If there were a dozen or so dinosaurs left on earth, you would probably find them all somewhere in the Galapagos Islands archipelago. Visiting these islands is not just a history course on the environment; it is Mother Nature’s graduate school in the process of evolution. The Galapagos Islands archipelago forms the most environmentally diverse and complex world on the planet, in which conditions have remained the same for thousands of years.
Sitting on the equator, approximately 600 miles from the Ecuadorian coast, the archipelago is comprised of 13 large volcanic islands, six smaller islands and 107 rocks and islets. Five of the islands are inhabited, and two, Fernandina and Isabela are still active volcanos where the ongoing seismic and volcanic activity reflect the processes that formed the islands. Since the islands were never attached to the mainland, the flora and fauna evolved dramatically on their own. Species of plants and animals typical of the islands have had no predators during that time, and therefore, the animals show no fear in the presence of humans. This is what makes the Galapagos so fascinating to tourist, where visitors can have an up close and personal experience with nature.
Your tour may start at the southern and eastern islands where you can enjoy fantastic snorkeling at Espanola’s Gardner Bay and Floreana’s Devil’s Crown, a remnant of a dormant volcano. A snorkeling adventure in the turquoise lagoon on Santa Fe may reward you with encounters with playful sea lion pups. A walk on Santa Fe reveals Galapagos hawks, swallow-tailed gulls and red billed tropicbirds. While on Santa Fe, you have to visit the Charles Darwin Research Station and the highland reserve at Cerro Mesa. Put on your hiking shoes and walk with the land iguanas of South Plaza, or search for the giant 500 pound Tortoises that live in the highlands of Santa Cruz.
You can experience an incredible natural history tour through the dramatic volcanic landscapes of the Western Islands, where you can explore pristine Fernandina Island, a huge shield volcano with a shoreline full of flightless cormorants, Galapagos sea lions, Galapagos penguins, Galapagos hawks and bright red-orange Sally Lightfoot Crabs. Sailing across Bolivar Channel, you will have the opportunity to view spouting whales. Arriving on Santiago’s golden Espumilla Beach, you can witness a green sea turtle nesting site, or watch sea iguanas roam the shore line. On Isabela Island, you can hike to a flamingo lagoon, or set out on a zodiac ride around Elizabeth Bay, where sea turtles swim by.
An active journey to this incredibly fascinating “world unto itself,” as Darwin called it, will be remembered for a lifetime.
Galapagos Cruises Deals
Silversea Cruises - 10% Savings Early Booking Bonus
Book and pay in full by May 2nd, 2017 and save 10% for selected 2017 voyages and all 2018 voyages*. Whether you dream of a luxurious voyage with lavish surroundings or a thrilling expedition to the most remote places on the planet, take time now to plan ahead and save 10% on voyages departing from May 2017 to December 2018*. With voyages sailing to over 800 immersive destinations on all seven continents, the choices are remarkable and the savings are, too. Especially with everything else our fares include, from ocean-view suites, wines and spirits throughout the ship to free WiFi, included gratuities, a butler for every suite and more. *Excluding Full World Cruises.
Silversea - Private Members Sale Event
For a limited time our members have a chance for additional savings on listed prices on select sailings. This is for new bookings only and the discount will ONLY be provided when you call. Limited Suites available must call to discover your savings. Please call Kenny Wong at 1 (888) 313-8883 or 1 (727) 906-0444 (International).
Silversea Cruises Galapagos All-Inclusive
Ever refining luxury exploration, Silversea has made it easier than ever to discover the wonders of the Galápagos. Introducing the Evolution of the Galápagos Experience — a new level of comfort, convenience and value where every facet of your travel is included and every detail handled by our staff. All-inclusive fares now include flights to and from the mainland to the Galápagos, transfers, pre- and post-cruise hotel stays, and even immigration processing and park entrance fees. Plus, we'll get you there, too – enjoy Roundtrip Economy Air from select US/Canada gateways to Ecuador for as low as $199*.
Experience paradise as old as time itself and immerse yourself in exhilarating explorations from the moment you step aboard, from complimentary Zodiac tours, snorkelling and kayaking to nature hikes led by our naturalist experts and certified guides. Even in these exotic isles, the hallmarks of Silversea remain, from the pampering attentions of your butler to gourmet cuisine and complimentary wines and spirits throughout the ship. The Evolution of the Galápagos Experience — follow your instincts and leave the details to us.
The 9-day all-inclusive Silver Galapagos Experience
7-day Galápagos Expedition aboard Silver Galapagos
Roundtrip Economy Air between Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands
Two-night pre-cruise hotel stay with breakfast at the Quito JW Marriott
Evening tour of Quito's historic city highlights
Post-cruise hotel day room at Hotel Oro Verde in Guayaquil (for guests with flights after 10pm)
National Park, Ingala Transit Card and porterage fees
Transfer from JW Marriott to the airport in Quito
Transfer between the airport and Silver Galapagos in Baltra
Transfer from the airport to the hotel in Guayaquil
Transfer from Hotel Oro Verde to the airport in Guayaquil
Optional International Air:
Enjoy Roundtrip Economy Air from select US/Canada gateways to Ecuador for as low as $199*
Silversea Cruises - Silver Select $1,500 Onboard Credit or 2-category Upgrade
With our Silver Select promotion, there are three ways to save on worldwide voyages in destinations from the Mediterranean to the Caribbean to remote islands of Southeast Asia or the Galápagos. You can select a two-category suite upgrade, 50% savings on a second suite, or an onboard credit of $1,500* per suite which you can use for shore excursions, spa treatments, speciality restaurants and more. And when you book, not only will you have a choice of savings, but you’ll also be able to take advantage of our exclusive all-inclusive programme on select voyages.
*Due to the all-inclusive nature of Silversea Expeditions, the $1,500 onboard credit is not available on expedition voyages.