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The Galapagos Islands are some of the world’s most famous and most fascinating islands. Each moment of this expedition voyage will reveal why these islands are so special. From pelicans to penguins, green sea turtles to marine iguanas, sea lions to manta rays and blue-footed boobies to the giant tortoise. The Galapagos Islands have a wonderfully diverse range of wildlife to encounter.

What not to miss

  • Zodiac cruises

  • All inclusive

  • Snorkelling

  • Kayaking

  • Nature hikes

  • Diverse wildlife

What’s included

  • All meals aboard the Silver Galapagos

  • Two-night pre-cruise hotel stay with breakfast in Quito

  • Quito evening tour

  • Butler service

  • Zodiac cruises

  • National park fees

  • Land and sea tours

  • Post cruise hotel day room (for guests with flights after 10pm)

  • Charter flight to/from Ecuador

  • Gratuities

  • Free Wifi

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Cruise Day 1 | Baltra Island & Isla Daphne Grande

Baltra Island, also known as South Seymour, is the gateway through which most people enter and depart the Galapagos Ahchipelago. 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 centre 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.

Cruise Day 2 | Genovesa Island & Darwin Bay

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 will 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.

Cruise Day 3 | North Seymour Island & Santiago Island

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 favoured 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.

Cruise Day 4 | Rabida Island & Santa Cruz Island

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 coloured 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.

Cruise Day 5 | San Cristobal Island

Giant tortoises are emblematic of the Galapagos Islands. To experience these ancient animals first-hand, 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.

Cruise Day 6 | Champion Island & Espanola Island

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 snorkellers 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 colourful marine iguanas.

 Cruise Day 7 | Santa Cruz, South Plaza Island & San Cristobal Island

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 harbour, marking one of the first places he likely stepped ashore in the 1830s.

 Cruise Day 8 | Disembarkation Day

Following breakfast, disembark Silver Galapagos for your return flight from San Cristobal Airport to Guayaquil.

Expedition Cruises | Important Reminder

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.

 Galapagos | Important Information

For Galapagos, our standard package includes two nights pre-cruise hotel in Quito, domestic flights and park fees. Cruise departures for this itinerary are on a Saturday, you will have 2 nights pre-tour in Quito starting from the Thursday. The trip ends with a flight from Galapagos to Guayaquil, international flights should not be booked earlier than 6.30-7pm on the final day.

This tour is operated by our preferred local partner.

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Silver Galapagos

Silver Galapagos fuses seamless shore excursions, quality lectures and multiple Zodiac landings with excellent dining and plush all-suite accommodation. She underwent her last refurbishment in 2017.

A luxury Galápagos expedition cruise, enjoyed aboard Silver Galapagos, brings you to one of the most isolated places in the world. You’ll encounter an abundant variety of wildlife species that is incredibly unique and found nowhere else on earth. Experience it all with complimentary exploration activities including Zodiac tours, snorkelling, kayaking and nature hikes led by our highly experienced guides certified by the National Park of the Galápagos.

Ship Specifications

  • Staff and Crew: 75

  • Guests: 100

  • Length: 88.16 metres

  • Width: 15.3 metres

  • Cruising Speed: 17 knots

  • Registration: Ecuador

Deck Plan

Ship Amenities

  • Piano Bar

  • Beauty Salon

  • Whirlpool

  • Fitness Centre

  • Massage Room 

  • 2 restaurants

  • Library

  • Explorer Lounge

  • Medical Centre

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Explorer Suite | Decks 2, 3 & 4

DECK 2: 240 – 210 SQ. FT. / 22 – 20 M2 WITH THREE PORTHOLES
DECKS 3 & 4: 250 – 235 SQ. FT. / 23 – 22 M2 WITH VIEW WINDOW

All Explorer Suites can accommodate at least two guests. Explorer Suites 336, 337, 338, 339, 340, and 341 can accommodate up to three guests. All Explorer Suites on Deck 2 can accommodate up to three guests.

  •  View Window (Decks 3 and 4)

  •  Three portholes (Deck 2)

  •  Sitting area (all Suites on Deck 2 and Suites 337, 336, 339, 338, 341 and 340 have a convertible sofa to accommodate an additional guest)

  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed

Terrace Suite | Deck 5

287 SQ. FT. / 26.38 M2

A quiet sanctuary where large picture windows provide panoramic ocean views. Terrace Suites provide splendid repose for three guests, along with easy access to public observation area with patio furniture.

  • Teak style balcony with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors

  • Sitting area (Suites 425 and 427 have a convertible sofa to accommodate an additional guest)

  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed

Veranda Suite | Deck 5

268 SQ. FT. / 25 M2 INCLUDING A PRIVATE BALCONY (53 SQ. FT. / 5 M2)

  • 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.

  • Teak style balcony with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors

  • Sitting area (Suites 507,508,517 and 519 have a convertible sofa to accommodate an additional guest)

  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed

Deluxe Veranda Suite | Deck 4

303 SQ. FT. / 28 M2 INCLUDING A PRIVATE BALCONY (68 SQ. FT. / 6 M2)

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.

  • Teak style balcony with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors

  • Sitting area (Suites 425 and 427 have a convertible sofa to accommodate an additional guest)

  • Twin beds or queen-sized bed

Silver Suite | Deck 6

268 SQ. FT. / 25 M2 INCLUDING A PRIVATE BALCONY (53 SQ. FT. / 5 M2)

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.

  • 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

  • Sparkling wine served with Pacari Ecuadorian organic chocolates and a bowl of fruit

  • Laundry service

  • Illy® espresso machine

  • Bose Sound Touch 30 with Bluetooth connectivity (use Bose APP or direct Bluetooth connection)

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Call one of our Expedition Cruise experts for the very best prices and latest deals.

Cruise Only Prices 2018 (International flights + transfers not included)

Dates Nights Twin Cabin Price
06 October - 13 October  7 £5600
20 October - 27 October  7 £6100
17 November - 24 November  7 £7100
24 November - 01 December  7 £6300
01 December - 08 December  7 £6300
15 December - 22 December  7 £6300
29 December - 05 January  7 £14100

Your trip will start in Quito on the Thursday before, 2 nights pre-cruise are included as well as domestic flights + park fees.

Cruise Only Prices 2019 (International flights + transfers not included)

Dates Nights Twin Cabin Price
12 January - 19 January  7 £8000
26 January - 02 February  7 £7200
09 February - 16 February  7 £6030
23 February - 02 March  7 £7400
09 March - 16 March  7 £7110
23 March - 30 March  7 £6480
06 April - 13 April  7 £7200
20 April - 27 April  7 £6930
04 May - 11 May  7 £7290
18 May - 25 May  7 £8190
01 June - 08 June  7 £6840
08 June - 15 June  7 £5310
15 June - 22 June  7 £6750
29 June - 06 July  7 £6930
13 July - 20 July  7 £7020
27 July - 03 August  7 £6030
10 August - 17 August  7 £8370
24 August - 31 August  7 £5310
05 October - 12 October  7 £6300
19 October - 02 November  7 £6390
02 November - 09 November 7 £5580
16 November - 23 November 7 £7200
30 November - 07 December 7 £5580
14 December - 21 December  7 £5850
28 December - 04 January  7 £7560

Cruise Only Prices 2020 (International flights + transfers not included)

Dates Nights Twin Cabin Price
25 January - 01 February 7 £5580
22 February - 29 February  7 £5760
07 March - 14 March  7 £6030
21 March - 28 March  7 £6030
04 April - 11 April  7 £5940
18 April - 25 April  7 £5940
02 May - 09 May 7 £5580
16 May - 23 May  7 £5580
30 May - 06 June  7 £5580
13 June - 20 June  7 £6210
27 June - 04 July  7 £6210
11 July - 18 July  7 £5760
25 July - 01 August  7 £5760
08 August - 15 August 7 £5760
22 August - 29 August  7 £5760
05 September - 12 September 7 £5490
19 September - 26 September  7 £5490

Your trip will start in Quito on the Thursday before, 2 nights pre-cruise are included as well as domestic flights + park fees.

Cruise prices are accurate at time of publication. All suites are subject to availability.
Prices are per person, based on a twin/double suite – please contact us for details of other suite types.

Deposits

  • If under 120 days until cruise sails, full payment is required at booking

  • If over 120 days until cruise sails, 25% deposit is required at booking

Flights + Extra Accommodation

Our BSpoke team can organise international flights, business upgrades and pre and post expedition accommodation. Please contact your Expedition Cruise Expert for more information.

Solo Travellers

Aboard our Silver Cloud, Silver Explorer and Silver Galapagos Expedition Cruises it is not possible to be paired with another traveller who you don’t know in a twin suite. If you are travelling solo you will be required to pay a supplement. The supplement varies between voyages so please speak to your Expedition Cruise Expert who will be able to advise the cost.

Extra Services

To pre-reserve beauty treatments and restaurant reservations please contact your Expedition Cruise Expert within 120 days of sailing (subject to change).

Optional Activities | Sea Kayaking

Weather depending, Silver Explorer offers the opportunity to kayak in a small group under the guidance of certified kayak instructors. Silver Galapagos carries 8 double kayaks, it is complimentary to take part in the kayaking however this is on a first come first served basis, you can register your interest onboard.

Please note you will need to have had some previous kayaking experience.

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