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zJourney to the Galapagos - Silver Galapagos - 8 Day Adventure

8 days

8 day small group escorted cruise & tour

Small Group Discoveries for our World Travelers

  • Our signature Small Group sightseeing brings Quito to life….
  • Explore the culture, flavors and architectural treasures of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, hailed by many as one of South America’s most beautiful cities.
  • You’ll find a bottle of fine South American wine in your shipboard suite – with our compliments.
  • Step ashore with our experienced Naturalist Guides and explore 8 unique landing sites on 4 islands.
  • With no more than 16 guests in a landing party, you’ll enjoy deeper engagement and more personalized attention from our Naturalist Guides, a more comfortable pace and unforgettable up-close encounters with wildlife.
  • Venture into the remote highlands of Santa Cruz Island to see the giant Galapagos tortoise in its natural habitat Explore one of the archipelago’s most pristine islands…
  • Genovesa is a haven for diverse birdlife including red-footed boobies and great frigate birds and off-shore snorkeling is often rewarded with sightings of Hammerhead sharks!
  • Discover 2 UNESCO World Heritage Sites c
  • “ The tour leader and naturalists were excellent... they were superb! The hotel was excellent and so was the Explorer II.” – D.G., Miami, Florida

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Welcome to Quito c

Check in to the deluxe Swissotel, perfectly located in the heart of this handsome Colonial-era capital.


Discover the Colonial monuments of the capital

This morning’s city sightseeing begins in the heart of the capital’s historic San Juan neighborhood. At a popular local pastry shop, in business for more than 40 years, you’ll savor a cup of Ecuadorian hot chocolate and a quesadilla, a traditional cake-like sweet made from flour, eggs and cheese. Focusing on Quito’s handsome Colonial-era architecture, your exploration continues with some of the city’s most significant churches and monuments, including the Church of the Compania of Jesus and the Church of San Francisco. A pleasant guided stroll brings you next to La Ronda, home to artisan workshops specializing in traditional crafts including textiles, hats and candles. After lunch in one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants here, you will be escorted back to your hotel in the mid-afternoon. If you prefer, you can be dropped off at the Central Bank Museum to explore its highly regarded collection on your own. Meals B,L


Fly to the Galapagos Islands c

Transfer to the airport for your included flight to Baltra Island where your deluxe ship awaits. Later this afternoon, step ashore on Santa Cruz Island to explore Dragon Hill. A guided hike across both beach and lava field is rewarded with your first wildlife sightings, including flamingoes, migratory birds, Darwin finches, blue footed boobies and lava lizards. At trail's end, you'll have fine views of the island's rugged interior and Rabida Island to the west. Tonight's dinner onbard is accompanied by complimentary wine and beverages. Then join our engaging naturalists for the first of your informative shipboard briefings - a nightly introduction to the myriad wonders that await you the following day. Meals B,L,D


Genovesa Island

With little rainfall, Genovesa Island’s vegetation is unique and characteristic of an arid environment. Except for Marine iguanas, reptiles are few – but the island is a paradise for sea birds including large colonies of red-footed boobies, masked boobies, Galapagos storm petrals and great frigate birds. With hardly any “introduced” species, Genovesa Island is one of the most pristine in all of the Galapagos. On your morning excursion on Genovesa you’ll explore Darwin Bay on the southern side of the island. This bay offers excellent swimming and snorkelers have a good chance of seeing Hammerhead sharks. In the afternoon, you’ll visit the El Barranco landing site.  Meals B,L,D


Ashore on North Seymour and Santa Cruz Islands

After breakfast, make a dry landing on North Seymour Island, home to sea lions and large colonies of resting marine iguanas. A pleasant hike to the interior of this flat island brings you to a small forest with Prickly Pear cactus and numerous nesting sites of Blue-footed boobies. In the afternoon, you’ll have an excursion into the interior highlands of Santa Cruz. A one-hour hike through the lush and dense vegetation brings you to a remote area where you will be able to observe a variety of giant Galapagos tortoises in their natural habitat. Meals B,L,D


Morning and afternoon excursions on San Cristobal Island

This morning’s excursion explores Punta Pitt on the eastern side of San Cristobal Island. Here, a scenic guided hike takes you across diverse terrain encompassing both beach and volcanic tuff. This is the only place in the Galapagos where you can see all three species of boobies and the Frigate bird nesting in the same area. In addition to blue-footed, red-footed and masked boobies, sea lions add their raucous presence to this pristine environment. After lunch onboard, your captain will chart a course for the Junco Volcano. This unique fresh water lagoon is located inside a volcanic crater and its water level is entirely dependent upon rainfall. A scenic motorcoach ride followed by an invigorating hike to the lagoon is rewarded with breathtaking views and an opportunity to espy numerous bird species including Bahamas ducks, Frigate birds and Galapagos finches. Meals B,L,D


Ashore on San Cristobal Island and back to the mainland

Go ashore on San Cristóbal Island this morning to visit the Galapagos Interpretation Center before your included flight back to the mainland. Upon arrival in the vibrant Pacific port of Guayaquil, you’ll be met and escorted to the deluxe Hilton Colon Hotel where the balance of your time is free. Meals B


Farewell to Ecuador

Your voyage with us ends this morning. Meals B

Extend Your Trip

Discover Peru after your Galapagos Cruise

6-Day Extension from $3,599

Enhance your travels in South America with our fully-guided 6-day tour to Lima, Cuzco and Machu Picchu. We include all flights within Peru, a choice of luxury hotels and extensive sightseeing.

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Arrive Lima, Peru

On arrival in Lima, you’ll be escorted to your choice of luxury hotels, well-located in vibrant Miraflores or the artistic area of Barranco.


Discover Lima

After a leisurely breakfast, your car, driver and guide will be waiting to show you Lima’s highlights – starting at the Larco Museum; renowned for its superb collection of pre-Columbian artifacts, your private tour is the perfect introduction to the Inca sites you’ll explore in the coming days.
After a light lunch, continue to Plaza Mayor in the historic heart of the city. Admire the Archbishop’s Palace, easily recognized by its grand wooden balcony, and behold the impressive 18th-century Cathedral. Close by, you’ll tour the beautiful Convent and Basilica of Santo Domingo, built in 1766.
Then spend time exploring the streets of Barranco, where 19th-century aristocratic homes have been given new life as cafés, galleries and boutique. Visit the Jade Rivera Museum, home to the Peruvian visual artist, muralist, technique researcher and constant apprentice.  With more than 20 years of experience, he focuses his work on representing situations of daily and cultural life, through an imagery that embraces the emotions and the spiritual of the human being. Jade understands that the street is a communication tool and that the murals are codes of reflection between the passerby and the wall, with the main purpose of posing questions to the viewer but not giving answers. Motivated by the language of the mural, he supports and strengthens his graphics with a strong admiration for animals and visual poetry.  Meals B+L


Fly to Cuzco

After breakfast, you’ll be chauffeured to the airport for your included flight to Cuzco, the ancient capital of the once vast and mighty Inca Empire. On arrival, you’ll be escorted by private car to the luxury hotel of your choice – where oxygenated rooms promise greater comfort in this high-mountain town. With your own personal guide, this afternoon’s tour begins in the peaks outside of town where you’ll discover the magnificent ruins of Sacsayhuaman. Built in the 1400’s by the Inca Emperor Pachacútec, the massive limestone blocks of this venerated complex were cut with such precision that they fit together without mortar like the interlocking pieces of a jigsaw puzzle! With some individual stones towering more than 10 feet tall and weighing several hundreds of tons, Sacsayhuaman is a monumental achievement of architecture and masonry.
You’ll also visit San Pedro Market, where your guide will offer fascinating cultural perspectives and personal insights into the life of local citizens. Then discover Cuzco’s Cathedral and the other Colonial-era landmarks that line the Plaza de Armas. At the Temple of the Sun and Convent of Santo Domingo, you’ll discover one of Peru’s most fascinating sites. It also demonstrates the rich layering of history here in Cuzco, where a sacred structure of one culture, the Convent, literally sits atop and practically encloses another, the Inca-built Temple of the Sun. Finish your tour with an engaging local bartender and learn how to make the perfect Pisco Sour, Peru’s signature cocktail.  Meals B


By Rail to Machu Picchu

After breakfast, you’ll be chauffeured to the station to board the Vistadome Train for your journey through the Sacred Valley. Sit back and enjoy the views as you travel through this timeless region of snow-capped Andean peaks, quiet villages and terraced fields that have been cultivated for centuries. On arrival in the charming town of Aguas Calientes, you’ll board the coach for the 30-minute ride up the switchback mountain road that brings you to the entrance to Machu Picchu. The fabled Lost City is certainly the single greatest landmark in Peru – and perhaps all of South America. Indeed, little can be written here that would do justice to the breathtaking grandeur of its mountain setting, the enigmatic power and aura that so permeate this ancient citadel, and the unforgettable experience of standing among these ancient stones. And with your personal guide’s illuminating expertise, your visit will bring to life the ancient Inca civilization that built Machu Picchu. After sightseeing, board the train back to Cuzco and return to your luxury hotel.  Meals B+L


Morning at Machu Picchu + Back to Cuzco by Train

We’ve included your motorcoach transportation back up the mountain and your entry ticket so you can explore the Lost City at your own pace.  At this early hour, people have yet to arrive from Cuzco or the Sacred Valley. With far fewer visitors and the soft light of morning just breaking over the surrounding mountain peaks, your return visit promises an exceptionally powerful and evocative experience.
In the afternoon, you’ll make the return rail journey through the Sacred Valley. On arrival in Cuzco, you’ll be met and chauffeured to the luxurious JW Marriott.  Meals B


Fly Back to Lima

We’ll take you to the airport this morning for your included flight to Lima, where you can connect to your homeward journey.  Meals B

Private Tour Add-Ons

Lake Titicaca

With its pristine beauty and unique indigenous communities, Lake Titicaca is a terrific way to enhance your travels through Peru and South America. We include private airport transfers, a choice of fine hotels & resorts and a full-day, expertly guided excursion across the Lake.

Machu Picchu

Enhance your trip to Peru with one of South America’s most inspiring sites, the fabled Lost City of the Inca! We include roundtrip rail transportation from Cuzco, a choice of fine hotels, an extensive afternoon tour of Machu Picchu and the opportunity for a second sunrise visit – before the day visitors arrive!

Nazca Lines and Ballestas Islands

Complement your travels in South America with two of Peru’s most diverse wonders! We include roundtrip transportation from Lima, a selection of fine hotels and resorts, a flight-seeing tour over the Nazca Lines and a cruise excursion to observe the wildlife of the Ballestas Islands.


Ask about international air service on LAN, including business class. See your travel agent or call us for current international airfare associated with this program. We offer both economy and business class fares. Prices are in U.S. currency and are per person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted. Availability is limited.

Extra nights are available before or after your tour.

Family + Friends

Travel is one of  life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Take advantage of our Family & Friends offer and Save $100 per person anytime you book 4 or more people on the same A+R program.

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