Ecuador It was Darwin’s Origin of Species that made the Galapagos Islands famous, but the wildlife here made them legendary. This western itinerary allows you to get up close to giant tortoises, lava lizards, sea lions, penguins and more. Of course, there is so much more: tidal pools and lava fields, Pinnacle Rock and saltwater lagoons. Soak in the splendor of these iconic isles on this cruise.

Highlights


• Isla Bartolomé & Santiago Island

• Fernandina Island, Isabela Island and more

• Amazing Wildlife & Snorkelling


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. The Silver Galapagos will circumnavigate Kicker Rock, one of the most iconic features of the Galapagos Islands. The small landform is formed by two tall towers of lava rock and when viewed from the south, resembles a sleeping lion. This phenomenon is reflected in the Spanish name “Leon Dormido” or literally, Sleeping Lion. As the ship steers around the islands, your Expedition Team will point out seabirds, such as Swallow-tailed Gulls, Nazca Boobies and frigatebirds. The islands’ geological formation and impressive height can best be seen from the ship, and conditions permitting, we will be able to watch the sun go down in one of the most beautiful settings of the Galapagos Islands.
Our ship anchors in sight of the volcanic moonscape of Isla Bartolomé, at Sullivan Bay. Zodiacs bring guests ashore to ascend a boardwalk of 388 steps. Passing through the arid volcanic landscape provides a chance to watch for lava lizards, Galapagos Hawks, and Blue-footed Boobies. However, the climber’s ultimate reward is one of the most beautiful panoramas in all of the Galapagos Islands – the view towards Pinnacle Rock with black, volcanic cones of Baltra, Daphne Major and Daphne Minor in the distance. On the way down watch how the sunlight catches the green of pioneering plant species in stark contrast against dark volcanic rock, and look forward to time swimming and snorkeling from the golden beach at Bahia Dorada. Playa Espumilla is located on the northwestern side of Santiago Island and is home to a variety of wildlife including nesting green sea turtles, and plentiful birds such as flamingos, White-cheeked Pintails, Yellow Warblers, Galapagos Hawks, Whimbrels, and American Oystercatchers. Zodiacs will land you at the center of the white-sand beach to join a trail that passes by a seasonal lagoon hosting a variety of bird life. The trail then leads inland to a fragrant Palo Santo (incense tree) forest before looping back to the beach in a lazy circuit past the mangrove-fringed lagoon, where you can watch shorebirds work the mudflats for their dinner.
The agile Silver Galapagos can anchor in deep water right up against the cliffs of Punta Vicente Roca on the northwest side of Isabela Island. From our anchorage Zodiacs set out to cruise beneath the imposing volcanic coastline. The cliffs support endemic Flightless Cormorants, Galapagos fur seals, Blue-footed Boobies, and marine iguanas. The waters below hold scores of Eastern Pacific green sea turtles swimming all around the Zodiacs. If conditions allow, fortunate snorkelers will have an opportunity to swim with eagle rays, Galapagos sea lions, Galapagos Penguins, and schools of small tuna in the blue. Snorkeling in quiet coves and through a massive sea cave allows even more chances to experience this amazing environment. With the gentle slopes of La Cumbre volcano in the distance, the low, lava-forged coast of Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island is a spectacular sight. Hundreds of marine iguanas rest on the black rock of recent lava flows absorbing heat from the stone and defending their territories against one another. Galapagos sea lions and their pups also take shelter here, resting on the beach and playing in the shallow tide pools sprinkled along the coast. Walk past high sandy areas where marine iguanas lay their eggs and along low, shallow mangrove ponds ringed with bright red Sally Lightfoot crabs and Flightless Cormorants drying their stubby wings in the sunshine.
Tagus Cove is a sheltered area southwest of Volcán Darwin on Isabela Island. The protected waters of this cove are home to sea turtles, marine iguanas, Flightless Cormorants and Galapagos Penguins. In addition, the cove has offered safe anchorage to visiting ships through the ages. Here you can choose to kayak, snorkel or head ashore to discover centuries-old names of vessels that were painted or carved onto the rock near the landing site. After landing by Zodiac, you may hike through the forest of Palo Santo trees to access the upper reaches of a volcanic cone. Watch for several species of Darwin finches and curious mockingbirds as you ascend. From the track’s high point the panoramic view is spectacular. In the foreground shimmer the blue-green of Darwin Lake and the calm waters of Tagus Cove, while in the distance stretch vast expanses of ocean dotted with the volcanic shapes of the Galapagos Islands. The tranquil inlets of Elizabeth Bay are the perfect spot for a Zodiac cruise. First pass the “Las Marielas” islets, which are home to Blue-footed Boobies, Flightless Cormorants, Galapagos Penguins, Galapagos sea lions and Sally Lightfoot crabs. Then journey on into the bay flanked by the massive volcanoes of Sierra Negra and Alcedo and continue past fresh and desolate lava fields heading towards tall green mangrove trees growing out of black lava shores. In the easternmost embayment lies a hidden inlet. Our nimble Zodiacs can enter this small cove to look for sea turtles, rays and even sharks. Enjoy the tranquility and peaceful serenity of the place as your guide points out wildlife including Great Blue Herons, Brown Pelicans and Magnificent Frigatebirds perched in the trees or Galapagos Penguins fishing in the rich waters.
Post Office Bay is steeped in history and received its name thanks to a post box that was placed ashore before 1813. Ships that were visiting the Galapagos on multi-year voyages would leave letters here to be collected and delivered by vessels on their way home. Visitors today can keep the tradition alive by leaving their own postcards in the post box (now a barrel) and looking for any they can deliver by hand back at home. Activities at Post Office Bay can include exploring a cave created by lava that runs underground towards the ocean. The bay itself offers kayaking along the shore and into Mystery Bay, snorkeling, swimming and relaxing on the beach. Rays, blacktip reef sharks, Galapagos sea lions, herons, frigatebirds, Brown Pelicans, Darwin finches, and Yellow Warblers can all be spotted here. 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. Floreana Island’s northernmost point is called Punta Cormorant – named after the British naval vessel HMS Cormorant and dating back to the late 19th century. From the landing beach a short track leads to a shallow lagoon that is famous for its flamingos. The brilliantly pink birds skim the salty waters for shrimp and tend to chicks on the nest. The trail then scales a low hillside through scattered Palo Santo trees to reveal an idyllic white-sand beach on the other side of the point. Standing at the edge of the lapping waves, you might spot mammoth female sea turtles hauling themselves out of the sea to lay eggs in the sugar sand dunes that lay high above the tide line. Before returning to the landing site your guides may also point out White-cheeked Pintails, Blue-footed Boobies, Yellow Warblers, and Medium and Small Ground Finches.
Cerro Dragón’s land iguanas once played an important part in a conservation program headed by the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Galapagos National Park. When the reptiles’ numbers declined in the 1970s, some animals were taken to breed in captivity and were released back into undeveloped areas. Today, it is an honor to see the success of this program firsthand at Cerro Dragón. Walk inland on a trail past small saltwater lagoons that periodically feature flamingos, to see the reintroduced animals. In a periodic local phenomenon, during rainier times the salinity in the lagoons drops with the inflow of freshwater. As a consequence crustacean populations decline, which in turn means the shorebirds become scarce. On the northern shore of Santa Cruz stretch the Las Bachas beaches. The two beaches together span a full kilometer. A short track leads visitors inland towards a shallow pond with the opportunity to spot flamingos, migratory birds in season, and scavenging shorebirds. The name “Las Bachas” derives from the mispronounced term “barges” –which the American forces had left behind after World War II. On our visit to Las Bachas there will be the chance to swim from one of the two sandy beaches and to look for sea turtles that use Las Bachas as one of their major nesting sites in the islands.
Los Gemelos is Spanish for “the twins” and true to the name, Los Gemelos are twin sinkholes, one on either side of the road running from Puerto Ayora to the north side of the island. The mammoth scale of the landmarks often elicits exclamations of wonder from visitors at first sight. The vertical walls of the sinkholes fall deep into the ground covered in a veil of greenery hiding the bottom of the pit. Walk along the craters’ edges before stopping at Rancho El Manzanillo to see giant Santa Cruz tortoises in the wild. On the ranch swap walking shoes for knee-high rubber boots and wade out in to the green fields to come close to majestic giant tortoises and search for the coveted Woodpecker Finch. 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.
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. Its dry environment hosts salt bushes, prickly pear cactus and palo santo trees, all of which support land iguanas that can occasionally be seen crossing the runway.
Itineraries are subject to change.

CLASSIC VERANDA SUITE

$12,200 USD pp
CLASSIC VERANDA SUITE
Stylish and sophisticated, the Classic Veranda is a haven of peace at the end of a busy day of discovery. A private veranda brings your destination even closer to home. Full butler service completes this suite.

SUPERIOR VERANDA SUITE

$13,400 USD pp
SUPERIOR VERANDA SUITE
Our Superior Veranda Suite is designed to give you immersion far beyond excursion in the Galapagos. Silver Origin’s unique Horizon Balcony converts your suite at the touch of a button, transforming your balcony into inside seating area. A large bathroom with window into the suite makes this an enviable option when choosing your Galapagos cruise.

DELUXE VERANDA SUITE

$14,100 USD pp
DELUXE VERANDA SUITE
An ocean view walk-in shower plus our unique Horizon Balcony makes this the people’s choice when it comes to sailing the Galapagos Islands. Expertly designed and exquisitely appointed, Deluxe Veranda Suites are warm, spacious and elegantly designed, so that you can make the most of your adventure, without missing the comforts of home.

MEDALLION SUITE

$20,600 USD pp
MEDALLION SUITE
The Medallion Suite wears its name well – as it truly the gold medal of comfort in the Galapagos Islands. Designed with the adventurous guest in mind, enlarge your suite at the touch of the button with our unique Horizon Balcony. The perfect hybrid of expedition and luxury, the Medallion Suite features rich furnishings for easy-going comfort. An ocean view walk in shower extends your adventure even further.

SILVER SUITE

$23,900 USD pp
SILVER SUITE
There has never been a better time to get up close and personal with the Galapagos’ fabled marine life than with the Silver Suite. Enormous floor-to-ceiling windows look out onto the beauty of the ocean and its inhabitants. An ocean-view whirlpool bath allows you to experience the beauty of the islands, while enjoying the creature comforts of Silversea. Deluxe furnishings complete the experience.

ROYAL SUITE

$27,900 USD pp
ROYAL SUITE
The Royal Suite really is fit for a king! Among our largest on offer, not only does this suite have a private, spacious veranda, but the privileged back ship location means that you’re sure to get the best views there are! Expect all your favourite comforts inside: large ocean-view bathroom with whirlpool bath with walk-in shower, state-of-the-art entertainment system and plush bedding to ensure the best night sleep you’ve ever had.

GRAND SUITE

$32,700 USD pp
GRAND SUITE
Grand by name and grand by nature! A prefect compliment to your Galapagos Islands cruise, the Grand suite affords superb views from morning to night thanks to a glass-panelled wall in the living area. A large, private veranda and ocean-view bathroom makes the most of the destination. Beautifully furnished and appointed, the Grand Suite is the perfect answer for those who like to explore in luxury.

OWNER'S SUITE

$33,100 USD pp
OWNER'S SUITE
The name says it all; truly the apex of luxury, the Owner’s Suite is for those who want to experience the islands in comfort. A separate bedroom, modern bathroom with whirlpool bath with ocean views and elegant seating area ensure privacy and cosiness are the name of the game, while the vast veranda means full island immersion is assured.

CLASSIC VERANDA SUITE

$11,100 USD pp
CLASSIC VERANDA SUITE
Stylish and sophisticated, the Classic Veranda is a haven of peace at the end of a busy day of discovery. A private veranda brings your destination even closer to home. Full butler service completes this suite.

SUPERIOR VERANDA SUITE

$12,500 USD pp
SUPERIOR VERANDA SUITE
Our Superior Veranda Suite is designed to give you immersion far beyond excursion in the Galapagos. Silver Origin’s unique Horizon Balcony converts your suite at the touch of a button, transforming your balcony into inside seating area. A large bathroom with window into the suite makes this an enviable option when choosing your Galapagos cruise.

DELUXE VERANDA SUITE

$13,000 USD pp
DELUXE VERANDA SUITE
An ocean view walk-in shower plus our unique Horizon Balcony makes this the people’s choice when it comes to sailing the Galapagos Islands. Expertly designed and exquisitely appointed, Deluxe Veranda Suites are warm, spacious and elegantly designed, so that you can make the most of your adventure, without missing the comforts of home.

MEDALLION SUITE

$16,600 USD pp
MEDALLION SUITE
The Medallion Suite wears its name well – as it truly the gold medal of comfort in the Galapagos Islands. Designed with the adventurous guest in mind, enlarge your suite at the touch of the button with our unique Horizon Balcony. The perfect hybrid of expedition and luxury, the Medallion Suite features rich furnishings for easy-going comfort. An ocean view walk in shower extends your adventure even further.

SILVER SUITE

$19,000 USD pp
SILVER SUITE
There has never been a better time to get up close and personal with the Galapagos’ fabled marine life than with the Silver Suite. Enormous floor-to-ceiling windows look out onto the beauty of the ocean and its inhabitants. An ocean-view whirlpool bath allows you to experience the beauty of the islands, while enjoying the creature comforts of Silversea. Deluxe furnishings complete the experience.

ROYAL SUITE

$22,100 USD pp
ROYAL SUITE
The Royal Suite really is fit for a king! Among our largest on offer, not only does this suite have a private, spacious veranda, but the privileged back ship location means that you’re sure to get the best views there are! Expect all your favourite comforts inside: large ocean-view bathroom with whirlpool bath with walk-in shower, state-of-the-art entertainment system and plush bedding to ensure the best night sleep you’ve ever had.

GRAND SUITE

$25,700 USD pp
GRAND SUITE
Grand by name and grand by nature! A prefect compliment to your Galapagos Islands cruise, the Grand suite affords superb views from morning to night thanks to a glass-panelled wall in the living area. A large, private veranda and ocean-view bathroom makes the most of the destination. Beautifully furnished and appointed, the Grand Suite is the perfect answer for those who like to explore in luxury.

OWNER'S SUITE

$30,000 USD pp
OWNER'S SUITE
The name says it all; truly the apex of luxury, the Owner’s Suite is for those who want to experience the islands in comfort. A separate bedroom, modern bathroom with whirlpool bath with ocean views and elegant seating area ensure privacy and cosiness are the name of the game, while the vast veranda means full island immersion is assured.

CLASSIC VERANDA SUITE

$10,800 USD pp
CLASSIC VERANDA SUITE
Stylish and sophisticated, the Classic Veranda is a haven of peace at the end of a busy day of discovery. A private veranda brings your destination even closer to home. Full butler service completes this suite.

SUPERIOR VERANDA SUITE

$11,900 USD pp
SUPERIOR VERANDA SUITE
Our Superior Veranda Suite is designed to give you immersion far beyond excursion in the Galapagos. Silver Origin’s unique Horizon Balcony converts your suite at the touch of a button, transforming your balcony into inside seating area. A large bathroom with window into the suite makes this an enviable option when choosing your Galapagos cruise.

DELUXE VERANDA SUITE

$12,400 USD pp
DELUXE VERANDA SUITE
An ocean view walk-in shower plus our unique Horizon Balcony makes this the people’s choice when it comes to sailing the Galapagos Islands. Expertly designed and exquisitely appointed, Deluxe Veranda Suites are warm, spacious and elegantly designed, so that you can make the most of your adventure, without missing the comforts of home.

MEDALLION SUITE

$15,800 USD pp
MEDALLION SUITE
The Medallion Suite wears its name well – as it truly the gold medal of comfort in the Galapagos Islands. Designed with the adventurous guest in mind, enlarge your suite at the touch of the button with our unique Horizon Balcony. The perfect hybrid of expedition and luxury, the Medallion Suite features rich furnishings for easy-going comfort. An ocean view walk in shower extends your adventure even further.

SILVER SUITE

$18,100 USD pp
SILVER SUITE
There has never been a better time to get up close and personal with the Galapagos’ fabled marine life than with the Silver Suite. Enormous floor-to-ceiling windows look out onto the beauty of the ocean and its inhabitants. An ocean-view whirlpool bath allows you to experience the beauty of the islands, while enjoying the creature comforts of Silversea. Deluxe furnishings complete the experience.

ROYAL SUITE

$21,000 USD pp
ROYAL SUITE
The Royal Suite really is fit for a king! Among our largest on offer, not only does this suite have a private, spacious veranda, but the privileged back ship location means that you’re sure to get the best views there are! Expect all your favourite comforts inside: large ocean-view bathroom with whirlpool bath with walk-in shower, state-of-the-art entertainment system and plush bedding to ensure the best night sleep you’ve ever had.

GRAND SUITE

$24,500 USD pp
GRAND SUITE
Grand by name and grand by nature! A prefect compliment to your Galapagos Islands cruise, the Grand suite affords superb views from morning to night thanks to a glass-panelled wall in the living area. A large, private veranda and ocean-view bathroom makes the most of the destination. Beautifully furnished and appointed, the Grand Suite is the perfect answer for those who like to explore in luxury.

OWNER'S SUITE

$28,600 USD pp
OWNER'S SUITE
The name says it all; truly the apex of luxury, the Owner’s Suite is for those who want to experience the islands in comfort. A separate bedroom, modern bathroom with whirlpool bath with ocean views and elegant seating area ensure privacy and cosiness are the name of the game, while the vast veranda means full island immersion is assured.

CLASSIC VERANDA SUITE

$10,800 USD pp
CLASSIC VERANDA SUITE
Stylish and sophisticated, the Classic Veranda is a haven of peace at the end of a busy day of discovery. A private veranda brings your destination even closer to home. Full butler service completes this suite.

SUPERIOR VERANDA SUITE

$11,900 USD pp
SUPERIOR VERANDA SUITE
Our Superior Veranda Suite is designed to give you immersion far beyond excursion in the Galapagos. Silver Origin’s unique Horizon Balcony converts your suite at the touch of a button, transforming your balcony into inside seating area. A large bathroom with window into the suite makes this an enviable option when choosing your Galapagos cruise.

DELUXE VERANDA SUITE

$12,400 USD pp
DELUXE VERANDA SUITE
An ocean view walk-in shower plus our unique Horizon Balcony makes this the people’s choice when it comes to sailing the Galapagos Islands. Expertly designed and exquisitely appointed, Deluxe Veranda Suites are warm, spacious and elegantly designed, so that you can make the most of your adventure, without missing the comforts of home.

MEDALLION SUITE

$15,800 USD pp
MEDALLION SUITE
The Medallion Suite wears its name well – as it truly the gold medal of comfort in the Galapagos Islands. Designed with the adventurous guest in mind, enlarge your suite at the touch of the button with our unique Horizon Balcony. The perfect hybrid of expedition and luxury, the Medallion Suite features rich furnishings for easy-going comfort. An ocean view walk in shower extends your adventure even further.

SILVER SUITE

$18,100 USD pp
SILVER SUITE
There has never been a better time to get up close and personal with the Galapagos’ fabled marine life than with the Silver Suite. Enormous floor-to-ceiling windows look out onto the beauty of the ocean and its inhabitants. An ocean-view whirlpool bath allows you to experience the beauty of the islands, while enjoying the creature comforts of Silversea. Deluxe furnishings complete the experience.

ROYAL SUITE

$21,000 USD pp
ROYAL SUITE
The Royal Suite really is fit for a king! Among our largest on offer, not only does this suite have a private, spacious veranda, but the privileged back ship location means that you’re sure to get the best views there are! Expect all your favourite comforts inside: large ocean-view bathroom with whirlpool bath with walk-in shower, state-of-the-art entertainment system and plush bedding to ensure the best night sleep you’ve ever had.

GRAND SUITE

$24,500 USD pp
GRAND SUITE
Grand by name and grand by nature! A prefect compliment to your Galapagos Islands cruise, the Grand suite affords superb views from morning to night thanks to a glass-panelled wall in the living area. A large, private veranda and ocean-view bathroom makes the most of the destination. Beautifully furnished and appointed, the Grand Suite is the perfect answer for those who like to explore in luxury.

OWNER'S SUITE

$28,600 USD pp
OWNER'S SUITE
The name says it all; truly the apex of luxury, the Owner’s Suite is for those who want to experience the islands in comfort. A separate bedroom, modern bathroom with whirlpool bath with ocean views and elegant seating area ensure privacy and cosiness are the name of the game, while the vast veranda means full island immersion is assured.

Silver Origin

Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition

Length: 101 metres

Passenger Capacity: 100

Built: 2020

The first destination specific ship built by Silversea, Silver Origin is the height of experiential travel in the Galapagos. Never before have the islands been so superbly presented: a team of Ecuadorian national expert guides, the highest crew-to-guest ratio in the Galapagos, 8 Zodiacs, seamless hybrid spaces that offer an extraordinary voyage – for extraordinary people. All-suite accommodation, Horizon Balconies, butler service, sophisticated interiors, interactive basecamp, Ecuadorian inspired cuisine … no aspect of Silver Origin has been left to chance. The most environmentally conscious ship we have ever built, take a vertical leap and transform your idea of travel with Silver Origin.

Cabin layout for Silver Origin

Inclusions


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)
Expedition excursions
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

Transfer between airport/hotel and ship
Two nights hotel accommodation pre-cruise in Quito
Quito by night tour
Economy return flights between Ecuador and Galapagos
National park fees
One "day use" hotel accommodation on disembarkation day for guests with flights departing after 10pm
Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and on shore activities led by the Expeditions Team

Exclusions


International flights unless otherwise stated
Passport and visa costs if applicable
Travel insurance
Optional shore excursions
Spa and Salon Treatments
Complete valet services, including laundry, pressing and dry cleaning, are available at an additional charge
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