, muddy and/or slippery terrain, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 50 steps at forest. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection, insect repellent and an umbrella from the ship. Guests must be at least ten years old to participate on this tour. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Excursions

Embrace the verdant beauty of Ecuador's Pacific coast during this full-day excursion to Machalilla National Park.


Coastal Drive and Machalilla National Park

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately two-hour coastal drive south along the 'Route of the Sun' to Machalilla National Park. En route, pass by small fishing villages and tropical forest abounding with opuntia cactus, fragrant palo santo trees, kapok trees and algarroba trees. Michalilla Park is home to the world's largest tropical dry forest, and features unique vegetation that gradually changes in the various elevations from mangroves to dry forest, tropical forest and cloud forest.


Agua Blanca and Archaeological Museum

Your first stop is a visit to the small archaeological museum in Agua Blanca. Here, view the remains of the ancient cultures who had settled on this site. The on-site ruins formed a solar calendar to celebrate the rituals of the winter or summer solstices. The museum also displays funeral urns from the Manteña culture.


Forest and Village Exploration

Next, explore the dry, mostly primary forest, which has unique fauna and flora to this environment. The village is populated by descendants of the Manteña culture, who still live much as their ancestors once did and survive mostly based on proceeds from their community-based tourism project. They live without land divisions between them, and are proud to show off their community and way of life.


Los Frailes Beach and Lunch

Following your visit, proceed to Los Frailes Beach for a prepared box lunch overlooking the sun-drenched beach and steep adjoining cliffs. After lunch, re-board your coach and commence the approximately two-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 0.75 miles (about 1.2 kilometres), at times over uneven, muddy and/or slippery terrain, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 10 steep steps at the sites visited. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection, insect repellent, an umbrella and towel from the ship. Guests must be at least eight years old to participate on this tour.

Excursions

Kick back and relax on magnificent San Clemente Beach during this delightful, half-day seaside excursion.


Pacific Coast Drive and San Lorenzo

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive north along the picturesque Pacific coastline to San Lorenzo, a quaint fishing village in the province of Manabí. Upon arrival, proceed to San Clemente Beach. This wide, flat beach is lapped by tropical waters, and has a warm air temperature tempered by the refreshing ocean breeze.


San Clemente Beach

Although San Clemente Beach is close to the equator, the temperatures here usually remain in the 70s and 80s because of the cooling Humboldt Current, which runs up the west coast of South America from Antarctica. Since there isn't much natural shade on the beach itself, your excursion includes access to the Palma Azul Hotel, a property dotted with palm trees.


Palma Azul Hotel

Explore the beach, swim in the ocean or sip a cool drink on the sand, by the pool or on the beach on shaded lounge chairs provided by the hotel. Three complimentary soft drinks per person are included. At the conclusion of your approximately 2-hour visit to the beach, re-board your coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.  


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with beach or water shoes, and bring sun protection and insect repellent from the ship. Guests must be at least five years old to participate on this tour.  US dollars, local currency and credit cards are acceptable at the hotel restaurant.

Excursions

Explore Manta at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.

Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 72 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

Explore Manta at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 72 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this programme. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

Explore the rich history, culture and people of Manta during this scenic, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Manta and Archaeological Museum

Depart the pier for a short drive around Manta en route to the Archaeological Museum of the Central Bank of Manta. The museum boasts a small but excellent collection of ceramics of the Manteño-Huancavilca culture that flourished here between 800 and 1550 A.D. Other local art expositions can also be found on display.


Chorrillo and Cabuya Plant-Weaving

Next, re-board your coach and proceed to a cabuya plant-weaving factory in Chorrillo. Your visit is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience, as this traditional art is, unfortunately, rapidly dying out. In the past, this vibrant local industry prompted the production of approximately 4,000 cabuya plant bags per day in the Manta area. Today, this is the last remaining factory and produces 200 bags per week.


Manta Yacht Club and Private Artisan Fair

Your tour continues with a drive along the picturesque seaside promenade, and a visit to the Private Artisan Fair at the Manta Yacht Club. Here, observe artisans demonstrating the weaving of toquilla straw hats, or 'Panama' hats, and meet taqua nut carvers demonstrating their skills. The versatile tagua nut is used to produce a number of different eco-friendly products, from traditional handicrafts to jewellery and shirt buttons. Following your visit, re-board your coach and commence the short drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 273 yards (about 250 metres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 45 steps at the sites visited. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended.

Excursions

Experience picturesque Montecristi in a unique and fun new way during this memorable, half-day sightseeing excursion by Chivas bus.


Chivas Bus  

Depart the pier aboard a Chivas bus for scenic, approximately 30-minute ride to Montecristi, home of toquilla straw hats, or 'Panama' hats. En route, a local band rides atop one of the brightly-painted Chivas buses, the most important means of transportation used by the local people.

Montecristi

Upon arrival in Montecristi, take a guided tour of this beautiful little town, which still retains the atmosphere and faded elegance of its Spanish heritage. Afterward, some free time is made available here to browse the shops lining the central square and its many narrow streets. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your Chivas bus and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 219 yards (about 200 metres), with a high step to negotiate to get on/off the Chivas bus and five steps at the sites visited. The Chivas bus has wooden seats and is air-cooled. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least eight years old to participate on this tour.

Excursions

Discover the surprising Ecuadorian origins of the renowned 'Panama' hat and learn how to weave one during this half-day excursion to Pile.


Pile and Hat-Weaving School and Lesson

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to the small village of Pile, one of Ecuador's best-known towns for hat-weaving. Upon arrival, visit a hat-weaving school where the finest hats have been woven for centuries. Participate in the traditional process of making a Panama hat, interact with some of the students, and learn about their experiences and knowledge of this ancient tradition.


Onsite Museum

Following your lesson, receive a toquilla hat, or 'Panama' hat of your own, and browse the small onsite museum to learn more about this complex weaving process and its history. At the conclusion of your Silver Shore Collection excursion, re-board your coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking over unpaved and uneven terrain, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 30 steps at the sites visited. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least eight years old to participate on this tour. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Excursions

Depart the pier for the approximately 30 minute drive following a coastal route to beach-blessed Huanchaco, where you may see surfers riding waves, fishermen tending their nets, and fishing boats on the horizon. On arrival to the waterfront restaurant prepare yourself to watch an award-winning chef prepare Huanchaco's most famous dish: ceviche!


Although the origin of ceviche is disputed, the dish is nevertheless revered in this region. In pre-Columbian times, the raw fish in ceviche was marinated in juice from maize. Today it is marinated in juice from limes, which the Spanish introduced in the late 15th century.


While there are many variations of the recipe, in Peru ceviche is traditionally made with sea bass or sole and topped with diced red onions, minced habanero peppers, and chopped cilantro. It is often served with cold slices of sweet potatoes and corn on the cob. Following the chef's demonstration, you'll enjoy a tasting of the freshly prepared ceviche.


Next, continue on to the beach where you will watch an exhibition by fishermen in traditional reed boats known as sea horses or "caballitos" because the reeds are so flexible the boats look like galloping horses in the surf. The reeds are absorbent, so in time the fishing boats must be stood on their ends to dry in the sand, an image synonymous with Huanchaco.


Following this fascinating look at some time-honoured Peruvian traditions, re-board the coach and travel back to the pier in Salaverry.


Please Note:  This Silver Shore Collection tour requires a minimal amount of walking and is suitable for guests with limited mobility. The cooking demo includes a tasting of the ceviche and is not considered a full meal.  

Excursions

Head to the southern part of Trujillo to visit the religious centre of the Mochica Culture, Huaca del Sol and Huaca de la Luna, which is covered with beautiful and vibrant polychrome murals that cover even earlier vibrant polychrome murals.


Depart the pier for the approximate 30-minute drive to the south of Trujillo to visit a religious centre of the Mochica culture, built in the fifth century.  Admire the temples of the Sun and the Moon, which developed between 100 AD and 900 AD. Both huacas are separated by 500 metres, where the urban center that housed the Moche elite is still preserved underground. The archeological complex includes two large pyramids, the Huaca Las Estrellas, Huaca del Cerro Blanco, the Spider geoglyph and other buildings.


Huaca de la Luna is covered with beautiful and vibrant polychrome murals that cover even earlier vibrant polychrome murals. Your tour concludes with a visit to the Huaca de la Luna site Museum, followed by a brief drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and a camera from the ship.

Excursions

Explore the culture and heritage of ancient Salaverry during this memorable, half-day excursion to Chan Chan and the Huaca Dragon.


Chan Chan Ruins

Depart the pier for the approximate 40-minute drive to the ruins of Chan Chan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ancient capital of the Chimu Empire, Chan Chan was built around 1100 A.D. and represents the largest clay city in pre-Hispanic America. The plazas, houses, streets, workshops and pyramidal temples of this historic urban centre are still clearly defined. Its 36-foot-high (11-metre-high) walls are decorated with reliefs of geometric figures, and zoomorphic and mythological creatures.


Huaca Dragon

Next, re-board your coach and proceed to the Temple of the Dragon, or 'Huaca Dragon'. Thought to be 1,100 years old, this adobe pyramidal temple features a square base and walls decorated with zoomorphic representations in high relief. The name of the temple is derived from one of these figures that resemble a dragon.


Afterwards commence the drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate as well as walking over uneven terrain. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and a camera from the ship. The tour sequence may vary.

Excursions

Depart the pier for the approximate 1-hour drive to the Pucllana Historical Park where you will have an opportunity to explore the remains of an ancient civilization that existed between the 5th and 8th centuries B.C.  


Upon arrival, you will be met by an archaeologist who will take you for a guided tour of the archaeological site, and share interesting facts and information about life in ancient times along the way. Your first stop is the pre-Incan pyramid of adobe bricks, one of Peru's most important administrative and ceremonial centres for Chancay, Chillón, Rimac, and Lurín Valley settlers between 200 AD and 700 AD. This site is also thought to be the residence of high priests, and there is evidence of religious ceremonies, rites and sacrifices in honour of their deities.


At the park's on-site museum you can view centuries-old artefacts unearthed during the excavations. The museum also features areas of research, conservation and restoration, as well as cultural promotion.


Next, continue on to Huaca Huallamarc which is an oracle centre that functioned for 1,200 years prior to the Spanish conquest. This imposing monument has remained impervious to the ravages of time and modern civilization and stands surrounded by an asphalt jungle. Its two-story construction is made of adobe, with a steep ramp leading to the upper level. Archaeological excavations here have unearthed mummies, on display with ancient objects inside the park's onsite museum.


Following your visit, you will re-join the coach for the return drive to the pier.

Please note: This tour includes a moderate amount of walking over surfaces that can be bumpy and uneven, and is recommended for guests in good physical condition. We recommend guests wear comfortable walking shoes.  This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair.  

Excursions

Discover the history and architecture of Lima during this scenic, half-day sightseeing excursion to the Peruvian capital.


Lima City Tour

Depart the pier for the approximate 40-minute drive into downtown Lima, the 'City of the Kings'. Upon arrival, visit historic Plaza Mayor, home of the Government Palace, City Hall, Cathedral and the Archbishop's Palace.


Cathedral

The Basilica Cathedral of Lima is a Roman Catholic cathedral located in the Plaza Mayor of downtown Lima, Peru. Construction began in 1535, and the building has undergone many reconstructions and transformation since, however it still retains its colonial structure and facade.


San Francisco Monastery

Next, take a guided stroll to the San Francisco Monastery, a wonderful example of Colonial architecture. After a shopping and comfort stop at the monastery, proceed for a visit to the Casa Aliaga.


Casa Aliaga

It is the best-preserved Colonial mansion in the Americas. Built on the ruins of an old temple or huaca, the Aliaga's house has been occupied by the Aliaga family since 1535, when the land was given to Jerónimo de Aliaga. It has been handed down through seventeen generations, making it the oldest single family-owned and occupied home in South America. The house is furnished in colonial style with pieces from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries.


Finally, continue driving to the modern area of Lima, the Miraflores district, for a stunning overview of the Pacific Ocean. Visit the famous Park of Love.  


Following your visit, return to your coach and commence the drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, with stairs to negotiate at the entrance to the Cathedral. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair.  Guests should dress in seasonal attire; ladies should have the shoulders and knees covered for entering religious sites.

Excursions

Experience the scenic beauty and UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Colonial Lima during this half-day Silver Shore Collection sightseeing excursion led by a Peruvian historian.


Lima City Tour

Depart the pier for the approximately 40-minute drive into downtown Lima, the 'City of the Kings'. Upon arrival, proceed for a panoramic sightseeing tour of San Martin Square, then drive to the main square. Sites to be seen include the home of the Government Palace, City Hall, Cathedral and the Archbishop's Palace.


Casa Aliaga and San Pedro Monastery

Next, a visit is made to Casa Aliaga. It is the best-preserved Colonial mansion in the Americas, and has been occupied by the same family since 1535. From here, a stop is made at the San Pedro Monastery, a stunning example of Peruvian Baroque architecture, re-board your coach for the return drive to the pier.


Please note: This Silver Shore Collection tour involves a moderate amount of walking, and is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair; however guests must be able to embark / disembark the coach with minimal assistance.  Participation is limited; we recommend you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.  Guests should dress in seasonal casual attire and wear flat walking shoes.

Excursions

Indulge your senses with the splendid sights and flavours of Lima during this Silver Shore Collection full-day sightseeing excursion and cooking class with lunch.


Lima Sightseeing

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximate 1.5-hour drive to Lima. Upon arrival, take a panoramic sightseeing drive en route to the downtown area, and a visit to the Peruvian Gastronomy House.

Peruvian Gastronomy House

Located in Peru's former postal building near Lima's Main Square, the Peruvian Gastronomy House is the first museum ever to be dedicated exclusively to Peruvian cuisine. Its four sections depict several aspects of Peru's culinary past, including the way some ingredients have been used since pre-Hispanic times. The exhibit also displays life-sized street cooks, and multimedia displays of interviews with renowned chefs emphasising the richness of Peruvian cuisine.


Surquillo Market

Next, re-board your coach and transfer to the Surquillo Market, a wholesale fruit market. During your visit, browse a wide array of specialities from the coastal highlands and jungle. Leaving the Surquillo Market, re-board your coach and drive to the northernmost part of the Miraflores district for a visit to the elegant Señorío de Sulco restaurant.


Señorío de Sulco Restaurant

The Señorío de Sulco restaurant takes a thoughtful approach to traditional Peruvian cooking. The restaurant has several dining rooms, a piano bar and an enclosed terrace overlooking the coast. Many of the dishes here are served in earthenware pots. Upon arrival, attend a cooking demonstration followed by a buffet lunch. The buffet includes many hot and cold dishes, some spicier than others, and is an ideal way to sample a wide variety of Peruvian dishes. After lunch, re-board your coach and commence the approximate one-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This Silver Shore Collection tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 1.5 hours, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable, long-sleeve shirts and long pants, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests with special dietary requirements must provide their conditions and restrictions prior to the tour. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Excursions

Discover the wonderful landmarks and cuisine of Peru during this panoramic evening tour of Lima, and an exclusive dinner at the best-preserved Colonial mansion in the city.


Magical Water Circuit and Fountains

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximate 40-minute drive to the 'Magical Water Circuit', certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest water fountain compound in the world. Here, marvel at a wonderful display of water, light, music and images presented at Reserve Park, one of Lima's most beautiful urban areas. The circuit includes 13 water fountains, each with a unique charm.


Lima City Sightseeing Tour

After visiting the Magic Fountains, re-board your coach and continue on to the centre of the city for a sightseeing tour of Lima, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the Plaza Mayor, see the Presidential Palace, City Hall and Lima Cathedral, imposing historic buildings that are still in use to this day.


Private Dinner at Casa Aliaga

The highlight of your tour is an exclusive visit to the elegant Casa Solariega de Aliaga, former home of the viceroyalty delivered by Francisco Pizarro in 1535 to one of his captains (Jeronimo de Aliaga) after the foundation of the city. Upon arrival, a specially-prepared private dinner is served amidst the historic splendour and trappings of the mansion. At the conclusion of this memorable excursion, re-board your coach and commence the approximate 40-minute drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking inside the Magical Circuit of Water, with 20 steps to negotiate at Casa Aliaga and a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Proper attire is required for this tour; shorts, bare shoulders, sportswear, etc. are not permitted. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Excursions

Visit Miraflores, a district of Lima known for its shopping areas, gardens, flower-filled parks and beaches.


Depart the pier for the approximate one-hour drive to Miraflores.  En route your guide provides you with historical and practical information about the city, along with a detailed map of the centre to make it easier to get around.  This visit represents an ideal tour for visitors who have been to Florence before, or feel independent enough to explore without the help of a local guide.


Upon arrival you are dropped off at the Indian Market and you are free to explore on your own. Your guide will advise what time to be back at the Market to catch the coach back to the pier in Callao.


Please note: Guests should anticipate an extensive amount of walking during their visit to this city. Guests must meet at the pre-arranged time and place advised by your escort for the return drive to Callao and your awaiting ship. Guests failing to re-join their coach and escort as advised, will be responsible for returning to Callao at their own expense.

Excursions

Explore Lima (Callao) at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

Explore Lima (Callao) at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

Discover the history and architecture of Lima during this scenic, half-day sightseeing excursion to the Peruvian capital.


Lima City Tour

Depart the pier for the approximate 40-minute drive into downtown Lima, the 'City of the Kings'. Upon arrival, visit historic Plaza Mayor, home of the Government Palace, City Hall, Cathedral and the Archbishop's Palace.


Cathedral

The Basilica Cathedral of Lima is a Roman Catholic cathedral located in the Plaza Mayor of downtown Lima, Peru. Construction began in 1535, and the building has undergone many reconstructions and transformation since, however it still retains its colonial structure and facade.


San Francisco Monastery

Next, take a guided stroll to the San Francisco Monastery, a wonderful example of Colonial architecture. After a shopping and comfort stop at the monastery, proceed for a visit to the Casa Aliaga.


Casa Aliaga

It is the best-preserved Colonial mansion in the Americas. Built on the ruins of an old temple or huaca, the Aliaga's house has been occupied by the Aliaga family since 1535, when the land was given to Jerónimo de Aliaga. It has been handed down through seventeen generations, making it the oldest single family-owned and occupied home in South America. The house is furnished in colonial style with pieces from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries.


Finally, continue driving to the modern area of Lima, the Miraflores district, for a stunning overview of the Pacific Ocean. Visit the famous Park of Love.  


Following your visit, return to your coach and commence the drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, with stairs to negotiate at the entrance to the Cathedral. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair.  Guests should dress in seasonal attire; ladies should have the shoulders and knees covered for entering religious sites.

Excursions

Experience a taste of Peru's past during this intimate and memorable Silver Shore Collection half-day excursion to the Larco Herrera and Osma Museum.


Larco Herrera Museum

Depart the pier for the approximate 40-minute drive to the Pueblo Libre district for a visit to the Larco Herrera Museum. Founded in 1926, the museum is located in a unique 18th-century vice-royal mansion built over a 7th-century pre-Columbian pyramid, and is surrounded by beautiful gardens. Its remarkable chronological galleries offer an excellent overview of 3,000 years of development of pre-Columbian Peruvian history.


During your visit, see the finest collections of gold and silver from Ancient Peru, a famous erotic archaeological collection and the museum's storage area, which features 45,000 classified archaeological objects. In the gardens of the museum lies the restaurant Café del Museo. Its masterpieces are considered to be world-renowned icons of Pre-Columbian art, and were formerly exhibited in the world's leading museums.


Pedro de Osma Museum

Next, a visit is made to the Pedro de Osma Museum. Situated in the district of Barranco, the imposing former residence of Pedro de Osma, dating from the beginning of this century, is now a private museum, housing a collection of colonial art of Cusco and Ayacucho Schools. Following your visit, re-board your coach for the return drive to the pier.


Please note: This Silver Shore Collection tour involves a moderate amount of walking, and is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests must also walk downhill at the Larco Herrera Museum. Guests should dress in seasonal attire and wear comfortable walking shoes.

Excursions

Embrace the history, culture and flavours of Peru during this memorable, full-day excursion to the Pachacamac Pilgrimage Centre, along with lunch and a cultural show at a private hacienda.


Pachacamac Pilgrimage Centre

Depart the pier for the approximate 1.5-hour drive southeast of Lima to the Pachacamac Pilgrimage Centre. Built around 700 A.D. as a temple for the worship of the sun god, Pachacamac, it is believed to be one of the main pilgrimage centres in pre-Columbian Peru, and on par with that of Cusco.  Pilgrims flocked here from far away to worship Pachacamac, who was believed to be the creator of the world and its creatures.


Upon arrival, view painstakingly restored palaces, plazas and temples, and an on-site museum housing a collection of local relics. Some time is also made available for shopping and a comfort stop.


Private Hacienda, Lunch and Cultural Show

Next, re-board your coach and proceed to a local hacienda for a private lunch accompanied by a traditional Paso horse and Marinera dance show. After lunch, re-board your coach for return drive to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking with uneven terrain at Pachacamac Pilgrimage Centre.  This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair.   We suggest guests dress in light-weight seasonal attire, comfortable walking shoes and use sun protection.  Guests with special dietary requirements must advise their conditions and restrictions before the tour.

Excursions

Discover Lima and work off the cruise calories in a fun way during this half-day Silver Shore Expedition bike ride through this capital city.


From the pier enjoy the scenic 1-hour drive to Lima and its district of Miraflores, known for its shopping, gardens, flower-filled parks, and beaches.


After being fitted and briefed on the biking equipment, enjoy the scenic ride the Miraflores district before passing by the impressive pre-Inca ruins located in the middle of the city, of the archeological center of Huaca Pucllana that operated between the V and VIII centuries A.C. (inside visit not included).


Continue on to the Olivar of San Isidro, which stands out among the parks of the hemisphere and symbolizes the virreynal and republican tradition of this district, highlighted by its magnificent olives dating from virreynal times.


Return to the Miraflores district for a refreshment stop before finishing the course riding by the sea. Then relax for the 1-hour drive back to the pier.


Please Note: This Silver Shore Expedition tour involves an extensive amount of physical activity; guests need to be in good physical conditions and have prior biking experience. We suggest guests wear seasonal clothing and bring a windbreaker. Closed-toe shoes are required, no sandals. The minimum age to participate is 11 with a parent accompanying the youth. Participants must wear helmets while on the bike.

Excursions

Visit Miraflores, a district of Lima known for its shopping areas, gardens, flower-filled parks and beaches.


Depart the pier for the approximate one-hour drive to Miraflores.  En route your guide provides you with historical and practical information about the city, along with a detailed map of the centre to make it easier to get around.  This visit represents an ideal tour for visitors who have been to Florence before, or feel independent enough to explore without the help of a local guide.


Upon arrival you are dropped off at the Indian Market and you are free to explore on your own. Your guide will advise what time to be back at the Market to catch the coach back to the pier in Callao.


Please note: Guests should anticipate an extensive amount of walking during their visit to this city. Guests must meet at the pre-arranged time and place advised by your escort for the return drive to Callao and your awaiting ship. Guests failing to re-join their coach and escort as advised, will be responsible for returning to Callao at their own expense.

Excursions

Explore Lima (Callao) at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

Explore Lima (Callao) at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

Discover the exquisite natural topography of Pisco and its environs during this Silver Shore Collection tour's scenic and exhilarating flight-seeing excursion.


Nazca Lines Overflight

Depart the pier for the approximate 40-minute transfer to Pisco Airport. Upon arrival, board your high-wing light aircraft for an exhilarating, 1.5-hour flight over the desert and the mysterious Nazca Lines, also known as the 'Nazca Markings'. These remarkable drawings cut into the stony desert resemble geometrical figures and various forms such as a dog, an enormous monkey, birds, a spider, and a tree. Along the way, learn about how and why the Nazca Lines were made.


Palpa Lines

Next, proceed over the Palpa Lines, identical to the Nazca Lines, and the new discoveries in Pisco, Ocucaje and Cahuachi. Upon landing back at Pisco Airport, your tour concludes with a transfer back to the pier.


Please note: This Silver Shore Collection tour involves a minimal amount of walking; however, guests must be able to climb in and out of the aircraft. It is not suitable for guests who utilise a wheelchair or those prone to motion sickness. Operation of this tour is subject to a minimum number of participants and favourable weather conditions. A brief explanation about the Nazca Lines will be provided by the pilot during the flight. Tour itinerary may be reversed. Wear light-weight clothing and bring protection from the sun and a camera. Space is limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.  All guests must be weighed at the airpoirt prior to the flight, including their camera.  Big cameras, bag packs or purses are not allowed on the plane due to the extra weight.

Excursions

Embrace the pristine natural beauty of one of the richest marine ecosystems in the world during this picturesque, half-day visit to Paracas National Reserve.


Ballestas Islands

Depart the pier for the approximate 30-minute drive to Libertador Paracas Hotel. On arrival, enjoy an early morning boat ride to the Ballestas Islands, home to a great variety of wildlife. There are huge colonies of sea lions and unusual marine birds, such as - Humboldt's Penguins, cormorants, Peruvian boobies and Peruvian pelicans. The islands surrounding seas are rich in creel, and associated upper food chain fish. They provide a safe breeding ground for sea lions, pelicans and a large variety of bird life. Natural formations found here include the enigmatic Candelabrum, traced in the hillside and best seen from the sea.


Upon arrival at the hotel's landing stage, your coach will transfer you back to the port.


Please note: This tour involves minimal walking; however guests must be agile enough to embark / disembark the boats with minimal assistance. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Participation is limited; we recommend you book well in advance to avoid disappointment. We recommend wearing flat, rubber-soled shoes. It may be advisable to bring sun protection and a windbreaker. The boats have no cover; while the weather generally is hot, it may get windy and chilly during the boat ride. If the sea is choppy, you may get wet. Life vests are provided on the boats. Please be aware that the boats are the best available.

Excursions

Experience Pisco in a unique and exciting new way during this memorable, off-road Silver Shore Expedition excursion via dune buggy.


Depart the pier for the approximate 45-minute transfer to the starting point of your sand buggy adventure in the desert. Upon arrival, receive your safety and riding instructions, then board your dune buggy and buckle your seat belt for an exciting, one-hour ride. Along the way, experience the thrill of going up and down the golden waves of sand, and discovering new routes as your driver takes you to inaccessible areas in the middle of the hottest dunes.


Upon returning to the starting point, re-board your coach for the approximate 45-minute return drive to the pier.


Please note: This Silver Shore Expedition tour involves an extensive amount of off-road driving over bumpy and uneven surfaces, and is recommended for guests in good physical condition. This tour is not suitable for pregnant women, guests with back and/or neck problems, guests with limited mobility, guests who utilise a wheelchair, and guests unable to climb in-and-out of an off-road vehicle. Each dune buggy seats two guests. Lightweight clothing, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a windbreaker are recommended.

Excursions

Experience the evolution of life in Pisco over the last 600 years during this half-day excursion to the Tambo Colorado ruins, and a visit to an artisans' workshop.


Tambo Colorado Ruins

Depart the pier for the approximate 70-minute drive to the Pisco Valley, and a visit to the Tambo Colorado site. Tambo Colorado is considered by some to be the best example of Incan architecture in Peru, and thought to have served as an administrative centre for the Incas around the 15th century. Upon arrival, explore the ruins of various buildings and walls that still retain their original colour.


Artisans Workshop

Next, re-board your coach for the drive to Fundo Carrizales, a hacienda housing the Sumaqkay Peru artisans' workshop. Your host greets your arrival, then offers a brief introduction into the daily life of the workshop and its workers. Some time is also made available for you to browse the tapestries, handbags, vests, scarves, and clothing for sale. Following your visit, re-board your coach for the approximate 45-minute return drive to the pier.

Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, with some steps to negotiate at the Tambo Colorado site. It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair.  Guests should dress in seasonal attire with good walking shoes and wear sun protection.

Excursions

Immerse yourself in one of the most important wetland areas on the west coast of South America during this half-day excursion to the Mejia National Sanctuary.


Depart the pier for the approximately 30 minute drive to the Mejia Lakes National Sanctuary. Located on the Pacific coast of Peru in Arequipa (altitude 2,350 metres), the sanctuary covers the districts of Mejia, Valdivia, Dean and a small part of 'Punta Bombom' near the Pacific shore. It spans approximately 1,707 acres (about 690.6 hectares) surrounded by the Tambo River, and comprises one of the most important wetland areas on the western coast of South America.


In spite of its geographical location, the annual temperature in the Mejia Lagoons typically averages about 68°F (20°C) due to the effect of the Peruvian (Humboldt) warm stream. The lagoons are separated from the ocean by a large fringe of beaches and sandy pits. In addition to the lagoons, the sanctuary's diverse habitats include salt marshes and mines, totora reed beds, mud, riverbanks, grassy areas, and vast, sandy beaches. It is also home to an abundance of resident and migratory bird species, along with other wetland fauna, flora and microflora.


Upon arrival, learn about and experience the area during visits to the Interpretation Centre and National Sanctuary. Following your visit and a comfort stop, re-board your coach for the brief transfer back to the pier.


Please note: This tour is suggested for nature lovers and involves a moderate amount of walking, with steps to negotiate at each watchtower.  This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. This tour is not suitable for guest with back issues; the drive is over bumpy roads. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing and flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and wear sun protection and insect repellant.  Bring binoculars and camera from the ship.

Excursions

Explore the Old World beauty and architecture of the 'White City' during this scenic and informative Silver Shore Collection excursion to Arequipa.


Arequipa and Plaza de Armas

Depart the pier for the approximate two-hour drive to Arequipa (altitude 2,350 metres), known as the 'White City' because of the white volcanic rock, sillar, used in the construction of its buildings. Upon arrival, proceed for a tour of the Plaza de Armas.


Compañia de Jesus Church

Your first stop is at the Jesuit Church. Its façade is considered to be the finest example of Mestizo Baroque architecture in Arequipa. The church's ancient vestry is lovely, with its cupola and walls covered in murals representing the jungle. The old Jesuit seminary is famous for its beautiful principal cloister.


Next, visit the Cathedral, a fine example of Spanish Colonial architecture that is noted for its immense size. Its huge facade dominates an entire side of the Plaza de Armas in the city centre. Inside, see an organ donated by Belgium in 1870 that is said to be the largest of its kind in South America.


Santa Catalina Monastery

Your last stop is at the Santa Catalina Monastery. Founded in 1580, the convent was enlarged over the centuries until it became a city within the city. It measures approximately 215,278 square feet (about 20,000 square metres) and covers a good-sized city block. During your guided tour, stroll down narrow streets and pass through arched colonnades surrounding courtyards, some with fountains, flowering plants and trees. See churches, chapels, plazas, interior rooms and common areas.


Lunch at Casa Andina Private Collection Hotel

A short drive takes you to a private lunch served at Casa Andina Private Collection, a historic boutique hotel unlike any in Peru. Restored to its original grandeur, this storied 'sillar' (white volcanic stone) colonial mansion is one of the finest hotels in Arequipa's historic centre - and is as much living museum as it is hotel.


Following lunch, proceed to the South-American camelid centre to learn about the process of the alpaca products, where nature, ancient traditions and technology blends in harmony as a unique cultural legacy.


Afterward, commence the approximate two-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This Silver Shore Collection tour involves a moderate amount of walking, a walking tour of Arequipa is included upon arrival with a few steps to negotiate. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses and a camera from the ship. Participation is very limited; however, a minimum number of guests is required to operate. We suggest you reserve this tour in advance to avoid disappointment. Guests with special dietary requirements must advise their conditions and restrictions before the tour.  Lunch includes 1 bottle of mineral water or 1 cold refreshment + 1 glass of wine or 1 bottle of  local beer; additional beverages are at the guest's own expense and is to be paid directly.

Excursions

Discover the picturesque beauty and historic landmarks of Chile's northernmost city during this half-day sightseeing excursion to Arica and its environs.


Located at the mouth of Azapa River, Arica is Chile's northernmost city. The 'City of Eternal Spring' - a name given due to its year-round mild and sunny days - lies at the mouth of the Azapa Valley, a fertile oasis in the northern extreme of the Atacama Desert and a mere 11 miles (17.7 kilometres) from the Peruvian border.


Azapa Valley Geoglyphs

The tour commences driving along the coast, passing by the Lisera and El Laucho beaches towards Azapa Valley, well known for its olives production. On the way, seen from the distance are several geoglyphs that are unique drawings of human and animal forms created centuries ago by the native aboriginals, drawing over the sandy walls with unexplained figures. A short stop near Cerro Sombrero will be made allowing a closer view and photo opportunity of the geoglyphs.


Archaeological Museum

Continue to visit the San Miguel de Azapa Archaeological Museum, with an interesting display of artefacts and remains of the oldest on earth Chinchorro mummies dating 6,000-8,000 BC.


El Morro

Continue the tour driving back to Arica to reach El Morro de Arica, a massive promontory towering over the city, to enjoy a panoramic view of the city and the bay. The Morro is the northernmost peak of the Coastal Range and the site of the decisive battle in the War of the Pacific.


Plaza Colón

Stop at Plaza Colón, for a visit of the main highlights in the downtown area, San Marcos Cathedral, a 19th-century gothic building designed by Gustav Eiffel, and the colonial age former Customs Building. There will be some time at leisure to stroll around. At agreed time return to the pier.


Please note:  Tour involves minimal walking and is suitable for guests with limited mobility and for those who utilise a wheelchair; however guests must be able to embark and disembark the coach with minimal assistance.  We suggest guests dress in seasonal attire and wear flat, walking shoes and sun protection.  The order of sites visited may vary.

Excursions

Experience the unique landscapes of this region and unique Codpa Village during this full-day tour.


Atacama Desert and Presencias Tutelares Sculptures

En route pass through the Atacama Desert, one of the world's driest deserts. The first stop is a photo opportunity to marvel and record the Presencias Tutelares Sculptures, giant sculptures created by Chilean sculptor Juan Díaz Fleming. Continue driving towards an area filled of cactus, where a stop will be made to take pictures, situated in the foreground of the Cordillera de Los Andes. After some minutes, proceed to Codpa Village.


Codpa Village

During the pre-Hispanic period, Codpa Village was the seat of the cacique of Altos de Arica, who governed the tribes of the region. The town is located on the headwaters of the River Vitor, which ensures a supply of extremely pure water, made more precious by being found in this extremely dry part of the planet. The land is very fertile, producing different kinds of fruits and the grapes from which the traditional Pintatani wine is produced.


Codpa Walking Tour and Shaman Ceremony

Upon arrival at Codpa Village, take a guided walking tour to admire the architecture and visit the local church. Next, attend to a ceremony performed by a medicine man or shaman, who blessed the mother-earth with coca-leaf while enjoy a drink of typical Pintatani wine along with a snack that will be handed out.


After the visit at Codpa Village, some free time will be available for independent exploring before commencing the drive back to the city. Stop in downtown area to stroll around, visit the San Marcos Cathedral and/or shop some local souvenirs.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.6 miles (about one kilometre) over dirt and uneven surfaces, with steps to negotiate. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing, and bring sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses from the ship. The tour sequence may vary.  The drive time to/from Codpa Village is approximately 1.5 hours in each direction.

Excursions

Learn about the flavours of the region during this half day outing.


Leave the pier to drive directly towards the Azapa Valley. Enjoy magnificent views while heading to an olive production farm.


Olive Farm

Upon arrival, walk amongst the olive trees as you learn about various kinds of olives and the process of their cultivation. Taste a variety of olives produced at the farm.


Market

Next, drive to the local colorful fruits and vegetables Market, where you walk through the stands and learn about the products grown in the Azapa and Lluta Valleys.


Handicraft Village

Afterwards, visit the nearby complete Handicraft Village. Browse around the workshops which offer a variety of products such as ceramics and pottery and carved stones. At the same place, enjoy a "Mango Sour", typical drink from the region, while a group of local dancers perform a Northern dances demonstration.


A final stop will be made at the main Plaza for independent sightseeing before returning to the ship.


Please note: Tour involves minimal walking over uneven terrain. This program is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or for those who utilise a wheelchair.  We suggest guests dress in light clothing and wear flat walking shoes and sun protection. The order of this tour may be reversed.

Excursions

Get to know the tastes and the traditions of the region during this Silver Shore Collection visit to a local family.


Town Highlights

Leave the pier and head directly to Colon Squar to visit the main highlights such as San Marcos Cathedral, a 19th century gothic building designed by Gustav Eiffel, and the colonial age former Customs Building


The Asoagro Market

Next continue to the colourful Asoagro fruits and vegetables market. Here you will have the opportunity to learn about the local products that are cultivated in the Azapa and Lluta Valleys.


Hacienda Visit

After some time to walk through the stands and taste some products, proceed towards the Azapa Valley to share lunch with a local family. During the visit you will have the opportunity to share with a local family, walk through the house and enjoy a typical lunch menu prepared with own recipes of our Host-Family. Learn about their family history and traditions and also how they have been adapted to live in this fertile oasis.


Lastly, drive back to Arica and return to the pier.


Please note: This Silver Shore Collection involves minimal walking at guest's own discretion. We suggest guests dress in light clothing and wear comfortable walking shoes and sun protection. The host family does not speak English; your guide will offer the translation. Silver Shadow call on Dec 23rd will offer this tour with dinner instead of lunch.

Excursions

Experience the splendid beauty and marine life along the sandy coast of Arica during this picturesque, half-day nature walk.


Scenic Drive and El Morro de Arica Viewpoint

Depart the pier for the scenic drive to the El Morro de Arica Viewpoint. En route, pass by the renowned beach resorts of El Laucho and La Lisera. Upon arrival at the El Morro de Arica Viewpoint, take in breath-taking panoramic vistas of the city, ocean and port.


Coastal Walking Tour, Puntilla and Main Plaza

Next, your drive continues south along the coastal road to the starting point of your guided walking tour. Along the way, traverse the sandy hills and sidewalls of these sandy mountains, and explore caves, caverns and other fascinating natural sites. A brief stop is made at Puntilla to observe and photograph the sea lions and local birds in their natural habitat.


Afterward, walk back to the coach along the same trail, then commence the brief drive back to Arica.


Upon arrival, you may opt to return directly to the pier or be dropped off at the Main Plaza to explore the downtown area and return to the ship at your own expense.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately one mile (about 1.6 kilometres), at times over uneven, sandy and rocky terrain, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and four-six steps at the cooking studio. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. Guests must be at least eight (8) years old to participate on this tour. Operation of this tour is subject to weather and walking conditions.

Excursions

Explore the picturesque beauty, history, culture and landmarks of Coquimbo and La Serena during this picturesque sightseeing excursion.


La Herradura Bay

Leave the pier to drive to La Herradura Bay ('Horseshoe Bay' due to its shape) in Coquimbo, a place where stories are told about the pirates & corsairs who explored and plundered the coast, especially Francis Drake, giving rise to the legend of buried treasure near the Herradura. Enjoy seeing the former fishing village with his handmade boats and its 1.2-mile-long (1.93-kilometre-long) beach.


La Serena

Continue driving north towards the city of La Serena, along the coast with 4.4 miles (7.08 kilometres) of nice beaches that makes this city one of the most popular ones during summer vacations. The first stop will be made near the Lighthouse, a 28-metre-high (91-foot-high) structure built in 1951 as a symbol of the city and one of the most emblematic points of the city, to have the opportunity to take some photos of the beaches and the Lighthouse.


Back on the bus, drive through Francisco de Aguirre Boulevard, where you may appreciate many reproductions of historical marble statues between the trees of this popular park. Reach La Serena downtown, the most typical area of this old city founded in 1544, being the second oldest city of Chile.


The city has 3 architectural periods represented by churches and the Main Plaza with the traditional Spanish style, houses with neo-classical style and the neo-colonial period started in 1948 that may be found mainly today on its gardens, avenues and houses, with a copy of the Californian colonial style.


Archaeological Museum and La Recova Market

At the Main Plaza, the place where the city was re-founded in 1549, start a little walk (about 3 blocks) through downtown commercial streets to visit the Archaeological Museum. This museum is located in a building from 1945 but the stone portal dates back to 1820. It houses a genuine moai statue from Easter Island, the most complete collection of artefacts of pre-Spanish cultures of the region and also an extensive display of artefacts from the Diaguita and Molle cultures. Located only one block away is the La Recova Market, set in a picturesque patio, this market offers numerous interesting shopping opportunities including handicrafts such as lapis lazuli (Chile's famous semi-precious blue stone), pottery and ceramic with Diaguita motifs, as well as alpaca wool articles.


Walk up 150 meters to join the tour bus and drive to a view point of the city & bay where some time at leisure will be given to enjoy the view and take some photos. Return drive to the pier in order to re-join the ship.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.5 miles (0.8 kilometres) over dirt pathways and uneven surfaces in spots, with some steps to negotiate at the museum. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing and bring sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses from the pier. Guests need to exercise caution while at the market as pick-pockets have been known to frequent the area.  The tour sequence may vary.

Excursions

Discover the splendid beauty and history of northern Chile during this memorable half-day sightseeing tour of Vicuña and the Elqui Valley.


The Coquimbo region forms the narrowest part, or 'waist' of Chile, and is hence one of the country's more mountainous regions, as the Andes range runs closer to the sea than elsewhere.


Nobel Prize-winning poet Gabriela Mistral was a native of Vicuña, in the Elqui Valley, a Pisco producing area, famous for its beauty and clear skies.


Elqui Valley and Pisco Distillery

Head directly from the pier to Elqui Valley driving by the coastal road, where you will see the traditional light-house monument of the city of La Serena, and also some of its main avenues. Your first stop will be at the Pisco distillery plant, where besides touring the installation, you have the opportunity to taste this unique liquor. After this experience, the tour will proceed towards Vicuña town.


Vicuña

In Vicuña, visit its Main Square with its old trees in stark contrast with the aridity of the surrounding hills; the Parish Church with a pretty wooden tower erected in 1910; the Bauer Tower, a strange wood-lined metal structure made to resemble a medieval tower with battlements. It was prefabricated in 1905 at Ulm, Germany, by order of Mayor Adolfo Bauer.


Enjoy a revitalizing typical Chilean snack at a local restaurant before heading back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.1 miles (0.160 kilometres) over dirt pathways and uneven surfaces, with approximately 50 steps to negotiate at the distillery. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear comfortable, lightweight clothing, and bring sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses from the pier. The tour sequence may vary.

Excursions

Explore Coquimbo at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guides are English-speaking. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

Explore Coquimbo at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Guides are English-speaking. Participation is limited to 10 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Excursions

Explore the heritage and legacy of English emigrants to Coquimbo during this picturesque and informative, half-day orientation tour.


Herradura Bay, Fisherman's Village and Church

Depart the pier for the scenic drive to Herradura Bay. Upon arrival, visit the old Fisherman's Village and Guayacán Church, a unique metal structure designed in the late-19th-century at the Eiffel factory in France and former home of the world's largest copper smelting plant.


English Cemetery and Sailor's Monument Viewpoint

Next, head to the English Cemetery, the final resting-place of English pioneers and sailors that arrived in the region during the mining boom of the 1820s. During your visit, view old gravestones and crosses brought over from Europe, then re-board your coach and drive to the Sailor's Monument Viewpoint. Upon arrival, ascend 70 steps to reach the top of the hill for wonderful panoramic vistas of La Herradura Bay and surrounds.


English Neighbourhood and Fort Lambert

After a photo stop here, your drive continues on towards the Plaza de Armas en route to a walking tour of the English neighbourhood. See restored antique homes with balconies and corridors erected during the mid-19th century, and feel the ambiance of a bygone era. Your last stop is at Fort Lambert for refreshments and splendid coastal views.


At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach for the short drive back to the pier, or depart the coach in the port area to browse the local handicraft market and return to the ship on your own.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 766 yards (about 700 metres), at times over bumpy, uneven terrain, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and 70 steps to ascend/descent the Sailor's Monument Viewpoint. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended.

Excursions

This tour is designed for guests with flights leaving Santiago International Airport after 7:30p.m. on disembarkation day.  


Chile's sprawling capital lies some 120 km (75 miles) from Valparaiso, and is one of South America's most sophisticated cities, and a thriving metropolis that is home to almost six million friendly santiaguinos, over a third of Chile's entire population.


Leave the pier travelling east towards Santiago passing by the famous Casablanca and Curacavi Valleys. In Santiago, explore the major sights of downtown and uptown areas with the aim of showing Santiago's contrasts between the city's colonial heart, and its modern side.


Palacio de La Moneda

The first stop will be in the administrative and governmental heart of the city where the Palacio de La Moneda Government Palace sits. Originally a colonial mint ('moneda' means coin), it was designed by Italian architect Joaquín Toesca, opening in 1805 while still under construction. While the Palace served as presidential residence between 1845 and 1930, today it houses the offices of the President and three Cabinet ministers: Interior, General Secretariat of the Presidency and General Secretariat of the Government.


Plaza de Armas

Continue to the Plaza de Armas, the city's most famous square surrounded by some beautiful buildings including the impressive Cathedral and Central Post Office.


Before heading to San Cristobal Hill, a 3 course lunch will be served in a leading restaurant nearby.


San Cristobal Hill

Following lunch, continue through the city's uptown area en route to San Cristobal Hill, providing a contrast to the more traditional constructions seen earlier in the day. A magnificent view of the city and the omnipresent Andes is a fitting way to round off the tour of the nation's capital before heading for a sightseeing drive through the upper districts of Santiago and on to the airport to take your flight home.


Please note: This tour is designed for guests with flights leaving Santiago International Airport after 7:30p.m. on disembarkation day. Tour involves minimal walking and is suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair. Guests should dress in lightweight casual clothing and wear flat, walking shoes. Tour includes a 3-course lunch accompanied by 1 glass of wine or local beer per person, 1 bottled mineral water and coffee at a leading Santiago restaurant (TBA).

Excursions

This tour is designed for guests with flights leaving Santiago International Airport after 6:30 p.m. local time on disembarkation day.


Embrace the splendid beauty, traditions and flavours of Chile during this full-day winery tour and horse show in the Casablanca Valley and a traditional lunch at a hacienda.


Leave the pier to head directly to the famous Valley of Casablanca. Chile is a country world-wide known for its wine production. This valley is one of the most important places for premium -wine production.

Visit an outstanding winery located at the same valley only 45 km from Valparaiso.


Upon arrival, you are welcomed and taken on a guided tour through its facilities, learning about the different phases of wine production and its system, to end up with a wine tasting session where you will taste 2 different types of wines.


Continue your tour traveling towards El Rosario Valley to visit an exclusive Hacienda/Ranch, where you will learn about the traditional country customs through activities and gastronomy.


Puro Caballo, a typical Chilean Horse Stable is where you may enjoy a fun day learning while being part of a real Chilean Creole show, which brings to life the traditions of Chile's countryside, always in touch with the local rural style, offering its folklore and cuisine, its representative national personage 'El Huaso' and the horses as symbols of the country.


You are greeted the owners of the hacienda and offered a pisco sour (Chile's national drink) and a nice warm empanada, a local meat pie to prepare you to enjoy a condensed version, while receiving explanations about the morphology of the Chilean horse. Afterwards, you are lead to the horse stadium to learn about the Chilean Horse skills. Discover how both Huaso and horse work together in perfect harmony as they are put through different tests, having the opportunity to see our national dance, the Cueca, danced on horseback.


Proceed to enjoy a tasty traditional lunch at his country-style restaurant.


Finally, some free time is available to enjoy at leisure to walk around or shop some local handcrafts mainly related with the huaso and his horse as saddles, spurs, stirrup, chamantos (Chilean poncho) all hand-made, as well as some lapislázuli jewels and souvenirs from the place.


At the agreed time and place, re-join your coach for the drive onwards to the International Airport of Santiago.


Please note: This tour is for disembarking guests with flights leaving Santiago International Airport after 6:30 p.m. local time. This programme involves minimal walking and is suitable for guests with limited mobility; however it is not wheelchair accessible. Guests should dress in seasonal attire and wear flat walking shoes.

Excursions

Savour the flavour of the wines born in this region during this half-day outing for guests who are intransit from the previous cruise.


The Casablanca Valley is a sub-region of the Aconcagua Valley, but its vineyards - first planted in the early 1980s - have earned worldwide recognition in a relatively short space of time. The warm, temperate climate of the area is greatly influenced by the coastal sea breezes, which in combination with a perfect terrier in a valley provide ideal conditions for certain varieties of grape. It is not unlike Santa Barbara and portions of Sonoma, and fittingly, the grapes that have done best over the past half-decade or so have been Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. While the area is best known for its crisp white wines, in particular Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, varieties such as Gewürztraminer and certain lighter reds such as Pinot Noir are fast becoming the varieties du jour.


Casas Del Bosque

Departing the pier in your air-conditioned vehicle with your guide, proceed for scenic drive to the Casablanca Valley. Your first visit will be made at the Casas Del Bosque vineyard which was chosen as the 'Chilean Vineyard of the Year' according to the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) in London.  The visit will commence with a guided tour of the winery and cellars. The tour visits the deck overlooking the Pinot Noir sector, the Harvest Courtyard, the tank cellar, the bottling plant and finally the Barrel cellar. Next, continue with a tasting focusing on their superb, award-winning premium red and white wines including their award-winning Sauvignon Blanc. A selection of dried fruits and cheeses will be served to accompany the wines during the tastings.  


Viña Mar

From here we visit Viña Mar which is another of Casablanca's emerging vineyards. Along with its whites and reds, the winery is currently producing Chile's best sparkling wines, many of which are produced and bottled for other, larger vineyards. A tasting of their superb Méthode Champenoise is included during the visit.


Following this visit, re-join your transfer for the return ride to the pier and your awaiting ship.


Please note: Tour is designed for guests who are in-transit from the previous cruise. This tour involves minimal walking and is suitable for guests with limited mobility; however it is not wheelchair accessible. Guests should dress in light-weight seasonal clothing with flat, walking shoes. Guests under the age of 21 years of age may not participate in this programme.

Pre-Post Cruise Hotel

Silversea Cruises Grande Hotel programme includes breakfast daily, hotel porterage, a private vehicle transfer between the hotel and airport, and a small group transfer between the hotel and pier.


The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale infuses the Gold Coast with casual luxury as the city's first and only AAA Five Diamond hotel. Perched above the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, this beachfront hotel includes a 2,200 square foot Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge; a 29,000 square foot oceanfront sundeck with an infinity pool and private cabanas; full-service luxury spa with an organic and botanical treatment menu; and, a water-view fitness center.  Four dining and entertainment options include Via Luna Restaurant with seating indoors or al fresco on an oceanfront patio, the dramatic oceanfront Via Luna Bar, a private Wine Room with a 5,000 bottle wine cellar and a seventh floor Poolside Café with commanding ocean views.

Pre-Post Cruise Hotel

Discover a timeless jewel in Fort Lauderdale, renowned for its dazzling Atlantic Ocean, waterway, and cruise ship views. Set on 22 lush acres of tropical oasis along the intracoastal waterway, this breathtaking hotel provides the ideal getaway in the yachting capital of the world. Immerse yourself in boundless recreation or escape to a place of total relaxation at this resort-style retreat, which features exotic spa treatments and massages. Enjoy swaying palms and picturesque gardens along with spectacular food when you dine at any of the five restaurants and lounges. The hotel features complimentary beach shuttle, water taxi pick up, Avis rental car and is located adjacent to Port Everglades Cruise Port.

Pre-Post Cruise Hotel

Grand Hyatt Santiago hotel is a 5 star luxury hotel in the exclusive business district of Las Condes in Santiago, Chile.  It offers easy access to Santiago city centre and Santiago de Chile`s international and domestic airports.  

Grand Hyatt Santiago hotel is also home to world class, multi-cuisine restaurants, a lagoon-style swimming pool with a waterfall, a tennis court, and the three-story free-standing AKO Wellness & Spa.  You can enjoy one of the best spas in Santiago.  The most exclusive golf clubs of Santiago de Chile are only a few steps away from the hotel. This Las Condes hotel also features a health club where guests can be pampered with a variety of beauty and relaxation treatments.


Guests on the Grande Hotel program will be accommodated in Club-Level Rooms and will have a private vehicle transfer between the hotel and airport.  

Pre-Post Cruise Hotel

Grand Hyatt Santiago hotel is a 5 star luxury hotel in the exclusive business district of Las Condes in Santiago, Chile.  It offers easy access to Santiago city centre and Santiago de Chile`s international and domestic airports.  

Grand Hyatt Santiago hotel is also home to world class, multi-cuisine restaurants, a lagoon-style swimming pool with a waterfall, a tennis court, and the three-story free-standing AKO Wellness & Spa.  You can enjoy one of the best spas in Santiago.  The most exclusive golf clubs of Santiago de Chile are only a few steps away from the hotel. This Las Condes hotel also features a health club where guests can be pampered with a variety of beauty and relaxation treatments.


Guests on the Simply Hotel program will be accommodated in Deluxe rooms.  

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Land Programmes

Enjoy the beauty of Quito´s colonial centre, drive through the amazing Avenue of the Volcanoes, discovering the Humboldt's route, get an up-close look at the people and culture of the towns you visit, and taste the delicious Ecuadorian food. For a really thrilling Andes train ride, the Riobamba - Devil's Nose train ride (Nariz del Diablo) is a must. This journey, a great Ecuador tourist attraction, originally formed part of the Trans-Andean Railroad and is one of the few remaining sections of train track which still operates in Ecuador.


04MIDMTA-A The Andes & the Train to the Devil's Nose

Offered on Voyage 3501

Departure: Manta, January 14, 2015

Duration: 5 Days/ 4 Nights

Re-join ship: Callao, January 18, 2015  

Reserve by: November 13, 2014

This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by October 9, 2014. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing. Space on this land programme is limited; however, a minimum number of participants are required for its operation.



Quintessentially Ecuador, the Andean region (also known as the Sierra and the Highlands) is the most visited region in the country. Its cultural and natural diversity spans grassy highlands (paramo), cloudforests, mountain lakes, active volcanoes, thermal baths, Indian markets, colonial towns and haciendas. One highlight of this Mid-Voyage Land Adventure will no doubt be the Devil's Nose Train ride.


Ecuador's train system is quite remarkable. For the workers and engineers to have created a viable passage from Quito to Guayaquil over a century ago with the technology available at the time is nothing less than heroic. The track goes over rocky ravines, along raging rivers, through dense cloud forests and around mountains. But by far the most impressive section of the railway is the so-called "Devil's Nose", a hair-raising trip down the rocky slopes of the Andes through some of Ecuador's most breath-taking scenery.


Day 1 - January 14, 2015 - Manta/Quito                                                          

Upon arrival in Manta and after the ship has been granted clearance, depart Silver Shadow and meet your guide for the 30-minute transfer to the airport for your flight to Quito, Ecuador.  Upon arrival you are transferred to the Swissotel Quito for check-in.  


Quito, nestled at the foot of 15,696-foot (4,784-metre) (Volcán Pichincha, is known for its eternally spring-like climate and for the beauty of its well-preserved colonial centre. Originally settled by the Quitu tribe in the first millennium, Quito was eventually integrated into the Inca Empire before being destroyed and re-founded in 1534 by Spanish Conquistador Sebastian de Benalcázar. For nearly three centuries, the arts and intellectual societies flourished under Spanish colonial rule, a fact evident in the historic centre's splendidly restored colonial buildings and churches lining narrow, cobbled streets. In 1809, Quito established the first self-governing junta in the colonies and the liberator Simón Bolívar led the country as part of the Republic of Greater Colombia until 1830, when the Republic of Ecuador announced its independence. Due to the city's preservation of its blended past, UNESCO declared Quito the first of its World Heritage Sites in 1978.  The city is beautifully situated in an Andean valley at 9,186 feet (2,800 metres), making it the second highest capital city in the world.


This evening, head out for a memorable dinner experience at one of Quito's finest restaurants located in the historic centre of the city.


Overnight accommodation at Swissotel Quito - Quito


Day 2 - January 15, 2015 - Quito/Cotopaxi National Park

After breakfast, check-out and meet at the appointed time.  Dress in layers so you can remove clothing that allows you to be comfortable, wear warm clothes as the temperature varies between 40 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit (4-20o C). Bring rain gear, comfortable shoes and do not forget your camera and sunscreen. Join your guide for the approximate 1.5-hour drive to Cotopaxi National Park.  Drive south from Quito along the stunning Avenue of the Volcanoes, a nickname bestowed by Alexander Von Humboldt, the German scientist who came to Ecuador in the 18th century and gathered valuable information on the biology and geography of the country.


The park is named for its volcano, the perfectly cone-shaped Volcán Cotopaxi.  One of the highest active volcanoes in the world at 19,356 feet (5,900 metres), Cotopaxi dominates the landscape.  While in the park, walk around the beautiful Laguna Limpiopungo or visit the Salitre pre-Inca ruins. Keep an eye out for wild horses and the endangered Andean Condor.  Lunch is at Tambopaxi - a cosy mountain refuge that has llamas grazing in the surroundings that delights with a spectacular view of the Cotopaxi (weather permitting, of course). Continue to Hacienda Cotopaxi Pungo, built with a magnificent view of the valleys around.


The Hacienda Cotopaxi Pungo lies on a farm on the slopes of Pasochoa Volcano and is surrounded by the Cotopaxi, Antisana and Sincholagua volcanoes, with spectacular panoramic views. Cotopaxi Pungo means 'Gate to Cotopaxi', and it caters to guests headed to the national park.  Many come just to relax and share the gourmet cuisine by a big log fire.  Explore the property and meet for dinner with the remainder of your evening to be spent as you wish.


Overnight accommodation at Hacienda Cotopaxi Pungo - Pasochoa


Day 3 - January 16, 2015 - Cotopaxi/Riobamba

Today you will visit Laguna Quilotoa, a spectacular crater lake in the Andes.  Drive through a fantastic mountain landscape towards the western side of the Andes. Observe small villages and fields sprinkled with farmers and shepherds along the way. One cannot see the breath-taking, aquamarine Quilotoa until the last few steps approaching the rim. Then the whole lake and its vista leave one with a sense of awe. All sides of the volcano have a ragged, rugged ridge which drops over 1,320 feet (400 metres) down to the shore. While in the area, visit the villages of Tigua and Pujilí, each known for their artisans.


After lunch, continue on to Riobamba. Surrounded by spectacular snow-capped peaks such as Chimborazo, Ecuador's highest peak at 20,565 feet, (6,310 metre), Riobamba, the former capital of Ecuador, is known as the Sultan of the Andes. With its colonial architecture and cobblestone streets, Riobamba's Old Town is a local favourite.


Enjoy time at your leisure at the hotel.  Tonight's accommodation is at the Hacienda Abraspungo, surrounded by the magnificence of the Ecuadorian Andes. It is named after a glacial valley which is situated between the Chimborazo Volcano and Carihuairazo, in the exact centre of Ecuador. The architectural style found here offers the best of traditional colonial design often used in the ancestral mansions and haciendas of Ecuador.  The Hacienda is adorned with old photographs and illustrations of Andean landscapes, which today constitutes as a testimony to eras gone by. The antiques on display in the social areas give a colonial flavour as well as a feel for the pre-Colombian cultures of the region.


Dinner and accommodations - Hacienda Abraspungo, Riobamba.


Day 4 - January 17, 2015 -Train to Devil's Nose/Cuenca

Depart early this morning for one of the most beautiful and impressive train journeys on the continent.

Today, this classic train ride is run purely for visitors who can enjoy the experience of travelling through the fantastic Andean scenery from Riobamba to Alausi, then the adventure of travelling down the Devil's Nose section of the line which zigzags along the edge of the Andes in a truly exhilarating and exciting ride of a lifetime. This train journey is classed amongst the most spectacular in the world. Learn about the Incas during their short time in Ecuadorian Lands and visit the monuments they left during this time.


Upon arriving in the quaint town of Alausí, we board the classic train to the Devil's Nose. Along the way, we encounter breath-taking Andean scenery, the Palmira desert and, finally, the Devil's Nose itself. One of the most unique train routes in the world, and certainly one of the best known in South America, the Devil's Nose is truly an amazing feat of engineering. While constructing the Quito-Guayaquil train line in the early 20th Century, the engineers were faced with a major obstacle - The Andes. With no clear path into and out of the forbidding range, the engineers finally decided to tackle the problem head on. They created a series of switchbacks that allow the train to navigate a 45 degree rock slope while descending over 2,600 feet (800 metres). It makes for a spectacular journey through one of Ecuador's most scenic landscapes. Recently re-opened after years of reconstruction, it is now available to experience just as it was a century ago.


After descending the Devil's Nose, stop to enjoy some refreshments refreshment while exploring the beautiful surroundings. There is also a charming museum offering information about local culture, history, flora, and fauna in the area.


Upon arriving back in Alausí, lunch is served at a local restaurant.  Head to the Inca ruins of Ingapirca. Ingapirca, meaning "The Inca wall" in Quichua, is the most important complex of ruins existing in the country and it was built on top of Cañari constructions which go back to 1200 AD.  The site was used as a political and religious centre until the Incas conquered the Cañari and started the construction of a temple in 1460. Upon completion it served as a site for Sun worship and as a calendar for agricultural purposes. The complex also has other important sections such as the ancient residing place of the virgins of the sun, the Inca baths, and more. There is also a small museum on-site featuring artefacts from both Cañari and Inca civilizations.


Drive for about 90 minutes to Cuenca, where dinner and your hotel room await.


Accommodations this evening are at the Mansion Alcazar - Cuenca.


Day 5 - January 18, 2015 - Cuenca/Lima

Rise and enjoy breakfast and check-out of the hotel before embarking on a tour of the city of Cuenca.   Cuenca is considered by many to be the most beautiful city in the country and is often hailed as "The hidden treasure of Ecuador". It was declared a World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999, primarily for having been able to preserve the most valuable cultural and architectural features found in its historic centre.  


Walk along Cuenca's cobblestoned streets, visiting flowery plazas and picturesque sites.  Stop at Cuenca's famous flower market and its dazzlingly colourful displays of arum lilies, orchids, and roses. Continue to the neo-Gothic 'New Cathedral' and its distinctive blue domes which dominate the skyline. Construction on the New Cathedral began in 1880; it was erected to replace the Old Cathedral (still standing across from the new one), built by the Spanish in 1557, the year the city was founded.


Your guide then takes you to the airport, with a boxed lunch served en-route.  Fly to Lima via Quito and return to the ship in time for a later dinner, to be served onboard.



Please note:  This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking, some of which is on cobblestone paths and unpaved trails, with uneven surfaces.  There are many steps to climb.  This excursion is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Altitude sickness may be a problem for guests suffering from palpitations, shortness of breath or severe headaches.  This programme involves fairly long drives. All vehicles utilised are the best available. Pack carefully; luggage weight restriction is limited to 50 lb. (23 kg). Warm clothes are necessary; trekking or comfortable walking shoes with non-slip soles are important. Plan on wearing layers of clothing.  You will be at higher altitude so sunblock, wide-brimmed, expedition-style hats and sunglasses are necessary.  This Land Adventure involves touring outdoors and guests may be exposed to warm, humid and/or wet weather and insects. Bring rain gear and insect repellent. The tour itinerary and order of sites are subject to change without prior notice and airline alterations to the flight schedules may affect the tour content. This description is a general overview of the programme only and changes may be made if local conditions require. Space is limited, but a minimum of participants is required to operate this excursion.


Programme Includes:

·        One-night stay at The Swissotel (or similar) - Quito

·        One-night stay at Hacienda Cotopaxi Pungo (or similar)  - Pasochoa

·        One-night stay at Hacienda Abraspungo (or similar) - Riobamba

·        One-night stay at Mansion Alcazar (or similar) - Cuenca.

·        Scheduled flights, Economy-Class: Manta/Quito and Cuenca/Quito/Lima.  At this time the airlines do not offer a Business Class of service on these flights.

·        Four breakfasts, three lunches, one boxed lunch, and four dinners (lunch and dinner include choice of two beverages, local beer, house wine, soft drinks), in addition to two in-flight snacks served with soft drinks, tea or coffee.

·        Train Passage to Devil's Nose

·        Bottled water on coach

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary


Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, charges incurred by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items.


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. Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years of age and older. 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

Mashpi Lodge is located in the evergreen wilds of the Andes' western slope. The sudden shift in altitude allows you to discover the spectacular natural diversity of the Andean landscape.  Travel through the dry valley of Pomasqui towards the cordillera's western flank, into lush, misty cloud forest, and finally reach Mashpi, a nature sanctuary located in the spectacular Chocó, one of the most celebrated bioregions in the world, known for its record-high endemism, rainfall and altitudinal range. Birding here is renowned and naturalist guides are available to maximise your viewing opportunities.


03MIDMTA-B Andean Birding at Mashpi Lodge

Offered on Voyage 3501

Departure: Manta, January 14, 2015

Duration: 4 Days/ 3 Nights

Re-join ship: Callao, January 17, 2015  

Reserve by: November 13, 2014

This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by October 9, 2014. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing. Space on this land programme is limited; however, a minimum number of participants are required for its operation.



The wonders waiting at Mashpi Lodge will delight the worldliest nature lover. Perched at 3,116 feet (900 metres) above sea level and surrounded by lower montane rainforest and cloud forest, the Lodge is surrounded by a profusion of plant species, from ferns and bromeliads to hundreds of orchid species, many newly-discovered. A staggering 500 species of bird - including some 36 endemics - are estimated to inhabit the forest, fluttering through the canopy. Monkeys, peccaries and even puma make their homes inside the Reserve crisscrossed with waterfalls between dramatic, verdant hills.  Although we cannot guarantee all of the wildlife will be posed and waiting for you to photograph them, your Mid-Voyage Land Eco-Adventure will offer you a unique look at the cloud forest and its environs.


Day 1 - January 14, 2015 - Manta/Quito                                                          

Depart the ship in Manta for the 30-minute transfer to the Manta Airport for your onward flight to Quito, Ecuador.  Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel for check-in.  About an hour and a half of free time is afforded for you to explore.


Quito, nestled at the foot of 15,696-foot (4,784-metre) (Volcán Pichincha, is known for its eternally spring-like climate and for the beauty of its well-preserved colonial centre. Originally settled by the Quitu tribe in the first millennium, Quito was eventually integrated into the Inca Empire before being destroyed and re-founded in 1534 by Spanish Conquistador Sebastian de Benalcázar. For nearly three centuries, the arts and intellectual societies flourished under Spanish colonial rule, a fact evident in the historic centre's splendidly restored colonial buildings and churches lining narrow, cobbled streets. In 1809, Quito established the first self-governing junta in the colonies and the liberator Simón Bolívar led the country as part of the Republic of Greater Colombia until 1830, when the Republic of Ecuador announced its independence. Due to the city's preservation of its blended past, UNESCO declared Quito the first of its World Heritage Sites in 1978.  The city is beautifully situated in an Andean valley at 9,186 feet (2,800 metres), making it the second highest capital city in the world.


Dinner this evening will be served at one of the fine restaurants located within the hotel.


Overnight accommodations - J.W. Marriott - Quito


Day 2 - January 15, 2015 - Quito/Mashpi Lodge                                                                                                                  

Enjoy an early breakfast, check-out of the hotel and meet at 8:00am to begin the three-hour journey to Mashpi Lodge.  On your way to Mashpi, visit the archaeological ruins at Tulipe, said to have belonged to the ancient Yumbo civilization of pre-Inca Quito, set in a magical forested location. Taste delicious Ecuadorian appetisers and fresh-brewed coffee prepared by members of the local community before your final one-hour descent into Mashpi Reserve.


Arrive at the Hummingbird Station. Mashpi boasts a total 32 hummingbird species identified to date, many of which inhabit different altitudinal ranges, with around 19 species considered common at the specially designed feeder station. Observe the various hummingbirds, with a chance to see toucans, tanagers, squirrels, and other indigenous species. The site is located at a natural viewpoint, which, on clear days, provides breath-taking views of the reserve's forested hills. This is a veritable photographer's paradise, regardless of your level of experience.


Check-in and freshen up in your room.  Then, you are introduced to your naturalist guides who will briefly speak about the cloud forest and its conservation, the activities offered during your stay, and helpful tips about what to wear and bring to the excursions. This will take place before lunch at the library (lasts around 30 minutes).  After lunch our guide will recommend an activity: walks into the forest or just relax and explore the property. Meet at the appointed time for dinner at the Lodge.


Accommodations this evening are at the Mashpi Lodge.


Day 3 - January 16, 2015 - Mashpi Lodge

The forest always rewards the "early birds", as the dawn light lures a variety of fascinating species in their search for food. A good place to find birds is actually right at the hotel's terrace, with a cup of fresh coffee, tea or hot chocolate in hand, from where we can enjoy not only the beauty of the forest but also the many species that come to feed on insects and fruits at nearby trees.


Your guides will help you spot what is in the area, offering a peek inside their telescope for a close-and-personal view of the incredible bird richness Mashpi possesses. This activity begins at 6:30 AM and lasts about an hour. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel restaurant.


After breakfast, your guide shows you the options you will have this morning to discover the amazing cloud forest.   Venture out for approximately two hours.  Returning to the Lodge, a refreshing natural juice and fresh towels await and then stop for a welcomed lunch at the Lodge's restaurant.


After lunch your guide will recommend an afternoon activity based on the weather and movement of animal/bird life.  If you wish, just enjoy the Lodge and visit the spa and explore the treatments they offer.


Dinner and accommodations this evening are at the Mashpi Lodge.


Day 4 - January 17, 2015 - Mashpi Lodge/Callao

This morning's activity begins at 6:30 AM in the hotel lobby and takes advantage of the fact that many bird species come to the hotel to feed. After a cup of coffee, walk down the road seeking out mixed-species feeding flocks.  These usually feature different insectivorous bird species that move together while foraging. In a single flock, you may see over 20 different species, making these more-or-less common encounters an undeniable treat for bird aficionados. The activity takes one hour; return to the lodge for breakfast.


Approximately at 8:30 AM, leave the hotel and head to Copal Waterfall. This beautiful two-hour-long hike features a landscape of moss-covered trees, bromeliads and orchids at every corner. The trail ends at a spectacular waterfall over 165 feet (50 metres) high.  


Return to the hotel by noon for check out and enjoy a last meal at Mashpi before heading to the Quito Airport for your flight to Lima.  Once in Lima, you are met and transferred to the ship.



Please note:  This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking, some of which is on cobblestone paths and unpaved trails, with uneven surfaces.  There are many steps to climb.  This excursion is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Altitude sickness may be a problem for guests suffering from palpitations, shortness of breath or severe headaches.  The contents and order of activities of this excursion are subject to change by the lodge management without prior notice. Changes may be due to prevailing weather conditions and/or the movement of wildlife. Pack carefully; luggage weight restriction is limited to 50 lb. (23 kg). Warm clothes are necessary; trekking or comfortable walking shoes with non-slip soles are important. Plan on wearing layers of clothing.  You will be at higher altitude so sunblock, wide-brimmed, expedition-style hats and sunglasses are necessary.  Remember to bring your camera and binoculars. This Land Adventure involves touring outdoors and guests may be exposed to warm, humid and/or wet weather and insects. Bring rain gear and insect repellent. This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure brings you close to nature; insects and other environmental exposure should be anticipated. This is an eco-adventure and guests must be flexible to local conditions, as 5-star luxury cannot be guaranteed in rainforest lodges.  The tour itinerary and order of sites are subject to change without prior notice and airline alterations to the flight schedules may affect the tour content. This description is a general overview of the programme only and changes may be made if local conditions require. Space is limited, but a minimum of participants is required to operate this excursion.


Programme Includes:

·        One-night stay at The J.W. Marriott (or similar) - Quito

·        Two-night stay at Mashpi Lodge  - Andean Rainforest

·        Scheduled flights, Economy-Class: Manta/Quito and Quito/Lima.  At this time the airlines do not offer a Business Class of service on these flights.

·        Three breakfasts, four lunches, one in-flight meal en route to Lima, and three dinners (lunch and dinner include choice of two beverages, local beer, house wine, soft drinks), in addition to one in-flight snacks served with soft drinks, tea or coffee.

·        Naturalist programs at the Lodge

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary


Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, charges incurred by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items.


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. Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years of age and older. 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

There is no place on earth like the Galapagos Islands, created over the course of time by roaring volcanoes and titanic geothermic upheavals.  The islands have the enchantment to inspire: the magic Darwin found over 150 years ago is still thriving in this remarkable environment.  Here you can walk among unique species such as marine iguanas basking in the sun and observe the elaborate mating rituals of blue-footed boobies, albatrosses, and frigate birds.  Unthreatened by predators, Galapagos creatures are undisturbed by visitors, who can get up close to creatures large and small.


04MIDMTA-N Galapagos Adventure

Offered on Voyage 3501

Departure: Manta, January 14, 2015

Duration: 5 Days/ 4 Nights

Re-join ship: Callao, January 18, 2015  

Reserve by: October 9, 2014


This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by October 9, 2014. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing. Space on this land programme is limited; however, a minimum number of participants are required for its operation.


A trip to the Galapagos is a unique and rare experience for the remarkable wildlife inhabiting the islands of the archipelago. Virtually unknown until Darwin's arrival, the archipelago straddles the Equator 600 miles (965 kilometres) off the mainland coast. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the islands still have the enchantment to inspire and provide its visitors with the same magic that Darwin found over 150 years ago in this remarkable environment. Here you can walk among unique species such as marine iguanas basking in the sun, colonies of sea lions, and observe the elaborate mating rituals of blue-footed bobbies - all up close and personal. Welcome to this veritable wildlife Eden.  Stay at the Royal Palm Hotel, perhaps the Galapagos' best-known luxury property, located in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island with a commanding view down to the coast.  


As a special feature, you will be treated to a day excursion aboard a yacht chartered exclusively for our guests.


DAY ONE - January 14, 2015 - Manta/Guayaquil

Disembark the ship in Manta, meet your guide at the pier, and drive for about 3.5-4 hours to the city of Guayaquil.  During the journey you will see the beautiful landscape of the Coast region of Ecuador.


Once in Guayaquil, your guide takes you to the hotel to check-in.  Then begin a tour of Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city.  Carved by the rivers and estuaries which find their outlet to the sea in this warm and humid expanse of urbanity, Guayaquil offers visitors a blend of nature, history, and tradition. Visit Malecón 2000.  Since the mid-1800s in Guayaquil, this waterside esplanade has been the place where locals and visitors have spent their evenings looking for a cool breeze off the river, strolling along or visiting with each other on benches. On the Malecón is the semi-circular monument of La Rotonda honouring the historic meeting of Simón Bolívar and José de San Martín.  Enjoy some free time here before returning to the hotel for dinner.


Overnight accommodations - Oro Verde - Guayaquil


DAY TWO - January 15, 2015 - Guayaquil/Baltra/Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, check-out and transfer to the airport for your flight to the Galapagos. Prior to check-in at the airline's counter, your luggage will be inspected by representatives from the Galapagos National Park.  This is a normal procedure to avoid the introduction of foreign species to the islands.  Board the aircraft for your 2.5 hour scheduled flight.


Upon arrival in Baltra, board the transfer bus taking you to the Itabaca Channel that separates the island of Baltra from Santa Cruz. A local boat ferries you across the channel to the northernmost point of Santa Cruz Island.

Continue on to the Royal Palm Hotel to check-in, have lunch.  Afterwards, Here, board the tour coach and begin your Galapagos experience heading toward the Santa Cruz highlands. Hike at the Twin Pit Craters, depressions of volcanic material formed by a long process of slow sinking ground and visit to the Giant Tortoises Reserve where you can observe the most recognized symbol of the Galapagos in their natural habitat.


Return to the hotel and freshen up.  Dinner is served in the hotel and includes the delicacies of local and international gastronomy.


Overnight accommodation at the Royal Palm Hotel - Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos


DAY THREE - January 16, 2015 - North Seymour Island & Bachas Beach

Breakfast this morning is at the hotel.  Meet at the appointed time for your day cruise and island adventure.  It is essential that you bring with you plenty of sun protection, water shoes that are comfortable and can be used for walking ashore, bathing attire, a long-sleeve shirt or similar for warmth after getting wet, towel, water-proof camera, binoculars.


Board the chartered boat for your full-day tour to North Seymour Island and Bachas Beach. This picturesque island offers the opportunity of close up encounters with many marine birds and reptiles.


Located slightly to the north of the island of Baltra, and a short boat ride from Santa Cruz Island, North Seymour is a low, flat island, formed as a result of the uplift caused by magma build up below. It is covered with low, bushy vegetation and contains the largest colony of magnificent frigate birds in the Galapagos.  Land iguanas are common here too.  There is also a population of blue-footed boobies that perform an amusing courtship dance when nesting conditions are right, making this one of the highlights of the visit.


On your return, the launch will make its way back towards Santa Cruz, where it will anchor in calm water on Bachas Beach so that you can enjoy your lunch. A walk along the beach after lunch offers the possibility of sea turtle nests, shorebirds, diving boobies and even flamingos. Optional snorkelling and easy swimming from the beach follow the walk.


The boat takes you back to the jetty in the afternoon.  Return to the hotel, enjoy some free time to relax and get ready for dinner.  


Dinner and overnight accommodation at the Royal Palm Hotel - Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos


DAY FOUR - January 17, 2015 - South Plaza Island

After breakfast, gather in the lobby and make your way to the boat for another full day of Galapagos exploration.


Today's destination is South Plaza Island. One of a very colourful pair of small uplifted islands a short distance from the east coast of Santa Cruz, South Plaza has a unique landscape of Sesuvium plants and Opuntia cacti and provides some of the most interesting wildlife observation spots in Galapagos.


Land iguanas are easily seen from the trail, normally lazing in the shade of the cacti. Swallow-tailed Gulls and Frigate birds use the rising air off the sea to glide effortlessly over the escarpment. Towards the far end of the island lives a 'bachelor colony' of male Sea Lions.


Lunch is served anchored close to the rocky seashore inhabited by a large colony of playful Sea Lions. Please bring walking shoes, sun hat, sun block and beachwear.  


After lunch, a short boat ride to Punta Carrion offers the opportunity for easy snorkelling and swimming around a shallow and protected cove


Return to the hotel in the afternoon and enjoy dinner at the hotel.


Overnight accommodation at the Royal Palm Hotel - Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos


DAY FIVE - January 18, 2015 - Galapagos/Quito/Callao

Depart from the hotel early in the morning.  Take an overland transfer to the airport in Baltra, where you check-in for your flight to the mainland, a scheduled flight to Quito.  Flying time is approximately 1.5 hours.  Upon arrival in Quito, you will have a connecting flight to Lima. During the stopover, lunch (or box lunch) will be provided.


At the Lima airport you are met and transferred to the Port of Callao, where the ship awaits your return at the conclusion of this short but unique Galapagos Adventure that will leave you with lingering memories.



Please note:  This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking, some of which is on beaches, rocky and unpaved trails, with uneven surfaces, and in and out of water.  Guests must possess a certain level of agility to get into and out of zodiacs.  This excursion is not suitable for guests with limited mobility or those who utilise a wheelchair. Pack carefully; luggage weight restriction is limited to 50 lb. (23 kg) plus one carry-on piece.  We recommend wearing lightweight, comfortable clothing and bringing light rain gear. Other essentials should include a sun hat, bathing suit, long-sleeve shirt and shoes for wet landing and hiking over rocky lava terrain (sneakers or similar with thick soles). Snorkelling equipment is provided on the yacht. Remember to bring your camera and binoculars. This Land Adventure involves touring outdoors and guests may be exposed to warm, humid and/or wet weather and insects. It brings you close to nature; insects and other environmental exposure should be anticipated. Bring rain gear and insect repellent. This is an eco-adventure and guests must be flexible to local conditions, as 5-star luxury cannot be guaranteed in the Galapagos.  In case of unforeseen flight changes, adjustments to the programme may be required. The islands visited during the boating excursions are subject to approval of the Galapagos National Park or may have to change due to climatic or oceanic conditions. There are a limited number of rooms available on this program.  We recommend you book well in advance to avoid disappointment. This Land Adventure does not involve any cruising aboard Silversea's Silver Galapagos.


Important Notes: Charter of the boat for daily excursions depends on authorization of the Galapagos National Park, so the visit to the island hereby mentioned is subject to change.


To conserve the unique and fragile environment in the Galapagos:

·        No organic items, such as food, wooden or stone-made articles are permitted to be brought into the National Park

·        All in-coming and out-going luggage will be checked for prohibited items

·        Before arrival, the plane will be sprayed with material approved by the World Health Organization

·        All visitors must adhere to the National Park Rules

·        Don't litter or leave any garbage behind, especially plastics

·        No smoking on visitor sites

·        No collecting of rocks, shells, bones, or other natural items

·        Designated visitor sites are clearly marked - stay on the path



Programme Includes:

-        Three-night stay at Royal Palm Hotel - Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos

-        Scheduled flights: Manta/Guayaquil, Guayaquil/Baltra and /Baltra/Quito/Lima (Economy Class)

-        Four breakfasts, three lunches, one box lunch, four dinners

-        Lunch includes choice of beer/soft drinks; dinner choice of 2 glasses of beer, wine, coffee, tea or soft drinks

-        Day excursions to North Seymour Island and South Plaza Island aboard a chartered boat

-        Experienced naturalist Galapagos Guide

-        Galapagos National Park Fee

-        All sightseeing, transfers as per itinerary


Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, charges incurred by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, laundry, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items.


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. Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years of age and older. 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

Explore one of the 'New Seven Wonders of the World'.  Few places can compare to the 'Lost City of the Incas'.  Visit historic Cusco high up in the Andes and travel to Machu Picchu via the Hiram Bingham luxury train. Explore important neoclassic architecture in the 'White City' of Arequipa.


03MIDCAO-N Machu Picchu, Cusco & Arequipa

Offered on Voyage 3501

Departure: Callao, January 18, 2015

Duration: 4 Days/ 3 Nights

Re-join ship: Matarani, January 21, 2015  

Reserve by: October 9, 2014

This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations by October 9, 2014. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis and the programme price is subject to change. Payment in full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. This programme is non-refundable if cancelled within 90 days of sailing. Space on this land programme is limited; however, a minimum number of participants are required for its operation.


Discover one of South America's most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Sites recently declared one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Few places can compare to the 'Lost City of the Incas', one of the most beautiful and enigmatic sites in the world. From Lima, a scheduled flight takes you to the Sacred Valley, nestled in the Andes. Travel via the Orient Express luxury train 'Hiram Bingham' to Machu Picchu and visit the Inca's breath-taking 'Citadel in the Clouds' ringed by green-clad mountain peaks. Stay in the historic city of Cusco high up in the Andes and visit Arequipa, 'the White City', before re-joining the ship in Matarani.


DAY ONE - January 18, 2015 - Callao/Sacred Valley

Arrange for an early breakfast with your butler and depart the ship at approximately 7:00-7:30 for your flight to Cusco.  The 80-minute flight offers impressive views of the Andes, if the sky is clear. Upon arrival in Cusco, claim your baggage and then board the coach.  To help you acclimate and adjust to the change in altitude, the coach takes you over the mountain pass and into the Sacred Valley, to a lower altitude.  To help adjust to the change, we suggest to take things easy, do not overly exert yourself, and avoid alcohol.  The local remedy is to drink coca tea.  


Visit the small Andean town of Chinchero en route.  Stop for a picnic lunch and weaving show. This is a good location to buy items such as Alpaca hats, scarves and sweaters that may be priced higher in other locations.


Continue the drive to your hotel, Tambo del Inka a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa in the Sacred Valley.  Relax and rest and meet for dinner at the suggested time.


Overnight at the Tambo del Inka a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa - Sacred Valley


DAY TWO - January 19, 2015 - Machu Picchu                 

If you wish, have a light breakfast, then check-out of the hotel and board the coach for the drive to the Rio Sagrado train station.  Your luggage will be transported directly to Cusco. Here you board the Hiram Bingham Orient Express luxury train for Machu Picchu. The trip will take approximately three hours during which brunch is served. Watch as the train passes through the spectacular scenery of the Urubamba Valley. The trip ends at the Aguas Calientes station at the foot of Machu Picchu. From here, a 25-minute bus ride will take you up a winding road to 'the Lost City of the Incas', arriving around 1:00 p.m. - at an hour when many tourists are on the way back to the train station. The setting of the ruins amongst green-clad mountain peaks is a spectacular and unforgettable sight.


Proceed with a guided walking tour of the Citadel along ancient pathways, staircases and terraces, past temples and towers. For centuries, the site was buried in the jungle until discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911. Excavations have been on-going ever since. Much of the walking is on uneven ground and involving steps. Conclude your visit with afternoon tea at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge.


In the early evening, head back to the train station and enjoy once more VIP treatment aboard the Hiram Bingham. During the return journey, relax whilst sipping cocktails, watching live entertainment and enjoying a four-course gourmet dinner. At approximately 8:30 pm, arrive at the Rio Sagrado train station, disembark Hiram Bingham, and settle on the coach for the 90-minute ride to the historic Monasterio Hotel.


Overnight at the Monasterio Hotel - Cusco.


DAY THREE - January 20, 2015 - Sacsayhuaman/Cusco

Begin your day with breakfast in the hotel restaurant.  Join the group at the appointed time and board the coach for the brief drive to Sacsayhuaman, once an important Inca cultural centre located on the city's outskirts.


Visitors to this magnificent Inca fortress, which overlooks the city of Cusco, cannot fail to be impressed by the beauty and monumental scale of this important Inca construction. Sacsayhuaman can be variously translated as 'speckled falcon' or 'speckled head'. The last interpretation refers to the belief that the city of Cusco was set out in the form of a puma whose head was the hill of Sacsayhuaman. The origins are uncertain but the fortress is generally attributed to the period of Inca Pachacuti, the man who essentially founded the Inca empire. This is a huge fortress built with large stones which transportation is still a mystery. It is estimated that today you can see only twenty per cent of the original structure since at the arrival of the Spaniards it was dismantled and its stones used for new buildings like the Cathedral


Lunch is served at a local restaurant before you return to Cusco.  Your guide takes you on a panoramic tour of the city's highlights. Here you have the opportunity to discover what makes Cusco so unique and to see how the colonial era blends with the culture of the Inca. Continue the tour with a panoramic sight of Cusco city. Visit the Coricancha, also known as "The Temple of the Sun" (Quri Kancha 'Golden Temple'). According to the chronicles, the temple was covered in gold leaf and filled with golden images.


The city's showpiece is the main square, faced by the magnificent, 16th-century cathedral, also known as the Church of Victory. Next, go the San Blas quarter, originally used as dwellings for the Inca nobles, which built impressive stone constructions at a short distance of the Main Square. Today, the quarter is a conglomerate of charming small cobblestone streets and the San Blas Church is at its center. Conclude your tour at the Monasterio Hotel, where cocktails and music await, prior to dinner at the hotel.  


Overnight accommodations are at the Monasterio Hotel - Cusco.


DAY FOUR - January 21, 2015 - Cusco/Arequipa/Matarani

After breakfast and check-out, a short drive takes you to the airport for your hour flight to Arequipa.  


Collect your luggage, board the coach and begin your look at Arequipa, Peru's second largest city. It is also known as 'the White City' because of the white volcanic rock called 'sillar' that was used in the construction of many of its buildings. Upon arrival, tour of the main square, Plaza de Armas, with its colonial arcaded buildings and the impressive, twin-towered Cathedral, a fine example of Spanish Colonial architecture. Stop at the Santa Catalina Monastery, founded in 1580 and enlarged over the centuries until it became a city within the city. Your guide takes you down narrow streets and you pass through arched colonnades surrounding courtyards, some with fountains, flowering plants and trees. See churches, chapels, plazas, interior rooms and common areas.


Continue with a visit to the beautiful Santa Catalina convent, founded in 1580 and heritage of the world by the UNESCO. This convent is an almost self-sustained village, made up of houses for the nuns and their servants, cloisters, squares and narrow streets, kitchens, refectory, laundry, etc.


Stop for lunch at a local restaurant.  Then, begin the two-hour drive to Matarani, where the ship awaits your return.



Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking, often over unpaved and uneven surfaces, and climbing of many, many steps. It is only recommended to guests who are physically fit.  It is not suitable for guests with limited mobility, wheelchair users, guests with heart/respiratory difficulties or those who suffer from altitude sickness. Altitude sickness may be a problem for guests suffering from palpitations, shortness of breath or severe headaches. Pack carefully; luggage weight restriction is limited to 50 lb. (23 kg). Trekking or comfortable walking shoes with non-slip soles are important. Plan on wearing layers of clothing.  You will be at higher altitude so sunblock, wide-brimmed, expedition-style hats and sunglasses are necessary. Remember to bring a raincoat, sweater or jacket, and your camera, as well as local currency for any purchases. The tour itinerary and order of sites are subject to change without prior notice and airline alterations to the flight schedules may affect the tour content. This description is a general overview of the programme only and changes may be made if local conditions require. Space is limited, but a minimum of participants is required to operate this excursion.


IMPORTANT: Guests with heart or respiratory problems need to be aware that Cusco lies at an elevation of 11,000 feet (3,350 meters), which may cause headache or dizziness with some guests. Machu Picchu's location is at only 7,800 feet (2,370 meters) and generally does not pose a problem to those is good physical health.


The Hotel Monasterio has a limited number of oxygenated rooms available at an additional cost of $65 (at time of printing) per room per night and subject to availability. Requests must be submitted at the time of booking. Free oxygen is also available in the hotel lobby.

        

Programme Includes:

·        One-night stay at the Tambo del Inka a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa - Sacred Valley

·        Two-night stay at the Hotel Monasterio (deluxe room) (or similar) - Cusco

·        Scheduled flights Lima/Cusco and Cusco/Arequipa (Economy Class).  Business class is not available on these routes.

·        Round trip travel aboard the Orient Express 'Hiram Bingham' Cusco/Machu Picchu/Cusco

·        Three breakfasts, one brunch, two lunches, afternoon tea and three dinners (lunch and dinner include 2 drinks: one soft drink or bottle of water and choice of one glass of local beer or one glass of local wine. Coffee and hot infusions are also included.

·        Local guides for the duration of the trip  

·        All sightseeing and transfers as per itinerary


Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, charges incurred by the airlines for excess or overweight luggage, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, laundry, telephone calls, internet fees, oxygen service at the Hotel Monasterio, cancellation insurance and other personal items.


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. Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years of age and older. 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 of one of the last wild places on earth.  Perched on the edge of Torres del Paine National Park, the Tierra Patagonia is your home for three nights of pure paradise.  Far, far off the beaten track, explore the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve as few others have done. Enjoy a selection of full- and half-day excursions that introduce you to the flora, fauna and culture of Patagonia.  


Please note: Participants in this program should schedule their flights to depart from Santiago, Chile.


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


DAY 1 - DISEMBARK VALPARAISO / SANTIAGO, CHILE

Upon arrival in Valparaiso, transfer with other Silversea guests across the beautiful Curacavi and Casablanca valleys toward Santiago.    Lunch will be offered at either a local restaurant or upon arrival at the hotel.  Dinner is at your leisure this evening.


Please note that the hotel's official check-in time is 3:00pm.  If rooms are not ready when you arrive you can leave your luggage at the hotel and explore the nearby area.


Overnight at the Grand Hyatt Hotel - Santiago, Chile. (Note:  Due to a large conference at the Grand Hyatt, guests on Silver Explorer voyage 7523 will stay at the Sheraton San Cristobal in Santiago, Chile)


DAY 2 - SANTIAGO / PUNTA ARENAS / PATAGONIA

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your flight to Punta Arenas, the gateway to Patagonia.  Upon arrival, meet your local guide at the airport and board your transportation bound for Lake Sarmiento.  The drive takes approximately 4.5 hours and comfort stops are made enroute.


Arrive at the hotel in the late afternoon.  Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa provides guests with a unique and authentic experience in Chilean Patagonia. The hotel's warm atmosphere and personalized service make guests feel at home in the midst of this awe-inspiring location.


For the next two days you have your choice of a wide variety of excursions led by qualified and experienced guides.  You may trek, take a horseback or bicycle ride, or enjoy a scenic excursion in this breath taking land.  Guides are on hand to discuss your particular interests and abilities.


The activities are divided into 3 levels of difficulty:

Easy:  for all ages and ability.

Medium: requiring a reasonable level of fitness and experience.

High: this activity requires good level of fitness, experience and ability.


Every day you will be able to choose between two half day excursions or one full day excursion.

Half day: offered in the morning and/or afternoon, lunch at the hotel.

Full day: start in the morning with a box lunch provided, returning to the hotel in the afternoon generally after 6:00pm.


Dinner is served at the hotel this evening.


Overnight at the Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, Torres del Paine, Chile


DAY 3 - TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. On your first full day here, it is recommended that you take the full-day excursion to the Paine Massif.  


This scenic trip focuses on the western side of Torres del Paine National Park. It is the best alternative to see the most of the park in just one day, stopping at different places of photographic interest. Enjoy one of the most scenic drives in the world, ending at the Lago Grey area.

You have time to do a short (30 minute) walk along the southern shore of Lago Grey where it is common to find icebergs that have travelled from the face of the glacier. The return drive takes place on a road south of Lago del Toro.

In the evening, enjoy dinner at the hotel.  It's a good idea to discuss your activities for tomorrow with the guides before retiring for the evening.


Overnight at the Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, Torres del Paine, Chile


DAY 4 - TORRES DEL PAINE NATIONAL PARK

Breakfast is served again this morning at the hotel.  Depending on your mood and fitness level, you may wish to take a second full-day excursion that involves more hiking, or perhaps you'd like to see more of this magnificent landscape from horseback.  If you opt for the full-day excursion, a box lunch is provided.  If you prefer to participate in one or two of the half-day activities, lunch is served at the hotel.


Dinner is served at the hotel on your final evening here.


Overnight at the Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa, Torres del Paine, Chile


DAY 5 - PATAGONIA / PUNTA ARENAS / SANTIAGO

After breakfast at the hotel, it's time to bid farewell to the staff and return to 'civilization'.  In order to make the most of your experience, we recommend that you approach your travel day as part of your adventure. You are returning from a place that is very, very far away from it all; a place that few people have had the privilege to see or visit.  


The return transfer to Punta Arenas takes approximately 4.5 hours and comfort stops are made enroute.  Once there, board your flight to return to Santiago.  Upon your arrival in the capital, the local Silversea representative meets you at the airport and assists with your transfer back to the hotel.  Dinner this evening is on your own account.


Overnight at the Grand Hyatt Hotel - Santiago, Chile. (Note:  Guests on Silver Explorer voyage 7523 will stay at the Sheraton San Cristobal in Santiago, Chile)


DAY 6 - SANTIAGO

Breakfast is served at the hotel this morning.  The local Silversea representative is available to assist with your transportation to the airport.  


Please note:  For your comfort and convenience, this program includes guaranteed late check-out on Day 6.


For rates and availability please contact Silversea Cruises


Program Inclusions:

·        Two-night stay in a Deluxe Room at the Grand Hyatt Hotel - Santiago, Chile (voyage 3501 only) - OR -

  •     Two-night stay in a Deluxe Room at the Sheraton San Cristobal Hotel - Santiago, Chile (voyage 7523 only)

·        Three night's stay in a Superior Room at the Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa - Torres del Paine, Chile

·        Scheduled, Economy-Class flights: Santiago / Punta Arenas / Santiago - upgrades to Business Class are generally not available on these flights

·        Meals:  Five breakfasts;  two lunches and three dinners

·        Full- and half-day activities provided by the hotel

·        Transfers between airport, hotel and pier in air-conditioned vehicles


Flight Details:

Day 2 - Santiago / Punta Arenas - approximately 4 hours, 25 minutes (stopover in Puerto Montt)

Day 5 - Punta Arenas / Santiago - approximately 3 hours, 25 minutes


Luggage Information:

Please pack one small bag to take with you to Patagonia.  The remainder of your luggage will be stored at the hotel in Santiago until your return. Weight restrictions are very strict on domestic Chilean flights. Guests are responsible for any charges imposed by the airlines for overweight luggage.


Visa Information:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding a Chilean visa. 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.


Health:

Emergency first aid and local doctors are available in the town of Puerto Natales which is one hour away from the hotel. We advise all guests to travel with a comprehensive insurance policy.


Vaccinations:

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


Please note:

All Land Programs require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not obtained, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel a specific departure.        


This description is a general overview of the highlights of this program. The local Silversea representative will do everything possible to insure that all of the sites described here are visited, though the tour sequence and specific sites mentioned is subject to change. Closure of some sites due to local or national holiday observances, flight schedules, weather or other factors may affect the program, and the local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if necessary.


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. This program is subject to a 100% penalty for any cancellation notices received 90 days or less prior to sailing.


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 and are recommended to guests 18 years or age and older.  Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays and weather, require.  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.