Silversea Luxury Cruises To GUAYAQUIL

GUAYAQUIL
GUAYAQUIL
GUAYAQUIL
GUAYAQUIL

The second major jumping off point for the Galapagos Islands after Quito, this is a little city with a big heart. A sea port first and foremost, the city’s personality has been founded on that, and all the better it is for it too. Almost Caribbean in feeling, the clement climate coupled with the intermingling rhythms floating from the windows and abundance of fresh seafood make this a very tropical destination. View more

Once not even considered by the travel books as a potential destination in its own right, the city has undergone something of a resurgence in the past few years. Proud Guayaquileños will not hestitate to point out the Malecón or the exciting new riverfront promenade, once a no-go area after dark, now happily (and hippily) lined with museums, restaurants, shops, and ongoing entertainment. The new airport and urban transportation network are also lauded to the happy tourists who find themselves here. As the largest and most populous city in Ecuador as well as being the commercial centre, it would only be natural that the city would have some kind of modern architecture, but it is the colourful favelas, or to use their real name guasmos, that cling to the side of the hillside like limpets that really catch your eye. A blend of old and new, the first inhabitants can be traced back to 1948 when the government cleared the area for affordable housing, these shanty towns are witness to the social and political particularities that Guayaquil has faced in the past.

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FORT LAUDERDALE (Florida) To GUAYAQUIL
  • Departure
    Oct 20 2020
  • Duration
    19 Days
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    Silver Explorer
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COLON To GUAYAQUIL
  • Departure
    Oct 31 2020
  • Duration
    8 Days
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    Silver Explorer
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FORT LAUDERDALE (Florida) To AUCKLAND
  • Departure
    Jan 07 2021
  • Duration
    36 Days
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    Silver Whisper
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FORT LAUDERDALE (Florida) To LIMA (Callao)
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    Jan 07 2021
  • Duration
    13 Days
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    Silver Whisper
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FORT LAUDERDALE (Florida) To LIMA (Callao)
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    Jan 07 2021
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    16 Days
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    Silver Moon
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SAN DIEGO (California) To LIMA (Callao)
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    Oct 10 2021
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Excursions in GUAYAQUIL

Arts & Crafts Of Guayaquil

Discover the local handicrafts and origins of the world-renowned Panama hat during this panoramic, half-day excursion to the traditional neighbourhoods of Guayaquil.


Guayaquil, Las Peñas Neighbourhood, Artists Galleries and Studios

Depart the pier for the refurbished historic areas of Las Peñas and Cerro Santa Ana, which represent the idealized version of a South American hillside village with their brightly-painted homes and cobblestone alleyways. Many well-known local artists live-and-work in this area to take advantage of the quaint atmosphere, beautiful views, and many cafés and restaurants. Upon arrival, take a short stroll through the Las Peñas neighbourhood, and visit the artisan's galleries and studios.


Mercado Artisanal Guayaquil, Free Time, Shopping, Handicrafts, Toquilla Hat Workshop

Next, re-board your coach and head to the colourful and vibrant arts and crafts market, Mercado Artisanal Guayaquil. Upon arrival, some free time is made available to browse the handicrafts available for sale.

Leaving the market, continue on to the Toquilla Hat Workshop. Made of the fibres from the toquilla palm, Toquilla (Panama) hats have been handwoven in Ecuador since 1630. In 1906, Theodore Roosevelt wore one of those hats whilst visiting the construction of the Panama Canal. That photo travelled the world, and, since then, 'Ecuadorian' hats have been called 'Panama' hats. The Panama hat has adorned many famous heads, including those of Ernest Hemmingway, Winston Churchill, Harry Truman, Paul Newman, and Alberto Santos Dumont, and more.


Panama Hat Production, Weaving & Packaging Processes, Free Time, Shopping

Upon arrival at the Toquilla Hat Workshop, take a guided walking tour of the facility. Along the way, observe the production and weaving processes involved in the making of a Panama hat, and how they are shaped, ironed and fitted with a traditional black band. Afterward, see how the hats are rolled and packaged in little balsawood boxes in preparation for sale. Following your tour, some free time is made available to take photos, and, if you wish, purchase a Panama hat directly from the producers. Renowned around the globe, Panama Hats are flexible, can be rolled or folded into a suitcase, and come in many different styles for men, women and children. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.

Cacao Hacienda Experience & Cocoa Liquor Tasting

Observe the production process of chocolate from seed-to-store during this fascinating, half-day excursion and tasting at a cacao plantation.


Guayaquil, Scenic Drive, Hacienda La Victoria

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to Hacienda La Victoria. Upon arrival, enjoy an interpretative experience at this authentic cacao plantation. Ecuador is home to what many consider to be the best cacao in the world. Until recently, almost all of this stellar crop was exported to Europe and the United States for processing, and labelled as 'Swiss' or 'Belgian' chocolate. A few years ago, however, a few Ecuadorian companies began processing cacao right here, rather than sending all the best beans out of the country. Slowly, this change is giving Ecuadorian chocolate the recognition it deserves.


Guided Plantation Tour, Nursery, Seed-Grafting, Post-Harvest Production

Upon arrival at the Hacienda La Victoria, your guided walking tour of the plantation begins at the nursery with a seed-grafting demonstration. Afterward, discover how to recognize the aroma of fine cocoa, as well as its importance to Ecuador and chocolatiers all over the world. Next, learn about cacao varieties, their flavours, uses, cultural and environmental significance, post-harvest production, and the status of cacao in the world.


Cocoa Liquor Tasting

Following your tour, proceed for a cocoa liquor tasting. This is a technical term for 100% cocoa paste, which is a semi-finished product and not chocolate yet. The tasting of cocoa liquor is a sensory experience that enables you to appreciate the natural flavours of cocoa in their purest forms before becoming chocolate. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.

Cacao Hacienda Tour, Workshop & Lunch

Learn about the production process of chocolate from bean-to-bar during this captivating, full-day cacao plantation excursion with a chocolate workshop and lunch.


Guayaquil, Scenic Drive, Hacienda La Victoria

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to Hacienda La Victoria for a unique interpretative experience at this authentic cacao plantation. Ecuador is home to what many consider to be the best cacao in the world. Until recently, almost all of this stellar crop was exported to Europe and the United States for processing and labelled as 'Swiss' or 'Belgian' chocolate. A few years ago, however, a few Ecuadorian companies began processing cacao right here, rather than sending all the best beans out of the country. Slowly, this change is giving Ecuadorian chocolate the recognition it deserves.


Guided Plantation Tour, Nursery, Seed-Grafting, Post-Harvest Production

Upon arrival at Hacienda La Victoria, your guided walking tour of the plantation begins with a visit to the nursery for a seed-grafting demonstration. Afterward, discover how to recognize the aroma of fine cocoa, as well as its importance to Ecuador and chocolatiers all over the world. Next, learn about cacao varieties, their flavours, uses, cultural and environmental significance, post-harvest production, and the status of cacao in the world.


Chocolate Workshop, Freshly-Made Chocolate Bar, Lunch

Following your tour, proceed for a chocolate workshop. During the workshop, learn about chocolate from bean-to-bar, along with the steps required to prepare premium chocolate. In addition, explore the history of cacao and interesting cultural data, and receive a freshly-made chocolate bar as a memento of your visit. Following the chocolate workshop, proceed for lunch served at the hacienda. After lunch, re-board your coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.

Equadorian Dinner & Cacao Live Cuisine

Experience the abundant beauty, flavours and Old World charm of Parque Historico during this bespoke, half-day dinner excursion.


Guayaquil, Parque Historico, Park, Historic, Pastel-Coloured Houses, Small Zoo

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to beautiful Parque Historico, a popular, scenic park surrounded by historic, pastel-coloured houses and featuring a small zoo. The Central Bank of Ecuador built the approximately 20-acre (about eight-hectare) Parque Historico in 1997 on the banks of the Guayas River as a theme park established for educational, cultural, environmental, recreational, and tourism purposes.


About Parque Historico

The park exhibits the history and culture of the old province of Guayaquil that emerged at the end of Colonial times, and the beginning of the Republican life of the country between the 19th and 20th centuries. The old province encompassed almost all of the Ecuadorian coast, including the existing provinces of Los Rios, El Oro and part of Manabi. The site also recreates the architecture, traditions, and urban and rural life of Guayaquil during those times, mixed with a beautiful, natural park filled with lush, diverse vegetation that forms different natural and wildlife areas with their respective flora and fauna.


Casa Julian, Traditional Ecuadorian Dinner, Cacao and Chocolate Dessert Prepared Tableside

Upon arrival at Parque Historico, proceed to your dinner venue, Casa Julian, for a delicious dinner of Ecuadorian fare accompanied by a magnificent view of the pier and Guayas River. After dinner, a special dessert with cacao and chocolate is prepared tableside for your enjoyment. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.

Historical Park of Guayaquil

Discover the history, wildlife, traditions and lifestyles of Ecuador during this picturesque, half-day excursion to the Historical Park of Guayaquil.


Guayaquil, Historical Park of Guayaquil, Guided Walking Tour

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to the Historical Park of Guayaquil, a must-see and iconic highlight of any visit to the city. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour of this thematic park, which has three zones; Wildlife, Historic Traditions and Urban.


Flora & Fauna, Coastal Farming Traditions & Lifestyles, Typical Hacienda, Modern Ecuador Exhibit

Along the way, observe flora and fauna unique to Guayaquil and Ecuador, the traditions and lifestyle of 19th- and 20th-century coastal farmers, a typical hacienda one would have found on the Ecuadorian coast, and an exhibit depicting modern Ecuador. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car with Driver & Guide (Full Day)

Explore Guayaquil 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.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car with Driver & Guide (Half Day)

Explore Guayaquil 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.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van with Driver & Guide (Full Day)

Explore Guayaquil 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.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van with Driver & Guide (Half Day)

Explore Guayaquil 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.

Treasures of Guayaquil

Discover the many historic, natural, architectural and cultural treasures of Guayaquil during this panoramic, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Guayaquil, Guayas River, 9 de Octubre Avenue, Bolivar Park, Iguanas, Malecon 2000

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to Guayaquil. Located on the banks of the Guayas River, Guayaquil is Ecuador's principal harbour and largest city. Upon arrival, your route passes along the architecturally-rich 9 de Octubre Avenue and locally-popular Centennial Park, a green area that honours the heroes of Guayaquil's Independence. Continue on to the unusual Bolivar Park, also known as the 'Park of the Iguanas'. A stop is made here to see the colourful iguanas roaming around the park undisturbed, and perched in the treetops. Afterward, head to the South Market in Malecon 2000, a modern, urban park. Visit the Integration Plaza, Artisans' Market, Union Club and the first fort of Guayaquil, where a statue of Jose Joaquin de Olmedo (the first mayor of Guayaquil) stands in front of the Guayas River.


Civic Plaza, Moorish Tower, City Hall, Rotonda Monument, Municipal Museum, Exhibits, Artefacts

Your drive continues through the Malecon Simon Bolivar to the Civic Plaza. Here, visit the Moorish Tower, City Hall and Rotonda Monument, then re-board your coach and transfer to the Municipal Museum of Guayaquil. Take a guided tour of the museum's well-preserved collection, which is comprised of more than 12,000 pieces. The museum also offers diverse archaeological exhibitions, with about 2,000 artefacts from the pre-Columbian cultures of the coast and sierra. Art collections and objects from the time of colonisation, including paintings, portraits, coins and medallions, among others, are also part of the museum's collection. All of them perfectly distributed among four rooms; Pre-Hispanic, Colonial, Religious Art and Numismatic.


Santa Ana Hill, Las Peñas Neighbourhood

Leaving the museum, re-board your coach and head north to Santa Ana Hill, home to Guayaquil's oldest neighbourhood, the Barrio of Las Peñas. Here, the homes have been beautifully restored with brightly-coloured paints and design details. This visually-stunning neighbourhood is also home to various local artists. Many residents of this area are 'old timers', and happy to engage in conversations about the history of the Barrio, thus offering guests a unique, first-hand insight into the society and customs in Guayaquil in bygone years. At the conclusion of your tour, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier.

Land programmes in GUAYAQUIL

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu

This Mid-Land programme is only available for In-Transit guests continuing on Voyage 3002.


Situated approximately 600 miles (about 1,000 kilometres) off the coast of Ecuador, the Galápagos Islands is a volcanic archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, and one of the most fascinating and remarkable destinations in the world. The Galapagos Islands is home to an incredibly vast array of endemic species and stirs the explorer within every visitor to this open-air wildlife museum. Charles Darwin visited in 1835, and his observation of Galápagos' species later inspired his theory of evolution. The 'Lost City of the Incas', Machu Picchu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the gateway to the ancient Incan Empire. It was recently declared one of the 'New Seven Wonders of the World' and is among the most beautiful and enigmatic sites on the planet. During this truly unforgettable, seven-night overland journey, explore the evolution and legacy of these uniquely beautiful and historic locales. Following a transfer from Guayaquil to Lima, fly to Galápagos, meet your guide and transfer to the Itabaca Channel. Take a ferry ride to Puerto Ayora, and a scenic drive past the diverse flora and fauna of the island. Next, visit the Santa Cruz highlands to observe the famous Galápagos land tortoises in their natural habitat. Afterwards, proceed for lunch at a local restaurant, then transfer to the Finch Bay Hotel for check-in. Following dinner, an overnight stay and breakfast at the hotel, days two and three of your journey to the Galápagos include a yachting, nature-trekking, and swimming and snorkelling adventure at your choice of one of four exotic locales; Bartolome Island, Seymour Island and Bachus Beach, Plazas Islands and Punta Carrion, or Santa Fe Island, with lunch served on board the boat. Bartolome Island offers a trek to its summit for spectacular panoramic views over neighbouring islands, Seymour Island offers bird-watching, a hike to a flamingo pond, and swimming and snorkelling at Bachus Beach. South Plaza Island offers a nature trek past sea lions and land iguanas, bird-watching and ocean views from the cliff, sail to Punta Carrion, and swimming and snorkelling among colourful fish and marine life. Santa Fe Island offers a scenic nature hike at Santa Fe to see its beautiful cove and endemic bird and reptile species, swimming and snorkelling with sea lions, and marvelling at the local tropical fish and marine life. After breakfast, check-out and a brief photo stop at the Twin Craters, head to the airport for your scheduled flight to Guayaquil. Upon arrival in Guayaquil, proceed for lunch at the Hilton Colon Hotel and a connecting flight to Lima. Upon arrival, walk to the Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel for check-in, dinner and an overnight stay. After breakfast, check-out and a walk from the hotel back to the airport for your scheduled flight to Cusco. Upon arrival, visit the splendid, Baroque-style Cusco Cathedral. After lunch, tour the massive ancient Incan citadel, Sacsayhuaman, which overlooks Cusco, and the ancient Incan citadel, Sacsayhuaman. Following your visit, transfer to the Monasterio Hotel for check-in and the rest of the afternoon at leisure. After dinner, an overnight stay and breakfast at the hotel, travel aboard the luxury train 'Hiram Bingham' to Machu Picchu, with lunch served en route. During a guided walking tour of this incredible ancient city, explore remarkably preserved palaces, baths, temples, storage rooms, and houses. Afterwards, commence transfer back to the train station for the return-ride to Rio Sagrado, with dinner served on board. Following an overnight stay, breakfast at the hotel and check-out, transfer to the airport for your scheduled flight to Lima. Upon arrival, depart for the scenic drive to Pisco, with a boxed lunch served en route. Upon arrival, your Mid-Voyage Land Adventure concludes on Day Four with a scenic transfer to the port of Pisco. Upon arrival at the pier, embark the ship.


Galápagos Islands & Machu Picchu

Duration: 7 Days/6 Nights

Departs from: Guayaquil

Re-join ship: Pisco

Reserve by: At least 90 days prior to sailing.


IMPORTANT NOTE

This Silver Shore Mid-Land Adventure is available only for guests continuing their voyage through to 3002. It requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than 90 days prior to the sail date. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis. Tickets are available in limited quantities, and participation cannot be guaranteed for those guests not booking well in advance. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme. 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. Cancellation fee, unless otherwise advised, 90 - 0 days prior to the initial sailing date: 100% of the programme fare per person is due.

Payment in full is due at time of final payment. Bookings made within 120 days of sailing require full payment within seven days of booking or sooner, as specified by Silversea.


VISA INFORMATION:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Peru and Ecuador. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain all appropriate visas before cruising.


LOCAL CURRENCY:

The local currency of Peru is the Peruvian Sol, and the local currency of Ecuador is the US Dollar; however, local ATMs are available in some locations visited, and credit cards are accepted in most larger shops and hotels (shopping stops are planned during the program).


Explore the evolution and legacy of the Galapagos Islands and Macchu Picchu, two of the most uniquely beautiful and historic locales on earth, during this unforgettable, six-night overland adventure.


DAY ONE - Sunday, February 2, 2020 - Guayaquil/Galápagos


Transfer to Guayaquil Airport, and a scheduled flight to Galápagos

After disembarking the ship in Guayaquil, Ecuador's principal harbour and largest city, meet your guide and depart for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to the Guayaquil Airport. Upon arrival, check-in for your scheduled, approximately two-hour flight to Galapagos.


Meet your guide, complete luggage and customs procedures, and transfer to the Itabaca Channel

Upon arrival at Baltra Airport, your Galapagos naturalist guide welcomes your arrival, assists you with luggage and customs procedures, and escorts you to your awaiting public bus for the drive to the Itabaca Channel, which separates Baltra Island from Santa Cruz.


Take a ferry-ride to Puerto Ayora, and a scenic drive past the diverse flora and fauna of the island

Upon arrival at the Itabaca Channel, embark a public ferry for the short transfer across the azure waters of the channel, then board a private coach for the transfer to Puerto Ayora on the other side of the island. En route, pass through the rural areas of the island. Marvel at the lush, diverse flora and fauna of the Galápagos Archipelago, and look for the finches that are famous for being the basis of Darwin's Theory of Evolution.


Visit the Santa Cruz highlands, and see the famous Galápagos land tortoises in the natural habitat

A stop is made in the Santa Cruz highlands for an unique opportunity to observe the famous Galápagos land tortoises in their natural environment and learn how the private ranches aid to protect these special animals. Hear their sounds they make whilst eating the leaves of the trees, or crashing through the undergrowth. Tortoises of all different ages and sizes gather here; small young ones with shining carapaces, and older ones which are a little bit more laggard and have cracked shells; evidence of a long life. Following your visit, proceed for lunch at a local restaurant in the highlands.


Hotel transfer, check-in and free time at leisure

After lunch, transfer to your hotel for check-in and the remainder of the afternoon at your leisure. You can sunbathe by the shimmering pool, take a stroll on the white-sand, the coral beach in front of the hotel or enjoy a relaxing respite on a hammock.


Dinner is at the hotel.


Overnight accommodations in a Finch Bay Room at the Finch Bay Hotel - Puerto Ayora


DAY TWO - Monday, February 3, 2020 - Galapagos


Today, explore the Galápagos with a full-day yachting adventure to one of four exotic locales; Bartolome Island, Seymour Island and Bachas Beach, Plazas Islands and Punta Carrion, or Santa Fe Island.


BARTOLOME ISLAND

Early-morning wake-up call, transfer to the Itabaca Channel and a yacht-ride to Bartolome

After an early wake-up call, meet your guide and depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to the Itabaca Channel. Upon arrival, embark your awaiting yacht and set sail for a day in paradise with beautiful, white-sand beaches, breath-taking panoramic views, crystal-clear water, diverse flora and fauna, and endemic wildlife.


Enjoy breakfast served on board the boat, and look for dolphins and marine life

During the scenic, approximately two-hour boat-ride to Bartolome, breakfast is served whilst watching the sunrise at sea. Along the way, look for dolphins and other marine residents swimming very close to the boat in the early hours of the morning.


Ascend the steps to the summit of Bartolome, and take in splendid views over neighbouring islands

Upon arrival in Bartolome, disembark the yacht and ascend approximately 300 steps leading up through the moon-like landscape to the highest point of the island. From here, you are rewarded with amazing panoramic views over the islands of Santiago, North Seymour, Baltra, Santa Cruz, Rábida, and Chinese Hat, as well as the locally-renowned Pinnacle Rock, the remnants of an ancient volcano. The rock is home to a large number of sea birds and the most photographed landscape in the Galapagos Islands.


Dinghy-Ride to Sullivan Bay for swimming and/or snorkelling, and searching the rocks for penguins

After changing clothes for the beach visit, embark a dinghy for the short ride to Sullivan Bay. Upon arrival, you can go swimming and snorkelling with your guide in search of Galapagos penguins, sharks, starfish, rays, sea turtles, and other exotic and colourful fish.


Enjoy swimming, snorkelling and/or searching among the rocks for the Galápagos penguins

Those who don't wish to snorkel may stay on the dinghy to go search among the rocks for the diminutive Galapagos penguin; look for them standing on the cliff, or shooting like a bullet through the clear waters. In addition, you may see other diverse native denizens such as marine iguanas, sea lions, pelicans and more. Back at the beach after snorkelling or the dinghy-ride, some free time is made available for swimming, sunbathing and relaxing.


Enjoy lunch served on board, and a late-afternoon ride back to the hotel

Following your Bartolome Island adventure, lunch is served on the boat. In the late-afternoon, commence the return-ride back to the hotel.


Dinner is at the hotel.


Overnight accommodations in a Finch Bay Room at the Finch Bay Hotel - Puerto Ayora


SEYMOUR ISLAND AND BACHAS BEACH

Breakfast, a transfer to the Itabaca Channel and yacht-ride to Seymour Island

After breakfast at the hotel, depart the pier at approximately 8 a.m. for the scenic, approximately 45-minute transfer to the Itabaca Channel. Upon arrival, embark your awaiting yacht and set sail for Seymour Island. During the approximately one-hour navigation to Seymour Island, observe the slow awakening of the Galápagos Archipelago as the day begins.


Seymour Island, Bird-Watching

Upon arrival at Seymour Island, disembark via dinghy onto the rocky coast near a small forest consisting of grey and silver palo santo (holy stick) trees, which are bare for most of the year. Seymour Island is famous for its large colonies of birds. The unique male frigate birds, with their inflated red pouches, attract females during the breeding season, and the famous Galápagos blue-footed boobies can be observed as well. These seabirds have a wedge-shaped tail and long, pointed wings. For courtship, the males lift first one, then the other, blue foot into the air and dance to impress the female. Other highlights of this excursion include a beach with small cliffs, seagulls, and numerous sea lions, marine iguanas and pelicans; most only an arm's length away.


Lunch on board the yacht, hike to a flamingo pond, and swimming and snorkelling at Bachus Beach

Your freshly-cooked lunch consists of two courses and is served on board the yacht. During siesta time, the yacht navigates to Bachas Beach along the northern coast of Santa Cruz Island. Upon arrival, take a short hike to the flamingo pond just behind the beach. Afterwards, proceed on-foot to an idyllic, isolated, white-sand beach for guided swimming and snorkelling, where sea lions, rays, sea turtles and tropical fish may join you during this underwater experience.


Tender back to the yacht, a return-ride through the Itabaca Channel, hotel transfer and free time

At the conclusion of your visit, embark the dinghy and return to the yacht for the approximately 45-minute ride through the Itabaca Channel. Upon returning to the yacht slip, disembark the vessel, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the hotel, where some free time is made available to freshen-up before dinner.


Dinner is at the hotel.


Overnight accommodations in a Finch Bay Room at the Finch Bay Hotel - Puerto Ayora


PLAZAS AND PUNTA CARRION

Breakfast, a transfer to the Itabaca Channel and yacht-ride to South Plaza Island

After an early wake-up call, meet your guide and depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to the Itabaca Channel. Upon arrival, embark your awaiting yacht and set sail for South Plaza Island. The island welcomes you with a bright, colourful red and green carpet of sesuvio, an endemic plant spread over the island, as well as the loud, friendly barking of several sea lion families which have settled down on the shore of the channel between North and South Plaza Islands, where your yacht anchors. The turquoise water of the ocean juxtaposes perfectly with the white-sand beaches and the black lava rocks of the coast.


Nature trek past sea lions and land iguanas, and bird-watching and ocean views from the cliff

After disembarking the boat, take an easy, guided hike along a trail that passes by relaxing sea lions and land iguanas, which can be found on most parts of the island. The trail leads to the highest cliff, where swallow-tailed gulls cross the air screaming, and a near-vertical wall plunges towards the shore. At the same time, tropical birds, blue-footed boobies and other marine frigate birds glide gently in the wind and offer wonderful photo and viewing opportunities. Binoculars are suggested for an extraordinary, close-up view of these animals, as well as other marine life. The view from this highest point over the ocean, and the powerful waves breaking at the foot of the cliffs is an unforgettable experience.


Sail to Punta Carrion, lunch on board the yacht and swimming/snorkelling among colourful fish

Next, embark your yacht and continue sailing on to Punta Carrion, where lunch is served on board the yacht. After lunch, some free time is made available at Punta Carrion, a great spot for swimming and snorkelling among rays, sharks and schools of colourful, tropical fish, or simply relaxing and sunbathing.


Tender back to the yacht, a return-ride through the Itabaca Channel and hotel transfer

At the conclusion of your visit, embark the dinghy and return to the yacht for the approximately 45-minute ride through the Itabaca Channel. Upon arrival back at the yacht slip, disembark the vessel, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier, and some free time to freshen-up before dinner.


Dinner is at the hotel.



Overnight accommodations in a Finch Bay Room at the Finch Bay Hotel - Puerto Ayora


SANTA FE ISLAND

Breakfast, a transfer to the Itabaca Channel and yacht-ride to South Plaza Island

After an early wake-up call, meet your guide and depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to the Itabaca Channel. Upon arrival, embark your awaiting yacht and set sail for South Plaza Island. The island welcomes you with a bright, colourful red and green carpet of sesuvio, an endemic plant spread over the island, as well as the loud, friendly barking of several sea lion families which have settled down on the shore of the channel between North and South Plaza Islands, where your yacht anchors. The turquoise water of the ocean juxtaposes perfectly with the white-sand beaches and the black lava rocks of the coast.

A scenic nature hike at Santa Fe to see its beautiful coves, and endemic bird and reptile species

Formed by uplifting, rather than by a volcano, Santa Fe is known for having one of the most beautiful coves in all the Galápagos. Some of the island's endemic species include the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snake, land iguanas, various types of finches, and the Galapagos mockingbird. The visit includes a hike on a trail past salt bushes, where Galápagos hawks and Santa Fe land iguanas tend to roam.


Swimming and snorkelling with sea lions, and marvelling at the local tropical fish and marine life

Following your nature trek, some free time is made available on the white-sand beach. Here, you can relax and unwind, and/or swim and snorkel in the crystal-clear waters; playful sea lions typically accompany swimmers and snorkelers during beach time.


Tender back to the yacht, a return-ride through the Itabaca Channel and hotel transfer

At the conclusion of your visit, embark the dinghy and return to the yacht for the approximately 45-minute ride through the Itabaca Channel. Upon arrival back at the yacht slip, disembark the vessel, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier, where some free time is made available to freshen-up before dinner.


Dinner is at the hotel.


Overnight accommodations in a Finch Bay Room at the Finch Bay Hotel - Puerto Ayora


Please note: Regardless of the destination selected, guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with boat or beach shoes, and bring sun protection, sunglasses with a strap, insect repellent, a backpack, camera, plastic bag to keep your camera or photographic equipment dry, binoculars, and a towel from the ship. If you wear glasses, it is recommended you bring contact lenses for swimming and snorkelling. All yachting adventures include lunch served onboard; due to the early-morning departure on the yachting adventure to Bartolome, breakfast and lunch are served on board.


DAY THREE - Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - Galápagos


Today, explore the Galápagos with a full-day yachting adventure to one of four exotic locales; Bartolome Island, Seymour Island and Bachus Beach, Plazas Islands and Punta Carrion, or Santa Fe Island.


Overnight accommodations in a Finch Bay Room at the Finch Bay Hotel - Puerto Ayora


BARTOLOME ISLAND

Early-morning wake-up call, transfer to the Itabaca Channel and a yacht-ride to Bartolome

After an early wake-up call, meet your guide and depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to the Itabaca Channel. Upon arrival, embark your awaiting yacht and set sail for a day in paradise with beautiful, white-sand beaches, breath-taking panoramic views, crystal-clear water, diverse flora and fauna, and endemic wildlife.




Enjoy breakfast served on board the boat, and look for dolphins and marine life

During the scenic, approximately two-hour boat-ride to Bartolome, breakfast is served whilst watching the sunrise at sea. Along the way, look for dolphins and other marine residents swimming very close to the boat in the early hours of the morning.


Ascend the steps to the summit of Bartolome, and take in splendid views over neighbouring islands

Upon arrival in Bartolome, disembark the yacht and ascend approximately 300 steps leading up through the moon-like landscape to the highest point of the island. From here, you are rewarded with amazing panoramic views over the islands of Santiago, North Seymour, Baltra, Santa Cruz, Rábida, and Chinese Hat, as well as the locally-renowned Pinnacle Rock, the remnants of an ancient volcano. The rock is home to a large number of sea birds, and the most photographed landscape in the Galapagos Islands.


Dinghy-Ride to Sullivan Bay for swimming and/or snorkelling, and searching the rocks for penguins

After changing clothes for the beach visit, embark a dinghy for the short ride to Sullivan Bay. Upon arrival, you can go swimming and snorkelling with your guide in search of Galapagos penguins, sharks, starfish, rays, sea turtles, and other exotic and colourful fish.


Enjoy swimming, snorkelling and/or searching among the rocks for the Galápagos penguins

Those who don't wish to snorkel may stay on the dinghy to go search among the rocks for the diminutive Galapagos penguin; look for them standing on the cliff, or shooting like a bullet through the clear waters. In addition, you may see other diverse native denizens such as marine iguanas, sea lions, pelicans and more. Back at the beach after snorkelling or the dinghy-ride, some free time is made available for swimming, sunbathing and relaxing.


Enjoy lunch served on board, and a late-afternoon ride back to the hotel

Following your Bartolome Island adventure, lunch is served on the boat. In the late-afternoon, commence the return-ride back to the hotel.


Dinner is at the hotel.


Overnight accommodations in a Finch Bay Room at the Finch Bay Hotel - Puerto Ayora


SEYMOUR ISLAND AND BACHAS BEACH

Breakfast, a transfer to the Itabaca Channel and yacht-ride to Seymour Island

After breakfast at the hotel, depart the pier at approximately 8 a.m. for the scenic, approximately 45-minute transfer to the Itabaca Channel. Upon arrival, embark your awaiting yacht and set sail for Seymour Island. During the approximately one-hour navigation to Seymour Island, observe the slow awakening of the Galápagos Archipelago as the day begins.


Seymour Island, Bird-Watching

Upon arrival at Seymour Island, disembark via dinghy onto the rocky coast near a small forest consisting of grey and silver palo santo (holy stick) trees, which are bare for most of the year. Seymour Island is famous for its large colonies of birds. The unique male frigate birds, with their inflated red pouches, attract females during the breeding season, and the famous Galápagos blue-footed boobies can be observed as well. These seabirds have a wedge-shaped tail and long, pointed wings. For courtship, the males lift first one, then the other, blue foot into the air and dance to impress the female. Other highlights of this excursion include a beach with small cliffs, seagulls, and numerous sea lions, marine iguanas and pelicans; most only an arm's length away.


Lunch on board the yacht, hike to a flamingo pond, and swimming and snorkelling at Bachus Beach

Your freshly-cooked lunch consists of two courses and is served on board the yacht. During siesta time, the yacht navigates to Bachas Beach along the northern coast of Santa Cruz Island. Upon arrival, take a short hike to the flamingo pond just behind the beach. Afterwards, proceed on-foot to an idyllic, isolated, white-sand beach for guided swimming and snorkelling, where sea lions, rays, sea turtles and tropical fish may join you during this underwater experience.


Tender back to the yacht, a return-ride through the Itabaca Channel, hotel transfer and free time

At the conclusion of your visit, embark the dinghy and return to the yacht for the approximately 45-minute ride through the Itabaca Channel. Upon returning to the yacht slip, disembark the vessel, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the hotel, where some free time is made available to freshen-up before dinner.


Dinner is at the hotel.


Overnight accommodations in a Finch Bay Room at the Finch Bay Hotel - Puerto Ayora


PLAZAS AND PUNTA CARRION

Breakfast, a transfer to the Itabaca Channel and yacht-ride to South Plaza Island

After an early wake-up call, meet your guide and depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to the Itabaca Channel. Upon arrival, embark your awaiting yacht and set sail for South Plaza Island. The island welcomes you with a bright, colourful red and green carpet of sesuvio, an endemic plant spread over the island, as well as the loud, friendly barking of several sea lion families which have settled down on the shore of the channel between North and South Plaza Islands, where your yacht anchors. The turquoise water of the ocean juxtaposes perfectly with the white-sand beaches and the black lava rocks of the coast.


Nature trek past sea lions and land iguanas, and bird-watching and ocean views from the cliff

After disembarking the boat, take an easy, guided hike along a trail that passes by relaxing sea lions and land iguanas, which can be found on most parts of the island. The trail leads to the highest cliff, where swallow-tailed gulls cross the air screaming, and a near-vertical wall plunges towards the shore. At the same time, tropical birds, blue-footed boobies and other marine frigate birds glide gently in the wind and offer wonderful photo and viewing opportunities. Binoculars are suggested for an extraordinary, close-up view of these animals, as well as other marine life. The view from this highest point over the ocean, and the powerful waves breaking at the foot of the cliffs is an unforgettable experience.


Sail to Punta Carrion, lunch on board the yacht and swimming/snorkelling among colourful fish

Next, embark your yacht and continue sailing on to Punta Carrion, where lunch is served on board the yacht. After lunch, some free time is made available at Punta Carrion, a great spot for swimming and snorkelling among rays, sharks and schools of colourful, tropical fish, or simply relaxing and sunbathing.


Tender back to the yacht, a return-ride through the Itabaca Channel and hotel transfer

At the conclusion of your visit, embark the dinghy and return to the yacht for the approximately 45-minute ride through the Itabaca Channel. Upon arrival back at the yacht slip, disembark the vessel, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier, and some free time to freshen-up before dinner.


Dinner is at the hotel.


Overnight accommodations in a Finch Bay Room at the Finch Bay Hotel - Puerto Ayora


SANTA FE ISLAND

Breakfast, a transfer to the Itabaca Channel and yacht-ride to South Plaza Island

After an early wake-up call, meet your guide and depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to the Itabaca Channel. Upon arrival, embark your awaiting yacht and set sail for South Plaza Island. The island welcomes you with a bright, colourful red and green carpet of sesuvio, an endemic plant spread over the island, as well as the loud, friendly barking of several sea lion families which have settled down on the shore of the channel between North and South Plaza Islands, where your yacht anchors. The turquoise water of the ocean juxtaposes perfectly with the white-sand beaches and the black lava rocks of the coast.

A scenic nature hike at Santa Fe to see its beautiful coves, and endemic bird and reptile species

Formed by uplifting, rather than by a volcano, Santa Fe is known for having one of the most beautiful coves in all the Galápagos. Some of the island's endemic species include the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snake, land iguanas, various types of finches, and the Galapagos mockingbird. The visit includes a hike on a trail past salt bushes, where Galápagos hawks and Santa Fe land iguanas tend to roam.


Swimming and snorkelling with sea lions, and marvelling at the local tropical fish and marine life

Following your nature trek, some free time is made available on the white-sand beach. Here, you can relax and unwind, and/or swim and snorkel in the crystal-clear waters; playful sea lions typically accompany swimmers and snorkelers during beach time.


Tender back to the yacht, a return-ride through the Itabaca Channel and hotel transfer

At the conclusion of your visit, embark the dinghy and return to the yacht for the approximately 45-minute ride through the Itabaca Channel. Upon arrival back at the yacht slip, disembark the vessel, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier, where some free time is made available to freshen-up before dinner.


Dinner is at the hotel.


Overnight accommodations in a Finch Bay Room at the Finch Bay Hotel - Puerto Ayora


Please note: Regardless of the destination selected, guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with boat or beach shoes, and bring sun protection, sunglasses with a strap, insect repellent, a backpack, camera, plastic bag to keep your camera or photographic equipment dry, binoculars, and a towel from the ship. If you wear glasses, it is recommended you bring contact lenses for swimming and snorkelling.


DAY FOUR - Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - Galápagos/Guayaquil/Lima


Breakfast at the hotel, check-out, an airport transfer and a photo stop at the Twin Craters en route

After breakfast at the hotel, check-out, meet your guide and transfer to the airport, with a photo stop at the Twin Craters en route.


Scheduled flight to Guayaquil, lunch at the Hilton Colon Hotel and a connecting flight to Lima

Upon arrival at the airport, check-in for your scheduled, approximately two-hour flight to Guayaquil. Upon arrival, meet your guide and transfer for lunch at the Hilton Colon Hotel. After lunch, transfer back to the airport for your scheduled, approximately two-hour connecting flight to Lima.


Upon arrival in Lima, walk from the airport to your hotel for check-in

Upon arrival in Lima, meet your guide and walk from the airport to the Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel for check-in.


Dinner is at the hotel.


Overnight accommodations in a Standard Room at the Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel - Lima

DAY FIVE - Thursday, February 6, 2020 - Lima/Cusco


Breakfast, check-out and a walk from the hotel back to the airport for your scheduled flight to Cusco

After breakfast at the hotel and check-out, meet your guide and walk back to the airport for your scheduled, 1.5-hour flight to Cusco.


Guided tour of the splendid, Baroque-style Cusco Cathedral and lunch at a local restaurant

Upon arrival at the Cusco Airport, meet your guide and transfer to the splendid, Baroque-style Cusco Cathedral, built in the mid-1500s on the foundations of an Incan palace. Many of the stones used in its construction were looted from the nearby Sacsayhuaman Fortress. Following your visit, proceed for lunch at a local restaurant.


Visit the sacred site of Koricancha, with its lovely Dominican Convent of Santo Domingo

After lunch at a local restaurant, continue on to the sacred site of Koricancha. Here, admire the lovely Dominican Convent of Santo Domingo, which was built on the foundations of the Temple of the Sun, the most exquisite temple in the Incan Empire. The curved, mortar-less masonry wall at the west end of the church is considered to be one of the greatest existing examples of Incan stonework.


Guided tour of the ancient Incan citadel, Sacsayhuaman

Next, re-board your coach and drive up to the Sacsayhuaman Fortress. Strategically located on a hill overlooking Cusco, Sacsayhuaman was constructed without mortar, like many other Incan structures. Yet the enormous stones of the remaining walls, some weighing approximately 200 tons (about 181 metric tons), fit so tightly that not even a thin knife blade can slide between them. This craftsmanship is a stunning example of Incan's sophisticated construction techniques and architectural skills.


Hotel transfer, check-in and some free time

Following your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 15-minute transfer back to the hotel for check-in, and some free time to freshen-up before dinner.


Dinner is at the hotel.


Overnight accommodations in a Deluxe Room at the Monasterio Hotel - Cusco


DAY SIX - Friday, February 7, 2020 - Cusco/Machu Picchu/Cusco


Breakfast, a panoramic ride aboard a deluxe train for lunch and panoramic ride to Macchu Picchu

After breakfast at the hotel, meet your guide and depart for the short ride to the Rio Sagrado Train Station. Upon arrival, board the Hiram Bingham, the deluxe train named after the man who discovered Machu Picchu in 1944. During the journey, enjoy brunch on board whilst taking in the spectacular Andean scenery.


Transfer to Macchu Picchu, and a guided walking tour of this incredible ancient city

Upon arrival at the Aguas Calientes Train Station, transfer to Macchu Picchu, one of South America's most spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The highlight of your day is experiencing the timeless wonder and grandeur of this 'Lost City of the Incas'. Your guided walking tour explores the terraces and aqueducts leading to the Temple of the Three Windows. Here, see the sun's rays pass through the temple to light the Sacred Plaza and visit the curious stone block believed to be a solar clock.


Explore remarkably preserved palaces, baths, temples, storage rooms, and some 150 houses

Whilst exploring this Incan retreat perched between Huayna Picchu (Young Peak) and Machu Picchu (Old Peak), it is easy to be moved by the wonder of this magnificent ancient wonder. Perched approximately 2,000 feet (about 610 metres) above the rumbling Urubamba River, it contains misty palaces, baths, temples, storage rooms, and some 150 houses, all in a remarkable state of preservation. Carved from the granite of the mountain top, many of the building blocks weigh 50 tons (about 45 metric tons) or more, yet are so precisely sculpted and fitted that the mortar-less joints won't permit the insertion of even a thin knife-blade.


Transfer back to the train station and a return-ride to Rio Sagrado, with dinner served on board

Following your tour of Macchu Picchu, transfer back to the Aguas Calientes Train Station and re-board the Hiram Bingham train for the return-ride to Rio Sagrado, with dinner served on board. Upon arrival at the Rio Sagrado Train Station, transfer back to the hotel.


Overnight accommodations in a Deluxe Room at the Monasterio Hotel - Cusco


DAY SEVEN - Saturday, February 8, 2020 - Cusco/Lima/Pisco


Breakfast, check-out, an airport transfer and a scheduled flight to Lima

After breakfast at the hotel and check-out, meet your guide, transfer to Cusco Airport and check-in for your scheduled, approximately 1.5-hour flight to Lima.

Scenic drive to Pisco with a boxed lunch served en route, and a transfer to the pier and ship

Upon arrival in Lima, meet your guide and depart for the scenic, approximately five-hour drive to Pisco, with a boxed lunch served en route. Upon arrival in Pisco, transfer to the pier and embark the ship.

Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking for approximately five miles (about eight kilometres), at times over uneven, rough, rocky, slippery, volcanic, and natural surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coaches and buses, board/de-board the aeroplane and train, embark/disembark the yacht, ferry and dingy, and 600 steps at the sites visited. This tour is recommended for active guests in good physical condition. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guests with back and/or neck problems, guests with heart and/or respiratory conditions, guests prone to motion sickness, guests with a fear of heights, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable and fast-drying cotton clothing (long-and-short-sleeved shirts, shorts, with flat, non-slip, and closed-toe walking shoes or sneakers, and bring sun protection, sunglasses with a strap, insect repellent, a light sweater or windbreaker, raingear, a swimsuit, small backpack for land visits (for cameras, bottled water, etc.), camera, plastic bag to keep your camera or photographic equipment dry, medications, binoculars, and local currency for purchases from the ship. If you wear glasses, it is recommended you bring contact lenses for swimming and snorkelling. Guests must carry their passports and ship's ID at all times. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. Although frequently encountered on this type of tour, wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. The tour sequence and itinerary may vary. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.


Airlines restrict baggage to one bag at approximately 50 pounds (about 23 kilograms) per person; hand-luggage cannot exceed 17 pounds (about eight kilograms) in weight, and smaller aircraft may be utilised (at the discretion of the airline). Additional bags can be checked in at the service desk, and the fee is payable at the check-in counter at the time of booking. The current price is US$ 30.00 per the first additional bag on Galapagos flight and US$ 60.00 per the first additional bag on the international Lima flight. For flight Lima/Cusco/Lima the current price is $ 30.00 per the first additional bag. Prices will increase from the 2nd additional bag.


Programme Includes:

  • Three-night stay in a Finch Bay Room at the Finch Bay Hotel - Puerto Ayora
  • One-night stay in a Standard Rom at the Wyndham Costa del Sol Lima Airport Hotel - Lima
  • Two-night stay in a Deluxe Room at the Monasterio Hotel - Cusco
  • Scheduled, Economy-Class flights: Guayaquil/Galápagos/Guayaquil/Lima/Cusco/Lima. Business-Class is available upon request at an additional charge and subject to availability, as most aircraft do not offer business seating.

Six breakfasts, seven lunches (boxed-lunch on Day Seven) and six dinners, with drinks included

  • Ferry-ride from Baltra Island to Santa Cruz via the Itabaca Channel
  • Observe the famous Galápagos land tortoises in the natural habitat
  • Lunch at a local restaurant in the Santa Cruz highlands
  • Days two and three: select one per day from your choice of four, full-day yachting, nature-trekking, and swimming and snorkelling excursion at one of the following destinations: Bartolome Island, Seymour Island and Bachus Beach, South Plaza Island and Punta Carrion, or Santa Fe Island
  • Lunch served on board the yacht - days two and three
  • Flora and fauna, reptiles, wildlife, fish, and marine life of the Galápagos
  • Photo stop at the Twin Craters
  • Lunch at the Hilton Colon Hotel - Guayaquil
  • Lunch at a local restaurant - Cusco
  • Panoramic, round-trip train-ride to Machu Picchu aboard the Hiram Bingham deluxe train
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • 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 within 90 days of sailing. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older. All Land Adventures are owned by independent contractors and Silversea makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for the services provided by these operators. Land Adventures may be modified by the operators at their sole discretion

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Galapagos Getaway

The Galápagos Islands is a volcanic archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, situated approximately 600 miles (about 1,000 kilometres) off the coast of Ecuador. One of the most fascinating and remarkable destinations in the world, the Galapagos Islands is home to an incredibly vast array of endemic species and stir the explorer within every visitor to this open-air wildlife museum. Charles Darwin visited in 1835, and his observation of Galápagos' species later inspired his theory of evolution. During this unforgettable, three-night overland adventure, experience the pristine natural beauty and rich biodiversity of the Galápagos Islands from above-and-below sea level. Following a transfer from Guayaquil to Lima, fly to Galápagos, meet your guide and transfer to the Itabaca Channel. Take a ferry-ride to Puerto Ayora, and a scenic drive past the diverse flora and fauna of the island. Visit the Santa Cruz highlands to observe the famous Galápagos land tortoises in their natural habitat and explore volcanic tunnels, then proceed for lunch at a local restaurant. Next, stop by the Charles Darwin Search Station to learn about, and view, the plant life of the Galápagos. Following dinner, an overnight stay and breakfast at the Galápagos Habitat in Puerto Ayora, days two and three of your journey to the Galápagos include a yachting, nature-trekking, and swimming and snorkelling adventure at your choice of one of four exotic locales; Bartolome Island, Seymour Island and Bachus Beach, Plazas Islands and Punta Carrion, or Santa Fe Island, with lunch served on board the boat. Bartolome Island offers a trek to its summit for spectacular panoramic views over neighbouring islands, Seymour Island offers bird-watching, a hike to a flamingo pond, and swimming and snorkelling at Bachus Beach. South Plaza Island offers a nature trek past sea lions and land iguanas, bird-watching and ocean views from the cliff, a sail to Punta Carrion, and swimming and snorkelling among colourful fish and marine life. Santa Fe Island offers a scenic nature hike at Santa Fe to see its beautiful cove and endemic bird and reptile species, swimming and snorkelling with sea lions, and marvelling at the local tropical fish and marine life. After breakfast, check-out and a brief photo stop at the Twin Craters, head to the airport for your scheduled flight to Lima via Guayaquil. Upon arrival, your Mid-Voyage Land Adventure concludes on Day Four with a scenic transfer to the port of Callao. Upon arrival at the pier, embark the ship.


Galápagos Getaway

Duration: 4 Days/3 Nights

Departs from: Guayaquil

Re-join ship: Callao

Reserve by: At least 90 days prior to sailing.


IMPORTANT NOTE:

This Silver Shore Mid-Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than 90 days prior to the sail date. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis. Tickets are available in limited quantities, and participation cannot be guaranteed for those guests not booking well in advance. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme. 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. Cancellation fee, unless otherwise advised, 90 - 0 days prior to the initial sailing date: 100% of the programme fare per person is due.


Payment in full is due at time of final payment. Bookings made within 120 days of sailing require full payment within seven days of booking or sooner, as specified by Silversea.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change, and not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable, and non-refundable, within 90 days of sailing. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older. All Land Adventures are owned by independent contractors, and Silversea makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for the services provided by these operators. Land Adventures may be modified by the operators at their sole discretion.


VISA INFORMATION:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Ecuador. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain all appropriate visas before cruising.


LOCAL CURRENCY:

The local currency of Ecuador is the US Dollar; however, local ATMs are available in some locations visited, and credit cards are accepted in most larger shops and hotels (shopping stops are planned during the program).


Experience the pristine natural beauty and rich biodiversity of the Galapagos Islands from above-and-below sea level during this unforgettable, three-night overland adventure.


DAY ONE - Sunday, February 2, 2020 - Guayaquil/Galápagos


Transfer to Guayaquil Airport, and a scheduled flight to Galápagos

After disembarking the ship in Guayaquil, Ecuador's principal harbour and largest city, meet your guide and depart for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive to the Guayaquil Airport. Upon arrival, check-in for your scheduled, approximately two-hour flight to Galapagos.


Meet your guide, complete luggage and customs procedures, and transfer to the Itabaca Channel

Upon arrival at Baltra Airport, your Galapagos naturalist guide welcomes your arrival, assists you with luggage and customs procedures, and escorts you to your awaiting public bus for the drive to the Itabaca Channel, which separates Baltra Island from Santa Cruz.


Take a ferry-ride to Puerto Ayora, and a scenic drive past the diverse flora and fauna of the island

Upon arrival at the Itabaca Channel, embark a public ferry for the short transfer across the azure waters of the channel, then board a private coach for the transfer to Puerto Ayora on the other side of the island. En route, pass through the rural areas of the island. Marvel at the lush, diverse flora and fauna of the Galápagos Archipelago, and look for the finches that are famous for being the basis of Darwin's Theory of Evolution.


Visit the Santa Cruz highlands, and see the famous Galápagos land tortoises in the natural habitat

A stop is made in the Santa Cruz highlands for an unique opportunity to observe the famous Galápagos land tortoises in their natural environment, and learn how the private ranches aid to protect these special animals. Hear their sounds they make whilst eating the leaves of the trees, or crashing through the undergrowth. Tortoises of all different ages and sizes gather here; small young ones with shining carapaces, and older ones which are a little bit more laggard and have cracked shells; evidence of a long life.


Explore volcanic lava tunnels, then proceed for lunch at a local restaurant in the highlands

Whilst seeking the giant tortoises, your guide shares the story of the evolution of the lava tunnels located at this area. Formed by the lava floods of the volcanoes, they range from the highlands down to the sea level, and the roof is collapsed in several spots. Nevertheless, a large section is intact and gives the ability to explore until the tunnel gets too small to pass, leaving one to wonder what undiscovered mysteries lay beyond. Following your visit, proceed for lunch at a local restaurant in the highlands.


Learn about, and view, the plant life of the Galápagos at the Charles Darwin Search Station

After lunch, transfer to the Charles Darwin Search Station, a research facility housing an extensive collection of preserved specimens of Galápagos plant life. The mission of the Charles Darwin Foundation and its Research Station is to provide knowledge and assistance through scientific research and complementary action, to ensure the conservation of the environment and biodiversity in the Galápagos Archipelago.


Hotel transfer, check-in and free time at leisure

At the conclusion of your visit, transfer to your hotel for check-in and the remainder of the afternoon at your leisure.


Dinner is at the hotel.


Overnight accommodations in a Superior or Suite Room at the Galápagos Habitat- Puerto Ayora



DAY TWO - Monday, February 3, 2020 - Galapagos


Today, explore the Galápagos with a full-day yachting adventure to one of four exotic locales; Bartolome Island, Seymour Island and Bachus Beach, Plazas Islands and Punta Carrion, or Santa Fe Island. Please Note: The visitor sites are determined by the Galapagos National Park. Guests cannot select which island or islet will visit. It depends on the day of the week and the boat assigned for the daily tour.



BARTOLOME ISLAND

Early-morning wake-up call, transfer to the Itabaca Channel and a yacht-ride to Bartolome

After an early wake-up call, meet your guide and depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to the Itabaca Channel. Upon arrival, embark your awaiting yacht and set sail for a day in paradise with beautiful, white-sand beaches, breath-taking panoramic views, crystal-clear water, diverse flora and fauna, and endemic wildlife.


Enjoy breakfast served on board the boat, and look for dolphins and marine life

During the scenic, approximately two-hour boat-ride to Bartolome, breakfast is served whilst watching the sunrise at sea. Along the way, look for dolphins and other marine residents swimming very close to the boat in the early hours of the morning.


Ascend the steps to the summit of Bartolome, and take in splendid views over neighbouring islands

Upon arrival in Bartolome, disembark the yacht and ascend approximately 300 steps leading up through the moon-like landscape to the highest point of the island. From here, you are rewarded with amazing panoramic views over the islands of Santiago, North Seymour, Baltra, Santa Cruz, Rábida, and Chinese Hat, as well as the locally-renowned Pinnacle Rock, the remnants of an ancient volcano. The rock is home to a large quantity of sea birds, and the most photographed landscape in the Galapagos Islands.


Dinghy-Ride to Sullivan Bay for swimming and/or snorkelling, and searching the rocks for penguins

After changing clothes for the beach visit, embark a dinghy for the short ride to Sullivan Bay. Upon arrival, you can go swimming and snorkelling with your guide in search of Galapagos penguins, sharks, starfish, rays, sea turtles, and other exotic and colourful fish.


Enjoy swimming, snorkelling and/or searching among the rocks for the Galápagos penguins

Those who don't wish to snorkel may stay on the dinghy to go search among the rocks for the diminutive Galapagos penguin; look for them standing on the cliff, or shooting like a bullet through the clear waters. In addition, you may see other diverse native denizens such as marine iguanas, sea lions, pelicans and more. Back at the beach after snorkelling or the dinghy-ride, some free time is made available for swimming, sunbathing and relaxing.


Enjoy lunch served on board, and a late-afternoon ride back to the hotel

Following your Bartolome Island adventure, lunch is served on the boat. In the late-afternoon, commence the return-ride back to the hotel.


Dinner is at the hotel.


Overnight accommodations in a (insert type of room) Room at the Galápagos Habitat- Puerto Ayora


SEYMOUR ISLAND AND BACHAS BEACH

Breakfast, a transfer to the Itabaca Channel and yacht-ride to Seymour Island

After breakfast at the hotel, depart the pier at approximately 8 a.m. for the scenic, approximately 45-minute transfer to the Itabaca Channel. Upon arrival, embark your awaiting yacht and set sail for Seymour Island. During the approximately one-hour navigation to Seymour Island, observe the slow awakening of the Galápagos Archipelago as the day begins.


Seymour Island, Bird-Watching

Upon arrival at Seymour Island, disembark via dinghy onto the rocky coast near a small forest consisting of grey and silver palo santo (holy stick) trees, which are bare for most of the year. Seymour Island is famous for its large colonies of birds. The unique male frigate birds, with their inflated red pouches, attract females during breeding season, and the famous Galápagos blue-footed boobies can be observed as well. These seabirds have a wedge-shaped tail and long, pointed wings. For courtship, the males lift first one, then the other, blue foot into the air and dance to impress the female. Other highlights of this excursion include a beach with small cliffs, seagulls, and numerous sea lions, marine iguanas and pelicans; most only an arm's length away.


Lunch on board the yacht, hike to a flamingo pond, and swimming and snorkelling at Bachus Beach

Your freshly-cooked lunch consists of two courses, and is served on board the yacht. During siesta time, the yacht navigates to Bachas Beach along the northern coast of Santa Cruz Island. Upon arrival, take a short hike to the flamingo pond just behind the beach. Afterward, proceed on-foot to an idyllic, isolated, white-sand beach for guided swimming and snorkelling, where sea lions, rays, sea turtles and tropical fish may join you during this underwater experience.


Tender back to the yacht, a return-ride through the Itabaca Channel, hotel transfer and free time

At the conclusion of your visit, embark the dinghy and return to the yacht for the approximately 45-minute ride through the Itabaca Channel. Upon returning to the yacht slip, disembark the vessel, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the hotel, where some free time is made available to freshen-up before dinner.


Dinner is at the hotel.


Overnight accommodations in a Superior or Suite Room at the Galápagos Habitat- Puerto Ayora


PLAZAS AND PUNTA CARRION

Breakfast, a transfer to the Itabaca Channel and yacht-ride to South Plaza Island

After an early wake-up call, meet your guide and depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to the Itabaca Channel. Upon arrival, embark your awaiting yacht and set sail for South Plaza Island. The island welcomes you with a bright, colourful red and green carpet of sesuvio, an endemic plant spread over the island, as well as the loud, friendly barking of several sea lion families which have settled down on the shore of the channel between North and South Plaza Islands, where your yacht anchors. The turquoise water of the ocean juxtaposes perfectly with the white-sand beaches and the black lava rocks of the coast.


Nature trek past sea lions and land iguanas, and bird-watching and ocean views from the cliff

After disembarking the boat, take an easy, guided hike along a trail that passes by relaxing sea lions and land iguanas, which can be found on most parts of the island. The trail leads to the highest cliff, where swallow-tailed gulls cross the air screaming, and a near-vertical wall plunges towards the shore. At the same time, tropical birds, blue-footed boobies and other marine frigate birds glide gently in the wind, and offer wonderful photo and viewing opportunities. Binoculars are suggested for an extraordinary, close-up view of these animals, as well as other marine life. The view from this highest point over the ocean, and the powerful waves breaking at the foot of the cliffs, is an unforgettable experience.


Sail to Punta Carrion, lunch on board the yacht and swimming/snorkelling among colourful fish

Next, embark your yacht and continue sailing on to Punta Carrion, where lunch is served on board the yacht. After lunch, some free time is made available at Punta Carrion, a great spot for swimming and snorkelling among rays, sharks and schools of colourful, tropical fish, or simply relaxing and sunbathing.


Tender back to the yacht, a return-ride through the Itabaca Channel and hotel transfer

At the conclusion of your visit, embark the dinghy and return to the yacht for the approximately 45-minute ride through the Itabaca Channel. Upon arrival back at the yacht slip, disembark the vessel, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier, and some free time to freshen-up before dinner.


Dinner is at the hotel.


Overnight accommodations in a Superior or Suite Room at the Galápagos Habitat- Puerto Ayora


SANTA FE ISLAND

Breakfast, a transfer to the Itabaca Channel and yacht-ride to South Plaza Island

After an early wake-up call, meet your guide and depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to the Itabaca Channel. Upon arrival, embark your awaiting yacht and set sail for South Plaza Island. The island welcomes you with a bright, colourful red and green carpet of sesuvio, an endemic plant spread over the island, as well as the loud, friendly barking of several sea lion families which have settled down on the shore of the channel between North and South Plaza Islands, where your yacht anchors. The turquoise water of the ocean juxtaposes perfectly with the white-sand beaches and the black lava rocks of the coast.

A scenic nature hike at Santa Fe to see its beautiful coves, and endemic bird and reptile species

Formed by uplifting, rather than by a volcano, Santa Fe is known for having one of the most beautiful coves in all the Galápagos. Some of the island's endemic species include the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snake, land iguanas, various types of finches, and the Galapagos mockingbird. The visit includes a hike on a trail past salt bushes, where Galápagos hawks and Santa Fe land iguanas tend to roam.


Swimming and snorkelling with sea lions, and marvelling at the local tropical fish and marine life

Following your nature trek, some free time is made available on the white-sand beach. Here, you can relax and unwind, and/or swim and snorkel in the crystal-clear waters; playful sea lions typically accompany swimmers and snorkelers during beach time.


Tender back to the yacht, a return-ride through the Itabaca Channel and hotel transfer

At the conclusion of your visit, embark the dinghy and return to the yacht for the approximately 45-minute ride through the Itabaca Channel. Upon arrival back at the yacht slip, disembark the vessel, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier, where some free time is made available to freshen-up before dinner.


Dinner is at the hotel.


Overnight accommodations in a Superior or Suite Room at the Galápagos Habitat - Puerto Ayora


Please note: Regardless of the destination selected, guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with boat or beach shoes, and bring sun protection, sunglasses with a strap, insect repellent, a backpack, camera, plastic bag to keep your camera or photographic equipment dry, binoculars, and a towel from the ship. If you wear glasses, it is recommended you bring contact lenses for swimming and snorkelling. All yachting adventures include lunch served on-board; due to the early-morning departure on the yachting adventure to Bartolome, breakfast and lunch are served on board.


DAY THREE - Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - Galápagos


Today, explore the Galápagos with a full-day yachting adventure to one of four exotic locales; Bartolome Island, Seymour Island and Bachus Beach, Plazas Islands and Punta Carrion, or Santa Fe Island. Please Note: The visitor sites are determined by the Galapagos National Park. Guests cannot select which island or islet will visit. It depends on the day of the week and the boat assigned for the daily tour.



BARTOLOME ISLAND

Early-morning wake-up call, transfer to the Itabaca Channel and a yacht-ride to Bartolome

After an early wake-up call, meet your guide and depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to the Itabaca Channel. Upon arrival, embark your awaiting yacht and set sail for a day in paradise with beautiful, white-sand beaches, breath-taking panoramic views, crystal-clear water, diverse flora and fauna, and endemic wildlife.


Enjoy breakfast served on board the boat, and look for dolphins and marine life

During the scenic, approximately two-hour boat-ride to Bartolome, breakfast is served whilst watching the sunrise at sea. Along the way, look for dolphins and other marine residents swimming very close to the boat in the early hours of the morning.


Ascend the steps to the summit of Bartolome, and take in splendid views over neighbouring islands

Upon arrival in Bartolome, disembark the yacht and ascend approximately 300 steps leading up through the moon-like landscape to the highest point of the island. From here, you are rewarded with amazing panoramic views over the islands of Santiago, North Seymour, Baltra, Santa Cruz, Rábida, and Chinese Hat, as well as the locally-renowned Pinnacle Rock, the remnants of an ancient volcano. The rock is home to a large quantity of sea birds, and the most photographed landscape in the Galapagos Islands.


Dinghy-Ride to Sullivan Bay for swimming and/or snorkelling, and searching the rocks for penguins

After changing clothes for the beach visit, embark a dinghy for the short ride to Sullivan Bay. Upon arrival, you can go swimming and snorkelling with your guide in search of Galapagos penguins, sharks, starfish, rays, sea turtles, and other exotic and colourful fish.


Enjoy swimming, snorkelling and/or searching among the rocks for the Galápagos penguins

Those who don't wish to snorkel may stay on the dinghy to go search among the rocks for the diminutive Galapagos penguin; look for them standing on the cliff, or shooting like a bullet through the clear waters. In addition, you may see other diverse native denizens such as marine iguanas, sea lions, pelicans and more. Back at the beach after snorkelling or the dinghy-ride, some free time is made available for swimming, sunbathing and relaxing.


Enjoy lunch served on board, and a late-afternoon ride back to the hotel

Following your Bartolome Island adventure, lunch is served on the boat. In the late-afternoon, commence the return-ride back to the hotel.


Dinner is at the hotel.


Overnight accommodations in a (insert type of room) Room at the Galápagos Habitat- Puerto Ayora


SEYMOUR ISLAND AND BACHAS BEACH

Breakfast, a transfer to the Itabaca Channel and yacht-ride to Seymour Island

After breakfast at the hotel, depart the pier at approximately 8 a.m. for the scenic, approximately 45-minute transfer to the Itabaca Channel. Upon arrival, embark your awaiting yacht and set sail for Seymour Island. During the approximately one-hour navigation to Seymour Island, observe the slow awakening of the Galápagos Archipelago as the day begins.


Seymour Island, Bird-Watching

Upon arrival at Seymour Island, disembark via dinghy onto the rocky coast near a small forest consisting of grey and silver palo santo (holy stick) trees, which are bare for most of the year. Seymour Island is famous for its large colonies of birds. The unique male frigate birds, with their inflated red pouches, attract females during breeding season, and the famous Galápagos blue-footed boobies can be observed as well. These seabirds have a wedge-shaped tail and long, pointed wings. For courtship, the males lift first one, then the other, blue foot into the air and dance to impress the female. Other highlights of this excursion include a beach with small cliffs, seagulls, and numerous sea lions, marine iguanas and pelicans; most only an arm's length away.


Lunch on board the yacht, hike to a flamingo pond, and swimming and snorkelling at Bachus Beach

Your freshly-cooked lunch consists of two courses, and is served on board the yacht. During siesta time, the yacht navigates to Bachas Beach along the northern coast of Santa Cruz Island. Upon arrival, take a short hike to the flamingo pond just behind the beach. Afterward, proceed on-foot to an idyllic, isolated, white-sand beach for guided swimming and snorkelling, where sea lions, rays, sea turtles and tropical fish may join you during this underwater experience.


Tender back to the yacht, a return-ride through the Itabaca Channel, hotel transfer and free time

At the conclusion of your visit, embark the dinghy and return to the yacht for the approximately 45-minute ride through the Itabaca Channel. Upon returning to the yacht slip, disembark the vessel, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the hotel, where some free time is made available to freshen-up before dinner.


Dinner is at the hotel.


Overnight accommodations in a Superior or Suite Room at the Galápagos Habitat- Puerto Ayora


PLAZAS AND PUNTA CARRION

Breakfast, a transfer to the Itabaca Channel and yacht-ride to South Plaza Island

After an early wake-up call, meet your guide and depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to the Itabaca Channel. Upon arrival, embark your awaiting yacht and set sail for South Plaza Island. The island welcomes you with a bright, colourful red and green carpet of sesuvio, an endemic plant spread over the island, as well as the loud, friendly barking of several sea lion families which have settled down on the shore of the channel between North and South Plaza Islands, where your yacht anchors. The turquoise water of the ocean juxtaposes perfectly with the white-sand beaches and the black lava rocks of the coast.


Nature trek past sea lions and land iguanas, and bird-watching and ocean views from the cliff

After disembarking the boat, take an easy, guided hike along a trail that passes by relaxing sea lions and land iguanas, which can be found on most parts of the island. The trail leads to the highest cliff, where swallow-tailed gulls cross the air screaming, and a near-vertical wall plunges towards the shore. At the same time, tropical birds, blue-footed boobies and other marine frigate birds glide gently in the wind, and offer wonderful photo and viewing opportunities. Binoculars are suggested for an extraordinary, close-up view of these animals, as well as other marine life. The view from this highest point over the ocean, and the powerful waves breaking at the foot of the cliffs, is an unforgettable experience.


Sail to Punta Carrion, lunch on board the yacht and swimming/snorkelling among colourful fish

Next, embark your yacht and continue sailing on to Punta Carrion, where lunch is served on board the yacht. After lunch, some free time is made available at Punta Carrion, a great spot for swimming and snorkelling among rays, sharks and schools of colourful, tropical fish, or simply relaxing and sunbathing.


Tender back to the yacht, a return-ride through the Itabaca Channel and hotel transfer

At the conclusion of your visit, embark the dinghy and return to the yacht for the approximately 45-minute ride through the Itabaca Channel. Upon arrival back at the yacht slip, disembark the vessel, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier, and some free time to freshen-up before dinner.


Dinner is at the hotel.


Overnight accommodations in a Superior or Suite Room at the Galápagos Habitat- Puerto Ayora


SANTA FE ISLAND

Breakfast, a transfer to the Itabaca Channel and yacht-ride to South Plaza Island

After an early wake-up call, meet your guide and depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to the Itabaca Channel. Upon arrival, embark your awaiting yacht and set sail for South Plaza Island. The island welcomes you with a bright, colourful red and green carpet of sesuvio, an endemic plant spread over the island, as well as the loud, friendly barking of several sea lion families which have settled down on the shore of the channel between North and South Plaza Islands, where your yacht anchors. The turquoise water of the ocean juxtaposes perfectly with the white-sand beaches and the black lava rocks of the coast.

A scenic nature hike at Santa Fe to see its beautiful coves, and endemic bird and reptile species

Formed by uplifting, rather than by a volcano, Santa Fe is known for having one of the most beautiful coves in all the Galápagos. Some of the island's endemic species include the Galapagos hawk, Galapagos snake, land iguanas, various types of finches, and the Galapagos mockingbird. The visit includes a hike on a trail past salt bushes, where Galápagos hawks and Santa Fe land iguanas tend to roam.


Swimming and snorkelling with sea lions, and marvelling at the local tropical fish and marine life

Following your nature trek, some free time is made available on the white-sand beach. Here, you can relax and unwind, and/or swim and snorkel in the crystal-clear waters; playful sea lions typically accompany swimmers and snorkelers during beach time.


Tender back to the yacht, a return-ride through the Itabaca Channel and hotel transfer

At the conclusion of your visit, embark the dinghy and return to the yacht for the approximately 45-minute ride through the Itabaca Channel. Upon arrival back at the yacht slip, disembark the vessel, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 45-minute drive back to the pier, where some free time is made available to freshen-up before dinner.


Dinner is at the hotel.


Overnight accommodations in a Superior or Suite Room at the Galápagos Habitat - Puerto Ayora


Please note: Regardless of the destination selected, guests are advised to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up with boat or beach shoes, and bring sun protection, sunglasses with a strap, insect repellent, a backpack, camera, plastic bag to keep your camera or photographic equipment dry, binoculars, and a towel from the ship. If you wear glasses, it is recommended you bring contact lenses for swimming and snorkelling.


DAY FOUR - Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - Galápagos/Guayaquil/Lima/Callao


Breakfast at the hotel, check-out, an airport transfer and a photo stop at the Twin Craters en route

After breakfast at the hotel, check-out, meet your guide and transfer to the airport, with a photo stop at the Twin Craters en route.


Scheduled flight to Guayaquil, lunch at the Hilton Colon Hotel and a connecting flight to Lima

Upon arrival at the airport, check-in for your scheduled, approximately two-hour flight to Guayaquil. Upon arrival, meet your guide and transfer for lunch at the Hilton Colon Hotel. After lunch, transfer back to the airport for your scheduled, approximately two-hour connecting flight to Lima.


Transfer from Lima to the pier and ship in Callao

Upon arrival in Lima, meet your guide and transfer to the port in Callao. Upon arrival, embark the ship.

Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking for approximately 3.7 miles (about six kilometres), at times over uneven, rough, rocky, slippery, volcanic, and natural surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coaches and buses, board/de-board the airplane, embark/disembark the yacht, ferry and dingy, and 500 steps at the sites visited. This tour is recommended for active guests in good physical condition. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guests with back and/or neck problems, guests with heart and/or respiratory conditions, guests prone to motion sickness, guests with a fear of heights, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable and fast-drying cotton clothing (long-and-short-sleeved shirts, shorts, with flat, non-slip, and closed-toe walking shoes or sneakers, and bring sun protection, sunglasses with a strap, insect repellent, a light sweater or windbreaker, raingear, a swimsuit, small backpack for land visits (for cameras, bottled water, etc.), camera, plastic bag to keep your camera or photographic equipment dry, medications, binoculars, and local currency for purchases from the ship. If you wear glasses, it is recommended you bring contact lenses for swimming and snorkelling. Guests must carry their passports and ship's ID at all times. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. Although frequently encountered on this type of tour, wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. The tour sequence and itinerary may vary. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is very limited; we suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.


Airlines restrict baggage to one bag at approximately 50 pounds (about 23 kilograms) per person; hand-luggage cannot exceed 17 pounds (about eight kilograms) in weight, and smaller aircraft may be utilised (at the discretion of the airline). Additional bags can be checked in at the service desk, and the fee is payable at the check-in counter at the time of booking. The current price is US$30 per bag for Galapagos flight and US$70 per bag for the international Lima flight.


Programme Includes:

Three-night stay in a Superior or Suite Room at the Galápagos Habitat - Puerto Ayora

Scheduled, Economy-Class flights: Guayaquil/ Galápagos/Guayaquil/Lima. Business-Class is available upon request at an additional charge and subject to availability, as most aircraft do not offer business seating.

Three breakfasts, four lunches and three dinners (lunch includes choice of two local beers, soft drinks, bottled water; beverage at dinner also includes house wine)

Ferry-ride from Baltra Island to Santa Cruz via the Itabaca Channel

Observe the famous Galápagos land tortoises in the natural habitat

Explore lava tunnels

Lunch at a local restaurant in the Santa Cruz highlands

Learn about and view the plant life of the Galápagos at the Charles Darwin Search Station

Days two and three: select one per day from your choice of four, full-day yachting, nature-trekking, and swimming and snorkelling excursion at one of the following destinations: Bartolome Island, Seymour Island and Bachus Beach, South Plaza Island and Punta Carrion, or Santa Fe Island. Please Note: The visitor sites are determined by the Galapagos National Park. Guests cannot select which island or islet will visit. It depends on the day of the week and the boat assigned for the daily tour.

Lunch served on board the yacht - days two and three

Flora and fauna, reptiles, wildlife, fish, and marine life of the Galápagos

Photo stop at the Twin Craters

Lunch at the Hilton Colon Hotel - Guayaquil

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.

Mid-Voyage Land Adventure: Devil`s Nose and Andean Adventure

The longest continental mountain range in the world, the Andes form a continuous highland along the western edge of South America and are home to the second-highest peaks of any mountain range, only behind the Himalayas. During this panoramic, four-night overland journey, experience the spectacular grandeur of the Ecuadorian Andes, along with highlights that include the iconic, cone-shaped Cotopaxi Volcano, famously-steep descent of the Devil's Nose Train, best-preserved Incan ruins in Ecuador, and Cuenca's historic centre, an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Following a flight from Guayaquil to the Colonial city of Quito, proceed to your hotel for check-in, dinner an overnight stay. The next morning, take a scenic drive along the stunning Avenue of the Volcanoes and visit Cotopaxi National Park, named for its perfectly cone-shaped Volcán Cotopaxi. Next, yake a short, guided hike along the shores of beautiful Laguna Limpiopungo. After lunch at Hacienda La Ciénega, transfer to the Hacienda San Agustín de Callo for check-in, dinner and an overnight stay. After breakfast and check-out, take a scenic drive through a mountain landscape of small villages and fields towards the western Andes. Visit Laguna Quilotoa, a spectacular, aquamarine crater-lake in the Andes, then head to Riobamba, Ecuador's highest peak. Following dinner and an overnight stay at the Hosteria La Andaluza, take an early-morning drive through the spectacular Andean scenery from Riobamba to Alausí. Next, take an exhilarating and panoramic ride aboard the classic Devil's Nose Train, which zigzags along the edge of the Andes. After a refreshment stop and museum visit along the way, re-board the Devil's Nose Train for the ride back up to Alausí, then continue on to Ingapirca. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant in Ingapirca, then take a guided tour of its Incan ruins, the best-preserved in Ecuador. Following your visit, transfer to the beautiful city centre of Cuenca, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, for dinner and an overnight stay at the Mansión Alcázar. After breakfast, take a guided sightseeing tour of Cuenca, and see the famous Flower Market and neo-Gothic 'New Cathedral'. Return to your hotel for check-out, then drive to Guayaquil, with a boxed-lunch served en route. Upon arrival at Guayaquil, transfer to the airport for your scheduled flight to Lima. Upon arrival, your Mid-Voyage Land Adventure concludes on Day Five with a transfer to the port of Callao. Upon arrival at the pier, embark the ship.


Devil's Nose and Andean Adventure

Duration: 5 Days/4 Nights

Departs from: Guayaquil

Re-join ship: Callao

Reserve by: At least 90 days prior to sailing.


IMPORTANT NOTE

This Silver Shore Mid-Land Adventure requires advance booking through Silversea Reservations no later than 90 days prior to the sail date. Requests received after this date may be accommodated on a space-available basis. Tickets are available in limited quantities, and participation cannot be guaranteed for those guests not booking well in advance. A minimum number of participants is required to operate this programme. 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. Cancellation fee, unless otherwise advised, 90 - 0 days prior to the initial sailing date: 100% of the programme fare per person is due.


Payment-in-full is due within 120 days prior to sailing. Booking made within 120 days of sailing require full payment within seven days of booking or sooner, as specified by Silversea. Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme.


All Land Adventure fares are subject to change, and not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable, and non-refundable, within 90 days of sailing. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by someone 18 years of age or older. All Land Adventures are owned by independent contractors, and Silversea makes no representations and assumes no responsibility for the services provided by these operators. Land Adventures may be modified by the operators at their sole discretion.


VISA INFORMATION:

Please check with your travel professional for details regarding visa requirements for Ecuador. It is the responsibility of each guest to obtain all appropriate visas before cruising.


LOCAL CURRENCY:

The local currency of Ecuador is the US Dollar; however, local ATMs are available in some locations visited, and credit cards are accepted in most larger shops and hotels (shopping stops are planned during the program).


Experience the highlights of the Ecuadorian Andes during this panoramic, four-night overland journey that includes the iconic, cone-shaped Cotopaxi Volcano, famously-steep descent of the Devil's Nose Train, best-preserved Incan ruins in Ecuador, and Cuenca's historic centre, an UNESCO World Heritage Site.


DAY ONE - Saturday, February 1, 2020 - Guayaquil/Quito


Transfer to Guayaquil Airport, and a scheduled flight to Quito

After disembarking the ship in Guayaquil, Ecuador's principal harbour and largest city, meet your guide and depart for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to the Guayaquil Airport. Upon arrival, check-in for your scheduled, approximately 50-minute flight to Quito.


About Quito, famed for its year-round, spring-like climate and well-preserved Colonial city centre

Nestled at the base of the approximately 15,696-foot (about 4,784-metre) Volcán Pichincha, Quito is beautifully situated in an Andean valley at approximately 9,350 feet (about 2,850 metres) above sea level, making it the second-highest capital city in the world. Renowned for its year-round, spring-like climate and the beauty of its well-preserved Colonial centre, Quito was originally settled by the Quitu tribe in the first millennium, and eventually integrated into the Incan Empire before being destroyed and re-founded in 1534 by Spanish Conquistador Sebastian de Benalcázar.


Colonial buildings and churches line the narrow, cobbled streets of the historic city centre

For nearly 300 years, the arts and intellectual societies flourished under Spanish-Colonial rule, a fact evident in the impeccably-restored Colonial buildings and churches lining the narrow, cobbled streets of the historic city centre. The preservation of its blended past has earned the city its status as the first to be awarded the designation of an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978.


Hotel transfer, check-in and a night at leisure

Upon arrival at Quito Airport, meet your guide and transfer to your hotel for check-in.


Overnight accommodations in a Deluxe Room at the J.W. Marriott Hotel - Quito


DAY TWO - Sunday, February 2, 2020 - Quito/Cotopaxi National Park


Breakfast and a scenic drive south along the stunning Avenue of the Volcanoes

After breakfast at the hotel, meet your guide and depart for the scenic, approximately two-hour drive south 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.


Visit Cotopaxi National Park, named for its perfectly cone-shaped Volcán Cotopaxi

The park is named for its volcano, the perfectly cone-shaped Volcán Cotopaxi, which dominates the landscape. At a height of approximately 19,356 feet (about 5,900 meters), Cotopaxi is one of the tallest active volcanoes in the world.


Take a short, guided hike along the shores of beautiful Laguna Limpiopungo

Upon arrival at the park, take a short, guided hike along the shores of beautiful Laguna Limpiopungo. En route, look for wild horses and, if you're very lucky, catch a glimpse of an endangered Andean condor.


Lunch at Hacienda La Ciénega, and a transfer to your hotel for check-in and some free time

Next, proceed for lunch at Hacienda La Ciénega, a 400-year-old hacienda whose first guest was Von Humboldt himself. After lunch, re-board your coach and continue to Hacienda San Agustín de Callo for check-in, and some free time to freshen-up before dinner.


About Hacienda San Agustín de Callo

This hacienda's origins even predate those of La Ciénega. Originally a 15th Century Inca palace, San Agustín was eventually taken over by Colonialists, and then the Augustinians. Inca walls are still visible throughout the structure, with additional Colonial and Republican construction from the 18th century and 19th century, respectively.


Dinner is at the hotel.


Overnight accommodations in a Standard Room at the Hacienda San Agustín de Callo - Lasso


DAY THREE - Monday, February 3, 2020 - Cotopaxi National Park/Laguna Quilotoa/Riobamba


Breakfast, check-out and a scenic drive to Laguna Quilotoa, a spectacular crater-lake in the Andes

After breakfast at the hotel and check-out, meet your guide and depart for the scenic, approximately two-hour drive to Laguna Quilotoa, a spectacular crater-lake in the Andes. A lunch is served at a local venue en route.


Drive through a mountain landscape of small villages and fields towards the western Andes

Along the way, 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.


Visit the breath-taking, aquamarine Laguna Quilotoa

One cannot see the breath-taking, aquamarine Quilotoa until the last few steps approaching the rim. Then, the entire crater-lake and its vista appears in all its splendour. All sides of the volcano have a ragged, rugged ridge which drops over 1,320 feet (about 400 meters) down to the shore. Whilst in the area, visit the villages of Tigua and Pujilí, each known for their artisans.


Take a picturesque drive to Riobamba, Ecuador's highest peak

Next, continue on for the approximately three-hour drive to Riobamba, with a lunch served en route. The former capital of Ecuador, Riobamba is known as the 'Sultan of the Andes'. At a height of 20,565 feet (about 6,310 meters), Riobamba is Ecuador's highest peak and surrounded by spectacular snow-capped peaks such as Chimborazo.


Hotel transfer, check-in and some free time

At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and transfer to your hotel for check-in and some free time to freshen-up before dinner.


About Hosteria La Andaluza

Hosteria La Andaluza, surrounded by the magnificence of the Ecuadorian Andes. This 16th-century hacienda has been declared a Cultural Heritage of Ecuador. Recent updates brought many modern touches which are blended seamlessly with the historic building. For instance, all rooms have specially-heated walls to insure guests stay warm and cosy despite the brisk Andean nights.


Dinner is at the hosteria.


Overnight accommodations in a Standard Room at the Hostería La Andaluza - Riobamba


DAY FOUR - Tuesday, February 4, 2020 - Riobamba/Devil's Nose Train/Ingapirca/Cuenca


Early-morning drive through the spectacular Andean scenery from Riobamba to Alausí

After an early-morning wake-up call, meet your guide and depart for the scenic, approximately two-hour drive through the spectacular Andean scenery from Riobamba to Alausí.


Exhilarating and panoramic ride aboard the classic Devil's Nose Train

Upon arrival, proceed for check-in and board the classic Devil's Nose Train. Embrace your sense of adventure whilst travelling down the Devil's Nose section of the line, which zigzags along the edge of the Andes, and culminates with a truly exhilarating and exciting ride-of-a-lifetime. This train journey is classed amongst the most spectacular in the world. Along the way, marvel at the breath-taking Andean scenery, Palmira desert, and, finally, the Devil's Nose itself.


About the Devil's Nose

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. Whilst 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 whilst descending over 2,600 feet (about 800 meters). This makes for a spectacular journey through one of Ecuador's most scenic landscapes.


Refreshment stop and a museum visit

After descending the Devil's Nose, a refreshment stop is made to admire your beautiful surrounds and stop by the charming museum, which offers information about the local culture, history, and flora and fauna.


Re-board the Devil's Nose for the ride back up to Alausí, then drive to Ingapirca

Next, re-board the train for the ride back up to Alausí, then re-board your vehicle and depart for the approximately 2.5-hour drive to Ingapirca.


Lunch at a local restaurant in Ingapirca, and a guided tour of the Incan ruins of Ingapirca

Upon arrival, proceed for lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, a visit is made to the Incan ruins of Ingapirca. The 'Inca Wall' of Quichua is the most important and best-preserved complex of ruins extant in the country, and was built on top of Cañari constructions which date from 1200 A.D. The site was utilised 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 calendar for agricultural purposes. The complex also has other important sections, such as an ancient residence, the Virgins of the Sun, Incan baths, and a small, onsite museum displaying artefacts from both Cañari and Inca civilizations.


Scenic drive to Cuenca, and a transfer to your hotel for check-in

At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the 1.5-hour drive to Cuenca. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check-in, and some free time to freshen-up before dinner.


Dinner is at the hotel.


Overnight accommodations in a Standard Room at the Mansión Alcázar - Cuenca


DAY FIVE - Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - Cuenca/Guayaquil/Lima


Breakfast at the hotel, check-out, and a guided sightseeing tour of Cuenca

After breakfast at the hotel, meet your guide and depart for an approximately three-hour sightseeing tour of Cuenca. An UNESCO World Heritage Site and widely considered to be the most beautiful city in the country, Cuenca is often hailed as the 'Hidden Treasure of Ecuador', and its most valuable cultural and architectural features can be found in the city's historic centre.


See the famous Flower Market, and neo-Gothic 'New Cathedral'

During your tour, drive along Cuenca's cobblestoned streets, and visit flowery plazas and picturesque sites. See Cuenca's famous Flower Market and its dazzling, 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.


Hotel transfer, check-out, scenic drive to Guayaquil with a boxed lunch, and a photo stop en route

Following your tour, transfer back to the hotel, check-out and commence the scenic, approximately three-hour drive to Guayaquil, with a boxed lunch served en route. En route, pass through El Cajas National Park, an excellent vantage point from which to marvel at the diversity of the landscape between the Andean highlands to coastal Guayaquil. El Cajas is a must-see destination for nature lovers; its exotic flowers, rock formations and over 200 glacial lakes offer striking photo opportunities. A short stop is made at La Toreadora for a stroll, and to take additional photos. Afterward, re-board your coach and continue on to Guayaquil.


Transfer to Guayaquil Airport for check-in, and your scheduled flight to Lima

Upon arrival in Guayaquil, transfer to the airport for check-in and a scheduled, approximately two-hour flight to Lima.


Transfer from Lima to the pier and ship in Callao

Upon arrival in Lima, meet your guide and transfer to the port in Callao. Upon arrival, embark the ship.

Please note: This Mid-Voyage Land Adventure requires an extensive amount of walking for approximately 3.4 miles (about 5.5 kilometres), at times over uneven, rough, rocky, slippery, volcanic, high altitudes, and natural surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coaches and buses, board/de-board the airplane and train, and many steps at the sites visited. This tour is recommended for active guests in good physical condition. This tour is not suitable for pregnant guests, guests with back and/or neck problems, guests with heart and/or respiratory conditions, guests prone to motion sickness, guests with a fear of heights, guests with limited mobility, and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear lightweight, comfortable clothing (long-and-short-sleeved shirts, shorts, with flat, non-slip, and closed-toe walking shoes or sneakers, and bring sun protection, sunglasses with a strap, insect repellent, a weatherproof jacket, raingear, small backpack for land visits (for cameras, bottled water, etc.), camera, plastic bag to keep your camera or photographic equipment dry, medications, binoculars, and local currency for purchases from the ship. Guests must carry their passports and ship's ID at all times. Guests must be at least 21 years old to be served alcoholic beverages. Although frequently encountered on this type of tour, wildlife sightings are not guaranteed. The tour sequence and itinerary may vary. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.


Airlines restrict baggage to one bag at approximately 44 pounds (about 20 kilograms) per person; hand-luggage cannot exceed 17 pounds (about eight kilograms) in weight, and smaller aircraft may be utilised (at the discretion of the airline). Additional bags can be checked in at the service desk, and the fee is payable at the check-in counter at the time of booking.


Programme Includes:

  • One-night stay in a Deluxe Room at the J.W. Marriott Hotel - Quito
  • One-night stay in a Standard Room at the Hacienda San Agustín de Callo - Lasso
  • One-night stay in a Standard Room at the Hostería La Andaluza - Riobamba
  • One-night stay in a Standard Room at the Mansión Alcázar - Cuenca
  • Scheduled, Economy-Class flights: Guayaquil/Quito and Guayaquil/Lima. Business-Class is available upon request at an additional charge and subject to availability, as most aircraft do not offer business seating.
  • Four breakfasts, four lunches (boxed-lunch on Day Five), and three dinners (lunch includes choice of local beers, soft drinks, bottled water; beverage at dinner also includes house wine)
  • Devil's Nose Train-ride through the spectacular Andean scenery from Riobamba to Alausí
  • Scenic drive along the stunning Avenue of the Volcanoes
  • Visit Cotopaxi National Park, named for its perfectly cone-shaped Volcán Cotopaxi
  • Take a short, guided hike along the shores of beautiful Laguna Limpiopungo
  • Lunch at Hacienda La Ciénega
  • Panoramic drive through the spectacular scenery of the Andes
  • Visit to the spectacular, aquamarine crater-lake of Laguna Quilotoa
  • Scenic drive to Riobamba, Ecuador's highest peak
  • Lunch at a local restaurant in Ingapirca
  • Guided tour of the Incan ruins of Ingapirca
  • Sightseeing tour of Cuenca
  • Photo stop at La Toreadora
  • 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, changes made by airlines, government activities, 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.

4NT POST-CRUISE: MACHU PICCHU GRANDE EXPLORER

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


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


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


DAY 1 - GUAYAQUIL / LIMA

Disembark your Silversea ship and transfer to the Guayaquil airport. A box lunch is included during your flight to Lima.


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


Dinner is on your own account.


Overnight at the Miraflores Park Hotel - Lima, Peru


DAY 2 - LIMA / CUZCO

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning before returning to the airport for the short flight (90 minutes) to Cuzco. Once there, transfer to the hotel. After a quick stop to freshen up, continue on for lunch at a local restaurant.


Enjoy some free time this afternoon.


Overnight at the Monasterio Hotel - Cuzco, Peru


DAY 3 - CUZCO / MACHU PICCHU

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


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


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


Overnight at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge or alternate hotel if advised (e.g. Sumaq Hotel or Inkaterra Hotel)


DAY 4 - MACHU PICCHU / CUZCO

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


Spend ample time at the ruins this morning exploring on your own. An early lunch is served at the lodge. Then it's time to board the Vistadome train for the return to Cuzco. Upon arrival, return to the Hotel Monasterio. The balance of the day, including dinner, is at your leisure.


Overnight at the Monasterio Hotel - Cuzco, Peru


DAY 5 - CUZCO / LIMA

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


Your Machu Picchu adventure comes to an end when you arrive at the airport for your homeward-bound flight. Your flight to Lima is scheduled to arrive there at approximately 7:30pm. Please make sure to schedule your onward return flight for departure after 10:00pm.


Program Inclusions:

  • One-night stay at the Miraflores Park Hotel or similar - Lima, Peru
  • Two, one-night stays at the Hotel Monasterio or similar- Cusco, Peru
  • One-night stay at the Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge Hotel or similar - Machu Picchu, Peru
  • Scheduled, Economy-Class flights: Guayaquil/Lima /Cusco/Lima - upgrades to Business Class are available for an additional cost only on the Guayaquil / Lima portion of this trip.
  • Meals: Breakfast daily; one brunch; three lunches and one dinner
  • Train: Hiram Bingham - Cusco to Machu Picchu; Vistadome - Machu Picchu - Cusco
  • Guided tour of Machu Picchu
  • Transfers between airports and hotels in air-conditioned vehicles

Flight Details:

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

Day 2 - Lima / Cusco - approximately one hour and 30 minutes

Day 5 - Cusco / Lima - approximately one hour and 30 minutes

Flight durations may vary due to changes in flight schedules


Luggage Information:

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


1 personal item per person (such as a purse)

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

· Maximum 5kg/11lbs

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


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


Visa Information:

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


Accessibility:

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


Vaccinations:

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


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


All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure. Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect. All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing. This description is a general overview of this programme. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites or hotels 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.

Hotels in GUAYAQUIL

SIMPLY HOTEL: Hotel Oro Verde

Hotel Oro Verde

Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil was born from a perfect combination of the European hotel experience and authentic Ecuadorian service. For more than 30 years, it has been regarded as an icon of Ecuadorian hospitality. Savor fresh, local cruisine and international specialties at one of the five restaurants and bars or relax in one of the recently refurbished rooms.This full-service, downtown hotel offers the ultimate in sophistication and comfort.

GRANDE HOTEL: HOTEL ORO VERDE (CLUB ROOMS)

Hotel Oro Verde (Club Rooms)

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

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

GRANDE HOTEL: HOTEL DEL PARQUE

Hotel Del Parque

Hotel del Parque is a boutique, unforgettable experience of history and elegance. Set in a tropical oasis caught in time, perfectly placed within the affluent Samborondón neighborhood, from where you'll begin your Ecuadorian adventure. The historic 19th century property offers refreshing sophistication. Here you'll find Ecuadorian furnishings in cooling hues, impressive marble bathrooms and full air conditioning.

During your stay, you'll dine on fresh seafood in the refined, waterfront restaurant, or enjoy a massage or beauty treatments in a unique setting within the wood-beamed bell tower of the original restored chapel. Enhance your experience with cultural encounters such as chocolate tasting, coffee roasting and wildlife walks in the stunning tropical grounds.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.