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San Cristóbal, Galapagos Roundtrip Expedition Cruise with Silversea Cruises

Escape to an adventure of a lifetime with Silversea Cruises' San Cristóbal, Galapagos round-trip Expedition Cruise. Although it is only a 7-night trip, it is a small luxury expedition with only 100 guests. You will journey through the stunning natural wonders of the Galapagos Islands, known for their diverse wildlife and unique landscapes. Throughout your trip, you will have the opportunity to explore some of the most remote and untouched areas of the archipelago. The package includes roundtrip airfare from Vancouver.
SHIP: Silver Origin

San Cristóbal, Galapagos Roundtrip Expedition Cruise with Silversea Cruises

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DEPARTURE DATE: July 6, 2024
Countries Visited: Ecuador
Departure Port:San Cristóbal, Galapagos

OVERVIEW

With one of the richest fauna and most well preserved flora in the world, the Galapagos archipelago is educational, inspirational and aspirational in equal measure. Starkly beautiful islands home thousands of species, many of which are endemic. Follow in Darwin’s footsteps and discover a place that simply has to be seen to be believed. If you have ever wanted to be inspired by the wonder that is Mother Nature, this is the cruise for you.

Travel Dates & Pricing

TRAVEL DATEPRICETYPE
July 6, 2024from $13,400 CAD - ALL-INCLUSIVE FARE DOOR TO DOORPer Person

What's Included

  • Included Private Executive Transfers - Private chauffeur driven transport from home to airport and back again (applicable for distance up to 80 km)
  • Round Trip Air From Vancouver
  • 7 night cruise round trip from San Cristobal Ecuador in ocean view Vista Suite
  • Included Shore Excursions
  • Included Food & Beverages - Choice of restaurants, diverse cuisine, open-seating dining. Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship, including champagne, selected wines and spirits
  • Included Personalised Service - Butler service in every suite and In-suite dining and room service
  • Unlimited Free Wifi
  • Onboard entertainment
  • Onboard gratuities
  • Taxes and port charges

Itinerary

DAYDATEPLACE
1Sat Jul 6San Cristóbal, Galapagos
2Sun Jul 7Prince Philips Step’s, Genovesa ECUADOR
3Mon Jul 8Darwin Bay, Genovesa ECUADOR
3Mon Jul 8North Seymour ECUADOR
3Mon Jul 8Sullivan Bay ECUADOR
4Tue Jul 9Punta Mangle, Fernandina ECUADOR
4Tue Jul 9Punta Moreno, Isabela ECUADOR
5Wed Jul 10Santa Cruz Highlands ECUADOR
5Wed Jul 10Isla Santa Fé ECUADOR
6Thu Jul 11Gardner Bay, Española ECUADOR
6Thu Jul 11Punta Suarez, Española ECUADOR
7Fri Jul 12Rodriguez Breeding Centre, San Cristóbal ECUADOR
7Fri Jul 12Cerro Brujo, San Cristóbal ECUADOR
8Sat Jul 13San Cristóbal, Galapagos ECUADOR

Cruise Departs on July, 6 2024

Day 1 – San Cristóbal, Galapagos

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. Approximately 8,000 people live on the island, making their living from tourism, fishing, in government offices, or off the rich volcanic soils with some limited farming existing in the highlands. Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on the southwestern tip of the island is the capital city of the Galapagos Islands. A statue of Charles Darwin graces the harbor, marking one of the first places he likely stepped ashore in the 1830s.

Day 2 – Prince Philips Step’s, Genovesa ECUADOR

Genovesa is one of the northernmost islands of the archipelago. Genovesa’s southern side of the shield volcano’s crater collapsed and a protected bay known as Darwin Bay was formed. The island is often referred to as the “Bird Island” as the numbers and species of land and seabirds on Genovesa are quite extraordinary. There are two visitor sites, and Prince Philip’s Steps give access to the flat plateau above the bay. Named after Prince Philip who visited the Galapagos on two occasions, the “steps” are mostly natural. The steep cliffs are home to Red-billed Tropicbirds, while Magnificent Frigatebirds, Nazca and Red-footed Boobies prefer the top. The plateau above Prince Philip’s Steps has a palo santo forest and an extensive lava field. This is an area where one of the Galapagos’ top predators, the Short-eared Owl, is hunting storm petrels. The Short-eared Owls are extremely well camouflaged and are not always easy to spot in between the rocks.

Day 3 – Darwin Bay, Genovesa ECUADOR

At Genovesa Island the ship tucks into Darwin Bay, an ancient volcanic crater now flooded by the sea. Zodiacs land on a picturesque sandy beach where Galapagos sea lions often rest on the fine, white sand. Explorations along the shore may reveal marine iguanas looking like prehistoric dinosaurs in miniature. By heading inland a short distance visitors could encounter seabirds of all shapes and sizes nesting in the vegetation. Scores of immature Red-footed Boobies perch on branches within an arm’s reach of the path. In addition, watch for Great Frigatebirds and Yellow-crowned Night Herons along the walk. There is also fantastic snorkeling in the waters of Darwin Bay with the opportunity to see large schools of reef fish and brightly colored sea stars.

Day 3 – North Seymour ECUADOR

The landing at North Seymour Island is onto black lava rock. After a short climb, visitors arrive on the island’s flat plateau where a number of sea lions nurse pups and frigatebirds nest. The island is dry, and so the predominant tree is the prickly pear cactus favored by the Galapagos land iguanas that live here in number. The undulating terrain is littered with red-brown volcanic boulders and large male Magnificent Frigatebirds can be seen inflating their vivid red gular sacs in hopes of impressing females flying overhead. At certain times of the year, pairs of Blue-footed Boobies dance here in a ritualized mating dance that reinforces their pair bond and shows off their vivid blue feet. The snorkeling here is well-known for schools of colorful creole wrasses and parrot fish.

Day 3 – Sullivan Bay ECUADOR

The lava fields of Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island will inevitably remind visitors of the surface of the moon. As brilliant red Sally Lightfoot crabs scuttle along the black volcanic shores, learn about the formation of the islands through geological forces from your guides. The lava flows here are just over one hundred years old and date back to 1897. The lava took on a rope-like appearance and geologists have adopted a Hawaiian word, pahoehoe, as the technical name for this kind of volcanic rock.

Day 4 – Punta Mangle, Fernandina ECUADOR

Among the impressive new lava fields of Fernandina Island hides a cove surrounded by mangroves. A rewarding place for bird-watching as the bay is the point where the land meets the sea, joining the two environments, with sea birds, shorebirds and land birds all in the same place. The different species of mangroves: Red, White and Black, have formed a root system that serves as a nursery for many species of fish, including juveniles’ sharks and green sea turtles. Snorkeling is as rewarding with some unique sightings as Marine Iguanas feeding on algae, or flightless cormorants diving for their prey.

Day 4 – Punta Moreno, Isabela ECUADOR

This impressive and vast Pahoehoe black lava field is located on the south coast of Isabella Island and lies between two soaring active volcanoes, Sierra Negra and Cerro Azul, which you have a panoramic view of in the distance. Hike over huge other-worldly landscapes of corrugated lava which have been there for millennia. You can picture the lakes of hot lava as they poured from the mouth of the volcanoes now frozen in time. The rich blue waters of Cromwell Current wash the shores, and as a result, you can see the largest Marine Iguanas of the archipelago basking on the rocks. Watch Flightless Cormorants and Galapagos Penguins diving for food. Other wildlife to be found here includes Great blue Herons, White tipped Reef Sharks and look out for pelicans who nest in the emerald mangrove forest near the coastal lagoon.

Day 5 – Santa Cruz Highlands ECUADOR

Santa Cruz Island reaches a maximum altitude of 864 meters (2,835 ft) above sea level; at high altitudes, weather changes creating microclimates. The species of flora and fauna found near the shoreline are extremely different from those on the highlands. Life in the highlands is much easier due to the presence of fresh water, from the constant drizzle that happens during the dry season to heavy rains that occur during the wet season. Local people take advantage of this climate to cultivate a large number of crops and giant tortoises love this ideal weather to mate, feed and rest before their next long migration to the shorelines.

Day 5 – Isla Santa Fé ECUADOR

This island is home to a reptile that exists nowhere else in the world: The Santa Fe Land Iguana. A beach covered by sea lions is the beginning of our adventure where sea lions’ pups welcome the visitors with their naive curiosity. Then a rocky terrain will guide us to explore the island and the view from the cliff becomes a reward by itself. View some of the tallest and the widest prickly pear cactus of the islands. Also know for beautiful snorkelling and kayaking.

Day 6 – Gardner Bay, Española ECUADOR

Located on the northern coast of Española, the turquoise colour water and white sandy beach stand out from far away. This beach is made out of pulverised shells and corals offers a sandy patch of up to 1 kilometre in length. Española is considered one of the oldest in thev Galapagos and has thus developed species that are endemic. Along the coast of Gardner a subspecies of colourful Marine iguanas are living among Hood Mockingbirds. The apex predators Galapagos Hawks commonly visit the coastline and a couple of times a Giant tortoise has been seen here.

Day 6 – Punta Suarez, Española ECUADOR

Punta Suárez lies at the western point of Española, the oldest island in the Galápagos. Sheer cliffs provide superb thermals for seabirds and you may spot Swallow-tailed Gulls, Nazca Boobies and Blue-footed Boobies on the breeze. The largest seabird to nest in the Galapagos Islands is the Waved Albatross. These ocean wanderers can be seen seasonally here from April through December, when pairs reunite on Española, going through an elaborate pair-bonding display. Mockingbirds, doves, and occasional Galápagos Hawks can also be seen on the point, along with sea lions and colorful marine iguanas.

Day 7 – Rodriguez Breeding Centre, San Cristóbal ECUADOR

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. Approximately 8,000 people live on the island, making their living from tourism, fishing, in government offices, or off the rich volcanic soils with some limited farming existing in the highlands. Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on the southwestern tip of the island is the capital city of the Galapagos Islands. A statue of Charles Darwin graces the harbor, marking one of the first places he likely stepped ashore in the 1830s.

Day 7 – Cerro Brujo, San Cristóbal ECUADOR

An impressive tuff cone has been carved by erosion into an outstanding natural sculpture, being a resting place for marine birds such as blue-footed bobbies and brown pelicans. One of the most beautiful white sand beaches of the Galapagos (swim or snorkel). View sea lions, sally light footed crabs, blue-footed bobbies. Behind the dunes, you find a coastal lagoon, which was visited in the past by the locals to extract salt, today it is home to some shorebirds such as stilts and plovers.

Day 8 – San Cristóbal, Galapagos ECUADOR

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. Approximately 8,000 people live on the island, making their living from tourism, fishing, in government offices, or off the rich volcanic soils with some limited farming existing in the highlands. Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on the southwestern tip of the island is the capital city of the Galapagos Islands. A statue of Charles Darwin graces the harbor, marking one of the first places he likely stepped ashore in the 1830s.

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