New South America Land Adventures Enhance Silversea's Galápagos Programme
(7 March 2013) Silversea
Expeditions has introduced new multiple-day land excursions to complement
voyages to the Galápagos Islands aboard Silver
, the luxury
set to debut in late September, featuring 50 ocean-view
suites (many with private balconies), gourmet cuisine, and the personalised
service of a butler.
who have the opportunity to explore the remarkable natural wonders of the Galápagos
Islands - from their base of luxury aboard Silver
Galapagos -- may now enhance their expedition
cruise experience with extraordinary journeys to South America.
"Because the Galápagos Islands are such a unique destination
and on most everyone's list of must-see places, we wanted to make sure our pre-
and post-cruise land programmes would add as rich an experience," said Darius Mehta,
Silversea's vice president of air and land programmes. "These land extensions
have been carefully curated to showcase the breathtaking landscapes and
intriguing cultures of the Andes and the Amazon, while delivering the signature
comfort and style that Silversea guests expect."
The following land
adventures feature deluxe accommodation, all transportation, transfers, guided
sightseeing and some meals. Prices are per person, based on double occupancy.
Amazon Explorer -- Travellers on this unique journey to Peru's Amazon basin
may witness pygmy marmosets, howler monkeys, colourful toucans and other exotic
wildlife that inhabit the region's lowland forests. Participants will cruise
the Amazon in all-suite luxury aboard m/v Aqua,
dining on perhaps the finest Amazonian-Peruvian gourmet cuisine on the river. Expert
naturalists will be on hand to share insights about this amazing and fragile ecosystem.
This six-night, post-cruise programme departs from Lima and is priced from USD$6,259.
Puno & Lake Titicaca -- The magnificent Andes and Lake Titicaca,
the highest navigable lake in the world, are the setting for this pre-cruise
adventure from Lima. Highlights include a visit to the Sillustani tombs, a
cruise to the floating reed islands of the Uros people with their centuries-old
way of life, and a visit to Taquile Island to admire ancient weaving traditions.
This four-night programme is priced from $3,469.
Machu Picchu Explorer -- Set high in the Peruvian Andes, amid
craggy peaks and billowing clouds, is the glorious Lost City of the Incas,
Machu Picchu. In addition to exploring this spectacular monument of human
achievement, participants will enjoy a scenic roundtrip journey in Peru's
Vistadome train. Departing from Lima, the programme is available as a pre- or
post-cruise option of 3 or 4 nights. Prices start from $3,299.
Machu Picchu Grande Explorer
Similar to Machu Picchu Explorer, this three- or four-night land programme
features a journey to Machu Picchu aboard the legendary Hiram Bingham, one of
the world's top ten rail journeys. Travellers will enjoy brunch with live music
as they journey through the dramatic Andean scenery. Also included is an
overnight stay at the famed Sanctuary Lodge, the only hotel just steps away
from the ancient Inca citadel. Departing from Lima, the programme is available
as a pre- or post-cruise option. Prices start from $4,299.
Saturday to Saturday on seven-day roundtrip voyages from Baltra Island,
following either a western or north central route. These expedition cruises
offer adventurous travellers the life-enriching chance to discover a wild,
pristine paradise that has long been regarded as a natural laboratory of
evolution. On complimentary expeditions ashore guided by an experienced
expedition team (certified by the Galápagos National Park Service), Silversea's
guests may experience up-close encounters with an abundance of wildlife that
includes sun-basking land iguanas, giant tortoises, blue- and red-footed
boobies, colourful marine iguanas, sea lions, penguins and Darwin's famous
About Silversea Cruises
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innovator in the luxury cruise line industry, offering guests large-ship
amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Cloud, Silver
Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper and Silver Spirit
– all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With
the inclusion of the expedition ships Silver Explorer and
Silver Galapagos (debuting late 2013), Silversea Cruises' itineraries encompass all
seven continents and feature worldwide luxury
cruises to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, both polar regions and over 500
fascinating destinations in between.
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