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zSilversea Expeditions to the Galapagos - Western Islands Adventure

11 days

Never more than 16 guests. Guaranteed.

Small Group Discoveries

  • Set sail aboard the newest and most luxurious ship... The ultimate Silver Galapagos features oceanview suites, butler service, complimentary wine and spirits throughout the ship and the finest naturalists.
  • Delight in Quito's best luxury hotel, set in a restored mansion overlooking historic Plaza San Francisco.
  • Our extensive Small Group sightseeing and a lunch in historic La Ronda bring Colonial Quito to life.
  • With no more than 16 guests in your landing party, you'll enjoy a comfortable pace and unforgettable up-close encounters with wildlife.

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Day
1

Welcome to Quito c

Transfer to the luxurious boutique hotel, Casa Gangotena.

Day
2

Discover Quito's Colonial splendor

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

Day
3

Fly to Baltra Island in the Galapagos c

Transfer to the airport for your included flight to Baltra Island where your deluxe ship awaits. Dinner is followed by the first of your nightly briefings from the ship’s well-informed naturalists. Meals B,L,D

Day
4

Bartholomew and Santiago Island

Don’t forget your camera this morning! Bartolomé is famous for its dramatic formations like Pinnacle Rock. You can swim and snorkel, or take a walk along the beach to look for playful Galapagos penguins and Brown pelicans, perched on seaside rocks. After lunch, the captain will chart a course for Santiago Island.  Depending on sea conditions we visit beautiful Espumilla Beach, an important nesting site for the East Pacific Green Sea Turtle and home to white-cheeked pintail ducks, or Buccanee’rs cove for snorkeling and kayaking. Meals B,L,D

Day
5

Remote Isabela and Fernandina Islands

At the edge of the archipelago is Isabela Island, the largest and youngest island in the Galapagos. Your morning exploration of the island’s northwestern tip at Punta Vicente Roca is well worth the journey. Explore by panga, a small motorized dingy, along coastal cliffs to see Blue-footed and Nazca boobies, Galapagos penguins and pelicans. The snorkeling here can be spectacular with frequent sightings of Manta rays, sea turtles and even dolphins. After lunch we head to the black lava shores of Punta Espinoza at the northeastern corner of Fernandina.  One of the most pristine islands in the world, Fernandina hosts an impressive array of wildlife including the largest colony of marine iguanas, sea lions, colorful Sally Light-Foot crabs and the rare endemic Flightless Cormorant. Meals B,L,D

Day
6

More of Isabela Island

Exploring Tagus Cove this morning reveals the amazing geological and wildlife diversity of this remote island. Take in fantastic views of a saltwater lagoon which sits in the middle of a volcanic tuff cone and see the expansive lava fields of the Darwin Volcano. Yellow Warblers and Galapagos Mocking birds may be seen on our hike.  Return to the beach for snorkeling or kayaking, encountering penguins, cormorants and the shy Brown Noddy Tern along the sheltered cliffs. In the afternoon, explore by Zodiac through the pristine waters of spectacular Elizabeth Bay. With sharp eyes and the right conditions, your 90-minute excursion through the tallest red mangrove trees in the Galapagos is a great chance to observe green-back sea turtles swimming close to the surface, pelicans, herons, sea lions and penguins. Meals B,L,D

Day
7

Explore Floreana Island

Settled by Norwegians in the early 1900’s, Floreana is one of only four inhabited islands in the Galapagos. On morning and afternoon excursions, step ashore to explore historic Post Office Bay and the island’s unique fauna – Punta Cormoran is one of the most interesting sites in the islands with olive-green sand, pink flamingos and Green Sea Turtles. You’ll have opportunity to swim, kayak or snorkel:  Floreana has some of the best snorkeling in the world. Meals B,L,D 

Day
8

Discover San Cristobal Island

Step ashore on San Cristobal this morning for a motorcoach excursion to the Cerro Colorado Reserve, home to the elusive giant Galapagos tortoise! After lunch, enjoy a guided walk to Wizard Hill to observe the magnificent frigate bird, marine iguanas and raucous sea lions. Or swim, snorkel or kayak with sea lions and marine iguanas right from Cerro Brujo, a breath-taking white coral beach that’s a haven for bird-watching.   Meals B,L,D

Day
9

Ashore on Santa Cruz Island

Enjoy a landing at The Twins on Santa Cruz Island. After lunch, alight in Puerto Ayora to visit the Charles Darwin Research Center. Here you will learn about the pioneering research and important conservation work being done to preserve the islands’ precious natural heritage. Meals B,L,D

Day
10

Ashore on Santa Cruz and Fly to the Mainland

Transfer to the airport on Baltra Island for your included flight back to the mainland. Upon arrival in the thriving 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

Day
11

Farewell to Ecuador

Your voyage with us ends this morning.  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!

Arequipa and the Colca Valley

Tour this lovely, Colonial-era Peruvian town and then journey into the Colca Valley, one of South America’s greatest natural wonders and home to the magnificent condor! Enjoy a deluxe hotel in Arequipa and wonderful hot spring lodge in the Colca Valley.

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Family + Friends

Travel is one of  life's most rewarding experiences, perhaps even more so when it's shared with those you love! Combine our limited-time pay-in-full discount with our Family & Friends offers and save even more:
  • Save $50 more per person when 3 guests go
  • Save $100 more per person with 4 people
  • Save $150 more per person with 5 people
  • Save $200 more per person with 6 or more people!

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