- Silver Galapagos
- Luxury Expedition Ship
- 100 Capacity
- 8 Days
- 2013, 2014
- Price from
Summary : Discover the Western Islands which are the youngest in the archipelago, host the only active volcanoes and support over 95% of Galapagos' penguins! Encounter a plethora of flora and fauna in one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world. Come unimaginably close to an impressive array of creatures – many of them endemic – including the giant tortoise, waved albatross, colorful land iguanas and the only flightless cormorants on earth. After a day of snorkeling with penguins and sunbathing with sea lions, return to the unrivalled comforts of a luxury expedition ship on this adventure of a lifetime.
We strongly recommend two pre-cruise nights and one post-cruise night in Quito or Guayaquil. Please inquire about adding these or other services to your trip.
Activities : Birding, Hiking, Kayaking, Snorkeling
$5,450 to $10,650
Embark the vessel after a flight from mainland Ecuador and set sail for Sullivan Bay. Marvel at incredible geological formations while hiking across spectacular lava fields. Snorkel in the bay looking for sea turtles and penguins.
Climb to the top of Bartolome for a panoramic view of the archipelago. Admire the intriguing lunar landscape including Pinnacle Rock or choose to remain on the beach and snorkel in the crystal clear water.
Explore Espumilla Beach and discover an exotic landscape with incense trees where finches and mockingbirds flit, and button mangroves where sea turtles nest. Enjoy a swim or snorkel amongst its beautiful red sand.
Swim with sea turtles, sea lions and rays at Punta Vicente Roca, one of the most fascinating marine sites in the Galapagos. Explore the majestic volcanic landscape by Zodiac, accompanied by penguins, flightless cormorants, green sea turtles, noddy terns, blue-footed boobies, frigate birds and sea lions.
Fernandina is the youngest and one of the most volcanically active islands in the Galapagos. Hike across different types of lava flows with expert guides at Punta Espinoza and admire the endemic flightless cormorant up close.
At Caleta Tagus, travel by Zodiac around the salt-lake crater in the beautiful “land of marine iguanas”. Look for yellow warblers, flightless cormorants, Galapagos mockingbirds, hawks, and finches. Isabela Island was a favorite place for pirates and whalers and their inscriptions can be found in its caves.
Observe fascinating marine life at Elizabeth Bay including Galapagos penguins, turtles, rays and sea lions. Its enclosed coves are also host to hawks and flightless cormorants. Take a Zodiac ride around the bay to observe tall colorful mangroves and learn about the five volcanoes that formed the islands.
Since the 18th century, sailors would leave letters in a wooden barrel at Post Office Bay for other sailors returning home to take with them. Continue the tradition and leave a postcard or letter behind which may be picked up by other travellers to mail.
In the afternoon, choose between a walk to a pond to observe the largest colony of flamingos in the islands, or a dip in the water snorkeling at either Devil’s Crown or Champion Islet.
Visit Cerro Colorado’s breeding reserve to observe endangered giant tortoise. Learn about the origin, evolution and threats to this unique, long-living reptile. Swim or snorkel with sea lions and marine iguanas from the white coral beach of Cerro Brujo.
Visit Los Gemelos, also known as Twin Craters, which is one of the few places on the Galapagos Islands with a Scalesia forest. Walk amongst the tall trees looking for vermilion flycatchers and Galapagos Finches.
Discover tortoises from different islands at the Centro de Crianza Fausto Llerena, formerly the Charles Darwin Research Center. Scientists from all over the globe work at the station and conduct biological research from anatomy to zoology.
Disembark the vessel on Baltra Island and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the mainland.
This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.
Premier Expedition: (1/25/2014)
Special onboard guests include renowned Oxford-degreed zoologist, Dr. Paul Stewart, who has written and photographed for wildlife magazines throughout the world; and Richard Wollocombe who is a renowned wildlife cameraman, naturalist and Galapagos resident. Expedition features include a Premiere Lecture Program supported by the Royal Geographical Society and cultural experience at a local Ecuadorian school.
Cabin accommodations aboard ship; all meals aboard ship; all shore activities and excursions; guide and lecture service; butler service; gratuities aboard ship; kayaking; glass-bottom boat rides; snorkel gear and wetsuits; complimentary beverages aboard ship (including select sparkling wines, wines, spirits, soda, water and coffee); courtesy binoculars and raincoats on loan.
Hotel nights before/after cruise; transfers in Quito or Guayaquil and luggage handling; Galapagos National Park entrance fee, USD$100 (children under 12 subtract $50), subject to change without notice; Galapagos Transit Card ($10 per person); international airfare; airfare to/from Galapagos Islands; Internet (Wi-Fi); government taxes; laundry or valet services, purchases from the ship boutiques or any item or service of a personal nature; premium sparkling wines and spirits; fuel surcharge may apply.
Airfare between Quito/Guayaquil and the Galapagos Islands:
The flights between mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil) and the Galapagos Islands are an additional cost. To secure your seats on often overbooked flights, ExpeditionTrips must reserve these flights for you at the time of cruise booking. Approximate cost (including service fee): $450-$550 per adult; $250-$325 per child under 12 (copy of passport required).