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Callao (Lima) A Punta Arenas

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Partez pour une croisière sans précédent en Amérique latine. Imaginez-vous en train de déguster des crevettes provenant de la pêche locale, dîner à l'ombre d'une pyramide d'adobe, visiter les meilleures caves du Chili, ou de siroter un cocktail dans le désert d'Atacama... Préparez-vous à vivre d'incroyables expériences culinaires, à participer à des ateliers et démonstrations de cuisine, à des conférences et à des excursions qui mettront à l'honneur les goûts et les saveurs de ces magnifiques contrées.
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When people discuss great South American cities, Lima is often overlooked. But Peru's capital can hold its own against its neighbors. It has an oceanfront setting, colonial-era splendor, sophisticated dining, and nonstop nightlife.It's true that the city—clogged with traffic and choked with fumes—doesn't make a good first impression, especially since the airport is in an industrial neighborhood.

Voir 2 Programme(s) d’excursions à terre depuis Callao (Lima)

The port city of Paracas is blessed with magnificent natural beauty and rich historical importance, offerings inviting beaches, ideal weather and pleasant scenery — a combination that draws visitors throughout the year. The shores of the Paracas Peninsula and waters of the bay teem with wildlife and have been declared a national reserve. Condors frequently can be seen gliding on the sea winds or perched on the cliffs; pink flamingos often rest here on their migratory flights.
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
Arica boasts that it is "the land of the eternal spring," but its temperate climate and beaches are not the only reason to visit this small city. Relax for an hour or two on the Plaza 21 de Mayo. Walk to the pier and watch the pelicans and sea lions trail the fishing boats as the afternoon's catch comes in. Walk to the top of the Morro and imagine battles of days gone by, or wonder at the magnitude of modern shipping as Chilean goods leave the port below by container ship.

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
Situated between the ocean and the mountains of the Coastal Range is Chile’s largest city of the northern region. Antofagasta's role as port for the exportation of nitrate began in 1866. In 1872, when silver was discovered, the first municipality was established. Today, Antofagasta is still the centre of nitrate and copper mining, as well as an important hub for rail traffic to La Paz, Bolivia, and Salta, Argentina. According to the treaty signed after the War of the Pacific, much of Bolivia's international commerce transits through Antofagasta.
The rugged shores of Isla Pan de Azucar (or Sugarloaf Island) are home to thousands of Humboldt Penguins. The penguins come to this arid island to breed and spend their days fishing, swimming and diving, as do many of the other birds found here. The waters around Isla Pan de Azucar also support Kelp Gulls, Blackish Oystercatchers, Peruvian Boobies, pelicans, sea lions and the reclusive South American marine otter.
The name Coquimbo is derived from a native Diaguita word meaning 'place of calm waters'. In fact, Charles Darwin had noted that the town was 'remarkable for nothing but its extreme quietness'. Since then, Coquimbo has developed into a bustling port and the region's major commercial and industrial centre from which minerals, fish products and fruits are exported. Used during the colonial period as a port for La Serena, Coquimbo attracted attention from English pirates, including Sir Francis Drake, who visited in 1578.

Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
Niebla is a small village on the banks of the Rio Valdivia where Chile’s Corral Bay meets the Pacific Ocean. Today Niebla is a beach resort, but in 1671 it was a defensive fortress built by the order of the Viceroy of Peru to prevent attacks against the town of Valdivia by pirates and corsairs. Niebla is well-known for its lively markets, the remains of the colonial fortress declared a National Monument in 1950 and restored in 1992, and a museum dedicated to its history.
For most of its history, windy Puerto Montt was the end of the line for just about everyone traveling in the Lake District. Now the Carretera Austral carries on southward, but for all intents and purposes Puerto Montt remains the region's last significant outpost, a provincial city that is the hub of local fishing, textile, and tourist activity.Today the city center is full of malls, condos, and office towers—it's the fastest-growing city in Chile—but away from downtown, Puerto Montt consists mainly of low clapboard houses perched above its bay, the Seno de Reloncaví.

The drive from Coyhaique to the town of Puerto Aisén and its port, Chacabuco, is beautiful. The mist hangs low over farmland, adding a dripping somnolence to the scenery. Dozens of waterfalls and rivers wend their way through mountain formations. Yellow poplars surround charming rustic lodges, and sheep and cattle graze on mossy, vibrant fields. The picture of serenity terminates at the sea, where the nondescript town of Puerto Aisén and its port Chacabuco, Coyhaique's link to the ocean, sits, a conduit to further beauty.

Tortel is a commune located in Southern Patagonia, a spectacular wilderness region of rugged mountains, glaciers, rivers and forests of infinite beauty. The uneven geography of Tortel shapes a unique landscape, characterized by an archipelagic area with numerous islands and channels. Tortel is known as the “footbridge city” for the unique beauty of its wooden walkways that connect the piers and houses of this quaint place through bridges and stairs, built from cypress wood, that run for four and a half miles around the cove and that respect the rich vegetation that grows under them.
The English Narrows warrant time spent on the outer decks as the Captain and local Chilean Pilots expertly maneuver through the slalom course of islands and channel markers. The waterway is home to Magellanic Diving Petrels, Steamer Ducks, and the rare endemic Chilean dolphin. This small dolphin is shy of ships and enjoys spending its time in constricted straits with heavy tidal rips such as the English Narrows.
The Pio XI Glacier is classified as a tidewater glacier, which means the river of ice starts in the high mountains and then courses downhill all the way to sea level where it slowly melts into the salty ocean bit-by-bit. The Pio XI Glacier is an offshoot of the South Patagonian Ice Field and approaching from the sea, the ice sprawls out in front of the ship in a wide band that reflects a remarkable shade of brilliant blue.
Winding through the vast expanses of the Chilean Fjords will reveal mountains looming on both sides, waterfalls, and the marvel of hardy flora clinging to barren rocks. Seals and dolphins patrol the length of these uninhabited fjords as they have done for millennia. Small fishing-boats come out of Punta Arenas luring fish and trapping for king crab, while terns dip and glide coaxing their own small fish out of the deep, dark fjord waters amongst tiny islands thick with vegetation.
Alberto de Agostini National Park was created in 1965 and takes its name from an Italian explorer, photographer, writer and missionary of the Salesians of Don Bosco order that lived and explored Patagonia as a missionary around 1930. De Agostini was known for his discoveries, photographs and maps of the region. The park is located in the Region of Magallanes and Chilean Antarctica, the southernmost, largest, and second least populated region of Chile. The park covers 5,637 square miles and touches Magallanes, Tierra del Fuego and Antarctica provinces.
Ainsworth Bay is part of the Almirantazgo Sound, in the Tierra del Fuego region of Chile. It is inside the D Agostini National Park, within the Darwin Range and is one of the most pristine and secluded spots to visit in this part of Chilean Patagonia. The retreating Marinelli Glacier, with its 130-foot high ice walls, is nearby, there are often elephant seals hauled out on the beaches, and colonies of Magellanic Penguins nest in burrows amongst the vegetation. Other common birds are cormorants and predatory skuas.
Impenetrable forests, impassable mountains, and endless fields of ice define Chilean Patagonia, and meant that the region went largely unexplored until the beginning of the 20th century. Located in the southernmost part of the country, this area is still sparsely inhabited, though you will find a few populated places—like the colorful provincial city of Punta Arenas, which looks like it's about to be swept into the Strait of Magellan. Some unique wildlife, particularly colonies of elephant seals and penguins, call this breathtaking topography home.

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Silver Cloud Expedition

Amplement rénové, le Silver Cloud est le navire d'expédition polaire le plus spacieux et confortable. Ses grandes suites, ses itinéraires et son service inégalé le rendent vraiment unique, et ses cinq options de restauration éveilleront vos papilles gustatives. De plus, 80 % de ses suites étant dotées d'une véranda, vous pourrez voir de très près des baleines sauter et des pingouins se dandiner. De très grands ponts équipés de plusieurs espaces de plein air et d'une piscine viennent compléter ce navire d'expédition unique. Un nombre limité de passagers, signifie que le Silver Cloud vante les ratios espace/passager et équipage/passager les plus élevés des navires d'expédition. Grâce à 16 zodiacs, ses possibilités d'exploration sont pratiquement illimitées. Enfin, une équipe de 19 experts passionnés et dévoués est constamment à votre service pour vous garantir le meilleur tout au long du voyage.

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2 Programmes d’excursions à terre et 4 Hôtels

Notre programme d’excursions à terre (sur plusieurs jours, à la demi-journée, avant ou après la croisière) offre des occasions supplémentaires d’en savoir plus sur les points d’intérêts et trésors cachés des pays que vous visitez.

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Pendant votre voyage, vous irez de découverte en découverte. Un programme gratuit d’excursions à terre, réservé à des petits groupes et dirigé par une équipe de guides experts, ainsi que des conférences vous permettront de découvrir en profondeur les régions que vous visiterez.

Temps forts du Voyage

Day 1 — Callao, Peru

Embark the Silver Cloud and depart on your exciting culinary Silversea Expedition — “Sights, Sounds and Tastes of South America”. During a special sail away party you will be introduced to our guest Chef, who will lead your culinary team up to Arica, and learn about the aspects of the first part of our unique epicurean voyage of discovery.

Later you will be introduced to your Expedition Team and this evening you can enjoy the delights of a specially prepared menu in one of the dining venues.

Day 2 — Paracas and Ballestas Islands, Peru

Optional Nazca Lines Overflight

During our stay in Paracas you will have the opportunity to see the famous Nazca Lines from the air in an optional excursion. The Nazca Desert will reveal a series of famous geoglyphs stretching for miles along the Pacific coast. Dating back to an era between 200BC and 700AD, these mysterious figures and geometric patterns are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The lines show an understanding of sophisticated mathematics and surveying techniques.

Please be aware that seats on this flight are limited and enquire with Reservations beforehand.

One of the choices in Paracas is to explore the Ballestas Islands on a local boat. The islands are one of this region’s most beautiful natural attractions. Sea lions, cormorants, Blue-footed Boobies, terns, pelicans and Humboldt Penguins can all be expected around the Ballestas Islands. Because of Peruvian regulations this excursion can only be done in local boats and landings are not allowed.

If you are interested in history, take a guided excursion to see Tambo Colorado, once a regional centre of the Incan empire. The complex includes three palaces, residential buildings and a central plaza. Built primarily out of adobe, the structures have been remarkably preserved, including the wall paintings

If you are interested in how Pisco is produced, visit the Hacienda La Caravedo which has the oldest functioning distillery. Tour the distillery and taste the many varieties of Pisco the hacienda produces. At the hacienda you will also be able to team up with local expert ceramists to create your own piece of pottery.

This evening, your Peruvian culinary expert will present his selection of tempting Peruvian specialties on our voyage of culinary discovery.

Day 3 — At Sea

Gather in the Explorer Lounge to get an introduction to Chile and to learn about the region’s wildlife and remarkable nature.

Due to the presence of the very nutrient-rich Humboldt Current, the waters along the Peruvian coast are incredibly rich in fish life. Today our chefs will introduce you to the world of “ceviche” in all its forms.

This evening we will have a special Peruvian-themed dinner.

Day 4 — Arica, Chile

Today you have multiple choices for half day or full day excursions:

An early morning departure is necessary for a journey to explore the region’s unique Altiplano scenery. We will see important archaeological sites along the way before the landscape suddenly opens up and the wide valley of Putre can be seen beneath massive, snow-capped peaks. Upon our arrival in Putre, we will enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. Later we will stroll through town together, visiting the church and watching a performance of Andean folklore in the main plaza.

Alternatively, enjoy a visit to the Lauca National Park. This is a challenging excursion, taking you to an altitude of 4,500 metres. From the pier we drive to Copaquilla, where a pre-Incan defensive settlement known as a Pukara can be seen. Driving past Putre, we will reach Chungará Lake to admire the mountains reflected in the lake. During one hour at the lake we will look for the many local bird species, among them the Chilean Flamingo. During the stay at the lake a box lunch will be served. On the return we will stop at the abandoned pre-Hispanic village of Parinacota, a National Monument.

The half day excursions will permit you to either visit the Archaeological Museum and to see the main highlights of the downtown area and having a view from the iconic promontory El Morro or to visit the local market, choosing fresh produce with the help of a local chef, visit a farm and learn about the famous Azapa olives and taste the special appetizers prepared by the local chef with the products you selected at the market.

Other half day tours will feature local foods selected by you at the market and prepared by local chefs while visiting some emblematic natural highlights in the vicinity of Arica.

After these excursions take your time to join the bar team for a Pisco evening. Learn more about this iconic drink and whether this is an original Peruvian or Chilean drink.

Day 5 — At Sea

Silversea’s Head Sommelier who will be joined by a Chilean sommelier will introduce you to the delights of Chilean wine.

Attend a wine seminar and relax next to the pool or in one of the lounges with that book you’ve been meaning to read and meet up with new friends for cocktails. Before turning in for the night, take a stroll on deck to take in the solitude of the vast sea and sky.

Day 6 — Antofagasta, Chile

Visit the Atacama Desert — one of the driest places on earth. Depart early for the seven-hour ride to the charming adobe village of San Pedro de Atacama. We will visit the small village, having a look at the delightful adobe church (declared a National Monument), and walk the narrow, picturesque streets. At a local restaurant we will have a welcome cocktail, while local artisans present their handicrafts, and a delicious lunch will follow. Finally we will be heading to Valle de la Luna. In this unique lunar landscape we will see numerous rock formations jutting out of the sand, eroded by wind into incredible shapes. At a lookout, we will enjoy a special cocktail party while observing an indigenous ritual to Mother Earth.

Alternatively, a half-day city tour is available. Antofagasta is a refined blend of traditional Chilean town and British colonial city. We will see the Huanchaca Ruins and during a walking tour will visit the Plaza Colón and the Regional Museum with its overview of the saltpetre industry and how it affected the region. We will then walk to the fishing wharf where a local chef will prepare some of the freshly caught seafood for you to taste. The final destination will be Antofagasta’s landmark La Portada, an enormous rock caressed by the sea and sand until a giant arch formed.

Day 7 — Isla Pan de Azucar, Chile

This morning our culinary team will focus on shellfish and other seafood and the various ways to prepare these in a workshop. From raw to steamed –find your preferred dish accompanied with the perfect Chilean wine.

This afternoon we explore the rugged shores of Isla Pan de Azucar (or Sugarloaf Island) by Zodiac. The island is home to thousands of Humboldt Penguins. During our Zodiac cruise along the perimeter of Isla Pan de Azucar, we also hope to encounter Kelp Gulls, Turkey Vultures, Blackish Oystercatchers, and Peruvian Boobies, pelicans, sea lions and the reclusive South American marine otter.

Day 8 — Coquimbo, Chile

Today you have several choices: a half day visit to the Elqui Valley, a visit to the Tabalí Vineyard, the nearby town of La Serena or a longer visit to the Limarí Valley.

For the excursion into the Elqui Valley we follow the coast going north. The Elqui Valley is an important agricultural area for papayas, olives, pears and custard apples. This is also where muscatel grapes are turned into Pisco, Chile’s national spirit.

We will visit the small and picturesque artist village of Diaguitas and explore its arid and attractive streets. At a local workshop you will have the opportunity to buy handmade crafts featuring the stunning and beautiful Diaguita designs and iconography. Afterwards we will drive to Vicuña. Famous for its many Pisco producers it was also home to Chilean’s Nobel Prize winner in literature, Gabriela Mistral. We will visit the Plaza and the Bauer Tower and will have time to explore independently before returning back to Coquimbo and Silver Cloud.

Another half day visit will be made to the seaside resort of La Serena with its open air museum of statues and the historical centre where three different architectural periods can be seen.

The full day excursion will take us into the Limarí Valley, slightly further south. Known for its pictographs and petroglyphs of the El Molle culture, we will visit the Enchanted Valley in the vicinity of the town of Ovalle. The Elqui and Limarí Valleys are rich and fertile transversal valleys running across the coastal mountains, leading to their importance as agricultural areas. Grapes are grown in impressive vineyards for export and for wine and we will visit the Tabalí winery. This vineyard is well known for its unique coupages and blends of wine stocks such as Viognier, Sangiovese and Carmenere. A guided tour of the winery will be given, followed by a tasting of its most representative wines.

We will then continue to a local restaurant for a typical Chilean lunch of empanadas and an asado (a BBQ), before returning to the pier.

This excursion can also be done as a half day tour without the typical Chilean lunch.

Day 9 — At Sea

A leisurely day at sea is yours to enjoy. Participate in discussions and onboard activities led by the Expedition Team and join our chefs for a ceviche workshop, preparing your own ceviche for lunch –our chefs will assist you in creating your

Day 10 — Niebla, Chile

During the morning Silver Cloud will head further south, giving our lecturers time to introduce you to the natural and historical highlights of Valdivia and Chile’s Lake District. Niebla is a small village on the banks of the Rio Valdivia where Chile’s Corral Bay meets the Pacific Ocean. Today Niebla is a beach resort, but in 1671 it was a defensive fortress built by Spanish conquerors to prevent attacks from pirates and corsairs.

This afternoon you can either drive to the charming river port city of Valdivia, where we will find an interesting blend of influences from the native Mapuche, Spanish settlers, and German immigrants, or take a catamaran on the river. In both cases you will have time to see the town of Valdivia. The first German colonists arrived here in 1849 and worked hard to develop Valdivia into one of southern Chile’s most productive areas and their influence can be felt in every corner of this city. The town was affected by the 1960 earthquake –the worst ever recorded and the strongest in the last 110 years- but rebuilt with a strong German imprint. On our way to Valdivia we can see tracts of land that are still under water as a result of the quake. We will visit the river market and have a look at downtown Valdivia with its mix of old and modern buildings. You will have to choose whether you would like to visit the Fort at Niebla or enjoy fresh fish and crabs in Valdivia.

Day 11 — Puerto Montt, Chile

Puerto Montt is the starting point for our excursions to the Lake District and specifically Lago Llanquihue.

We will drive along the southern shore of Chile’s second- largest lake and head for the Petrohué waterfalls. These falls ‘connect’ Lago Esmeralda with Lago Llanquihue and we will walk over to the viewing platforms of Chile’s best-known falls. Here we will have an opportunity to see some of the local plants and endemic trees. Later you will have the choice to either visit a typical Chilean farm to learn about the traditions of southern Chile’s food music, tools and the national sport of rodeo –which is quite different from the North American version- or to have lunch at a local restaurant and to explore the town of Puerto Varas. If you choose the Fundo Olguita, you will have lunch including empanadas, a tasty barbeque und traditional German desserts –this area was first colonized by Germans in the mid-19th century. You will also have the chance to learn the Chilean national dance, the Cueca.

If you choose Puerto Varas, you will have time to explore the “City of Roses” –as Puerto Varas is known- and to browse the small handicraft village and see some of the wooden buildings for which the town was declared a “Heritage Zone”.

Day 12 —Puerto Chacabuco, Chile

During the morning, Silver Cloud will pass the Las Huichas Islands to enter the Aisén Fjord. Halfway up the fjord, we pass the National Monument Cinco Hermanas (Five Sisters), which despite the name consists of six islands. Marine otters and South American sea lions can often be seen nearby. At the end of fjord Puerto Chacabuco is the main port for the Aisén Region. Upon arrival we will drive to the private park Aiken del Sur. At the park we will be divided into small groups. You can choose to walk a difficult 2km trail, ascending to 2,030m through swamp and severe gradients on a narrow trail. Or decide on an easier 4km walk through the temperate rain forest. Local guides will escort us, explaining the trees, plants, flowers, mosses and ferns surrounding us. Plants of note are the arrayan (one of the most common trees here, living up to 400 years), quila bamboo, Chilean fire bush, and Chilean rhubarb as well as Calafate flowers. Birders will be interested to hear and see along the trail the Chucao Tapaculo, with its beautiful red breast, or the Black-throated Huet-huet. Soaring Andean Condors are often seen, too.

The groups will also visit a Quincho, where they will be rewarded with a choice of drinks (Pisco sour being first and foremost, as always in Chile) and delicious snacks, both savory and sweet. A local music group will entertain with typical songs and dancing.

Day 13 —Tortel, Chile

Silver Cloud will sail through the Golfo de Penas –an area well-known for whales and rough seas- to reach Caleta Tortel, one of the southernmost and until 2003 least connected settlements in Chile’s Aisén Region (in Patagonia). The abundant cypress led to the founding of the village and most houses are built on stilts along the shoreline of this hilly terrain. There are no conventional streets; instead the houses are connected by wooden walkways. We will explore the village –where a folkloric presentation awaits us at the main plaza- and will take our Zodiacs to cruise through the channels and the Baker River to visit “La Isla de los Muertos”, a small island used as a cemetery in 1906. Both the village and the island have been declared National Monuments.

Day 14 —Cruise English Narrows and Pio XI Glacier, Chile

Early this morning, be out on deck to watch as we head towards the English Narrows. Our Captain and the local Chilean Pilots expertly manoeuvre Silver Cloud through the slalom course of islands and channel markers. At the narrowest part it has a width of 80 metres, permitting the passage of only one vessel at a time. During this cruise, we may spot Magellanic Diving Petrels and Steamer Ducks, and if we are very lucky, we may spot the endemic Chilean dolphin. Shy of ships, this small dolphin enjoys spending its time in narrow channels with heavy tidal rips.

We should pass the English Narrows during breakfast time –although you can see the Narrows from the comfort of your suite, you really should be out on deck.

Once we have passed the English Narrows you will have time for a leisurely breakfast and to attend lectures about the Fjords’ natural history or perhaps a seminar. The whole region of the fjords is so inhospitable that only one single settlement exists south of the English Narrows –Puerto Eden. Birders will want to see what species want to live in this area. The further south we head the better the chance to see Andean Condors majestically soaring above the hills and mountains.

In the afternoon we will visit the Pio XI Glacier. This tidewater glacier sprawled out in front of us is 4.5 km wide and a remarkable shade of brilliant blue. An outlet glacier of the South Patagonian Ice Field, the Pio XI had once extended out into the fjords whose waters we ply today. Conditions permitting, we will board our Zodiacs and dodge brash ice and bergy bits as we approach the glacier at a safe distance. Alert for signs of calving, we may see chunks of ice falling from the glacier front.

Day 15 —Cruise the Chilean Fjords

Our course will take us through the vast expense of the Chilean Fjords. We will sail through Chile’s largest national park, Bernardo O’Higgins, before we head for another famous narrow channel, the western portion of the Strait of Magellan. Mountains loom on both sides of Silver Cloud and one can only marvel at the hardy flora trying to cling to the barren rocks. Occasionally seals and dolphins can be seen. Silver Cloud will head for the Strait of Magellan and the Francisco Coloane Marine Park, an area humpback whales are known to frequent.

Day 16 —Alberto de Agostini National Park and Ainsworth Bay, Tierra del Fuego, Chile

Today we will navigate past Dawson Island –quite infamous in Chile’s modern-day history as a penal settlement for political prisoners- into Almirantazgo Sound, to arrive at Ainsworth Bay. The bay is within Alberto De Agostini National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Depending on conditions, we intend to offer a Zodiac cruise. This area will give a good appreciation how the land returns to life after glacial retreat with the stunning sub-polar Magellanic forest teeming with evergreens and deciduous trees. Nearby Tucker Island is known to have Magellanic Penguins.

During the night Silver Cloud will again head into the Strait of Magellan, sailing for Punta Arenas.

Day 17 —Punta Arenas, Chile

After breakfast disembark Silver Cloud.

Kayaking - Weather depending, Silver Cloud offers the opportunity to kayak in a small group under the guidance of certified kayak instructors. These special excursions are a chance to appreciate the wilds in peaceful silence. 

Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather and wildlife activity. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.

GEAR UP

Not sure what to wear while onboard? Visit our shop and gear up. We've got layers to keep you dry and warm, breezy wear to keep you covered and cool, and accessories to keep everything packed up and ready to go. So, no matter the weather, you'll be better prepared for your expedition.

Our Gear Shop has an expert outfitting staff and features all the essentials:

Clothes for all types of weather, boot rentals, accessories and more »

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Make sure you get all your essentials today. We offer packages or individual items, for your convenience, and recommend you place orders at least 30 days before your embarkation date.

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