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Galapagos by Silversea

Quito & Galapagos

Indulge in a pampering cruise around the Galapagos Islands and experience the unique wildlife from Silversea’s Silver Galapagos, a luxurious ship with highly specialized naturalist guides and personalized butler service, combined with a stay on land.

At a Glance

  • Cruise aboard the luxurious Silver Galapagos which includes personalized butler service in every cabin and amenities which can be easily tailored to your preferences

  • Two nights in Quito gives you plenty of time to relax and explore the absolute highlights of Ecuador's capital

  • 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

  • Combining a cruise with a land based stay in the Galapagos allows you to explore the islands in depth, as well as having some time to relax

Cruise, Ultimate luxury, Wildlife, Adventure

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.

Description

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 land based stay in the Galapagos Islands, combined with an outstanding week-long cruise aboard Silversea's Silver Galapagos, one of the archipelago’s most luxurious expedition vessels.

Two nights in Quito affords plenty of time to take in all of the key sites of Ecuador's charming capital. 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.

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 can be explored by cruise or as part of a land-based stay. We suggest a couple of nights at the luxurious Pikiaia Lodge, located on the island of Santa Cruz which is one of the few hospitable islands amongst this volcanic archipelago, before jumping on a cruise, which allows you to truly maximize your experience.

Pikaia Lodge boats a spectacularly remote location perched up on a hillside and has its own boat which allows you to take day trips out to the islands while returning in the evening for a dash of luxury and relaxation. This offers a perfect introduction to the wildlife and landscapes of the Galapagos before you go further afield as part of a luxurious expedition cruise. Your stay can be fully-inclusive of meals and activities, or as part of a more flexible package to suit your style of travel.

From here, spend a week on board the elegant Silver Galapagos, a beautifully appointed expedtion vessel 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.

Itinerary

Stay

Location/route

Overnight

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Fly to Quito
2 nights

Quito, Ecuador

Casa Gangotena
3 nights

Santa Cruz Island Galapagos, Ecuador

Pikaia Lodge
7 nights

Galapagos, Ecuador

Silver Galapagos
Fly home (via Guayaquil)

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 be transferred to Pikaia Lodge by boat and road (approx. 40 minutes). Following your stay here, board the Silver Galapagos for a cruise around the islands. 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.

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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.

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