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Wonders of the Galápagos Islands

Program Overview

Immerse yourself in the unique ecosystems that inspired Charles Darwin with an extraordinary cruise aboard the intimate, all-suite Silver Origin. This exquisite six-star ship was designed specifically to navigate the hard-to-reach Galápagos archipelago and features a team of expert Ecuadorian guides, Zodiacs and unparalleled luxury—including butler service and authentic regional cuisine. Visit seven islands to observe exotic birds, reptiles, mammals and plants. Extend your journey with the Quito Pre-Program and/or the Machu Picchu, Cuzco, the Sacred Valley and Lima Post-Program Options.

Inside the Silver Origin

Program Details

February 10 to 19, 2023 (Silver Origin)
From $9,995 plus air View Terms & Conditions
  • Extraordinary, uniquely designed ten-day Galápagos journey.
  • During a seven-night cruise discover seven of the iconic Galápagos Islands from the all-suite, six-star Silver Origin, the most elegant, sustainable ship to explore this unique ecosystem.
  • Immerse yourself in the rare flora and fauna of the Galápagos with small group, guided Zodiac excursions.
  • Enjoy expert lectures and in-depth exploration with the Basecamp hub of discovery.
  • Experience the coralline beach of Bahía Borrero on Santa Cruz Island, famously known as a nesting site for Green Sea turtles.
  • All excursions included—best Galápagos value on the market!
  • Three night Quito Pre-Program Option including the Old City—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—and an excursion to the “Middle of the World,” the Equatorial Monument at zero degrees latitude.
  • Seven-night Machu Picchu Post-Program Option, including Cuzco, Peru, the Urubamba Valley, and Lima.

Day 1 - Depart home city / Arrive in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Day 2 - Guayaquil / San Cristóbal / Embark Silver Origin / Kicker Rock

Day 3 - Isla Bartolomé / Buccaneer Cove, Santiago

Day 4 - Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela Island / Punta Espinosa, Fernandina Island

Day 5 - Tagus Cover, Isabela Island / Elizabeth Bay

Day 6 - Post Office Bay, Floreana Island / Champion Islet

Day 7 - Santa Cruz Highlands / Breeding Center, Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island

Day 8 - Cerro Dragon / Isla Guy Fawkes / Bahia Borrero

Day 9 and 10 - San Cristobal, Galápagos Islands / Guayaquil, Ecuador / Return to home city

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Silver Origin

Luxury Expedition Vessel

The first Silversea ship built for one specific destination, the Galápagos, the Silver Origin is their most environmentally conscious ship built to date. Employing a dynamic positioning system that renders anchors unnecessary and an advanced propulsion system, the ship’s state-of-the-art technology gives it the lowest possible carbon footprint and protect the archipelago’s delicate seabed.

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Quito Pre-Program Option

Explore the UNESCO treasures, rich indigenous traditions, and contemporary verve of Quito, South America’s prettiest and most beguiling capital city. Walk the streets of the Old Town, where Spanish colonial grandeur and pre-Columbian rituals coalesce in a panoply of Baroque cathedrals, ornate palaces, and lively plazas. Uncover Quito’s artistic soul along La Ronda, one of the city’s oldest streets. Visit a local artisanal chocolatier and see a demonstration on how they make their chocolate. Accommodations are for three nights in the five-star JW Marriott Hotel Quito.

Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley Post-Program Option

Discover Peru’s UNESCO-inscribed archaeological treasures and landscapes on this tour featuring Machu Picchu, Cuzco, and the Sacred Valley. Cradled by the soaring peaks of the Andes Mountains, the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu inspires awe like few other places. Admire the spectacular sites of the Sacred Valley, where ancient engineering marvels, such as the fortress of Ollantaytambo, stand as lasting testimony to the Inca Empire. Here, village craftspeople employ age-old techniques to spin, dye, and weave tapestries and sculpt pottery painted with artistic patterns. In the historical Inca capital of Cuzco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, see the stone fortress of Sacsayhuamán and Baroque- and Renaissance-style churches that provide a mix of pre-Columbian and colonial influences. Enjoy deluxe, ideally located accommodations in Lima, Machu Picchu, and Cuzco.

The Pre- an Post-Program Options are available at additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.

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Program Itinerary

Day 1 Home City / Guayaquil, Ecuador

Depart home city and fly to Guayaquil. Upon arrival, transfer to the Hilton Colón Guayaquil Hotel.

Day 2 Guayaquil / San Cristóbal / Kicker Rock

Fly into San Cristóbal to embark the Silver Origin.

San Cristóbal is one of the oldest islands in the Galápagos Archipelago, formed by dormant volcanoes. Here, approximately 8,000 people live and work in the fishing industry, farming the rich volcanic soil of the highlands,
in government or tourism. Puerto Baquerizo Moreno is the capital city of the Galápagos Islands. A statue of Charles Darwin graces the harbor, marking one of the first places he likely stepped ashore in the 1830s.

When approaching Kicker Rock, frigate birds, Nazca boobies, and blue-footed boobies can be observed in the air, while sea lions can be seen along the shore.

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Day 3 Isla Bartolomé / Buccaneer Cove, Santiago

Anchor in sight of the volcanic moonscape of Isla Bartolomé, where Zodiacs will bring guests ashore to ascend a boardwalk of 388 steps. View one of the most beautiful panoramas in all the Galápagos Islands towards Pinnacle rock, with the black volcanic cones of Baltra, Daphne Major, and Daphne Minor in the distance.

Buccaneer Cove is a colorful inlet on Santiago Island, owing its name to some of the first visitors—pirates. They came searching for fresh water, tortoises, and even to hide their treasures. At a distance you can observe the impressive volcanoes of Isabela Island.

Day 4 Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela Island / Punta Espinosa, Fernandina Island

Punta Vincente Roca is one of Isabela Island’s beautiful marine sites. Geological formations, underwater caves, and lava tubes offer fascinating views of the coastline. It is common to see Pacific green turtles, sharks, rays, whales, and dolphins. Blue-footed boobies, brown noddies, and other seabirds nest in the cliffs, while the endemic Galápagos penguins and flightless cormorants have established small colonies nearby. 

Explore the island of Fernandina, with a high density of marine iguanas, sea lions, sally light-foot crabs, hawks, penguins, and the flightless cormorants.

Day 5 Tagus Cove, Isabela Island / Elizabeth Bay

Northwest of Isabela lies secluded Tagus Cove, which provided anchorage for pirates and whalers over the centuries. An uphill hike leads to the back of Darwin Crater, filled with salt water.

Elizabeth Bay is found at Isabela’s narrowest east-west extension where the lava flow of two volcanoes connects to each other. Las Mariela’s, three rocks at the entrance to the bay, are favored by blue-footed boobies, flightless cormorants, and Galápagos penguins as a resting place, while the mangrove area is preferred by great blue herons for hunting or the frigate birds for perching. The bay is used by turtles, rays, and sharks for feeding or resting.

Day 6 Post Office Bay, Floreana Island / Champion Islet

Near Post Office Bay, explore the north shore of Floreana along narrow channels teeming with life.

Champion Islet is one of four marine sites surrounding Floreana and offers excellent deep-water snorkeling opportunities. Curious sea lions approach the snorkelers while turtles slowly swim by and sharks, sting rays, and colorful fish can be seen. During a Zodiac cruise around Champion Islet, look for Nazca boobies, red-billed tropicbirds, and the rare Floreana mockingbird.

Visit Punta Cormorant, Floreana’s northernmost point, named for the British Naval vessel HMS Cormorant. Follow a short trail from the beach to the island’s shallow lagoon, famous for its flamingo population. The trail continues through the trees to a white-sand beach on the other side of the point. Here, observe the local colonies of birds and look for the sea turtles that are known to lay eggs in the dunes.

Day 7 Santa Cruz Highlands / Breeding Center, Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz Island

Santa Cruz Island reaches an altitude of 864 meters (2,835 ft), where weather changes create microclimates. The species of flora and fauna found near the shoreline vary extremely from those on the highlands.

In Puerto Ayora, visit the Charles Darwin Research Station housing the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center for giant tortoises and land iguanas, where guides interpret the center’s breeding and reintroduction programs. Throughout the station there are huge prickly pear cactus trees being fed upon by the Galápagos cactus finch.

Day 8 Cerro Dragón / Guy Fawkes Islands / Bahía Borrero

Explore a landscape of volcanic rock as you walk along Cerro Dragon. This visit mixes a brackish water lagoon inhabited by elusive pink flamingos and a volcanic rock cover dry enough to be the perfect ecosystem for the Galápagos land iguana. 

The Guy Fawkes islets have beautiful underwater cliffs filled with marine invertabrates such as corals, sea stars, and urchins. These conditions result in immense aggregations of fish, making it an ideal place for deep water snorkeling. 

In the northern area, Bahía Borrero is a beautiful white coralline beach used as a nesting site by green sea turtles. Behind the dunes is a forest of typical vegetation from the arid zone—Palo Santo, leather leaf and salty bushes. This welcomes yellow warblers and some species of the Darwin finches, such as the common cactus finch or the small ground finch. 

Enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Reception at the end of the day.

Day 9 and 10 San Cristobal, Galápagos Islands / Guayaquil, Ecuador / Return to Home City

Disembark the ship at San Cristóbal and fly to Guayaquil. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure before an overnight flight back to your home city.