Galapagos Expedition Cruise
San Cristobal to Baltra
Trip Details

Experience

Trip Dates

Apr 14, 2018 until Apr 21, 2018
From $6,795.00 Per Person
7 Days / 6 Nights

Price Details

Cost is per person, based on shared double occupancy and is in an Explorer Suite. Contact your Admiral Travel Advisor for details and stateroom category availabilty. $25.00 per person non-refundable booking fee is charged it time of reservation. 

Includes: All-Inclusive Cruise package includes flights between Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands, National Park fees, Highly qualified expedition team with experts in their field (marine biologists, ornithologists, historians and more), Excursions and activities, including explorations by Zodiac, Complimentary expedition gear: backpack and water bottle on every voyage, Haglöfs parka for polar expeditions, Comfortable amenities with the largest expedition suites at sea, Inclusive room-service, select wines, spirits and soft drinks throughout the ship, Onboard Gratuities, Free WIFI throughout the ship

Excludes: International flights, $25.00 per person booking fee, meals or touring not mentioned in the itinerary, items of a personal nature

Trip Overview

Words cannot describe the experience of a Galapagos cruise. Trace the remarkable origins of the species as you discover a land that time forgot. Swim with sea turtles and Manta Rays, explore tidal pools and lush mangroves, observe Giant Tortoises ... Be one of the few to experience why Darwin was so inspired by these spectacular islands.

An expedition with Silversea is unlike any other form of travel – thrilling, awe-inspiring and humbling all at the same time.

The Western Islands are home to the only active volcanoes in the archipelago and are known both for their spectacular volcanic landscapes as well as penguin spotting: over 95% of the Galapágos Penguins live in these islands. It’s also the only area to see the endemic Flightless Cormorant. Other key sites include the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center, Post Office Bay with its human history and Champion Islet with some of the best snorkelling in the archipelago.
Expedition Highlights:
• See pelicans and penguins along the rocky shores and watch for the unique species of Flightless Cormorant
• Swim with green sea turtles, sea lions and manta rays
• Hike through fragrant forests of palo santo “Incense” trees
• Encounter the largest colony of marine iguanas
• Visit one of the most volcanically active places on Earth and walk across spectacular lava fields
• See wild flamingos (in season) and nesting sea turtles and observe giant tortoises and sea lion colonies
• Photograph iconic Pinnacle Rock

Points of Interest

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The Galapagos Islands

Discover what inspired Charles Darwin to write his revolutionary "Theory of Evolution."  Located 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos islands emerged from the Pacific six million years ago in a flurry of volcanic activity. Each island forms a unique ecosystem, a series of specialized relationships that have adapted to the volcanic nature of these isolated islands. 

Itinerary

  1. April 14, 2018

    San Cristobal - Like so many of the islands in the Galapagos, San Cristobal is formed by dormant volcanoes. It lies to the east of the archipelago and is one of the oldest islands in the group.

    followed by a visit to 

    Roca Leon Dormido - The Silver Galapagos will circumnavigate Kicker Rock, one of the most iconic features of the Galapagos Islands. The small landform is formed by two tall towers of lava rock and when viewed from the south, resembles a sleeping lion. Here, the group will watch the sun go down in one of the most beautiful settings of the Galapagos Islands

  2. April 15, 2018

    Bartolome - The ship anchors in sight of the volcanic moonscape of Isla Bartolomé, at Sullivan Bay. Zodiacs bring guests ashore to ascend a boardwalk of 388 steps. Passing through the arid volcanic landscape provides a chance to watch for lava lizards, Galapagos Hawks, and Blue-footed Boobies. However, the climber’s ultimate reward is one of the most beautiful panoramas in all of the Galapagos Islands – the view towards Pinnacle Rock with black, volcanic cones of Baltra, Daphne Major and Daphne Minor in the distance.

    followed by a visit to 

    Playa Espumilla, Santiago - Zodiacs will land you at the center of the white-sand beach to join a trail that passes by a seasonal lagoon hosting a variety of bird life. The trail then leads inland to a fragrant Palo Santo (incense tree) forest before looping back to the beach in a lazy circuit past the mangrove-fringed lagoon, where you can watch shorebirds work the mudflats for their dinner.

     

  3. April 16, 2018

    Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela - The agile Silver Galapagos can anchor in deep water right up against the cliffs of Punta Vicente Roca on the northwest side of Isabela Island. The waters below hold scores of Eastern Pacific green sea turtles swimming all around the Zodiacs. If conditions allow, fortunate snorkelers will have an opportunity to swim with eagle rays, Galapagos sea lions, Galapagos Penguins, and schools of small tuna in the blue.

    followed by a visit to 

    Punta Espinoza, Fernandina - With the gentle slopes of La Cumbre volcano in the distance, the low, lava-forged coast of Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island is a spectacular sight. Witness the myriad of species concentrated on this little island before tucking in to the sounds of the waves gently lapping on the boat. 

  4. April 17, 2018

    Caleta Tagus, Isabela - Tagus Cove is a sheltered area southwest of Volcán Darwin on Isabela Island. Here you can choose to kayak, snorkel or head ashore to discover centuries-old names of vessels that were painted or carved onto the rock near the landing site. After landing by Zodiac, you may hike through the forest of Palo Santo trees to access the upper reaches of a volcanic cone.

    followed by a visit to 

    Bahia Elizabeth, Isabela - The tranquil inlets of Elizabeth Bay are the perfect spot for a Zodiac cruise, giving you the option to explore small inlets and coves which would be otherwise difficult to reach. 

  5. April 18, 2018

    Post Office, Floreana - Activities at Post Office Bay can include exploring a cave created by lava that runs underground towards the ocean. The bay itself offers kayaking along the shore and into Mystery Bay, snorkeling, swimming and relaxing on the beach.

    followed by a visit to

    Islote Campeon, Floreana - Isla Champion is a small islet off Floreana Island’s northeast coast. To cruise by it reveals a bare, rocky island without much allure, but to enter the infinitely blue waters around this small landmass is to discover a spectacular underwater realm. 

    as well as 

    Punta Cormorant, Floreana

    Floreana Island’s northernmost point is called Punta Cormorant – named after the British naval vessel HMS Cormorant and dating back to the late 19th century. From the landing beach a short track leads to a shallow lagoon that is famous for its flamingos. 

  6. April 19, 2018

    Cerro Dragon, Santa Cruz - Cerro Dragón’s land iguanas once played an important part in a conservation program headed by the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Galapagos National Park. When the reptiles’ numbers declined in the 1970s, some animals were taken to breed in captivity and were released back into undeveloped areas. Today, it is an honor to see the success of this program firsthand at Cerro Dragón. Walk inland on a trail past small saltwater lagoons that periodically feature flamingos, to see the reintroduced animals.

    followed by a visit to

    Las Bachas, Santa Cruz - On the northern shore of Santa Cruz stretch the Las Bachas beaches. The two beaches together span a full kilometer. A short track leads visitors inland towards a shallow pond with the opportunity to spot flamingos, migratory birds in season, and scavenging shorebirds.

     

     

  7. April 20, 2018

    Los Gemelos, Santa Cruz - Los Gemelos is Spanish for “the twins” and true to the name, Los Gemelos are twin sinkholes, one on either side of the road running from Puerto Ayora to the north side of the island. The mammoth scale of the landmarks often elicits exclamations of wonder from visitors at first sight. Walk along the craters’ edges before stopping at Rancho El Manzanillo to see giant Santa Cruz tortoises in the wild.

    followed by a visit to 

    Estacion Darwin & Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz - Silver Galapagos will anchor in front of Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, where the prestigious 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. To round out the stay in Puerto Ayora, enjoy free time in town where local artists have created charming art galleries and corner cafés. .

     

  8. April 21, 2018

    Baltra, Galapagos - Baltra Island, also known as South Seymour, is the gateway through which most people enter and depart the Galapagos Island. Upon arrival and once through immigrations procedures, visitors are transferred directly to a nearby dock to join the ship by Zodiac. The runway was first constructed here during World War II when the island was used as a US Army Air Base. Located near the geographic center of the Galapagos, the island itself is small, flat and arid. Its dry environment hosts salt bushes, prickly pear cactus and palo santo trees, all of which support land iguanas that can occasionally be seen crossing the runway.

    Following breakfast, disembark Silver Galapagos for your return flight from Baltra Airport.

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