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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.

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 the U.S. or Canada / 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 U.S. or Canada

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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 most beguiling capital city. 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 a comprehensive, seven-night tour featuring the stunning Inca citadel of Machu Picchu, the Sacred Valley, and Cuzco. Enjoy ideally located deluxe and five-star 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 U.S. or Canada / 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 to San Cristóbal, one of the oldest islands in the archipelago. Arrive at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, the capital city of the Galápagos Islands. See the statue of Charles Darwin gracing the harbor before you embark the ship. While cruising to Kicker Rock, look out for blue-footed boobies, Nazca boobies, and frigate birds.

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Day 3 Isla Bartolomé / Buccaneer Cove, Santiago

See the volcanic moonscape of Isla Bartolomé at Sullivan Bay as we anchor nearby. Enjoy beautiful panoramas of the black, volcanic cones of Baltra, Daphne Major, and Daphne Minor as the ship continues toward Pinnacle Rock. The day ends at Buccaneer Cove, a colorful inlet on Santiago Island that was named after some of the first visitors to the area—pirates.

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

Discover Punta Vicente Roca on Isabela Island, where it is common to see Pacific green turtles. This afternoon, explore the island of Fernandina, which boasts a unique environment with a high density of large marine iguanas.

Day 5 Tagus Cove, Isabela Island / Elizabeth Bay

On the northwest coast of Isabela Island, the secluded Tagus Cove was once a favorite anchorage for pirates and whalers. Enjoy an uphill hike to the back of Darwin Crater, filled with salt water. You’ll also see Las Mariela’s, three rocks at the entrance to Elizabeth Bay, which is favored by blue-footed boobies, flightless cormorants, and Galápagos penguins.

Day 6 Post Office Bay, Floreana Island / Champion Islet

See Post Office Bay, the historic barrel where postcards are traditionally left for guests from other vessels to hand-deliver to their destinations. You will also explore Champion Islet, one of four marine sites surrounding Floreana. Embark on a Zodiac cruise to see Nazca boobies and red-billed tropic birds.

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

See Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, where the 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. 

Day 8 Cerro Dragón / Guy Fawkes Islands / Bahía Borrero

A dry landing onto volcanic rock covered by Sally Lightfoot crabs starts the day with a walk on Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill). Later, enjoy snorkeling among
multi-colored tropical fish, turtles and seals. The day of touring concludes at Bahía Borrero, a white coralline beach used as a nesting site by green sea turtles. Enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Reception that evening. 

Day 9 and 10 Day 9 and 10 - San Cristobal, Galápagos Islands / Guayaquil, Ecuador / Return to U.S. or Canada

Disembark the ship at San Cristobal and fly to Guayaquil. Have an afternoon at leisure before continuing on the Machu Picchu and Sacred Valley Post-Program Option or catching your overnight flight back to the U.S. or Canada.