Enjoy the north-central region of Galapagos on this 7-day cruise. Feel the thrill of seeing wildlife that is completely unafraid: from lava lizards to giant tortoises. Gaze upon Pinnacle Rock as Darwin once did, take a Zodiac® boat along the picturesque coast, discover natural lava tunnels and snorkel in a stunning underwater world.
Please note: your voyage prices include flights between Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands, Transfers, pre cruise Hotel in Quito (2 nights), National Park fees
• Visit “Bird Island” home to over 30 bird species
• Climb Prince Philip’s Steps through a thriving seabird colony
• Observe sea lion families and the famed giant tortoises
• Search for the Galápagos Short-Eared Owl
• Admire the antics of Red-footed and Blue-footed Boobies
• Find corals and bones on raised North Seymour Island
• Explore natural underground lava tunnels and hike across lava flows
• Hike up the sides of an extinct volcano
• See spectacular water-spouting “blowers”
• Swim and snorkel in tranquil, clear waters
• Photograph colourful marine iguanas
• Marvel at the fearless behaviour of wildlife
• Cruise by Zodiac along scenic coastlines
• Learn about conservation efforts at the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center
Baltra Island, also known as South Seymour, is the gateway through which most people enter and depart the Galapagos Island. Upon arrival and once through immigrations procedures, visitors are transferred directly to a nearby dock to join the ship by Zodiac. The runway was first constructed here during World War II when the island was used as a US Army Air Base. Located near the geographic center of the Galapagos, the island itself is small, flat and arid.
Daphne Major is a volcanic tuff crater island, located to the north of Santa Cruz Island not far from Baltra International Airport. Circumnavigating the island by ship will reveal the rocky outcropping from all angles as it rises approximately 120 meters (390 feet) above sea level. Usually only scientists are allowed to land on Daphne, so it will be a special event to come in close with the ship and watch for Nazca and Blue-footed Boobies, frigatebirds, Red-billed Tropicbirds, Brown Noddies, Brown Pelicans, and Swallow-tailed Gulls riding the sea breezes swirling around this rugged landmass.
At Genovesa Island the ship tucks into Darwin Bay, an ancient volcanic crater now flooded by the sea. Zodiacs land on a picturesque sandy beach where Galapagos sea lions often rest on the fine, white sand. Explorations along the shore may reveal marine iguanas looking like prehistoric dinosaurs in miniature. By heading inland a short distance visitors could encounter seabirds of all shapes and sizes nesting in the vegetation. Scores of immature Red-footed Boobies perch on branches within an arm’s reach of the path.
From Darwin Bay on Genovesa Island explorers can access an area known as El Barranco or the “Prince Philip’s Steps”. A brief scramble up the stone steps brings you to the plateau of the island. From here, on flat ground, a small trail wanders past Red-footed Boobies, perching frigate birds, Galapagos Mockingbirds, Nazca Boobies, and Galapagos finches. The highlight however, is arriving on the windward side of the island to see hundreds of Wedge-Rumped Storm Petrels flying around in a frenzy of activity above the lava field where they nest.
The landing at North Seymour Island is onto black lava rock. After a short climb, visitors arrive on the island’s flat plateau where a number of sea lions nurse pups and frigatebirds nest. The island is dry, and so the predominant tree is the prickly pear cactus favored by the yellow Conolophus land iguanas that live here in number. The undulating terrain is littered with red-brown volcanic boulders and large male Magnificent Frigatebirds can be seen inflating their vivid red gular sacs in hopes of impressing females flying overhead.
The lava fields of Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island will inevitably remind visitors of the surface of the moon. As brilliant red Sally Lightfoot crabs scuttle along the black volcanic shores, learn about the formation of the islands through geological forces from your guides. The lava flows here are just over one hundred years old and date back to 1897. The lava took on a rope-like appearance and geologists have adopted a Hawaiian word, pahoehoe, as the technical name for this kind of volcanic rock.
Rabida Island has received accolades for being one of the most exotic spots on earth and while it is small in size, the island is dramatic in scale. Rugged red cliffs rise from the sea and Zodiacs land onto a beach of dark red sand colored by iron ore. Ghost crabs and Galapagos sea lion pups often rest on the russet sands. Further inland, the rusty sand gives way to shrubby coastal vegetation dominated by prickly-pear cactus. Common Cactus Finches feed on the yellow flowers while Darwin finches and lava lizards skitter across the path in search of food.
Just off Santa Cruz, Eden Islet offers up a thick coastal mangrove forest growing on black volcanic boulders peppered with tall prickly pear cactus. Eden is a small, eroded tuff cone from an ancient volcano, and is an excellent example of the unique geology of the Galápagos. The shallow waters around the island are ideal for spotting Pacific green sea turtles, reef sharks, eagle rays, sea lions, marine iguanas and Sally Lightfoot crabs.
Giant tortoises are emblematic of the Galapagos Islands. To experience these ancient animals firsthand, the Silver Galapagos anchors off San Cristobal Island and Zodiacs take all ashore to the pretty little town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. From here we set out by bus for the Galapaguera Cerro Colorado Tortoise Reserve in the highlands of the island. The trails of the reserve lead to encounters with large, lumbering adult tortoises as well as small juveniles that could fit in the palm of a person’s hand.
On the northern shore of San Cristobal Island is a peninsula known as Punta Pitt. The point is made up of two coalesced volcanoes and is much younger than the rest of the island. Some of the lava flows are only a few centuries old. From a sandy beach Zodiac landing leads a long walk following a twisting red gravel path that runs through black basalt lava rocks, and between craggy peaks. The vegetation along the way is low and scrubby, and attractive blue-gray lichen grows on the rocks.
Isla Champion is a small islet off Floreana Island’s northeast coast. To cruise by it reveals a bare, rocky island without much allure, but to enter the infinitely blue waters around this small landmass is to discover a spectacular underwater realm. The visibility is generally impressive and thanks to this water clarity snorkelers often spot reef sharks patrolling the reef wall, cruising Pacific green turtles, and playful Galapagos sea lions. Encounters in the blue with thousands of small silver minnows, large tuna fish, or oceanic sunfish are not unheard of either.
Punta Suárez lies at the western point of Española, the oldest island in the Galápagos. Sheer cliffs provide superb thermals for seabirds and you may spot Swallow-tailed Gulls, Nazca Boobies and Blue-footed Boobies on the breeze. The largest seabird to nest in the Galapagos Islands is the Waved Albatross. These ocean wanderers can be seen seasonally here from April through December, when pairs reunite on Española, going through an elaborate pair-bonding display. Mockingbirds, doves, and occasional Galápagos Hawks can also be seen on the point, along with sea lions and colorful marine iguanas.
Silver Galapagos will anchor in front of Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, where the prestigious Charles Darwin Research Station is located. The station also houses the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center for giant tortoises and land iguanas where guides interpret the center’s captive breeding and reintroduction programs. In addition to these star species, throughout the station there are huge prickly pear cactus trees being fed upon by the pretty Galapagos Cactus Finch. To round out the stay in Puerto Ayora, enjoy free time in town where local artists have created charming art galleries and corner cafés.
South Plaza is a serene island located close to the eastern coast of Santa Cruz. This small island is sprinkled with giant prickly pear cactus, carpeted with a reddish mat of ground-cover succulents, and is home to a large nesting colony of Swallow-tailed Gulls, along with marine iguanas and Galápagos sea lions. Seabirds crowd the island’s shores including Blue-footed Boobies, Nazca Boobies, Brown Pelicans, and frigatebirds. However, the birds, seals and marine iguanas share the spotlight with brilliant yellow land iguanas of the island.
Like so many of the islands in the Galapagos, San Cristobal is formed by dormant volcanoes. It lies to the east of the archipelago and is one of the oldest islands in the group. Approximately 6,000 people live on the island, making their living from tourism, fishing, in government offices, or off the rich volcanic soils with some limited farming existing in the highlands. Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on the southwestern tip of the island is the capital city of the Galapagos Islands. A statue of Charles Darwin graces the harbor, marking one of the first places he likely stepped ashore in the 1830s.
Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather, wildlife activity and conditions. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.
Explorer Suites can accommodate three guests. Suites 334 and 335 only accommodate two guests. Bedroom one: DECKS 3 & 4: 250 – 235 SQ. FT. / 23 – 22 M2 WITH VIEW WINDOW. Bedroom one: DECK 2: 240 – 210 SQ. FT. / 22 – 20 M2 WITH THREE PORTHOLES. Features: View Window (Decks 3 and 4) - Three Portholes (Deck 2) - Sitting area with convertible sofa to accommodate an additional guest - Twin beds or queen-sized bed - Marbled bathroom with local Toiletries - Large wardrobe or walking closet (deck 2) with personal safe - Writing desk - Vanity table with hair dryer - Mini-bar with local snacks a range of soft and alcoholic drinks - Flat screen television - Radio alarm with iPod docking station - Wifi available (fees apply)
A quiet sanctuary where large picture windows provide panoramic ocean views. Terrace Suites provide splendid repose for three guests, along with a shared patio. Bedroom one: 287 SQ. FT. / 26.38 M2. Features: Large picture window providing panoramic views - Shared teak style terrace with patio furniture - Sitting area with convertible sofa to accommodate an additional guest - Twin beds or queen-sized bed - Marbled bathroom with local Toiletries - Large wardrobe with personal safe - Writing desk - Vanity table with hair dryer - Mini-bar with local snacks and a range of soft and alcoholic drinks - Flat screen television - Radio alarm with iPod docking station - Wifi available (fees apply)
A Silversea signature, complete with floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open onto a private balcony with patio furniture. Veranda Suites lavishly accommodate three guests. Bedroom one: 268 SQ. FT. / 25 M2 INCLUDING a private balcony (53 SQ. FT. / 5 M2). Features: Teak style veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors - Sitting area with convertible sofa to accommodate an additional guest - Twin beds or queen-sized bed - Marbled bathroom with local Toiletries - Large wardrobe with personal safe - Writing desk - Vanity table with hair dryer - Mini-bar with local snacks a range of soft and alcoholic drinks - Flat screen television - Radio alarm with iPod docking station - Wifi available (fees apply)
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The spacious Veranda Suite’s plush comfort with more space to relax. The private balcony with patio furniture vaunts panoramic views throughout the cruise. Three guests can rest comfortably in deluxe elegance. Bedroom one: 303 SQ. FT. / 28 M2 INCLUDING a private balcony (68 SQ. FT. / 6 M2). Features: Teak style balcony with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors - Sitting area with convertible sofa to accommodate an additional guest - Twin beds or queen-sized bed - Marbled bathroom with local Toiletries - Large wardrobe with personal safe - Writing desk - Vanity table with hair dryer - Mini-bar with local snacks and a range of soft and alcoholic drinks - Flat screen television - Radio alarm with iPod docking station - Wifi available (fees apply)
Spacious, with a welcoming sitting area, a marbled bathroom and your own private balcony with patio furniture. Silver Suites can accommodate three guests in luxury. Bedroom one: 361 SQ. FT. / 34 M2 INCLUDING a private balcony (74 SQ. FT. / 7 M2). Features: Teak style veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors - Sitting area with convertible sofa to accommodate an additional guest - Twin beds or queen-sized bed - Marbled bathroom with local Toiletries - Large wardrobe with personal safe Writing desk - Vanity table with hair dryer - Mini-bar with local snacks and a range of soft and alcoholic drinks - Flat screen television - Sparkling wine served with Pacari Ecuadorian organic chocolates and a bowl of fruits - Laundry service - Illy Espresso machine - Radio alarm with iPod docking station - Wifi available (fees apply)
Vessel Type: Luxury Small Ship
Length: 88 metres
Passenger Capacity: 75
Built / Refurbished: 2012 / 2017
The 100-guest Silver Galapagos. A Galápagos expedition cruise, enjoyed aboard Silver Galapagos, brings you to one of the most isolated places in the world to encounter an abundant variety of wildlife species that is incredibly unique and found nowhere else on earth. Lying just off the western coast of South America, the Galápagos archipelago is inaccessible to most, yet this isolation has allowed nature to develop in ways exclusive to the islands. Experience it all with complimentary exploration activities including Zodiac tours, snorkeling, kayaking and nature hikes led by our highly experienced guides certified by the National Park of the Galápagos.
Voyage on board in selected cabin category
Butler service in every suite
All meals on board*
Beverages on board (Select wines, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages)
Crew Gratuities (Excluding Spa & salon staff)
Lectures and entertainment on board
Free wif-fi (Subject to coverage)
Laundry service included for certain fare categories
Self service laundry facilities available
In country flights where required by the itinerary
*Some onboard restaurants incur an additional cost
International flights unless otherwise stated
Passport and visa costs if applicable
Optional shore excursions
Spa and Salon Treatments
Complete valet services, including laundry, pressing and dry cleaning, are available at an additional charge