Galapagos by Silversea
Quito & Galapagos
- 10 nights
- from $10800 per person
At a Glance
Cruise aboard the luxurious Silver Galapagos with a personalized butler service and amenities tailored to your preferences
Three nights in Quito gives you plenty of time to relax and explore Ecuador's capital at your own pace
A high staff to guest ratio on the Silver Galapagos allows you more flexibility when exploring the islands
Take the 'Teleferico' cable car to enjoy spectacular views over Quito with Pichincha volcano as a backdrop
Can easily be combined with a land based stay in the Galapagos or additional trip to the Mindo cloudforest within easy reach of Quito
We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 345 1763 to start planning your vacation.
A wonderful blend of deluxe accommodation, unforgettable wildlife encounters and remarkable experiences, this itinerary combines a relaxing stay in Quito, Ecuador’s delightful capital, with a week-long adventure to the Galapagos Islands for an outstanding cruise aboard one of the archipelago’s most luxurious vessels.
Three nights in Quito affords plenty of time to take in all of the key sites of the city without having to rush. Stay at the beautiful Casa Gangotena for the duration and explore the charming Old Town with a specialist guide, focusing on the history of this colonial capital, rich in religious scandal and filled with ornate churches and grand mansions. In the evenings there are optional activities provided by the hotel should you wish for a more in depth visit; enjoy chocolate tasting or try your hand at making the house drink, ‘Agua de frescos’. Alternatively, there are numerous good restaurants and bars abuzz with a mix of tourists and locals and serving up delicious local and international menus.
Take the ‘Teleferico’ cable car to enjoy unparalleled views over the city’s rooftops and surrounding volcanoes – you can even enjoy horse riding and hiking at the top, or simply relax and enjoy a picnic and the stunning scenery below. Pay a visit to the Middle of the World museum which sits right on the equator around 20km outside of the city. Enjoy a guided tour and partake in a number of experiments that prove you are at the center of the Earth, not forgetting to take a photo straddling both hemispheres!
Upon departing Quito, a 2.5 hour flight brings you to the Galapagos Islands where you can experience up-close encounters with the endemic wildlife from the moment you step on shore until the moment you depart, creating a magical environment which is best explored by cruise. Spend a week aboard the elegant Silver Galapagos, a beautifully appointed ship which boasts spacious and comfortable suites, all of which are outward facing for you to best enjoy the views.
A seven day expedition will see you snorkeling with manta rays and sea turtles, walking across haunting lava fields, observing giant tortoises, marine iguanas, sea lions and flamingos in the wild, learning about the conservation efforts on the islands at the Charles Darwin Research Center and hiking up extinct volcanoes. On board kayaks allow you to get out and explore independently and Zodiac boats take you ashore for excursions on land, all accompanied by experienced guides who have a knack for spotting even the most elusive of creatures.
A close attention to detail, personalized butler service, gourmet dining, guests’ preferred drinks in each cabin and a high staff to guest ratio mean that the experience of a stay on Silver Galapagos is unrivalled. After disembarking on the final morning, fly back to Quito and connect with your flight back home, hopefully having seen all of the famed Galapagos wildlife.
Location & Directions
Quito & Galapagos
Casa Gangotena is situated on Simon Bolivar, overlooking Plaza San Francisco in the San Roque neighborhood of Quito's historic center, Ecuador. From there it is a 2.5-hour domestic flight to the Galapagos Islands, where you will board the Silver Galapagos. The Galapagos archipelago consists of 19 volcanic islands and 40 islets, 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador.
When to go
Ecuador & the Galapagos can be visited year round. The higher the altitude in the Andes, the cooler it becomes, especially at night. June to September is the best time to enjoy the Andes as this is the drier season. From January to June it is typically hot in the Galapagos and sees sunny days and blue skies interspersed with showers, while the rest of the year is generally cloudier and cooler. From July to September the seas can be heavier and boats tend to go into dry dock for their annual refurbishment around this time. The average temperature ranges from a pleasant 20°C to 28°C, however being on the equator the sun is very strong. Due to limited permits in the Galapagos we advise to book well in advance.