North & Central Galapagos Islands in Luxury 10 days aboard Silver Galapagos
Sailing on board the luxurious Silver Galapagos, this 10 day itinerary to the north & central islands also includes two nights in the fascinating capital city of Quito and flights to and from the islands. Get up close to all the fascinating wildlife and enjoy the stunning scenery in comfort, whilst relaxing or being as active as you choose.
Note: Flight package rates for 2018 are not released at time of writing - please ask for inclusive rates for 2018.
Namibia Birding and Photography Guide
An accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Namibia Birding and Photography Guide
An accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country.
In 1981 Toni moved to Namibia with her family and from then on her love of the outdoors and all things nature grew and grew. Her father was an exploration geologist who travelled extensively around Southern Africa, living in small mining towns and managing bush camps where Toni would spend her school holidays camping in the bush, or visiting private farms and reserves. Toni’s father passed on to her his unparalleled knowledge of all things Namibia, and she carried this with her as she became a manager and guide at some of the most remote lodges in the extreme North West of Namibia. Toni has travelled expansively across Namibia and its neighbouring countries, making regular visits to all of the National Game Reserves and developing her photographic skills which she takes great pleasure in passing on to visitors to the region.
Her deep love and knowledge of the Namibia, coupled with her infectious passion and enthusiasm to want to share it, make her one of the country’s top guides and ambassadors for this beautiful country. More than just a guide who simply points from a vehicle, Toni becomes fully involved in the experiences of her fellow travellers and places a great emphasis on finding the best adventures, wildlife encounters and photo opportunities for her tour groups. As a Managing Tour Consultant she plans safaris for a wide range of interest groups but her main focus is on birding and photographic small group tours, where she delights in each visitor gaining an up-close and personal experience of all that the country she loves and knows so well has to offer.
Falklands Expert & Guide
Born in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
Falklands Expert & Guide
Born in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. She spent 11 years on Sea Lion Island as Manager of the Lodge, Warden of the Nature Reserve and as the principal tour provider, meaning her knowledge of Sea Lion Island in particular is second to none. Having spent so much time here, as expected her wildlife speciality is Elephant Seals, but she is also well versed in the ways of the seabirds, penguins, whales, dolphins and sea lions that call the Falklands their home.
After her time on Sea Lion Island Jenny moved to Stanley to work for the Falkland Islands Government and became manager of a local travel firm assisting with travel arrangements for incoming visitors, before taking semi-retirement to spend more time with her family and enjoy more time further exploring the lands she knows so well. Jenny is extremely passionate about sharing the hidden nature secrets of the Falklands with those who come to visit her homeland and will be looking forward to accompanying you and passing on her unsurpassed knowledge of the areas you will be visiting.
- Visit “Bird Island” home to over 30 bird species.
- Climb Prince Philip’s Steps to see a thriving seabird colony and search for the Galápagos short-eared owl.
- Observe sea lion families and the famed giant tortoises and marvel at the fearless behaviour of wildlife.
- Admire the antics of red and blue-footed boobies.
- Walk up the sides of an extinct volcano and across lava flows.
- See the waved albatross (depending on the season — April to December).
- Swim and snorkel in tranquil, clear waters.
- Photograph colourful marine iguanas.
- Cruise by Zodiac along scenic coastlines.
- Learn about conservation efforts at the “Fausto Llerena Breeding Center”
- Flights between Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands
- Pre cruise hotel in Quito
- National Park fees
- Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship
- In-suite dining and room service from 06:00 to 23:00
- Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
- Free wifi
- Onboard gratuities
9 Nights 10 Days
- 1-2 | Quito
- 3 | Baltra & Daphne Islands
- 4 | Genovesa
- 5 | North Seymour & Santiago Islands
- 6 | Rabida Island & Eden Islet
- 7 | San Cristobel
- 8 | Espanola
- 9 | Santa Cruz & South Plaza Islands
- 10 | San Cristobel
Arrive at any time and transfer to hotel for two nights on bed & breakfast basis. Spend time exploring this fascinating city and perhaps take an excursion to the Equator. Evening tour of the old town included.
Baltra & Daphne Islands
Early morning flight to Baltra Island and transfer to your ship.
Silver Galapagos will then head for Daphne to do a circumnavigation. From the ship we will watch for Nazca and blue-footed boobies, frigatebirds, red-billed tropicbirds, brown noddies and brown pelicans, as well as swallow-tailed Gulls.
In the evening enjoy the first of many memorable meals in The Restaurant..
Genovesa is dubbed “Bird Island” - here huge colonies of seabirds create a birdwatcher’s paradise. Take a walk on the sandy beach of Darwin Bay, home to one of the world’s largest red-footed booby nesting colonies. Yellow-crowned night herons feed near tidal lagoons, while hundreds of swallow-tailed gulls nest in the cliffs. Climb “Prince Philip’s Steps”, a steep path named after the Duke of Edinburgh who visited the island in 1965, and see Nazca Boobies nesting on the ground, great frigatebirds with their fiery red sacs, and, if you are lucky, the elusive short-eared owl on a daytime hunt for Storm Petrels, a favourite prey. After a morning walk, we will have a chance to enjoy our first snorkelling excursion and experience the diverse, underwater wonderland that surrounds the island.
We will also have the opportunity to kayak around Darwin Bay — which is actually a flooded caldera —and admire the island’s craggy landscape.
North Seymour & Santiago Islands
North Seymour is a small island close to Baltra. Two species of frigatebirds nest here; one of which, the magnificent frigatebird, is an opportunistic breeder. At any month of the year we may see males displaying their bright-red pouch to attract females. Galápagos sea lions snooze in the sand and blue-footed boobies perform their courtship dance called “sky-pointing”. Marine and land iguanas patrol the beach, while brown pelicans and brown noddies look for food in the shallow coastal waters. We will walk through this spectacular landscape, and afterwards have an opportunity to go snorkelling—perhaps even spotting the impressive whitetip reef shark.
On Sullivan Bay on Santiago, our landing will be on a white sandy beach or directly onto lava.The appearance this lava has is almost like frail rope and since the lava has not moved equally in all places, the design of the surface texture induces one to see different objects and images. We will spend time on the beach, snorkelling and looking out for nesting turtles.
Rabida Island & Eden Islet
Rabida is a small picturesque island with red rock cliffs and maroon sand. Here we can see Darwin’s finches, lava lizards and Galápagos mockingbirds. Take a walk along the cliffs where the red rocks, green Palo Santo trees and the blue turquoise sea create landscapes of stunning contrast. Later, swim and maybe snorkel with sea lions, reef sharks, marine iguanas, colourful anemones and parrotfish, or kayak along the picturesque Rabida cliffs.
Sail to Eden Islet for snorkelling, kayaking and Zodiac rides. Eden is a small, eroded tuff cone and an excellent example of the unique geology of the Galápagos. It is home to great blue herons, sea lions, and blue-footed boobies; while the small tidal areas can be a resting place for reef sharks, eagle rays and green turtles.
In the morning, visit the Galapaguera Cerro Colorado where giant tortoises are bred and conserved. Breeding and rearing endemic animals in captivity is part of a much broader conservation programme aimed at restoring and protecting the Galapagos Islands’ natural biodiversity.
San Cristóbal is one of the oldest islands in Galápagos and the well-eroded landscape of Punta Pitt creates a dramatic landscape. We may see three species of boobies here: red-footed, blue-footedand Nazca, as well as both the great and magnificent frigatebird. After a wet landing on an olivine beach where sea lions doze, we’ll climb up a ravine to view one of the most scenic panoramas in the archipelago.
Swim with sea lions from the beach at Gardner Bay and relax on the white sands. Further out you can snorkel with large schools of colourful tropical fish and an occasional manta ray, while a whitetip reef shark drifts on the bottom. Alternatively, experience this from a kayak: paddling through crystal-clear waters while marvelling at the natural wonders all around you.
In the afternoon we will visit Punta Suárez at the western point of Española, the oldest island in the Galápagos. Sheer cliffs provide superb thermals for seabirds. Swallow-tailed gulls, Nazca boobiesand blue-footed boobies can easily be seen. The largest seabird to nest in the islands, the waved albatross, may be seen seasonally from April to December. Galápagos Hawks can also be found, as well as sea lions and colourful marine iguanas.
Santa Cruz & South Plaza Islands
We will cruise overnight to Santa Cruz, the island with the largest human population. The headquarters of the Galápagos National Park Service and the Charles Darwin Research Station are located in the small town of Puerto Ayora. The Station is the operative branch of the Charles Darwin Foundation, whose flagship programme is the restoration of Galápagos giant tortoises.
Towards the end of the morning,there will be time to do some sightseeing and shopping in town.
South Plaza is a small island located close to the eastern coast of Santa Cruz. Its main attraction is a colony of Galápagos land iguanas, but the setting is also a highlight — giant prickly pear cactus, the reddish sesuvium plant, a mat-like ground cover, and a large nesting colony of swallow-tailed gulls make this small island an excellent stop. Marine iguanas and Galápagos sea lions are also around.
Disembark and transfer to airport for flight to Guayaquil
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