Trip Information

Duration
7 Days
Departs
January to December
Ship
Silver Origin
From
£8439 per person
Offer
Includes return flights, pre cruise hotel and transfers Book by 2 June 2020 and benefit from Free flights, Hotel and Transfers

This Expedition Includes:

  • Premium dining & beverages
  • In-suite mini bar
  • In-suite butler service
  • Guided small-group excursions
  • Onboard gratuities

Expedition Highlights:

  • See pelicans, penguins and watch for the unique species of flightless cormorant
  • Swim with sea lions, turtles and manta rays
  • Hike through the forests of Palo Santo
  • Walk across the lava fields of one of the most volcanically active places on Earth
  • See nesting turtles, giant tortoises, sea lions colonies and wild flamingos (in season)

Itinerary Summary

Explore the western region of the Galapagos Islands on this 7 day expedition cruise aboard Silver Origin. Setting sail from the island of San Cristobal, you will head towards one of the most eye-catching sights in the Galapagos, Kicker Rock (Roca Leon Dormido). Here you will cruise close to the rock face with a chance of seeing a myriad of different birds, including Nazca Booobies and Swallow-tailed Gulls.

The following day you will visit two of the region’s most beautiful islands. The first is Bartolome, where you will land by Zodiac and trek towards the look-out point for glorious view of Sullivan Bay, before heading to Santiago Island for a beach landing on Playa Espumilla, which is home to sea turtles, Galapagos Hawks and Yellow Warblers.

The next three days will see you based close to the islands of Isabela and Floreana. Isabela is one of the largest landmasses in the western region and offers much to explore. During your time here you will visit one of the Galapagos Islands best snorkel sites, which lies at the foot of the cliffs at Punta Vicente Roca, and Elizabeth Bay where you will venture by Zodiac towards a dense Mangrove forest and be given the chance to see rays, sharks and turtles.

Floreana is the most northern of the islands in the western region and was the first to be colonised by the Ecuadorians. Floreana is noted for the great snorkelling opportunities it offers but the blend of white sand beaches, tree-topped mounds and rocky lava fields make it a lovely place to explore.

During your time on Floreana you will also visit the island’s famous Post Office. Unlike many places in the region, Post Office Bay is intrinsically linked to human history. In the 1800s whalers placed a barrel on the island in which they would leave letters for loved ones back home. These would then be collected by passing ships on their way to Europe and the Americas in order for them to be delivered. This system still works today – if you want to see how long it takes, you can join other tourists by leaving your own message!

The final two days of your expedition will be focused on the island of Santa Cruz. You will visit Cerro Dragon (Dragon Hill), which displays the benefits of the conservation work carried out by the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Galapagos National Park in protecting the island’s reptiles, and Los Gemelos; two sinkholes that disappear deep into the earth and is one of the most breathtaking landmarks in the region.

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Day-by-Day Itinerary:

  • Day 01 San Cristobal, Ecuador
  • Day 01 Roca Leon Dormido, Ecuador
  • Day 02 Bartolome, Ecuador
  • Day 02 Playa Espumilla, Santiago, Ecuador
  • Day 03 Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela, Ecuador
  • Day 03 Punta Espinoza, Fernandina, Ecuador
  • Day 04 Caleta Tagus, Isabela, Ecuador
  • Day 04 Bahia Elizabeth, Isabela, Ecuador
  • Day 05 Islote Campeon, Floreana, Ecuador
  • Day 05 Post Office, Florena, Ecuador
  • Day 05 Punta Cormorant, Floreana, Ecuador
  • Day 06 Cerro Dragon, Santa Cruz, Ecuador
  • Day 06 Las Bachas, Santa Cruz, Ecuador
  • Day 07 Estacion Darwin & Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, Ecuador
  • Day 08 Baltra, Galapagos

About Your Ship

Silver Origin is a new luxury vessel purpose-built for expedition cruises in the Galapagos Islands. Offering the capacity for just 100 guests, Silver Origin is the perfect choice if you are seeking a high level of onboard comfort and facilities on your Galapagos cruise.

For exploration and sightseeing, Silver Origin is equipped with a fleet of eight Zodiacs which are deployed daily – weather-permitting – as well as water-sports and diving apparatus. In addition to the excellent facilities, every voyage on Silver Origin is accompanied by a highly trained Expedition Team, all of whom who are certified by the National Park of the Galapagos and will be on-hand throughout to lead excursions and a series of daily briefings and lectures.

Onboard, Silver Origin is in a class of its own when compared to other ships in the region. As such, you can expect a range of first-class facilities and amenities. The all-suite accommodation is luxuriously-appointed, offering both ocean views and butler service, while the ship’s two dining options combine mouth-watering international cuisine with a traditional Ecuadorian twist.

In terms of public spaces and lounges, those on Silver Origin have been designed to complement the natural beauty of the Galapagos Islands and as such, are spacious, light and airy. The Basecamp lounge is one of the key spaces onboard, and it is here where guests can learn more about the places they are visiting courtesy of a range of educational activities and an interactive digital wall that is used to project videos, photos and excursion previews.

The Observation Lounge, situated at the front of the ship, provides an elegant space in which to relax and is blessed with glorious ocean views courtesy of large floor-to-ceiling windows, while the Explorer Lounge serves as the hub of the ship for daily briefings, presentations and lectures.

To reduce the ship’s carbon footprint, Silver Origin has been designed to operate without an anchor and instead uses innovative dynamic positioning to keep her stable when not in motion, while all guests receive a free reusable water bottle to keep the ship free of unnecessary plastics.

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